Each month The Old North Berks Branch (our branch) of the Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers organises practice events at various towers within the branch aimed at giving ringers the opportunity to develop their ringing.
The fourth Wednesday of every month is an afternoon practice for ringers who need help with learning a method or want to improve their striking. April’s Wednesday practice was extended to a mini outing visiting Burghclere, Kintbury and a very enjoyable lunch stop before the last tower, Hungerford. In May the practice was at Blewbury.
The wedding season is very much upon us, and it is always a pleasure to ring for such a happy occasion. At a recent wedding a guest asked if the bells were a recording, needless to say the ringers that day were delighted that the bells had sounded so good!
On the subject of weddings, by the time you receive the June bulletin the Royal Wedding will have taken place, Blewbury is marking the occasion by ringing a quarter peal.
There are several other occasions in the coming month where the bells will be ringing more than the usual Friday evenings and Sunday mornings, we hope you enjoy hearing them.