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.
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
Day Three of the Lilliputters Tour 2016 – Wednesday 3rd August
Towers visited on Day Three were Leckford, King’s Somborne, Houghton, Mottisfont, Farley Chamberlayne and Sparsholt. The theme of the day was wooden towers – and, as a bonus, they were all ground floor rings! However, this was made up for in the evening when we joined the Alton and Petersfield District Practice at Winchester Cathedral – a fair climb more than compensating for the lack of steps earlier in the day!
Leckford: A very pleasant 5 from a range of founders and dates. Ringing here is Stedman Doubles, with rare footage of Aaron ringing inside! 😉
King’s Somborne: An old-fashioned country ring of 6 in a large tower, overhauled and tuned in 2001 by Matthew Higby and Co. Featured ringing here is Bob Doubles (outside) and the almost-obligatory Grandsire Minor (inside!)
A picnic lunch at King’s Somborne was the ideal opportunity for general lunacy, with gymnastics, and a children’s play park providing much entertainment. We also had a competition to design a working “human bellframe”….. Guess which side won! 😉
Houghton: A shiny new six installed by Higby and Co a few months prior to our visit, replacing a long-unringable three. Two old Taylor bells are complimented with four new Higby trebles, and the two old tenors are retained as chiming bells. Ringing here was Bob Minor twice (outside, and double-handed inside!) and Bourne Surprise Minor.
Mottisfont: Five different dates and founders set up the “duffer” tower of the day. The treble rope falls dangerously close to the font and the tenor is rung off the tower steps just behind the door, which almost caused an accident a couple of times! Bob Doubles (outside) and some very respectable Erin (inside) – and no, Thomas and Connor didn’t have their fight in the end 😦
Farley Chamberlayne: A novel three, for the laughs! Tuned as the front three of a four, with ropes falling in a straight line and on a set of steps, these provided much amusement. Various 3-bell ringing extracts are included here.
Sparsholt: A nice little six to finish the day on, all from the Whitechapel foundry over various dates. Ringing here includes call changes, Grandisre Doubles, and a new method devised for the tour, named Kaleeb.
Winchester Cathedral: Once again, we were made very welcome by the Alton and Petersfield District for their practice on the ring of fourteen bells at Winchester. Ringing is mostly rounds and call changes on 12/14 from the ringing room, and in the belfry.
Please find attached the poster for the next District practice, three weeks today. Unusually this is not being held on the band’s regular practice night, but on Saturday afternoon to serve as an open day for the people of Houghton and environs, including the partner parishes within the benefice to see and hear the bells in action. (As a rule, the practices will be held on Monday nights in rotation with those at Broughton, the near neighbour and one of the constituent parishes of the benefice).
Details of the Practice
Saturday 23rd April 2016
3.00 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.
At All Saints’ Church
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.
Telephone: 01794 388617
Address: Spindleberry, Chapel Close, Houghton, Stockbridge, SO20 6LS
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