Category Archives: Curdridge

Memorial at Curdridge to Edwin Wellstead, ringer killed during World War 1.

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.

Robin Milford

Curdridge - Edwin Wellstead memorial dedication - Robin Milford and Rev Jane Richards

Practice and Sunday ringing cancellations at Curdridge and Botley

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.

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

A Piece of Curdridge ringing history comes home

The May issue of the Curdridge parish magazine had a piece called ‘Curdridge Reminiscence’, with various extracts from church records, several referring to the bells and ringing. One said that Alfred Pook, first Captain of the bell ringers, was presented with a tea set on his marriage in 1896, with each piece carrying a picture of Curdridge church. Some years ago now I bought just such a piece, I think from a stall in Botley square. It is 7 inches (175 mm) diameter, with a picture of the church on the front and a mark on the back of a vertical bar with ‘KPM Germany’. I understand that this refers to ‘Krister Porcelain Manufactory’, not the more famous Royal Porcelain Factory. The piece now hangs in the bell tower ringing room – how appropriate if it is indeed from Alfred Pook’s service! A picture of the piece is shown below – it looks to me from the shape as if it may be a teapot stand or similar, rather than a plate or saucer.

Robin Milford
Current tower captain.

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.

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.

Bristol Surprise Major for the Queen’s 90th Birthday at Curdridge

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Curdridge, Hampshire
St Peter
Sunday, 12 June 2016 in 3:17 (25–3–19)
5090 Bristol Surprise Major
David M Goss
Charlotte K Colliss
Janet L Morris
Stephen S Russ
John P Colliss
James A Hodkin
Edward P D Colliss (C)
Stuart J Heath
Rung to celebrate the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Circled the tower: 5.

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