Category Archives: Newport

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

CARISBROOKE CANCEL PRACTICE TONIGHT: Friday 2nd March

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.

Message of Thanks from Viv Nobbs

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

Ryde (All Saints’), Isle of Wight
Monday, 4 December 2017 in 50 min (26 2cwt)
1260 Grandsire Triples
1 John R Stock
2 Vivien Nobbs
3 Margaret Downer
4 Paul Young
5 Stephen Noyes
6 Kieran Downer
7 Graham Nobbs (C)
8 Revd Barry Downer
Rung in Celebration of the Life of Irene Kathleen Ball, Mum to Viv, whose Funeral took place earlier at The Minster, Newport, and following tolling of the tenor 96 times.

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!

Funeral of Irene Kathleen Ball

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.

 

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!

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

Ryde Ring to Celebrate a Birthday

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!

http://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1018338

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


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!!

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