Four Shires Guild of Bell Ringers

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Notices and Adverts

to be held on Saturday, 8th September 2012, at Salford, OXON, (5, 6-2-27 in A)

The 'Mini-Mouse' Striking Competition is to happen again this year. Remember, it's intended to be FUN, so come along to have some fun. As last year, it will be on a 5, ie Minimus with tenor covering, but if you want to ring just the back 4, that's entirely OK, too.

It's an early evening event as this year, with the competition just before the evening practice, so the programme will be as below.

6.00-7.00pm: Striking Competition
7.00-7.30pm: results in the church (or churchyard if nice), with cheers and groans as appropriate
7.30-8.30pm: evening practice ringing

Teams can be associated with a tower, or any five FSG paid up members can form a team with a name. No ringer can ring for more than two teams. All teams get a warm-up practice of 3 minutes, and then no further practice. A maximum of about 10 whole pulls of rounds before the test piece, which can be any Minimus method. Rounds before and after not marked. No rising and falling in this event. That's it for the Rules!

Names of teams and ringers names in them to me by Saturday 1st September if possible; otherwise turn up on the day and 'fit in'.

Organiser (to whom all thanks, Ed): Peter Quinn 01789-840827 ()

(The "Committee" team won it last year. Surely there must be some who can wrest it away from them?)


At the 2010 AGM the Guild established a Bell Restoration Fund, from which the Committee are empowered to offer grants towards suitable aspects concerning rings of bells within the Guild's area of operation. Such aspects may include a range of needs, from maintenance to augmentations.

Rules and Constitution of the Fund and application forms are available from the Honorary Secretary.

Historic Churches 'Ride & Stride'

The chance to help with the upkeep of ancient churches by being sponsored to cycle ride or walk between churches in the four Shires will occur on September 8th. Here are the websites:-

General site:-





As usual, Warwickshire is very well organised for this and more details are on its web site.

Saturday October 6th.

Start at Sutton-under-Brailes, ringing 10.00-10.45am, (please park carefully around the village green area)

Walk to Brailes and ring 12 - 12.45pm

Followed by Lunch at 'The George' or bring your own sandwiches (approx 1 - 2 pm)

Walk to Cherington and ring 3.00-3.45pm

Return to cars by 4 pm

As always this day is intended for anyone to enjoy: non-ringers who enjoy a walk and looking around our lovely churches and villages; ringers who prefer to drive between towers rather than walk; and of course those who enjoy both walking and ringing. The total distance walked is not great, around 5 miles and there are no hills. The organiser is Wendy Mace. If anyone has any queries please get in touch with

Try to discourage your PCC…

The following is a cartoon sent in by Claire Penny. Husband Martin found it on at old disk. Thank you for sending it in, Claire.