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Welcome to the Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers

The ODG has the largest membership in the country and its territory contains the cities, towns and villages of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.
We have 15 Branches, and today the approximate 2400 membership represents over 400 ringable towers.  
Our two Bell Funds are managed by Trustees and effectively assist in the care, maintenance and restoration of bells through the Diocese.
Our Guild has a great history that can be traced back to1881; many men and women have enriched the Guild by their energy, skill and ability. To maintain our successful, vibrant 21st Century Guild we support our current membership through active recruitment, teaching new recruits as well as teaching experienced ringers to teach well and safely, and we all enjoy social gatherings. 
We are delighted with the developing bands of young ringers, we value the dedication of the established bands, we acknowledge the work and enthusiasm of all our ringing teachers, and we are grateful for the support of the diocesan clergy in the work that we do for the Diocese.
 

Whether you are an ODG member seeking information, a new recruit, or just browsing we hope that you will find this website helpful.

 

History

Our Guild has a great history that can be traced back to1881; many men and women have enriched the Guild by their energy, skill and ability. To maintain our successful, vibrant 21st Century Guild we support our current membership through active recruitment, teaching new recruits as well as teaching experienced ringers to teach well and safely, and we all enjoy social gatherings.

News

Safeguarding Guidance – June 2019 update

On behalf of Alison Hodge, SM Workgroup Lead, Central Council of Church Bell Ringers As mentioned in Chris Mew’s article in The Ringing World in September (page 904), Chris has prepared a new set of guidance on safeguarding; this is now available here: https://cccbr.org.uk/resources/stewardship-and-management/ (select the Tower Operation tab). This includes the guidance and 3 …

10-Bell course – spaces still available!

There are still spaces available on the 10-bell course at Aston Clinton on Saturday 30th November. We have decided to extend the scope of this course to include Cambridge S Royal. An amended poster is attached. 2019 Nov 10 bell course poster amended