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 email@example.com .
If your new recruit can safely ring a bell and is just starting to ring rounds then this course is for you.
In some ways this stage is the hardest part of learning to ring; the excitement and rapid progress associated with (semi)-mastering bell control has passed and time on the rope can be limited if the only practice is once a week with a mixed ability band.
This is where this course helps. It introduces lots of fun exercises to help your ringer develop the foundation skills for method ringing; fine bell control, listening and ropesight. There is plenty for your new ringer to practise and measure their progress against whilst stimulating (and sometimes testing) the rest of the band. For bands who don’t aspire to method ringing it gives lots of ideas for Service or wedding ringing which sound good whilst keeping the band interested.
The Birmingham School of Bell Ringing has shown that those who spend longer consolidating foundation skills before learning methods progress more quickly later on.
The 2019 Guild Eight-Bell Striking Competition will be hosted by the North Bucks Branch on Monday 6th May.
The Final will be held at Great Brickhill (SMV (8), 14-0-7) MK17 9BE starting at 4.30 pm.
If heats are needed, they will be at Calverton and Stoney Stratford at about 1400.
The closing date for entries is Sunday 14th April and this date will be strictly applied. Tower Captains/Correspondents will be advised of the time of ringing as soon as possible. The Competition is open to Branch and Tower bands and standard Guild Striking Competition Rules will apply.
The Test Piece will be four courses of Grandsire Triples (see attachment).
Entries must reach Tony Crabtree (email firstname.lastname@example.org) by the closing date. The names of the ringers must be given to Tony Crabtree or his deputy before ringing.
Pre booked Teas available at Great Brickhill from 5.00 pm. Please give numbers with your entry. Tea, coffee & soft drinks will be available without booking.