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.
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!
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.
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.
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Would anyone be able to help us out at the following wedding please:
Stockbridge 26th May. 1.30pm wedding. I think ringing before and after £25 a rope.
Kings Somborne and Stockbridge have 5 adult learners. Practise is in Stockbridge on a Tuesday at 7pm to 7.45pm.
We would really appreciate some help, 1 or 2 ringers who could stand with a learner. on Tuesday 21st. 4 of them are ringing on their own but need someone there “in case” and to advise on handling.
Any help on Tuesday’s, plus our normal practise on Mondays, at Kings Somborne, with the learners there too, would be appreciated.
Please contact me if you would be able to help out.
The links above give an illustrated version of these notes.
1. Start from Houghton Village Hall, on the corner of Stevens Drove.
Turn right, and, after about 250 yards, having passed Chapel Close on the right, look on the left for the entrance to a property called Willow House. (5 mins)
2. Here is the gateway to the Clarendon Way, heading east. Shortly afterwards you will cross over the River Test.
3. The next landmark is the crossroads of the Clarendon and Test Ways (20 mins)
Turn left here: the Clarendon Way climbs, you want to keep on the level – the Test Way is along a former railway track.
Not long afterwards there is a fork in the path – keep right!
4. The next major landmark is the Marshcourt National Trust Car Park, on your right (40-50 minutes)
At this point, you can either continue until you come into Trafalgar Way, and carry on up to the White Hart roundabout and turn left into Stockbridge High Street (5 mins approx.)
Or, you can take the path to your left, skirting the northern boundary of the Common Marsh. After about 150 yards, the path crosses the Marshcourt River and heads north, directly towards Stockbridge High Street, along a well-defined path which brings you
out near to Lillie’s tea rooms. Start here …
From the roundabout at the east end of Stockbridge High Street St Peter’s Church is about 5 minutes’ walk, if you take the short-cut leading to Lillie’s that will probably save you about five minutes overall. If you take the walk at a fair clip it would take
about 1¼ to 1½ hours, longer if you wish to take it easy
To return to Houghton, you can either retrace your steps or continue along the High Street until you cross the Test, then turn left: that is about an hour’s walk. It is along the road, so not that great, but not absolutely awful, either. Most of the road is under
either a 30mph or a 40mph speed limit. If you do go this way you can call in at Houghton Lodge Gardens tea room; but be aware that their last orders are at 4.20 p.m.
A little further on is the Boot Inn where you will get tea/coffee at any time but they don’t have any cakes or buns
Sundays: contact tower secretary
Practices: Last Monday of month (contact Tower Sec)
Phew! At last!
Here is the poster for the next quarterly meeting, coming up soon – Saturday week to be precise.
I’ll get the agenda and the minutes of the last meeting out tomorrow, and will test the various route possibilities within the next few days. It’s all to be found on OS Explorer no. 131.
Following the time-honoured format, we begin with a try-out on the interesting new ring of six at All Saints’, Houghton, then lunch (BYO) either inside or on the lawn outside the Village Hall in Houghton, where also there will be tea/coffee-making facilities and loos, and parking. Then we have a probably quite short business meeting, and walk to Stockbridge. There are three possible routes, the shortest of which is along the public highway. I am advised this is do-able but can be hairy owing to the presence of tractors, Chelsea or otherwise. There is a longer and more circuitous route to the west over the downs, or you can make your way to the public footpath along the old railway track to Stockbridge.
We ring at Stockbridge from 3.00 to 4.00, which will be a real treat. I attended the inaugural practice on the newly reinstalled six, and – apart from the hazard of the five going up wrong – they handle like a dream.
Depending what arrangements you make, there are options at Stockbridge, including Lillie’s tea rooms, open till 4.45; I have arranged for the King’s Somborne bells to be available from 5.30 onwards, tho’ to get afternoon tea in Stockbridge AND make it to King’s Somborne you will doubtless need to have transport sorted out – or you could walk to KS from Stockbridge and have a coffee/tea or a drink at the pub in King’s Somborne after ringing there.
I’ll write again soon,
Winchester District Secretary
Link to Poster
Link to Agenda
Minutes from May QDM