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ONB Quiz Night & Supper

The branch Quiz Night & Supper will be held in Blewbury Village Hall on Saturday, 18th November 2023.

Please make up teams of up to 8 (maximum) or you can join a team on the night.

Soft drinks will be provided, but please remember to bring your own alcohol.

Please send names for to Mandy Winters by 11th November (see the poster for contact details).

All proceeds to branch bell restoration projects.

ONB Committee Meeting (Sunday 15th October)

A Committee Meeting was held online (by Zoom) on Sunday 15th October 2023 at 7.30 pm.

The minutes from the meeting are now available via the link below.

Young Ringers' Practice - CANCELLED

Many of our usual young ringers have other things on this Sunday and are unable to come to Cholsey. So I am sorry, I am cancelling that practice.

I hope you will be able to come to our next practice, 2.00 – 4.00 pm on Sunday October 8th, at Childrey.

Young Ringers' Practice - CANCELLED

Unfortunately, too few young people are available on Sunday 13 August, so sadly this practice has been cancelled. I hope to see you at the next practice which is scheduled to take place on Sunday September 17 at Cholsey, from 2.00 pm till 3.30 pm.

Young Ringers' Practice - Brightwell

A Young Ringers' practice was held on Sunday 23rd July, 2.00 – 4.00 pm, at St Thomas, Goring on Thames. See the poster (below) for more details.

Old North Berks Branch Outing & Barbecue (15th July)

Please see the schedule (below and in poster above) for the outing on Saturday July 15th (which includes Philip’s email and phone details).

After the outing a Barbecue & Croquet evening was held, hosted by Stuart and Naomi Gibson, including a raffle prize draw (all proceeds to branch funds)!

09:30-10:30 FULBROOK St James the Great 6 (4-0-13)
10:45-11:45 CHURCHILL All Saints’ 8 (10-3-9)
12:00-13:30 LUNCH - The Fox, Chipping Norton
13:30 - 14:30 CHIPPING NORTON St Mary the Virgin 8 (14-1-4)
15:00 -15:45 CHADLINGTON St Nicholas 6 (8-3-13)
15:45 - 16:15 TEA - Chadlington Church
16:30- 17:30 SHIPTON UNDER WYCHWOOD St Mary 8 (14-3-0)

Guild Festival, Oxford

Saturday 8th July saw the Guild Festival, a fantastic opportunity to ring the Oxford towers, together with the chance to meet old and make new friends. All of the details are available from the Guild website but a poster is available below:

Please Note: the poster may not be altered in any way at all because the Guild has paid a licence for the photograph which is under copyright to Christ Church.

ONB 6-bell Striking Competition

The branch striking competition was hosted this year by Long Wittenham on the morning of Saturday 10th June. Six teams entered the competition, each ringing one minute of rounds and 240 changes of call changes or method.

The judges were Alan and Tine Marchbank aided by Honey the dog.

  1. Blewbury (62 faults).
  2. Abingdon (63 faults).
  3. Scratch band (87 faults).
  4. Wallingford (94 faults).
  5. North Moreton and Friends (102 faults).
  6. Cholsey (112 faults).

It was great to have six teams entering this year. Congratulations go to Blewbury, who pipped Abingdon at the post and will represent the Branch in the Guild's 6 bell competition in October.

Cholsey took part for the first time in over 25 years and made a good effort. Hopefully they will come back even stronger next year!

Young Ringers' Practice - Brightwell

A Young Ringers' practice was held on Sunday 4th June, 2.00 – 4.00 pm, at St Agatha, Brightwell. See the poster (below) for more details.

Young Ringers' Practice - Longcot

A Young Ringers practice was held on Sunday 14th May, 2.00 – 4.00 pm, at SMV, Longcot.

Coronation of King Charles III (6th May)

The guild has circulated more infromation about the Ring for the King campaign.

Vicki Chapman, the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers Public Relations Officer has circulated the following:

You will have seen and/or heard lots of TV and radio publicity about bellringing in local and national news calling for new ringers to learn to ring in time for the King’s coronation. This started last October but the press have now really picked up on it. This has meant a lot of enquiries, all coming through at the same time. We are very grateful to the ART management and Admin team who took on the challenge of fielding all the enquiries through the website. We know there have also been many direct enquiries.

Obviously time is running short now in order for new recruits to have sufficient training in time for the coronation in 10 weeks’ time. However, anyone wanting to learn should be given the opportunity to take part, even if it’s assisted on the day. The important part is ensuring recruits are handled quickly and efficiently and given a great experience so they will want to continue beyond May.

It would be great to know that new recruits are getting the opportunity and would appreciate your support in their teaching and participation. Thank you for your support and good luck.

Old North Berks Branch Mini Outing (26th April)

Please find below details of the mini outing on Wednesday, 26th April.

10:00-11:00 Islip – St Nicholas 8 bells (8-1-7)
10:45-11:45 Bletchingdon – St Giles 6 bells (8-0-1)
12:00-13:30 LUNCH – Sturdys Castle, Banbury Road, Nr Kidlington
13:30 - 14:30 Kirtlington – St Mary the Virgin 8 bells (16-1-19)

Young Ringers' Practice - Dorchester on Thames

A Young Ringers practice was held on Sunday 16th April, 2.00 – 4.00 pm.

Branch Annual General Meeting (Saturday 25th March)

The branch AGM was held by Zoom meeting on Saturday 25th March 2023 at 7.00 pm.

The agenda, the minutes of last year's AGM and the Officers' Report to the meeting are avilable from the links below:

Commonwealth Day (13th March)

Commonwealth Day - Monday, March 13th, 2023 - marked the tenth anniversary of the signing of the Commonwealth Charter by our late Queen Elizabeth II - a most important documents in the long history of this unique family of nations, of which the United Kingdom is one of the leading lights.

The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers supported the invitation to bellringers across the UK and in and those affiliated bellringing societies of other commonwealth countries including Australia, New Zealand and Canada, to ring at 8pm (local time) on that day, to include a minimum of 10 whole pulls of Queens to mark each year since the Charter was signed.

More information is available in the Letter to Tower Captains and Guide to Taking Part below.

Young Ringers' Practice - Islip

We were pleased that a record number of fifteen young ringers attended the practice at Islip. There were six from the Old North Berks Branch and up to three each from the Banbury, Bicester, Oxford City and Vale of White Horse branches. Ringing ranged from rounds to Cambridge Major with lots of fun ringing exercises for the many rounds ringers present.

Young Ringers at Islip, Mar 2023
Young Ringer Practice at Islip on Sunday 12th March 2023.

Fleur Stevenson Jazz Quartet

The North Moreton augmentation project is progressing rapidly, and it is hoped that the two new bells will be cast and then installed by Whites in time for ringing for the Coronation.

We have a little fundraising left to do, and the poster (link below) is for a fabulous evening of entertainment in Blewbury church on 4th March.

Fleur is a very talented local vocalist and she is accompanied by top flight musicians. You may not be sure about Jazz but this is a great opportunity to hear wonderful music making in the lovely church acoustic. Fleur previously performed in Blewbury to help raise funds for the bell window and is excited to be coming back again.

Please try to come if you can, you are guaranteed a great evening and the ticket price of £20 includes a glass of wine and a free raffle. Please spread the word to your friends, we hope to have a full audience for this great evening.

ONB Committee Meeting (Sunday 26th February)

A Committee Meeting was held online (by Zoom) on Sunday 26th February 2023 at 7.30 pm.

Young Ringers' Practice - St Peter, Drayton

The Young Ringers gathered at Drayton on Sunday 12 February.

Young Ringers' Practice - St Mary, Kirtlington

Young Ringers at Kirtlington, Jan 2023
Branch Young Ringers visiting St Mary, Kirtlington on Sunday 9 January

Page last updated: 26th May 2024.