Training & Courses



This page lists training courses available to branch members, either run by branch members or by our parent Guild.

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.

Please see the event poster (pdf) for more details.

ODG Steeple Aston Course (26th October)

The ODG Steeple Aston One-Day Course will be held on Saturday 26th October. Applications are invited from guild members who would like to advance their skills in Plain Hunt, Plain Bob and Grandsire.

For an application form, please email email before 15th September!

Please consider promoting this course to anyone in your tower or branch that might benefit from attending.

Click for the event poster (pdf).

ODG Michaelmas Course (28th September)

This course is designed to provide opportunities for students to learn and practise more advanced methods than those offered on the Radley and Steeple Aston courses. This year we are offering a ‘Project Pickled Egg’ option.

The day will start with a tutorial at the first tower followed by a practical session and further ringing at other nearby towers. Groups will be formed to cover the following options:

  • Stedman Triples
  • Conducting beyond bob-calling
  • Basic Surprise Minor and Surprise Major (to include Cambridge and Yorkshire)
  • Advanced Surprise/Delight Major (selected methods from the ‘core seven Pickled Egg’ [ Cambridge, Yorkshire, Superlative, Cornwall, Bristol, Lessness and London] plus Kenninghall, Deva and Cooktown Orchid)

Further details and application forms are available from the secretary of the Education Sub-Committee:
Robert Newton,
11 Plowden Park,
Aston Rowant,
Oxon OX49 5SX
Tel. 01844 352926 Email email or email

Closing date for applications: 23rd August 2019

Click for the event poster (pdf).

ART Module 2F (31st August)

From Rounds to Plain Hunt

If your new recruit can safely ring a bell and is just starting to ring rounds then this course is for you.

The course will be held at St Mary Virgin, Longcot. SN7 7TL

Please see the event poster (pdf) for more details.

New Learners Course (July - August September)

Now extended to the end of September, at St Helen's (Abingdon).

The ODG held another excellent course to teach new teachers of ringing on 29th June. As a result we have seven new young teachers in the Guild (including two from our branch).

To help some of these new teachers get more experience of teaching, we are holding a further course for new learners from all over the branch. This time, to spare the ears of tower neighbours, we are holding them all at St Helen’s, Abingdon where all the bells can easily be silenced.

It is important that each new learner should have lessons in their own tower each week as well as coming to Abingdon on a Saturday morning.

All ONB towers are encouraged to send their learners for extra lessons in Abingdon. The dates of the course are:

Sat 20/07/2019 09:30-10:30 Abingdon St H
Sat 27/07/2019 09:30-10:30 Abingdon St H
Sat 03/08/2019 09:30-10:30 Abingdon St H
Sat 10/08/2019 09:30-10:30 Abingdon St H
Sat 17/08/2019 09:30-10:30 Abingdon St H
Sat 24/08/2019 09:30-10:30 Abingdon St H
Sat 31/08/2019 09:30-10:30 Abingdon St H
Sat 7/09/2019 NEW! 09:30-10:30 Abingdon St H
Sat 14/09/2019 NEW! 09:30-10:30 Abingdon St H
Sat 21/09/2019 NEW! 09:30-10:30 Abingdon St H
Sat 28/09/2019 NEW! 09:30-10:30 Abingdon St H

Tower & Belfry Course (Saturday 1st June)

The ODG Towers & Belfries Committee is offering a Tower & Belfry Course at Wheatley (not Radley) between 10:00 and 15:00. Cost £5.

  1. Tower Maintenance Award (TMA), inspection and maintenance
  2. Rope splicing, maintenance and prevention of wear
  3. Minor improvements and enhancements (rope circle, rope drops, odd-struckness, internal sound, external sound control etc.)

Please see the event poster (pdf) for more details.

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.

Closing date for applications was: 31st January 2019.

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.