Whilst occurring outside our Guild, this may be of interest to people wondering “how can I restart ringing at an under-used tower?” RM
Eleanor Wallace Writes:
As some of you may know, I have been working with Mike Pitman recently to try and formulate a plan to get the practices and quarter peal nights up and running at Kingston again. They are such a beautiful ring of bells, and being a Kingston ringer myself for years I hate to see them not being rung as much as they should and going to waste.
As I have finally finished university and returned to the area I now have time to dedicate myself to re-establishing a regular practice night. However, I need as much support from everyone as I can and am asking for your help. Mike and I have come up with a concept of having two practice nights and two quarters a month on a friday so that the bells are rung every week, and we hope that it at least one night a month may appeal to all ringers of any standard, so that people don’t feel pressurised to dedicate themselves every single week.
The below is the monthly structure which I am trying to introduce, and I would love to hear what you guys think, advice etc as have never done anything like this before.
From Friday 3rd March practice nights and quarter peal nights will be resuming at Kingston from 7:30 – 9:00 pm, and we would really love for you to join us. We have a lovely sounding and very easy-going ring of ten bells (tenor 26-3-16) and we want to get them ringing regularly again with the long-term aim
of becoming a supportive teaching tower. We are aiming to create a monthly structure that caters for ringers of all abilities; whether you are a called change ringer or a surprise ringer we hope to provide something for everyone.
1st Friday of the Month – Open Practice Night
Any ringer of any ability who is interested in getting practice at ten bell ringing is more than welcome. Ringing will range from Rounds and Called Changes to Plain Caters and Royal, as well as any six to eight bell ringing if its requested. Whatever you’re learning, come along! Any more advanced ringers who can help out will also be very much appreciated too.
2nd Friday – Advanced Ten Bell Practice
For ringers who want to challenge themselves learning Surprise Royal or just want to keep the cobwebs off. We will be practicing the Standard Eight Surprise Royal methods (and others as time goes on) with a special method to focus on every week.
3rd Friday – Open Quarter Peal
Whatever the method or number of bells, if you fancy ringing a quarter peal then let us know and we will try to organise it for you. This night is aimed at giving people of all standards quarter peal practice and achieving firsts in method etc. Just pop an email to Eleanor Wallace (form below)
4th Friday – Advanced Quarter Peal
We will be working through the Standard Eight Surprise Royal (and others afterwards) quarter peals. If you’re interested in getting involved, achieving firsts in Surprise Royal etc. just send an email to Eleanor:
- C&S District Practice and Carol Service – Saturday 4th December 2021, 3pm at Milford-on-Sea
C&S District Practice and Carol Service – Saturday 4th December from 3pm at Milford-on-Sea.
We ask that you take a lateral flow test before attending and do not come if the test is positive or you have symptoms.
Face covering preferred
- Petersfield – Armistice Day & Remembrance Sunday Ringing 2021
Thursday 11th November Armistice Day
The St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers with help from other ringers in the area rang call changes for three quarters of an hour before the Armistice Day service at the Petersfield War Memorial at 11am. This was the first time that the ringers have rung before the service at the Petersfield War Memorial when the 11th occurs during the week.
Ringers included in the photograph are:
Left to Right Front Row: Madeline King, Sue Walker, Jackie Downham, Malcolm Wigmore.
Back Row: David Cooper, Martin How, and Brian Underwood who called the Call Changes, and David Malone.
Photographs taken by Mary Broadbridge
( Joy Martin & Mary Broadbridge (Tower Captain) not included in the photograph also rang),
St Peter’s Church Petersfield Bell Ringers Remembrance Sunday 14th November 2021
Some of the St Peter’s church Bell Ringers who rang for Remembrance Sunday 2021.
Left to Right: Joy Martin, Sue Walker, Madeline King, Mary Broadbridge (Tower Captain), John Downham, Jackie Downham, Malcolm Wigmore and David Malone.
Photograph taken by Caroline M Welsh.
Other ringers not included in this photograph were Paula Tribe, Sally Wedley and James Wedley.
The poppy wreath in memory of Bell Ringers who had died and served their country in conflict was placed at the War Memorial after the ringing.
- 200 Club prizes delivered by bike!
ROLL UP, ROLL UP!
Well, we really didn’t expect our 200 Club prizes to be delivered personally by the man himself, Robin Milford!
On a very hot, sunny day in the summer, we were sat doing ‘Not a lot’ and there was a knock at the door…‘Hello’, said Robin, ‘I’ve brought your 200 Club prizes!’
He had decided to have a day out on his bike and the Isle of Wight had taken his fancy. He seemed to have enjoyed his adventures and we all had a great time catching up.
We can recommend joining the 200 Club if you haven’t already but we cannot guarantee personal delivery of prizes every time!
Please see wpbells.org/200-club/
It supports our Guild’s Training and Development initiatives and Young Ringers. The more entering the draw, the bigger the prizes!
Viv and Graham Nobbs
All Saints’, Ryde, Isle of Wight.
- Winchester District Newsletter – November 2021
District Autumn General Meeting
The next Quarterly District Meeting is t be held on Saturday 13th November from 10 am and will be held on Zoom. To join the Zoom Meeting visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83679702971?pwd=TGZoS0phSnk5STlUOE9qZTd1MFZRQT09
Meeting ID: 836 7970 2971. Passcode: 181501
I will open the Zoom link from 9.30 am. Since I don’t know many of you and need to note down attendees, it would be useful if you could make sure your name is visible when you join on Zoom and not a nickname or someone else’s name or the name of your computer or mobile! You can temporarily change the name showing on the screen by right clicking on it and renaming yourself.
Please forward any apologies to me or 07563 753079
Micki Nadal, Winchester District Secretary
Twyford restoration project underway
One of the new Twyford bells being cast at Loughborough on 4th November 2021 (Elizabeth Johnson)
The project to restore the bells at Twyford is now under way and two of the three new bells have already been cast at Loughborough. The existing bells are due to be removed from the tower in January/February, and to go back around Easter 2022, once the frame has been shot blasted and repainted. There is currently a £13,000 shortfall on this £85,000 project, but this can be reduced if people come forward and volunteer to help the bell-hangers with the removal and installation work.
The parish also have a number of fund-raising events planned over the next few months to help reduce the shortfall, including a concert on 24th November and a quiz evening in January.
New band at Cheriton
Following a successful recruitment event at Cheriton Parish Fete on Bank Holiday Monday using the Charmborough Ring, nine people have come forward to learn to ring. A taster evening was held a few weeks later, followed by three weeks of intensive bell-handling lessons. Each new ringer came on average twice a week so they have each received about six hours of solid one-to-one practice on a solo bell. Special thanks go to Roy LeMarechal, Peter Hill and Ian Redway for their expert help. Caroline Fairley has also been helping as a teaching assistant and learning to teach.
The new ringers are now sufficiently advanced to start ringing rounds and we have started holding two practices a week. One on Monday afternoons at 2.30pm and the other on Thursday evenings, although for the next few weeks these need to fit round other events in the church, so some weeks we start at 6.15pm and finish by 7.30pm; other weeks we start at 7.30pm.
The band have set themselves the objective of ringing rounds together before the parish carol service at 3pm on Sunday 19th December 2021. The Alresford ringers have kindly loaned some of their simulator equipment, which helps reduce the need for help, although more help is always welcome.
Can you help?
Next year we would like to help other towers in the District recruit and train new ringers after the pandemic. A few months ago we circulated a short questionnaire inviting members to indicate whether they are prepared to help out with weddings, Sunday ringing, practices and teaching new ringers at other towers in the District. This has certainly helped with the work at Cheriton, but we could help more towers if we had more offers of help. If you have not already done so, please take a couple on minutes to compete the short questionnaire: https://forms.gle/Kyfm8mBf2NZiSUm67
- Surprise Major Practice – Selborne – Saturday 27th November – 6.30-8.30pm
Methods: Cambridge, Yorkshire, Bristol (Gathering afterwards at the Selborne Arms for those that would like to)
Selborne would again like to invite Surprise Major ringers in the area to a Practice!
The Practice held in October was very successful and it was so lovely to see so many of you again after the long interval. We will continue to focus on Cambridge, Yorkshire and Bristol (3 leads or a full Course if we have enough for that).
To help the Practice run smoothly, it would be much appreciated if you could please come prepared by looking up the methods you’d like to ring in advance.
Selborne is fortunate to have a well-ventilated ringing chamber, and space to spread out in the church. The Practice will be run by A&P District Ringing Master, Roger Barber.
Your support to get the A&P ringing these again is much appreciated….look forward to seeing you there!
- A&P District Practice – St. Mary’s Liss – Saturday 13th November – 5.30-7.30pm
There will be a district practice at St Mary Liss from 5.30-7.30pm on Saturday 13th November for general ringing.
Hope to see you there!
- Petersfield, St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers – Ringing for COP 26 UN Global Climate Conference in Glasgow
St Peter’s Church Bell ringers, some of the band fairly new to ringing, rang rounds and call changes to mark the starting of the COP 26 UN Global Climate Conference in Glasgow.
St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers Petersfield rang to mark the COP 26 United Nations Global Climate Conference in Glasgow.
Left to Right: Madeline Kind, James Wedley, Sally Wedley, Erin Halder, Nick Halder, Christine Rushton, David Malone, Mary Broadbridge (Tower Captain), Alice Waterhouse.
Time is running out for GS2222 feedback on the closure of churches. Members are invited to submit their individual feelings before the 31st October deadline.
The link to the CofE webpage is:
Master – Winchester & Portsmouth Guild of Church Bell Ringers.
CCCBR Response can be found here
- WW1 Centenary Commemoration Archive – Ringing for Remembrance occasions
- Ringwood Advanced Practice Resumes – Thursday 7th October
Ringwood Advanced Practice – First Thursday of the month, 7.30 – 9.15 pm, commencing October 7th.
The Ringwood ringers are happy for the advanced practices to re-commence in October albeit on a different evening. The change of evening has been set down so that all the local ringers will be able to attend all their regular practices, hopefully this will not impact significantly upon the advance practice and we can continue to ring the range of Surprise Major methods as in the past.
The local band are ringing with both stair doors open and the hatch to the chamber above the ringing chamber partly open, this appears to create a reasonable level of ventilation, I’ll be bringing along a CO2 meter so that we can monitor actual ppm levels during the practice. Wearing of face masks within the ringing chamber will be optional for everyone double Covid vaccinated, otherwise we would prefer ringers to wear one unless they have had a negative lateral flow test 2 days beforehand.
Looking forward to seeing everyone again.