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Ringing beyond All Saints

Ringing for services is just one part of the life of All Saints ringers. They practice regularly of course, and they also train new ringers, but they also contribute to the wider ringing community in various ways.

All Saints is one of the leading towers in the Sonning Deanery Branch of the Oxford Diocesan Guild. For historic reasons the Branch also covers Bracknell Deanery, and in fact Wokingham played a key role in founding the Sonning Deanery Society in 1881.

Ringers from All Saints regularly support various ringing events within the local area, and over the years have provided several Branch officers.

At this year’s Branch AGM, held at Easthampstead, Nigel Mellor was elected Deputy Branch Ringing Master. Nigel has been ringing master at All Saints for a number of years, and was already running monthly Surprise Major practices here to help develop advanced ringing within the local area. Typically half of the participants at these practices come from surrounding towers.

There is more information about ringing in Sonning Deanery on the web at: odg.org.uk/sdb 

John Harrison (March 2016) 

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