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Alphabet Band Success

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Congratulations to Tom Harris (Conductor) and the Hampreston Alphabet Band for scoring a Quarter Peal of 13 Spliced Minor Methods

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Salisbury Diocesan Guild

Corfe Mullen, Dorset

St Hubert

Friday, 29 November 2013 in 42 min (11-3-26)

1260 Spliced Minor (13 Methods)

Bala Bob, Ennerdale Bob, Fulbeck Bob, Horsmonden Bob, Isham Alliance, Lytham Bob, Nook Pasture Bob, Radley Bob, Shenfield Alliance, Village Bob, Xanten Bob, York Colleges Guild Alliance, Zylverne Bob, 50 com.
1 Linda D E Jasper
2 Angie M E Jasper
3 Laurence H Turner
4 Ross A Bradley
5 Michael L Jasper
6 Thomas R Harris (C)
Most spliced minor methods for 2, 4, 5 and 6.
With get well wishes to our regular treble ringer Christopher P K Smithies who was unable to ring in this quarter due to an accident and thanks to Linda for filling in at short notice.
A Hampreston “Alphabet” band quarter.

Hampreston Quarter Peal Days

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Quarter Peal Crowd, November 2013

The Hampreston Quarter Peal Days  started in August August 2011 with just a handful of local ringers. The group, now in excess of twenty, meet once a month to attempt up to six quarter peals with the aim of helping us progress with methods, striking and conducting. The obligatory ringers’ pub lunch is always a feature.

Recent quarters vary from firsts in Bob doubles through surprise minor to Stedman triples.We are not 100% successful , but very determined.

November’s successful quarters were Grandsire doubles, St. Nicholas doubles and mixed doubles in four methods. All contained “Firsts.”Check our progress on Campanophile or follow us on this web site.

December Quarter Peal Day Report.

Forthcoming Dates

  • Friday 31st January
  • Friday 21st February

Ross Bradley

Editor’s note – membership of the band is by invitation.

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Guild Striking Competition

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Front Row L-R: Tom Harris (2), Linda Japser (1, C) Back Row L-R: Jack Pease (3), Ross Bradley (4), Laurence Turner (5) and Mike Jasper (6)
Front Row L-R: Tom Harris (2), Linda Japser (1, C)
Back Row L-R: Jack Pease (3), Ross Bradley (4), Laurence Turner (5) and Mike Jasper (6)

Congratulations to the Hampreston team for coming joint 3rd in the finals of the Salisbury Guild 6 bell striking competition held at Silton on 26th October 2013.

Birthday Quarter Peal for Paul Tyson

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Quarter Peal Band Paul Tyson Birthday

Paul Tyson, Tower Captain at Canford Magna, celebrated his 60th birthday on 29th October with a well struck quarter peal of Canford doubles at his home tower. It was the first quarter peal of Canford for Paul, Kathryn and Chris and included three of the Canford Magna local band. The Campanophile Entry is reproduced below:

Salisbury Diocesan Guild
Canford Magna, Dorset
Tuesday 29 October 2013 in 44 min (9-2-24)
1260 Canford Doubles

1   Mike Jasper
2   Angie Jasper (C)
3   Kathryn Tyson
4   Paul Tyson
5   Christopher P K Smithies
6   Joseph Baldwin

60th birthday compliments today to Tower Captain Paul Tyson and Canford ringer David Bishton.
1st in the variation: 3,4 and 5.
Circled the tower to quarters: 2

The Hampreston Simulator

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The simulator was purchased in 2009 from David Bagley, after the bells were rehung. It is used for any special practices when we prefer to ring tied, for example on a Saturday morning. Recently, we have been working on spliced quarters of Minor, and using the simulator to practice privately to get to grips with the challenge….

The fund raising story to date

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1700 raised so farWe were delighted to get a call after The LEBRF (Llewllyn Edwards Bell Resporation Fund, the Salisbury Guild fund) trustees meeting on 26th October, to confirm that they  have pledged £700, which is 10% of the cost. This is a tremendous boost to our fundraising.

We have made several other requests and are waiting for the decisions to be made in due course. Each charitable trust has a different set of criteria, so it is difficult at this stage to predict what the likely totals of the grants are going to be.

Meanwhile, each week at practice night, Jack has been selling brownies to the band, a group of willing customers which varies between about 14 on a quiet night, to 20 or so.

Another member of the band has been  busy making homemade Christmas cards to sell for the appeal.

About £1000 has also been received in private donations.

Why did the bell crack?

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The bell was originally the fourth heaviest from a ring of five bells cast for Hampreston in 1738 by William Knight, who had a bell foundry in the village of Closworth near Sherborne. The current second and third bells were from this same founder who also cast a ring of five bells for Canford Magna church the following year. The bells were turned and rehung on new fittings in 2003 and it is likely that a flaw in the original casting was the cause of the crack due to the clapper now hitting the bell in a different place.

Tied 5th