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 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!
We had a very successful “Firsts Fortnight” here at Petersfield.
We set SMART targets for everyone who wanted to participate and made sure there were opportunities to have a go.It was really motivating!
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Achievable
R – Relevant
T – Time-bound
Here’s what we achieved:–
Caroline learned how to jump in one change from Queen’s – to Rounds – to Tittums – and back again.
Christine joined in ‘firing’ for the first time.
John rang a successful Mexican Wave.
Madeline rang Erin Doubles.
Mary rang a touch of Stedman Triples.
Melanie called touches of Grandsire Doubles.
Mike (our loyal regular visitor from Steep) rang a touch of Stedman Triples.
Moo conquered ‘anti cat’s ears’ in Stedman Doubles.
Sue rang down in peal.
Robin rang Bob Doubles starting from a different bell (not his usual 2).
We would like to thank all the people who helped to make this scheme work for us, especially our regular visitor-helpers Mike and Terry, and all the extra ringers who came to the special extra Grandsire/Stedman practice organised by Moo.
As you know, it is officially the fortnight for firsts and I need your help!
One of our ringers and a regular visitor and friend of St Peter’s want to ring triples methods, and we don’t have the expertise in our band at the moment to help them reach their goal.
I am therefore hoping to hold a special ringing session (with kind permission from our vicar) at Petersfield on Thursday 10th March, sometime between 6pm and 8pm, specifically on Grandsire and Stedman Triples. So, if you are a confident ringer of these methods, or a steady treble or tenor ringer, please please write back (the form is below) and let me know if you can help.
I apologize if my plan clashes with your regular practice night, choices were limited!
St. Peters bellringers celebrating Jeremy’s 80th birthday. Jeremy is a Froxfield band member but since he and his wife moved to Petersfield he has been welcomed by our group particularly for Sunday ringing.
We held our AGM on Monday 11th January, chaired by our vicar The Revd. Canon Will Hughes. Madeline King was elected Captain for the coming year. We have lost 8 ringers during the past year, due to ill health, house-moves and family matters, so now have only 12 members of the Band, including one who cannot ring at present and one novice. However – often with help from our friends in neighbouring towers – we have managed to fulfil nearly all our commitments to ring regularly for services and for weddings and other special occasions.
We hold regular teaching sessions before our main practice every week and are hoping to get some new learners this year to build the band up. Our new Junior who started the last week of September is just beginning to ring with us, which is very satisfying. We have asked any ‘dormant’ bell ringers in the congregation if they would like to join us to ring on Sunday mornings to boost our numbers.
After the work on the clappers last year the bells are now going very smoothly and our ringing continues to be enjoyable and challenging. We intend to take part in the “Firsts Fortnight” in March and have asked each ringer to decide on an achievable target to aim for. We are hoping to go on an outing to Whitechapel Bell Foundry later in the year, and also to arrange a ringing outing suitable for our capabilities.
On Saturday 16th January we hosted the Alton & Petersfield ADM. There was good ringing in the afternoon, followed by a lovely service conducted by Will, which included the Bell Ringers’ hymn and the Guild Collect. Will is a good friend to us and a great supporter of bell ringing – we know we are very lucky. The Tea was as delicious as usual on these occasions, followed by the business meeting and more enjoyable ringing in the evening.
Come and visit us! We practice on Monday evenings 7.30-9.00pm.
We have recently organised a number of Surprise Major Practices in the Hawkley/Selborne area to give more opportunities to ring these methods…..I am pleased to say that these have been really well supported and enjoyed, and so a further six Practices have been organised.
The first of these will be on:
Saturday 28th June, 6:30-8:00pm at Petersfield (and afterwards at The Square Brewery Pub for those that would like to stay and chat!)
If Rutland and Bristol fall within your repertoire, please do look these up in advance.
The remaining dates till the end of the year will be as follows (tower venues to be confirmed shortly):
Saturday 19th July 6:30-8:00pm
Saturday 23rd August 6:30-8:00pm
Saturday 27th September 6:30-8:00pm
Saturday 25th October 6:30-8:00pm
Saturday 29th November 6:30-8:00pm
These Practices welcome anyone who can attempt Surprise Major, and those who would like experience at ringing the Treble. It’s a really friendly Practice, so please don’t feel intimidated and come along to gain more experience of these methods.
We usually ring Cambridge, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire & Superlative, with any of the other Standard Eight and Spliced if there are enough.
We really appreciate support from experienced ringers to allow those new to Surprise Major to take their first steps into it, and to ring the more complex methods.
Please email me if you need any further info, or if you would like to ring something in particular that we could advertise in advance to ensure we were all learning the same method!