Category Archives: Botley

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

Botley and Curdridge Tower Outing (Robin Milford Reports)

Last Saturday, 8th July, the Curdridge and Botley ringers joined some of our regular ringing helpers from Netley and Shedfield in taking the Curdridge minibus for our annual ringing outing.

After visiting the Isle of Wight twice, Wiltshire, North Hampshire and the Chichester area in recent years, this year we went back to West Sussex but up around the Petersfield – Midhurst area.

Our first tower was Rogate, where we found some difficulty because of a high ceiling and long ropes which snaked away when we tried to catch them.

We recovered from this with tea and cakes at a garden centre at Rake, before going on to ring at Milland. There are a church and an old chapel here, entirely surrounded by trees just off what used to be the A3 north of Petersfield. From here it was quite a lengthy drive to the village of Milland, where we enjoyed an excellent pub lunch at the Rising Sun.

Next on the list, and farthest east, was Lodsworth, off the A272. Here we admired the large Millenium embroidery. This church is the burial place of E H Shepard, original illustrator of the Winnie the Pooh books, who lived in the village.

Heading back home we stopped to ring at Easebourne, next to Cowdray Park polo ground where a polo championship was being held. The attached photograph was taken there. Our final church was Stedham, in a lovely village just west of Midhurst. One final stop was at the Thomas Lord pub in East Meon, where we all gathered around a table in the garden to talk over the day and watch a hot air balloon go over.

Quite a long day, over 12 hours by the time we got home, but worth it for seeing some beautiful places and ringing some interesting bells in good company. If anyone would like to join us and come on next year’s outing please get in touch with myself or Anthony Manship.

Robin Milford

Curdridge, Portsmouth District

Botley and Curdridge Outing Report

Robin Milford Reports

On Saturday 9th July the ringers of Curdridge and Botley joined with family and other local ringers for our annual outing, in the Curdridge Area Transport minibus.

This year it was organised by Rob Hatch to the area where he was brought up and learnt to ring, around Alresford and the Candovers.

We left Botley at 9am, with a short delay when we had to call on a mechanic from Hutfield’s to get the sliding door to close!

The first church stop was Cheriton, followed by a coffee and cake stop at the Long Barn near New Alresford. After getting everyone out of the shop we carried on to Old Alresford, home of Mary Sumner, the founder of the Mother’s Union. Here Rob showed us the box with his name on it that he used to stand on to ring as a boy – he’s grown a bit since then.

The photograph attached shows the ringers in the group in Old Alresford tower – Rob was behind the camera.

On next to Preston Candover, a small tower with very light but very noisy bells. We then passed two churches with the same architect as Curdridge (Northington and East Stratton) on the way to our lunch stop at the Northbrook Arms, East Stratton. They had been given our menu choices in advance and did us proud with prompt service in our own dedicated area in their skittle alley.

Here Marilyn Murrell, non-ringing wife of John, was presented with a cake as thanks for coming out with us on her birthday!

On again to ring at Micheldever, an unusual octagonal church with a much older tower, where the bells are rung from the ground floor just inside the main door – must be difficult for weddings.

The final tower was Easton, where we had to leave the minibus a short distance away to avoid having to turn it outside the church.  We had intended to end up with more tea and cake at a garden centre cafe near King’s Worthy, but found the cafe closed so stopped at the Queen’s Head near Fisher’s Pond instead.

Thanks to Liz and Anthony Manship for driving the bus. In all the outing showed part of the main reasons why we all ring – visiting interesting, often out-of-the-way places in good company and enjoying the mental and physical challenges of ringing the bells.

This article originally appeared in the parish magazine.

‘Wedding’ ringing with a difference at Botley 

This morning four ringers rang for a ‘wedding’ at Botley with a difference – the difference being that the ‘bride’, ‘groom’, and all the guests were four or five years old! The occasion was the visit of Year R from Botley Primary School to All Saints Church to learn about the church and its activities, culminating in a mock wedding. At the Vicar’s request we rang during the ‘service’, and again as the children left the church, all clutching their posies, to walk back to the school across the road. A lady who was outside told me that the children’s eyes were wide with wonder at the sound of the bells, trying to work out where it was coming from. Some future recruits, we hope!

A Good Practice Night at Curdridge

Robin Milford Reports from the practice on July 2nd

14 ringers at tonight’s Curdridge practice! 3 family visitors, plus ringers from Curdridge, Botley, Netley, Wickham and Titchfield. We rang call changes, plain hunt triples and major, Grandsire and Stedman triples and Bob doubles. Cambridge on the front six didn’t quite go, though. Thanks to everyone who came – lovely to have all eight going on a Monday night.

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