In preparation for the Summer Tour, the Lilliputters have, for the last two years, held a day’s outing a couple of months before the Big Event.As well as giving us all a chance to meet and socialise again – some members rarely see each other away from Lilliputters! – it gives prospective new members a chance to join the group, and an opportunity to visit a different area.
Last Saturday, 6th May, it was the turn of the Basingstoke District to play host to the Lilliputters. The group continues to expand; as well as Swindon, Brighton, Abingdon, Colchester and Brockenhurst, we also welcomed new members from Bristol, Hertford and Rickmansworth.
Come 10 o’clock, we had a turnout of some 15 young and young-at-heart ringers meeting at the fine octave at St Michael, Basingstoke, to start us off with what (for many) proved to be the favourite bells of the day! Striking a balance between our usual array of silliness and maintaining a good standard of ringing, we enjoyed our time here, with call changes, Grandsire Triples and Stedman Triples the staple fare.
Following our next tower – the interesting six at Wootton St Lawrence – it was time for lunch; the highlight of the day for many, with handbells and maximum daftness a must – the two are sometimes connected! But then, who could forget last years “human bellframe” competition, or playpark antics? Fortuitously, there is a large green area just behind Wootton church, which hosted lunchtime very nicely; while some members lost a handbell quarter peal, others got stuck in the baby swings, or kept The Mighty Kaleeb entertained; no easy task!
Lunch complete, we headed onto Overton, where George brushed up on his praying, and we were joined by Tim and Rosalind Martin almost out of the blue (I had only picked up the warning text two minutes before they arrived!). Strong supporters of the tour, it was great to welcome them along and catch up. We also said farewell to Mike Martin, who had joined us for the morning – and wish him every success on his new adventure; who knows, a Lilliput adventure to Ireland may yet be on the cards!
Whitchurch proved to be the highlight for many, with an opportunity to ring on a substantial ring of ten; an interesting mix of dates and founders, augmented some twenty years ago with two modern tenors; an unusual arrangement! Here, we had the obligatory group photo – and were joined by two ringers from Battersea, who were walking in the area – but which also made enough for half a course of Cambridge Royal; a very commendable effort!
Finally, it was onto the handy eight at Hurstbourne Priors to finish the day.Aside from the field full of cows by the church, we enjoyed a good course of Cambridge, and a spanking touch of Little Bob to finish.
And that was it.Friends reacquainted, madness ensued, everything and everyone left in one piece, it was the end of another super day out.The Summer Tour will once again run in the Poole vicinity from Monday 31st July to Friday 4th August, and you are warmly invited to join us, irrespective of age and ability!
The Barfield Handbell Ringers from Thatcham bring the captivating sight and sound of music played on 97 handbells. With an extensive repertoire of music from several centuries from which to choose the programme, this concert will include a wide range of music – classical, hymns and popular!
CONCERT AT ST PAUL’S CHURCH ASHFORD HILL RG19 8AZ Saturday 20th May 7pm The Barfield Handbell Ringers will present “Mid-May Music and Mischief!” Tickets: £7.50 adults, children free To reserve your tickets please contact Vanessa Martin 01635 299227
Now that Christmas has been and gone and the nights are still dark and cold, the Ecchinswell Bell Restoration Trust thought it would be a good idea to see in Spring with a bit of a knees up.
On Saturday 8th April 2017 we are holding a Barn Dance at the Ecchinswell Village Hall from 7pm.
If you have never been to a barn dance before you’re in for a treat. We have a group of people who will be there to show you the moves.
The licenced bar will be there to help you get into the mood along with a bite to eat when you have worked up an appetite.
So dig out your dancing shoes or Cowboy boots (fancy dress is optional – prizes for the best!) and to book your spot on the dance floor for this fun packed night, please contact John Simpson from the Ecchinswell Bell Restoration Trust. The contact details are shown on the flyer.
Please note tickets for this event are limited and your space will only be guaranteed upon payment. Tickets must be shown on entry.
All adult tickets sold include a complimentary strip of raffle tickets which can be obtained by exchanging your entry ticket at the raffle table. (Alcohol prizes can only be claimed by over 18’s and if your particularly youthful looking your ID maybe required.)
Remember space is limited so please contact me ASAP to confirm your place. Payments can be made in cash or by bank transfer to the EBRT account (details can be given on request.)
Numbers may have been down, but fun was still had by everyone who went to the annual A&P district skittle evening last Saturday. It was my go first and, as expected, I made pretty much everyone else look good by only getting two pins down with all three balls. It’s amazing how much space there is between, and down the side of, 9 skittles when the ball is only the size of a grapefruit. Various techniques were employed by the others present, some trying to aim and roll in quite a controlled fashion, others hurling the ball down so fast it didn’t have time to go off course, and many was the excuse for why some weren’t doing so well; the pins are too thin! the ball’s too small! the alley isn’t flat! Strange how all those ‘faults’ didn’t stop David Hughes (Buriton) from getting a winning score of 35, even though he said that he couldn’t bend properly because he needs a hip replacement. Maybe that’s the trick, don’t bend. The two equal highest scoring ladies, Nikki Alderslade and Penny Rehbein had a shoot out to decide the winner, with Nikki coming out on top and Penny a gracious second place. Unfortunately there is always a loser too (a career best score of 15 kept me out of that spot, amazingly), and ironically this year’s lowest score was posted by Rita Hughes, David’s wife.
During the evening we also had a raffle with a number of interesting prizes, one of which was a generously donated glider flight. The first few tickets were drawn and the flight remained on the table, but then John Stone’s number was called. John is a septuagenarian retired police sergeant and scout leader, and he is absolutely thrilled with his prize. He says he’s done a flight before and really enjoyed it, so he’s looking forward to another one. Good luck John, I hope you have a great time.
At the end of the evening our Chairman, Mike Novell, thanked everyone for coming, Steve for doing the scoring, Liz and Charlotte for running the raffle and Joshua for standing the pins up most of the time.
Despite the dreadful weather the intrepid Town Church Bellringers made their way into town for a delicious meal. It might have been raining and blowing a hoolie outside but in Village East the only liquid flowing was wine. Oh and maybe just a soupçon of Single Malt for Duncan. The interesting thing is that the more Duncan had to drink the less he thought up harebrained schemes for us. Maybe we should buy him a bottle?
But I joke because we love the way Duncan has helped us to progress. We regularly ring things I never dreamed of achieving and although we sometimes fall apart we have a very much improved record of scoring the quarters we go for.
And we were all present and correct for ringing this morning.
Good food was followed by a very enjoyable meeting when the Blackmoor band and friends met at the Three Horseshoes pub in Worldham last Friday.
Amongst other things, we talked of the need to ring quarter peals for happy events this year, having done two for sad events last year; the progress of our ringers as they pick random methods to have a go at; the ingress of Jackdaws into the bell chamber when they broke through the wire netting; the problems that we’ve been having with the clock ever since David was replaced by an electric winding mechanism and the continued success of Blackmoor Bling, our huge secondhand jewellery stall that we take to various events throughout the year to raise funds.
During the elections, I agreed to stay on as Tower Captain, and later, for reasons that I can’t even blame on alcohol, I also volunteered to organise this year’s tower outing. Another busy year ahead then.
£9.50 a head
includes a choice of
Breaded Chicken Breast
Goat’s Cheese, Pesto & Red Pepper Slice
Pork & Apple Sauce Burger
all served in paper with chips in a fryer basket. Please book your place and give your food order to Mike Novell
THE SMALL PRINT
Payment can be made on the night, but food will be ordered 7 days in advance, so if you cannot make it please let Mike know asap so he can cancel your order.
Cancellations made on the day may still be charged. No-shows will definitely still be charged. Donations of raffle prizes will be gratefully received Thank you.
7 Alderney ringers travelled to Town Church, St Peter Port on Sat Jan 28th to take part in the second annual simulator striking competition. Usually bellringing is very much a team activity – as will be the case when we return to Guernsey on Apr 22nd – but the January competition uses a training bell connected to a computer to score the individual ringers accuracy relative to a band of computer generated ringers. The competition was divided into 2 categories – expert & novice. Alderney ringer Peter Bevis tied for first place with Duncan Loweth from The Town Church in the experts section and Anne Dorey from St Pierre du Bois won the novice section. Peter won the experts competition outright last year so needs to watch out for Duncan in 2018. Alderney ringers Mariko Whyte and Helen McGregor tied for 3rds place in the experts section, giving Alderney 3 out of the top 4 placings. The Jersey ringers failed to be placed. The Alderney ringers took the opportunity to also visit St Pierre du Bois where they had a good practice ahead of the April competition. Every peal of bells ‘feels’ different – they have different weights of bells of course so different wheel sizes, different ceiling heights (which affects rope length) and the age of the installation affects the ease with which they are rung. Having an opportunity to ring St Pierre du Bois ahead of the April competition will have done much to steady the nerves of the Alderney band.
Photo L-R: Peter Bevis (St Anne), Duncan Loweth (Town Church) & Anne Dorey (St Pierre du Bois)
Around 30 ringers from Alderney, Jersey and the other towers in Guernsey joined the Town Church ringers on Saturday for a day of tower bell ringing and a striking competition on the Saxilby simulator which was set up in the church. Tea, coffee and cake was available all day and at lunchtime soup and bread and cheese was added to the mix.
Last year the striking competition was held in the tower on a tied bell but this year worked so much better because were able to ring and use the simulator at the same time, and in fact in the morning the organist joined in the mix (it was happily agreed that we’d all get along together and we did!).
We were pleased that the Rector called in for a chat and a coffee. He seemed very happy to see his church so full of people and action.
ITV sent a reporter and we were featured on the “And finally” slot at the end of the local news on Saturday evening with a few moments of ringing and a short interview with Janice. Click this link to see more of the ringing which John Fernandez (Channel TV reporter) has posted on Twitter.
Worthy winner of the “tenor behind” striking competition was Anne Dorey, a ringer at Forest/St Peters, Guernsey while joint winners of the “inside to PB Minor” were Duncan Loweth (Town Church) and Peter Bevis (Alderney). Attempts were made to get them to ring a plain course of Cambridge to determine the overall winner but it seemed that neither was willing to risk it!
Thank you Duncan for organising such a wonderful day and thank you everyone for supporting us.
There will be no practice at Blackmoor tomorrow, Friday 27th, as we’ll be having our annual dinner and meeting instead.
You are more than welcome to visit us for practice on any other Friday, we would love to see you.
I was away on holiday and when I read the online version of the Guernsey Evening Press I was delighted to see a feature on the upcoming annual simulator striking competition and all day ringing practice. Apparently the reporter contacted us because he had a diary note that it was almost a year since the last (first) competition hosted by the Town Church. So pleased that they were interested enough to want to do a full page feature. I’ve now notified the local ITV to see if that produces any results…
All are welcome. If you are not able to come all this way this week then why not make a diary note for next year.
The article was reproduced courtesy of the Guernsey Evening Press.
Although the evening was primarily a social event, we did encourage our raffle ticket sales! There were many generous folk dipping their hands into their wallets, including a number of pub customers. We raised £ 112 from the raffle and £ 35 from the quiz. Total £ 147.
The quiz itself saw 8 teams entering from 4 Districts the results were:
Winners were Christine Hill and family a.k.a. ” WarkworthWanderers” with 46 points
Joint 2nd all with 39 points were:
“Finest universal campanologists known in town” “The Jackasses”
“Vectis and Sarum United”
The other team names were Erudite Eling, Staying the Course,
Andy’s Belles and Minor Clashes.
In addition to all of this, three customers were interested in learning to ring (in the Bitterne Park area), so they were encouraged, of course, and given the Guild website details.
We can safely say the evening was a success and there were requests for “Another quiz next year, please”!
7 teams and 30 people committed to the Guild’s Quiz on Saturday so far. Excellent! Team NAMES still to be notiifed by some – “Come on, don’t be shy!” 🙂
There’s still time to come and join us for a good night out to brighten up your November! Master Mike is the M.C. for the evening.
I’ll be getting your arms up behind your backs for sale of raffle tickets, of course, and – you know me – cheeky, or what…..
Donation of raffle prizes would be much appreciated!! Please bring ’em along. I’ll try to ensure that you don’t win your own donated raffle prize!
A wonderful time was had by everyone who joined Rotherwick and Heckfield churches last Saturday on their tower outing to Hungerford, Kintbury, Great Bedwyn and Ramsbury, With breakfast at Cobbs Farm Shop, lunch at The Pelican and tea at The Tutti Pole the band were well sustained.
A huge thank-you to Nici and Martin who are past masters at organising and had thought of everything. We also managed to dodge most of the serious rain downpours until teatime.
Below, please find the itinerary for the outing to Oxfordshire on 17th September
Also click here to see the menu for the pub lunch – if you can let me know if you are coming and also what you would like for lunch so i can book that for you.
Just a reminder it is next Saturday ringing 5.30 to 6.30 then barbecue at Privett hall .
Let me know if you are coming so numbers can be added. Just email names to me Graham. many thanks. Click to email
Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers