Terrific turn out for the Winchester District practice at Wonston today 15th June!
On the day of the 2019 W&P AGM we were thrilled to be able to enjoy the company and experience of seven visiting ringers who gave their own Saturday morning to help us at our regular practice. Our band was fairly complete, missing the Barretts and the Nunns, so we had a busy tower of 16!
Call changes, Grandsire on 5, Reverse Canterbury and Stedman doubles were all tried out and, regardless of success or otherwise, it was a relaxed, learning and unifying atmosphere. Our thanks to those who travelled to us from towers like Lockerley, Crawley, Stockbridge and Sparsholt and a special mention to Jonathan who cycled the 4 mile round trip from Kingsworthy in poor weather. We did warn them about the possibility of dust and crud coming through the rope holes after our recent refurb. Hope they didn’t find too much in their hair afterwards! Jenny made off with Gerry’s keys but we made her hand over both them and his coat in the carpark! She got her own coat back in return! Maybe we should have home team pegs and away team pegs?
Thanks Edmund, Jenny, Bruce and all our friends in ringing. It’s a nice way to feel connected to our local ringing community and, more widely, the Guild.
As ringers we run a wide gamut of emotions whenever we ring. In an unfamiliar tower, with vaguely familiar or new-to-us ringers with unknown skillsets , these can be amplified. There’s no doubt that the exercise is an intellectual challenge. But what also should be celebrated is our emotional resolve to be vulnerable, to perform, in a tight space, on the end of a rope, out of our comfort zone. And remain or become friends.
We have – for anyone not planning to attend the Guild AGM on the Isle of Wight this Saturday – a District practice at Wonston. Or, if you are just intending to visit the Island for the tea and meeting, and have the morning free, what better way to spend the morning than to support the District Practice? – 10.00 start.
The Band of Holy Trinity Church, Wonston wishes to welcome any ringers available to support our ringing this coming Saturday morning at our District’s District Practice.The frame has been newly painted, the wheels and ropes reinstalled and we’re good to go! Check out our Facebook page for more of that story!
If any of you listen to Radio Solent early on Sunday mornings you may know the faith show which is broadcast to Hampshire and Dorset before 8.00 am.
A couple of Saturdays ago one of the presenters, Katie Martin, came to Wonston with her team and made some recordings in the tower about Ringing Remembers and its background, how people can get involved in preparation for the Armistice commemorations, and bell ringing in general. This was in the middle of Holy Trinity Fete when we had the tower open for the general public to have a go, so was a bit chaotic, a lot of fun, and there are some wonderful pictures (taken by Gary Marsh) of Katie Martin having a go herself!
We have been advised that Katie Martin’s “piece” will go out on Radio Solent this coming Sunday morning at about 7.45 am – if anybody wants to tune in.
Carol, Rita and me. I was the stranger in their camp. The rest of their small but regular gang having decamped elsewhere to make room for visiting ringers. But came there none. Except I. The evening was warm and bright and the Boy Scouts were on the cricket pitch in front of the church practicing their archery.
Along came Carol, Tower Secretary followed by Rita, warmly greeting each other before extending that warmth to me.
The ringing room is a little on the small side. But I bet the walls ring with fun and personality when all the band are present.
Carol led the practice, with raising, lowering and she and Rita taught me a method for three bells. Plain hunt whole pull on 3 I think.
I couldn’t hope to find better company to spend my leisure time with. They made me feel good about myself and about my ringing. To get that from your home tower is one thing, and indeed I do at Wonston, but to get that from your neighbour is another.
I hope you get to meet Carol and Rita and the others at the District Practice at the next church along the valley, Preston Candover. They have a tremendous resource in that Candover Valley. All those churches, all those rings. But the greatest resource is the people and their passion and joy in making noise, welcoming all to the church and to themselves.
Please join us for
AN OPEN AFTERNOON
Saturday 9th June 2018, 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm
at Holy Trinity Church, Wonston
Busy on that day? Why not come to one of the regular
practices to see what happens, with no obligation to commit to
anything else. New learners of all ages (or, indeed, “lapsed”
ringers who would like to return, if only for this event) are
always welcome, and very necessary if the sound of our bells
is to continue to ring out across the land.
For more information, or details of practice
times in local churches (Wonston,
Micheldever, Barton Stacey, Bullington, and
Kingsworthy) please contact Christine
Holy Trinity Church, Wonston 7th April 2018 1260 Plain Bob Doubles
Mary Tiles (Micheldever) – first quarter inside
Edmund Wratten (District Ringing Master) – conductor
The Wonston Bellringers were joined by colleagues from Micheldever and Winchester on 7th April, in ringing a quarter peal as a thanksgiving for the life of Valerie Keel who had sadly passed away on 4th April. Valerie was a long-established member of Holy Trinity Church where she was a tireless supporter, Tower Secretary, and a member of the Ladies’ Guild of Change Ringers. Val’s ready smile, together with her strength and fortitude over the last few weeks have been an example to us all. She will be enormously missed by everybody who knew her.
The Wonston ringers would also like to include Coral Northeast of Sparsholt and Overton who died on 12th November 2017. Coral was a welcome visitor to Wonston, and remains a much-missed friend.
With great sadness we advise everybody of the death of Valerie Keel, Tower Secretary for Wonston, on Wednesday 4th April. There will be a Thanksgiving Service for Val on Friday 13th April, at 2.00 pm at Holy Trinity Church, Wonston, with ringing after the service.
Just a quick reminder that our Training Morning for Grandsire is coming up this Saturday and to please let Jenny Watson know if you wish to attend to learn or if you can help. Should we not get enough people wishing to come for training, we’ll run the session as a District Practice, so what we’ll do will be guided by what people would like on the day. Edmund, John and I shall be there, so hopefully we can be useful.
Our next training session, on Grandsire Doubles is fast coming up on the horizon, April 7th, three weeks today. This will suit people who can ring the treble to doubles methods; there will also be opportunities for people wishing to practise calling plain courses and touches of Grandsire.
As usual please let Jenny Watson know by April 3rd if you wish to take part as a student or as a helper.
And, as I am writing, don’t forget we have a District Practice at Sherfield English next Tuesday, 20th March. I attach the poster in case you wish to forward it to your members, as it has the grid reference and the postcode
Here, in three weeks’ time, is another opportunity for you to hone your raising and lowering skills, in peal. If you missed out on the Guild’s training session in February, or you wish to rehearse the skills you gained then, please come along. Places must be booked in advance by Wednesday 19th April.
Let me know if you are coming, either as a learner or if you can help/stand behind.
Look forward to seeing you on the 22nd.
Also, DON’T FORGET! We have a District Practice at Twyford on Tuesday next, 4th April, 7.30-8.30, leaving plenty of time to check out the Phoenix’s selection of ales afterwards, if anyone is so minded.
Our bells are rung regularly by our own team of bell ringers and by visiting bands. Practice takes place on Saturday mornings between 10.00 am and 11.30 am.
We are always looking for new ringers. If you would like to join the team or visit us to find out more about this ancient skill, please join us on a Saturday morning.