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Please note that there will be no practice at Aldermaston on Thursday 14th May due to an Ascension Day service.
Due to electrical work in the tower there will be no practice at Newbury on Monday 27th April.
There will not be a practice at Newbury tower on the evenings of Monday 30th March (Holy Week) or Monday 6th April (Bank Holiday).
The practice at Bucklebury on 26th February has been cancelled as they are attempting a quarter peal instead.
The Quarter Peal Week will end with a grand Branch Dinner on Saturday February 28th at The Furze Bush, near Newbury. Partners and Guests are welcome to come along. The cost is £25 per person, with a £5 deposit payable in advance.
More details, including menu choices and how to book, can be found on the invitation.
Organiser: Richard Marshall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that there will be no practice at Hungerford on Wednesday 28th January as it is the tower AGM.
Hungerford tower will be hosting the Branch Practice and Branch AGM on Saturday 7th March.
Ringing will take place from 3pm to 4pm. This will be followed by a 30 minute service, and then tea will be served. The 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Newbury Branch will start at 5:15pm. Branch members are encouraged to attend.
Newbury tower rang in the New Year with a great turnout of tower members, regular ringers from other towers, friends and family of ringers, and also both the Mayor of Newbury and her predecessor.
Happy New Year to all from Newbury tower :-)
The practice at Thatcham on Tuesday 30th December has been cancelled.
The Christmas 2014 edition of the Branch Newsletter is out now and can be downloaded from the Newsletters page.
In addition to the usual 9:30am-10am ringing on Sunday 21st we will be ringing at 5:30pm prior to the 6pm Carol Service.
The 2015 Quarter Peal Week will run from Sunday 22nd to Saturday 28th February. The aims of the week are:
- To involve as many Branch Members as possible.
- To attempt quarter peals in as many of the ringable Branch towers as possible.
- To promote bell-ringing and gain local publicity.
For the past few weeks Newbury tower has been acting as temporary home to a number of ringers from Kingsclere while their tower was inaccessible due to maintenance. Kingsclere tower is ringable again and so we will say goodbye to them. It was nice to have a busy tower with new faces - over 20 ringers for some of the Monday evening practices!
The ringing that is planned for Christmas and the New Year at St Nic's in addition to the usual Sunday mornings and Monday evenings:
- 24th December 11pm (prior to Midnight Communion service at 11:30pm)
- 25th December 7:30am (prior to Traditional Holy Communion at 8am)
- 25th December 9:30am (prior to Family Communion at 10am)
- 31st December 11:30pm (we will be ringing in the New Year!)
The Oxford Guild 10 bell striking competition was held on Saturday 22nd November. The Newbury Branch put in a team and out of 8 entries, we came 7th, a very respectable result and one that gave a good account of ourselves considering the opposition.Read more
Due to the need to avoid the sound of the bells drowning out Remembrance Day events in the town centre, there will be no ringing on Sunday 9th November.