Category Archives: Bramshott

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…

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 of any other cancellations and I will add them to this list.


Andrew Glover

W&P Guild Webmaster




Practice ringing dates for Bramshott during May

Dear All,
During May, there will be ringing practices at Bramshott on the 13th & 20th May only.
We will not be holding practices on the two Bank Holiday Mondays – i.e. 6th and 27th May.
Following the Spring Bank Holiday, our regular weekly practices will resume on 3rd June – 7.30 – 9pm.
As always – visitors are very welcome!
Di Hart,
St. Mary’s Bramshott.

Bramshott, St. Mary’s – Christmas Ringing Times

Christmas Eve – Midnight Communion 11 pm
Ringing from 10.20 pm

Christmas Day – Family Communion at 9.30 am
Ringing from 9 am

Practice Nights:
Last Practice Night before Christmas – Monday 17th December at 7.30 – 9 pm
Owing to several tower members taking January holidays, practices will resume on Monday 28th January 2019 at 7.30 – 9 pm.
As always – visitors will be most welcome.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Diane Hart

St. Mary’s, Bramshott

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.

Bramshott ringers, Di and Dave Hart, finally get their membership certificates. Only 25 years late.

At our AGM in January, as certificates and badges were being presented to newly elected members, a voice from the back of the hall said something along the lines of  “My wife and I have been members for years, and have never been given certificates and badges”.

Well, that could not be allowed to pass unnoticed so our Chairman, Mike Novell, vowed to rectify the oversight.

Mike looked back over the old District minutes until he located their elections, in 1993! Mo Routh told him that Barry Fry would have been Guild Master at the time and Bob Cater was Secretary. As luck would have it, Mike bumped into Barry at the Guild Exec meeting and he was only too happy to sign the new certificates, but Bob’s name had to be written in instead, as he’s moved away and Mike didn’t have any contact details for him.

Here is a photo of Di and Dave Hart finally receiving their membership certificates at our Spring meeting last Saturday, along with Guild badges and a leaflet showing all the A&P towers with their respective practice nights, just in case they don’t already know them.

It looks like it was worth the wait.

Di & Dave

Bramshott Christmas Ringing Times

Christmas Eve – ringing from 10.20 pm for 11 pm Holy Communion/Midnight Mass
Christmas Day – ringing from 9 am for 9.30 am Holy Communion.
There will be no practice ringing in the evening at Bramshott on Christmas Day (Monday 25th December) and New Years Day (Monday 1st January). Practices will resume on Monday 8th January at 7.30 pm – visitors are always very welcome

St Peter’s Petersfield – Ringers’ Autumn Outing

The following report was written by two of our newer ringers,  Bob Duffy and Eva Koritsas.  This was their first outing.

Thanks to Malcolm Wigmore for the photos.

St Peter’s Ringers’ Autumn Outing

7th October 2017

Organised by Moo Day

5 Towers were visited, in order, ALFOLD, DUNSFOLD, CHIDDINGFOLD, WITLEY and BRAMSHOTT.

Lunch was taken at Chiddingfold.

Alfold, St Nicholas dates from 15th Century. A set of 6 bells, which we considered to be quite light, were augmented from 3 to 6 in 2003. The bells are rung from the ground floor and are centred around the Font. When the Bells are down the Tail Ends are hoisted clear of the Font and the floor by a central spider. Quite different to our own arrangement in St Peter’s.

Dunsfold, St. Mary and All Saints. dates from the 12th Century. The 6 bells are arranged to the left of the entrance and are rung from the ground floor. The ropes have a much longer pull than St Peter’s and require an accurate vertical pull. The ropes, when the bells are down, are kept clear of the floor by a very ornate spider.

Chiddingfold, St Mary. A tower of 8 bells accessed by two flights of carpeted stairs and a trap door, which is lowered when ringing takes place. The bells sounded very nice and had a lasting resonance. The mats were worthy of note, having been crocheted by the ladies of the congregation.  Big cobwebs abound, thankfully no big spiders were seen. The tower captain was very helpful.

Witley, All Saints. A tower of 8 bells, accessed by a steep left hand spiral staircase. Windows in the tower made for a very bright bell chamber. The tower also houses the rather agricultural looking clock mechanism, which is in full working order. A central spider hoists the tail ends aloft when the bells are down.

Bramshott, St Mary. 6 nice sounding bells, rung from an open area at the bottom of the nave. It is of note that the cost of rehanging the bells in 1989 was met by the celebrated actor Boris Karloff.

Originally it was planned to have lunch in one of the two Pubs in Chiddingfold. However, this was not possible owing to a large wedding party having fully booked both venues. All was not lost, the Tea Room turned up trumps and at short notice catered for our entire group.

Ringers present. Moo Day, Madeline King, Melanie Moore, Mary Broadbridge, Christine Rushton, Eva Koritsas, Sue Walker, Teresa Brown, Malcolm and Benjamin Wigmore, David Malone, Bob Duffy.

Grateful thanks to Moo Day for arranging the day, which turned out to be an interesting and very worthwhile experience.

Bramshott ringer gets married to the recorded sound of her own tower’s bells

The Bramshott bell ringers had a wonderful time attending the marriage of their tower member Jacqui and her fiancé Stuart Baker on 16th September 2017.   Two little bridesmaids led the couple in, the vows were taken and bells were heard as Mr. & Mrs. Baker left the ceremony for the wedding reception!


You may remember that, as the wedding venue didn’t have bells a quarter peal, rung as a compliment to the couple on August 21st,  was recorded by the Bride’s Father to be played at their marriage ceremony. What a superb idea.

Bramshott Ringers celebrate forthcoming wedding of tower member by ringing a Quarter Peal


On 21st August 2017 the Bramshott Ringers rang a Quarter Peal as a compliment to their  tower member, Jacqui and her fiancé, Stuart Baker, who will be getting married on Saturday 16th September 2017.  As the wedding venue doesn’t have bells, the quarter was recorded by the Bride’s Father and will be played at their marriage ceremony.    After the Quarter, the Bride’s Father, (being a former ringer), joined the band for a quick burst of rounds!

The Bramshott Ringers wish the bride and groom every future happiness.

Details of the Quarter Peal:

A Quarter Peal of 1260 Grandsire Doubles


  1.  Gary Beard
  2.  Julia Brunt
  3.  Di Hart (C)*
  4.  Jo Green
  5.  Roger Barber
  6.  David Hart.


  •  First as Conductor of Grandsire.

Bramshott ring a quarter peal for BBC Music Day in memory of a friend.

 RINGING EVENT – BBC Music Day – 15th June 2017:

To celebrate the BBC Music Day on 15th June, the bell-ringers at St. Mary’s – Bramshott, rang a Quarter Peal of ‘Grandsire Doubles’,  in memory of Marlene Wright of Limes Close, Bramshott, and her sister and brother-in-law Pamela and Ian Mansell of Dockenfield, all of whom very sadly died following a car accident on  2nd May, whilst on holiday in the Cayman Islands.  Marlene was a good friend and neighbour to Julia (a Bramshott ringer) and also to many in the church and community. The Quarter Peal was rung half-muffled, to commemorate the memory of Marlene and the ringers hoped it was a fitting tribute to her.   Members from the parish and community came to the church and listened to the ringing.

The ringers  consisted of five from St. Mary’s – Bramshott and one from  St. Peter &  St Paul – Hawkley, (a neighbouring parish).  Both towers help each other out with ringing commitments at their respective churches and have a close relationship with each other.

The Quarter Peal – 1260 Grandsire Doubles:

  1. Gary Beard,
  2. Julia Brunt,
  3. Di Hart,
  4. Jo Green,
  5. Roger Barber (C)
  6. David Hart

The Bramshott ringers are very grateful to Roger, (District Ringing Master/Tower Captain at Hawkley), who kindly conducted the quarter peal.

Di Hart,

Tower Captain,

St. Mary’s  Bramshott.

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

Firsts Fortnight News from Bramshott

Firsts Fortnight 1st - 15th March 2016Good effort last night at Bramshott
Greg – first go at ringing up
Harvey – first plain hunt on 6
Jo – a different touch of Grandsire Doubles for the first time
Gary – First go at calling call changes, first go at Stedman (on treble, single every time at the back, but still something new!)

Toby Arkless

What’s on in Alton and Petersfield District (Plus Guild Events)

Hello all,

Here is a list of events for the next couple of months:

25th Oct to 8th Nov – Quarter peal fortnight

31st October – Outing to the Dorset Area

7th November – General practice at Bramshott 5.30 to 7.00pm

14th November – Guild Education Day for Listening Skills based at Lockerly

21st November – Guild Exec Meeting in Southampton

21st November – Surprise Major Practice at Alton, St Lawrence 6.00 to 7.30pm

5th December – General practice at Hawkley 5.30 to 7.00pm

Many thanks, Valerie

Contact Julia Brunt

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