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Bells on Sunday at St Michael’s, Southampton – Sunday 22nd March

While ‘live’ bell ringing is suspended for a while, you can still enjoy the wonderful sound of the bells at St Michael’s, Southampton, as they will be featured on BBC Radio 4’s Bells on Sunday on March 22nd.

Tune in at 5:43am, or if that’s a bit too early for you, you can listen online afterwards:

Ringing cancellations due to COVID-19

Coronavirus: UK ringing should now be cancelled

The UK government has advised against all unnecessary social contact with immediate effect. The Prime Minister advised in a press conference of 16th March that now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel.

The Central Council has released a statement in response to the UK government. They advise that If you haven’t already decided to cancel ringing activities, it seems that now is the time to do so. The Ringing World agrees with this statement. It is hard to interpret the government’s guidance in any way other than that all planned ringing activities in the UK should now cease.



I have been made aware that ringing has been suspended at the following towers due to COVID-19 concerns:

Alton, St. Laurence, All Saints and Holybourne – all ringing suspended.

Alverstoke – all ringing cancelled until further notice.

Basingstoke, St. Michael’s – all ringing cancelled until further notice.

Blackmoor – all ringing suspended.

Bournemouth, St. John’s, St. Peters and Scared Heart – all ringing suspended.

Bramshott – all service and practice ringing until at least the end of March where the situation will be reviewed.

Brockenhurst – no ringing until further notice.

Buriton – all ringing suspended.

Catherington – ringing cancelled, but may be some limited Sunday ringing if services continue.

Christchurch Priory – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Eling – all ringing suspended.

Froxfield – all ringing suspended.

Havant – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Hawkley – all ringing suspended and the tied practices on 6-8-10th April postponed.

Hursley – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Newport – all ringing cancelled until further notice.

Portsmouth Cathedral – all ringing suspended.

Purbrook – all ringing cancelled until further notice.

Romsey – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Selborne – all ringing cancelled until further notice.

Shanklin – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Shedfield – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Southampton (St. Mary’s, St. Michael’s and Bitterne Park) – all ringing suspended.

Steep – all ringing suspended.

Titchfield – all ringing suspended.

Upham – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Upton Grey – all ringing cancelled until further notice.

Warnford – all ringing suspended.

West Meon – all ringing suspended.

Wickham – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Winchester Cathedral – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Wonston – no practices until further notice.

Portsmouth District – all District events are cancelled including the April QDM.

Winchester District – all District events and the striking competition in May are cancelled until further notice.

Please let me know via of any other cancellations and I will add them to this list.


Andrew Glover

W&P Guild Webmaster




C&S District Practice at St. Michael’s, Southampton – Saturday 16th November – 2.30-4.30pm

Here is the poster for the upcoming C&S District Practice in November.

St Michael’s, Southampton on Saturday 16th November from 2:30 – 4:30pm

All abilities welcome from rounds upwards.

Method of the Month: Stedman.


C&S District Secretary

CS Dist Prac 20191116

Living on the end of a rope and sally! A weekend of courses and quarter peals!

It has been a while since a ‘report’ as such has featured on our district page.  I’ve been so acutely busy ringing recently, I just had to get down in words what has been going on in district ringing since 2019 new year!

As many of you will be aware, I have been bitten by both the lesser-spotted quarter peal bug, and the greater striped ringing fever.  It is wonderful to be given so many opportunities to gain valuable rope-time and partake in something as close to sporty as I shall ever get.  (Apparently gossiping is not an Olympic event).

January saw the re-installment of the district Quarter Peal Club hosted by our Vice-Chairman, Polly Osborne at Minstead. It was a valuable opportunity to treble at length to a minor method (St. Clement’s).  Here I happened upon a friendly and familiar face to me now, Jack Pease, who has often conducted in the past, but tonight was having a rest and Jimmy Hodkin took the reigns.

Jack was most kind, complimentary, and remarked that trebling to minor seemed “a bit too much within my comfort zone”, and insisted that I ring treble to a quarter-peal of triples in the near future with him, and also attend the minor course Jack was running at Bere Regis.

I felt much happier leaving Minstead tower, than I did arriving, partly because I managed to arrive at Minstead village in the pitch black forest in heaps of time, but then got dreadfully lost within the village for half an hour, and ended up in a strange place called Emery Down, and was then horridly late.  Not the greatest first impression really of myself, appearing to new people, gasping from running at the top of a ladder poking my head through a trap door.

Jack’s Bob Minor Course on the Friday morning was a bright and early start for me, even the New Forest ponies were still sleeping instead of trying to get into my rubbish bins.  We headed to Bere Regis, to a delightful ring of six that went very majestically.  Was a good learning curve to ring at a more relaxed and steadier pace.  I started the course mainly trebling where I felt secure, but as the morning progressed, and as I got to know the band a bit more, I ventured round the circle ringing plain courses on the 3 and 4, and eventually a touch.  I did try the 5 but alas it was a step to far turning in a much heavier bell to method work.

I came away from Bere Regis course refuelled with plenty of kindling to take back with me to my home tower, and many useful tips and tricks, handed down from our brave leader (Jack) and the other helpers.  It was a really relaxed atmosphere too which lended itself to a great learning experience.

Saturday lunchtime saw yet another quarter peal at Sacred Heart, Bournemouth in celebration of Kim Matthew’s retirement from her position as Librarian of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.  I shall fast forward to the shock I was in after the quarter peal had finished, when I truly discovered what ‘splicing methods’ actually meant!  I can only compare it to when school used to make me attempt the hurdles…you just have to keep going, even if you knock them all down!  I understood splicing methods to be a few methods rung one after the other after several touches/courses of each method, NOT methods running concurrently, and switching to and fro like an over-excited American pin-ball machine!  Ross made an amazing job of calling this complex quarter, which I can only imagine akin to being like reciting the Bible from memory…..backwards.  I was most fortunate to have Angie Jasper by my side on the 4 sorting my stumbles out very swiftly and efficiently.

From Sacred Heart, I had to hot foot it to Christchurch Priory, for our annual district meeting.  Here I had been roped in (excuse the pun), to playing the little box organ for the Evensong service in the Lady Chapel.  It was a very special atmosphere, especially as the incredible acoustics in there took the little organ and accompanied singing into the rafters.  I wish they would stop putting carpets down in churches.  Kills acoustics!  I faced two problems here. One that the organ had been placed next to the ringers tea table that had enough cake and sandwiches to fulfil even Paddington Bear, and had all been thoroughly wrapped in foil so having a sneaky sausage roll from the kitchen of Rob Skerton, mid service, was impossible.  The second problem was the lady that pulled on my arm during the exit voluntary, to stop me playing, which I dutifully did as I expected there to be an emergency…no such luck…it was an announcement about the toilet, and that vegetarian sandwiches were located on a separate table.  At least that meant this year the egg and marmite sandwiches were nowhere near the salmon paste!  I was also so pleased to matriculate from Acting Webmaster to Webmaster.  I was really very touched when so many raised their hands when asked for nominations.  I’m very much looking forward to arranging the district outing, and the skittles evening post striking competition at Fawley.

The next day was the forboding quarter peal of Grandsire Triples, and was confirmed by the band around me the evening before.  Off I headed to St. Michael’s Southampton in my Mystery Machine (ongoing joke, as you never know where you’ll end up….especially when I leave the handbrake off and head up tower).  St. Michael’s really is a fascinating place indeed.  Jack shoo’d me up the wooden spiral that winds its way through the innards of the organ (definitely needed going over with my DustBuster TM- poor pipes), and I entered the poshest, loftiest and most spacious ringing chamber I have ever been in.  I later found out that the church is the only medieval structure left within the city walls of Southampton, and that the Luftwaffe used it as a mapping point to their targets, so it never got bombed!

The band were all incredibly friendly and supportive.  St. Michael’s has a gorgeous ring of 10, with a lovely bright Gillet (bell founders) sound.  As a musician, sound is a vital factor to me, and it was a great help to hear each clear bell as I coursed up and down.  We only used the 8 bells for triples, would have loved to hear all 10 going.  The void across the ringing chamber floor between myself and the tenor was such that I thought I was going to have to send up smoke signals to communicate!  Again, it was another tower I left from with a spring in my step, chased back to the Mystery Machine by winter’s icy blast from the docks! Mother told me to put a hat on….why are they always right?

Finally, on Tuesday, I hared across the county to Cerne Abbas for the Hampreston Monthly Quarter Peal Day.  This month’s was arranged superbly by Angie Jasper.  It’s an incredible set up.  I’m unsure what the collective noun for bellringers is, but we all gather in an area with our rosters, and head off to various towers, interchanging bands, some ringing first attempts, crazy methods (Percy’s Tea Strainer Triples, Mental Block Minor etc), practice conducting, trebling, tenoring, ringing inside the method, and break for lunch, then do it all again at churches in deepest countryside for the afternoon shift. Seven quarter peals were rung that day between about 15 people.  Incredible.

I feel very honoured to be made welcome into this group in my early career as a ringer, and there’s always something for me to have a go at and push me.  Finally managed to negotiate my way through 1260 changes of St Nicholas Doubles (failed attempt at Christmas), and the afternoon shift saw me tenoring at Hilton to Eynesbury Doubles.  Sadly we didn’t get the attempt.  Really tricky bells, plain bearings, and keeping the tenor at the back and ‘up’ was a tough job, seeing use of blue inhaler.  Just to round the day off in true Murdock-Saint panache, I managed to fly base over apex down the last part of the tower stairs, my ankle currently doing a wonderful impression of the aurora borealis….well worth it however.  Driving home the 40 miles was interesting on the clutch, fortunately the petrol station had bagged ice for parties, which I strapped to the ankle with a towing rope.  Even though we did not get the attempt, we used the time to ring through a few different touches of the method, and it was great learning experience in handling a big and difficult tenor!

I would like to thank especially the following people in no particular order:

Kim Matthews, Polly Osborne, Ross Bradley, Angie & Mike Jasper, Sally Jenkins, Jimmy Hodkin, Jack Pease, for arranging these incredible opportunities in particular for new ringers.  The bell ringing community is really like a second family.  I must also thank my home tower teachers, David Lay, John and Liz Davey, Tim Kettle for their unending patience, understanding and time.

Looking forward to ringing with many of you over the coming year,

Over and out


Title photography by Jack R. Pease.

BBC to feature Southampton on Bells on Sunday

The BBC Bells on Sunday program is broadcast on Radio 4 early on Sundays and then is available on iPlayer
May 1st.   Southampton, St Michael.   Spliced Bristol & London No. 3 Surprise Royal.

May 13th.  Grafton Regis, Northants.    Plain bob Doubles.

May 20th.   Streatham, London.   Hortons 4 Spliced S. Major.

May 27th.   Adelaide Cathedral. Sth. Australia.   Grandsire Triples.

Southampton – Ringing Resumes Jan 7th

Hi all,
There is no ringing in Southampton now until the new year.
The nature of our local band is that most of us go away from Southampton to see family or friends over the festive period meaning we rarely have enough remaining ringers in the city for sessions to go ahead.
The next ringing with be Sunday 7th January at Bitterne Park.
The next practice will be Monday 8th January at St Mike’s.
On behalf of the SCR committee, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
Best wishes,
Vice-Master and Steeple Keeper.

**sorted** Wedding ringers needed Fri 15th Dec Southampton 2.20pm

Hi all,
We have a wedding in Southampton on Friday 15th December that has asked for bells. Due to being a weekday most of the local band are unavailable.
I currently have 4 ringers available, so still need to find 2. If you are available to ring please let me know.
Friday 15/12/17 – 2pm @ St Mike’s Southampton (Meet 14:20). Ring after only.

Surprise Royal Practice Southampton St Michael’s Sun 22nd Oct 2pm

Hi all,

To confirm the October surprise royal practice will be going ahead;

Sunday 22nd October = 14:00 – 15:30
PLEASE arrive for a 14:00 start, the last few practices we haven’t had 10 until close to half past
Methods: Bristol and C/Y/N spliced and single as required.

I look forward to seeing lots of you then!!




St George’s Day Ringing in Southampton

The Southampton City Ringers and friends marked St George’s day today with two quarter peals successfully scored in the city.

1282 Cambridge Surprise Royal was rung at St Michael’s first followed by 1280 Bristol Surprise Royal at St Mary’s afterwards.

Both quarter peals can be viewed on BellBoard;

St Michael’s –

St Mary’s –

This news was originally posted by Daniel Graham on the Southampton City Ringers Website

**Ringer Found!** – Surprise Royal Ringer Needed – Southampton 23rd April 2.30pm for St George’s Day

I now have a 10th ringer for the quarter peal at St Mike’s Southampton on Sunday. Thanks.


Hi all,

I’m one short for a quarter peal of Pudsey Surprise Royal on Sunday 23rd April 14:30 at St Michael’s Southampton. The treble has already gone. This will be for St George’s day.

If you are free, interested and can ring Pudsey 10 then please let me know.


Daniel Graham


Confirmed – Guild Surprise Royal Practice 30th April 2pm

Dear all,

The April surprise royal practice will go ahead.

Sunday 30th April, 14:00 – 15:30 at St Mike’s Southampton

Methods will include Cambridge, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, and new for this month PUDSEY.

(We may also ring Bristol and London if enough people attend but the focus method is Pudsey)

I look forward to hopefully seeing lots of you there!




Congratulations Mike Martin (Southampton City) – First of Treble Bob Major

Not content with trebling to a single method like most aspiring Surprise Ringers, Mike jumped right in at the deep end as Treble to Eight Spliced last Sunday. He humbly commented “They were desperate”.

Southampton University Guild
On Sunday, 4 December 2016 in 0h47
Southampton, Hampshire
St Michael Archangel
Tenor: 16–1–15 in F
1280 Spliced Surprise Major (8m)
1 Mike Martin
2 Kristian Scudamore
3 Steve Castle
4 Oliver Chaloner
5 Colin Butler
6 Daniel Graham
7 Pip Dillistone
8 Alex Tatlow (C)
First Treble Bob Major – 1
Rung by a Southampton City Centre band.

Daniel Graham Reports from the Southampton St Michael’s Practice Night

An enjoyable and rewarding practice night in Southampton last night at St Michael’s with a particularly good half course of Cambridge Royal and a nice touch of 8 spliced surprise major. Lots of other ringing too including Grandsire Triples/Caters, Stedman doubles and 4 spliced (CYNS) surprise major.

Next week, at Bitterne Park, we start our new venture of increasing our 8 bell repertoire, by starting to work through the methods in ‘Smiths 23’. First method is Cray Surprise Major.

As always all ringers welcome at any of our practices 🙂

Another Successful Guild Surprise Royal Practice

“…please thank everyone who rang on Sunday afternoon: the sound was glorious”

This feedback was from the vicar at St Michael’s Southampton about the ringing for the surprise royal practice which took place yesterday.

Many thanks to all those who made it, it was a successful afternoon with two decent half courses of Bristol Royal achieved along with Cambridge, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. A few people ringing things for the first ever time which is fantastic!

I will be in touch soon about the next practice, but the suggested date is Sunday 30th October.

Thanks. Dan

Surprise Royal Practice 25th September 2pm

Hi all,

I’m delighted to say we have now exceeded the minimum number required, and therefore the surprise royal practice will be going ahead this Sunday :-). 

Sunday 25th September, 14:00 – 15:30. 

St Michael’s Southampton 

Special method = Bristol Royal 

Cambridge/Yorkshire/Lincolnshire also rung. 

I look forward to seeing you then. 



Bells ring in Southampton for Heritage Open Day

This news originally posted on the Southampton City Ringers’ website:

Listen out for the bells of St Michael’s Southampton which will be ringing out today for the Southampton Heritage Open Day. 10am to 10.30am and then again from 1pm to 1.30pm.

If any ringers are in the area feel free to join us!


Updated – Changes to Southampton Ringing and St Michaels

Update from Daniel Graham on 31st August. The 9th at St Michael’s Southampton is now ringable again, following the visit of two of Matthew Higby’s team today.  A shifted bearing was repaired and all is now good again.



Please note that the 9th bell at St Michael’s Southampton is currently unringable with suspected gudgeon problems. Ringing is limited to the front 6 until this has been properly examined and the problem resolved.

Southampton City practices may be subject to tower changes so please check our website carefully before attending. Sunday morning ringing will continue on the front 6 for the time being.

Further updates will be published when more is known.


Steeple Keeper

Surprise Royal Practice – Tower now Confirmed – Sunday June 26th 2pm

Hi all,
The next Surprise Royal practice is scheduled for Sunday 26th June 14:00 – 15:30. This is going to be at St Michael’s Southampton.

Methods will include Cambridge, Yorkshire and Bristol.

The practice is open to anyone who wants to ring surprise Royal so please circulate to anyone who might be interested. It isn’t limited to  the W+P. Anyone is welcome!    
If you do intend on coming please let me know, just so I know who to expect.

5 Quarter Peals Rung by Southampton City Ringers to Celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday (Includes Videos)

This item by Daniel Graham was first published on the Southampton City Ringers’ website.

All of the Southampton towers rang out today to mark the official 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 5 quarter peals were successful scored (out of 5 attempted) and there was a fantastic standard of ringing all day.

Congratulations to all those who took part and special congratulations to Kristian/Oliver who called their firsts of Bob Caters and Major respectively, to Pip for first of Bristol and Yorkshire, and to Mike for first on 10.

The successful quarter peals

Quarter Peal 1 – Grandsire Caters at Bitterne Park

bitterne park photo by permission of Sotonbells
bitterne park photo by permission of Sotonbells

Southampton City Ringers

Southampton, Hampshire
The Ascension, Bitterne Park
Saturday, 11 June 2016 in 45 mins (8–1–13 in A♭)
1296 Grandsire Caters
Rosalind Martin
Colin J Butler
Ali Hunt
Timothy M Martin
Pip Dillistone
Ian Hunt
Kristian D Scudamore
Oliver Chaloner
Daniel Graham (C)
10 Mike Martin
Rung in Celebration of the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, on her Official Birthday
First on 10 – 10

Quarter Peal 2 – Plain Bob Caters at St Mary’sSt Mary Southampton Photo by David Forder

Southampton City Ringers
Southampton, Hampshire
St Mary
Saturday, 11 June 2016 in 49 mins (21–2–8 in E♭)
1296 Plain Bob Caters
Rosalind Martin
Pip Dillistone
Colin J Butler
Ali Hunt
Ian Hunt
Oliver Chaloner
Timothy M Martin
Daniel Graham
Kristian D Scudamore (C)
10 Mike Martin
Rung in Celebration of the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, on her Official Birthday
First plain bob caters as conductor

Quarter Peal 3 – Bristol Surprise Major at St Michael’s  

Southampton City Ringers

Southampton, Hampshire
St Michael Archangel
Saturday, 11 June 2016 in 47 mins (16–1–15 in F)
1280 Bristol Surprise Major
Timothy M Martin
Ali Hunt
Kristian D Scudamore
Ian Hunt
Pip Dillistone
Colin J Butler
Oliver Chaloner
8Daniel Graham (C)
Rung in Celebration of the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, on her Official Birthday
First of Bristol – 5

Quarter Peal 4 – Doubles at St Barnabas, Lodge Road

Southampton City Ringers
Southampton, Hampshire
St Barnabas
Saturday, 11 June 2016 in 30 mins (2–3–2 in F♯)
1290 Doubles (1p, 2m)
60 Stedman, 600 Plain Bob, 630 Grandsire.
1Pip Dillistone
2Rosalind Martin
3Oliver Chaloner
4Colin J Butler
5Daniel Graham (C)
6Kristian D Scudamore
Rung in Celebration of the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, on her Official Birthday

Quarter Peal 5 – Yorkshire Surprise Major at North Stoneham

North Stoneham Photograph by Rosemary Oakeshott
North Stoneham Photograph by Rosemary Oakeshott
Southampton City Ringers
North Stoneham, Hampshire
St Nicolas
Saturday, 11 June 2016 in 39 mins (10–1–16 in G)
1250 Yorkshire Surprise Major
Rosalind Martin
Timothy M Martin
Ali Hunt
Pip Dillistone
Colin J Butler
Ian Hunt
Daniel Graham
Oliver Chaloner (C)
Rung in Celebration of the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, on her Official Birthday
First of Yorkshire – 4
First Major as Conductor


The bells of Southampton will ring for the Queen – Saturday 10th June

A team of bell ringers will ring at 5 Southampton Churches on Saturday to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday. Ringing will last approximately 45 minutes at each venue. Members of the public are warmly encouraged to take time out of their normal Saturday activities to enjoy the sound of the bells!
15:30 – St Barnabas, Lodge Road (Dan, Colin, Kristian, Pip, Oliver + one other)
Image shows a band ringing at Bitterne Park.

Two Quarter Peals for St George’s Day in Southampton

Congratulations to Pip Dillistone (SUGCR and Southampton City) for scoring both First of Caters and First of Royal in one day.

Southampton City Ringers

Southampton, Hampshire

St Mary
Saturday, 23 April 2016 in 48 mins (21–2–8 in E♭)
1296 Grandsire Caters
Philip D Moyse
Peter Hill
Pip Dillistone
Christine Hill
Kristian D Scudamore
David J Mattingley
Oliver Chaloner
Colin J Butler
Daniel Graham (C)
10 Kieran Downer
Rung for St George’s Day
First quarter peal of caters – 3

Southampton City Ringers

Southampton, Hampshire
St Michael Archangel
Saturday, 23 April 2016 in 48 mins (16–1–15 in F)
1282 Cambridge Surprise Royal
Colin J Butler
Colin K Lovelock
Pip Dillistone
Ali Hunt
Adam F S Thorp
Daniel Graham (C)
Ian Hunt
Oliver Chaloner
David J Mattingley
10 Peter Hill
Rung for St George’s Day
First quarter peal of Royal – 3
Photo of St Mary’s by Southampton City Ringers 

WP Guild Surprise Royal Practice March 20th 2pm

Dear all,

A reminder that the next surprise royal practice is taking place next Sunday, details as below. If you are hoping to be there please let me know.

When: Sunday 20th March 14:00 – 15:30
Where: St Michael’s Southampton
Methods: Cambridge, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and London No 3 Surprise Royal.

Look forward to seeing lots of you there.

Best Wishes,

Dan Graham

Southampton City Ringers’ Practice Plans over Easter 2016

There will be no ringing practice on Monday 14th March due to the tower AGM taking place, or on Monday 21st March due to Holy Week. We will make a decision shortly as to whether there will be a practice or a quarter peal on Easter Monday (28th March), please keep an eye on the calendar for updates.



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