Category Archives: Shorwell

Bells Ring in Shorwell to commemorate WW1 Fallen

A quarter peal was rung to remember with gratitude, and to honour, those Island ringers who died during WW1.

Viv Nobbs


Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Shorwell, Isle of Wight
St Peter
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 in 45 mins. (9–0–5 in G)
1296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
Viv Nobbs
Graham Nobbs
Steve Lutener
Mike Winterbourne
Lynne Jordan
Pete Jordan (C)
Rung in memory of Isle of Wight ringers who died during WW1:
Private F.J. Chiverton 27633, 2nd Bn.,
Hampshire Regiment – died 30th November 1917
aged 34.
Rifleman H.S. Denness 330597, 1st/8th Bn.,
Hampshire Regiment – died 19th April 1917 aged 22.
Private A.J. Hale, 81, 48th Regt., Canadian Militia –
died 29th June 1915 aged 26.
2nd Corporal W.J.C. Millgate 16495, 36th Coy.,
Royal Engineers – died 2nd September 1918 aged 29.
Private C.G. Petchey 202479, 2nd/4th Bn.,
Hampshire Regiment – died 11th May 1918 aged 29.
1st surprise minor 3.

Quarter Peal at Shorwell for the “Strike Back Against Blood Cancer” Campaign

headJulie McDonnell Bob Doubles – £10,000 has been pledged to the charity “Strike Back Against Blood Cancer” if 100 quarter peals are scored before the end of 2016. Here’s one for the Island – with many thanks from the Birmingham School of Bell Ringing.

Birmingham School of Bell Ringing
Shorwell, Isle of Wight
St Peter
Thursday, 4 August 2016 (9–0–5)
1260 Julie Mcdonnell Bob Doubles
1 Stephen P Noyes (C)
2 D Rose W Horton
3 Clare McArdle
4 Francesca L Cinderey
5 Arthur J Reeves
6 Stephanie J Warboys
Rung after the successful completion of the BSoBR Summer School prior to the presentation of the Sarah Beecham Youth Group award to Brighstone by ART

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.

Congratulations Darren Westmore – FirstPeal2015 (Shorwell, Isle of Wight)

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Shorwell, Isle of Wight
St Peter
Sunday, 20 December 2015 in 2hrs 33mins (9–0–5 in G)
5040 Doubles (7m/V)
6 extents each of St Osmund, St Nicholas, St Simon, April Day, Plain Bob, Reverse St Bartholomew, Grandsire
Toby Arkless
Graham A Nobbs
Kieran Downer (C)
Revd Barry M Downer
Stephen P Noyes
Darren Westmore
First peal – 6
Circled the tower – 1