Category Archives: Campanology

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Request for Bells to toll for Notre Dame Cathedral

Please spread the word and encourage appropriate engagement with clergy for permission to ‘toll’ bearing in mind any services in place.

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are asking cathedrals and churches across England to toll their bells for 7 minutes at 7pm on Thursday 18th April.

https://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/news/latest-news/archbishops-ask-cathedrals-and-churches-toll-bells-notre-dame

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-offers-solidarity-and-support-after-notre-dame-fire

If you can, please try and gather some ringers to ring at any time on Thursday in any way you see fit (open, half-muffled etc.) and add your performance to the BellBoard event that has been created to record the ringing: https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/event.php?id=10669.  These performances will then be published together in an upcoming edition of The Ringing World.

 

 

Archbishops ask cathedrals and churches to toll bells for Notre Dame

16/04/2019
Following the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York are asking cathedrals and churches across England to toll their bells for 7 minutes at 7pm on Thursday.

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are today encouraging, where possible, all cathedrals and churches across England to toll a bell for 7 minutes at 7pm this Thursday, as a mark of solidarity following the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. This initiative has been suggested by the British Ambassador to France, Edward Llewellyn, and it is hoped that many will take part.

Beyond Bob Doubles at Stockbridge – Wednesday 24th April at 19:30

Dear All,

The next Beyond Bob Doubles will be at Stockbridge on 24th of April from 19:30. Anything goes (except Bob Doubles) so if you have any requests let me know on the night. To give those who haven’t been before an idea of what it is about, methods we have been ringing recently include Grandsire, St Simon’s and Stedman doubles, Plain Bob, Little Bob, Kent and Cambridge minor, I also want to do Double Oxford, and Cambridge and Plain Bob spliced if we have the people. Please pass the word around, everyone is welcome from the District and beyond.

Edmund.

Popeye to the rescue?! – Sunday 19th May – Winchester Cathedral

Thank you to the volunteers who have offered to help erect and dismantle the Chamborough Ring at Winchester Cathedral on 19th May.   We still need another two or three  ‘able bodied and fairly strong adults’ to complete the team.

http://www.charmborough.org/

Should be a good ‘work out’ and fun… further details, including times, available on request!

Viv
wpbells.org/contact-viv-nobbs/
Tel: 01983 530920

Great War Memorial Booklet – Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers

Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers
Great War Memorial Booklet
Compiled by Robert Wellen

56 pages | Illustrated | £5.00
Publication Date: 1 May 2019. ISBN: 978-1-78972-194-2

This Booklet has been produced after five years of commemorations across the Guild marking the centenary of the Great War. It is fully illustrated throughout.
An original artwork created for the Guild by Westbury artist Helen Chester (www. helenchesterarts.co.uk), great granddaughter of Private Fred Kerley (killed 1914), pictured above, depicts the 89 known ringers from the Diocese who were killed in the war, against a backdrop of our cathedral and some of the churches where they rang. The front 15 ringers are actual likenesses, drawn from contemporary photographs. This picture is shown on the front cover of the Booklet.

Contents include: Guild Memorial and Cathedral Commemorations, Ringers from the Diocese who Died (biographical details and details of ringing commemorations), Towers and Branches, The „Ypres Bells‟, Other Commemorative Ringing and Events, Armistice Centenary and Post war. The Booklet also contains wartime extracts from Guild Reports and The Ringing World.
“For the first time, in this publication, you will have in one place information that previously stood separately. The impact of the whole is all the more moving. Guild members and those from beyond will value and appreciate this Booklet both now and in years to come”. Robert Wellen, Guild Master and compiler of the Booklet.
“Lest we forget, this history reminds us of real people and costly lives–people from our communities, our predecessors committed to ringing bells in towers where we now stand. It is good to know them by name and to recognise their significance for us today”. An extract from a Foreword to the Booklet by +Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury and Patron of the Guild

Booklet Flyer Photo 1The pre-war (1912-13) Edington football team which has four of the ringers in it. From the left: back row (first) Leonard Drewett, (fourth) John Frederick Pike Lawes; middle row (fifth) William John Wheeler (3) and front row (second) Reginald Charles Rogers.
Picture: Central Council Rolls of Honour

Booklet Flyer Photo 2Cathedral Memorial Screen: “The work to the screen, designed by H.S. Rogers, FSA., FRIBA., and executed by R. Mowbray & Co Ltd, London and Oxford, was completed by the time of the 1931 Annual Meeting in Sherborne”. (contemporary picture provided by Neil Skelton).

Three of the 89 known ringers from the Diocese of Salisbury to have been killed in the war:
Left: Private Harold Butcher: Trowbridge. Died 04/06/1917, aged 27.
Picture: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Butcher-2532

Middle: Lance Corporal William John Wheeler: Edington. Died 23/03/1918, aged 26.
Picture: Reproduced by permission Edington Priory Church.

Right: Gunner William Henry Hardiman: Bridport. Died 07/11/1917, aged 29. Picture: William Hardiman with his wife Emma, and sons Bertram and Leonard (recently discovered picture now hanging in Bridport ringing chamber). Central Council Rolls of Honour.

Principal Contact: Robert Wellen
E-mail: Guild Master – SDGR
Telephone: 01747 825131
Mobile: 07817 633584

HOW TO PRE-ORDER BEFORE 1 MAY 2019 OR ORDER AFTER USING THE WEBSITE: https://sdgr.org.uk/great-war-memorial-booklet/
For UK postal delivery, please complete the form below and click the submit button. We have used a form generated by Google to ensure security of your information. For international orders please email us at Guild Master – SDGR so we can advise you of shipping cost before you order.

HOW TO PAY
Please pay by Bank Transfer (Internet Banking or BACS)
Information added
PLEASE PUT YOUR ‘NAME/GWMB’ AS REFERENCE ON THE PAYMENT
The price is £5.00 a copy plus £1.50 contribution to p&p per copy. For example: 1 copy = £6.50, 2 copies = £13.00, 3 copies = £19.50 etc.

OTHER WAYS TO PRE-ORDER, ORDER OR PURCHASE
1. Send a cheque (payable to the Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers) for the appropriate amount (as indicated above) along with your name, postal address and postcode and a contact telephone number or e-mail to Robert Wellen, 67 The Meadows, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 4SP.
2. After 1 May, purchase a copy from a Guild Officer at Guild events and Branch Business Meetings.

Notes:
All of any surplus made on the sale of this Booklet will be divided evenly between the Llewellyn Edwards Bell Restoration Fund (LEBRF) (Registered Charity No. 270529) and The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation (CWGF) (Registered Charity No. 1171947) (https://www.cwgc.org/support-us).

GDPR: all the information you provide will be stored securely and only used for the purpose of dispatching this Booklet. It will not be shared with any other person or body and will not be stored after the Booklet has been dispatched.

Download this article as a PDF here

WW1 Centenary Commemoration Services 12th and 19th May

We are having display boards in both Winchester and Portsmouth Cathedrals leading up to the services and we will use the opportunity not only to show details of our Guild’s project but also to promote ringing.

Please let us have any ‘stories’ from your own tower that you feel would make an interesting and inspiring contribution, for example Ringing Remembers ringers feedback.  ‘Snippets’ are fine! Photos to support with details would be great! 

Any material submitted might be used in the Cathedrals’ service sheets in May and in the Public Relations area such as Guild, Diocesan and Cathedral newletters and websites and community / national media.

Please send to me here ideally by 17th April.

Thank you.

Viv Nobbs
Public Relations Officer
Tel: 01983 530920

Guild Education – Basic Raising and Lowering – Bishopstoke – Fri 17th May – 7-9pm.

Details should by now have reached you via your Tower Secretary, but the Education Committee is running another of its very popular evenings on Basic Raising and Lowering.    This will take place at Bishopstoke on Friday 17 May 2019, from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm.    This is a course where places usually get filled up very quickly, so if you or other members of your tower – or friends in another tower – are interested it might be an idea to apply sooner rather than later.    I have attached the poster and application form (both Word and pdf versions).

And don’t forget the Education Committee’s evening at The Undercroft at Winchester Cathedral, Wednesday 17 April, when we hope to see lots of you to HAVE YOUR SAY.     It is important that ringers of all age groups should let us know what kind of training is taking place in their towers, and what kind of courses they would like to see the Education Committee offer in the future.   In other words – where are the gaps?    What can we do to help?    This is open to everybody, any age, beginners with new ideas, experienced ringers with tried-and-trusted ideas – we’d like to see you all.   If you haven’t done so already, please let me know if you are coming so we have an idea of numbers.

Christine Knights-Whittome

On behalf of the Guild Education Committee

Application Form – Basic Raising and Lowering – Word

Application form – Basic Raising and Lowering – PDF

Basic Raising and Lowering Poster – Word

Basic Raising and Lowering Poster – PDF

Guild Officer Elections 2019 to be held on 15th June at the Guild AGM in I.O.W.

Nominations are invited for the following posts to be elected on, and to serve for 3 years from, Saturday 15th June 2019 to the 2022 Guild A.G.M:

  • Master
  • Vice-Master
  • Hon. General Secretary
  • Hon. General Treasurer
  • Hon. Librarian and Archivist
  • Hon. Peal Recorder
  • Hon. Report Editor
  • Minutes Secretary
  • Child Protection Officer
  • Independent Examiner
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Two Bell Restoration Fund Trustees (1 from each Diocese)

and

5 Central Council Representatives – to be elected on Saturday 15th June 2019 and to serve for 3 years commencing September 2020.

It is likely that nominations will be made from the floor of the meeting on 15th June but they can also be made in advance of the meeting. Each candidate is required to provide a formal Proposer and Seconder.  These two members could be present at the A.G.M. or, if either or both are unable to attend the meeting, they can contact me with their nominations.  If they are not going to be present at the AGM, please make sure I receive the details of candidate, proposer and seconder by the evening of Friday 14th June.  There is no need for advance notice if the proposer and seconder will be at the meeting.

Many thanks

Heather Frazer

Hon. Gen. Secretary

Email link

01256 465554

 

 

 

Guild Striking Competitions – Reminder

Hello Everyone.

Just a quick reminder that there is now around 5 weeks to get your entries in for the Guild Inter Tower Striking Competitions on the 18th Mayclosing date is the 11th May. If your tower has not taken part in these competitions before please can I urge you to make this year different and enter a band? You can ring Rounds and Call changes if you don’t feel confident to ring methods and it would be great to see your team on the day.

The competitions are at Shedfield (8 bell) and Wickham (6 bell). The rules etc are on the W&P website.

Also for District bands please remember that the closing date for the Guild Inter District 8 bell competition on AGM day is at Brighstone, IOW on the 15th June. Due to travel arrangements the CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS 25th MAY.

Thanks

Vice Master  – Winchester & Portsmouth Guild of Church Bell Ringers.

 

Guild Education Survey Results and Feedback

Introduction

The Guild Education Committee decided  to hold an open event ‘Have your say’ during Holy Week in the Undercroft of Winchester Cathedral to consult with members, and all those with an interest in education, to develop a strategy for the delivery of training by the Guild Education Committee into the 2020’s, and how this dovetails with the training provided at District and tower level.

We particularly wanted to find out how we can help local bands, how we can recruit and retain more young ringers, and how we can best support individuals who wish to make progress with their ringing. This could also feed into the updating of the Guild’s three year action plan. To help with this we circulated a link to an on-line survey form to which almost two thirds of the church towers with ringable bells in the Guild responded.

Survey Headlines

  • Service ringing: One of the objects of the Guild is to encourage ringing for Divine Service. Of the ringable towers that had a morning service 12% had no local band, 38% did not ring all their bells and just 50% were able to ring all the bells. Almost a quarter (25%) of the available bells were not rung.
  • Recruitment: Is a big issue for many towers. On a scale of 1 – 10, where 1 is very difficult and 10 is easy, there was an average response of 2.6.
  • Foundation skills: Another object is the cultivation of change ringing. A third (33%) of the ringers are at the foundation skills stage and either learning to handle, ring rounds and call changes, or plain hunt. A third of the towers that have a local band (35%) rang no more than one doubles method on practice night (e.g. Plain Bob or Grandsire Doubles), and often less. Over two thirds (69%) rang nothing more than plain doubles.
  • Assistance with teaching: It is surprising that many of the comments received related to the need for assistance at the more elementary levels, even though rule 18 is that Districts are requested to compile a list of instructors who are willing to assist towers. Rule 16 is that the first charge on District funds (after administration) shall be for instruction (whenever possible) in change ringing. In answer to the question about assistance, only 26% of towers did not require any assistance from the Guild.
  • Demographics: In terms of age, 58% of ringers and 66% of tower captains are over 60. 7% of ringers are aged under 20. Twenty years ago, in the Guild report for 1999, the percentage of Over 60 and Life members was around a third of this (20%). It seems that there has been a corresponding decrease in the number of Full members as the baby boom generation who learnt as teenagers in the 1960’s and 1970’s are now aged over 60. Around 25% of ringers are “less active” and come less than 50% of the time.
  • Leadership skills: The baby boomers form the backbone of our existing tower captains and teachers and there will be a need replace these tower captains when they retire, However, currently 7% of ringers are aged under 20 and 8% aged 20 – 40. Therefore there will not be the same bulge coming through.
  • ‘Active’ ringers: It is widely reckoned that there are about 40,000 ringers worldwide and about 32,000 of these are members of territorial societies such as the W&P. What surprised us is that when we compared the reported number of ringers in local bands, this was about 8% less than the number of Guild members listed against those towers. We had expected this to be the other way round. In addition, when asked how many of the local band could be relied on to attend at least 50% of the time, there was a further 25% reduction. Based on this the Guild has around 950 active ringers and if the same elsewhere, there are about 32,000 ringers of whom 24,000 are ‘active’.
  • Surprise ringing: Another unexpected result was that the number of ringers who could ring more than one Surprise method was 22%. A further 7.5% were learning to ring their first surprise method. In ‘Room at the Top’ in 2002 Simon Linford estimated that only 10% of ringers could ring surprise. It therefore seems that there is a large pool of accomplished ringers, who may be able to help with training the next generation.

Feedback from tower correspondents:

  • Small village, we’ve tried recruiting from the congregation/leaflet drops/general appeals/open days, scouts and guides, nothing seems to bring them in!  Tried over many years, but now feeling too old to put the effort in again, and there are only 2 of us left.  Most helpful would be an area ringing school where, if we could drum up interest, recruits could go for initial tuition before joining our tower.  But we need to find a core of perhaps 10 prepared to learn, then 4 or so might stick at it, and that would be a good start.  Just teaching the odd single individual is of no use now!
  • 1 or 2 good ringers visiting even only once a month would make a huge difference.
  • In the past, there has been too much emphasis on difficult method ringing, peals and quarter peals, with no or little support for learner bands, such as ours. As far as anyone knew, we didn’t exist, and we had given up our Guild membership, due to lack of interest by the Guild.
  • It is nearly impossible for one competent ringer to stand behind six learners to try to teach them change ringing. But we have succeeded, in getting as far as Plain bob doubles with our own efforts. Without such ringers like ours, and people like me, prepared to spend hours teaching the basics, without resorting to complex methods, then bell ringing will die out.
  • Training: are we doing it at the right level?  I can’t see how anyone can learn anything much in a day unless they almost knew it already and the day course reinforced it.  Would a series of sessions, probably organised at District level, be more effective?  I would be interested in hearing the experiences of the Portsmouth District that used to have their “hit squad” approach, and if that was worthwhile.
  • I feel that we may be able to recruit, but with nobody willing to teach, recruitment would be a waste of time. It would be great if there were a group of roving teachers or a place to go for lessons. And pay expenses etc. For those teaching.
  • More help on how to get ropesight and listening skills – not for our tower but as a general overall training for all.
  • I would never turn down any help/advice with gaining new recruits. Of my 4 new recruits in 2018, the 3 over 50 all gave up. The 11 year old, after 3 months, is ringing plain hunt triples. Pre teens and teenagers should be our target group for recruitment.
  • I have answered the question about retention because it was a required field but the real answer is “not known” because there were no new ringers to retain.
  • Courses to teach ringing, introduction to ringing course, bell handling etc. so we could move forward if we had recruits.
  • We have tried to recruit e.g. at the end of 2018 we took part in a village event where about 6 people indicated interest. However, despite being followed up, it is not the right time for any of them!
  • I believe what would be of benefit, bearing in mind we have ringers who are deaf etc. etc. is a visitor with tact, diplomacy and encouraging manner to visit our tower to help us ring up and down better together as a band.
  • I would welcome the opportunity to learn how to teach, support others handle a bell, coordinate a taster course to encourage ringers etc. To deliver any bell handling with interested people we would need support from someone competent.
  • None of the ringers actually live in the village & we only practice once a fortnight, alternating with another tower. There is very little service ringing because we are all committed to other towers although we usually manage weddings & the carol service.
  • We would like support with recruiting new and younger members as the average age of the ringers who ring at our tower is quite high.
  • Localised courses for Basic Doubles Methods (Plain Hunt, Grandsire & Plain Bob).
  • Qu 6: leadership roles – yes others could run practices; but they would not want to teach or to train to teach. Comments: our ringers cannot progress because we do not have enough competent ringers to support them. We are currently stuck at call changes!”
  • The age of the band is a concern and assistance with recruitment would be welcome.
  • D of E scheme provides most learners, but they don’t stay after 3 months.
  • We would like to thank all those involved in the Guild who have given us all those recruits during the ‘Ringing Remembers recruitment drive, as an indirect result we have acquired a further three recruits. The seven remaining recruits are making good progress and are very enthusiastic.

Survey statistics

Survey Statistics 1                      

Guild Education Survey Pie Chart

Survey Statistics 2

Survey Statistics 3

Guild reports

We also looked through Guild annual reports over the past 20 years to see how the profile of membership has changed. There was a substantial increase between 1998 and 2000 because of the ‘Ring in the Millennium’ campaign. However ‘Ringing Remembers’ seems not to have had an impact on the same scale. The two coordinators have commented that of the people expressing interest in learning only about half turned up to the first lesson, and about 50% of them have given up learning since. It would be interesting to find out more, by contacting them direct to carry out a further survey.

Junior membership before 2001 was for people aged under 16. Therefore the number of ‘student’ members is not directly comparable.

Probationary membership was introduced in 2000 and enables new ringers to benefit from Guild insurance. We have looked at the progression of Probationary members in five Districts and of those who were Probationary members in 2015, 49% ceased membership in 2016 and a further 12% in 2017. Only 34% became Full members, with 4% remaining Probationary.

From responses to the survey, we estimate that around 175 people started learning to ring at Guild towers in 2018. This compares with 150 Probationary members in 2018. This represents over 10% of the Guild membership, and a key segment for us to ensure are well catered for. It would be interesting to survey this group direct to find out more about their opinions.

Survey methodology.

The survey questions were based on a similar survey undertaken in Kent about 18 months ago, and a previous survey undertaken in the North Bucks Branch of the Oxford DG. Tower correspondents were asked questions about their Sunday and practice ringing during a typical week in March 2019. Initially District Secretaries were invited to ‘cascade’ an e-mail to correspondents, or opt for this to be sent out centrally by the committee. Approximately half the initial e-mails were sent out each way at the beginning of March.

Following this, those Districts who had opted to cascade were sent a list of non-responders, in order to send out a reminder. The other correspondents were sent an e-mail via ‘Survey Monkey’, a free online GDPR compliant service which enables the sender to see which e-mails have bounced and which have not been opened. Where no-e-mail address was published in the Guild Annual Report, e-mails were sent out using the contact page on the Guild website. There was also publicity on Win-Port and the Guild Facebook group.

A third reminder was sent out to all non-responders during the third week of March, either by Survey Monkey or the contact page. Hard copies of the survey form, and a stamped addressed envelope, were sent to six towers where there was no electronic means of making contact.

We did not expect all towers to respond, and a 65% response rate is very good, far better than some of us feared. However a number of correspondents complained about not receiving the initial e-mail, and from Survey Monkey we can see that a significant number did not even open our e-mails. This raises questions about the ability of the current systems to ensure that communications from the Guild find their way down to individual members.

Conclusions & recommendations

  • Many towers expressed frustration with recruiting and retaining ringers. Many wanted more help with teaching. This is one of the primary objects of the Guild.
  • With over 58% of ringers and 66% of tower captains aged over 60, many will retire as active ringers over the next decade or two. Succession planning is a key issue.
  • On the current trajectory, there is a danger that many more towers will become silent over the next 10 – 20 years. 10% of towers with a local band did not hold a practice.
  • The scale of support required by local bands is extensive. It is difficult for the Guild and Districts to have a significant impact on this with existing practices, meetings and training events.
  • Ringing Remembers seems not to have had the same impact on Guild membership as Ringing in the Millennium.
  • The Guild currently invests a limited amount in recruitment and training. (The Guild has a Bell Restoration Fund an unrestricted balance of £82,835 and a Training and Development Fund of £898 – as at 31.12.2017)
  • Communication is an issue. The usual channels may not be finding their way down to ringers at tower level. In addition, although the Guild has 1,472 members, there are only 211 subscribers to Win-Port and 282 to the Guild Facebook group.
  • A third of Guild members are at ‘foundation skills’ stage, either learning to handle, ring rounds and call-changes and learning to plain hunt.
  • Another third are either learning to ring their first method inside or learning other doubles methods inside.
  • Another third are learning to or can ring surprise.
  • Opportunities exist to progress past doubles methods, with around 30% of towers with a band reporting that they ring surprise minor or beyond on a typical practice night.

Possible future strategy (for discussion)

  • We need to encourage towers to help themselves, with like-minded towers voluntarily grouping together at a local level to help each other. This already happens on a small scale, but needs to happen on a much wider scale.
  • The Education Committee to provide the teachers/tower captains in these local groupings with the training, tools and support to run effective practices at foundation skills level (handling, call changes & plain hunt).
  • To maintain interest, help with progression and maximise retention, there is also a need for regular practices and training sessions focussed at the intermediate levels either locally or in each District.
  • To overcome the ‘helper shortage’, people who have successfully completed each stage to be encouraged to help with the preceding stage. Also to learn how to conduct simple touches, and help with organisation. These people often better understand what it is like to learn.
  • To help with future succession, set up a ‘young leaders’ programme for 14 – 21 year olds, to introduce them to teaching, conducting and other leadership skills.
  • The Education committee, PR Officer and Communications committee to work together to develop new material and make available additional financial resources to help local bands with recruitment, training and retention.
  • To maximise retention, adequate tuition and follow up should be in place before recruiting new ringers. Tuition also needs to meet modern expectations, with dedicated lessons, rather than a few minutes between touches on practice night.
  • There is a debate to be had about the benefits of recruiting older vs. younger people. However if there is to be a balance there is a need to recruit many more younger ringers, not only those in the under 20 age group, but also the 20 – 40 age group. Parents could be encouraged to learn alongside their children.
  • There are other questions that we would like to have asked in our survey, but these can only be answered by individual ringers and by tower captains. For example we would like to find out more about our Probationary members and the experiences of the Ringing Remembers recruits. A central membership database, with the option to opt-in/out of different types of communication would both facilitate this and help with communication generally.
  • Districts can help with the establishment of local support structures and on-going assistance. For example by holding regular ‘foundation skills’ and intermediate level practices, and setting up their own District young ringers groups. Foundation skills practices held elsewhere prove very popular and are often oversubscribed.

A PDF of this report is available to download here.

Winchester District Practice – Owslebury – Tues 2nd April – 7.30-9.00pm

Dear All,
Hot on the heels of our last – and most enjoyable – District Practice last Thursday at Tichborne, we have another, a week tonight, at Owslebury, so, handy for the towers in the centre of our District.  Owslebury has no regular band, and Sunday service ringing is kept going by the ringers of Botley and Curdridge. So, why not come along to the District Practice, and if the bells take your fancy and you aren’t too far away, consider coming along to support the Sunday ringing, 10.30-11.00 – but check with Anthony Manship, tower contact (01962 777264 or email) before you make a special journey.
Hoping lots of people can make it on Tuesday,
Best wishes
Bruce
District Secretary
Poster for display in your tower here

Further details on the Cathedral services being held for WW1 in May 2019 AND Volunteers Needed please…

12th May – Portsmouth Cathedral – Service starts at 6pm. 

The Cathedral band has offered a warm welcome to ringers who wish to join the Sunday Morning Service ringing starting at 9.45 a.m.   wpbells.org/portsmouth-cathedral/

Available ringing later in the day is as follows:
St. Mary’s Portsea   2 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.     wpbells.org/portsea/

St. Agatha’s               2.30 p.m. – 4 p.m.      wpbells.org/portsmouth-st-agatha/

Portsmouth Cathedral    5 p.m. – 6 p.m. (start time to be confirmed) wpbells.org/portsmouth-cathedral/

It would be very helpful to the organisers if ringers intending to visit each tower would contact wphonsec@gmail.com  Thank you.

Refreshments (Tea, Coffee, Cake) – need to be booked in advance wphonsec@gmail.com  – after the service at Becket Hall, close to the cathedral.

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19th May – Winchester Cathedral – Service starts at 3.30pm

The Chamborough Ring will be available to ringers and non-ringers throughout the afternoon (except during our service)     www.charmborough.org/

Winchester Cathedral band has offered a warm welcome to ringers who wish to join them prior to the service: It is important that you let us know if you wish to ring at the cathedral by contacting wphonsec@gmail.com   

MEET by 2 p.m. (Access details to follow) to allow for the long climb to the ringing room (also the location of the Guild’s Memorial to our ringers who died in both World Wars).
Ringing 2.15 p.m. to 3 p.m.   wpbells.org/winchester-cathedral/

Refreshments (Tea, Coffee, Cake) – need to be booked in advance wphonsec@gmail.com  – after the service at The Undercroft, close to the cathedral.

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We are needing volunteers to:

  • Make Cakes for both service days (costs can be reimbursed)
  • Assist with setting up at the halls (before the services), serving cakes, tea and coffee to ringers and invited dignitaries after the services, clearing up the refreshment area. Ideally we need a ‘Team Leader’ in the Refreshment Hall to take responsibility on the day
  • Be around before and after the services to chat with the invited guests
  • Help at the modest exhibition
  • Help erect and dismantle The Chamborough Ring at Winchester – ADULTS only – and the suggestion is ‘Able bodied and fairly strong’.

Throughout both events, Vice-Master Pete Jordan will be available to support all volunteers with any ‘challenges’ along the way.

Please ask us if you’d like more details of what we need before committing.Your support will be very much valued.

Please let me know at wphonsec@gmail.com as soon as possible.

Heather Frazer
Hon. Gen. Secretary
W & P Guild of Church Bellringers

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Ringer’s Write-up – ART Teaching Basic Handling Course January 26th New Alresford

I’m writing this a day after ringing the treble to Plain Hunt on 5 for the first time at Service ringing.  I’m in no way an expert at ringing and probably never will be. But in my 30 months of ringing I’ve experienced and been tutored by brilliant teaching by a local Ringing Master called Dave* and have witnessed appalling and dangerous teaching along the way too. I’m at a point in my ringing where I feel that I would like to be more involved in passing on my hard-won lessons in learning basic handling but never felt confident about supporting new learners.  In essence, I want to be more Dave.  I know I can’t be more Dave on my own though and this is where the ART Teaching Bell Handling module gives me the structure and order that I need as a person and as a tutor.

The day course took us ten ringers through a mixed programme of well-paced and relevant presentations in the church hall and sessions on the silenced bells in the easily accessed ringing chamber of St. John’s, New Alresford, Hampshire.

The handling sessions followed a demonstration and copy in pairs format . With two ringers per rope , the component parts of bell handling, including raising and lowering , were broken down into separate teaching points and practiced , face to face , eye-ball to eye-ball, adult to adult with feedback and improvement increasing throughout the day.

However many times you hear phrases such as ‘hold the tail end like this..’, or ‘long pull now…’, ‘catch higher up the sally..’ , there is nothing like hearing the sound of your own voice saying it to someone else.  The view from the teacher’s side of the rope is very, very different. Teaching the basics to the capable is, once you get over the initial awkwardness, hugely rewarding.  Sharing control of a bell feels strange to begin with but part of the purpose of the course is to familiarise ourselves with all the oddness of being the ‘other side of the rope’.  A very safe way to experience these emotions and work through them so that, when facing a complete beginner, it is not a complete surprise.

The one-to-one work in the Tower I was expecting. What completely took my breath away was the supporting ART materials.  The course demonstrated and allowed me to experience a logical teaching progression in practice, but behind this are the materials for the tutor and also, importantly, for the learner. With two sides to every beginner’s rope we cannot forget what the learner’s journey is like.  With my course pack I received some really nicely produced books emphasising the detail and structure of teaching and learning in the ART scheme. It is, after all, a scheme. An order of work.  An interpretation of how the basics can be taught in a loosely formal way so that progress can be logged by both tutor and learner, the fundamentals not overlooked and achievement recorded and celebrated.

Dave doesn’t need ART to teach. I know that I do. ART lets me be more Dave.  I’m ok with that. What I lack in instinctive teaching ability I gain in structure and with it, confidence. And projecting confidence is essential in communicating new knowledge and developing a sustained and rewarding tutor/student relationship.

Since participating in the M1 Course Teaching Basic Handling I’ve been more confident as a ringer in my own right, and more willing to step in and speak up with advice and support.  We’re all different. Delivering teaching through the ART scheme may not suit every tutor or every learner. But thanks to ART I have the option of being more Dave.

 *Dave isn’t his real name….

Gary Marsh,

Wonston Tower, Winchester District

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200 Club – March 2019 Draw Results

The March draw of the 200 Club took place this morning at the Guild Executive Committee meeting in Southampton.  A total of £102 had accumulated since the last draw in November, giving £50 to go to the Training & Development Fund and £52 to be split for prizes. These were drawn as follows:

 

Prize Accumulation £52.00 Winning
Numbers
Winners
50% £26.00 3 Alexander Gray
20% £10.40 15 Viv Nobbs
10% £5.20 27 Christine Hill
10% £5.20 11 David M. Hughes
5% £2.60 21 Heather Frazer
5% £2.60 5 Christine Knights-Whittome

The next draw will take place on Saturday 15th June 2019 at the Guild AGM at Freshwater, Isle of Wight. Moneys received between now and the AGM will go into that draw. Please send me your forms, which may be found on the Guild website under ‘200 Club’. More members, bigger prizes!

Robin Milford

Winchester District Practice – Thursday 21st March – Tichborne

Dear All,
Please find attached Word and PDF versions of the poster for our next District Practice, which is at Tichborne, next Thursday, 21st March.
This is a practice with a bit of a difference, as there are no local ringers (apart from when the Cheriton ringers come over as needed), so this is an opportunity to (1) try somewhere new (2) try something new (depending what we feel like doing).
The Tichborne bells have (relatively) recently undergone some restoration, so they go better than they did. The church is of great interest for ecclesiology buffs, as it incorporates a Catholic chapel – one of only three in England to survive from before the Reformation. Also handy is the Tichborne Arms, a free house, so with Pots and Flack Manor (to name but two) on tap.
Craig, great opportunity for you! Can you put the word round to any of your list (eg Janet?) who might feel like coming along?
Best wishes to all,

Invitation for all ringers to attend a service at Portsmouth Cathedral or Winchester Cathedral and Presentation of the Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild Record of Ringing in remembrance of those who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-1918

Invitation for all ringers to attend a service at Portsmouth Cathedral or Winchester Cathedral and Presentation of the Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild Record of Ringing in remembrance of those who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-1918

 

Firstly, thank you all for the ringing which took place during November 2018 to commemorate 100 years since the Great War.  It was a marvellous response!   Since this time the WW1 project team has been beavering away recording this ringing and any other celebratory ringing which took place from 1914 to remember those fallen who died during the Great War.  The book has now been completed and is with the printers – 480 sides of A4 – over 1,400 records.  A remarkable achievement!  Please be reminded though that we are still recording any further performances from 1st December 2018 in a Digital Archive which we are updating until the end of the year, so please continue to record any appropriate ringing in Bellboard so we can pick this up.  A link to the Digital Archive will be available in due course via both Cathedral websites as well as our own Guild website.  More details of this to follow.

 

Two copies of the book will be presented; one to Portsmouth Cathedral and one to Winchester Cathedral at evensong services as follows:

 

Portsmouth Cathedral – 12th May at 6pm

Winchester Cathedral – 19th May at 3.30pm

 

We have just finished sending out invitations to all of the 180+ churches where ringing took place and the responses have started to come in.  Whilst this has been happening we have been in discussion about what else we can provide for you, the ringers.  We have not completely tied everything down but would like to give you an update of where we are and send out a formal invite.

 

12th May – Opportunity to ring at other churches prior to the event including Portsmouth Cathedral itself.  Tea, coffee and cake to be provided after the service.

 

19th May – Mini ring will be provided in front of Winchester Cathedral.  See link http://www.charmborough.org.  Opportunity to ring at the Cathedral before the service.  Tea, coffee and cake to be provided after the service.

 

So are you interested in attending?  We really hope that you are and “Ringing Remembers” ringers please wear your badges proudly!

 

So what do you need to do?

 

1) If you are able to attend can you please email me at letting me know your name(s), tower and which service(s) you would like to attend.  Partners and families are also more than welcome.

Please include whether you would like to ring or not and if so at Portsmouth area or Winchester.

 

2) Are you able to help at all?  We are looking for helpers to:

  • Make Cakes
  • Assist with serving cakes, teas and coffee after the services, to ringers and invited dignitories
  • Be around before and after the services to chat with the invited clergy and other guests

If you can help then please let me know at wphonsec@gmail.com

 

Full details of churches where you can ring and timings will follow as soon as possible.

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Heather Frazer

Hon. Gen. Sec. W & P Guild of Church Bellringers

01256 465554

Are your tower contact details up to date?

Have you had your AGM and changed tower officers?

Did you know all towers on the Guild Website have their own tower page?  You can access them by typing https://wpbells.org/towername e.g. https://wpbells.org/romsey into a web browser.  These are linked through from the contact details listed for each tower.

There is also space to put some additional information about your tower, band or ringing in general that could be of interest to other Guild members or visitors to the area.

Also, we have the facility for tower correspondents to post items directly to their tower page.  More details are available here. Please let me know if you would like to be a correspondent for your tower and I can get you registered on the system.

Please check your tower info and if any amendments are needed, please let me know asap on WPBELLS@gmail.com . We are expecting a good deal more visits than ‘usual’ with the vast amount of publicity beginning to circulate regarding the two Guild services in May so it would be good to get your tower page up to date.

Thank you for your help in keeping the information current.

Andrew Glover

W&P Guild Webmaster

ADOPTION OF NEW FRAMEWORK FOR METHOD RINGING

ADOPTION OF NEW FRAMEWORK FOR METHOD RINGING

Dear Association Secretary,

As you may recall, CRAG’s Proposal H, which was passed at the May 2017 Central Council meeting, called for the Decisions of the Council to be replaced with a simple, permissive and descriptive framework for ringing with only the minimal detail required to maintain the historical record.

After 16 months of intensive work, involving two major consultation exercises, the Framework Team led by Tim Barnes delivered version 1 of the Framework to the Executive in January 2019.  The Framework has since been reviewed by members of the Executive over the past four weeks, with questions and comments satisfactorily addressed by the Framework Team. At their monthly meeting on Sunday February 24th 2019, the Executive voted to adopt and implement the Framework.

Here are some explanatory notes to accompany this decision and announcement:

1.              Permissive and Descriptive

1.1.        The Framework will take its place in the Council’s rulebook as a “standard”, which is a form of policy as defined in Council rule 10.4, and will be maintained by the Technical & Taxonomy Workgroup under the supervision of the Executive as stated in CRAG’s Proposal H and under Council rules.

1.2.        It is important to note that the Framework fulfils the objectives set out in CRAG’s Proposal H that it should be a permissive document, which is not over-prescriptive, but instead describes in simple language the norms and understandings which are common to almost all method ringing performed around the world.  It will inform and govern the Council’s various collections and records (e.g. methods, record lengths, extension processes), including how things are recorded, classified, analysed and reported.

2.              Magnum Opus

2.1.        In addition to the Framework, there is also supporting material comprising examples, further explanations, technical comments and appendices. The supporting material is not part of the Framework itself, but assists in the understanding of the Framework, expands upon certain definitions and requirements, and further assists ringers in communicating about method ringing. The supporting material will be updated by the Council’s Executive when the need arises.

2.2.        The Framework, appendices and supporting material are combined in a single website at https://framework.cccbr.org.uk. PDF versions of the Framework and appendices can be downloaded from this link (ref section 1.B). The rest of the supporting material can be accessed through the website.

3.              Consultative and transparent

3.1.        Two ringing community consultations have been completed on the Framework. Over 40 ringers participated in the consultations, raising over 130 points between them. This feedback resulted in the team making around 60 improvements to the Framework. The consultations were widely publicised, including in the RW, on ringers’ email lists, on Facebook and Twitter, on the CC website, and by communication to all CC members and to all CC-affiliated societies. The live draft of the Framework has been publicly available on the Internet since October 2017, and the team published four articles in the RW explaining the Framework development. In addition, The Ringing World has recently been serializing the FAQs from the Framework website.  This process has been an intensive exercise not only for the members of the Framework Team, but also for those ringers who have devoted many hours reviewing the various versions as they have been produced.

3.2.        In short, the development of the new Framework has been undertaken with full transparency and consultation. Consultation submissions and the team’s responses can be found in Appendix I (FAQs).

4.              Implementation

4.1.        Council rule 10.8 calls for new policies and standing orders to take effect no earlier than three months from the date of notice. We therefore give notice that our decision to implement the Framework takes effect on June 1st 2019. The Framework directly replaces Decisions D, E, F, G, I and J.

4.2.        We also give notice of our decision to retire the remaining (“non-method”) Decisions A, B, C, H and K, with effect from June 1st 2019. This is in accord with the Council’s wishes as expressed in votes at the 2017 Edinburgh meeting and the 2018 Lancaster meeting.  The Executive have reviewed these “non-method” decisions and where possible consulted those responsible for them to confirm that they may be safely retired.  We are satisfied that their purposes are achieved by the Council’s current objects and rulebook, although in the case of Decision H (Ringing Alliances) we will be writing to those few organisations with whom alliances have been formed to emphasise that the Council will continue to nurture these relationships and seek new ones.  The latter Decisions may be replaced in due course by new Council policies if needed.

4.3.        The version of the Framework which will be implemented on 1st June is version 1.  The Framework Team have intentionally left some things to consider in subsequent versions, since trying to do everything in one go would have taken too long. For example, the Framework’s method extension requirements largely follow the current Decisions, but this is an area where more analysis may lead to improvements and simplification. Timing for a second version has not yet been determined, but will likely follow between 6 and 12 months after version 1.

4.4.        The Framework Team will be ready to address any issues that arise in the implementation of version 1. While there’s been a good level of review in the consultations, it’s possible that notice of implementation may generate more scrutiny that uncovers something that has been overlooked. The Framework Team will be setting up an online forum that is open to all ringers to join, where ideas, issues, criticisms, etc can be raised. The Framework Team will use this input to inform future development of the Framework in what we expect to become a process of continuous improvement.  Comments can also be sent to this email address:   methods@cccbr.org.uk

 

5.              Day to day ringing

5.1.        A significant amount of effort has been devoted to ensure that the new Framework reflects ringing as it is currently performed, so the new Framework should have very little impact on day to day ringing.  Quarters or peals rung by the vast majority of ringers will be the same after 1st June as before.

5.2.        For the more technically adventurous, who enjoy pushing the boundaries of method construction or composition, the Framework will offer both guidance and support in a way which we hope will encourage rather than stifle innovation and so promote further advancement of the Exercise.

6.              In conclusion

6.1.        We know, after a century of debate over the Decisions, that there will never be a version of the Framework with which all ringers fully agree. However, we believe the new Framework will be acceptable to the vast majority of ringers. We also believe it meets, to the extent possible, the CRAG mandate of simple, permissive and descriptive while maintaining the historical record, and we hope the transition from a prescriptive approach to a descriptive one will largely eliminate controversy in this area in the future.

6.2.        The Executive wish to express their sincere thanks to the members of the Framework writing team. This first version of the Framework for Method Ringing represents countless hours of volunteer time, robust debate and careful deliberation of fundamental theoretical concepts.

6.3.        We ask you to communicate details of the new Framework and the web links set out above among your society.  If you or your members have any concerns or questions, please direct these to methods@cccbr.org.uk

I commend the Framework to you.

Christopher O’Mahony

President

Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

On behalf of the CCCBR Executive

CCCBR AGM – London 6-8 September 2019

 

Attached here are details of the CCCBR AGM to be held this September in London. This is our first meeting since the CRAG proposals were voted on and approved.  You will see there is much more on offer than at past CCCBR weekends.  In addition the meeting is not just for CCCBR representatives but ringers in general.
I look forward to you seeing you there.
Best wishes
David Kirkcaldy
Vice President