Padworth -New clappers fitted

Message from the Mortimer team.  The installation of the new clappers was completed 29/11/23.  The installation has been signed off by Whites and the bells handed back.  They are now within 1ms off-set between handstroke and backstroke. Thanks go to White’s, Andy Slater and The Branch for a grant towards the cost.

Ringing for The Rainbow Trust appeal

On Sunday, 26th November I’m joining other ringers at Shinfield and Swallowfield Towers in support of the Rainbow Trust “No Family Alone Appeal”.   This wonderful charity supports families where there is a terminally ill child 24/7 and can be a lifeline for families in very dark times.    The charity is new to the Thames Valley, so in addition to supporting the appeal, we are also ringing to welcome it to our community and remember children across the Thames Valley region who are suffering from terminal illness or who have passed away.  The Appeal runs for 72 hours from Friday, 24th November to Monday 27th November.  Rainbow Trust has secured matched funding meaning that every £1 donated will be worth DOUBLE that to the charity.  I know that there are many appeals at this time of year, but please do consider making a donation if you can.  There’s a waiting list of families in our area and inflation means the cost of providing support is spiraling.

 You can make a donation here  Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity: Shinfield and Swallowfield Ringers supporting Rainbow Trust (

 Even if you are unable to make a contribution on this occasion, please do click on the link to find out more about the work of this wonderful charity.  Thank you for your generosity.

Youth Practice

Message from Jenny Page

The next combined youth practice will be on Sunday 12th November at St Michael and St Mary Magdalene Easthampstead (Bracknell) 2.30 – 4pm.

A contrast with the last practice at St Giles, they are a 6cwt 8.

Very happy to give lifts to anyone who would like to go.

ONB Quiz and Supper?

2023 quiz night ONB

Is anyone interested in making up a Reading Branch quiz team?  See the attached poster for details.

If so, do drop me a line and I will see what car sharing can be organised.

Peter Robson


Coronation of King Charles III on 6th May 2023

When to ring:

There is not going to be a set time to ring for the Coronation. At the moment we don’t have an indication of the time of the Service at Westminster Abbey, although it is expected to either start at 11 or 11.15. Many bands are planning to ring in the run up to the service (when time is confirmed), however ringing is encouraged at any time convenient to the ringers and Church. As more information is announced we will update accordingly but the time was not known as at 30th March..