Category Archives: Blackmoor

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

 

 

 

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

A&P ringing competition and barbecue a great success

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.

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A&P District Barbecue and Rounds Competition – August 10th at Blackmoor

Please let Roger Barber know if you’re entering a team for the rounds competition, and book your barbecue place with Judy Sparling.

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.

BBQ 2019

Contact Roger Barber

Contact Judy Sparling

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

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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A&P District Barbecue July 21st at Blackmoor. All welcome.

The Alton & Petersfield District Barbecue will be held at Blackmoor with general ringing from 3.30 to 5.30pm and the barbecue from 6.00 to 9.00pm

Everyone is welcome so feel free to bring family and friends.

£7.50 for adults (well technically anyone over 9), £3.50 for the under 9’s, under 3’s are free.

Price includes barbecue food, salads, desserts, beer, wine and soft drinks – if you can contribute a salad, side dish or dessert please do (costs can be reimbursed if necessary).

There will be a raffle – donations of raffle prizes will be very welcome.

So that we know how many to cater for, please book your place by contacting Judy Sparling by July 17th. Please state if a vegetarian option is required.

I look forward to seeing you all there.

Thank you, Valerie

 

Thank you Roger

I just wanted to say thank you to Roger for running yet another superb practice last night.
We had 15 ringers from half a dozen towers, so everyone had a really good go. We rang a lot of spliced touches, some of which sounded absolutely glorious, some, not so much. But determination and concentration won through and, even when there were wobbly starts, everyone made it through to the end. There were also plenty of plain courses too, for those taking their first blows in either method and for a couple of ringers who came to practice their trebling.
The practice finished with a touch where Roger was ringing St. Simon’s and the rest of the band were ringing St. Martin’s. So you had to remember that, when Roger was on the front with you, you had to dodge with him not make seconds over him. Something most of us had never done before, but will almost certainly do again.
All in all a hugely enjoyable and rewarding practice.
The Blackmoor ringers had specially requested this practice and Roger would like to remind you that, if you have any requests of your own, to let him know and he will organise a practice for you.
Thank you, Valerie

St. Simon’s & St. Martin’s Practice at Blackmoor. Saturday June 9th – 5.30 to 7.30pm

Please join us for a practice of St. Simon’s and St. Martin’s at Blackmoor on Saturday.

We will be ringing plain courses, touches and hopefully splicing the two.

I have just discovered that the Alton ringers have a wedding at 5.30 so will not be able to come as planned, which is disappointing, but does mean that there will be more space for anyone else who would like to come.

Links to the blue lines for both methods, with instructions for touches, are below.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Valerie

http://www.ringbell.co.uk/methods/ss5.htm

http://www.ringbell.co.uk/methods/sm5.htm

post script from Roger

Hi all,
If you are coming to the St Simons and St Martins practice at Blackmoor this Saturday please make sure that you have looked at the methods beforehand.
See you there,
Roger

April 1st shenanigans at Blackmoor

The Associate Rector/Vicar at Blackmoor, Alice Wood, delivered Easter cards to all the houses in the local area last week. In her message Alice said that she hoped, as it was also April Fools Day, there would be no shenanigans by the choir or bell ringers on Easter Sunday.

I don’t know about the choir, but the ringers couldn’t let an opportunity like that go passed unchallenged. So we rang backwards rounds and call changes, backwards Plain Hunt a very nice touch of April Day and then finished with some firing.

I suspect that no-one outside the ringing chamber had any idea of what we were doing and, when it came to the firing, probably thought that it was quite normal for us, but we had fun.

Hope you all had a great weekend, Valerie

Blackmoor’s Christmas Ringing Times 2017

You are always welcome to join us for any pre-service ringing or practice session.

Sunday 17th – 6.00 to 6.30pm – prior the the Nine Lessons & Carols Service

Friday 22nd – 7.45 to 9.00pm – practice night as usual

Sunday 24th – 3.30 to 4.00pm – prior to the Crib Service and 10.30 to 11.00pm prior to Midnight Mass

Christmas Day – 9.00 to 9.30am – prior to the Family Communion Service

Friday 29th and Sunday 31st – no practice and no Sunday Service ringing

Blackmoor have a grand day out

Fantastic weather, lots of laughter, beautiful countryside, the companionship of some of our friends from Alton and interesting towers all helped to make Blackmoor’s annual tower outing another great success.

We started at Tillington, where everyone agreed that the bells went really well but sounded less than beautiful. The locals were getting ready for a service of farewell for their vicar and, once they’d heard both Carol and Robin playing the organ, didn’t want to let them leave. If Robin could have got the organ under his jacket without anyone noticing, I think he would have done. He was very envious.

Then it was on to Wisborough Green where the bells sounded lovely. The church has a lancet window which is a memorial to the local Huguenot glass makers, and lists of all the baptisms going back several years, which had some fabulous names on it.

At Washington there was a loo! Hooray! and some beautiful sounding bells. Though we did have a problem with a jammed rope for a while, but Jess soon sorted it out.

After a very good lunch at The White Hart in Pulborough we moved onto Graffham, where the tenor had a rather strange death nell hum that could only be heard inside the ringing chamber.

Our last tower was Bosham, a really beautiful old church right on the edge of the water and more fabulous bells, though apparently it took some effort to keep the tenor up. After ringing Emma decided to risk a dunking in the water and have a go on the rope swing, but happily she only got her feet wet.

Many of us traveled by minibus and conversation rambled through a variety of subjects such as cricket, education (or the lack of it), the breeding of horses and the pretentiousness of Petroc Trelawny’s name and whether or not it’s real (there was classical music on the radio). This lead on to a mention of Anita Wallfisch and the comment that monks used to call snails ‘wall fish’ so that they could eat them on a Friday! Oh and we were also treated to Penny auditioning to join the Blackmoor choir by giving us a rendition of Hey Big Spender. Robin and Malcolm said that it was not what they were looking for.

All in all it was a brilliant day. Thanks to everyone who came and enjoyed it too, we were pleased to see you all, even if you could only stay for part of the day.

 

 

 

 

Blackmoor AGM and Tower Dinner – Valerie Harris Reports

Good food was followed by a very enjoyable meeting when the Blackmoor band and friends met at the Three Horseshoes pub in Worldham last Friday.

Amongst other things, we talked of the need to ring quarter peals for happy events this year, having done two for sad events last year; the progress of our ringers as they pick random methods to have a go at; the ingress of Jackdaws into the bell chamber when they broke through the wire netting; the problems that we’ve been having with the clock ever since David was replaced by an electric winding mechanism and the continued success of Blackmoor Bling, our huge secondhand jewellery stall that we take to various events throughout the year to raise funds.

During the elections, I agreed to stay on as Tower Captain, and later, for reasons that I can’t even blame on alcohol, I also volunteered to organise this year’s tower outing. Another busy year ahead then.

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AP District ADM Notes

Hello all
Just to remind you that the District ADM is being held at Blackmoor this year on Saturday January 21st. Ringing from 3pm, Service from 4pm, Tea from 4.45pm, the meeting will start at 5.30pm, followed by more ringing if enough people want to stay.
The Guild Master, Mike Winterbourne, is also planning to attend and would like to talk to us for a few minutes about what is happening in the Guild.
Please let me know by Jan 17th if you want to book tea. We will be providing hot soup with bread, followed by some excellent cake.
This is election year and ALL of the offices are up for election or re-election, so we are inviting nominations / heads above parapets for :-
CHAIRMAN
TREASURER – Malcolm Donaldson is standing down after 27 years, so we have to find a replacement
SECRETARY – this is a job that could easily be split in two again ie. Meetings Secretary and Promotions Secretary
RINGING MASTER(S)
INDEPENDENT EXAMINER
GUILD EXECUTIVE REPRESENTATIVE
LIBRARIAN
The Ringing Master, Independent Examiner and Guild Exec Rep posts were filled last January, but only to cover the final year for someone who had stood down. Ideally these now need to be elected/re-elected for a full 3 year term.
The secretary’s post usually overlaps the others, but as no-one was prepared to take over last year, I stayed on. So to reinstate the overlap, anyone putting themselves up for the post this year would really only need to do two years rather than the usual three.
Having said that the usual term of office is three years, if anyone is interested in taking on a role but only wants to commit themselves to a year, we’d still like to hear from you.
Many thanks, Valerie

AP District ADM Saturday 21st January ****RSVP BY 17th JAN****

Saturday 21st January 2017
District ADM
Hosted by St. Matthew’s Blackmoor
Ringing from 3.00pm – Service from 4.00pm
Tea from 4.45pm – Meeting from 5.30pm
Followed by more ringing.
We are planning to do hot soup with bread for tea.
Please remember to book in advance so that we can
be sure to do enough.
Apologies and names for tea (by Jan 17th please) to
Valerie Harris

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AP District Practice Sat 3rd December at St. Mary’s Liss 5.30-7pm

DECEMBER

Saturday 3rd December
General Practice at St. Mary’s Liss
5.30pm – 7.00pm
Ringing from rounds upwards. All welcome

Advance Warning:

JANUARY
Saturday 21st January 2017
District ADM
Hosted by St. Matthew’s Blackmoor
Ringing from 3.00pm – Service from 4.00pm
Tea from 4.45pm – Meeting from 5.30pm
Followed by more ringing.

We are planning to do hot soup with bread for tea.
Please remember to book in advance so that we can
be sure to do enough.

Apologies and names for tea (by Jan 17th please) to Valerie Harris

Alton and Petersfield District Meeting and Striking Competition Report Saturday 22nd October 2016 at St Mary’s Buriton

Buriton hosted the meeting and the Striking Competition on Saturday 22nd October. 

It was a busy and fun day at Buriton as the Buriton ringers had to prepare the tea as well as get ready to ring! In the way it was good as we had no time to get stressed!  5 teams entered the competition plus a scratch team. 3 teams did call changes and 3 teams change ringing. 

The results are as follow: 

Buriton       1st 
East Meon   2nd 
Bramshott   3rd 
Blackmoor   4th 
Petersfield   5th 

The scratch team came 2nd according to the number of faults but was not counted in the placings. 

Buriton ringers were delighted to have won on this occasion. Since they had started to enter the competition again, 4 years ago, they had been 2nd twice and third once. 
So well done Buriton! 
The tea was a success due to the numbers of people who had baked wonderful cakes and made beautiful sandwiches for the day! 

All in all a friendly and successful day! 

Above: photo of the winning team!Helene Tipper

Valerie Harris Reporting from the Blackmoor Tower Outing

Blackmoor’s tower outing in the Winchester area was another resounding success, with fabulous weather, some great bells and excellent company.

We were joined for the day by ringers from Alton who brought their Learners & Improvers session on tour with us.  This gave us the perfect sized group so everyone could have good ring, but could also have a break and wander around the church if they wanted to.

We visited three St Mary’s during the morning at Easton, Avington & Old Alresford.

In Avington  Robin, Malcolm and Carol treated us to a verse and chorus of “While shepherds watched” from the gallery that overlooks the congregation. I am always truly impressed by how ‘full’ a sound these three can produce.

At Old Alresford there was a church open day to celebrate 140 years of the Mother’s Union which was founded Mary Sumner, wife to one of it’s former rectors.

After a enjoyable lunch at The Globe in New Alresford we moved onto St. Andrew’s in Tichborne and finished the day at St. Michael & All Angels in Cheriton.

I’d like to thank Malcolm Cooper for arranging the day and for producing his usual foolproof directions. We saw some fantastic countryside scenery complete with Highland cattle, goats, Alpaca, lots of streams and ponds and many, many ducks.

Marvellous.

Valerie Harris (Blackmoor TC)

A Brief Report on Our Executive Committee  Meeting

STARTING WITH THE REALLY IMPORTANT BIT:

At the Guild AGM in Alresford on 2nd of July The Guild Committee needs a whole new team of officers to be elected.

This incredible Committee has steered the Guild into a new era. The Plans are in place, the signposts show the way and the commitment to improve, educate and modernise this vibrant and active community is stronger now than ever before. SO, Please think seriously about helping us to keep the Guild and ringing moving forward. If you have been a secretary or treasurer for a school committee, if you can take minutes or type them up from a Dictaphone recording, if you like collecting data or think ringing needs to have a different voice in the Central Council, now is the time to say ‘do you know what? I could give it a try’. The posts becoming vacant are:

  • Master
  • Vice-Master
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Librarian
  • Peal recorder
  • Report Editor
  • Minutes Secretary
  • CC reps (five of them)
  • Child Protection Officer
  • Independent Examiner
  • BRF Trustees for the two dioceses

Other Noteworthy Items:

On a cold and sunny morning on 12th of March The Executive Committee Meeting was held in St Barnabas Church Hall in Southampton. 24 members were present with 8 apologies.

We all stood whilst the names of those who have passed away since November were read out.

  • Roy Grayson    (Purbrook)
  • Roy Howard    (Freshwater)
  • Tom Metcalfe    (Blackmoor)
  • Ramon A Stone (life member, West Meon)
  • David Yates    (Arreton)
  • Martin Routh    (Former Tower Captain at Amport)
  • Colin Nicholson     (Formerly of St Peter Port)

With no matters arising from the last minutes the reports and accounts were accepted.

Interesting and noteworthy was that;

  • Our Hon. Librarian and Archivist Bruce Purvis had asked for a budget increase to buy volumes of Order and Disorder which contain ringing extracts from 18th and 19th century newspapers.
  • The Belfry Stewardship Committee planned on visiting and inspecting Droxford.
  • The Bell Restoration Fund gave a report on the Trustees’ Meeting; David Mattingley said there were grants outstanding to All Saints’, Basingstoke augmented from 9 to 10 and awaiting sign-off by the Belfry Stewardship Committee, Houghton where work had started, and Ecchinswell where fundraising was continuing. At Wherwell higher priority work in the church had been identified and so the outstanding grant would be reduced to zero and the church asked to reapply when they were in a position to proceed with the bell restoration. A new grant application had been received from Northington where the plan was now to augment from 3 to 6 at a cost of £17,000 of which £13,500 had already been raised. The Trustees recommended a grant of £2,000. The Trustees agreed with Hugh Routh who pointed out that work on three clappers which was part of the original project specification had not been done and we should not pay grants towards the same work twice.
  • Greg Jordan was elected onto the Striking Competition Committee
  • These fine folks will be presented with Life Membership certificates at the AGM, after completing 50 years of membership!   Congratulations to you all: John Croft (Winchester District Chairman), Alan Hoar of Odiham, Maureen Routh of Steep and  Ronald Tipper of Buriton.

The Master reviewed The Guild Action Plan and  suggested the setting up of 3 working groups:

  • A small working group will be set up to consider the content, format and production costs of The Annual Guild Report. Discussions revolved around how many reports to print IE 1 per person or 1 per  tower, sending it out digitally and if it could be produced in a more cost effective way.
  • Interestingly, A working group to consider the compilation, presentation and costs of books, listing performances rung between 2014 and 2018 commemorating the WWI fallen, to be presented to Winchester and Portsmouth Cathedrals, and that the working group be authorised to register interest with the Heritage Lottery Fund.
  • Excitingly, A working group to consider the possibility of a centralised Ringing Training School for teaching new ringers.

The Committee were happy to support a funding request of £400 towards travel expenses of a joint team of young ringers from the Isle of Wight and Channel Islands Districts to represent the Guild in the competition at Epsom on Sat 2nd April 2016. The rest of the money would be found by the youngsters and their families by fund-raising. We wish them well.

After much discussion a rethink was agreed on the ‘welcome pack’ for new ringers. Whilst people though it (The ART Discover Ringing booklet and a contacts list) was a good idea, just who to give it to e.g. not many probationary members become ringers and how to get it to them was of concern.

The Communications Exec member gave a presentation on Social Media extolling its virtues and its pitfalls.

Future Dates worth noting are;

In the ‘Any Other Business’ section issues discussed were;-

  • The arrangements for the Central Council (CCCBR) weekend at the end of May are well under way. There has been a good response to calls volunteers and Guild members are encouraged and welcome to attend the open meeting and Songs of Praise service both on Sunday afternoon.
  • If a volunteer can be found the requests for Guild sweatshirt production can continue.
  • If there was a form for making a bequest to the Guild. The answer was no it can be put into your Will.
  • Ropley Church was expected to be rebuilt between 2016-2018.
  • The Master promoted the Mid-Monthly Ringing Tours & the next one is on 13th April.

We were all done by 12:00  Then a long and very fast quarter peal of Grandsire Doubles ensued.