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Current Coverage
For distribution of rings, including unringables, see the quarterly updated tables at the end of the County lists.
Coverage statistics
· 7141 rings
· 46,916 bells
· 7141 rings of which, now:
· 2576 fully complete (36%)
Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers  
Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers

This is the online version of Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers, the authoritative source for current information about rings of bells since the first printed edition appeared in 1950. Unlike the printed book, however, here (and subject to a set of Conventions) we provide full-featured searching, links to mapping facilities to show their exact location, satellite navigation data, and details of changes to entries as they occur. That scope has been further extended by the addition of data for individual bells and the frame(s) in which they hang as a step towards a prototype National Bell Register (the 'pNBR').

The printed Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers is available to buy. Click here for more details.

Site News

18 Feb pNBR submissions: more (for yahoo users)
Our feeling that all pNBR submissions are now being satisfactorily received has been proven to be unjustly over-optimistic.

We are not receiving those submitted by users whose e-mail address includes the characters yahoo.co.uk and therefore we ask that users having such e-mail addresses NOT use the Edit Details facility offered on the Dove website. Instead they are asked to send a conventional e-mail to Dovemaster (and at the same time accept our apology for the associated inconvenience).

17 Oct Church postcodes
Our FAQ18 endeavours to discourage - as strongly as possible - any attempt to use the postcode we show for SatNav purposes. Further it gives the rationale as to why we have not (thus far) eliminated its presence from the details page for a ring.

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Dove Updates

Recent changes to details (only some of which will update their Dove entry):

26 Feb
· Ballarat, Town Hall, Vic
   Indication of toilet facility noted
· Castle Bromwich, W Mids
   URL amended; no ringing until Aug 2017
· Geelong, Vic
   Indication of toilet facility added
· Mabe, Cornwall
   Indication of toilet facility added
· Meole Brace, Shrops
   Postcode amended
· Water Newton, Cambs
   Diocese amended (not Ely)
· Wroxeter, Shrops
   Postcode amended

25 Feb
· Forton, Staffs
   Postcode amended
· Moreton Corbet, Shrops
   Postcode amended

22 Feb
· Abbotsley, Cambs
   Rope circle would have been anti-clockwise
· Congresbury, Som
   Tenor note (nominal: C#-11c) and ring key ame ...

21 Feb
· Buckland Newton, Dorset
   PN info changed: now 2,3,4 Wed (& shared as i ...
· Ducklington, Oxon
   Indication of toilet facility added
· Goodmanham, ER Yorks
   Ringing only by invitation >> unringable
· Hazelbury Bryan, Dorset
   PN no longer Mon but 5th Wed (& shared as ind ...
· Mappowder, Dorset
   PN no longer Tue but 1st Wed (& shared as ind ...
· Milton Regis, Kent
   Tenor wt corrected (back to previous value)
· Trevethin, Torfaen
   PN info added - but call to confirm before vi ...

20 Feb
· Long Riston, ER Yorks
   Necessary remedial work to bells hoped to be ...
· Milton Regis, Kent
   Tenor wt amended (recast 1934)

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pNBR Updates

Recent updates to the pNBR:

26 Feb
· Brixham, Devon
· Great Billing, Northants
· Ipswich, S Mary Elms
· Kentisbury, Devon
· Kingsbridge, Devon
· Lutton, Northants
· Plymouth, Eggbuckland, Devon
· Whitchurch, Devon

25 Feb
· Acton Burnell, Shrops
· Driffield, ER Yorks
· Galmpton, Devon
· Goodleigh, Devon
· Ipswich, S Margaret, Suffolk
· Saltby, Leics
· Week St Mary, Cornwall

24 Feb
· Chiselborough, Som
· Tintinhull, Som

23 Feb
· Catworth, Cambs
· Ufford, Cambs

22 Feb
· Abbots Ripton, Cambs

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Details incorrect or incomplete?

All who have supplied information are gratefully thanked for their contributions, particularly those who have been mailing additions and corrections since these pages first appeared on the internet. It is the goodwill that ringers throughout the world have demonstrated over the years, together with the ready assistance shown by professional bell hangers and bellfounders, which enables us to maintain the accuracy of what we are able to present.

If (and only if) you are absolutely confident that the data we are showing is incorrect or incomplete for a tower in which you have special interest or responsibility or knowledge, AND you have also ensured that the matter is not addressed in our FAQs, then do let us have the correct detail. Please refer to the two relevant pages (Description, and Editing) for details about our conventions for this aspect of our data and how to submit any necessary changes. Our Warnings also amplify just why content of any submitted change cannot be expected to be instantaneously visible.

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