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A&P District Surprise Major Practice Saturday 8th April 5.30 to 7.00pm at Hawkley

archSaturday 8th April – 5.30 to 7.00pm

at Hawkley

Roger says he’s had lots of interest in this practice, and hopes to be able to ring Yorkshire and Lincolnshire as well as Cambridge.

My Cambridge needs working on, so I look forward to seeing you there.

Thanks, Valerie

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

*NOW SOLVED* Rope Available in Quarter Peal of Lincolnshire Surprise Major – Brockenhurst 16th Sept 6pm

The Quarter Peal Club in Christchurch and Southampton District has hit an unexpected problem this week – one of the ringers lined up for a Quarter Peal Attempt of Lincolnshire Surprise Major has been injured and cannot ring. If anyone can help us by ringing an inside bell, we would be very grateful. Jimmy Hodkin is conducting.
Brockenhurst, 6pm, Friday 23rd September ie tomorrow! (St Nicholas’ church is a short walk from Brock station, on the main line from Southampton to Bournemouth.)

A&P District Advanced Practice at Holybourne Saturday 25th June 5.30pm

This is at Holybourne on Saturday 25th June at 5-30 to 7-30.  Any methods you want to try to advance, now’s your chance .

If we have enough people we will ring Cambridge Major, Yorkshire Major and possibly Lincolnshire major . It depends on the right ringers turning up

Graham Cane

8 bell practice Hurstbourne Priors Thursday 31st March

  • March eight-bell practice at Hurstbourne Priors, from 7:30pm, this Thursday evening.If you are a regular attendee and you are NOT coming – please let me know.

    We will be ringing:

  • Double Oxford Bob Triples (please look this up… the middle work is a bit tricky, places around two hunt bells…)
  • Lincolnshire Surprise Major
  • Double Norwich
  • Stedman, Grandsire, Cambridge etc.Hope to see you there this Thursday.Roger Thomas – Tower Captain St Mary Bourne

Any queries:

First Peal in 15 methods for 3 Catherington Ringers (Firsts Fortnight)

3 members of Catherington Band scored Firsts this week…
Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Portsmouth, Hampshire
St Agatha
Tuesday, 15 March 2016 in 2h 42 (3-0-1)
5152 Spliced Surprise Major (15m)
448 Ashtead, Bristol, Cambridge, Ipswich, Lincolnshire, Rutland, Uxbridge, Yorkshire, 224 Cassiobury, Cornwall, Cray, Lindum, London, Pudsey, Superlative, 146 com, atw
R Mark Esbester
Malcolm M Powell
Alison Hunt
Kathryne R Arkless
David Hohl
Thomas J A Bishop
Graham A Nobbs
Toby Arkless (C)
Most methods – 3, 5, 6
Circled the tower – 1
Reported by Toby Arkless

Surprise Practice at Liss 20th February 5.30pm

Liss St Mary on 20th February methods

time 5-30 to 7-30
Everyone welcome see you then


Congratulations Charlotte Meader, Rhoda Willson and Jonathan Farrington – Surprise Milestones reached at Romsey

I hope the people of Romsey enjoyed the Peal that the band rang them for Christmas!
Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Romsey, Hampshire
Abbey Church of St Mary and St Ethelflaeda
Saturday, 19 December 2015 in 3h 18m (22–1–23 in D♭)
5120 Spliced Surprise Major
4 methods: 1440 Yorkshire, 1280 Cambridge, Lincolnshire, 1120 Rutland. 69 com, all the work.
W Nigel G Herriott (C)
Jennifer M Herriott
Charlotte G E Meader
Rhoda Willson
Jonathan D Farrington
Anthony P Smith
Martin J E Daniels
Jonathan C Hetherington
First “inside” – 5. First of Spliced Surprise Major – 3, 4.
A Christmas peal for the townspeople of Romsey.