Category Archives: Arreton

ISLAND DAY OF FUNDRAISING FOR WWI PROJECT

Saturday saw the Isle of Wight bell ringers come together and pull all the stops out to have a day of remembrance, ringing and raising funds for the World War I Books of Remembrance.

St Thomas’s at Newport was the gathering point at 10am where we managed to have enough ringers to ring 10 of the 12 bells, however things didn’t go quite as plain sailing as we had hoped as in addition to the already broken stay on the 8 we managed to pair the 7 with it as well! Sorry Newport!

Visiting ringers from the Guildford Guild area of Dunsfold joined us for the day also together with visitors joining us for ringing at the various towers en route.

We did, however, remember the three ringers from this tower who lost their lives in the Great War. They were William John Curtis Millgate, Alfred James Hale and Frederick James Chiverton.

Viv and Graham Nobbs then cycled to Godshill as part of the challenge for the day’s fundraising, distributing leaflets and cajoling passers by with bell ringing information and recruitment on the Island.

At Godshill we gathered speed with more ringers joining the day out and here we remembered local ringer F. Dennis.

We managed some method ringing here too and, adding insult to injury, as Viv called to chime Queens at the lower the rope on the treble fell to the floor in front of her. Thankfully things improved from thereon!

Lunch was then taken at various venues with some of us taking advantage of the superb weather and enjoying a picnic in the recreation ground at Godshill, with Toby Teddy supplied by Shanklin Sports Shop and Toymaster as mascot for the day leading the way.

The group then split into two with Viv and Graham heading off on their bikes again to Whitwell, where ringer Cyril George Petchey was remembered and then onto Niton where tea and cake were on offer to those taking part by the local band there.
The second group, led by John Stock, headed off to Arreton followed by the last stop at Brading where the intended Teddy Bear picnic didn’t quite happen but Brading ringers put on a good tea with some more ringing.
The day was more successful than we could have imagined and we thank all who took part in whatever way you participated. It was a mammoth task organising the day but the weather made all the difference.
At the end the total toward the World War I Project ended with £326 being raised. A huge effort from island ringers who deserve a huge thank you for their efforts.
John Stock
Pictures supplied by Jan Richardson and Viv Nobbs.

ISLE OF WIGHT ON SATURDAY IS THE PLACE TO BE!

If you are not able to read this go to the PDF file at the bottom or visit our webpage, sorry it was the best I could do in the time.

It is all for a good cause so if any of you ‘North Islanders’ fancy a day out please come and join us and help raise some funds for the Great War Commemoration volumes project.

 

 

ride and car event 5 may

teddy tea party 5 may

Arreton Ringer’s First Quarter Peal

Arreton ringer Gerry Faulkner romped through his first ever quarter peal at St George’s Church, Arreton, on Sunday.

Gerry covered for the quarter peal, which was rung ahead of St George’s Day on Monday for the Church’s Patronal Festival, and is the first to be rung there since August 2016, so a very special event by local ringers.

After 13 years of being a ringer he was finally persuaded to take the plunge and is another one of our Island band of senior ringers to achieve that.

We congratulate him most warmly on the achievement and hope this will be the first of yet more to come!

The successful quarter is recorded for Ringing World as follows:
Arreton, Isle of Wight
St George
Sunday, 22 April 2018 in 41 mins (8–2–0 in A♭)
1260 Doubles (5m)
240 each of St Simon’s, St Martin’s, Plain Bob, Reverse Canterbury. 300 Grandsire.
1 Caroline May
2 Margaret Downer
3 Rodney Downer
4 Kieran Downer
5 Barry Downer (C)
6 Gerald Faulkner
First quarter – 6
For Patronal Festival

ARRETON NEED NEW TOWER CAPTAIN

Tower Captain at Arreton, Paul Wise, has decided after many years of hard work, to resign from the post of tower captain.

There are no members of the team able or willing to take on the task so this leaves ringing at the tower in a state of flux for the moment.

There will be practices tonight and for the next two weeks but after that the issue is less clear. The district will need to decide who will be contact for visitors etc.  so would currently suggest any contact should be directed through our District Secretary, Mary Tester.

As further details emerge or are resolved I will try to keep you all up to speed with developments.

Mary Tester’s details are currently available on the District webpage.

To reiterate, the last practice under Paul’s direction will take place on Monday, 12th February. Hopefully we shall have news about how a resolution can be achieved before that. I will post news on the Arreton webpage as things develop.

There is our Annual District Meeting on Saturday, 17th February, so I’m guessing this topic will be high on the Agenda.

Paul, and his other half, Joyce, have worked long and hard to keep Arreton as a ringing tower and a great debt of appreciation and gratitude is due to them both.

QUEEN’S GUIDE AWARD FOR IoW BELLRINGER CERISE

Cerise Moody from Lake has been awarded the Queen’s Guide Award, the highest attainable award for members of the Girlguiding movement.

In order to achieve the Queen’s Guide award, Cerise had to successfully complete 5 different areas of personal challenge. She chose Bellringing for her “personal challenge”, and has continued as a member of her band, ringing at Brading, and also at Arreton when she can fit it around her Guiding commitments!

To read the full story (from Bake Off to Peak Camp) click here

Quarter Peal for the event – click here

Shanklin Band Wins the Fred Green Change Ringing Competition 2016

Congratulations to Shanklin who came first in the Fred Green change ringing competition on Saturday. Daniel Graham was our able judge. The competition took place at Arreton – thanks for the tea and cake! Seven teams took part.
1st Shanklin
2nd Brading
3rd Godshill
4th Ryde.
Well done all who entered.
Mary Tester

Open Afternoon at Arreton

This coming Saturday, 22nd October, St George’s Church, Arreton, will be holding an open afternoon from 1pm – 4pm.

Anybody interested in bell ringing, or intrigued by all the recent publicity, is welcome to come along and see what bell ringers get up to and perhaps have a go yourself to see if you fancy joining one of our Island groups.

Competent ringers also welcome to help out please. Also if you are a visiting ringer on the Island this weekend please feel free to pop along and make yourself known to Paul.

If you would like any further information please contact Paul Wise, Tower Captain, at Arreton.

DELVING INTO ISLAND BELL RINGING HISTORY

I have spent this morning at the Island Archive building at Newport delving through 250 years of Island bell ringing history with the tomes of William Rayner, very odd to think I may be the first to have looked at some of these pages in 200 years! His records go back to 1771 so history just oozes from the pages.

Just look at the writing and how beautifully it is done, better than my handwriting that’s for sure! Lot’s of information to see and so interesting when taken in context with the time.

These are available for anyone to have a look at now they have been dusted off and the absolutely brilliant staff now know what they are.

The history of these volumes is remarkable in the fact that they were discovered on the mainland in 1921 by Lady Hampshire after the death of her husband who apparently had acquired them in a box of books at a second-hand shop somewhere and at some time during his life and it was only by luck she had contacted Newport bell ringers to ask if they would like them returned. There is a letter amongst the books to confirm this.

History is brilliant isn’t it! As Island Peal Recorder I now have a lot more work to do in collating all this information

From the volumes of William Rayner's records
From the volumes of William Rayner’s records

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FOUR TEAMS COMPETE FOR DON EXELL TROPHY

Four teams comprising teams from Brading, Brighstone, a Godshill/Arreton band and a Ryde/Godshill/Newport band  competed for the Don Exell Memorial 8-Bell Striking Competition Trophy yesterday (16th April) at Newport Minster.

Ryde emerged first, retaining the trophy for the third year, with Brading, second. A big thank you to all taking part and to Newport tower for hosting the event and supplying the always necessary tea and cakes.

Ringing was difficult on these bells for those not used to ringing on larger rings of bells but well done to all for participating and making such a social event possible.

We also thank the judge (Andrew) for coming over from the Mainland to do the judging under what were sometimes challenging circumstances, with visitors trying to interrupt the proceedings.

A Brief Report on Our Executive Committee  Meeting

STARTING WITH THE REALLY IMPORTANT BIT:

At the Guild AGM in Alresford on 2nd of July The Guild Committee needs a whole new team of officers to be elected.

This incredible Committee has steered the Guild into a new era. The Plans are in place, the signposts show the way and the commitment to improve, educate and modernise this vibrant and active community is stronger now than ever before. SO, Please think seriously about helping us to keep the Guild and ringing moving forward. If you have been a secretary or treasurer for a school committee, if you can take minutes or type them up from a Dictaphone recording, if you like collecting data or think ringing needs to have a different voice in the Central Council, now is the time to say ‘do you know what? I could give it a try’. The posts becoming vacant are:

  • Master
  • Vice-Master
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Librarian
  • Peal recorder
  • Report Editor
  • Minutes Secretary
  • CC reps (five of them)
  • Child Protection Officer
  • Independent Examiner
  • BRF Trustees for the two dioceses

Other Noteworthy Items:

On a cold and sunny morning on 12th of March The Executive Committee Meeting was held in St Barnabas Church Hall in Southampton. 24 members were present with 8 apologies.

We all stood whilst the names of those who have passed away since November were read out.

  • Roy Grayson    (Purbrook)
  • Roy Howard    (Freshwater)
  • Tom Metcalfe    (Blackmoor)
  • Ramon A Stone (life member, West Meon)
  • David Yates    (Arreton)
  • Martin Routh    (Former Tower Captain at Amport)
  • Colin Nicholson     (Formerly of St Peter Port)

With no matters arising from the last minutes the reports and accounts were accepted.

Interesting and noteworthy was that;

  • Our Hon. Librarian and Archivist Bruce Purvis had asked for a budget increase to buy volumes of Order and Disorder which contain ringing extracts from 18th and 19th century newspapers.
  • The Belfry Stewardship Committee planned on visiting and inspecting Droxford.
  • The Bell Restoration Fund gave a report on the Trustees’ Meeting; David Mattingley said there were grants outstanding to All Saints’, Basingstoke augmented from 9 to 10 and awaiting sign-off by the Belfry Stewardship Committee, Houghton where work had started, and Ecchinswell where fundraising was continuing. At Wherwell higher priority work in the church had been identified and so the outstanding grant would be reduced to zero and the church asked to reapply when they were in a position to proceed with the bell restoration. A new grant application had been received from Northington where the plan was now to augment from 3 to 6 at a cost of £17,000 of which £13,500 had already been raised. The Trustees recommended a grant of £2,000. The Trustees agreed with Hugh Routh who pointed out that work on three clappers which was part of the original project specification had not been done and we should not pay grants towards the same work twice.
  • Greg Jordan was elected onto the Striking Competition Committee
  • These fine folks will be presented with Life Membership certificates at the AGM, after completing 50 years of membership!   Congratulations to you all: John Croft (Winchester District Chairman), Alan Hoar of Odiham, Maureen Routh of Steep and  Ronald Tipper of Buriton.

The Master reviewed The Guild Action Plan and  suggested the setting up of 3 working groups:

  • A small working group will be set up to consider the content, format and production costs of The Annual Guild Report. Discussions revolved around how many reports to print IE 1 per person or 1 per  tower, sending it out digitally and if it could be produced in a more cost effective way.
  • Interestingly, A working group to consider the compilation, presentation and costs of books, listing performances rung between 2014 and 2018 commemorating the WWI fallen, to be presented to Winchester and Portsmouth Cathedrals, and that the working group be authorised to register interest with the Heritage Lottery Fund.
  • Excitingly, A working group to consider the possibility of a centralised Ringing Training School for teaching new ringers.

The Committee were happy to support a funding request of £400 towards travel expenses of a joint team of young ringers from the Isle of Wight and Channel Islands Districts to represent the Guild in the competition at Epsom on Sat 2nd April 2016. The rest of the money would be found by the youngsters and their families by fund-raising. We wish them well.

After much discussion a rethink was agreed on the ‘welcome pack’ for new ringers. Whilst people though it (The ART Discover Ringing booklet and a contacts list) was a good idea, just who to give it to e.g. not many probationary members become ringers and how to get it to them was of concern.

The Communications Exec member gave a presentation on Social Media extolling its virtues and its pitfalls.

Future Dates worth noting are;

In the ‘Any Other Business’ section issues discussed were;-

  • The arrangements for the Central Council (CCCBR) weekend at the end of May are well under way. There has been a good response to calls volunteers and Guild members are encouraged and welcome to attend the open meeting and Songs of Praise service both on Sunday afternoon.
  • If a volunteer can be found the requests for Guild sweatshirt production can continue.
  • If there was a form for making a bequest to the Guild. The answer was no it can be put into your Will.
  • Ropley Church was expected to be rebuilt between 2016-2018.
  • The Master promoted the Mid-Monthly Ringing Tours & the next one is on 13th April.

We were all done by 12:00  Then a long and very fast quarter peal of Grandsire Doubles ensued.

Funeral of David Yates, Arreton

Paul Wise, Tower Captain of Arreton, has asked me to post the sad news that on the afternoon of the 14th of December David Yates lost his battle with cancer and passed away at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice. The funeral will be held on 23rd December at Arreton Church at 11.30am. Any further information please direct to Paul Wise.

Arreton Photograph by John Palk
Arreton Photograph by John Palk

Celebrating the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Christine and Gerry Faulkner (Arreton)

christine and gerald faulkner 50th anniversary

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild

St Andrew (Chale), Isle of Wight
Thursday, 10 December 2015 in 42 min
1260 Grandsire Doubles
1 Caroline May
2 June Mitchell
3 John R Stock
4 Glynne Knight
5 Revd Barry Downer (C)
6 Ken May
Rung to Celebrate the 50th Wedding Anniversary tomorrow of Christine and Gerry Faulkner, ringers at Arreton.
And a second quarter:
Arreton, Isle of Wight
St George
Friday, 11 December 2015 in 39mins (8–2–0 in A♭)
1269 Cambridge Surprise Minor
1 John Stock
2 Caroline May
3 June Mitchell
4 Margaret Downer
5 Barry Downer
6 Kieran Downer (C)
Rung in celebration of the Golden Wedding Anniversary of Christine and Gerald Faulkner, ringers at this church and married here on 11th December 1965

14 in a day challenge – Simon Edwards reports

Simon Edwards writes:

Last Saturday (31st May) a group of us attempted – and succeeded – in ringing a quarter peal on each of the Isle of Wight’s 14 towers, the first time all 14 have been done in a day. Aside from the madcap challenge, the idea was to raise some money towards the Brading Bells restoration fund, and at last hearing we had over £750 in the pot for this!! If anyone still wishes to donate to this worthwhile cause, please contact Daniel Graham I have produced a video memoir from a fantastic albeit exhausting day out and hope people enjoy watching. Click here to see details of the quarters

Guild Mid Monthly Meeting Isle of Wight 18th June 2014

IoW-newchurch
Newchurch

11.00 – 12.00 Newchurch, All Saints, GF, 6, 7-0-19, SZ561855.
Parking at Church or in Village Car Park

Lunch The White Lion, Arreton, PO30 3AA
Parking in Car Park

IoW-arreton
Arreton

14.00 – 15.00 Arreton, S George, GF, 6, 8-2-0, SZ534867

15.30 – 16.15 Brading, S Mary the Virgin, 8, 9-3-19, SZ606873
Parking in Pay Car Park

Organised by June Mitchell (xxxxxx) and Maureen Kelly (xxxxxx)

Brading
Brading

All are welcome whether beginner or expert.

A poster in PDF format is here  please display in your tower.

Kind regards
David