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ODG Youth Team Win at National Competition

Dear All, 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. Best wishes Colin ...
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Introducing The Young Change Ringers Association

Are you under 30? Then a new ringing organisation might be for you 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 website is https://ycra.org.uk/ An article introducing the idea appeared in Ringing World of Friday September 10th : https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/issues/2021/820 ...
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Shenley and Loughton win Branch striking competition

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 strikingcompetition. The mural of the wolf and St Edmund Three bands entered, from Lillingstone Lovell, Padbury, and Shenley and Loughton The Lillingstone Lovell band, who rang Grandsire Doubles The Padbury band, who rang Plain Bob Doubles The band from Shenley and Loughton, who rang St Martins Doubles The ...
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Bells welcome Bishop Stephen to Milton Keynes

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 ...
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Return To Ringing

As restrictions relating to Covid-19 are gradually released,opportunities to start ringing again will present themselves. In supportof this, the only important advice we can offer is to do all you can tostay safe. For more information and useful links then please see the following document: http://www.northbucksbranch.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Return-to-ringing-v3.pdf ...
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Guild Quiz Results

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 ...
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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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