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GUILD Minimus Striking Competition for the 'MINI-MOUSE TROPHY'

To be held on Saturday, 13th September 2014,
at Newbold Pacey, Warks, (4, 7cwt)

The 'Mini-Mouse' Striking Competition is to happen again this year. Remember, it's intended to be F U N, so come along to have some fun. Yet again, it will be held on a genuine 4, so no messing about with a tenor covering.

It's an early evening event, 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
7.30-8.15pm:evening practice ringing for those who haven't rung in the competition.

Teams can be associated with a tower, or any four 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. A maximum of about 10 whole pulls of rounds before the test piece, which is to be of at least 96 changes in 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 30th August if possible; otherwise turn up on the day and 'fit in'.


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.


Saturday, 27th September 2014

Start at Brailes, ringing 10 - 10.45am,
(please park carefully and considerately in this area)

Walk to Cherington and ring 12 - 12.45pm

Followed by Lunch at 'The Cherington Arms' pub (Hook Norton Ales) or bring your own sandwiches (approx 1 - 2 pm)

Walk to Sutton-under-Brailes and ring 3 - 3.45pm
Return to cars by about 5 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 hills. The organiser is Michael Haynes, who will lead it. If anyone has any queries please get in touch with Michael.


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!)


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