Category Archives: Alton St Lawrence

November 8 bell practice at Alton St. Lawrence cancelled

Due to a 5pm wedding at Holybourne and a concert at St. Lawrence, it has become necessary to cancel the November 24th eight bell practice.

As everyone will be busy between Christmas and New Year we have decided to restart the Alton, St. Lawrence monthly eight bell practices again on January 26th.

Hope to see you then.

Valerie

8 bell practice – Saturday June 30th – 5.30 to 7.30pm

Don’t forget there is an 8 bell practice at Alton, St. Lawrence this Saturday (June 30th) from 5.30 to 7.30pm. A perfect opportunity to catch up on those methods that you may not always have enough ringers for in your home tower.
Several of the Alton ringers, and other regular attendees, will be away this weekend so Roger has volunteered to run it. He’d love to see you there.
Many thanks, Valerie

A&P Monthly Eight Bell Practice at Alton, St. Lawrence on February 24th – 5.30 to 7.30pm

Are you looking to improve your Triples and Major skills?

Do you want to practice hunting to 7 or 8?

Want to have a go at Treble Bob?

Or maybe you don’t get enough opportunity to ring all eight at your home tower.

Whatever your reason this practice is for you, so please join us if you can.

Held on the last Saturday of the month from 5.30 to 7.30pm

Parish of the Resurrection (Alton & Holybourne) Christmas Ringing Times

Here is the list of Christmas Services and they begin this Sunday;
Sunday 17th December – Carols for Everyone – St Lawrence 10.30am.(10am Ringing)
Sunday 17th December – Carol Service – All Saints 10.30am.(10am Ringing)
Sunday 17th December – Nine Lessons and Carols – St Lawrence 6.30pm.(6pm Ringing)
Sunday 24th December – The Christmas Eve Morning Communion will be at Alton Methodist Church.  There will be no other morning services.
Sunday 24th December – Crib Service – St Lawrence and Holy Rood 4pm. (3.30pm Ringing)
Sunday 24th December – Midnight Communion in all three churches 11.30pm.(11pm Ringing St Lawrence)
Christmas Day – Christmas Communion – Holy Rood 9.15am.(8.45am Ringing)
Christmas Day – Christmas Family Communion – St Lawrence 10.30am. (10am Ringing)
Sunday 31st December (New Year’s Eve) – Parish Communion – Holy Rood 10.30am.  (10am Ringing)
There will be no other morning services.
New year’s Eve ringing.We  will have the usual get together in the tower (St Lawrence) and then ring from 11.15pm till 12.30am approx to see the New Year in.

AP District Quarter Peal Fortnight commences…

Congratulations!

Parish of The Resurrection Band…

3rd Quarter Peal Attempt of the day scored.

St Lawrence Alton prior to service.

Michael Novell
Liz South
David Sluter
Judy Sparling
Jess Hornsby
Andrew Taylor
Matt Watts
Andy Sparling (c)

Plain Bob Major.

First in method for David.

3 Quarters Scored 12 ringers, 3 towers, 2 conductors, and 3 firsts…….

Good start to Quarter Peal Fortnight………..

Quarter Peal rung at St Lawrence 17th June 2017 in memory of Paul Windels III.

Many of you would have met Paul Windels III a regular visitor to Alton from New York. We have over the years been joined by Paul and his family on many occasions. Some of us even visited Paul in New York at Trinity and attempted a Peal of Stedman caters and scored a quarter of Plain Bob Caters.
Paul passed away on his way to ringing practice at Kent.
The Alton Bell ringers will miss Paul and we send our condolences to Cathy, Mary Catherine and Paul Jr.

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Alton, Hampshire
St Lawrence
Saturday, 17 June 2017 in 45 (18–1–20 in E)
1264 Plain Bob Major
1 David M Hughes
2 Kaylee South
3 Judy Sparling
4 Liz South
5 Jessica Hornsby
6 Michael J Novell
7 Matthew D Watts
8 Andrew P Sparling (C)
Rung during Regency Week in memory of Paul Windels III (annual visitor from New York and a Jane Austin enthusiast). With thanks to Revd Andrew Micklefield who led us in prayers.

Rebecca Webb Reports from the Stedman Doubles Special Practice

What a fantastic practice we had today of Stedman Doubles held at Herriard

The four students were at all different levels and by the end of the morning the students were all ringing Stedman Doubles 120 and all ringing together. 
The students came from Alton, Basingstoke and Bishopstoke.
This amazing progression was achieved by some fantastic helpers who travelled from Alton, Basingstoke, Overton, Sherfield-on-Loddon and Kingsclere.
Thank you to everyone for making today such a success.
Rebecca Webb

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.

No Ringing at Alton St. Lawrence until further notice; Extra practices at Alton All Saint’s

Just to let you know that, due to renovation works on the church necessitating the temporary installation of an RSJ under the bells, there will be no ringing at Alton, St.Lawrence until further notice. There will instead be two practices a week at Alton, All Saint’s. 7.30 to 9.00pm on Tuesday as normal and now 7.30 to 9.00pm on Thursday as well.
Many thanks, 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.

St Lawrence Alton – Invitation to Learners and Improvers to join the outing – June 4th

All welcome, as always at St Lawrence. The day will be geared towards “Learners and Improvers” and I would love to see any members from any tower. It has been organised with the district in mind, replaces our towers coach outing this year. Matt

St Lawrence Alton

“Learners & Improvers on Tour”

Outing Saturday June 4th 2016

Please join us for as much or for as little of the day As you can. All abilities welcome.

Liss

St Mary

GU33 7AQ 12-1-16

8 Bells

9.30am

To

10.30am

Binsted

Holy Cross

GU34 4NX 12-3-17

6 Bells

11am

To

12pm

Warnford

Our Lady

SO32 3LA 12-2-10

Bells

12.30pm

To

1.30pm

Selborne

St Mary

GU34 3JQ 8-3-8

8 Bells

3pm

To

4pm

Holyborne

Holy Rood

GU34 4HH 6-3-16

8 Bells

4.30pm 

To 

5.30pm

With the chance of an end of Tour Curry. Let me Know if you are interested!

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Alton and Petersfield District Practice 28th May (And September Outing)

Practice at Alton St Laurence time 6-30 to 8-30 this Saturday .

Please note time change.
All methods including rounds and calls.

District Outing

District outing all towers booked ,and pub sorted out, date 17th September please note date and support.

I am expecting at least 15 ringers to make a good day, also we are ringing for a wedding at one of the towers and we can have the wedding money for ringing, because they have to import a band. Money will be used for tower donations. See you all soon

Graham.