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.
At our Tower AGM chaired by Revd. Canon Will on 7th January Madeline King stood down from the role of Captain, which she has occupied for 10 years. She was presented with a bouquet and gift from the other members of the band.
Reflecting on her time in office Madeline said that the strength of the ringing band was due to everyone working together in harmony and that this could be achieved only by having leaders who were committed to having a happy successful band. She paid tribute to the ringers who had served in other capacities over the years, assisting as steeple keepers, treasurers, house keepers and teachers, and with administration, organising wedding bands, letting in visitors and arranging outings and social events.
Madeline stressed the necessity of good clear communications with the Vicar and the Parish Office, especially in regard to ringing for weddings and for special occasions like this year’s Armistice Commemorations and New Year, and to ensure safety procedures are followed by workmen and other visitors to the Tower.
The Band has certainly grown and flourished under Madeline’s leadership – we are now regularly able to ring all 8 bells for the Sunday morning service. Not only is the overall standard of ringing improving, but individual ringers are achieving personal targets too. The band is happy and cohesive and that makes the ringing fun and enjoyable. Thank You Madeline!
Our new Captain is Mary Broadbridge.
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CENTENARY – WORLD WAR I 1914-1919
PETERSFIELD CHURCH BELL RINGERS REMEMBER THE LOCAL FALLEN
As we remember those who died over 100 years ago in the Great War on the 100th anniversary of the signing of The Armistice that ended it, we will also be remembering those ringers who fought and were fortunate enough to return home at the end of the war.
Petersfield bell ringers from St Peter’s church will be remembering those who died listed on the High Street War Memorial by ringing each evening for 11 minutes on each of the ten evenings leading up to Remembrance Sunday on 11th November this year. On each evening 11 named fallen servicemen will be remembered beginning on 1st November with 11 serving men who died aged between 17 and 20 years old. On other evenings groups of 11 fallen individuals from the Royal Flying Corps, Royal Navy, Army, Marines and Merchant Navy will be remembered as well as the theatres they died in.
We will also be remembering those who fought and returned home, often injured or mentally scared. Petersfield ringers have identified and researched details of three veteran servicemen who rang before and after the war at St. Peters.
Archibald John GARRET
Archie went to war aged 31 leaving at home his widowed mother and two sisters at 1 Osbourne Road, Petersfield. He served as a Sergeant with a Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery in France. The battery would have consisted of 182 officers and men, 87 horses and would have been equipped with four 6-inch Howitzers capable of firing 100-pound shells up to 6,000 yards. In recognition of his distinguished service and gallantry Archie was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) as well as the Victory Medal. On 28th June 1919 Archie is recorded as ringing a quarter peel at St. Peters to celebrate the signing of the Peace Treaty. Archibald died aged 74 in 1959.
Henry, a painter and plumber, joined up in March 1917 aged 30 and served as Company Sergeant Major in the Hampshire Regiment and then the Wiltshire Regiment in France on the Western Front. Henry’s parents, Henry and Jane MELLS lived at 14 Swan Street, Petersfield together with Henry and three other children including his younger brother Frank (below). Henry was part of the band of eight ringing the bells at St Peter’s in June 1919 to celebrate the signing of the Peace Treaty. Henry died aged 75 in 1962.
Frank, Henry’s younger brother, was a Brewery Cellarman and served as a Private (Acting Sergeant) in the Hampshire Regiment. Frank was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) for gallantry in the field aged 30 whilst serving in Mesopotamia at Resht (modern day Iran). On June 28th 1919 Frank rang the bells at St Peter’s with his brother Henry and Archie Garrett to celebrate the signing of the Peace Treaty. Frank died aged 73 in 1973.
The Petersfield ringers would be very interested to find out from any family of the above who can provide additional information on these three men who fought and returned from the Great War or those listed on the War Memorial who sadly did not. Contact Malcolm Wigmore Tel: 077 88 576 853.
Sunday 6th May 2018 at St. Peter Petersfield
1260 Plain Bob Doubles
- Sue Walker * (Petersfield)
- Terry Collins (cond.) (East Meon)
- Melanie Moore (Petersfield)
- Malcolm Donaldson (East Meon)
- Teresa Brown (Froxfield)
- John Leary (Petersfield)
*First Quarter Peal, at the first attempt
Dear All, we would love to see any district ringers who would like a ring at Petersfield this Easter Monday. Usual practice time 7.30-9.00. Madeline
Please don’t forget to come to this practice, whether learning, improving or an experienced 7 & 8 bell ringer, it would be great to have you there.
Saturday 10th March – 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Plain Hunting to 7 & 8 and to Triples & Major Methods
Many thanks, Valerie
Congratulations to John Leary, who a few weeks after his 15th birthday has achieved the Sherbourne Bell Club Gold Award “Champion Campanologist”.
He is the first Junior Ringer in the Petersfield Band to reach this standard. John is a reliable and regular Sunday ringer and has just rung his first Quarter Peal as well. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our friends the Buriton Ringers who have welcomed John to their practices during the past year and given him the extra help and encouragement to make such great progress.
Saturday 20th January 2018
A & P District AGM at St. Peter’s, Petersfield
General ringing – 3.00pm
Ringers’ Annual Service – 4.15pm
Supper – 5.00pm
Meeting – 6.00pm
Ringing to follow the meeting, until 9.00pm
Names for supper to be emailed to Melanie Moore
by January 13th please.
Graham has asked me to let you know that the method of the day for our AGM, on January 20th in Petersfield, is Duffield Major.Click here for a copy of the blue line so that you can do some homework, if you need to, before giving it a go.
There will be no practice on Monday January 1st.at Petersfield. We look forward to seeing you at the AGM on the 20th. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Madeline
There will be no ringing at Petersfield next Monday 4th December.
We are having a social evening instead!
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.
Practices: Monday 7.30
We will be ringing at Petersfield on Monday, 7.30 – 9.00pm.
All welcome. Madeline
Practice as usual at Petersfield at 7.30pm on May 1st, everyone welcome.
We are having a practice Easter bank holiday Monday from 7.30pm
All welcome. Madeline.
We held our AGM on 16th January, chaired by our ringer-friendly vicar Canon Will Hughes and attended by 14 ringers. We elected three new members to the Band: Bob Duffy and Eva Koritsas who have both been ringing with us coming up for a year, and Malcolm Wigmore, an established ringer who luckily for us has just moved to Petersfield from Kent.
Madeline for her sins was re-elected Captain, Melanie Secretary and Andy Steeple Keeper, but we have a new Treasurer Sue and a volunteer Weddings Co-ordinator Mary. Moo, Melanie and Mary take it in turns (‘ring the changes’?!) to lead the practice.
We’ve had a very busy 2016 and the Band has grown and continues to grow. Moo and Melanie, recently joined by Mary, are teaching two beginners and a third is due to start next week. Our newer ringers continue to progress through the ART Scheme and the Sherbourne Bell Awards, hoovering up certificates and badges on the way. We hope soon to try for a Quarter Peal in which we would have two first-timers, on the Treble and the Tenor, and a first-time Conductor. We incorporate bits of Kaleidoscope Ringing in most of our practices and are getting quite good at doing unconducted Mexican Waves. We increasingly have enough ringers to get all 8 bells going on Sundays and Mondays, even if it’s only for Rounds.
After our enjoyable trip to Whitechapel Bell Foundry (just in time?) last year and a ringing outing to Sussex, this year we are planning a foray into the dark depths of the Surrey countryside. One of our ringers has offered to host a barbecue in his garden later in the year. Our annual church fête will take place in September and we will no doubt be asked to hold the popular Tower Open event again.
As we have done for the past few years, we joined in the ‘Ringing for England’ event on St. George’s Day. And for the first time for many years (?decades) we rang the New Year in. The church had had queries asking “why don’t the bells ring at midnight?” Naughty bells! As we all know, they ring themselves with no help from humans. We also tried to get a band to ring for the Midnight Eucharist on Christmas Eve but fell just short of enough ringers – better luck next December!
We have ordered a set of new ropes, paying £1000, nearly the whole amount, out of our Tower Funds. We have agreed with the vicar that the ropes will be blessed during a Sunday morning Eucharist – there are plans to unwind one rope to its full length and get our two Juniors to show the congregation just how long the rope is and how the tenor on the rope’s end is approximately the weight of a Smart Car! Good publicity, as like most ringers, we are usually ‘out-of-sight-out-of-mind’, not having a ground-floor ring
Madeline King – Tower Captain
We have our normal Sunday morning Sunday service ON Christmas Day.. Ringing 9am until 9.25am. Two of our band have decorated the tower and we have lots of chocolates!!
T1here will be no practice at Petersfield on Boxing Day Monday 26th. We would love to see extra ringers on Monday 2nd Jan 2017 when we will have a practice. Merry Christmas and a happy New year. Madeline
We help our newest ringers to train using the ART “Learning the Ropes” Course and the Sherbourne Bell Club Awards Scheme (as appropriate).
At present we have six novice ringers, four of whom have earned the following awards:-
Eva Koritsas – LtR Level 1 – ‘Bell Handling & Control’
John Leary – LtR Level 1 – ‘Bell Handling & Control’ & Level 2 – ‘Foundation Ringing Skills’and Sherbourne Stage 1 ‘Ambitious Apprentice’ & Stage 2 ‘Happy Hunter’
Sue Walker – LtR Level 1 – ‘Bell Handling & Control’ & Level 2 – ‘Foundation Ringing Skills’
Caroline Welsh – LtR Level 1 ‘Bell Handling & Control’
The other two new ringers are working towards LtR Level 1.
We applaud their commitment and hard work.
Melanie Moore Secretary, St. Peter’s Bell Ringers
The image shows Moo Day (left) John (centre) and Melanie Moore (right). Moo and Melanie taught/continue to teach John and other learners at St Peters.