There will be no ringing at Hambledon until further notice as there is a problem with no. 2 bell. A gudgeon pin sheared, allowing the bell to fall into the pit, causing cracks in the crown of the bell. The bell will have to be taken out and recast or replaced and the headstock repaired or replaced.
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.
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
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.
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:
The next Portsmouth District Practice is at Hambledon.
Church Lane, Hambledon,
Thursday 24th January
19:30 – 21:00
Email: Use Form
Email: Use Form
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
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.
There will be no Thursday practices in August at Botley. Sunday ringing continues as normal.