The Communion service at Curdridge this morning, 11th August, had an unusual feature – the dedication of a framed document in memory of Edwin Wellstead. Edwin was a bell ringer at St Peter’s church before the First World War, and was unfortunately killed one hundred and four years ago this August 13th when the transport ship ‘Royal Edward’ that he was travelling on to Gallipoli was torpedoed north of Crete. Over seven hundred men died.
Ringing in Edwin’s memory took place four years ago near the centenary of his death, but I thought it would be good to have a more tangible memorial.
I researched his history for the local history society booklet in memory of those killed in WW1, but since then was able to obtain a photograph of Edwin from Mrs Jean Aburrow, the daughter of Edwin’s younger sister. I therefore rewrote the notes to include Edwin’s picture, had it framed by the Penny Farthing Gallery in Botley, and it was dedicated this morning by the Reverend Jane Richards, as shown in the attached photograph. It is now displayed on the wall of the ringing room in Curdridge church.
It’s Wickham Festival weekend (1st – 4th August), and the tower will be open for visitors on Saturday 3rd August from 10:00 – 12:00.
See Wickham Festival for full details of all the events happening over the weekend.
Contact Greg Painter if you are able to come and ring.
There will be no Thursday night practices at Botley during August.
Sunday ringing at 9.00 am is as normal.
Due to several ringers being away there will be no Monday evening ringing practise at St Peter’s, Bishops Waltham during August 2019.
We will recommence on Monday 2nd September 2019.
There will be no practice at Curdridge next Monday, 27th May, as it is a Bank Holiday. We shall also not practice the following Monday, 3rd June, but go to the District practice at Fareham instead.
There will be no practice at Botley on Thursday 30th May as there is an Ascension Day service in the church.
There will be no Sunday service ringing at either Botley or Curdridge on Sunday 9th June, as both services have been cancelled for the Diocesan Prayer Picnic at Portchester Castle.
We’ve been working alongside Tim of the Portsmouth Cathedral Team and he has kindly produced and started to circulate this flier for us, ready for 12th May. Hope to see you there!’
There will be no ringing at Shedfield today
as the Annual Parochial Church Meeting is
being held at the Church of St John the Baptist.
There will be no practice at Botley this Thursday, 14th March, because of a Lent event in church.
There will also be no practice on 4th April, same reason.
The Sturgess family and SS Peter & Paul Bellringers would like to thank everybody who attended the funeral of Alan Sturgess including ringers from other churches who rang on 27th February.
The family were overcome of how many people attended.
Tower Secretary – Fareham
The next District Training “Day” is on Saturday 2 March, with Basic Raising and Lowering.
This is aimed for those that wish to learn or practice how to ring up and down individually.
It will be at Portsmouth Cathedral between 0930 and 1230.
If you wish to come, please can you email me
Any questions, do please let me know.
With regret we have to inform of the passing of Alan Sturgess long time ringer and previously Captain of SS Peter & Paul Fareham who will be sadly missed.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday 27th February, 1.45pm at St Peter and Paul, Fareham. There will be general ringing from approx. 1pm.
For those wishing to make a contribution, please donate to “Fareham Bell Ringers” for the upkeep of the bells that Alan had rung for many years.
Deborah Bown (Secretary)
15:30 – 16:30 General Ringing
16:30 – 17:00 Service
17:00 – 18:00 Tea followed by Annual District Meeting
18:00 – 19:00 General Ringing
Please supply names for tea to Edd Colliss by the 29th January
Links to documents:
Minutes from 2018 ADM
District Secretary Report for 2018
There will be no ringing at Shedfield next Tuesday.
Places filling up – closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 9th November
The last full-day course of 2018, will be Surprise Minor to be held on Saturday 24 November, based at Shedfield. You will see that students will have a choice of Cambridge or London.
We hope this will appeal to lots of you who, perhaps, don’t always get the opportunity to try these methods in your own tower, and you may well have friends in other towers to whom this would appeal.
I have attached copies of the Poster giving full details, plus the application form (both Word and pdf versions – see links below) and these have already gone to your District Secretaries for onward transmission to your tower secretaries. As always – any questions, please email me, or call 01962 886939.
For: The Education Committee
Poster: Word PDF
Application Form: Word PDF
The practice on Monday 17th September at SS Peter & Paul, Fareham has been cancelled.
There will be no practice at Swanmore on Friday 24th August.
There will be no ringing at Catherington on Bank Holiday Monday – 27th August as many of us will be away.
No Sunday service ringing at either Botley or Curdridge this coming Sunday, 19th August, as too many people are away. Similarly no practice at Curdridge on Monday 20th; no practice on Monday 27th either as that is a Bank Holiday.
Due to lack of ringers Thursday Practices at Netley on 2nd and 9th August have been cancelled.
Normal practice will be resumed on Thursday 16th August, hopefully with some support from our friends, all welcome.
The tower will be open from 10-12.30 on Saturday 4th August to coincide with the Wickham Festival. All welcome.
Non-ringers wishing to have a try at ringing please come from 12 onwards.
Ringers are also invited to attend our Thursday evening practice at 7.30pm and to ring for Sunday service at 9.20am.
The funeral details have already been announced, however I include the details here for your convenience.
The bells will be available between 0945 and 1030, prior to the funeral. If you would like to ring, I would be grateful if you could let me know.
The funeral will be at Portsmouth Cathedral at 1030 on Monday 23 July.
The funeral is followed by the burial at Warblington cemetery and then afterwards at The Brookfield Hotel, Emsworth.
If you would like to attend please email email@example.com
and you will be sent the contact address. Confirmation of attendance would be appreciated for planning.
There will be no Thursday practices in August at Botley. Sunday ringing continues as normal.
There will be no practice at Curdridge tomorrow, 16th July, because too many people are away.
Portsmouth District members Lizzie Hough and Edd Colliss were married on Saturday 14th July at Swanmore.
Congratulations to you both!!
Photos courtesy of Roy LeMarechal, Bev Emm and Steph Bracher
Just a reminder that there is a Portsmouth District Practice at Havant on Tuesday 17th July from 7.30-9.00pm.
Portsmouth District holds a District Practice at St. Mary Portsea on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.
Here is a poster to display in your tower to remind everyone.
Please do support this if you can.