Notices and Adverts

Notices published in issue 5504 (October 21 2016) and in the two preceding issues

Personal announcements

Change of Address


For sale / wanted

BELTOWER 2016. Simulator software for practising at home or tower, with improved handbells animation and striking monitoring. BELTUTOR for trainees. Order on-line at Tel: 01404 42732.                             [6057]

MINIATURE BELLROPE SWITCH PULLS. Order before November 19th for Christmas delivery. Please state sally colours. £32 each cwo from J. A. Minchin, Rhea House, Bishops Frome, Worcester. WR6 5BQ.                                                    [6056]

University Announcements

WELSH COLLEGES SOCIETY. Autumn Tour 28th – 30th October. Meeting 6.45pm on Saturday 29th October, Eignbrook United Reformed Church Hall, Eign Street, Hereford HR4 0AJ.     [5019]

Guild / Association Announcements

GUILD OF ST AGATHA AUTUMN RING. Poole Autumn Outing, Saturday 22nd October 2016. Wareham 10:00-11:00 BH20 4NQ, Corfe Castle 11:30-12:15 BH20 5EZ. Lunch in Corfe Castle TBC. Swanage 14:00-15:00 BH19 1HU, Worth Matravers 16:00-16:45 BH19 3LQ, Kingston 17:00-18:00 (TBC) BH20 5LL. Brownsea Island on Sunday. Please see GoSA website for further details. All welcome. For late changes to schedule and to be kept updated, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. [4058]

Striking Competitions

The Tewkesbury Shield 2017

Applications for the Tewkesbury Shield Competition to be held on
Saturday May 6th 2017 are now being invited.
The test piece will be
a touch of Grandsire Caters.

Places will be allocated by ballot
on December 2nd at the Tewkesbury Abbey
Guild of Ringers AGM.

Teams representing any Guild, Association
or Society wishing to take part should apply
by sending a cheque and SAE
to the address below for
£15.00 payable to
“The Tewkesbury Shield Competition”.

David Bagley, 38 Ashchurch Road, Newtown, Tewkesbury, Glos, GL20 8BT



Central Council Announcements


Applications are invited for grants and loans from the Central Council Bell Restoration Fund.

The criteria for the allocation of grants and loans have been previously agreed at meetings of the Central Council and are as follows:

Criteria for allocating CCBRF grants and loans

1.0 Applications will be considered for the following:

1.1 Restoration or augmentation work to existing bell installations, or the provision of new bell installations, in any country in the World where the bells are, or are to be, hung for full circle ringing.

1.2 Costs of structural and other ancillary work integral to the bell installation will be considered when these are in addition to work on the bell installation.

1.3 Loans or guarantees (when funds allow) to the bell restoration funds of societies affiliated to the Central Council, where the trustees may wish to make offers or promises of future grants in excess of the money currently available in their funds.

2.0 Offers of grants, loans or guarantees will normally be made from the Fund only


2.1 Support and approval for the project are to be given by the local ringing society,


2.2 Support and approval for the project are given by the PCC or other appropriate authority, and

2.3 There is in place an existing band of ringers or the project plans include a firm commit-ment to recruit and train a band, and

2.4 Consideration has been given to the need to include any form of sound control within the project specification.


3.0  Priority will normally be given to appli-cations as follows:

3.1  High priority will be given where there is an existing band of ringers and the bells are in imminent danger of becoming unringable.

3.2  For augmentations priority will be given to projects to restore or provide a ring of 5 or 6 bells.

3.3  Projects with a total cost of less than £5,000 will have low priority.

Grants will not be paid until the work is completed and any grant offered will lapse if not claimed within two years.

Application forms may be obtained from the undersigned. The closing date for applications will be 9th December 2016.

The Cottage, School Hill, IAN H ORAM

Warnham, Horsham,          for the CC
West Sussex RH12 3QN.
Bell Restoration
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Committee



Open Days




09:30         North Mymms           8, 12-3-0         (T,R)        AL9 7TN

09:50         Essendon                    8, 15-0-3         (T)           AL9 6AU

10:10         Hertingfordbury       6, 9cwt           (T)           SG14 2LD

10:30         Tewin                          6, 9cwt           (T,GF)      AL6 0JN

10:50         Watton At Stone       8, 13-2-9         (T)           SG14 3RD

11:10         Datchworth               6, 8-1-16         (GF)         SG3 6RG

11:30         Aston                          6, 11-1-18      (T)           SG2 7EJ

11:50         Stevenage                  8, 14-2-24      (GF)        SG1 4DA

12:10         Graveley                     6, 9cwt           (GF)         SG4 7BS

12:30         Great Wymondley    6, 8-3-12         (GF)         SG4 7EX

12:50         Little Wymondley     6, 2-3-22         (GF)         SG4 7JP


14:00         St Ippolyts                  6, 12-3-6         (T,GF)      SG4 7NU

14.20         Great Offley              6, 14-3-20      (GF)         SG5 3DX

14:40         Pirton                          5, 10 cwt        (T)           SG5 3QE

15:00         Kings Walden            6, 10cwt         (GF)         SG4 8JU

15:20         St Pauls Walden        6, 11cwt         (AC)         SG4 8DN

15:40         Kimpton                     8, 10-2-15                      SG4 8EF

16:00         Wheathampstead    8, 14-0-22      (T,GF)      AL4 8AA *

16:30         Sandridge                   6, 6-0-18         (T)           AL4 9DW

16:50         St Albans, St Michael                       8, 12-3-20                       AL3 4SJ

17:10         Ridge                          6, 11-0-24                      EN6 3LR

17:30         South Mimms            6, 11-0-12                      EN6 3PN

Day tickets £15 adult, £5 under 18’s. Available at morning towers. Or £1 per tower.

Tea coffee etc available at first tower.

WHEATHAMPSTEAD: Due to the very long draft, and in the interests of safety and damage limitation, all ringing here will be closely supervised. Visitors may be asked to demonstrate their handling before being allowed to ring. Young@Herts ringers are being sponsored
to take part, and will be allowed to queue jump.[4065]

Weekday Meetings and Practices

LACR. Liverpool Branch. Midweek Meeting will be on Thursday 13th October at St Mary’s, Hale from 7.30-9pm. In addition, there is a further meeting this month at the Cathedral when we are invited to join their practice at 6-7.30pm, that will be on Saturday 22nd October 2016.          [4053]

Weekday Meetings and Practices

TAW TORRIDGE & TAMAR MIDWEEK GROUP. Thursday 27th October. 11.30am Okehampton. 2.30pm Lydford. All welcome.        [4070]

Weekday Meetings and Practices

L&MDA. Practice at Blaenavon on Fri 28 Oct from 10.30am. All welcome.          [4068]

Weekday Meetings and Practices

NORTHANTS MIDWEEK GROUP. Wednesday 2nd November at Hanslope (MK19 7LR) 2-4pm. Special Method Stedman Triples. All abilities welcome.        [4069]

Meetings on Saturday October 15

LADIES’ GUILD. East Midlands Branch. Saturday 15 October. 10-10.45am Exton (6) LE15 8AX, 11-11.45am Greetham (6) LE15 7NF. Meeting and lunch at the ‘Sun’ Cottesmore. 2-2.45pm Cottesmore LE15 7DJ. All welcome. [4059]

PDG. Culworth Branch. Monthly Branch Ring will take place on Saturday 15th Oct from 3-4.30pm at Sulgrave. All are welcome.          [4060]

CHESTER D.G. South Branch. Ringing at Sandbach 3.30-5pm followed by service and BYO tea in church (drinks provided). Evening ringing at Warmingham from 6.45pm. Details from Mary Stanwell 01270 628900 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      [4054]

KCACR. Rochester District. Annual District Meeting at Newington (6). Training session from 2pm (pre-booked places), meeting 4.30pm followed by ringing 5-7pm. Evening meal at The Jenny Wren, Kemsley (ME10 5TA) from 7.30pm. Names for evening meal to Doug Davis This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Saturday 8th October. All welcome.  


KCAR. Tonbridge District. Surprise Minor/Major Practice, Hadlow (8), 7-9pm.            [4055]

SDGR. Marlborough Branch. AGM at North Tidworth. Ringing from 2.30 to 4pm. Service at 4pm, followed by tea, meeting, and evening ringing. Visitors welcome. Names for tea to Dorothy Blythe by Wednesday 12 October 2016, 01672 512993 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.         [4057]

Meetings on Saturday October 22

BEDFORDSHIRE ASSOCIATION. Luton District. Quarterly Meeting at Dunstable (8) Business Meeting at 6.30pm. Followed by Evening ringing from 7pm.              [4061]

LACR. Fylde Branch. Lytham St Peter (6).  [4062]

Meetings on Saturday October 29

LADIES’ GUILD. Central District. Bierton (6 GF) 10-11am (toilet) HP22 5DG; Aston Abbotts (6) 11.30-12.30pm HP22 4NA. Lunch: Rose and Crown, Wingrave 12.45pm; Wingrave (8) 2.30-3.30pm (toilet) HP22 4PF. All welcome.            [4072]

LEICESTER D.G. AGM. Ringing 3-4pm at Sapcote and Hinckley 4-4.30pm. Service 4.30pm followed by tea and meeting (approx. 6pm) in the Church. Evening ringing at Hinckley. Names for tea to Chris Sansome on 01455 446566 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Thursday 27th. All welcome.     [4073]

LADIES’ GUILD. Marches District. 10:00-11:00 Rushbury, SY6 7EB. 11:30-12:30 Hope Bowdler, SY6 7EN. 13:00 Lunch at Affcot Lodge, Upper Affcot, SY6 6RL. 15:00-16:00 Wistanstow, SY7 8DQ.                                                              [4067]

SOCIETY OF SHERWOOD YOUTHS. Outing to Stoke-on-Trent.1-1.45pm Draycott-in-the-Moors (8) 2.30-3.30pm Stone (10), 4-4.45pm Fenton (8), 5.30-6.30pm Stoke (10). All welcome.        [4063]

Meetings on Saturday November 19

EAST DERBYSHIRE AND WEST NOTTINGHAM ASSOCIATION OF CHURCH BELLRINGERS. Meeting will be held at Blackwell Parish Church, Blackwell (near South Normanton), Derbyshire on Saturday 19 November 2016 between 3pm and 4.30pm. All are welcome.[4075]

SOUTHWELL & NOTTINGHAM DGCR. SGM. Morning: training courses, 2.30pm: ringing at Beeston for a 4pm service, followed by the meeting. Skittles and food in the evening at nearby pub (details will appear on website in due course). Names to Ed Nicholson ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07905 678382) by Sunday 13th November. Notice is given that a proposal for rule changes is to be put to the meeting. For further details, please go to or contact the Guild Secretary on 07947 768708.           [4064]

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