Category Archives: Eling

Quarter peal at Eling commemorating Fred C. Crook, died 1917.

We rang this Quarter last Sunday, after a bit or research Ruth Jackson discovered that an Eling Ringer (not a Guild Member) died 101 years ago in WWI.

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Eling, Hampshire

St Mary
Sunday, 15 July 2018 in 46m (11–3–4 in F♯)
1260 Grandsire Triples
1 Adrian MacKinnon
2 Mary Sterry
3 Polly Osborne
4 Stephen N Hough
5 Margaret Feneley
6 Colin J Butler
7 Alan D Elsmore (C)
8 Chas Caley
Commemorating the 101st Anniversary of the death of Eling ringer Fred C Crook. Fred Crook joined the Eling band in 1905. He died on 16th July 1917. He was a gunner in the Royal Field Artillery and is commemorated in the Amara War Cemetery in Iraq. In the 1911 census he was living in Jacobs Gutter Lane, Eling, and was a carpenter. The centenary was missed as Eling was not affiliated to the W & P at the time of his death and the details have recently come to light.
1st Quarter 8.

Congratulations Daniel Hartley (Eling) First Quarter Peal

Daniel’s First Quarter was scored at Minstead. He is a member of the Eling Band.
Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Minstead, Hampshire
All Saints
Sunday, 8 April 2018 in 43 min (7–0–20 in B♭)
1260 Doubles (2m)
Grandsire & Plain Bob
1 David J Forder
2 Colin J Butler
3 Polly Osborne
4 Sarah Newman
5 Stephen N Hough (C)
6 Daniel Hartley
First Quarter at first attempt for Daniel Hartley. For Evensong

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Quarter Peal in Memory of Private Reginald Charles Prince

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Eling, Hampshire
St Mary
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 in 47 mins (11–3–4 in F♯)
1296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
1 Margaret Feneley
2 David J Forder
3 Margaret Forder
4 Daniel Graham
5 Alan D Elsmore
6 Stephen N Hough (C)
Rung half-muffled in memory of Private Reginald Charles Prince, ringer in the neighbouring parish of Dibden (the bells were lost in WW2).
Died 21/03/1918 age 19. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 2nd Bn. Service No.41456.
Commemorated at Pozieres Memorial, France, Panel 38 to 40. Born 14/05/1898.
Son of George Prince and Lucy Margaret Prince of 29 Mount Street, Southampton. Grandson of Emma Prince of West Street, Dibden, with whom he was living in 1911.
Born: Netley, Hants. Enlisted: Southampton, initially in the Training Reserve Battalion, Service No.8/8674.
Resided West Street, Dibden, Hampshire.

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Eling AGM and Dinner – Presentation to Derek Jackson

Eling Ringers held their AGM and dinner on Tuesday 27th March at the Woodlands Lodge Hotel. Derek Jackson announced that, after many years’ service as Tower Captain he was standing down. The meeting agreed to appoint 2 joint Ringing Masters and a Chairman. Derek agreed to act as the latter for 1 year, Alan Elsmore and Steve Hough were elected to the posts of Joint Ringing Masters. Other officers were re elected. Agreement was made in principle to the acquisition of a simulator to help in the training of our 6 new recruits.

Following the close of the meeting we were joined by our friends for the meal during which tributes and presentations were made to Derek in appreciation of his services.

David Forder

Eling Band gives seasonal donation to “Shelter” charity

This year Eling ringers decided not to send Christmas cards to each other. We all signed one card to ourselves and put donations in for charity and members were free to nominate a charity. Over mulled wine and mince pies last evening I was able to announce that we had collected £58 in donations and the nominated charity drawn out of the pot was Shelter, a very worthwhile cause and I shall be pleased to send them a cheque.

Ruth

HM Queen Elizabeth II Writes to the band at Eling

Queen Writes to ElingThe year 2016 has been a momentous one for H.M. Queen Elizabeth II.  On 6th February we celebrated her accession (at the age of 25y,10m), and on 21st April we joined celebrations as she became the first European monarch to reach the age of 90.  On 9th September she had reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes and on waking, she set a new record by passing the longevity set by the reign of Queen Victoria.  She had already reigned longer than Henry III (56y), George III (59y) and King Louis XIV of France (72y).  I notified Buckingham Palace of our contributions to the celebrations.  Her Majesty very graciously dictated a letter, mentioning in particular the participation by Daniel, William and Susanne.

letter to Eling from the Queen

 

Derek Jackson

30/03/2017

Eling RINGING REPORT FOR 2016 – 2017 (by Derek Jackson)

Queen Writes to ElingThe year 2016 has been a momentous one for H.M. Queen Elizabeth II.  On 6th February we celebrated her accession (at the age of 25y,10m), and on 21st April we joined celebrations as she became the first European monarch to reach the age of 90.  On 9th September she had reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes and on waking, she set a new record by passing the longevity set by the reign of Queen Victoria.  She had already reigned longer than Henry III (56y), George III (59y) and King Louis XIV of France (72y).  I notified Buckingham Palace of our contributions to the celebrations.  Her Majesty very graciously dictated a letter, mentioning in particular the participation by Daniel, William and Susanne.

letter to Eling from the Queen

The activities during 2016 should have been dominated by the Central Council of Church Bellringers.  This organisation, consisting of 2, 3 or 4 elected members of every bell ringing Guild or Society, meets yearly to discuss, arbitrate or invent the variety of ways  we can sound bells.  Meeting usually on the late Spring Holiday, in 2016 it was the turn of our Guild to host this event.  It had met here before, in the years 1914, 1947 and 1980.  This time it was the turn of the Portsmouth District to play host.  Several of us purchased the 2016 Calendar, which featured our two Cathedrals and twelve Hampshire village churches.  Four of our members have converted from Probationary to full membership of “The Winchester and Portsmouth Guild of Church Bell Ringers”, namely William, Daniel and Phil and Josh.

“Challenge 500” ran from 8th   September to Sunday 11th,   This was to encourage those who are responsible for historic buildings and their associated activities to be on show to the general public.  This year bell ringing had a particular challenge from the Central Council; 500 belfries were to be opened, with displays of ringing etc.  Only one other band in this district made any effort.  Our handbell team provided a good afternoon’s entertainment for our visitors, most of them accepting our challenge to “have a go”.  We were also the only band to enter two teams in the Guild’s first ever “pub quiz”, held at “The Happy Cheese” on 26th November.  Alas we were beaten into second place by the team from Hursley.  On December 23rd our handbell team gave a 30 minute performance  on the Jazz stage of the “King Rufus”, Eling, in front of many Eling villagers.  For this we were awarded one of the “Challenge 500” certificates by the National Handbell Ringers of Great Britain,

Our thanks to Steve for again organising a one day ringing outing, this year, on 29th October to Damerham, Martin, Broad Chalke, Britford, Kings Somborne, finishing with the brand new ring of 6 bells at Houghton.  The District outing, on September 17, to …. Towers in Oxford was attended by several of our members

Last year there was a reduction in the number of weddings at St. Mary’s and consequently we had fewer requests for wedding bells.  Derek and Ruth attended the wedding evening this year, on 7th February, prepared to stand before the young couples and give a short speech.  Only six couples attended and Rev. Steed, at the last minute changed the ethos of the evening.  Meanwhile our own Di and Dave Lawes celebrated their Silver Wedding on 31st August. We were delighted when Susanne announced her engagement to Paul, with their wedding planned in Derbyshire this spring, on 15th April.  We send our best wishes, and have already presented them with a gift and card signed by all the band.

While we had received no requests for our bells to be used for peal attempts, there was still one outstanding, This was requested by Roy Le Marechal, tower captain of the Bishopstoke band, and leading ringer in the Guild.  On Saturday 16th January his band took 2 hours and 55 minutes to ring 5028 different changes of Bristol Surprise Major spliced with Stedman Triples.  This is so complicated it would puzzle most of the Eling band.  However we have David amongst us who gathered us together, hired a room at Totton Community Centre and encouraged us to draw out “blue lines” of methods never heard of before or after.  Keeping “our noses to the grindstone”, he persuaded the more experienced to learn the “blue line” of Lessness Surprise Major, and Eling may well be one amongst two or three other Hampshire towers where this method can be rung.  Sunday Service ringing should be regarded as the reason for our existence, but  firm determination is required to leave one’s bed early on a cold January Sunday.  We still manage to “man” our eight bells at 0845 hours, mainly ringing Call-Changes, and then, encouraged by David, we have attempted London, Beverley, Surfleet, Norwich, Carlisle, Wells and Hull Surprise Minor. We thank him for his patience and understanding.  On 2nd May we also marked the enthusiasm of the eight bell ringers who, in 1715, rang the first ever peal, at St. Peter Mancroft, in Norwich.

Due to the enthusiasm of Sallie Ingram, the District Secretary, meetings in the C. & S. District  are now monthly and are dominated by gatherings for the Young Ringers group. The intention is to produce a team which can participate in the National 8 Bell, Junior, Striking Competition.  Another regular event is a District gathering at Winchester Cathedral, thus enabling members, on 24th August, the opportunity to ring on one of only two rings of 14 bells in the World.  Organised by Alan Elsmore we entered the Guild’s Six Bell Striking Competition on 21st May, at St. Mary’s, Eversley.  Ringing Stedman Doubles, the team achieved Second Place.  More recently (18th March), Steve entered two teams in the Hartless Shield Striking Competition, held at All Saints, Minstead.  We were delighted when they returned with certificates for 1st and 2nd places.  Phil Wilson insisted on showing them to the morning congregation and may even insist on a second presentation!  Once again we are grateful to Polly’s husband, “Oz of Minstead”, for his calligraphy on our certificates.

On 23rd June we all marched to a polling booth to decide whether to remain joined to a Europe with only 3 rings of bells or become again the separate British Isles with 6998 rings of bells.  The majority of us decided on the latter, and so the Central Council continues to make rules and decisions.

The Annual Tower Dinner was organised superbly by Ruth Jackson, our Tower Secretary, on 22nd March.  As we departed the “Blue Hayes Restaurant” for the sixth time we had little foresight that it would soon close and have “for Sale” notices displayed in 2017.  Rather fortunately, Ray and  Philippa. had purchased one of the two, closed Village pubs, had opened it as the “King Rufus”, a private venture, and  were prepared to host our Annual Belfry Meeting with wide ranging choices for our Dinner.

As always I must close by expressing my thanks.  To Alan and Steve, who, as Deputy Captains, have maintained the ringing during my long absences caused by the replacement of my left knee on 28th September and then my right eye operation on 11th February. Alan and his team of Steeple Keepers have kept our bells in good order.  Alas, Alan’s eye problems have terminated his driving of any car and also, he and John have experienced balance problems when working on the bell frame.  We thank them, together with Steve and Adrian, for the hours in the high-up church tower.  I have experienced first hand the amount of work required of our Secretary, and have been grateful that we have been together since the 1950s at Rye Grammar School.  In 1952 we competed at St. Mary’s, Rye, to see who could first handle and ring for Service; not only did she beat me, but she later called my first quarter peal!  On 19th March we listened outside St. Mary’s as you rang a splendid quarter peal of Grandsire Triples in her honour, taking 43 minutes to do so.  During the following week 19 more ringing events were recorded while 51 birthday cards arrived with 8 bouquets of flowers.  I think it was a big birthday!

Derek Jackson

30/03/2017

CS District Hartless Trophy Results – March 18th 2017

The CS District Practice at Minstead (Special Method Erin Doubles) was followed by 7 teams competing for the Hartless Trophy.
Steve Castle (Southampton City) was the judge for the competition. All competitors were very grateful for the tea provided by the Home Band.
                           1st Eling A
                           2nd Eling B
                           3rd Minstead
                           4th Christchurch
                           5th Youth Band
                           6th Milford A
                           7th Milford B
Photos by David Forder

Rebecca Webb Reflects on ways of building expertise in a new Method

In November, last year I attended an education training day arranged by the Guild for Double Norwich Court Bob Major (DNCBM). Followup from this day, some of the attendees of the course organised a practice evening at Eling, Southampton and the band at Eling tower kindly gave up their evening practice to support the learners from the Guilds Education Day, and we rang DNCBM all evening. This was a fabulous evening. Lots of support and encouragement. After this practice I was asked to consider organising a practice in my local area, Basingstoke. I found the request daunting but went with it.

I approached my home tower St Michael, Basingstoke to see if the tower could be used for such a practice. A simulator practice was offered and a date for 28th February 2017 was confirmed. I posted the date, time, venue and method to be rung on the Guild website with the help and support of the Webmaster. They created me a link so those that were interested could contact me direct.
I asked the Tower Secretary at St Michael, and the District Secretary, to publish the event to capture those that may not have access to the Guild website.

Two learners took advantage of the opportunity and nine helpers volunteered to assist on the evening. We had fantastic and generous support with people giving up their time and traveling from all over the county to support. The Guild Master and members of the Education Committee have been so supportive in the run up to the practice evening, they gave me plenty of advice and contacts prior to the evening which helped eliminate any concerns or challenges that presented themselves while organising the evening.

The Guild Education Days are great and the idea that learners should seek to consolidate and embed their learning from the wider ringing community is proactive and innovative, especially where more complex methods may be harder to practice within home towers.

By calling on the expertise within the Guild, the necessary rope time to learn the method has been achieved. Creating the opportunity to consolidate the learning so quickly after the initial training has paid off, not just with individual confidence with ringing the method but also tapping into peoples enthusiasm to help grow the skills within the Guild. I have had lots of positive feedback from other people who have heard about this and I have had suggestions of possible methods for future practices. The opportunity and support is there in the ringing community and I would encourage others to think about doing what we have done. With this in mind I have decided to do something similar for Stedman Doubles and this is what has happened…

Excellent Double Norwich Practice at Eling – Rosalind Martin reports

During the Guild Double Norwich course in 2015, the trainees decided they wanted to continue improving by organising Special Practices in different towers over the following few months.

In response to this idea, David Forder very kindly offered to organise a dedicated practice at Eling, which took place last night.

Four of the Trainees (out of a total of eight) were able to attend, and Andy Ingram (the Trainer from the course), plus one of the Helpers, and a strong turnout from the home band at Eling. Helpers also came from Minstead and Lyndhurst.

David Forder, who was Ringing Master for the evening, provided a solid diet of plain courses and touches, with the trainees swapping in and out to ensure the bands stayed strong and the ringing was of a good standard.

With enough experts to provide a stander each, the trainees all felt that they gained a lot from the experience. Thanks to David also for his clear explanation of some of the technical terms and his quiz questions throughout! Luckily all 4 trainees had done lots of homework with pencil and paper or computers, so were able to answer most of them.

Two quotes from the evening:

Learning Double Norwich has finally meant that I understand Course and After Bells and I find it really useful.      (Aila Peacock)

Excellent Double Norwich Practice (Tim Martin)

Many thanks to all the Eling ringers for helping, and for all those Eling Ringers who had to miss their usual practice to allow this to take place, a special thanks.

Rosalind Martin  (trainee)

Double Norwich Special Practice – Tuesday 10th January 2017 at Eling

The Eling band has kindly agreed to host a Special Practice to allow people to work on their Double Norwich Skills. This will take place on Tuesday January 10th at Eling and run from 7.30pm-9pm. If you would like to join the Practice (either as an experienced ringer or to help your progress with the method) RSVP please to Rosalind Martin.

This is a Guild Event and members of all Districts are most welcome. To be informed by email of future events please email Rosalind and ask to join the mailing list

Remembrance Ringing and other news from Eling (by Derek Jackson)

Dear All,
First of all a thank you to those who rang with me last Tuesday. This was my first attempt at ringing since major surgery. I was not at all comfortable but I was delighted to be “in action” once again.
The Remembrance Day Service will be held at Eling, starting at 1045hrs. this Sunday. Our steeple keepers have fitted muffles to the bells so that we can ring them half-muffled, starting at 1000hrs Last year we rang “whole pull and stand” rounds, and Grandsire Doubles in whole- pulls. This year we can try Stedman in whole- pulls, and even “Annable’s London Surprise Minor”, which should sound majestic. During this period coffee and cakes will be served to the congregation and ringers.
By starting the Service at 1000, the 2 minutes silence will coincide with the National Silence, after which the 113 names on the Totton and Eling Roll of Honour will be read out loud. During the latter section of the service I have agreed to chime a suitable bell. I will use number 5 since this will be visible to the congregation. We will need to lower it at the end of ringing.

A word of congratulations to William, Daniel and Millie. Their names appear in full on page 1158 of this week’s edition of “The Ringing World”, marking their achievements. Well done.
Derek

I call my cat liquorice

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Challenge 500 & Heritage Open Day Update

We’re really doing well and have now got five towers from our the C&S district taking part. What about your tower? Could you join this national opportunity to get some ringing publicity?

Current towers

  • Brokenhurst
  • Minstead
  • Lyndhurst
  • Fawley
  • Eling

Details about the events are available here at our  Heritage Day Details page and the Heritage Open Days website.

Picture of the C&S District Striking Competition Band at New Alresford

The picture shows the C&S Band for the Guild inter district 8 bell competition on 2nd July at New Alresford. l-r David Forder, Tim Martin, Steve Hough, Colin Lovelock, Jimmy Hodkin, Colin Butler, Margaret Forder, Adam Thorpe

Ringers from Brockenhurst, Christchurch, Eling and Southanpton City represented the District ringing Grandsire Triples.

This year we were placed 3rd out of 4 teams but  the Judges, Paul and Kate Flavell from Surrey commented that all the ringing was of a high standard and they had needed to mark strictly as a result. In fact only 2 percentage points separated us from the second placed Winchester District band who chose to ring Cambridge Major.

Thanks to Colin for organising the team and to Jimmy for being our conductor.

The full results:

Rain holds off for the Guild 6 and 8 bell striking contest.

Report from Mark Esbester.      The Guild 8 bell striking competition was held this morning at Hawley – possibly the first time it has been outside the Guild’s territory! Only 3 teams had entered, namely Bishopstoke, Catherington and Hursley – where are all the Guild’s other 8-bell (and above) bands? The judge, Vernon Bedford, commented that all 3 teams had rung well, but Hawley bells are difficult to get really consistent, accurate ringing on. Bishopstoke, ringing last were the winners, with 17 faults, Hursley second with 24 and Catherington 3rd with 31.

Report from Greg Jordan.          The Guild 6 bell striking competition was also held this morning at Eversley. 5 teams entered, namely Eversley, Eling, Rotherwick & Odiham, Basingstoke St Michaels and Niton & Chale.The judges Julian Hemper and Julian Ferrar gave very fair and positive comments on all the ringing and were particularly pleased when one tower had a tricky section but continued ringing, pushed through and settled down to some good ringing again. The teams and their results are as follows;-     Placed 1st St. Michael’s Basingstoke 3.5 faults, placed 2nd Eling  6.5 faults, placed 3rd Niton and Chale  8 faults, placed 4th Rotherwick and Odiham 28.5 faults, placed 5th Eversley 35 faults.

Guild Master Viv Nobbs noted that it was good to see some very local bands entering and thanked those that had travelled quite a way to compete including the band from the Isle of Wight.

Some folk went on to The Northbrook Arms, had a lovely lunch and enjoyed the skittle ally and then went on to ring at Brown Candover and Micheldever who kindly opened their towers for us.  And then the rain came…. but it didn’t matter by then because everyone had had a lovely day.                                                                                                                                            A special mention and thanks go to Basingstoke District officers, the towers and the tea, coffee and biscuit servers!

 

Thanks to David Forder, Mark Esbester,Deb Baker and Martin Barnes for photos.

Eling Band Achieves Lion’s Share of Tower Captain’s Firsts Fortnight Goals….

Firsts Fortnight 1st - 15th March 2016Derek Jackson’s original challenge to the Eling Band created a lot of curious interest online (it has been one of the most-read Firsts Fortnight posts) and inspired no fewer that TWENTY THREE people to attend the practice night that week! Here’s what the band achieved…. RM

  1. Daniel to ring in a striking competition for the FIRST time. DONE
  2. All participants of the theory lessons do their homework for the FIRST time and work out the figures of X 14 X 36 X 16 etc Lead end 16 (Which gives you 1 5 6 3 4 2)
  3. Tina learn to call a basic call-change.Done 15/03
  4. John ring the treble unaided to a touch of Little Bob Minor without help, for the FIRST time. Done 15/03
  5. Lawrence ring above inside for the FIRST time.
  6. Susanne learn to raise a ball IN PEAL for the FIRST time.
    EXTRAS
  7. David to identify a Minor method he could ring FIRST, once he notifies the rest of us.DONE
  8. Susanne. Choose any tune and convert it into handbell music so that the handbell team ring it FIRST. Done 15/03, and very musical!
  9. Lawrence. Write out a plain course of Stedman Triples.

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a. Alan learn Carlisle Surprise Minor for the FIRST time, and ring it on Sunday.. DONE .

EXTRAS No.3
b. David ditto.DONE
c. D.C.J. ditto DONE
d. Margaret F. ditto.DONE
e. Margaret F2 ditto.DONE
f. Steve ditto.DONE
g.Get Well Maurice ditto. and a quarter dedicated Done 13/03

EXTRAS No.4
11. Mary. Ring P.C. of D.N.C.B.M.    Done 15/03
12. Polly Call a basic touch of Stedman Triples.       Done 15/03
13. William. Ring his first quarter peal.      Done 13/03
14. Polly Ring a quarter peal of Cambridge Surprise Minor.    Done 12/03

Derek Jackson

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Firsts Fortnight News From Eling – Will Holmes First Quarter Peal

Firsts Fortnight 1st - 15th March 2016Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Eling, Hampshire
St Mary
Sunday, 13 March 2016 in 43min (11-3-4)
1260 Plain Bob Doubles
1 William J Holmes
2 David J Forder
3 Margret Forder
4 Margret Feneley
5 Stephen N Hough (C)
6 Colin J Butler
First Quarter for Will Holmes. Also get well wishes to Maurice Bailey, recovering from a recent operation.

Captain’s Challenge to Eling Bellringers

You may be interested in our application of the FIRSTS FORTNIGHT challenge.  It certainly came in “like a lion” on day one of March, And we had 23 in the belfry last night
Derek
Dear All
Firsts Fortnight 1st - 15th March 2016If you read the latest item on the W&P website  you will find the adjacent motif and a message from the Guild Master.  EVERYONE is challenged to do something for the FIRST time and to let the Guild Master know.  I have been thinking and can put forward some suggestions.  I will then be a nuisance and keep asking you about your progress!  Here are some suggestions:-
1. Daniel to ring in a striking competition for the FIRST time.
2. All participants of the theory lessons do their homework for the FIRST time and work out the figures of X 14 X 36 X 16 etc    Lead end 16 (Which gives you 1 5 6 3 4 2)
3. Tina learn to call a basic call-change.
4. John ring the treble unaided to a touch of Little Bob Minor without help, for the FIRST time.
5. Lawrence ring above inside for the FIRST time.
6. Susanne learn to raise a bell IN PEAL for the FIRST time.
I could make lots of suggestions.  Now make up yours for March.
It will “Come in like a lion,
            and go out like a lamb.”
Derek

I call my cat liquorice
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