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November 8 bell practice at Alton St. Lawrence cancelled

Due to a 5pm wedding at Holybourne and a concert at St. Lawrence, it has become necessary to cancel the November 24th eight bell practice.

As everyone will be busy between Christmas and New Year we have decided to restart the Alton, St. Lawrence monthly eight bell practices again on January 26th.

Hope to see you then.

Valerie

A&P November practice at Hawkley. Saturday 10th 5.30-7.30pm

Hi all,
The November 10th practice will be at Hawkley from 5.30-7.30pm.

The bells will be half muffled ready for Remembrance Sunday.

It will be a general 8 bell practice from rounds up. A suggestion is to have a go at Double Norwich so have a look at it.
This will be the last practice for 2018 and l will organise more starting on the 3rd Saturday in January and after that back to the usual 2nd Saturday.
I hope you have enjoyed this years practices and have learned a bit more along the way. If you have anything in mind for next year then please let me know.
All best wishes
Roger

PETERSFIELD RINGERS WW1 100 YRS COMMEMORATION RINGING

CENTENARY – WORLD WAR I 1914-1919

PETERSFIELD CHURCH BELL RINGERS REMEMBER THE LOCAL FALLEN

As we remember those who died over 100 years ago in the Great War on the 100th anniversary of the signing of The Armistice that ended it, we will also be remembering those ringers who fought and were fortunate enough to return home at the end of the war.

Petersfield bell ringers from St Peter’s church will be remembering those who died listed on the High Street War Memorial by ringing each evening for 11 minutes on each of the ten evenings leading up to Remembrance Sunday on 11th November this year. On each evening 11 named fallen servicemen will be remembered beginning on 1st November with 11 serving men who died aged between 17 and 20 years old. On other evenings groups of 11 fallen individuals from the Royal Flying Corps, Royal Navy, Army, Marines and Merchant Navy will be remembered as well as the theatres they died in.

We will also be remembering those who fought and returned home, often injured or mentally scared. Petersfield ringers have identified and researched details of three veteran servicemen who rang before and after the war at St. Peters.

Archibald John GARRET

Archie went to war aged 31 leaving at home his widowed mother and two sisters at 1 Osbourne Road, Petersfield. He served as a Sergeant with a Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery in France. The battery would have consisted of 182 officers and men, 87 horses and would have been equipped with four 6-inch Howitzers capable of firing 100-pound shells up to 6,000 yards. In recognition of his distinguished service and gallantry Archie was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) as well as  the Victory Medal. On 28th June 1919 Archie is recorded as ringing a quarter peel at St. Peters to celebrate the signing of the Peace Treaty. Archibald died aged 74 in 1959.

Henry MELLS

Henry, a painter and plumber, joined up in March 1917 aged 30 and served as Company Sergeant Major in the Hampshire Regiment and then the Wiltshire Regiment in France on the Western Front. Henry’s parents, Henry and Jane MELLS lived at 14 Swan Street, Petersfield together with Henry and three other children including his younger brother Frank (below). Henry was part of the band of eight ringing the bells at St Peter’s in June 1919 to celebrate the signing of the Peace Treaty. Henry died aged 75 in 1962.

Frank MELLS

Frank, Henry’s younger brother, was a Brewery Cellarman and served as a Private (Acting Sergeant) in the Hampshire Regiment. Frank was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) for gallantry in the field aged 30 whilst serving in Mesopotamia at Resht (modern day Iran). On June 28th 1919 Frank rang the bells at St Peter’s with his brother Henry and Archie Garrett to celebrate the signing of the Peace Treaty. Frank died aged 73 in 1973.

The Petersfield ringers would be very interested to find out from any family of the above who can provide additional information on these three men who fought and returned from the Great War or those listed on the War Memorial who sadly did not. Contact Malcolm Wigmore  Tel: 077 88 576 853.

Congratulations to Matthew Dancy – First Peal!

Huge congratulations to Matthew Dancy on ringing his first peal at Selborne today. Matthew only turned 14 last month and has been learning to ring at All Saints, Basingstoke, Newnham and more recently at Bishopstoke. In the peal where his Mum, Margaret and Grandpa, Ian making Matthew the third generation of the family to ring. Grandma Ann was on hand too for band photos but declined to ring in the attempt.

Matthew rang really well throughout and only gave a hint of a teenage smile as the peal cane round. Let’s see if he can beat Grandpa Ian’s total of over 3300 – a little way to go!

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Blackmoor’s damp day out – a report

The weather was not so kind to us this year when the Blackmoor ringers and friends got together for our outing in the Sussex area, and a few of us got more than a little damp. Reminder to self – Take a coat next year!

We started at St. Margaret’s in Warnham with a lovely ring of 10 in an all wooden tower that creaked and groaned, but didn’t sway nearly as much as we expected it to. Jess was unsure to begin with whether she’d be able to get herself and the bump up the narrow spiral stairs, but I’m glad to say she did.

Then it was onto St. Nicholas in Itchingfield which only has 5 bells, but has equally narrow spiral stairs. It really makes you wonder about the apparent lack of thought that went in to the construction of some churches and bells towers. It’s almost as though they didn’t want anyone to actually get in to ring the bells. Especially when, having got to the top, you then have to duck under a pair of cross beams that your average 8 year old would probably hit their head on. Pity the poor steeple keeper who has to fish a set of steps out from behind the stairs and thread them through the gap, before squeezing  himself through a very small trap door in the ceiling. There was a sixth ‘bell’ in the tower, a flat wooden demonstration model fixed to the wall, that wasn’t in the least annoying when Andy tried to ring it alongside the real ones.

Next was St. Peter’s in Slinfold, an absolutely fabulous ring of 6 where the local ringers obviously like to start their learners very young. There was a baby gate leaning against the back wall, which could be fitted across the front of one of the deep recessed window ledges, so that small children could be safely ensconced behind it to make an early start on soaking up the very strange language that all ringers need to learn. Jess thought this was a great idea and has asked if one could be supplied in Alton, for after the baby is born. I’m glad to say that Carol, one of our more reluctant ringers of unknown bells, decided that these looked safe enough to have a go on, and more than once at that.

After a very acceptable pub lunch at the 6 Bells in Billingshurst we then walked across the road to St. Mary’s, where they have 8 bells and proper stairs! They also have a ringer who apparently dreams up new methods in his sleep and then comes to practice and teaches them to all the others. Their practice board is full of method names like ‘Iago the Parrot Place Doubles’ , ‘Coco the Cat Differentials’ and ‘Chips in the Pub’. We have asked for copies of the lines so that we can have a go ourselves. There was another of the flat wooden demonstration bells here, but it was up on a windowsill. Hurray.

Following this we had to wake the brain cells up again because Holy Trinity in Rudgwick is a backwards ring of 8, set on what looks like a purpose built mezanine, overlooking the body of the church. And, joy of joys, wide carpeted stairs! It took a little bit of getting used to ringing back to front, but I think we did pretty well.

Our outing finished at St. Nicholas in Alfold, a very nice ground floor ring of 6 where the bells are set above the font. Fortunately the ropes hang far enough away that there was no risk of grazed knuckles.

All in all it was a marvellous day that we were very happy to have shared with some of our friends from other towers. And a couple of other friends who just came along for the ride.

Thank you to everyone who came.

Valerie

September practice dates for Froxfield, West Meon and Warnford

Hi

The practices for Froxfield, West Meon & Warnford for September are as follows:-

FROXFIELD

Tuesday 11th September 7.30pm

Tuesday 25th September 7.30pm

WEST MEON/WARNFORD

Monday 10th September 7.30pm – WARNFORD

Monday 24th September – 7.30pm – WEST MEON

If you wish to come to Warnford and haven’t been before please contact me on 07799 831426 so that we can let you into the park.

Teresa

A&P District Striking Competition. October 6th at Warnford from 2.30pm

The 2018 Alton & Petersfield District Striking Competition will be held at Warnford on Saturday October 6th.

Timings are a little loose at the moment, because we don’t know just how many teams will be entering yet, but the general idea is:-

2.30pm – The draw takes place

3.00pm – Competition begins

5.00pm – Tea – Names for tea please to Teresa Brown by October 2nd.

6.00pm –  Autumn Meeting

We are not planning any evening ringing, but if enough people want to stay we might be able to arrange some.

Please let me know if your tower is planning to enter a team, so that I can print the appropriate number of certificates. Don’t forget that two towers can enter as a joint team if they do not have enough available ringers to enter a team on their own.

Many thanks,

Valerie

Contact Teresa Brown with names for tea

Contact Valerie Harris for team entries

VJ Day firing at Froyle

Froyle has a wall in their tower where all important information was, and is, written. Whilst they may not have anything recorded there about WW1 ringing, they do have this record of the bells being fired in VJ Day in 1945. Only 3 ringers named though, perhaps they fired 2 bells each.

Also apparently, there is a record of snow in 1904, in June!!  Somewhat different to June of this year then.

Linda Bulpitt has assured me that they will be adding to the wall when they ring at 11.00am and 7.05pm on November 11th.

No Practice at Bramshott – Mon 20th and 27th August

Dear All,
Just to let you know that there will be no ringing practice at Bramshott for the next two weeks – i.e. Monday 20th August and Bank Holiday Monday 27th August.  Practices will resume on Monday 3rd September at 7.30 pm.  As always – visitors will be most welcome!
ALSO – We look forward to welcoming you at Bramshott for the District Practice on 8th September (5.30 – 7.30 pm), which Roger will be running – focusing on Minor methods, including Treble Bob and possibly Surprise.
All good wishes for the Bank Holiday.
Di Hart.

Buriton Open Day – Sat 29th Sept – 2-4pm

Buriton, will be holding an Open Day on Saturday 29th September in the hope of attracting new recruits to their band, particularly from the Village as none of the current band actually live within the village.
They would like to ask District members for their attendance during the afternoon between the hours of 2 and 4pm to help provide a continuing demonstration of short touches when we hope to have just six members of the public at a time observing the ringing. They then intend to give them a short description of what is involved in learning to ring and to give those who show an interest a few pulls at back stroke to whet their appetites as well as asking for their contact details.
As they are short in numbers they would much appreciate a few extra hands to maintain the demonstrations and also give everyone a bit of a breather. Half an hour here and there would be most helpful. Refreshments will be available.
The Open Day is being held in association with the Buriton Heritage Bank, whose members will be exhibiting details of Buriton’s past history in the Church on the same day. This seemed too good an opportunity to miss so liaised with the Heritage Bank Committee to hold this event at the same time. Also on show will be what we know of Buriton ringers of the past and asking those locals attending if they can give us more details about them, all having been from local families. Some research about them has been done but they feel sure that some of those attending the Exhibition may have been related to them and have some further knowledge to impart.
Attached is a copy of the flyer advertising the Event which you might like to display in your tower.

Fun, games and toasted marshmallows at the A&P barbecue

Last year’s picnic/barbecue took place in torrential rain, so it was great this year to be pretty certain of having sunshine.

I’m told that the afternoon ringing went very well (I was at work so couldn’t get there till later unfortunately), with plenty of ringers from at least 6 towers and a good range of methods rung.

When the ringing was over everyone flocked round to the village hall where the barbecue was already lit and ready to go, and there were games to play and a photo quiz to solve while we waited for the food to cook.

Many burgers, sausages, salads and desserts were consumed, washed down with beer, squash and cups of tea. All to the background clatter of Giant Connect Four or a falling Jenga tower and the occasional football scooting past. And, of course, lots of laughter.

Then a bag of marshmallows and some long skewers appeared, prompting more smiles and a queue at the barbecue while they were toasted to the desired colour.

Teresa Brown’s photo quiz caught a few people out when they couldn’t recognise places that they had rung in before. Sometimes, even their home tower. But David Hughes had no such problems and identified all 20 pictures correctly.

The raffle was drawn, participants were thanked, some of the youngsters disappeared into the hall to have a go at the curling, and the clearing up began. All in all a very successful and enjoyable event.

Thank you all again.

Valerie

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