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Photography Competition Voting Now Live

Many thanks to all those who submitted entries to the Guild Photography Competition.

We received well over a hundred photos of different towers from across all of the Districts! These entries have now been shortlisted and agreed on by the Communications Committee and the Principal Officers. Now it’s over to you to decide who the winner is!

To view the larger files of the shortlisted final twenty entries, please click here.
Once you have decided on your favourite, you may vote here.

Voting closes on Monday 31st October. The winner will be contacted by email and results will be announced on all our Digital Media outlets.

Please share the voting details with members of your local tower.

Happy voting!
The Communications Committee

Ringing for the State Funeral on Monday 19th September

Hello again Everyone, 

We’re now getting close to the State Funeral on Monday, so as there have been a few more questions about what ringing is expected, I just wanted to share my interpretation of the Guidance documents sent previously, in case it helps any Towers who are unsure. 

The Guidance mentions tolling (very slow ringing of any single bell that is open or muffled) for the hour prior to the Service at 11am. However, the Central Council have further clarified that fully muffled (Tenor open at backstroke) ringing is also appropriate. 

In my home tower, we will be ringing rounds and call changes from 10:00-10-45am. Then we will toll our Tenor (which will still be muffled on the handstroke) from 10:45-11:00am, to give those in our Tower that would like to share in this duty, an opportunity to do so.

We don’t have enough ringers to ring simultaneously at a nearby Tower, so here, the Tenor will be tolled from 9:15-9:50am, and a muffled Quarter Peal rung around 2pm when the Funeral Service will be over. 

Locally I’m aware of Towers that will be ringing a Quarter Peal, and others that will just be tolling, prior to the Funeral. As before, so much will depend on the individual circumstances at your Tower.

In which ever way you will ring on Monday, thank you.

Do please send details of all ringing (tolling and general ringing) to Bellboard/The Ringing World, as each performance deserves to be recorded alongside Quarter Peal and Peals.

https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/

With best wishes and thanks,

Rachael Barber

Guild Master

Guild Plain Hunt Education Day – Saturday 8th October 2022

The Education Committee is now accepting applications for:

Saturday 8th October– Plain Hunt on 5 bells and Trebling to Doubles Methods

Attached is the poster and application form – please pass the information onto your ringing friends in the Guild.

Applications must be submitted by Friday 16th September.

HELPERS WANTED! Please do let Sallie Ingram know if you’d be happy to lend your expertise as a helper on this course or any future courses: Sallie Ingram

We very much look forward to hearing from you!

From the Education Committee

New Guild Garments

Now that towers have re-opened again after the covid restrictions and lockdowns of the past couple of years, together with the huge amount of teaching and the welcome influx of new ringers, the time seems right to order some new sweatshirts and polo shirts, bearing the Guild logo.   In effect, we have been able to keep the prices down to the 2016 levels, which is good news.   Inevitably postage has increased, which is beyond our control, but I am hoping that we have left sufficient time to get garments to the towers without anybody needing to use the post.

Below is the up-to-date order form (both Word and PDF versions) which contains all the details.   We have given as much choice as possible, but sadly not every colour is available in every size so you need to check carefully.    Ladies:  the ladies’ polo shirts are slightly tapered, but if (like me!) you prefer a slightly looser fit to allow ease of movement when stretching up, I suggest you consider the men’s polo shirts as these are straight-sided and a more generous fit.

If you have any queries at all before you order, please let me know – contact details on the form.

Christine Knights-Whittome

Guild Peal Fees

Guild Peal Fees can now be remitted using the following online banking details:-

Account Name: Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild

Sort Code: 30-98-97

Account No: 84644363

Reference: Peal Date (DDMMYY)

Account Type: Business (if asked)

To aid reconciliation, if the amount remitted covers multiple peals, please kindly send me a brief email with the appropriate detail (i.e Date & Place).

I would very much encourage the use of this new online facility in the first instance but I am still happy to receive cash/cheques if you would prefer to pay that way.

Kind regards,

Ian Carey – Honorary Peal Recorder

Guild Insurance Webinar – Recording Now Available

A webinar was held on Saturday 18th June 2022 with a presentation given by Marcus Booth from Ecclesiastical Insurance (and a bell ringer) to provide an overview of the Guild Insurance cover and what this means for our members including, public liability, personal accident cover and insurance for bell maintenance.

For those unable to attend, a recording of the presentation is available to watch below. If you are on a slow connection, you may need to download the recording before you start to watch it.

The slides from the presentation that Marcus went through are also available to download.

All About Rachael Barber – new Guild Master

I learnt to ring together with my Dad when I was 13. My home Tower was a steady 19cwt ring of 8 bells in the Guildford Diocesan Guild, and despite it not being the most ‘trendy’ activity amongst school kids in the 1980’s, I loved ringing! It was a great thing to do with a parent, we would drive to Practices testing each other’s knowledge of the circle of work of Plain Bob Doubles and it was all great fun! Eventually my Mum started ringing too…she figured if she was going to wait in the car for me to ring on Sunday mornings, she might as well join us, and so ringing became very much a family activity. Whilst at University in Norwich, I rang with the local band at St Giles on the Hill. The ringers here made me very welcome, despite being slightly unconventional for a bellringer in black ‘gothic’ attire at that time! I would give the elderly ex-Tower Captain a lift to ringing on Sunday mornings, and he’d tell me tales about ringing as a lad, and the rivalry between ringers at St Giles and Mancroft. In 1993, I returned home and joined my parents ringing at a Tower just over the border in the Winchester & Portsmouth Guild, who needed help to establish a new band of ringers…….and this is where I got my first opportunity to teach. We taught quite a few ringers at this Tower, and always the sessions were filled with laughter and a sense of teamwork as we worked towards building the band and fundraising to restore the bells. As we were drawn into the wider ringing of the Alton & Petersfield District, I had the opportunity to help teach three youngsters to ring at Selborne. And this became my home Tower, and has remained so for the last 25 years. Teaching is the one thing I love most about bellringing, and it was great to become a regular Tutor on the W&P Education Days and then on the Crowthorne and Bradfield Ringing Courses. And perhaps linked to this, is the other most important thing to me about bellringing – the people! I’m fortunate to have a delightfully kind and friendly band at my home Tower, and to me it doesn’t matter what we ring, but that we’re ringing together. Ringing is a bridge between young and old, between people with different backgrounds and experiences. There’s more to being a member of a band than just ringing, I’m a great believer in finding space for every ringer whatever their skill level, and making Towers welcoming places that people want to return to each week. I’m not a prolific Peal ringer, only 35 to date, but personally quietly pleased with my Peal of 8-Spliced “all the work”! I’m a Tower Captain, Steeple Keeper, District Communications Officer, and have previously acted as District Ringing Master and Newsletter Editor. I’m happy to get up in the belfry to “hands-on” help with bell restoration work, and not bad at splicing ropes! I’m a Research Biologist by trade, working in pharmaceutical drug discovery. Ringing is such a diverse activity, and whatever your passion within the Exercise, I look forward to sharing the next three years with you all as Guild Master.

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 Paul Robinson

Telephone: 01983 614060

Email: Use Form

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