Category Archives: Catherington

Ringing cancellations due to COVID-19

Coronavirus: UK ringing should now be cancelled

The UK government has advised against all unnecessary social contact with immediate effect. The Prime Minister advised in a press conference of 16th March that now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel.

The Central Council has released a statement in response to the UK government. They advise that If you haven’t already decided to cancel ringing activities, it seems that now is the time to do so. The Ringing World agrees with this statement. It is hard to interpret the government’s guidance in any way other than that all planned ringing activities in the UK should now cease.



I have been made aware that ringing has been suspended at the following towers due to COVID-19 concerns:

Alton, St. Laurence, All Saints and Holybourne – all ringing suspended.

Alverstoke – all ringing cancelled until further notice.

Basingstoke, St. Michael’s – all ringing cancelled until further notice.

Blackmoor – all ringing suspended.

Bournemouth, St. John’s, St. Peters and Scared Heart – all ringing suspended.

Bramshott – all service and practice ringing until at least the end of March where the situation will be reviewed.

Brockenhurst – no ringing until further notice.

Buriton – all ringing suspended.

Catherington – ringing cancelled, but may be some limited Sunday ringing if services continue.

Christchurch Priory – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Eling – all ringing suspended.

Froxfield – all ringing suspended.

Havant – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Hawkley – all ringing suspended and the tied practices on 6-8-10th April postponed.

Hursley – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Newport – all ringing cancelled until further notice.

Portsmouth Cathedral – all ringing suspended.

Purbrook – all ringing cancelled until further notice.

Romsey – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Selborne – all ringing cancelled until further notice.

Shanklin – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Shedfield – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Southampton (St. Mary’s, St. Michael’s and Bitterne Park) – all ringing suspended.

Steep – all ringing suspended.

Titchfield – all ringing suspended.

Upham – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Upton Grey – all ringing cancelled until further notice.

Warnford – all ringing suspended.

West Meon – all ringing suspended.

Wickham – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Winchester Cathedral – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Wonston – no practices until further notice.

Portsmouth District – all District events are cancelled including the April QDM.

Winchester District – all District events and the striking competition in May are cancelled until further notice.

Please let me know via of any other cancellations and I will add them to this list.


Andrew Glover

W&P Guild Webmaster




Portsmouth District Practice 26th Feb

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District Practice
All Saints Church
330 Catherington Lane,
Waterlooville, PO80TD
Monday 26th February 19:30–21:00

Hi everyone

Sorry for the late method notice.

At tomorrow’s District Practice, I would like have a go at Double Norwich CB Major.

Other methods will be rung, as well as Call Changes.

See you tomorrow.


David Mattingly

Wickham Doubles Practice Report by Lisa Ashforth (Next One is Thursday Sept 8th)

On Thursday night ringers from Shedfield, Titchfield, Purbrook, Alverstoke, Catherington and Christchurch Priory joined the Wickham band for a themed doubles practice.

Methods rung included St Simon’s bob, Stedman and a 120 of the plain bob doubles variation Kennington.

The next themed practice will be Thursday 8th September, to attempt touches of St. Simon’s bob and the Reverse Canterbury variation Southrepps. All ringers welcome to come along on the night.


Rain holds off for the Guild 6 and 8 bell striking contest.

Report from Mark Esbester.      The Guild 8 bell striking competition was held this morning at Hawley – possibly the first time it has been outside the Guild’s territory! Only 3 teams had entered, namely Bishopstoke, Catherington and Hursley – where are all the Guild’s other 8-bell (and above) bands? The judge, Vernon Bedford, commented that all 3 teams had rung well, but Hawley bells are difficult to get really consistent, accurate ringing on. Bishopstoke, ringing last were the winners, with 17 faults, Hursley second with 24 and Catherington 3rd with 31.

Report from Greg Jordan.          The Guild 6 bell striking competition was also held this morning at Eversley. 5 teams entered, namely Eversley, Eling, Rotherwick & Odiham, Basingstoke St Michaels and Niton & Chale.The judges Julian Hemper and Julian Ferrar gave very fair and positive comments on all the ringing and were particularly pleased when one tower had a tricky section but continued ringing, pushed through and settled down to some good ringing again. The teams and their results are as follows;-     Placed 1st St. Michael’s Basingstoke 3.5 faults, placed 2nd Eling  6.5 faults, placed 3rd Niton and Chale  8 faults, placed 4th Rotherwick and Odiham 28.5 faults, placed 5th Eversley 35 faults.

Guild Master Viv Nobbs noted that it was good to see some very local bands entering and thanked those that had travelled quite a way to compete including the band from the Isle of Wight.

Some folk went on to The Northbrook Arms, had a lovely lunch and enjoyed the skittle ally and then went on to ring at Brown Candover and Micheldever who kindly opened their towers for us.  And then the rain came…. but it didn’t matter by then because everyone had had a lovely day.                                                                                                                                            A special mention and thanks go to Basingstoke District officers, the towers and the tea, coffee and biscuit servers!


Thanks to David Forder, Mark Esbester,Deb Baker and Martin Barnes for photos.

Portsmouth District Grandsire training day report

On Saturday 19th March, the Portsmouth District held two training days; Plain Bob at Purbrook and Grandsire at Catherington. I attended the Grandsire day along with my fellow learners Allan Yalden, Debbie Bown and Andrew Wilkinson. The course was run by Doug Boniface, ably assisted by a team of helpers. The day began with coffee and biscuits kindly provided by Marie Boniface, then a short theory session before proceeding to the tower to begin the practical part of the morning. The first session concentrated on ringing plain courses of Grandsire from the different working bells. Then after a short coffee break and some more theory, it was back to the tower for some practice at ringing touches. By the end of the morning my shoulders were aching, I had a blister on my hand and my brain was hurting, but I had successfully navigated my way through a touch of Grandsire. A very successful morning. Many thanks to Doug and his team for giving their time and expertise yesterday to help us learners.

Lisa Ashforth reporting.


A Shared First for 7 Catherington Ringers

Firsts Fortnight 1st - 15th March 2016Tower: Catherington

Our Firsts Fortnight News Is….: An unusual group of methods for a QP of 8 spliced at Catherington – a first for nearly all the band! Reported by Mark Esbester
Catherington, Hampshire
All Saints
Sunday, 13 March 2016 (8–2–20 in A♭)
1280 Spliced Surprise Major (8m)
160 each Ashtead, Cassiobury, Cornwall, Cray, Ipswich, Lindum, Uxbridge, Yorkshire.
1 Doug Boniface
2 Marie Boniface
3 Alison Hunt
4 Diana Bishop
5 Tom Bishop
6 Andrew Byford
7 Ian Hunt
8 Mark Esbester (C)
First in these methods by all except 8.
By members of the Sunday service band.

First Peal in 15 methods for 3 Catherington Ringers (Firsts Fortnight)

3 members of Catherington Band scored Firsts this week…
Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Portsmouth, Hampshire
St Agatha
Tuesday, 15 March 2016 in 2h 42 (3-0-1)
5152 Spliced Surprise Major (15m)
448 Ashtead, Bristol, Cambridge, Ipswich, Lincolnshire, Rutland, Uxbridge, Yorkshire, 224 Cassiobury, Cornwall, Cray, Lindum, London, Pudsey, Superlative, 146 com, atw
R Mark Esbester
Malcolm M Powell
Alison Hunt
Kathryne R Arkless
David Hohl
Thomas J A Bishop
Graham A Nobbs
Toby Arkless (C)
Most methods – 3, 5, 6
Circled the tower – 1
Reported by Toby Arkless

Firsts Fortnight News From the Catherington Band – Cray Surprise Major

Firsts Fortnight 1st - 15th March 2016Tower: Catherington decamped to Soberton

Our Firsts Fortnight News Is….: Probably the first quarter of Cray Surprise Minor for the band. Catherington band (with help from Nick from Chichester) decamped to Soberton for the night. Definitely the first blows in the method for 4.

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Soberton, Hampshire
St Peter

Tuesday, 8 March 2016 in 51 (13-1-24)
1344 Cray Surprise Major
1 Doug Boniface
2 Marie Boniface
3 Ali Hunt
4 Ian Hunt (C)
5 Diana Bishop
6 Dave Hohl
7 Nick Deadman
8 Tom Bishop
First blows in method 4.


Catherington, All Saints, Hampshire,

Sunday, 13 March 2016 (8–2–20 in A♭)
1280 Spliced Surprise Major (8m)

160 each Ashtead, Cassiobury, Cornwall, Cray, Ipswich, Lindum, Uxbridge, Yorkshire.First in these methods by all except 8.

1 Doug Boniface
2 Marie Boniface
3 Alison Hunt
4 Diana Bishop
5 Tom Bishop
6 Andrew Byford
7 Ian Hunt
8 Mark Esbester (C)
A good effort by all!
Photo by Mark Esbester


Tower Pages for Portsmouth District

Portsmouth District Reports – a very successful Raising and Lowering Course

Lizzie Hough writes:

Well done to all those involved in the Raising and Lowering course today at Catherington and Purbrook. It was excellent to see so many people make so much progress in such a short space of time! Thank you to everyone who helped out!

Larry comments:

One of the most productive days in my so far very short ringing career. I learned a lot today mostly to ring up and down properly without coming away with rope burns on my hands! Many thanks from me as well Lizzie for organizing it all and to all those that helped with the day

Lisa replied:

By the end of the day I was starting to lose my fear of the sally (my problem with ringing up started when I lost control of the rope while ringing up at Portsea in August and didn’t know what had happened) since then I have tried to avoid doing it but knew that couldn’t continue. So being pretty much forced (in Lizzie’s inimitable style) to ring up and down repeatedly today, with no major mishaps, has done a lot to help my confidence.

As 5 of us from Wickham did the course today we should be able to build on what we learned at our own practices.

Contact Marie Boniface

Telephone: 023 9237 6148
Address: 72 The Dale, Waterlooville, PO7 5DE