Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers is the authoritative source for current information about rings of bells. The Guide first appeared in printed form in 1950. The accompanying website at http://dove.cccbr.org.uk provides full-featured searching, mapping, and details of changes to entries as they occur.
Dove's Guide for iOS uses the same 7100+ tower dataset in a portable format, with off-line listing, search and tower details. Mapping is also provided when a network connection is available.
Features: A to Z listing, search by place name, tower details (including: place and location, bells, tenor weight and practice info), search nearby (based on a selected tower, arbitrary map position or the user's current location), and a simple download process for updating to the latest dataset.
New in version 3: Record-keeping for storing records of visits, quarter peals and peals. Up 10 towers can be recorded without cost. For a moderate fee, an in-app purchase unlocks unlimited records.
Ratings and Reviews
Paid for the extra records. However cannot link to my other idevices as Dropbox has updated. The developer of doves guide needs to update app. Hopefully the will and include other ways of linking devices such as iCloud or OneDrive.
Good but not perfect
Sometimes doesn’t load correctly and is inaccurate.
It’s now better than the book
This portable version of Dove’s guide is always handy to have with me when I go out ringing. I have used it many times on outings and peal trips and when working away from home. Fast, accurate and easy to use. It is now better than the book and more up to date. I reviewed an earlier version in 2014 and my only complaint then was the lack of the ability to tick off a visit. This functionality has now been added and includes the ability to record separate dates for a visit, a quarter peal and a peal.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.