The practice dates and venues for West Meon and Warnford for October………
Monday 15th October – West Meon 7.30pm
Monday 29th October Warnford 7.30pm (if you haven’t been before or not a regular attendee, please phone first so that we can let you in the gate).
The practices for Froxfield, West Meon & Warnford for September are as follows:-
Tuesday 11th September 7.30pm
Tuesday 25th September 7.30pm
Monday 10th September 7.30pm – WARNFORD
Monday 24th September – 7.30pm – WEST MEON
If you wish to come to Warnford and haven’t been before please contact me on 07799 831426 so that we can let you into the park.
The 2018 Alton & Petersfield District Striking Competition will be held at Warnford on Saturday October 6th.
Timings are a little loose at the moment, because we don’t know just how many teams will be entering yet, but the general idea is:-
2.30pm – The draw takes place
3.00pm – Competition begins
5.00pm – Tea – Names for tea please to Teresa Brown by October 2nd.
6.00pm – Autumn Meeting
We are not planning any evening ringing, but if enough people want to stay we might be able to arrange some.
Please let me know if your tower is planning to enter a team, so that I can print the appropriate number of certificates. Don’t forget that two towers can enter as a joint team if they do not have enough available ringers to enter a team on their own.
Contact Teresa Brown with names for tea
Contact Valerie Harris for team entries
Practices in July for Froxfield, West Meon & Warnford as follows:-
WEST MEON & WARNFORD
Monday 9th July – West Meon
Monday 16th July – Warnford
Monday 23rd July – West Meon
Tuesday 17th July
If enough of us are available there may also be a practice at Froxfield on Tuesday 31st July – Watch this space.
All 7.30pm start – Visitors very welcome.
As you may be aware there is a coded gate at Warnford so please phone me on 07799 831426 if you haven’t been before.
Practices dates for June
FROXFIELD – Tuesdays 5th & 19th June 7.30pm
WARNFORD – Monday 11th June 7.30pm (please phone 07799 831426 if you wish to join us – as the gated is coded)
WEST MEON – Monday 18th June 7.30pm
Visitors very welcome.
April practices are as follows:-
Tuesday 3rd April & Tuesday 17th April – FROXFIELD
Monday 16th April – WARNFORD
Monday 30th April – WEST MEON
Visitors very welcome.
Sundays: (contact tower sec)
Practices: Monday 4th (contact tower sec.)
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.
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