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Reminder: Winchester District Training Event at Wonston – Sat 7th April – 9.30-11.30 am.

Dear All,

Just a quick reminder that our Training Morning for Grandsire is coming up this Saturday and to please let Jenny Watson know if you wish to attend to learn or if you can help. Should we not get enough people wishing to come for training, we’ll run the session as a District Practice, so what we’ll do will be guided by what people would like on the day. Edmund, John and I shall be there, so hopefully we can be useful.

Best wishes,

Bruce

Link to Poster

 

 

Winchester District Training Morning – April 7th, 9.30-11.30am at Wonston

Dear All,

Our next training session, on Grandsire Doubles is fast coming up on the horizon, April 7th, three weeks today. This will suit people who can ring the treble to doubles methods; there will also be opportunities for people wishing to practise calling plain courses and touches of Grandsire.

As usual please let Jenny Watson know by April 3rd if you wish to take part as a student or as a helper.

And, as I am writing, don’t forget we have a District Practice at Sherfield English next Tuesday, 20th March. I attach the poster in case you wish to forward it to your members, as it has the grid reference and the postcode

Hope to see lots of you there!

Best wishes meanwhile,

Bruce
District Secretary

Link to Poster for Training Event

Link to Poster for District Practice on Tuesday 20th March

Three Peal Ringing Firsts

On Saturday the 12th of August two young ringers from the Christchurch Priory Band scored their first peal at Corfe Mullen, Dorset, Nicola Penny and Luke Brooke.

The peal of plain Bob Minor was conducted by Priory Tower Captain, Tim Martin,  his first peal as conductor.

We still had some energy left after lunch so we rang a quarter peal of Grandsire Doubles on the significantly heavier six at Sturminster Marshall, ably conducted by Luke with Nicola excelling on the tenor.

We were grateful for the support of Simon Edwards from Swindon and to William Stafford from Brighton for substituting at the last hour and scoring only his second Peal.

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Corfe Mullen, Dorset
St Hubert
Saturday, 12 August 2017 in 2h 51m (11–3–26 in G)
5040 Plain Bob Minor
1 Nicola Penny
2 Luke T Brooke
3 Rosalind A Martin
4 William Stafford
5 Simon W Edwards
6 Timothy M Martin (C)
First Peal 1,2. First Peal as Conductor. The band would like to associate Colin Butler with this peal with our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Steep Practice Tuesday 28th March **CONFIRMED**

Hello All,
 
Following the well attended practice on 14th March, we can now confirm that the 28th March practice has enough support and will go ahead.
We usually ring Grandsire; Plain Bob doubles and Minor; Stedman; Cambridge; Little Bob etc…
 
Many thanks,
 
Hugh and Mo
  • Contact Hugh Routh

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    Telephone: 01730 267237
    Address: Mill Cottage, Mill Lane, Steep, Petersfield GU32 2DJ
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Bradfield Ringing Course 17th-20th August – Applications now open

Welcome to the Bradfield Ringing Course, an annual four-day friendly and engaging residential bellringing course based at Bradfield College in Berkshire, now preparing for its ninth consecutive year.

Every year in August, we provide tuition for ringers of a wide range abilities, from Bell Experience for those that need a little more confidence in handling a bell to Surprise Major for those that have been ringing a little longer – and many other stages along the way!

… click to read more…

Beyond Bob Doubles – Wednesday 22nd February

Dear All,

This month’s BBD will be at King’s Somborne on Wednesday 22nd.  Anything from Grandsire Doubles to Surprise Minor, all depends who turns up, anybody is welcome to come and join us whether a district member or not.  If anyone wants to be removed from this mailing list please let me know.

Edmund.

Grandsire Doubles and Triples – Only a few places left – deadline 16th Feb

Just a reminder ……. the Education Committee’s all-day course on Grandsire Doubles and Triples takes place on Saturday 4th March, based at Shedfield.   The closing date for the receipt of applications is 16th February – only ten days away – and there are only a few places left.   Places are filled on a “first come first served” basis so, if you have been thinking about this, it would be an idea to get your application in as quickly as possible.     (The Raising and Lowering in Peal morning, for example, filled up well before the closing date and has a waiting list!).

If there are others in your tower who have also been thinking about this, or who you think would enjoy the day and benefit from it – please give them a nudge.   I’m more than happy to help with any queries, either by email or by ‘phone 01962 886939.

Best wishes – Christine

  • Guild Education Day – Grandsire Doubles and Triples – Saturday 4th March, based at Shedfield

    The next full Education Day. This will be on Saturday 4th March, based at Shedfield Reading Room, to study Grandsire Doubles and Grandsire Triples. Posters and application forms (both Word and pdf versions) are below. Details have already been sent out to your District Secretaries for onward transmission to your towers as the closing date for the receipt of applications is 16th February. As always, the day will be a mixture of theory and practical ringing.

    If you haven’t been to an Education Day before – rest assured these are relaxed days when you will never be pushed into doing anything for which you are not ready; each student is an individual with different experience and different needs, and our aim is to give you help at exactly the level you need; in fact, you will probably learn a huge amount by chatting with the other students over a pub lunch, and find they have the same queries that you have been frightened to raise!!

    At the same time, if it is appropriate, you might like to think about the “Raising and Lowering in Peal” morning at Bishopstoke on 11th February. Places are filling up and the closing date (28th January) is only 2½ weeks away. If you have an Annual District Meeting on that day, our training session will finish sharp at 12.00 noon so you will have plenty of time for lunch before going off to your meeting.

    We hope to have a member of the Education Committee at as many ADMs as possible to talk about Education Days and to answer any questions, and I am always on the end of the phone or email to help with any queries.

    If this reaches any ringers with a little more experience who feel they can help on either of these days – and even a half day is very much appreciated – do please contact Sallie Ingram Remember, we have all been learners in the past …….!

    Best wishes

    Christine

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Guild Education Day – Grandsire Doubles and Triples – Saturday 4th March, based at Shedfield

The next full Education Day. This will be on Saturday 4th March, based at Shedfield Reading Room, to study Grandsire Doubles and Grandsire Triples. Posters and application forms (both Word and pdf versions) are below. Details have already been sent out to your District Secretaries for onward transmission to your towers as the closing date for the receipt of applications is 16th February. As always, the day will be a mixture of theory and practical ringing.

If you haven’t been to an Education Day before – rest assured these are relaxed days when you will never be pushed into doing anything for which you are not ready; each student is an individual with different experience and different needs, and our aim is to give you help at exactly the level you need; in fact, you will probably learn a huge amount by chatting with the other students over a pub lunch, and find they have the same queries that you have been frightened to raise!!

At the same time, if it is appropriate, you might like to think about the “Raising and Lowering in Peal” morning at Bishopstoke on 11th February. Places are filling up and the closing date (28th January) is only 2½ weeks away. If you have an Annual District Meeting on that day, our training session will finish sharp at 12.00 noon so you will have plenty of time for lunch before going off to your meeting.

We hope to have a member of the Education Committee at as many ADMs as possible to talk about Education Days and to answer any questions, and I am always on the end of the phone or email to help with any queries.

If this reaches any ringers with a little more experience who feel they can help on either of these days – and even a half day is very much appreciated – do please contact Sallie Ingram Remember, we have all been learners in the past …….!

Best wishes

Christine

Review of the CS District Quarter Peal Club in 2016 – Tim Martin Reports

The C&S quarter peal club was started in Sept 2015 and after just over a year of activity now seems a good time to review its success. The initiative was the brainchild of Rosalind Martin from Christchurch Priory who wondered whether there were members in the District who were not able to access quarter peal ringing either due to lack of opportunities in their own towers or lack of personal experience and the need to ring with a more experienced band or conductor. Most such activity is either tower band based or invitation only. The concept was to seek to attempt one quarter a month and to allow the method selection to be based on the preferences expressed by the prospective ringers.

The bold step was taken to make the event open invitation in that any members could ask to be included and we would then see how that could be achieved with the available ringers.

The club was also given a flying start with the offer that we could ring every month at Brockenhurst which have the benefit of being a light and easy going 8 but where the back 6 are also very ringable for a doubles or minor quarter.

So in terms of statistics 9 quarters have been scored and almost every one has included some sort of first. 16 different ringers have rung in at least one quarter and although there has been solid support from some ringers no one has rung in all the attempts and there has been a good spread of towers represented ( Brockenhurst, Christchurch, Sacred Heart, Ringwood, Fawley, Minstead, Lyndhurst, Eling, Southampton, plus Hampreston from East Dorset District of the SDGR)

Methods scored include:

  • PB Doubles
  • Grandsire Doubles
  • PB Minor x2
  • Kent TB Minor
  • Grandsire Triples
  • Cambridge S Major
  • Yorkshire S Major
  • Lincolnshire S MajorAttempts at London Major and Superlative were not successful.

    In terms of achievements we have had:

  • 1st on a working bell
  • 1st inside
  • 1st Minor
  • 1st Minor as conductor
  • 1st TB Minor (x3)
  • 1st Triples as conductor
  • 1st in method (Yorkshire & Lincolnshire SM)So in conclusion it seems that the initiative has been a worthwhile exercise in both giving people opportunities and increasing people’s skill level. One young ringer who scored their first inside has now gone on to conduct their first quarter elsewhere and everyone has had an opportunity to try something new and challenging.

Special thanks must go to Julie Hodkin for making the bells available to us and to Jimmy Hodkin for either ably conducting the more complex methods or being a reassuring presence for the more novice conductors.

Tim Martin

If you would like to join the club please contact Rosalind Martin

Ian Rees Reports from the Basingstoke District Practice

14 ringers turned up for the Basingstoke District Practice Saturday the 15th of October at Sherfield on Loddon, representing, representing 6 towers. A good standard of ringing was achieved, and methods included Grandsire, Plain Bob and St Simon’s Doubles, Plain Bob, St Clement’s and Cambridge minor, as well as call changes. Stedman Doubles just wouldn’t go.

Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, with one ringer covering to doubles for the first time.

We look forward to our last practice of the year which will be at Rotherwick on Saturday 19th November at Rotherwick, from 2 – 4 pm. All ringers will be welcome.

Ian Rees

Beyond Bob Doubles – Weds 27th July at Easton

Dear All,

This month’s Beyond Bob Doubles will be at Easton, methods from Grandsire doubles and Bob Minor to Surprise Minor, all ringers from the Winchester District and further afield welcome to just turn up, 19:30 on Wednesday 27th.

Edmund.

 

Wedding Ringing with a difference

Whilst a Quarter Peal of Grandsire Doubles would not normally be Headline News, and ringing for weddings is taking place in many of our towers on summer Saturdays, this was ringing intended to be heard at the reception.
Maybe the choice of secular wedding venues need not rule out having Tower bells for your wedding!
For the ringers, this also creates the possibility of being paid for ringing Quarter Peals from them to time… not a bad idea, that!
To find out if there are churches bells near your reception venue, click here and search by postcode
Upper Clatford, Hampshire
All Saints
Saturday, 9 July 2016 in 42 mins (9–0–16)
1260 Grandsire Doubles
1 Polly Osborne
2 David Close
3 Ros Brandwood
4 Teresa Brown
5 Mike Winterbourne (C)
6 Vicki Rowse

To celebrate the wedding of Amy Boxall and Simon Cottrell.
Married earlier today in Ludgershall, Reception was taking place within the sound of these Bells

The image shows the treble at Minstead. The website image library doesn’t contain any pictures of the bells at Upper Clatford (yet!)

St Mary’s Overton bell ringers visit County Cork

During May 2016 three groups of ringers from Overton set off for a holiday in County Cork, Ireland with three days of ringing organised to ring at all six towers in the county. Adrian, Liz & Richard Lewis set off on Tuesday 10th May and David & Christine Holmes on Friday 13th May, both travelling via the Fishguard – Rosslare ferry route with Alan, Valda & Robin Stevens flying out to Cork from Cardiff on the Saturday. We all stayed in different locations with Adrian, Liz & Richard self-catering near Bantry, Alan, Valda & Robin self-catering near Courtmacsherry and David & Christine staying at the Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery.

Overton Ringers Trip to Cork
St Fin Barre’s Cathedral Cork. Left to right: Christine Holmes, Robin Stevens, Valda Stevens, Alan Stevens, Liz Lewis, Richard Lewis, David Holmes and Adrian Lewis

Cork, Cathedral Church of St Fin BarreOur first ringing was at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork on Sunday 15th May prior to their morning service. The bells here are a glorious Taylor/Rudhall ring of 12 with a 27 cwt tenor. Our eight ringers joining with nine locals meant that we could ring all 12 bells. A mixture of rounds, call changes and plain hunt on 11 was enjoyed by everyone present before departing for coffee at Yellowsub in glorious sunshine beside the River Lee.

Lunch had been prearranged by Liz at The Flying Enterprise where we had two tables reserved in the name of “Louis”! After a good meal and some good beer named “Hop House 13” we all went our separate ways for the rest of the day.

Skibbereen ChurchMonday 16th saw us on our way to Abbeystrewry Church, Skibbereen with its 3 cwt ring of six bells cast by Whitechapel in 2001. Grandsire Doubles, our first attempt at Skibbereen Doubles and Plain Bob Minor were all fluffed in some way or another so we kicked the invisible jinx out the door and ended with an excellent 120 of Skibbereen Doubles, the first extent ever rung in variation 131h/e.

Our next tower was the Far Cork Campanile at the home of Martin Hough in Drinagh. The bells here are another ring of 12 with a tenor of 11 lb hung in a pig sty opposite Martin’s workshop. Rounds on six rung by Martin, Chris and David progressed after a teaching session to rounds on eight and 12. A course of Grandsire Triples on the back eight and two courses of Cambridge S Minor on the back six were successful. Rounds on eight rung by Martin, Robin, Richard and David was also a success and we ended our visit with more rounds on 12.

Rosscarbery, Cathedral Church of St FachtnaWe all headed our separate ways for lunch with Alan, Valda and Robin going to Leap and by coincidence the rest of us went to Nolan’s Bar in Rosscarbery where the nearby Cathedral was also the last ring of the day. The Cathedral Church of St Fachtna, Rosscarbery has a superb Taylor ring of six with a tenor of 12½ cwt that are rung from a balcony. Before we went to Ireland we were looking for doubles variations with Irish names only to find there weren’t any. So, on 6th May 2016 at Overton we rang and named variation 131c/d Seamróg Doubles for the occasion. The ringing at Rosscarbery kicked off with a well rung extent of Seamróg Doubles before 108 Plain Bob Minor. Next we rang an excellent quarter peal of 1260 Doubles 1v/1m (120 Seamróg, 1140 Grandsire), our only quarter peal of the trip, and we finished with 120 Reverse Canterbury Doubles.

Now, one of the things you soon learn here is that towers in County Cork are a long way apart! The following day, Tuesday 17th May, we rang at Doneraile and Bandon – 45 miles apart! We were due to ring at Bandon at lunchtime but this was cancelled due to a funeral so we joined them for their practice in the evening instead. But first to Doneraile ChurchDoneraile some 30 miles north of Cork with a good Taylor ring of six, tenor 10 cwt and a “go” similar to Laverstoke. 120 Grandsire Doubles was followed by 120 Doneraile Doubles, this being the first extent rung in variation 131g/e. 60 Reverse Canterbury was then followed by another 120 Doneraile Doubles before we headed for Bandon via Cork in the rush hour! To avoid this, most went via Blarney which necessitated negotiating a road just about wide enough for two cars with the wing mirrors in and a huge volume of traffic.

Bandon ChurchBandon Church is situated on a hill with a good climb up some steps before you get to the church. The tower then has a climb like nothing we have ever seen. Firstly the tower is taller and bigger than it appears. The ascent starts off nicely up a wide stone spiral, but not for long – only as far as the balcony in fact – then a long steel ladder up through a trapdoor – then a longer steel ladder up to a stone ledge – and finally, some stone steps through the wall into the ringing chamber! In addition, in the ringing chamber the ladder that accesses the bell chamber comes down permanently into the middle of the tower between the treble and tenor ropes blocking visibility completely. Bandon bells are a Taylor five with a Whitechapel tenor of 14½ cwt. Ringing here consisted of call changes, plain hunt, Grandsire and Plain Bob etc. but we did manage to ring an extent of Bandon Doubles with two local ringers on the treble and tenor, this being the first extent rung in variation 1h/e.

Ringing over, we all headed in our separate directions once more with Adrian, Liz and Richard heading for home the following day and the rest of us returning the following weekend. Christine and David attended Rosscarbery practice night on Thursday where they again met up with Martin Hough and the evening ended in the Abbey Bar drinking Guinness and talking about old times at Liss and ringing on the campanile there.

Many thanks go to Adrian & Liz for their organisation and to all the local ringers who made arrangements for us to visit them and made us so welcome.

David A Holmes June 2016

The Performances:

Tuesday, 17 May 2016      Bandon (St Peter, Ballymodan), Cork      120 Bandon Doubles
Tuesday, 17 May 2016      Doneraile (St Mary), Cork                            120 Doneraile Doubles
Monday, 16 May 2016      Rosscarbery (Cathedral and Parish Church of St Fachtna), Cork 1260 Doubles (1v/1m)
Monday, 16 May 2016      Skibbereen (Abbeystrewry Church), Cork 120 Skibbereen Doubles

A Touch of Grandsire for the Queen’s Birthday, at Overton

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Overton, Hampshire
St Mary
Friday, 10 June 2016 (10–0–19 in G)
90 Grandsire Doubles
Paul Myers
Alan Stevens
David A Holmes (C)
Christine Holmes
Adrian P Lewis
Valda Stevens
90th Birthday compliment to HM Queen Elizabeth II. The only true 90 of Grandsire Doubles using standard bobs and singles only

Ros Brandwood reports from a day of Queen’s Birthday Celebrations at Burghclere

The ringing at Burghclere rounded off a full day of celebration which included, among other things; a church service with the primary school band, a picnic lunch, a mummers’ play where St George fought the Turkish Knight and visits to the bell tower.  A jolly time was had by all.
Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Burghclere, Hampshire
The Ascension
Sunday, 12 June 2016 (8 in B♭)
1500 Grandsire Doubles
Lin Rogers
Helen Piper
Tim Pink (C)
Ros Brandwood
Kevin Rogers
Chris Pack
Rung to celebrate the official 90th birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II

Grandsire Doubles and Plain Bob Triples at Basingstoke St. Michael, to Celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthdaybas

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Basingstoke, Hampshire
St Michael
Sunday, 12 June 2016 (14–1–10 in F)
1290 Grandsire Doubles
Lynne Jordan
Steve Lutener
Sue Hunt
Pete Jordan
Greg Jordan (C)
Mike Rice
Rung on the back 6 to celebrate the Official 90th Birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Basingstoke, Hampshire
St Michael
Sunday, 12 June 2016 (14–1–10 in F)
1260 Plain Bob Triples
Heather Frazer
Sue Hunt
Maggie Ellis
Pete Jordan
Terry Oram
Lynne Jordan (C)
Jon Soar
Roderick Boucher
Rung to celebrate the Official 90th Birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
1st Triples – 1.

Newnham Quarter Peal for the Queen’s 90th Birthday

Newnham, Hampshire
St Nicholas
Saturday, 11 June 2016 (5–0–8 in C)
1260 Doubles
(1p/4m: 60 Stedman; 240 each Reverse Canterbury, St. Simon’s; 360 each Grandsire, Plain Bob)
Suzanne Hunt
Alison D Smith
Margaret J Smith
Adam S Greenley (C)
Benjamin D Constant
To mark the 90th birthday of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Quarter Peal at Sherfield on Loddon for the Queen’s 90th Birthday

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Sherfield on Loddon, Hampshire
St Leonard
Saturday, 11 June 2016 (8–3–1 in A♭)
1290 Doubles
810 Grandsire, 480 Plain Bob.
Betty Rice
Rebecca Webb
Maggie Ellis
Terry Oram
Pete Jordan (C)
Richard Webb
Rung to celebrate the Official 90th Birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Photo by David Forder

A touch of Grandsire for the Queen on the Overton Campanile

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Overton, Hampshire
The Campanile
Sunday, 12 June 2016 (6lb in E)
120 Grandsire Doubles
Christine Holmes
Alan Stevens
David A Holmes (C)
Robin J Stevens
Adrian P Lewis
Valda Stevens
90th Birthday compliment to HM Queen Elizabeth II. First touch on the newly rehung bells (last rung on 7/11/1999).

David Forder reports from Eling on the Celebrations for the Queen’s 90th Birthday

On Sunday 12th June the congregation of S Mary the Virgin, Eling, held a celebratory lunch in the church in honour of the Queen’s 90th Official Birthday. The main course consisted of Fish & Chips from the shop in Totton precinct.

Eling Handbells for Queens90The ringers had been asked to provide ‘entertainment’ during the proceedings. A quarter peal was successfully rung having started at 11.30. Between courses appropriate tunes were ring by the handbell team.

After lunch further ringing took place – the photo shows a call-change band which included 2 of our learners Daniel Hartley (4) and Will Holmes (6), their first “public performance”.

As the Queen’s Birthday card was signed, the Rector led other non-ringers who chimed 3 times for the Queen.

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild

Eling, Hampshire
St Mary the Virgin
Sunday, 12 June 2016 in 45 min (11–3–4)
1260 Doubles
660 Grandsire, 600 Plain Bob
David J Forder (C)
Polly Osborne
Maurice Bailey
Michael Lynds
Stephen N Hough
Adrian J MacKinnon
Rung as part of the celebrations for the 90th Official Birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II
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Eling Quarter Peal Band

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.

Portsmouth District Grandsire training day report

On Saturday 19th March, the Portsmouth District held two training days; Plain Bob at Purbrook and Grandsire at Catherington. I attended the Grandsire day along with my fellow learners Allan Yalden, Debbie Bown and Andrew Wilkinson. The course was run by Doug Boniface, ably assisted by a team of helpers. The day began with coffee and biscuits kindly provided by Marie Boniface, then a short theory session before proceeding to the tower to begin the practical part of the morning. The first session concentrated on ringing plain courses of Grandsire from the different working bells. Then after a short coffee break and some more theory, it was back to the tower for some practice at ringing touches. By the end of the morning my shoulders were aching, I had a blister on my hand and my brain was hurting, but I had successfully navigated my way through a touch of Grandsire. A very successful morning. Many thanks to Doug and his team for giving their time and expertise yesterday to help us learners.

Lisa Ashforth reporting.