- Contact Hugh Routh
Bell Advisor for Portsmouth Diocese
Telephone: 01730 267237
Address: Mill Cottage, Mill Lane, Steep, Petersfield GU32 2DJ
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Many congratulations to Erin Ingram (Milford) on scoring her first Quarter Peal. This was the first time that the Ingram Family have rung a quarter peal together. Andy and Sallie are long-standing members of the Guild Education Committee. Isla (who rang the treble) has now scored three quarter peals.
Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
On Friday, 17 March 2017 in 38
Clock House Bells
1260 Plain Bob Doubles
1 Isla K A Ingram
2 Andrew J B Ingram (C)
3 Mike Winterbourne
4 John A Dodd
5 Sallie-Louise Ingram
6 Erin M E Ingram
1st Quarter (aged 9): 6
Rung for C&S District Quarter Peal Fortnight
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!
Southampton University Guild have scored 4 firsts… read on!
Southampton University Guild
The Ascension, Bitterne Park
Saturday, 28 January 2017 in 2h34m (3–1–0 in E♭)
2880 Plain Bob, 720 St Simon’s Bob, 720 St Martin’s Bob, 720 Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place, 23 c.o.m.
1 Jonathan C Mills
2 Daniel Graham
3 Josh L Harris
4 Samuel M Senior
5 Clare M Merivale (C)
6 Mike Martin
First Peal: 4, and as Conductor
First Inside to Doubles: 5
First on Treble: 1
News and Information
- Steep Practice Tuesday 28th March **CONFIRMED** March 26, 2017
- Bradfield Ringing Course 17th-20th August – Applications now open February 21, 2017
- Places Available- Guild Education Course – Plain Bob Doubles and Minor Oct 15th September 22, 2016
- Saturday Course – Plain Bob Doubles and Plain Bob Minor – 15th October at Hawkley August 10, 2016
- Guild Education Committee News March 20, 2016
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.
If you would like to join the club please contact Rosalind Martin
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.
Duncan announced at the beginning of today’s practice that he had a plan. He wanted an all boys band to ring one course of plain hunt then add something at the end of it. What he meant was one lead of Plain Bob Doubles. Olivia was included as an honorary boy and was the only one of the band who knew PB doubles. Will had once or twice been guided through a plain course but none of the others had any idea what it was all about. The tenor ringer had never really tried covering before and the treble ringer had never tried ringing to a method. There were only 3 of us to stand behind and guide.
The first couple of attempts weren’t too bad and we progressed a little beyond one lead each time. The last attempt of the day was a triumph; we got to the end of a plain course. It was a bit lumpy but I’ve heard much worse.
The boys were delighted. It was lovely to see that even those who usually mess around all the time were becoming more serious and really trying.
It won’t be long before they’ll be way ahead of me!
In case you are “hovering on the brink” – there is only a week to go before the closing date (29th September) for the receipt of applications for the Guild Education Day on Saturday 15 October, based at Hawkley, when we will be covering Plain Bob Doubles and Plain Bob Minor. There are still a few places left but both these groups are filling up fast!
If you think this course will help you,
Any queries – do please get in touch:
Christine Knights-Whittome (on behalf of the Guild Education Committee)
- Contact Christine Knights-Whittome
Telephone: 01962 886939
Address: 3 Oaklands, South Wonston, Winchester, Hants, SO21 3HZ
Email: Use Form:
Congratulations Connor and Kathryn
Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Sunday, 18 September 2016 in 44m (4–1–12)
1260 Plain Bob Doubles
1 Kathryn Whally
2 Connor J F Hodkin
3 Julie A Hodkin
4 James A Hodkin (C)
5 Brian G Curtis
6 Sue Griffiths
First quarter inside – 2
First quarter away from cover – 1
“…a brilliant introduction to Method Ringing. I learned so much about Plain Bob, but also about the more accurate bell handling I needed as I progressed on from Plain Hunt”
Plain Bob Doubles – for those already able to:
Plain hunt confidently on more than one inside bell and
Treble to touches of a doubles method.
Plain Bob Minor – for those who can already ring a plain course of Plain Bob Doubles.
Applications are now open for the first of the Guild Education Committee’s Autumn courses. This will be Plain Bob Doubles and Plain Bob Minor, based at Hawkley, on Saturday 15th October.
I realise this is the holiday season and some towers do not meet in August, but if you could spread the details please to anyone in your tower whom you think would find it helpful, I would be most grateful.
Any queries – let me know. In particular I am always happy to talk to anybody who is not sure what an Education Day involves and who may be hesitant about joining in.
On behalf of: The Guild Education Committee
- Contact Andy Ingram - Telephone: 023 8084 0225 Address: Kirklee, Southampton Road, Hythe, S045 5AD Email: Use Form
Robin Milford Reports from the practice on July 2nd
14 ringers at tonight’s Curdridge practice! 3 family visitors, plus ringers from Curdridge, Botley, Netley, Wickham and Titchfield. We rang call changes, plain hunt triples and major, Grandsire and Stedman triples and Bob doubles. Cambridge on the front six didn’t quite go, though. Thanks to everyone who came – lovely to have all eight going on a Monday night.
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.
Our 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.
Monday 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.
We 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 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 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
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
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.
The 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
A performance rung by a Bournemouth Bells Band. Congratulations Roger!
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
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.
With a very busy day of Plain Hunt and Hunting to Doubles Methods behind us – just a reminder about our final full-day course for the Spring, “Calling for the Terrified”, on Saturday 16th April, based at Kingsclere.
This is designed for everybody – from those who have never tried calling Call Changes, those who have done a little bit and want to learn more, through to those who would like to have a go at calling plain courses or simple touches of doubles methods. This is the opportunity to try something new, with plenty of help.
We still have a few places left …… the closing date is creeping up on us ……. Full details below
Any queries, let me know. (telephone/form below)
Christine – on behalf of the Education Committee
- Calling for the Terrified (Guild Training)
Please find attached posters and application forms for CALLING FOR THE TERRIFIED which will take place on Saturday 16th April 2016, based at Kingsclere. This is for anybody who wants to have a go at calling simple call changes, and those who want to move on to calling plain courses or simple touches of doubles methods. It is intended for ringers of all abilities, from those with no experience at all of calling, to those who have done a little bit and want to be a bit more ambitious.
If this would interest you, or if you have friends in your tower whom you think would like to come – we look forward to receiving your applications.
From Christine Knights-Whittome, Guild Education Committee
- Contact Andy Ingram
Telephone: 023 8084 0225
Address: Kirklee, Southampton Road, Hythe, S045 5AD
Email: Use Form
A Quarter Peal, 1320 Plain Bob Doubles on the 14th of March.
1 Sue Craddock
2 Elizabeth Hill – (1st inside)
3 Celia Ali
4 Jennifer Baxter
5 Edmund Wratten – (c)
6 John Cleverly
In February, looking towards firsts fortnight at the Town Church we realised that a large majority of our ringers would be away at different times and we would struggle to achieve our firsts in our normal ringing slots.
However, keen to rise to the challenge we all compared diaries and put together a plan of action.
The fortnight started with Judith Lainé ringing her first QP of Grandsire Doubles.
The next attempt had to be changed at the last minute and became M Doubles – a first in variation for all – Duncan Loweth, Mike Bubb Jane Le Conte and Sue Park. Our thanks to Mike Bubb from the Vale calling it for us.
In the second week Jenny Dunning rang her first QP on the treble which was called by Forest ringer Anne Dorey who picked up her first as conductor.
John Lihou rang over over 720 changes treble bob hunting to Cambridge for the first time, but sadly the QP fired out 5 min before the end.
Duncan Loweth rang his first QP of surprise in hand before Sunday service ringing as a practice for a peal attempt after service ringing. The peal also being first surprise in hand for Peter Bevis of St Anne, Alderney. A quick nap and a bite to eat later the peal band rushed to St Giles, Reading to ring Duncan’s first QP of London S Major. Many thanks to the Reading ringers for their assistance.
Back in Guernsey Colin Sills rang the treble to Grandsire doubles for the first time in a QP.
Having rung the tenor for several first QP over the fortnight Janice Firth had not yet picked up her first in the tower. Handbells were the answer where first she rang her first course of Little Bob Minor followed by first of Spliced (Plain and Little).
With various of the band off Island we were lucky that enough were back by the last day to attempt a QP of Barrow-upon-Hummer which has been our special method in the tower for the last couple of months. Considering we had not practiced it for several weeks we rang it very steadily and it was a first in method for all – Duncan Loweth, Paul Lawrence, Jane Le Conte and Sue Park.
We’re very grateful for the help we received from ringers from other towers in Guernsey and further afield in scoring our firsts over the past 15 days.
Photo from http://www.achurchnearyou.com/townchurch/ used by permission
Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Sunday, 13 March 2016 in 43min (11-3-4)
1260 Plain Bob Doubles
1 William J Holmes
2 David J Forder
3 Margret Forder
4 Margret Feneley
5 Stephen N Hough (C)
6 Colin J Butler
First Quarter for Will Holmes. Also get well wishes to Maurice Bailey, recovering from a recent operation.
We had two firsts at Blackmoor this week. Linda Harwood rang her first affected touch of Bob Doubles and James Poyner rang his first touch of Grandsire Doubles. They both did really well.
Jen Churchill Writes:
Plain Bob minimus, Reverse Bob Minimus for Mark Warner who also called his first PB5.
Reverse Bob Minimus for Carol Higgins, who also called her first Reverse Canterbury.
Photo by Rosemary Oakeshott