New Tower Captain

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At the 2015 Tower AGM Richard Picker agreed to take over the role of Tower Captain from Angie Jasper, who stood down after several years in the role.

Hampreston Monday Funday (March 2015 Quarter Peal Day)

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Another busy quarter peal day for ringers from the East Dorset Branch. First, congratulations to Paul on scoring his 50th Quarter and first of St. Simons Doubles. Congratulations go also to Richard scoring his first on eight at Bryanston. Others were: first of All Saints doubles for Kate and Mike; and first Helen Bob minor for Tom, Gay, Tricia and Sally.

We attempted two others: the St Nicholas Doubles lasted the required number of changes but the band decided not to count it as it was not up to our usual standard; and the Plain and Little Spliced would not splice.

Sally has been sub contracted to arrange the April event and has already contacted regular members. You are in excellent hands as she is a dab hand at arranging monthly quarter peals at Swanage. See you all at the May Monday Funday.

The successful quarters are detailed below.

Shaftesbury, Dorset (St Peter, 12-2-26):

47 mins 1260 St Simon’s Bob Doubles

1   Kate Brice

2   Thomas R. Harris

3   Brian Dean

4   Paul Tyson

5   Angie Jasper (c)

6   Phil Stephens

1st in the method and 50th Quarter Peal for Paul.

Bryanston School, Dorset (St Martin, 16cwt):

47 mins 1260 Plain Bob Triples

1   Paul Tyson

2   Carole Dean

3   Angie Jasper

4   Mike Jenkins

5   Ross A. Bradley

6   Phil Stephens

7   Laurie Turner (c)

8   Richard Picker

First on 8 for Richard.

Okeford Fitzpaine, Dorset (St Andrew, 10-3-4):

43 mins 1260 All Saints Place Doubles

1   Sally Jenkins

2   Mike Jenkins

3   Kate Brice

4   Angie Jasper (c)

5   Paul Tyson

6   Brian Dean

1st in the method: 2 and 3.

Donhead St Mary, Wiltshire (St Mary the Virgin, 9-1-10):

43 mins 1260 Helen Bob Minor

1   Gay Harris

2   Christopher Smithies

3   Sally Jenkins

4   Tricia Stephens

5   Brian Dean

6   Thomas R Harris (c)

First in the method: 1, 3, 4, 6.

All for Hampreston QP day held on Monday 9th March 2015.

February Quarter Peal Day

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A bit of a testing day but Sally scored her first of Bob Minor as conductor, Tricia scored her first of Cambridge Minor and Richard scored his first as conductor at first attempt. Well done everyone.

The Single Darlaston proved to be a bit too much for us but shows promise and will stay on the list. Cambridge Major will, I think, go on the back burner for a while.

Next one is March 9th. April could be difficult but Sally has offered to organise. More details later.

The successful quarters are detailed below.

Upwey, Dorset (St Laurence, 9 1/2 cwt.):

43 mins 1260 Plain Bob Minor

1   Mike Jenkins

2   Sally Jenkins (c)

3   Christopher Smithies

4   Ed Warren

5   Jack R. Pease

6   Peter Jasper

First in method as Conductor.

Martinstown, Dorset (St Martin, 8-1-4):

40 mins 1269 Cambridge Surprise Minor

1   Gay Harris

2   Tricia Stephens

3   Ross A. Bradley

4   Angela M.E. Jasper

5   Jack R. Pease

6   Thomas R. Harris (c)

First quarter of Cambridge Minor for 2.

Symondsbury, Dorset (St John the Baptist, 15 cwt.):

45 mins 1260 Plain Bob Doubles

1   Christopher Smithies

2   Richard Picker (c)

3   Ross A. Bradley

4   Paul Tyson

5   Ed Warren

6   Mike Jenkins

First as Conductor.

All for Hampreston QP day held on Monday 16th February 2015.

December Quarter Peal Day

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Another sunny day and a successful one too, scoring five out of six quarters. Plenty of firsts again with all of the band scoring firsts in the Union triples.

The Christmas lunch was at our usual venue of the Cricketers at Shroton (below). It was hard to move on to our afternoon towers but we managed to drag ourselves away.

Hampreston QP day Christmas Lunch 2014
Christmas Lunch at The Cricketers, Shroton

The next day out will be on Monday 19th January 2015.

Hampreston Quarter Peal Day – Monday 10th November

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This month we were in the Dorchester area attempting six quarters, scoring Kent at Wool, Grandsire at Wareham and mixed doubles at Upwey. The Cambridge minor at Milborne St Andrew was lost with just two courses to go so is definitely worth a go next time. The bells at Bradford Peverell were a bit quick for us so it may be best to try our triples methods on slower bells. Dorchester were an excellent ring of bells but sadly we didn’t do them justice with our Bob Major but they are well worth a return visit.

Next month the event will be on Monday 8th December near Shroton and the Christmas lunch will be at the Cricketers as usual. Invites have been sent and when we have enough ringers menus requests will be forwarded to the pub a week in advance. Christmas special menus will require £5 in advance which I can arrange. Of course the weather will be sunny.

The three successful quarters are detailed below.

Wool, Dorset (Holy Rood, 11-0-24):

43 mins 1272 Kent Treble Bob Minor

1   Paul Tyson

2   Kate Brice

3   Ed Warren

4   Sally Jenkins

5   Phil Miles

6   Angie Jasper (c)

First of treble bob: 1; first in method: 2.

Wareham, Dorset (Lady St Mary, 17-1-20):

45 mins 1260 Grandsire Triples

1   Carole Dean

2   Ross A. Bradley

3   Ed Warren

4   Brian Dean

5   Angie Jasper

6   Mike Jasper

7   Laurence H Turner (c)

8   Phil Stephens

Rung as a Birthday compliment (next day) to Margaret Turner, wife of the conductor.

Upwey, Dorset (St Laurence, 9 1/2 cwt.):

45 mins 1260 Mixed Doubles (60 Stedman, 600 Grandsire, 600 Plain Bob)

1   Mike Jenkins

2   Carole Dean

3   Kate Brice

4   Christopher P K Smithies

5   Mike Jasper (c)

6   Shirley Brown

Rung half muffled in Remembrance.

All for Hampreston QP day held on Monday 10th November 2014, and SDGR QP week.

New Webmaster

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This is to introduce Harry Roberts as the new webmaster for the Hampreston Bellringers’ website. To contact the webmaster please click here.

Friday Fun July 25th

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Another sunny day with fourteen ringers attempting methods ranging from All Saints doubles to Stedman triples. See Campanophile for details.
There were plenty of firsts some excellent ringing and a superb pub lunch at the Spyway Askerswell. From August the quarter peal day will be renamed Monday funday as my new non working day is a Monday and the first will be on the 18th. Hope to see you all then.

Hampreston Quarter Peal Day, (Friday Fun)

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After the great success and back to our old form in June the next quarter day will be Abbotsbury going west I hope. At the moment just getting the regular ringers together before planning the day, Friday 25 th July
Target is 6 out of 6. We were only beaten by a clock hammer last month (To see details of each quarter please click the name of the tower)

Friday, 6 June 2014 Fovant (St George), Wiltshire 1260 New Bob Doubles
Friday, 6 June 2014 Stapleford (St Mary), Wiltshire 1260 St. Simon’s Bob Doubles
Friday, 6 June 2014 Stratford sub Castle (St Lawrence), Wiltshire 1260 Doubles (6 methods)
Friday, 6 June 2014 Wilton (St Mary and St Nicholas), Wiltshire 1260 Plain Bob Minor
Friday, 6 June 2014 Wylye (St Mary the Virgin), Wiltshire 1260 Doubles (4 methods)

An Alphabet of Minor Methods – Spliced

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On Friday 25th April 2014 eight of us, including two long suffering wives, sat down for a celebration meal at the White Hart in Longham, our regular haunt after Hampreston practice night. Nothing particularly remarkable in that except that the evening had been planned more than three years earlier!

One night in early 2011, recuperating in the pub after a successful quarter peal, six regulars from the Hampreston, Dorset, practice night band first took up T’s suggestion that we should ring an alphabet of minor methods. We decided that we would ring the methods in alphabetical order within two years, that all the methods rung should lie outside the normal repertoire, and we should not have previously rung a whole quarter in any of them. We also planned to try and splice all 26 methods into a 2013 date touch.

Once we had completed the alphabet quarters, just within the two years we had allowed ourselves, T composed the touch. It was in two sections: the first, of 1008 changes, comprised the 13 plain and alliance methods we had rung; the second, of 1005 changes, comprised the treble bob and treble place hunt methods. Each section would also form the basis of a preparatory quarter peal of 13 spliced.

Not all had been going smoothly. In April 2013, after a couple of months’ practice of the second section, we tackled the first. We soon realised that this was going to be the most challenging part. A lot of the method changes come only 12 rows apart and there is a lot of switching between forward and backward hunting methods. It took us 6 months, with a number of abject failures, to achieve our preparatory quarter in the plain and alliance methods.

At this point one member of the band withdrew from the project as he was not really enjoying the challenge of multi-spliced ringing. Another member had gamely continued ringing with us throughout, despite having been diagnosed with cancer and successfully undergoing several months of gruelling treatment. Then in September 2013 disaster struck our home tower when the 5th bell suddenly developed a large crack and had to be silenced. A culture of humour in adversity grew up amongst us and we had great difficulty in not breaking into our alphabet methods when ringing more standard lines, especially when several of our members were in the band!

We kept ourselves going throughout the project, especially the last year of struggling with the splicing of the methods, with comments such as “We are doing this for fun!” and “We really enjoy doing this!”

Having failed to ring the Date Touch in 2013 a small adjustment was made to the composition. By shuffling the order of the sections, and with the judicious use of what we christened a “Harris Single”, we were able to extend it to 2014 changes.

Another experienced Hampreston ringer was then co-opted to enable us to continue the project, and in about two months we managed to achieve a quarter based on the second section. It was a real accolade for our co-opted member, to get her head round these new-to-her methods so quickly. She was now faced with the task of learning the 13 plain and alliance methods, whilst keeping the other 13 in mind. Our first practice of these part 1 methods went very well, giving us the confidence that we would soon achieve our objective.

After our 2nd practice at the whole date touch we all agreed that the plain and alliance method section was the more difficult to ring. In all of this the treble was most important in giving guide points to the inside ringers. He had five different patterns of work, and had to know which pattern went with which method name.

Our first serious attempt to ring the Date Touch ended at 940 changes, when we went into a wrong method, but was we thought a valiant attempt, having almost completed what we considered the more difficult plain and alliance section.

The Date Touch was finally rung on 22 March 2014, thus completing our “Alphabet” project, it having taken 3 years 2 months and one day.It left us all mentally exhausted and agreeing with friends, who had been saying it for some while: “Yes, we are mad!”