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Telephone: 01256 541251
Email: Use Form
To comply with the COVID-19 restrictions and the government’s advice on social distancing, this year’s VE Day 75 anniversary celebration will still take place from 8 to 10 May but with personal commemorations in people’s homes, rather than the previously arranged public events.
Even though we cannot mark this significant day as we had planned, it is so important to remember the sacrifice, courage and determination shown during World War Two by those who served in the Armed Forces, those who worked tirelessly in shops, factories, shipyards and farms, and by thanking those who kept the country safe – such as ARP wardens, police officers, doctors, nurses, firemen, local defence volunteers and others – on the Home Front.
The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane will lead the VE Day 75 Anniversary commemorations to thank those who gave so much during World War Two on Friday 8 May.
Cllr Diane Taylor will be marking the VE Day 75 through a number of videos on the Mayoral and borough council social media channels, including Facebook @BasingstokeMayor and Twitter @BasingMayor, throughout the day.
‘Ringing Out for Peace’ – a previous recording of St Michael’s Church bells
In line with current Government guidelines all practices and service ringing at Rotherwick and Heckfield are suspended until further notice.
The UK government has advised against all unnecessary social contact with immediate effect. The Prime Minister advised in a press conference of 16th March that
now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel.
The Central Council has released a statement in response to the UK government. They advise that
If you haven’t already decided to cancel ringing activities, it seems that now is the time to do so. The Ringing World agrees with this statement. It is hard to interpret the government’s guidance in any way other than that all planned ringing activities in the UK should now cease.
I have been made aware that ringing has been suspended at the following towers due to COVID-19 concerns:
Alton, St. Laurence, All Saints and Holybourne – all ringing suspended.
Alverstoke – all ringing cancelled until further notice.
Basingstoke, St. Michael’s – all ringing cancelled until further notice.
Blackmoor – all ringing suspended.
Bournemouth, St. John’s, St. Peters and Scared Heart – all ringing suspended.
Bramshott – all service and practice ringing until at least the end of March where the situation will be reviewed.
Brockenhurst – no ringing until further notice.
Buriton – all ringing suspended.
Catherington – ringing cancelled, but may be some limited Sunday ringing if services continue.
Christchurch Priory – all ringing suspended until further notice.
Eling – all ringing suspended.
Froxfield – all ringing suspended.
Havant – all ringing suspended until further notice.
Hawkley – all ringing suspended and the tied practices on 6-8-10th April postponed.
Hursley – all ringing suspended until further notice.
Newport – all ringing cancelled until further notice.
Portsmouth Cathedral – all ringing suspended.
Purbrook – all ringing cancelled until further notice.
Romsey – all ringing suspended until further notice.
Selborne – all ringing cancelled until further notice.
Shanklin – all ringing suspended until further notice.
Shedfield – all ringing suspended until further notice.
Southampton (St. Mary’s, St. Michael’s and Bitterne Park) – all ringing suspended.
Steep – all ringing suspended.
Titchfield – all ringing suspended.
Upham – all ringing suspended until further notice.
Upton Grey – all ringing cancelled until further notice.
Warnford – all ringing suspended.
West Meon – all ringing suspended.
Wickham – all ringing suspended until further notice.
Winchester Cathedral – all ringing suspended until further notice.
Wonston – no practices until further notice.
Portsmouth District – all District events are cancelled including the April QDM.
Winchester District – all District events and the striking competition in May are cancelled until further notice.
Please let me know via firstname.lastname@example.org of any other cancellations and I will add them to this list.
W&P Guild Webmaster
Given current Government advice – this month’s Basingstoke District Practice at Yateley is cancelled.
A reminder about the Eversley Surprise Minor practice that takes place on the last Wednesday of every month (this month 26th February). Cambridge and the other more popular methods from the “41” are all attempted.
All Saints, Odiham bells will be out of action during refurbishment from Monday 10th February 2020 until end of March/early April, unless otherwise stated. Therefore, practices on Wednesday evenings will be held elsewhere. Wednesday 12th February it will be held at St Mary Herriard, venues of future practices will be notified when known.
The next Basingstoke District practice will take place at Eversley (6 bells, 5cwt tenor) on Saturday 15th February 2020 from 11am until 12:30pm.
As always all levels and abilities will be catered for and rounds, call changes, Plain Bob and Grandsire will be rung and a brief meeting for the election of any new members will be held.
A reminder about the Eversley Surprise Minor practice that takes place on the last Wednesday of every month (this month 29th January). Cambridge and the other more popular methods from the “41” are all attempted.
The work to overhaul the clappers is complete and the bells at St Michael’s Basingstoke are back in action.
The last Basingstoke District Practice of the year will take place just outside the District at Crondall (8 bells, 14cwt tenor) on Saturday 16th November from 7pm until 8:30pm. As always all levels and abilities will be catered for.
Hope to see many of you there.
The next Basingstoke District Practice will be at Newnham (5 bells, 5cwt tenor) on Saturday 19th Octobet from 3:30 pm to 5pm. As always all levels and abilities will be catered for.
There is currently a road closure on Newnham Road shortly after the Newnham clubroom. Anyone approaching from the Hook or Odiham direction is advised to approach either via Rotherwick or to take the Crown Lane turning from the A30 just down the hill from the Basingstoke Country Hotel which will take you to the church
Hope to see many of you there.
The next Basingstoke District Practice will take place at Bramley (8 bells, 12cwt tenor). The first hour of the practice (7pm -8pm) will however focus on belfry maintenance and will take place in amongst the bells themselves – if you are keen to be involved in this please come suitably attired and be aware that there is a ladder to climb. Normal ringing will then follow in the second hour (8pm-9pm) and as usual all levels will be catered for.
Look forward to seeing many of you there.
The bells of All Saints, Odiham are in need of some TLC. The frame requires some fairly
substantial supports in the form of steel beams, to be installed, and the bells themselves
require attention to various fittings, including some clappers. The report of the survey
carried out also recommended installation of rope guides.
To this end, the ringers of All Saints have been involved in various fundraising events.
This is our latest fun event and we send out a warm invitation to all our bell ringing friends and partners to come and enjoy this classic film so aptly named.
The next Basingstoke District Practice will be held at Wootton St. Lawrence (6 bells 7cwt tenor) from 10:30am until 12pm. As usual ringers of all abilities are very welcome.
Hope to see many there.
For telephone contact and access to the tower please telephone Jeanie Speirs 01635 291990 or 07710 311698
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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.
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!