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ODG Safeguarding Training (9thNovember)

Attached is a poster advertising the next C2 Safeguarding Training Course by the Guild's Safeguarding Officer (June Wells).

Also included is a reminder about the introductory courses (C0 and C1) which are available online and which should be considered by all ringers to raise awareness on this important issue.

Click for more information (pdf).

Young Ringers Fest in Oxford (13th April).

A Day of Ringing at many famous OXFORD Towers

This is a day’s ringing outing to central Oxford towers. It is arranged specifically for the enjoyment of just young ringers.

Any young ringer (under 21) from an ODG tower who can handle a bell safely by himself or herself and can ring rounds will be welcome. (Parents/guardians need to arrange appropriate supervision all day.)

Donations of £5.00 per young ringer will be collected.

To register and to receive more details, please email Susan Read:
Training Officer, Old North Berks Branch
Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers
Tel: (01235) 529 779
Mob: (07941) 580 468
Email email

Radley Course 2019

These courses have been running for a number of years and are designed for learners of all ages and levels of competence. No need to feel nervous about coming as you will be with others at a similar level.

We aim to improve your confidence as well as your ringing with friendly support and tuition.

For an application form please contact: Lindsay Powell:
Email email
Tel: (07443) 859 961
Address: 20 St Omer Road, Cowley, Oxford OX4 3HB

Closing date for applications is: 31st January 2019.

ONB Branch AGM

The ONB Branch 6-bell striking competition and AGM will take place on Saturday 16th March at Sutton Courtenay (8).

History of Bellringing

Barrie Charles, a ringer from Cholsey, has written a very interesting book on the History of Bellringing through the ages and especially features Cholsey bells, ringers and the tower.

The book will be available at the AGM at Sutton Courtenay and afterwards from Jenny Jeskins.

Association of Ringing Teachers: Highly Commended Award

At the ART conference Award Ceremony (2nd March), we heard that ten applications had been made for the Award for Excellence in Recruitment or Retention (of learners). The Old North Berks Branch of the ODG was runner up and received a Highly Commended Certificate for the work done by the Branch Ringing School.

Please see the ART web site for a description of the Branch Ringing School and a photo.

Rope Maintenance Course (9th February)

The ODG Towers & Belfries Committee is offering a Rope Splicing, Rope Maintenance and Management Course at Radley Church Hall between 10:00 and 15:00.

Please see the attached poster for more details.

ONB Committee Meeting (Sunday 24th February)

Each tower in the Branch is invited to send one of their members to represent them at this meeting.

Young Ringers' half term outing (20th February).

At half term we are holding another outing for you. This time we will be ringing at St Mary, Thame followed by cooking, refreshments & games in the Small Barn, Thame Barns Centre (OX9 3AJ).

Any young ringers who can handle a bell safely by themselves will be welcome. Donations of £5.00 per young ringer will be collected to pay for tower donations etc.

Young Ringer's Ring & Games (2nd January)

(*) You don’t have to bring a game, but if you do, make sure it is one you can explain and doesn’t take more than 15 minutes to play.

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. Please arrange to complete and bring a permission form for those under 18 years old if you haven't previously provided one to us (form attached).

New Year Ringing & Refreshments

North Moreton are hosting the Old North Berks Branch New Year Ringing & Refreshments on Tuesday, 1st January 2019, from 10:30AM to 12:30PM.

Please see the attached poster for more details.