On Sunday 14th April, 2019, the Jasper family, along with two other ringers, rang a peal of 42 doubles methods. The band comprised Mike, Angie, Peter and Linda, along with Tom Harris and Richard Picker. Angie Jasper takes up the story:
“Palm Sunday 14th April was a special day for Hampreston. Not only was it the day when regular Sunday services began to be held in the church again after an 18 month absence due to a failed boiler but it was also the date chosen for a full peal to be attempted for the first time since 2012.
“I have always enjoyed doubles ringing and having gained a certain amount of confidence from calling numerous quarters and a couple of peals, I was keen to attempt a peal of 42 Doubles, one extent of each method. Although we have a strong local band at Hampreston it was not possible to get a team together for the peal so we had to look elsewhere and our Peter was the obvious choice.
“It was 25 years ago this month that Mike and I joined the band at Hampreston along with our children Peter then aged 7 and Linda at nearly 5. Although Peter has moved away, Linda still rings here when work permits, and a family band was a possibility. Peter said yes immediately, both Tom and Richard were keen to take part and Ross volunteered to be the reserve and to stand in for practices. By the middle of February the full band was in place, methods decided on and the running order agreed. Thursday night practices saw a “peal slot” where we all attempted the designated methods including Mike and Richard who had volunteered to ring the treble and tenor respectively for the actual peal.
“The band assembled on the day but nerves showed and the attempt came to grief inside the first 10 minutes! The second attempt was infinitely better and we sailed through method after method with nothing more than an occasional one blow error. The striking was very good throughout, everyone had really done their homework and with a very solid treble and steady tenor, the peal seemed never in doubt. It was a real team effort and a fun challenge for the whole band and celebrations afterwards continued well in to the evening at The Old Thatch.”
Details of the peal can be viewed by following the link below.
The Quarter Peal day for March has been organised by Peter Murdock-Saint (ringer at Sacred Heart in Bournemouth and under the supervision of Ross Bradley) and is on Friday 29th March. The planned venues are: St John, Bournemouth (9.30-10.45am); St George, Oakdale (9.30-10.45am); St Michael, Hinton Admiral (11.15am-12.30pm); St Nicholas, Brockenhurst (11.15am-12.15pm); St Michael, Sopley (11.15am-12.15pm and 12.30-1.45pm); and St Peter & St Paul, Ringwood (12.30-1.45pm).
“A hastily arranged Hampreston Quarter day for February resulted in some good ringing with quite a few firsts. Angie’s Union doubles blew the cobwebs away early in the morning as did the five doubles methods at Canford Magna. The mixed Plain Bob and Grandsire called by Mike was a steady well-struck quarter on the heavy six at Sturminster Marshall.
“Sadly the Double Oxford failed after some good ringing, one for next month perhaps.”
Links to details of the three successful quarter peals are given below.
At the 2019 Tower AGM Richard Picker stood down from the role of Tower Captain after four years in the role. Angie Jasper agreed to take over from Richard with immediate effect, having had several years in the role before Richard.
The first Quarter Peal day of 2019 is being organised by Angie Jasper and is on Tuesday 29th January. The planned venues are: Bradford Peverell (9.30-10.35am); Cerne Abbas (9.30-10.45am); Mappowder (11.00am-12.15pm); Piddlehinton (11.00am-12.15pm); Milborne St Andrew (2.30-3.45pm); Hilton (2.30-3.45pm); and Winterborne Kingston (4.15-5.15pm).
The Quarter Peal day for July is being organised by Ross Bradley and is on Friday 27th July. The planned venues are: Shillingtone (10.00-11.15am); Stourpaine (10.00-11.15am); Shroton (11.30am-12.45pm); and Durweston (2.30pm start).