Ardingly & West Hoathly - working together!

Change to Joint Practice

Local ringers will be aware that, for some years now, our two towers have combined our practice nights by arranging to ring at each tower on alternate Thursdays. This has had a very positive effect on established and new ringers by ensuring we always have sufficient ringers to bring on new members and also to satisfy those who want to try new methods. This has also been useful in that we can more effectively help each other out with weddings and other commitments at a time when ringers are sometimes scarce, busy elsewhere or on holidays.

With winter fast approaching, accompanied by dark nights and colder, wet weather we have been considering how best to continue. As most of us are no longer working, we feel that we should change to Friday morning practices, again alternating between our towers, commencing at 10.00am and, with a break for coffee, ending at 12.00. These arrangements have been agreed with the respective Rectors and may only be affected should some other church event prevent us ringing on any one date.

This new arrangement will start on Friday, 5th November, at West Hoathly, followed by 12th November at Ardingly and so on. Our usual ringers will of course routinely be kept informed by email but it would be wise for any visitors (and you will be more than welcome) to check with either Rachel of myself before coming, just to avoid a wasted journey.

May I remind visitors to Ardingly NOT to park in Church Lane but, instead, to park in the lay-byes outside the Church Centre, 100 yards before the church itself.

Lynn Wilson (Ardingly Tower Captain)

Memorial Service for Jane and Cyril Shutler (Westbourne)

Westbourne is having a Shutler Memorial Weekend on 23rd and 24th October 2021, to remember Jane and Cyril Shutler, and all they did for the parish - and, importantly, for ringing: they were both long serving members of the band and Cyril was tower secretary for many years. He also made the peal boards at Westbourne.

There will be an exhibition and sale of Cyril’s pictures - he did rather charming topographical pictures, mostly but not all, in water colour - on the Saturday from 10 to 5, and on the Sunday from 11 to 4.

A thanksgiving service will be held at 2pm on Saturday 24th October 2021, with ringing beforehand from 1:15pm. The Westbourne ringers would welcome any ringing visitors, ideally to ring for the service but also to see the exhibition.

Death of Margaret Thomas (Horsham ringer)

Margaret Thomas, a former a member of the ringing band at Horsham, sadly passed away in September. Having learnt to ring in the Dorking area, Margaret moved to Horsham where she rang for many years, including as our tower captain. 

The funeral is on Thursday 7th October at 11am in St. Mary's church, Horsham We will ring half muffled before the Service at 10.30am - 11am please let Val Burgess know if you can ring. After the Service it is hoped to ring a 1/4 Peal. There will also be a wake after the Service in the "Barn" to which all who knew Margaret are invited.

ART course at Arundel - training the trainer

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Are you interested in attending an ART course on learning to teach people to ring? We propose running one of these courses at Arundel sometime in the New Year but need to know if there is enough interest to make it viable.

If you are interested in attending, let Moya know (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) – no commitment at the moment (cost £20)

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