Category Archives: Godshill

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’.


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.


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

Godshill District Practice

Last Saturday, 18th November, saw the getting together of members of the Isle of Wight District for a practice of ringing Plain Bob and Grandsire at Godshill tower.

The meeting was well attended with about 12 members and, under the direction of District Master Jenny Brudenell, a helping hand was lent to those ringers still learning their bell handling and mastering the complexities of plain hunting and covering.

Plain Bob Minor was also managed and the evening concluded with the ringing of a touch of Stedman Doubles.

Our thanks to the Godshill team for allowing us the use of the tower.


The Isle of Wight District are holding a Plain Hunt Practice this coming Saturday, 18th November.

This will be held at Godshill from 6.30 – 8.00 and will include plain hunting on 5 and 6 bells; trebling to various methods; practice for tenor ringing to Doubles methods.

This is being organised for those who are starting plain hunting and those who need more experience to progress forward.

Please come along and join us as Godshill are easy to ring with a good circle.

Contact Mike Marlow

Address: 3 Budbridge Cottages, Budbridge Lane, Merstone, PO30 3DH

Telephone: 07811 712211

Email: Use form

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

6-Bell Report for Isle of Wight Entry in Competition

The bulk of this is taken from a post of Greg Jordan on the W&P website.
The Island team consisted of 1, Paul Miller (Conductor); 2, Rodney Downer; 3, Caroline May; 4, David Langford; 5, John Stock; 6, Catherine Miller. The team rang 120 changes of Grandsire doubles.
We all enjoyed our day so much on North Island so thank you guys for organising the day and making it a lovely experience.
Here is a brief report from me, from the Inter-District striking competition yesterday. Everything went smoothly and thank you to everyone for turning up smile emoticon :
The Guild 6 bell striking competition was held this morning ( Sat May 21st) at Eversley. 5 teams entered, namely Eversley, Eling, Rotherwick & Odiham, Basingstoke St Michaels and Niton & Chale.The judges Julian Hemper and Julian Ferrar gave very fair and positive comments on all the ringing and were particularly pleased when one tower had a tricky section but continued ringing, pushed through and settled down to some good ringing again. The teams and their results are as follows;-
Placed 1st St. Michael’s Basingstoke 3.5 faults, placed 2nd Eling 6.5 faults, placed 3rd Niton and Chale 8 faults, placed 4th Rotherwick and Odiham 28.5 faults, placed 5th Eversley 35 faults


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.

Isle of Wight District Practice Sat 7th November Godshill 7pm-8.30

Details from our District Secretray, Mary Tester regarding the practice on
Saturday 7th November 2015 Godshill 7.00 to 8.30pm

“Plain hunting on 6
Plain Bob Minor
Single Oxford and St Clements

If you can plain hunt on 5 then please come along

If you don’t often get enough for minor then please come along!

This practice is the second of two, to give people the opportunity to take the next step or revise old favourites


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