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18 Feb pNBR submissions: more (for yahoo users)
11 Feb pNBR submissions re-enabled
21 Jan pNBR submissions
7 Jan Lost pNBR submissions
31 Dec 2017 Greetings
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24 Nov Problem resolved ... well almost
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8 Feb A Problem Day, Today
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16 Nov Dove App for iOS
6 Nov Very Old Bells
25 Oct Frame material
14 Oct John Martin, Worcester
20 Sep Dove App and iOS 8
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11 Aug Problems exacerbated
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27 Apr ANZAB URLs updated
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6 Apr Dove Updates
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18 Aug Andrew Higson
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29 Jul For Fund Raisers
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31 May Times Move On
18 May Availability of dove.txt file
12 May Statistics webpage
13 Apr Former News Items
7 Apr Provisional Frame Layouts
1 Apr An Enquiry, please (not an ’April fool’)?
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19 Jan For you to check . . .
14 Jan Bellframes by Chris Pickford
24 Dec Christmas 2012 and New Year
18 Dec Partials no longer visible
1 Dec Partial tones (see 15 June 2012 item)
22 Nov Practice Night info during restoration work
20 Oct Restoration Work Under Way
1 Oct Useless or oti ?
25 Sep Wrong practice information
24 Sep Missing tenor note
10 Aug John Baldwin is ...
28 Jul Please note ...
16 Jul A noticeable milestone
18 Jun Submissions temporarily suspended
15 Jun Partial Tones
24 May Cookies
18 May VAT petition closed
10 May Mary Bliss, RIP
29 Apr Dove 10 available
19 Apr Edn10 now printed
7 Apr Loos
3 Apr VAT on alterations to listed churches
17 Mar Dove data frozen during Edn10 preparation
10 Mar Dove’s Guide for iPhone released
7 Mar Cut-off date postponed (by 1 week)
2 Mar Removal of entries
24 Feb Dove Edn10 cut-off date: 9 March
13 Feb Edition 10 - final call
11 Feb Lengthy Restorations
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21 Nov Church Bells of Somerset (G W Massey)
16 Sep John Baldwin is ...
13 Aug John Baldwin is ...
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31 Jul Possible E-mail Problems
7 Jul Updating facility interruption
13 Jun Ron, OBE
15 May Dove updating: a short break
9 May Founder/date Misattribution?
27 Apr pNBR submissions
15 Apr Church Bells of Somerset
22 Mar Edition 10
22 Feb Christchurch NZ tower wrecked by earthquake
3 Feb UK mapping
25 Jan Tower URLs
30 Dec Last call for 2010 updates
23 Dec Christmas 2010 and the New Year
5 Nov Mapping
10 Oct Warning: lock up your bells
4 Oct Alternatives
30 Sep Tower position accuracy
29 Sep A (slightly revised) plea
6 Jul Problems resolved
3 Jul Problems
1 Jun Frame Details
14 Apr In case you missed it ...
27 Mar Searching the pNBR
28 Feb Diocese naming
11 Feb Have you noticed ...
10 Feb Peter Davies
13 Jan Doncaster headed bells
1 Jan Tower URLs
21 Dec Christmas 2009
16 Dec ? Up to Date ?
12 Dec Lest there be any doubt
1 Dec Silence broken ...
28 Nov Dovemaster Silence
16 Nov Has YOUR submission been correctly entered?
16 Oct Dove data in Layar Reality Browser
16 Oct Loughborough News
19 Sep Developments at Loughborough
13 Sep Bellframe details
8 Sep Help facility
30 Jul Mapping Link: Multimap
12 Jul Bellframe Information
23 Jun More pNBR details
22 Jun Non-UK Distances
29 May SatNav Destinations
23 Apr pNBR Updates
21 Apr Bell Founders
31 Mar Welded Bells
17 Jan Coverage Statistics
7 Jan County Lists and Tables
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14 Oct Metric Dove
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6 Oct Bouncing acknowledgements
26 Sep A Milestone
7 Sep Final call for comments
31 Aug Search Results
7 Aug Editing pNBR Bell Diameters
14 Jul Slight Recountification
23 May Emergencies in the Tower
6 May Has your tower a simulator?
9 Mar New ISP; new URL for Dove
8 Feb Practice Nights
20 Dec Christmas and New Year
17 Nov Affiliations
10 Nov Occasional pNBR submission loss
7 Oct The home straight!
4 Oct pNBR submissions ...
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10 May Missing Details
6 May Overseas updates
22 Apr Tip: Creating custom POI files
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2 Apr DoveID changes
30 Mar A new Founder
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29 Jan Frequently Repeated Responses
29 Dec Searches
24 Dec Greetings
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4 Dec GAD’s NBR spreadsheets
20 Nov Another Spreadsheet: Leics
10 Nov pNBR Additions from Sussex
28 Oct Further guidance on submissions
3 Oct SatNav Destinations
12 Sep Up from Zummerzet
7 Sep Amending p-NBR data
29 Aug Mapping North American towers
8 Jul No acknowledgement ?
5 Jul Extra Staffs & W Mids data
3 Jul More spreadsheet data
27 Jun Pennington bells in SW peninsula
13 Jun Monitoring Contributions
13 Jun Another boost for the proto-NBR
17 May Google Maps Update - revised
4 May Google Maps update
3 May proto-NBR submission ...
1 May Link to Felstead peal database
24 Apr Non-UK towers: positional info
6 Apr POIs Improved in Google Earth
18 Mar Channel Is Grid Refs Refined
6 Mar POI Downloads Bugfix
15 Feb UK Grid Ref updating
13 Feb Mapping now printer friendly
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The move of Dove’s Guide to its new home is complete!

Wednesday 9 December 2020

Readers will know that there is a project taking place to transfer the information on this website from a legacy system sitting in the house of the Dove Master, John Baldwin, to a new more robust database that can be accessed online and maintained under the direction of the Dove Stewards.

In August we were able to announce the transfer of the tower level data and a new design that can support the separation of different sets of bells in a tower into collections. We are now delighted to announce the completion of the second major part of this project concerning the transfer of information on the constituent bells. This aspect of Dove’s Guide has been termed the “prototype National Bell Register” or pNBR. Dove is now showing details of 7,149 rings of bells and 47,221 constituent bells, although the Dove Master and Stewards have been collecting additional information on chimes and other towers in the background for future publication, all of which has been transferred over to the new database. No longer will Dove be listing updates to towers and bells separately as they are now part of the same system.

There are two remaining transitions to take place into the new systems, namely details on bell frames and bell restoration projects. We have taken both these sets of data off the old system and the info will continue to be displayed on the website. We will not be publishing changes to bell frames until the development of this part of the new database is completed in early 2021. We will however publish updates to bell restoration projects using an interim system. We continue to be grateful for the many updates we receive from the bell hanging companies and other individuals on the progress of projects.

This milestone is therefore significant! The consequence of this release and the plans for the next two stages means that we are no longer reliant on the use of or need to update the Dove Master’s legacy equipment, although additional unpublished data continues to be extracted from it for future publication. After about 30 years, it means that John Baldwin is finally able to pass on the responsibility of physically updating information on bells, frames and projects (47,221 bells is a lot of bells, not to mention those that are recorded but not yet published!). There will be more to say about John’s contribution in future communications.

Once again, I would like to acknowledge the considerable amount of work that has gone into this phase of Dove development. Richard Smith has been responsible for the technical development and has been on hand to respond to testing and fixing bugs as they arise. Tim Jackson has spent hours meticulously comparing the output of the new system with the old system to ensure that everything has been transferred as it should, as well as offering wise counsel throughout. My own contribution has been one of management, user testing, and conceptualisation.

Dickon Love, Dove Lead