Author Archives: Susan Read

Young Ringers’ Fest ! A big day out for young ringers in the ODG

By on 12-Aug-2019 - The city of Oxford was an ideal choice for our Big Day Out as it not only offers a variety of historic and memorable towers but is relatively easy for 19 young ringers and their parents to get around.Our first two towers were the light tens at St Thomas and St Mary Magdalen. Ringing was […] Read more

Young Ringers’ Event at St Giles, Oxford

By on 09-Sep-2017 - Traditionally, St Giles church in Oxford is open during the St Giles Fair in early September. It provides a quiet place where people may take refuge from the noise and crowds of the fairground outside. The church has laid on tea and cakes for their visitors and this year these were expertly provided and served […] Read more

Outing to Brightwell, Bells and Magic!

By on 21-Feb-2017 - On a cold dull afternoon in February, fourteen young ringers from the Old North Berks Branch, nine adults and two younger brothers converged on Brightwell to ring the recently renovated bells.  The ringing mostly consisted of rounds and call changes, but there was some plain hunt too.  And while the tower bells were being rung,  […] Read more

First peal for three young Abingdon ringers

By on 18-Apr-2016 - I am very proud of our achievements with young ringers. Yesterday we rang a peal with five of them including three first peals at the first attempt.  And we are thrilled to be the current Ringing World Bellboard Featured Performance! We run a very lively practice for young ringers each week in addition to […] Read more

Young Ringers Event – Wallingford and Benson

By on 13-Nov-2015 - This is a report about our young ringers’ autumn outing to Wallingford and Benson. Half of the children who came are using the LtR scheme (at Abingdon) and the rest come with us on these outings every school holiday, some come from towers up to 30 miles away. Other ringers have commented that the young […] Read more

David Thomas’ achievements – by Susan Read

By on 11-Nov-2015 - David Thomas is an exceptional young ringer who started ringing when he was twelve years old, over five years ago.  He rang his first peal in 2013 and is now beginning to ring more advanced peals including Surprise Royal when he has time from his A level studies.  He took part in the Oxford Diocesan […] Read more

Get set up for Simulators

By on 07-Sep-2015 - Many ringers just think of simulators as an expedient, allowing practice without annoying the neighbours.  However, they offer a lot more.  Indeed, the use of sensors combined with sophisticated software allows all kinds of practice and learning, whether individually or as a band, that are just not possible with real bells. Graham Nabb, with advice […] Read more