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.
SS Peter & Paul Fareham require 2 ringers for a Wedding on the 30th June @ 1330pm.
There will be no practice at Swanmore on Friday June 22nd
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
Apologies for the late notice but there will be no practice again at Swanmore tonight.
There will be no practice at Swanmore tomorrow, normal service anticipated next week.
Hello all –
Due to many people being away, there will be no practice at Catherington on 7th May.
Normal service will be resumed on the 14th!
Ringers from Curdridge, Botley, Netley and Upham rang for St George’s Day at Curdridge this evening. We rang Plain Bob doubles and minor, Grandsire doubles, call changes and tried Stedman doubles. Well, to be honest it was our normal practice night!
Quarterly District Meeting Saturday 21st April 2018
15:30 – 16:30 General Ringing
16:30 – 17:15 Service
17:15 – 19:30 Quarterly District Meeting followed by tea
19:30 – 21:00 General Ringing
St John the Baptist Church, Church Road, Shedfield, SO32 2HY
Names for tea to Matthew Wilks by Weds 18th please.
I’m very sorry to say that we have been informed by Janet’s daughter Fiona that Janet died early this morning. She had been in Southampton General Hospital for about two weeks. She most recently rang at Botley and Curdridge, but before that at Aldermaston with her late husband David.