Category Archives: Brighstone

Visitors Tour Isle of Wight

A group from the Basingstoke area, led by Vice-Master Pete Jordan, toured the Island last Saturday and spent the day ringing  at six of our towers.

Among those rung were Freshwater, Brighstone and Godshill .

Final ring of the day was Ryde with its heavy 26.2cwt. I found them all gaining sustenance for the last tower of the day eating fish and chips on the church lawn!

The group set sail from Cowes as the sun was setting. I hope you all enjoyed your day ‘overseas’.

BRIGHSTONE WELCOME NEW RECTOR

Following his licensing during the afternoon a quarter peal was rung at Brighstone on Sunday (22nd) to welcome the new rector, Revd Clive Todd and his wife Carolyne. OK, so we have to share him with Shalfleet, Thorley, Calbourne, Newtown, Shorwell, Mottistone & Brook but I’m sure we will all cope!

Church of St Mary the Virgin
Sunday, 22 April 2018 in 39mins (7–1–15 in B♭)
1260 Grandsire Triples
1 Stephen Noyes (C)
2 Sue Mansfield
3 Rodney Downer
4 Beccy Noyes
5 Clarissa Turton
6 Dan Ruszczyk
7 Caroline May
8 Ann Morris
First Grandsire Triples inside: 5
We welcome both to our Island and wish them well for the future.

COMPETITION REMEMBERS DON EXELL

Brighstone hosted the 8-Bell Striking Competition in memory of Don Exell on Saturday, 14th April. This is the first time the tower have been able to host an 8-bell event with the addition of the two extra bells being inaugurated last year.

Six teams entered the first Island competition of the year for a lovely afternoon of ringing and socialising amongst Island ringers.

Paul Miller acted as judge and Margaret Downer, Isle of Wight District Deputy Ringing Master, thanked him for standing in at short notice.

Teams entered in the following order: 1, Brighstone (call changes); 2, Brighstone  (Grandsire Triples); 3, Brading (call changes); 4, Ryde (Grandsire Triples); 5, Shanklin/Swanmore (call changes); 6, Under-30s scratch team (call changes).

Following his deliberations Paul gave advice and suggestions to all teams as to how to improve but did say that 49 years ago when he moved to the Island and joined Ryde team there were no 8-bell teams of any note so was pleased to see that in our lifetime ringing on the Island had come so far as to be able to sport six teams for a competition, something that would have been unheard of, even 25 years ago!

In giving the results he did say he had been harsh in his marking but hoped this would be to our advantage and help us with improving our ringing in general. The inexperienced teams were particularly to be congratulated on their sterling efforts.

The final result was as follows: 1st, Ryde (48 faults); 2nd, Brighstone Grandsire team (86 faults); 3rd Brighstone call change team (114 faults); 4th, Brading (146 faults).

Team 5 (Shanklin/Swanmore) were unfortunately unmarked as even with a gallant effort by all they didn’t complete the piece required. The Under-30s scratch team didn’t enter as competitors but to give their young team the experience of competition ringing, the youngest being just 7 years old in the last few days!

With all the enthusiasm shown this afternoon this bodes well for Island ringing into the future.

Tea and cakes were served by the Brighstone team so a big thank you to them for their hospitality. To Paul we also offer our thanks for an onerous job well done.

Ryde tower captain, John Stock, receives the Don Exell Trophy from judge Paul Miller at the conclusion of the competition.

Photo courtesy of Mary Tester.

Brading Rise to the Challenge

Saturday, 7th October, saw the annual competition take place on the Island for the Fred Green Memorial Change Ringing shield. Fred was a ringer of long standing at Freshwater and this year the competition took place at his home tower. Freshwater is a 6-bell tower with a 17cwt tenor.

Five towers entered the competition with a scratch team made up to give us something to aim for! 120 changes of any method of Doubles or Minor can be rung.

Julian Hemper from Devizes in Wiltshire, a former Ryde ringer, journeyed over to judge the afternoon’s efforts. His helpful comments after the ringing and before announcing the awarded points were all taken on board and appreciated by all the teams.

First to ring were the team from Ryde, who suffered a mishap with the treble during the 2-minute trial which unsettled the team a bit. Next to ring were Brading, followed by Shanklin, Freshwater, Brighstone and finally the scratch team, Team Isle of Wight (TIOW). The order of points awarded were as follows: 1st, Brading (12½ faults); 2nd, Brighstone ( 16½ faults); 3rd were the TIOW but were not challenging for the shield (17 faults); 3rd, Shanklin (19½ faults); 4th, Ryde (21 faults); 5th Freshwater (32½ faults). So with only 20 points between first and fifth a very credible afternoon of ringing.

The team from Brading were: 1, Robyn Downer; 2, Marghanita Allen; 3, Geoff Wilkins; 4, Margaret Downer; 5, Revd Barry Downer (conductor); 6, Kieran Downer.

Photo shows the winning team with (left to right): judge Julian Hemper, Revd Barry Downer, Marghanita Allen, Robyn Downer, Kieran Downer, Margaret Downer and Geoff Wilkins with mascot Mitchell holding the well deserved certificate.

Our thanks to District Master Jenny Brudenell and Secretary Mary Tester for organising the event, to Julian for making the supreme effort of battling our transport system and especially to the Freshwater team for the superb spread of sandwiches and cakes to go with the tea and coffee. In all a very sociable afternoon.

ISLE OF WIGHT DAY CELEBRATIONS

Saturday, 23rd September, is Isle of Wight Day and to celebrate lots of events were organised and took place across the Island.

Bell ringing included general ringing from Newchurch, with a 9am start! Ryde, Swanmore, Brading and Shanklin also took part and a quarter peal at Brighstone was scored.

Brighstone, Isle of Wight
St Mary the Virgin
Saturday, 23 September 2017 in 37mins (7–1–15 in B♭)
1260 Plain Bob and Grandsire Doubles
1 Rodney Downer
2 Clarissa Turton
3 Beccy Noyes
4 Dan Ruszczyk
5 Stephen Noyes (C)
6 Caroline P Jones
First quarter: 6
For Isle of Wight Day
Kieran Downer watches nephew Mitchell at Shanklin as he rings the tenor.
(Photo Marghanita Allen)

BRIGHSTONE FIRST PEAL ON 8

Today, Sunday, 20th August, 2017, will go down in Isle of Wight history as the day Brighstone rang it’s first peal on 8 bells. Also rang by an all Isle of Wight band so congratulations all round to Brighstone ringers.

Now recorded in The Ringing World for the first time the band were as follows:

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Brighstone, Isle of Wight
St Mary the Virgin
Sunday, 20 August 2017 in 2h37 (7–1–15 in B♭)
5040 Grandsire Triples
Composed by A J Pitman
1 Rachel J Ruszczyk
2 Caroline J C May
3 Kieran Downer
4 Margaret E Downer
5 Stephen P Noyes (C)
6 Beccy Noyes
7 Revd Barry M Downer
8 Dan Ruszczyk
First on 8: 1, 2, 8
First on the bells since augmentation, on the last major change ringing project from Whitechapel.
This is also unique by the fact this was one of the final project’s completed by Whitechapel Bell Foundry at its London site before closing the premises recently.
I understand the air conditioning is not yet in place at Brighstone’s ringing chamber so fans were used, but unfortunately Dan trod on one of the leads part-way through and pulled the lead from its socket, thereby raising the temperature for all involved!
I’m sure departure to the local pub for a celebratory drink quickly followed the completion of the peal.

Dedication of the new bells at Brighstone Sunday 16th July 3pm

The bell ringers of St. Mary’s Church, Brighstone would like to invite you to the dedication of the church’s two new bells by the Right Reverend Christopher Foster, Bishop of Portsmouth.

The service will take place on Sunday 16th July at 3.00 pm and will be followed by refreshments and general ringing.

Sunday Triples for Brighstone

Brighstoner’s were treated to Grandsire Triples on a Sunday by the local ringers for very the first time today (Sunday, 4th June); just a plain course, but absolutely no conducting required, and high quality suitable for service. It went so well that we did it again later, and perhaps rang it even better.

Also, the cheque for our air conditioning was signed today and the order will be in the post tomorrow, so practices will become rather more confortable in the very near future. Summer can then arrive.

NEW BRIGHSTONE EIGHT READY TO RING!

Brighstone bells are now a proper ring of eight, have a nice well balanced sound in the ringing room, and have had their first taste of Grandsire Triples. There is still lots to do painting, tidying up and sorting things out, and eighteen in the tower on Monday reminded us that the plans for air conditioning will pay off! No service this Sunday 30th so no ringing, but normal practices start again next week.

Brighstone Augmentation in Full Swing

Brighstone have been augmented and is now a FIVE bell tower! The concrete around the frame on the front three needs to cure and then the bell hanger will return shortly to setup all eight bells.

The installation went really well, with only a few rusted wheel bolts to hold things up, and a lot of hard work (and a lot of flapjacks and ginger cake) for all involved. Ringing is currently on the back five for Sunday then practices resume on eight starting in May.

Bell donated by the Society for the Preservation of Isle of Wight Church Bells being raised into place.

We will post again when all is finished and the new Brighstone 8 are ready to use. No doubt all you tower grabbers on the South Coast will be making visits to us this year. Join the queue!

As part of the Brexit process, it is proposed that visits to the Isle of Wight will now need a valid passport (!) Oh April 1st has passed hasn’t it!

BRIGHSTONE CASTS ITS FUTURE

Seven Brighstone ringers travelled to Whitechapel Bell Foundry last Friday (3rd February) to watch their two new bells being cast.

 

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This was probably the penultimate casting day before its closure in May to be made at the foundry, which has been at the present site since 1738, the bells are about 3cwt but the exact weight of the new bells won’t be known until after tuning.

 

 

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A steel bell frame is also being engineered which will take one of the existing 6 bells plus the two new bells, again possibly the last frame to be made at the present Whitechapel site.

The augmentation project was given more urgent impetus recently by the announcement of the Whitechapel foundry closing its factory shortly and is being funded by a grant from the Society for the Preservation of Isle of Wight Church Bells together with local funding from the ringing community.

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My thanks to Steve Noyes for information and Steve and Rachel Ruszczyk  for permission to use the photographs.

Archdeacon of The Isle of Wight joins in Brighstone practice

Viv our Guild’s Public Relations Officer had met up with Peter, the Island’s Archdeacon a while back. They’d been working together on the Isle of Wight Day ringing bonanza initiative in September.
Archceacon Ringing with Steve Noyes at BrighstoneViv invited Peter to attend a ringing practice and Steve and Beccy Noyes suggested a Tuesday evening,-at Brighstone, the simulator practice night.

It was a great evening; we arrived to the splendour of the church brilliantly lit up inside. It was wonderfully decorated for the annual Christmas Tree Festival. There was a gathering of choirs rehearsing and then the ringers were upstairs – the church was really alive!

In the ringing room, much training activity was going on and obvious progress was being made by the locals, including three young ringers.

Peter seemed to enjoy soaking up the very positive atmosphere. One of the young ringers gave him an enthusiastic and informative lesson explaining call changes, using the little wooden templates.
Peter was intrigued by the use of computer and simulator – permitting a full ringing practice but with no outside noise from the actual bells that would have disturbed the choirs downstairs – and he was curious as to how the faults for striking were calculated.
The hour-and-a-half whizzed by but, even so, Peter had several rings included rounds at the end of the evening. He did very well indeed ably coached by Steve.
A great time was had by all and we look forward to seeing Peter
“On the end of a rope” in another Island tower.

Applications are open for the 2016 ART Awards

The ART Awards are a new national and international scheme intended to recognise the people and groups who are successful in teaching and training ringers.

Further to the success of the inaugural 2015 ART Awards, nominations are now open for the 2016 ART Awards and this includes two new awards. These awards are open to everyone, not just ART Members or those using ‘Learning the Ropes’ scheme (unless otherwise specified). The aim is to encourage and recognise the people and groups leading best practice and innovation in the teaching and development of ringing.

Applications are OPEN NOW until 31 December 2016, with the ART Awards being presented at the ART Conference 2017 on Saturday 11 March 2017 at the ART Conference at Old Basing, Hampshire.

If you would like to nominate someone for one of the categories or would like to find out more just click on this link  It’s very interesting especially as St Mary’s, Brightone, IOW won The Sarah Beecham Youth Groups Award last year!

 

RINGERS ACROSS THE ISLAND TO HELP CELEBRATE ISLE OF WIGHT DAY!

http://www.isleofwightday.com/

A wonderful opportunity for some ringing thanks to a request to us from the Island’s High Sheriff.

Plenty of fun to be had… why not seek out the bells and the Ringers’ Tea?

Here are the latest details:

  • 10.30 a.m. Shanklin . (Quarter Peal)
  • 11.00 a.m. Whitwell
  • Just before 12 noon Brighstone
  • Just before    1 p.m. Brighstone
  • 1 p.m. Brading (Quarter Peal)
  • 2 p.m. Carisbrooke.
  • 3 p.m. Newport
  • 3 p.m. St. Michael’s, Swanmore, Ryde.
  • 4.15 p.m. – 5.30 p.m Freshwater………..Ringing and Ringers’ Tea with
 Isle of Wight Cake
  • 6 p.m. – 7.15 p.m. Shorwell.

QUITE A DAY!!

  • CHALE is dedicating its Sunday service ringing to this great event

Presentation of the Sarah Beacham Award 

The Brighstone Band won the Sarah Beacham Award back in March – their certificate was presented to them on Friday 5th August by Stephanie Warboys from the Association of Ringing Teachers.
Photos show l-r Clare McArdle, Steve Noyes, Beccy Noyes, Rose Horton

Portsmouth Diocesan Newspaper runs centre spread on Bell Ringing

This Month’s edition of Pompey Chimes (which is handed out in all the churches in the Portsmouth Diocese, and reaches about 8000 readers) is running a centre spread which includes 3 articles on bell ringing, covering news from Ryde and Brighstone (Isle of Wight) and Wickham (Winchester District), as well as the forcoming visit to Portsmouth of delegates from the Central Council of Church Bellringers, for their Annual General Meeting.

 

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Click image to see a more readable, pdf, version of this!

 

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.

It’s the final countdown for W & P’s Young Ringers.

With just one more practice today at Carisbrooke to go, the countdown to the Inaugural  South East Youth  Striking Contest on Saturday has begun for our young ringers.

W and P’s team  has 8 young people .. four from Guernsey (students at Elizabeth College and also ringers at Town Church) and four from The Isle of Wight (Brading, Brighstone Newport and Shorwell towers).

It is quite interesting to see what they will all be getting up to all day.

Guild Master Viv Knobbs said;

“This has been a great opportunity for young ringers from two Districts to work constructively together and to have fun!
We hope that it’ll be a positive event to help keep them motivated and interested in their ringing.
Assuming the contest is successful in its first year, we’d hope to be invited again; we’d be able to have more time to plan ahead and to work towards more of our  “W and P” young ringers being involved next year. “Win, win” then!”

We wish all of them the very best of luck!

Inaugural South East England Youth Striking Contest!!

Brighstone (IoW) Wins the ART Sarah Beacham Youth Group Award

At the Association of Ringing Teachers’ AGM today in Loughborough, it was announced that Brighstone (IoW) won The Sarah Beacham Youth Group Award

The Sarah Beacham Youth Group Award

WINNER
St Mary’s Brighstone, Isle of Wight

Features that impressed the judges:
Flexibility and responsiveness to the specific development needs of the different age groups and clear planning to address retention.

Highly Commended
Old North Berks Branch of the Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers

The Edingers

ART association-of-ringing-teachersAlso nominated: The Wednesday Campanile Group, EDA Young Ringers and The Yardley Hastings, St Andrew Youth Band

Full report of ART awards winners: click here

QP of 8 Doubles Methods by Local Brighstone Band

Brighstone, Isle of Wight
Sunday, 6 March 2016 in 36mins (7-1-15)
1260 Doubles (8m/V/p)
60 Stedman, 240 each Reverse Canterbury, Plain Bob, Grandsire, 120 each Cliffords Pleasure, April Day, Wychbold, Dedworth
Clarissa Turton
Jenny Brudenell
Dan Ruszczyk
Rachel Ruszczyk
Stephen Noyes (C)
Beccy Noyes
Most m/v/p: 2,3,4
By a local band on Mothering Sunday

A brief History of the bells at Brighstone by Steve Noyes

Brighstone Logo_smallIn 1740 the Brighstone bells were recast, rehung and augmented to five. The work was done by Joshua Kipling of Portsmouth, known as a good producer of moulds but a poor designer of bells. A brass gun which was housed in a ‘gun house’, at one time next to the north side of the tower, is believed to have been incorporated into the bell metal at this time. The original treble (the present second) became cracked in 1780 and was recast by Thomas Mears in 1800. The bells were again rehung by Mears and the second bell (present third) was recast in 1877; the inscription “SUCCESS TO THE GREAT ADMIRAL VERNON” and the impressions of the Vernon medal are thought to have been lost from the bell during this casting. In 1961 the present bells were recast and rehung and a new treble was added, being the gift of Frank Cheverton in memory of his wife.

Treble  IN MEMORY OF
MURIEL KATHLEEN,
DEARLY LOVED WIFE OF
F.A.CHEVERTON, RUDCOT.
DIED JANUARY 16TH 1960MEARS
1961
LONDON
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2  IN THE YEAR 1740 JOHN LORD ZEALOUS FOR THE PROMOTION OF CAMPANALOGIAS
ART CAUSED ME TO BE FABRIGATED IN PORTSMOUTH AND PLACED IN THIS TOWER
60 YEARS I LED THE PEAL WHEN I WAS UNFORTUNATELY BROKEN
IN THE YEAR 1800 I WAS CAST INTO THE FURNACE REFOUNDED IN LONDON AND
RETURNED TO MY FORMER STATION: READER THOU ALSO SHALT KNOW A RESURECTION
MAY IT BE UNTO ETERNAL LIFE WILLIAM CHIP & DAVID WAY CH.WARDENS
THOS MEARS FECIT RECAST 1961
3-3-17  F
3 MEARS & STAINBANK FOUNDERS 1877
RECAST 1961
 4-1-27  D#
4 GOD PRESERVE THE BRITIS ARMES 1740
JOSHUA KIPLING FECIT
RECAST
1961
 4-2-27  D
5  PROSPERITY TO THE PARISH OF BRIXTON
JOSHUA KIPLING FECIT
RECAST
1961
 5-3-5  C
Tenor  MR JOHN LORD MR THOMAS JOLIF CHURCHWARDENS 1740
JOSHUA KIPLING FECIT
RECAST
1961
MEARS LONDON
 7-1-15  A#

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