Links to other Resources
Below are a selection of resources and useful forms. It is by no means extensive, and if you feel there is something missing, please infrom the webmaster.
Please note that the Oxford Diocesan Guild is not responsible for the content of any external website that these links may take you to.
This is main ODG website, home of the definitive information about the Guild and its branches.
This is the online version of Dove’s Guide for Church Bell Ringers, the definitive source for information about rings of bells since the first printed edition appeared in 1950. The site provides full-featured searching, links to mapping facilities to show the exact location of towers, satellite navigation data, and details of changes to entries as they occur. Its scope has been extended by the addition of data for individual bells as a step towards a prototype National Bell Register.
This is the Methods Committee website, home of the definitive Central Council method collections. The collections are available in different formats, so take a moment to decide which one you need.
The Central Council’s Ringing Bibliography with links to other books and reading matter. e.g. John Ketteringham Books
This book is maintained by the Central Council; the linked page is for the Oxford Diocesan Guild.
The Ringing World is the official journal of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers.
The corporate headquarters of this site are in Wï¿½renlingen, Switzerland. Here you will find a list of various ringing events and “blogs” from ringers across the world.
A large range of ringing resources from many different areas, including compositions, computing, and publications for the discerning ringer.
Now maintained by the CCCBR. Turn up the volume to get the best results.
This site provides details of all peals rung since 1985. It was conceived and implemented by William J Hall, a Staffordshire ringer, who devoted a huge amount of effort during his lifetime to its creation and maintenance. It is now maintained by the Ringing World.
This database lives on the methods.ringing.org site and users can get to it through these pages. Computer programs can also access the database directly. The database lists all methods rung to date.
The Visual Method Archive allows you to search and view blue lines. You can also use it to check if a method has been rung and named, and to edit place notations to try and create new methods.
Abel is the most popular change ringing simulator in the world, for both home and tower use. This version is the latest in a line of bellringing simulator programs which started with Abel 1 running under DOS, back in 1993. Abel runs on Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP and Windows Vista. Over 3500 copies of Abel have been sold for use on Windows PCs, and ringers bought more than 1500 copies of the old DOS version too. All profits from the sale of Abel go to charities, including bell restoration.
Church bell ringing simulators have been around for a long time now and their use as an important training tool is widely accepted. Besides being great fun, time spent ringing on a simulator greatly aids the development of listening skills and allows a person to get more practice (and with a perfect band) than can ever be achieved in a conventional practice night environment.
Hear the weekly radio broadcast of bells across the UK.
A useful link providing details on bell hanging, repairs and refurbishments
The Trust helps churches to acquire surplus and/or redundant bells to hang for English-style full-circle ringing.
Available here are lists of bells in the forty-three dioceses of the Church of England. As such the lists are intended to complement the Dove database, rather than compete with it.