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Sacred Heart Method Monday 05.11.18

This Monday, 5th November will be the next Method Monday. Practice starts at 6:00pm and finishes at 7.30pm.
We will be attempting to ring St Clements Minor and Spliced St. Simons, St. Martins and Plain Bob.
This will be followed by pizza
All are welcome as we will still ring rounds and call changes and Bob Doubles – So if you have never called a touch come and have a go.
The night should go off with a bang!!

Regular Monthly District Practices

Dear District,

Here is a reminder of the regular monthly district practices.  If your tower is running a monthly practice, and would like to be included on the list, and calendar online/printed events calendar, please let us know.

Please do support your local monthly district practices:

Every 1st Monday:

Sacred Heart Bournemouth 6:00pm-7:30pm Method Monday Contact Kim Matthews (focus on a method/touches/calling/splicing chosen by popular consensus) Join the email list to find out next times method.

Every 1st Wednesday: 

Sopley 7:30pm-9:00pm Beyond Bob Doubles  Contact Tim Kettle taking doubles methods to the next level with variants and splicing. Links between methods such as Winchendon and various St.s’ group of methods!

Ringwood 7:45pm-9:15pm Suprise Major Contact Elizabeth Davey

Every 2nd Tuesday:

St. John’s Bournemouth 8 Bell Practice 7:30pm-9:00pm Contact Penelope Samuel.  Anything 8 bells goes on here, come and practice your triples methods, call changes and rounds on 8 bells.

Every 2nd Wednesday:

Lymington 7:30pm-9:00pm Doubles & Minor Practice Contact Colin Butler.  Plain courses and touches of doubles and minor methods. Come and practice your calling too.

Every Thursday

St. Peter’s Bournemouth Bell Handling Night 7:30pm-9:00pm Contact Romy Coldman. Any aspects of bell handling on this heavy 8, covered by a unique array of excercises, to really get into the nitty-gritty of the nitty-gritty! Methods are not covered at this practice night.

It is advisable to inform the practice organiser if you plan to attend events, should the rare chance of a last minute cancellation happen, a message can be sent to you directly.

Method Monday at Sacred Heart Bournemouth 1st October 2018 6:00pm

Dear All,
Forgive the late notice, but this week has got away from me.
This Monday will be a Method Monday- methods will be treble Bob hunt and Cambridge Minor. It has also been suggested we follow the practice with pizza if people would like to join us?
See you Monday at 6:00pm.

Methods to look up for the Bournemouth Sacred Heart Practice Monday 23rd July

Its seems we are going to have several visitors this evening, so…
Can I suggest we all look up Cambridge and put the visitors to work?
Also for the treble ringers, have a look at treble bob hunt there will be people to stand behind.
This is all on top of Little Bob Minor and touches of Reverse Canterbury which we discussed last week.
See you all at 6.

Triple First at Sacred Heart, Bournemouth

Bournemouth, Dorset
Sacred Heart
Sunday, 15 July 2018 in 38m (3–2–6 in E♭)
1260 Plain Bob Doubles
1 Hannah L Scott
2 Ben Jennings (C)
3 Ross A Bradley (C)
4 Alastair J Simpson
5 Kim Matthews
6 Tom Kirrage
First QP at first attempt 1&6.
Graduation compliment to 1 on attaining her MMus and 6 who has completed his training to become a Montessori teacher.
First QP for Ben as conductor.
Retirement compliment to Ross.
Also a huge thank you to Ross for helping to encourage our youngsters.

First Quarter Peal Congratulations to Peter Murdock-Saint (Sopley)

Huge congratulations to Peter Murdock-Saint for not only ringing his first Quarter Peal on the Treble, but following up so swiftly with Tenor Behind, then Grandsire inside. (Click tower name for full details)

Saturday, 7 July 2018 Bournemouth (Sacred Heart), Dorset 1260 Grandsire Doubles
Thursday, 14 June 2018 Ringwood (SS Peter and Paul), Hampshire 1260 Plain Bob Doubles
Sunday, 20 May 2018 Ringwood (SS Peter and Paul), Hampshire 1380 Plain Bob Doubles

Cancellations, Pizza and Quarter Peals at Bournemouth Sacred Heart

Dear All,
Just a reminder that there will be NO practice on Monday, as it is a Bank Holiday and most of our band are elsewhere.
If anyone is at a loose end this evening I am still 1 short for service ringing at 7ish, followed by Pizza. (We are ringing the service out)
We are also ringing a Quarter Peal next Friday 1st June at 6.30. I have 3 ringers so far – If anyone would like to be involved please text or e mail me. Method TBC could be minor or doubles (depending on the band)

Congratulations James Blake (Sacred Heart) 1st Quarter Peal

Guild of Saint Agatha
Bournemouth, Dorset
Sacred Heart
Sunday, 4 February 2018 in 51 mins (3–2–6 in E♭)
1600 Grandsire Doubles
1 Kim Matthews
2 Ross A Bradley
3 Paul R Smith
4 Richard Picker
5 Phil Clarke (C)
6 James Blake
1st QP at 1st attempt 6.
Conducted by the grandfather of 6
Birthday compliment to Ian R Newbery
Rung for Guild of St Agatha quarter peal week.

Funeral of Mike Baverstock Friday 2nd March

FUNERAL- Friday 2nd March at 1.30 – Ringing 1pm following the 12.15 Mass

I have just heard from his daughter that Mike Baverstock has died. He used to be a Sacred Heart Ringer many years ago.

Mike specifically asked Caroline if he could have the bells at his funeral. Caroline also learnt to ring alongside 2 other friends (one which was Ron Pikes daughter).

Please e mail me if you can help.
Thank you
Kim Matthews

Bourbemouth Sacred Heart Method Monday Feb 5th

This Monday 5th February is our next Method Monday.

We are going to ring touches of St Clements and re try New Bob Doubles with a side helping of All Saints.
Don’t forget we also welcome new conductors who want to try their hand at calling touches.

As it St Agatha’s Day we will not be drinking in the Moon in the Square, but going out for pizza.
Everyone is very welcome to come and join us for ringing and pizza.


Bournemouth – Christmas Ringing Schedule

This years ringing programme is as follows:-

Normal Sunday ringing plus

Sunday 17th December – St Johns Carol Service  18.00 – 18.30

Sunday 24th December – St Johns  15.30 – 16.00

Sunday 24th December – St Peters    15.15 – 16.00

Sunday 24th December – Sacred Heart    16.30 – 17.00
                               22.45 – 23.30

Monday 25th December – As usual Sunday Morning Times

Sacred Heart Practices are cancelled on Monday 25th December and Monday 1st January

St Johns Practice cancelled on Tuesday 26th December.

As there are alot of people away please help out for as many of the extra services as you can. On Christmas Eve there will be a coffee gathering between St Peters Ringing and Sacred Heart, in the afternoon.

On New Years Day there will be a quarter peal attempt at Sacred Heart (Band already fixed) at 11am. This will be follwed by lunch and a beer or two afterwards if people would like to join us, probably in the Moon in the Square. There is no arrangements as yet for any New Years Eve ringing, if you would like to ring the New Year in can you please let me know.

Happy Ringing

Congratulations Aila Peacock

Bournemouth, Dorset
Sacred Heart
Sunday, 19 November 2017 in 38 mins (3–2–6 in E♭)
1260 Plain Bob Doubles
Rosalind A Martin
Phil Clarke
Ian R Newbery
Aila M Peacock (C)
Paul R Smith
Tim Kettle
1st attempt at calling a QP 4.
Get well wishes to June Banning a member of the Sacred Heart Band.
Also to mark the 70th Wedding Anniversary of HM The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh

BOURNEMOUTH BELLS OUTING Saturday, 29th April. 2017

Fifteen ringers set out from Bournemouth to North East Dorset for their annual ringing outing. Our group represented five local towers who all share practices and ringing commitments throughout the year. We were a band of mixed abilities and we rang accordingly as we are aware that every time we ring it is a public performance and it is not our intention to annoy residents in the villages we visit.   As usual, the responsibilities of the day were divided up and a different person ran the ringing at each tower and a different person wrote about each tower.

Our day started at St Mary the Virgin,, Motcombe, a church rebuilt in 1846 in the perpendicular style by the first Marquis of Westminster.  The light ring of 6 bells were a delight to ring and Dorothea had her first ring away from her home towers – well done! 

We rang Stedman, a touch of Grandsire and call changes in the gallery at the back of the church overlooking the nave –  so the bells are very much part of the proceedings in church.

From there it was a short drive to the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in the village of East Knoyle This Norman Church dates back to the 16th Century and has been much altered. It is notable for a beautiful chancel decorated with superb encaustic tile mosaics, and a fine stained glass East window, dedicated to a local Dignitary, George Wyndham. The bells are unusual because they are hung anti-clockwise, which can be confusing. They certainly confused some – but not all – of our ringers and, having rung up, they rang called changes, Plain Bob Doubles and rang down in peal.

We then progressed to Mere where the bells provided a new challenge, being more in number and heavier. The 23 cwt. tenor by Cockey ( a descendant of this bell-caster is the husband of one of the band at St. John’s)  required two of our burlier ringers to ring it up. However, once raised, the ringing went well, with everyone able to join in rounds and call changes on eight. We did not attempt a triples method, but rang Grandsire Doubles with 7, 6 and 8 covering. The church is a sizeable landmark with a long history. Some of the stained glass is 660 years old, while in the west wall are two very fine Victorian windows. The central panel of one depicts the woman washing Jesus’ feet, while he leans rather nonchalantly on the table chatting with a disciple.

The inspired choice for  lunch stop was the White Lion Inn at Bourton, where we were allocated tables away from the madding crowd . We were looked after very well by the staff, both in the bar and restaurant area of this attractive and characterful old pub. The lamb casserole was said to be exceptional, as were the various fish options chosen from the menu, and were accompanied by delicious Otter Ales.  The chef was summoned at the end so she could be thanked personally.

Refreshed and energised we headed back across the county border for the nearby village of Zeals, South Wiltshire, and the Church of St Martin. Designed by the famous George Gilbert Scott, it is a spacious, well proportioned building, with a fine hammer-beam roof, impressive arches, and some particularly good stained glass windows. The upstairs ring of six was refurbished and re-hung in 2010, ending 48 years of silence in the tower. The bells sounded tuneful and were not difficult to handle, so Rounds, Call Changes, Bob Doubles and Bob Minor presented us with no problems here.

And so we progressed to Silton to the church of St. Nicholas. This fifteenth century church was restored in the 19th century .  The walls & ceiling are decorated with colourful stencilled patterns and the wood beam ceiling is embellished with rosettes and the whole place is very beautiful. There is a large monument on one wall to Sir Hugh Wyndham by John Nost, a Dutch sculptor who died in 1729.  It shows two ladies representing Grief  holding Time & Death  We rang called changes, a couple of touches of Grandsire Doubles and St. Simon’s Doubles and left the bells down as instructed.

Our final visit was to Gillingham to the church of St. Mary the Virgin. (I know – three of these in one day). This was a heavy ring of eight, the tenor weighing 24cwt. Even our strongest ringer had great difficulty getting this bell raised and eventually got there with help.  How they do this every Sunday & practice night, I don’t know. We rang our usual repertoire but augmented it by finishing with Plain Hunt on seven. We were pleased that, apart from the treble, the bells were left up.

After this and a group photo , we dispersed to our homes and to the comfort of our respective towers for service ringing the next day.  These outings, as well as giving ringers experience on different bells, are a much appreciated social event which we look forward to each year.

Bournemouth Sacred Heart “Method Monday” Confirmed May 1st

headlThe Sacred Heart band  are practising on Monday 1st as it will be a “Method Monday” Double Court Minor and touches if possible. If the right people turn up we could have Cambridge and touches of Kent. Also welcome people that would like to try calling touches and don’t normally get the chance.

Kim Matthews