The next District Practice will be at SS Peter & Paul, Hambledon on Thursday 18th February at 7.30. Hope to see as many of you there as possible!
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Fred Bone (Essex Guild) has invited applications from other Guilds:
“The closing date for applications for the 26th Essex Ringing Course is
Friday 12th February. Details, including the application form, are
available at <http://eacr.org.uk/course>”
PRACTICAL RINGING SESSIONS
- GROUP A
- Improving foundation skills. Have you reached the stage in your early ringing career where even if you understand the theory of what you are meant to be doing you are finding doing it an entirely different matter? If so this group is for you. Students in this group will work on their individual ringing skills so that they can improve their bell control, listening and ropesight. This may require time working alone on a bell as an individual with the advice of your tutor, as well as ringing with other ringers. Students will also practise raising and lowering a single bell.
- GROUP B
- A Group for those who can ring Rounds competently and who are ready to take their first steps in call changes and then, possibly, in change ringing on 3 or 4 bells. If you are in any way doubtful about joining Group C, then join Group B; you will still find something to learn and will have the opportunity to fill in steps in your ringing education you may have missed or not appreciated.
- GROUP C
- A Group for those wishing to plain hunt on 5. The opportunity to practise on different rings of bells and in different orders both on the treble and “inside” will be provided. The Group will emphasise the skills required for change ringing and will be learning ropesight and considering striking, as an essential preliminary to ringing the treble. Practice may be given at ringing the treble to Bastow, Minimus and Doubles, to “Stedman Quick Sixes” and to Plain Bob Minimus as appropriate, before progressing to ringing the treble to Plain Bob Doubles.
- GROUP D
- A Group for those who really have ropesight and bell control and are ready to ring the treble to Grandsire Doubles and Plain Bob Minor. It is intended to progress to ringing the treble to touches in both these methods. A number of other methods may be rung to practise the different rhythm of change ringing with six bells.
- GROUP E
- A Group for those who are competent in ringing skills as outlined in the above groups and wishing to learn Plain Bob Doubles on an “inside” bell.
- GROUP F
- A Group for those who are already competent in ringing skills as outlined in the above groups and able to ring touches of Plain Bob Doubles and who wish to learn Plain Bob Minor “inside”. You should be able to treble hunt reliably to touches of Bob Minor before applying for this group; if in any doubt consider applying for Group D.
- GROUP G
- Grandsire: Starting with Doubles and progressing to Triples with calls. Applicants must be proficient in ringing the treble to Grandsire and be able to ring touches of Bob Doubles “inside” to get the full benefit from this option.
- GROUP H
- Surprise Minor: To get the full benefit from this group applicants must be able to ring 2 or 3 methods other than Plain Bob Minor e.g. Double Court, St Clements, Kent TB, and be able to ‘treble bob’ proficiently. The group will study and practise Cambridge Surprise Minor and, depending on progress, may move on to ring other surprise minor methods.
- GROUP I
- Stedman: Starting with Doubles and progressing to Triples with calls and theory on extension to Caters and Cinques. You should be proficient in ringing up to Group G to get full benefit from this option.
- GROUP J
- Starting Plain Major: This Group provides an introduction to ringing inside on 8 bells, by introducing Plain Bob Major, Little Bob Major, and possibly other plain major methods. You must be able to plain hunt on 8 and be competent at Plain Bob Minor “inside” to join this group.
- GROUP K
- Calling & Conducting Touches: This Group will start with calling Plain Bob and Grandsire Doubles, and progress to Plain Bob and possibly other Minor methods. Students will be actively involved in calling a variety of touches, and will be expected to ring whilst others of the Group are calling. No previous experience of calling is required, but you must be able to ring touches of Grandsire Doubles and Plain Bob Minor “inside” competently.
Apart from the main Group lectures there will be other lectures on a variety of subjects which may include some of the following:
- Handbell ringing
- Rope splicing
- Calling call changes
- Achieving good striking
- Tune ringing on handbells
- Running a practice night
- Raising and lowering a single bell
- Raising and lowering in peal
A ballot will be held for places in these groups. Details will be sent with your confirmation letter.
Attendance at these is a matter of personal choice. Some sessions will be limited to a number of attendees; lists will be placed on the notice boards to enable you to sign up during the first coffee break.
An outline programme will be circulated electronically to all successful applicants.
Closing Date Friday 12th February 2016.
Winchester District Youth Practice Sunday February 21st Bishopstoke 2.30 until 4 p.m.
This practice will not take place because it is Ash Wednesday
The Christchurch Priory Band AGM AGM will taken place on Monday 8th Feb at 7.30pm in Priory House. There will be no practice that night.
OK so there’s no guaranteed method! Otherwise we would all already be doing it! But for some practical ideas read on:
- Visit other practices – this builds up a supportive relationship that may well generate reciprocal visits
- Post about good practices here on the website – that way other ringers will see that you are enjoying your practice nights and may be more tempted to come
- Post about cancellations here on the website – there is NOTHING more offputting than driving to a new place and being left in the dark in the church yard. You may not be aware that around 50% of potential visitors prefer not to ring ahead – they will base their decisions on your tower web page….
Make sure your tower webpage is welcoming, correct, and has a stunning photo. The one on the right is a brilliant example – doesn’t it make you wish that the bells at Pamber Priory were ringable?? You can request any changes to your tower page. You can even have 2 or three if you want to.
- Have a clear poster in the church porch, detailing your ringing times. Could you replace it every month? Fresh is good!
- Join Facebook and become a member of your District Facebook Group. It’s the easiest way of networking with local ringers, especially the younger ones who are ringing several times a week.
Please send tower news, photos, etc to
Visitors are welcome to all these events. Please see wpbells.org/christchurch-priory/ for more information.
|TOWER AGM (no Practice)||19:30|
|Ash Wednesday Ringing||Wed||10/02/2016||19:00|
|CANCELLED Practice (Holy Week)||Mon||21/03/2016|
|Easter Morning Service Ringing||Easter Day 27/03/2016||07:30|
|Easter Morning Service Ringing||08:45|
|Easter Morning Service Ringing||11:00|
|Easter Evening Service Ringing||17:45|
|CANCELLED Practice (Bank Holiday)||Mon||28/03/2016|
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The first Christchurch and Southampton District minor practice of the year will be held at Sopley on Wednesday 27 January at 7.30 pm. Practices will then continue on every 4th Wednesday of the month.
This practice is intended for any ringer who wants to learn or improve minor ringing and also gives an opportunity for more experienced ringers to pass on their skills and knowhow – and hopefully have some fun at the same time. We would hope that as ringers progress they would also be part of the learning chain and help with newcomers while increasing their own abilities. The only requirement is for attendees to be reasonably competent in a doubles method (touch inside).
We intend starting the practices with these core methods
- Plain Hunt on 6 (perhaps jumbled up)
- Plain Bob Minor
- Treble Bob Plain Hunt
- Kent Treble Bob Minor
- Cambridge Surprise Minor
but can increase the repertoire to include (amongst others)
- Grandsire Minor
- Double Oxford Bob Minor
- Single Oxford Bob Minor
- Oxford treble Bob Minor
and anything else on request.
Since this practice first started, a substantial number of ringers have benefited and some have gone on to greater things! To continue this success we need aspiring minor ringers to feel at home and keep coming along (it’s a very friendly atmosphere) and, of course, we need the help of experienced ringers. If you enjoy helping others progress – resident or new to the area, just passing through, or on holiday, we would be delighted to see you.
Looking forward to seeing you on 27 January
Tim Kettle, Tim Martin and Christopher Smithies
We had sparkling Yorkshire and Stedman by Margaret last Tuesday. Please can we repeat this, and add on a plain course of D.N.C.B.M*.? Good luck with the Lessness.
Derek Jackson [email]
*Double Norwich Court Bob Major
The next surprise royal practice will take place as follows;
When: Sunday 31st January 2016 at 14:00 – 15:30
Special Methods: Bristol and Superlative No 2. Ringing will also include Cambridge and Yorkshire.
Just a reminder to all those who have been joining the Buriton ringers for their once a month 8-bell practices at Hawkley.
You will be most welcome to join us again this Wednesday (20th) at 7.30-9pm.
There will be a 12 bell practice at Winchester on the last Wednesday of the month, 27th January, at 7.30pm. Usual methods – Stedman, Grandsire, Yorkshire, Little Bob, Bristol, Cambridge. If we have enough we will ring Yorkshire 14.
This practice is open to anyone who would like to practise 12/14 bell ringing.
There will not be a practice in February.
Dorset County Association – Practice – Puddletown (6) 7-9pm
Saturday 6 February 2016
Dorset County Association – AGM Martinstown (6)
3pm ringing at Martinstown.
4pm Service at Martinstown.
5pm AGM at Stratton village hall.
5.45pm Tea at Stratton village hall.
Ringing afterwards at Bradford Peverell (8)
When: Sunday 31st January 2016 at 14:00 – 15:30
Special Methods: Bristol and Superlative No 2. Ringing will also include Cambridgeand Yorkshire.
Eight bell practice at St John’s next Tuesday (12th January) will be Stedman triples. Experienced ringers needed!
Hawkley 5.30pm to 7.30 on Saturday 23rd January.methods Cambridge Yorkshire Lincolnshire possibly Rutland .please support this so we can progress with surprise all welcome
There will be no practice at Petersfield on Monday 11th January because we are holding our Tower AGM that evening.
Secretary, St. Peter’s Bell Ringers
Please note that due to the proximity to Christmas the December Sopley minor practice is cancelled.
The next Sopley minor practice will be Wednesday, 27 January, 2016. Details of methods will be posted in good time to allow for study!