Guild Rope Splicing

Traditionally many towers remain silent during Holy Week.    On Tuesday 27th March, therefore, the Guild Education Committee is offering an evening covering “An Introduction to Rope Splicing”.   This will be in The Undercroft at Winchester Cathedral, from 8.00 pm to 9.30 pm.   This hands-on evening is FREE, though donations are invited towards expenses. See Guild website for more details

(CI District members who wish to learn closer to home can ask Peter Bevis next time they see him)

Guild Training Event

W & P full-day course on PLAIN BOB DOUBLES and MINOR to be held on Saturday 17th March 2018, based at St. Mary Bourne.  From experience, this is a popular subject and places can fill up very quickly.  Is this something you have tried, but found there isn’t time on a busy practice night to have a really good go?    Did you do it years ago but haven’t had an opportunity to pick it up recently?   Are you stagnating with plain courses and want to progress to touches?   Do you have friends in your tower in the same boat?   This is your chance!     If this sounds like you, why not take the opportunity to book a place and spend a whole day concentrating on one method, at your own particular level, with others doing the same thing who may well be facing the same problems and have the same queries.   If you haven’t been before I can promise you lots of help, both verbal and practical, from experienced tutors and very patient helpers. More info from:

christine.kwhittome@gmail.com

WW1 Centenary & Recruitment Campaign

A message from the W&P Guild Secretary:

One of our aims here is to further encourage participation in our Guild’s WW1 Centenary Commemoration Project.  

The ringing performances to date have been wonderful and varied –  tenors tolled, touches, quarter peals, peals – on tower bells and handbells, all to honour those ringers and non-ringers who fell during the conflict. Thank you all. Many towers have ensured that their local media has been advised of these special performances and as it is of significant local interest, the communities do appreciate it.

All of our Guild’s towers and ringers can be involved and there is still time to plan something really special.

Please keep looking out for more information as further details will be issued from time to time:

 


Our second aim then is to inspire towers and new ringers to engage as fully as possible with the recently launched Recruitment initiative 
Ringing Remembers …


A new ringer can play a very important part by signing up to become a bell ringer today in memory of the 1,400 ringers who lost their lives in WW1. 

It would be very helpful if towers that are wishing to take on new ringers, and are ready to do so, would register their details with the Guild website by emailing wpbells@gmail.com 

See other towers known to be recruiting at https://wpbells.org/learn-to-ring/ 

If a ringer would like to be able to teach and needs some guidance and support, please suggest they contact:


                                       or
Pete (Vice-Master) https://wpbells.org/contact-pete-jordan/            
                     

 If you have any queries, please contact Viv https://wpbells.org/contact-viv-nobbs/

Thank you and Happy New Year to all from Mike (Master), Pete (Vice Master), Heather (Hon. Secretary), Ros (Hon Treasurer and Viv (Immediate Past Master and Public Relations Officer).

Vale Church is being redecorated

During January and February the inside of the Vale Church is being redecorated.

Services are being held elsewhere, so there will be no Sunday Service Ringing at the Vale Church until further notice. 

However as far as possible we intend to practise as normal, but if paint or scaffolding in the tower area makes this impossible then we intend to go elsewhere. Therefore if you intend coming to our practice (and we hope you will) please contact us to check on 245365 or bellringers@valechurch.org.uk 

New Year Greetings to all!

 John David

a night on Jersey

I was delighted to receive an email from Justin inviting me to a handling evening on Jersey. Richard came and led a handbell breakaway group in the vestry while Justin revised the theory of handling using a model bell and a slow motion video of ringing – & following the LtR students handbook – ready for the practical session which I took. Each of the 4 youngsters in attendance improved their understanding of good handling & their performance on the end of the rope. I look forward to ringing with them again in Jersey in April. Thanks for having me – HMMcG

Alderney news

The Alderney ringers are delighted to record that June Banister has passed the highest level of the Learning the Ropes pathway to success in ringing & is now a qualified Change Ringer. The training scheme was launched 5 years ago – there are only 79 ‘graduates’ so far reaching Level 5 and two of them are on Alderney:-)

Maurice will be enjoying his 93rd birthday on Weds 13th Dec so at practice on Mon 11th we rang 93 changes of Cambridge Minor (SBP(P))before singing ‘Happy Birthday’ and enjoying a slice of birthday cake

what an achievement

I have just seen on bellboard:

St Peter Apostle and Martyr (Town Church)
Monday, 11 December 2017 in 46min (11cwt)
1320 Plain Bob Doubles
1Jake Colton
2Josh Colton
3Jude Buckley
4Joe Berry
5Duncan Loweth (C)
6Will Le Ray
Rung for the Elizabeth College Senior Carol Service.
First on an inside bell – 2
First tower bell quarter peal by an all Elizabeth College band

Many many congratulations Duncan – you must be thrilled:-):-):-) Best wishes from all on Alderney

Helen