Category Archives: Holybourne

A&P District Advanced Practice at Holybourne Saturday 25th June 5.30pm

This is at Holybourne on Saturday 25th June at 5-30 to 7-30.  Any methods you want to try to advance, now’s your chance .

If we have enough people we will ring Cambridge Major, Yorkshire Major and possibly Lincolnshire major . It depends on the right ringers turning up

Graham Cane

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.

Alton and Petersfield District Events – June and July 2016

Printable Poster: Alton and Petersfield District Events Poster June to July 2016


Tuesday 7th June – 8 bell practice at Holybourne 7.30 – 9.00pm

Saturday 11th June – 5.30 – 7.00pm – District General Practice at Petersfield

Queen Elizabeth II – 90th Birthday
Ringing from rounds upwards – everyone welcome

Saturday 25th June – 5.30 – 7.30pm

Advanced Practice at Holybourne For anyone wanting to advance their ringing to the next stage


Tuesday 5th July – 8 bell practice at Holybourne 7.30 – 9.00pm

Saturday 16th July
District General Practice and Barbecue

at Privett
More details will be available soon

For other dates please see the District’s online calendar:

Monthly 8 bell practice at Holybourne this week.

Tuesday 3rd May is the monthly 8-bell practice at Holybourne.     GU34 4HH, SU732412. Ringing from Plain Hunt on 7 upwards. Hopefully the lovely weather will attract at good crowd!





Dear Member of Alton and Petersfield District…. (and others!)

Hello all
Now all the excitement and chocolate is out of the way I thought I should remind you about the District Meeting on Saturday April 9th.
There will be ringing at Holybourne from 3.00pm, followed by tea at 4.15pm and the meeting at 5.00pm. Then there will be more ringing at Bentley from 6.00pm.
So that he knows how many to cater for, please can you give names for tea to Mike Novell , preferably by Wednesday 6th.
Contact Mike Novell - Telephone: 01420 83941 Address: 70 Cherry Way, Alton, GU34 2AX Facebook: click here Email Use Form:    
Apologies and names of new members should probably be sent to me.
Contact Valerie Harris - Telephone: 01420 489323 Address: 8 Sunbury Close, Bordon, GU35 0BW Email: Use Form
We are still looking for a District Secretary !
At the very least we need someone who could take the minutes, type them up and email them out, but it would be great to find someone who could also do the pre-meeting preparation and get the certificates etc. ready for newly elected members. Anything else they would be prepared to do would be a bonus. Please, please give it some thought.
On Saturday 16th April from 5.30 to 7.30pm there is an Advanced Practice at Privett (previously called Surprise Major Practice), covering ordinary and surprise methods. To make it more beneficial for anyone learning a more advanced method, it is important that there are plenty of experienced ringers there too, so please come.
Many thanks, Valerie Harris

8 bell practice at Holybourne Tuesday 2nd Feb


Hi all,

Tuesday 2nd Feb is the monthly 8 bell practice at Holybourne again from 7:30. Ringing from plain hunt on 7 upwards. It would be good to see some new faces if you have considered coming along, as we’re going to be a few regulars down this month.


Adam Greenley

8 bell practice at Holybourne – Tues 2nd Feb 7.30pm


Hi all,

This Tuesday is the monthly 8 bell practice at Holybourne again from 7:30. Ringing from plain hunt on 7 upwards. It would be good to see some new faces if you have considered coming along, as we’re going to be a few regulars down this month.


Adam Greenley

Parish of the Resurrection Bell Ringers – Christmas Ringing Times (Alton + Holybourne)

The Band, taken in 2014
The Band, taken in 2014

This information is sourced from the church website

Practises for the week

Tuesday 22nd December 2015 – All Saints, Alton (7.30pm till 9.00pm)

Thursday 24th December 2015 – St Lawrence, Alton. There is no practise this evening

 Christmas & New Year Ringing 2015

Thursday 24th December 2015 – St Lawrence, Alton. 3.30pm till 4.00pm. Crib Service.

Thursday 24th December 2015 – St Lawrence, Alton. 10.45pm till 11.30pm. Midnight Communion,

Friday 25th December 2015 – Church of the Holy Rood, Holybourne.  8.45am till 9.15am. Christmas Communion.

Friday 25th December 2015 – St Lawrence, Alton.  10.00am till 10.30am.  Christmas Communion.

Church of the Holy Rood, Holybourne – 3.30pm till 4.00pm Nine Lessons & Carols Service

St Lawrence, Alton – 6.00pm till 6.30pm Nine Lessons & Carols Service

Please note that the details of practises for this week and the rest of the year are available on the Calendar section of the church website.  The weekly practise details also appear on the Calendar on the Home page.

If you require any further information please Contact Mike Novell