Due to a concert in the Church during the evening there will be no practice at Alton St. Lawrence on Thursday 6th December.
Visitors are welcome at any other time.
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.
Due to a performance/concert in St Lawrence church, it has been decided to move the October 8 bell practice to St. Mary’s, Liss.
5.30-7.30pm Saturday 27th
As the title says; there will be an eight bell practice at Alton St. Lawrence on September 29th from 5.30 to 7.30pm.
Due to holidays etc. it has been decided to cancel this month’s 8 bell practice at Alton St. Lawrence.
We will start again on September 29th.
Sorry for any disappointment.
It has been decided to cancel this month’s eight bell practice at Alton, St. Lawrence because too many people are away.
Sorry for any disappointment.
Please join us for the monthly 8 bell practice at Alton, St. Lawrence on June 30th from 5.30 to 7.30pm. We’d love to see you there.
Matt has asked me to let you know that tomorrow’s 8 bell practice at Alton St Lawrence will start at 6pm rather than 5.30, its still running till 7.30 though.
There will not be a practice at Alton St. Lawrence on Thursday 19th April, it will be held at Bentley instead.
Visitors will be welcome, as always.
This month’s 8 bell practice at Alton, St. Lawrence has been cancelled because we all totally overlooked the fact that it is during Holy Week.
Sorry for any disappointment.
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
Telephone: 07793 058595
Email: use form
I think the attached list says it all
Parish of The Resurrection Band…
3rd Quarter Peal Attempt of the day scored.
St Lawrence Alton prior to service.
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………..
Due to a talk about Jane Austin being given in the church this Thursday evening, there will be no ringing practice at Alton, St Lawrence this week.
Back to normal next week when, as usual, any visitors will be warmly welcomed.
This is a general practice open to ringers of all abilities.
Whilst it is great to see many learners wanting to make progress at these practices, it is important that there are plenty of more experienced ringers there too. So please come if you can, it benefits us all.
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.
There will be no practice at Alton, St. Lawrence this Thursday, May 25th due to an event being held in the church.
The team will be going to Binsted to join their practice instead.
What a fantastic practice we had today of Stedman Doubles held at Herriard
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.
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.
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.
Our 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.
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.
A very happy group toured local Alton & Petersfield churches. A& P members were invited to ring for all or part of the day. Thanks to Matt Watts for ably arranging the day on behalf of St. Lawrence bell ringers, Alton.
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.