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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
· 7140 towers
· 46,833 bells
· 7140 towers of which, now:
· 2517 fully complete (35%)
· 3076 ring complete (43%)
· 3628 show frame info (51%)
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 the exact location of towers, satellite navigation data, and details of changes to entries as they occur. That scope has been even further extended by the addition of data for individual bells 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.

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9 Mar Updates / Corrections
We do try hard to ensure that any such information sent to us is fully, and hopefully promptly, incorporated into our database (unless, of course, there is a good reason why such should not be done, in which case you can expect an explanation).

In our standard acknowledgement we also endeavour to suggest that the task of the submitter is not actually entirely complete until he/she has checked that their version of the revised data has been incorporated as appropriate, and in all respects.

Once again we ask that you do not consider that your job has been completed just with the initial sending of an update request.

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Dove Updates

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

29 Apr
· Broadclyst, Devon
   PN info added; GDR affiliation added
· Gussage All Ss, Dorset
   Bells out for rehanging
· Hollingbourne, Kent
   Augmentation to 8 now completed

28 Apr
· Brinkley, Cambs
   URL added

27 Apr
· Ashbourne, Derbys
   Tenor wt amended (from 14-0-7)
· Covington, Cambs
   URL amended
· Covington, Cambs
   PN info added; also ringing somewhat restrict ...
· Elsworth, Cambs
   URL amended
· Eltisley, Cambs
   URL amended
· Esher, Surrey
   Indication of toilet facility added
· Old, Northants
   Indication of toilet facility added
· Upton Bishop, Herefs
   Tenor wt (10-0-2 = with canon value) amended ...
· Walgrave, Northants
   PN info, toilet indication, URL added; postco ...

26 Apr
· Farnham, Surrey
   5th u/r (broken gudgeon)

25 Apr
· Alwalton, Cambs
   PN info modified (was Fri)
· Freshford, Som
   PN deleted (was 2,4 Wed); practices now by ar ...
· Keynsham, Som
   Tower now affiliated to G&B and not Bath & Wells
· Swainswick, Som
   PN start time amended (was 18:30)

24 Apr
· Preston, Rutland
   Postcode amended

22 Apr
· Averham, Notts
   Ringing suspended 'for a few months': tower r ...

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pNBR Updates

Recent updates to the pNBR:

29 Apr
· Aslacton, Norfolk
· Brinkworth, Wilts
· Hollingbourne, Kent

28 Apr
· Ashendon, Bucks
· Ashford, Surrey
· Ashford in the Water, Derbys
· Ashover, Derbys
· Ashtead, Surrey
· Ashton u Lyne, S Michael
· Ashwellthorpe, Norfolk
· Salter Street, W Mids

27 Apr
· Ashbourne, Derbys
· Ashburnham, E Sussex
· Ashbury, Oxon
· Upton Bishop, Herefs

26 Apr
· Asgarby, Lincs
· Ash, Surrey
· Ash next Sandwich, Kent
· Scalby, N Yorks
· Thelnetham, Suffolk

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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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