Category Archives: Preston Candover

Gary Marsh reports from Winchester District Practice at Preston Candover on 27th June 2018

Winchester District Practice  Preston Candover  27th June 2018

A couple of weeks ago I attended the ringing practice at Brown Candover and if you read my Ringer’s Write-up you will have heard about the great time I had with the two locals, Carol and Rita, teaching me a method for three bells.

I returned to the Candover Valley for the Winchester District Practice in the village of Preston Candover. On that night the Candover Valley band fielded 3 ringers. Peter Willis, Tower captain, and two younger ringers, Lewis and Emma. All told there was 10 of us there including Winchester District Secretary Bruce Purvis and the two District Ringing Masters, Edmund and Jenny. With two experienced ringers from Lockerley and one from Ropley, plus myself, two years in, from Wonston, we settled into introductions, signing the visitors book and acclimatising to the heat in the ringing chamber. With a cramped chamber those not ringing on the small-wheeled, light and fast six had to wait and natter on the spiral, open treaded steps. It was cooler there anyway!

As I live only 15 minutes away from the Candover Valley I elected to just have a couple of rings before leaving them to it. Going to Wonston I have the enormous benefit of being tutored by Edmund every Saturday. So it was only right for me to take an early, cold, bath. As the band are mostly used to ringing with three on any of their rings, having extra hands afforded a great opportunity for extra learning, especially for the younger ringers, and a chance to ring as a 6 on their home bells. So I did a bit of covering whilst some hunting practice took place and I’m grateful to Rodney for supporting me and keeping me in time. And I did a bit of call changes too. The light ropes, speed and narrow confines meant I had to focus on my handling. I really got a lot out of it even in a short amount of time. No issues with my Tennis (treble) Elbow.

It was really nice to meet a few more of the ringing band of Candover Valley. It really is an exceptionally beautiful part of the county with a string of churches along its length. I’m sure they can’t wait to get St. John’s, Northington augmented and running on 6. What a tremendous setting to ring church bells. I hope that the sound and location of the improved ring adds gravitas and purpose to compliment the combined enthusiasm of the Candover Valley Band.

Gary Marsh
Winchester District

Winchester District Quarterly Meeting (QDM) Sat 13th May

Dear All,
Please find here the poster for the next quarterly meeting, at Preston Candover on Saturday 13th May, also the District Striking Competition Rules.
Please encourage members of your bands to consider entering one or other of the striking competitions.
Please also note that the tea and business meeting will be taking place at the Candover Valley Club’s premises which are actually in Brown Candover, about half a mile south of Preston Candover.
There is ringing after the meeting at Brown Candover (5,5cwt) from 6.30-7.30pm.
Best wishes,
District Secretary

Winchester District Striking Competitions RULES 2017

The competitions, in method ringing and in call-changes, will take place on Saturday 13 May 2017, in conjunction with the Quarterly District Meeting.  Both will take place at Easton.  The draw for both competitions will be at the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Preston Candover at 2.30 p.m.

Each team will be allowed four minutes’ practice time and they should ring two whole pulls on the treble to signal that the test piece is about to start.


A touch of 120 changes in any doubles or minor method will be judged.  The rounds before and after will not be judged.


The test piece will be four minutes of call-changes. The rounds before and after will not be judged.


Teams must comprise tower band members who ring for Sunday service.  Towers who share ringers regularly for Sunday services may enter as a team.  If a band enters teams for both competitions, a maximum of two ringers from the band would be allowed to ring in both teams. Any team may include one ringer from outside the band.

Towers with insufficient ringers to enter their own team may find it useful and enjoyable to join up with others in the same position, to gain experience of competition ringing.  These “composite” teams will be judged, but will not be eligible for the main trophy.  There will be a presentation to the best composite team or teams.  No ringer may ring for more than one team.


Please submit your entry to Bruce Purvis, District Secretary, by 10 May 2017.  It would be helpful to know by 3 May which towers are likely to be entering a team.  Anyone whose tower is not participating and who would like to be part of a composite band is welcome to contact us and we will do our best to place you in a team.  If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us for help.

Edmund Wratten 

Jenny Watson 

Tony Smith 

John Croft 

Bruce Purvis (Secretary – email for entries click here)

19 April 2017

Learn to Ring in the Candover Valley

I’ve always liked the sound of bells but didn’t think I could learn to ring because I’m not a member of the Church of England*

So said one recent recruit in the Candover Valley, who is now a happy member of the band! If you come and learn to ring with us, you will benefit from an experienced, enthusiastic teacher and a variety of different bells which will help you to build your skills step by step.

*You can become a ringer at any of our towers across the Guild, we welcome those of all faiths or none.


Candover Valley Ringers

We ring the Bells at Brown Candover, Ellisfield, Preston Candover and Northington. We welcome beginners, and visitors to the area who would like to ring with us. Please see our tower pages for more details of ringing times and locations.

*Now found – Success!*- Lost Fleece – Basingstoke/A & P/ Winchester Districts – Sat 3rd September

Lost: Purple zip-up fleece

Towers : Not sure – one of Herriard, Ellisfield, Dummer, Preston Candover or Bentworth

Left behind by my daughter after our tour on Saturday 3rd September. Would appreciate return in exchange for postage and a (small) donation to tower funds!

Contact Simon Lockhart if you find it please.

Contact Peter Willis

Address: 12 Majestic Road, Hatch Warren, Basingstoke, Hants RG22 4XD

Telephone: 07776 101595

Email: Use Form