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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
· 46,922 bells
· 7141 rings of which, now:
· 2581 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

22 Mar New Dove Stewards needed
Tim Jackson and John Baldwin feel that - after more years than either dreads to count - the time has come for them to take a rest from the work of maintaining Dove online. This news was made known at the recent CC Admin Cttee meeting.

Replacement Dove Stewards will need to learn the tasks (and frustrations) involved with maintaining a consistent set of accurate information for the Exercise. People who would like to know more about the job are invited to get in touch with Tim (who endeavours to keep John under control in this regard!) and either Tim or John will be pleased to try to elaborate more about what is involved. Nominations for stewards must be with the CC Secretary no later than 29th March.

A candidate for the post of Steward does not necessarily have to be a CC member but may find themself elected as an ex officio Member.

10 Mar Is your tower info incorrect?
As was pointed out in a RW letter today, the onus for ensuring that we show correct practice details lies with the officers of the tower itself.

Our FAQ#22 deals with this matter in some detail.

Also, as indicated in our previous News item of 3 May 2016, webmasters are reminded to keep us informed, please, about wholesale changes to URLs (we will be making some with the next build / upload).

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 to 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).

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Dove Updates

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

23 Mar
· Clun, Shrops
   PN info added

22 Mar
· Godalming, Surrey
   To be recast/ replaced by a similar weight ring
· Thaxted, Essex
   PN info modified (from Wed)

21 Mar
· Knapton, Norfolk
   Ringing now resumed; PN & indication of toile ...

20 Mar
· Market Bosworth, Leics
   Spire repairs completed; ringing has been res ...
· Sutcombe, Devon
   Bells, frame, fittings removed for restoration

19 Mar
· Averham, Notts
   Tenor note not F# (nominal: F+4c)
· Cleator Moor, Cumbria
   Church now closed; no ringing allowed
· Clive, Shrops
   Fri PN now shared with Wem
· Durham Cath, Durham
   PN info amended (from weekly)
· Farnworth and Kearsley, Gr Man
   Ringing suspended: instlln phone transmitters ...
· Gorran, Cornwall
   Ring of 10 treated as distinct from original ...
· Gorran (4), Cornwall
   Former ring now treated as distinct from new ...
· Helmsley, N Yorks
   No visiting ringers while ch building work in ...
· Idmiston, Wilts
   Must now be considered u/r
· Warwick, S Mary, Warks
   Ringing has been resumed
· Wem, Shrops
   PN info added

17 Mar
· Blandford Forum, Dorset
   Ringing resumed; Thu PN shared with Bryanston
· Richmond, N Yorks
   Former ring removed; new frame constrn immine ...

16 Mar
· Coln St Aldwyns, Glos
   Dedication (was Decollation of ..) -> Crockfo ...

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pNBR Updates

Recent updates to the pNBR:

23 Mar
· Heckington, Lincs
· Hedenham, Norfolk
· Ingatestone, Essex
· West Clandon, Surrey

22 Mar
· Godalming, Surrey
· Heanor, Derbys
· Heathfield, E Sussex
· Hutton, Essex
· Winterbourne Earls, Wilts
· Woodhouse Eaves, Leics

21 Mar
· Hayfield, Derbys
· Hayton, ER Yorks
· Healing, Lincs

20 Mar
· Gorran (4), Cornwall
· Hayes (TQ46), Gr London

19 Mar
· Averham, Notts
· Catworth, Cambs
· Hawkhurst, Kent

18 Mar
· Haverfordwest, Pembs

17 Mar
· Hathersage, Derbys

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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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