This month’s Beyond Bob Doubles will be held on the ten at North Stoneham from 19:30 to 21:00. In addition to our normal five and six bell repertoire it will be an opportunity to ring on eight and ten, so please come and encourage others who can benefit from this opportunity.
Please note that the northern end of Stoneham Lane is shut and so people coming from the Eastleigh end cannot go past the Concorde club, you can only access the church from the southern end of Stoneham Lane.
I have learned that EASTLEIGH FC are playing at home against EBBSFLEET FC next Tuesday, the night of our District Practice. You will NOT be able to get to St Nicolas from the North (i.e. past Concordes Night Club), only from the south, and even then you may have to explain to people in Hi-Vis tabards that you are going to the Church.
Phil Nicholls has kindly provided a map explaining all, and it is attached.
(Still) Hoping to see lots of you there on Tuesday.
The District Training Session and a couple of days away last week caused me to fail to keep my eye on the ball … we have another district practice coming up soon, a week tonight in fact (Tuesday 17th April), at North Stoneham, on their light ten. It’s a great experience and the band will give you a warm welcome, so it’s an evening not to be missed, if you can make it.
The poster, as usual, is attached, for forwarding to your members, if the opportunity to publicise via your notice-boards is felt to be limited.
To confirm the next surprise Royal practice is taking place as below;
Sunday 28th January
Special method is Superlative No2.
We will also ring the standard CYN.
We are right on the borderline of having enough people to make it a viable practice so please do come and support it if you can! The practice will go ahead and hopefully lots of people will be able to make it.
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;
Another excellent day out, thanks to Simon Edwards and the Lilliputers for organising.
Starting at Awbridge where we made good use of this private ring and then on to Eling.
After lunch we had a quick grab at the Hartley 12 at South Stoneham and then on to North Stoneham where we had an excellent touch of Grandsire Royal. Obviously no day out with Simon would be complete without some even bell Grandsire action!!.
Finally we enjoyed the 12 at Hursley where we were inducted into Birmingham style rounds, back rounds and Queens, changing on successive strokes. Very challenging and any handling mistakes will be very quickly exposed! Great to have you all visiting our area.
The Clock House, Awbridge. Photo by Tim Martin
The Lilliputters ring at Eling. Photo by Tim Martin
The Lilliputters ring the Hartley 12. Photo by Tim Martin
The Lilliputters ring the Hartley Twelve. Photo by Tim Martin
There is a slight hill leading up to the church with difficult tarmac path from the car park and main road as well as a “kissing gate” granting access to this path. There are a couple of small steps down into the church but access is flat beyond that point. There is little space in the ringing room but for practices there is space in the church itself to sit.
All of the Southampton towers rang out today to mark the official 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 5 quarter peals were successful scored (out of 5 attempted) and there was a fantastic standard of ringing all day.
Congratulations to all those who took part and special congratulations to Kristian/Oliver who called their firsts of Bob Caters and Major respectively, to Pip for first of Bristol and Yorkshire, and to Mike for first on 10.
A team of bell ringers will ring at 5 Southampton Churches on Saturday to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday. Ringing will last approximately 45 minutes at each venue. Members of the public are warmly encouraged to take time out of their normal Saturday activities to enjoy the sound of the bells!
BBD will be at North Stoneham on Wednesday 25th at 19:30, since we had a training day a couple of weeks ago I hope to be able to ring some more Erin and Stedman triples (and maybe caters) along with the usual methods, but it will be dependant on how many come, if you know any solid ringers who might be able to come and help perhaps you could do some gentle arm twisting.