Category Archives: Basic Bellringing at St Peter’s Bournemouth

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

Cancellation: Bournemouth St. Peter’s Basic Bells Thursday 4th October 2018, 7:30pm

Dear St. Peter’s Thursday night ringers,

Due to a concert being held within the church, there will be no practice at St. Peter’s Bournemouth, on Thursday 4th October 2018 at 7:30pm.

The following Thursday (11th October), Tim Kettle will be away, but practice night will still go ahead.  Please let the tower secretary, Romy,  know whether or not you are able to attend.

Contact Romy Coldman

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

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.