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AGM 2020 at Wingrave

Central Bucks Branch

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Saturday 8th February 2020 at Wingrave

Ringing  2.30-3.30 pm
Service  3.30 pm followed by
Tea        4.15 pm
Meeting  5.00 – 6.00 pm followed by further ringing

This meeting is for you to have a say in branch activities, as well as electing new members and branch officers for the coming year, so please come along. It is a good, sociable afternoon with time to meet other ringers from across the branch. We need some new officers, so please consider whether you or another member of the branch may be able to step forward to help.

Numbers for tea to Anne Pratt on 01844 201611
email: by Monday 3rd February please

Apologies, new members, comments etc to Anne Pratt

January 2020

With a new year, we have introduced some new practices and activities, following feedback from towers last year.  We are of course also continuing the 2nd Saturday general branch practice Please come along to the one or more best suited to you.

A Raising and Lowering morning was held on Saturday 7th.  This proved to be both popular (we were oversubscribed and are planning another) and successful with 6 ringers finishing the morning far more confident than they had been.

On Friday 17th the first more advanced minor practice was held at Bierton.  This gave opportunities for ringing beyond Plain Bob and Grandsire and will be held next at Chearsley on Monday 17th February. watch out for information on next month’s focus methods. Then last Saturday we held the first ‘beyond rounds’ session, this time at Waddesdon.  This was a useful practice, with time to listen to striking and learn to move bells more accurately from place to place.  This will be held at 9.30 on the 4th Saturday morning of each month. Next month again at Waddesdon and in March at Stewkley. Do please join this if you are looking to manage the move towards plain hunting  – we were surprised at the relatively low turn out given that so much interest had been expressed. It was though a very useful session for those who attended.

Don’t forget that you can now book for the branch outing on 7th March – full details in each tower.

Branch Activities coming up over the next month

Wednesday 30th October is our monthly Progressors practice, this month at Haddenham from 7.30.  We shall be ringing from Grandsire Triples up to simple Surprise Major.

Sunday 3rd November is Branch Committee meeting day.  The Branch Officers, together with one representative from each tower,  are asked to attend the meeting at the George and Dragon in Quainton (this does not need to be the tower captain, just an interested member of the band).  We shall gather from 7pm for chat and catch up, with the meeting starting at 7.30 to allow for those coming from evening services.  This meeting reviews branch activities over the last year and looks forward to plans for the coming year.

Saturday 9th November is branch practice evening at Soulbury. New ringers have been taught here this year and we would like branch members to come to support them as they form a new band. This practice is suitable for those ringing rounds competently on their own and there will be opportunities for plain hunting and simple method ringing.  Please come along 7.00 to 8.30 with refreshments available.


Orchard Cup Striking Competition

The annual friendly competition between CBB and the Chiltern branch took place on Saturday 12th October at Aston Abbotts.  A very happy afternoon was spent ringing, listening to ringing and enjoying a splendid tea.

The competition was judged by John and Ann White from Towcester, who gave some very supportive and encouraging comments to the ringers taking part.  It was lovely to see a good many relatively recent recruits out ringing during the afternoon.

The results given were :

1st  Stewkley B 57 faults
2nd Aylesbury A 60 faults
3rd Long Crendon 61 faults
4th Aylesbury B 85 points
5th Cheddington 90 fsults
6th Stewkley C 119 faults
7th Stewkley A 120 faults
8th Wing 135 faults

As we had not been able to hold the branch competition in May, Stewkely were awarded both the Branch trophy and the Orchard Cup.  Next year the competition will be hosted by the Chiltern Branch,  to be held at Cheddington on 17th October, so put it on your calendar now!

Pictured below is Ailsa Knightley, Ringing Master of Stewkley, receiving on the left, the Branch Trophy and on the right the Orchard Cup from John White, with Ann White standing to the right .

ODG 6 Bell Striking Competition

Thank you to Aylesbury for inviting me to join their team for the Guild 6 bell competition.

As you know we didn’t have our usual Branch striking competition this year to decide the team to enter the Guild competition. As a result it fell upon myself as ringing master to find a team to represent you all.  After some time of thinking and visiting most towers in the Branch I chose Aylesbury.

As you can see from the results below we didn’t do overly well but we did give it our best. The bells at Chalfont St Peter are easy to handle but the odd struckness of 4,5 6 did make ringing a challenge. Rightly or wrongly we broke the Grandsire tradition and rang a touch of 240 Plain Bob.

Looking forward to seeing and hearing you all next weekend for the Orchard cup/CBB competition.

1: Abingdon                                   38 faults

2: High Wycombe                           40 faults

3: Drayton st Leonard                     44 faults

4: Thatcham                                  48 faults

5: Wokingham                                50 faults

6: Woughton on the green               78 faults

7: Aylesbury                                   98 faults

8: Oxford st Giles                          135 faults

Darren Washington – Branch Ringing Master

Update on Activities

Branch activities for the next few weeks….
Wed 28th August – Improvers practice at Haddenham
Sat 14th September – Branch outing to London – see tower notifications for full details
Wed 25th September – Improvers practice at Stewkley
Sat 12th October – Striking competition at Aston Abbotts
Come along, join in, make up a band
GET INVOLVED – we have a wonderful supportive branch, be part of it!

CBB go to London – No 4

On Saturday 14th September we shall be heading to London for another ringing outing. As in previous years we shall travel by train and then use public transport or walk between towers. Once again we suggest getting into groups to travel so that you can purchase group tickets at a reduced rate.

In order to join the outing for the first tower you will need to catch one of the following trains:

08.33 Leighton Buzzard to Euston
08.33 Aylesbury Vale Parkway to Marylebone
08.37 Aylesbury to Marylebone (same train as above)

NB There are no trains from Haddenham and Thame Parkway to Marylebone that day.

We are planning to travel and ring “The Boat Race” heading west along the Thames.
There will be a suggested lunch pub together with suitable locations for picnics or non-pub food sources.

Please let Anne Pratt – – know approximately how many ringers will be attending, as this helps with organising the ringing. NB Ringing is open to all ringers in the branch who are competent independent rounds ringers. This is important as we cannot support those learning to handle on an outing.

Full details of towers will be circulated to you by email next month and will not be published elsewhere.

Plain Hunt Training Day

On Saturday 15th June 2019 the bellringers of St Michael and all Angels, Stewkley, hosted a Plain Hunt Training Morning. Ringers from the local area ringing at the appropriate level were invited to bring a more experienced friend with them and join in.  We had 5 ringers from Stewkley, 5 ringers from Wing, 2 from Leighton Buzzard, 3 from Great Brickhill, 1 from Quainton, 1 from Soulbury, 1 from Winslow, 1 from Woughton and 1 from Chearsley – 20 in all.

The session began with a theory session with everyone “writing out” the method to help to understand the structure of change ringing.  The ringers fell roughly into 3 categories – 7 were “teachers” , 4 had been plain hunting for a while but needed confidence and 6 just starting out on learning plain hunt. 1 ringer enjoyed the theory session but had to leave before ringing, 1 was unable to ring through injury but assisted teaching and 1 ringer was just at the bell handling stage of learning but was keen to start to understand the theory.

The session ran from 10am and finished slightly late at around 12.45pm.   By the end of the session the 4 ringers who were already started learning had progressed to ringing a number of different bells and joining courses together, which some had not achieved before. The 6 just learning all managed to get through several individual courses and all of them rang at least 2 consecutive courses.

The session ended with a private handling session so everyone that wanted to had a ring.

I would like to thank everyone who came along:  

the teachers – Jeremy, Jenni, Sally, Simon, David, Ed and Bunt

and the learners – Dan, John, James, Paul, Maeve, Neil, Hollie, Alexandria, Gill, Joe, Dee and Suzanne

Tea, coffee and cake was enjoyed by all.

Ailsa Knightley

Ringing Master at Stewkley

Deputy Ringing Master CBB

Guild AGM – Saturday 18th May

The Guild AGM this year is in being hosted by our neighbours in the Chiltern Branch at Great Missenden.

There will be ringing at several towers in the area and a buffet lunch in the village.

The highlight is a Songs of Praise service at which the Preacher is the Right Revd. Dr Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham. At the business meeting there is a chance to hear about and participate in the changes that are happening in the Guild.

Names for lunch should be sent to Edwina Carpenter
(01442 890993; email
by Wednesday 15th May.

A poster with full details has been sent to your tower correspondent, but in summary, the timetable for the day is:

10:30am – 12:30pm: Ringing at neighbouring towers 

Route 1

10.30am – 11.30am

St Mary the Virgin, HADDENHAM 8 bells; 17-2-14; Toilet; HP17 8AH

11.00am – 12.00 noon

St Dunstan, MONKS RISBOROUGH 6 bells; 13; Toilet; HP27 9JF

11.15am – 12.15pm

SS Peter and Paul, ELLESBOROUGH 6 bells; 8-0-22; Portaloo; HP17 0XG

11.30am – 12.30pm

St Mary, WENDOVER 8 bells; 14-0-2; Toilet; HP22 6NL

Route 2

10.30am – 11.30am

Holy Trinity, LANE END 6 bells; 5-2-26; Toilet; Ground Floor; HP14 3HG

11.00am – 12.00 noon

St Mary & All Saints, BEACONSFIELD 8 bells; 19-1-20; Toilet; HP9 2JW

11.15am – 12.15pm

Holy Trinity, PENN 6 bells; 10; Toilet; Ground Floor; HP10 8NZ

11.30am – 12.30pm

St Mary, AMERSHAM 12 bells; 19-0-6; Toilet; HP7 0DB

12:30 – 1:30pm: Buffet Lunch at Great Missenden

1:00 – 1:45pm: Ringing at Great Missenden

2:00pm: Songs of Praise at St Peter & St Paul, Great Missenden (Preacher:Bishop of Buckingham)

3:00pm: Annual General Meeting in the Church, followed by further ringing there.

Change of plan for May ringing

Following our sounding out of towers early in April it appears that the 11th May was not a good date for the annual striking competition – only 2 definite teams!  We are therefore cancelling the competition and instead there will be a traditional evening practice from 7 – 8.30 at Cuddington that day.  Hopefully we will be able to arrange an informal competition later in the year.
The monthly progressors practice will be as scheduled, at Stewkley on 29th.