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List of new style towers – TEST

Tower page Current Known Ringing Times Correspondent
Abbotts Ann, St Mary - 6 Bells, 10 cwt
Abbotts Ann Ringing Times - Sunday: 09.30 am (1st, 2nd, 4th) Practice: Thursday (contact Tower Sec)
Amport, St Mary - 6 Bells, 9 cwt
Amport Ringing Times - Sundays: 9.00am (1st), 10.30 (2nd & 3rd), 5.30pm (4th) (contact Tower Sec) Practice: Friday
Andover, St Mary - 8 bells Tenor 15-0 cwt
Andover Ringing Times - Sundays: Contact tower secretary Practice: 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesdays, 19:30hrs, doors locked at 19:45hrs, all welcome.
Burghclere, The Ascension - 6 bells Tenor 8 cwt
Burghclere Ringing Times - Sundays: 9.00am Practices: Wednesday (contact Tower Sec)
Chilbolton, St Mary - 3 bells Tenor 7 cwt
Bell Ringing Times at Chilbolton - Sundays: None reported Practices: None reported
East Woodhay, St Martin - 6 bells Tenor 7-2 cwt
East Woodhay Bell Ringing Times - Sunday: Contact Tower Sec. Practice: None
Ecchinswell, St Lawrence - 3 Bells, Tenor 7cwt
Ecchinswell Bell Ringing Times - Because of the absence of ringers and steeple keeper the bells at Ecchinswell church are currently not ringing. Safety issues and maintenance difficulties have forced the decision. Maggie (EBRT Secretary)
Faccombe, St Barnabas (UNRINGABLE) - 3 bells (Unringable)
Goodworth Clatford, St. Peter - 8 bells Tenor 7½cwt
Goodworth Clatford Ringing Times - Sundays: Variable. Please contact us re  service times Practices: Wednesday (1st,3rd,5th)
Highclere Ringing Times - Sundays: Contact Tower Secretary Practice: Tuesday 7.30pm (Please contact Tower Secretary first if you are thinking of attending this practice and are not a member of the tower)
Hurstbourne Priors, St Andrew - 8 bells 14cwt – 3qr
Hurstbourne Priors Ringing Times - Sundays: 10.30am (1st), 9.00am (2nd), 6.00pm. (4th) (contact Tower Sec) Practices: 4th Thursday (contact Tower Sec)
Kingsclere, St Mary - 8 bells 13cwt RG20 5ND
Kingsclere Ringing Times - Sunday: 10:30am Practices: None at present
Leckford, St. Nicholas - 5 bells 8-2cwt
No Regular Ringing at Leckford - Sundays: None reported Practices: None reported
Longparish, St Nicholas - 6 bells 7cwt – 2qr
Longparish Ringing Times - Sundays: contact Tower sec Practices: contact tower sec
Longstock, St Mary - 5 bells 8cwt
Longstock Ringing Times - Sundays: contact Tower Sec Practices: contact Tower Sec
Nether Wallop, St Andrew - 6 bells 14cwt SO20 8EY
Nether Wallop Ringing Times - Sundays: contact Tower Sec Practices: contact Tower Sec
Newtown Ringing Times - No ringing at present
Over Wallop, St Peter - 5 bells Tenor 7cwt SO20 8HT
Over Wallop Ringing Times - Sunday: 10am, 1st and 3rd (contact Tower Sec) Practice: Wednesday (contact tower sec)
Quarley, St Michael and All Angels - 3 bells hung dead outside the church
Shipton Bellinger, St Peter (unringable) - 3 bells Tenor 9-1cwt (unringable)
St Mary Bourne, St Peter - 6 bells Tenor 11-1cwt
St Mary Bourne Ringing Times - Sunday service times are either 9:00am or 10:30am.  Contact Tower Secretary to check. Practice: Thursday 7:30pm
Stockbridge, St Peter - 6 bells Tenor 7-2-27 cwt
Stockbridge Ringing Times - Sundays: 10:20 – 10:50am Practice: Monday 7.30 – 9.00pm
Tangley, St. Thomas - 6 bells 5cwt
Tangley Bell Ringing Times - Sunday ringing by arrangement. Practice: 2nd Tuesday of the month
Thruxton, SS Peter and Paul - 6 bells Tenor 8-3cwt
Upper Clatford, All Saints - 6 bells Tenor 9cwt SP11 7HB
Upper Clatford Ringing Times - Sundays: Variable. Please contact us re  service times Practices: Wed 2nd, 4th.( bar Lent & Advent; check in winter)
Wherwell,St Peter and Holy Cross (Unringable) - 5 bells Tenor 7cwt (unringable)
Whitchurch, All Hallows - 10 bells Tenor 26-1 cwt
Whitchurch Ringing Times - Sundays: 9.30 Practices: Monday
Woolton Hill, St Thomas - 6 Bells, Tenor 6-3-26cwt
Woolton Hill Ringing Times - Sundays: Contact tower secretary Practice: Wednesday (contact tower secretary)

This Week’s work on the website

Most of the activity this week has been “backstage” but solid progress has been made towards finishing the new Guild Website.

Much of it is “snagging” but obviously when we go live, and ringers from outside the Guild come and have a look around, we don’t want lumps and bumps to give them the impression that the Guild is a place that tolerates shoddy workmanship!

You said that the photos didn’t all display properly

So we are changing the way ALL the photos are displayed, to solve the problem. There are over 200 tower pages, and they have to be altered individually, so this is one reason we appear to be moving slowly at the moment. We have reached “G” in the alphabet though. Onwards and Upwards.

You said you wanted uk to redirect properly

So we are moving the entire email system over into the new website in this phase, rather than leaving it until a few months’ time. It’s added about 3 weeks to the development time at this point but it will mean the retiring webmasters can have a break!!! Well deserved!!!

You said that the words used in the small BW menus were unfriendly

These drive the multiple news feeds so they are really important. A lot of them were shortened forms of tower names or phrases. So, we tested using longer phrases, with spaces, and then changed all the offending ones.

You said you didn’t want any spam through the new system

So we went and analysed the performance of the spam filters that have been running in candsbellringers for 3 years, worked out what the strengths and weaknesses were, and fine tuned the filters on this site. RESULT – no rubbish. At all. (the web team see a copy of all the emails you get, and all of them have been fine).

You said you don’t want your email address to go online

So every “tower contact” and officer who has given the web team permission to use their emai address, now has their own web page which they can quote on posters, other websites, in emails etc etc. The page name is easy to work out – if your name is Fred Bloggs then your page will be

You said you wanted to be able to post news JUST onto a tower page…

… and not include it in the front page news feed. We have done that. So you have total control over where your news goes.

You said that the different layouts of the Tower Pages was “a bit random”

And this one is a REAL challenge because one of the underlying philosophies of the website is that each band can have a completely bespoke page or several pages if they wish. But as part of the final pass of the tower pages before we go live, we are making sure all towers have the minimum grid of contact/ringing times/location etc, either on their single page, or on one of their pages if there is a “zone”.

You said that you wanted lots of pages for your tower and surely that’s impossible?

We said Absolutely we can do that! Go for it! BUT wait until after we go live (probably in the New Year) so that we can work with you to build a really nice, useable, friendly, “zone” for your information. We need to think about how the menus and news feeds will work and how we can have a bespoke zone within a consistent site. It’s a challenge, but this was the whole reason for building the site – to bring  news and information into one place where people can easily find it.

You found broken links

Most of these have to be mended individually. So it’s laborious but they matter, so it’s worth the effort. In the process, we have rationalised the names of a lot of pages to make them easier to manage, long term.

And there will be other snags but….

Please keep the feedback coming. We want this site to be the best we can make it,

….Going Live Soon!


Major Work on 28th Nov – 12th Dec

Steady Progress is being made towards going fully live with the new website. You may see disruption this week such as the message “An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.” You may also see menus and news feeds straying into unexpected places – both are consequences of one of the changes you have asked for, and should resolve themselves within an hour.

Some members of the Guild have said they anxious for this transfer to be completed as soon as possible – thanks for your patience, work is proceeding as fast as possible but proper planning and testing MUST happen.

Status Now

The Front page now carries all the relevant news and will continue to do so, so you can bookmark to keep up with the news

We believe we have finished moving current and archive material over from wp-ringers to wpbells, so you should find everything you need here, from calendars to events to newsletters to telephone numbers.

If you send an email at the moment, it will probably be handled on the old wp-ringers system, which is the key reason why we are still running both websites.

All the C&S tower pages and rolling news are now on the wpbells, but work to move the C&S District archive across (nearly 1000 pages accumulated over 3 years) has been postponed to later in December so it can be carefully planned – this is going to be complex and we need to get it right first time!

The majority of the Guild Archive remains on Tony Smith’s site. There is no agreement on how to manage this interface but it is not an impediment to taking wpbells live.

We have finished dovetailing with sites belonging to Southampton City Ringers and the Ladies’ Guild. This should create mutually beneficial traffic and help all concerned to spread their news. This creates a little duplicate information but provides all users with an enhanced service. Southampton University Guild are laying similar plans and will dovetail soon.

9 towers (all in C&S) have now gone live on Dove Online, to test out that that interface is working properly.

Plans for this fortnight

We have had loads of feedback and during this fortnight a lot of work needs to happen behind the scenes, in order to  make sure all the problems you have identified are properly addressed.

The system of displaying specific news beside each page works well, but some of the codes originally chosen have a “yuk” factor (too geeky!! Horrid!!) so although it all works, it needs a bit of a rebuild.

The system of gathering news (basically the webmaster hanging around on Facebook and in the various email lists) is OK as a stopgap but LOADS of people have said “we want an easy way to send in news” so we have now completed testing a system to email in news – that will be properly rolled out after this current work is completed, please be patient!

Displaying everything on the front page is technically very simple but several Tower Captains want to be able to post news JUST to their tower page. This will be sorted out this week.

Some of the Tower Pictures don’t fit too well onto their pages – this will be rectified.

The “officers and towers” tables which have been copied over wholesale from wp-ringers don’t fit too well on the slightly narrower pages on wpbells, so they need to be rebuilt from the source tower/officer database and reinstalled and retested. While we are at it, we will simplify the display of bell weights – another thing that several people wanted.

The Dove Online system allows towers to nominate a website for contact information etc. Where towers currently use wp-ringers or candsbellringers, or no website, they will be moved move to towards the end of this week’s work.  Towers which have chosen to use a different website, will not be affected. We can help you to move from one to another if you decide to do so. However:

The decision about which web page to link to, from Dove Online, rests with that tower’s band of ringers, not with a particular webmaster

A quick poll of random Tower Contacts and District Officers has indicated that some of them are unaware of the new site so all of them will be emailed within the next 2 weeks to be informed about the changes and asked to double check their own information.

Emails will also be sent to other webmasters believed to be affected by the planned disappearance of wp-ringers, so they can make the necessary changes to their websites.

Finally Going Live

… will probably occur about a week later if all goes smoothly, and will entail formally telling Google CCCBR, and ART that wpbells is the official Guild Website, and putting an automatic redirection onto wp-ringers (details being fleshed out with the wp-ringers team), to assist any users who are still unaware of the new site.

The Beginning of the real work!

AT THIS STAGE we can regard the system as being through the design and implementation stage, and into “business as usual” status. However we will continue to work with towers and Districts to enable them to make full use of the services they wish to use – contact management, news, event promotion, etc etc.


Channel Islands Prototype Tower List

This is a prototype of the new Channel Islands District Tower List. Are you happy with it? Leave your comment below!

Home Page Ringing Times Link to Map Correspondent
12 Bells, 13 cwt
Alderney Ringing Times - Sundays: 9:45am Practice: Monday 5pm, Saturday 10am
6 Bells, 5 cwt
Guernsey, Forest Ringing Times - Sundays: 10.30am, evenings by arrangement Practices: Wednesday 3pm to 4.30pm
10 Bells, 11 cwt
Guernsey, S Pierre Du Bois Ringing Times - Sundays: 9.30am & 5.30pm (Evening alternate weeks) Practices: Friday
8 Bells, 21 cwt
Guernsey, St Peter Port (Town Church) Ringing Times - Sundays: Sunday 10.00 to 10.30 (evenings by prior arrangement only) Practices: Thursday 7.30-9.15
3 Bells, 4 cwt
Work progressing well at Guernsey St. Phillipe De Torteval (but still no ringing) - The work on the tower and spire is progressing well – we expect the workmen to be out by end of August.   DAVID J. ROBILLIARD Churchwarden St. Philippe de Torteval Parish Church, Guernsey
6 Bells, 7 cwt
Guernsey, Vale Ringing Times - Sundays: 10.00am. Sunday Evening: Quarter Peal by arrangement Practices: Monday 7.30pm
6 Bells, 10 cwt
Jersey St Helier Bell Ringing Times - Sundays: 9.15am Practices: Friday
8 Bells, 7 cwt
Jersey St John Bell Ringing Times - Sundays: 10.30am Practices: Tuesdays, 7.30-9pm. Please call to confirm
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