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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
· 7147 rings
· 47,153 bells
· 7147 rings of which, now:
· 2898 fully complete (41%)
· 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):

24 Jan
· Chicheley, Buckinghamshire
   Ring key is nearer F# (despite tenor nominal ...
· Codford St Peter, Wiltshire
   Tenor wt amended (was 10-2-1)
· Costessey, Norfolk
   Tenor wt amended (from 10-3-10)
· Lytchett Matravers, Dorset
   Tenor wt not 7-3-6
· Milton Keynes, Fenny Stratford
   Ring key closer to Bb than A (despite tenor b ...
· Milton Keynes, Simpson, Buckinghamshire
   Ring key closer to A than Ab
· Moulsoe, Buckinghamshire
   Tuning description is only approximate
· North Crawley, Buckinghamshire
   Ring key closer to F
· Tyringham, Buckinghamshire
   Tuning 'description' added
· Woodbridge, Suffolk
   Bells rehung: stage 2 (frame repaint) later 2020

21 Jan
· Newton Abbot, Wolborough, Devon
   SatNav destination added

18 Jan
· Lillingstone Dayrell, Buckinghamshire
   Indication of available toilet facility added
· Lillingstone Dayrell, Buckinghamshire
   Ringing currently not permitted pending inspe ...
· Witchford, Cambridgeshire
   Bells are unringable

17 Jan
· Eastnor, Herefordshire
   6th gudgeon broken >> only 1-5 rung 2nd,4th S ...

11 Jan
· Clifton, Corpus Christi, Nottinghamshire
   Postcode amended

09 Jan
· Cowfold, West Sussex
   Indication of available toilet facility added

21 Dec
· Bristol, Westbury on Trym, City of Bristol
   Indication of available toilet facility added
· Buckfastleigh, Devon
   Ringing is currently suspended: concern re to ...
· London, Bishopsgate, City of London
   Ringing has resumed

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pNBR Updates

Recent updates to the pNBR:

24 Jan
· Codford St Peter, Wiltshire
· Costessey, Norfolk
· Great Brickhill
· Lathbury, Buckinghamshire
· Lytchett Matravers, Dorset
· Milton Keynes, Bradwell
· Milton Keynes, Simpson
· Ruthin, Denbighshire, Wales
· Shotesham All Ss, Norfolk
· Thornton, Leicestershire
· Wilmslow, Cheshire
· York, S Wilfrid

18 Jan
· Ballarat, Town Hall
· Britford, Wiltshire
· Henstridge, Somerset
· Idmiston, Wiltshire
· Miami Cath, Florida
· Washington Cath

16 Jan
· Westminster Abbey

12 Jan
· Strensham, Worcestershire

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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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