Dove News

Recent news from the online version of Dove's Guide
  1. Holiday period

    In the course of the next few weeks there will be several occasions when neither the Dove or the pNBR webpages will be updated as frequently nor as immediately as has become usual. Please understand that this does not necessarily imply that your valued e-mails will not have arrived, but that we are probably away from our desk for a day or ten (or even more). You can rest assured that those which have arrived will indeed be dealt with in due course: so please be patient. As always, we will try to use the absence of the Edit Details facility to indicate when e-mails addressed to Dovemaster are likely not to receive a timely response.
  2. Interruption of Service

    Please note that there will be no updating of Dove between approx midday Wednesday 28 June and the following Monday 3 July, nor will e-mails addressed to Dovemaster be dealt with during that period. We will, as usual, try to use absence of the Edit Details facility during this, or any other, period during which our service will predictably fall below the norm.
  3. Recent Updates

    After kindly liaising with us about the optimum way to do so, Bill Hibbert has provided a file of just over 500 bell nominals for inclusion within the pNBR. Within in his data are corrections for about 15 bells where we already had a value, and also about 500 new measurements. Where possible, we try to show values determined in just one recording rather than on different occasions and using different equipment. These have enabled a number of changes to be made to the note of the ring concerned. All values provided by Bill are showing as from the build / upload of today. Should anyone else wish to offer us data in bulk, we strongly encourage prior discussion: doing so eases the tasks involved at both ends of the exchange.
  4. New Fields in dove.txt file

    Two fields have been added to each record for a ring in dove.txt which will ease correlation between Dove data and records in the George Dawson NBR diocesan spreadsheets.
  5. New Dove Stewards

    We are pleased to welcome Doug Davis and Tim Pett as new Dove Stewards. Appointed at the recent Council meeting in Edinburgh, they will gradually take over the running of the database just as soon as the existing (DOS-based!) system is replaced by one which is more future-proof and is being developed by Richard Smith. In the meantime and although officially now no longer a Dove Steward, John Baldwin will endeavour to maintain the service offered hitherto.