Category Archives: Sparsholt

Winchester District Practice at Sparsholt Monday 21st May

winchester district practice at Sparsholt May 2018 POSTER

The Sparsholt Band cordially invites you to the


Monday 21st May 2018

7.30 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.

At St Stephen’s Church,

Church Lane,


(Ground Floor, 6 Bells, Tenor 7½ cwt,

OS National Grid Reference SU 435312, Postcode, for SatNav users, SO21 2NR)

All Welcome

 Bruce Purvis,

Winchester District Secretary

Winchester District Practice – Sparsholt – Monday 21st May

Good Morning All,

Stop Press! – our next District Practice is at Sparsholt a week tonight, Monday 21st May, and the District Mini-Outing is definitely going ahead, on Saturday 26th May, to include Newnham and Hannington, further details and posters etc. later today.

Best wishes


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

Report from Winchester District Practice at Sparsholt – Monday 12th June 2017

We had 19 for the District Practice on the light and easy-going ground-floor six at Sparsholt on Monday. As well as six from the host tower, we had visitors from as far away as Lockerley and Nether Wallop (Andover District!), as well as contingents from the Cathedral and from King’s Somborne, who had cancelled their practice to come over to Sparsholt.

We rang call changes and plain hunt on six, some Grandsire and Plain Bob Doubles, and a course of Cambridge Minor to round off the evening, before repairing to the Plough for a well-earned pint of 6X!

Best wishes


Lilliput Tour – Video of ringing at Towers in Winchester District – by Simon Edwards

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.

Winchester District Youth Practice – Firsts Fortnight News.

Firsts Fortnight 1st - 15th March 2016Winchester District Youth plus friends, had a really productive and enjoyable practice at Sparsholt on the afternoon of Sunday March 13th. Everyone was up for attempting a “First” and first up was Daniel Hartley of Eling who successfully called changes to Queens and back to rounds. Daniel was ringing an affected bell which made it all the more difficult. Well done Dan! Megan Bucknall of Winchester Cathedral rang plain hunt on bell 3 and then bell 4 . She also conducted her first call changes. Sam Fussell of Lockerley rang the Sparsholt tenor and called his first call changes. Thomas Blissett of Sherbourne St John rang the tenor to rounds and rang the treble to Grandsire after changes had been called by the conductor. A large chocolate cake was devoured ( not a first) and Jen Churchill managed to drink her tea. (Definitely a first) Well done Will for ringing your first quarter on the treble earlier in the day.

Jen Churchill

Photo by Rosemary Oakeshott

Winchester District Youth Practice Sunday March 13th

Sunday March 13th


2.30 until 4 p.m.

Sparsholt Photograph by Rosemary Oakeshott
Sparsholt Photo by Rosemary Oakeshott

It is “Firsts Fortnight”, so if there is something that you would like to try , e.g. call, tenor behind, plain course or touch, come prepared and let us know. It would be helpful if you could let me know that you are coming so I know what size chocolate cake to make!!!

Jen Churchill

Learn to Ring at St. Stephen’s Sparsholt

We are always happy to teach people wishing to learn to ring whether you are a youngster (10 years old is usually the youngest age) or a recent retiree. Our bells are easy to ring, and being a round floor rings means there are no ladders to climb.  We often teach the basics of bell ringing between 7pm and 7.30pm each Monday, or at other times by arrangement.

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Sparsholt Ringers – Calendar of Events (Christmas and 2016)

Ringing calendar updates

This information was taken from the Sparsholt Ringers’ website and permission is most humble begged for this move!!

bell design for Sparsholt bell ringers

Practice night is Monday, from 7.30pm to 9.00pm and we ring every Sunday from 9.30-10.00am for the service. Visitors are always welcome

Calendar for Dec 2015

Monday 21 December – Practice ringing 7.30-8.30 pm followed by gathering for food and chat in the ringing chamber. All to bring food contribution

Thursday 24 December – Midnight service ringing at 11 pm

Friday 25 December – Service ringing at 9.30 am

Sunday 27 December – Service ringing at 9.30 am

Monday 28 December – No practice ringing

Calendar for 2016

Sunday 3 January – Service ringing at 9.30 am

Monday 5 January – Practice ringing as usual at 7.30 pm

Saturday 23 April  – St Georges Day ring at 8.30am

Saturday 21 May – Wedding ringing

Sunday 12 June – Queens 90th birthday

Saturday 2 July – Wedding ringing at 3.30pm

Saturday 9 July – Wedding ringing

Saturday 13 August – Memorial quarter peal ring for local Sparsholt ringer William Henry Daniels who died in the Battle of the Somme on 13 August 1916

Guild News September 2002 – Archive Material

Mostly, as it is brought over from the current Guild website, archive material is filed in the archive… but this edition of the Guild News from 2002 has so many familiar faces and places in it that here it is in the news stream. [More Newsletters here]

click for full version: WP Guild Newsletter 2002 Sep

In This Issue

  • 1 An Unusual First (Highclere)
  • 1  Reg Cockle Recalls the Forming of the Diocese of Portsmouth
  • 2 Bats? Yes We Have Some! (Northington)
  • 3 The Sparsholt Ringing Course
  • 3 Laura Harris’ First Peal (Blackmoor)
  • 4 Canon Felstead, E.J. Osborn and Nell Gwynn (Southampton)
  • 5 Winchester District Striking League
  • 6 Bishopstoke Ringers Wed
  • 6 Update on Restoration Work at Privett
  • 7 Jubilee Bells in the Christchurch & Southampton District
  • 8 And at Froxfield
  • 8 First Peal Recollections
  • 8 Guild Diary 2002/3
  • Hampshire Bells CD
  • Monthly Practice Meetings
  • 10 Guild Officers