At the Guild General Committee meeting yesterday, the effect of the Covid-19
virus was discussed at length. As you will be aware many people are
self-isolating and we are also conscious of needing to avoid putting our
more vulnerable members at risk. We therefore decided to cancel the Radley
course scheduled for 4th April. We will also reschedule the Guild AGM and
eight-bell striking competition from 16th May to a date later in the year –
we will advise you on the new date as soon as possible.
Also Colin Newman has postponed the Training Meeting that was scheduled for
next Saturday for the same reason. It will be held in the autumn. PLEASE
NOTE THIS POSTPONEMENT URGENTLY – DO NOT GO TO COWLEY NEXT SATURDAY.
Our latest Young Ringers outing took place in and around Newbury on a chilly February day in half term. It was a really great day and I got to make lots of new friends who were all excellent ringers. The most fun part of the day was getting to try the bells at three different church towers. We started at Speen, walked on to Shaw (in the wind and rain!) and finished at St Nicholas’ in Newbury town centre. St Nicholas had really loud bells which apparently my brother could hear from the other side of the town!
Trying out at different towers gave me a bit more confidence when facing new bells. It was a really great day and I am looking forward to future outings.
Bell Fund & General Committee meeting
Saturday 14th March 2020
The arrangements for the meetings are as follows:
The Bell Fund AGM is at 2:30pm and the General Committee meeting will follow immediately afterwards. As a member of the General Committee, you are eligible to attend both meetings. The meetings will be in St Michael’s Church Hall, Routh Lane, Tilehurst, Reading RG30 4JY. There is parking both by the Church at the other end of Routh Lane, and some in the Church Hall car park.
Note that Routh Lane is closed to through-traffic, just south of the Hall entrance. When approaching from the south (e.g. from M4/A4/Calcot), follow New Lane Hill past the church and up to the Tjunction.
Then turn right into The Meadway, and then right again into Routh Lane where the entrance to the hall car-park is situated. If you are using a SatNav to drive to the Hall from the south, you are recommended to use postcode RG30 4PE, to avoid being directed into the closed part of Routh Lane.
If you know that you will not be attending the meetings, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) beforehand so that your apology can be recorded.
There will be ringing at St Michael, Tilehurst (8, 17-1-15) SU674729 postcode RG30 4JX after the meeting/tea. It is easy walking from the Hall.
Tea and coffee will be available at the Church Hall before the meeting from 2.00pm. There will be a traditional ringers’ tea after the meetings for those who want it, or just drinks for those who don’t.
Please can names for tea be sent by Wednesday, 11th March at the latest to Martin Foakes at email: email@example.com or (for those without email) by phone: 07572 546883.
Ken Darvill – Hon General Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you can offer your skills on one or more of these topics, please contact email@example.com
You can also download a copy of the poster here:Poster PR
The Guild is grateful to the late Stan Scott for the drawings of our towers which form the background of the artwork on this poster.
As part of the website update project, I set up an ODG twitter account. At the time, there was no way to integrate this with the first attempt at the website update. Now we have ownership of the development, I have integrated our twitter account with the website. This means that as soon as a new news article is published, a tweet will also be sent. If you’re not already, why not follow us @ODGCBR? You’ll see all the latest news as it comes in!
A few questions have been asked of the Facebook page recently, and I acknowledge that this is under-used. At the time of its creation the development of the website was being done by a contractor, leaving time for me as Webmaster to look after the social media. Since then, and in the absence of a Public Relations Officer, I must admit it has been sat there not really doing much. I intend to look into its role and whether it can be made less restrictive in its use. Once I have an update, I’ll be sure to post it.
In the meantime, please do follow @ODGCBR on twitter!
Young Ringers visit Newbury Branch
Wednesday 19th February.
Any young ringers from the ODG who can handle a bell safely by themselves will be welcome. Parents, ringing teachers and more experienced ringers are welcome too.
Donations of £5.00 per young ringer will be collected.
Please let us know if you are coming and any special dietary considerations.
Please complete and bring a 2020 permission form if not already provided.
13:00 St Mary, Speen (tbc) (6, 12-2-12, RG14 1SA) ring and walk to Shaw
14:15 St Mary, Shaw (6, 7-01-12) ring and walk to Central Newbury
15:15 Church Hall, St Nicolas Newbury (10, 1-2-21, RG14 7WH)
16:30 Event ends
The Oxford Diocesan Bell Fund AGM celebrated its 45th anniversary in September 2019.
Since its inception it has been able to assist bell restoration in the Diocese by granting over £400,000 to more than 200 projects. Better still because it is a capital fund, all the money that has been raised is still invested and the grants have been paid from interest and dividends generated by the capital,
Every year there are activities, which generate new money for which the Trustees are very grateful as only by increasing the capital can the Fund keep pace with rising costs, We are keen to ensure the 2020 Leap Year Sponsored Ringing Event, is a resounding success.
First organised in 1979 when Branches were encouraged to organise a sponsored Peal or Quarter Peal and donate the money raised to the Bell Fund. A special Shield was provided by Bill Butler and inscribed by Ted Gosling for presentation to the Branch raising the largest amount of money. Bicester Branch won, raising over £231. We don’t expect peals and quarters (but by all means ring them if you like), any ringing can be sponsored, so presents a great opportunity to involve all levels and abilities and to introduce new members to the work of the Bell Fund.
In 2020 the Sponsored Ringing “Week” will be the 22nd to 29th February, The Shield will be presented to the Branch raising the greatest amount per head of membership. Sponsorship money can be Gift Aided to benefit from recovery of Income Tax.
Sponsor forms are both attached below, and available from the Secretary – Katie Lane (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
ODG Radley Course Saturday 4th April 2020.
This one day course course will have groups covering plain hunt, bob
doubles, grandsire doubles, bob minor, grandsire triples, plain bob
triples and major, depending on demand. Please see poster for details of
how to get further details and an application form.
Old North Berks Branch of the ODG
For the Christmas school holiday outing we visited a light six, Horspath, just outside Oxford. And seventeen school-aged ringers came! They represented seven branches of the ODG, mostly fairly local but some coming from as far as Bloxham, Tilehurst, Faringdon and Clanfield. They were aged between ten and eighteen years old. Almost all the ringing was just by the young ringers, with lots of rounds and call changes, but also some Grandsire, Plain Bob, Stedman and Kent.
The young ringers said how much they liked the Christmas Cribs displayed in the church, (and the mince pies left over from Christmas Day).
And to recognise the season we had a party in the nearby Horspath Hub! We started with some party food kindly provided by Daphne, then played party games and rang carols on handbells. It was good to see the young ringers enjoying each others’ company.
The next young ringers outing will be at half term, on Wednesday 19th February, in the Newbury Branch. Put the date in your diary!