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Notices and Adverts

GUILD ANNUAL RINGING TOUR

Saturday 5th July 2014

The Annual Ringing Tour this year has reverted to a single day. Richard Lewis-Skeath has wrought his magic once again and has arranged 8 towers for our delectation around Faringdon, an area that is effectively 'just down the road'. This promises to be, once again, an excellent Tour. If only the weather can contrive be the same as on last year's Tour…

Here is the itinerary as it's known at the moment: book the date now. Most towers are confirmed at the time of writing.

EXPECTED* ITINERARY

LONGCOT 8 (8-1-24 in Ab) 09.30am
FARINGDON 8 (17-1-7 in E)
(complete Taylor 8, 1926 vintage)
10.45am
SHELLINGFORD 6 (6-2-10 in B) 11.45am
Lunch (no favoured watering hole arranged yet)
STANFORD-IN-THE-VALE  8 (8-1-17 in G#) 2.00pm
BUCKLAND
(the Oxon one of course!)
8 (14-2-7 in E) 3.00pm
ASTON 6 (12-2-11 in G) 4.15pm
BAMPTON 8 (23-0-4 in D) 5.15pm
CLANFIELD 8 (12-3-16 in F#) 6.15pm
* Arranging a ringing tour three months in advance is likely to attract changes, so final arrangements will be shown on the FSG web-site in the fortnight before the tour. Check there, or with the Organiser (see below) before departing!

Organiser is Richard Lewis-Skeath, to whom, once again, all thanks.

FOUR SHIRES GUILD BELL RESTORATION FUND

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.

FOUR SHIRES GUILD
2014 AGM & STRIKING COMPETITIONS

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE 3RD SATURDAY IN OCTOBER (18TH) THIS YEAR, NOT THE 2ND SATURDAY AS IN THE PAST.

(Location will be Whichford, Warks)

THE HARRY WINDSOR RINGING CENTRE

(Based at St Peter's Church, Kineton, Warks. CV 35 0LL)

Need more ringers? Need to recruit? Ageing band?
You are not alone!

We are due to lose a good proportion of change ringers, leaders & teachers over the next 10 years - we have to act NOW to secure the future of Change Ringing.

Step 1
teach teachers how to effectively teach good handling and encourage & support them to recruit and train.
Step 2
teach the practice leaders & coaches to develop their learners into change ringing.

Module 1 Programme - Bell Handling

Experienced teachers- find a new or less experienced teacher to develop and attend Module 1 of the ART Integrated Teacher Training Scheme.

New teachers - attend the ITTS Module 1 programme with an experienced teacher to mentor you!

Module 2 Programme - Teaching Elementary Change Ringing

You can do this separately or in conjunction with the Module 1 programme - work with a Mentor as Module 1.

Neither module is just a one-day course; - to succeed, teaching and mentoring afterwards is essential to ensure the ideas and techniques are put into practice and are properly understood.

Notify your interest today to Graham Nabb & the Harry Windsor Ringing Centre graham@nabb.orangehome.co.uk and be notified of the next course.

For more info look at http://ringingteachers.co.uk/ or http://harry-windsor-ringing-centre.co.uk/

GUILD LAPEL BADGES

The new Guild lapel badge is available. It is slightly different to the previous version, as it is now the same as the clothing badges (the 'standard' Guild badge). It is slightly '3D' too, as some features are raised.
£4 each from the Hon Sec.

(The original badges cost £1 in 1976!)

Kev's Guide to Church Bells Around the World

Detailed hardback reference guide to all the Known bell towers & churches around the World, 590 pages, 18,147 bell towers & Churches in 159 countries around the world, Also over 2,000 pictures and U.K. Postcodes for every tower.

Kevin Jones, 36 South Green Drive, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 9HR.
kevscabs@hotmail.com

Reduced to 12 inc p&p in the U.K.
Cheques payable to "Kevin Jones"
Kev's Guide to Church Bells is now on FACEBOOK.

FOUR SHIRES GUILD CLOTHING

Guild clothing is still available. All items have the FSG badge embroidered on the left breast (except the reversible fleece, which is both sides) and come in many colours. More detailed descriptions of these products are available on the FSG website