Category Archives: Sherfield On Loddon

Rebecca Webb Reports from the Stedman Doubles Special Practice

What a fantastic practice we had today of Stedman Doubles held at Herriard

The four students were at all different levels and by the end of the morning the students were all ringing Stedman Doubles 120 and all ringing together. 
The students came from Alton, Basingstoke and Bishopstoke.
This amazing progression was achieved by some fantastic helpers who travelled from Alton, Basingstoke, Overton, Sherfield-on-Loddon and Kingsclere.
Thank you to everyone for making today such a success.
Rebecca Webb

Quarter Peal at Sherfield on Loddon for the Queen’s 90th Birthday

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Sherfield on Loddon, Hampshire
St Leonard
Saturday, 11 June 2016 (8–3–1 in A♭)
1290 Doubles
810 Grandsire, 480 Plain Bob.
Betty Rice
Rebecca Webb
Maggie Ellis
Terry Oram
Pete Jordan (C)
Richard Webb
Rung to celebrate the Official 90th Birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Photo by David Forder

The Sherfield on Lodden Bell Ringers Commemorate a Local War WW1 Hero

Sherfield QP 20150831The first quarter peal at Sherfield-on-Loddon by a predominantly local band for more than 30 years was rung on 31 August 2015 and included three first quarter pealers.  The quarter was rung to mark the centenary of the death of local war hero Captain John Liddell VC MC and comprised 1260 of Plain Bob Doubles.  The ringers were (from left to right above) Sue Hobbs (1st quarter), Elizabeth Ford (1st quarter), Chris Ford (first as conductor for more than 30 years), Alison Ford (1st quarter), Betty & Mike Rice (both St Michael’s Basingstoke ringers).  Sue, Elizabeth and Alison have been ringing for more than ten years and the opportunity to mark an important local event encouraged them to try for a quarter peal.

Captain Liddell was brought up in Sherfield Manor (now Sherfield School), volunteered for the army and was serving with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in the the early part of the first World War when he was awarded the Military Cross for saving another soldier’s life.  After a transfer to the Royal Flying Corp, a forerunner of the RAF, and pilot training at Brooklands, he and an observer were flying a reconnaissance mission over German lines in Belgium on 31 July 1915 when his plane was hit by enemy fire.  Despite being severely wounded, he saved his observer’s life by piloting his badly damaged aircraft to a landing behind British lines and was awarded the Victoria Cross for his heroism.  Regrettably, his injuries led to septic poisoning and he died in Belgium on 31 August 1915, at the age of 27.  His funeral in London was followed by a procession through Basingstoke to his burial plot at Holy Ghost Cemetery.

Chris Ford

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Sherfield on Loddon, Hampshire
St Leonard
Monday, 31 August 2015 in 35m (8–3–1 in A♭)
1260 Plain Bob Doubles
Sue Hobbs
Alison Ford
Betty Rice
Elizabeth Ford
Chris Ford (C)
6 Mike Rice
First quarter – 1,2 & 4.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Capt. John Aiden Liddell VC. MC. of Sherfield who died on 31st August 1915