East Dorset Striking Competition

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 The Branch Striking Competition was held at Oakdale last Saturday. The whole event was organised by Matthew Pike, the branch ringing master and was very well supported with 13 teams in all taking part. The sun shone, the local band made everyone welcome and there was plenty to do whilst waiting to ring. There were cake decorating and limerick competitions, tune ringing and change ringing on handbells, a simulator to try, a quiz to complete and of course unlimited cups of tea.

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Hampreston Novice Team photo by Jack Pease
Hampreston Novice Team photo by Jack Pease

We were able to enter two teams from Hampreston, one ringing Grandsire doubles in the main competition and the other ringing call changes for the Novice event. Everyone stayed for the results and we were really delighted to hear that we had won the Novice Shield. Well done Richard, Gay and Phil and special congratulations to our newest member Harry who has only been ringing since August and also to Kaz who has barely touched a bell rope for several years.

The main competition judging was left until last and we held our breath as the results were announced in reverse order. For many years Swanage and Wimborne have been the two top teams in the branch with us often in third place. We were down to the last three once again. Third came Swanage – that meant we’d equalled our best ever result of second last year. Second place Wimborne ………. we’d done it!  For the first time ever, Hampreston were presented with with the large wooden bell as 2014 striking competition winners. Congratulations to Jack, Linda, Tom, Mike, Chris and Laurie(below). What a team!

Hampreston Striking Competition Team
Hampreston Striking Competition Team

Views from the Tower

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These images were taken in May 2014 by Jack Pease, from the roof of the tower of All Saints, Hampreston Church

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Quarter Peal of Stedman Triples – with Video

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 A chance remark from Kim Matthews that she loved ringing Stedman Triples was a good enough excuse to arrange a quarter peal for her. So on Saturday morning, some of our band duly assembled outside her local tower of St John’s Bournemouth along with Tim Martin from Christchurch and former Hampreston ringer John Riley. After a rather nervous couple of false starts, the ringing soon settled down to a good steady rythmn helped along by some fine tenor ringing by Jack in only his first quarter covering to triples. There were very few mistakes and an enjoyable quarter was scored, a fitting compliment to John and Jack who had both celebrated significant birthdays a few days earlier. Well done to Kim and we hope it won’t be another 30 years before her next quarter of Stedman Triples!
Salisbury Diocesan Guild
Bournemouth, Dorset
St John
Saturday 1 March 2014 in 42 min (16-1-18)
1260 Stedman Triples

1   Ross A Bradley
2   John Riley
3   Kim Matthews
4   Tim Martin
5   Laurence H Turner
6   Mike Jasper
7   Angie Jasper (C)
8   Jack R Pease
Birthday compliments for 24th February to John Riley (70) and Jack Pease (15)
Also remembering Mike’s mother on her birthday
1st of Stedman Triples for over 30 years: 3
For St David’s Day


Hampreston Quarter Peal Day (Friday Fun)

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Preparing to ring at Milton Abbey
Preparing to ring at Milton Abbey

Another sunny day and the rain stayed away.

Our first tower (Milton Abbey) involved a long climb up to the roof to enjoy the rolling countryside view that had been designed by “Capability” Brown. We have been here before but the view never ceases to inspire. When it came to ringing Middlesex Bob Triples the inspiration left us and we fell to pieces. The close proximity of the bells made it hard to hear instructions although Sally claimed she could hear her clapper squeaking, and she was right.
The Bob Minor Band – Paul Tyson on the left

Moving on, two excellent quarters were scored, with Chris and Mike scoring their firsts of Reverse Canterbury doubles and Paul scoring his first of Bob Minor. It was Gay’s first with us and she pulled out all the stops to help us through.

Lunch at The Cricketers in Shroton was it’s usual high standard but all too soon we had to be off, one band to attempt Plain Bob and Grandsire Doubles,(didn’t go too well at the end!) and another to St Rumbold’s at Cann near Shaftesbury.
Here we have to thank Tim Jackson for arranging the seemingly impossible to get ring of four.We were joined by a couple of ‘Nabbers’ and after oiling ,checking ,lowering ropes and gently raising the steel bells individually we dared to try some change ringing.Helped along by Ross Robertson,  who was getting his last tower in Dorset , we rang a variety of methods to a reasonable standard.
Richard, Ross Bradley, Mike and Angie Jasper then went for their quarter. Plan discussed and agreed we jointly called a 1296 in three methods.With sweat pouring out of the men’s scalps and Richrd trying to ignore the fact that his glasses were perched precariously on the end of his nose we eventually scored after a gruelling thirty nine minutes.
Here’s to next month’s which will be on Friday 21st March. More Friday Fun.

East Dorset Branch Practice Child Oakford Sat 15th Feb

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childe oakford practiceEast Dorset Branch Practice at Child Okeford Saturday 15th February 2-4pm so please put a note in your diaries now. Pub lunch has been booked at The Bakers Arms for 12.30pm in Child Okeford before the Branch Practice this Saturday 15th Feb – presently for six of us – but there is always room for more! – please let me know if you would like to join us for lunch. —

For this practice please look up the following methods:

If you can ring rounds – look up call changes / plain hunt
If you can ring Plain Bob & Grandsire Doubles – look up St Martins & St Simons Doubles.
If you can ring Plain Bob Minor – look up Single Oxford Bob Minor 
If you can ring Cambridge Surprise Minor – look up Ipswich Surprise Minor
If you can ring London & Cambridge Surprise Minor – look up York Surprise Minor

We cater to all interests at the branch practices – from rounds and call changes upwards, however if there is a particular method you would like to ring at the branch practices please do let me know so that we can add it to the programme for future practices.

Matthew Pike  –  click here for contact details and to visit Guild web page for this event


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The tied 5th bell
The cracked 5th bell

We are delighted to report that we now have sufficient funds to enable the 5th bell to be repaired and the order for the work to be carried out should be placed shortly. The money has been very generously donated by local businesses and community organisations, by individuals, by members of the Salisbury Diocesan Guild Bellringers and of course by the efforts of the local band. We are truly grateful for all the wonderful support we’re received and hope that soon the six bells at All Saints Church, Hampreston will once again be able to sound out and serve the Parish for centuries to come.

Quarter Peal Day Friday 31st January 2014

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Canford Magna. Click picture to see source on

To see the quarter peal on Bellboard, click the name of the tower

Friday, 31 January 2014 Canford Magna, Dorset 1292 Plain Minor
Friday, 31 January 2014 Lytchett Matravers (St Mary the Virgin), Dorset 1260 St Martin’s Bob Doubles
Friday, 31 January 2014 Lytchett Minster (Dedication Unknown), Dorset 1260 Grandsire Doubles

Another enjoyable day out superby organised by Ross including a very good lunch at The Coventry Arms. Well done to Richard, Paul and Rosalind who all achieved firsts and to Sally who very nearly called her first quarter of Stedman. Thanks too to everyone who came and helped. Next quarter peal day will be on Friday 21st February.  AJ

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Our Youngest Visitor

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Hampreston ringers Chris and Kathy Read brought their gorgeous 7 day old daughter Alicia along to the practice to meet the rest of the band. Will she beat big brother Jonathan who started ringing at 9 months old?

Quarter Peal Day timetable Friday 31st Jan 2014

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Corfe Castle – click picture to visit source on SDGR website. Photo by Matthew Pike

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Time Tower Method
9-45 10-45 Canford Plain MinorPlain, Little Bob
9-45 10-45 Corfe Castle St. Martins Doubles
11-1512-15 Corfe Mullen Stedman
11-1512-15 Lytchett  Matravers St Martins Doubles
Lunch 12-30 to 2-15  
2-30 3-30 Lytchett Minster Plain Bob Minor
2-30 3-30 Witchampton Double Oxford



Alphabet Quarter for New Baby

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The second alphabet quarter peal was scored on Saturday 18th January at Corfe Mullen. Well done Tom and now for the big one next!