Winchester and Portsmouth


About 40 members, friends and visitors were present at the quarterly meeting of the Portsmouth District, held at Fareham on November 11th. The fair sex were in the majority - so much so, in fact, that one wag (male) asked if he had made a mistake and come to a Ladies' Guild meeting by mistake!

A wedding delayed ringing until 3.30. The service was conducted by the Vicar (the Rev. B. C. Daniel) with Mrs. Linter, wife of the District chairman at the organ. A sumptuous tea followed in the School Hall.

At the business meeting, seven young ladies from Fareham and one young man from Portsmouth Cathedral were elected as ringing members. (If we continue to get new members in this ratio, the mere male will soon become an oddity in the belfry, as ladies were at one time!) The election of Mr. P. J. Eves, of Chelmsford, as compounding member, was also ratified. It was announced that the annual District meeting will be held at Portsmouth Cathedral on the third Saturday in January, 1951.

Before departing for more ringing on the tower bells, the gentlemen were called on to perform on the handbells, so three of them, with the help of a lady visitor from Chichester, rang a course of Grandsire Triples. Afterwards, the three males rang a good 120 Plain Bob Minor.

Methods rung during the day were:- Rounds; Grandsire, Stedman and Erin Triples; Plain Bob, Double Norwich Court Bob and Cambridge Surprise Major.

The Ringing World No. 2069, November 24th, 1950, page 748