Last few weeks to sign up for September’s drive to open 500 belltowers across the UK

A collaboration with Heritage Open Days, Central Council of Church Bellringers and National Trust mark a welcome shift in bringing bellringing to the attention of the public.

Open your tower to visitors this September, host interactive demonstrations or
become part of a magnificent chorus of ringing bands simultaneously sounding out
across the country on Thursday 8 September 2016, 6-7pm.

Kate Flavell Central Council’s PR Officer has said   “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to get plenty of publicity for ringing, open up our towers to a huge public to show off ringing, and possibly to gain some recruits, although this is not necessarily the prime purpose of this particular exercise.  (But it could be the first step.)”

Please encourage your towers to register for Heritage Open days so we can reach our target of 500 churches open for ringing-related events and so that towers opening receive the support package from Heritage Open Days.  Registration closes at the end of July and the sooner you register the better.  When you  Register for Heritage Open Days  make sure you tick the box to indicate there are ringing-related activities included, otherwise you won’t be counted towards the 500!

You don’t have to open all weekend – at my tower we are doing just three tours on the Friday.

 Heritage Open Days are planning a big local media push on 17 July.  Make sure you are ready for that and that your association or towers have their own press releases out with their local media.  There is more information on the Council’s website here: www.cccbr.org.uk/events/challenge500/ 

 Please do see what you can do to help your towers join in, perhaps by  joining together to create a ringing event.  Thanks so much for your help with this and all good wishes,

 Kate

Public Relations Officer

Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

Registered Charity number 270036

 Ring for Heritage Open Days 8-11 September

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/uploads/_document-library/Challenge_500-_wales_updated_webs.pdf

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