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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
· 7148 rings
· 47,149 bells
· 7148 rings of which, now:
· 2890 fully complete (40%)
· 3481 ring complete (49%)
· 5612 show frame info (79%)
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

6 Nov Resumption of Dove Updates
We have cleared the backlog of updates dating from late August and have published these to the Dove website. Given the volume of changes published in one go, most of these are not visible on the Dove home page. For a list of all the updated entries please refer to the following two pages: https://dove.cccbr.org.uk/changes.txt https://dove.cccbr.org.uk/updatesBR.php For the time being, the links allowing people to submit further updates remain disabled.

28 Sep Dove update
Regular users of Dove will be aware that, while the website remains fully functional, it has not been updated since 25th August. The Dove Team is working hard to re-establish normal service. We hope to resume limited updating of tower entries during October but restoration of full service, including the ability to update information on bells and frames, will take longer and may not be available until 2020. In the meantime, we have disabled the links allowing people to submit updates via the Dove website.

24 Aug Further Deletion
The Dove entry for Medmenham was removed on 23 August (see under Delisted 3s).

8 Aug In case you hadn’t noticed ...
The following Dove entries have been removed in the last 3 months: 22 June Kettlethorpe (see under Delisted 3s); 25 July Farewell (see under Delisted 3s); 26 July Stoke on Trent, Hanley (to go to Stafford, S Mary)

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Dove Updates

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

07 Dec
· Acton, Greater London
   Ringing suspension lifted
· Ashton Keynes, Wiltshire
   Ringing suspension lifted
· Ashton Keynes, Wiltshire
   Thu PN now shared with Castle Eaton; prior ch ...
· Castle Eaton, Wiltshire
   Thu PN now shared with Ashton Keynes; prior c ...
· Chester Cath, Cheshire
   Clappers & crownstaple work at Loughborough c ...
· Milton Regis, Kent
   Tenor wt amended
· Tanfield, Durham
   Augmented 2019 to 10; tenor wt and note amended
· West Walton, Norfolk
   Tenor note added
· Whissendine, Rutland
   Indication of available toilet facility added
· Withernsea, East Riding of Yorkshire
   Church (prev Dio York) now in hands of CCT
· Wittering, Cambridgeshire
   Indication of available toilet facility added

05 Dec
· Hertford, S Andrew, Hertfordshire
   Indication of available toilet facility added
· Kingskerswell, Devon
   Revised tenor weight and note supplied

04 Dec
· Stockton on Tees, Durham
   Dedication amended; postcode amended

01 Dec
· Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales
   Ringing resumed wef today

30 Nov
· Codford St Peter, Wiltshire
   Restoration work completed and bells ringing ...
· Kingskerswell, Devon
   Restoration and augmentation to 8 completed
· Over Wallop, Hampshire
   Tenor welded and all being rung again
· Rowington, Warwickshire
   Practice is now ONLY held on Wed at 14:00
· Singleton, Lancashire
   Tenor wt amended

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pNBR Updates

Recent updates to the pNBR:

07 Dec
· Braunston, Rutland
· Broad Blunsdon, Wiltshire
· Chepstow, Monmouthshire
· Frome, Somerset
· Kingskerswell, Devon
· Llangattock, Powys, Wales
· Lytchett Minster, Dorset
· Milton Regis, Kent
· Purton, Wiltshire
· Rochester, New York
· Singleton, Lancashire
· Strensham, Worcestershire
· Tanfield, Durham
· West Deeping, Lincolnshire
· West Walton, Norfolk

30 Nov
· Alfriston, East Sussex
· Barton, North Yorkshire
· Bristol, S Mark
· Bristol, Henbury
· Bristol, Stoke Bishop

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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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