All of the Southampton towers rang out today to mark the official 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 5 quarter peals were successful scored (out of 5 attempted) and there was a fantastic standard of ringing all day.
Congratulations to all those who took part and special congratulations to Kristian/Oliver who called their firsts of Bob Caters and Major respectively, to Pip for first of Bristol and Yorkshire, and to Mike for first on 10.
A thoroughly enjoyable day celebrating the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
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!
A better map showing which roads will be closed and when.
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.
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.
We’re very pleased to announce that the SCR team came first in the Christchurch and Southampton District striking competition which was held at Brockenhurst on Saturday. There was a good turnout, with teams attending from Christchurch, Eling and Lyndhurst/Minstead, as well as the local Brockenhurst band, who also laid on some splendid refreshments after the business meeting which took place after the competition. It was a close-fought battle on some challenging bells and we took a bit of a gamble by ringing St Simon’s Bob Doubles rather than playing it safe with Plain Bob or Grandsire, but we managed to produce a good enough test piece to reclaim the coveted Hinton Trophy!
(L-R) Daniel Graham, Colin Butler, Colin Lovelock, Oliver Chaloner, Adam Thorp, Kristian Scudamore.