Because there is no Sunday morning service this Sunday, 22nd April, there will be no ringing at St Saviour’s Church, Shanklin.
Under the leadership of Lucy Titchmarsh, 14 members of the 1st Shanklin Beavers, together with a few helpers, descended on Shanklin tower last Tuesday to try their hand at ringing.
Under the guidance of Revd Barry Downer, Shanklin Tower Captain Kieran Downer and Swanmore Captain Lexi Skeldon the group were given a tour of the tower and belfry and given the opportunity to try ringing a bell.
Whilst space was tight the group were split into two and whilst one group were in the tower the others attempted handbell ringing, with differing degrees of success in the Church!
Refreshments were served by the Shanklin team to round the evening off.
Thanks are due to all those who helped make the evening a success.
St Saviour’s Church bell ringing team, under the guidance of Tower Captain Kieran Downer, held a taster session at the church on Saturday (27th January) for the Shanklin Scout troupe.
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Brading practice will be held at Shanklin on Thursday, 18th January (simulator) as Brading church is closed for asbestos removal. All welcome from 7pm – 9pm.
If the work at Brading Church over-runs I will let you know but unless notified otherwise ringing will be as normal on the week commencing 21st January.
Wednesday 20th December, practice night with drinks and nibbles. 7:30pm
Sunday 24th December, Service ringing, 10:15 – 10:55am
Sunday 24th December, Midnight Mass ringing, 10:30 – 11pm
Monday 25th December, service ringing, 10:15 – 10:55am.
Wednesday 27th December, no practice.
Sunday 31st December, service ringing, 10:15 – 10:55am
Wednesday 3rd January, practice night, 7:30pm
The Isle of Wight towers continued in the celebration of the 70th Wedding Anniversary of HM The Queen and HRH Prince Philip with ringing on Sunday at Shanklin, the team recorded ringing as follows:
Ryde managed a quarter peal during Monday afternoon, the day of the anniversary, with one ringer scoring her first ever quarter peal.
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.
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.
Whilst current Guild Master Mike Winterbourne was visiting us at Shanklin on Saturday for the Isle of Wight ADM he took his eye off the ball and was momentarily ousted from his post.
Island ringer Tristan Allen thought it was fine to try on the badge of office for size! Obviously trying to get a feel for all the important jobs that will come his way in the future!
We assume the badge and Mike made it back to England in one piece!
A successful Isle of Wight ADM was held at Shanklin yesterday (Saturday) – the first district meeting there since 2012! Approximately 40 people came and rang at some point and a good amount remained for the meeting also.
Guild Master Mike Winterbourne was in attendance keeping an eye on proceedings and offering his words of wisdom to foreign tribes! We offer him our thanks for the effort in travelling over to join us.
District members commenced the afternoon with a session of ringing, so many attending that a rota had to be used to give all a chance to have a ring.
The usual short Church service followed conducted by our own Reverend Barry Downer, who himself confesses to short homilies!
A very sumptuous tea followed with all enjoying an array of sandwiches and nibbles and a fantastic assortment of home-made cakes. A very big thank you to all Shanklin members who worked so hard to make this such a pleasure.
The meeting followed conducted by Chair Jill Taylor in which all officers were re-elected for a further term and also elected were two new ringers for Shanklin, five for Brading and seven for Swanmore! Good work all round guys – things are looking up!
The district officers were also handed the now completed two volumes of peals and five volumes of quarter peals rung by Island ringers since the early 1700s which have been researched and printed for all to view by the District Peal Officer. The meeting decided these should now be uploaded to the Guild Archives when ready so a wider audience could have access to our records in the future.
Dates for events for the coming year were announced, the first of which is the District Outing to ‘North Island’ on March 11th, which will concentrate on Southampton, Ealing and Lyndhurst areas with a 9am ferry departure for all those wishing to have a day out. If you wish to join the day please contact Ringing Master Jenny Brudenell.
The first striking competition of the season will be held at Carisbrooke on April 22nd, this will be the Don Exell 8-bell Striking Competition.
The meeting concluded at about 7pm with the raffle and further ringing in the 8-bell tower ending a thoroughly busy and enjoyable afternoon.
Sun 18th December, service ringing, 10.30am – 11am
Sat 24th December, Midnight mass, 10.20pm – 10.50pm
Sun 1st January, service ringing, 10.15pm – 11am
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
Practices will resume at Shanklin (IW) in July on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, at the usual time of 7:30pm. Service ringing (1015-1055) will take place on the Sundays following the practices.
The first practice will be Wednesday 13th July 🙂
In a busy couple of days of ringing on the Island there have been two quarter peals scored and a Striking Competition with eight Island teams entering.
The two quarter peals were as follows to celebrate the birthdays of HM The Queen and HRH Prince Philip:
Brading, Isle of Wight
Shanklin, Isle of Wight
The striking competition, held at Shorwell on Saturday afternoon, was judged by Mr Rodney Downer and the teams entered were:
1: Shorwell, 100 faults
2: Ryde, 10 faults – 2nd
3: Chale, 18 faults – 3rd
4: Brading 1, 7 faults – 1st
5: Brighstone, 34 faults
6: Brading 2, 19 faults, 4th
7: Godshill 1, 35 faults
8: Godshill A, 48 faults
A scratch team from Whitwell were also entered but did not compete.
Well done to all who entered and made this competition worth the ringing.
The Brading winning ‘A Team’ with the Lester Bailey Trophy and judge Rodney Downer (left).
We’re ringing for the service on Shanklin on Sunday and I’m looking for some more ringers. If you are available to ring on Sunday morning please let me know – ringing from 1020 – 1055. 🙂 thanks
Practices at Shanklin (IW) are now every Wednesday from 7.30-9.00pm. Learner’s practice takes place also on Wednesday, 6.30-7.20pm.
Service ringing is every Sunday from 10:15-10:55.
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