Times for meetings will be: 3pm ringing, 4.30pm service, tea and meeting + 7pm to 8.30pm ringing.

Jan 14     DAVENTRY (10 Bells) - Annual Branch meeting

Feb 11     FLORE (6)                                + WHILTON (8)

Mar 11     BRAUNSTON (6)                      + RUGBY (8)

Apr 8       NEWNHAM (6)                         + SOUTHAM (8)

Apr 16   Easter Sunday 2017

Apr 29    Guild Spring Festival in Towcester Branch

May 13    Coach Outing to Potteries area

Jun 10    Guild AGM in Guilsborough Branch

Jul 8        WHILTON (8)                           + GT BRINGTON (6)

Jul 22     Walk and Ring: 3 - 3.30pm ring at Patishall (6), walk to ring from 4 - 4.30pm at Cold Higham and walk to Litchborough to ring from 5.30 - 6pm.  Pub food at Red Lion.

Aug 12    WEEDON (8)                            + DAVENTRY (10)

Sep 9       EVERDON (5)                           + STAVERTON (6)

Sep 16    Guild Summer Festival in Northampton Branch

Oct 14     LITCHBOROUGH (5) striking competition - teams drawn on day - see below

                                                                                     + BYFIELD (8)

Nov 4     Branch dinner 

Nov 11    WELTON (5)                              + LONG BUCKBY (8)

Dec 9       3.30pm BADBY (6)            + 7pm Carol Concert

Jan 13, 2018   DAVENTRY (10) - Annual Branch meeting

Feb 10     BYFIELD (8)                             + UPPER BODDINGTON (6)

Feb 24 Branch Quiz at Badby Village Hall

Mar 10     NETHER HEYFORD (6)            + WEEDON (8)

Apr 1    Easter Sunday 2018

Apr 14     HARPOLE (6)                          + WHILTON (8)

Apr 28  Guild Spring Festival in Daventry Branch

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 grennans@gmail.com      Steward: Brian Foley 01327 341215;       Treasurer: Christine Rodhouse 01327 830350,     cheques payable to “Daventry Branch Bellringers”  please.

Branch website: www.daventrybranch.btck.co.uk     Amended 19/7/17

Click here for pdf version to print out for notice boards etc. 

Competition on October 14

1.     Teams will be formed by selection on the day of the competition, as defined in Rule 11.

2.      Less experienced ringers are encouraged to participate, subject to being able to ring without manual supervision in their own tower.  Supervision will be available during the competition if required for safety purposes.

3.       No ringer shall ring in more than one team, except as nominated by the Branch Ringing Master for the purpose of making a complete team.

4.       The order of ringing shall be by draw held at 3pm on the day at the tower, except that the order may be altered at the discretion of the Branch Ringing Master to accommodate ringers with time constraints.

5.       Each team shall have five minutes, before their test piece, to become accustomed to ringing the bells.

6.       The test piece shall consist of 120 rows of rounds, call changes or method ringing struck as well as the team may manage. 

7.       The 120 changes after the first change will be judged. The intention to ring only rounds must be advised to the Branch Ringing Master before the test piece begins and the 120 judged rows will start after five whole pulls.

8.       Each team shall signal that they are ready to start the test piece by ringing the tenor for two whole pulls.

9.       The method of judging shall be determined by the judge(s), whose decision shall be final.

10.     If the number of entries is higher than expected, changes to the competition start time and the time allowed to get accustomed to ringing the bells may be changed for all teams by the Branch Ringing Master.

11.    This rule shall apply additional to, or if conflict exists in place of, the existing rules.

a) Teams will not be related to a tower or group of towers.
b) Team leaders will be nominated by the Branch Ringing Master to provide sufficient teams to accommodate all participating ringers.
c) Remaining participating ringers will record their preference for a ‘Lighter’ or ‘Heavier’ bell.
d) Team leaders will draw four team members from the ‘Lighter’ and ‘Heavier’ lists in the ratio of the Lighter/Heavier preferences recorded.
e) Team leaders will assume responsibility for deciding the method rung and the placing of the team.  Conducting may be delegated.

Would the ringers please notify Jim Grennan (01327 261 596 / 07493198046; james.grennan@kuehne-nagel.com) by the Thursday previous to the competition of their intention to participate, together with their ‘Lighter’ or ‘Heavier’ preference.

Please be available at 2:45pm for team selection and the draw for order of ringing so that the competition ringing can start at 3pm. 

If a personal time restraint applies (see rule 4) please indicate so that I may attempt to take this into consideration at the time of the draw for ringing order. 


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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