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TEACHING THE TEACHERS – Training Day – Saturday 8th December – Carisbrooke


Date: Saturday 8th December

Venue:  St, Mary’s Church and Church Hall, Carisbrooke. Isle of Wight

Time: 9.15 a.m. – 5 p.m.

There might well be a few places available for this course. It’s very likely we can assist with transport from Cowes to Carisbrooke (and back!) on the day.

If you’d like to join us, please ‘phone Viv 01983 530920 or email


Programme for the Day
09.15 –  9.30


9.30  –  9.45

Arrival at Carisbrooke Church Hall next to Village Car Park for Registration, tea or coffee.

Welcome & Introduction

9.45 – 10.20 Theory 1: Teaching a skilled activity
10.20 – 11.15 Practical 1a: The basic components
  Tea or Coffee and Biscuits
11.30 – 12.10 Theory 2: Becoming a good teacher
12.10 – 1.10 Practical 1b: Joining both strokes together
  Lunch – sandwiches and soup provided in hall.
1.45 – 2.40 Practical 2: Teaching ringing up and down
2.40 – 3.20 Theory 3: Solving handling problems
  Tea or Coffee and Cakes
3.40 – 4.30 Practical 3: Solving common handling problems
4.30. – 5.00 And Finally…. Summary, what next  & Q&A’s

 Presenter for this course: Roger Booth of the Association of Ringing Teachers.

 Cost of Tuition:  £20
N.B. Financial support available – see

(Modest) charge for refreshments to be advised
To book your place, contact Viv Nobbs

Tel: 01983 530920

Responsibility All Too Much!

During the Isle of Wight ADM on Saturday, held at Carisbrooke, Phoebe Allen thought she would rather like to have a go at being Ringing Master.

Mike Winterbourne duly relinquished his badge of office in the hope of enjoying an easier afternoon.

Having tried on the heavy medallion Phoebe decided the job was not for here and quickly relinquished the post – maybe when a bit older then Phoebe?

Some good ringing was enjoyed by Island members with a touch of Stedman Triples being the highlight.

After a short service and a filling tea, yes lots of cakes as usual, the well attended meeting got underway.

Officers were all re-elected to their posts, with the exception of Lexi Skeldon, who takes over the post of Publicity Officer.

A raffle was held and the meeting decided the money from this and last years raffle, which was still being held by the Treasurer, should be donated to the WWI book project to help with the cost of that. I don’t have the exact amount to hand but it was in the region of £105.

The meeting closed at 7.05. Our thanks to Guild Master Mike Winterbourne for sailing the Solent to attend and also to Carisbrooke ringers for providing the tea and venue.

Triple Downer Team Achieve Firsts

To help some Newport learners along, a quarter peal was rung at Carisbrooke, David Weir conducting 1260 changes of Plain Bob Doubles last Sunday (26th November).
For three of the Newport ringers it was a quarter peal of firsts: Maximus (aged 12) rang the treble, Keira, (aged 13, and Max’s sister), rang inside for the first time and bringing up the rear was Kevin, Dad to both of them, ringing his first quarter as a tenor.
Their efforts are recorded in Bellboard as follows:
Priory Church of St Mary the Virgin
Sunday, 26 November 2017 in 42mins (7cwt)
1260 Plain Bob Doubles
1 Maximus Downer
2 Keira Downer
3 Richard Knight
4 Ian Orchard
5 David A Weir (C)
6 Kevin Downer
The ring was for Evensong service at the church.
Well done to all three on achieving the first, of what we hope will be, many quarter peals.
Just in case anyone is thinking the Downer name sounds familiar, I should point out that the family are not related, so I am informed, to the Revd Barry, Margaret and Kieran Downer of Brading and Shanklin fame! Methinks recording quarter peals and peals has just got a bit more complicated!

Don Exell Competition full of Drama

St Mary’s Church, Carisbrooke, held the 8-bell Striking Don Exell Trophy Competition yesterday (Saturday).

Five Island teams entered but as with a lot of things, not everything went to plan.

Steve Castle judged the competition, once we had verified his passport and visa were up to Island standard, and supplied during the afternoon with tea and lots of cake from the Carisbrooke ringers to keep his wits about him!

First to ring were the combined Shanklin and Swanmore team ringing call changes and setting the bar for the other teams.

Brighstone rang next, which is when things started to go awry. After commencing with the practice ring one of the ringers had trouble with an old injury to his arm and had to retire from the team. Quickly replaced with a substitute the competition continued, again ringing call changes for their piece.

Next up were the Ryde and Friends team and although a scratch team who had not rung together before rang Plain Hunt Triples.

Godshill took the ropes in 4th place but shortly into their piece the stay of the 4th bell broke injuring the ringer. Shaken up a bit by the incident the team decided to retire from the competition. The ringer in question is, I am informed, ok and has some hand injuries but not ringing-threatening!

Brading took the ropes last, deciding to ring valiantly with a broken stay. This team also rang call changes.

The final scoring was as follows: 1st, Shanklin/Swanmore (team 1) 70%; 2nd, Brading (team 5) 68%; 3rd, Ryde and Friends (team 3) 62%; 4th, Brighstone (team 2) 59%.

Steve presented the Trophy to Marghanita Allen who was volunteered to receive the cut glass bowl.

A great afternoon and we thank all the Carisbrooke ringers for putting on the tea and making us feel so welcome. Special thanks to Steve for making the journey over to us and playing his part in the day.

Update to Ryde Repairs

Tower Captain John Stock has received an email from Taylor’s of Loughborough with the news that the work being done on Ryde’s wheels and clappers will not be complete before March.

In view of that, a practice combined with Newport ringers has been arranged for tomorrow (Monday, 23rd) at 7.30pm at the Minster and a Ryde practice at Carisbrooke tower has been set for 7.30 on Tuesday, 31st January. Anyone who would like to join us please feel free to turn up – we need the practice!

Carisbrooke ringers will attempt a peal to honour HMS Hood’s Petty Officer.

** Update – the Peal was successful. Click to see details **
Inspired by the BBC program about raising of the bell from  HMS Hood last year a peal of Grandsire Caters, half-muffled, will be attempted at Carisbrooke on Remembrance Sunday dedicated to the memory of a local lad, Patrick Lewis Dunne who went down on H.M.S. Hood on 24th May 1941.

H.M.S. Hood had been sunk by the Bismarck in the North Atlantic. Of the 1,418 crew on board H.M.S. Hood, only three were pulled from the water alive. It was the worst loss of life from a single British warship. .

A descendant of Patrick’s, Katie Louise Dunne, has said “My great uncle was Patrick Lewis Dunne. He was a petty officer and was only 33 years old when he died; he had recently married. I believe that he lived in Carisbrooke and that his Dad was a farmer, at the farm next to Mount Joy cemetery. Its a retreat for Christians now, I think. Pat was such a brave young man and I gave my son his name in his honour”

Katie and other members of her family hope to listen to the bells and to meet the ringers after the ringing.

For information of Patrick please see:



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.


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

New Bell Ringers Learning at Newport (IoW)

Julia, Kevin and Max started to learn to ring in the Autumn last year. They have attended practices regularly at Carisbrooke and Newport and have made such good progress that they now join us for Sunday Service ringing.

As a result of their success other members of their families have now started to learn.

If anyone else would be interested in learning, phone or email me (see below) to find out more and come to a practice.

Thank you

Mary Blake

  • Contact Mary Blake

    Telephone: 01983 521526
    Mobile: 07528 137277
    Address: 5, Fieldfare Road, Newport Isle of Wight, PO30 5YB
    Email: Use Form

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!!


Now have the final list of Peals and Quarter Peals rung for 2015 at Island Towers.
1 Peal was rung at each of the following, 6 peals in all for the year: Freshwater (Jan); Carisbrooke (Apr); Newchurch (Aug); Chale (Nov); Whitwell (Nov); and Shorwell (Dec).

63 Quarter Peals were rung in 2015 by 9 of our towers:
Brading 19; Ryde 18; Brighstone 9; Chale 4; Godshill 4; Newchurch 4; Arreton 2; Niton 2; and Carisbrooke 1.

Ryde having massively upped their game from the average 6 Quarter Peals in the last few years.

There have been many more attempts at both and all who took part in any ringing, and all those that recorded ‘firsts’ in any ring, are to be congratulated on keeping ringing alive and to the fore on the Island. Well done all and especially so to the few conductors we have to rely on to help us out!

I should also say this is by only Island ringers, there have been visiting ringers but these are not recorded in our District Records.

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