In the run-up to Christmas, your District is pleased to offer you TWO events in the first half of the month, hopefully before you get too bogged down in Christmas arrangements and commitments.
Firstly, we have a District Practice a fortnight tonight, at Broughton, on Monday 9th December. Please note the start and finish times of 7.30 p.m. and 9.00 p.m., half an hour later than Broughton’s usual start/finish times, but arranged thus to spare anyone who cares to support this practice and coming from a distance from having to set out too early in the evening.
Secondly, we are looking forward very much to our Carol Service, a week later than previously mooted, on Saturday 14th December, at Northington, hosted by the Candover Valley Band. As you’ll be aware, the new six has but recently been consecrated, so the afternoon offers much to look forward to.
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible – and, indeed anyone who’d like to join us from neighbouring districts/the rest of the world – at either or both of these events, at which you will be assured of a warm welcome. I’ve attached the usual flyers/posters – please bring to the attention of your band members, or anyone else you think would be interested.
Winchester District Secretary
Poster for District Practice at Broughton on Monday 9th December
Poster for Winchester District Carol Service at Northington on Saturday 14th December
Please find attached the poster
for the next Winchester District Quarterly Meeting, which is to take place in Houghton – All Saints’ Parish Church
(the District’s newest and lightest six) for the training session plus whatever post-meeting ringing anyone feels like, and the Village Hall for the tea and business meeting. Paperwork for the business meeting will follow in due course.
For this meeting we are rehearsing our skills in Cambridge and its sister methods – Primrose, Ipswich, Annable’s London, etc. This afternoon session will to some extent complement the Guild Education Day School a fortnight later.
If you’d like to come along, and wish to branch out from Cambridge, please let Jenny Watson
know so that we can gauge the level of interest.
We have lots of weddings coming up over the next couple of months and I’m afraid can’t get enough ringers for all of them from local resources! Can anyone help please?
We are short of ringers as follows:-
4th August, St Marys Broughton, 1200 wedding, 1 ringers needed
25th August, St Marys Broughton,1500 wedding. 1 ringer needed.
25th August, St Andrews Mottisfont,1400 wedding, 2 ringers needed
22nd September, All Saints Houghton,1300 wedding, 2 ringers needed.
We have been asked to ring before and after all the weddings so pull off time is 30 minutes before the wedding times above.
If you are able to help please could you reply to Bob Gosse
It’s That Time of Year! Stuff happening all around us! The next Winchester District practice will be on Monday 20th November, 7.30 p.m., and it is at Houghton.
Posters attached, please display/distribute to your band members/put the word round.
Hope to see as many as possible of you there, to support the Houghton/Broughton band.
Best wishes till the 20th
Link to Poster – Please print off and display in your tower.
Ringers required. . 5 ringers required at Mottisfont and 5 ringers required at Broughton. Both weddings at 3.00 pm: £20 per rope: both weddings ringing before and afterwards.
If you can help please contact: Bob Gosse
The links above give an illustrated version of these notes.
1. Start from Houghton Village Hall, on the corner of Stevens Drove.
Turn right, and, after about 250 yards, having passed Chapel Close on the right, look on the left for the entrance to a property called Willow House. (5 mins)
2. Here is the gateway to the Clarendon Way, heading east. Shortly afterwards you will cross over the River Test.
3. The next landmark is the crossroads of the Clarendon and Test Ways (20 mins)
Turn left here: the Clarendon Way climbs, you want to keep on the level – the Test Way is along a former railway track.
Not long afterwards there is a fork in the path – keep right!
4. The next major landmark is the Marshcourt National Trust Car Park, on your right (40-50 minutes)
At this point, you can either continue until you come into Trafalgar Way, and carry on up to the White Hart roundabout and turn left into Stockbridge High Street (5 mins approx.)
Or, you can take the path to your left, skirting the northern boundary of the Common Marsh. After about 150 yards, the path crosses the Marshcourt River and heads north, directly towards Stockbridge High Street, along a well-defined path which brings you
out near to Lillie’s tea rooms. Start here …
From the roundabout at the east end of Stockbridge High Street St Peter’s Church is about 5 minutes’ walk, if you take the short-cut leading to Lillie’s that will probably save you about five minutes overall. If you take the walk at a fair clip it would take
about 1¼ to 1½ hours, longer if you wish to take it easy
To return to Houghton, you can either retrace your steps or continue along the High Street until you cross the Test, then turn left: that is about an hour’s walk. It is along the road, so not that great, but not absolutely awful, either. Most of the road is under
either a 30mph or a 40mph speed limit. If you do go this way you can call in at Houghton Lodge Gardens tea room; but be aware that their last orders are at 4.20 p.m.
A little further on is the Boot Inn where you will get tea/coffee at any time but they don’t have any cakes or buns
Phew! At last!
Here is the poster for the next quarterly meeting, coming up soon – Saturday week to be precise.
I’ll get the agenda and the minutes of the last meeting out tomorrow, and will test the various route possibilities within the next few days. It’s all to be found on OS Explorer no. 131.
Following the time-honoured format, we begin with a try-out on the interesting new ring of six at All Saints’, Houghton, then lunch (BYO) either inside or on the lawn outside the Village Hall in Houghton, where also there will be tea/coffee-making facilities and loos, and parking. Then we have a probably quite short business meeting, and walk to Stockbridge. There are three possible routes, the shortest of which is along the public highway. I am advised this is do-able but can be hairy owing to the presence of tractors, Chelsea or otherwise. There is a longer and more circuitous route to the west over the downs, or you can make your way to the public footpath along the old railway track to Stockbridge.
We ring at Stockbridge from 3.00 to 4.00, which will be a real treat. I attended the inaugural practice on the newly reinstalled six, and – apart from the hazard of the five going up wrong – they handle like a dream.
Depending what arrangements you make, there are options at Stockbridge, including Lillie’s tea rooms, open till 4.45; I have arranged for the King’s Somborne bells to be available from 5.30 onwards, tho’ to get afternoon tea in Stockbridge AND make it to King’s Somborne you will doubtless need to have transport sorted out – or you could walk to KS from Stockbridge and have a coffee/tea or a drink at the pub in King’s Somborne after ringing there.
I’ll write again soon,
Winchester District Secretary
Link to Poster
Link to Agenda
Minutes from May QDM
Please find attached the poster for the next Winchester District Practice, Broughton, Monday Week – and my apologies for the shorter amount of notice than usual/than I prefer.
We’ve been successful in attracting good numbers at our recent District Practices, and the Broughton (ground floor) ring will be an interesting experience. The local band will very much appreciate your attendance.
PS. The next quarterly meeting will be on 12th August: the usual format, bring-your-own picnic and a relaxing stroll through the Hampshire countryside. Quite which bit of the Hampshire countryside is yet to be resolved, however. I have one route which is “in the bag” but not very suitable owing to a big wedding at one of the churches, and another possibility for which I await decisions from the tower reps. Wish me luck ….
Link to Poster – please display in your tower
VERY SORRY! I am going to have to cancel the District Practice at Houghton
which I told you all about yesterday, having received a further update on the bells. To cut to the chase, they MAY be in place in the tower, but we have no guarantee that they will be actually fettled and signed off by the twenty-third.
SO, we are hoping to arrange a similar event once we know the bells are good and ready to go, probably once they’ve been consecrated. I don’t have a date for this at my fingertips but I think it will be in May or June.
MEANWHILE if I can arrange a district practice elsewhere for April, I’ll let you all know.
Best wishes and apologies once again
Sue Welch , a new Houghton ringer rang Plain Hunt Doubles for the first time on the treble at the Hursley beginners practice on Tuesday March. 1st.
Jen Churchill Reporting
Telephone: 01794 388617
Address: Spindleberry, Chapel Close, Houghton, Stockbridge, SO20 6LS
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