Category Archives: Por Towers

Portsmouth District Training Day – Sat 2nd March at Portsmouth Cathedral – 9.30-12.30

Hi everyone
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.
Many thanks
David Mattingley

Alan Sturgess – Fareham

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)

Portsmouth District ADM – Sat 2nd February at Swanmore 15:30-19:00


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

**REMINDER* – Guild Education – Surprise Minor – Sat 24th November – Shedfield

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


Funeral Details – Lawrence Francis Ensor

Hi everyone
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 and you will be sent the contact address. Confirmation of attendance would be appreciated for planning.
Many thanks

Botley ringing for Janet Livingston

On June the 16th, eight Botley ringers started off with the intention of ringing 1260 changes of Grandsire Doubles in tribute to Janet Livingston, late of Botley and before that Aldermaston.

You will probably gather that this wasn’t a standard quarter peal. We wanted to involve everyone in the band who knew Janet, but some could not ring touches and some could not ring for the length of time required.

We therefore devised a scheme whereby six people would ring a longish touch, then the front three would stand while the back three continued in rounds, and some of the front three would go downstairs to keep Janet’s daughter Fiona company, while others came up to join the back three and ring ten plain courses. They would then go down again while the original six rang another long touch.

This was all made more interesting as the ringers of treble and two stand to ring on the trapdoor covering the stairs! I’m afraid it didn’t work out quite as planned – the ringing room is only about 8 feet square and has no windows, and at the end of the ten plain courses we thought it wise to stop for a while, not wanting to lose another ringer because of the heat.

We made good use of the interval, sharing tea and cake with Fiona and her husband Chris, before ringing another touch to finish off. I like to think Janet would have approved, especially as this was the first time we had tried something like this. We think we rang somewhere between 900 and 1000 changes in all. The ringers involved were:

  • John Murrell
  • Wendy Smart
  • John Whiteman
  • Rob Hatch
  • Liz Manship
  • Gail Robinson
  • Robin Milford
  • Anthony Manship

Robin Milford