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Peal rung for our

40th Anniversary

Husborne Crawley, Bedfordshire

St James

Sunday, 30 June 2019 (18–2–12 in D)

5040 Plain Bob Major

Treble  Susan E Tompsett

2.        Fiona E Clode

3.        Robert W Jones

4.        Colin Friend

5.        Rosanna Cretney

6.        M Louise Booth

7.        David T G Jones [C]

Tenor   Martin D Clode

Rung to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Open University and the 40th anniversary of the Open University Society of Vhange Ringers

Our three Founder Members:

David Belcham

Sue Tompsett

Mary Coe

Our guest speaker,

Alan Regin MBE

with our

Master, David T G Jones and our 3 founder members

On the very hot day of Saturday 29th June 2019, we celebrated our 40th Anniversary in the Bedfordshire area. During the day, many of us rang at 6 towers, all in the Bedforshire area:

Bletsoe, St Mary (6)

Cariton, St Mary (6)

Turvey, All Saints (8)

Bedford, St Andrew (8)

Bedford, St Paul (12)

Bedford, St Peter de Merton (8)

with a Quarter Peal at the final tower.

In the evening, 33 of us met for a formal Dinner at the grand Chicheley Hall with our Guest Speaker, Alan Regin. Also present were our 3 founder members.

On the following Sunday, a Peal was rung at Husborne Crawley, St James, conducted by David T G Jones.


We are so saddened to learn that a past member, Edward R Venn has died. Many of us will remember the events that he and his wife Judy organised during their time living in Cornwall. May he rest in peace.

2019 AGM

After a splendid days ringing in the Oxfordshire area (including a ring on the “The Stillpits Ring” mini-ring assembled outside the Prince of Wales public house in Shrivenham, see right), our 2019 AGM was held with a gathering of 16 people. Other than the OUSA Delegate, the entire committee was re-elected to serve for another year.

Names of those interested in the November Quarter Peal weekend were requested – a weekend culminating with a ring in Wells Cathedral for Evensong. The program of future events was discussed including the 2020 visit to the Channel Islands in June (to Jersey and Guernsey). Also in 2020, there will be the Spring meeting in March to the Leicestershire area and then the 2020 AGM.

After the meeting, a handbell quarter was rung to congratulate Sue Tompsett on her election as an Honorary Life Member of the Society.