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Urgent request from David Langford of Freshwater who is organising an outing for Saturday May 20th, details as follows:

10.00-11.00 Arreton

11.30-12.30 Shorwell

1.00-2.30 Lunch at Red Lion, Freshwater

2.30-4.00ish Freshwater

All standards welcome for rounds, call changes, plain hunt etc possibly Double Oxford Bob Minor, Cambridge and London Surprise if band available.

Please let David or Paul Miller know if you will be having lunch or contact me (John Stock) through this website and I will pass on the information.

We need to know numbers ASAP so please circulate to your towers and give as many people a chance to join us as possible please.

BOURNEMOUTH BELLS OUTING Saturday, 29th April. 2017

Fifteen ringers set out from Bournemouth to North East Dorset for their annual ringing outing. Our group represented five local towers who all share practices and ringing commitments throughout the year. We were a band of mixed abilities and we rang accordingly as we are aware that every time we ring it is a public performance and it is not our intention to annoy residents in the villages we visit.   As usual, the responsibilities of the day were divided up and a different person ran the ringing at each tower and a different person wrote about each tower.

Our day started at St Mary the Virgin,, Motcombe, a church rebuilt in 1846 in the perpendicular style by the first Marquis of Westminster.  The light ring of 6 bells were a delight to ring and Dorothea had her first ring away from her home towers – well done! 

We rang Stedman, a touch of Grandsire and call changes in the gallery at the back of the church overlooking the nave –  so the bells are very much part of the proceedings in church.

From there it was a short drive to the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in the village of East Knoyle This Norman Church dates back to the 16th Century and has been much altered. It is notable for a beautiful chancel decorated with superb encaustic tile mosaics, and a fine stained glass East window, dedicated to a local Dignitary, George Wyndham. The bells are unusual because they are hung anti-clockwise, which can be confusing. They certainly confused some – but not all – of our ringers and, having rung up, they rang called changes, Plain Bob Doubles and rang down in peal.

We then progressed to Mere where the bells provided a new challenge, being more in number and heavier. The 23 cwt. tenor by Cockey ( a descendant of this bell-caster is the husband of one of the band at St. John’s)  required two of our burlier ringers to ring it up. However, once raised, the ringing went well, with everyone able to join in rounds and call changes on eight. We did not attempt a triples method, but rang Grandsire Doubles with 7, 6 and 8 covering. The church is a sizeable landmark with a long history. Some of the stained glass is 660 years old, while in the west wall are two very fine Victorian windows. The central panel of one depicts the woman washing Jesus’ feet, while he leans rather nonchalantly on the table chatting with a disciple.

The inspired choice for  lunch stop was the White Lion Inn at Bourton, where we were allocated tables away from the madding crowd . We were looked after very well by the staff, both in the bar and restaurant area of this attractive and characterful old pub. The lamb casserole was said to be exceptional, as were the various fish options chosen from the menu, and were accompanied by delicious Otter Ales.  The chef was summoned at the end so she could be thanked personally.

Refreshed and energised we headed back across the county border for the nearby village of Zeals, South Wiltshire, and the Church of St Martin. Designed by the famous George Gilbert Scott, it is a spacious, well proportioned building, with a fine hammer-beam roof, impressive arches, and some particularly good stained glass windows. The upstairs ring of six was refurbished and re-hung in 2010, ending 48 years of silence in the tower. The bells sounded tuneful and were not difficult to handle, so Rounds, Call Changes, Bob Doubles and Bob Minor presented us with no problems here.

And so we progressed to Silton to the church of St. Nicholas. This fifteenth century church was restored in the 19th century .  The walls & ceiling are decorated with colourful stencilled patterns and the wood beam ceiling is embellished with rosettes and the whole place is very beautiful. There is a large monument on one wall to Sir Hugh Wyndham by John Nost, a Dutch sculptor who died in 1729.  It shows two ladies representing Grief  holding Time & Death  We rang called changes, a couple of touches of Grandsire Doubles and St. Simon’s Doubles and left the bells down as instructed.

Our final visit was to Gillingham to the church of St. Mary the Virgin. (I know – three of these in one day). This was a heavy ring of eight, the tenor weighing 24cwt. Even our strongest ringer had great difficulty getting this bell raised and eventually got there with help.  How they do this every Sunday & practice night, I don’t know. We rang our usual repertoire but augmented it by finishing with Plain Hunt on seven. We were pleased that, apart from the treble, the bells were left up.

After this and a group photo , we dispersed to our homes and to the comfort of our respective towers for service ringing the next day.  These outings, as well as giving ringers experience on different bells, are a much appreciated social event which we look forward to each year.

8 bell practice at St. John’s Bournemouth Tues 9th May – Grandsire and Oxford Bob

Tuesday 9th is 8-bell practice at St. John’s.  As well as the usual called changes & plain hunt we will be ringing Grandsire Triples and Oxford Bob Triples.

All ringers welcome.

Penelope Samuel

SDGR News: Kingston 10 bell Practice 5th May postponed to 12th May

Hi All,
Just to make you aware that the Kingston Practice this Friday (5th)has been POSTPONED to next Friday (12th). This is due to major roadworks closing the main road through Corfe Castle causing major diversions through Swanage and Studland, making it difficult for people to get back home after practice. Hope to see you there NEXT Friday, which will be an open practice 🙂

Eleanor Wallace

Guild AGM 17th June

Annual General Meeting
Milford on Sea
Saturday 17 June 2017


10am Inter-District 8-bell Striking Competition,
St Peter and St Paul Church, Ringwood
BH24 1AL – 8 bells, 17-2-18 in E

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

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

Click here for printable poster

BBC Music Day June 3rd

Kate Flavell Writes:

The BBC has really taken ringing on board for its Music Day this year – Thursday 15 June.  All the information needed to join in is in the article (2 pages) and flyer (one page).  Please pass this to all your towers and ask them to print, display and join in!  Another great opportunity to get some publicity for ringing – do urge your towers to let your local media know how they are joining in with this international event.

With all good wishes,


Public Relations Officer
Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

The Flyer reads:

Bellringers in the UK and around the world are being invited to
take part in the third annual BBC Music Day on Thursday 15th
June, with the theme this year being “the power of music”.
The sound of bells, with their power to bring communities and
generations together, was a feature of last year’s BBC Music Day,
with many ringers taking part.
This year, BBC Music Day will be even larger and BBC would like to
build on last year’s success by inviting tower and handbell ringers
from the UK and around the world to showcase this king of
performing arts by ringing at 7pm their local time.
You could ring only for a few minutes or for much longer. The
BBC will select performances to include in their coverage and in a
special programme which is being considered for BBC Radio 4 on
Music Day itself.

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 :-
    o A contact email and mobile phone number
    o Who will be ringing and what will be rung
    o 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.

WP Guild Striking Competitions 20th May 10am

It’s that time again, time for striking competitions!
This year, the 20th May is the date for the inter-tower 6 and 8 bell competitions, the 6 bell is being held at Burghclere and the 8 bell being held at a venue tbc. Both competitions are to start at 10am. Rules are below.
Also, don’t forget that the inter-district 8 bell competition is being held in the Christchurch and Southampton District, on AGM day (17th June)
Striking Competitions are a great way to improve Striking and have fun in the process! Hopefully see as many of you competing as possible!
Striking Competitions Committee

A&P General Practice at Froyle 5.30-7.00pm Saturday May 13th

Please join us for a general practice at Froyle on Saturday May 13th, ringing is from rounds upwards so everyone is welcome. Whether you are a beginner or have been ringing for donkeys years, we would love to see you.

If it’s anything like the practice at Selborne in March, then it will be a huge success.

Thank you. Valerie

(A&P Publicity Officer)

Hurstbourne Priors 8 bell Practice on Thurs 27th April

Dear all,

It’s the 4th Thursday of the month this week, on Thursday 27th April 2017, time for our regular 8 bell practice at Hurstbourne Priors, from 7:30pm.

This month’s methods may include Double Norwich, Superlative, Yorkshire, Grandsire Triples, Stedman Triples, Bob Major, depending on demand.

Hope to see you there.


Helen and Roger Thomas

St George’s Day Ringing in Southampton

The Southampton City Ringers and friends marked St George’s day today with two quarter peals successfully scored in the city.

1282 Cambridge Surprise Royal was rung at St Michael’s first followed by 1280 Bristol Surprise Royal at St Mary’s afterwards.

Both quarter peals can be viewed on BellBoard;

St Michael’s – http://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1169932

St Mary’s – http://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1169898

This news was originally posted by Daniel Graham on the Southampton City Ringers Website

Hursley 12-bell practice Friday 28th April

Hi everyone
As Tony is away, I’ll be hosting the next open 12 bell practice at Hursley on Friday.
This is open to anyone who would like some 12 bell ringing, and you are very welcome!
Methods to include Grandsire, Stedman, Yorkshire, Cambridge, Little Bob, Bristol.
If anyone has any conducting requests, please let me know.
Looking forward to seeing you!
Christine Saunders

**Messages left below will be forwarded to Christine

Winchester District Quarterly Meeting (QDM) Sat 13th May

Dear All,
Please find here the poster for the next quarterly meeting, at Preston Candover on Saturday 13th May, also the District Striking Competition Rules.
Please encourage members of your bands to consider entering one or other of the striking competitions.
Please also note that the tea and business meeting will be taking place at the Candover Valley Club’s premises which are actually in Brown Candover, about half a mile south of Preston Candover.
There is ringing after the meeting at Brown Candover (5,5cwt) from 6.30-7.30pm.
Best wishes,
District Secretary

Busy Easter Monday Tower Open Day in Alderney

The Alderney band were delighted to welcome over 50 people to the belfry on their Easter Monday Tower Open Day. The band were kept busy offering opportunities to view the 12 bells, explanations of the mechanism of ringing using a model bell, demonstration ringing by individual ringers and then team performances. Coffee and cakes were available downstairs at the back of the church together with a video presentation on bellringing.

Helen McGregor

Happy Birthday Evelyn!

Duncan asked whether we had organised a QP attempt for today because if so he would like to dedicate it to his daughter, Evelyn whose birthday it is.

A minor band was quickly found and we asked what Evelyn would like us to ring for her birthday. The answer came back “Spliced Kent and Oxford” Why do I get the impression that Evelyn had very little to do with that suggestion?

We duly turned up and tried to persuade Duncan that spliced Kent and Oxford was too ambitious for today. He believed us when we had a few false starts of Oxford! Time ticked on as we threw around a few ideas of what we might ring that had a reasonable chance of coming round and we eventually settled on splicing the St Simon’s group. I haven’t tenored behind for a while so volunteered and managed to push them along quite nicely in 40 minutes.

Enjoy your birthday Evelyn; maybe it won’t be long before you too can ring in a quarter peal.

On Wednesday, 5 April 2017 in 40min
Guernsey, CI Town Church Tenor: 11cwt
1320 Spliced Doubles (4m)

360 St Simon’s, 360 St Martin’s, 300 St Oswald, 300 Eynesbury, 64 c.o.m.

  1.  John Lihou
  2.  Sue Park
  3.  Jane Le Conte
  4.  Duncan Loweth (C)
  5.  Paul Lawrence
  6.  Sue Le Feuvre

Birthday compliment to Evelyn Loweth, daughter of the 4.

Success! Every member of the Elizabeth College band has now rung at least one Quarter Peal.

Every year Duncan takes a group of the Elizabeth College ringers to Alderney for a weekend of ringing. This year there were five of them joining the Alderney band for their normal Saturday morning practice and plenty of extra ringing on both Saturday and Sunday which the Alderney ringers gave up much of their weekend to support.

Each visitor rang in one of three quarter peals of Plain Bob Doubles rung over the weekend. These included two first QPs and two ‘first away from cover’. Aaron Hallett, an Alderney ringer of a similar age to the EC ringers rang in all 3 quarters, which was the first time he had rung two QPs in a day.

On Saturday, 1 April 2017 in 46 mins
Alderney, Channel Islands St Anne
1260 Plain Bob Doubles

  1.  Jake Colton
  2.  Helen M McGregor
  3.  Aaron Hallett
  4.  Aileen Wilson
  5.  Peter J R Bevis (C)
  6.  Jude Buckley

First away from cover, 1

On Sunday, 2 April 2017 in 43 mins
Alderney, Channel Islands St Anne
1260 Plain Bob Doubles

  1.  Josh Colton
  2.  Helen M McGregor
  3.  Aaron Hallett
  4.  Duncan Loweth
  5.  Peter J R Bevis (C)
  6.  Samuel Chambers

First Quarter, 6. First away from cover, 1

On Sunday, 2 April 2017 in 42 mins
Alderney, Channel Islands St Anne
1260 Plain Bob Doubles

    1.  Aaron Hallett
    2.  Peter J R Bevis
    3.  Aileen Wilson
    4.  Helen M McGregor
    5.  Duncan Loweth (C)
    6.  Louis Troalic

First Quarter, 6

Elizabeth College copy

Photograph (L-R) Jude Buckley, Jake Colton, Aaron Hallett, Louis Troalic. Samuel Chambers and Josh Colton were not available for the photograph.


Bournemouth Sacred Heart – Method Monday – 3rd March

Just a reminder that it is ‘Method Monday’ at Sacred Heart this coming Monday – Methods Double Court Minor and St Martins Doubles and beer to follow. See you there!

Regular 4th Saturday practice at St Peters Guernsey this morning

It was the last practice at St Peters before the District Striking Competition in April which is being held at St Peters so every other touch was the competition touch of Plain Bob Major.

Other things attempted, some successful other less so included Single Oxford Bob Triples, St Simons Bob Triples , spliced Plain and Little Bob and spliced Plain Bob and Grandsire. We haven’t yet reached the level that St Peters was at when I learned to ring there 20 years ago when it was not unusual to finish a Friday evening practice with Surprise Major but we are heading in the right direction.