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.
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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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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…
A&P Communications Officer
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 firstname.lastname@example.org of any other cancellations and I will add them to this list.
W&P Guild Webmaster
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:
Contact Pete Jordan
Download a copy of the poster here
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.
|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|
|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.
|1||3-0-0||G||22.67″||1887||Mears & Stainbank|
|2||3-1-0||F||24.40″||1887||Mears & Stainbank|
|4||4-0-21||D||27.20″||1887||Mears & Stainbank|
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).
|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|
|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.
|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.
|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
|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!
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
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.
For: The Education Committee
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.
For: The Guild Education Committee
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 ring at St. Lawrence Alton (8 bells, 18cwt tenor) from 2:30pm – 3:30pm.
As always ringers of all abilities are very welcome.
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.
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.
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.
All ringing at Holy Cross Binsted has been suspended pending faculty for minor repairs to the tenor, due to insistence of DAC bell advisor.
The Alton Bellringers’ Outing
Monday 27th May
For further information please contact Matt Watts
All these towers are located along the A32 – the road which starts at the A31 dual carriageway at Chawton roundabout and ends in Gosport.
0930h Alverstoke St Mary, 8 bells
Anglesey Road PO12 2ET
Parking on Little Anglesey Road
1100h Fareham Ss Peter & Paul,10 bells ground floor
Osborn Road PO16 7DR
Parking in Pay & Display Ferneham Hall
Lunch There are the usual restaurant chains in Fareham.
For self caterers, there’s a lovely field off the footpath from the car park in Swanmore which looked suitable for picnics.
The Hunters Inn and The Brickmakers are food pubs in Swanmore. I can take pre-orders from The Brickmakers menu here.
If anyone wants to have lunch at the Brickmakers Arms, Swanmore please let Julia Day know with your choice. She will forward it to the Brickmakers at the weekend.
1400h Swanmore St Barnabas, 6 bells
Church Road SO32 2RG
Parking in car park on opposite side of road.
1500h Soberton St Peter, 8 bells ground floor
Station Road SO32 2PE
Limited parking on the road nearby.
1600h Droxford St Mary & All Saints, 5 bells
anti-clockwise ground floor
Parking at Village Hall or in street opposite near recreation ground.
Please note that as usual there will be NO PRACTICE at Petersfield during Holy Week (Monday 15th April). However, we intend to hold our normal practice on Easter Monday 22nd April, to which all are very welcome.