Following the announcement by the Church of England of the suspension of all services, service ringing has now ceased until further notice. All branch ringing activities are also cancelled forthwith and most towers have also cancelled all ringing in line with Central Council suggestions and the need for social distancing which is not possible in confined belfries.
We wish all ringers a safe passage through this crisis. If you need some ringing inspiration, use Mobel or a similar app to learn new methods, spend some time on the various bellringing websites and if you are enrolled on the LtR scheme use the resources to which you have access – there are plenty of them. Meanwhile keep in touch with each other, use the telephone to talk rather than send messages and find another way to keep active.
Let us look forward to the next time we can ring together again and keep safe in the meantime.
Saturday 14th March – Raising and Lowering course – now fully booked*
Friday 20th March – Monthly 6 bell practice at Bierton for those moving on from Plain Bob and Grandsire doubles.
Wednesday 25th March – Monthly 8-bell Progressors practice at Haddenham. We ring Stedman triples and Simple Surprise Major at this practice
Saturday 28th March – Monthly “Beyond Rounds’ practice. at Waddesdon. For those looking to gain better bell control and strike their bell in call changes and other exercises building to plain hunt. Learners and helpers always welcome
Monday 20th April – Monthly 6 bell practice at Chearsley for those moving on from Plain Bob and Grandsire doubles.
Thursday 23rd April – Ring for St George’s day
Saturday 25th April – Branch Striking competition at North Marston – poster to follow but start to think about your band please!
Wednesday 29th April – Monthly 8-bell Progressors practice at Stewkley. We ring Stedman Triples and a variety of Surprise Major methods at this practice
Friday 8th May Guild Ringing day in the Vale of the White Horse
Friday 8th May VE DAY SPECIAL RINGING AT 7pm please see the Central Council information on this at
VE Day 75th Anniversary
Over 40 members of the branch and a recent past ringing master travelled to Cambridge on Saturday 7th March for a very happy outing. It was great too that we had 6 junior members with us as well as some of our more senior members. Members from 15 towers boarded a coach at Aylesbury Vale Parkway or Stewkley to travel to Cambridge where we were met by Maddie from Stewkley who had organised a lovely day for us. If you missed it, here is what occupied us for the day!
10-11am St Edward King & Martyr, 6 bell, Tenor 8-2-22
11:15am-12:15pm St Bene’t’s Church, 6 bell, Tenor 13-3-3, ground floor ring
12:15-2:15pm Lunch and tour of St Catharine’s College
2:15-3:15pm The Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs, balcony ring, 8 bell, Tenor 31-2-5
3:45-4:45pm St Andrew the Great 8 bell, Tenor 10-3-1
5-6pm Great St Mary’s the University Church, 12 bell, Tenor 24-1-1
We had (mainly) good weather, great company and some good ringing. Roll on next year.
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.
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.
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 .
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