Guild News


ODG 10-Bell Course (Saturday 4th Nov)

A course on Grandsire Caters for Guild Members who would like to develop their 10 bell ringing. Own arrangements for lunch (Pub / restaurant facilities available quite close to the Church).

Preference will be given to ringers who have not attended previous ten bell courses.
There will be a charge of £12.00 to cover a tower donation and refreshments.

Further details are available on the poster (pdf) or conatct Patricia Newton on (01844) 352926 or e-mail email by 7th October 2017.

Steeple Aston 1-day Course (Saturday 28th Oct)

This course will provide tuition & practice on basic methods from Plain Hunting to Plain Bob Major. Applications are invited from Guild Members only.

Priority will be given to members who have not attended before.
Cost: £25

Further details are available on the poster (pdf) or write, with SAE to:
Richard Stanworth,
11 Valley Road,
MK18 7BW
or E-mail email by 15th September 2017.

National Trust and bells

This message is from Chris Mew. He's right, it would be good publicity for ringing so it would be a good idea if ringers, especially those in towers close to a National Trust property and those with other connections with the National Trust, let Chris know their views

I have been consulting with the National Trust with a view to giving ringing demonstrations at churches which are either on or close to NT properties. The idea is that there should be designated days when bells would be rung as part of the NT Regional events programmes.

The NT headquarters have agreed the principle to be arranged through respective regional offices. Before writing further, I am contacting you to see whether the tower(s) in your area on the attached list (pdf) could be provided with ringers for such a purpose and local PCCs agreeable. Since NT programmes are arranged well ahead it is unlikely that such events would take place until next year's season although some autumn demonstration might be possible. This could obviously be good publicity for ringing and I should be grateful for your views as I shall be meeting the NT again in about 2 months time.

Michaelmas Training Day (Saturday 30th Sept)

The aim of the day is to provide the opportunity for students to learn more advanced methods than those offered on the Radley and Steeple Aston courses. This year we are also offering a conducting option.

Further details are available on the poster (pdf) and application forms can be obtained by sending an SAE to:
Ann Osborne
10 St. Michaels Road
Reading RG30 4RP
or E-mail email by 15th August 2017.

Basic Bell Maintenance Course (Saturday 1st July)

  • 10AM - 4PM
  • Englefield, near Reading
  • Cost £10
  • Hands-on practice of inspection & fault finding on real bells
  • Regular maintenance
  • Working safely amongst bells
  • Questions answered

Further details are available on the poster (pdf).

Guild AGM (Saturday 20th May)

In order that the Guild may be certain of a quorum for the meeting please will all who intend to be at the AGM let Angela Darvill know by 10th May. Please use the email link from the Guild web site's Officers page.

Note that names for lunch must be sent to Joanna Knight by 13th May.

Full details about the AGM can be found on the Guild website.

Update (29 May):

As many of you will know, Tony Crabtree was elected DEPUTY MASTER at the AGM on Saturday, and Elva Ainsworth elected PRO. The generic addresses will now forward to these people.

Jenny Page was elected GUILD STEWARD instead of Mary Friskney and will look after Reading, Sonning Deanery and Newbury Branches. Patricia Newton will look after ONB instead of Reading. I am sure you will be pleased to welcome them to your branches.

However the AGM failed to elect a GUILD SECRETARY.

Please ask your members to consider whether they (or anyone in their tower) would be willing to take on this job. Admin skills would be ideal, and some experience of the Guild would help. I am happy to chat to anyone interested, and would be happy to work alongside someone initially. The main jobs are:

  • responding to email enquiries
  • forwarding items to branches
  • and each month there are a few regular jobs to be done (there is a list)

In the meantime, until the meeting of F+GP in a month's time, Angela and Ken Darvill have agreed to receive incoming emails and pass them on. The meeting will agree how to manage the vacancy should it still be unfilled.

Young Ringers Award

The Guild is running a year-long award scheme for Young Ringers.

Guild Rules

Child Protection

The Guild is looking into providing a hard copy to every tower with members, but that is an expensive and time consuming undertaking. So, to make sure that the information is quickly circulated it is coming to you in this form. Later the Guild may also provide a hard copy ensuring that everyone will have access to important safeguarding information.

Please can tower correspondents print the Safeguarding Policy (pdf) and display it in the tower for all members’ attention.

Current guild guidelines can be found on the Guild website's Safeguarding page.

Guild Officers

The Guild web site's Officers page provides details of all the Guild Officers.