Category Archives: Crawley

Winchester District Carol Service – Saturday 8th December – 2.30pm – Crawley

Dear All,
Please find attached the poster for this year’s District Carol Service, which this year is at St Mary’s Crawley, at the slightly earlier time of 2.30 in the afternoon of Saturday 8th December, with service ringing from 2.00 onwards and ringing afterwards for such as who would like it.
For anyone who’s noticed the reference to the Carol Service on the Guild Website, the date – Sunday 9th – is a mistake … we never have Carol services on a Sunday, when most church timetables are likely to be a bit crowded. Secondly, I had hoped we might have the service at Northington, which you’ll be aware is the subject of an augmentation from three to six bells. I should say that the last I heard, which was only a few weeks ago, was that the bells were only just due to be installed this month, and I would imagine that there has to be a service of dedication and blessing before the bells can be used for Divine Service. I’ve heard nothing of late, hence the relocation of the service.
Please put the word round, circulate the poster and/or pin it to your notice-boards.
Best wishes till the 8th
Winchester District Secretary
PS: Don’t forget the District Practice, East Tytherley, tomorrow night, and we have another District Practice planned for 17th December at Old Alresford.

Winchester District Practice – Tuesday 20th February at Crawley – 7.30-9.00pm

Dear All,

Sorry about this – with all the excitement, etc. of the Annual District Meeting and our own tower AGM on Wednesday, this upcoming date escaped my attention – District Practice, next Tuesday, 20th February, at Crawley.

Crawley has five bells, so even if only a handful can turn up it will make a huge difference to what people can do.

I’ve attached posters, as is my wont, for your tower notice boards or for forwarding to band members.

Best wishes and apologies once again,

District Secretary

Link to Poster

Funeral of Coral Northeast – Friday 1st December

Coral died in hospital on Sunday 12th November. We have just heard that there will be a Service of Thanksgiving for Coral at Mary’s church, Crawley on Friday 1st December at 11.30 am.

Coral rang regularly at so many churches in the Winchester area and around Hampshire. In addition, Coral was a member of the Ladies Guild and also attended David Forder’s Mid Monthly Meetings.

There will be open ringing after the service for anyone who would like to ring for coral and the wake in the village hall. Crawley and sparsholt ringers are ringing before the service.

Amanda Bayford

Winchester District Practice – Tuesday 12th September at Crawley

Dear All,

VERY sorry about the late notice for our next District Practice this coming Tuesday – thanks to Elizabeth Johnson for her gentle reminder to me this afternoon!

Even if we can only get an extra half-dozen to come along to the Crawley practice on Tuesday, that will make a tremendous difference to what can be achieved, so if you CAN make it your presence will be much appreciated.

Look forward to seeing you on Tuesday

District Secretary

Link to Poster


Winchester District Training Event – Saturday 8th October at Crawley



 9.30– 11.30 a.m.

Saturday October 8th 2016

At the Church of St Mary,


(5 Bells, Tenor 6¾ cwt, Ground Floor,

OS National Grid Reference SU 424348,

Postcode for SatNavs SO21 2PZ)

Theory: 9.30.-9.45 a.m.

Ringing: 9.45-11.30 a.m.


 To book a place, to offer help, or for more information please contact Bruce Purvis, (


Dear All,

Apologies for short notice … there’s been a lot going on recently.

But in a fortnight’s time your District offers once more the chance to master one of the key skills in ringing – that of raising and lowering. The lowering, especially, is what congregations hear, the last thing before services begin: that’s what they take away with them about ringing, and if it works well it is a magical experience. If not ….

Anyway, we shall be meeting at Crawley on Saturday 8th October, a fortnight’s time, a little ground floor five with no handling vices, a perfect environment for learning.

Please let me know if you would like to come along to learn/rehearse your skills or if you can help.

Best wishes


District Secretary


BBC Coverage of Bell Ringing Results in New Learners at Crawley

A member of the Crawley band shared some of the BBC coverage of Bell Ringing on the village Facebook Group this week, prompting one person to put their name forward for lessons.

Two other people (who had previously expressed an interest in learning) decided to take the plunge into bell ringing as well.

Tower Correspondent Amanda Byford said “Our previous recruits are making really good progress and we are delighted to welcome these new ones into the band. We practice on a Tuesday and we are really keen to build our Sunday band, aiming to ring at least on the First Sunday of every month.”

Visiting Ringers are most welcome to practice or to ring on Sundays – but please call in advance of your visit.

Winchester District Practice Tues 19th January at Crawley

winchester district practice at Crawley Jan 2016Bruce Purvis Writes:
The next District practice – apart, obviously, from the Surprise-6 at Lockerley on Tuesday and the Surprise-8 at Hursley on Tuesday week – is at Crawley on Tuesday the 19th of January.  It will be a good opportunity to have a go at minimus and doubles methods and support the local band.
Hope to see as many as possible there.  Please put the word round and display the poster.

Contact Amanda Bayford

Telephone: 01962 776861
Address: Cob House, Crawley, Winchester, SO21 2PZ
Email: Use Form