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Method of the month Double Court Minor
Please support your district events.
- Practices: Thursdays 7.30 – 9.00 except 1st Thursday. 1st Thursdays we join Lyndhurst practice.
- Sunday: Service Times vary – please check.
We are ringing at 3.30 on Sunday 17th for the Carol Service.
But not over Christmas itself because most of our ringers are away/unavailable.
Thursday 26 Oct. Lyndhurst practice this evening will be at Minstead, owing to maintenance work at Lyndhurst.
Polly Osborne reports:
The scaffolding will be down by tomorrow so we can ring again for Thursday 28th practice – and thereafter, of course.
Due to essential repair work being carried out to the tower roof there will be no ringing at Minstead from 17th July until mid September.
I need 1 or 2 more ringers for a quarter at Minstead on Sunday 9 April (Palm Sunday) at 5pm.
Method tbc when there are 6 ringers.
Please would you put out an appeal on website or Facebook or wherever suitable?
Much appreciated. Thanks.
The practice at Minstead this week, Thursday 2 February, will be brought forward by 30 minutes: from 7.00pm to 8.30pm.
This is a one-off change of timing. Usual practices are 7.30pm to 9.00pm.
Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Wednesday, 7 December 2016 (7–0–20 in B♭)
1260 Plain Bob Doubles
1 Polly Osborne
2 Rosalind A Martin
3 Christine Wright (C)
4 Lawrence Clark
5 Colin J Butler
6 Rosemary Rogers
1st quarter peal as conductor – 3
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?
Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Wednesday, 1 June 2016 in 44 m (7–0–20 in Bb)
1260 Doubles (2 methods)
600 Plain Bob and 660 Grandsire
1 Julia Russell
2 Polly Osborne
3 Rosemary Rogers
4 Colin J Butler
5 Lewis F Cobb (C)
6 David Wilson
To celebrate the marriage of Catherine Davis and Chris Newbold which took place on Monday 30 May 2016 at All Saints Church, Carshalton, with the ringers’ best wishes.
(The pictures shows the band L-R)
Please note the tower correspondent for Minstead is now Polly Osborne.
There will be no ringing at Minstead from 21 Dec until 3rd January because most of the Minstead ringers will be away over Christmas/New Year.
For more information, contacts etc please visit the Minstead Page
Barry Peachey started his ringing career in Winchester and Portsmouth Guild, living first at Emery Down near Minstead, and later moving to Lyndhurst, learning to ring with Tower Captain Peter East, and assisted in his exploits by Barry Fry (St.Barnabas).
Later a member of the Winchester Cathedral Band, where he and Heather were married, he now lives in the North and is the mastermind behind the Barrow and District Society.
Other WP members in this band were Paul Young (who learned to ring at Carisbrooke and now commutes between Yorkshire and The Isle of Wight), and Tim Collins (Dorset, previously resident in W&P and a past member of the Southampton University Guild.).
Huge Congratulations Barry!!!
1000th Peal, all rung on conventional tower bells – Barry Peachey.
The last weekend of February saw a busy weekend of ringing at the Western end of the Christchurch and Southampton District including several important firsts.
The weekend began with a pleasant quarter peal of Grandsire Doubles on the recently rehung five at Hinton Admiral on Friday evening. This was a first of Grandsire Doubles for Daniel Scott and only his third quarter peal. It also gave Tim Martin the chance to ring his second quarter at Hinton after his first ever quarter there 36 years ago.
Saturday morning saw four of the same band heading to Christchurch Priory for a peal attempt. A well struck peal of Minor in three methods was achieved in 2h 53m. The band contained two first Pealers, Rosalind Martin and Daniel Scott at their first attempt and was also the first inside for Jack Pease and to mark his 16th Birthday. Apart from the conductor, Simon Edwards from Swindon, all the band were either members of the Priory band or regulars at the Priory practice night so a good local effort.
After a lengthy lunch break three of the band headed out into the New Forest to the recently augmented 6 at Minstead where a well struck quarter of Grandsire Minor contained three firsts of that method inside plus a first of minor.
After service ringing on Sunday Morning at Christchurch Priory and Sacred Heart Bournemouth a quarter peal of Stedman Triples was rung on the fine Taylor octave at St Peter’s Bournemouth being the first of Stedman for Rosalind Martin.
Finally, another quarter peal of Grandsire Doubles was scored back at the Priory for evensong to enable another of the local band, Aila Peacock to ring her first Grandsire inside.
Thanks must go to Simon Edwards for helping us by conducting most of the ringing and for converting that “must do it sometime” plan into a definite reality. The list of achievements is as follows:
- Rosalind Martin – Christchurch Priory
- Daniel Scott – Sacred Heart Bournemouth
First Peal inside.
- Jack Pease – Hampreston
First Grandsire Doubles
- Aila Peacock – Christchurch Priory
- Daniel Scott- Sacred Heart Bournemouth
- Graham Hounslow – Fawley
First Grandsire Minor
- Rosalind Martin
- Oliver Chaloner – Southampton City
- Polly Osborne – Minstead
- Rosalind Martin
It was also the first time that the Middle six at the Priory have been rung to a peal.
The bellringers at Minstead are going from strength to strength – so much so that they had an extra bell installed last year! If you might want to join the team read on…
Back in 2008 the band joined together for a big recruitment drive and 8 new ringers were taught on Wednesday Mornings by Andy Pollock. Out of these 8, 5 are still ringing. Their ongoing development is taken very seriously with extra weekday morning practices (by invitation) to build confidence in what is now a group of Method ringers, and prepare them for quarter peals.
Earlier this year, Polly (the Ringing Master) attended the ITTS Module 1 (teaching bell handling) course. Learning to ring is a process that needs time and patience from both the teacher and the learner.
Most members of the band are regular Sunday Ringers, providing the local community with a reminder that they are welcome to join the Vicar and congregation for morning service.
In addition the band practices regularly each Thursday. Most practice nights are held in Minstead but once a month they are held jointly at Lyndhurst to give the band the change to progess with their 8 bell ringing skills. And because ringers enjoy ringing with their nighbours….
Once you have found your feet as a ringer you will find a warm welcome at other towers and you can spend as much time ringing as you like…… all over the UK and even in Australia, New Zealand, America and South Africa! It is a highly social hobby!
Contact Polly if you want to visit the band and see if bellringing might be for you.