- Tuesday 11th April 6.15 pm meet and
- Easter Day 12.30 pm start
We do not have a specialist treble ringer
Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
On Tuesday, 14 March 2017 in 2:31
Tenor: 3–0–1 in F
5200 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
Composed by A G Reading
1 E C Gareth Higgs
2 Toby Arkless
3 Graham A Nobbs
4 James W G Twiney
5 Kathryne R Arkless
6 Paul T Young
7 Malcolm M Powell
8 Edward P D Colliss (C)
200th peal on the bells.
“Yes I did” said The Lord Mayor when asked if he’d enjoyed his tower bell ringing Taster Session!!
The Lord Mayor had met with bell ringers before and was keen to have a go at Tower Bell Ringing himself. He met up with a group of Portsmouth ringers at St. Agatha’s Church recently and was “Shown the ropes”.
He had noticed how challenging it can be, physically and mentally, and that young bell ringers get a good deal of fun out of the activity. When young ringers learn and then develop together, in a group, bell ringing is particularly exciting for them especially when they train for, and enter, competitions.
There are now teaching slots available in the Portsmouth area and The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress – who both did very well in their training sessions – are kindly offering their support to match the demand of potential new ringers to the availability and location of local Bell Ringing Coaches.
Local young groups including scouting organisations, church groups, schools and the Duke of Edinburgh scheme would be ideal.
For further information, please see http://wpbells.org
or email the District Secretary, Lisa
Public Relations Officer
Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers.
Tel: 07594 609 366
The Funeral of Christopher Smithies on Tuesday at Sacred Heart Bournemouth, took the form of a Latin Mass sung by members of his family. Ringing beforehand was by the local band, afterwards all the (many) assembled ringers were able to take part in general ringing and then a Quarter Peal was rung.
Chris is mourned by ringers from three Guilds (Winchester and Portsmouth, Salisbury and St Agatha). His interests spread far beyond ringing and he will be much missed. A full obituary can be read here.
Peal and Quarters have been ring in Dorset and London. At the time of going to press these were reported as below. Click image to see more.
There is free parking just off the Cascades car park.
CANCELLED: St Agatha’s.
I’m afraid we’re going to have to cancel St Agatha’s tonight. I will be in touch when another practice is arranged. Thanks to all those who agreed to come, and sorry for any inconvenience this has caused!
Please pass this information along to anyone who you think might be going!
Early in 2010 whilst musing over a book about Great Western Railway locomotives a plan was hatched (In the pub, where else!!) to attempt to ring a series of methods named after the famous Castle Class Great Western Locomotives. The Castle Class was the work horse of the Great Western Railway from the 1920’s to the end of mainline steam in the 60’s and were regularly seen pulling passenger Locomotives across the County and down into Cornwall. 100 of the locomotives with names such as Launceston Castle, Ludlow Castle, Earl of St Germans and of course Isambard Kingdom Brunei bore engine numbers between 5000 and 5099, so the challenge was set not only to ring a new method to the name but a peal with the exact number of changes to match the engine number…. [read full article]
There’s another practice at Portsmouth St Agatha’s between 7pm and 8pm tomorrow (Wednesday) evening. Everyone is welcome. I’ve been informed that there may be roadworks, so there might not be access to the carpark. I imagine the rest of the Cascades carpark will still be accessible, or round the corner by the Catholic Cathedral.
Telephone: 023 9234 8587
Address: 3 Poynings Place, Portsmouth PO1 2PB
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