Huge congratulations to Matthew Dancy on ringing his first peal at Selborne today. Matthew only turned 14 last month and has been learning to ring at All Saints, Basingstoke, Newnham and more recently at Bishopstoke. In the peal where his Mum, Margaret and Grandpa, Ian making Matthew the third generation of the family to ring. Grandma Ann was on hand too for band photos but declined to ring in the attempt.
Matthew rang really well throughout and only gave a hint of a teenage smile as the peal cane round. Let’s see if he can beat Grandpa Ian’s total of over 3300 – a little way to go!
Happy New Year to you all and to say that on Wednesday 10th the practice will be at Hawkley from 7.30-9.00pm.
On an other note, just to say that I am fully intending to arrange some more practices this year starting in February. I will have to see what is in the district calendar for the year before I can start organising this, however it will not be all Surprise Major, I am hoping to have enough interest in other methods, and will discuss this further at the Annual Meeting.
There won’t be a practice at Selborne tonight. We’re still trying to establish what the best course of action is with practices at Selborne as I’m no longer able to run them, but I’ll let you all know once we have a plan.
Starting this week, Selborne’s Thursday practices have been postponed until further notice as they will be hosting the Hawkley practice on Wednesday evenings 7.30 – 9.00pm instead, due to work going on at Hawkley Church.
Anyone who would like to join them will be very welcome.
We have vacancies for new ringers at the moment. No experience is needed as we provide full training. If you would like to come and watch us in action one Thursday evening, we would be very pleased to see you!
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 toSt 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 fewphotos.
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.
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!