Because a lot of ringers are busy or on holiday the decision has been taken to cancel this Monday’s (30th July) practice at the Minster at Newport as it is felt there will be not enough ringers to make a viable practice evening. Normal practice will take place next week (6th August).
The practice on Monday, 28th May, won’t take place this week at Newport as it’s the Bank Holiday and you should all be out enjoying the weather!
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.
Please note that as the evening practices for both Arreton and Newport, which usually take place on Monday, are on the Bank Holiday (May 7th) this week the decision has been taken to cancel the practices at these towers and you should all be out having fun and enjoying the ‘hot’ weather here on the Island.
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.
Because of the atrocious road and weather conditions on the Island there is no practice at Carisbrooke tonight.
Please also note that Sunday ringing at Carisbrooke is at 9.00 for a 9.30 service and at Newport ringing is 10.00 for 10.30 as the service has been moved to 10.30 not 11am as usual.
Photograph by kind permission of Karen Twine.
Viv has posted her thanks for the help and support over the sad weeks following the death at 96 of her Mum, Irene.
I repeat here, for those of you who know Viv and Graham through ringing, her comments for those of you not on Facebook:
‘We had tremendous support from many friends on Monday at Mum’s funeral. Thanks to you all.
The service was marvellous as far as we were concerned – Mum would have been very humble to know that serving Police Officers – quite a number – were there to honour her by forming a guard of honour and then six of the group being pall bearers.
It certainly helped family members to have so many folk there to share the sad occasion. x x
This to my fellow ringers:
Thanks everyone for the ringing tributes for Mum throughout Monday. The ringing at Newport and at Ryde was wonderful. Thanks to David Weir, Darren Westmore and John Stock working together and going that extra mile to achieve the very best for Mum and our family. Once again, we’ve seen the ringing family providing valuable support, umprompted, just when it’s needed. Exceptional !! Thank you all.’
Here also is the quarter tribute we rang on Monday evening:
Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
As most of you who knew her will now know Irene passed away peacefully at home on 7th November, aged 96 years.
Now reunited with loving husband Norman. A loving, caring and compassionate Mum to Roger, Pauline, Viv and Graham. Nanny to Irene, Ralph, Steven, Heather and Karen and great-Nanny to Arthur, Aaron and ‘Ella.
The family have now announced arrangements for the funeral service, which is to take place on Monday, 4th December, 11.30am at Newport Minster, followed by burial at Springwood Cemetery.
Family flowers only, but donations, if desired, to Admiral Nurses (cheque payable to Earl Mountbatten Hospice) c/o William Hall Independent Funeral Directors, Newchurch IW (01983) 868688.
In her lifetime Irene was a great supporter of ringers and ringing on the Island and will be greatly missed by all her knew her.
If you need any further information please contact Viv Nobbs or myself and I will put you in touch with the family.
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!
24th Dec 2.30 to 3.00 & 11.00 to 11.30
25th Dec 10.15 to 11.00
No practice in Newport on 26th December or 2nd January but apart from that services and practices as usual
- Contact Mary Blake - Telephone: 01983 521526 Mobile: 07528 137277 Address: 5, Fieldfare Road, Newport Isle of Wight, PO30 5YB Email: Use Form
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
Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Newport Minster, Isle of Wight
Sunday, 7 August 2016 in 43 mins
1260 Plain Bob and Grandsire Doubles
5David Weir (C)
Maximus first quarter peal at the age of 10 years old
Yesterday (Saturday, 23rd July), Newport Minster ringer Darren celebrated his 30th Birthday. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite the day he expected as on coming to Ryde to help us out for an afternoon wedding he suffered a puncture with his van and had to walk 3 miles to ring! Don’t you just love the dedication of all our ringers?
Anyway he’s sorted now, or he will be tomorrow, and tonight we helped him celebrate with a quarter peal and he supplied the chocolate cake! Just love all these birthday’s were helping with at the moment!
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.
- Contact Mary Blake
Telephone: 01983 521526
Mobile: 07528 137277
Address: 5, Fieldfare Road, Newport Isle of Wight, PO30 5YB
Email: Use Form
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.
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;
We wish all of them the very best of luck!
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