Here are the details of the next meeting. Apologies for the delay as we were trying to organise skittles for after the meeting, however that has proven too hard this year, watch this space for next year.
Everyone welcome to come along even if you are not taking part in the striking contest. If there are any teams for the striking contest, please let Colin Butler know.
A general poster for the Outing at the end of the month will be sent out after this e-mail. Please encourage all your members to come along. Full details will be released at the meeting.
The retiring webmaster, Graham Hounslow (Fawley), has been an invaluable member of the Guild Communications Committee for a number of years now. In addition to posting the C&S news, first on the District Website and later on the Guild Website, he wrote much of the original CSS programming that drives the “look and feel” of wpbells.org. The District and the Guild owe him grateful thanks!
*** STOP PRESS We have 6 ringers now. 6 is good but 7 or 8 would be better!
Former High Sheriff of Hampshire, Maldwin Drummond OBE served as a New Forest Verderer for 28 years and was head of the Verderers for three years, served as chairman of New Forest magistrates and the New Forest Consultative Panel.
He died after a short illness on 18th February.
The funeral of Mr. Maldwin Drummond is to be held at Fawley church at 11.00am on Thursday 16th March. We have been asked to ring for the funeral but being a week day we are struggling to find enough ringers. Could you help us please?
I don’t have details of exact times for ringing yet but assume we’ll ring for 30 minutes before the funeral and possibly afterwards. I will give you the times as soon as I have them.
Please let me know if you or any your ringing colleagues could join with us to ring.
As part of their current recruitment activities, the bell ringers at Fawley have opted in to the Heritage Open Days “Challenge 500” scheme, and also to encourage neighbouring towers to take part so that a programme of visits can be on offer for members of the public.
They have written to neighbouring Tower captains:
We are trying to arrange some tower visits during the Open Days week and on 10th & 11th September. Would your ringers be interested in participating in this. Perhaps we could agree a programme for ringers to visit each of out towers during one of the days?
Please ask your ringers if they would like to take part – then one of us could put together a visit programme.
We have had another wonderful district practice and striking competition at Fawley, with over thirty members from across the district joining us. The first hour was for the practice with a mixture of rounds and call changes, various methods, and plan courses and even touches of St Clement’s minor (the special method for the practice).
The remainder of the afternoon was taken up with the Hartless Shield Striking Competition. There were six bands entered this year, including a band formed from the district youths.
As usual the standard of ringing was very high, presenting a nice challenge for our judge Alan Bentley.
With such good ringing the result was very close, but (again) Eling came out on top piping Christchurch in to second place and the District youth into very creditable third place. John Davey, one of the guild officers, presented the winning teams with their certificates, and Eling the Hartless Shield.
By good fortune we even have a recording of the winning ringing by the Eling band.
and a link to the Youth Band’s ringing on Youtube
The next practice is scheduled for the Saturday the 23rd of April, with the tower to be confirmed. If you’ve never been to one I’d strongly recommend you do as they are a wonderful opportunity to ring at another tower, with other people, and maybe something you don’t normally ring. Hope to see you there.
District Youth Band
PS. a very special thank you to David Forder for providing the pictures for use in this post.
The District calendars are going to improve on November 14th
Why are things changing?
Since the website was created 3 years ago, the way google calendars are managed within WordPress (which manages our site) has improved dramatically. They should now display 100% properly on all screen sizes.
The new Guild website (which is currently in the pipeline) will use Google Calendars to manage all the event calendars. To make that possible, the current single “all district events” calendars, will split into 4 parts – the monthly practices, the special (mostly Saturday) events, the Guild Education events, and other Guild events.
What If I have already downloaded the calendars?
You will need to download the new ones in order to see all the events. It takes a couple of minutes, and you will be able to see all the information again. While people are moving over, you may see some events duplicated. That will cease by the end of November when the change over is complete. The instructions are below….
What if I would like to download some calendars for the first time?
It’s really useful to see what bellringing is on as you plan your own life – and if events change or are cancelled you will see the latest version…. so it’s very useful.
INSTRUCTIONS You need to be logged onto your normal calendar system, then click here and click the “+” beside the google calendar icon at the bottom of your screen. When you see the box pictured right, click the calendars you want, or just accept them all. It’s not difficult to hide or delete any you don’t need, later on. If you get stuck contact me
I only use the calendars on the website….
Then it will all be handled for you. Over the next few weeks you may notice that the calendars on the website look a bit different, and work perfectly (at last!!!) on phones. If you see anything unexpected please get in touch!
Draft pages (awaiting feedback from their bands) for Breamore, Eling, Fawley, Fordingbridge, Harbridge, Hinton, Hordle, Sopley, the Hartley 12 and South Stoneham have been added to the new Guild website.
Southampton City Ringers have their own website, so a page has been added for the City, and once their webmaster has given input, the “zone” will be completed.