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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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Hanslope Rehang

I am pleased to report that Whites are due to start work at Hanslope on Monday 9 September.   The bells will be removed from the tower during that week and then transported to Appleton for the refurbishment to begin.  It is estimated that the work will take between three and four months to complete.   Work was originally due to begin in mid July, but Whites had to reschedule the date because there was a backlog of work at the foundry which meant the frame would not have been ready in time for this start date.  Will get back ...
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Branch Practice News – August

‘The Branch Practice for this month (August) was held at Milton Keynes Village and was well attended with 25 members representing 11 Towers.  Ringing ranged from plain doubles and  minor, Stedman Grandsire and a couple of courses of Carlisle Surprise Minor were successfully brought round.   Thanks to the local ringers and the incumbent for allowing us to ring, and to all who attended and made this a constructive and beneficial practice. A collection was taken up of £42 which was shared equally between MKV tower and the OD Bell Fund.   Next Branch Practice will be in October at Lavendon (6 Bells 10cwt) on Saturday ...
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London Mini Roadshow

  FOR ALL RINGERS SUNDAY 8 TH SEPTEMBER 9.30AM TO 4.30PM Goldsmiths College, London SE14 6NW 21 TALKS–by expert speakers including : Youth Ringing (with a panel of young ringers) Project Pickled Egg (Simon Linford) ART and Teaching Ringing (Lesley Belcher) Building a bell sound (Bill Hibbert) Making Bells (Tom Westley), Bell restoration (Peter Tottmanand Michael Royalton-Kisch) Steve Coleman on “When Ringing Had To Stop”. 17 STANDS See the unique Carter Ringing Machine, take a browse at the Central Council’s library on tour, print a model bell, or try your skills at simple rope making on the Avon Ropes stand. 4 ...
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