All Saints Church in Hampreston is holding an open day between 1pm and 4pm on Saturday 11 September to celebrate its re-opening following extensive work done inside the church. Among the many highlights to see at this event are bellringing demonstrations. Come and listen to the bells, watch bellringing in action and perhaps even have a go at ringing a bell.
Angie Jasper writes:
“Friday 9th August saw 20 of us head off to the beautiful Chalke Valley, west of Salisbury, to attempt six quarter peals in all.
“The very busy morning started well with Grandsire doubles scored at Donhead St Mary followed by a lovely quarter of All Saints doubles at Chilmark which was a first in the method for Aila. Unfortunately other quarters of Cambridge, Kent and Stedman were not successful this time.
“We had an enjoyable lunch at the Greater Good pub in Fovant after which many of the ringers returned home. The remaining eight of us went on to Fordingbridge where Richard, Kate and Caroline rang their first blows of Middlesex triples and carried on to score an excellent quarter peal at the first attempt.
“Thanks to all those who took part and to the towers who allowed us to use their bells. Although not everyone scored a quarter this time, I hope there was some useful practice for another day.”
Ross Bradley writes:
“The June Quarter day was designated a Smithies day remembering our fellow ringing friend Christopher, a founding member of this group.
“Having lost one of our regular organisers and Ross having family matters to deal with it was with great courage and fortitude that Peter [Murdock-Saint] stepped up to the mark once again.
“There were a number of last-minute changes, as usual on these days. However we had a good start with Double Oxford at Martinstown. Some great conducting from Angie and some serious learning by our three firsts made for a good Quarter Peal.
“We did lose Grandsire and Double Bob but they can wait for another day. The Bob Major at Dorchester went well with one first. Well done Richard.
“Sadly the Bob Triples at Cattistock failed. At first the band thought that Ross’ sloppy handling was causing the bell to drop. After the fourth time and giving up closer inspection showed that the stay was held only by one bolt and had slipped, causing it to hit the frame.
“Sadly, our Method of the Day, Smithies Bob Minor, failed but I expect it will remain an annual feature for years to come. Grandsire Triples [at Bradpole] went well: although not everyone’s favourite it was a success and dedicated to Christopher.
“Overall the day was a success and most seemed to enjoy it. Members who had special requests in general had most of them met. They are grateful to those with no requests for fitting in unselfishly and boosting the ringing. Here’s to the next one, to be organised by Jack and proposed for 12th July.”
Full details of the three successful quarter peals can be viewed by clicking the relevant links in the text above.
Jack Pease writes:
“Hampreston Quarter Peal Day was a great success, with 4 quarter peals scored, and a 5th which got very close to being scored had it not have been for mechanical problems. A new method was scored, 1344 New College Little Bob Major at Wareham which was a first for all the band; 1344 Plain Bob Triples at Swanage saw Peter Murdock-Saint ring his first on 8 inside; 1320 May Day Doubles at Oakdale had firsts for Kim Matthews, Tricia Stephens and Sally Jenkins and a further quarter peal of 1260 Plain Bob Minor at Corfe Castle completed the set.”
Angie Jasper writes:
“This was a hugely successful day with all 6 quarters scored and all containing firsts. Special thanks go to Caroline Barnes who stepped in with only a few hours’ notice and rang in three quarters including her first of St Martin’s doubles and also scored her 100th quarter peal. Other notable firsts included Richard’s first of Norwich, Paul’s first of Kent and Gill’s first of more than one method. Well done to David too for his first go on an anti-clockwise ring. Two topical quarters to end with were St George’s doubles as it was St George’s Day and of course April Day doubles which also brought quite a few more firsts.“
Links to details of the six quarter peals are given below.