Category Archives: Towers by District

Sopley Beyond Bob Doubles Practice – Wednesday 3rd July

Hi Everyone

I propose that we learn/practice Erin this month and the line is attached. Some of us have had a “go” recently and found it quite challenging.

It is a principle that looks a bit like Stedman, but ringing it feels very different as the entire front work is “wrong” and there is no quick work. The start is as plain bob (briefly).

It has also become apparent that we need to polish our act with Bob Minor and we’ll concentrate on touches – especially singles which still seem to spook us! Once we’ve mastered this we can move on to other minor methods.

Looking forward to seeing you there (please let me know you’re coming)

Tim

Winchester District Practice -Sherfield English, Tuesday 2nd July 2019 7.30pm

Dear All,

Please be advised that our next District Practice will be next week, on Tuesday 2nd July, and it will be at Sherfield English, which, if not the finest light eight in the Guild, is certainly one of the finest. Postcode is SO51 6FN, and there is parking on the other side of the road from the church.

I’ve attached a poster, so if you can bring it to the attention of all your band members I should be grateful.

Quite close by on the Romsey Road there is the Hatchet PH, if anyone is feeling thirsty, which if this weather carries on I would imagine is likely. Doom Bar, St Austell (Tribute, I presume) and Taylor’s Landlord on the engines.

Hope to see lots of you there.

Best wishes meanwhile,

Bruce

Win. District Secretary

 

Thank you from Stockbridge!

To mark our move into the Winchester District a training morning was held at Stockbridge yesterday morning (Saturday 22nd June).

We were really happy to welcome learners from nearby towers, but special thanks must go to Ringing Masters Jenny Watson and Edmund Wratten, together with Bruce Purvis and his kind helpers from Winchester – Charlie and Colin, and Jen Churchill from Lockerley who were all amazingly patient and encouraging as they led us through our journey into Reverse Canterbury Doubles.

We had a brilliant morning – thank you all. PS. If I’ve missed out any of the helpers – sorry and thank you too!

Micki Nadal

Terrific turn out for the Winchester District practice at Wonston 15th June!

Terrific turn out for the Winchester District practice at Wonston today 15th June!

On the day of the 2019 W&P AGM we were thrilled to be able to enjoy the company and experience of seven visiting ringers who gave their own Saturday morning to help us at our regular practice. Our band was fairly complete, missing the Barretts and the Nunns, so we had a busy tower of 16!

Call changes, Grandsire on 5, Reverse Canterbury and Stedman doubles were all tried out and, regardless of success or otherwise, it was a relaxed, learning and unifying atmosphere. Our thanks to those who travelled to us from towers like Lockerley, Crawley, Stockbridge and Sparsholt and a special mention to Jonathan who cycled the 4 mile round trip from Kingsworthy in poor weather.  We did warn them about the possibility of dust and crud coming through the rope holes after our recent refurb. Hope they didn’t find too much in their hair afterwards! Jenny made off with Gerry’s keys but we made her hand over both them and his coat in the carpark! She got her own coat back in return! Maybe we should have home team pegs and away team pegs?
Thanks Edmund, Jenny, Bruce and all our friends in ringing. It’s a nice way to feel connected to our local ringing community and, more widely, the Guild.

As ringers we run a wide gamut of emotions whenever we ring. In an unfamiliar tower, with vaguely familiar or new-to-us ringers with unknown skillsets , these can be amplified. There’s no doubt that the exercise is an intellectual challenge. But what also should be celebrated is our emotional resolve to be vulnerable, to perform, in a tight space, on the end of a rope, out of our comfort zone. And remain or become friends.

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Gary Marsh

Doubles Methods Night at Lymington 12.06.19 at 7:30pm

Hone your doubles methods skills at this supportive practice led by the district ringing masters.

Excellent opportunities to test out touches of methods you are working on.  There are also six bells (unringable) in the pub next door!!!

If anything, go to see the ringing chamber light fitting!

Contact Colin Butler

Winchester District Practice at Wonston – Sat 15th June – 10:00 – 11:30am

Dear All,

We have – for anyone not planning to attend the Guild AGM on the Isle of Wight this Saturday – a District practice at Wonston.  Or, if you are just intending to visit the Island for the tea and meeting, and have the morning free, what better way to spend the morning than to support the District Practice? – 10.00 start.

Best wishes

Bruce

District Secretary

Download poster here

C&S Monthly District Practice: Saturday 29th June 2019

June’s monthly district practice sees us at St. Peter’s, Bournemouth (29.06.2019 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm).

Method of the month is Stedman Triples.  General ringing from rounds and call changes upwards plus any method requests.

We look forward to welcoming you at St. Peter’s.

Peter Murdock-Saint & Tim Kettle

Parking is available in the near vicinity of the tower NCPs and road parking, but car’s parked within the church grounds do so at their own risk (monitored with parking passes by external company).

PDF link below to print and display.

June District Practice

8 Bell Methods Practice Night at Bournemouth St. John’s 11.06.19 at 7:30pm

Tuesday 11th June 2019 at 7:30pm until 9:00pm

Last month we rang Single Oxford Triples, and in previous evenings Plain Bob Triples, Grandsire Triples, Plain Hunt.

Tonight’s the night for calling touches of Grandsire.

This is not an elite practice night.  All are welcome.  Rounds and call changes upwards.

Contact Penelope Samuel

Winchester District Practice – Wonston Saturday 15th June 10am

The Band of Holy Trinity Church, Wonston wishes to welcome any ringers available to support our ringing this coming Saturday morning at our District’s District Practice.The frame has been newly painted, the wheels and ropes reinstalled and we’re good to go! Check out our Facebook page for more of that story!

https://www.facebook.com/WonstonChurchBellringing/

We also have plenty of parking, great countryside walking and an award winning pub up the lane in The Wonston Arms!

Saturday 15th June from 10am til 1130am

Hope to see you there!

Gary Marsh

Beyond Bob Doubles, Sopley 05.06.2019 with Tim Kettle

Where did the month of May go?  It will have passed and we haven’t rung “May Day” variation – so to correct this it’s on the programme for next Wednesday.  It is Bob Doubles with a Pinks Single as shown on the attached schedule.
We’ll continue with Little Bob Minor and try touches, and also Plain Bob Minor touches (with singles).  The eventual aim is to be able to splice these two methods.
If time permits, Stedman can be rung on request.
If anyone wants to practice calling a touch of anything please let me know and we’ll fit it in the practice.
A busy evening coming! PDF of charts and singles below in links.
Hope to see you there,
Tim
PS As always it’s always useful to know who will be coming in advance – so please let me know
Drinks afterwards at The Woolpack.

Winchester District Training morning – Sat 22nd June, 9.30-11.30am at Stockbridge.

Dear All,

Please find attached the poster for the next Winchester District training morning, 9.30-11.30 on Saturday June 22nd.

Plain Bob Doubles, and its variant based on making places instead of dodging, Reverse Canterbury, are the foundation of almost everything we do in change-ringing, so once you can plain hunt these two methods are your essential next steps.

Hope to see lots of people at Stockbridge on the 22nd. Do be sure to let Jenny Watson know if you wish to come along to learn or to help.

Best wishes

Bruce

District Secretary

Winchester District

Basingstoke District Practice at Winchester Cathedral – Sunday 16th June – 2:00pm to 3:30pm

The next Basingstoke District Practice will be slightly different from normal as we will be ringing at Winchester Cathedral prior to Evensong. Please let Nici – the District Secretary know if you are coming as the Cathedral need a list of names of those attending.

If you are coming we will be meeting at the West door at 2pm as it isn’t certain which entrance will be in use at the time.

Hope to see plenty of you there.

Joseph

Bank Holiday 27.05.2019 & Method Monday at Sacred Heart, Bournemouth 03.06.2019

Dear Sacred Heart Friends,
We shall be practising as usual on Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2019 from 6:00pm until 7:30pm.  This will be followed by beer at The Moon on The Square.
Method Monday 3rd June 6:00pm until 7:30pm – we will be ringing Erin Doubles, so you will need to do some homework. This is a good starting point for Stedman.  Erin was also the method of the month for May’s district practice at Bitterne Park.
We shall also be ring touches of Saint Clements College Bob Minor.
This will be followed by Beer and Pizza at the Moon in the Square or Zizzi’s.
See you all then.
Kim

Practice and Sunday ringing cancellations at Curdridge and Botley

There will be no practice at Curdridge next Monday, 27th May, as it is a Bank Holiday. We shall also not practice the following Monday, 3rd June, but go to the District practice at Fareham instead.

There will be no practice at Botley on Thursday 30th May as there is an Ascension Day service in the church.

There will be no Sunday service ringing at either Botley or Curdridge on Sunday 9th June, as both services have been cancelled for the Diocesan Prayer Picnic at Portchester Castle.

Robin Milford

Method Monday at Sacred Heart, Bournemouth 06.05.2019

This coming Monday 6th May is Method Monday starting at 6:00pm
We shall be ringing St Clements Minor, Stedman Doubles and spliced Plain Bob with Reverse Canterbury. Ross has kindly sent a line to show how the 2 methods join together.
This will be followed by Beer and Pizza at the Moon in the Square.
Thank you to everyone that came on our outing tooo, I think everyone had a good day’s ringing.
See you all then.
Kim

Beyond Bob Doubles, Sopley 01.05.2019 with Tim Kettle

Yes, it’s May and we kick off with a practice on the first.
After the our success with plain courses of Little Bob Minor last month we’ll move on to touches.
But before this we must improve our performance of Plain  Bob Minor touches – especially singles! Eventually we hope to splice Plain Bob and Little Bob.
Stedman is still in demand and there will be opportunities for touches and plain courses if required.
Drinks afterwards at The Woolpack.
Hope to see you there
Tim