Guild Education -Plain Hunt and Trebling to Doubles Methods – Sat 13th Oct – Church Oakley

The Education Committee’s first course for this Autumn is Plain Hunting and Trebling to Doubles Methods, which will take place on Saturday 13 October 2018, based at Church Oakley.  

A poster and application form (both Word and pdf versions) are below.   As always – any queries, please let me know. 

Many thanks. 


Link to Poster  Word   PDF

Link to Application Form   Word  PDF

No Practice at Bramshott – Mon 20th and 27th August

Dear All,
Just to let you know that there will be no ringing practice at Bramshott for the next two weeks – i.e. Monday 20th August and Bank Holiday Monday 27th August.  Practices will resume on Monday 3rd September at 7.30 pm.  As always – visitors will be most welcome!
ALSO – We look forward to welcoming you at Bramshott for the District Practice on 8th September (5.30 – 7.30 pm), which Roger will be running – focusing on Minor methods, including Treble Bob and possibly Surprise.
All good wishes for the Bank Holiday.
Di Hart.

Buriton Open Day – Sat 29th Sept – 2-4pm

Buriton, will be holding an Open Day on Saturday 29th September in the hope of attracting new recruits to their band, particularly from the Village as none of the current band actually live within the village.
They would like to ask District members for their attendance during the afternoon between the hours of 2 and 4pm to help provide a continuing demonstration of short touches when we hope to have just six members of the public at a time observing the ringing. They then intend to give them a short description of what is involved in learning to ring and to give those who show an interest a few pulls at back stroke to whet their appetites as well as asking for their contact details.
As they are short in numbers they would much appreciate a few extra hands to maintain the demonstrations and also give everyone a bit of a breather. Half an hour here and there would be most helpful. Refreshments will be available.
The Open Day is being held in association with the Buriton Heritage Bank, whose members will be exhibiting details of Buriton’s past history in the Church on the same day. This seemed too good an opportunity to miss so liaised with the Heritage Bank Committee to hold this event at the same time. Also on show will be what we know of Buriton ringers of the past and asking those locals attending if they can give us more details about them, all having been from local families. Some research about them has been done but they feel sure that some of those attending the Exhibition may have been related to them and have some further knowledge to impart.
Attached is a copy of the flyer advertising the Event which you might like to display in your tower.

Isle of Wight Crematorium Open Day – Sat 18th August – 10am-4pm

The Isle of Wight Bell Ringers will be involved in a Isle of Wight Bereavement Services Open Day, includes Ringing Remembers Project and Remembering the five Island Bell Ringers killed in WW1.

The Council Bereavement Services on the Island is aiming to:
– dispel the myths of the cremation process and

– help folk with their bereavement journey.
Proceeds will be donated to the Isle of Wight hospice.

GUILD PRO IW Crem Open Day 18-8-18

Forthcoming Beyond Bob Doubles Practice, information for members. (Sopley)

Dear friends,
Our next gathering will be at Sopley on Wednesday 5th September 2018 at 7:30pm-9:00pm.
Tim Kettle, our brave leader, has suggested for this practice consolidating both plain courses, and touches of the following methods:
St. Simon’s Doubles
St Martin’s Doubles
Winchendon Place Doubles
Stedman Doubles
Splicing of St. Simon’s & St. Martin’s Doubles
If there is anything that anyone would particularly like to cover, please let Tim know in advance, and I’m sure this can be incorporated.  I know that some members find it a useful opportunity to also practice their callings.
This really is a great learning atmosphere, and I’m proud to be part of a group that makes so much progress from one month to another.
Of course, there will be drinks in The Woolpack afterwards, to celebrate our various successes.
Look forward to seeing you there!

Lymington Doubles Practice: Temporary time change.

There is a change of start time for the Lymington Doubles Practice on Wednesday 12th Septmeber 2018.

The new start time for this practice only, is 7:45pm, until 9:00pm.

Do come along and work on your doubles ringing, and introduce yourself to a new double method perhaps.

Lots of friendly faces, and even the pub next door has six hung bells in their front window!

Contact Larry Stace (Tower Captain, St. Thomas, Lymington

A&P annual visit to Winchester Cathedral. Roger’s report.

Hi all,
I would just like to say a big thank you to you all for making my life very easy last evening at our visit to the Cathedral. I like to think of it as an experience rather than a 12 bell practice. It was nice to see so many of you there, we had a good cross section of learners and experience. Yes I know, lots of rounds on 12 and 14 and I think most had at least 4 goes. It was nice to have some visitors from outside the district from Frensham and Crondall. Good to see so many learners keen to have a go and I feel you all did very well. I find it quite a daunting prospect to ring on the higher numbers as I haven’t had that much experience of it and with that in mind I would like to thank Hugh and Mo for keeping a steady front end, and Andy Sparling for taking on the calling of the Caters and Cinques, and of course the chaps who took care of the heavy end.
I nearly forgot, we did manage a couple of leads of Cambridge Royal.
The next practice is at Petersfield this Saturday, 5.30-7.30pm for Triples and Major,
so hope to see you there.
Footnote from Valerie
There were around 40 ringers present, representing 16 different towers. Plus some members of a choir from Hamburg, who had been singing in the Cathedral during the week, heard about our visit, and asked if they could come up to watch.

Hinton practices throughout August to be held at Sopley.

Dear Ringers,

Throughout the remainder of August 2018, all Tuesday evening practices (7:30pm-9:00pm) usually held at Hinton, will instead be held at Sopley (7:30pm-9:00pm).

This is due to summer holidays/lack of ringers at Hinton to unlock etc, vs. more space/bells at Sopley, should any other tower bands and visiting ringers wish to come and join the Tuesday night practice.  Everything from rounds and call changes upwards, to minor methods.

There will be learners from 6:45pm, but otherwise, the usual time of 7:30pm for everybody else.  This is usually followed by drinks at The Woolpack afterwards.

All are welcome.

For more information please contact David Lay (Sopley Tower Captain)

Or Robin & Gill Wilson (Hinton Tower Captains)

(For those that don’t know, Hinton and Sopley ‘share’ their towers.  Hinton practices are USUALLY on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, alternating with Sopley on 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesdays).

Ringing Remembers Event – Longstock – Sunday 19th August – 2.00-4.00pm

Ringing Remembers is a national campaign to recruit new bell ringers in memory of the 1,400 ringers who died in World War One. All new ringers will ring together on Armistice Day this year as part of the national commemorations to mark the centenary since the end of the war.
Longstock is a village in Hampshire. It had a population of 413 in 1911, 212 men and 201 women. St Mary’s Longstock has 5 bells. The oldest, the tenor, was cast in 1593.
75 of the village’s men served in WW1, including bell ringers
The following photo shows “THE WOMEN’S WORK IN SERVICES, 1914-1918.




Girls of Longstock village in Hampshire replacing the male bell ringers who joined the armed forces. They are assisting the local vicar in ringing the bells.”




Female bell ringers in the village church of Longstock in Hampshire.

© IWM (Q 109790)

Ringing was largely closed to women before the war, and their involvement was one of many steps towards the parity we see today.
We have located the descendants of the Vicar in the photo; his great-grandson, great-granddaughter, and two great-great-granddaughters. They are all ringers today.
They will be involved in a ringing event to commemorate this historical moment; for both the ringers at Longstock, and more broadly for women taking part in ringing across the country during WW1. This will take place on Sunday 19 August at St Mary’s church from 14:00 to 16:00.

New Ringing Remembers learners will also take part in this commemoration. 100 years ago,women took up ringing there because of WW1. 100 years later, new ringing recruits who are learning for the WW1 centenary as part of Ringing Remembers will mark this historical moment. We hope to find the descendants of the women in the photo through this event, and to learn more of the story behind the photo.

Jamie Singleton from Big Ideas said, “It was remarkable that, through Ringing Remembers, we were able to find the descendants of the ringers taking part in this historical moment at Longstock. This event will be a special way to remember what happened there and help us to look forward to the Armistice Day commemorations for the WW1 centenary.”
Longstock is a tower in The Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers. The Guild has 200 towers and is always looking to find new ringers to help them sound out all the bells. So far, nearly 60 recruits have come to them through Ringing
Remembers. The Longstock Bell Ringers will be in the church on Saturday 18 August from 2.30pm to welcome anyone who would like to try Bell Ringing.

Ringing Remembers is led by Big Ideas and the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers and supported by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Portsmouth District Practice at Winchester Cathedral – Wednesday 15th August 7.15pm

Hi all,

Next week is the highly anticipated Winchester Cathedral practice!

Wednesday 15th August, 7.15pm.

Everyone is welcome; we will be ringing Rounds and Call Changes on 12 and 14, Plain Hunt and more advanced methods depending on the turn out.

If you’re hoping to join us for this very special district practice, please read the access instructions below:

The entrance to the Cathedral is via the South door on the Inner Close (the grass bit where the skating rink usually goes in the winter) and then up the South-West turret and along the nave roof. The door will be manned. It’s very important that you don’t wander about in the Cathedral but stay in the south aisle or you will set the alarms off.

If ringers park in the Close, put a piece of paper on the dashboard saying ‘Bellringer’ and remember the gate closes at 10pm. I find it is usually better to park in Colebrook Street Car Park, behind the Guildhall, which is free and means you won’t get locked in if you choose to go to the pub!

Can’t wait to see you all there!


Winchester QDM Minutes – May 2018

Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers

Winchester District

 Unconfirmed Minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held on Saturday 12th May 2018 in the Main Hall of Cheriton Primary School. 

  1. Chairman’s welcome: The Chairman, John Croft, opened the meeting at 5.28 with a welcome to those present and with thanks to Craig Robb and Katie Hinds, Elizabeth Johnson and their helpers for laying on a splendid ringers’ tea, to the Rector, the Revd Graham Bowker and the Wardens for the use of the Cheriton bells.
  1. Attendance: The following eleven members of the District signed the attendance register (representing five towers with one member unattached): Christine Hill and Tony Smith (Hursley), Jen Churchill and Gary Davies (Lockerley), Elizabeth Johnson, Ian Redway and Tony Stirling (New Alresford), Jenny Watson (Sparsholt), Caroline Fairley and Bruce Purvis (Winchester Cathedral), John Croft (unattached); Katie Hinds (Cheriton) and Edmund Wratten (unattached) was also present.
  1. Striking Competition Results. John thanked the District for inviting him to judge the competition, saying that it was as enjoyable as ever, though not without challenges, ranging from the onset of rain from the outset, and the presence of persistent enquirers and the hum of a lawn-mower during the test entries of the second, third and fourth teams.   He congratulated the four entrants for the method-ringing competition.

Method-ringing Competition.

Team A rang Cambridge Surprise Minor at a good pace, of four minutes, equating to a peal speed of 2h48’ .  There was some initial confusion as the test-piece was introduced by two whole pulls; however, the overall standard was good. There was a hitch at 2½ minutes, causing cluster of faults, and there was some hesitation on occasion. The score was 12 faults.

Team B rang Grandsire Doubles: again, this was a very steady piece of ringing, marred only by some unevennesses, such as gaps on the backstroke leads. The timing, at 4 minutes, equated to a peal speed of 2h48’.   14 faults were logged.

Team C rang Plain Bob Doubles. The start was somewhat sedate, and thereafter the pace was uneven, evinced by gaps both on handstroke and backstroke leads. The peal speed was 2h50, and their score was 24 faults.

 Team D rang Plain Bob Doubles. After an uneven start, a good, steady piece of ringing ensued, with gaps causing the faults to accumulate. The peal speed was 2h48’, and the score was 15 faults.

The results were:-

In third place, with 24 faults: Team C: Sparsholt and Crawley;

earning a special commendation, with 15 faults: Team D: the scratch band, comprising ringers from Lockerley and East Tytherley, New Alresford and Winchester Cathedral

in second place, with 14 faults: Team B: New Alresford;

in first place, with 12 faults: Team A: Hursley.

Sadly, no-one was present from last year’s winning team, with the trophy, and therefore no presentation took place.

  1. Apologies for absence.  Apologies for absence were received from Tony Ayres, Keith Bartle, Jennifer Baxter, Roger Booth [pending his election], Drew and Sue Craddock, Joyce Croft, Adam Gawne-Cain, Andrew Glover, Andrew Johnson, Ian and Chris McCallion, John and Bren Palk, Christine and Barry Saunders, Sue Spurling, Jean Whewell, Isobel Wolf. 
  1. Minutes of the Previous Meeting. The minutes of the Annual District Meeting held on 10 February in the Taylor Selwyn Room, the Education Centre, Winchester Cathedral. Their adoption was proposed by Bruce Purvis, seconded by Christine Hill, and adopted on a show of hands.
  1. Matters Arising. 15: Any Other Business, item 6: Bell Maintenance Course: Elizabeth Johnson advised the meeting that Roger Booth, who had considerable experience of bell restoration projects, had recently moved to New Alresford, and could be a valuable contributor to such an enterprise.

15: Any Other Business, item 7: Safety of Bells: Edmund Wratten suggested that one of the founders or bell-hangers could be engaged to examine multiple tower installations over a short spell of time, so as to spread the cost of accommodation and/or travel over a series of examinations. He was particularly concerned for towers that had no bands, and, therefore, with no direct experience of the condition of their belfries. Edmund suggested this undertaking could be borne at the District’s expense.

Tony Smith remarked that a hurdle to such an enterprise could be securing of local PCCs’ approval. Other observations noted were:  the typical cost of a founder’s inspection being £250; Lockerley and East Tytherley are having an inspection as it was now 15 years since the last inspection (Gary Davies), Whites of Appleton were too busy at the present time to schedule a visit to Old and New Alresford (Elizabeth Johnson). There was general consensus that initial enquiries could be made of the District’s towers to discover which would welcome a professional survey of their bells, and the Secretary was mandated to initiate enquiries.

  1. Loss of member through death.

Valerie Keel’s passing was noted with sadness: a short silence was concluded with the chairman reciting the words of the Requiem.

  1. Confirmation of belfry elections. 

Probationary members:

Simon Lucas of Hursley on 21 March 2018, proposed by Christine Saunders, seconded by Peter Hill.

Sheila Piper of Lockerley on 24 April 2018, proposed by Jen Churchill, seconded by John Palk.

  1. Election of new ringing members.

Andrew G Booth and Roger G Booth of New Alresford, proposed by Elizabeth
Johnson, seconded by Ian Redway.

Charlotte Smith of Kings Worthy proposed Dave Goodwin, seconded by Jonathan

All confirmed on a show of hands.

  1. Future Events.

 Bruce Purvis advised the meeting that arrangements were in hand for the Spring Mini-Outing in a fortnight’s time, with ringing at Newnham and Rotherwick in the morning, followed by lunch at the Vine at Hannington, and ringing there and at Church Oakley, with the option of tea in Overton. Some fixtures in coming months were still subject to confirmation.

  1. General Data Protection Regulations. Tony Smith advised the meeting that the March meeting of the Guild Executive had determined that any recording and publication of Guild members’ contact details should be managed on a Guild-wide basis, and that creation of the District Directory would be governed by such a prescription. No proposals or plans had so far been published by the Guild officers.


  1. Guild AGM, Saturday 16 June

Tony Smith reminded the meeting that the District would have the opportunity to enter a band for the Inter-District Striking Competition on eight bells on the day, and was mandated by the meeting to arrange a District band.


  1. Any Other Business.

There being no further business, the Chairman declared the meeting closed at approximately 6.00 p.m.

Appendix: Striking Competition teams

First Place: Hursley (drawn first), ringing Cambridge Minor – 12 faults

Second Place: New Alresford (drawn second), ringing Grandsire Doubles – 14 faults

Third Place: Sparsholt (drawn third), ringing Plain Bob Doubles – 24 faults

Special Commendation: Scratch Band (drawn fourth), ringing Plain Bob Doubles – 15 faults


Winchester District QDM, Picnic and Walk – Saturday 11th August 11:00am – 4.30pm

WIN QDM 20180811

Dear All,

Further to my last as below, here – at last! – is the paperwork for next Saturday’s meeting in New Alresford.

Planning of the walk has not been straightforward, as it looks to me as though there has been some encroachment upon (and rendering impassable of) some of the public rights of way. Another consequence of …. no, don’t get me started.

Anyway, I’ll get the walking notes out anon, plus see to all the other things I should have done since May.

Best wishes meanwhile

District Secretary

Dear All,

The next quarterly meeting of the Winchester District will, as in previous years, comprise a gentle stroll round the lanes of Hampshire – specifically, from New Alresford, by a somewhat circuitous route, to Old Alresford, and then, back by a more direct route to New Alresford, where you can take afternoon tea/go for a pint/whatever, before returning home.

This will take place on the second Saturday in August, i.e. 11th August, and will follow the usual format of ringing, BYO picnic lunch and then the meeting, then the walk to Old Alresford for more ringing. By decision of the AGM this will be our last ever August meeting, so we/you need to make the most of it.

I am away from the office for a few days, hence this advance warning. I’ll send out the usual material on my return.

best wishes

District Secretary



Winchester QDM Minutes – Nov 2017

Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers

Winchester District

Minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held on Saturday 11 November 2017 in the Parish Hall, Owslebury.

1. Chairman’s Welcome. The Chairman, John Croft, supported by the Secretary, Bruce Purvis, opened the meeting at 17.33 p.m. with a welcome to those present and thanks to the Wardens of St Andrew’s for the use of their bells, and to Anthony Manship for securing the use of the Parish Hall, and to Liz Manship and the Twyford ringers for laying on a splendid ringers’ tea [applause].

2. Attendance. The following 11 District members and three guests signed the attendance register (representing ten towers with one member unattached): Roy LeMarechal (Bishopstoke), Christine Hill and Tony Smith (Hursley), Sue Spurling (King’s Somborne), Carol Higgins and John Palk (Lockerley and East Tytherley), Elizabeth Johnson (New Alresford), Anthony Manship (Owslebury), Rodney Skinner (Ropley), Bruce Purvis (Winchester Cathedral), John Croft (unattached), Wendy Smart and Gail Robinson (Botley – guests), Robin Milford (Curdridge – guest). Also present was Edmund Wratten, District Ringing Master (unattached).

3. Apologies for Absence. Apologies were received from Andrew Craddock (Hursley), Charlotte and Jonathan Smith (Kings Worthy), Andrew Johnson (New Alresford), Andrew Glover (Romsey), Sue Craddock and Jenny Watson (Sparsholt), Christine Knights-Whittome (Wonston) and Joyce Croft (unattached).

4. Minutes of the Previous Meeting. The minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held on 12 August in Houghton Village Hall were adopted on the proposal of Bruce Purvis, seconded by Rodney Skinner, as a true record with a show of hands from the floor

5. Matters Arising. Minute 9, ‘Matters arising’, item iv: District Ringing Festival: The Secretary asked to be advised of any quarter-peals or peals rung during the ringing fortnight and to be counted as rung for the Ringing Festival to be notified to him..

6. Confirmation of belfry elections

Probationary members:

Sara Hill of North Stoneham on 15 August 2017, proposed by Phil Nicholls,
seconded by Stephanie Nicholls.

Duncan Natt and Derek Smith of King’s Somborne on 4 September 2017, proposed
by Sue Spurling, seconded by Gerald Lambert.

Alison Jones, Matthew Jones and Zac Zielinski of Romsey on 6 September 2017,
proposed by Caroline Daniels, seconded by Martin Daniels.

Che Haefner, Juliet Lowe, Catherine Mensah, Sophie Morgan, Felix O’Rahilly,
Connor Sexton, Etienne Thompson and Claire Webster of Winchester College on
10 October 2017, proposed by Caroline Fairley, seconded by Edmund Wratten.

Cim Candler of King’s Somborne on 23 October 2017, proposed by Sue Spurling,
seconded by Gerald Lambert.

Alan Sparrow of Lockerley on 27 October 2017 proposed by Gary Davies,
seconded by Jen Churchill.

Hannah Inskip of Broughton on 6 November 2017, proposed by John Palk,
seconded by Bob Gosse.

– all confirmed on a show of hands.

7a. Election of new ringing members.

Pernille Fay and Alec Graham of Winchester College proposed by Caroline
Fairley, seconded by Edmund Wratten.

– both elected on a show of hands.

7b. Distribution of Certificates

Certificates and badges were collected for local presentations to be made at Broughton, Cheriton, Hursley, Romsey and Wonston.

8. Loss of members through Death. None advised

9. Future Events.

The Secretary reminded the meeting of forthcoming District events: District practices on 20 November at Houghton, at North Stoneham on 19 December (to be confirmed) and at Kings Worthy on 12 January, also the Carol Service on 9 December at Broughton; also that there was a Guild Executive on 18 November, should anyone wish any issues from the District’s affairs to be raised there.

The Treasurer reminded the meeting that the 2018 Annual Meeting of the District would take place on 10 February.

Christine Knights-Whittome advised the meeting of the following dates for Guild Education events in 2018, as follows:-

Friday 23 February at Bishopstoke
Monday 12 March at Bishopstoke (to be confirmed)
Saturday 17 March at St Mary Bourne
Saturday 28 April at Lockerley
Saturday 13 October at Basingstoke (venue to be confirmed)
Saturday 24 November at Shedfield

10. Any other business.

i. 200 Club. Robin Milford reminded members that the 200 Club was active, with application forms available, and that subscriptions would qualify for next Saturday’s draw at the Guild Executive. This prompted a lively discussion on the question of the number of draws to which a stake would entitle a subscriber. It was agreed that Robin would seek to clarify the issue at the Guild Executive.

ii. Annual Outing. Elizabeth Johnson thanked the Secretary for arranging the Outing on 21 October in the New Forest, which, although attended by relatively few [12 throughout the day], had been greatly enjoyed by those who did attend.

iii. Annual Report. The Treasurer reminded the meeting about the new arrangement for the supply of the next edition of the Annual Report and suggested that when tower officers were collecting next year’s subscriptions, early in the new year, they should use that opportunity to collate individual requests for the new report.

iv. Ash for Stays. Elizabeth Johnson brought to the attention of the meeting the Monkswood Saw Mill as a good source of ash for stays: the firm was to be found on the road from Old Alresford to Preston Candover, opposite a carving of a bear.

v. Catering. Anthony Manship advised the meeting that many more people (over 25) had apparently ordered tea than had actually turned up to the tea (12). The Secretary offered to confer with the catering team to try to discover how the discrepancy had occurred, and to take any appropriate action to prevent a recurrence

vi. District Directory. Tony Smith was pleased to announce the publication of the District Directory for 2017, and to record his thanks to John Dodd for his work in printing it: Tony was thanked for his care and his efforts in compiling the Directory.

vii. Frequency of Meetings. Rodney Skinner raised the question whether we needed to have four business/full-scale meetings each year, when attendances did not appear to be very large and other districts managed on fewer such meetings. It was agreed that options could be discussed at the Annual District Meeting

viii. New Alresford Practice. Elizabeth Johnson advised the meeting that owing to a calendar clash the New Alresford practice on 8 December would be held at Old Alresford.

ix. Romsey Show. John Palk gave a review of the Romsey Show: on the eve of the Show there had been heavy rain, resulting in a very muddy pitch. With some 20,000 visitors to the show, the day was busy at first, but was quieter through the afternoon. The mini-ring being the chief attraction, Graham Wright was presented – after some careful spying-out – with a bottle of toffee-flavoured vodka, bought from a stall in the food-and-drink marquee. Despite shows of interest, no-one asked for further information on or introductions to ringing.

x. Ropley. At Roy LeMarechal’s request, Rodney Skinner briefed the meeting on progress at Ropley. He advised the meeting that at present information was being released gradually. At the moment, work on the church was subject to delay for up to four weeks whilst archaeologists surveyed previously unknown graves in the body of the church. The bells remained in store at Matthew Higby’s works in Somerset; there was a possibility that the 5th would have to go to Italy to be recast, having been cast in loam and for historic integrity having to be recast in loam, a technique no longer available locally. The timeframe for the rebuilding of the church and rehanging of the bells was said to be two years.

xi. Stockbridge Practices. Sue Spurling advised the meeting that as the King’s Somborne band now provided the ringers and ringing for Stockbridge, the band would be holding its last practice every month at Stockbridge.

The meeting closed at 6.05 p.m.

1. The over-provision turned out to result almost entirely from a combination of double-counting and an over-estimate of the numbers of people who might attend without having ordered tea.

Report from Beyond Bob Doubles practice, Wed. 1st August 2018

Last night’s BBD (Beyond Bob Doubles) practice led by Tim Kettle, flanked by Ross Bradley, was incredibly successful for all. We had touches of Stedman, followed by touches of Reverse Canterbury, Winchendon Place, St. Martin’s, St. Simon’s, and ending in a variation of South Repps.

As a learner, I had a eureka moment, observing how similar, some methods are related to each other, and with a small tweek of a line, I was able to ring in something new to me, fairly successfully, in a jovial and supportive gathering.  There were also quite a few ‘firsts’ for other members too.

The evening became a hive of activity, members sharing tips, and puzzling over problems together.

We also welcomed Chris for the first time, a new face to some, and a super-great chap.  In the past Chris rang at Ringwood, Fordingbridge and Hampreston. After a lengthy-ish period of rope-neglect, he is back to join our district.

BBD is held on the first Wednesday of the month at Sopley 7:30pm – 9:00pm. Drinks afterwards in The Woolpack.

Report by Peter Murdock-Saint.

Contact Tim Kettle (BBD Practice Night Leader)

St. John’s, Surrey Road, Bournemouth: Sunday mornings service ringing CANCELLED throughout August. Practices continue as usual.

There will be NO morning service ringing at St. John’s, Surrey Road during the month of August.
However, Tuesday night practices will continue to take place as usual from 7.30 – 9, except for the 14th August, which is Quarter-Peal Evening!
Perhaps you have more time in August? Or, you want extra practice with a new method, then come and try us out.
As previously mentioned, Tuesday 14th August is QP night. Want to have a go at Grandsire Triples or Bob Triples ? Now is your chance!! Please let me know if you would like a rope.
Kim Matthews

A&P practices for August 2018

Wednesday 8th August – 7.30 to 9.00pm

General Practice at Winchester Cathedral

Meet at 7.15pm in the Cathedral Close by the south door.

Access will be via the south west turret staircase, as last year.


Saturday 11th August – 5.30 to 7.30pm

Plain hunting the treble and ringing inside to triples and major methods

at Petersfield


Saturday 25th August  – 5.30 to 7.30pm

8 Bell Practice at St. Lawrence

Hinton Trophy Striking Competition with District Practice & Business Meeting, Brockenhurst 8th September

Dear Strikers!

This is your month’s reminder to gather your competition teams together once more for the coveted Hinton Trophy for Striking. (Starting time to be confirmed).

There will be further updates to this post, so please keep checking back.  Updates will also be posted on the C&S District Facebook Group.

If you are a tower that has not taken part before but fancy giving it a go please don’t be shy.  It is a lot of fun and a good way to meet other ringers in the Guild. Let’s see if we can get a team from as many towers as possible from across the district.  All are welcome to come along to listen to, and support the competition.

The competition requirements are: 120 changes of Plain Hunt, or any other doubles method, or 120 changes of any minor method.

Below are the rules

  1. Start and finish in rounds.
  2. Bands are allowed a few rounds to check the length of the ropes, after whichthe bells may be stood, and ropes adjusted. 3 minutes of practice are then allowed, and 2 whole pulls on the treble shall indicate the start of the test piece.
  3. Rounds at the start and end of the ringing and failure to set a bell after the test piece will not be judged.
  4. Bands shall comprise regular Sunday service ringers from the tower that the team represents. If a team cannot be raised meeting this criterion it shall be permissible for up to 2 regular practice night visitors to make up the band.
  5. No method is specified, but it is hoped that each band will select a method appropriate for their own level of experience and competence.

Brockenhurst Church

C&S Annual District Evening Practice at Winchester Cathedral. 7:30pm Wednesday 22nd August 2018.

Winchester Practice pdf file … please print and display in your towers for those without internet use.

The Christchurch & Southampton ringers will once again be taking over Winchester Cathedral’s 14 magnificent bells on Wednesday August 22nd from 7:30pm to 9:00pm.  (This is our August district practice).

Access will be via the south-west turret staircase on the west front as it was last year (meeting at the south door under the arches) which leads onto the parapet, from where we will walk along inside the nave roof space to the ringing room.  This really is quite a spectacular journey.  Please wear sensible shoes.

We will need to meet in the Cathedral Close by the south door at 7.15pm prompt.

We will be ringing everything from rounds and call-changes upwards, and is a great chance to practice ringing on higher numbers of bells.

Please try not to be late or you might not be able to get in.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Contact Sallie Ingram

No Service Ringing at Ryde – August 4th & 5th (Check Islandwide)

Owing to most Island ringers volunteering to man the gates for the Chale Show over the weekend of 4th and 5th August there will be no ringing at All Saints, Ryde, during this weekend.

If you are visiting over that weekend and would like to ring at one of our towers please ensure you check with tower secretaries or tower captains beforehand as this will also apply to a lot of our towers.

Wonston Band interview on Radio Solent 7.45am Sunday 29th July – now with link to the interview

Full BBC Radio Solent interview with the band of Wonston, Winchester starts at 1.50

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.

Gary Marsh

C&S District – New Acting Webmaster

I am delighted to announce that (subject to a formal vote at the next meeting), Peter Murdock-Saint has volunteered to look after the C&S news on the Guild Website.

Peter learned to ring at Sopley and attends several practice nights across the District. (click line below)

Graham Hounslow steps down

The retiring webmaster, Graham Hounslow (Fawley), has been an invaluable member of the Guild Communications Committee for a number of years now. In addition to posting the C&S news, first on the District Website and later on the Guild Website, he wrote much of the original CSS programming that drives the “look and feel” of The District and the Guild owe him grateful thanks!

Quarter peal at Eling commemorating Fred C. Crook, died 1917.

We rang this Quarter last Sunday, after a bit or research Ruth Jackson discovered that an Eling Ringer (not a Guild Member) died 101 years ago in WWI.

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Eling, Hampshire

St Mary
Sunday, 15 July 2018 in 46m (11–3–4 in F♯)
1260 Grandsire Triples
1 Adrian MacKinnon
2 Mary Sterry
3 Polly Osborne
4 Stephen N Hough
5 Margaret Feneley
6 Colin J Butler
7 Alan D Elsmore (C)
8 Chas Caley
Commemorating the 101st Anniversary of the death of Eling ringer Fred C Crook. Fred Crook joined the Eling band in 1905. He died on 16th July 1917. He was a gunner in the Royal Field Artillery and is commemorated in the Amara War Cemetery in Iraq. In the 1911 census he was living in Jacobs Gutter Lane, Eling, and was a carpenter. The centenary was missed as Eling was not affiliated to the W & P at the time of his death and the details have recently come to light.
1st Quarter 8.

Wedding Ringers Needed at Broughton, Houghton and Mottisfont Aug and Sept

We have lots of weddings coming up over the next couple of months and I’m afraid can’t get enough ringers for all of them from local resources! Can anyone help please?

We are short of ringers as follows:-

4th August, St Marys Broughton, 1200 wedding, 1 ringers needed

25th August, St Marys Broughton,1500 wedding. 1 ringer needed.

25th August, St Andrews Mottisfont,1400 wedding, 2 ringers needed

22nd September, All Saints Houghton,1300 wedding, 2 ringers needed.

We have been asked to ring before and after all the weddings so pull off time is 30 minutes before the wedding times above.

If you are able to help please could you reply to Bob Gosse

Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers