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Isle of Wight District Gather for Competition

Isle of Wight District bell ringers gathered at Whitwell on Saturday last to honour the memory of Lester Bailey, a past ringer of Godshill, whose Memorial Shield is contested for every year in June.

Seven towers entered teams this year with a good mix of ringers, ageing from 7 to about, well, let’s just say oldish!

Steve Castle dusted off his passport to cross the Solent and judge the competition for us, and for that we are very grateful for the time and effort on his part in agreeing to our request.

The sun shone for us all so a running picnic tea outside in the grounds of the church was provided by Sue Day, with her team of willing Whitwell helpers laying on ample supplies of tea, coffee, cold drinks, and of course, our dietary need of cake and biscuits!

Photos: Mary Tester

Each team took their turn to ring five minutes of call changes and the final result was as follows: 1st: Ryde (31 faults, 76%); Joint 2nd:  Brighstone (41 faults, 62%) and Chale (46 faults, 62%); 3rd: Brading (70 faults, 47%); 4th: Shanklin (88 faults, 45%); 5th: Arreton (111 faults, 27%); 6th: Swanmore (115 faults, 17%).

John Stock, Ryde tower captain, receives the certificate and shield from judge Steve Castle.
In all a lovely social afternoon for all our Island ringers and we thank Jenny Brudenell, Margaret Downer and Mary Tester for all their work in organising the event.


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

Birthday Quarter at Whitwell

Not many quarter peals get rung at Whitwell these days and what better excuse to ring one than a significant birthday of a local ringer!

Martin Hatton, who rings at Whitwell and Chale, has turned 70, so to celebrate his special day an Island team assembled last Saturday to make it even more special.

Whitwell, Isle of Wight
St Mary the Virgin and St Rhadegunde
Saturday, 30 September 2017 in 36mins (6–1–18 in B♭)
1260 Plain Bob Minor
1 Mike Marlow
2 Kieran Downer
3 Rodney Downer
4 Beccy Noyes
5 Margaret Downer
6 Barry Downer (C)
Rung to celebrate the 70th birthday of local ringer, Martin Hatton
Congratulations Martin on reaching your 3 score years and 10, we’ll try not to drop too many clangers in the coming months for you!


WHITWELL SUMMER FAIR – Saturday, 26th August

Whitwell Farm are hosting a Summer Fair on Saturday, 26th August, to help raise funds for Whitwell Church refurbishment and addition of toilet facilities.

Lots to do and see with a cake stall, BBQ and bar. Activities include welly wanging, face painting and children’s competitions. Plants and produce will also be on sale.

A human fruit machine and a guess the weight of the Vicar competition (this sounds like fun!) are also on the agenda.

Fun for all the family and if you have any unwanted gifts you can offer for recycling or raffle prizes please contact Carol on (01983) 730193.

Tristan has Downer’s with Minor Success

We here on the Isle of Wight offer our hearty congratulations to Tristan Allen on achieving his first ever peal on Saturday at the age of 13 years and 11 months. He started ringing at 5 so has worked hard to get this.
Joining him in the band were Uncle Kieran Downer, who conducted, and Grandfather Barry Downer and Great-uncle Rodney Downer.  Well done Tristan – the first of many I feel!
Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Whitwell, Isle of Wight
St Mary the Virgin and St Rhadegunde
Saturday, 21 January 2017 in 2hrs 31mins (6–1–18 in B♭)
5040 Minor (3m)
1440 Grandsire, 1440, Single Oxford, 2160 Plain Bob
1 Tristan M Allen
2 Caroline J C May
3 Rodney D Downer
4 Graham A Nobbs
5 Revd Barry M Downer
6 Kieran Downer (C)
First peal – 1


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.


  • CHALE is dedicating its Sunday service ringing to this great event

Good practice at Ryde

Ryde saw a large number of ringers present on Tuesday evening. Three Whitwell ringers travelled over to try our bells for the first time, getting used to larger bells needed a little help but I think the experience was enjoyed.

We also welcomed a new ringer, Claire, to our fold. Usual tower tour and a first go at ringing – and still enthusiastic after all that (and a chocoholic) – that’s what I like!

Methods rung, apart from several lots of call changes for the less experienced, were Plain Bob Minor, Grandsire Triples and Plain Bob Major – which the team managed superbly for the first time!

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

Contact Sue Day

Telephone: 01983 730478 (evenings)
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