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North Bucks Branch Archive Project

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Newton LongvilleSt Faith8


Fastest peal

2h, 42mNovember 23, 1963
2h, 42mApril 5, 1972

Longest peal(s)

5152August 8, 1971
5152June 8, 1991
5152August 19, 1978
 Miss M J Young
Photo DescriptionMiss M J Young
Approx Date1947
 Married at St. Faith's, Newton Longville.
Miss Mary Joan Young, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Young, of "Dunromin", Newton Longville, was married at St. Faith's Church on Saturday last to Mr. William Osborne Langridge, only son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Langridge, of Emscote, Shepperton.
During the war the bride worked for the LMS, and the last 12 months had worked at Tattenhoe Camp. The bridegroom served over 5 years in the RAF.
The Rev. J. H. Sutters conducted the ceremony, and a large congregation sang the hymns "The voice that breathed o'er Eden" and "Love Divine, all love excelling", together with the 67th Psalm, "God be merciful unto us and bless us". Mr. S. Smith was organist and he played Mendelshon's Wedding March as the couple left the church.
The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, wore a white satin dress with orange blossom head-dress and veil and carried a shower bouquet of red roses. She wore a gold cross and chain.
Her attendants were Miss Gladys Young (bride's sister), Miss Beryl Cox and Miss Joyce Mead (bride's friends), Miss Betty Twells (bride's cousin) Miss Christine Viccars (bride's cousin) and Miss Eileen Francis (bridegroom's neice).
Miss Young, Miss Mead and little Christine wore dresses of blue silk, with coronets to match, while Miss Cox, Miss Twells and little Eileen wore dresses of lemon silk with coronets to match. The older bridesmaids carried bouquets of sweet peas with trailing fern, and the two little ones had posies. Christine and Eileen wore silver bracelets. Miss Young and Miss Twells silver brooches and the two older attendants had hair brushes, all gifts of the bridegroom.
The bridegroom's gift to the bride was a dressing set.
The bride's mother wore a brown floral dress with brown accessories, and the bridegroom's mother wore a navy blue dress with navy accessores. Mr. Colin Young (bride's brother) was best man and Mr. Robert Young (bride's brother) was groomsman.
On leaving the church the bride was presented with a lucky horseshoe and a wooden spoon by Alan Young.
Over 70 guests attended the reception at Newton Longville School.
The three-tier wedding cake was made by the bride's mother and iced and decorated by a friend.
After the reception the couple left for their future home at Shepperton, the bride travelling in a duck-egg blue and white two piece with white accessories.
Amongst the useful gifts were cheques from the residents of the Tatenhoe Hostel and the manageress.
For a period during the war the bride was a bell-ringer, so when the bridal couple left the church, the bells were gaily rung by Mr. H. Hopkins, Mr. A. James, Mr. F. Flowerdew, Mr. W. Denman, Mr. R. Smith, Mr. J. Rogers, and Mr. H. Young (bride's father)

Branch events here:

August 17, 2007Branch Practice 
February 18, 2005Branch Practice 
June 12, 2004Branch Centenaryand Guild Festival
December 20, 2002Branch PracticePremier S Major
July 20, 2001Branch PracticeNote change of venue


Who has circled the tower to peals:

No-one has circled this tower

Who has rung the most peals here:

RingerPealsMost Recent
Harry Sear10May 24, 1919
Richard Nichols9May 24, 1919
Harry Hopkins7May 24, 1919
Thomas R Henry6December 30, 1906
George Cox5December 30, 1906
P David Taylor3June 9, 1979
George F Hoad3December 30, 1906
Arthur E Powell3April 22, 1906
George W Holland3October 12, 1968
Edmund J Hobbs2May 24, 1919

Bell Frame

Bell Frame not yet surveyed

Classification from "Bellframes - A Practical Guide to Inspection and Recording - C J Pickford 1993"

The bells now


The figures and diagram below show the difference, in cents, between each bell and what it should be to be in tune with the tenor.
A positive figure shows that the bell is sharp, a negative figure shows that it is flat. There are 100 cents between notes on the scale.

History of bells in this tower:

From 1800From 1824From 1907From 1937
  1 of 8 Mears & Stainbank 
  2 of 8 Mears & Stainbank 
 1 of 6 W & J Taylor3 of 8 W & J Taylor 
 2 of 6 W & J Taylor4 of 8 W & J Taylor 
 3 of 6 W & J Taylor5 of 8 W & J Taylor 
 4 of 6 W & J Taylor6 of 8 W & J Taylor6 of 8 Mears & Stainbank
2 of 5 John Briant5 of 6 John Briant7 of 8 John Briant 
 6 of 6 W & J Taylor8 of 8 W & J Taylor