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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
—————– —————–
Total incoming resources 4,309.43 4,873.31
—————– —————–
Resources Expended
Direct charitable expenditure
Grants approved 5,400.00 2,900.00
Less : grants withdrawn -3,500.00
—————– —————–
Total resources expended 5,400.00 -600.00
—————– —————–
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
—————– —————–
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
—————– —————–
89,335.78 90,176.35
Creditors
amounts falling due within one year 6,500.00 3,750.00
—————– —————–
Net Current Assets 82,835.78 86,426.35
—————– —————–
Total Assets Less Current Liabilities 82,835.78 86,426.35
Creditors
amounts falling due after more than one year 2,500.00
—————– —————–
Net Assets £82,835.78 £83,926.35
—————– —————–
Funds
Unrestricted £82,835.78 £83,926.35
—————– —————–
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.

 

 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

STRIKING COMPETITIONS COMMITTEE REPORT

Once again, there seemed mixed enthusiasm for striking competitions at Guild level, with the inter-tower 6 bell, and Inter-distinct 10 bell competitions cancelled due to insufficient entries.

However the other two competitions did take place with the following results.

Inter tower 8 bell

The competition was held at Highclere on 20th May, and Judged by Martin Rice from Newbury.

Position Tower Method Faults Peal Speed Drawn
1 Hursley Grandsire Triples 14 2h 54m 2nd
2 Bishopstoke Grandsire Triples 23 2h 58m 3rd
3 Romsey Grandsire Triples 27 3h 7m 1st

Inter District 8 bell

The competition was held at Ringwood on 17th June, and Judged by David and Flick Warwick from Wimborne Minster.

Inter-District 8 Bell
Position District Method Score Drawn
1 Winchester Grandsire Triples 86% 1st
2 Portsmouth Grandsire Triples 82% 3rd
3 Christchurch & Southampton Grandsire Triples 75% 2nd

Pete Jordan

LIBRARIAN AND ARCHIVIST’S REPORT

The George Williams Memorial Library is located in the ringing chamber of Winchester Cathedral and is available for readers and borrowers by appointment. The system for loans provides a standard loan period of eight weeks with a liberal renewal policy for serious research and special problems.  The only exceptions are the archive material and the Guild’s annual and triennial reports for which, because of their unique importance, loans are solely at the discretion of the librarian. A catalogue of the printed books and of the complete archive is maintained on the Guild website. Part of our collection of archive material, held at the Hampshire Record Office in Sussex Street, Winchester, is available for consultation only. The collection there has the call-number 20M94.

In the last year I have bought binders for The Ringing World to ensure secure storage and ready access for all our unbound issues and for the next five years, in a format matching the run bequeathed to us by our late Master David Strong. Subjects for research on behalf of enquirers comprise John Heathorn of Guildford, the Bramley (Surrey) band, the war-wounded who pealed at East Tytherley in 1935, the true identity of F. Hutchings of Bishopstoke who died in the Great War (Frederick William Hutchinson), the Guild’s masters and Henry Pottle, virger and ringer of Winchester Cathedral. I regret that otherwise, my activities as Librarian have been limited to basic housekeeping routines, and I hope to accomplish more in 2018.

The Guild’s online archive has the minutes of the Guild Annual meetings and Executive Committee meetings from 1980 to 2000, and from 2013 to 2014 (More recent minutes are already available from the Guild’s Document Repository) and a collection of historical articles from The Ringing World about Guild people, places and events. These are all maintained by Tony Smith, to whom I am duly grateful.

I am always pleased to assist Guild members and others with an interest in the Guild with their researches.  I should like to thank my colleagues within the Guild and the Winchester Cathedral band for their continuing support.

Librarian and Archivist’s Accounts as at 31st December 2017

Income                                                              £    p   Expenditure                                                            £  
Balance brought forward

Income (from Central Fund)

 

 

131.02

300.00

 

 

Sub. to The Ringing World

Sub. To the Friends of the CC Library

Periodical binders

Balance carried forward

71.00

10.00

154.64

195.38

  431.02   431.02

Bruce Purvis

 

PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICERS REPORT

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

 

Master’s Message

Another year gone and I am still surprised at the number of ringers who go that extra mile to keep their tower running by taking on task such as Steeple Keeper, Tower Correspondent, etc. To those who give their time to support the new recruits to make those essential steps to improve, whether in the tower, at District events or those put on by the Guild – Thank you all!

2018 is a special year, being the Centenary of the end of WW1. We are being asked to step up again to assist the commemoration of this event, firstly by teaching new ringers through Ringers Remembered, and secondly by joining a government-promoted scheme to ring at 7:05pm on Sunday 11th November 2018. We all know that it is nearly impossible for all the bells in the Winchester and Portsmouth Diocese to ring at that specific time, but I would like to challenge you all to have the bells in all our towers rung across that weekend.

The Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers will be trying to ensure that the communication systems used fall within the new legal data protection requirements.  This means you must formally agree that your contact details can be used to keep you informed of all that is happening in your Tower, District and Guild. This will include the use of contact details in the Guild Report, Win-Port email group and the links through the website.  Please bear with us as we make the necessary changes and please respond as quickly as possible to any queries.

The Guild website is still delivering an excellent service with regular updates.  If you are not  getting an email prompt please contact the Communication Team through the website.

Wishing all members an enjoyable year’s ringing.

My quotes for 2018:

My mentor told me that, ‘you don’t know what you don’t know’.

But I also like

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.

Mike Winterbourne

EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT

2017, to say the least, was an action-packed year!   The Education Committee ran four full-day courses (Grandsire Doubles and Triples, Listening Skills, Plain Hunt & Trebling to Doubles Methods, and Stedman Triples), plus five short courses (Raising and Lowering in Peal, Basic Raising and Lowering [twice], a Handbell Evening, and a Mini-Ring Evening).   We welcomed 69 different students, sixteen of whom came to more than one course.   We visited 24 different towers across the county, several more than once.   And the list of wonderful helpers is endless.

Plans are in place for the whole of 2018, to include the very necessary Basic Raising and Lowering, Plain Bob Doubles & Minor, Rope Splicing, an Introduction to Treble Bob, Raising and Lowering in Peal, Plain Hunt & Trebling to Doubles Methods, and Surprise Minor.   We also hope to offer one or two other short courses when the need arises and tutors are available.

There is a steady flow of Guild members attending ART M1 (teaching bell handling) courses.   A number of these new teachers have achieved, or are ready to achieve ART accreditation as teachers.  Some Guild members have also attended ART M2 courses (Teaching Elementary Change Ringing) in neighbouring Guilds.   It is hoped to run both M1 and M2 courses in the Guild area in the next 12 months.

Everything that we offer is sent to your District Secretaries in plenty of time for distribution to each Tower Secretary, and can always be found on the Guild website, through the win-port list, or direct from the Education Committee.

Financially we are in a stable position, constantly watching increased costs yet managing to remain self-sufficient.   The cost per adult for an all-day course has risen by £2.00, but the cost to a junior ringer has been halved.

The Education Committee could not do its job without the huge number of ringers who volunteer their valuable time, energy and talents to help on our courses, coming time after time to support and encourage students;  to all of these unsung heroes we are very grateful indeed.   More helpers are always welcome – even for just a few hours.    Thank you all very much.

Christine Knights-Whittome

 

 

 

W & P Guild Education Committee Accounts as at 31st December 2017

 

Income   Expenditure
Balance brought forward

Course fees – 2017

Donations

 

 

566.08

913.00

28.74

 

Stationery, copying, telephone

Postage

Refreshments

Hire of Halls – 2017

Tower Donations

Equipment

Balance carried forward

7.17

136.45

211.00

423.00

2.95

£727.82

  £1,507.82   £1,507.82

 

 

Christine Knights-Whittome

 

Membership 2017

  Full Senior Life Student Prob Assoc Total
Alton & Petersfield   53  90   9 8  18 1  179
Andover  49  68   5  2  13 4  141
Basingstoke   71  82   2  14   6 0  175
Channel Islands   26  32   1    7  17 0    83
Christchurch   69  98  11 31  25 0  234
Isle of Wight   44  71    2 19  21 3  160
Portsmouth   75  97    8  5 2 0  187
Winchester  99 114   6  18  38 8  283
Non-resident       6            6
TOTALS  486  652  50  104  140    16 1448