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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
· 46,856 bells
· 7140 towers of which, now:
· 2523 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.

Site News

24 May Holidays
It is approaching the time of year when many people take the opportunity of having a break from the normal routine; Dovemaster is no exception.

In the course of the next few months there will be several occasions when the Dove webpages will neither be updated as frequently nor as immediately as has become the norm. Please understand that this does not imply that your valued e-mails will not have arrived, but that we are possibly away from our desk for a day or five (or even more). That they will be dealt with you can rest assured, so please be patient.

We will try to use absence of the Edit Details facility to indicate when Dovemaster is likely to be delayed in dealing with his Dove duties.

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Dove Updates

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

28 May
· Coleshill, Warks
   Clappers and c/s restoration work complete
· Curry Rivel, Som
   Maintenance and restn work completed
· Portsmouth Cath, Hants
   Ringing resumed
· Tilehurst, Berks
   Simulator noted; Wed PN start time added (pre ...
· Tilehurst, Berks
   URL added; postcode amended

27 May
· Adlestrop, Glos
   Remodelled, restored, and augmented (prev: 5, ...

26 May
· Coleshill, Warks
   Clappers and c/s at Loughborough for restoration
· Curry Rivel, Som
   Further maintenance work in progress (see Pro ...

25 May
· Catworth, Cambs
   Restored and >> 6 (& test rung); NOT yet dedi ...
· Norwood Green, Gr London
   Tenor wt revised (sandblasted); being rehung ...
· Westminster, S Martin, Gr London
   URL amended

24 May
· Clevedon, S Andrew, Som
   Repairs complete; bells ringable again
· Southwell Minster, Notts
   Restoration work is taking place on bells

23 May
· Hemingby, Lincs
   PN info added (18:30-19:30 Mon)

21 May
· Farnham, Surrey
   5th rehung on repaired h/s

20 May
· Charleston, Grace Ch Cath, SC
   Now has Cathedral status (still Anglican, but ...
· Evesham, Worcs
   Ringing has restarted

19 May
· Ludgershall, Wilts
   Tenor note amended from Ab (nominal: G+26c)

18 May
· Flixton, Gr Man
   A major overhaul (JTco) is being undertaken
· Great Holland, Essex
   Clappers, c/s, stays now back from Lo'boro' a ...

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pNBR Updates

Recent updates to the pNBR:

28 May
· Baylham, Suffolk
· Brecon, S Mary, Powys
· Brecon, Llanfaes, Powys
· Bronllys, Powys
· Crickadarn, Powys
· Defynnog, Powys
· Gwenddwr, Powys
· Llanbedr Ystrad Yw, Powys
· Llandefaelog, Powys
· Tilehurst, Berks

27 May
· Adlestrop, Glos
· Baston, Lincs
· Battle, E Sussex
· Battlesden, Beds
· Bawtry, S Yorks
· Beaconsfield, Bucks

26 May
· Barsham, Suffolk
· Barthomley, Cheshire
· Barton in Fabis, Notts
· Barton Mills, 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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