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Guild AGM 2022 – Detailed arrangements -Saturday 11th June

The Alton & Petersfield District warmly welcomes you to attend the Guild AGM on Saturday 11th June!

Here is an overview of the day, but please download thesee the document below using the ‘Download’ button for the detailed arrangements, including timings, locations, links and maps.

Guild AGM Schedule (Saturday 11th June):

10:00am – 12:00noon              Inter-District striking competition at West Meon.

11:00am – 12:30pm                General ringing at Bentworth.

11:30am – 1:00pm                  General ringing at Chawton.

Lunch (own arrangements)

2:00pm – 2:50pm                    General ringing at Holybourne.

3:00pm – 3:30pm                    Service at Holybourne.

4:15pm – 6:00pm                    Annual Guild Meeting at St Lawrence Church Hall, Alton.

6:15pm – 7:00pm                    Ringer’s Buffet Tea & Refreshments.

7:00pm – 8:00pm                    General ringing at St Lawrence, Alton.

To avoid disappointment, please book your place in the Hall for the Tea & Meeting as soon as possible (and before 10pm on Wednesday 8th June) using the following link:

You are welcome to attend any individual part(s) of the day, or the entire day, according to your preference/availability!

REMINDER: Please could District Ringing Masters notify Pete Jordan (Guild Master) of their intention to enter a District team(s) before the closing date of Saturday 28th May.

With best wishes, and look forward to seeing you on 11th June.

Rachael Barber

A&P District Communications Officer

Winchester District QDM – Saturday 14th May – Kings Somborne from 3pm (meeting starts at 4.30pm)

The next Winchester District QDM will be held on Saturday 14th May at St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Kings Somborne.

There will be open ringing from 3-4pm, a simple tea and then the business session will start at 4.30pm.  After the meeting there will be more open ringing for those who would like to do so.

Please let Micki Nadal (Winchester District Secretary) for more details and to let her know if you intend to come along as this helps us with the catering arrangements.

 AGENDA

  1. Chairman’s Welcome/prayers
  2. Apologies for absence
  3. Minutes of the previous meeting (ADM held on 12th February 2022)
  4. Matters arising from the minutes
  5. Loss of members through death
  6. Confirmation of belfry elections
  7. Election of new ringing members
  8. District Communications – ‘Given the duplication that arises through the District using multiple channels of communication, and the need to maximise engagement with members across the District, a survey to be carried out to establish District members preferences for different types of communication. The results of the survey and any recommendations for action arising therefrom to be reported to the next Quarterly District Meeting.’
  9. A proposal by R Booth to undertake a consultation exercise and report back with recommendations to a future meeting.  Supporting documentation  – please see attachment or the District Newsletter sent on 1/5/22 and to Tower Correspondents on 3/5/22
  10. Training needs/purchases and programme – ‘That the District allocates £150 from its funds to purchase a set of four roller banners to be used for PR purposes across the District’.
  11. A Proposal by Mrs C Knights-Whittome of the design and purchase of roller banners for PR displays. Supporting document from Mrs C Knights-Whittome attached.
  12. Programme of future events
    • Younger ringers in the District
    • Improvers’ practices (WIMPS)
    • Jubilee ringing and Quarter Peal fortnight
    • Trout ‘n About Stockbridge, Alresford and Romsey Shows
  13. Twyford and Ropley restoration projects  – update
  14. Any other notified business
  15. Chairman to close meeting

Guild AGM 2022 – Saturday 11th June – Alton

The Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild AGM 2022 will be held in St. Lawrence’s Church Hall, Alton, on Saturday 11th June at 4.15 p.m. This will be preceded by the Inter-District 8-bell Striking Competition at West Meon in the morning and a service at Holybourne at 3 p.m. (details to follow). 

Attached are the agenda, minutes of the last meeting, and officer and committee reports for 2021 . The document is also available at http://www.methods.org.uk/files/220611.bulk.pdf and will be kept up-to-date with any additional agenda items or supporting papers.

Web versions of the papers are at http://www.methods.org.uk/wparch/agm2022a.htm and will also be kept up-to-date.

If anyone has apologies for absence, items of Any other business, or comments or questions on any Agenda item, please send them to me in advance so that the meeting can run as smoothly as possible.

Many thanks and best wishes, Tony Smith.

Guild Minute Secretary.

Guild Inter-Tower Striking Competitions – REMINDER

REMINDER

The Guild Intertower 6 and 8 bell Striking competition closing date for entries is the 8th May. If your tower has not thought about entering a team yet why not come along, have some fun and give it a go.  Even if you only ring Rounds and Call changes you can enter a band.

Let’s make the return to ringing after Covid a success!

If you have any questions please contact Pete Jordan  for more details.

Pete Jordan

Master  – Winchester & Portsmouth Guild of Church Bell Ringers. 

6-bell Inter-Tower Striking Competition rules

8-bell Inter-Tower Striking Competition Rules

Guild PRO Message – April 2022

Happy Easter!

Hopefully we’ll all be able to enjoy some ringing over this special weekend.

PLEASE LET ME KNOW OF YOUR RINGING ACTIVITIES and ACHIEVIEMENTS for potential inclusion in a PRESS RELEASE!

We hear how much ringing is missed by our communities when towers cannot ring for whatever reason. It would be good to reach out again and remind folk that we are still here for them. It would be great to build on the wonderful recruitment ‘green shoots’ we are seeing across the Guild this year so, it is my hope to issue another Guild Press Release in the next few weeks.

We have some special opportunities coming up to showcase our ringing:

17 AprilEaster Sunday
21 AprilQueen Elizabeth’s (actual) birthday
23 AprilSt. George’s Day Patron Saint of England
18 MaySt. Dunstan’s Day. Patron Saint of Bell Ringers,
Archbishop of Canterbury 960 – 988 
26 MayAscension Day
2-3 JunePlatinum Jubilee Bank Holiday
25 JuneNational 12-bell competition (Guildford Cathedral)
2 JulyRinging World National Youth Contest
https://rwnyc.ringingworld.co.uk/
28 July – 8 AugustCommonwealth Games (Birmingham UK)
9 – 18 SeptemberHeritage Open Days
Theme for 2022 ‘Astounding Inventions’
Registering available now: https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/

If you wish to see more there is a list here –https://cccbr.org.uk/bellringing/things-to-ring-for/

I’m very much looking forward to hearing your exciting ringing news.

Thank you.

Viv Nobbs
Public Relations Officer
wp.public.relations.officer@gmail.com

14 April 2022

Your Guild needs YOU!

To all Guild Members

At the Guild AGM this year the elections will be taking place for the officers of the Guild. A number of people are standing down this year and at this time I know that there will be vacancies for:

Master

Vice-Master

General Secretary

General Treasurer

Peal Recorder

Safeguarding Officer

It would be great to see some new faces in these roles so please don’t be shy in coming forward if you think you might be able to fill one of these important posts and make a difference to your Guild. It is important that we have people in these posts to ensure smooth running of your Guild. 

The job descriptions for the principal officers posts are below. If you are interested please contact me or one of your District officers for more information or just to chat about the role. 

With kind regards 

Pete Jordan 

Master  – Winchester & Portsmouth Guild of Church Bell Ringers.

A&P Bell Ringers District Practice held at Binsted 12th Century Church – Saturday 19th March 2022

On a marvellous bright and sunny Saturday, a well-attended District Practice was organized by Roger Barber, Ringing Master, at the lovely Binsted Church of the Holy Cross.   Under Roger’s guidance the ringing consisted of Rounds, Call Changes, Plain Hunt, Plain Bob Doubles and Minor.  Thanks were given to Roger for all his helpful teaching and to Binsted Tower Captain, Andrew Croom-Johnson who made everyone so welcome.  After a photograph taken outside the Church everyone called at the Binsted Arms for a drink. 

Ringers outside Binsted Church of the Holy Cross.
Photograph taken by Caroline M Welsh member St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers.

Caroline Welsh

Portsmouth District Events for 2022

The Portsmouth District committee has now issued the calendar for 2022, which can be downloaded in pdf form for printing or, if you wish to embed the Google Calendar in your electronic calendar system, please click the “plus” symbol at the bottom of the calendar window on this page and follow the instructions.
Throughout the year, the calendar is subject to slight changes so it is useful to have the up to date version to hand.

Or click here to download the printable pdf of the 2022 programme: Portsmouth District Calendar 2022

Winchester Annual District Meeting Minutes – February 2022

Winchester District Annual Meeting – 12th February 2022

Held at 4pm in St. Mary’s Church, Easton, SO21 1EH and via Zoom

(Ringing from 3pm and following the meeting)

UNCONFIRMED MINUTES

Attendees: The following 34 people, representing 17 towers attended the meeting, either in person, or via Zoom.

In person – Elizabeth Skinner (Bishopstoke), Jinny Kufluk (Hursley), Charlotte and Jonathan Smith (Kings Worthy), Gary Davies (Lockerley and East Tytherley), Andrew Johnson and Elizabeth Johnson (New Alresford), Andrew Glover (Romsey), Jenny Watson (Sparsholt), Micki Nadal (District Secretary, Stockbridge and Kings Somborne), Paul Fitzgerald and Christine Knights-Whittome (Wonston), Caroline Fairley and Bruce Purvis (District Chairman) (Winchester Cathedral), John Croft (unattached), Pete Jordan (Guild Chairman, Basingstoke St Michael). Also present were the following five members from the host tower, Easton: Judy Bishop, Pam Chrismas, Sara Janssen, Lyn Russell and Trisha Shannon, and the District Ringing Master, Edmund Wratten (unattached). 

Via Zoom – Amanda Bayford (Crawley), Christine and Ian McCallion and Tony Smith (Hursley), Margaret Goodfellow (Kings Worthy), Jen Churchill, Carol Higgins and John Palk (Lockerley and East Tytherley), Roger Booth (New Alresford), Rodney Skinner (Ropley), John Colliss (Winchester Cathedral), Charlotte Colliss (Swanmore –  guest).

  1. Chairman’s Welcome: Chairman Bruce Purvis warmly welcomed guests to the ADM, particularly welcoming Guild Master Pete Jordan, and thanked Judy Bishop and her colleagues for arranging the tower and church facilities and refreshments for the meeting and Andrew Glover for organising the technical aspects of the hybrid meeting.
  1. Apologies for absence:  These were received from Roy LeMarechal (Bishopstoke) and Brenda Palk (Lockerley and East Tytherley)
  1. Minutes of the previous meeting held on November 13th 2021 were agreed nem con and signed.
  1. Matters arising: John Palk remarked that some of the Insurance matters discussed at the Executive Committee Meeting were still outstanding.  Roger Booth advised that Helen Woolford (Guild Honorary Treasurer) had written a paper explaining the situation; also that Ecclesiastical Insurance could offer an online presentation.  Guild Master Peter Jordan reported that the issues were being discussed with Marcus Booth from Ecclesiastical.

  1. Loss of members through death: John Collier and Brian Billimore, both formerly of Easton.  A minute’s silence was held in memory of these former members. 

  1. Confirmation of belfry elections
    • Probationary members:

Geoff Robinson of Kings Worthy on 4 January 2022, proposed by Ted Banks, seconded by Jonathan Smith.

Richard Lording, Dylan Price and Stuart Price of Hursley on 11 January 2022, proposed by Peter Hill, seconded by Christine Saunders.

Jill Fuller of Winchester Cathedral on 6 February 2022, proposed by Lucy Hopkins Till, seconded by Mike Hopkins Till.

Norman Boakes of North Stoneham on 8 February 2022, proposed by Robert Ryder, seconded by Alison Martin. 

Tim Conway, William Knowles and Clara Knowles of Cheriton on 10 February 2022, proposed by Roger Booth, seconded by Caroline Fairley.

  1. Election of new members:

David Dunning of Broughton and Houghton, proposed by Bob Gosse, seconded by Jenny Hebburn.

Craig Robb of Cheriton [lapsed, re-election], proposed by Roger Booth, seconded by Caroline Fairley.

Christine Hyde of Sherfield English, proposed by Caroline Daniels, seconded by Martin Daniels.

Marion Attree and Madeleine McHardy of Sparsholt, proposed by Jenny Watson, seconded by John Cleverley.

  1. Officers’ Annual Reports
    • Secretary’s Report:  copies were distributed. The move to adopt the Secretary’s Report was proposed by Bruce Purvis and agreed nem con.
    • Treasurer’s Report: – There were no questions to Treasurer Tony Smith from the floor.  The move to adopt the Treasurer’s Report was proposed by Bruce Purvis, agreed nem con and signed as a true record.

  1. Election of Officers: The following people were proposed and elected for posts as follows:

Chairman Bruce Purvis proposed by Jenny Watson and seconded by Elizabeth Johnson;

Secretary Micki Nadal proposed by Bruce Purvis and seconded by Andrew Glover;

Treasurer Tony Smith proposed by Bruce Purvis and seconded by Christine Knights-Whittome;

Joint Ringing Masters Edmund Wratten and Roger Booth, proposed by Elizabeth Johnson and seconded by Micki Nadal;

Executive Committee Representative Roger Booth, proposed by Bruce Purvis and seconded by Andrew Glover;

Independent Examiner of Accounts, John Collis, proposed by Bruce Purvis and seconded by Jenny Watson;

Webmaster Andrew Glover, proposed by Trisha Shannon and seconded by Micki Nadal;

Newsletter Editor Roger Booth, proposed by Bruce Purvis and seconded by John Croft.  

John Croft was thanked for his work as Executive Committee Member and it was agreed he would review his decision to step down if meetings were once again held in person.  Roger Booth agreed to carry on as Newsletter editor, but would co-opt people to help with the task over the next year.

  1. Future events: 

Attendees welcomed the list of proposed events.  John Palk questioned who would pay for the use of the Charmborough Ring at 2 events.  Micki Nadal reassured him that the Trout ‘n About Committee would be paying for the use of the ring in Stockbridge.  Roger Booth hoped to obtain a grant from the Education and Training Development Fund for its use at the Alresford Show, adding that no funds had yet been raised for that purpose.  There was also a possibility of the ring being installed at the Cheriton Fête, which would not necessarily result in a claim on District funds, but any contributions would be gratefully received.

  • Twyford Bells – Andrew Johnson gave attendees an update of works in progress at Twyford.  Four bells would be taken out on Tuesday 15th February and the other four on Wednesday 16th, all to be taken to Appleton to be retuned (1,2,6 and 7), recast (3 and 4) and newly cast (5), with the existing 5 (the last survivor of the original 1766 ring) being retained as a chiming bell. The frame would be retained, the running gear replaced.  The fundraising was nearly complete.

  • Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – Initiated by Roger Booth, a wide -ranging discussion took place between attendees.  Roger intimated that is was not certain that the Twyford bells would be in place in time for Jubilee celebrations; he suggested that it would be good if a quarter-peal could be attempted within the District.  It was agreed by all that ringers would be encouraged to help out at as many towers as possible over the weekend.  Attention would be given to publicise events in parishes where bells are not often rung.  It would be essential to co-opt helpers to organise the various ringing events around the district.  Bruce Purvis would start the process for this in the near future.  John Palk suggested establishing the plans organised by each PCC.  Judy Bishop aimed to organise a quarter-peal in Easton on Thursday 2nd June and would be asking for help from ringers for this event.  Jenny Watson advised that the CCCBR had requested all towers to ring on the morning of Friday 3rd June when a service of thanksgiving was taking place.  Micki Nadal felt that an element of flexibility was required as many ringers would be involved in organising village and street parties.  Elizabeth Johnson felt it would prove impossible to have all the bells rung on Friday as there were simply not enough ringers.  Andrew Glover suggested the district aims to have every tower ringing at some point over the weekend.  Roger Booth emphasised we should encourage all standards of ringing, not just quarter peals, and that less experienced bands’ ringing should be encouraged equally enthusiastically.

  • Beyond Bob Doubles – In response to an enquiry from Jenny Watson, Micki Nadal explained this was a wish list rather than written in stone and would depend on the availability of our Ringing Masters Edmund Wratten and Roger Booth, who would jointly put together a programme based around Easton, Cheriton and Stockbridge (the use of these towers being kindly offered at the meeting).

  • District Practices – These would be arranged at suitable towers spread around the District.

  • Quarter-Peal Fortnight – The idea was received enthusiastically.  Andrew Glover suggested it be incorporated into the Jubilee weekend.

  • Striking Competitions – With Andrew Glover’s warm support for a competition, Bruce Purvis offered to research a simpler form of striking competition (Strictly Come Ringing) used in his daughter’s Diocesan Association [Derby].

  • Winchester Cathedral Tower Visit – The visit on 31st August had been proposed to the Cathedral ringers.  A response is still awaited.

  • QDMs – The next two meetings would be held on Saturday 7th May and Saturday 12th November.

  • Carol Service – This would be held on Saturday 3rd December at Twyford Church.  Micki Nadal had organised a priest and an organist for the service.

  1. Register of ringers – Following questions from the floor on whether this useful directory could be reintroduced in an updated format, attendees agreed it would be useful to investigate whether, data protection rules applying, it could be resurrected.  Andrew Glover explained the use of the consent form for GDPR and that it had proven ‘incredibly difficult’ to secure people’s consent.  Tony Smith offered to contact tower correspondents to find out what, if any, information their members would be happy to provide.  It was felt by attendees that, as a minimum, the directory should include e-mail addresses and phone numbers, and preferably home locations, if not addresses.

  1. Guild Master’s Address

Pete Jordan thanked attendees for their warm welcome at this, the 6th meeting of 7 he would be attending.  He was enjoying meeting people face to face once again and added that it was encouraging to see ringing getting back to normal.

  • Guild Secretaryship – Pete advised attendees that the Guild still needed to fill the role of Guild Secretary as no replacement had been found for Steve Lamb.  In June the Guild triennial elections would be taking place.  Any volunteers for the post would have the opportunity to try out the role for three or four months before undertaking a permanent commitment at the Guild AGM.

  • Guild action plan – Pete explained that, as part of the action plan, a new ringers’ welcome pack was being produced for new probationary members.  The Guild certificate had been revamped and incorporated into an A5 booklet with Guild and District information included, plus an introduction to the work of the Central Council and information on young ringers’ groups.  The aim was to supply these to new probationary members; they would probably be issued to towers via the district secretaries or via John Palk with the Guild report, with the District Secretaries holding the balance of the copies.

Bruce Purvis thanked Guild Master Pete Jordan for his presentation.

  1. Any other notified business
    • Subscriptions – Roger Booth reminded attendees that it had been over 10 years since the Guild had reviewed subscriptions and members were starting to question what, apart from the Annual Report and third party (public liability) insurance, was provided.  Insurance is covered under PCC insurance.  Some members, on the other hand, felt that existing subs, with only£2 for probationers, was too little and with churches under increasing financial pressure we will need to help more if we want churches to restore bells.  In some guilds up to 20% of restoration costs are provided.  With various restoration projects assisted and others in the pipeline, the amount of money in the BRF (bell restoration fund) has reduced considerably and will further do so, and this will need to be replenished.  In 2009 the age profile of the Guild consisted of 33% seniors paying reduced fees.  By 2019 this percentage had increased to 50%, reducing Guild income.  By increasing subscription levels, the BRF could be topped up and monies available for recruitment and training.  An additional idea would be to set up a District Young Ringers Group and to pay the first year subscriptions to the new Young Change Ringers Association.  By increasing the amount going into the Guild Training and Development Fund, more would be available to help towers.  John Palk felt that an increase in subscriptions to members who already felt they received little from the Guild could be counter-productive.  Bruce Purvis would support an increase in subscriptions to say, £15 or £20, provided an increased amount was put into Guild training, recruitment and advertising.  Elizabeth Johnson reminded attendees that, in the past, as well as the 200 Club, other fund raising events were organised by the Guild, such as dinners and open days.
    • Church closures – Bruce Purvis reminded attendees of GS2222 and brought their attention to St Barnabas’ Church in Southampton which, due to small congregations, was due to be sold to developers, with no plans for the fate of the bells, a ring of 6 which were hung in 2000.  He encouraged attendees to study the lists of those churches likely to be in some danger of closure and to consider the bells at risk from this.  Micki Nadal remarked that there were several churches at risk of closure and members would get a feeling for which churches were under threat from the list.  John Croft added that there were 900 such churches at risk nationally over the coming years, mostly in outlying areas.  Andrew Johnson added that once closure of a church was mooted, its bells had to stay put until the future of the church was determined, although local planning rules might afford some protection.  Elizabeth Johnson remarked that once a church was closed it could be difficult to get the bells out.
    • Youth ringers – It was felt that the District needed to establish a strategy for the future, using school visits, youth groups, such as Scouts and guides, open days and presentations as a basis for recruitment. In addition, towers with only one or two younger ringers could join together to provide small hubs.  Roger Booth would come back with detailed proposals at the next quarterly meeting.

Bruce Purvis thanked members for their participation.  The meeting closed at 5.30pm.

Chairman ……………………………………………………….………  Date ………………………

Report from Hursely – What they gained from Lockdown – Handbell Ringing!

What we gained from Lockdown.

A story of handbells at Hursley, Hants.

We are just emerging from an interruption to ringing that has had a large impact on the exercise, and may prove to have been the cause of a permanent change to the quantity and quality of ringing that we will be able to enjoy in the future.

Lockdown and the ensuing caution about infection produced a cessation of ringing comparable in length to the break in ringing in World War 2. However, unlike that break, concerns about infection and the duty to shield the vulnerable means that a number of ringers will not have returned to their normal pattern of ringing, and the long interval has undoubtedly meant that a fair proportion of us are both physically and mentally “rusty”.

At Hursley we indulged in quite a lot of Zooming in lockdown. Tuesday was quiz night, Friday was a bit of chat then off to Ringing Room – where we were conspicuously less able than other bands in the area. However the fact that you could ring two bells on ringing room sparked an interest in handbell ringing – which is the point of this short article.

Hursley is very lucky to have some experienced and established handbell ringers in the band, so when meeting up in gardens became possible, a number of us were eager to get back to ringing in the flesh with other people – even if it was a bit nippy to be honest.

As we met up, more of the Hursley ringers who had never thought of ringing handbells expressed an interest, and regular Tuesday afternoon sessions were established in late April 2021. As you may guess by the timing the group is, how can I say it…mature, that is retired, or working part-time. Some of the learners had not touched a handbell at all, although they had got some of the skills through Ringing Room, others had done what a lot of us have, ringing 1-2 or 5-6 for some Plain Hunt Minor.

Progress was variable. Some got the hang of it quickly, backed up by practising at home on Ringing Room or Abel/Mabel/Mobel. Some were a lot slower, but progress there was, even if it tended to be two steps forward and one back for some of the time.

It soon became obvious that just one afternoon a week would not be enough, so some quarter peals were planned as the ringing became more accurate and reliable. We were really lucky to have some very good conductors in the band, and Drew Craddock, Richard Thompson and Christine Hill came to the fore in getting touches and quarters round. We also had a dedicated support crew in Jinny Kufluk and Maureen Hanney, with Nigel Herriott managing a few of the practices, all good ringers who keep right even when there were gaps to be filled.

The Tuesday afternoon handbell band

Back row l to r – Richard Thompson, Peter Hill, Christine Hill, Kate Shaw, Maureen Hanney, Jinny Kufluk, Derek Stewart (host for the day)

Front row l to r – Caroline Fairley, Janice Higgins, Pam Thompson, Christine Saunders.

Quarter peals were then attempted, and usually scored at the first attempt! Caroline Fairley was first off the mark with a good quarter of Bob Minor on the 28th of May last year (2021). She quickly went on to ring two more, both of Plain Bob Major

Next was Kate Shaw with her first quarter on the 24th September, trebles to Plain Bob Minor followed by her first on eight on the 10th December.

The third of our learners to achieve a quarter in hand was one of our most experienced ringers, Christine Saunders, with a quarter of Plain Bob Major on the 10th November. This was quickly followed by two more quarters, both of Bob Minor.

Monty provided the occasional distraction!

Pam Thompson was a bit slow to organise her first quarter, but at one of the Tuesday afternoon practices we found a room for her plus Richard and Christine Hill to ring Plain Bob Minor on the 25th of January this year. Again this was followed just five days later by her first on eight.

Pam, Christine and Richard after Pam’s first quarter in hand

Not all our learners found the technique of ringing handbells easy, and sometimes a lifetime of ringing tower bells can be a bit of a handicap, but Janice Higgins became our fifth learner to score a quarter by ringing the tenors to Plain Bob Major on the 6th of February.

Finally, the sixth member of the Hursley handbell learners, Derek Stewart, scored a quarter of Plain Bob Minor on the 15th of February.

Intense concentration shown by all!

So what happens next?

I suppose the nice thing about ringing is that there is always another challenge to be attempted. Some of the learners are heading towards Kent and Oxford Treble Bob (Minor and Major), while others are looking at the inside pairs of Plain Bob. Conducting is being encouraged – and hopefully we will soon see a quarter in hand with a first as conductor from this group of learners.

So something good definitely came out of the lockdown for our band. We are probably better friends, possibly more tolerant of mistakes and have shown that learning a new skill is fun and rewarding.

Lastly, I will just mention the value of Ringing Room. Leland Paul Kusmer and Bryn Reinstadler really made this possible. Firstly it gave all the Hursley band a chance to ring together when we were not allowed in the tower. Once the handbell group started up it was so easy for all of the learners to practice away from the Tuesday afternoon sessions, and without this homework the progress we have all made would not have been possible.

Peter Hill
Hursley
March 2022

Petersfield – St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers AGM 2022   and the A&P ADM

A well attend St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers AGM chaired by the vicar Rev William Hughes, opened the meeting with a prayer, he spoke about the importance of bell ringing to the Town and thanked the band for their dedication to ringing, great versatility in the tower going forward safely during a time of pandemic.

The following officers agreed to continue in their posts.  Tower Captain Mary Broadbridge, who was also awarded the Doris J Barber Cup by Roger Barber for achievements in bell ringing this year at the Alton & Petersfield District AGM held in January, Secretary Madeline King, newly appointed Minutes Secretary Sue Walker who is also the Treasurer.  Social Secretaries the young ringers, James Wedley, Katherine Wilkins, Erin Halder, and Lauren Kidd with help from their parents and Archivist Caroline M Welsh with great help from Melanie Moore, historical adviser and Malcolm Wigmore. Steeple Keepers, Malcolm Wigmore, David Malone and Duncan Wilkins(trainee).  

This years Alton & Petersfield District AGM 2022 was also held at St Peter’s Church Hall Petersfield

Roger Barber presenting the Doris J Barber Cup to Mary Broadbridge Tower Captain of the St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers.

A Collection at the Alton & Petersfield District AGM for the Petersfield PACT Food Bank was made and the gifts given to Ms Elaine Knox, Chair of the Trustees who also gave a talk on the work of the Food Bank in Petersfield. 

Petersfield – St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers Commemorate Accession of The Queen 70 Years Ago

The St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers from Petersfield rang rounds on the eight bell in the evening of Sunday 6th February for an hour to commemoration 70 years since the Accession of The Queen to the Throne.  Those not included in the picture rang in the morning instead were Erin & Nick.

Petersfield Ringers Commemorate 70th Anniversary of HM The Queen’s Accession to the Throne

Left to right front row:   Caroline, Katherine, James, Christine, Madeline, Sally, Alice.

Left to right back row: Lauren, Mary, Tower Captain, Jackie, Geoff, Duncan, Paula and John. 

Photograph taken by Sue Walker who was also one of the ringers.

Caroline Welsh

St. Peter’s Petersfield Ringers

Education Committee Courses

The Education Committee is pleased to announce the details of its first two courses this year:

Saturday 5th March – Plain Hunt on 5 bells and Trebling to Doubles Methods

Saturday 9th April – Plain Bob Doubles

Below are the posters and application forms for both courses – please pass the information onto your District or anyone you think may be interested.

HELPERS WANTED! It’s been two years since our last course and the Education Committee would love to get a fresh list of names of people who would be willing to support. Please do let Sallie Ingram know if you’d be happy to lend your expertise as a helper on either of these or future courses, or pass this plea onto anyone you think might be able to help: Contact Sallie Ingram

We very much look forward to hearing from you!

From the Education Committee

Bells’ Adviser for the Diocese of Portsmouth

Following the impending/planned retirement of the current post holder, Hugh Routh, the Portsmouth Diocese seeks a bells’ adviser to assist the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (DAC) in advising the Diocesan Chancellor regarding bell repairs and bell projects within the diocese.

A third of the diocesan churches have bells, with 48 towers having three or more bells enabled for full-circle ringing.  Projects range from simple repairs to augmentations and new bells.

This is a volunteer position but out of pocket expenses can be claimed for authorised visits and for attending the annual national diocesan bells’ advisers conference.  Candidates should be experienced ringers with recent knowledge and experience of bell repair work.  An understanding and sympathy of how conservation relates to bell projects would be an advantage.

 Details of the position and the code of practice are available here.   For an informal discussion regarding the role please contact David Cain (DAC secretary) on 023 9289 9687 or Email: dac@portsmouth.anglican.org

Indications of interest (with a CV and details of relevant experience) are sought by the end of February.  It is proposed that the newly appointed adviser would work alongside the current post holder for an initial six month period.

Contact Charlotte Colliss


Contact Liz South

Email: Use Form

Christmas Ringing at Warnford and East Meon Saturday 4th December 2021

Simon Poyser, Chairman and Roger Barber, Ringing Master of the Alton & Petersfield District Bell Ringers organised a Christmas ringing event at Warnford and East Meon on Saturday 4th December.

Ringers were given a warm welcome by Edwin Grimshaw, Tower Captain at Warnford Church which hosted an afternoon of general ringing.  This was followed by afternoon tea, mince pies and cakes at The George & Falcon, Warnford,  very much enjoyed on such a cold day.  There then followed evening ringing on the ten bells at East Meon.   

The photograph shows very happy ringers after the tea at The George and Falcon, Warnford.

Caroline Welsh

St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers, Petersfield

A&P District and WP Youths Ringing at Winchester Cathedral – 12th December 2021

After considerable organising behind the scenes between Steve Lamb and the Cathedral Chapter, the A&P District were given the green light to ring on Sunday 12th December following evensong.

About 30 ringers including a number from the ‘WP Youths’ team congregated at the designated ‘door’ and ascended the many steps to the ringing chamber, all masked, hands sanitised and lateral flowed….

The bells rang from 4.30pm to 6pm with many ringing on 12 and 14 for the first time. Thank you all for coming.

Huge thanks to the Winchester team especially Steve, Bevis and Bruce for helping make the afternoon possible.

The A&P District wishes Guild members all the very best for Christmas and for the New Year.

The masked ringers!

C&S District Monthly Surprise Major Practices at Ringwood – Next Practice Thurs 6th Jan 2022

A reminder for next Thursday’s Surprise Major practice at Ringwood, 7.15 – 9.00 pm, 6 Jan.  We’ll be keeping Cornwall as the special method.  We endeavour to cater for as wide a repertoire as is possible on the night.


NOTE: From 4 Jan until November 2022 the slip road from Ringwood on to the west bound carriageway of the A31 will be closed.   There appears to be no information on line about planned diversions but looking at Google Maps one option would be to travel east towards Poulner along “Southampton Road” from the roundabout/junction of the B3344/“The Furlongs”.  This will enable you to join the westbound A31 further up  Poulner Hill, adding about 5 minutes to your journey time.


Due to night time road closures in and around Ringwood we will be starting these practices, a little earlier than usual – 7.15 pm., allowing some to leave before detours come into force.  Commencing 2nd December and for the foreseeable future.  Finishing time will be 9.00 pm.

We had good support for the 4th November practice with single methods and 8-spliced.  It’s been suggested we re-introduce an occasional special method and Cornwall has been suggested.  

It will be good to have more support so that we can guarantee a wider ranging practice for all those coming along.  Feel free to forward this information to all who you think will be interested in joining in.


Ventilation-wise, I recollect the 4th November practice achieved 800 ppm CO2 within the ringing chamber, so pretty-well ventilated.  We also have a new heater that proved to be beneficial.

Alan Bentley

Ringwood

200 Club – November 2021 Draw Results

The November draw for the 200 Club was held at Botley practice on Thursday 18th November, as the Executive Committee meeting on the 20th was being held via Zoom.

The results were as follows:

Draw date: 18/11/2021

Draw for August to November money

PrizePrize Accumulation£50.00Winning 
Numbers
Winners
First50%£25.004Rob Hatch
Second20%£10.006Pete Jordan
Third10%£5.001Robin Milford
Fourth10%£5.0013Allan R Yalden
Fifth5%£2.505Christine Knights-Whittome
Sixth5%£2.5035Piers Armstrong 2

Money to Training & Development Fund from this draw is £43.

Prizes will be distributed shortly, as will the total to the Training and Development Fund from this year’s draws, which is £145.

New members are always welcome – please see the details on the website 200 Club page and get in touch with me.

Robin Milford

Winchester District Autumn Meeting Minutes – November 2021

Minutes of the Winchester Autumn District Meeting held via Zoom at 10am on Saturday 13th November 2021

Present: Bruce Purvis (BP)–Chairman, Winchester Cathedral, Tony  Smith (TS) – Treasurer, Hursley, Edmund Wratten (EW) – District Ringing Master (Unattached), Andrew Glover (AG)- District Webmaster, Romsey, Roger Booth (RB)– Acting District Newsletter Editor, New Arlesford, Micki Nadal (MN) – District Secretary, Stockbridge & Kings Somborne, Judy Bishop, Easton, Caroline Fairley (CF), Winchester Cathedral, Carol Higgins, Lockerley, Andrew Johnson (AJ), New Arlesford, Elizabeth Johnson (EJ), New Arlesford,  Christine Knights-Whittome (CKW),Wonston, Brenda Palk, Lockerley, John Palk (JP),Lockerley, Tricia Shannon, Unattached, Elizabeth Skinner, Bishopstoke, Rodney Skinner (RS), Ropley, Pam Thomson, Hursley, Richard Thompson, Hursley and Jenny Watson, Sparsholt.

19 members attended, representing 12 towers, plus 2 unattached members.

  1. Welcome and Apologies

Chairman BP welcomed members and accepted apologies from John Croft (JC), Steve Lamb, Jen Churchill and Mike Hopkins-Till.

  1. Minutes of the previous meeting

The minutes of the previous meeting held on Saturday 13th February 2021 were agreed with no comments and signed by BP.

  1. Matters arising:

Since Guild Executive Committee representative JC would be unable to attend the Guild Zoom meeting scheduled for Saturday 20th November, he had agreed with RB that a replacement could take his place.  BP agreed that an alternative member would be satisfactory.  TS agreed, providing only District matters were discussed by the replacement.  He felt that Guild Executive meetings would, in future, be held online and that this would be a continuing issue.  AJ asked which of the District Officers could attend normally – this would be the District Secretary and 1 other as elected.

BP proposed RB; seconded by RS and confirmed unanimously by a show of hands.

  1. Loss of members through death

BP led attendees in a short prayer and a minute’s silence for the District members who had died since the previous meeting:

Peter J Clarke (Bishopstoke), Rosemary Oakeshott (Lockerley & East Tytherley), Rosemary Haviland (formerly of Micheldever), Wally F Taylor (formerly of Wonston) and Jean Kelly (formerly of Candover Valley).

  1. Elections of new ringing members – the following probationary and new ringing members were proposed for election:
    • Election of probationary members

Mary Richards of Stockbridge on 1 October 2021 proposed by MN, seconded by JP.

Jan Conway, Ruth Horner, Jane Parker-Brown, Rosie Reay, Melanie Rose, Robert Spencer and Tim Stone of Cheriton on 11 November 2021 proposed by C F, seconded by RB.

  1. Election of new ringing members

Benjamin Knowles and Elizabeth A Skinner of Bishopstoke proposed by Roy LeMarechal, seconded by Graham Wright.

  1. Training needs/purchases and programme

RB reported that a ringing simulator, borrowed from New Arlesford, had been used successfully for the training of the Cheriton learners.  He felt the District should purchase a SIMBEL simulator for use around towers in the district; this would cost £420 and would not require a faculty.  RB would offer a permanent loan of a laptop to run the programme.  TS suggested the simulator and associated equipment be held in the charge of the District Ringing Masters and that guidelines be issued regarding the length of the loan to each tower.  EW would be happy to be in charge of the simulator and its use and suggested a permanent ‘home’ be decided upon.  Both EW and RB suggested motorcycle tyres muffles be used as an inexpensive way to silence bells.  The simulator would be purchased by the District Secretary; RB would contact MN on this matter.

BP proposed a SIMBEL simulator be purchased.  This was seconded by CKW and passed on a show of hands.                                                                                                                                         Action RB/MN  

  1. Programme of future events

BP felt he, MN, EW, AG and TS should meet to discuss the future programme; he opened the issue to the floor for attendees’ views.  AJ suggested that, given the timescale before Christmas, plans be made for 2022.  EJ welcomed a decision immediately on the date and venue for the District Annual Meeting, which all present believed should be a live meeting and not held online.  Following a short discussion this was agreed as Saturday 12th February 2022 in St Mary’s Easton, with tower ringing and tea in the village hall.  BP thanked JB for agreeing to this proposal; JB would check to confirm the church and village hall would be available for this date. 

Action JB

  1. Any other notified business
  • Insurance matters – tower and Guild

As a result of questions, initially raised by a member of Andover District with Guild Treasurer Helen Woolford, regarding insurance cover for members and whether this was the responsibility of the PCC, Guild or individual members, a short discussion took place.  All agreed there was a need for greater clarity on the subject.  RB suggested District officers set up training sessions on insurance cover and risk assessments for towers and agreed to raise the matter with the Guild Executive at the next meeting.  MN would contact Winchester District Towers and produce a list identifying those towers with no risk assessment. 

Action MN/District Officers

  • Recovery after the pandemic

EW felt that those towers needing help were probably not represented at the QDM; AG referred attendees to the questionnaire produced by RB, which had identified needs in certain towers, particularly with the loss of between 20-25% of ringers during the pandemic.  It was agreed the District Officers should contact towers to establish suitable places for future events.  Towers with ground floor rings and plenty of space should be identified; small towers should be given help from suitable venues nearby.  RB suggested that, following the success of a recruitment programme in the New Arlesford area, the district should concentrate on 1 or 2 areas at a time for the next 2 years.  EW suggested that, when the correspondence on tower risk assessments was sent out, tower captains should be asked again what help they need.  BP agreed District Officers should proceed on that basis.

Action MN/District Officers

  • Bell and tower project updates

Ropley:  RS gave a short description of the overall damage to the church resulting from the fire in 2014 and the problems arising from increasing rebuild costs, insufficient levels of insurance and work stoppage due to the pandemic, resulting in costs which have escalated even further, by c. 25%.  The huge project to strengthen the tower with a steel frame and replace the bells requires additional funds, in spite of magnificent fund raising efforts by the village to rebuild the church and replace the bells.  It was hoped the District and Guild would be able to help the fund raising by allocating grants to Ropley.  TS advised that the District supports bell projects with grants of £500 and proposed that this amount be allocated to Ropley; seconded by BP.  The proposal was agreed unanimously.

Twyford:  AJ gave a short review of work completed to date at Twyford.  The recent visit by the Mayor of Winchester had stimulated interest in the bell improvements.  From a total predicted cost of £85,000, around £67,000 had already been raised.  Further fund raising events had been planned to help meet the shortfall of some £18,000.  TS proposed that the District allocate £500 to the Twyford project; this was seconded by BP and agreed unanimously.  MN reminded attendees that Diocesan grant information, including a grant specific to bells, had recently been sent out to all Tower Correspondents.

Action TS

  • GS2222 – church closures and churches at risk

BP reminded attendees of the recent Ringing World article from 03/09/21 and referred them to RB’s recent list of District churches at risk of closure and to examples of how church closures and sales can potentially affect the numbers of bell towers available.  RB believed future ringing bands would be most likely made up of groups ringing at several different churches for services.  EW felt that, since this was something which would affect churches from a Diocesan level, this should be first and foremost a Guild matter.  Following a brief discussion on churches at risk, i.e. those with regular congregations of <25 and who do not meet their share of the Common Mission Fund (CMF); what could happen to bells in redundant churches; which towers have some representation on Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) and/or links with the Deanery Synods; identifying those churches with mediaeval non-matching bells which could make use of redundant matching bells, BP outlined a course of action:

  • To find out which churches have representation on PCCs and to build and strengthen contacts with PCC members
  • To ask Guild Executive representatives to find out Guild views on GS2222 and how to identify churches at risk
  • To establish groups to obtain more contacts at deanery level with a view to gaining further information on diocesan plans at the grass roots level. 

Action District Officers

  1. Any Other Business

AJ referred attendees to a fund raising concert at Twyford to be held at 6pm on Wednesday 24th November in Twyford church.  MN would forward this to all tower correspondents.

Action MN

JP reminded attendees that the Guild Report would be issued again following a year’s absence and a questionnaire would be sent to TS and MN for completion.  AJ felt the numbers showing average attendance at Sunday services and ringing practices was very useful information. 

Action JP/MN/TS

The meeting closed at 11.17am

Chairman ……………………………………….  Date……………………………………………….

Petersfield – Armistice Day & Remembrance Sunday Ringing 2021

Thursday 11th November Armistice Day 

The St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers with help from other ringers in the area rang call changes for three quarters of an hour before the Armistice Day service at the Petersfield War Memorial at 11am.  This was the first time that the ringers have rung before the service at the Petersfield War Memorial when the 11th occurs  during the week. 

Ringers included in the photograph are: 

Left to Right Front Row: Madeline King, Sue Walker, Jackie Downham, Malcolm Wigmore.

Back Row:   David Cooper, Martin How, and Brian Underwood  who called the Call Changes, and David Malone. 

Photographs taken by Mary Broadbridge 

( Joy Martin & Mary Broadbridge (Tower Captain) not included in the photograph also rang), 

St Peter’s Church Petersfield Bell Ringers  Remembrance Sunday 14th November 2021

Some of the St Peter’s church Bell Ringers who rang for Remembrance Sunday 2021.

Left to Right:   Joy Martin, Sue Walker, Madeline King, Mary Broadbridge (Tower Captain), John Downham, Jackie Downham, Malcolm Wigmore and David Malone. 

Photograph taken by Caroline M Welsh.

Other ringers not included in this photograph were Paula Tribe, Sally Wedley and James Wedley. 

The poppy wreath in memory of Bell Ringers who had died and served their country in conflict was placed at the War Memorial after the ringing. 

Caroline Welsh

Petersfield

Winchester District Newsletter – November 2021

District Autumn General Meeting
The next Quarterly District Meeting is t be held on Saturday 13th November from 10 am and will be held on Zoom. To join the Zoom Meeting visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83679702971?pwd=TGZoS0phSnk5STlUOE9qZTd1MFZRQT09
 
Meeting ID: 836 7970 2971. Passcode: 181501

I will open the Zoom link from 9.30 am. Since I don’t know many of you and need to note down attendees, it would be useful if you could make sure your name is visible when you join on Zoom and not a nickname or someone else’s name or the name of your computer or mobile! You can temporarily change the name showing on the screen by right clicking on it and renaming yourself. 

Link to the agenda and unconfirmed minutes of the previous meeting held on 13th February 2021.

Please forward any apologies to me  or 07563 753079
  
Micki Nadal, Winchester District Secretary

 Twyford restoration project underway

One of the new Twyford bells being cast at Loughborough on 4th November 2021 (Elizabeth Johnson)

The project to restore the bells at Twyford is now under way and two of the three new bells have already been cast at Loughborough. The existing bells are due to be removed from the tower in January/February, and to go back around Easter 2022, once the frame has been shot blasted and repainted. There is currently a £13,000 shortfall on this £85,000 project, but this can be reduced if people come forward and volunteer to help the bell-hangers with the removal and installation work.
The parish also have a number of fund-raising events planned over the next few months to help reduce the shortfall, including a concert on 24th November and a quiz evening in January.

New band at Cheriton
Following a successful recruitment event at Cheriton Parish Fete on Bank Holiday Monday using the Charmborough Ring, nine people have come forward to learn to ring. A taster evening was held a few weeks later, followed by three weeks of intensive bell-handling lessons. Each new ringer came on average twice a week so they have each received about six hours of solid one-to-one practice on a solo bell. Special thanks go to Roy LeMarechal, Peter Hill and Ian Redway for their expert help. Caroline Fairley has also been helping as a teaching assistant and learning to teach.

The new ringers are now sufficiently advanced to start ringing rounds and we have started holding two practices a week.  One on Monday afternoons at 2.30pm and the other on Thursday evenings, although for the next few weeks these need to fit round other events in the church, so some weeks we start at 6.15pm and finish by 7.30pm; other weeks we start at 7.30pm.

The band have set themselves the objective of ringing rounds together before the parish carol service at 3pm on Sunday 19th December 2021. The Alresford ringers have kindly loaned some of their simulator equipment, which helps reduce the need for help, although more help is always welcome. 

Can you help?
Next year we would like to help other towers in the District recruit and train new ringers after the pandemic. A few months ago we circulated a short questionnaire inviting members to indicate whether they are prepared to help out with weddings, Sunday ringing, practices and teaching new ringers at other towers in the District. This has certainly helped with the work at Cheriton, but we could help more towers if we had more offers of help. If you have not already done so, please take a couple on minutes to compete the short questionnaire:  https://forms.gle/Kyfm8mBf2NZiSUm67

Surprise Major Practice – Selborne – Saturday 27th November – 6.30-8.30pm

Methods: Cambridge, Yorkshire, Bristol (Gathering afterwards at the Selborne Arms for those that would like to)

Selborne would again like to invite Surprise Major ringers in the area to a Practice!

The Practice held in October was very successful and it was so lovely to see so many of you again after the long interval. We will continue to focus on Cambridge, Yorkshire and Bristol (3 leads or a full Course if we have enough for that).

To help the Practice run smoothly, it would be much appreciated if you could please come prepared by looking up the methods you’d like to ring in advance.


Selborne is fortunate to have a well-ventilated ringing chamber, and space to spread out in the church. The Practice will be run by A&P District Ringing Master, Roger Barber.

Your support to get the A&P ringing these again is much appreciated….look forward to seeing you there!

Petersfield, St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers – Ringing for COP 26 UN Global Climate Conference in Glasgow

St Peter’s Church Bell ringers, some of the band fairly new to ringing, rang rounds and call changes to mark the starting of the COP 26 UN Global Climate Conference in Glasgow.  

St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers Petersfield rang to mark the COP 26 United Nations Global Climate Conference in Glasgow.
Left to Right:  Madeline Kind, James Wedley, Sally Wedley, Erin Halder, Nick Halder, Christine Rushton, David Malone, Mary Broadbridge (Tower Captain), Alice Waterhouse.

https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1468506