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Hanslope Bell Restoration Project

Hanslope bells were taken down from the tower by White’s with the help of the bell ringers and local people in September 2019, and they were put into the church so that the people were able to in come and see them. We held a very successful “Goodbye to the Bells” evening which was extremely well supported and amazingly raised several thousand pounds. The bells were then collected by White’s and taken to their premises in Appleton to begin work on them, and with a planned return date to Hanslope of December 2019 / January 2020. However, when they took ...
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ODG Young Ringers Lockdown Award

Hello Everyone, I hope this message finds you well. Given where we are with the Covid-19 pandemic and our ability to be active in our hobby, we (The Learning & Development Workgroup aka The Education sub-Committee) thought it would be a great idea to understand how the Guild’s younger membership were doing. To that end we are with immediate effect, launching the ‘ODG Young Ringers Lockdown Award’ which we sincerely hope will be a one off. Obviously the ringing opportunities for all but a very few are very limited at the moment so we are looking for entries for anything ...
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General Committee Meeting Saturday 28th November

Dear Committee Members You are all invited to attend the General Committee meeting on Saturday 28thNovember 2020. The meeting is be held online for which you mustpre-register. Details are below. The agenda, reports and accompanying papers can be found athttp://odg.org.uk/general-committee-meeting-nov-2020/ . Apologies forabsence should be sent to me (secretary@odg.org.uk<mailto:secretary@odg.org.uk> ). I would remind Branch secretaries that they need to forward this email totheir Branch Reps, since I do not have access to all names and emailaddresses. Ken Ken Darvill. Hon General Secretary, Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church BellRingers ...
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Lockdown in England and Remembrance Sunday

The Covid guidance has been updated in response to the lockdown in England that starts tomorrow for four weeks. The government in England is asking people to stay at home if at all possible. Stopping ringing during this time is consistent with that request. Churches are closed except for private prayer and broadcast worship. We realise England’s senior faith leaders, including the Bishop of London who heads the C of E Recovery Group, are challenging the government’s decision to ban communal worship during this further lockdown period, but at the moment no exception has been made, and even if it ...
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Branch Towers Ringing Status as at 16th August 2020

Towers that are ringing on Sunday: Great Linford5-6 BellsDowns Barn5-6 BellsEmberton3 BellsLillingstone Lovell5 BellsOld Bradwell3 BellsNewport Pagnell4 BellsBletchley (from 13th Sept)3 Bells Towers chiming one bell on Sunday: Woughton on the GreenSimpsonGreat BrickhillOlney Towers that are not ringing until further notice: LoughtonShenleyStoweBuckinghamWhaddonMaids MoretonWavendonStoney StratfordCalvertonHanslope (Re-hang in progress)Fenny StratfordSheringtonOld WolvertonShalstone Compiled by Graham Bartholomew, Assistant Ringing Master North Bucks ...
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Covid 19 Virus : All branch ringing activity cancelled until further notice

 All North Bucks Branch ringing activities including Branch Practices and Midweek Group meetings are cancelled with immediate effect until further notice. The Central Council of Church Bellringers formal notice is given below: New updates on the Coronavirus have been issued by the UK government today (Monday 16th March), which include avoiding any “non-essential” travel and contact with others and avoiding pubs, clubs theatres and social gatherings.  If you haven’t already decided to cancel ringing activities, it seems that now is the time to do so. We must all ensure that we are following the most up to date advice from the Chief Medical Officer ...
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Results for Guild Six Bell Competition at Chalfont St Peter – October 5th 2019

Below are the results and a photo of the team. Many congratulations to our treble ringer, Jen,  who stood in at the last moment due to Hannah Cromblehome not being well that morning. Faults 1       Abingdon                                        38 2       High Wycombe                           40 3       Drayton St Leonard                 44 4       Thatcham                                      48 5       Wokingham  ...
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Report on September Branch Outing

The North Bucks branch outing culminated in a late-afternoon drive almost to the front door of the Marquis of Northampton at Castle Ashby, but had begun some seven hours earlier at Bromham, near Bedford, where the church of St Owen stands a distance from the present village, in the middle of a park created by the Dyve family in the seventeenth century and containing the earthworks of the deserted earlier village. Bromham bells are a Taylor eight of 21cwt, augmented from a Taylor six in 1934 and therefore Simpson-tuned, very dignified and perhaps the most musical of the bells encountered ...
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Plain and Little Bob Royal Course

OXFORD DIOCESAN GUILD TEN BELL COURSE A One Day Course organised by the Guild Education Committee Saturday 30th November 2019, 10.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. at St Michael and All Angels, Aston Clinton A course on Plain and Little Bob Royal for Guild Members who would like to develop their 10 bell ringing. There will be a charge of £12.00 to cover a tower donation and refreshments. Own arrangements for lunch. (Pub/restaurant facilities available quite close to the Church) NUMBERS WILL BE LIMITED SO BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT The closing date for applications will be 3rd November. To apply ...
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Grandsire Caters Course

OXFORD DIOCESAN GUILD TEN BELL COURSE A One Day Course organised by the Guild Education Committee Saturday 2nd November, 2019 10.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. at St Andrew, Shrivenham A course on Grandsire Caters for Guild Members who would like to develop their 10 bell ringing. There will be a charge of £12.00 to cover a tower donation and refreshments. Own arrangements for lunch. (Pub/restaurant facilities available quite close to the Church) NUMBERS WILL BE LIMITED SO BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT The closing date for applications will be 12th October. Preference will be given to ringers who have not ...
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