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Guild AGM 2022 – Saturday 11th June – Alton

The Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild AGM 2022 will be held in St. Lawrence’s Church Hall, Alton, on Saturday 11th June at 4.15 p.m. This will be preceded by the Inter-District 8-bell Striking Competition at West Meon in the morning and a service at Holybourne at 3 p.m. (details to follow). 

Attached are the agenda, minutes of the last meeting, and officer and committee reports for 2021 . The document is also available at http://www.methods.org.uk/files/220611.bulk.pdf and will be kept up-to-date with any additional agenda items or supporting papers.

Web versions of the papers are at http://www.methods.org.uk/wparch/agm2022a.htm and will also be kept up-to-date.

If anyone has apologies for absence, items of Any other business, or comments or questions on any Agenda item, please send them to me in advance so that the meeting can run as smoothly as possible.

Many thanks and best wishes, Tony Smith.

Guild Minute Secretary.

A&P Bell Ringers District Practice held at Binsted 12th Century Church – Saturday 19th March 2022

On a marvellous bright and sunny Saturday, a well-attended District Practice was organized by Roger Barber, Ringing Master, at the lovely Binsted Church of the Holy Cross.   Under Roger’s guidance the ringing consisted of Rounds, Call Changes, Plain Hunt, Plain Bob Doubles and Minor.  Thanks were given to Roger for all his helpful teaching and to Binsted Tower Captain, Andrew Croom-Johnson who made everyone so welcome.  After a photograph taken outside the Church everyone called at the Binsted Arms for a drink. 

Ringers outside Binsted Church of the Holy Cross.
Photograph taken by Caroline M Welsh member St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers.

Caroline Welsh

Guild Inter-District 8 bell Striking Competition – West Meon – Saturday 11th June 2022

2022 Inter-District 8 Bell Competition – Rules & information

Date:Saturday 11th June 2022
Location:St John the Evangelist, West Meon. GU32 1LF (8 bells, 12-2-27)
Start:10.00 meet for 10.30 start
Results:Will be given in at the end of the competition in the church.
For more info and to enter contact:Pete Jordan 07583356936 petejordan.wp@talktalk.net 
Closing date
for entries:
  Saturday 28th May 2022
Draw:The draw will be held at the start of the competition. Bands with any legitimate time constraints please advise with your entry.

Rules:

  1. The team to represent each District will be chosen by the District Ringing Master or some other person appointed by the District. If districts wish to enter another team, a maximum of 3 people from the first team are allowed to be in the second team
  2. Each competing ringer must be a member of the District.
  3. Each team may have four minutes ringing in which to prepare for the test piece. The treble bell shall then be rung several times to indicate that the team is about to commence the test piece.
  4. The competition ringing will comprise either:
    • 224 changes in any Triples or Major method(s) of the team’s own choice. All of the changes (but not the rounds before or after) will be judged.
    • Call changes. The team may choose the changes to be rung but all the bells except the tenor are to take a turn at leading. The opening rounds and the stand will not be judged. Teams must ring for at least seven minutes after the first change is called.
  5. The decision of the Committee shall be final in any matter concerning the conduct of the competition and the interpretation of these rules.

Petersfield – St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers AGM 2022   and the A&P ADM

A well attend St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers AGM chaired by the vicar Rev William Hughes, opened the meeting with a prayer, he spoke about the importance of bell ringing to the Town and thanked the band for their dedication to ringing, great versatility in the tower going forward safely during a time of pandemic.

The following officers agreed to continue in their posts.  Tower Captain Mary Broadbridge, who was also awarded the Doris J Barber Cup by Roger Barber for achievements in bell ringing this year at the Alton & Petersfield District AGM held in January, Secretary Madeline King, newly appointed Minutes Secretary Sue Walker who is also the Treasurer.  Social Secretaries the young ringers, James Wedley, Katherine Wilkins, Erin Halder, and Lauren Kidd with help from their parents and Archivist Caroline M Welsh with great help from Melanie Moore, historical adviser and Malcolm Wigmore. Steeple Keepers, Malcolm Wigmore, David Malone and Duncan Wilkins(trainee).  

This years Alton & Petersfield District AGM 2022 was also held at St Peter’s Church Hall Petersfield

Roger Barber presenting the Doris J Barber Cup to Mary Broadbridge Tower Captain of the St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers.

A Collection at the Alton & Petersfield District AGM for the Petersfield PACT Food Bank was made and the gifts given to Ms Elaine Knox, Chair of the Trustees who also gave a talk on the work of the Food Bank in Petersfield. 

Petersfield – St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers Commemorate Accession of The Queen 70 Years Ago

The St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers from Petersfield rang rounds on the eight bell in the evening of Sunday 6th February for an hour to commemoration 70 years since the Accession of The Queen to the Throne.  Those not included in the picture rang in the morning instead were Erin & Nick.

Petersfield Ringers Commemorate 70th Anniversary of HM The Queen’s Accession to the Throne

Left to right front row:   Caroline, Katherine, James, Christine, Madeline, Sally, Alice.

Left to right back row: Lauren, Mary, Tower Captain, Jackie, Geoff, Duncan, Paula and John. 

Photograph taken by Sue Walker who was also one of the ringers.

Caroline Welsh

St. Peter’s Petersfield Ringers

Ringing in the New Year at St Peter’s Church, Petersfield

The New Year was welcomed in by the band at St Peter’s Church with the ringing of rounds for five minutes before midnight, tolling twelve times of the tenor bell by John Leary at midnight with the team then joining in for more rounds, followed by a toast of Prosecco to welcome in 2022.

Ringing in the band were:

Treble:  Mary Broadbridge (Tower Captain)  2. Caroline M Welsh  3. Sue Walker.  4 Madeline King.  5. David Malone.  6. Geoffrey Stone.  7. Malcolm Wigmore and John Leary on the Tenor.

A Happy New Year to everyone. 

Caroline Welsh

St. Peter’s, Petersfield

Contact Harry Cane

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A&P District Ringing and Afternoon Tea with Mince Pies – Warnford and East Meon – Saturday 4th December

Alton & Petersfield District are holding an afternoon of general ringing at Warnford followed by afternoon tea/coffee, mince pies and cakes at the George & Falcon, Warnford, finishing off with evening ringing at East Meon. All welcome.

Please confirm name and numbers coming to A&P District Chairman asap. (to ensure we carry on ringing, can those attending please take a lateral flow test beforehand please)

Details as follows: 
3pm to 4.15pm – Warnford (6, 12cwt) 

Ringing at ‘The church of our Lady’ for the first time in a while for the district. Open to all. Ground Floor ring. 

4.15pm to 5.30pm Afternoon tea/coffee cakes/mince pies now booked at George and Falcon Warnford. £4.50p per person.

5.45pm to 7.30pm – East Meon (10, 18cwt) 

General ringing on 10 bells especially for those who haven’t had experience on higher numbers.
Afterwards = A Pub in East Meon. 

Additional Precautionary Note: We have all been very careful so far in terms of our ringing and precautions even with a continued threat of covid in its various forms. For ringing, those who remain at risk and on high alert we understand if you don’t join us presently. We have all taken necessary measures, vaccinated, boosted, masks worn, used sanitisers rigorously. For this weekend and the following weeks leading to Christmas, we simply ask this: If you feel rough, stay home, if you are coming take a ‘lateral flow test’ beforehand, if you come along and you want to mask up, please do.

I hope that we can enjoy our time together.

Simon Poyser

A&P District Chairman

Petersfield – Armistice Day & Remembrance Sunday Ringing 2021

Thursday 11th November Armistice Day 

The St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers with help from other ringers in the area rang call changes for three quarters of an hour before the Armistice Day service at the Petersfield War Memorial at 11am.  This was the first time that the ringers have rung before the service at the Petersfield War Memorial when the 11th occurs  during the week. 

Ringers included in the photograph are: 

Left to Right Front Row: Madeline King, Sue Walker, Jackie Downham, Malcolm Wigmore.

Back Row:   David Cooper, Martin How, and Brian Underwood  who called the Call Changes, and David Malone. 

Photographs taken by Mary Broadbridge 

( Joy Martin & Mary Broadbridge (Tower Captain) not included in the photograph also rang), 

St Peter’s Church Petersfield Bell Ringers  Remembrance Sunday 14th November 2021

Some of the St Peter’s church Bell Ringers who rang for Remembrance Sunday 2021.

Left to Right:   Joy Martin, Sue Walker, Madeline King, Mary Broadbridge (Tower Captain), John Downham, Jackie Downham, Malcolm Wigmore and David Malone. 

Photograph taken by Caroline M Welsh.

Other ringers not included in this photograph were Paula Tribe, Sally Wedley and James Wedley. 

The poppy wreath in memory of Bell Ringers who had died and served their country in conflict was placed at the War Memorial after the ringing. 

Caroline Welsh

Petersfield

Surprise Major Practice – Selborne – Saturday 27th November – 6.30-8.30pm

Methods: Cambridge, Yorkshire, Bristol (Gathering afterwards at the Selborne Arms for those that would like to)

Selborne would again like to invite Surprise Major ringers in the area to a Practice!

The Practice held in October was very successful and it was so lovely to see so many of you again after the long interval. We will continue to focus on Cambridge, Yorkshire and Bristol (3 leads or a full Course if we have enough for that).

To help the Practice run smoothly, it would be much appreciated if you could please come prepared by looking up the methods you’d like to ring in advance.


Selborne is fortunate to have a well-ventilated ringing chamber, and space to spread out in the church. The Practice will be run by A&P District Ringing Master, Roger Barber.

Your support to get the A&P ringing these again is much appreciated….look forward to seeing you there!

Petersfield, St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers – Ringing for COP 26 UN Global Climate Conference in Glasgow

St Peter’s Church Bell ringers, some of the band fairly new to ringing, rang rounds and call changes to mark the starting of the COP 26 UN Global Climate Conference in Glasgow.  

St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers Petersfield rang to mark the COP 26 United Nations Global Climate Conference in Glasgow.
Left to Right:  Madeline Kind, James Wedley, Sally Wedley, Erin Halder, Nick Halder, Christine Rushton, David Malone, Mary Broadbridge (Tower Captain), Alice Waterhouse.

https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1468506

Petersfield rings for 73rd Anniversary of NHS

St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers Petersfield rang call changes  on the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the NHS in thanksgiving and to celebrate NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers Day, thanking them together with Key Workers for everything they have done during the pandemic. 

Also marking, Her Majesty, the Queen, awarding the George Cross to the NHS in recognition of this past year.  As well as remembering all those who have lost their lives to the Covid disease.

Left to Right:  Simon Poyser, Sue Walker, Madeline King, Christine Rushton, Mary Broadbridge (Tower Captain) and John Leary who called the changes. 

Contact Debbie Mathias

Telephone: 07909 728944

Email: Use form

A&P District AGM – 23/01/21

All,

The decision has been made to move back the date for the Alton & Petersfield District AGM to the 23rd January 2021. Minutes of the previous AGM will be sent out to your tower contacts in the very near future.

If you would like a copy sent to you individually, please let me know.

Hoping you all have a safe and relaxing Christmas and, if your plans have been affected by recent tier changes, that you can still find ways to stay in contact with those who can no longer be with you in person.

Steve Marriott

Remembrance Sunday Ringing and Poppy Wreath at Memorial – St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers – 8th November 2020

St Peter’s Church Bell ringer John Leary, one of the young ringers, tolled the tenor bell on behalf of the band paying tribute to the fallen, before the Sunday Remembrance Day commemorations in Petersfield. John, photographed in the St Peter’s Church Bell Tower is standing by the photograph, on the right of the picture of the Rev Victor Wardle former assistant Priest at Petersfield and a bell ringer.  He died in an internment camp in Japan on 4th January 1945. 

A poppy wreath was taken to the Petersfield War Memorial on Sunday afternoon and placed there on behalf of the St Peter’s Church Bell ringers by Caroline M Welsh, bell ringer, with the following card inscription.

From St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers

When you go home

Tell them of us and say

For your  tomorrow we gave our today

In remembrance

Hand Bell Ringing Teaching Session at St Peter’s Churchyard Petersfield Hampshire 2020

(Social Distancing Rules were in place)

A few weeks ago, Mary Broadbridge, tower captain at St Peter’s church Petersfield Hampshire organised a special hand bell ringing teaching session taken very kindly by Iain Hayden who has been ringing with the St Peter’s tower band over the last year. There were six learners who under Iain’s tutelage managed to ring rounds and one or two call changes.   Every one very much enjoyed the morning and we are all hoping it will be one of many teaching sessions when with practice we can progress to ringing methods.  Of course, depending on what Covid restrictions are in

A few weeks ago, Mary Broadbridge, tower captain at St Peter’s church Petersfield Hampshire organised a special hand bell ringing teaching session taken very kindly by Iain Hayden who has been ringing with the St Peter’s tower band over the last year. There were six learners who under Iain’s tutelage managed to ring rounds and one or two call changes.   Every one very much enjoyed the morning and we are all hoping it will be one of many teaching sessions when with practice we can progress to ringing methods.  Of course, depending on what Covid restrictions are in place in the future.

The St Peter’s Church band ring for Sunday Service at 09:00 for fifteen minutes and on Wednesday practice for fifteen minutes, ringers taking it in turns to ring on different weeks.  

Caroline M Welsh

Archivist St Peter’s Bell Ringers

Ringing for VJ Day at Petersfield

On Saturday 15th August after the two minutes silence to commemorate VJ day John Leary of the St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers Petersfield rang the number six bell seventy-five times to pay tribute to the remaining VJ Day Veterans and to remember the fallen one of whom was a Rev Victor Wardle former assistant Priest at Petersfield and a bell ringer. He died in an internment camp in Japan on 4th January 1945.

In January the Rev Wardle was also remembered by St Peter’s Bell Ringers ringing a quarter peal.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Caroline Welsh

Petersfield

First Ringing at St Peter’s Church Petersfield Since Lock Down – 2 August 2020

First Ringing Since Lock Down at St Peter’s Church Norman Bell Tower Petersfield Hampshire

A group of joyous St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers rang on  Sunday 2nd August for the first time since lock down in March.  

To comply with social distancing, the band rang up four of the eight bells, ringing rounds and call changes finishing  with a ring down in Peal.   The ringers are now allowed to ring for fifteen minutes for Sunday service and for weddings. 

Mrs Vanda Leary, St Peter’s Church Warden has placed the ringing performance on the St Peter’s Church Face Book Page for those wishing to hear the ringing. 

Names of ringers in the photographs:  

Names of ringers in the photographs: 

Left to Right:   Jackie and John Downham, Mary Broadbridge, Tower Captain, and young ringer John Leary who rang the heavy 15 ½ Tenor bell which dates back to 1770.  

A&P: Practices cancelled at the following towers until further notice

Following guidance received today the following towers have ceased all ringing until further notice in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID19:

Alton (All towers), Blackmoor, Bramshott, Buriton, Froxfield, Hawkley, Holybourne, Selborne, Steep, Warnford and West Meon

Other towers will be added once confirmation is received that they are also cancelling their ringing activities

Hope to see you all soon and stay well…

Steve
A&P Communications Officer

Ringing cancellations due to COVID-19

Coronavirus: UK ringing should now be cancelled

The UK government has advised against all unnecessary social contact with immediate effect. The Prime Minister advised in a press conference of 16th March that now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel.

The Central Council has released a statement in response to the UK government. They advise that If you haven’t already decided to cancel ringing activities, it seems that now is the time to do so. The Ringing World agrees with this statement. It is hard to interpret the government’s guidance in any way other than that all planned ringing activities in the UK should now cease.


 

 

I have been made aware that ringing has been suspended at the following towers due to COVID-19 concerns:

Alton, St. Laurence, All Saints and Holybourne – all ringing suspended.

Alverstoke – all ringing cancelled until further notice.

Basingstoke, St. Michael’s – all ringing cancelled until further notice.

Blackmoor – all ringing suspended.

Bournemouth, St. John’s, St. Peters and Scared Heart – all ringing suspended.

Bramshott – all service and practice ringing until at least the end of March where the situation will be reviewed.

Brockenhurst – no ringing until further notice.

Buriton – all ringing suspended.

Catherington – ringing cancelled, but may be some limited Sunday ringing if services continue.

Christchurch Priory – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Eling – all ringing suspended.

Froxfield – all ringing suspended.

Havant – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Hawkley – all ringing suspended and the tied practices on 6-8-10th April postponed.

Hursley – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Newport – all ringing cancelled until further notice.

Portsmouth Cathedral – all ringing suspended.

Purbrook – all ringing cancelled until further notice.

Romsey – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Selborne – all ringing cancelled until further notice.

Shanklin – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Shedfield – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Southampton (St. Mary’s, St. Michael’s and Bitterne Park) – all ringing suspended.

Steep – all ringing suspended.

Titchfield – all ringing suspended.

Upham – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Upton Grey – all ringing cancelled until further notice.

Warnford – all ringing suspended.

West Meon – all ringing suspended.

Wickham – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Winchester Cathedral – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Wonston – no practices until further notice.

Portsmouth District – all District events are cancelled including the April QDM.

Winchester District – all District events and the striking competition in May are cancelled until further notice.

Please let me know via wpbells@gmail.com of any other cancellations and I will add them to this list.

Thanks

Andrew Glover

W&P Guild Webmaster

 

 

 

A&P Monthly Practice – Sat 22nd Feb at Bentworth from 5.30-7.30pm

Hi all,
The next monthly practice will be on Saturday 22nd February 5.30-7.30pm at Bentworth.
This will be for Doubles Methods, St Simons and St Martins, and Reverse Canterbury and Winchendon Place. If you wish  to ring touch’s then the calls are Plain bob bob’s for St Simon, Martins, and Reverse Canterbury bobs for the other two.
Note that this is not the usual 2nd Saturday, however I hope to get back to the norm in March.
Cheers

 

A&P District – Advanced Practice, Sat 29th February at Alton St. Lawrence – 5.30-7.30pm

There will be an advanced practice at St Lawrence Alton on Saturday 29th February 2020 from 5.30-7.30pm. The aim will be to try and ring Cambridge, Superlative, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and Rutland, and perhaps some spliced if we can.
Would you be so kind as to let me know if you are intending to come so I can ask for outside help if we are short.
Cheers

 

Guild Striking Competitions 2020

The dates and towers for the Guild Striking Competitions 2020 are:

Guild Inter-Tower 6 and 8-bell competitions on the Saturday 16th May at Fawley and Eling.

Guild Inter-District 8-bell competition on Saturday 13 June at St. Lawrence, Alton. This is on the morning of the Guild AGM.

Further information available from these downloads:

Guild Inter-Tower 6-bell competition

Guild Inter-Tower 8-bell competition

Guild Inter-District 8-bell competition

Contact Pete Jordan

Blackmoor Tower Outing – Saturday 26 October 2019 (A Rookie’s View)

Steve Jolliffe organised a terrific day for our annual outing, focusing on the area around King’s Somborne and Stockbridge, arranging for us to ring at six locations.  The day dawned dark and dreary, with the forecast rain arriving mid morning and staying with us for most of the day.   We were accompanied by Valerie’s lovely Staffie, Harvey, who kept spare ringers entertained and encouraged the giving of extra walks.

An hour’s drive saw us arriving at the first location,  the Grade II listed  church of St Peter & St Paul at King’s Somborne SO20 6NU in the Test Valley between Romsey and Andover.  Dating from the 13th Century, this lovely church houses bells which were generally heavier than my “home” bells – see the table below.  When doing my preparation/homework, I realised just what a privilege it would be to ring a variety of new and old bells from a range of foundries.

Bell Weight Note Diameter Dated Foundry
1 4-3-24 D 28.75″ 1927 Gillett & Johnston
2 5-2-22 C 32.00″ 1887 Gillett & Co
3 6-0-4 Bb 33.75″ 1887 Gillett & Co
4 7-0-26 A 35.25″ 1818 James Wells
5 7-2-27 G 37.50″ c1499† Salisbury foundry
6 10-1-9 F 41.14″ 1911 John Warner & Sons

The ringing chamber was on the ground floor and the ropes went a long, long way up.  Thank heavens for the guide rails!  The bells were rung up and we quickly settled into little bands for rounds, call changes and then more exciting methods for the experienced ringers who had joined us.   The heating had been put on and was greatly appreciated.  Throughout the day, I found that some bells were easier than others to ring (for me, here, #3 was better than #2).  If you have time, do read the Sopwith (Camel) panel at the rear of the church.  After 45 minutes, the bells were lowered and we dashed off to….

St Peter’s Church, Stockbridge SO20 6HE where the bells had recently been rehung and were greatly enjoyed by most of us – an absolute pleasure to ring.  David said they were very different when he previously rang there!  The ringing chamber was accessed by a narrow set of spiral stone stairs to the left of the main entrance.  Once inside, it was quite snug, with a few places for watching.  The ceiling was fairly low and the sallies were nice and woolly!  There has been a church on the site since the 12th Century.  By 1866 the medieval church was in such poor condition that most of it was pulled down, leaving only the Chancel (now Old St Peter’s Church) and this new Victorian Gothic style church was built on Stockbridge High Street.  The tower and spire were not added until 1887.  Four of the bells came from the old church and two of them date from the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660.

Bell Weight Note Diameter Dated Foundry
1 3-0-0 G 22.67″ 1887 Mears & Stainbank
2 3-1-0 F 24.40″ 1887 Mears & Stainbank
3 3-2-25 Eb 26.18″ 1691 Samuel Knight
4 4-0-21 D 27.20″ 1887 Mears & Stainbank
5 5-0-23 C 29.75″ 1691 Samuel Knight
6 7-0-20 Bb 33.11″ 1691 Samuel Knight

The overflow ringers stayed dry in the church and we were discussing the unusual 13th Century font, made of Purbeck marble and banded in iron.  The font is so worn that a design of blind arcading on the bowl can hardly be seen.

Next time I visit, I’ll definitely make time to see the Old Church as many items were transferred there – services are still occasionally held there, including a pair of Elizabethan wall paintings celebrating the defeat of the Armada.  Also stories about the civil war, with Empress Mathilda and King Stephen clashing at Stockbridge.

Our next port of call was St Mary’s Church at Broughton SO20 8AA with a ground floor ringing chamber.  As we arrived, we passed a group of volunteers who’d spent the morning giving the Church a good and thorough clean – they’d made an excellent job of it.  The ground floor ringing chamber was located at the rear of the church, accessed either from inside (a smart new partitioned area with kitchen, toilet and seating) or via the old oak external door.  These were much heavier than the Stockbridge bells and we were careful to be matched to bells which we could handle.  This was an 11th Century church with a beautifully carved 15th Century west doorway, with a 15th Century panel of a triptych in the Lady Chapel and a pillar piscina carved with the figure of a devil.  Harvey and his buddies discovered a 17th Century Dovecote in the churchyard but it was raining too hard for me to venture out (what a wimp).

Bell Weight Note Diameter Dated Foundry
1 4-1-13 E 26.88″ 1934 John Taylor & Co
2 5¾cwt D 31.00″ 1774 Robert I Wells
3 4½cwt C 29.25″ 1681 Clement I Tosier
4 6½cwt B 33.00″ c1720 William Tosier
5 7¾cwt A 35.75″ 1617 (unidentified)
6 11cwt G 40.25″ 1763 Lester & Pack

We were all beginning to feel cold and hungry so, when our time finished at 12.15 pm, the bells were rung down and we all headed to our lunchtime stop via various routes.  By now, it was raining hard and puddles were stretched across the roads and the fords were rushing streams of indeterminate depth.

We were allocated a room of our own at The Black Horse in West Tytherley SP5 1NF, in the warmth where the food was welcomed and quickly devoured.  I’m not quite sure what an older couple thought when they inadvertently joined our group by taking up a spare table at the edge of the rowdy ringers – I wonder if they were listening to tall stories.  As if.. !

At 14.15 we headed to St Peter’s at East Tytherley SP5 1LG, used by some participants at the Listening Skills course earlier in the month.  The ringing chamber was on the ground floor, in a room off the entrance porch.  With 8 bells, there wasn’t much space for observers so the overflow stood in the porch or sat in the church and admired the vaulting.  Maybe I was getting tired, but I found the #2 to be very hard work (David said I was making it so) but the #4 seemed smoother.

Bell Weight Note Dated Foundry Bell
1 4-1-4 F# 25.50″ 1899 John Taylor & Co
2 4-1-15 E# 26.50″ 1899 John Taylor & Co
3 4-3-0 D# 28.00″ 1897 John Taylor & Co
4 5-1-21 C# 30.13″ 1897 John Taylor & Co
5 6-2-2 B 32.63″ 1897 John Taylor & Co
6 7-2-10 A# 34.50″ 1897 John Taylor & Co
7 9-3-23 G# 38.25″ 1897 John Taylor & Co
8 14-1-5 F# 43.00″ 1897 John Taylor & Co

Known as “The Church in the Field”, St Peter’s  dates to the 13th Century with a comprehensive rebuilding in the Victorian period, retaining three panes of 13th Century stained glass and a magnificent wall painting of St Peter.  The memorial is to Richard Giffard who died in 1568.

The time was going past incredibly quickly now.  We drove 2 miles down the road to St John’s Church at Lockerley SO51 0JJ and the small ringing chamber accessed via narrow stone spiral stairs around the left corner from the entrance porch.  I liked these bells, as I’d spent time on them on the Listening Course day and felt confident.  Until, that is, my left hand cramped up, and Alison kindly rescued me whilst I tried to regain a normal hand shape.   Totally embarrassing.  Fortunately I could carry on after a few minutes and managed to keep the cramp under control – easier once I knew what to expect.  Everyone seemed happy on the bells, with various bands being put together to make the most of the time.

Bell Weight Note Diameter Dated Foundry
1 3-3-3 E 26.13″ 1890 John Taylor & Co
2 4-2-16 D 28.13″ 1890 John Taylor & Co
3 5-0-11 C 30.50″ 1890 John Taylor & Co
4 6-1-19 B 32.50″ 1890 John Taylor & Co
5 8-3-4 A 36.00″ 1890 John Taylor & Co
6 12-1-15 G 40.50″ 1890 John Taylor & Co

At the time of the Domesday survey, Lockerley was a chapelry annexed to the church of Mottisfont, with the original simple chapel built C 1200.  The present church was consecrated on 16 October 1890 and was built alongside the old Saxon church which was demolished – a “small mean building with tile roof and wooden belfry containing two bells”.  In spring, rows of daffodils mark the outline of the walls of the old church.  The parish registers of births, marriages and deaths date in unbroken sequence from Queen Elizabeth’s reign in 1583. There were separate seats for strangers and also “Wummen’s Setes”!  The foundation stone of the present church was laid on 10th August 1889 by Frederick Gonnerman Dalgety of Lockerley Hall and he built the church at his sole expense. It is said that during the blackout of World War II, when services had to be held in the afternoon, the winter sun was reflected in the gilding of the paintings and lit the church.

Three miles away were the Clock House Bells at Awbridge SO51 0HN.  What a surprise and a fabulous way to end the Outing!  Housed in a specially built annexe, this mini-ring of 10 bells had been lovingly installed by John.  The Clock House bells have stays but use bungee cord instead of sliders so, the harder you pulled, the more the bell would bounce back.  I’d attempted the tenor of the Charmborough Ring and made a right mess of it, so was rather dreading this final port of call.  I needn’t have worried – they were lovely sweet bells and once we’d all found the balance, various bands ventured into call changes, plain hunt and other methods.  The owner seemed rather impressed and said that our group had done better than most others.  WHAT a result.  Valerie took a video which you can view here: https://youtu.be/x-PAmecJTaU

Bell Weight Note Diameter Dated Foundry
1 0-3-16 G# 14.13″ 2000 John Taylor Bellfounders Ltd
2 0-3-25 F# 15.00″ 2000 John Taylor Bellfounders Ltd
3 0-3-24 E 15.63″ 2000 John Taylor Bellfounders Ltd
4 1-0-5 D# 15.88″ 2000 John Taylor Bellfounders Ltd
5 1-0-22 C# 17.00″ 2000 John Taylor Bellfounders Ltd
6 1-1-2 B 17.88″ 2000 John Taylor Bellfounders Ltd
7 1-1-21 A 18.88″ 2001 John Taylor Bellfounders Ltd
8 1-2-4 G# 19.50″ 2001 John Taylor Bellfounders Ltd
9 1-3-22 F# 21.38″ 2001 John Taylor Bellfounders Ltd
10 3-1-2 E 25.13″ 2012 John Taylor & Co

John had a beautiful book detailing the history of his Mini Ring project and I read that he’d rung on a mini ring at Liss.  Sure enough, David Cooper had taught some of John’s friends to ring in the distant pass and modestly said that his input was modest and they very soon overtook David’s own ringing abilities.  What a nice connection!

 Extract from the website: Clock House Bells are a privately owned ring of 10 bells, hung in a purpose built garage extension. The bells were cast by Taylors of Loughborough back in 2000, weighing in at 2-2-0 cwt. On Friday 15th August 2009, the first changes (1260 Plain Bob Doubles) were rung on the bells without stay/slider mechanisms in place.

Since then the ringing room has been heavily decorated, toilet and kitchen facilities put in place, a new tenor (3-1-2 cwt) installed and hundreds of quarters, peals and long lengths rung.

The bells are available to be booked anytime of the year, whether it’s for a 30 minute stop on a ringing outing or a record length peal.

Throughout the day, everyone who wanted to take part was included.  As a newbie, I really appreciated being included and knowing that support was on hand, should it be needed.

We are also indebted to the contacts who kindly opened up the churches and turned on the heating for us, and then locked up again.  Our sincere thanks go to all.

And finally, thanks to Steve and Gill Jolliffe who organised the day so beautifully and maximised the number of places we could ring at, most within 5-10 minutes’ drive from each other.

Thank you all, it’s a day that I will treasure.   And now to prepare for the Plain Hunt training day … eek!

Debbie Matthias

5 November 2019

In my first year of ringing, I have rung 41 bells over 15 locations,

Heaviest bell: 12 cwt (Lockerley Tenor).

Cumulative weight, taking whole cwt figure only: 192 cwt

Belfry Maintenance Course (Guild Education) – Sat 23rd November 2019 based at Hawkley

Many of you have asked when we will be running another Belfry Maintenance course – here is your answer!   The Education Committee’s final course of this year, which will run alongside the Plain Hunt course on Saturday 23 November, will be Belfry Maintenance, also based at Hawkley.

The tutor will be Roger Barber who has a wealth of experience and has run this course for us before, and whilst it will be based at Hawkley, Roger will take students to two different towers during the day for a closer look at different types of fittings (and much more), giving students the chance to ask questions about these and their own towers.   It will cover many aspects, showing the basic things which need to be checked, ropes, stays, bolts, and much more.   If you are a steeple keeper who, perhaps, has been thrown in at the deep end because nobody else will do it (!), or if you just help out occasionally, you may find this a helpful day.

I have attached below the poster and application form (both Word and pdf versions)  but if there are any queries I’ll do my best to help, as, of course, will Roger.

Christine Knights-Whittome

For:  The Education Committee

Application Form (Word format) – Belfry Maintenance

Application Form (PDF) – Belfry Maintenance

Poster (Word format) – Belfry Maintenance

Poster (PDF) – Belfry Maintenance

Guild Education – Plain Hunt and Hunting to Doubles Methods – Saturday 23rd November at Hawkley

Please find below the poster and application form (both Word and pdf versions) for a Guild Education Day, taking place on Saturday 23 November, based at Hawkley, which will cover Plain Hunt and Hunting to Doubles Methods.   This is the very important building block on which future ringing is based, and can be an invaluable step to getting ringers started in the right direction.

Have a word with your Tower Captain and see if this is something which will help you.   Talk it through with your friends – perhaps it will help them too.   This is a day for learning in a relaxed atmosphere alongside others at the same stage, working at your own level, with plenty of experienced help.    The closing date for the receipt of applications is a week earlier than usual so you need to get them in early.

As always – any queries, let me know.

Christine Knights-Whittome

For:  The Guild Education Committee

Application Form – Word format

Application Form – PDF

Poster (Word format) – Plain Hunt & Trebling to Doubles Methods

Poster (PDF) – Plain Hunt & Trebling to Doubles Methods