After over a decade of trying, the branch website has finally completed its migration from Anthony Cole’s server to its new home on the Oxford Diocesan Guild’s servers.
In December 2020 we worked with Anthony and the Guild Server team to re-direct internet addresses to the new home, while final checks of content have now completed and under Gus’ patient and methodical care, we have verified all content has safely migrated to the new server.
We have also now established new mailing lists for members (firstname.lastname@example.org), officers (email@example.com) and tower correspondents (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Farewell, old Bicester Branch site (www.bicesterbranch.org.uk), hello new Bicester Branch site (www.bicester.odg.org.uk).
Very big thanks go to Anthony for hosting the branch site and mailing lists and providing responsive and reliable support for such a long time!.
It was great to welcome fourteen ringers representing five
towers to the 2020 Christmas social tonight, including very welcome returns
from two of our dispersed ringers Helen and Ellie.
Notable welcomes also to Kathryn and Barbara Summers with their
canine companions Dilly and Rufus who joined us specially for this occasion, also
that Sally from Islip was able to participate in the video chat and Ringing
Room for the whole session.
After some Carol melodies in Ringing Room we split into four
teams representing Bletchingdon, Weston, Islip and Kirtlington for a quiz in
four rounds featuring a range of bellringing and seasonal questions, as well as
a Christmas music round.
The result was closely contested between Islip (8 points)
and Kirtlington (9 points) with Bletchingdon (7 points) a close third and
Weston a bit further back.
Finally we returned to ringing room and rang some rounds on
12 followed by carol melodies and a brave attempt at a multi part version of O
Come All Ye Faithful. Rufus gave a very touching accompaniment of his own.
A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone. Our next practice of 2021 will be at 8pm on Monday 4th January. Hope to see you then.
This afternoon at Kirtlington, a band completed a very nicely struck Quarter Peal of Grandsire Doubles, rung to celebrate the 32 years of service given by Jean Sambrook to Kirtlington Village Shop. The quarter, conducted expertly by Hugh Deam, was also Charlie Bates’ first inside to the method, supported by Teresa, Kathryn, Paul and Steve.
This was also Charlie’s final practical target for his ART Learning the Ropes Level 5, achieved in less than eighteen months after starting to learn to ring. Very many congratulations, Charlie!
The Bellboard record is at: https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1333184
came to tonight’s branch practice, including a welcome back to Charles and
Rachel Morrish from Old North Berks Branch and also Gilly, a recent recruit to
the Weston band, who received instruction from Andrew at intervals during the
With us were
Jeremy, Kathryn and Teresa, so we were able to provide a good band around the
up with a number of courses of Plain Hunt on five, we rang a few plain courses
of Grandsire Doubles with Andrew on treble and Gerald on two, quite nicely
rang a well struck touch of Grandsire Doubles for the more experienced ringers,
followed by more plain courses of Grandsire Doubles, then a touch of Plain Bob
Minor, called by Charles.
gave Mandy and Gerald a chance to ring treble to mini-touches of Grandsire Doubles, with a strong band and a
stander to help them. Well done Mandy and Gerald.
appreciated the improvements that the Weston team have recently made in moving
the ropes for bells two and three away from the wall to improve the ringing
circle. The good news is that a faculty has been granted for the remainder of
the work, including inserting another floor to add sound control and ensure
straight fall of ropes and improvements to the lighting in the ringing chamber
It would be
nice to think that we will see these welcome improvements at practices at
Weston in the near future.
Hope to see
lots of you at the Branch AGM on Saturday 15th February at
Sixteen ringers from six towers and two branches came to tonight’s branch practice at Bicester, including a warm welcome to Darren, from Central Bucks Branch. Proceedings were led by our joint ringing master Jeremy, with Teresa and Kathryn.
After ringing up we rang rounds and call changes on ten, then rang Plain Hunt on Seven for Sue, Helen and Chris.
We next rang two nicely struck plain courses of Plain Bob Minor for Anne, Faye trebling, called by Steve, followed by more rounds and call changes on six for one of the Islip recruits.
Next up a plain course of Kent Minor for James to treble bob to, guided by Jeremy, which made it to the end, so a first for James.
In an interval, Teresa presented Sue with her ART LTR Level 3 certificate, achieved last week with her Quarter Peal at tenor to Grandsire Doubles. Congratulations, Sue!
We rang some plain hunt on five for Mandy, Chris and Jane, then Mandy was stretched a bit further by trebling to a touch of Grandsire Doubles. Well done, Mandy!
We then rang a couple of plain courses of Grandsire Triples, then more rounds on six. Finally all ten rang in rounds before we lowered the front four and back six in peal.
Good to see lots of people tonight. Hope to see lots of you again at the next Branch Practice on 13th February at Weston, to experience the recent improvements to the rope circle.
On Saturday 4th January the first group handling session of the year was held at St Helen’s Abingdon, attended by five learners from Weston, Wendlebury and Kirtlington plus Andrew gaining experience in teaching handling. Susan Read and her Abingdon team have most kindly offered to host training sessions at St Helens every Saturday morning until end March, so that we can offer training to a large number of recent recruits from Kirtlington, Weston and nearby.
This was a really good session, with one or more teachers per student and five learning at the same time.
I think the future of teaching handling looks quite like this.
healthy 18 ringers from seven towers came to the first Branch Practice of 2020
at Islip on the 7th January, including two new recruits from Charlton,
who got a number of goes at handling practice.
were Richard and Jeremy our Ringing Masters, who were keen to get all eight
bells going as much as possible, so we started with Plain Hunt on seven with Mandy,
Andrew and Gerald from Weston and Chris and Jane from Bicester.
we rang a number of rounds and call changes on eight for our less experienced
ringers, then a number of plain courses of Grandsire Doubles, with Judith
inside and Sue covering. Gerald and Andrew had turns at ringing the 2 to these
rounds and call changes, we rang a touch of Grandsire Doubles, again with Judith
inside and Sue covering, Faye, Jeremy and Teresa supporting.
More rounds and call changes followed, with a couple of plain courses of Plain Hunt on five, then a plain course of Plain Bob Minor for our helpers and Sue trebling, assisted by Judith.
A full practice again, with very encouraging numbers. Hope to see lots of you at the next Branch Practice at Bicester on 21st January.
Thirteen ringers from four branches came to our final Special Practice of 2019 at Kirtlington, led by Richard, our joint ringing master supported by Kathryn, Malcolm, Clare, Charles and Rachel, Ron and Jane Burgess.
We welcomed Elaine from Ludgershall for the first time to Kirtlington tower, and Jane from Bicester, returning after four decades.
After raising in peal, we rang rounds and call changes for Elaine, Fay and Jane, then an attempted touch of Stedman Triples, which we tried at a later point, getting a little further.
Next we rang a plain course of Bob Triples for Charlie inside, with some nice striking.
After some more rounds and call changes we rang a nice touch of Grandsire Triples, called by Charles, Kathryn Grant trebling.
Next up we rang a reasonably well-struck plain course of Bob Major, for Charlie to treble to. Well done, Charlie!
As Cambridge was on the billing (and quite a few of our helpers were hoping to get a chance to ring it), we attempted Cambridge Major, which unfortunately fired out after 1 and a half leads.
After some nicely struck call changes we then made a fair attempt at spliced Plain and Little Bob Major, with Charlie trebling again, getting a reasonable way through.
Our second attempt of Stedman Triples was followed by a completed touch of Grandsire Triples, called by Richard with Kathryn inside, with the practice ending in some rounds on eight.
An enjoyable Practice, with a big thank you to Richard for leading us and our helpers from near and further afield who enabled us to ring a good range of methods on 7 and 8.
A very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.
Hope to see lots of you at the first Branch Practice of 2020 at Islip on the 7th of January.
Thirteen ringers came to last night’ practice at Charlton on Otmoor, including four of the Charlton team. Besides Willie Haynes el Presidente, last night’s proceedings were led by Richard and Jeremy, with Kathryn and Anne helping ring methods inside. It was good to see the Weston team out in force, as well as Sue from Islip seeking to gain trebling practice. A good number indeed, aiming to restore the sound of Charton’s fine bells to the village.
After ringing up the team rang a set of call changes on all six, effectively Plain Hunt on six, then a plain course of Bob Minor, Sue trebling. We rang sets of Plain Hunt doubles for the Charlton and Weston teams, then touches of Plain Bob Doubles and Grandsire Doubles for Sue to Treble to.
Marking the progress that the Weston team has made in the past year, we were able to ring plain courses of Bob Doubles with Mandy, Gerald and Andrew taking turns to ring treble. Andrew also enjoyed ringing the stately tenor to one of the courses. Well done to them!
More call changes followed as well touches of Grandsire Doubles and an attempted touch of Reverse Canterbury Doubles.
Thank you all for coming. Hope to see lots of you at the final Special Practice of 2019 on 16th December at Kirtlington (Cambridge Surprise Minor and St Clements Bob Minor on the menu – or whatever we can achieve), then the final Christmas social also at Kirtlington on 23rd December.