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Young Ringer's December outing

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Our Christmas outing will consist of church and hand bell ringing as well as a game or two of skittles, between 2pm and 4:30 pm at St James, Radley, OX14 3QF.

Any young ringers who can handle a bell safely by themselves will be welcome. Parents and more experienced ringers are welcome too.

Donations of £5.00 per young ringer will be collected.

Please let us know if you are coming:
Susan & Brian Read
Tel: 01235 529 779
Mob: 07941 580 468

Farewell to Whitechapel...

You may be interested in the following article after the announcement in this weeks RW:

Wallingford bells undegoing repair work.

Due to repair work starting on the tower, the bells at Wallingford are now out of action until some time after Christmas.

The Wallingford weekly practice will however continue on Thursday evenings at CHOLSEY at the same time of 7.45 – 9.30 pm (with thanks to Jenny Jeskins for offering the bells there).

Anyone at a loose end on a Thursday evening very welcome!

Quiz Night and Supper

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The ONB Quiz Night & Supper will be at 7:30pm on Saturday, 12th November in Brightwell Village Hall.

£10 per head. Teams of 4 – 6 (max) or join a team on the night. Soft drinks will be provided, but please remember to bring your own alcohol.

Names to Gilian Loyd (branch secretary) by Saturday 5th November please!

Young Ringer's October outing

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Our October half term outing will consist of a visit to a Falconry Centre at Millets Farm near Frilford, followed by a walk to Marcham Church (just under two miles). At the church we will all have a ploughman's lunch followed by some fun ringing. We think everyone will enjoy watching the falcons' antics and will work up a good appetite for the lunch.

We will be charging a bit more than usual, £10, to cover the whole event. And we'll be charging adults as well as young people if they wish to join us. It will be more important than usual that we know who is coming so that we can make sure we have the right amount of food. Please let us know whether or not you are coming and how many lunches your party will need by Sunday 23rd October.

Adults will be most welcome to join us for the Falconry display, even if they decide not to come to Marcham Church with us (we will ask those adults for only £5 per adult). By arranging our party into "families" we can slightly reduce the entrance fees for all of us.

Please let us know if you are coming:
Susan & Brian Read
Tel: 01235 529 779
Mob: 07941 580 468

Minutes of the October Committee Meeting

Didcot Coffee Morning

The Bellringers of All Saints’ Didcot invite you to a coffee morning to raise funds for new ropes and repairs to the spire. Click for the poster (pdf).

Branch Outing & BBQ

Click for the Outing poster (pdf), and the BBQ poster (pdf)

09.30-10.30 Goodworth Clatford St Peter (8) (7-2-0) (T) SP11 7SF
10.45-11.45 Hurstbourne Priors St Andrew (8) (14-3-9) RG28 7SB
12.00-13.25 LUNCH The White Hart, Whitchurch RG28 7DN
Limited parking at Hotel – park in town car parks
Menus: Page 1 ~ Page 2 ~ Lunch Specials
13.30-14.30 Whitchurch All Hallows (10) (26-1-4) (GF)(T) RG28 7AS
14.45-15-45 Longparish St Nicholas (6) (7-2-1) (GF) SP11 6NY
15.45-16.15 TEA Longparish Church SP11 6NY
16.30-17.30 Highclere St Michael and All Angels (8) (11-0-27) RG20 9RH
7 pm BBQ The Croft, Milton Hill RG28 7DN

Young Ringer's Ring and Walk

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  • 1.30 pm: Meet at St Andrew, Letcombe Regis (6, 8-0-0)
  • 2.30 pm: Walk with treasure hunt (2 miles)
  • 3.30 pm: Refreshments, ringing, St Mary, Childrey (8, 12-0-04)
  • 4.30 pm: Parents collect from St Mary, Childrey

Please come to our next outing, on the afternoon of Thursday 2nd June. We are going to two towers not far from Wantage and I'm organising a treasure hunt on the less than two mile walk in between.

Donations of £5.00 per young ringer will be collected.

Please let us know if you are coming:
Susan & Brian Read
Tel: 01235 529 779
Mob: 07941 580 468

Minutes of the Branch AGM

The minutes from the Old North Berkshire branch Annual General Meeting on 19th March 2016 are available here (pdf).

Branch 6 bell striking competition 2016

The 6-bell striking competition preceded the Annual General Meeting on 19th March 2016. Ian Judd of Goring judged the competition and gave the results, saying that he had very much enjoyed himself at North Moreton. He also said that he thought the bells were now outstanding and a vast improvement on his previous visit more than thirty years ago. He thought that all the entrants had done extremely well, and certainly better than any of the towers in the Branch that had not entered.

The results were as follows:

  1. Abingdon (40 faults)
  2. Blewbury (53 faults)
  3. Harwell (71 faults)
  4. North Moreton (75 faults)
  5. Youth team (87 faults).

The Abingdon ringers were invited to represent the Branch in the Guild 6-bell striking competition on 3rd October in the EBSB Branch.

Minutes of the February Committee Meeting

The minutes from the ONB committee meeting on 28th February 2016 are available here (pdf).