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Petersfield – Armistice Day & Remembrance Sunday Ringing 2021

Thursday 11th November Armistice Day 

The St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers with help from other ringers in the area rang call changes for three quarters of an hour before the Armistice Day service at the Petersfield War Memorial at 11am.  This was the first time that the ringers have rung before the service at the Petersfield War Memorial when the 11th occurs  during the week. 

Ringers included in the photograph are: 

Left to Right Front Row: Madeline King, Sue Walker, Jackie Downham, Malcolm Wigmore.

Back Row:   David Cooper, Martin How, and Brian Underwood  who called the Call Changes, and David Malone. 

Photographs taken by Mary Broadbridge 

( Joy Martin & Mary Broadbridge (Tower Captain) not included in the photograph also rang), 

St Peter’s Church Petersfield Bell Ringers  Remembrance Sunday 14th November 2021

Some of the St Peter’s church Bell Ringers who rang for Remembrance Sunday 2021.

Left to Right:   Joy Martin, Sue Walker, Madeline King, Mary Broadbridge (Tower Captain), John Downham, Jackie Downham, Malcolm Wigmore and David Malone. 

Photograph taken by Caroline M Welsh.

Other ringers not included in this photograph were Paula Tribe, Sally Wedley and James Wedley. 

The poppy wreath in memory of Bell Ringers who had died and served their country in conflict was placed at the War Memorial after the ringing. 

Caroline Welsh


Petersfield, St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers – Ringing for COP 26 UN Global Climate Conference in Glasgow

St Peter’s Church Bell ringers, some of the band fairly new to ringing, rang rounds and call changes to mark the starting of the COP 26 UN Global Climate Conference in Glasgow.  

St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers Petersfield rang to mark the COP 26 United Nations Global Climate Conference in Glasgow.
Left to Right:  Madeline Kind, James Wedley, Sally Wedley, Erin Halder, Nick Halder, Christine Rushton, David Malone, Mary Broadbridge (Tower Captain), Alice Waterhouse.

Petersfield rings for 73rd Anniversary of NHS

St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers Petersfield rang call changes  on the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the NHS in thanksgiving and to celebrate NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers Day, thanking them together with Key Workers for everything they have done during the pandemic. 

Also marking, Her Majesty, the Queen, awarding the George Cross to the NHS in recognition of this past year.  As well as remembering all those who have lost their lives to the Covid disease.

Left to Right:  Simon Poyser, Sue Walker, Madeline King, Christine Rushton, Mary Broadbridge (Tower Captain) and John Leary who called the changes. 

Remembrance Sunday Ringing and Poppy Wreath at Memorial – St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers – 8th November 2020

St Peter’s Church Bell ringer John Leary, one of the young ringers, tolled the tenor bell on behalf of the band paying tribute to the fallen, before the Sunday Remembrance Day commemorations in Petersfield. John, photographed in the St Peter’s Church Bell Tower is standing by the photograph, on the right of the picture of the Rev Victor Wardle former assistant Priest at Petersfield and a bell ringer.  He died in an internment camp in Japan on 4th January 1945. 

A poppy wreath was taken to the Petersfield War Memorial on Sunday afternoon and placed there on behalf of the St Peter’s Church Bell ringers by Caroline M Welsh, bell ringer, with the following card inscription.

From St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers

When you go home

Tell them of us and say

For your  tomorrow we gave our today

In remembrance

Hand Bell Ringing Teaching Session at St Peter’s Churchyard Petersfield Hampshire 2020

(Social Distancing Rules were in place)

A few weeks ago, Mary Broadbridge, tower captain at St Peter’s church Petersfield Hampshire organised a special hand bell ringing teaching session taken very kindly by Iain Hayden who has been ringing with the St Peter’s tower band over the last year. There were six learners who under Iain’s tutelage managed to ring rounds and one or two call changes.   Every one very much enjoyed the morning and we are all hoping it will be one of many teaching sessions when with practice we can progress to ringing methods.  Of course, depending on what Covid restrictions are in

A few weeks ago, Mary Broadbridge, tower captain at St Peter’s church Petersfield Hampshire organised a special hand bell ringing teaching session taken very kindly by Iain Hayden who has been ringing with the St Peter’s tower band over the last year. There were six learners who under Iain’s tutelage managed to ring rounds and one or two call changes.   Every one very much enjoyed the morning and we are all hoping it will be one of many teaching sessions when with practice we can progress to ringing methods.  Of course, depending on what Covid restrictions are in place in the future.

The St Peter’s Church band ring for Sunday Service at 09:00 for fifteen minutes and on Wednesday practice for fifteen minutes, ringers taking it in turns to ring on different weeks.  

Caroline M Welsh

Archivist St Peter’s Bell Ringers

Ringing for VJ Day at Petersfield

On Saturday 15th August after the two minutes silence to commemorate VJ day John Leary of the St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers Petersfield rang the number six bell seventy-five times to pay tribute to the remaining VJ Day Veterans and to remember the fallen one of whom was a Rev Victor Wardle former assistant Priest at Petersfield and a bell ringer. He died in an internment camp in Japan on 4th January 1945.

In January the Rev Wardle was also remembered by St Peter’s Bell Ringers ringing a quarter peal.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Caroline Welsh


First Ringing at St Peter’s Church Petersfield Since Lock Down – 2 August 2020

First Ringing Since Lock Down at St Peter’s Church Norman Bell Tower Petersfield Hampshire

A group of joyous St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers rang on  Sunday 2nd August for the first time since lock down in March.  

To comply with social distancing, the band rang up four of the eight bells, ringing rounds and call changes finishing  with a ring down in Peal.   The ringers are now allowed to ring for fifteen minutes for Sunday service and for weddings. 

Mrs Vanda Leary, St Peter’s Church Warden has placed the ringing performance on the St Peter’s Church Face Book Page for those wishing to hear the ringing. 

Names of ringers in the photographs:  

Names of ringers in the photographs: 

Left to Right:   Jackie and John Downham, Mary Broadbridge, Tower Captain, and young ringer John Leary who rang the heavy 15 ½ Tenor bell which dates back to 1770.  

Petersfield Rings for England!

Petersfield Ringers and friends rang for England on 23rd April.  We chose to ring on the traditional date, especially as we were also celebrating Shakespeare’s Birthday, and that – unlike St. George’s Day – is not a movable feast!

Ringing for England 2019
Petersfield Ringers and Friends ring for St. George’s Day – 23rd April 2019

Melanie Moore
Secretary, St. Peter’s Bell Ringers

Report from the Petersfield AGM

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.

Secretary, St. Peter’s Bell Ringers

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Madeline King at Petersfield AGM

Contact Mary Broadbridge

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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.

Congratulations Sue Walker (Petersfield) First Quarter Peal

Congratulations to Sue Walker of the Petersfield band who rang her first Quarter Peal at the first attempt, on one of the hottest days of the year.  Sue arranged the quarter herself and invited those she wished to ring with her.  Many thanks to all who took part and helped Sue to achieve her aim.  Details below.

Sunday 6th May 2018 at St. Peter Petersfield

1260 Plain Bob Doubles

  1.  Sue Walker *                  (Petersfield)
  2. Terry Collins                   (cond.) (East Meon)
  3. Melanie Moore             (Petersfield)
  4. Malcolm Donaldson  (East Meon)
  5. Teresa Brown                (Froxfield)
  6. John Leary                      (Petersfield)

*First Quarter Peal, at the first attempt

Roger says “Thank you” for a very well attended practice night.

Hi all,

Just to say what a wonderful turn out on Saturday at Petersfield for the Plain Hunting practice, and I hope you all got something from it on what was a very busy night, with 26 attending, and can I say a big thank you to all of our helpers. Its not to difficult to organize a practice for what ever method, however it only works when we get the type of result that we had on Saturday, and make no mistake it does make me feel good, so thank you one and all.
The next practice will be at St Mary Liss on Saturday 14th April, 5.30-7.30pm for calling touches of Doubles and Triples, Plain Bob, Grandsire or Stedman, however if we have enough on the night and you would like to try something else that will be OK, such as Minor or Major. You will need to have looked something up before the night and if you need any help I,we are here to help.
I am arranging  a practice for Surprise Major on Saturday 12th May 5.30-7.30 and hope this will be at Holybourne, to be confirmed!
For future practices I do have some things in mind, however if there is something that any of you would like to try then let me know and I will do my best to get it sorted for you.
All best wishes,

Gold Award at Petersfield

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.

John was presented with his certificate during the Sunday morning Eucharist on 11th February

A&P AGM Jan 20th 3pm onwards

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.

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.

Report from St. Peter’s, Petersfield

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

Petersfield – Ringing over Christmas/New Year


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

Ringing Awards at Petersfield

Sherbourne Bell Awards BadgesWe help our newest ringers to train using the ART “Learning the Ropes” Course and the Sherbourne Bell Club Awards Scheme (as appropriate).

At present wscreen-shot-2016-11-03-at-12-27-51e 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.