It’s the 4th Thursday of the month this week, on Thursday 24th August 2017, time for our regular 8 bell practice at Hurstbourne Priors from 7:30pm.
This month’s methods, depending on demand and abilities of those present, may include Grandsire Triples, Stedman Triples, Cambridge Surprise Major, Yorkshire Surprise Major and Rutland Surprise Major.
Hope to see you there.
It’s the 4th Thursday of the month this week, on Thursday 27th April 2017, time for our regular 8 bell practice at Hurstbourne Priors, from 7:30pm.
This month’s methods may include Double Norwich, Superlative, Yorkshire, Grandsire Triples, Stedman Triples, Bob Major, depending on demand.
Hope to see you there.
This month’s methods may include Double Norwich, Superlative, Yorkshire, Grandsire Triples, Stedman Triples, Bob Major. depending on demand.
Helen and Roger Thomas
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archSaturday 8th April – 5.30 to 7.00pm
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.
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
This month, twenty ringers from WP Guild, Salisbury Guild and Hereford, attended the monthly Surprise practice.
Ringing ranged from Cambridge and Yorkshire, through London, to a touch of Eight Spliced.
The next Surprise Practice will be at Ringwood on Wednesday January 4th at 7.45-9.15 as usual.
Ringers who attend Ringwood’s weekly Wednesday Night practice are reminded that it is moved to a Thursday on a monthly basis to make way for the Surprise Practice.
If you run a 6 bell tower the chances to ring major only occur if you make the effort to get to suitable practices. Chris Pack has been using the monthly 8 bell practice at Hurstbourne Priors to get his Yorkshire up to speed. This evening Chris managed, with friends, to ring a quarter of Yorkshire at Highclere.
St Michael and All Angels
Friday, 12 August 2016 in 43 m (11–0–27)
1250 Yorkshire Surprise Major
1 Mike Winterbourne
2 Angela M Brown
3 Chris Pack
4 Helen J Piper
5 Peter D Niblett (C)
6 Lucy PA Hopkins Till
7 Michael K Hopkins Till
8 Timothy Pink
First quarter in the method – 3
17 ringers met this evening and rang London, Superlative, Cambridge, Yorkshire, Bristol and a smattering of Spliced.
Some of the usual people were missing but numbers remained strong as we were joined by holidaymakers.
Four Guilds were represented – Salisbury and W&P as usual, plus Guildford and Chester.
The Young Ringers’ Facebook Group once again decided to do their summer tour based in Poole, and they came en masse to the Priory’s practice night on Monday.
The ringing started with our usual Learners’ and Improvers’ practice (although these learners are progressing rapidly now and Plain Bob is the order of the day) on 6 and 8. At 7.30 when the main group of visitors arrived from the earlier practice at Bournemouth Sacred Heart, we moved on to ringing 8 to 12. All of the visitors experienced several goes at rounds and call changes on twelve – for some of them this was a first – and by mixing visitors with the local ringers we were able to ring not just our usual methods, but Grandsire Caters, Yorkshire Major, and Stedman Triples and Caters.
The Highlight of the evening was a spine-tingling series of call changes on 12, conducted by the Young Ringers’ Tour Organiser Simon Edwards. Young though some of the participants were, the striking was really something and as Simon called the bells one by one into Queen’s, every blow was clear and the music shone through. The call, from Queen’s, Of “Stand” was a surprising twist. The whole touch was videoed and we are looking our for it on Youtube once the editing has been done.
The Young Ringers have kindly extended invitations to local ringers to join their ringing. The itinery for the tour (which ends Friday 5th) is here.
Our Firsts Fortnight News Is….: An unusual group of methods for a QP of 8 spliced at Catherington – a first for nearly all the band! Reported by Mark Esbester
Sunday, 13 March 2016 (8–2–20 in A♭)
1280 Spliced Surprise Major (8m)
160 each Ashtead, Cassiobury, Cornwall, Cray, Ipswich, Lindum, Uxbridge, Yorkshire.
1 Doug Boniface
2 Marie Boniface
3 Alison Hunt
4 Diana Bishop
5 Tom Bishop
6 Andrew Byford
7 Ian Hunt
8 Mark Esbester (C)
First in these methods by all except 8.
By members of the Sunday service band.
We had sparkling Yorkshire and Stedman by Margaret last Tuesday. Please can we repeat this, and add on a plain course of D.N.C.B.M*.? Good luck with the Lessness.
Derek Jackson [email]
*Double Norwich Court Bob Major
The 2016 Special Practices in Christchurch and Southampton District kick off on Wednesday at 7.45 with Surprise Major at Ringwood. Scope is Trebling to Surprise Major, the Standard Eight, and some Splicing.
The Band is drawn from a wide area over Winchester and Portsmouth Guild and Salisbury Guild. New Ringers are welcomed.