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Latest news

Spring newsletter – Available to download  [5/1/20] 

Instructions for joining ODG AGM webinarDownload  [25/05/20]

Poems submitted during the lockdowndownload  [18/5/20]

Message from chairman in response to Covid-19, see message . [17/3/20]

AGM papers – available to download  (currently not quite complete). [1/2/20]

Joint 8-bell competition with Reading Branch – See results  [1/2/20]

Belated picture of 10-bell competition team – Added to event report  [16/1/20]

Job descriptions updateddownload  [27/11/19]

Business meeting 16 Nov – Meeting papers available to download [7/11/19] 

Joint 8-bell competition 1 Feb – Venue confirmed as Tilehurst. See diary. [3/11/19]

Result of Guild 6-bell competition – see Events  [5/10/19]

6-Bell competition – Good turnout. See results  [27/4/19]

Striking session Read feedback  [25/1/19]

Rope splicing course– See picture.  [20/1/19]


All practices & meetings are suspended for the time being, see notice . [17/3/20]

For a full list of events, see the Branch diary. For events in the rest of the Guild, see the Guild diary 

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About the Branch

Sonning Deanery Branch serves the bellringers of 17 churches with bells hung for full-circle English-style ringing in southeast Berkshire, roughly covering the Church of England Deaneries of Sonning, Bracknell and part of Maidenhead (see map ).

The Branch offers its members a comprehensive range of services .

It is one of 15 branches in the Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers  (ODG), which is the largest territorial ringing society in the world, with around 2500 members.

ODG represents bell ringers in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, which together comprise the Diocese of Oxford. It is affiliated to the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers .

Rules of the ODG  apply to Sonning Deanery Branch, supplemented by Sonning Deanery Branch rules. For more information on Guild services, see the main ODG website. The Guild charges a modest annual subscription for resident members, due in January.

Find out more

Contact a local tower  if you would like to see ringing in action, or if you are interested in learning to ring.

For more information on the web, see:

Ringing towers in Sonning Deanery Branch

Sonning Deanery towers

A drawing by Stan Scott

All ringing was suspended in March.
 With the eased restrictions there is some very limited ringing for some church services but most ringing is still suspended.
 Normal activity should resume when the emergency ends.

Contact details provided on this website for Branch Officers and Tower Correspondents should only be used for legitimate purposes relating to Branch, Guild or other ringing-related activities, and for no other purpose.

 General Data Protection Regulations 2018 (GDPR) – As members should expect, a record of their membership is maintained on a combination of paper and computer systems. These records are solely used for the administration of the Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers and for communication with members relating to Guild/Branch activities. They are not made available to anyone for commercial purposes. If any member wishes to inspect the records held, please contact the Secretary . The Branch operates a Data Privacy Policy . Information on the Guild Policy on Data Protection can be found within the Documents section of this website.

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