58 bells

At 5:30pm on Monday 27th April, the tenor was tolled 58 times to mark the passing of Michael Gordon Stammers, brother of Chawton ringer Bob Stammers. A recording was made and played at Mike’s funeral during a period of quiet reflection.

Tower Decision 2015

On 19th January, interested parties will gather in The Greyfriar at or before 7:30pm in order to discuss the following over some suitable libations:-

1930: Apologies – There won’t be any, we don’t care.

1931: Approval of 2014 AGM minutes – They will be, we don’t care.

1936: Future of band. To consider:

i. Continue as Chawton – Who knows? maybe, if there are at least four of us.

ii. Merge with Bentworth – We’ve pretty much done that already.

iii. Merge with Selborne – Selborne’s nearer than Bentworth.

iv. Disband – Again.

 

2011: Treasurer’s report – Have we got any money?

2016: 2015 subscriptions – to the guild, if only for insurance purposes.

2021: Wedding/Service cover arrangements – Who will we sub out to?

2036: Band development/publicity – If we’re going to carry on, a plan might help.

2100: Time for bed said Zebedee.

Combining towers

Over the last few weeks Chawton and Bentworth have joined forces, coming together for Sunday ringing and for Monday practices and this has proved greatly beneficial to both bands.

On Monday this week the practice was held in Chawton. Ten people turned up and we rang call changes, plain hunt, plain bob minimus, plain bob doubles and grandsire.

Excellent practice, admirably led by Chris Hurley from Bentworth.

Striking novices

Chawton entered the Winchester & Portsmouth Guild striking competition for the first time today, competing with some of the best bands in the county,  ringing call changes in the 6-bell competition. It was a fairly nerve-wracking experience for a novice band but we all pulled together, got through it and triumphantly achieved fifth place.

Note the “competing with” above, not “competing against”. We were greatly assisted during the run up to the match by the Alton band who took fourth place and wouldn’t have done nearly so well without their help.

 

Easter ringing

rcant4Groups of bell towers form ringing districts and ringers from one tower often ring at another in the district especially when a particular tower is struggling.

Service ringing yesterday, Easter Sunday 20th April, enjoyed a special boost with the band enjoying some expert visiting ringers from other towers within the Alton & Petersfield district. In addition to our usual diet of call changes churchgoers were serenaded with some Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Minimus rung on four bells plus cover.

First Quarter Peal

Yesterday, Sunday 6th April,  a Quarter Peal of Plain Bob Doubles was rung here to mark the 50th birthday of the brother of one of our ringers. Ringing commenced shortly after 5:30pm and “That’s all” was called at 6:20.

The band comprised:

  1. Bob Stammers
  2. Judy Sparling
  3. Mike Novell
  4. Matt Watts
  5. Andy Sparling – Conductor
  6. Jill Burry

and after the ringing, the debrief.theband