revised 10/3/18 


3:00pm  Ring / Tea / Meeting

7:00pm – 8:30pm

13 January 2018

AGM Daventry

10 February 2018



24 February 2018

Branch Quiz at Badby Village Hall - 7.30pm prompt

10 March 2018

Nether Heyford


24 March 2018

Branch quarter peal day

01 April 2018

Easter Sunday

14 April 2018


Great Brington

28 April 2018

Guild Spring Festival at Flore

12 May 2018

Branch Outing to Cambridge area

09 June 2018

Guild AGM at Thrapston

14 July 2018

Kilsby & Barby


11 August 2018


N'ton Holy Sepulchre

08 September 2018

Norton  Whilton


22 September 2018

Guild Summer Festival at Rothwell

06 October 2018

Branch dinner

13 October 2018



10 November 2018

Fawsley & Preston Capes


08 December 2018

3.30pm Bugbrooke

Carol Concert

12 January 2019

AGM Daventry

09 February 2019



09 March 2019


Great Brington

13 April 2019


Woodford Halse

21 April 2019

Easter Sunday

Please contact the Branch Ringing Master if you need special help for your own or your tower’s ringing.

Chairman: Jane Rands pdgdavchair@gmail.com    Secretary: Alison Buck 07788 616826     Ringing Master:  James Grennan  01327 261596 james.grennan@kuehne-nagel.com     Steward: Brian Foley 01327 341215;       Treasurer: Christine Rodhouse 01327 830350.   Cheques payable to “Daventry Branch Bellringers”  please.

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The branch outing left Lodge Road, Daventry in a new Hunter’s Yutong TC9 coach with Brenda at the wheel, spot on time. Travelling via Cold Ashby to the A14 we soon made it to the M11 and Trumpington. With Gwynneth in charge of this super 10cwt Taylor eight we settled into the diet for the day of call changes, Plain Bob, Grandsire and Stedman.  The next journey gave us a preview as we passed the lunch pub, then the third tower to reach the second tower at Little Shelford!  Access to the gallery ringing room was up a modern wooden spiral, but although the tenor was 8cwt they all went much heavier than their weight, thwarting some of Michael’s ringing plans.  Back to Great Shelford to experience an easy going, despite the off-putting length of rope showing, but anti-clockwise eight. We coped well under Carole’s direction. Pre-booked lunch at the Square and Compass followed after Brenda had displayed her party piece of reversing the coach through the narrow car park access into the pub’s car park, to the praise of the landlord!  Heavy rain meant that we had to make a dash for the coach afterwards so as to arrive at the very sturdy tower at Haslingfield.  Shirley had us battle the very odd-struck bells before moving on to Little Eversden where Alison B had an easier tower and finally Jane ran Fenstanton.  A refreshment stop was made at The Crown, West Haddon where we narrowly avoided a karaoke evening.  Thanks to Alison for making the arrangements.


Photo of assembled company outside St Modwen's Church, Burton on Trent by Alan Bailey


The usual branch preparation for the Summer Festival 8-bell competition worked again, but only just! -  a quarter peal at Whilton on Saturday morning. Our conductor, Ian, decreed that we were to aim for accurate fast ringing, so the quarter peal came round in 44 minutes.

In the afternoon, after general ringing at Chacombe and a quick look at the recently restored Bagley the Bellfounder’s gravestone, our team rang 3rd at Brackley, fast, as instructed, and this was remarked upon by the judges later. 

After the six teams had rung, and much splendid sandwiches, cakes and tea had been consumed the business of the day was transacted. Bell Fund grants were agreed of £3,200 to Wilbarston for some rehanging and the addition of a new bell and £375 to Roade for a rope guide, work on clappers, sliders and repainting of the frame (bright red, I understand!).  

Guild Master Andy Timms reported having consulted a diocesan officer about recruitment of non-churchgoers as ringers and gained the strong impression that there was no barrier except very occasionally from a parish incumbent.  

THE 100-CLUB is at its highest membership of 118 so the three prizes this month were £59, £29.50 and £11.80. The third went to Dorothy FitzGerald (please see me!). 

Then came the SUMMER PRIZE DRAW for 22 prizes (list attached) including a few for tickets sold in our branch.

The Secretary advised us that a large horde of Guild tea towels had been discovered in her loft – and sales at £2 each were going well. There are lots left – the design available in several colours of printing consist of the design of the front cover of the Guild Annual reports.

Then, at last, Andy could introduce the judges: Colin Lee formerly of Long Buckby and Andy Wignall from Nottingham. Andy W gave general comments on the ringing of each team and Colin announced the scores (100% = perfect) in reverse order:

6. Culworth 72%

5. Guilsborough 84%

4. Towcester 93%

2= Wellingborough 94%

2= Kettering 94%

1. Daventry 95%

A close squeak this time, but the first time anyone has won the trophy three times in a row since Kettering in 2008-10. Andy T did a good job in getting six branches to enter and Odette Dawkins to photograph them. Another branch nearly entered, leaving only the distant three north eastern branches not taking part.

There was well-supported general ringing at Whitfield with Ian Chapple in charge until dispersion to a pub at Syresham because the adjacent pub was full of sound, louder than the bells.  GHP


We have assembled our new bell simulator to its transportable bell frame ('Wombel' for short) for the first time and it had its first outing to Byfield Fete on a very wet Saturday (20/6/15).  It has also appeared at the Hobbies Fun Day at Welton (18/4/16) and Willoughby fête  (25/6/16)

We can take it along to any venue with enough headroom (3.5m) and let you have a go at ringing a bell.  We hope to prove that this is the start of a very happy and worthwhile pastime leading to gentle social, physical and mental exercise and recreation!  Look out for it!  Please look ahead and book well in advance here.

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