Please note that there WILL be a practice at Odiham this Wednesdsy 17th April at 7:30pm to which all are very welcome.
Please note that there WILL be a practice at Odiham this Wednesdsy 17th April at 7:30pm to which all are very welcome.
The next Basingstoke District Practice will be at Deane on Saturday 13th April from 10:30am until 12pm.
If you are going, please park on the road outside the gate to the church; parking is not permitted on the drive or the small church parking area.
Due to a fair amount of interest, there will be a practice night at Rotherwick on Tuesday – New Years Day. Do come along 7.30 – 9.00 with a trip to The Leather Bottle after! In the unlikely event that not enough turn up, the Leather Bottle visit might be earlier – so if you are coming get there early!
Wednesday 12th, no practice – moved to Thursday 13th.
Wednesday 19th, no practice.
Wednesday 26th, no practice – moved to 27th.
All 19.30 to 21.00.
Morning Service – Sun. 9th. Dec. – 9.45am – ring normal time, 9.15am
Carols in the Bury – Sat. 15th Dec. – 6.00pm – ring at 5.30pm?
Morning Service – Sun. 16th. Dec. – 9.45am – ring normal time, 9.15am
Morning Service – Sun. 23rd. Dec. – 9.45am – ring normal time, 9.15am
Nine Lessons and Carols – Sun. 23rd. Dec. 6.30pm – ring at 6.00pm?
Midnight Mass – Sun. 24th. Dec. – 11.00pm – ring at 10.30pm?
Morning Service – Mon. 25th. Dec. – 10.00am – ring at 9.30am
NO Morning Service – Sun. 30th. Dec.
Odiham, All Saints
Remembrance is often difficult without direct memories or those passed on through family. Men who died in war were young and so are a dead-end on their family tree diagram. Many were never fathers, grandfathers or great grandfathers with photos and prized possessions passed through the family to keep them alive in the hearts of future generations. Memories of them 100 years on are now faded in the family histories.
Taking Tommy on his travels made these brave soldiers more alive to us, as ringers we had an insight into a small aspect of their lives. We know the hard work, dedication, attention to detail and reliability needed to be part of a group of ringers; how team work is essential and that we are an extended family.
Five towers in our district lost ringers. At each tower we had open ringing on tower bells or handbells followed by a silence to remember and then tolling of the tenor for the age of the ringer.
Our tour started at Yateley where we remembered Lance Sergeant Charles Albert Butler, aged 21. Ringing included rounds, rounds and call changes Grandsire and Plain Bob triples. The Yateley Society put on a display on the village green just outside the church which encouraged the general public to come and find out about ringing and see the ringers in action.
Stratfield Saye is a lovely little church on the Stratfield Estate. No ringing is allowed on the bells as the tower is now too weak. However, the vicar took us up to see the bells and we were able to sound each individual bell with a hammer (an ‘interesting’ tuning of a ring of 5 bells).
Five ringers were lost from this church: Lance Corporal Joseph Binge (20); Private Thomas William Binge(22);Private Albert George Broadhurst (24); Sapper Charles Kersley (30) and Private John Robert Series ( age unknown so we tolled the tenor 26 times).
Standing where our lost Tommies would have stood in the ringing room looking at the same oak bracing beams, brick walls and circle of five ropes was a poignant moment. Probably this was the whole band that had perished and that these men had possibly all worked on the estate or in the village.
At the chancel crossing we rang handbells ,mainly rounds with each person having a single bell.
The vicars’ young grandson, as well as Mary Oliver who rang at St Michael’s in Basingstoke many years ago also joined in.
The churchyard has mature trees that certainly would have been growing 100 years ago giving us a further connection to the past. We all sat together between these trees and ate a picnic, then tolled the tenor handbell for each of lost from the ringing family.
Next stop was Bramley. Here the stone work of the tower window had disintegrated and so no ringing of the tower bells was allowed as masonry falling onto the ringers was a real possibility. Some Bramley ringers joined us and we rang handbells in memory of Private Alec William Symonds (21). Interestingly the plaque in the church ranked him as Corporal.
Deane is a tiny village to the west of Basingstoke. The church has structural problems so ringing is generally restricted to special occasions and individual pieces of ringing are limited to about ten minutes in duration. The order of the bells in some changes makes them a little tricky to strike at times as tower movement makes some of the bells drop.
Two ringers from the same family were lost from this band. I was given the privilege of tolling the tenor for the life of Private Alfred Kirby aged 25 (about the same age as my youngest, Greg, is now and who is also a ringer) . Also remembered was Private Frank Kirby (34)
Our last visit of the day was to Dummer to remember Rifleman Royston Bishop(24)
We had some lovely ringing on the 5 bells. We were very grateful to members of the Dummer band who provided us with much needed refreshments.
The clear statue of Tommy travelled with us those and stood amongst us at each tower and gave us an echo of our lost members.
Photos provided by Graham Sargent and Gary Marsh.
Videos provided by Gary Marsh.
Yateley’s community event, alongside Tommy’s Travels on Saturday 1st September, will be making the headlines!
Further to the earlier post here.
Peter Tipton, author of ‘Yateley in the Great War’ has contacted us saying
” Yateley Society is a charity that encourages local residents to cherish their local heritage and aims to educate the wider community, too. Interfacing with the wider community is much more difficult to achieve so we are seizing the opportunity you have given us by your ringing the bells at 10.45 a.m. So we have to thank you, Martin Barnes and the Guild for giving us this opportunity. Everyone I have contacted about the bell ringing is very enthusiastic.
The only picture the Yateley Society has (shown here) shows men in 1928; many of them had served in WW1 ten year’s earlier, including the brother of Charles Butler, for whom the Guild is ringing on Saturday. ”
Look out for the Yateley Society’s gazebo on the Green outside the Dog & Partridge. Peter will have his laptop there to find the WW1 relatives of local people.
Public Relations Officer
Please be reminded and invited to a day of marking the loss of local bellringers in the First World War across churches in the Basingstoke District of our W&P Guild. Please take the time to view the itinerary and note that some churches will be participating through handbell ringing.
Whether a handbell ringer, full circle or both, your presence at any or all of the churches will be greatly valued, not least by your fellow ringers, but by all in the Guild as we continue to work towards a fitting remembrance of our fallen.
The day starts in Yateley and this below from the Yateley Society describes some hows and whys.
“Basingstoke District Bell Ringers will be ringing the bells at St Peter’s Yateley on Saturday 1st September at 10.45 to 11.30 to remember bellringer Lance Sgt Charles Albert Butler who was killed 14th Apr 1918. He was the son of the bailiff of Yateley Manor. Two other sons served in WW1 but survived.
The Guild of bellringers has a project to remember the lives of the bellringers who lost their lives in WW1. Their tour next Saturday will ring at 5 different towers where the Winchester Diocese lost bell ringers. The ringers will first visit Yateley then they will go on to Stratfield Saye, which lost 5 bell ringers, Bramley, Deane and Dummer.
Yateley Society members will join with the local branch of the British Legion and Yateley Town Council to explain to local shoppers why the bells are ringing, who they are ringing for, and where he lived.
Look out for the Society’s gazebo on the Green outside the Dog & Partridge. Peter Tipton, author of ‘Yateley in the Great War’ will have his laptop there to find the WW1 relatives of local people.
Most residents of present-day Yateley were not born here so are unlikely to have had relations living in Yateley in WW1. But by finding their own relatives and building their LifeStory on IWM’s permanent digital memorial local people will be able to remember their own family members during the bellringing remembering Charles Butler of Yateley. Relatives we might might find on #LivesOfWW1 are not restricted to the British Isles. There are 7.6 million names on the IWM memorial from all over the old Empire. The men from India and Pakistan who served in Indian Regiments are included, as are the men who served with the Chinese Labour battalions.
The Society will also have a small display about Sgt Butler and the Yateley Bellringers before and after WW1. ‘Yateley in the Great War’, recently published by Pen & Sword Books, will also be available for those who have not yet purchased a copy.”
See poster here for more details of this event.
The Education Committee’s first course for this Autumn is Plain Hunting and Trebling to Doubles Methods, which will take place on Saturday 13 October 2018, based at Church Oakley.
A poster and application form (both Word and pdf versions) are below. As always – any queries, please let me know.
Telephone: 01635 297764
Address: Rose Cottage, Hannington, Tadley, RG26 5TX
Email: Use Form
Try the heaviest bell in the Basingstoke District!
Come along to the May practice at Heckfield on Thursday 5th May 7.30 – 9.00 pm. Have some fun on the anticlockwise 5 with tower top tours and a trip to The Leather Bottle, Mattingley after!
Entrance is outside round the back of the tower.
Have a go, you know you want to!
The May Basingstoke District Practice is at Wolverton on Saturday May 19th at 6.00 – 7.30 pm. Wolverton is a delightful 8cwt 6 with bells that ring themselves! And ..to the pub after to quench the thirst and for a social! Do join us.
I am pleased to note that the Overton Band is now practicing on Fridays, just with occasional cancellations now (please phone to check before you visit)
I first became aware of the bellringing at Crondall when I started using twitter to engage with other ringers and towers. The twitter posts from @Crondallbells were enthusiastic (read eccentric) , and it’s profile picture of a dozen ringers all doing the iconic “mobot” pose, after Sir Mo Farah, certainly caught my attention! When I learned that their regular Monday evening practice had almost 30 people going to it I thought that I’d go along to see for myself and take some photos as proof!
I got in touch with Deb Margason-Baker, Crondall Tower Captain, #bellringing social media guru for both wpbells.org and @RingingTeachers ART, and so arranged to pay them a visit. Crondall, if you didn’t know, is just over the northern boundary of the Winchester & Portsmouth guild. Barely ten minutes from the M3 at Fleet.
When I got there, around about 8pm, a gaggle of 5 ringers (a family group of learners as I later found out) were making their way out of the tower, having done their early shift of bell handling and rounds at the beginning of practice.
During this pause in proceedings I entered the ringing chamber and was instantly greeted by several ringers whose names I never took in (sorry!) and also by Deb. She promptly handed me the treble rope before she warmly introduced me to the sea of curious faces. Not name by name fortunately, that would have taken ages. I was there, I said, to enjoy myself with them, to write a piece for wpbells.org and to take some photos, and to apologies profusely for my ropey bell handling. They accepted all of that without question! Now, I’ve only been ringing 18 months, (an excuse I intend to use for at least a full 5 years), and ringing on 8 whilst with so many others present was a little daunting. I ring on Wonston’s 6 in a typically small chamber. But I was made very at ease very quickly, and was well supported by Deb and lots of smiles and obvious prompts from around the ring as I had a go at plain hunting on 7.
The practice continued with much more melody and rhythm once my go was done and I was replaced by someone competent. People quietly milled about, looked up methods on their smartphones, or otherwise made themselves comfortable on the elevated seating platforms that run along two walls. Ringers handed over their ropes allowing others to take over as method succeeded method.
I shifted around, composing my photos from various angles, watching the scene change as ringers moved, turn by turn, in and out of the ringing circle. At the end of the session I had another ring. This time on the tenor. Plain Hunt. I felt completely relaxed. I felt I could get, and take, advice from anyone in the room.
The evening wrapped up with the bells lowered in rounds and Deb doing her best Tinkerbell impersonation trying to get the tenor to chime, head thrown back and feet off the ground.
The Crondall post-practice routine involves a short drive through the village to one of the pubs for chips and a drink. I was grateful that one of the ringers jumped in my car to be my navigator. I’d probably still be circling Crondall without him!
My thanks to Deb and all at Crondall. I had a great evening and I hope to return soon. Maybe get to see your simulator running. Looked like a great setup.
Saturday 14th April – St Martin’s, Ellisfield, RG25 2QR.
11.00 am – 2 mile walk from church
12.00 pm – Lunch at The Fox, Ellisfield, RG25 2QW.
2.30 – 4.00 pm District practice on these delightful 6 cwt 5
Everything rung from calls & round changes to usual doubles methods.
All welcome to join in, the day is broken up so you can join in for whatever part you wish! How good it that!
No Wednesday night practice during Holy Week
Start of the summer monthly practices.
1st Thursday of each month – April to October inc.
7.30 – 9.00 and off to the pub after!
Come and have some fun on these great anti-clockwise 5
The tenor at 15.5 cwt is the heaviest bell in the Basingstoke District.
All lighthearted fun with everything from calls & round changes, Plain Bob, Grandsire and Stedman – something for everyone!
Entrance is via the door at the back of the tower.
Ringing practice will take place here as usual in Holy Week, 7.30 to 9.00pm.
Saturday 17th March 3.30 pm – 5.00 pm – District Practice at Herriard on these lovely, easy to ring bells. Those of all standards are welcome, ringing Calls and Round Changes, Plain Bob, Grandsire and even Cambridge. Retiring to a local pub after. Come along, you know you want to! RG25 2PH
This is until further notice.
We need several new ringers if bellringing at Overton is to continue.
Contact Liz Lewis
News sent in by Adrian Lewis
Sherfield on Loddon would definitely like some new recruits and have used the Armistice Centenary as the basis of a recruitment article in the parish (village) magazine.
Normal practice 22 and 29 December.
Christmas Day 0955 Service Ringing.
there will be no practice at St Michael’s Basingstoke on Wednesday 27th December.
Basingstoke District Practice Saturday 18th Nov. 1530 – 1700 at Crondall.