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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
· 7145 rings
· 47,109 bells
· 7145 rings of which, now:
· 2807 fully complete (39%)
· 3112 ring complete (44%)
· 3899 show frame info (55%)
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 Oct Multiple Saints
We have today amended the 'Dedication' part of a good many tower records. Thus, in the case of a church being dedicated to more than one saint, we really do now follow what we say in our Conventions of using the presentation used within Crockford's Clerical Directory.

4 Oct Google Maps
We apologise for the problems we have experienced with Google Maps on the Dove website over the last couple of days. This was due to a change to Google's pricing model. The maps on the site should now be working again.

24 Feb Edition 11
Almost 6 years have elapsed since Edition 10 of Dove appeared in print, and so we are actively thinking about a successor. To that end we are anxious more than ever to ensure that our data continues to be as accurate as possible.

So, if there is something wrong with, or missing from, what we show as the entry for YOUR tower (probably best assessed by looking at it in the A-Z section), do please let us know as soon as possible just how that shortcoming should be resolved.

And when doing so, remember to include within your e-mail your status (eg, Tower Captain) with regard to the ring concerned.

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Dove Updates

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

11 Nov
· Gorran, Cornwall
   Wed PN is weekly, starting at 7pm
· St Michael Caerhays, Cornwall
   PN info removed: no practice
· Welland, Worcs
   Ring key nearer G than Ab (tenor nominal: G+53c)
· West Monkton, Som
   Flag set: pNBR tenor wt & note differ from GW ...
· West Monkton, Som
   Tenor wt and note amended (from 17-3-12 in D)

10 Nov
· Benington, Lincs
   No ringing allowed at present
· St Hilary, Cornwall
   Bells removed to Loughborough for restoration

09 Nov
· Marston on Dove, Derbys
   Tenor wt amended (from 8-1-22)
· Rochester Cath, Kent
   Presence of simulator noted; URL amended
· Rochester Cath, Kent
   Intention to augment to 12(+1) & renovate noted

08 Nov
· Ballymena, Antrim
   Ringing suspension likely to last until at le ...
· Barton, N Yorks
   Now augmented to 6
· Brede, E Sussex
   Mon PN is now weekly
· Rogate, W Sussex
   PN removed: no captain; lack of members > no ...
· Trotton, W Sussex
   PN removed: no captain; lack of members > no ...
· Watford, Northants
   Roof repairs until Sept 2019: ringing suspended
· Watford, Northants
   Tuning description added

07 Nov
· Longdon, Worcs
   Tenor headstock replaced: bells now ringable ...
· Torquay, Tor Mohun, Devon
   Tenor unringable (1-5 OK): h/s in bad condition

06 Nov
· Laverstoke, Hants
   Repairs made for Remembrance Sunday ringing - ...

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pNBR Updates

Recent updates to the pNBR:

11 Nov
· Welland, Worcs
· West Monkton, Som
· Yeovil, Som

09 Nov
· Marston on Dove, Derbys

08 Nov
· Longdon, Worcs
· Misson, Notts
· Ordsall, Notts
· Watford, Northants
· Yarnton, Oxon

07 Nov
· Great Oxendon, Northants
· Laneham, Notts
· Laxton, Notts
· Low Marnham, Notts
· Mansfield, Notts
· Mattersey, Notts
· Norwell, Notts
· Oxton, Notts
· Rolleston, Notts
· Screveton, Notts
· Scrooby, Notts

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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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