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Minutes of the 2016 AGM

Posted by Cathfleet on March 2, 2016 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (2)

Steeple Aston Bellringers’ Annual General Meeting 2016

The meeting took place at the Rectory on 9th February. Ten ringers were present and the Rector took the chair.

Graham Clifton, as tower captain, reported that we have not always been able to ring all 8 bells on Sundays and that we rely heavily on our regular visitors to practise on Tuesdays. However, we are delighted to have Pamela Knowles and her son Jack as new recruits. We enjoyed an afternoon outing in March to visit three churches: Brill, Chearsley & Cuddington. We entered the Branch striking contest held at Horley but slipped to third place this year. The ringer’s team came third in this year’s village quiz. The tower dinner was held at the Red Lion. We rang three quarter peals during the year: * 26th June. For the Branch 90th anniversary. This was also Freddie Taylor’s first quarter peal and it also marked Nick & Lydia Powell’s 30th wedding anniversary. * 9th Sept. We rang to celebrate the Queen becoming the longest serving monarch in history. * On Tuesday 25th August, in place of the normal practice, we rang to commemorate the sad loss of Claire Tarrant. Graham thanked everyone for their continued support and urged members to attend service ringing and practices whenever possible.

As Tower Keeper Graham assured us that the bells are in good working order but that ropes may need to be replaced this year. The handbells have been overhauled at Whitechapel Bell Foundry.

Diana Gardner, secretary, said that we have not had as much additional ringing as usual this year, but that our ringers have been involved in many activities throughout the Banbury Branch.

Diana, the treasurer, informed the meeting that there is a total of £5, 568.55 in our accounts.

The handbell captain, Sally Cooper, reported that the Christmas ringing had gone very smoothly and that we had raised £1235.19. It was agreed that we should send £1,200 to Katharine House Hospice.

With the exception of one officer, that of Child Protection which Pamela was prepared to take on, the others remain as before.

During Any Other Business these ideas were discussed:

• Malcolm suggested a peal should be rung to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. This will take place on Sunday 12th June 3 – 6pm.

• Lawrence suggested that a tower outing to include Whites mini ring would be very welcome.

• A tower dinner will be held on 22nd March at the Red Lion.

• A summer barbecue would be welcomed, perhaps in Helen Taylor’s garden.

• Graham suggested it was time to review our wedding/funeral fees. It was agreed that we should receive £15 a rope. Our fee would therefore be £160 in order to retain £40 for our tower fund.

• Nick (absent) had asked Lawrence to suggest that it would be a nice gesture to give a card to the wedding couple which the team would sign. Agreed, Diana to organise.

• Lawrence suggested that the notice on the blackboard might say “Ringing at….” rather than “No ringing next Sunday”. The Rector thanked the ringers for all we do; he thoroughly enjoys the uplifting sound of the bells, and Graham thanked the Rector for his hospitality.


Tower Open Evening

Posted by Cathfleet on February 23, 2015 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The tower held an Open Evening on 10th Feb. This was well supported by existing members and our regular visitors from other towers, but only 3

locals came. Fortunately two of them, Andy and Zoe Shayler were keen to learn and 'had a go'. Both showed great promise so we are hopeful for the

future. The other visitor only came for a look, which was good as we always enjoy talking about ourselves!!   :)

Dorothy Clifton

Facts about our bells

Posted by Cathfleet on February 14, 2015 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (0)

SS Peter & Paul Bells

Bell Weight                     Nominal           Note                         Diameter              Cast            Founder                                         Canons

1 3-3-11                          1405.5                 F                           26.00"                  1986             Whitechapel Bell Foundry Ltd             F

2 3-3-26                          1325.5                 E                           26.75"                  1986             Whitechapel Bell Foundry Ltd             F

3 4-2-7                            1184.0                 D                          28.25"                   1674             Richard Keene                                    Y

4 4-0-20                          1054.5                 C                          29.50"                   1674             Richard Keene                                    Y

5 5-3-2                               937.0                Bb                        31.75"                   1700             Chandler (generic)                              Y

6 6-0-4                               888.5                A                          33.75"                   1827             Thomas II Mears                                 Y

7 8-3-6                               787.0                G                          37.00"                   1675             Richard Keene                                    Y

8 10-2-4                            702.0                 F                          40.75"                    1879             Mears & Stainbank                             R

Sanctus                            ¾cwt                  G                          14.50"                    1701            Henry II Bagley                                   R

Source: Peter Davies(WofA); Graham Clifton


Handbell ringers

Posted by Cathfleet on February 14, 2015 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Handbell ringing round the village for the two weeks prior to Christmas went surprisingly smoothly, with the weather being much kinder than in previous years and the welcome addition of two former ringers along with two new recruits.


As you know we were collecting money for the fight against Ebola via the DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee), and the amount we raised was a magnificent £1,195.70.


Our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who gave so generously and my personal gratitude goes to the team members who consisted of Diana Gardner, Dorothy, Vicky and Graham Clifton, Chris and Catherine Cooper, Nick and Samantha Powell, Lawrence White, Charlotte and Sam Clarke, Helen and Freddie Taylor, Kimberley Brock, Joey Price, Hannah Hodges and Daisy Spencer.



Sally Cooper

Handbell Captain



Winning Ringers !

Posted by Cathfleet on June 10, 2014 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Saturday 7th June was the Branch Striking competition held at Mollington on their Light 6.  Despite the big difference in weight to our bells, our ringers handled them so completently that they won the cup by a large margin.  Eight other tems took part.  this is the 7th time in 10 years that Steeple Aston have won !