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BBC Radio 4 – Bells on Sunday, The Church of St Michael, Southampton, Hampshire

While ‘live’ bell ringing is suspended for a while, you can still enjoy the wonderful sound of the bells at St Michael’s, as they will be featured on BBC Radio 4’s Bells on Sunday on March 22nd.

Tune in at 5:43am, or if that’s a bit too early for you, you can listen online afterwards:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000gksz

COVID-19 Update

Please note that following today’s government advice regarding Coronavirus, we have taken the decision to suspend all ringing activity with immediate effect at St Mary’s, St Michaels and Bitterne Park, until further notice.

Remembrance Sunday 2018

We have an extensive programme of ringing planned on Sunday to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war.

To begin we will ring the bells half-muffled at St Michael’s from 09:45 to 10:30 for the morning service.

Then we will remove the muffles and ring the bells ‘open’ for a quarter-peal attempt from 12:30 to 13:30, joining ringers across the country to celebrate the anniversary of the end of the war.

After this we will be ringing at St Mary’s from 14:30 to 15:15 and then finally we will ring at The Ascension, Bitterne Park from 16:00 to 16:45.

And finally, be sure to watch Songs of Praise on BBC One at 13:45, which this week comes from St Michael’s, Southampton and features a brief clip of us ringing!!

Hartless Shield Striking Competition

SCR entered a team in the Hartless Shield call changes striking competition held this afternoon at All Saints Church in Fawley. We’re delighted to report that we came first, beating stiff competition from teams across the C&S district including Christchurch, Eling, Sopley, Milford on Sea and a very good youth band of junior ringers from across the district.

Congratulations to Anita on her first striking competition and to Colin L for his first as conductor!

Heritage Open Day

​Listen out for the bells of St Michael’s Southampton which will be ringing out today for the Southampton Heritage Open Day. 10am to 10.30am and then again from 1pm to 1.30pm. 

If any ringers are in the area feel free to join us!

Happy Birthday Your Majesty!

This evening at 7pm we shall be ringing the bells at St Mary’s to wish Her Majesty the Queen a happy 90th birthday.

UPDATE:
We successfully scored a quarter-peal of Grandsire Triples

Southampton Half-Marathon and 10k Run 2016

The Southampton half-marathon and 10k run will be taking place on Sunday 24th April while we are ringing for morning service at Bitterne Park. The road closures haven’t been announced yet but the route appears to be similar to last year so we expect most of the bridges to be closed again. A map of the route can be found here. Good luck to all the runners, especially Jon and Clare from SUGCR!

UPDATE:
A better map showing which roads will be closed and when.

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Practice Changes for March 2016

There will be no ringing practice on Monday 14th March due to the tower AGM taking place, or on Monday 21st March due to Holy Week. We will make a decision shortly as to whether there will be a practice or a quarter peal on Easter Monday (28th March), please keep an eye on the calendar for updates.

Another first peal score for SUGCR

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(L-R) Kristian Scudamore, Peter Dillistone, Claire Merivale, Jonathan Mills, Oliver Chaloner, Philip Moyse

Congratulations to Peter, Claire and Jon for scoring their first peal yesterday, of 5040 Plain Bob Minor on the middle 6 at Bitterne Park! Full details on BellBoard here.

November Practice Swaps

We have decided to move a few practices around this month:

On Monday 9th November the practice has moved to St Mary’s, we will be ringing half-muffled to mark Armistice Day which is on the Wednesday of that week.
On Monday 16th November the practice will be at Bitterne Park as normal.
On Monday 23rd November there will be no practice, we will probably have a social event instead.
On Monday 30th November the practice will be at St Michael’s.
The normal schedule will resume at the beginning of December, watch the calendar on the home page for further updates.