Category Archives: Bournemouth St Peters

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

 

 

 

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

 

Teaching from Rounds to Plain Hunt with David Smith and Roger Booth. St. Peter’s Parish Church, Bournemouth – 28th September

We were delighted to host this event in our bijou conference centre/kitchenette located in the cellars underneath the main body of the church. We were warmly welcomed by our brave module leaders, David Smith and Roger Booth, with our informative and exhaustive personalised pink module packs, containing course books and other vital information.

The initial theory session spoken along with visual cues for us, and easy to absorb bullet powerpoint notes on the projector screen, was informative, and guided us well in understanding the various learning processes we encounter teaching ringing.

These sessions were followed up with some instruction behind the forthcoming practical sessions. There was a very useful discussion in building a ringing band. We had plenty of practical hands on sessions in small groups, led by our module

tutors, who gave us the confidence to try out new techniques, such as calmly handing/taking the rope over to somebody safely, circle-clapping exercises in order to help hearing one’s own bell and counting one’s place, to the very effective Kaleidoscope technique of ringing, where up to three different groups can each practice a different exercise or handling skill simultaneously, from starting in rounds, one pair dodging, one pair place-making, and another pair making long places – and how this can be varied infinitely with ease to suit the band you have that day. It was very helpful also to focus on how to organise practices with lesson plans, games with fluffy dice to instruct handling skills, and domino style cards to get the brain thinking in the Kaleidoscope manner of ringing.

Lunch was a little on the short side, delicious supplied by our own in-house ringing team, but we did have so much to cram in, especially practical, throughout the day. The round-up session at the end of the day was a useful time for discussion and questions, and instructions on how to move forward using SmART ringer, and accreditation details. There was a useful little shop with ART merchandise and useful ideas/tools for learners across all ages.

The ART people clearly listen to their members and feedback, as they appear to constantly hone, personalise and fine-tune the courses to suit each specific course and group. What they have put together really is marvellous, dedicated, and in depth series of modules, pulling in and centralising many teaching ideas, ‘hacks’ and solutions to teaching issues, from right across the board. Take a good pencil and notepad!

Peter Murdock-Saint, Tower Captain St. Peter’s Bournemouth.

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C&S Monthly District Practice: Saturday 29th June 2019

June’s monthly district practice sees us at St. Peter’s, Bournemouth (29.06.2019 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm).

Method of the month is Stedman Triples.  General ringing from rounds and call changes upwards plus any method requests.

We look forward to welcoming you at St. Peter’s.

Peter Murdock-Saint & Tim Kettle

Parking is available in the near vicinity of the tower NCPs and road parking, but car’s parked within the church grounds do so at their own risk (monitored with parking passes by external company).

PDF link below to print and display.

June District Practice

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.

Association of Ringing Teachers/ART Training Scheme: Course places available.

Two great minds (Alan Bentley and Tim Kettle) have been at work together to host this great opportunity within the C&S District: A one day course (Module 1) Teaching Bell Handling.  This will be held at St. Peter’s, Bournemouth on 9th March 2019 with tutor Gill Hughes. In time we plan to host more in the undercroft conference centre.

St. Peter’s has great facilities within its undercrofts, and in time we hope will become known on the ringers-map as a ‘Learning/Ringing Centre’, as the church invests in making the staircase, tower, steeple, bells more accessible to the public and awareness.  We are very lucky to home a beautiful heavy ring of 8 by Taylor’s (21cwt in E), recast as a complete set in the 1930’s. The tower is also home to the popular and successful weekly tailored practice night specifically geared towards bell handling.

For more information please contact Tim Kettle, Ringing Master of St. Peter’s.

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. Peter’s, Bournemouth hits the news again…

Melissa Boyle from ‘BH Living’, popped up the never-ending stairs, as a visitor to St. Peter’s practice evening.  Melissa enjoyed herself so much, she decided to feature it in one of her articles and blog!  I was rather horrified myself, as live footage of the Michelin Man himself (me),gradually honed into the view 😦 (Link below)

(Peter Murdock-Saint)

BH Living – Article on bell ringing at St. Peter’s

Bournemouth St Peters Practice Night News

Hi All,

Let’s see if we can manage to ring 8 again this week! We all enjoy it so much when we can.
When our rounds get more consistently good we can try some call changes.

We’ll continue with plain hunt on 5 (but with the objective of 7 in sight).

And we can improve our call changes on 6 further – how about entering a striking contest this year?

…..and there’s always dodging and place making and the standing challenge (but it’s difficult to beat 16/8), so maybe backstroke as well this week…..

Hope to see you on Thursday

Tim Kettle

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

Plans for CS “Beyond Bob Doubles” Weds Dec 6th (Bournemouth)

As you all know our next practice is at St Peter’s and we will continue with All Saints, this time touches.  We’ll refresh plain courses of the method and of Reverse Canterbury and them combine them in the touch. A bob is a plain lead of Reverse Canterbury – so remembering where you passed the treble is your best clue of what to do at a bob.

Dependant on who is available, we could also be ringing Stedman Doubles, Bob Minor (with singles) and Kent TB minor  (as a refresher some treble bob plain hunt may be necessary).

Don’t forget – if anyone wants to call a touch (or start/stop) let me know and we can include it.

For the future I think looking up St Simons and Winchendon Place would provide a good grounding for a whole group of related methods/variations which can be interesting to ring.

Park in the churchyard and come to the door at the top of the steps for 7.30 start and I will have parking permits if you require them.  If you are going to be late please try to let me know in advance so we know we don’t have to wait. There is a bell push on the right hand door, but give us time to come down as it’s 64 steps down (and up again).

Finally, would you please let me know if you are coming to this practice and with any special requests?

Many thanks and I look forward to seeing you there,

Tim

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.

Basic Bellringing at St Peter’s Bournemouth

It is intended, as soon as possible, to open these practice nights to visitors (novice and expert), but we would like to find our feet first as a group so please await further news before you come and join us!

Communication within the band is via email: Visit the Email Group

Practice Night Plans at Bournemouth St. Peter’s

From Thursday 9th of March, there will be regular practice nights at St. Peter’s once again. The home band will be hosting the Learners’ group from Christchurch Priory, and plan to spend the next 6 months helping them to become competent Sunday Ringers.

The practices will be dedicated to ringing Rounds and Call Changes, with a focus on good striking, confident bell handling, and those small but important skills that are difficult to fit in on a conventional practice night, such as ringing up and down in peal.

The limited scope of the practices means it is an ideal opportunity for a new Ringing Master to find their feet and so Rosalind Martin from Christchurch will be taking this role, supported by Tim Kettle who is Tower Captain at St. Peter’s.

It is intended, as soon as possible, to open these practice nights to visitors (novice and expert), but we would like to find our feet first as a group so please await further news before you come and join us! Meanwhile we will be drawing on helpers from Bournemouth Sacred Heart and the Priory to make sure that the band is consistently strong and able to help the novices to learn the planned skills, and to enable the home band to take holidays!!

We hope that in this way both towers will be strengthened, by enabling a new generation of ringers to learn the necessary skills. 

The Monday Evening practice at the Priory will be continue to be focussed on methods (Plain Hunt onwards) and visitors are of course welcome at any time to come and work on their method ringing skills with us there.

Bournemouth St Peter’s Bellringers to hold Crossroads AGM

As some of you are already aware, it has been decided to suspend practices at St Peter’s, Bournemouth, until further notice.  This has been  brought about by the unavailability of regular attendees for a variety of reasons.

Our AGM will be held as planned next Thursday 9 February at 8.30pm and we hope to ring beforehand.
Sunday ringing will continue as usual.
In the meantime I hope any of our ringers will be welcomed at other towers in the district to maintain ringing experience.
We will revue the situation at our AGM and endeavour to formulate a plan for the relaunch of regular practices.  Any advice from other towers that have experienced similar difficulties would be appreciated.