Category Archives: Hawkley

A quarter peal rung for Anita at Hawkley

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Hawkley, Hampshire
Saturday, 8 July 2017 in 42minutes
1260 Grandsire Triples
1 Nick James
2 Michael J Novell
3 Di Hart
4 Jessica Hornsby
5 Matthew D Watts
6 Andrew P Sparling
7 Roger A Barber (C)
8 David Hart
In Memory of Anita Seamons who passed away recently. Anita rang at Selborne, was the A&P District Librarian for many years, and actively supported many District & Guild events.

Another great AP District practice

The general practice run by Roger at Hawkley last Saturday was another great success, and was going so well that it was extended by a good twenty minutes.

My quick headcount came to 24 ringers of varying abilities, from learners happily ringing call changes to the more experienced who were doing Cambridge Major, with plenty of plain hunt and triples methods in between. No one was left out as Roger made sure that everyone had the chance to have a go at whatever they felt the need to work on. Bob Triples in my case, preparing for my first quarter peal on eight bells on July 9th.

Penny Rehbein from Alton was determined to understand what happens in plain hunt, and spent a lot of time watching what others were doing. Then she stood behind Di Hart while she was ringing the treble and they counted places together. I’m pretty sure I saw a light bulb ping on above Penny’s head, so I look forward to seeing her progress next time she comes to visit us at Blackmoor.

Gordon Strachan is one of our learners at Blackmoor, and this was the first general practice that he had been to. His comment this morning was that “it was pretty full on” but, judging by the smile on his face, he’ll be eager to attend many more.

Thanks Roger and everyone else who was there, it was a superb evening.

Selborne’s Thursday practice postponed until further notice

Starting this week, Selborne’s Thursday practices have been postponed until further notice as they will be hosting the Hawkley practice on Wednesday evenings 7.30 – 9.00pm instead, due to work going on at Hawkley Church.

Anyone who would like to join them will be very welcome.

Thank you.

Hawkley’s practice moves to Selborne until further notice

There is work going on at Hawkley Church at present, so their practice has moved to Selborne from Wednesday 17th May (7.30 – 9.00pm) until further notice.

Roger is grateful to Nick for arranging this, and Nick has confirmed that there will not be a Thursday practice at Selborne for the duration.

Both Roger and Nick say that everyone is welcome to join them.

It’s worth noting that Selborne is a ground floor ring, which is great for anyone who finds spiral stairs a bit of a trial.

Thank you

Practices resume at St. Lawrence & Hawkley

The ringers at Alton, St.Lawrence are very pleased to announce that, although the scaffolding may still be up, there is no longer an RSJ through the bell chamber and that practices will start again on Thursday 30th March at 7.30pm. They would love to see you if you would like to join them.

Wednesday practices are also resuming at Hawkley from 7.45pm, but Roger Barber suggests that you contact him beforehand if you’re thinking of going, just to be on the safe side.

A&P District Surprise Major Practice Saturday 8th April 5.30 to 7.00pm at Hawkley

archSaturday 8th April – 5.30 to 7.00pm

at Hawkley

Roger says he’s had lots of interest in this practice, and hopes to be able to ring Yorkshire and Lincolnshire as well as Cambridge.

My Cambridge needs working on, so I look forward to seeing you there.

Thanks, Valerie

A&P District Practices – March and April

Here is a copy of the the latest poster which should be appearing in your towers any day now.

Link to PDF version of Poster

Link to Word version of poster


Tuesday 7th March 7.30 – 9.00pm
Monthly 8 bell practice at Holybourne

Saturday 18th March
District General Practice at Selborne
5.30 – 7.00pm
Ringing from rounds upwards – all welcome


Tuesday 4th April – 7.30 – 9.00pm
monthly 8 bell practice at Holybourne

Saturday 8th April – 5.30pm – 7.00pm
District Surprise Major Practice at Hawkley
If we cannot muster enough people to ring at least Cambridge, Roger will not organise another one!

Saturday 22nd April
District Spring Meeting at St. Mary’s Liss
Ringing from 3.00pm – Tea from 4.00pm
Meeting from around 4.45pm – then more ringing
Please book your tea by contacting Joy Martin

AP District – Surprise Major Practice – Saturday 8th April – Hawkley 5.30 – 7.00pm **RSVP

Dear all,

I have organised the following practice, Surprise Major at Hawkley on Saturday 8th April 5.30-7.00pm.  I hope that we can muster enough to have a go at Cambridge at the very least. Would you be so kind as to let me know if you are intending to come for this.

Places Available- Guild Education Course – Plain Bob Doubles and Minor Oct 15th

In case you are “hovering on the brink” – there is only a week to go before the closing date (29th September) for the receipt of applications for the Guild Education Day on Saturday 15 October, based at Hawkley, when we will be covering Plain Bob Doubles and Plain Bob Minor.    There are still a few places left but both these groups are filling up fast!

If you think this course will help you,

Any queries – do please get in touch:

Christine Knights-Whittome (on behalf of the Guild Education Committee)

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Change to schedule at Buriton and Hawkley Wednesday 17th August

Dear all,
This is to let you know that Buriton’s usual 3rd Wednesday practice at Hawkley will NOT BE TAKING PLACE THERE this month due to insufficient ringers being available.

They will be practising at Buriton that evening when all will be welcome as usual.

It is hoped that they will resume their next practice at Hawkley on Wednesday 21st September.
David Hughes,
Tower Captain

No Wednesday practices or Sunday Ringing at Hawkley (until further notice)

Hello all

Just to let you know that there will be no Wednesday practices or Sunday Ringing at Hawkley until further notice as Roger is temporarily out of action.

The bells are available as usual for visitors and Roger is still the point of contact for the tower.

Thanks, Valerie (District Secretary)

Practice Nights Changes at Buriton (back to normal 30th March)

Hello all,
This is to let you know that there will be no practice at Buriton this Wednesday (16th March) as we shall be holding our regular monthly practice at Hawkley. All our usual regulars are welcome and so are any others who have attended previously or who would like to provide added strength.
Neither will there be a practice the following week (23rd March) as that is in Holy Week.
Back to normal on Wednesday 30th March.
Best wishes,
David Hughes, Tower Captain

Hawkley and Buriton Practice Plans Feb 10th to 17th

To all our visitors (regular or casual),
            There will be NO PRACTICE at Buriton this Wednesday (10th Feb) as it is Ash Wednesday and there will be a 7.30pm Service in Church.
            The following Wednesday (17th Feb) we will be holding our 8-bell practice AT HAWKLEY from 7.30-9.00pm at which all will be welcome as usual.
            Thereafter we will be holding our regular Wedneday practices as usual.
David Hughes,
Tower Captain