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Calverton and Woodborough Allotment Association

At present the government recognise that managing an allotment could be a safe occupation and a useful form of exercise.  However we thought it would be useful to let you have the latest advice from NSALG on staying safe on your allotment.


Covid 19 Emergency Measures – UPDATED 30/03/20

The government is presently advising the population to stay at home and practice social distancing, whilst being allowed to take one form of exercise a day. If working your allotment is to carry on being seen as legitimate exercise then it is imperative that plot-holders follow all the guidelines, allotment sites are as risky as anywhere else.

We think that now is the time to consider working your plot in isolation i.e. not with household members, and if you can stay away for a few weeks, do so.

It is vitally important that you follow all the advice about social distancing and hygiene in the points below and not gather together on site.

Any plot-holder who is self isolating because a household member is ill with corona-virus should not be visiting the site.

Associations should display an advice notice on their boards. It is important that anyone attending the allotment takes care to stay the appropriate distance from others, avoid body contact and wash hands at taps, do not wash hands or use detergents in the water tanks and please pay attention to notice boards.

It is essential that no un-authorised people are allowed onto the plots for the duration of this emergency, if you do wish to bring someone to assist with work on the plot, please ensure that that this is notified either to Secretary or Site Manager.  Careful consideration should be given to introducing anyone over 70, those with underlying illness or pregnant women.

We are aware that at the moment some police forces are advising that driving to the plot will not be viewed as essential travel if you are stopped at a check point. The Society is endeavouring to get central advice on this issue and we will post as soon as it arrives.

Members should take the following precautionary measures :

  • Keep hand sanitiser in your shed and wash your hands regularly
  • Use hand sanitiser before opening and closing any gate locks
  • DO NOT gather together for a chat even if you are 2 metres apart CLICK HERE for guidance
  • Observe “Social Distancing” with each other 2-3 metres
  • If you take your children to the plot, ensure that they stay within its confines and do not run around on communal paths and spaces.
  • Do not share tools
  • Minimise the contact with each other for example no handshakes
  • Do not wash your hands in water troughs
  • We recommend that all communal facilities are closed

If we all follow these rules we should be able to continue enjoying work on our allotments.

Mike Hope  (Secretary) 0115 8458703

St Swithun’s Church Bell Ringers

The first recorded peal was rung on 15 Feb 1964. The church then only had four bells and peal ringing on four was not, and still is not, a very popular choice. A peal consists of 5040 changes, each change being one blow from each bell in a changing order. Where the number of bells allows it, all the changes have to be different and not repeated in a peal. This can be done on seven or more bells; but for fewer bells there are insufficient different changes so repetition has to occur. With four bells there will be 210 repetitions. Between 1964 and 1984 seven peals of Minimus were rung, the repeated changes being varied by following different methods. In the case of the first peal, four methods were employed, and on later occasions up to eleven.

In 1985 a fifth bell was added to the ring to commemorate the centenary of the Southwell Diocese and later peals were in Doubles methods. The first was on 27 Aug 1985 conducted by Peter R Hayward and included 11 methods. It was ten years before the next peal was rung on 8 Jul 1995, conducted by Ian Butters, in 18 methods and 20 variations, for Woodborough Feast Sports Day.

The following year was the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Southwell Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers and peals were rung throughout the Diocese. Woodborough rang out on 22 Dec 1996 to a peal of Plain Bob Doubles conducted by John R Rigby from Gedling.  It is personally memorable as it was my, and Emma Bradley’s, first attempt at ringing a peal. I have now rung three more, two of which were at Woodborough.

The first was in 2004. It was rung in thanksgiving for the life and ministry of the Revd Alfred Ross Hayward, who died on 22 Mar 2004, aged 83, and was Vicar of Woodborough from 1965-1972. Seven methods were conducted by William L Exton.

Four years later the bells were augmented to six to commemorate the life of Charles Edward Foster, father of John Mansfield “Mannie” Foster who bequeathed the money for the extra bell. The first peal on the augmented bells was on 1 May 2010 in seven Minor methods conducted appropriately by Peter R Hayward whose firm Hayward Mills & Co had rehung the bells. I was pleased to be invited to take part.

On 23 Mar 2011 a peal of seven Surprise Minor Methods was conducted by Paul F Curtis. Each method was 720 changes long and so made up the 5040 changes.

The next peal was held to mark the 50th anniversary of the first one, and George A Dawson who rang in the first peal took part. It is believed that two others of the six ringers were also in the first peal. This one was of seven minor methods

The last recorded peal took place on 5th March 2016 when visiting ringers completed a peal in 35 Surprise Minor methods, each being joined together in blocks of 720: definitely the most complicated peal ever rung at St Swithun’s.

Of course, we are not ringing at the present time and nor for the foreseeable future. The church is closed under C of E instructions and admission even for winding the clock is barred. The clock stopped at 6pm on 4th April. It cannot be restarted until restrictions are eased.

We ringers, like all of you, are missing our favourite social activity. We do hope that out village will continue to be safe from infection and that we all can return to a more normal mode of living in the near future. Keep well, take care. The bells will ring again.

Stephen Smith, Tower Captain

Phone: 0115-965-4426
Mobile: 07817-979390