Following the poster that went out to tower contacts last week, here are all of the finalised details I have been busy working on. If all goes to plan, looks to be a great trip, in an Area of Natural Beauty. Historical towers for ringers, bygone trams and cream teas along the coast for those that join us that do not ring.
Please let me know names and numbers as soon as you can, plus your lunch choices. There is a downloadable pdf pack below, so you can print of all, or the pages you need. Also screen grabs of the pdf for instantaneous ease of viewing if you’re going paperless!
I hope to see many of you there! All are welcome.
Click here to contact Peter Murdock-Saint
This month’s Basingstoke District event is an outing to Alton. We will be ringing at All Saints Alton (6 bells, 6cwt tenor) from 11:15am – 12:15pm followed by a break for lunch (please make your own arrangements).
Following lunch we will bring at St. Lawrence Alton (8 bells, 18cwt tenor) from 2:30pm – 3:30pm.
As always ringers of all abilities are very welcome.
Tomorrow – 10th – is 8 bell practice at St. John’s. following a month of well attended practices, we are hopeful that we will finally achieve a touch of Single Oxford Bob Triples. We will, of course, be ringing other Triples methods & rounds & called changes as usual, so all ringers most welcome.
This is not an elite practice night. All are welcome.
Contact Penelope Samuel
Thank you all for your replies and we would just about have had enough ringers for a practice. However, I’ve just learnt that the no.3 stay is still broken and to avoid any further problems have decided to cancel this month’s practice.
Let’s hope we’re all back from hols etc next month and the stay repaired and we can have a really good practice then.
All the best,
Previously…to be carried forward for October:
Another month passes by and the hoiday season is receding.
After our success last month with Grandsire Monor we’ll continue on a minor theme again this month, and I propose that we try full touches on Wednesday (we got a bob course last month).
We’ve been ringing Plain and Little Bob Minor recently, seperately, so we’ll try a little splicing of these methods. Ross circulated some notes to the Bournemouth ringers and I hope he won’t mind me making use of his notes with our group. Please find them attached.
Again’ if anyone wants to call a touch of anything, please let me know.
Please lets me know Yes/No if you’ll be able to come along.
I look forward to hearing from you,
Here are the details of the next meeting. Apologies for the delay as we were trying to organise skittles for after the meeting, however that has proven too hard this year, watch this space for next year.
Everyone welcome to come along even if you are not taking part in the striking contest. If there are any teams for the striking contest, please let Colin Butler know.
A general poster for the Outing at the end of the month will be sent out after this e-mail. Please encourage all your members to come along. Full details will be released at the meeting.
Look forward to seeing you next week.
Contact Sallie Ingram
Contact Colin Butler
PDFs below of Meeting and Hinton Trophy information:
September Practice and Hinton Trophy
September 2019 Agenda
ADM 2019 Minutes
Our bells/sliders/clappers have come home at last.
Monday night practices resume from 6:00pm until 7.30pm, followed by beer.
There will be no specific Method Monday for September (October as normal), as it will just be great to get everything back up and running again. BUT we will try to ring several touches of Little Bob Minor!
Also huge congratulations to Ben and Hannah, who have just announced their engagement.
Contact Kim Matthews
The Guild Education Committee is running another of its very popular Listening Skills courses, on Saturday 12 October, based at Lockerley. This is a day for ringers at all levels and covers all sorts of things you may not have tried before in order to help you listen to the bells – or, more precisely, to interpret what you are hearing. It is a non-competitive day where you can have fun with ringers from across the Guild, learning quite a lot in the process, involving listening exercises, hand-bells, ringing exercises, and much more; you do not need to be an expert. And we also include a hot lunch!
A poster and application form (both Word and pdf versions) are available on the links below, so please talk about it amongst your friends and send in your applications.
As always – any queries, let me know.
For: The Guild Education Committee
ApplicationForm – Listening Skills 12.10.19 Word Version
Application Form – Listening Skills 12.10.19 – PDF version
Poster – Listening Skills – 12.10.19 – Word version
Poster – Listening Skills – 12.10.19 – PDF version
52 ringers, mostly from across the A&P district but with a handful from elsewhere, gathered at Blackmoor on August 10th to take part in a Rounds Striking Competition.
There were no rules as such, just that each team should aim to strike their best rounds for 4 minutes with everything from the pull off to the stand being marked.
In all 11 teams took part, some ringers were in more than one team, some teams were made up of members of several towers, but everyone was welcome to have a go whatever their level of experience. From Blackmoor’s newest learner who just rang the back stroke whilst his teacher rang the hand stroke, to the Life Members, of which there were several present, everyone gave it their all and, judging by all the smiles, had a great afternoon.
As a few people left after the competition finished, more arrived for the barbecue swelling the numbers to around 65, the most we have had at a social event for some time. As the food was cooking, games were borrowed from the Scouts’ shed (with permission), the raffle was set up, ringing related quiz sheets were handed out and dogs tried to keep out of the way of bustling feet.
Once everyone had finished tucking into their burgers, sausages and salads, beer, wine, soft drinks and an impressive array of desserts, Roger Barber announced the competition results with a short critique of each performance and certificates were handed out. Roger thanked everyone who took part and hopes that the success of the event will encourage more teams to enter the annual district striking competition in October.
Thanks were also given to everyone who helped to organise the myriad of elements that go into running a successful event such as this. Pretty sure we’ll be doing it again.
The next Basingstoke District Practice will take place at Bramley (8 bells, 12cwt tenor). The first hour of the practice (7pm -8pm) will however focus on belfry maintenance and will take place in amongst the bells themselves – if you are keen to be involved in this please come suitably attired and be aware that there is a ladder to climb. Normal ringing will then follow in the second hour (8pm-9pm) and as usual all levels will be catered for.
Look forward to seeing many of you there.
The Communion service at Curdridge this morning, 11th August, had an unusual feature – the dedication of a framed document in memory of Edwin Wellstead. Edwin was a bell ringer at St Peter’s church before the First World War, and was unfortunately killed one hundred and four years ago this August 13th when the transport ship ‘Royal Edward’ that he was travelling on to Gallipoli was torpedoed north of Crete. Over seven hundred men died.
Ringing in Edwin’s memory took place four years ago near the centenary of his death, but I thought it would be good to have a more tangible memorial.
I researched his history for the local history society booklet in memory of those killed in WW1, but since then was able to obtain a photograph of Edwin from Mrs Jean Aburrow, the daughter of Edwin’s younger sister. I therefore rewrote the notes to include Edwin’s picture, had it framed by the Penny Farthing Gallery in Botley, and it was dedicated this morning by the Reverend Jane Richards, as shown in the attached photograph. It is now displayed on the wall of the ringing room in Curdridge church.
Since the Winchester District Practice at the Cathedral is on the first Wednesday in September a quick show of hands at last month’s Beyond Bob Doubles indicated that there would be enough for a practice in August this year. The practice will be at Stockbridge on Wednesday 28th from 19:30 – 21:00, all welcome from the District and beyond. Anything from Grandsire Doubles and St Simon’s to Double Oxford and maybe Cambridge.
The bells of All Saints, Odiham are in need of some TLC. The frame requires some fairly
substantial supports in the form of steel beams, to be installed, and the bells themselves
require attention to various fittings, including some clappers. The report of the survey
carried out also recommended installation of rope guides.
To this end, the ringers of All Saints have been involved in various fundraising events.
This is our latest fun event and we send out a warm invitation to all our bell ringing friends and partners to come and enjoy this classic film so aptly named.
Wonston Tower begins it’s usual month of August cessation of practice and will return to it’s regular Saturday morning 10am till 11:30am slot from September where ringing from Rounds & Call Changes up to Doubles Methods will be rung. Learners, Improvers and more advanced ringers from across the area are very welcome to join us!
Service and Wedding ringing continues as normal.
News and other updates about our activities can be found on our Facebook page here.
Best Wishes, Gary Marsh
It’s Wickham Festival weekend (1st – 4th August), and the tower will be open for visitors on Saturday 3rd August from 10:00 – 12:00.
See Wickham Festival for full details of all the events happening over the weekend.
Contact Greg Painter if you are able to come and ring.
There will be no Thursday night practices at Botley during August.
Sunday ringing at 9.00 am is as normal.
Due to several ringers being away there will be no Monday evening ringing practise at St Peter’s, Bishops Waltham during August 2019.
We will recommence on Monday 2nd September 2019.
This month’s Beyond Bob Doubles will be at Easton on the 31st July, from 19:30 – 21:00. Please feel free to spread the word, anyone wishing to practice methods from touches of Grandsire to Stedman and Cambridge is welcome to attend.
Please let Roger Barber know if you’re entering a team for the rounds competition, and book your barbecue place with Judy Sparling.
It’s a friendly competition focusing on our core skill and the foundation of all our ringing – Rounds –
Teams can be made up of any ringers from the district, they don’t need to be just from one tower and the same ringer(s) can be on more than one team.
Contact Roger Barber
Contact Judy Sparling
C&S District July Practice, this Saturday at St Mary’s, Southampton. Everyone welcome from rounds upwards. Method of the Month: Yorkshire Surprise Royal.
Contact Sallie Ingram
The next Basingstoke District Practice will be held at Wootton St. Lawrence (6 bells 7cwt tenor) from 10:30am until 12pm. As usual ringers of all abilities are very welcome.
Hope to see many there.
Method Monday starting at 6:00pm
We shall be ringing Erin Doubles; touches and plain courses.
This will be followed by Beer and Pizza at Zizzi’s for the two birthdays in the belfry!
See you all then.
Ringing at Holy Cross Binsted is now resumed as repairs to the tenor has now been completed.
All welcome to Thursday practices, 7:30pm to 9:00pm.
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)
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,
Win. District Secretary
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!
This month’s Beyond Bob Doubles will be at East Tytherley on the 26th June from 19:30, all welcome from the district and beyond. We shall be ringing Grandsire and Stedman Triples, and Little Bob Major, but other methods too depending on what people want.
There will be no practice at Romsey Abbey on Wednesday 26th June due to an event being held in the Abbey.
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.
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
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.
Download poster here