This includes the guidance and 3 appendices. The guidance and appendices are also available separately so that they can be customised as necessary and used appropriately.
Appendix A is a sample role description for completion for a bell ringing leader, Appendix B is a sample role description for completion for a safeguarding officer of a society, Appendix C is a good practice guide for display in your tower (after removing any other out of date guidance that may be there).
Please note the following from the guidance – “ Most ringing towers come under the jurisdiction of the Church of England, Church in Wales and Scottish churches all of which have common requirements. The UK legal requirements extend to other denominations and secular rings, whilst churches and ringing establishments outside the UK will be subject to local laws. In all cases ringers should maintain good practice principles whenever dealing with young and vulnerable persons.”
May we take this opportunity to thank Chris Mew for all the work that he has done for the Council and ringers more generally for many years. As he said in his article, he is handing over this responsibility at the end of 2019.
The arrangements for the November 2019 committee meeting are now available. For details, please see the attached arrangements.
The Guild 10-bell striking competition is taking place on the same day at Warfield, starting at 10:00am. So why notmake a day of it and listen to the contest ringing, even if you are not in one of the competing Branch teams.
Below can be found papers relating to Novemebr 2019 General Committee and the Extraordinary General Meeting of the Bell Fund. The F&GP report is also linked below.
ODG 6- Bell Final at Chalfont St Peter on Saturday October 5th 2019
Eight teams dodged the inclement intervals and two entertaining judges, Louise Booth, Bermondsey, and Linda Georgiadis, St Giles, London, deliberated on the teams’ attempts. The church itself is ideally situated in front of an enormous car park, so ringers weren’t left scrambling for car-parking space!
Linda and Louise introduced themselves in true “Strictly” style and explained their methods of marking.
Wokingham All Saints
Rang doubles with a good open hand-stroke though the tenor behind had some issues. Quite good ringing with some unevenness.
Oxford St Giles
Rang plain courses. They had difficulty getting the right rhythm but it was a good attempt
Fairly steady ringing. They made a recovery from a hairy moment and kept going!
Woughton on the Green
They had a few ‘moments’ early on but it sorted itself out later.
Old North Berks
A nice piece of ringing! The tenor kept a lot closer here encouraging the other ringers to keep it moving along!
Another nice piece of ringing and the tenor also kept it moving.
Much slower test piece and they struggled with hand-stroke leads but otherwise fair ringing.
Drayton St Leonard
Treble and tenor were a good combination. Slower ringing but they rang as a team/
The judges agreed on the placings of the bands, though they didn’t go into great detail over individual attempts.
Deputy Master, Tony Crabtree, ensured that the day ran smoothly and thanked the local bands for their excellent catering and the stewards for their hard work.
The government announced earlier this year that the May Day bank holiday in
2020 is to be moved from the Monday to the following Friday (8th May) to
bring it in line with the anniversary of VE Day. They and the Central
Council of Church Bell Ringers have asked for special ringing that day and
preferably at 7:00pm. Further details can be found at https://cccbr.org.uk/2019/06/18/ve-day-75th-anniversary/
Our Ringing Day will also take place on that day in Vale of White Horse
Branch, ending early enough in the day for ringers to ring in their own
towers for the VE Anniversary celebrations.
Guild AGM & Eight Bell Competition
We are moving the eight-bell striking competition to the same day (and
location) as the Guild AGM. The Old North Berks Branch will host these
activities on Saturday 16th May. Our thought is to start the competition at
2:00pm and to follow it with the business meeting (c 4:15pm) with the
results of the competition announced during the meeting. The other
arrangements for the day will be announced later.
In recent years the Guild striking contests have been a good gathering of
members with plenty of socialising, whilst we have seen Branches that have
been hosting the AGM have faced challenges organising activities that
attract members to the AGM day. Hence the proposal is to combine the
eight-bell contest, which has previously been held on the early May Day bank
holiday, and the AGM.
Following a year of preparation, on Friday 5th July 2019, 10 young members of the ODG set off for Liverpool to take part in the Ringing World National Youth Striking Competition (RWNYC) which took place on Saturday 6th. After meeting Sophie who came up by train having set out very early on the Saturday morning, the team headed for some general ringing at a couple of ‘interesting’ 8’s at Bootle and Walton, producing some ringing of a somewhat mixed quality. More through the quality and ‘ringability’ of the bells than anything else. Daniel’s angry face was quite a picture when he seemed to be having some difficulty with the 2nd at Walton.
The team’s designated slot at the beautiful 42cwt 12 at St Nicholas, Pier Head was immediately before lunch, after which everyone settled for a few hours of good practice on handbells and some good fun on the mini rung in the ground of St Nicholas. It would have to be said that it was hard for the smaller bells to compete with the sound of the grand tower bells emanating from the tower almost all of the day.
Having been drawn to ring 22nd out of 24 entrants, the team set off for St Francis Xavier (8 @ 16cwt) ready for their big moment at 4pm. Following an allowed 5 minutes of practice, the following band performed 168 Grandsire Triples as their test piece:
Izzy Anderson-Besant (South Oxon)
Daniel Page (Reading)
Corey Gibson (Central Bucks)
Ben Gladwyn (EBSB)
Thomas Sherwood (Reading)
Sophie Martin (Old North Berks)
Dougie Vale (C) (North Bucks)
Josh Ball (Old North Berks)
By the time everyone had returned to Pier Head, there was not long to wait for the results at 6pm. In the packed church, the tension within the team was high as we got down to the last two teams with the ODG yet to be named. A tension that was abruptly let loose as the second place team was announced, confirming that the ODG had indeed won.
They had done it, first place in the National Competition. The team collected their medals and the Whitechapel Trophy was duly handed to Dougie, which Sophie subsequently managed to drop on the floor, much to the hilarity of all present. This did not however detract from the visible delight at having been placed first in such a prestigious event.
Judging comments – You rang steadily but in a controlled manner. You had a good sense of what you were doing as a team which kept you going through the odd inaccuracy. The roll ups and downs were executed well. Pleasing. Well done.
The Oxford Diocesan Guild 8 bell competition took place at St Mary the Virgin Great Brickhill, in the North Bucks branch on Monday 6th May. With a wonderful tea provided by the Great Brickhill WI, ringers were able to stroll between the village hall and the church, and listen to some very enjoyable ringing.
Four courses of Grandsire Triples was set as the test piece, and the competition was judged by Paul and Kate Flavell, who said the judging had been made difficult by the quality of the ringing. Seven branches entered teams – two more than the previous year, and the ODG youth band joined in. Although they did not complete the test piece, they gave us all a lesson in ringing down in peal, and we wish them the very best for the youth competition later in the year.
Reading St Mary and St Giles came first with a score of 85%, and the judges said that while the pace was fast, the little bells gave the big bells enough space, and they created a very good rhythm. High Wycombe came a close second, with 83%. They made no method mistakes and the striking improved as the test piece went on. Third were Central Bucks, with a score of 80%. There was only one method mistake and a very good recovery. In fourth place were Tilehurst with 78%, 5th place was tied between EBSB and Banbury on 75%, with North Bucks in 7th on 64%.
Many thanks were offered to our hosts in the North Bucks Branch for the welcome, stewarding and the tea, and everyone had a very enjoyable afternoon. The judges presented the trophy to Stephen Rossiter, the Reading team captain.
Some of you will already know about the commissioning of a new stained glass window with the theme of bells and bell ringing at Blewbury (Project Resound). Here is the link to the project on the village website: http://blewbury.co.uk/?s=Resound+
Our biggest fund raising event will be a promises auction, to be held at 7.00pm on 11th May in Blewbury Village Hall. This will be an exciting evening, starting with wine tasting and canapes. There are many outstanding and unique promises on offer and the auctioneer is very entertaining. Lot 10 is a fantastic opportunity for 6 people to visit Westminster Abbey and have an after hours personal tour of the bells and Abbey. Lot 1 is the chance for two to have a helicopter flight with our own Guild Treasurer, Stuart Gibson. There is something small or large for everybody and I have attached the list of promises for you all to see (please note that the Westminster Abbey experience has now been increased to 6 people).
The cost is £10 each, including wine tasting, canapes and cheese and biscuits, and everyone is welcome to come along with friends and family. Please can you forward this email around your tower members and to any non-ringing family or friends who might be interested.
Please let me me know as soon as possible if you would like to come along as tickets are selling fast! Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .