Offenham, Worcs, 5th July, 1260 Plain Bob Doubles: Bob Topp 1, Robert Hall 2, Tom Sandham 3, Claire Penny 4, Matthew Kemble (C) 5, Martin Penny 6. First quarter peal on treble, 1. For the Offenham Flower Festival.
Mickleton, Glos, 14th July, 1260 Grandsire Triples: Andrew Gunn 1, Frances Chapmen 2, Bill Sabin 3, Chris Mew (President of the Central council, C) 4, John Kinchin 5, John Nicholls 6, Jackie Hands 7, Mike Fairfax 8. Rung as a tribute to the Rev Fred Dawson, who retired recently after seven years serving the Parish Churches of Mickleton, Willersey, Weston Subedge, Saintbury and Aston Subedge. John Kinchin (tower captain of Mickleton) and Bill Sabin (tower captain of Ilmington) presented gifts from the ringers to the Rev Fred Dawson and his wife Billie.
Cropthorne, Worcs, 25th July, 1260 PB Minor: Chris Povey 1, Madeline Reeder 2, Roland Merrick 3, Matthew Kemble 4, Martin Penny 5, Roger Hunt (C) 6. Rung as a compliment to the conductor and his wife Valerie, residents of nearby Fladbury, for their wedding anniversary (24 July).
Middle Littleton, Worcs, 22nd Aug, 1260 11m/v Doubles (Seighford, Old Bob, St Simon's, Cassington, Eynsham, Elford, St Martin's, St Leonard's, St Peter's, Austry, Plain): Madeline Reeder 1, Claire Penny 2, Chris Povey 3, Matthew Kemble 4, Martin Penny (C) 5, Paul Smith 6. Most methods/variations: 2 & 4.
Wellesbourne, Warks, 8th Sept, 1264 Spliced Major (PB & Yorks S): Michael Dane 1, James Ingham 2, Richard Lewis-Skeath 3, Alan Hartley 4, Karen French 5, Robert Reeves 6, Chris Mew (C) 7, Peter Quinn 8.
Chipping Campden, Glos, 22nd Sept, 1344 Yorkshire S Major: Roger Hunt 1, Julie Lawrence 2, Richard Lewis-Skeath (C) 3, Robert Reeves 4, John Nicholls 5, Steve Bowley 6, Nick Allsopp John Gwynne 8. Rung to welcome Julie Lawrence to the area as she starts her new job.
Shipston-on-Stour (The Old Bakehouse, Sheep Street), Warks: 1368 Plain Bob Minimus: Richard Lewis-Skeath 1, 2, 3, & 4 (on handbells, size 14 in D). 1st Q of Minimus, 1st Q in hand, 1st Q on the bells. (Interesting, Richard, interesting…. Ed)
(Please let me have details of quarters. I cannot guarantee to see them on Campanophile, Bellboard, or wherever. I do some, but probably not all. Ed)
Willersey. After 36 years as Ringing Master David Hammond has decided to hand over the reins. Robert Chadburn is the new RM and Bob Topp is to undertake the belfry maintenance. As many know, David has not enjoyed the best of health recently, and this and other reasons have very likely contributed to his decision. Thank you, David, for all the help and support you've given the Guild over many years.
Congratulations to Isobel Murphy on being accepted by Oxford University to study for a Doctorate (see Chris Seers' report in the Mid-week Tours article.).
Pebworth. A faculty has been granted to replace the headstock, so things are in train now to have this 10 ringing as such again. They are an extremely useful little 10 and they've been missed.
Stow-on-the-Wold. Taylors are starting work at the beginning of October on major maintenance work here. This will include rebushing the clappers, overhaul of the pulleys, cleaning out the main bearings and re-greasing, and tightening the tie-bars in the bellframe to help make the massive pitch-pine structure more rigid.
There is exciting news about two towers in the area:-
Adlestrop. Things are starting to happen here on a rehang, possibly with an augmentation to 6.
Stanway. Simon Ridley (who reported on the state of Stanway a couple of years ago in the Newsletter) sends the following:-
Works at Stanway are scheduled to begin at the end of November this year. The existing ring of four bells is to be removed, tuned to a recognisable diatonic scale and rehung in the modified frame with new fittings. To add to their number a new treble bell will be cast at Whitechapel to augment the ring to 5.
Works should be completed by Easter next year pending no surprises. If anyone wishes to donate to the project or wishes to know more, please contact Simon Ridley by .
It seems very likely, therefore, that Stanway will emerge from this work as a very ringable ring of 5. Thank you for this update, Simon, and for your work in bringing this project to fruition.