I am pleased to report that our Youth Team were placed first in the Ringing World National Youth Contest held in Worcester on Saturday 11th September. This makes back to back wins for our youngsters against some stiff competition.
The youth team is made up of young ringers from around the branches and holds monthly practices as preparation for the contest each year.
Many congratulations to this year’s team and I hope the team for next year will be able to make it a hattrick.
The Team receives the Whitechapel Trophy for a second year.
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Launched this weekend, on the eve of the Ringing World National Youth Contest in Worcester, the Young Change Ringers Association will be a group for young ringers, run by young ringers.
Initially there are two main areas of activity: three gatherings of young ringers every year to meet and ring with each other, and individual mentoring schemes for young ringers to learn from each other.
The Branch striking competition was held at Padbury on the afternoon of Saturday September 4th . The church at Padbury is perhaps best known for its 13th century mural of a wolf rescuing the head of St Edmund from the Danes, but also houses an uncomplicated 10cwt ring of six ideal for a striking competition.
Three bands entered, from Lillingstone Lovell, Padbury, and Shenley and Loughton
The judges were the father and daughter team of Elizabeth and Jonathan Pawley, from Leighton Buzzard.
Shenley/Loughton accumulated 12 faults, and were declared the winners, followed by Padbury with 22 faults and Lillingstone Lovell with 25.
The impressive Colin Snack trophy was presented to John Brookman by Jessica and Leo, the grandchildren of the Padbury tower captain, Richard Stanworth
Thanks must go to the Padbury ringers for hosting the competition and providing a splendid tea, to the judges for doing a difficult and thankless task well, and to Barry Eglesfield for organising the day
The winners will go on to represent the branch at the Guild 6-bell competition in October, at Stoke Goldington
On September 2 nd Bishop Stephen, the Bishop of Oxford, started his pilgrimage to Milton Keynes. On that day he cycled between half a dozen or more churches in the north of Milton Keynes, blessing the church and its congregation, chalking his blessing on the lintel of the building, and praying with the local congregation.
He was welcomed to three churches on his route – Great Linford, Downs Barn and Bradwell – by a small group of ringers drawn from these towers, as well as Shenley, Woughton and Newport Pagnell.
The Bishop told the ringers that he was pleasantly surprised by the welcome, and said how he had heard the bells from far off as he cycled from Wolverton to Great Linford, guiding him toward the church.
As restrictions relating to Covid-19 are gradually released, opportunities to start ringing again will present themselves. In support of this, the only important advice we can offer is to do all you can to stay safe.
The Woughton band aka “Roundabouts” entered the virtual Guild Quiz on Saturday 27th March and came third out of 16 teams and 80+ ringers taking part. The team feel the Branch was well represented and enjoyed the evening in break out rooms.
The Quiz Master, Kate, presented the winners with the award, (virtually), a rather amazing silver bowl that has recently been donated to the Guild. Some digging in the guild archives has revealed that this rose bowl was once presented to Rev F E Robinson – the guild’s first master and first ringer to a thousand peals. Kate hopes that this will become an annual event.
The event was run by the Abingdon Rotary Club with some very good Zoom technology, most of which went well