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C&S Holy Week 2019

Here are some details of ringing or cancellations that people have definitely confirmed with me.  These have also been adjusted on the calendar.  It is advised to check too before you travel.

Sacred Heart Cancelled on 15.04.19 and 22.04.19

Sacred Heart Ringing out the Easter Vigil Mass

St. Peter’s, Bournemouth Cancelled on 18.04.19

Ringwood Cancelled 17.04.19

Sopley WILL be ringing 16.04.19

Milford WILL be ringing 16.04.19

This post will be updated.

 

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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Living on the end of a rope and sally! A weekend of courses and quarter peals!

It has been a while since a ‘report’ as such has featured on our district page.  I’ve been so acutely busy ringing recently, I just had to get down in words what has been going on in district ringing since 2019 new year!

As many of you will be aware, I have been bitten by both the lesser-spotted quarter peal bug, and the greater striped ringing fever.  It is wonderful to be given so many opportunities to gain valuable rope-time and partake in something as close to sporty as I shall ever get.  (Apparently gossiping is not an Olympic event).

January saw the re-installment of the district Quarter Peal Club hosted by our Vice-Chairman, Polly Osborne at Minstead. It was a valuable opportunity to treble at length to a minor method (St. Clement’s).  Here I happened upon a friendly and familiar face to me now, Jack Pease, who has often conducted in the past, but tonight was having a rest and Jimmy Hodkin took the reigns.

Jack was most kind, complimentary, and remarked that trebling to minor seemed “a bit too much within my comfort zone”, and insisted that I ring treble to a quarter-peal of triples in the near future with him, and also attend the minor course Jack was running at Bere Regis.

I felt much happier leaving Minstead tower, than I did arriving, partly because I managed to arrive at Minstead village in the pitch black forest in heaps of time, but then got dreadfully lost within the village for half an hour, and ended up in a strange place called Emery Down, and was then horridly late.  Not the greatest first impression really of myself, appearing to new people, gasping from running at the top of a ladder poking my head through a trap door.

Jack’s Bob Minor Course on the Friday morning was a bright and early start for me, even the New Forest ponies were still sleeping instead of trying to get into my rubbish bins.  We headed to Bere Regis, to a delightful ring of six that went very majestically.  Was a good learning curve to ring at a more relaxed and steadier pace.  I started the course mainly trebling where I felt secure, but as the morning progressed, and as I got to know the band a bit more, I ventured round the circle ringing plain courses on the 3 and 4, and eventually a touch.  I did try the 5 but alas it was a step to far turning in a much heavier bell to method work.

I came away from Bere Regis course refuelled with plenty of kindling to take back with me to my home tower, and many useful tips and tricks, handed down from our brave leader (Jack) and the other helpers.  It was a really relaxed atmosphere too which lended itself to a great learning experience.

Saturday lunchtime saw yet another quarter peal at Sacred Heart, Bournemouth in celebration of Kim Matthew’s retirement from her position as Librarian of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.  I shall fast forward to the shock I was in after the quarter peal had finished, when I truly discovered what ‘splicing methods’ actually meant!  I can only compare it to when school used to make me attempt the hurdles…you just have to keep going, even if you knock them all down!  I understood splicing methods to be a few methods rung one after the other after several touches/courses of each method, NOT methods running concurrently, and switching to and fro like an over-excited American pin-ball machine!  Ross made an amazing job of calling this complex quarter, which I can only imagine akin to being like reciting the Bible from memory…..backwards.  I was most fortunate to have Angie Jasper by my side on the 4 sorting my stumbles out very swiftly and efficiently.

From Sacred Heart, I had to hot foot it to Christchurch Priory, for our annual district meeting.  Here I had been roped in (excuse the pun), to playing the little box organ for the Evensong service in the Lady Chapel.  It was a very special atmosphere, especially as the incredible acoustics in there took the little organ and accompanied singing into the rafters.  I wish they would stop putting carpets down in churches.  Kills acoustics!  I faced two problems here. One that the organ had been placed next to the ringers tea table that had enough cake and sandwiches to fulfil even Paddington Bear, and had all been thoroughly wrapped in foil so having a sneaky sausage roll from the kitchen of Rob Skerton, mid service, was impossible.  The second problem was the lady that pulled on my arm during the exit voluntary, to stop me playing, which I dutifully did as I expected there to be an emergency…no such luck…it was an announcement about the toilet, and that vegetarian sandwiches were located on a separate table.  At least that meant this year the egg and marmite sandwiches were nowhere near the salmon paste!  I was also so pleased to matriculate from Acting Webmaster to Webmaster.  I was really very touched when so many raised their hands when asked for nominations.  I’m very much looking forward to arranging the district outing, and the skittles evening post striking competition at Fawley.

The next day was the forboding quarter peal of Grandsire Triples, and was confirmed by the band around me the evening before.  Off I headed to St. Michael’s Southampton in my Mystery Machine (ongoing joke, as you never know where you’ll end up….especially when I leave the handbrake off and head up tower).  St. Michael’s really is a fascinating place indeed.  Jack shoo’d me up the wooden spiral that winds its way through the innards of the organ (definitely needed going over with my DustBuster TM- poor pipes), and I entered the poshest, loftiest and most spacious ringing chamber I have ever been in.  I later found out that the church is the only medieval structure left within the city walls of Southampton, and that the Luftwaffe used it as a mapping point to their targets, so it never got bombed!

The band were all incredibly friendly and supportive.  St. Michael’s has a gorgeous ring of 10, with a lovely bright Gillet (bell founders) sound.  As a musician, sound is a vital factor to me, and it was a great help to hear each clear bell as I coursed up and down.  We only used the 8 bells for triples, would have loved to hear all 10 going.  The void across the ringing chamber floor between myself and the tenor was such that I thought I was going to have to send up smoke signals to communicate!  Again, it was another tower I left from with a spring in my step, chased back to the Mystery Machine by winter’s icy blast from the docks! Mother told me to put a hat on….why are they always right?

Finally, on Tuesday, I hared across the county to Cerne Abbas for the Hampreston Monthly Quarter Peal Day.  This month’s was arranged superbly by Angie Jasper.  It’s an incredible set up.  I’m unsure what the collective noun for bellringers is, but we all gather in an area with our rosters, and head off to various towers, interchanging bands, some ringing first attempts, crazy methods (Percy’s Tea Strainer Triples, Mental Block Minor etc), practice conducting, trebling, tenoring, ringing inside the method, and break for lunch, then do it all again at churches in deepest countryside for the afternoon shift. Seven quarter peals were rung that day between about 15 people.  Incredible.

I feel very honoured to be made welcome into this group in my early career as a ringer, and there’s always something for me to have a go at and push me.  Finally managed to negotiate my way through 1260 changes of St Nicholas Doubles (failed attempt at Christmas), and the afternoon shift saw me tenoring at Hilton to Eynesbury Doubles.  Sadly we didn’t get the attempt.  Really tricky bells, plain bearings, and keeping the tenor at the back and ‘up’ was a tough job, seeing use of blue inhaler.  Just to round the day off in true Murdock-Saint panache, I managed to fly base over apex down the last part of the tower stairs, my ankle currently doing a wonderful impression of the aurora borealis….well worth it however.  Driving home the 40 miles was interesting on the clutch, fortunately the petrol station had bagged ice for parties, which I strapped to the ankle with a towing rope.  Even though we did not get the attempt, we used the time to ring through a few different touches of the method, and it was great learning experience in handling a big and difficult tenor!

I would like to thank especially the following people in no particular order:

Kim Matthews, Polly Osborne, Ross Bradley, Angie & Mike Jasper, Sally Jenkins, Jimmy Hodkin, Jack Pease, for arranging these incredible opportunities in particular for new ringers.  The bell ringing community is really like a second family.  I must also thank my home tower teachers, David Lay, John and Liz Davey, Tim Kettle for their unending patience, understanding and time.

Looking forward to ringing with many of you over the coming year,

Over and out

Peter

Title photography by Jack R. Pease.

C&S Annual District Meeting with Practice. Christchurch Priory. Saturday 26th January 2019 from 2:00pm onwards.

Dear fellow ringers far and wide,

Happy New Year to all!

Now we are heading into the middle of January, it can only mean one thing, that it is once again time for our annual district meeting day/service/tea/practice. This year we meet at Christchurch Priory, method of the month for January is Little Bob Royal & Little Bob Maximus, however all are welcome for rounds and call changes, plain hunt, and any other methods.  Please let Rosemary Rogers know if you plan to attend for catering numbers. (link below).

For your information:

Whilst you are emailing Rosemary, please also save the date and submit your menu choices for the district dinner (menu in links below) in February.  It’s just after St. Valentine’s, so NO excuses.  Last year was a great laugh, very good value, and the Chicken with Wild Mushroom Pie sounds extremely tasty!

At the meeting; I’m hoping to lose the ‘acting’ webmaster bit of my voluntary job title.  I am also looking forward to accompanying the service on the Priory Lady Chapel box organ (not the mighty beast in the cases in transepts and scattered through the triforiums, as I may have had a small heart attack operating that console!).

More importantly now, we are still looking for somebody to organise the raffle to help raise funds to send the district youth team up to Liverpool for the ringing competition.  Please let Sallie know asap if you can help with the raffle, and of course we shall need donations of prizes.  I’m sure we all have something lurking in a cupboard from Great Auntie Mildred.

The district calendar is certainly packed with lots for everybody, with interesting education days.  Don’t forget, amongst all these, you can also weave in the regular monthly district practices aimed at polishing and honing specific skills.  Please do support these where possible, as they are excellent evenings.  We are so very lucky to have such a busy ringing calendar available to us.  In September I am organising a skittles night at a pub/skittles alley, so please watch out for more information.

This rest of this post is to serve as a ‘muster point’, for all the information you will require on the day, and schedule of the day’s runnings.  Please do print off the documents you require from the links provided below.  If anybody is struggling with printing, I can bring copies if you let me know in advance.

(For those who are not au fait with downloading, in essence:

Ringing 2:00pm until 4:00pm

Service 4:00pm until 4:45pm

Tea & ADM 4:45pm onwards

Evening ringing 6:30pm until 8:00pm)

If there are any questions, or if I have missed something, please let one of the team know.

Happy ringing until then,

all best wishes,

Peter Murdock-Saint-Acting District Webmaster

Contact Sallie Ingram-District Secretary

Contact Rosemary Rogers-for tea numbers/District Dinner/Priory Tower Captain

 

SATURDAY 26th JANUARY 2019: INFORMATION TO DOWNLOAD/PRINT/SAVE TO DEVICE

Document/pdf below:

ADM 2019 Poster Christchurch Priory-Please print and display in towers/circulate to your tower members emails.

C&S District Calendar 2019-Please print and display in towers.

ADM Minutes 2018

ADM Agenda 2019

C&S District Dinner 2019

 

Information same as above but in image format:

Post main photograph by Jack Pease Photography.

New Year Ringing Times for Bournemouth, St. John.

Normal Sunday service ringing shall resume from Sunday 13th January at 9:00am.

The next practice night is Tuesday 8th January at 7:30pm until 9:00pm.  This will be the ‘Bournemouth St. John 8 Bell Practice’.  Please remember this monthly district practice is for all things 8 bell related, and is NOT an ‘elite’ practice night!

Happy New Year

Contact Penelope Samuel

2018 WP GUILD REPORT – BELL RESTORATION FUND REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31ST DECEMBER 2017

WINCHESTER AND PORTSMOUTH DIOCESAN GUILD OF CHURCH BELL RINGERS

BELL RESTORATION FUND

(A REGISTERED CHARITY No. 264606)

 

REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31ST DECEMBER 2017

 

The fund is a registered charity with the registered number 264606

The contact address is:

30 Chaucer Crescent

Newbury

RG14 1TR

The fund is governed by rules approved by the Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers (the Guild) in General Meeting.

The trustees of the fund are the Guild Master, The Honorary Guild Treasurer, the Honorary Guild Secretary and two additional trustees one from each diocese, elected triennially by the Guild in General Meeting.

The trustees during 2017 were:

Mrs R Brandwood (Honorary Guild Treasurer)

Mrs H Frazer (Honorary Guild Secretary)

Rev Canon B J Fry (Winchester Diocese area)

Mr D Mattingley (Portsmouth Diocese area)

Mr M Winterbourne (Guild Master)

The independent examiner of the fund is Mr P Clarke ACIB.

The principal bankers are TSB Bank plc.

The activities of the Bell Restoration Fund are restricted to the area covered by the Anglican Dioceses of Winchester and Portsmouth. None of the Fund’s assets is a permanent endowment. There are no borrowing limits imposed in the governing rules. The trustees have no specific investment powers.

The main aims of the Fund are to provide financial assistance by way of grants to Churches, within the area mentioned above, incurring expenditure on the provision, maintenance, improvement or acoustics of their bells and bell installations, or for the maintenance of the fabric of their towers and belfries, to enable their bells to be properly rung in full circle.

Review of the year and the future

 

The Fund’s income for 2017 was slightly less than that for 2016.

Three grants were approved during the year:

All Saints, Ryde                              £ 400.00

St Mary the Virgin, Brighstone   £ 3.000.00

St Mary the Virgin, Silchester     £ 2.000.00

The Trustees acknowledge with thanks the donations from the following towers:

Catherington  £100     Christchurch Priory  £100     Hambledon  £50

North Stoneham  £125     Ringwood  £120    Wickham  £30

Gift aided donations from individuals are always welcome.

The Trustees regularly review the level of reserves and want to encourage use of the available funds. In an effort to encourage applications, the grant application form has been amended to make applications for smaller projects less onerous.  The Trustees have been advised of two further applications for consideration early in 2018.

The Trustees believe that the reserves of the Charity are adequate to meet its immediate needs.

A reminder to those applying for grants that the initial application needs to be with the Guild Treasurer at least 2 months before the Trustees meet. Trustees meet three times a year, before each of the Executive meetings and before the Guild AGM. Grants can only be approved at either the Executive meeting or AGM. Any approved at the Executive meetings are required to be ratified at the next Guild AGM. The forms required are to be found on the Guild’s website or can be obtained in paper form from the Guild Treasurer. It is very important that all the documentation requested in the form is made available to the Trustees.  If an application is sent by email then it should also be sent through the postal system. All applications are acknowledged so if no acknowledgment is received within two weeks then a chaser should be sent.
The Trustees would like to thank all those who have donated time, energy and money towards the aims of the Bell Restoration Fund.

For and on behalf of the Trustees

Mr M Winterbourne
Trustee

Mrs R Brandwood
Trustee

10th March 2018

A full copy of the accounts are available from the Guild Treasurer.

 

WINCHESTER AND PORTSMOUTH DIOCESAN GUILD OF CHURCH BELL RINGERS
BELL RESTORATION FUND
(A REGISTERED CHARITY No. 264606)
STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31st DECEMBER 2017
2017 2016
£ p £ p
INCOME AND EXPENDITURE
Incoming Resources
Subscriptions and donations 3,376.14 3,875.68
Gift Aided donations 365.00 365.00
Tax recoverable on Gift Aid (including repayment supplement) 91.56 13.00
Investment income 187.48 264.88
Peal fees 289.25 354.75
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Total incoming resources 4,309.43 4,873.31
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Resources Expended
Direct charitable expenditure
Grants approved 5,400.00 2,900.00
Less : grants withdrawn -3,500.00
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Total resources expended 5,400.00 -600.00
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Net Incoming Resources (1,090.57) 5,473.31
Fund balances brought forward
at 1st January 83,926.35 78,453.04
Fund balances carried forward —————– —————–
at 31st December £82,835.78 £83,926.35
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WINCHESTER AND PORTSMOUTH DIOCESAN GUILD OF CHURCH BELL RINGERS
BELL RESTORATION FUND
(A REGISTERED CHARITY No. 264606)
BALANCE SHEET AS AT 31st DECEMBER 2017
2017 2016
£ p £ p
Currents Assets
Debtors 3,042.70 2,725.68
Short Term Deposits
– Central Board of Finance Deposit Fund 68,927.06 53,749.03
– TSB Bank plc – Deposit account 14,151.49 29,142.04
Cash at Bank
– TSB Bank plc 3,214.53 4,559.60
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89,335.78 90,176.35
Creditors
amounts falling due within one year 6,500.00 3,750.00
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Net Current Assets 82,835.78 86,426.35
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Total Assets Less Current Liabilities 82,835.78 86,426.35
Creditors
amounts falling due after more than one year 2,500.00
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Net Assets £82,835.78 £83,926.35
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Funds
Unrestricted £82,835.78 £83,926.35
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Approved by the Fund Trustees on 10th March 2018 and signed on its behalf by
Mr M Winterbourne
Trustee
Mrs R Brandwood
Trustee

UPDATED C&S District Christmas Ringing Times 2018

Please see below for updated notifications we have received for District ringing times in December.

Hinton, St. Michael and all Angels.

Sunday 16th December: Dressing of the crib 10:30am for 11:00am followed by wine and mice pies.

Monday 24th December Christmas Eve: Nearly midnight service! 9:30pm for 10:00pm

Sopley, St Michael and all Angels.

Sunday 16th December: Service ringing 10:30am for 11:00am

Sunday 23rd December: Service ringing 10:30am for 11:00am

Monday 24th December Christmas Eve: Dressing of the Crib 3:30pm for 4:00pm, then Midnight Mass 10:45pm for 11:15pm.

Tuesday 25th December Christmas Morning: Service ringing 10:30am for 11:00am.

Sunday 30th December: Service ringing 10:30am for 11:00am.

Bournemouth, St John the Baptist (Surrey Road).

Sunday 16th December: NO MORNING RINGING, then 6:00pm for 6:30pm Carol Service.

Sunday 23rd December: Usual service ringing times. (9:00am for 9:30am)

Monday 24th December Christmas Eve: Dressing of the Crib 2:30pm for 3:00pm

Tuesday 25th December Christmas Morning: Usual Sunday service ringing time. (9:00am for 9:30am)

Bournemouth, St. Peter’s.

Sunday 16th December: 9:15am for 10:00am

Sunday 23rd December: 9:15am for 10:00am

NO RINGING FOR MIDNIGHT MASS

NO RINGING FOR CHRISTMAS MORNING

Sunday 30th December: NO RINGING

NO RINGING FOR NEW YEAR

Thursday night practices start back on 03.01.2019

(due to absence not enough ringers to form a band).

Bournemouth, Sacred Heart.

Sunday 16th December: 10:00am for 10:30am

Sunday 23rd December: 10:00am for 10:30am

Monday 24th December Christmas Eve: 4:30pm for 5:00pm, then Midnight Mass 11:00pm for 11:30pm. There is NO regular Monday night practice 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

Tuesday 25th December Christmas Morning: 10:00am for 10:30am.

Monday 31st December New Year’s Eve: There is NO regular Monday night practice 6:00pm to 7:30pm, but general ringing to see in 01.01.2019 from 11:30pm with booze and nibbles.

Ringwood, St. Peter & St. Paul.

Saturday 22nd December: Service ringing 5:30pm for 6:00pm

Sunday 23rd December: Service ringing 9:45am for 10:30am, then 4:00pm for 4:30pm.

Monday 24th December Christmas Eve: Carols in the market place 5:30pm for 6:00pm, then Midnight Mass 11:00pm for 11:30pm.

Sunday 30th December: Service ringing 9:45am for 10:30am

Milford-on-Sea, All Saints.

Monday 24th December Christmas Eve: NO Monday practice night.

Christchurch Priory.

Monday 17th December: NO Monday practice night.

Monday 24th December Christmas Eve: NO Monday practice night.

Monday 31st December New Year’s Eve: NO Monday practice night.

The ART AWARDS and how to apply.

The ART Awards continue to grow every year – with over £3,000 in prize money waiting to be won. Now is your chance to apply for the 2019 ART Awards!

The teaching awards (the first six listed below) are open to everyone – not just ART Members or those using ‘Learning the Ropes’ scheme – the aim is to encourage and recognise the people and groups leading best practice and innovation in the teaching and development of ringing. The individual ringing awards are open to those who have completed one of the Learning the Ropes programmes (on tower or hand bells) or participated in the Learning the Ropes Plus scheme.

ART Awards 2019

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

The Sarah Beacham Youth Group Award
Prize of £400 – sponsored by the Sarah Beacham Memorial Trust

The Sarah Beacham School Group Award
Prize of £400 – sponsored by the Sarah Beacham Memorial Trust

The ART Award for Excellence in the Use of Technology in Teaching
Prize of £500 – sponsored by John Taylor & Co.

The ART Award for Excellence in Recruitment or Retention
Prize of £400 – sponsored by AbelSim

The ART Award for a University Society that has made a Significant Contribution to Promoting Ringing to Younger People
Prize of £500 – sponsored by CCCBR

The ART Award for Inspiring Leadership in Ringing
Prize of £400 – sponsored by Talent Innovations

The ART Learning the Ropes Individual Achievement Awards
Two prizes of £250 – sponsored by the Ancient Society of College Youths
Five highly commended prizes of £25 each

Worried about applying?

The judges (led by Stephanie Pattenden) aren’t looking for the most professional application; what they are looking for is ideas, commitment and results. So if you’re looking at new ways of recruiting it’s not just the idea, but the number of people you recruited and whether they stayed. Easy ways to show that – number retained a year or two later, new recruits coming in (success breeds success), quarter peals, striking competition results, practice attendance, or ringing progress (LtR Levels) and don’t forget photos and quotes. There’s no magic formula; think why what you’re doing has been successful and put it down on paper. Please don’t be modest!

What are we looking for?

Hopefully having convinced you that the ART Awards might be relevant to you or a ringer or group you know, what are the common themes that appear in previous years’ winning applications?

  • Having a vision or passion and making it happen: however big or small, making things happen is what leadership is all about, even if you don’t call it that.
  • Trying out new things: some of which work and some of which don’t. If we don’t move with the times ringing will not flourish, so tell us about the risks you took – what you tried or did differently
  • Getting young people ringing: over-turning all those misconceptions that exist about children seeing ringing as “uncool” and giving up at the first hurdle.

If you recognise and identify with any of these themes, why not consider applying for yourself or a ringer or group you know? There will be an ART Award that’s right for your application….and if you applied and didn’t win last year, how about applying again, now you’ve got another year under your belt – Lerryn School did that last year and they won!

How do I enter?

Further information and application forms are available at www.ringingteachers.org/recognition/awards.

The closing date for applications is 31 December 2018 – so now is the time to make sure that those doing great work don’t miss out!

sent by Louise Nightingale, Communications & Marketing Workgroup Lead

 

 

Guild says goodbye to Rosalind Martin

To all in Winchester and Portsmouth Guild of Bellringers,

We would like to inform folks that Rosalind Martin has stood down as web-master for the Guild’s website.

Rosalind has been at the forefront of such major change that it is impossible to mention all the areas.

The Herculean task of building our website and future proofing it has led to it becoming a site that has a reputation of excellence in the bell-ringing world.

Now that the building and refining has been achieved and Rosalind is largely living in Birmingham, she feels this is a good time to step away.

There is a plan being drawn up to spread Rosalind’s workload out to as many people as we can in the team but help is being sought by us from everyone reading this.

We need;
• Assistant Webmaster to support Andrew Glover who has taken over the role
• More News Coordinators in each district who can collect ringers’ stories, anecdotes, local news and ringing successes and play at being a new editor ~ Full support will be available

Ros, the Comms Team would like to acknowledge your sustained effort and skills as a website builder and Web-Master.

We know you will join us in wishing Ros all the very best and we look forward to continuing to ring with you.

Thank You

The Team. and Guild Master

Posting by Email to the website – FAQs

Can I include photos?

Yes, just put them into the text where you want them to appear on the web page. If you put several side by side, they will become a “gallery”.

Can I attach a pdf, for example a poster?

Yes. Please make sure you don’t include any personal information such as a telephone number or email address, though.

Can I set a feature image?

Unfortunately not, one of the webmasters will have to do that for you. Just include the photo at the top of the message, and they can move it up for you manually.

Can I post for another tower?

Yes. Just include the correct category for the tower you are writing about, such as:

[category hinton admiral]

More help needed?

visit https://jetpack.com/support/post-by-email/.

This post was posted by email. As you can see, hot links, bold and italic text are easy to do!
Rosalind

How to post the weekly news to Facebook

Copy this URL:       https://wpbells.org/the-weekly-news/

Go to each Facebook group in turn and paste the URL into the “post” window. If you have time to write a short message about one of the news items, more members will click through.

The groups are:

When to post the news to Facebook:

As soon as possible after the email versions have been released. Posting too soon might mean members missed some news that was posted at the last moment.

How to post a cancellation

The Heading

Go for something that will immediately inform the viewer what is cancelled. Include the date, place, and what the event is cancelled.

  • Practice at Lower Wittering Cancelled on June 8th
  • ZZ District Outing on Sept 8th Cancelled
  • No practices at Little Wittering until further notice
  • No Sunday Ringing at Greater Wittering until June 10th

The Featured Image

There is a banner just saying “CANCELLED” which is eye catching.

The content

Is usually just a message about the cancellation. I usually omit “because the band are all on holiday” as that is personal information and this is a public website. I do include a contact name though. If possible, the person who sent the information in.

Understanding The Categories

  • If you think it’s of interest across the whole Guild, HEADLINE.
  • If the cancellation mentions a tower, the tower’s name.
  • If it was a district event, the particular district’s name.
  • USE A DATE STAMP – for the date the event is NOT taking place. Use the actual date stamp (eg 2018 Dec 20th-26th) in most cases.
  • You MAY occasionally need”1 THIS WEEK” if the cancellation relates to a series of weeks starting from now. Other categories such as THIS MONTH will achieve nothing and the post will not be correctly displayed.
  • If it is a Peal/Quarter report, use PERFORMANCE.

Examples of categories:

  • Practice at Lower Wittering Cancelled on June 8th LOWER WITTERING, 2018 Jun 07th- Jun 13th, CANCELLATION
  • ZZ District Outing on Sept 8th Cancelled ZZ DISTRICT EVENT, 2018 Sep 07th- Sep 13th, CANCELLATION, HEADLINES
  • No practices at Little Wittering until further notice  LITTLE WITTERING, 1 THIS WEEK, CANCELLATION
  • No Sunday Ringing at Greater Wittering until June 10th  GREATER WITTERING, 1 THIS WEEK, CANCELLATION

How to Post a News Report

The Heading

Go for something that will get your target audience to open the post and read it! if in doubt, make it a summary of the content itself (eg Report of the June CS District Practice at Hinton)

The Featured Image

This really helps! Photos from the event itself are obvious choices. Decorative words and phrases are good too.

The content

Be positive, be truthful, and don’t put any personal contact details in – ALWAYS link to a person’s contact page instead.

The Categories

  • If you think it’s of interest across the whole Guild, HEADLINE. This is used on the majority of reports . If in doubt, use it.
  • If the report mentions a tower, the tower’s name.
  • If it was a district event, the particular district’s name.
  • DONT USE A DATE STAMP – these are designed for future event invitations not reports of past events.
  • If it is a Peal/Quarter report, use PERFORMANCE.

 

2018 WP Guild Report – Andover District Secretary’s Report

Almost all the towers this year, have similar messages.

Recruiting and retention are a constant worry especially when we think to the future. Variable attendance of some newer members slows their progress and prevent more advanced ringing. People are willing to come along to open days to find out about ringing but are unwilling to commit. Most towers are able to manage service ringing, weddings and funerals, often with the help of ringers from neighbouring towers. Andover can manage a monthly practice only. Having only 5 ringers they would really welcome support from visitors on practice night.
A few have managed to ring quarter peals for special occasions (WW1 commemorations, royal and family events and for church members who are moving away). Visiting bands also have occasionally have rung QPs this year.

Other tower visitors have included school parties, Rainbows, scouts and cubs as well as those who drop in during church fetes if the tower is open. These visits have yielded new recruits at several towers in the last few years and hopefully the younger ones will return at a later date.

Some towers mention particular events.

A new kitchenette is in the process of being installed at St. Mary Bourne. No ringing is possible there at present but Hurstbourne Priors has welcomed the band to their practices. Abbotts Ann is pleased with the progress made and local interest expressed in their hand bell group. They have also started to ring methods! Whitchurch is trialling a plastic rope top to see if it will help in preventing breakages.

The joint practices held at Woolton Hill and Burghclere with additional ringers from Kingsclere and Kintbury continue to pay dividends. Their new recruit made his public debut at the carol service on Christmas eve.
Maggie Hiller

Guild Report 2018

The Reports are currently being distributed to towers. Thanks to John Palk for collating and printing the report once again. All members receive a free copy and they can also be obtained from John Palk for £3.50.

For the convenience of members, much of the contents has been published on this website, in screen-friendly format.

Contact Information for all committees and all Towers is available on this website. In addition you can see an alphabetical list of contacts by name here.

Guild Committee Reports:

District Officer Reports:

 Guild P.R.O Report 2017

It has been a positive year. Districts, towers and ringers have been taking the P.R. initiative in their communities. There’s a good working relationship between us as we’d expect, resulting in good mutual support.

Along with Deb Baker of our Communications Team, I attended the P.R. Matters day in Wellesbourne, organised by Central Council. It was an excellent and informative event.  There was a mix of external experts, panel discussion and group work to define the key elements that make public relations a success or failure. Sharing ideas, initiatives and experience was the order of the day. We reminded ourselves, DO rather than just talk – using available skills and resources.  Key points to remember included:
“We can all be ambassadors for ringing. Why are we sometimes shy about being a ringer? Let’s talk to our friends about ringing and why we love it so much”  and  “Let’s remember and publicise that ringing brings people and communities together”.

We’ve linked P.R. activities with local or national events and have promoted not to fear pushing boundaries! We actively engaged with BBC Music Day – the theme was
“The Power of Music” and several towers enjoyed taking part with a variety of performances. We ensured that some reports made the local media.

The working relationships with the media,  both Dioceses and the wider community have continued and flourished. Our WW1 Centenary Commemoration Project has given us an excellent opportunity to talk even more with  clergy and parishes and with
The Royal British Legion.

The Ringing Remembers worldwide recruitment campaign launched by Central Council in the Autumn involved us immediately and has supported us a good deal already. A number of new ringers started to be taught in various towers before the end of the year.

Viv Nobbs

Public Relations Officer

Belfry Stewardship Committee Annual Report 2017

During the past year the committee has lost one member and gained another. John Simson has moved away and therefore resigned and John Pereira from Titchfield has kindly joined Mark Warner and me, Martin Barnes. We are grateful for John’s time on the committee as convener, a role I have now taken on.

The committee has carried out the following tower inspections this year:-

St Mary the Virgin, Brighstone, Isle of Wight Augmentation to eight with the addition of two new bells, modification and construction of the lower metal frame to take the two additions and turning of the old treble placing the three bells in a line. (May 2017)

All Saints, Ryde, Isle of Wight Replacement of soles and shrouding on seven wheels and re-bushing the clapper on no five and six. The work carried out by John Taylor & Co using local labour to remove and install. (July 2017)

St Mary, Micheldever – Measuring the length of the rope on bell no 2 to enable new ropes to be ordered. (December 2017)

The committee would like to request a new grant of £66.30 to continue the work of the BSC committee.

Martin Barnes

Belfrey Stewardship Committee Secretary/Convener