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Young Ringers’ Steam Train and Ringing Day in Swanage and Purbeck 23rd August (SDGR)

Dear All,

As we move into August – if you  would like to come on this event please let me know and for under 18s please complete and return parental consent forms

Details of the Guild Young Ringers Day on Wednesday 23 August  can be accessed also via the Guild website at: http://sdgr.org.uk/guild-young-ringers-day-wed-23-aug/

Best wishes.

Robert Wellen
Guild Master, Salisbury DG


Next Hursley Open 12-bell Practice is Sept 22nd

The next 12-bell practice open to anyone who would like to practise 12-bell ringing will be on Friday 22nd SEPTEMBER. Visitors are, of course, still most welcome to join our regular practice any week but we are cancelling the special practices in July and August because many of the local ringers are

I apologise for any inconvenience.

Tony Smith

Join the ​”Strike Back” Express 29TH July 2017 Hastings to Historic Bath

Hurry – Just a few places left.Join us for a heritage train ride over the mainline in a unique preserved train, to the beautiful city of Bath, and help us raise money to fight blood cancer at the same time!Just over a year on from our Bell Ringers Strike Back Against Blood Cancer sponsored walk and ring to Canterbury Cathedral, bell ringing, travelling and fundraising are being combined again. Hastings Diesels Limited, whose motto is Preservation in Action, are kindly allowing us to charter their train at favourable rates and are also manning the train with volunteers. All profits will go to SBABC (Strike Back Against Blood Cancer)

Quarter Peal in memory of 3 Alresford men who died in WW1 during July 1917

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
New Alresford, Hampshire
St John the Baptist
Sunday, 9 July 2017 in 47 min (15–3–18 in E)
1260 Grandsire Triples
Susan Smith
Maureen Hanney
Elizabeth Johnson
Teresa Brown
Andrew Johnson (C)
Ian Redway
John Dodd
Robert Hatch
Rung for evensong in memory of three Alresford men who died during WWI in July 1917: Lance Corporal Charles Eacher who died on July 8th 1917; Company Quarter Master Sergeant Alfred Woodward who died of heatstroke at Baghdad on July 15th 1917; Lance Corporal Charles Edward Gordon Grainger who died on July 31st 1917 at Passchendaele.

Students and Helpers invited to Cambridge Surprise Minor Practice – Crondall, 26th August

Following on from the successful Stedman Doubles practice earlier on in the year at Herriard, Deb Baker and myself are organising a Cambridge Surprise Minor, simulator practice at Crondall on 26th August 2017 from 10:30-13:00.

I’m writing to seek your help to support the students. If this is something you would like to help with please let me know.

We have four student places. If this is a method you would like to learn please get in touch. If the practice is over subscribed we will run another practice in the near future.

I look forward to hearing from you all whether you are a helper or student.


Rebecca Webb

Mayor & Mayoress of Test Valley visit Lockerley Tower

The Mayor and Mayoress of Test Valley Borough Council visited Lockerley Church Tower on Sunday 8 July for an hour to see a demonstration of ringing.  The visit was held during a tower open day in association with Romsey Arts Festival and followed an invitation from the Lockerley ringers.  As well as seeing demonstrations of ringing the Mayor had a go himself, starting off by chiming and progressing to ringing both strokes on his own (a very impressive achievement).


Group photo with the Mayor (photographs by permission of Romsey Festival 2017 Official Photographers)

Botley and Curdridge Tower Outing (Robin Milford Reports)

Last Saturday, 8th July, the Curdridge and Botley ringers joined some of our regular ringing helpers from Netley and Shedfield in taking the Curdridge minibus for our annual ringing outing.

After visiting the Isle of Wight twice, Wiltshire, North Hampshire and the Chichester area in recent years, this year we went back to West Sussex but up around the Petersfield – Midhurst area.

Our first tower was Rogate, where we found some difficulty because of a high ceiling and long ropes which snaked away when we tried to catch them.

We recovered from this with tea and cakes at a garden centre at Rake, before going on to ring at Milland. There are a church and an old chapel here, entirely surrounded by trees just off what used to be the A3 north of Petersfield. From here it was quite a lengthy drive to the village of Milland, where we enjoyed an excellent pub lunch at the Rising Sun.

Next on the list, and farthest east, was Lodsworth, off the A272. Here we admired the large Millenium embroidery. This church is the burial place of E H Shepard, original illustrator of the Winnie the Pooh books, who lived in the village.

Heading back home we stopped to ring at Easebourne, next to Cowdray Park polo ground where a polo championship was being held. The attached photograph was taken there. Our final church was Stedham, in a lovely village just west of Midhurst. One final stop was at the Thomas Lord pub in East Meon, where we all gathered around a table in the garden to talk over the day and watch a hot air balloon go over.

Quite a long day, over 12 hours by the time we got home, but worth it for seeing some beautiful places and ringing some interesting bells in good company. If anyone would like to join us and come on next year’s outing please get in touch with myself or Anthony Manship.

Robin Milford

Curdridge, Portsmouth District

Reporting from the Youth Championships…

Nicola Penny Reports. Photos by Tim Martin

As many of you know, the Ringing World National Youth Contest was at the beginning of July in Birmingham. It was wonderful to see so many young ringers from all over the country taking part. There were 1 8 teams of 10. There were 4 of us from the Priory. The others making up the Winchester & Portsmouth Guild team came from as far as Winchester Cathedral, Basingstoke and Milford.  Our qualifier took place at St Peters in Harborne. The piece itself was good but we didn’t get through to the final. However, this was not necessarily a bad thing as it meant we could ring in more towers! Although navigating round the town to get to them was a challenge for the drivers.

There were towers open all over Birmingham including; St Giles (Sheldon), St Alphege (Solihull) and St Nicolas (Kings Norton), Then there was St Martin in the Bullring with a fantastic 16 bell tower. This being the favourite. It was really good to be able to ring in Birmingham, especially as the bells where so nice to ring and the views from the tower windows were impressive as well!

Nicola Penny




Dedication of the new bells at Brighstone Sunday 16th July 3pm

The bell ringers of St. Mary’s Church, Brighstone would like to invite you to the dedication of the church’s two new bells by the Right Reverend Christopher Foster, Bishop of Portsmouth.

The service will take place on Sunday 16th July at 3.00 pm and will be followed by refreshments and general ringing.

Winchester District Practice, Broughton, Monday 24th July 2017

Dear All,

Please find attached the poster for the next Winchester District Practice, Broughton, Monday Week – and my apologies for the shorter amount of notice than usual/than I prefer.

We’ve been successful in attracting good numbers at our recent District Practices, and the Broughton (ground floor) ring will be an interesting experience. The local band will very much appreciate your attendance.

Best wishes,

District Secretary

PS. The next quarterly meeting will be on 12th August: the usual format, bring-your-own picnic and a relaxing stroll through the Hampshire countryside. Quite which bit of the Hampshire countryside is yet to be resolved, however. I have one route which is “in the bag” but not very suitable owing to a big wedding at one of the churches, and another possibility for which I await decisions from the tower reps. Wish me luck ….

Link to Poster – please display in your tower

A&P District Outing – September 9th – an update

Due to a late booked wedding, the visit to Outwood tower has had to be cancelled, so Coulsdon will now be the first tower of the day. Also the novelty tower has been replaced with Hayes (Bromley).

District Outing on Saturday 9th September

Times of ringing .

Coulsdon – TQ312581 ( 5. 10-2-14 in A flat ) – 11.00 to 11.30

Hayes (Bromley) – TQ405663 (6. 8-1-26 in A) – 12.00 to 12.45

Lunch – Wickham Bay seafood restaurant 19 High Street West Wickham. Kent BR4 0LP 13.00 – 14.20

West Wickham – TQ389649 (6. 13cwt ) – 14.30 to 15.15

Farnborough (Orpington) TQ444641 ( 6.  2-2-26 in E ) – 15.30 to 16.15

Downe – TQ432617 (6. 10-0-1 in G ) – 16.30 to 17.15

Biggin Hill – TQ419589 ( 6. 6-1-24 in B ) – 17.30 to 18.00

Addington – TQ654589 (4. 5-1-11 in Bb) 18.30 to 19.15

It would be good to see as many of you as possible, for part if not all of the day.

If you are planning to come please let me know as soon as possible.

Many thanks Graham.

SDGR Minor Methods Practice at Canford, Weds July 12th

Summer is a good time to venture a little further to visit new towers… there’s a tempting event at Canford this week:

The next Canford Minor Methods practice will take place on Wednesday 12th July from 7.30pm. Sorry for the late reminder. Have a look at Little Bob, Single Oxford and Double Court.

Hope to see as many of you as possible then

Lymington District Doubles & Minor Practice Wed 12th of July

Just a quick reminder that there’s the monthly doubles practice at Lymington on Wednesday the 12th of July.

This is a great practice if you want to progress your doubles ringing or even calling, and will be ably organised by Colin Butler, one of our Ringing Masters.

There are no special methods currently planned, though we’re likely to be ringing Bob Doubles, Grandsire and probably Stedman. Maybe we can talk Colin into calling some April day even.

You can usually park outside the church on the road, if not, there is plenty of parking behind Marks & Spencers a couple of minutes walk away.

District Practices at Winchester Cathedral during August

These dates are copied from the cathedral ringing diary

Wednesday 2nd Andover District Practice 7.15 – 9.05
Wednesday 9th Alton and Petersfield District Practice 7.15 – 9.05 Click for details
Portsmouth District Practice 7.15 – 9.05
Wednesday 23rd Christchurch and Southampton District Practice 7.15 – 9.05 click for details
Wednesday 30th Winchester District Practice 7.15 – 9.05

Please watch for meetup instructions nearer the time – works on the Cathedral are making the usual rendezvous point problematic.

If you’re planning to park inside the Cathedral close then you will need a parking permit. A limited supply will be available once the door to the bell tower is open.

Here is link to a map of the cathedral and close for reference. Plan-of-the-Cathedral-Close

Eversley Surprise Minor Practice (last Weds of month)

The Eversley Surprise Minor practice is held on the last Wednesday of the month, 8pm until 9.30pm. White Hart Pub afterwards.

Bell Foundry to open its doors on 29th July.

 John Taylor & Co Invite the general public to the Loughborough bell foundry


Saturday 29th July 2017

10:30hrs – 17:00hrs

The Bellfoundry,
Freehold Street,
Loughborough, Leicestershire.
LE11 1AR.
  Web: http://www.taylorbells.co.uk

 Tel: +44 (0)1509 212241
Fax: +44 (0)1509 263305

All Welcome – No need to book – Just come along


John Taylor & Co  

Quest TV’s “Salvage Hunter’s” Drew Pritchard and sidekick Tee with Taylor’s Director, Simon Adams during the filming of an episode of the programme filmed on 2nd February 2017.

A&P annual practice at Winchester Cathedral – Aug 9th – 7.30 to 9.00pm

Wednesday 9th August – 7.30 to 9.00pm

District Practice at Winchester Cathedral

Meet at 7.15pm under the Slype

Always a great experience & an opportunity to ring

methods on higher numbers as well as rounds and Plain Hunt.

Whilst everyone is welcome to attend, it is requested that only ringers who are able to

handle a bell competently take a rope. There is also a silent bell for learners to practice on.

We’ll be meeting at 7.15pm under the Slype on the south side of the Cathedral, next to the Dean Garnier Garden.

If you’re planning to park inside the Cathedral close then you will need a parking permit. A limited supply will be available once the door to the bell tower is open.

Non ringers who would like to see parts of the Cathedral not usually open to visitors are also welcome to join us.
Here is link to a map of the cathedral and close for reference.


Look forward to seeing you there.


8 Bell Practice at Hurstborne Priors Thurs 22nd June

Dear all,

It’s the 4th Thursday of the month this week, on Thursday 22nd June 2017, time for our regular 8 bell practice at Hurstbourne Priors from 7:30pm.

This month’s methods will include Grandsire Triples and Stedman Triplesand possibly also Double Norwich, Cambridge Major and Bob Major, depending on demand.


Hope to see you there.


Helen and Roger Thomas

Open 12-bell practice at Hursley Friday 23rd June

The next open 12-bell practice at All Saints’,  Hursley, will be on 23rd
June, at 7.30 p.m. Usual methods – Grandsire, Stedman, Little Bob,
Yorkshire, Bristol, Cambridge.

This practice is open to anyone who would like to practise 12-bell ringing.
Visitors are, of course, still most welcome to join our regular practice any

Best wishes, Tony

Please let Viv know if you rang for BBC Music Day

Viv Nobbs has asked for all of the towers that entered into the BBC Music Day yesterday to let her know about their performances.  She aims to get a report to local media early next week.
Please send your information using the form below
Heather Frazer
Secretary, W & P Guild of Church Bellringers

Two trainees write about last week’s Guild Raising and Lowering Course

Gary Marsh writes:

The Basic Raising and Lowering course held at St. Mary’s Church, Bishopstoke was a terrific event.  It had an air of nervous celebration about it as we arrived at the church and signed in with Christine.    I say nervous, as we knew as beginner ringers that we would soon be tackling what often seems to be the most challenging and coordination defying tasks of raising, and particularly, lowering, a bell.   It felt like a celebration as we had got to the point in our ringing careers where our handling had moved on enough to be trusted to rise to the challenge of learning these new skills without breaking anything!

With six tutors and ten on the course we got the chance to be instructed alongside fellow raising & lowering novices, sharing instructors, ropes and experiences.   It made for a great sense of community.   Our tutors were calm, encouraging and excited to be sharing their knowledge.

So us ten not-so-novices can move forward with our ringing, able to more fully participate at our home tower with our potential raised and anxieties lowered.   The milestone of making the first loop complete in a safe and welcoming place, well away from our own woodwork!

Gary Marsh (46), Wonston Tower, ringing ten months.

And Romy Coldman writes:

After two years of ringing and never really mastering the mysteries of raising and lowering, I jumped at the chance when I heard about the course.

The day was very well organised where we had one tutor to two learners. We all had a full two hours of individual practice and assessment less the much needed tea break after working up a sweat. As a learner, I certainly need more practice until I can raise and lower with confidence, but the tips and skills gained from the course were invaluable.

Many thanks to Andy Ingram, Christine Knights-Whittome and all the tutors – especially Mike, my tutor, for his patience and encouraging words.

I would highly recommend this course not only for beginners but for anyone who wants to improve their skills.

Romy Coldman (Hinton Admiral)

Andover half-yearly District meeting Monday Sept 25th 7pm

Dear All
As you may recall it was decided at the ADM there would be a meeting held during the summer to update members on Guild events and elect any new members that had joined since the ADM.  Two dates were put forward and Monday 25th September (at Whitchurch) has been selected.
The meeting will begin at 7pm, prior to the 10 bell District practice.
Once agenda items have been identified further details will follow.

Winchester District Stedman/Erin doubles Training, Saturday 8th July a.m.

Dear All,
Following Monday’s very successful District Practice at Sparsholt, I give you notice of our next training morning, Saturday 8th July at Micheldever, 0930-1130 a.m., on ringing and calling Stedman and Erin doubles.
Please let Jenny Watson know if you wish to come on the course, or if you can offer to help, either to fill in or stand behind.

Link to Poster for Event

Best wishes
District Secretary

Countdown to BBC Music Day

This post is copied from the CCCBR website

The third BBC Music Day takes place on Thursday 15th June with a theme of  “The Power of Music” – how it can bring us together, make us feel fantastic and create unforgettable memories

This year, ringing is again making its presence felt and appears as Number 2 in the BBC’s listing of its Top 10 Music Day Events.

Ringing Events to listen out for or take part in

Global Ringing Event

  • Bands from around the world are ringing at 7pm local time in support of BBC Music Day. So far more than 220 UK towers have registered with the BBC to ring at 7pm on Thursday 15th June, and their numbers have been swelled by over 30 more overseas towers, including Zimbabwe, Kenya, Australia, New Zealand, the US and Bermuda.

Knowing that Church bells are a wonderful symbol of community cohesion,  and since Music Day is all about uniting people through music, the BBC hope that the sound of bells will provide a memorable moment.

For an updated list of towers taking part, see the BBC Music Day website.  

Shaun Keaveny on BBC 6 Music

  • The Central Council’s new president, Christopher O’Mahony, takes up the challenge of teaching BBC 6 Music Breakfast Presenter, Shaun Keaveny to ring from scratch – listen to BBC 6 Music from 7am on 15th June to find out how he got on.

Simon Mayo on BBC Radio 2

  • Christopher is also due to contribute to Radio 2’s Simon Mayo show the same afternoon (BBC Radio 2 from 5pm).

Other Music Day Events

Many hundreds of other events are taking place across the UK.  For more details, see the BBC Music Day website.

  • BBC Local Radio and the British Plaque Trust will unveil 45 new plaques to commemorate people or places that have influenced the musical landscape across the UK
  • 50,000 pupils in 263 schools will take part in the BBC’s “Ten Pieces” classical music project by playing in “Ten Pieces” assemblies.
  • In Bradford, 800 children aim to beat the current Bamboo Tamboo world record.
  • In Portsmouth over a thousand children aim to create a new drumming world record
  • In Sheffield, 1000 musicians are performing over 24 hours

There’s still time to register…..

There is still time to register to ring on BBC Music Day, so if your band would like to take part, simply :-

  • Agree with your venue, plan your band, what you will ring and any special event or dedication associated with your performance.
  • Email the BBC Music Day team at BBCMusicDay@bbc.co.uk to let them know you’ll be taking part with the subject heading “RINGING EVENT – <Your Location> <Your Country> and include in your email :-
    • A contact email and mobile phone number
    • Who will be ringing and what will be rung
    • Details of any event, story or dedication associated with your performance, which will be of interest to the BBC’s audience.
  • Ring, starting at 7pm local time on Thursday 15th

The BBC may invite you to submit a video or audio clip of your ringing on the day.  If so, they will contact you using the email or phone number you have provided.