Saturday 7 May 2022
Winslow Tower will be hosting a bellringers’ coffee morning in St Laurence Church. Come and have a tea or coffee and biscuits galore along with a raffle included and find out more about what we do! There will also be an opportunity to come and see the ringing chamber and the clock mechanism do its business. Look forward to seeing you there!
For more details please contact Oliver Rhodes
(Deputy Tower Captain) email@example.com
OXFORD DIOCESAN GUILD OF CHURCH BELL RINGERS
Annual General Meeting
Saturday 12th February 2022
The return to ringing (before Omicron) saw two focused practices organised and run by Ailsa Knightley at Stewkley. The first one was dedicated to moving plain hunters forward with the view to introduce plain bob doubles where appropriate.
The second one was a Bob Doubles session aimed at learners able to plain hunt on 5 reasonably confidently.
Both sessions were hugely successful, lots to learn, theory as well as practice.
A massive “Thank You” goes to all the helpers who have made this possible and achievable and a special mention to Ailsa who is willing to offer more of these practices.
“We hope to run these sessions in a relaxed and friendly way, encouraging less experienced ringers to have a go, surrounded by supportive and competent ringers giving them a chance to succeed. There will be theory time and hopefully lots of practice time.”
“Remember, we can’t help you to progress if you don’t tell us what you need. One session is a result of a request from ringers at another tower. We can arrange sessions at your tower or at another tower to meet your needs. Sessions can range from plain hunt to surprise major! You just need to let us know what you want to learn!” Ailsa Knightley
Any requests should be made via firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
These practices will have limited numbers per session (ideally 6) to ensure efficiency and if we have more ringers interested then more sessions will be considered to accommodate demand.
Guidance for England under Plan B – IMPORTANT update
December 17, 2021
(Wales, Scotland and Ireland guidance in progress)
Due to last year’s circumstances and them moving house in the meantime to be closer to family, the time has come to say “Thank you” to Jeremy and Anne Pratt for all their hard work in running the Central Bucks Branch for quite some years now in so many roles and so many ways. From running branch practices, organising days out, AGMs, teaching and training, visiting towers, and many others, their legacy will remain in the history of the Central Bucks Branch and beyond.
Their short visit back to sign off some of their learners has proved their dedication to bellringing and given some of us the opportunity for a quick catch up.
Wishing them all the best in the new chapter of their life, enjoying time with their family, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The Church of England guidance for Plan B in England has now been published and it includes the following words: “Face coverings are currently mandatory on public transport and in a range of indoor venues including places of worship. While there are exemptions, outlined below, this is a legal requirement” (their emphasis).
The House of Bishops Recovery Group has not offered any general exemption for bellringing.
The full document can be found here. Pages 2 and 3 confirm that face coverings are a legal requirement.
The Government guidance that includes places of worship in the list of mandated places for face coverings is here.
We will of course continue to liaise with the House of Bishops Recovery Group on what has been a rapidly developing situation.
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.