Category Archives: Bournemouth St Johns

Ringing cancellations due to COVID-19

Coronavirus: UK ringing should now be cancelled

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 wpbells@gmail.com of any other cancellations and I will add them to this list.

Thanks

Andrew Glover

W&P Guild Webmaster

 

 

 

Bournemouth St John’s, Surrey Road. 8-Bell Practice. Tuesday 10th March 2020

This Tuesday, the 10th March 2020,  the 8-bell practice will focus on Grandsire Major.

Two things to say:

1         We will need help!

2         We will also be ringing everything from rounds & called changes upwards, so all abilities welcome as usual.

Penelope Samuel

Contact Penelope Samuel

8 Bell Methods Practice Night at Bournemouth St. John’s, Surrey Road Tuesday 14th January 2020 from 7:30pm until 9:00pm

Tuesday 14th January.  First  8-bell practice of 2020.  Bring your perfect vision to consolidate treble bobbing and to ring triples methods.

We will, of course, ring rounds, call changes & plain hunt so catering for all levels of ringing.

There is NO service ringing at St. John’s on

Sunday 12th or Sunday 26th due to combined morning service at St. Michael’s.

See you there!

Contact Penelope Samuel

Ring in 2020 at St. Peter’s, Bournemouth

All are welcome to St. Peter’s for New Year’s Eve ringing on our heavy Taylor’s eight.

Meet at the main door at 11:00pm, please let Peter know you are coming, in order that we can lock the door behind us.

There will be drinks and snacks, feel free to bring something along.

If anyone would like to park within the church grounds, please let me know, and I can provide a temporary pass for the evening.

I hope to see you there!

Peter Murdock-Saint

Contact Peter

 

8 Bell Methods Practice Night at Bournemouth St. John’s Surrey Road 08.10.2019 at 7:30pm until 9:00pm

Tuesday 8th October at 7:30pm (until 9:00pm) is 8 bell practice at St. John’s.  Following a series of well attended practices, we continue with Plain Hunt, Single Oxford Bob Triples, Plain Bob Triples, Stedman Triples, Grandsire Triples.  We will, of course, be ringing  other request methods & rounds & called changes as usual, so all ringers most welcome.

This is not an elite practice night.  All are welcome.

Contact Penelope Samuel

8 Bell Methods Practice Night at Bournemouth St. John’s Surrey Road 10.09.19 at 7:30pm

Tomorrow – 10th – is 8 bell practice at St. John’s.  following a month of well attended practices, we are hopeful that we will  finally achieve a touch of Single Oxford Bob Triples.  We will, of course, be ringing  other Triples methods & rounds & called changes as usual, so all ringers most welcome.

This is not an elite practice night.  All are welcome.

Contact Penelope Samuel

8 Bell Methods Practice Night at Bournemouth St. John’s 11.06.19 at 7:30pm

Tuesday 11th June 2019 at 7:30pm until 9:00pm

Last month we rang Single Oxford Triples, and in previous evenings Plain Bob Triples, Grandsire Triples, Plain Hunt.

Tonight’s the night for calling touches of Grandsire.

This is not an elite practice night.  All are welcome.  Rounds and call changes upwards.

Contact Penelope Samuel

Regular Monthly District Practices F.Y.I.

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.

8 Bell Methods Practice Night at Bournemouth St. John’s 09.04.19 at 7:30pm

Last month we rang Single Oxford Triples, and in previous evenings Plain Bob Triples, Grandsire Triples, Plain Hunt.

This is not an elite practice night.  All are welcome.

Contact Penelope Samuel

NB. Other monthly district practices in April:

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

Wednesday 3rd April: Beyond Bob Doubles at Sopley 7:30pm & Surprise Major at Ringwood 7:30pm

Tuesday 9th April: 8 bell methods practice at Bournemouth St. John’s at 7:30pm

Wednesday 10th April: Doubles methods practice at Lymington at 7:30pm.

There is also the guild education day for Grandsire Doubles and Triples at Goodworth Clatford on Saturday 6th April, and Youth Team Ringing Practice at Brockenhurst at 3:00pm on Sunday 7th April.

Don’t forget right at the end of the month on Saturday 27th April we are at St. Peter’s for our monthly district practice starting at 6:00pm.  More details about this nearer the time.

Reminder: Bournemouth St. John’s, Surrey Road 8 Bell Practice Tuesday 12th March 2019

It is Lent and the St. John’s ringers would welcome a loan of some other ringers on Tuesday 12th March for our monthly 8 bell practice.

We will be concentrating on Oxford Bob Triples but will be ringing other triples methods, plain hunt & called changes to suit all abilities.

Hope to see you.

Penelope Samuel

NB Photography by Jack R. Pease

New Year Ringing Times for Bournemouth, St. John.

Normal Sunday service ringing shall resume from Sunday 13th January at 9:00am.

The next practice night is Tuesday 8th January at 7:30pm until 9:00pm.  This will be the ‘Bournemouth St. John 8 Bell Practice’.  Please remember this monthly district practice is for all things 8 bell related, and is NOT an ‘elite’ practice night!

Happy New Year

Contact Penelope Samuel

UPDATED C&S District Christmas Ringing Times 2018

Please see below for updated notifications we have received for District ringing times in December.

Hinton, St. Michael and all Angels.

Sunday 16th December: Dressing of the crib 10:30am for 11:00am followed by wine and mice pies.

Monday 24th December Christmas Eve: Nearly midnight service! 9:30pm for 10:00pm

Sopley, St Michael and all Angels.

Sunday 16th December: Service ringing 10:30am for 11:00am

Sunday 23rd December: Service ringing 10:30am for 11:00am

Monday 24th December Christmas Eve: Dressing of the Crib 3:30pm for 4:00pm, then Midnight Mass 10:45pm for 11:15pm.

Tuesday 25th December Christmas Morning: Service ringing 10:30am for 11:00am.

Sunday 30th December: Service ringing 10:30am for 11:00am.

Bournemouth, St John the Baptist (Surrey Road).

Sunday 16th December: NO MORNING RINGING, then 6:00pm for 6:30pm Carol Service.

Sunday 23rd December: Usual service ringing times. (9:00am for 9:30am)

Monday 24th December Christmas Eve: Dressing of the Crib 2:30pm for 3:00pm

Tuesday 25th December Christmas Morning: Usual Sunday service ringing time. (9:00am for 9:30am)

Bournemouth, St. Peter’s.

Sunday 16th December: 9:15am for 10:00am

Sunday 23rd December: 9:15am for 10:00am

NO RINGING FOR MIDNIGHT MASS

NO RINGING FOR CHRISTMAS MORNING

Sunday 30th December: NO RINGING

NO RINGING FOR NEW YEAR

Thursday night practices start back on 03.01.2019

(due to absence not enough ringers to form a band).

Bournemouth, Sacred Heart.

Sunday 16th December: 10:00am for 10:30am

Sunday 23rd December: 10:00am for 10:30am

Monday 24th December Christmas Eve: 4:30pm for 5:00pm, then Midnight Mass 11:00pm for 11:30pm. There is NO regular Monday night practice 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

Tuesday 25th December Christmas Morning: 10:00am for 10:30am.

Monday 31st December New Year’s Eve: There is NO regular Monday night practice 6:00pm to 7:30pm, but general ringing to see in 01.01.2019 from 11:30pm with booze and nibbles.

Ringwood, St. Peter & St. Paul.

Saturday 22nd December: Service ringing 5:30pm for 6:00pm

Sunday 23rd December: Service ringing 9:45am for 10:30am, then 4:00pm for 4:30pm.

Monday 24th December Christmas Eve: Carols in the market place 5:30pm for 6:00pm, then Midnight Mass 11:00pm for 11:30pm.

Sunday 30th December: Service ringing 9:45am for 10:30am

Milford-on-Sea, All Saints.

Monday 24th December Christmas Eve: NO Monday practice night.

Christchurch Priory.

Monday 17th December: NO Monday practice night.

Monday 24th December Christmas Eve: NO Monday practice night.

Monday 31st December New Year’s Eve: NO Monday practice night.

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.

St. John’s, Surrey Road, Bournemouth: Sunday mornings service ringing CANCELLED throughout August. Practices continue as usual.

There will be NO morning service ringing at St. John’s, Surrey Road during the month of August.
However, Tuesday night practices will continue to take place as usual from 7.30 – 9, except for the 14th August, which is Quarter-Peal Evening!
Perhaps you have more time in August? Or, you want extra practice with a new method, then come and try us out.
As previously mentioned, Tuesday 14th August is QP night. Want to have a go at Grandsire Triples or Bob Triples ? Now is your chance!! Please let me know if you would like a rope.
Kim Matthews

Bournemouth St. John’s Ringing Outing 2018

On Saturday the 12th of May, a party of 17 ringers  from Sacred Heart, St. John’s, St. Peter’s, Christchurch Priory & Canford Magna, plus some WAGS, set off for our annual ringing outing. This year the towers we visited were in the Meon Valley which is a very beautiful part of Hampshire.

As is our custom ,  a different  person was  appointed at each tower to conduct & another to write a short account of our activities.  This spreads the load & doesn’t put all the work on one person.

Tichfield.  St. Peter’s    6 bells 12cwt.  This was the day of the annual village fete so there was a lot of hustle & bustle going on in the church as teas were being  prepared . The Anglo Saxon church dates from the 7th Century.  The Normans added the South aisle and the impressive entrance dates from the second half of the 12th Century. The large graveyard had many large rectangular tombs which were obviously of some antiquity but the inscriptions were too worn to decipher

The ringing chamber was entered by an outside stone staircase which led into a small chamber of 6 bells.  The rope mats were circular with bell motif with the word Taylor inscribed which I hadn’t seen before. Paul conducted us as the bells were rung up & we rang Grandsire Doubles, called changes, Reverse Canterbury & Bob Minor.

St Nicholas’ Church, Wickham         6 bells  9 cwt.  There was no-one to let us in, but a kindly churchwarden found the vicar who had a key.  We found out the next day, that the reason we hadn’t been expected was that the web-site, through which the booking had to be made, was not working**.

The 9 cwt six were a pleasure to ring, although access via a steep wooden staircase and narrow hatch in the floor was somewhat undignified. The south transept of the 12th century flint church contains the Uvedale Monument. This imposing 17th century stone and alabaster memorial includes effigies of Sir William Uvedale, his wife and their nine children. There was also a display of items relating to William of Wickham, one-time Bishop of Winchester and founder of Winchester School.

St. John the Baptist.   Shedfield   8 bells   13 cwt.  (pictured above)  The tower originally held 6 bells, cast by Taylors.  Two more were added in 1941 & rang for the first time to celebrate the victory in the battle of Alemein in 1942.  There is a superb embroidery displayed on the north wall of the nave in the church which was stitched by ladies of the parish to celebrate the millennium.

We rang our usual repertoire of Grandsire, called changes & plain hunt before ringing down & repairing to a nearby hostelry for lunch.

Lunch at the Rising Sun, Swanmore, was a delicious  leisurely affair accompanied by much chatting & laughter.  A rendition of Happy Birthday was sung to mark Richard Samuel’s birthday.

We rang at the flint clad church of  St Barnabas  Swanmore      6 bells  7 cwt.  This church was just down the road from the pub where we had lunch.  Hung in 1984, the ring of 6 bells allowed us to ring Stedman and Bob doubles, rounds and called changes – Jan ringing ‘away from home’ for the first time! An attempt at Kent Treble Bob Minor was made……under a peal board which included the present Winchester Cathedral tower captain…..but we did enjoy the bells.

St Peters Church, Bishops Waltham  8 bells   8 cwt

This was an open light church with a beautiful stained glass window.   The man who let us in was keen to point out the wall plaque with 3 cannon balls which dates from the tome of Oliver Cromwell 1640. The 8 bells were a ground floor ring .  The spider  was  a wrought iron construction which resembled a crown which was originally used to hang chickens for plucking.   On the wall of the belfry were two wooden carts which were used to transport coffins into the church.  The grounds surrounding the church were well kept and beautiful.  The church appeared to be used as a concert venue also with piano and audio system.  Our ringing had improved a bit by now as we rang Grandsire & Bob Triples.

All Saints  Botley    6 bells  7 cwt.

By now the rain had set in but in the small ringing chamber we rang our last programme of the day.  An extension had been added to the church in 2007 which contained a beautiful wooden sculpture “In Christ Alone”, which had been designed & carved by the previous rector.  The wood was yew & was taken from a tree that had been felled to make room for the modern extension.

By all accounts we had a most enjoyable outing although our ringing has been known to be a lot better!

With thanks to all those who contributed to this report.

Penelope Samuel   

** This fault has been subsequently corrected!

Ropes Avaiable in Quarter Peal – Bournemouth St John’s Tuesday 12th June

It has been decided instead of the usual 8 bell practice on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, to go for a quarter peal. The 1st quarter peal attempt will take place on Tuesday 12th June.

Please can you e mail me if you are interested. The idea is to have the usual practice for rounds, call changes and plain hunt from 7.30 then start the quarter at 8pm.

All the other Tuesday practices will continue as normal.

Thanks

Kim Matthews

Bournemouth St John’s 8 bell practice Mar 13th

Tomorrow is the 8-bell practice at St. John’s & we hope to see lots of ringers there1 Just a reminder that, although we have a triples method to concentrate on, we ring everything from rounds & called changes, plain hunt and any other triples methods that are requested. This is definitely NOT an elite practice but an opportunity for ringers to progress from 6 to 8 bells and to consolidate 8 bell ringing.

Penelope Samuel

Contact Penelope

St John’s Bournemouth 8 bell practice Tues 9th Jan

Happy new Year everyone!   It’s second Tuesday so must be 8-bell practice at St. John’s.  This is NOT an elite practice but we welcome anyone who wants to progress with ringing on eight.  We ring rounds & called changes –   do plain hunt and any 8-bell method that anyone wants.  This month we will concentrate on Grandsire Triples and take orders for other triples methods that people want to learn this year.

Looking forward to seeing friends old & new tomorrow (9th)

Penelope Samuel