Category Archives: Wickham

Portsmouth District Practice at Wickham – Thursday 13th January 2022 – 7.30-9.00pm

Please see details of the first District Practice of 2022 which is at Wickham.

It would be appreciated if members take a lateral flow test beforehand and understand that if crowded those not ringing may be asked to wait downstairs between methods. Face coverings are required in line with the CCCBR recommendation.

Thanks, Greg

Greg PainterPortsmouth District Secretary

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 of any other cancellations and I will add them to this list.


Andrew Glover

W&P Guild Webmaster




Portsmouth District Minor practice, Saturday 10th March

The next District Minor practice will be on Saturday 10th March at Wickham. Please note the start time of 6PM. We will go for a curry afterwards (please contact Lisa Ashforth to book your meal)

Some of the previous months’ methods may be rung (Cambridge, London, Norwich and Sandiacre) but for the next few months the focus will be on the “Cambridge 12” of the regular 41 surprise minor methods. The new methods for March will be York and Durham.

For ringing-related queries please Contact David Mattingley 

District 6-bell practice, Wickham, Saturday 10th February

The second Portsmouth District 6-bell practice was a success with sixteen ringers turning up. Methods rung included Cambridge, Ipswich, Norwich and London Surprise as well as St Clements and its close relative Buxton Bob.

The practice was followed by an enjoyable curry at Kuti’s restaurant in Wickham.

The next practice has been arranged for Saturday 10th February, start time 6PM and will again be followed by a curry.

Methods for February are as follows:-

Surprise – Cambridge, Norwich, London and Sandiacre

Plain – St Clements, Double Oxford, Childwall and Thelwall

If you are interested in coming along either as a learner or an experienced ringer willing to help, please contact Lisa Ashforth

District 6-bell practice, Wickham, 13th January

The next Portsmouth District Minor practice will be on Saturday January 13th at St Nicholas Wickham, from 6PM-7.30PM.

Last month we successfully rang the special methods Double Oxford, Double Dunkirk, Cambridge and Primrose Surprise.

January’s special methods will be Cambridge and Ipswich Surprise, and St Clement’s. Other methods may be attempted depending on attendance. We will go for a curry in Wickham afterwards.

If you are looking to explore or improve your Minor ringing, or if you are an experienced ringer willing to help, please come along.


District 6-bell practice, Wickham, 2nd December

There will be a 6-bell intermediate/advanced practice at Wickham on Saturday 2nd December from 6-7.30PM. Anyone who can ring plain bob minor inside and wants to explore some Minor ringing is welcome to come along. We will go for a drink and/or curry in Wickham afterwards. Experienced ringers who are willing to help the learners are especially welcome. December’s methods will be Double Oxford, Double Dunkirk, Cambridge Surprise and Primrose Surprise.

If you wish to attend please contact Lisa Ashforth 


250th anniversary peal at Wickham

On Saturday June 10th, ringers from Wickham rang in a peal of mixed doubles at St Nicholas, Wickham, to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the casting of the bells, to open the Wickham Fete and to welcome the new Rector, Revd Jane Isaac, to the benefice.

Two Wickham ringers, Greg Painter and Dave Pelley, scored their first peal. The conductor was Edd Colliss.

Revd Isaac said “Thank you everyone…your ringing was appreciated by so many people this afternoon, several of whom told me how much they enjoyed the sound of the bells”1175674-page-001



Portsmouth District Practice – Thursday Nov 10th at Wickham

Heads up that the next district practice will be Thursday November 10th, and following on from the dizzy heights of Portsmouth cathedral will be in lil ol’ Wickham. All welcome, although I’m not sure we have room for 40. We hope to provide refreshments including some of Greg’s delicious home made cakes.

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Wickham Doubles Practice Report by Lisa Ashforth (Next One is Thursday Sept 8th)

On Thursday night ringers from Shedfield, Titchfield, Purbrook, Alverstoke, Catherington and Christchurch Priory joined the Wickham band for a themed doubles practice.

Methods rung included St Simon’s bob, Stedman and a 120 of the plain bob doubles variation Kennington.

The next themed practice will be Thursday 8th September, to attempt touches of St. Simon’s bob and the Reverse Canterbury variation Southrepps. All ringers welcome to come along on the night.


Methods for Wickham doubles practice on Thursday 11th August

Wickham is holding a special Doubles practice on Thursday 11th August at 7.30. We are hoping to make this special practice a regular feature, in order to give ringers an opportunity to try some less commonly-rung Doubles methods and variations.

All ringers welcome as we will be ringing everything from Plain Hunt to Stedman. August’s special method and method variation will be St Simon’s Bob and Kennington. If time allows we will ring some other variations (see picture for details)

If you would like to support Wickham Ringers, please come along. We would be happy to see you. Parking is available behind the church (entrance in Southwick Road B2177)

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Special doubles practice at Wickham, 11th August

Wickham ringers would like to extend an invitation to the first of our monthly special Doubles practices, to be held on Thursday 11th August at 7.30. We are hoping to make this special practice a regular feature, in order to give ringers an opportunity to try some less commonly-rung Doubles methods and variations.

All ringers welcome as we will be ringing everything from Plain Hunt to Stedman. August’s special method and method variation will be St Simon’s Bob and Kennington.

If you would like to come and support Wickham Ringers, please contact Paul Reynolds so we have an idea of numbers.

Here is a pdf of the methods and variations we hope to ring. doubles practice august 2016


A Good Practice Night at Curdridge

Robin Milford Reports from the practice on July 2nd

14 ringers at tonight’s Curdridge practice! 3 family visitors, plus ringers from Curdridge, Botley, Netley, Wickham and Titchfield. We rang call changes, plain hunt triples and major, Grandsire and Stedman triples and Bob doubles. Cambridge on the front six didn’t quite go, though. Thanks to everyone who came – lovely to have all eight going on a Monday night.

Wickham trialling special Saturday practices Start Saturday 19th March

Wickham is currently trialling a monthly practice held on a Saturday afternoon, in addition to the normal Thursday evening practices. This is to enable people who are busy during the week to come along. Wickham is fortunate enough to have a simulator for tied bell practice if required.

The Saturday practices are more geared towards less experienced ringers to practise handling skills, for example ringing up and down, in a less pressured environment than a normal practice. Experienced ringers are of course welcome to come and ring or help.

The first Saturday practice will be on the 19th March at 4.30PM. All welcome. Further special practices will be by arrangement depending on uptake and availability. Please contact Paul Reynolds for further information.

More Firsts from Wickham (including Bagpipes!)

The second half of Firsts Fortnight also saw some activity at Wickham. The new tower captain, James Morgan, oversaw his first service ringing on Mothering Sunday.

Lisa Ashforth rang her first quarter peal of Plain Bob Doubles for Evensong on Mothering Sunday.

At practice on Thursday, Pearl Gatfield rang up the treble for the first time and Dave Pelley called the bells into reverse rounds and back.

Dave also treated the ringers to a tune on his bagpipes, definitely a first for Wickham and probably for the Guild as well!





Congratulations Lisa Ashforth – First Quarter Peal

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Wickham, Hampshire
St Nicholas
Sunday, 6 March 2016 in 41m (8–2–14 in A♭)
1260 Plain Bob Doubles
Charlotte K Colliss
John P Colliss
David J Mattingley (C)
Lisa S Ashforth
Edd Colliss
Robin Milford
First quarter – 4.
Rung as part of W&P “Firsts Fortnight”.

Wickham Band Reporting for Firsts Fortnight

Firsts Fortnight 1st - 15th March 2016Firsts Fortnight got off to a good start in Wickham tonight. Larry Hunter rang plain hunt from the 2 for the first time, Pearl Gatfield rang plain hunt from the treble for the first time, Paul Reynolds rang plain hunt from the 5 for the first time, and also called the bells into Kings and back, and Greg Painter rang plain bob doubles from the 2 (not quite for the first time but almost without help). We were also delighted to have Simon King pop in for a visit before he goes back to France tomorrow. Simon took the 4 for a touch of Stedman doubles (ringing for the first time since October) and hasn’t lost his touch at all! Hopefully we can add a couple more firsts at Wickham next week.

facebook logo smallLisa Ashforth Reporting

(via Portsmouth District Facebook Group)

RIP Roy Grayson, Bell Ringer at Purbrook and Wickham

Roy Grayson with the Wickham band
Roy Grayson (bottom left) pictured with the Wickham band

Sorry to hear the very sad news of Roy Grayson’s death. Roy was a lovely man and always generous with his time and his enthusiasm. He was a great help at Wickham when we were running our summer ringing courses and much liked by the students. The photograph was taken in August 2014 at the end of that year’s course. Roy will be sadly missed.

Simon King

Roy was Ringing Master at St. John the Baptst Purbrook and very typically was using his skills to help another tower, as he did over time at a number of Portsmouth District Towers.

Allan R Yalden

Tower Pages for Portsmouth District

Portsmouth District Reports – a very successful Raising and Lowering Course

Lizzie Hough writes:

Well done to all those involved in the Raising and Lowering course today at Catherington and Purbrook. It was excellent to see so many people make so much progress in such a short space of time! Thank you to everyone who helped out!

Larry comments:

One of the most productive days in my so far very short ringing career. I learned a lot today mostly to ring up and down properly without coming away with rope burns on my hands! Many thanks from me as well Lizzie for organizing it all and to all those that helped with the day

Lisa replied:

By the end of the day I was starting to lose my fear of the sally (my problem with ringing up started when I lost control of the rope while ringing up at Portsea in August and didn’t know what had happened) since then I have tried to avoid doing it but knew that couldn’t continue. So being pretty much forced (in Lizzie’s inimitable style) to ring up and down repeatedly today, with no major mishaps, has done a lot to help my confidence.

As 5 of us from Wickham did the course today we should be able to build on what we learned at our own practices.