O.D.G. Ten-Bell Competition and General Committee Meeting 2019

This year’s events took place in Sonning Deanery beginning with a morning competition at Warfield. We welcomed back Louise Booth from Bermondsey and Docklands Ringing Centre who officiated at our 6-Bell final last month and, to assist her, she brought her dad, Peter Joyce from Gravesend, Kent.
Louise set down their modus operandi for judging striking competitions and added that the bells were a good choice for a striking competition on account of their falseness. They both enjoyed the musical test piece, 269 Grandsire Caters, especially the music of the back bells. Six teams took part, Oxford City Branch having had to cancel through lack of numbers.

Placed Branch Rang Comments Peal Speed Faults
1st Reading 1st Very consistent ringing. The back and front bells rang very well together. Leading was consistent with no method faults. 3.05 29
5th Newbury 2nd No method errors. The ringing got better as it went along. There were some anxious moments but they were soon rectified. There was some variation in speed. 3.08 102
2nd EBSB 3rd Plenty of potential. Strangely, the ringing was better in the middle of the row. A few inconsistencies. A good rhythm was established with occasional gaps. 3.04 40
4th ONB 4th The last two leads were really good. Mostly good ringing but some rushing on the front bells. It was good while the back bells were on the front and they recovered well from a trip. 3.08 85
3rd Sonning Deanery 5th There was a bit of a trip near the end. Reasonable ringing and some of it very good. There were inconsistencies of speed between the front and back bells. 3.04 69
6th Banbury 6th Last two leads were very good. If only the rest had been the same! Some bells were trying to beat the rhythm and there were hesitations. Could this have been attributed to the slower ringing speed? 3.17 103

 

People made a Herculean effort to attend in atrocious weather conditions, especially those from the North of the Guild. Unfortunately, the Ted Peett trophy couldn’t be presented as it seems to have been lost! Instead, young Jack Page, conductor of the Reading band was congratulated by the judges. You might have heard more about him in the Birmingham area! The judges were thanked warmly by Deputy Master, Tony Crabtree, as were the Warfield ringers for their arrangements and a splendid lunch.

Reading band
Reading Team R-L from front, clockwise: Treble,June A Saint, 2. Jack E. Page (2), 3. John Manley. 4. Joanna E. Knight 5. Thomas R. Sherwood 6. James M. Champion 7. Colin R. Cairns 8. D. Giles Winter 9. Douglas J. Beaumont 10. Colin G. Newman
EBSB team
EBSB Team r-L from front, clockwise: Treble, Patricia M. Newton, 2. Ann Davies 3. Angela M. Darvill 4. Matthew R. Johnson 5. Kenneth J. Darvill 6. John C. Davidge 7. George Whiteside 8. Charles M.S.Botting 9. Robert H. Newton (c) 10. Martin J. Whitaker
Sonning Team
Sonning Team R-L clockwise from the front: Treble, Lavinia Sullivan 2. Jane A. Mellor 3. Stephen C. Wells 4. Nigel A.L. Mellor (c) 5. Janet E. Menhinick 6. Jon P. Tutcher 7. John A. Harrison 8. David Sullivan 9. Simon C. Farrar 10. Anthony W. Gordon
Old North Berks team
Old North Berks Team R-L from front clockwise:
Treble, Priscilla Morris 2. Gillian Loyd 3. Mary Friskney 4. Josie Irving 5. Sarah Barnes 6. Richard Loyd 7. Tim Pett 8. Christopher Tuckett 9. Stuart Gibson 10. Malcolm Fairbairn
Newbury Team
Newbury Team R-Lfrom the front, clockwise:
Treble, Imogen Sculthorp 2. John Kape 3. Mark D. Backhouse 4. Andrew Clark-Maxwell 5. Rachel A. Backhouse 6. Mike J. Winterbourne 7. Richard J. Marshall 8. Mark D. Robins (c) 9. J. Martin Rice 10. David F. Thorpe
Banbury Team
Banbury Team R-Lfrom front, clockwise
Treble, Zoe Lee 2. Lionel Smith 3. Liz Smith 4. Alison Varney 5. Sue Burchell 6. Charlotte Holmes 7. Alan Griffin 8. Chris Holmes 9. Graham Clifton (c) 10. Robert Reeves.
Reading Team win
In the absence of the Ted Pett trophy, the judges, Louise Booth and Peter Joyce shake hands with the conductor, Jack Page.

Committee Meeting and Bell Fund Extraordinary Meeting.

This meeting, held in the Ark at Sonning Church, was called to discuss the future of the two Guild bell funds and to amalgamate them while satisfying the rules of the Charities Commission. This idea has been a bone of contention within the membership almost since the Capital Bell Fund was established in the ’70s by the late Henry Lawrenson et al. Brian Gatward, Vice President of the Guild and for many years its treasurer, gave us a history of the Restoration Fund, which was established in 1926 mostly in memory of dead ringers from WWI and, for some, this has always had some sentimental attachment. Tim Pett seconded the motion that the two funds should be amalgamated and this time, for the first time ever, there were no detractors.
Groups were formed to discuss how we can gain better methods of communication within the Guild and with other ringers and the general public. These ideas were shared with the membership and will be taken forward by the Master, Katie Lane and the rest of her team. They also have plans to make better uses of the General Committee and to reduce its numbers to make debate more efficient.
The Sonning ringers put on a fantastic and imaginative tea and were thanked for it, once again by the Deputy Master.

Applications open for the 2020 ART Awards

On behalf of ART

The ART Awards continue to grow every year – with over £3,000 in prize money waiting to be won. Now is your chance to apply for the 2020 ART Awards!

The teaching awards are open to everyone – not just ART Members or those using ‘Learning the Ropes’ scheme – the aim is to encourage and recognise the people and groups leading best practice and innovation in the teaching and development of ringing. The individual ringing awards are open to those who have completed one of the Learning the Ropes programmes (on tower or hand bells) or participated in the Learning the Ropes Plus scheme.

Click here to find out more and to apply –  www.ringingteachers.org/recognition/awards

ART Awards 2020

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

The Sarah Beacham Youth Group Award

Prize of £400 – sponsored by the Sarah Beacham Memorial Trust

The Sarah Beacham School Group Award

Prize of £400 – sponsored by the Sarah Beacham Memorial Trust

The ART Award for Excellence in the Use of Technology in Teaching

Prize of £500 – sponsored by John Taylor & Co.

The ART Award for Excellence in Recruitment or Retention

Prize of £400 – sponsored by AbelSim

The ART Award for a University Society that has made a Significant Contribution to Promoting Ringing to Younger People

Prize of £500 – sponsored by CCCBR

The ART Award for Inspiring Leadership in Ringing

Prize of £400 – sponsored by Talent Innovations

The ART Learning the Ropes Individual Achievement Awards

Two prizes of £250 – sponsored by the Ancient Society of College Youths
Five highly commended prizes of £25 each

Worried about applying?

The judges aren’t looking for the most professional application; what they are looking for is ideas, commitment and results. So if you’re looking at new ways of recruiting it’s not just the idea, but the number of people you recruited and whether they stayed. Easy ways to show that – number retained a year or two later, new recruits coming in (success breeds success), quarter peals, striking competition results, practice attendance, or ringing progress (LtR Levels) … and don’t forget photos and quotes. There’s no magic formula; think why what you’re doing has been successful and put it down on paper. Please don’t be modest!

What are we looking for?

Hopefully having convinced you that the ART Awards might be relevant to you or a ringer or group you know, what are the common themes that appear in previous years’ winning applications?

  • Having a vision or passion and making it happen: however big or small, making things happen is what leadership is all about, even if you don’t call it that.
  • Trying out new things: some of which work and some of which don’t. If we don’t move with the times ringing will not flourish, so tell us about the risks you took – what you tried or did differently
  • Getting young people ringing: over-turning all those misconceptions that exist about children seeing ringing as “uncool” and giving up at the first hurdle.

If you recognise and identify with any of these themes, why not consider applying for yourself or a ringer or group you know? There will be an ART Award that’s right for your application….and if you applied and didn’t win last year, how about applying again, now you’ve got another year under your belt – Lerryn School did that last year and they won!

How do I enter?

Further information and application forms are available at  www.ringingteachers.org/recognition/awards The closing date for applications is 31 December 2019 – so now is the time to make sure that those doing great work don’t miss out!

ODD BOB issue 101

ODD BOB issue 101 is now available, courtesy of Rob Needham. There’s plenty going on around the branches, and a lot of activity among our young ringers. Download using the link below, or find a printed copy in your local tower.

ODD BOB issue 101

November message from the Guild Master

For a long time, I have marked the passing years by the amount of daylight at practice nights. After the long summer evenings when it is warm and light at nine o’clock, we now have the winter months when we arrive in darkness to a dimly lit church, and possibly chilly ringing room. What a contrast to the heat of the summer when sandals and shorts are the preferred dress code and a ringing room with a fan is a positive blessing.

The summer brings a plethora of wedding ringing, tower outings, fetes, barbeques and a general air of celebration. We have had much to celebrate with the ODG Team winning the Ringing World National Youth Striking Competition in July at St Francis Xavier, Liverpool. It was a superb achievement for everyone involved in the preparation and the successful outcome and, again, I am delighted to congratulate Izzy (South Oxon), Daniel (Reading), Corey (Central Bucks), Ben (EBSB), Thomas (Reading), Sophie (Old North Berks), Dougie (North Bucks) and Josh (Old North Berks) not forgetting the adults who, nurtured, coached, persuaded and supported all the team, especially Colin Newman and Jenny Page. Thank you all for putting our younger ringers right in the spotlight.

The success of the ODG young ringers neatly takes me to our more mature ringers – of which I am one! From time to time I overhear comments which can be translated to something like ‘There are an awful lot of old ringers and we need to do something about it’. Yes, we do need to recruit, retain, encourage and support young recruits and there is much going on in many parts of the ODG to achieve this. More needs to be done and more will be done.

We also value our stalwart ringers; older, maybe wiser, often hugely experienced, sometimes just taking first steps into their ringing journey. In my travels around the guild territory, especially away from the city and larger town centres, these are the ringers who keep the small churches and village bells sounding out across the local communities; communities who most appreciate hearing their bells being rung for services and practices. The more skilful the rounds, call changes or doubles, the more pleasure our ringing brings to many non-ringers and worshippers alike; the music is a resonant comfort and an echo of centuries.

So, let us make all young ringers feel excited about developing their ringing knowledge and skills, welcome them on every occasion and cherish the loyal, steadfast members too.

And finally, by the time the next Odd Bob edition is in the towers, Christmas will just be just a few weeks away. At this time ringing comes to the fore, congregations will expect to hear the bells at carol services, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, ringing out the old year and bringing in 2020. Enjoy the festivities and recognise how important our ringing is to so many people who never see us, but they hear our message.

Safeguarding Guidance – June 2019 update

On behalf of Alison Hodge, SM Workgroup Lead, Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

As mentioned in Chris Mew’s article in The Ringing World in September (page 904), Chris has prepared a new set of guidance on safeguarding; this is now available here: https://cccbr.org.uk/resources/stewardship-and-management/ (select the Tower Operation tab).

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.

General Committee Meeting – November 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.

Committee Meeting arrangements November 2019

Gen Comm Papers Nov 2019

Bell Fund AGM minutes 2019

Bell Fund EGM Agenda and Presentation

Bell-Fund-Rules-April-2019

F&GP report to Nov 19 Gen Mtg

 

ODG 6-Bell Final 2019

Article written by Bobbie May

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.

Team

 

Branch Comment Faults

 

Placing
Wokingham All Saints Sonning Deanery Rang doubles with a good open hand-stroke though the tenor behind had some issues. Quite good ringing with some unevenness. 50 5th
Oxford St Giles Oxford Rang plain courses. They had difficulty getting the right rhythm but it was a good attempt 135 8th
Aylesbury Central Bucks Fairly steady ringing. They made a recovery from a hairy moment and kept going! 98 7th
Woughton on the Green North Bucks They had a few ‘moments’ early on but it sorted itself out later. 78 6th
Abingdon Old North Berks A nice piece of ringing! The tenor kept a lot closer here encouraging the other ringers to keep it moving along! 38 1st
High Wycombe EBSB Another nice piece of ringing and the tenor also kept it moving. 40 2nd
Thatcham Newbury Much slower test piece and they struggled with hand-stroke leads but otherwise fair ringing. 48 4th
Drayton St Leonard South Oxon Treble and tenor were a good combination. Slower ringing but they rang as a team/ 44 3rd

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.

Abingdon team
R-L Treble Priscilla Morris, 2. Susan Read 3. Brian Read 4. Sarah Barnes 5. Isaac O’Shea (c) 6. Tim Pett
High Wycombe team

R-L Treble Sheila George 2, Patricia Newton 3, David Sullivan 4, George Whiteside 5, Robert Newton (c) 6, James Vockins
Drayton St Leonard team
L-R Treble Linda Blansjaar 2, Daniel Rogers 3, Hilarie Rogers (c) 4, Christopher Rogers 5, John White 6, Amy Herlihy
Thatcham team
L-R Treble Susan E. Smith 2, Janet John 3, John Kape 4, Graham John 5, Anthony D.Smith (c) 6, Mark Backhouse
Wokingham All Saints team
R-L Treble Jane Mellor 2, Nigel Mellor 3, Stephen R. Smith 4, Jon Tutcher 5. John Harrison (c) 6, Kristin Fitch
Woughton on the Green team
R-L Treble, Jennifer Brookman 2, Brian Baldwin 3, Martin Petchey 4, Paul Cromblehome 5, Simon Head (c) 6, Graham Bartholomew
Aylesbury team
R-L Treble Rachel Sheppard 2, Sue Haines 3, Anne Hughes 4, Darren Washington 5, Grant Edney 6, Duncan Purchase (c)
Oxford St Giles team
R-L Treble Mona Setje-Eilers 2, Sara Jones 3, Jamie Allport 4, Kathy Xu 5, John Pusey (c) 6, Andrew Spicer

Events Update May 2020

VE Day Anniversary & ODG Ringing Day

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.

Guild Calendar

The Guild calendar has been updated to show all the events in the coming 9 months. View it at http://odg.org.uk/diary/.