Post 26-2-2024
CN Branch AGM to be held at Hook Norton on 2 March 2024.
Approx times will be 	14.30 - Ringing		15.30 - Service		Tea - 16.00	Meeting - 16.30
Agenda here

Colesbourne Snowdrop Festival

Post 24-2-2024
The wonderful snowdrop gardens, near Cheltenham, recently featured on Countryfile open every year for 8 weeks for visitors.  As part of the event, the bells are rung at the Church which is located in the grounds of the estate.  Ringers book a slot (organised by Cirencester branch) either on the Saturday or Sunday afternoons from 2 – 4p.m. visit Shipton under Wychwood ringers have taken part in this for the last three years, as a bonus ringers get free entry to visit the gardens. This year we were joined by friends from Fairford and Oxford, and rang a quarter peal of mixed doubles prior to general ringing.  It is a ground floor ring of 5 open to the Church, visitors are drawn to the church by the sound of the bells, many of them take pictures and the ringers are very much on view. Money is raised for charities and the Church, visitors when asked to comment on the event, mention the bellringing and the legendary teas and cakes, which the ringers are happy to partake in as a reward for their efforts! Thanks to all for taking part.

See pictures on news page.


Another quarter peal for Laura

Post 19-1-2024

Congratulations to Laura who has rapidly followed her first QP with her first away from cover ringing the treble to Grandsire doubles. Bellboard.

50 Quarters Total!

Post 27-12-2023

Congratulations to Tracey Cooper for this great achievement, with 35 of them in 2023. The final quarter at her home tower Shipton under Wychwood with local ringers and friends, on 22nd December.

These have included 3 Quarters of Grandsire Triples, learning Treble Bob, 2 Quarters, a birthday quarter, and Laura’s recent first quarter. In addition Tracey has helped out on the Bradfield ringing weekend and numerous ODG training days. I am sure she would like to thank all the ringers and friends who helped her achieve this impressive total, Well done Tracey!

From Beginner to Quarter Peal in under a Year!

Post 7-12-2023

Congratulations to Shipton under Wychwood ringer Laura Cooper aged 12 on her first Quarter Peal on the Tenor at Asthall.   (Bellboard)  On a freezing cold Saturday, at Laura’s request, some of those  who had been instrumental in teaching her to ring gathered for her first quarter attempt, with a much deserved lunch afterwards at Burford Garden Centre. Laura started to learn at our 4 week have a go sessions  in January in Shipton, and has continued to progress by joining the ART ringing scheme, achieving her Level 3, and taking opportunities to ring at Longcot and St Aldates in Oxford. Special thanks to all for their help and encouragement.  Laura is now working towards her next quarter peal on the treble.

Well done Laura!         Picture of the band.



Armistice day quarter peal

Post 16-11-2023

The Hook Norton ringers rang half muffled to commemorate all the men of their benefice who have died in war. Congratulations to Dan on conducting his first quarter peal of triples.

October branch practice

Post 3-11-2023

The practice provided the opportunity for plain hunting on seven, Bob triples and Grandsire triples. Whilst we had fifteen branch members attending we were unable to ring the method of the month Erin triples, so it was rung as doubles. In addition a course of Cambridge minor was attempted with nearly four leads being completed. The evening finished with a generally good fall in peal of the eight and a few of us retired to the local for refreshment.

6 Bell striking competition

Post 24-10-2023

Beautiful weather, excellent ringing and superb refreshments made for a really memorable afternoon. Congratulations to all who entered the competitions at Shipton under Wychwood and in particular our branch’s own Hook Norton band who won the raising and lowering event at Wiggington despite a power cut during their performance. They also took part in the  striking competition, all the bands ringing to a very high standard, a short video clip of the Hooky ringers here.

Many thanks to all the branch members whose contribution made the day such a success – Mike and Joy for all the arrangements at St Mary and making the tea and coffee – the stewards Chris Stevens and Andrew at Shipton, Geoffrey and Sue at Wiggington – Nikki and Tim for the legendary Bacon rolls – and everyone who contributed cakes. Thanks also to our Ringing Master, David for his meticulous planning so everyone knew what was required.

Robert Newton presented the ODG with a new trophy  for the raising and lowering competition, pictured below, which he awarded to the winning team, Sally pictured receiving it on behalf of the band.


Post 24-10-2023

To Andrew and Sallie Pickett on celebrating their golden wedding anniversary.

September branch practice

Post 24-10-2023

Nine of us met at Little Compton, in addition to the method of the month St Martin we rang Plain Bob, Grandsire and Stedman. It was a beautiful, clear evening and we stepped outside for an excellent view of the International Space Station passing overhead before ringing down. Unfortunately we were denied post ringing refreshment arriving at the local to see the lights being turned off – maybe next time.

6 Bell Striking competition 7th October

Post 24-10-2023

Chipping Norton branch are looking forward to welcoming you at St Mary, Shipton under Wychwood. Refreshments will be available for a small charge, please bring cash for tea & coffee, bacon rolls and a selection of cake. Post 27-9-23

Our New Website

Post 24-10-2023

We should like to thank Les Waller for all his hard work over very many years building, maintaining and running ‘Chippy Bells’. The branch greatly appreciated the effort Les took in managing this for all of us.

This site was developed by the VOLL Web Studio team as a thank you to the Chipping Norton community for the welcome it has extended to our family. We hope you find the site design and WordPress website development informative and interesting.

Our team is immensely grateful to the people of Great Britain for supporting Ukrainian families and the Ukrainian military during our hour of need. Each of us can make a difference by making a conscious choice of truth, justice and democracy.

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Witney community radio

Post 24-10-2023

During ‘Ring for the King’ events Nina Morgan from Chadlington recorded a presentation for Witney community radio – you can listen to the broadcast here: