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.
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.
Old North Berks Branch of the ODG
For the Christmas school holiday outing we visited a light six, Horspath, just outside Oxford. And seventeen school-aged ringers came! They represented seven branches of the ODG, mostly fairly local but some coming from as far as Bloxham, Tilehurst, Faringdon and Clanfield. They were aged between ten and eighteen years old. Almost all the ringing was just by the young ringers, with lots of rounds and call changes, but also some Grandsire, Plain Bob, Stedman and Kent.
The young ringers said how much they liked the Christmas Cribs displayed in the church, (and the mince pies left over from Christmas Day).
And to recognise the season we had a party in the nearby Horspath Hub! We started with some party food kindly provided by Daphne, then played party games and rang carols on handbells. It was good to see the young ringers enjoying each others’ company.
The next young ringers outing will be at half term, on Wednesday 19th February, in the Newbury Branch. Put the date in your diary!
It’s great to see what is going on around the branches. Look at what has been going on at St Giles, Oxford courtesy of John Pusey.
June 2019 Bellringing News