Oxford, Saturday 13th April 2019
While the Old North Berks branch holds little outings for young ringers each school holiday, this time we decided to be more adventurous and organise a big day out especially for young ringers in the whole Guild. Visiting Oxford was an ideal choice.
Nineteen young ringers from around the ODG and around thirty parents including some ringers met in Oxford on the chilly but sunny morning, ready to ring at seven towers in central Oxford. Our first two towers were the light tens at St Thomas and St Mary Magdalen. Ringing was good, ranging from rounds to plain hunt on nine to surprise major.
St Giles, just up the road had a steep stair ending with a ladder into a very crowded ringing room. We rang plain bob and grandsire triples as well as rounds and call changes.
At lunch time we had a treat! We provided our own packed lunches, but the Parish Room had lots to entertain us – firstly Daphne’s wonderful selection of cakes and scones and things to drink. Then an excellent book stall with ART books that many of us hadn’t seen before. Also there was the chance to ring plain hunt on handbells with some experts. But perhaps best of all, Alan Griffin had brought along his dumbbell with a competition to ring it as the tenor behind to Grandsire Doubles and to get the best score for our striking! Ten of the young ringers had a go. (Some had two goes!)
There was a longer walk to the best bells of the day, Magdalen College where the gloomy ringing chamber is furnished with ancient leather covered sofas and some even older wooden pews. We were nervous that the worthy members of the Oxford Society who had arranged all the towers for us would not approve of the standard of our ringing. But they reassured us that we were fine and commented that they had heard much worse ringing from some of the other visiting bands who had come there!
Next there was the light eight at Lincoln College and the six at St Aldates where the prize giving was announced. Josh and Jamie won the handsome big Easter Eggs for their top scores on Alan’s dumbbell. All those who completed the quiz sheet received a smaller Easter Egg, and these seemed to disappear really quickly!
The last tower was Carfax at the central cross roads of Oxford. Not all stayed to the end at 6.30 pm, but those who did enjoyed this fine, but challenging six.
Some of the comments on the day:
“I would like to thank you for the experience of ringing at new towers with new people. I thoroughly enjoyed the day”;
“It improved my ringing and confidence about it”
“Thank you very much for arranging the whole trip and I will be sure to come along to anything else planned in the future.”
The new Volunteer & Leadership committee (V&LC) of the Central Council is keen to promote ringing for young people. The ODG offered to hold this Ringing Festival in Oxford as a test of the concept for the V&LC. We were pleased with how well it turned out and hope it encourages similar future ventures.
What’s a Module 2F?
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.
Saturday 31 August 2019
SMV, Longcot, SN7 7TL
Book your place on the course directly: www.smartringer.org/public/daycourses
Or contact Lesley Belcher for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Details for the 2019 AGM are now available. Below are links to the poster, map, agenda with papers, and accounts.
Since this AGM has a resolution concerning the merger of the Restoration Fund into the Bell Fund, you may wish to have sight of the relevant rules of the two Funds.
This is an article written by John Harrison for the Sonning Deanery Branch Newsletter (Spring 2019).
“It’s not often you are offered an opportunity to get ringing shown on TV, so you grab it with both hands. One of our ringers has a friend involved in Field Archery. (No, I didn’t know of it either – its a kind of blend between archery and orienteering.) It was featured in the sport slot on BBC Breakfast, and when the presenter heard about ringing he was keen to do a piece on that as well.
Some of you may wonder why ringing would appear in the ‘sport’ slot, but it fits very well with the widely used definition of sport as: ‘all forms of physical activity which, through casual or organised participation, aim at expressing or improving physical fitness and mental well-being, forming social relationships or obtaining results in competition at all levels’. Of course, ringing is much more than just a sport–notably as a form of music– which is why it is so special. But the more angles we can get covered to help raise public awareness the better. The presenter, Mike Bushell, is interested in exploring and presenting all forms of sport, and according to Wikipedia (look him up) he holds the world record for trying different sports–over 350 different ones.
On Monday 15th March we welcomed Mike and his cameraman Ian to our practice at All Saints Wokingham. They arrived in late afternoon for Mike to get some hands-on training beforehand, but Mike was delayed and Ian arrived early so we re-jigged the plan. Ian got shots of the outside the tower and the splendid view from the roof – in glorious sunshine– and he also took lots of shots inside, including showing the size of the bells. The altered plans meant that instead of the intended two hours of initial tuition, Mike only got about an hour. He was an enthusiastic learner– perhaps a bit too enthusiastic– and made pretty well average progress, ringing both strokes after a fashion by the end of the hour.
We then adjourned to The Ship (which in the late 1700s used to sponsor ringing competitions) and after a quick meal returned to the tower to join Ian and the other ringers assembling for the practice, at which we had a record turn out of over 20. Mike was filmed being taken through the teaching process and the rest of the time was spent filming typical exercises with the learners and various examples of normal ringing– from all angles: close up, wide shot, looking down from the clock room, viewed from the nave and looking in to the bells themselves.
A lot of the time was spent interviewing individual ringers, from our youngest recruits to long standing members, since the focus of Mike’s programmes is to capture not just ‘what’ is done, but why the participants do it and what makes them so keen.
BBC Breakfast has a total audience of 12 million. The sport item is shown four times between 6am & 10am, nominally at 6.40, 7.40, 8.40 & 9.40 though it can vary. It’s quite a short slot– 3 minutes – so it’s less of a documentary and more a stream of vignettes that give an impression of what the sport is like.”
A shortened clip of the segment can be found on BBC Breakfast’s Twitter page.
Sara Jones and her father Geraint both started ringing in September 2018. Sara, aged 13, has raced ahead of her father and rang her first quarter at St Giles’, Oxford on Sunday 7 April!
Sunday, 7 April 2019 in 43m (14–0–1 in F♯)
1269 Grandsire Doubles
1 Sara Jones
2 Catherine M A Lane
3 Dana Josephson
4 John G Pusey
5 Andrew R Freer (C)
6 Andrew Spicer
First quarter : 1 (aged 13)
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 email@example.com) 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.
Monday 6th MAY 2019
|10.30||Beachampton||5||8-0 -27||MK19 6DT||SP770370||GF|
|11.30||Loughton (no day tickets)||6||11-2-14||MK5 8AS||SP837378||GF||T|
|12.00||Downs Barn||8||6-0-10||MK14 7RP||SP863404||T||R|
|12.30||MK Village||6||9 cwt||MK10 9AF||SP887391||GF||T|
|13.00||Woughton on the Green||6||7 cwt||MK6 3BS||SP876376||GF||T|
|14.30||Fenny Stratford *||6||8-0-4||MK2 2BU||SP882340||T|
|15.00||Newton Longville||8||12 cwt||MK17 0AL||SP484314||T|
|10.30||Buckingham||8||27 cwt||MK18 1BS||SP694337||T|
|11.00||Maids Moreton||6||10-3-20||MK18 1QD||SP706351||T|
|11.30||Old Wolverton||6||14 cwt||MK12 5NH||SP803412||T|
|12.00||Bradwell Village *||6||7-2-15||MK13 9EY||SP831394||T|
|12.30||Gt Linford||6||16-1-22||MK14 5AU||SP850423||GF||T||R|
|13.00||Newport Pagnell||8||21-2-16||MK16 8AR||SP877439||T|
|13.30||Sherrington||5||12 cwt||MK16 9PD||SP890467|
|14.30||Clifton Reynes||6||10-2-14||MK46 5DT||SP899514||GF||T||R|
|15.30||Stoke Goldington||6||13-2-12||MK16 8NZ||SP831491|
All towers open for 1 hour. R= Refreshments. T = Toilet. GF = Ground floor. *TBC
£1 per tower or Day Tickets available from stewards at first 3 towers on each route.
Any Changes will be listed on the Guild website and advertised at the first 3 towers on each route.
IMPORTANT the start and finish times shown here will be observed precisely.
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE OXFORD DIOCESAN BELL FUND
This is a day’s ringing outing to central Oxford towers. It is arranged specifically for the enjoyment of just young ringers.
Any young ringer (under 21) from an ODG tower who can handle a bell safely by himself or herself and can ring rounds will be welcome to join us on the Saturday 13th April.
(Parents/guardians need to arrange appropriate supervision all day.)
Donations of £5.00 per young ringer will be collected
To register and to receive more details, please email:
An upcoming ART event – please see the poster below for details.