News from the Bicester Branch – August 2020

Although there’s not too much news these days, it’s good to hear what’s been going on around the branches. Here is a summary of what’s been going on in the Biscester Branch.

Saturday, 15 August 2020

Islip (St Nicholas), Oxfordshire

Tolling

Saturday, 15 August 2020

Kirtlington (St Mary the Virgin), Oxfordshire

75 Tolling

Saturday, 15 August 2020

Weston on the Green (Blessed Virgin Mary), Oxfordshire

Tolling

The improvement works at Weston on the Green are fairly complete, the new ropes are in and the new carpet is down.

Meantime at Stratton Audley they are hoping to ring three bells at each of two weddings coming up in September.

Website updates

On Tuesday 14th July, a number of changes will be made to the Guild website. No downtime is anticipated, but you may find things look a little different. Please be patient with us while we make these changes. If you have any questions, please contact the webmaster.

ODG Six-Bell and Ten-Bell Competition Certificates

The striking competition certificates are normally presented at the Guild AGM later in May. However, now the AGM is to be held as a “virtual” affair, it becomes impossible to do the presentation. Until such time as the lock-down is eased and we can meet again, here are the certificates for all to see and the successful teams to celebrate.

Six-bell

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Ten-bell

ODG on Twitter

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!

Applications open for the 2020 ART Awards

On behalf of ART

The ART Awards continue to grow every year – with over £3,000 in prize money waiting to be won. Now is your chance to apply for the 2020 ART Awards!

The teaching awards are open to everyone – not just ART Members or those using ‘Learning the Ropes’ scheme – the aim is to encourage and recognise the people and groups leading best practice and innovation in the teaching and development of ringing. The individual ringing awards are open to those who have completed one of the Learning the Ropes programmes (on tower or hand bells) or participated in the Learning the Ropes Plus scheme.

Click here to find out more and to apply –  www.ringingteachers.org/recognition/awards

ART Awards 2020

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

The Sarah Beacham Youth Group Award

Prize of £400 – sponsored by the Sarah Beacham Memorial Trust

The Sarah Beacham School Group Award

Prize of £400 – sponsored by the Sarah Beacham Memorial Trust

The ART Award for Excellence in the Use of Technology in Teaching

Prize of £500 – sponsored by John Taylor & Co.

The ART Award for Excellence in Recruitment or Retention

Prize of £400 – sponsored by AbelSim

The ART Award for a University Society that has made a Significant Contribution to Promoting Ringing to Younger People

Prize of £500 – sponsored by CCCBR

The ART Award for Inspiring Leadership in Ringing

Prize of £400 – sponsored by Talent Innovations

The ART Learning the Ropes Individual Achievement Awards

Two prizes of £250 – sponsored by the Ancient Society of College Youths
Five highly commended prizes of £25 each

Worried about applying?

The judges aren’t looking for the most professional application; what they are looking for is ideas, commitment and results. So if you’re looking at new ways of recruiting it’s not just the idea, but the number of people you recruited and whether they stayed. Easy ways to show that – number retained a year or two later, new recruits coming in (success breeds success), quarter peals, striking competition results, practice attendance, or ringing progress (LtR Levels) … and don’t forget photos and quotes. There’s no magic formula; think why what you’re doing has been successful and put it down on paper. Please don’t be modest!

What are we looking for?

Hopefully having convinced you that the ART Awards might be relevant to you or a ringer or group you know, what are the common themes that appear in previous years’ winning applications?

  • Having a vision or passion and making it happen: however big or small, making things happen is what leadership is all about, even if you don’t call it that.
  • Trying out new things: some of which work and some of which don’t. If we don’t move with the times ringing will not flourish, so tell us about the risks you took – what you tried or did differently
  • Getting young people ringing: over-turning all those misconceptions that exist about children seeing ringing as “uncool” and giving up at the first hurdle.

If you recognise and identify with any of these themes, why not consider applying for yourself or a ringer or group you know? There will be an ART Award that’s right for your application….and if you applied and didn’t win last year, how about applying again, now you’ve got another year under your belt – Lerryn School did that last year and they won!

How do I enter?

Further information and application forms are available at  www.ringingteachers.org/recognition/awards The closing date for applications is 31 December 2019 – so now is the time to make sure that those doing great work don’t miss out!

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 appendices. The guidance and appendices are also available separately so that they can be customised as necessary and used appropriately.

Appendix A is a sample role description for completion for a bell ringing leader, Appendix B is a sample role description for completion for a safeguarding officer of a society, Appendix C is a good practice guide for display in your tower (after removing any other out of date guidance that may be there).

Please note the following from the guidance – “ Most ringing towers come under the jurisdiction of the Church of England, Church in Wales and Scottish churches all of which have common requirements. The UK legal requirements extend to other denominations and secular rings, whilst churches and ringing establishments outside the UK will be subject to local laws. In all cases ringers should maintain good practice principles whenever dealing with young and vulnerable persons.”

May we take this opportunity to thank Chris Mew for all the work that he has done for the Council and ringers more generally for many years. As he said in his article, he is handing over this responsibility at the end of 2019.