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Guild Social Meeting QPs

Being more adventurous in 2020, the Coventry Diocesan Guild decided to attach an additional challenge to this years’ Winter Social Meeting. It was agreed to try and ring a number of quarter peals prior to the gathering to be held at Newbold on Avon. Invitations were sent to all towers and members from 23 different towers agreed to take part in 10 quarter peals.

8 of the quarter peals were successful. The attempt at Monks Kirby was lost after 35 minutes. There had been some fine ringing, but things were not helped by the leak in the roof which gave Chris Mew, conductor, his second shower of the day. When the ringing stopped he was absolutely drenched. It is a good job Taylors will be visiting soon to carry out a maintenance service and inspection. The Guild received a very generous legacy and have paid for all towers with Guild members who ring on Sunday service to have a service visit. They are also able to offer generous grants towards repairs to the bells and bell installations.

Bilton, Warwickshire St Mark
Saturday, 11 January 2020 in 42m (9)
1260 St Simon's Bob Doubles
1 Keith F Chambers
2 Norris Poon
3 John Newbold
4 Gerald Trevor
5 Andrew F Alldrick (C)
6 Joy Pluckrose
First in method - 2

Brinklow, Warwickshire, St John the Baptist
Saturday, 11 January 2020 (8)
1280 Plain Bob Major
1 Ruth M Border
2 Tom Griffiths
3 Christopher F Mew (C)
4 Gerald Trevor
5 Michael Chester
6 Eddie Haynes
7 Bill Haynes
8 Tim Wykes
1st inside on 8 - 6. Rung in memory of George Lee, lay reader at this church.

Church Lawford, Warwickshire, St Peter
Saturday, 11 January 2020 in 41m (7)
1320 Norwich Surprise Minor
1 Lyndsey B Brett
2 Annie Hall
3 Michael Chester
4 Raymon A Sheasby
5 Doug Kempton
6 Nicholas H Brett (C)

Clifton upon Dunsmore, Warwickshire, St Mary
Saturday, 11 January 2020 in 43m (9)
1296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
1 Isobel Murphy
2 Keith Murphy
3 Sue Roderick
4 Catherine M Jamieson
5 Christopher F Mew (C)
6 Clarke Walters

Rugby, Warwickshire, St Andrew, (NE Tower)
Saturday, 11 January 2020 in 52m (24)
1250 Cambridge Surprise Major
1 John Keddie
2 Jane Rogers
3 Sammi Brett
4 Christine Homer
5 Mark Chaplin
6 Nick Brett
7 Simon Rogers (C)
8 Paul McNutt

Rugby, Warwickshire St Andrew, (W Tower)
Saturday, 11 January 2020 in 43m (9)
1260 Doubles (6m/p)
60 Stedman; 2 extents each St Simon's, St Martin's, Plain Bob, Reverse Canterbury, Grandsire
1 Jane Rogers
2 Christine Homer
3 Mark Chaplin
4 John Goddard
5 Simon Rogers (C)

Ryton on Dunsmore, Warwickshire
St Leonard
Saturday, 11 January 2020 in 44m (9–3–6 in F♯)
1260 Plain Bob Triples
1Jane Rogers
2 John Newbold
3 Geoff Randall
4 Ray Sheasby
5 Paul McNutt
6 John Thorne
7 Simon Rogers (C)
8 James Trewin
900th quarter - 7.

Stretton on Dunsmore, Warwickshire, All Saints
Saturday, 11 January 2020 in 43m (7–0–14 in B)
1320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
1 James Trewin
2 John Newbold
3 Lyndsey B Brett
4 Karen French
5 Doug Kempton
6 Ray Sheasby (C)

Quarter Peals were also attempted at Bubbenhall and Monks Kirby.  At Monk Kirby the band were "entertained" by Chris Mew getting soaked from water that leaked from the ringing chamber ceiling - and then lost Stedman Triples!

Training Opportunities within the Coventry Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

Following requests from Guild members, it has been decided to run a series of Training sessions on the 5th Saturday of the month. Starting in February, on Saturday 29th, we have two separate courses running:

  1. Conducting Workshop

    This will be run by Chris Mew. There will be a morning session aimed at those who are new to conducting and will be mainly calling on 6 bells, covering Plain Bob Doubles, Grandsire and Bob Minor. The afternoon session will be for 8 bells and cover Bob Triples, Grandsire and Bob Major.
    Both sessions will have theory discussions followed by the opportunity to practice in the belfry. Enough competent ringers will be available to support the new conductors.

  2. Raising and lowering in peal.

    This will be hosted by Mark Sayers and will involve a theory session as well as the opportunity to put the theory into practice.

On Thursday 5th March, Ian Wilson will be running a ’Learn to Splice ropes’ workshop. This will be practical two-hour evening session. Ropes will be provided, but Ian is happy for you to bring your own ropes to work on.

On the Saturday 30th May, we will be running a Bell Maintenance Workshop. Jenni Higson will be the tutor, a member of The Association of Ringing Teachers. This programme has been run for the Guild successfully in the past. It is a hands-on course, requiring overalls and the willingness to clamber into bell chambers and carry out actual work on bells and their fittings. The programme will be held at All saints Northampton (2 towers involved with these workshops)

If you would like more details and to reserve a place, on any of these programmes, please contact . The Coventry Guild will pay for their members to attend all these programmes, but ask for a small donation for the refreshments and contribution to the hire of the church room.

January 2020 Edition Available

The latest newsletter is available to view as "Current Edition" and a printable version has been put into "Downloads".

Please note that the deadline for the following edition 31st March 2020 and items submitted after this date may have to be held over until the July 2020 edition.


A Bell for Sue

I have decided that a more permanent and fitting memorial to Sue is appropriate, and the intention is to augment the 5 bells at Radway by adding a new treble bell cast in her memory. Sue rang her last Quarter Peal here on the 25th May and rests nearby.

The project at Radway is to augment the bells and install a ringing balcony. The cost to add a bell and hang it is about £15,000 if we take advantage of a reduction for supplying some labour. The Ringing floor has not yet been costed.

The Keltek Trust have already agreed a substantial grant and I am hoping for a similar one from the Coventry DG BRF in order to ensure the project is viable.

However, there will be a shortfall for hanging and casting the bell alone and I am hoping that Sue's ringing and other friends will make up the difference.

If you wish to make a personal donation for this memorial for Sue, one that is in addition to any Coventry DG grant that is given, please send a cheque, made out to "St Peter’s Radway PCC", but sent to me at 12 Glosters Green, Kineton CV35 0LT, and gift aided where possible please!


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