Category Archives: Liss St Mary

Calling Touches of Plain Bob, Grandsire & Stedman ( Doubles & Triples) at Liss. April 14th 5.30 – 7.30

As the title says, this is a practice at Liss on Saturday April 14th from 5.30 to 7.30pm, for calling touches of Plain Bob, Grandsire and Stedman.

Even if you don’t feel ready to call touches yet, Roger would still like to see you there because you can learn plenty from just listening to what others are doing and, of course, there still needs to be people ringing the touches that others are calling.

A&P Spring Meeting April 22nd at Liss, St Mary’s

Hello all
I hope you are going to join us for on April 22nd at St. Mary’s Liss for general ringing and the spring meeting.
Ringing is from 3pm, tea from around 4.15 and the meeting will start at about 5.30 followed by more ringing.
Please make sure you book your tea in advance with Joy Martin 01730 265275 so that she knows how many to cater for.
We now have new colour certificates, for members elected at this meeting and the previous two where none were available, so please do come to collect them.
Attached are the agenda and the minutes of the last meeting.
I have also attached another copy of the District Officer guidelines which have been slightly revised following comments from two people. These guidelines will, in time, be extended to include the Treasurer, Guild Executive Representative, Independent Examiner and Librarian so that, before the next round of elections, everyone will know what each of these roles entails.
Many thanks, Valerie

agenda April 2017 Spring Meeting

minutes meeting 21st January2017


A&P District spring meeting – April 22nd at Liss, St. Mary from 3.00pm

Liss St Mary's

Ringing from 3.00pm, Tea from around 4.15pm

Meeting from aprox 5.30pm, followed by more ringing.

Names for tea to Joy Martin 01730 265275

  by Wednesday 19th please.

Certificates & badges are now available for those members

who were elected at the last two meetings,

so please come along to collect them.

Don’t forget we still need to elect a District Secretary.

If you are interested in the post please let us know.

Thank you.

Contact Joy Martin

Telephone: 01730 265275
Email: Use Form

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


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

Advance Warning:

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 Learners and Improvers on Tour

The idea had been talked about for some time, it now became reality.

On Saturday 4th June 2016 the St Lawrence Learners and Improvers Practice went on tour. 

We started at 9.30am at St Mary, Liss where we joined the local weekly practice.  Liss has a nice light ring of 8 (12-1-26) so everyone was able to have a go without feeling that any bell would be too heavy for them.  This was one of the aims of the day as towers were selected that had easy access and all bells could be rung by all ringers.  We spent an hour at Liss and were treated to tea and coffee by the local band before we moved on.

binsted Holy Cross Photograph by Chris Kippin
binsted Holy Cross Photograph by Chris Kippin

Next stop was the 6 bell tower (12-3-17) at Holy Cross, Binsted from 11.00am till 12 noon.  Here we had two unexpected additions to the group.  Whilst we were ringing the two gardeners, who were tending the churchyard, had been fascinated by what we were doing and asked if they could have a go.  We gave them a quick briefing as to how things worked and then let them try their had at ringing.  They both enjoyed the experience and indicated that they might like to learn more, unfortunately they are not local but we did point them in the direction of their local churches, so maybe we will see them again somewhere in the future.

Warnford Photo 2 by David ForderOur third tower was Our Lady of Warnford another 6 bell ring (12-2-10) from 12.30pm till 1.30pm.  Another of the stated aims of this tour was that we would only do basic ringing i.e. Rounds, Call Changes, Plain Hunt, Plain Bob and Grandsire.  However, we did allow our team of loyal helpers a little bit of fun by ending this session before lunch with some Norwich Surprise Minor.

Lunch was taken at The George and Falcon in Warnford, a very leisurely affair, thanks to Judy Sparling who organised us all to pre-order.

After lunch we moved on to  St Mary, Selborne a manageable 8 (8-3-8) with everyone having a go.  We were here form 3pm till 4pm.

Holybourne. Photo by David Forder
Holybourne. Photo by David Forder

We rounded the day off with a nice light ring of 8 (6-3-16) at The Church of the Holy Rood, Holybourne from 4.30pm till 5.30pm.   At this last tower we set up the District Bookstall to give all the learners the opportunity to buy books to help consolidate their knowledge and we took a few  photos.

Everyone said how much they had enjoyed the day, so it looks like we may be doing it again.  I would like to give special thanks to Matt Watts for organising the event and booking the towers, to Judy Sparling for organising us all at lunch and for providing the bookstall, to Liz South for providing us with chocolates and strawberries throughout the day, to Rene Bailey for providing much needed Kit-Kats and Twix Bars at Holybourne and to all the helpers.  Finally a big thank you to all the learners and improvers who turned up, without you the event would not have happened.

After all the excitement of the day we went for a beer and a curry.  Everyone one was invited but it ended up with about 15 of us. 

I think the day could be summed up by saying: “Good ringing, good food, good friends and a great day out!”

Thanks to Mike Novell for the article and Madeline King for the photo of the band.

Surprise Practice at Liss 20th February 5.30pm

Liss St Mary on 20th February methods

time 5-30 to 7-30
Everyone welcome see you then