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Beyond Bob Doubles at Stockbridge – Wed 28th August – 7.30-9.00pm

Dear All,

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.

Edmund.

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

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

Beyond Bob Doubles at Stockbridge – Wednesday 24th April at 19:30

Dear All,

The next Beyond Bob Doubles will be at Stockbridge on 24th of April from 19:30. Anything goes (except Bob Doubles) so if you have any requests let me know on the night. To give those who haven’t been before an idea of what it is about, methods we have been ringing recently include Grandsire, St Simon’s and Stedman doubles, Plain Bob, Little Bob, Kent and Cambridge minor, I also want to do Double Oxford, and Cambridge and Plain Bob spliced if we have the people. Please pass the word around, everyone is welcome from the District and beyond.

Edmund.

Guild Education – Grandsire Doubles and Triples – Sat 6th April at Goodworth Clatford

Just to let everybody know that, whilst the closing date for the receipt of applications is still three weeks away, we now have only ONE place left on the Doubles course.   Interest has been very high indeed.

So, if you are still “thinking about it” ……. remember that places are filled on a “first-come-first-served” basis and you need to get your application in very quickly.   It might be a race to the finish!!   Once this place has been filled then, of course, we will start a waiting list.


The Education Committee is running an Education Day on Saturday 6th April covering Grandsire Doubles and Triples, based at Goodworth Clatford.     Just in case they have been mislaid, I attach further copies of the poster and application form (both Word and pdf versions).

Applications have come in thick and fast, and whilst there are a few places left, if you have been “…. thinking about it ….” you need to get your skates on and send in your application form sooner rather than later.    Old hands will know that these are dealt with on a “first come first served” basis, so leaving it until the closing date might result in disappointment.     Talk about it with your friends and maybe ask your Tower Captain’s advice.

As always – any queries, give me a call, or email me and I will do my best to help.

Christine Knights-Whittome

For:  The Education Committee


With places filling up for the Cambridge Surprise Major course in March, the Education Committee is turning its attention to those whose current experience doesn’t stretch to that.   We are holding another full-day course on Grandsire Doubles and Triples, on Saturday 6 April, based at Goodworth Clatford.    There may be lots of new ringers who started early on in the Ringing Remembers campaign who may now be ready to think about Grandsire Doubles, and hopefully it will also appeal to “returning ringers” who need to brush up on past skills.   If in doubt, talk to your tower captain.

I have attached the poster and application form (both Word and pdf versions).   Places are filled on a “first come first served” basis so check your diaries now, as leaving everything until the closing date is not a good idea!

If you, or anybody else in your tower is interested, I am more than happy to answer any questions – email:  Christine or ‘phone 01962 886939.

Christine K-W

For:  the Guild Education Committee

Download Pack for Guild Education – Grandsire

Tommy in Tangley – 6th Nov 2018

I was picked up on Monday and although still in my box enjoyed my ride to Kingsclere Church and listened to the Andover District Practice night; there was a mixed bag of ringing.

After spending Tuesday morning in the car being moved about as this nice lady hoovered around me; I went to Tangley Church as saw one of the Ringers Remembered volunteers practice her handling skills, improving every time.

Tommy in Tangley

After a short break a team of ringers and visitors stayed in the church to listen to the ringing of 1918 changes in memory of all those lost during WW1 from the Pastrow Benefice which includes Hatherden, Penton Mewsey, Tangley and Weyhill; the names of those lost were displayed in the Tangley Church during the ringing. Tangley is the only church in the benefice with bells.

I was packed back in my box and taken to Ludgershall via the Old Bell and Crown at Hatherden.

I am hoping to be at the Ringers WW1 Memorial in Winchester Cathedral on 11th November 2018.

 

Longstock’s Re-enactment of WW1 photo scene – 18th and 19th August

Hi all,

This video is also now available on our website here (for those who do not have social media who might like to see it):

https://www.big-ideas.org/longstocks-pioneering-women-ringers-in-world-war-one/

IWM let us share it on the basis that it was for non-commercial use and a subscription was not required for it to be viewed.

It is also available on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RingingRemembers/permalink/429029997620612/

And here on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Big_Ideas_Co/status/1042021216398307328

Best wishes,

Jamie

Jamie Singleton

Campaign
Coordinator

 Big Ideas

www.big-ideas.org

020 3011 5275

 

Report from the Ringing Remembers Event at Longstock on Sunday 19th August 2018

Please take the time to read the report by the Big Ideas team following the terrific event hosted by the band of St. Mary’s Church, Longstock on Sunday 19th August.

From my perspective as it was an exciting couple of hours watching Bryony Leyland and the camera operator interview and film for South Today. All those placed in front of the camera did a brilliant job telling their stories and it was a real pleasure hearing them. Sadly so much of it wasn’t aired, and what was broadcast that Sunday night is now no longer available to view. Unfortunately, due to licencing restrictions on the famous old photograph of the Longstock Ringers and Reverend Routh, the BBC could only make the clip available for 24hours.

Particular thanks go to Mary Saunders, Longstock Captain and ringer for over seven decades, the Routh family, the band who worked to make all feel welcome with tea, cake and pizza, and of course BBC South and Hampshire Chronicle and Daily Echo.

Big-ideas.org delivers community and education projects and is promoting Ringing Remembers at many levels. It was great to meet some of the team who travelled down from London for the event.

Please do read their report for the full story which can be found here https://www.big-ideas.org/longstocks-pioneering-women-ringers-in-world-war-one/

Gary Marsh, Wonston Tower and Guild Comms Team Member

 

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Ringing Remembers Event – Longstock – Sunday 19th August – 2.00-4.00pm

Ringing Remembers is a national campaign to recruit new bell ringers in memory of the 1,400 ringers who died in World War One. All new ringers will ring together on Armistice Day this year as part of the national commemorations to mark the centenary since the end of the war.
Longstock is a village in Hampshire. It had a population of 413 in 1911, 212 men and 201 women. St Mary’s Longstock has 5 bells. The oldest, the tenor, was cast in 1593.
http://www.longstockvillage.com/longstock_bellringers.htm
75 of the village’s men served in WW1, including bell ringers http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Hampshire/Longstock.html
The following photo shows “THE WOMEN’S WORK IN SERVICES, 1914-1918.

THE WOMEN'S WORK IN SERVICES, 1914-1918

 

 

Girls of Longstock village in Hampshire replacing the male bell ringers who joined the armed forces. They are assisting the local vicar in ringing the bells.”

 

 

THE EMPLOYMENT OF WOMEN IN BRITAIN, 1914-1918

Female bell ringers in the village church of Longstock in Hampshire.

© IWM (Q 109790)

Ringing was largely closed to women before the war, and their involvement was one of many steps towards the parity we see today.
We have located the descendants of the Vicar in the photo; his great-grandson, great-granddaughter, and two great-great-granddaughters. They are all ringers today.
They will be involved in a ringing event to commemorate this historical moment; for both the ringers at Longstock, and more broadly for women taking part in ringing across the country during WW1. This will take place on Sunday 19 August at St Mary’s church from 14:00 to 16:00.

New Ringing Remembers learners will also take part in this commemoration. 100 years ago,women took up ringing there because of WW1. 100 years later, new ringing recruits who are learning for the WW1 centenary as part of Ringing Remembers will mark this historical moment. We hope to find the descendants of the women in the photo through this event, and to learn more of the story behind the photo.

Jamie Singleton from Big Ideas said, “It was remarkable that, through Ringing Remembers, we were able to find the descendants of the ringers taking part in this historical moment at Longstock. This event will be a special way to remember what happened there and help us to look forward to the Armistice Day commemorations for the WW1 centenary.”
Longstock is a tower in The Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers. The Guild has 200 towers and is always looking to find new ringers to help them sound out all the bells. So far, nearly 60 recruits have come to them through Ringing
Remembers. The Longstock Bell Ringers will be in the church on Saturday 18 August from 2.30pm to welcome anyone who would like to try Bell Ringing.

Ringing Remembers is led by Big Ideas and the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers and supported by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

8 bell ringing on Thurs 26th July at Hurstbourne Priors

Dear all,

It’s the 4th Thursday of the month this week, on Thursday 26th July 2018, time for our monthly 8 bell practice at Hurstbourne Priors from 7:30pm.

We’ll ring a selection from the usual repertoire of Grandsire Triples, Stedman Triples, Bob Triples/Major, Double Norwich, and maybe even some Yorkshire Surprise Major, depending on demand and the abilities of those present.

Hope to see you there.

Helen and Roger Thomas

8 bell practice on Thurs 28th June at Hurstbourne Priors

Dear all,
It’s the 4th Thursday of the month this week, on Thursday 28th June 2018. Forget the football for an evening, because England have already qualified! It’s time instead for our monthly 8 bell practice at Hurstbourne Priors from 7:30pm.
We’ve had no specific requests for methods, so we’ll ring a selection from the usual repertoire of Grandsire Triples, Stedman Triples, Double Norwich, and various Surprise Major methods, depending on demand and the abilities of those present.
Hope to see you there.

Andover District Half-Yearly Meeting and 10 Bell Practice 2nd July at Whitchurch

Andover Half-Yearly Meeting Agenda

To be held at Whitchurch All Hallows on 2nd July at 7pm.

  1. Apologies
  1. Welcome
  1. Minutes of the previous Meeting

These minutes were agreed at the ADM in January this year.  No ‘Matters Arising’.

  1. Election of New Members
Surname Forename Tower Proposed by Seconded by Membership type
Turner Susan Amport Probationer
Melanie Freeman Burghclere Probationer
Pearce

Slade

Richard

James

Kingsclere Probationer

Probationer

SMB

If possible it would be very much appreciated if details could be sent to the secretary prior to the meeting.

  1. Change of Tower Details

Please inform the secretary any changes different from those in the current Guild Report.

  1. Proposal

None.

(If there are any proposals (for subsequent meetings) these must be circulated a month before the meeting. The proposal title and content will be entered here together with a proposer and seconder.)

  1. Future Dates

The DP list sent out at the beginning of the year is correct.  Venues and times are confirmed.

October 2018 – The Andover District Outing tba

11th November – Ringing in as many towers as can to commemorate 100 years since the Armistice.

17th November – Exec Committee Meeting, St Barnabus’ Church Hall.

Saturday 12th January – Andover ADM to be held at Whitchurch.

Spring 2019 – Services at Winchester 19 May 3.30pm and Portsmouth 12 May 6pm cathedrals to remember those lost in WW1and to present a book of ringing in commemoration.

  1. Education Days

13 October – Plain Hunt and Trebling to Doubles – Basingstoke

24 November – Surprise Minor – Shedfield

  1. AOB

Annual District Ringing Outing. 

Since there were not enough volunteers to support the outing to London it had to be cancelled.

Is there anyone willing to organize an alternative?

Fund raising for the Guild’s WW1 project.

Meeting closed

Date of Next Meeting:

Handbell Concert at Thatcham – Sat 19th May

Dear everyone,
Just a note to let you know that our next concert – “Wedding Belles” – will be at St Mary’s Church, Thatcham on Saturday 19 May commencing at 7.30pm.  As the date coincides with a certain Royal wedding, some wedding-themed pieces will be included in our programme.
Tickets (£6 full, £5 concessions, accompanied children free) include light refreshments in the interval and will be available on the door.
Dianne (Barfield Handbell Ringers)
Contact form at the bottom of the screen.
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8 Bell Practice at Hurstbourne Priors Thu 26th April

Dear all,
It’s the 4th Thursday of the month this week, on Thursday 26th April 2018, time for our monthly 8 bell practice at Hurstbourne Priors from 7:30pm.
We’ve had no specific requests, so we will ring a selection from the usual repertoire of Grandsire Triples, Stedman Triples, Double Norwich, and various Surprise Major methods, depending on demand and the abilities of those present.
Hope to see you there.
Helen and Roger Thomas

8 Bell Practice at Hurstbourne Priors Thurs 22nd March

Dear all,
It’s the 4th Thursday of the month this week, on Thursday 22nd March 2018, time for our monthly 8 bell practice at Hurstbourne Priors from 7:30pm.
I’ve had a request for Double Norwich, and we will also ring a selection from the usual repertoire of Grandsire Triples, Stedman Triples, and various Surprise Major methods, depending on demand and the abilities of those present.
Hope to see you there.
Helen and Roger Thomas

8 Bell Practice at Hurstbourne Priors Thu 22nd Feb

 

Dear all,
It’s the 4th Thursday of the month this week (already!), on Thursday 22nd February 2018, time for our monthly 8 bell practice at Hurstbourne Priors from 7:30pm.
I’ve had requests for Superlative Surprise Major and Double Norwich, and we will also ring a selection from the usual repertoire of Grandsire Triples, Stedman Triples, Cambridge Surprise Major and Yorkshire Surprise Major, depending on demand and the abilities of those present.
Hope to see you there.

Hurstborne Priors 8-bell Practice Thurs 25th Jan

Dear all,
It’s the 4th Thursday of the month this week, on Thursday 25th January 2018, time for our monthly 8 bell practice at Hurstbourne Priors from 7:30pm.
This month’s methods will include Middlesex Bob Triples (https://rsw.me.uk/blueline/methods/view/Middlesex_Bob_Triples) and Superlative Surprise Major, and requests from the usual selection of Grandsire Triples, Stedman Triples, Double Norwich, Cambridge Surprise Major, Yorkshire Surprise Major, depending on demand and the abilities of those present.
Hope to see you there.
Helen and Roger Thomas