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Bellringers Songs of Praise (8th Sept)

John Hibbert is organising a Bellringers’ Songs of Praise service at St. Mary’s, East Ilsley on Sunday 8th September next at 6.00pm.

Old North Berks Branch Outing & Barbecue (6th July)

Yes, there are two Broadwell villages/towers)!

Please see the schedule (below and in poster above) for the outing on Saturday 6th July. Note: Free Prize Draw for Attendees!

The menus for lunch are available above or via The Bell at Stow's website. Please make your choices and inform Philip Roberts so that he can order food for you.

After the outing a Barbecue & Croquet evening will be held at the home of Stuart and Naomi Gibson (£15 each on the day, all proceeds to branch funds).

Please send names for the BBQ to Mandy Winters by Friday 28th June.

10:00 - 11:00 MORETON IN MARSH St David 8 (10-0-14) T
11:15 - 12:00 BROADWELL St Paul 6 (6-0-4)
12:15 - 13:30 LUNCH - The Bell, Stow on the Wold
13:30 - 14:30 STOW ON THE WOLD St Edmund 8 (27-2-4) T
14:45 - 15:30 GREAT RISSINGTON St John the Baptist 6 (11-1-3) T GF
16:15 - 17:15 BROADWELL St Peter and St Paul (plus tea) 8 (15-2-12) T GF

Old North Berks Branch Mini Outing (24th April)

Please see the schedule (below and in poster above) for the outing on Saturday April 24th.

10:00-10:45 Drayton St Leonard 6 (6-0-19)
11:15-11:45 Warborough 8 (10-0-14)
12:00-13:45 LUNCH - The George Hotel, Dorchester on Thames
Please park at the hotel or at the car park by the bridge upon entering Dorchester NOT outside the abbey.
14:00 - 14:45 Dorchester Abbey 8 (16-2-11)

Stallpits Mini Ring (16th June)

As part of the Goring Gap Festival the Stallpits Mini Ring will be in the Rectory Garden, High Street, Goring, RG8 9AG, on Sunday 16th June from 10.30 to 12.30. If you fancy a “grab” please come along.

Ring & Ride (6th April)

Charles and Lindsay have arranged a Ring and Ride event in April. It is not intended to be a mad dash, timings should be generous but there will be a schedule to adhere to.

The ride will start and finish in Hungerford, taking in approx 30 miles and visiting four different towers.

If this sounds like fun you can find more information on the Event poster (pdf).

Branch Annual General Meeting

The meeting minutes (pdf) are now available.

This year we held our first face to face AGM since 2019, following a new format now that the branch striking competition is being held as a separate event in June:

10.00 - 10.45 am General ringing in Long Wittenham
11.00 - 11.45 am General ringing in North Moreton
12.00 pm AGM in North Moreton Village Hall
1.00 pm Lunch and social time in North Moreton Village Hall

February Committee Meeting (18th February)

The February Committee Meeting was held online at 7.30pm on Sunday, 18th February.

The meeting minutes (pdf) are now available.

Please note that this meeting was originally scheduled for the following Sunday.

Extraordinary General Meeting of the Old North Berks Branch

The meeting minutes (pdf) are now available. The minutes of all branch meetings are available from the Minutes page.

An Extraordinary General Meeting of the Old North Berks Branch was held on Sunday, 14th January 2024 at which a proposal to increase the Annual Subscription to the Guild and Branch to £15 was accepted .

This equates to £10 to the Guild (of which £3 is given to the Branch) and £2.50 to go to branch restoration projects. The remaining £2.50 will be used to make donations of £20 to church PCCs to contribute to heating and lighting costs, which have been incurred at branch events other than those held on the usual practice night.

Therefore the annual subscription for Guild and Branch membership will be £15 per member from January 2024 until further notice.

Subscriptions are now due and need to be paid by your tower secretary or treasurer to Stuart Gibson by the end of March latest.

New Year's Day Ringing & Refreshments

Drayton are hosting the Old North Berks Branch New Year Ringing & Refreshments on Monday, 1st January 2024, from 10:30AM to 12:30PM. All members are very welcome!

Page last updated: 18th June 2024.