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In Memory of Christopher Smithies (Bournemouth Sacred Heart)

The Funeral of Christopher Smithies on Tuesday at Sacred Heart Bournemouth, took the form of a Latin Mass sung by members of his family. Ringing beforehand was by the local band, afterwards all the (many) assembled ringers were able to take part in general ringing and then a Quarter Peal was rung.

Chris is mourned by ringers from three Guilds (Winchester and Portsmouth, Salisbury and St Agatha). His interests spread far beyond ringing and he will be much missed. A full obituary can be read here.

Peal and Quarters have been ring in Dorset and London. At the time of going to press these were reported as below. Click image to see more.

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Quarter Peal at Kingston in memory of Christopher Smithies (Bournemouth Sacred Heart)

Rung open in memory of Christopher P K Smithies, former branch assistant ringing master, and great friend to many. Chris passed away aged 62 after a long and brave battle with cancer on December 30th 2016. The method was chosen to produce the maximum amount of firsts (9!) to give thanks for all the firsts Chris achieved and helped countless others achieve, not just here in the Salisbury Guild, but with the Winchester and Portsmouth Guild and nationally with the Guild of St Agatha.
Chris is survived by his wife, Joan, who was outside listening to the quarter peal and is pictured with the band above

Salisbury Diocesan Guild
Kingston, Dorset
St James
Friday, 13 January 2017 in 1h 01m (26–3–16 in D)
1440 Swindon Surprise Royal
Arranged by Jack R Pease (no. 29)
1 Katie L Child
2 Linda D E Jasper
3 Andrew G Smith
4 Thomas R Garrett
5 Graham A Duke
6 Tim M Martin
7 Jack R Pease (C)
8 Matthew Pike
9 Angie M E Jasper
10 Eleanor G W Wallace

First in the method for all except 5. First on 10: 1

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Sad news from Sacred Heart (Updated Funeral 17th of January)

I’m sorry to let you know that Christopher Smithies (Sacred Heart) lost his battle against Cancer at lunchtime on 30th December 2016.

Chris was one of the real characters of ringing in the Bournemouth area and will be sadly missed. We offer our deepest sympathy to Joan and her family.

Christopher Smithies funeral will be at Sacred Heart Church on Tuesday 17th at 1.30pm.

There will general ringing afterwards and everyone is invited to join Joan and the family at the Norfolk Hotel afterwards.

Congratulations Ben Jennings (Bournemouth) – First Quarter Peal

Guild of St Agatha
Bournemouth, Dorset
Sacred Heart
Sunday, 19 June 2016 in 37m (3–2–6 in E♭)
1260 Plain Bob Doubles
Ben Jennings
Christopher PK Smithies
Kim Matthews
Alastair J Simpson
Daniel R C Scott (C)
Joan Smithies
1st attempt 1.
Rung in memory of Frederick Harry Jennings, Ben’s grandfather

Sopley Minor practice, Wednesday 25 May, 7.30pm

Please don’t forget it’s the Sopley minor practice on Wednesday this week!

We are aiming to continue the progress made last month in Plain Bob and Treble Bob Plain Hunt, as well as continuing with Kent TB minor, Little Bob Minor and Cambridge Minor.

We try to have something for everyone, so if you’re just thinking about ringing on 6 bells you can start with plain hunt minor (maybe jumbled up) or Treble Bob Plain Hunt, before trying your hand at Plain Bob. You can move on to the other methods when you feel ready.

We are dependent on more experienced ringers to provide the backbone and experience for these practices, so if you feel you would like to help please come along. We nearly always manage to do something a bit different or more challenging during the evening – and, of course, we want everyone present to feel they’ve had a good, worthwhile evening at the end of the practice.

Hope to see you on Wednesday,

Tim Kettle, Tim Martin, Christopher Smithies

Quarter Peal in memory of Ronald Brightman at St. Peter’s Bournemouth

A performance rung by a Bournemouth Bells Band. Congratulations Roger!

Bournemouth, Dorset
St Peter
Sunday, 8 May 2016 in 49m (20–2–7 in E)
1290 Mixed Doubles
240 Reverse Canterbury Pleasure 120 Southrepps 120 Clifford’s Pleasure 240 Plain Bob 120 Kennington 120 April Day 330 Grandsire
1 Joan Smithies
2 Kim Matthews
3 Christopher PK Smithies
4 Tim Kettle
5 Paul R Smith (C)
6 Roger Zimmerman
7 *
8 Norah Slater
1st attempt 6
Rung in memory of Ronald Brightman, husband of Susan Mew, both of Carhampton tower in Dunster Branch of Bath and Wells Association of Change Ringers.
Also sending Get Well wishes to Guy Newbery.

Advance Notice Sopley Minor Practice 23 March

For those of you who will feel deprived of ringing in the week commencing 21 March (Holy Week) I have good news.  The CS Sopley Minor practice WILL be taking place as usual on Wednesday 23 March at 7.30pm.

As there will be little other ringing in that week, why not give this practice a try – you may discover you like it and want to come again!  We will be continuing to dispel the dreaded bob minor single “demons” as well as progressing to other methods including Little Bob, Single Oxford, Kent TBM and Cambridge amongst others (all dependant on who is there!)

We look forward to seeing you there,

Tim Kettle, Tim Martin and Christopher Smithies

Website News 25th Feb 2016

This week’s work has been mostly behind the scenes – the 2 priorities were sensible display of the photos at the top of news items and tower pages, and the general improvement of news feeds so that archived  news is not included. In detail:

  • The “featured image” photos at the top of pages and posts used to be displayed in a rather ugly way – thanks to Chris Smithies (Sacred Heart) for expert help on this one, the photos now look a lot better! They are centered and the peculiar grey stripy background has been replaced with plain white. Also all the heading text has dropped below the photo, which is a great improvement!
  • Work is ongoing to create new style news feeds which select only current news for display on the right hand side of tower and district pages. The webmaster team was struggling with a very slow editor for the news feeds – over the last 2 weeks, the WordPress support team has upgraded the editor and now work on the news feeds is much less time consuming.

Sopley Minor practice, Wednesday 24 February, 7.30pm

Please don’t forget it’s the Sopley minor practice on Wednesday this week!

We are aiming to continue the progress made last month in Plain Bob and Treble Bob Plain Hunt, as well as continuing with Kent TB minor, Little Bob Minor and Cambridge Minor.

We try to have something for everyone, so if you’re just thinking about ringing on 6 bells you can start with plain hunt minor (maybe jumbled up) or Treble Bob Plain Hunt, before trying your hand at Plain Bob. You can move on to the other methods when you feel ready.

We are dependent on more experienced ringers to provide the backbone and experience for these practices, so if you feel you would like to help please come along. We nearly always manage to do something a bit different or more challenging during the evening – and, of course, we want everyone present to feel they’ve had a good, worthwhile evening at the end of the practice.

Hope to see you on Wednesday,

Tim Kettle, Tim Martin, Christopher Smithies

Chris Smithies writes: Sopley Minor Methods Practice Night Report – Jan 2016

The January Sopley Minor practice was well attended, both by experienced ringers and those disposed to learn. At the more elementary level we were able to give good practice in treble bob hunt and Plain Bob, surrounding the learners with a solid band, and it was heartening to see confidence and accuracy improving with each repetition. For the more advanced, there were touches of Plain Bob – we continue with our vocation to abolish the irrational dread of the single – and Kent. Plain courses of little bob and Cambridge were also successfully negotiated.

Our thanks to all who attended, but especially to the experienced
ringers both from C&S and also from East Dorset. At our customary
evaluation session, conducted in the convivial surroundings of the
nearby Fisherman’s Haunt, the majority seemed to consider this a
rewarding and encouraging practice.

Next Practice – Wednesday 24th Feb 2016

CS District Practice Weds 27th – Minor Methods at Sopley

sopley quote jan 2016The 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.

 

For more details contact Tim Kettle

Looking forward to seeing you on 27 January

Tim Kettle, Tim Martin and Christopher Smithies

 

 

 

 

Sopley Minor Methods Practice Wednesday 28th October 7.30pm

The date of the Sopley Minor Practice has moved to the 4th Wednesday in the month from next week 28th October. As a result it no longer clashes with the District Surprise Major practice at Ringwood (first Wednesday) and we hope that this will accommodate anyone who would like to attend both.

To recap, the practice is for anyone who wants to practice Minor methods from Plain Bob through Little Bob, Kent, Oxford  to Cambridge and other methods as requested within the ability of the group. So far a number of ringers have gained experience in basic minor and treble Bob minor and we can pack a lot of touches in to an hour and a half due to the nature of the bells. This practice is for any District ringers who want more help with any of the above so don’t wait for a personal invitation!

This month, in addition to any of the usual methods we are hoping to have a go at spliced plain and little Bob Minor. If you want any more information contact the organisers, Tim Kettle, Chris Smithies or Tim Martin.