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**Updated** – Winchester District Quarterly Meeting and Training Afternoon Sat 11th Nov – Owslebury

At St Andrew’s, Owslebury:

Kent and Oxford Treble Bob Minor

led by Edmund Wratten, District Ringing Master

 

Programme of Events

2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Kent and Oxford TB Minor

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Tea

5:30 – 6.15 p.m. Quarterly District Meeting

6:15 – 7.00 p.m (approx.) Open Ringing

Names/numbers for tea to Liz Manship, ( 01962 777264) or e-mail , by Weds. November 8th.

Names for training places and for offers of help to Jenny Watson,  by Weds. November 9th.

N.B. PLACES MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE

Postcode/NGR for the Church: SO21 1 LU, SU 515234
Postcode for the Parish Hall: SO21 1LU

Email from Bruce – 04/11/2017

Dear All,

Please find attached agenda for next Saturday’s quarterly meeting at Owslebury, and the unconfirmed minutes of our last quarterly meeting, at Houghton, back in August. Please bring to the attention of your members and anyone else you think would like to come along to what will be a grand afternoon out.

Please find also a copy of the poster for the day, in which I have corrected a minor and inconsequential typo.

The venue and the subject of the training part of our meeting is, please note, a change from what we had planned, in consequence of our having only a six-bell tower available to us in the area for the day. We shall be learning and rehearsing our skills in Treble Bob Minor, in the Kent and Oxford variations, Kent in particular being a valuable stepping-stone between plain minor methods and treble bob, including delight and surprise methods. Oxford is always a useful extra string to one’s bow.
Look forward to seeing you next Saturday, best wishes meanwhile,

Bruce – District Secretary

Link to Poster for Winchester District QDM – 11th November 2017

Link to Agenda for Winchester District QDM – Saturday 11th November 2017

Bournemouth Sacred Heart “Method Monday” Confirmed May 1st

headlThe Sacred Heart band  are practising on Monday 1st as it will be a “Method Monday” Double Court Minor and touches if possible. If the right people turn up we could have Cambridge and touches of Kent. Also welcome people that would like to try calling touches and don’t normally get the chance.

Kim Matthews

Christchurch Priory 30th April – Quarter Peal Attempt for Evensong

A Quarter Peal of Kent Minor will be attempted for Evensong on the 30th. There will be no general ringing.

For all ringing times please check our calendar.

Two Rusties and a Handbells Virgin

It was a pleasure to meet Peter and Christine Church from Hull at the A.R.T Conference handbells day recently. Part of the weekend was to chat to others from across our ringing world. I invited Peter to tell me a little of his own handbell story…I’d love to share it with you here.
Thanks,
Viv.

There has never been a strong handbells culture in East Yorkshire, the peak of achievement was back in the early 1970s when a dozen or so peals were rung, the last one being in 1979. Since then there has been a trickle of handbell quarter peals, and that’s it. I put my bells away in the early 1980s when children came along, and then promotions at work, and then Fair Trade, and then outsourcing. It wasn’t a bad life, no complaints, but no ringing.

And then in 2015 during the Central Council meeting in Hull, an old friend came to stay, and during the time we visited Roddy Horton who had kept the handbells light still shining a little. The light re-ignited my interest in handbell ringing which had been dormant for 30 years. Handbell ringing is something that I can do, it suits my logical brain, double handed ringing has hard bits, lots of hard bits, and music.

So in March 2016, I talked a friend and my wife into starting a weekly handbells session. We all have white hair and creaking joints, plus serious responsibilities to others. Two rusties and a handbell virgin is not a good way to start a major project, but progress was made, slowly, and Plain Bob Minor became ringable by the end of June. It was at that point I realised that significant progress would only be possible if we involved more ringers.

In spite of advice to the contrary I organised a regional handbells workshop for late October 2016. Along the way we discovered a local ringer who had a copy of Handbell Manager on a laptop, with a couple of motion detectors. Instantly I could see the benefits of the system. Able to practise any time, any day, with “ringers” who never make mistakes. Any method, any speed, any number of bells. I was hooked.

The October workshop was very successful. 15 ringers had a great day refreshing Plain Hunting and Plain Bob skills, and everyone achieved at least one step forward. Some had a go on the simulator. Part of the success was the discovery of 4 local towerbell ringers with some handbells experience.

But then the real work started. The ringers were spread out across the county, there was no way they would all come together on a monthly basis, let alone weekly. However, by then the two “rusties” had been polished a little, and the handbells virgin had had some experiences. So we started travelling out and ringing with people at every opportunity.

A second handbells day was arranged for end January 2017, and the progress in 12 weeks, in spite of Christmas intervening was tangible. Plain Bob Major was being rung by most people, some were turning out courses of and Kent and Oxford TB and Cambridge Surprise Minor. 4 people decided to shoot for a quarter of Plain Bob Major. 2 good quarters were scored in the February.

And so we arrive in March 2017, the first birthday of the project. Some people fell by the wayside, some never got their legs going, but 4 people have rung 2 good quarters, and there are 7 more who are progressing in spite of only being able to ring once each month. Ringing is taking place in 4 locations, and it would be good to build a handbells band in each of them. Towards that possibility we plan to consolidate our progress with a number of quarter peals, and then to move on by running another workshop: “Going beyond Plain Bob” in July 2017.

What have we learned?
We have learned a good deal about the learning process, and whilst it’s OK for the teacher to be impatient, it is also very important to get the basics right. Standing up might not look like much of an achievement, but falling over because you’re trying to go too fast too soon is totally useless.
We have learned a lot about the skills involved in handbell ringing. We have also learned a lot about how the brain works and the importance of driving stuff down into long term memory.

Above all we have learned that there is still much real enjoyment to be had in creating the mathematical music of the bells.

Peter Church
Hull
March 2017
http://www.handbellringing.org.uk

Sopley Minor Methods Practice Report – Feb 22nd 2017

Ten people met at Sopley on Wednesday to engage with the project of improving our Minor Methods expertise.

We focussed on Singles in Bob Minor, Treble Bob Hunt, and Double Court Minor which was the top request of the evening, and was a first for one of the band.

We also rang Kent Minor.

To assist preparations for the next practice on 22nd March, you may find this new website page helpful. (for other news on Double Court Minor, please click here)

CS Sopley Minor Methods Practice – Report of January 25th 2017, & plans for February 22nd

Another well-attended practice with lots of hard work and progress made. Some highlights were:

  • First go at Double Court Bob Minor for 2 of the ringers, and the method has once again succeeded in being a  novel challenge, without being too heavyweight. It was also good practice for those Christchurch ringers who have been working on it for a few weeks already.
  • Good progress with Kent Inside, consolidating a long term learning effort for several of us. Next time, can people aim to ring a new bell as well as their “comfort blanket bell”?
  • Useful practice for the Bob Minor Conductors in the group, both of whom were able to try something new. Mostly we rang it accurately enough to come around but we need to do more homework on the Singles for February.
  • Very tidy Treble Bob Hunt practice which was a help for the aspiring “treble-to-Kent” ringer.
  • Yes, we missed Chris!

Consensus of the band is that for February 22nd we would like to stay with the same methods:

Please can the conductors come prepared to call some short touches of Double Court and simple Single-only touches of Bob Minor?

It’s a good practice to work on your Ringing Master skills as well – anyone want to do all or part of the job in February?

Methods for the CS District Sopley Minor Methods Practice Weds 25th January

Thank you for all the replies. We now have enough people and lots of method ideas. The plan is:

7.30pm-9.00pm, parking on the lane outside, ground floor easy six, new people will be welcomed and made to work hard! Bring jumpers coats and hot water bottles it can be very cold.

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

Sopley Minor Methods – November Practice Report

The fourteen ringers who attended the practice had clearly spent time preparing to ring and  conduct their chosen methods, and the standard of ringing was consistently good.

It was really encouraging that the touches of Kent were successful – one spin off of this practice  has been regular plain courses of Kent at Christchurch, and we are hopeful that we will now be successful with touches back on home turf as well.

The practice has ongoing appeal to people working on Plain Bob, and seeking practice with Treble Bobbing.

Building on our success with plain courses of Little Bob, we will aim for touches next time.

There will be no December practice (too close to Christmas) so the next one is planned for Wednesday January the 25th.

Nearer the time, numbers will be checked and the practice confirmed. please click here if you would like to be added to the mailing list.

Rosalind Martin

Simple Touches of Kent Treble Bob Minor (And an introduction to complib, an online database of compositions)

I am grateful to members of the Facebook Group “Bellringers” for providing expertise on this topic, and recommendations of further sources of touches and compositions.

Touches of Kent:

To get started, here are  3 simple touches from cambridgeringing.info:

144 PPB PPB One bell (either 2, 3 or 4) makes the bob twice.
240 PPPBB PPPBB “The usual” 240 – one bell is called unaffected each time it goes into and out of the slow work.
240 PBPBPBPBPB Good for practice – each bell does each bob once (but does not contain 65s at backstroke).

Then From complib.org [10398]:
288 PBPPPBBPBBPP  (In, two homes, In, Out)

More about complib.org

In order to use this extensive database of touches and peal and quarter peal compositions, you will need to

  • Request a login
  • Receive the login
  • Be upgraded to be able to do extended searches of the database

Please note that when you first register, you will not be able to use the extended search feature until you have been upgraded to Power User. This should happen within 24 hours (and often a lot sooner). The delay is to allow time for Complib admins to verify that new users are actually ringers and not spammers!

These instructions were provided by Jack Pease (SDGR) and he gave permission for them to be posted here.

composition-library-tutorial-by-jack-pease

 

 

Sopley Minor Methods Practice Weds Nov 23rd – CONFIRMED – 7.30pm

Dear All,

I have had enough positive responses to confirm this practice is taking place.
This month there will be opportunities to call touches, please prepare one that you would like to call!

Methods-wise, I would suggest we look at plain courses and touches of:
– Plain Bob Minor
– Little Bob Minor
– Kent Treble Bob Minor

The Ringing Master is Tim Kettle.

Kind Regards
Rosalind

**RSVP** CS Sopley Minor Methods Practice Weds Nov 23rd

Dear All,
In order to ensure that we have an enjoyable and useful evening on the 23rd, I am asking everyone to RSVP and then I will go ahead and confirm if we get a minimum of nine definite people coming. If fewer people want to come then I will cancel, unless someone is able to call a quarter for us.

This month there will be opportunities to call touches, please prepare one that you would like to call!

Methods-wise, I would suggest we look at plain courses and touches of:
– Plain Bob Minor
– Little Bob Minor
– Kent Treble Bob Minor

The Ringing Master is Tim Kettle.

Kind Regards
Rosalind

Sopley Minor Methods Practice Weds 22nd June

Making its first appearance at Sopley this month will be Oxford Treble Bob Minor, a method from the same family as Kent.

Also featuring Plain Bob Minor, Little Bob Minor and Kent.

7.30 to 9.00 all welcome once you are confident with at least one doubles method.
Ringing Master this month is Tim Kettle

For blue lines please click here

Sopley Minor Methods Practice Report – Weds May 25th 2016

Once again we met at Sopley and had a very productive evening working on some of our normal repertoire. We continue to have a good balance of people wanting to learn the basics of Minor Ringing, and people able to support and ring with them.

Several people wanted to practice ringing Treble Bob Hunt, which is a very useful way of getting practice at 3/4 dodging, and “treble bob” leads and backwork. We built on this to throw 2 of the ringers in at the deep end to ring Little Bob Minor – happily, both of them made sense of the method given 2 minutes to study it, and rang plain courses very successfully.

Not having a suitable band for Kent or Cambridge, we then rang Grandsire Minor (same 2 people, large splash, had to ring it without even looking at the method… and yes, they coped very well indeed!)

All this of course, interspersed with plenty of Plain Bob Minor.

The practice continues to fulfill its purpose admirably – which is to develop Doubles Ringers and help them learn Minor Method ringing up to Cambridge Minor, providing several goes at each method over the evening. We welcomed 2 SDGR members this month, particular thanks to Ross for producing touches tailored to what we were trying to learn.

New ringers, whether aspiring to learn Minor, or wanting to help the rest of us to progress, are welcome. The next one will be on Wednesday June the 22nd at 7.30pm. 

Sopley Minor Methods- Practice Report April 2016

A band of nine ringers met at Sopley this month to work on various Minor skills.

Highlights were several fairly complex touches of Bob Minor (in preparation for a forthcoming  District Quarter Peal) and a fluent plain course of Cambridge.

Efforts with Treble Bob Minor were increasingly successful over the practice and we also worked on our Little Bob Minor and Kent.

The practice is monthly on the 4th Wednesday and all are welcome who are wishing to develop on from Doubles ringing or simply consolidate their Minor ringing. This practice is popular with holidaymakers in the New Forest too.
Contact Tim Kettle

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

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

 

 

 

 

Practice Night Report – Sopley Minor Methods Wednesday 28th October

Sopley church by Mike Martin
Sopley church by Mike Martin

All the ingredients for a successful practice were present this evening – people keen to learn or consolidate particular methods, and reliable ringers to fill in and provide a strong band. This allowed us to choose freely from our reportoire – we rang plain courses and touches of Plain Bob Minor, a very solid plain course of Kent Minor, and a plain course and touch of Cambridge.

The new content this evening was plain and Little Bob spliced – a new challenge for several of the band, but we made it and it was very enjoyable.

As usual we are grateful for the regular use of the bells at Sopley – they seem to be the ideal weight for this type of learning and are always a pleasure to ring.

Next practice will be Wednesday 25th November.

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.