Category Archives: Win Towers

Guild Education – Listening Skills – Sat 12th October – 9.30 – 5.30 at Lockerley

The Guild Education Committee is running another of its very popular Listening Skills courses, on Saturday 12 October, based at Lockerley.  This is a day for ringers at all levels and covers all sorts of things you may not have tried before in order to help you listen to the bells – or, more precisely, to interpret what you are hearing. It is a non-competitive day where you can have fun with ringers from across the Guild, learning quite a lot in the process, involving listening exercises, hand-bells, ringing exercises, and much more; you do not need to be an expert. And we also include a hot lunch!

A poster and application form (both Word and pdf versions) are available on the links below, so please talk about it amongst your friends and send in your applications.

As always – any queries, let me know.

Christine Knights-Whittome

For: The Guild Education Committee

 

Downloads:

ApplicationForm – Listening Skills 12.10.19 Word Version

Application Form – Listening Skills 12.10.19 – PDF version

Poster – Listening Skills – 12.10.19 – Word version

Poster – Listening Skills – 12.10.19 – PDF version

 

 

Wonston – No August Practices

Wonston Tower begins it’s usual month of August cessation of practice and will return to it’s regular Saturday morning 10am till 11:30am slot from September where ringing from Rounds & Call Changes up to Doubles Methods will be rung.  Learners, Improvers and more advanced ringers from across the area are very welcome to join us!

Service and Wedding ringing continues as normal.

News and other updates about our activities can be found on our Facebook page here.

Best Wishes, Gary Marsh

Winchester District Practice -Sherfield English, Tuesday 2nd July 2019 7.30pm

Dear All,

Please be advised that our next District Practice will be next week, on Tuesday 2nd July, and it will be at Sherfield English, which, if not the finest light eight in the Guild, is certainly one of the finest. Postcode is SO51 6FN, and there is parking on the other side of the road from the church.

I’ve attached a poster, so if you can bring it to the attention of all your band members I should be grateful.

Quite close by on the Romsey Road there is the Hatchet PH, if anyone is feeling thirsty, which if this weather carries on I would imagine is likely. Doom Bar, St Austell (Tribute, I presume) and Taylor’s Landlord on the engines.

Hope to see lots of you there.

Best wishes meanwhile,

Bruce

Win. District Secretary

 

Terrific turn out for the Winchester District practice at Wonston 15th June!

Terrific turn out for the Winchester District practice at Wonston today 15th June!

On the day of the 2019 W&P AGM we were thrilled to be able to enjoy the company and experience of seven visiting ringers who gave their own Saturday morning to help us at our regular practice. Our band was fairly complete, missing the Barretts and the Nunns, so we had a busy tower of 16!

Call changes, Grandsire on 5, Reverse Canterbury and Stedman doubles were all tried out and, regardless of success or otherwise, it was a relaxed, learning and unifying atmosphere. Our thanks to those who travelled to us from towers like Lockerley, Crawley, Stockbridge and Sparsholt and a special mention to Jonathan who cycled the 4 mile round trip from Kingsworthy in poor weather.  We did warn them about the possibility of dust and crud coming through the rope holes after our recent refurb. Hope they didn’t find too much in their hair afterwards! Jenny made off with Gerry’s keys but we made her hand over both them and his coat in the carpark! She got her own coat back in return! Maybe we should have home team pegs and away team pegs?
Thanks Edmund, Jenny, Bruce and all our friends in ringing. It’s a nice way to feel connected to our local ringing community and, more widely, the Guild.

As ringers we run a wide gamut of emotions whenever we ring. In an unfamiliar tower, with vaguely familiar or new-to-us ringers with unknown skillsets , these can be amplified. There’s no doubt that the exercise is an intellectual challenge. But what also should be celebrated is our emotional resolve to be vulnerable, to perform, in a tight space, on the end of a rope, out of our comfort zone. And remain or become friends.

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Gary Marsh

Winchester District Practice at Wonston – Sat 15th June – 10:00 – 11:30am

Dear All,

We have – for anyone not planning to attend the Guild AGM on the Isle of Wight this Saturday – a District practice at Wonston.  Or, if you are just intending to visit the Island for the tea and meeting, and have the morning free, what better way to spend the morning than to support the District Practice? – 10.00 start.

Best wishes

Bruce

District Secretary

Download poster here

Winchester District Practice – Wonston Saturday 15th June 10am

The Band of Holy Trinity Church, Wonston wishes to welcome any ringers available to support our ringing this coming Saturday morning at our District’s District Practice.The frame has been newly painted, the wheels and ropes reinstalled and we’re good to go! Check out our Facebook page for more of that story!

https://www.facebook.com/WonstonChurchBellringing/

We also have plenty of parking, great countryside walking and an award winning pub up the lane in The Wonston Arms!

Saturday 15th June from 10am til 1130am

Hope to see you there!

Gary Marsh

Basingstoke District Practice at Winchester Cathedral – Sunday 16th June – 2:00pm to 3:30pm

The next Basingstoke District Practice will be slightly different from normal as we will be ringing at Winchester Cathedral prior to Evensong. Please let Nici – the District Secretary know if you are coming as the Cathedral need a list of names of those attending.

If you are coming we will be meeting at the West door at 2pm as it isn’t certain which entrance will be in use at the time.

Hope to see plenty of you there.

Joseph

**UPDATED** Winchester QDM and Striking competition – Sat 11th May at Twyford

WIN QDM Poster 190511 Twyford
Papers for the meeting downloadable here.
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Dear All,

I’ve now had the poster for our next QDM, at Twyford on the 11th May, cleared by our hosts. So here it is for forwarding to your band members and/or posting in your towers.

I should say, further to my previous communication, that the Charmborough Ring is going to be put up from about 10.30 onwards, so if, as I suggested, anyone were to arrive at midday, the ring should be up and running. And if anyone is around towards the end of the day and could lend a had to dismantle it, theire energies and kindness would be much appreciated.

Finally, apologies for not indicating which district the paperwork was being sent out for, and thanks to Ellis Thomas for pointing this out.

Looking forward to a great turnout on Saturday week, best wishes till then,

Bruce

Winchester District Secretary

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Dear All,

Further to the prior-notice advice of the next Winchester District Quarterly Meeting on 11th May, it will NOT be at Sparsholt, but instead will be at Twyford.
We are combining our meeting with Twyford’s Open Day in support of their Bell Restoration Fund, which is looking for £20,000.
So the format of the day is that the Charmbrough Ring is going to be set up – from around Midday onwards – in the grounds of the Archdeaconry, which is adjacent the church. Then the Twyford Ringers will be serving Ploughman’s lunches, for which they are asking for a donation, pretty much from midday onwards, certainly 12.30 onwards. Then the Quarterly Meeting will start with the draw for the Striking Competition at 2.30, the competition will proceed until it is finished, but up to 4.30, when the usual ringers’ tea will be put on, and the business meeting will take place from 5.30 onwards.
What would be really, REALLY helpful is if you would let Angela Forder-Stent know whether you will be taking lunch and/or tea, and whether, if you are having lunch, you will get by at tea-time with “just” a cup of tea or coffee and a spot of cake, or will be wanting a “full” tea.
Please do not neglect to contact Angela on 01962 712443, or email using this link, ideally by Weds. 8th May.
The afternoon should provide the people of Twyford with some examples of really good ringing, as well as the opportunity to learn why ringing is THE thing to do.
Best wishes
Bruce
District Secretary
Twyford Photograph by Rosemary Oakeshott

Popeye to the rescue?! – Sunday 19th May – Winchester Cathedral

Thank you to the volunteers who have offered to help erect and dismantle the Chamborough Ring at Winchester Cathedral on 19th May.   We still need another two or three  ‘able bodied and fairly strong adults’ to complete the team.

http://www.charmborough.org/

Should be a good ‘work out’ and fun… further details, including times, available on request!

Viv
wpbells.org/contact-viv-nobbs/
Tel: 01983 530920

Guild Education – Basic Raising and Lowering – Bishopstoke – Fri 17th May – 7-9pm.

Details should by now have reached you via your Tower Secretary, but the Education Committee is running another of its very popular evenings on Basic Raising and Lowering.    This will take place at Bishopstoke on Friday 17 May 2019, from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm.    This is a course where places usually get filled up very quickly, so if you or other members of your tower – or friends in another tower – are interested it might be an idea to apply sooner rather than later.    I have attached the poster and application form (both Word and pdf versions).

And don’t forget the Education Committee’s evening at The Undercroft at Winchester Cathedral, Wednesday 17 April, when we hope to see lots of you to HAVE YOUR SAY.     It is important that ringers of all age groups should let us know what kind of training is taking place in their towers, and what kind of courses they would like to see the Education Committee offer in the future.   In other words – where are the gaps?    What can we do to help?    This is open to everybody, any age, beginners with new ideas, experienced ringers with tried-and-trusted ideas – we’d like to see you all.   If you haven’t done so already, please let me know if you are coming so we have an idea of numbers.

Christine Knights-Whittome

On behalf of the Guild Education Committee

Application Form – Basic Raising and Lowering – Word

Application form – Basic Raising and Lowering – PDF

Basic Raising and Lowering Poster – Word

Basic Raising and Lowering Poster – PDF

Winchester District Practice – Owslebury – Tues 2nd April – 7.30-9.00pm

Dear All,
Hot on the heels of our last – and most enjoyable – District Practice last Thursday at Tichborne, we have another, a week tonight, at Owslebury, so, handy for the towers in the centre of our District.  Owslebury has no regular band, and Sunday service ringing is kept going by the ringers of Botley and Curdridge. So, why not come along to the District Practice, and if the bells take your fancy and you aren’t too far away, consider coming along to support the Sunday ringing, 10.30-11.00 – but check with Anthony Manship, tower contact (01962 777264 or email) before you make a special journey.
Hoping lots of people can make it on Tuesday,
Best wishes
Bruce
District Secretary
Poster for display in your tower here

Winchester District Practice – Thursday 21st March – Tichborne

Dear All,
Please find attached Word and PDF versions of the poster for our next District Practice, which is at Tichborne, next Thursday, 21st March.
This is a practice with a bit of a difference, as there are no local ringers (apart from when the Cheriton ringers come over as needed), so this is an opportunity to (1) try somewhere new (2) try something new (depending what we feel like doing).
The Tichborne bells have (relatively) recently undergone some restoration, so they go better than they did. The church is of great interest for ecclesiology buffs, as it incorporates a Catholic chapel – one of only three in England to survive from before the Reformation. Also handy is the Tichborne Arms, a free house, so with Pots and Flack Manor (to name but two) on tap.
Craig, great opportunity for you! Can you put the word round to any of your list (eg Janet?) who might feel like coming along?
Best wishes to all,

Evening Recital on the Organ of St John the Evangelist’s Church, Northington, 16th March 2019

Dear All,
Carol Ward, the Secretary of the Candover Valley Ringers, has written to advise me of a fundraiser at St John the Evangelist, Northington – where the new six is being fine-tuned
Here are the details:-

Event: Organ recital by Claudia Grinnell of Winchester Cathedral
Date: 16th March 2019 at 7 pm
Place: St John the Evangelist church, Northington, Hampshire, SO24 9TH
Tickets: £10 including refreshments (unreserved seating)

A chance to hear the 1890 Charles Martin organ in a program designed and performed by Claudia Grinnell including a piece by local composer Gavin Skinner.

For tickets and information please email using the link.

Proceeds are in aid of two important charities – Breast Cancer Care and Friends of St.John’s a major restoration of the organ.

This promises to be a wonderful evening, and will do much to advance these worthy causes. If nearer the time I can find out more details of the programme I’ll let you know.

Best wishes

Bruce

District Secretary

W&P Youths Bells and Bowls Tour – Sat 16th February from 2pm

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Hursley 2pm-2:45pm – Parking around the back of the church

Twyford 3pm-3:45pm

Bishopstoke 4pm-5pm

1 Game of Bowling at Eastleigh Hollywood Bowl Swan Centre SO50 5SF

Hollywood Bowl needs to know numbers of bowlers by Tue 12th Feb

Cost for bowling under 16 £5.20 16 and over £6.20

FOR ALL YOUTH RINGERS (18 AND UNDER)

ALL ABILITIES WELCOME FROM ROUNDS UPWARDS

For more details contact Sallie Ingram

Link to download poster

Class of ’69 at Bishopstoke

The peal below was rung recently at Bishopstoke on Saturday 19th January, recreating a peal of Doubles rung there 50 years ago with 5 of the same ringers. Well done to all!

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Bishopstoke, Hampshire
St Mary
Saturday, 19 January 2019 in 2h 31 (4–1–17 in D)
5040 Doubles
7m/v. 6 extents each of St Simon, St Martin, Reverse Canterbury, April Day, Dedworth, Plain Bob, Grandsire.
1  Allen L Guille
2  Roy LeMarechal
3  Jane E Marsh
4  Linda V Cull
5  John P Colliss (C)
6  John C Hallett
By a class of 69. Recreating a peal of 7 m/v Doubles rung here 50 years ago on 18/1/69. It was the first peal for the ringers of 1,2,5,6 who rang the same respective bells. Jane was also ringing in the same position as 50 years ago, that being her 2nd peal. Linda replaced the late T John Frodsham who was also ringing his first peal 50 years ago. She didn’t ring her first peal till Feb 69.

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Beyond Bob Doubles – Cheriton – Wednesday 30th Jan – 19:30-21:00

Dear All,

This month our Beyond Bob Doubles practice will be at Cheriton on 30th January from 19:30 to 21:00, all welcome from the Winchester District and beyond.  This is an opportunity to ring anything from grandsire doubles and plain bob minor to Stedman and surprise minor, if there is anything you would like to try just let me know.  The next Guild Education Day on Cambridge major is in just over a month so if you want a little extra practice at Cambridge minor before then this is your opportunity.

In order not to spam the whole District/Guild I have a fairly limited distribution list so feel free to forward this e-mail to anyone who might be interested, and if you wish to be taken off the list then let me know.

Edmund.

***UPDATED***Winchester ADM – Sat 9th February from 2pm

Dear All,
What you have all – I am sure – been waiting for: the paperwork for Saturday’s Annual District Meeting, which is at Lockerley Memorial Hall on Butts Green, Lockerley, starting at 5.30 p.m.
The Agenda and list of events planned so far (ADM 190209), the unconfirmed minutes of the last Quarterly Meeting (QDM 2018-11) and my report on the year’s activities (Annual Report 2018) are all attached as MS Word 2003 documents (.doc) or in the Portable Document Format (.pdf). The District Accounts are in PDF only.
Happy reading and best wishes,
Bruce
District Secretary
PS. Additional agenda item – Romsey Show for today’s meeting
Dear All
Please be advised that at John Palk’s request I have added ‘Romsey Show’ to the agenda for today’s meeting at Lockerley Memorial Hall. The discusssion will be on whether the District wishes to have a stand at the Romsey Show (which I understand the organisers are keen to have).
Best wishes
Bruce
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Original Post:
Dear All,
The next date for your diaries is Saturday 9th February, which is the day of the Annual District Meeting, this year to be held at Lockerley Village Hall, with ringing at West Tytherley and Lockerley beforehand and East Tytherley afterwards.

 

Posters herewith in Word (.doc) and PDF formats. The agenda and unconfirmed minutes of the last meeting will follow in due course.

 

Please let Jen Churchill know, by Wednesday 4th February, if you would like to have a high tea before the meeting.

 

Please let me know, by the same date if there is anything you’d like putting on the agenda for the business meeting.

 

Please let Tony Smith know if you are proposing to have new full members elected, or wishing to confirm belfry elections of compounding and probationary members.

 

Hope to see lots of people on the day, best wishes till then,
District Secretary

No Practice at Hursley – Friday 1st Feb

Please note that there will be NO practice at Hursley on Friday 1st
February as the ringers are holding their AGM.

We hope to have 6 or 7 peal attempts at Hursley between October 2019 and
April 2020, some of which will be allocated to visiting bands. If anyone
would like to apply for one of these attempts please contact the Tower
Secretary, Christine Hill, by 25 January. Contact can be made directly
or via the Hursley website
https://www.pealbase.co.uk/hursley/code/contact.php . There will be a
draw at the AGM to allocate attempts if necessary.

Christine Hill

Winchester District Practice – Kings Worthy – Fri 11th Jan

Dear All,

Please find attached the notification of the first Winchester District event of 2019 – a practice at King’s Worthy, next Friday. It’s quite handy to get to for anyone reasonably close to Winchester, and you will be assured of the opportunity of some interesting ringing.

Hope to see lots of people there, to support the local band as well as to broaden your experience.

Best wishes

Bruce

District Secretary