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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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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

Practice Quarter Peals at Minstead – Polly Osborne Reports

Since September we have had monthly Wednesday morning quarter peals at Minstead, to provide opportunities for ringers to develop their skills both in ringing and conducting – some have scored a ‘1st in method’, others have benefited from the extended practice.
Special congratulations go to Christine Wright (Ringwood) who has today conducted her first quarter peal of Bob Doubles. Well done, Chris!  (see below)
I would like to thank all those who come as ‘rock steady’ ringers to help us achieve these quarters. Thank you very much – you make a difference and it is appreciated.

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Minstead, Hampshire
All Saints
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

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.

Celebrating the Wedding of Catherine Davis and Chris Newbold

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Minstead, Hampshire
All Saints
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)

Ladies’ Guild Members ring for the Queen and St. George’s Day

Ladies Guild
Minstead, Hampshire
All Saints
Sunday, 24 April 2016 in 42m (7–0–20 in B♭)
1260 Doubles (2m)
240 April day, 1020 Plain Bob
Julie Hodkin
Polly Osborne
Patricia Davidson (C)
Mary Sterry
Elizabeth Davey
Jo Hadfield
First quarter peal for the Ladies Guild, 6.
Rung by members of the Southern District, for St George and in celebration of HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday.

Congratulations Barry Peachey – 1000th Peal

Barry Peachey, photo used with fingers crossed that he won't mind ;)
Barry Peachey, photo used with fingers crossed that he won’t mind 😉

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!!!

Barrow & District Society
Barrow-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire
Holy Trinity
Sunday, 6 December 2015 in 3hrs 20 (16.25 Cwt)
5042 Yorkshire Surprise Maximus
Composed by J Worth
Barry F Peachey
Dinah M Donovan
Neil Donovan
Lesley A Knipe
Graham W Elmes
Heather L E Peachey
Barry J Fry
8 Paul T Young
Robert H Jordan
10 Jeffrey Knipe
11 Malcolm S Turner
12 Timothy F Collins (C)

1000th Peal, all rung on conventional tower bells – Barry Peachey.

Ladies’ Guild ring quarter peal at Minstead with *4* conductors!

Minstead continues to be a tower where people push boundaries and achieve new milestones – congratulations to all involved (some of whom were part of the Minstead home band)
Ladies Guild
Minstead, Hampshire
All Saints
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 in 42m (7–0–20 in B♭)
1260 Plain Bob Doubles
Polly Osborne
Jenny Story
Christine Wright
Patricia Davidson
Judith Williamson
Brenda Palk
Jointly conducted by 2,3,4 and 5.
Rung by members of Southern District, Ladies Guild in memory of Philip Keeble, father of Brenda, who died on October 12th.

A Weekend of Firsts in The Christchurch and Southampton District (Feb 2015)

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.

quarter peal at Hinton Admiral
Simon, Tim, Rosalind, Dan, Graham

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.

firstpeal2015-band-at-the-priory Feb 2015
Simon, Tim, Rosalind, Dan, Graham

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.

Simon, Tim, Rosalind, Dan, Graham

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.

Used by permission from the church

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.

priory sunset
Christchurch Priory

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:

First peal

  • 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

First Minor

  • Graham Hounslow – Fawley

First Grandsire Minor

  • Rosalind Martin
  • Oliver Chaloner – Southampton City
  • Polly Osborne – Minstead

First Stedman

  • Rosalind Martin

It was also the first time that the Middle six at the Priory have been rung to a peal.

Tim Martin

Learn to ring in Minstead (New Forest)


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Bishop Jonathan dedicates the new bell at Minstead
Bishop Jonathan dedicates the new bell at Minstead

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.

Polly Osborne MinsteadEarlier 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.