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About Rosalind Martin

I'm based in Bournemouth and Birmingham. Bellringer, Geek, Plant Based Cook, Proud owner of an electric bike.

East Dorset District Launches a Minor Methods Practice – RSVP

Marisa Bartlett writes:

Paul Tyson and I would like to announce that a new Monthly Minor Practice will begin on Wednesday 12th October at Canford Magna church – 7.30pm – 9.00pm.

The idea is to help ringers progress to more complex minor and, eventually, Surprise Minor methods, with the help of experienced ringers to support them – but it all depends on the number of people who turn up – in particular helpers.  The minimum ability is that you can ring touches to Plain Bob Minor.

The first method will be St Clement’s Bob Minor.  If you want to attend this session and learn to ring this method please ensure you’ve looked at the line and have a rough idea about the touches.

I would therefore ask that if you are interested (in either learning or helping) please would you let me know so that we can plan a worthwhile session. I will regularly post the method of the month, so don’t worry if you can’t attend the first session.

Many thanks

Marisa (District Ringing Master)

Ringers Strike Back

On the 25th June 2016, A sponsored bell ring/walk from Wye in Kent along the Pilgrims Way to Canterbury Cathedral (Via Chilham, Chartham, St Dunstan’s & St Stephens) is being organised in support of Anthony Nolan and its donor register and Bloodwise. I am a ringer from Sussex who was lucky to have a stem cell transplant in December after bring told I was terminally ill from CML and was given a chance of life. I want to raise 100k and attract 1000 potential donors to give the others the chance of life.
On the same day we are asking 200 towers across the UK and 10 Cathedrals to ring out in support a touch or a Quarter Peal not as a sponsored ring but simply to raise the awareness of the donor register and blood cancer. We are also hoping towers across the world will support us too. Here are the details for this event. Please can you help me with this and ring out at your tower and spread the world. Can you please read the attached document and email me your details on to take part. I will keep you all updated on my progress. The more towers that ring, the more donors and sponsorship will be attracted for the actual walk. Please make my dream come true to help others.

Merging RSS feeds (especially in WordPress)

If you run a WordPress site which makes heavy use of RSS feeds (rhey make a great widget) then you may sometimes want to merge 2 feeds.

The tool you want is

Open that link up, paste several rss feeds in, and copy the resulting merged feed name that you are given.  That can be used in a widget….

The following merged feeds have been created:
News and headlines from the Winchester and Portsmouth Guild website plus the C&S District feed: – added to database. – added to database. – added to database.

These were combined and became:

But that still isn’t quite complete – the Southampton City Ringers have their own blog so the full picture would be the above plus theirs….


And that results in which is the full news picture for a member of C&S District.



New Alresford bellringing news from website PLUS from bellboard

SDGR Open Day 15th August – 28 towers to ring at in Wiltshire

C&S Bellringers ARCHIVE SITE

SDGR Open Day August 15th 2015On the 28th of August, 28 towers will open for visiting ringers. There is a small charge of £1 per tower or £15 for the day in aid of the Salisbury Guild Bell Restoration Fund.

It promises to be a really fun day out, especially if you make a social of it and take a car load.

If you haven’t done one of these “Tower Grabs” before then the ringing standard is rounds and call changes upwards, you can pick and choose which towers to go to, and if you do all 28 it is HARD work but very satisfying….

This information comes from the SDGR website

Open day details

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Facebook Groups for Bellringers – updated July 2016

There are probably over 4000 ringers on Facebook. Difficult to be more precise as they are not neatly lined up in one place asking to be counted. So where are they lined up? Many are friends with each other and use Facebook to plan outings, peals, etc etc. If you only meet up with a ringer a couple of times a year, it can be a real help to keep in touch this way as well. The best place to start is your local Guild or District Facebook group, or the one nearest to you. With any luck you will know some of the members so your application to join should go through with no trouble. Many ringers find this membership is all they need – they can find out what’s on locally, ask if practice nights are happening (if there’s any doubt) or just use it to stay in touch with friends. If you apply for membership of any group please be prepared to wait about 48 hours as the Admins are often busy ringing! If nothing appears to happen then check your messages “other” inbox because the Admin may be trying to confirm who you are!

New ones (July 2016)

New ones (2015)

but here is a selection of Guild and association groups:

These national groups are a start!

Bellringing Facebook Pages

Any query, or to add your group to this list, or remove it if you wish, please use the REPLY BOX BELOW or contact me.