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ONB outing and BBQ (13th July).

The outing and barbecue will be on Saturday 13th July. Philip Roberts will arrange towers, with a pub lunch and afternoon tea, but has not yet decided upon the area. Stuart and Naomi Gibson are hosting the barbecue in the evening.

More details to follow...

Oxford Diocesan Guild AGM (18th May)

The Guild AGM is on Saturday 18th May at Great Missenden, Bucks HP16 0BA. There will be open ringing at several local towers as well as a Songs of Praise service and the AGM itself.

Please see the event poster (pdf) for all the details!

Mini outing and lunch (24th April).

On 24th April there will be a mini-outing with a pub lunch:

  • Warborough
  • Chalgrove
  • Dorchester Abbey

More details to follow...

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
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ONB Branch AGM

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

The 6-bell striking competition, evensong service and tea preceded the meeting. Keith Osborne of Ashford, Kent and Bill Stungo judged the competition and gave the results. They said that they had heard some good ringing with very few method mistakes from the four teams that entered. The results were as follows:

1stAbingdon B14 faults
2ndWallingford25 faults
3rdBlewbury75 faults
4thAbingdon A81 faults

The Abingdon ringers were invited to represent the Branch in the Guild 6-bell striking competition on Saturday, 5th October in the EBSB Branch.

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.

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.