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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.
Thanks

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
Bruce
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.

Join the AGM “Facebook Event”

If you want to join the AGM Event on Facebook, just click here.  (You will need to be a member of the W&P Guild Group)

If you are coming to the AGM and don’t know many names yet, it’s a good way to see who’s going and what they look like (or what they used to look like in their prime, we all do it, use the “slightly old photo”…. Ringers are a friendly bunch but meeting dozens of new ones on the same day can be a bit much if you don’t have a clue who’s who!

For a full program for the day please click here.

2017 Inter-District 8 Bell Competition – Rules & information

 

Date: Saturday 17th June 2017
Location: Ss Peter & Paul, Ringwood (8 bells, 17-2-18)
Start: 10am

Results: will be given at the end of the competition

For more info and to enter contact: Greg Jordan

Closing date
for entries: Thursday 15th June

Draw: The draw will be held on Friday 16th June and teams will then be informed of what time they need to be at the tower.

Rules:

1 The team to represent each District will be chosen by the District Ringing Master or some other person appointed by the District. If districts wish to enter another team, a maximum of 3 people from the first team are allowed to be in the second team

2 Each competing ringer must be a member of the District.

3 Each team may have four minutes ringing in which to prepare for the test piece. The treble bell shall then be rung several times to indicate that the team is about to commence the test piece.

4 The competition ringing will comprise either:

• 224 changes in any Triples or Major method(s) of the team’s own choice. All of the changes (but not the rounds before or after) will be judged.

• Call changes. The team may choose the changes to be rung but all the bells except the tenor are to take a turn at leading. The opening rounds and the stand will not be judged. Teams must ring for at least five minutes after the first change is called.

5 The decision of the Committee shall be final in any matter concerning the conduct of the competition and the interpretation of these rules.

 

CS District Outing Sat 30th September – Dorchester Area

To give us some idea of numbers, names of those attending and numbers for lunch to Rosemary Rogers  please by Sept 23rd.

9.00 am  ~ 9.45 am     Church of St Hubert

    CORFE MULLEN

    11¾ cwt 6 in G
10.30 am ~ 11.15 am     Ring Church of St George

    FORDINGTON        DORCHESTER

    13 cwt 8 in G
11.45 am ~ 12.30 pm     Ring Church of Holy     Trinity, St Peter & All Saints

DORCHESTER

    20¾  cwt 8 in G
Lunch

12.45pm ~ 2.15 pm

The Royal Oak

(Wetherspoons)

DORCHESTER

(Opposite Church)

3.00 pm ~ 3.45pm Ring Church of the Holy Trinity

BRADPOLE

    15¼ cwt 8 in  F#
4.15 pm ~ 5.00 pm Church of St Mary of the Annunciation

BEAMINSTER

    20½ cwt 10 in  D
5.30 pm ~ 6.15 pm Church of St Peter & St Paul                        

CATTISTOCK

     13¾ cwt 8 in  F
To give us some idea of numbers, Names of those intending to join us, and numbers for Lunch to Rosemary (01202 473175)

Schedule for the Guild AGM Day Saturday June 17th ***RSVP FOR TEAS

Open Towers:

  • 11am – 11: 45am  Sopley
  • 11:45am – 12:30pm Hinton
  • 1:30pm – 2:15pm Brockenhurst
  • 11:45am – 12:30pm awaiting confirmation from Lyndhurst

Other Events

  • 1pm – 2:15pm  Handling Clinic at Milford
  • 2:40pm Service touch Milford – Invited Band
  • 3pm Milford – Service
  • Evening Ringing at Milford 6:30pm- 8pm

RSVP

Maggie Cobb needs names for Teas – click to contact

A&P Picnic & Practice at Privett on July 22nd

Bring your own picnic and join us for fun, games and bell ringing at Privett on July 22nd.

Ringing is from 5.00 to 6.30pm, games until 8.30pm

So far I have been promised the loan of Curling, Skittles and some football goals. I have Quoits and I’m planning on putting together a Tin Can Alley.

Please feel free to bring your own games if you want to, but if you could let me know beforehand what you’re bringing that would be great as I’m toying with the idea of some small trophies.

We have access to the hall from 4.30pm so if you want to drop anything off before ringing that’s fine. Or maybe some people would like to play games whilst others ring, that’s fine too.

Bring the family, bring your friends, bring raffle prizes ……….

Many thanks, Valerie

100 years since the men of the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry departed Guernsey for training before being sent to the Western Front

We will begin ringing at 7pm which is the time the boat taking the men to the UK for training left Guernsey on 1 June 1917.  And we will continue ringing throughout the evening.

Most of the commemorations will take place on Sunday when more people are able to attend so we will ring again for the Commemoration Service at the Town Church at 2pm on Sunday.

About BBC Music Day June 15th

BBC Music Day is returning for its third year on Thursday 15 June 2017, celebrating music’s ability to unite communities across generations, and this year bell-ringers have been asked to play an even bigger role.

The sound of bells, with their power to bring communities and generations together, was a feature of last year’s BBC Music Day, with over 200 bell-ringing groups taking part.

This year’s theme is the power of music, and the day will feature broadcasts on BBC TV, Radio and digital services from 6am to midnight.

Bob Shennan, Director of BBC Radio and Music explains:

“BBC Music Day is a unique opportunity for people to celebrate music and musical talent, whether attending one of the many events taking place or tuning in at home.”

Last year’s BBC Music Day was supported by a number of stars including Duran Duran, Izzy Bizu, Laura Mvula, and Nile Rodgers, who performed at the Eden Project in Cornwall on BBC Music Day.

Meanwhile, BBC Local Radio (in partnership with BBC Outreach) marked BBC Music Day 2016 with Take it to the Bridge: musical collaborations on over 40 bridges around the UK, both large iconic bridges such as the Tees Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough and smaller, quirkier bridges like Bishop Bridge in Norwich.

Award-winning Scottish band and BBC Music Day Ambassadors Travis performed live with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the Barrowlands in Glasgow.

In the evening, bells from over 200 church towers across the UK rang out simultaneously throughout towns, cities and villages, from cathedrals such as Bristol and Manchester to smaller parish churches like Saint Francis Xaviers in Liverpool.

This year, BBC Music Day will be even larger and the BBC would like to build on last year’s success by inviting tower and handbell ringers from the UK and around the world to ring out at 1900 their local time.

BBC Music Day Producer, Rebecca Sandiford, comments “Church bells are a wonderful symbol of community cohesion and since BBC Music Day is all about uniting people through music, bell ringing is going to provide a fantastic unifying moment. This year we’d like to make this even more special by inviting ringers around the globe to join us, ringing at 1900 local time, to show how the power of music can unite people around the world.”

Ringers are being asked to ring only for a few minutes or for longer if they prefer. The BBC aims to select performances to include in their coverage.

How to take part :-

  • Agree with your venue, plan your band, what you will ring and any special event or dedication associated with your performance. If possible, arrange permission from your band and venue in case the BBC ask you to video or record your ringing on the day.
  • Email the BBC Music Day team at BBCMusicDay@bbc.co.uk as soon as possible to let them know you’ll be taking part with the subject heading “RINGING EVENT – 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 June.
  • 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.

Click here to download a flyer for display in your tower.

Click here to download the above article in PDF format.

Winchester District Practice at Cheriton Thurs May 25th 6.30pm

The Practice at Cheriton, on Thursday, is at the early time of 6.30 to 7.45 (because there is so much else going on in Cheriton, including Thursday nights at the church!). However, that does give you plenty of time to go on to the Flower Pots afterwards.
Best wishes
District Secretary

6 bell competition Saturday 20th May CANCELLED

 

Good afternoon All

I have only received 2 entries for the 6 bell tomorrow, so Peter and I have discussed between us that we think it would be best to cancel the competition and turn it into open ringing instead. There is a problem with the church rooms at highclere, so refreshments and results will be at Burghclere instead.
I know this is a shame that we have to cancel it, but at least we can ring there and any ringers who might be around and weren’t originally supposed to ring, can come along and grab the tower/socialise with other members of the guild
The 8 bell is still going ahead
Greg Jordan

Hawkley’s practice moves to Selborne until further notice

There is work going on at Hawkley Church at present, so their practice has moved to Selborne from Wednesday 17th May (7.30 – 9.00pm) until further notice.

Roger is grateful to Nick for arranging this, and Nick has confirmed that there will not be a Thursday practice at Selborne for the duration.

Both Roger and Nick say that everyone is welcome to join them.

It’s worth noting that Selborne is a ground floor ring, which is great for anyone who finds spiral stairs a bit of a trial.

Thank you

Quarter Peal Rung in memory of Lieutenant Philip Richard John Grinham killed in France on May 3rd 1917

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
New Alresford, Hampshire
St John the Baptist
Sunday, 14 May 2017 in 46 minutes (15–3–18 in E)
1260 Plain Bob Triples

1 Wendy M Ling
2 Maureen J Hanney
3 Caroline Fairley
4 Ian M Redway
5 Elizabeth Johnson
6 Rodney C Skinner
7 Anthony P Smith (C)
8 Anthony J P Ayres

Rung for Evensong in memory of Lieutenant Philip Richard John Grinham killed in France on May 3rd 1917. Also remembering Kay Alonzo née Tremeer who died in Australia recently, one-time bellringer at St John’s.

Bell Ringing for Evensong Sun May 21st at Christchurch Priory

To mark the 50th Anniversary of the ordination of Rev Cannon John Turpin, ringers from the Priory and Ringwood are combining to ring for Evensong.
A Quarter Peal attempt of Grandsire Triples will start at 4.45 to be followed by general ringing from approximately 5.45 until the service at 6.30pm.
Visiting ringers are also welcome to join the general ringing which will be Rounds and Call Changes on 12 and methods as appropriate.
Rosalind

Inter-Tower 6 Bell Competition – Rules & information – Saturday 20th May

Inter-Tower 6 Bell Competition – Rules & information

Date: Saturday 20th May 2017
Location: The Ascension Burghclere (6 bells, 8 cwt)
Starting time: 10:00am
Refreshments: will be available in the Parish Hall
Results: will be given in at the end of the competition
For more info and to enter contact: Greg Jordan
Closing date
for entries:
Thursday 18th May 2017
Draw: The draw will be held on 19th May and teams will be informed of the time they need to be at the tower.
Rules:
1 All ringers in each team must be regular members of the band that is entering the team and must be Guild members.
2 Bands may enter more than one team provided that the total number of entries is not excessive. 
3 Two bands may enter a joint team.
4 The following rules of participation apply:

  1. Each participant may ring with one team only. 
  1. Each team may contain no more than 2 ringers that are taking part in the 8 bell competition.
5 Each team may have four minutes ringing in which to prepare for the test piece.  The treble bell shall then be rung several times to indicate that the team is about to start the test piece.
6 The competition ringing will comprise either:
a 120 changes in any Doubles or Minor method(s) of the team’s own choice.  All of the changes (but not the rounds before or after) will be judged. The Opening rounds must consist of a maximum of 10 whole pulls.
b Call changes.  The team may choose the changes to be rung but all the bells except the tenor are to take a turn at leading.  The opening rounds and the stand will not be judged.  Teams must ring for at least four minutes after the first change is called.
7 The decision of the Committee shall be final in any matter concerning the conduct of the competition and the interpretation of these rules.

Inter-Tower 8 Bell Competition – Rules & information – Saturday 20th May

Inter-Tower 8 Bell Competition – Rules & information

Date: Saturday 20th May 2017
Location: St Michael and All Angels Highclere (8 bells, 11 cwt)
Starting time: 10:00am
Results: will be given in at the end of the competition
For more info and to enter contact: Greg Jordan
Closing_date
for entries:
Thursday 18th May 2017
   
Draw: The draw will be held on 19th May and teams will be informed of the time they need to be at the tower.

Rules:

1 All ringers in each team must be regular members of the band that is entering the team and must be Guild members.
2 Bands may enter more than one team provided that the total number of entries is not excessive. 
3 Two bands may enter a joint team.
4 The following rules of participation apply:

  1. Each participant may ring with one team only. 
  1. Each team may contain no more than 2 ringers that are taking part in the 6 bell competition.
5 Each team may have four minutes ringing in which to prepare for the test piece.  The treble bell shall then be rung several times to indicate that the team is about to start the test piece.
6 The competition ringing will comprise either:
a Not less than 224 changes in any Triples or Major method(s) of the team’s own choice.  All of the changes (but not the rounds before or after) will be judged. The Opening rounds must consist of a maximum of 10 whole pulls.
b Call changes.  The team may choose the changes to be rung but all the bells except the tenor are to take a turn at leading.  The opening rounds and the stand will not be judged.  Teams must ring for at least seven minutes after the first change is called.
7 The decision of the Committee shall be final in any matter concerning the conduct of the competition and the interpretation of these rules.

Guild AGM 17th June – RSVP – Full Schedule and Information for Meeting

Annual General Meeting
Milford on Sea
Saturday 17 June 2017

RSVP Maggie Cobb needs names for Teas – click to contact

Programme

Click here for PDF of This Page

10am Inter-District 8-bell Striking Competition

Rules click here
St Peter and St Paul Church, Ringwood
BH24 1AL – 8 bells, 17-2-18 in E (If you need a map for parking, please click here)

11am – 12.30 Open Towers:

  • 11am – 11: 45am  Sopley BH23 7AU 6 bells Tenor 7cwt
  • 11:45am – 12:30pm Hinton BH23 7DX 5 bells Tenor 9-0cwt
  • 1:30pm – 2:15pm Brockenhurst SO42 7QP 8 bells Tenor 4 cwt
  • 11:45am – 12:30pm Lyndhurst is confirmed

1pm-3pm Other Events:

  • 1pm – 2:15pm  Handling Clinic at Milford SO41 0QJ 
  • 2:40pm Service touch Milford – Invited Band
  • 3pm Milford – Service
  • Evening Ringing at Milford 6:30pm- 8pm

3pm Guild Service, All Saints Church, Milford on Sea
– Greenbanks Close, Milford on Sea,SO41 0QJ

4pm Guild AGM Tea, All Saints Church Hall,
Milford on Sea

5pm Guild AGM, All Saints Church Hall,
Milford on Sea

6.30pm- 8pm Open Ringing, All Saints Church, Milford on Sea

Supporting documents are available in screen-friendly format:

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Ryde Steps Back in Time…

All Saints’ Church, Ryde, was the venue for a visit from the Vectis 1940s Vintage group.

After a talk in the ringing room about bells and bell ringing locally and Island-wide, particularly about what occurred during the war years, the group were taken up to the parapet for some spectacular sites of the Island and mainland coastline.

Following the descent, some of whom found it more onerous than they first thought, a tea was served in the Church Hall, which also had a 1940s feel to it, which had been set out with an exhibition of the history of Ryde tower from 1886.

A big thank you is due to all Ryde ringers for their contributions of help and cake.