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.
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!!
The Southampton City Ringers and friends marked St George’s day today with two quarter peals successfully scored in the city.
1282 Cambridge Surprise Royal was rung at St Michael’s first followed by 1280 Bristol Surprise Royal at St Mary’s afterwards.
Both quarter peals can be viewed on BellBoard;
St Michael’s – http://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1169932
St Mary’s – http://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1169898
Well done to all those who took part in marking this special day!
This evening at 7pm we shall be ringing the bells at St Mary’s to wish Her Majesty the Queen a happy 90th birthday.
We successfully scored a quarter-peal of Grandsire Triples
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.
As the Southampton Boat Show will be in full swing next week and parking will probably be even more limited than usual in the city centre, we have swapped the practice locations as follows:
Monday 14th September: St Mary’s
Monday 28th September: St Michael’s
The practice on Monday 21st September will stay at Bitterne Park as normal, and Sunday service ringing is also unaffected.
There will be no ringing practice on Monday 31st August since it is a bank holiday, so we’re having the night off! Back to business as usual on Sunday 6th September for service ringing at St Mary’s and then we will be at Bitterne Park on the 7th for the next practice.
This morning Southampton City Ringers rang a ‘date touch’ of 1945 changes of Plain Bob Triples at St Mary’s to mark the 70th Anniversary of VE Day.
For more details of the performance, please click the link below:
There will be no ringing practice at St Mary’s on Monday 30th March, as it is Holy Week. Service ringing on Easter Sunday (April 5th)
and the practice on Easter Monday (April 6th), both at Bitterne Park, will hopefully go ahead if there are enough people around.
UPDATE: there is also no ringing on Sunday 29th March
UPDATE: no practice on Easter Monday (April 6th)
It is with great pleasure that I can formally announce that the restrictions on ringing at St Mary’s Southampton have now been lifted following the successful installation of sound control last summer. We have worked with environmental health to come to an agreement with which they are happy.
St Mary’s are now available anytime between the hours of 9am and 9pm.
We are permitted up to 4 hours of continuous ringing per day, with an additional 4 hour slot permitted on Saturdays.
This is good for peal bands, and means we are allowed one peal per day during the hours of 9am and 9pm, and allowed two peals each Saturday.
We really do welcome requests for bells. Obviously all requests will still need to be approved by the church, but they are in agreement of the new schedule.
The peal fees have also been changed to fit in with the new availability, such that the fee is now just £5 per rope, regardless of how many bells you ring (the old £50 set fee has gone).
If anyone wishes to book the bells you can make a request through the website or send me a message and I’ll provide the email address of the secretary.
Vice-Master and Steeple Keeper
Southampton City Ringers