2015 Branch AGM notice

Our branch AGM is on the morning of Saturday 21st February in Launton, followed by a pub lunch. The timings for the meeting are as follows:

  • 10.30am Ringing
  • 11am Service
  • 11.30 am Meeting – see agenda below
  • 12.30pm Lunch at the Black Bull – all welcome – 52 West End, Launton, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX26 5DG

It would be nice to see at least one representative from each of the 14 towers in the branch with members (more than one per tower would be even better :D). It would be nice to see some of our new recruits too.


Bicester Guild Meeting

On Saturday 22nd November the Bicester played host to the Guild Committee Meeting. The meeting was preceded with some ringing for those who were attending the meeting (there was some ringing on the 10 (plain hunt on 9) and the highlight for the Bicester tower captain was a touch of Stedman Triples which he had not tried for many years). The meeting was held in St Edburg’s church hall where around 50 guild members attended a (fairly short) meeting to disseminate information from all the sub-committees and to decide on some proposals (such as the Guild subs for 2015 – kept at £8 per person) and the announcement of the results of the 10 bell striking competition held earlier in the day at Long Crendon. This meeting is also an opportunity for branch secretaries to collect the autumn issue of Odd Bob (so be on the look out for Kathryn weighed down with large quantities of paperwork at the next few branch events!). A buffet tea was provided by the Bicester ringers with donated cakes from the Islip ringers – a feast with a surprising number of leftovers – the Banana Bread was a lovely treat at the Bicester practice on Monday night, and I am still eating leftover sandwiches!

2014 AGM Weston on the green

The branch AGM for 2014 was held at Weston on the green on the evening of Sat 22nd February. We started with ringing and with the help from some visiting ringers who had heard of our meeting we successfully rang Weston on the green place Doubles, completing my AGM Challenge! We then rang plain courses of Grandsire Doubles and finished with a short touch of Plain Bob Doubles before ringing down.

The service followed ably led by Penny once again – we really must get you to try ringing Penny!!

The branch meeting was held in the church with 13 people present (11 branch members from 7 branch towers, our Guild Steward Colin, and Penny). 5 ringers (2 moving from other guild towers, and 3 new to the guild) were made members of the branch which is good to see as our number has been dwindling in recent years. We have also had a slight change around of branch officers due to one officer moving out of the branch – see the contacts page for details of the new officers. Full minutes of the meeting will be published when we have them.

We then relocated to The Chequers for a lovely pub meal and a chat. A lovely evening with good friends – what could be better?

Next branch event is the branch practice at Islip on Tues 4th March – hopefully see some of you then.

Branch AGM 2014 notice and minutes

Our Branch AGM is on Saturday 22nd February 2014 at Weston on the Green (from 6pm). Copies of last years AGM minutes and the agenda for this year’s meeting are below:

A sample menu for The Chequers is now available – see Chequers example menu. You can order your meal on the night – however, if you can let Kathryn know if you plan to attend that will help with reserving space in the pub.

2013 Branch AGM notice – 23rd Feb

The Annual General Meeting of the Bicester Branch of the ODG will be held on Sat 23rd Feb in Ludgershall. This year we will be having an evening meeting followed by supper at the Bull & Butcher. We would like to encourage at least one member from each tower to attend so that each towers opinions can be represented in the way the branch is run. The plan is:

Ringing 6pm
Service 6:30pm
Meeting 7pm
Supper at the Bull & Butcher 7:45pm

Middleton practice

On Wed 6th June 12 ringers from 6 towers met for the Branch practice at Middleton Stoney.
We started with call changes where I confused the locals by calling up instead of calling down…a discussion of the relative merits of both ways followed 🙂
We then rang plain courses of Grandsire which the local band are working on. The tower captain then encouraged us to try something more advanced so she rang the treble to a touch of Plain bob minor – something she hadn’t rung for many years.
More call changes and some plain hunt on 5 – Ann obviously isn’t challenged enough by call changes any more and managed ok .. well done 🙂
We then had more plain courses of Grandsire with Jen ‘inside’.
At this point my mobile found a signal and went mad delivering 30+ text messages about a power cut at work – I left Jeremy to organise ringing ‘something’ and down whilst I hunted for a strong enough signal to make some calls.
As most of the branch officers were present we held a short business meeting at the end to discuss proposals for the rehanging of Oddington which have been unringable for many years – we decided to support the proposal by offering to cover 10% of the costs from branch funds.
Next practice is at Islip in 2 weeks so hope to see lots of ringers there.

AGM 2012 at Bicester

On Saturday 25th Feb Bicester hosted the branch AGM. This was sadly only attended by 13 members – not sure if this is a record low or not! This either means everyone is happy how the branch is being run, or everyone is too busy to attend.

Reports were received and Branch officers remain as for last year. Full minutes of the meeting will appear shortly.