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Hampreston Quarter Peal Day Friday 23rd September – Report

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This month we were very short of ringers so just six of us set out to ring three quarters in the morning, finishing at a local pub for lunch. We had some good ringing but failed to score Kent Treble bob minor and mixed doubles, our only success being the one detailed below.

Milborne St Andrew (St Andrew), Dorset:
1296 Single Oxford Bob Minor in 45 mins
1 Ross A Bradley
2 Ed Warren
3 Marisa Bartlett
4 Paul Tyson
5 Mike Jasper
6 Angie Jasper (C)
1st in the method for 4.
Rung for Hampreston Quarter Peal Day and as a birthday compliment to Hampreston ringer Tom Harris.

New Method Composed to Celebrate 5 Years of Quarter Peal Days

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A new major method has been composed by Jack Pease to celebrate five years of Hampreston Quarter Peal Days, during which a group of ringers have been ringing quarter peals every month at various towers. The method was rung for the first time tonight at St John’s in Bournemouth by a band formed entirely of ringers who have been regulars on quarter peal days.
The method has been named by Jack as: ‘Single Hampreston Bob Major’.
Details of tonight’s performance of the new method have been published on BellBoard and can be viewed here: http://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1025946

Hampreston Quarter Peal Day Friday 12th August – Report

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[Ross Bradley writes:]

A wonderful day out in Somerset, against all the odds, thanks to Jack’s organising skills when we were unexpectedly reduced in numbers. Congratulations go to Harry for his first on 8 and to Jack on ringing his 100th for the Guild.

We attempted our new method Hampreston Bob Major but it came to grief not far from coming round. The Single Canterbury major proved to be a step too far but an excellent attempt at [Single Canterbury Bob] triples also came to an unhappy end with only about ten minutes to go.

Next event: Friday Fun Kingston tbc. 2nd September; Quarter day Friday 23rd September tbc; October Quarter day in half term week tbc by Jack.

Details of the successful quarter are as follows:

Hardington Mandeville (Blessed Virgin Mary), Somerset:
1260 Plain Bob Triples in 46 mins
1 Sue Barrance
2 Jack R Pease
3 Marisa P G Bartlett
4 Mike L Jasper
5 Richard Picker
6 Paul J Tyson
7 Angie M E Jasper (C)
8 Harry Roberts
First on 8 at first attempt for 8.
100th quarter peal for the Guild, aged 17 for 2.
Rung for Hampreston Quarter Peal Day.

Hampreston Quarter Peal Day Friday 22nd July – Report

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[Ross Bradley writes:]

A new approach this month with the aim of attempting six quarters before lunch. We managed it but timing was a bit tight. A leisurely lunch was enjoyed by all, at the Sun Inn.

The Yorkshire Surprise Major at Dorchester was the first of Surprise Major for the group and although it didn’t have any individual firsts it paves the way for others to have a go and perhaps progress further with surprise major.

The Kent was a great success for Tricia and Phil and thanks go to Tom for keeping the ringing on track. The Middlesex Bob Triples also contained a number of firsts and credit goes to the conductor and her assistants for spotting errors.

We did lose three quarters. The lockout at Bradford Peverell meant a late start and all did not go well after that. We were unlucky to lose the Plain and Little Bob minor at Martinstown in the last 120 after some very good ringing and striking.

Next quarter peal day will be organised by Jack, date set for 12th August. Provisional date for Friday fun is 2nd September. I will be asking for the bells at Kingston.

Details of the quarters scored are as follows:

Dorchester (St Peter), Dorset:
1250 Yorkshire Surprise Major in 46 mins
1 Sue Barrance
2 Ross A Bradley (C)
3 Linda D E Jasper
4 David Barrance
5 Thomas R Harris
6 Laurence H Turner
7 Jack R Pease
8 Angie M E Jasper
First of Surprise Major for Hampreston Quarter Peal Day.
This first quarter of the day marks 5 years since the first quarter peal day, organised by the conductor on both occasions.

Fordington (St George), Dorset:
1288 Middlesex Bob Triples in 50 mins
1 Paul Tyson
2 Linda Jasper
3 David Barrance
4 Chris Read
5 Jack R Pease
6 Mike Jasper
7 Angie Jasper (C)
8 Richard Picker
First in the method for 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Upwey (St Laurence), Dorset:
1296 Kent Treble Bob Minor in 46 mins
1 Kate Brice
2 Christopher P K Smithies
3 Tricia Stephens
4 Tony Fisher
5 Phil Stephens
6 Thomas R Harris (C)
First of Kent TB for 3 and 5.

All rung for Hampreston Quarter Peal Day.

Hampreston Quarter Peal Day Monday 6th June – Report

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The June Quarter day was organised by Angie and our thanks go to her from the ringers for organising a great day out. The day was centred around the North East of our region from Tollard Royal up to Broadchalke and Martin.

We attempted a wide range of methods but sadly only scored two quarters: Plain Bob triples and a first for Richard; plus Stedman doubles and a first for Marisa.

The next event will be Friday Fun on 1st July followed by the July Quarter day on the 22nd.

Details of the quarters scored are as follows:

Broadchalke (All Saints), Wiltshire:
1260 Plain Bob Triples in 50 mins
1 Tricia Stephens
2 Marisa Bartlett
3 Christopher P K Smithies
4 Richard Picker
5 Ross A Bradley
6 Angie Jasper
7 Phil Stephens (C)
8 Paul Tyson
1st on eight inside for 4.
Rung as a Birthday compliment to Ross.

Damerham (St George), Hampshire:
1260 Stedman Doubles in 45 mins
1 Marisa Bartlett
2 Shirley Brown
3 Paul Tyson
4 Mike Jasper
5 Angie Jasper (C)
6 Richard Picker
1st of Stedman for 1.

Both rung for Hampreston Quarter Peal Day.

Striking Competition 2016 – Hampreston Win Again!

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For the second time in three years, Hampreston were the proud winners of the East Dorset Branch Striking Competition, narrowly beating Wimborne into second place and the large wooden bell trophy is once again on display at the back of the church.

The competition was held on a very wet May afternoon at Canford Magna with five teams from around the branch taking part. It was ably judged by Guild Master Robert Wellen and the new Salisbury Guild President, Judith Williamson who offered helpful comments to the teams taking part. The Canford ringers kept us well supplied with drinks before the cake competition cakes were eaten. There were also the poem competition entries to read, a quiz to attempt and a simulator to play with in the church.

The judges obviously enjoyed listening to our team (photograph below) of Ross, Linda, Chris, Tom (C), Jack and Mike ringing Grandsire Doubles because the final results were:

1st      Hampreston

2nd     Wimborne “Y”

3rd      Blandford

4th      Wimborne “Y nots”

5th      Canford Magna / Bournemouth

Our Hampreston call change team consisting of Ellie, Pauline, David, Richard, Harry and Angie (C) also put in a very creditable performance to come third in the Novice Shield competition. After a few problems early on, the band settled down and we managed some excellent ringing although much of it was after the first 100 rows when the judging had stopped!

Both Hampreston and second-placed Wimborne will now go forward to take part in the 2016 SDGR 6 bell Striking Competition which will be held at Spetisbury in September.

The winning team, from left to right: Ross, Linda, Chris, Tom, Jack and Mike
The winning team, from left to right: Ross, Linda, Chris, Tom, Jack and Mike

Hampreston Quarter Peal Day Friday 13th May – Report

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[Ross Bradley writes:]
Not so many of us this month but it gave us the chance to ring methods that are not in our usual repertoire.
Paul scored his first inside to Bob triples as Sally got her first covering to triples on the light eight at Bradford Peverell.
There was a first for us all with Canterbury triples at Dorchester but sadly the Middlesex came to grief at Bradpole.
Next event is being arranged by Angie for Monday 6th June.

Details of the quarters scored are as follows:

Bradford Peverell (The Assumption), Dorset:
1260 Plain Bob Triples in 43 mins
1 Richard Picker
2 Kate Brice
3 Tony Fisher
4 Mike Jasper
5 Paul Tyson
6 Angie Jasper
7 Ross A Bradley (C)
8 Sally Jenkins
1st Bob Triples for 5.
1st as cover on 8.

Dorchester (St Peter), Dorset:
1344 Canterbury Pleasure Bob Triples in 53 mins
1 Ross A Bradley
2 Christopher P K Smithies
3 Sally Jenkins
4 Mike Jenkins
5 Tony Fisher
6 Mike Jasper
7 Angie Jasper (C)
8 Paul Tyson
1st in the method for all.

Both rung for Hampreston Quarter Peal Day.