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Report from Hursely – What they gained from Lockdown – Handbell Ringing!

What we gained from Lockdown.

A story of handbells at Hursley, Hants.

We are just emerging from an interruption to ringing that has had a large impact on the exercise, and may prove to have been the cause of a permanent change to the quantity and quality of ringing that we will be able to enjoy in the future.

Lockdown and the ensuing caution about infection produced a cessation of ringing comparable in length to the break in ringing in World War 2. However, unlike that break, concerns about infection and the duty to shield the vulnerable means that a number of ringers will not have returned to their normal pattern of ringing, and the long interval has undoubtedly meant that a fair proportion of us are both physically and mentally “rusty”.

At Hursley we indulged in quite a lot of Zooming in lockdown. Tuesday was quiz night, Friday was a bit of chat then off to Ringing Room – where we were conspicuously less able than other bands in the area. However the fact that you could ring two bells on ringing room sparked an interest in handbell ringing – which is the point of this short article.

Hursley is very lucky to have some experienced and established handbell ringers in the band, so when meeting up in gardens became possible, a number of us were eager to get back to ringing in the flesh with other people – even if it was a bit nippy to be honest.

As we met up, more of the Hursley ringers who had never thought of ringing handbells expressed an interest, and regular Tuesday afternoon sessions were established in late April 2021. As you may guess by the timing the group is, how can I say it…mature, that is retired, or working part-time. Some of the learners had not touched a handbell at all, although they had got some of the skills through Ringing Room, others had done what a lot of us have, ringing 1-2 or 5-6 for some Plain Hunt Minor.

Progress was variable. Some got the hang of it quickly, backed up by practising at home on Ringing Room or Abel/Mabel/Mobel. Some were a lot slower, but progress there was, even if it tended to be two steps forward and one back for some of the time.

It soon became obvious that just one afternoon a week would not be enough, so some quarter peals were planned as the ringing became more accurate and reliable. We were really lucky to have some very good conductors in the band, and Drew Craddock, Richard Thompson and Christine Hill came to the fore in getting touches and quarters round. We also had a dedicated support crew in Jinny Kufluk and Maureen Hanney, with Nigel Herriott managing a few of the practices, all good ringers who keep right even when there were gaps to be filled.

The Tuesday afternoon handbell band

Back row l to r – Richard Thompson, Peter Hill, Christine Hill, Kate Shaw, Maureen Hanney, Jinny Kufluk, Derek Stewart (host for the day)

Front row l to r – Caroline Fairley, Janice Higgins, Pam Thompson, Christine Saunders.

Quarter peals were then attempted, and usually scored at the first attempt! Caroline Fairley was first off the mark with a good quarter of Bob Minor on the 28th of May last year (2021). She quickly went on to ring two more, both of Plain Bob Major

Next was Kate Shaw with her first quarter on the 24th September, trebles to Plain Bob Minor followed by her first on eight on the 10th December.

The third of our learners to achieve a quarter in hand was one of our most experienced ringers, Christine Saunders, with a quarter of Plain Bob Major on the 10th November. This was quickly followed by two more quarters, both of Bob Minor.

Monty provided the occasional distraction!

Pam Thompson was a bit slow to organise her first quarter, but at one of the Tuesday afternoon practices we found a room for her plus Richard and Christine Hill to ring Plain Bob Minor on the 25th of January this year. Again this was followed just five days later by her first on eight.

Pam, Christine and Richard after Pam’s first quarter in hand

Not all our learners found the technique of ringing handbells easy, and sometimes a lifetime of ringing tower bells can be a bit of a handicap, but Janice Higgins became our fifth learner to score a quarter by ringing the tenors to Plain Bob Major on the 6th of February.

Finally, the sixth member of the Hursley handbell learners, Derek Stewart, scored a quarter of Plain Bob Minor on the 15th of February.

Intense concentration shown by all!

So what happens next?

I suppose the nice thing about ringing is that there is always another challenge to be attempted. Some of the learners are heading towards Kent and Oxford Treble Bob (Minor and Major), while others are looking at the inside pairs of Plain Bob. Conducting is being encouraged – and hopefully we will soon see a quarter in hand with a first as conductor from this group of learners.

So something good definitely came out of the lockdown for our band. We are probably better friends, possibly more tolerant of mistakes and have shown that learning a new skill is fun and rewarding.

Lastly, I will just mention the value of Ringing Room. Leland Paul Kusmer and Bryn Reinstadler really made this possible. Firstly it gave all the Hursley band a chance to ring together when we were not allowed in the tower. Once the handbell group started up it was so easy for all of the learners to practice away from the Tuesday afternoon sessions, and without this homework the progress we have all made would not have been possible.

Peter Hill
Hursley
March 2022

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Ringing cancellations due to COVID-19

Coronavirus: UK ringing should now be cancelled

The UK government has advised against all unnecessary social contact with immediate effect. The Prime Minister advised in a press conference of 16th March that now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel.

The Central Council has released a statement in response to the UK government. They advise that If you haven’t already decided to cancel ringing activities, it seems that now is the time to do so. The Ringing World agrees with this statement. It is hard to interpret the government’s guidance in any way other than that all planned ringing activities in the UK should now cease.


 

 

I have been made aware that ringing has been suspended at the following towers due to COVID-19 concerns:

Alton, St. Laurence, All Saints and Holybourne – all ringing suspended.

Alverstoke – all ringing cancelled until further notice.

Basingstoke, St. Michael’s – all ringing cancelled until further notice.

Blackmoor – all ringing suspended.

Bournemouth, St. John’s, St. Peters and Scared Heart – all ringing suspended.

Bramshott – all service and practice ringing until at least the end of March where the situation will be reviewed.

Brockenhurst – no ringing until further notice.

Buriton – all ringing suspended.

Catherington – ringing cancelled, but may be some limited Sunday ringing if services continue.

Christchurch Priory – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Eling – all ringing suspended.

Froxfield – all ringing suspended.

Havant – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Hawkley – all ringing suspended and the tied practices on 6-8-10th April postponed.

Hursley – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Newport – all ringing cancelled until further notice.

Portsmouth Cathedral – all ringing suspended.

Purbrook – all ringing cancelled until further notice.

Romsey – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Selborne – all ringing cancelled until further notice.

Shanklin – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Shedfield – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Southampton (St. Mary’s, St. Michael’s and Bitterne Park) – all ringing suspended.

Steep – all ringing suspended.

Titchfield – all ringing suspended.

Upham – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Upton Grey – all ringing cancelled until further notice.

Warnford – all ringing suspended.

West Meon – all ringing suspended.

Wickham – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Winchester Cathedral – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Wonston – no practices until further notice.

Portsmouth District – all District events are cancelled including the April QDM.

Winchester District – all District events and the striking competition in May are cancelled until further notice.

Please let me know via wpbells@gmail.com of any other cancellations and I will add them to this list.

Thanks

Andrew Glover

W&P Guild Webmaster

 

 

 

**UPDATED**Winchester ADM – Sat 8th February 2020 at Hursley

Link to Minutes from Autumn District Meeting

Link to Agenda

Dear All,

Our Annual District Meeting – this year, at Hursley – is fast approaching, so, please find attached poster. Please affix to your noticeboards, put the word round, forward to your band members, however you communicate such matters.

The papers for the meeting – the Agenda, the minutes of the last meeting, the District Accounts and the Report of the last year in the District’s annals – will all follow in due course, with time enough for everyone to read and if necessary comment.

I’ll be in touch anon, best wishes meanwhile,

Bruce
District Secretary

20200208 WIN ADM Hursley

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

WP Youth 20190216
Itinerary

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

Hursley 12-Bell Practicce – Friday 23rd March

Hursley’s 4th Friday of the month 12 Bell practice this week Friday 23rd. Anyone wishing to ring on 12 Bells is welcome to come along and join us. Hopefully we’ll be able to ring some or all of Cambridge, Yorkshire, Bristol Max, Grandsire and Stedman Cinques. But, as usual what we ring will depend on who comes along; so anything from rounds and call changes to Bristol Max.

If you can’t make this week’s practice, you’ll always be welcome any Friday night.

Richard

Hursley 12-bell Practice – Fri 24th Nov 2017 at 7.30pm

The next open 12-bell practice at All Saints’, Hursley, will be this Friday, 24th November, at 7.30 p.m. Usual methods – Grandsire, Stedman, Little Bob, Yorkshire, Bristol, Cambridge.

This practice is open to anyone who would like to practise 12-bell ringing.

Visitors are, of course, still most welcome to join our regular practice any week.

Best wishes,

Tony

Hursley 12 bell Practice Fri 27th Oct

The next open 12-bell practice at All Saints’, Hursley, will be this Friday,
27th October, at 7.30 p.m. Usual methods – Grandsire, Stedman, Little Bob,
Yorkshire, Bristol, Cambridge.

This practice is open to anyone who would like to practise 12-bell ringing.
Visitors are, of course, still most welcome to join our regular practice any
week.

Best wishes, Tony

Surprise Royal Practices continue – 4th Sunday of the Month – sign up here!

Hi all,
Firstly many thanks to all those who completed the feedback. It was very useful! What it did show was there was still a strong desire for practices to be continued, so after my summer off I am back to get things running again!
To make these practices as viable as possible, I am going to aim to start again in October, to allow people sufficient notice. I will advertise the next 4 practices, and using a Doodle poll, assess whether they are viable or not. All practices are on the 4th Sunday afternoon of the month. This still seems the best time for most people at present.
Please click the following link to indicate your availability;
The intention for locations would be;
22/10 – Bishopstoke
26/11 – North Stoneham
28/01 – St Mary’s, Southampton
25/02 – Hursley
I will update you towards the end of this month, so please now get signing up. Any comments/suggestion welcome, as always!
Thanks,
Southampton

Next Hursley Open 12-bell Practice is Sept 22nd

The next 12-bell practice open to anyone who would like to practise 12-bell ringing will be on Friday 22nd SEPTEMBER. Visitors are, of course, still most welcome to join our regular practice any week but we are cancelling the special practices in July and August because many of the local ringers are
away.

I apologise for any inconvenience.

Tony Smith

Open 12-bell practice at Hursley Friday 23rd June

The next open 12-bell practice at All Saints’,  Hursley, will be on 23rd
June, at 7.30 p.m. Usual methods – Grandsire, Stedman, Little Bob,
Yorkshire, Bristol, Cambridge.

This practice is open to anyone who would like to practise 12-bell ringing.
Visitors are, of course, still most welcome to join our regular practice any
week.

Best wishes, Tony

Invitation to ring at Hursley on Friday 26th May

The next open 12-bell practice at All Saints’, Hursley, should be this
Friday, 26th May, at 7.30 p.m. However, as it is a bank holiday, many of our
local ringers are away. Visitors are still, of course, most welcome to join
us but it is unlikely that we will have enough to ring on 12-bells.

There is an “Ale and Cider Evening” in the Dolphin this Friday and so, if
this does not appeal, visitors may prefer the King’s Head for the aprés
clash.

Best wishes, Tony Smith

Hursley 12-bell practice Friday 28th April

Hi everyone
As Tony is away, I’ll be hosting the next open 12 bell practice at Hursley on Friday.
This is open to anyone who would like some 12 bell ringing, and you are very welcome!
Methods to include Grandsire, Stedman, Yorkshire, Cambridge, Little Bob, Bristol.
If anyone has any conducting requests, please let me know.
Looking forward to seeing you!
Christine Saunders

**Messages left below will be forwarded to Christine

New homes sought for 31 years’ Ringing Worlds

I am disposing of Ringing Worlds for the years 1972-1974, 1978-2000 and 2010-2014. The years to 2000 are in DIY binders and those from 2010 are in IKEA FLYT boxes, and will be available for collection from Winchester. Please contact me if you are interested in all or any of these years. Preference will be given to requests that enable the most years to go to new homes.

Many thanks and best wishes, Tony Smith

  • Contact Anthony Smith

    Telephone: 01962 881202
    Address: 72 Buriton Road, Winchester, SO22 6JE

New Monthly 12-bell Practice at Hursley – Trial Period Starts Friday 24th February

At our tower AGM last Friday we agreed that, for a trial period, there would be an open 12-bell practice at All Saints’, Hursley, on the fourth Friday of the month. The first 12-bell practice will be on 24th February, at 7.30 p.m.
Usual methods – Grandsire, Stedman, Little Bob, Yorkshire, Bristol,
Cambridge.

This practice is open to anyone who would like to practise 12-bell  ringing.
Visitors are, of course, still most welcome to join our regular practice any week.

Best wishes, Tony Smith (Tower Captain)

Contact Christine Hill

Telephone: 01794 518068
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Hursley Peal Attempts 2017-18

The deadline for applying for peal attempts at All Saints’, Hursley, Hants (12, 14 cwt in F#) in December 2017 and January 2018 has been extended to 31 March 2017 and the draw will take place soon thereafter.

Please visit http://www.pealbase.ismysite.co.uk/hursley/code/ and click on “Peal Attempts at Hursley” in the right hand panel for details of how to apply.

Tony Smith
Tower Captain

Guild Surprise Royal Practice Sunday 27th Nov 2pm Hursley

Daniel Graham writes:

A final reminder that the November surprise royal practice is taking place this weekend, details as below;

When: Sunday 27th November at 14:00 – 15:30
Where: Hursley

Methods: Special method will remain as Bristol Royal, but we will also ring Cambridge/Yorkshire/Lincolnshire as required.

Cheers,

Daniel
Southampton

November Surprise Royal Practice Confirmed: Sun 27th Nov 2pm at Hursley

Hi all,
I’m delighted to say that, after just under 24 hours I have already had more people express an interest in the practice then ever before! To all those who have replied many thanks!
Therefore the November practice will go ahead;
When: Sunday 27th November at 14:00 – 15:30
Where: Hursley (CONFIRMED)
Methods: Special method will remain as Bristol Royal, but we will also ring Cambridge/Yorkshire/Lincolnshire as required.
Cheers,
Daniel
Southampton

Surprise Royal Practice Sun Nov 27th – **RSVP**

Dear all,

The suggested date for the next Surprise Royal practice is Sunday 27th November 14:00 – 15:30. This will hopefully be at Hursley (tbc).

As with all of these practices, it will only go ahead if I can get a minimum number of people reply who are available and hoping to come.

If you are free and likely to attend please let me know asap. A final decision whether to go ahead or not will be made next week.

Cheers,

Daniel
Southampton

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