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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.

Quarter Peal in memory of Brain Orange, ringer at King’s Somborne

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
King’s Somborne, Hampshire
SS Peter and Paul
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 in 45m (10–1–9 in F)
1260 Plain Bob Minor
Jen Churchill
Sue Spurling
Ron White
C Hugh J Hill
Edmund J Wratten
Graham J Wright (C)
In memory of Brian Orange. A member of the local Sunday service band.

Invitation to ring at Abbotsbury on Sept 23rd plus other practices (from Dorset County Association)

DORSET COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF CHURCH BELL RINGERS

Six-Bell Practices for 2017

Saturdays: 7-9pm

Abbotsbury                Sept 23rd – Kent Treble Bob Minor

Martinstown              Dec 16th – Double Oxford


Also your choice of Doubles; from Plain Hunt, Slow Course methods, Grandsire etc         

For more information, please send an e-mail or visit the DCA website  

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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

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
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Quarter Peal Plans at Christchurch Priory – Evensong Sundays 19th and 26th March

Sunday 19th March

  • meet 4.45 for Quarter Peal Attempt (Plain Bob Minor)
  • General Ringing from 5.45 to 6.30, all welcome

Sunday 26th March

  • Quarter Peal Attempt meet at 5.15 (Plain Bob Major)
  • No General Ringing

These are part of the Christchuch and Southampton QP Fortnight

CS District Sopley Minor Methods Practice Weds 22nd of March ***CANCELLED***

Dear All,

A quick check of some of the group has shown that we will be slightly short in the expert department on Wednesday so it looks sensible to concentrate on our basic trio of methods:
There will be plenty to challenge us – if you want to practice calling some touches please come prepared! If you want to ring Treble Bob Hunt from a new bell, then look it up in advance. If you have not tried Little Bob Minor before, then have a look at it, as it really is just one logical step up the ladder from Plain Bob Minor.
So – please RSVP, we will go ahead if there are a minimum of 8 people keen to ring.  New people are very welcome.
Regards
Rosalind

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)

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.

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?

Calling a Single at Every Lead in Plain Bob Minor

The pdfs of this touch were originally created for the Sopley Minor Methods practice back in the summer of 2015. Having the 2 printouts in hand meant we could tackle the challenge with more confidence.

 

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

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

Places Available- Guild Education Course – Plain Bob Doubles and Minor Oct 15th

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)

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Saturday Course – Plain Bob Doubles and Plain Bob Minor – 15th October at Hawkley

“…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.

Many thanks.

Christine Knights-Whittome
On behalf of: The Guild Education Committee

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*CANCELLED* Sopley Minor Methods Practice – September 28th

The practice in August will not take place to allow some regulars to attend the Winchester Cathedral Practice which the District is hosting.

The methods for the September Practice will be announced nearer to the time.

Tim Kettle.

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.

 

Plain Bob Minor

Blue Line

Plain Bob Minor

News on this website about Plain Bob Minor

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

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

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Overton Bells ring for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Birthday

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Overton, Hampshire
St Mary
Friday, 10 June 2016 (10–0–19 in G)
95 Spliced Plain Bob Doubles and Minor
Valda Stevens
Paul Myers
Alan Stevens
Christine Holmes
Adrian P Lewis
David A Holmes (C)
95th Birthday compliment to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh

A Handbell Peal for a the Birth of Hayley Anne Bubb, and for the Guild Peal Festival in Alderney

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Alderney, CI
Aurigny Maison
Saturday, 11 June 2016 in 2hrs 18min (11G)
5040 Minor (2m)
2160 St Clement’s, 2880 Plain Bob
1–2 Aileen Wilson
3–4 Helen M McGregor
5–6 Duncan Loweth (C)
Rung to celebrate the birth of Hayley Anne Bubb.
Rung in W&P peal festival.
Most methods in a peal: 1-2
Photo by Sue Le Feuvre