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Guild 2021 AGM – Saturday 12th June at 10.15am via Zoom

The Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild AGM 2021 will be held on Saturday 12th June at 10.15 a.m. Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic the AGM will be held online using the Zoom Pro platform. You will need to register in advance and instructions will be issued nearer the time.

The agenda, minutes of the last meeting, and officer and committee reports for 2020 are available here: This version will be kept up-to-date with any additional agenda items or supporting papers.

Web versions of the papers are at: for those who prefer to view this information online, and this version will also be kept up-to-date.

If anyone has apologies for absence, items of Any other business, or comments or questions on any Agenda item, please send them to Tony Smith in advance so that the meeting can run as smoothly as possible.

Message from Guild Master Pete Jordan re usage of social media and Guild Email Groups

Dear Guild Members,

I hope this message finds you all safe and well.

Many of us enjoy using social media and email to share news, stories and useful information, particularly during the pandemic whilst contact with others has been restricted. In the same way the Guild social media and email accounts have been used to share our news, photographs and the odd joke to keep us all in touch, smiling and to break the monotony.

However, occasionally, posts on the Guilds social media feeds or email groups have taken on subjects that some followers have found rather uncomfortable, with criticism aimed at fellow members. In today’s society, this type of interaction is viewed as unacceptable, and depending on content, can be defined as trolling, bullying or harassment. The Guild does not wish to prevent freedom of speech: social media is ideal for sharing news and legitimate comment, but direct attacks are not acceptable. 

Please be considerate when using any of the Guilds Facebook, Twitter, email forums or any other Guild social media accounts.

Attached is the CCCBR guidance which can also be found at:

Thank you for your cooperation.

Pete Jordan

Master  – Winchester & Portsmouth Guild of Church Bell Ringers. 

W&P Guild Ringing Room Striking Contest – Saturday 22nd May

Date:Saturday 22nd May 2021
Starting time:9:45 for 10:00am
Ringing Room
For more info and to enter contact:Peter Niblett
1 Oakland Road, Whitchurch, RG28 7HH
Tel: 01256 893997
Mob: 07825 657662
Closing date
for entries:
Friday 21st May 2021

While we’ve all missed being able to do much serious tower bell ringing over the last year, many of us have made use of the opportunities provided by the Ringing Room platform to stay in touch with each other, practice a different kind of ringing and maybe even learn some new methods.

I’m sure we are all looking forwards to getting back to real bells, but we thought it might be fun for the bands who have been using Ringing Room to get together and have an informal virtual ringing competition.

The idea is to run it like a traditional striking competition, but with the judges and participants joining via Zoom and naturally the ringing will be using Ringing Room.  We will send a Zoom meeting link out closer to the date, but if you have been using Ringing Room during the lockdown (either regularly or only just now and then) please get together with your fellow ringers and put in a team.

It’s intended to be a bit of fun and not get too serious, so no prizes, cups or certificates. However it wouldn’t be a striking competition without some rules, so we have put together a set that try and adapt the traditional format into a virtual event. Please feel free to ask questions or comment.


  1. All ringers in each team must be Guild members and should have been ringing together on Ringing Room during the lockdowns.
  2. A participant may ring in more than one team, provided that the number of participants doing this is not excessive.
    • No more than half of the members of a team can ring in another team
  3. Each team shall contain 6 ringers, each ringing the same single bell throughout the test piece.
  4. Each team may have four minutes ringing in which to prepare for the test piece.  The treble bell shall then be rung several times to indicate that the team is about to start the test piece.
  5. The competition ringing will comprise 120 changes in any Doubles or Minor method(s) of the team’s own choice, rung on the Tower Bell setting of Ringing Room.
    • The test piece will be rung with a whole pull of Rounds at the start and with no additional Rounds at the end. The initial Rounds will not be judged, but the final row will be judged.
  6. Each team will be able to communicate with each other via Zoom during the practice ringing and the test piece, however they will be placed in a separate “break-out room” so their conversation will not be overheard by the judge or by other teams.
  7. The judge shall have discretion on how to score the test ringing and how much allowance, if any, to make for Internet-related issues. A team will be allowed to restart the test piece if a significant technical issue occurs (for example a ringer getting disconnected from the Internet during the test piece).
  8. The decision of the Committee shall be final in any matter concerning the conduct of the competition and the interpretation of these rules.

President’s Blog #33

If you wanted to design an ideal ringing training centre you could do worse than put six training bells in a barn in the backyard of a historic real ale pub, with a light eight in the church next door, five minutes’ walk from a mainline railway station, and all owned by one of your strategic partners. Well, a certain cat is out of a certain bag. We have been working on the National Ringing Centre or ‘NaRC’ for 18 months but keeping quiet about it because it was by no means certain. However Peter Aiers, Chief Executive of the Churches Conservation Trust gave a talk about the future of the Old Black Lion in Northampton (next door to St Peter’s) and revealed the plans to have ringing as a centrepiece of the plans for their building’s regeneration.

Stemming from an original discussion between Peter and my predecessor Christopher O’Mahony when Peter presented at the CC’s 2019 mini roadshow, this project has been ticking along in the background, going in fits and spurts with a number of meetings both on site in Northampton and virtually. Our original aspirations for the NaRC will probably take time to come to fulfilment, but the starting point is the ringing centre in the barn, a partnership with the pub operator for using meeting and conference facilities, five letting bedrooms in the pub, and a place that maybe we can call home. The planning application will be filed within a month.

We may be coming towards the end of lockdowns, but online ringing is probably here to stay, especially with those who have almost grown up with it. This new platform has afforded many opportunities for ringing, learning, and meeting up, but obviously raises some concerns about the ways it can make younger ringers vulnerable. A working party put together by our Safeguarding Officers has developed and published some best practice guidance for running online ringing sessions safely.

Mark Place’s excellent article on autism and ringing that was published in the Ringing World a couple of months ago is now available online for anyone who for some reason does not subscribe to or get to read ringing’s premier weekly journal. The article can be found here, and a subscription link here!

Last year we had the YouTube competition which kept many of us entertained in the long months of lockdown, although Rosie Robot is apparently still receiving counselling. It had an underlying purpose of increasing the proportion of ringing videos on YouTube that you would actually want someone to find. The next competition, coming soon, is for photography. We often get journalists looking for photographs to accompany stories and it always serves to highlight our lack of decent material. When I was asked for a picture including young bell ringers and bells for a feature in ‘The Week Junior’, the publisher used a picture from Spain! So we want to build a ringing photo library to improve the stock of good photographs that can be used to promote ringing, and need photographers to help us.

Remember Ringing Remembers? The Big Ideas Company, which was behind that successful campaign, is fine tuning the proposal for ‘Generation Next’, which is focusing particularly on young ringer recruitment, channelling possible recruits into hubs where kids can learn to ring together. Lots of towers say they need more youngsters but have you thought what you would do if half a dozen turned up and wanted to learn at the same time?

Young ringers are not specifically covered by next week’s Recovery Conference, but the subject will no doubt be touched on in a number of the sessions, such as “How to establish ringing in your village” and “Holding a successful practice.” The ART/CC team has put together a programme of 10 great-looking presentations, kicking off with “Building better relationships with your church” on Saturday afternoon. You can sign up from the Virtual Hub here.

For the first time in this pandemic, Wales is leading the ‘home nations’ in getting back to meaningful ringing, with significant lockdown lifting having come into force on 3 May just in time for the elections (popularity contest) on Thursday. With most of us still gazing longingly at ringing performances in ANZAB, and now Washington DC, ringers in Wales can move on to ringing tower bells with a decent number of ringers. Unfortunately in Scotland Nicola Sturgeon remains steadfast and resolute.

Those in England don’t have long to wait. Draft ringing guidance for 17 May onwards has been published pending final confirmation of the date and the distancing, and importantly it has now been updated to make it clear that the use of lateral flow tests is not a requirement, but something to be considered in certain circumstances.

There are about a million lateral flow tests being done every day in the UK, all part of the government’s programme of doing as much testing as possible. I added mine to those statistics last week so that I can run a young ringers’ group with additional confidence that I am not putting the youngsters at risk. I have had a jab so am not too concerned about getting Covid from them, but they are all being tested routinely as well. Apart from the discomfort of sticking something up your nose as far as your brain, I see it is a small price to pay. However the guidance did not mean to suggest that tests are mandatory – if you have a band that mixes vaccinated and unvaccinated ringers LFTs can provide useful additional reassurance.

My Project Pickled Egg book is nearing completion with Carolina Reaper Treble Bob added to the PPE spice rack. To mark the occasion, I bought a packet of dried Carolina Reaper chillis to see what all the fuss is about. The packet made it quite clear that one should only handle them using gloves. So I put half of one in a portion of cauliflower curry, with severe repercussions. Big mistake. Huge.

Simon Linford
President, CCCBR

Content taken from and logo used with permission from Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

President’s Blog #32

At the time of writing, BellBoard had over 2600 performances linked in memory of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Mostly single bell tolling, undoubtedly effective and understood by the millions who would have heard it. Such events underline the importance of bells in communities. Ted Westlake took top honours for what must have been the nerve-wracking tolling of the tenor at the Curfew Tower during the funeral procession, supported by Vikki Bulbeck and James White, and with military timing. This ringing had an audience of 13 million on BBC alone!

To be honest the initial announcement of Prince Philip’s passing on the Friday morning caught us out. The clarification of guidance could have been slicker although many ringers and bands just got on with it. When we were first approached by Lambeth and Buckingham Palaces’ representatives to discuss Operations London and Forth Bridges (the plans for what will happen on the deaths of the Queen and Prince Philip respectively), it was all very clandestine and in hushed voices. The Council’s guidance for ringing for these events was drafted and published without fanfare, but it hadn’t been shared widely or updated for the pandemic (and the Church hadn’t really thought about it either). We will be reviewing the London Bridge guidance in the coming weeks and will make sure everyone knows where it is.

The Council is now ready to start recruiting Small Societies to its ranks. This initiative, voted through at the Council meeting last September, is seeking to increase the representation of smaller and emerging bell ringing societies (those with fewer than 75 members) and recognise the part they play in ringing. Ed Sterland has agreed to be the Small Societies Co-Ordinator and we will be writing to all the smaller societies we can find over the coming weeks to invite them to consider affiliation. More information on Small Societies and the application process can be found here

It was a delight to host the Kildwick MiniRingers on an outing to the Brumdingers Ringing Room practice last Saturday. They were the other very young band that took part in the virtual call change competition, younger even than the two Worcester bands. These young ringers, some of whom have not rung on real bells yet, continue to have the flame of enthusiasm fanned in Ringing Room. We were able to show them how we do 16 bell call changes (four fours) and the Brumdingers’ signature “firing and descent into chaos” with which we always finish our sessions. I am going to miss that now we are back to proper ringing, although the “descent into chaos” bit is likely to stay.

Young ringers’ groups have been able to restart following the guidance published on 12 April. The next stage of unlocking of ringing in England at least will hopefully be on 17 May, and that guidance will be published on the Council website by Friday (today if you are reading the print RW). We are hoping to get ringing for up to 45 minutes for low-risk ringers in well-ventilated towers.

I don’t know about you (obviously) but I find it very difficult to watch recordings of Zoom webinars, and much prefer to see them live. Which is odd really because I hardly watch any live TV now and there are so many advantages to catch-up viewing such as fast forward. However, there are two from the last couple of weeks which I really recommend for those who have given up watching Line of Duty because it’s too complicated.

Firstly a St Martin’s Guild one. David Hull gave a talk about the music of ringing, supported by some good videos to illustrate his points (worth it just to hear the Minor 10 at Worcester). Well worth an hour of your time. (St Martins’ Guild website under ‘Training and Resources’).

And then there was another offering from Cornwall. What is it about Cornwall at the moment? Two blogs running and something great to report from the county where they put the jam on first (quite right too). I did think this week about replacing my entire blog with a link to it saying “just watch this” It’s an amazing and inspirational story about how Bradoc Church increased its congregation five-fold in a strategic plan to meet it parish share by introducing bell ringing as a core focus of the church. It involved particularly bringing in children with chime bars, handbells, and a mini ring actually in the church. Please find and hour and watch it.

Robert’s approach at Bradoc ties in so well with the Lottery bid we are submitting in partnership with the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain. It’s a long term project bid aimed at engaging with the education system to introduce young people to the world of bell ringing using mobile belfries, portable mini-rings and handbells. The HRGB has already piloted a scheme for using handbells to teach music in schools, working through two Local Authority Music Hubs. It brings together all sorts of current CC initiatives.

We had a good meeting of the Recovery Champions last Sunday, with over 80 turning out on a sunny Sunday afternoon, listening to a presentation by Frank Seabright on what they have done in the Ledbury District (one week a month they cancel all their practices and hold one focused practice each evening aimed at different levels), and Matt Lawrence on their impressive efforts in Shropshire. Both stimulated useful debate and ideas to take away.

On a day when the Bellringers Facebook group descended into the gutter again, I happened to be looking at online forums which might be used by ringers who can be nice to each other. This is a Stewardship & Management Workgroup project supported by the Technical group and they have shortlisted Discourse, Invision Community and Plush Forums. These services definitely seem to have come a long way from the days of Yahoo Groups and, dare I say it, old Bulletin Boards. If anyone uses any of these for other communities, we would be interested in your experiences.

Simon Linford
President, CCCBR

Content from and logo used with permission from Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

CCCBR Guidance from 17th May – England

Today we have published draft guidance for the period from 17 May to 21 June to enable ringers in England at least to plan for the next phase of lockdown release. This guidance has been agreed with the House of Bishops Recovery Group, but it remains in draft form until the Government finally confims that its four tests have been met immediately prior to 17 May. The guidance is a major step change from previous guidance.

There are two new documents on the Covid guidance pages of the Council website. The first is one specifically covering this five-week guidance period which can be found here, and then an update of the guidance note about individual risks.

The highlights of the guidance are that:

  • Rule of Six applies indoors – ringing sessions should be arranged for six people
  • Hands – Space – Face rules apply – face coverings, hand sanitising between ringing, 1m plus mitigations when ringing
  • Lateral Flow Tests – twice weekly, preferably timed for days of any sustained ringing
  • Consider your own personal risk
  • Restrict ringing time to 45 minutes whilst maintaining good tower ventilation

Please do read all of the two guidance documents as there is much more detail in them, and this is just a summary.

Guidance 17 May to 21 June

Is it appropriate for an individual to ring?

Simon Linford
President CCCBR

Ringing for the funeral of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh – 17th April 2021

Guidance for ringing for the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on Saturday 17th April 2021

What the Church is expecting is tolling of a single bell during the hour before the funeral, which starts with a minute’s silence at 3pm on Saturday. You don’t need to toll for the full hour, just during the hour, e.g. up to 3pm. Half muffled preferred, but a single bell tolling slowly whether half muffled, fully muffled, or even unmuffled, will have the desired effect.

Initial announcement made on 9th April 2021

It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

Guidance for ringing for the Duke of Edinburgh 

Following conversations with the Church of England today, half-muffled tolling or chiming of a single bell on Saturday 10th April 2021 at 12 noon, 99 times or up to 5 minutes is recommended following the announcement of the death the Duke of Edinburgh. The Cabinet Office has declared 8 days of official mourning, during which time any other ringing should be half-muffled and in accordance with current Covid-19 restrictions. Half-muffled tolling or chiming of a single bell is recommended on the day of the funeral. There is no special dispensation of current ringing guidance on Sunday.

Webinar recordings

Recordings of the recent webinars held on Saturday mornings have now been uploaded to YouTube. The links are below.

  • Calling bobs in Plain Bob & Grandsire Doubles on 13.02.2021  – Nikki Thomas
  • Learning a method on 27.02.2021  – Martin Daniels and Roger Booth
  • History of bells in Hampshire on 13.03.2021 – Phil Watts

Recruitment and Retention on 27.03.21 – Matt Lawrence

The current run of webinars has now come to an end. More will be arranged after Easter in the run up to ringing resuming if there is sufficient demand. Please let us know any topics you would like to see covered. Send an email to the Communications Team with your suggestions.

200 Club Draw results – March 2021

Once again the Covid situation meant that the March 2021 numbers for the W&P 200 Club had to be drawn at home,  by Robin Milford of Curdridge and Wendy Smart of Botley, and announced at the on-line Executive Committee meeting on Saturday 20th March 2021. We didn’t peek during the draw, honest! The results were as follows:

PrizePrize Accumulation£60.00Winning 
First50%£30.001Robin Milford
Second20%£12.0030Ian M Redway
Third10%£6.007Jan Allnutt
Fourth10%£6.0031Wendy Ling
Fifth5%£3.0016Graham Nobbs
Sixth5%£3.0026Wendy Smart

£49 will go to the Training and Development Fund from this draw. The next draw will be held at the Guild AGM – hopefully in person!

Robin Milford

Easter Sunday Ringing

Simon Linford, President of CCCBR issued the statement below on 19th March 2021 regarding ringing on Easter Sunday:

Many incumbents are asking if some bells can be rung as part of their church or cathedral’s Easter celebrations, and bellringers are also keen to play part. The Central Council believes that bells are an important part of the act of worship, particularly on Easter Sunday. Unlike at Christmas, UK and Irish Governments have not introduced any relaxations of the rules on meeting indoors for Easter. Those rules are readily available and well understood.

We have established guidance on reducing the risk of ringing both to ourselves and each other, and most recently published our latest thinking on virus transmission and ventilation in ringing chambers, with chancel crossings at one end of the risk scale and small airless rooms at the other. We recommend considering all these factors when decided how many bells can be rung and for how long, in consultation with your incumbent, churchwardens or Cathedral Chapters.

One or more bells ringing on Easter Sunday will surely be appreciated by our churches and communities.

Simon Linford


Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

Link to article on CCCBR website Easter Sunday ringing – CCCBR

Please note, ringing should only take place after consultation with the incumbent and provided health and safety restrictions, ventilation etc. are adhered to. This should also include inspection of bells as many will not have been rung for over 12 months.

Vaccination, and Virus Transmission in Towers – CCCBR

Wheatley and Ringing Room **Updated 12th March 2021**

***Updated 12th March 2021***

Wheatley is now integrated with Ringing Room, so the installation below using Python is no longer required. This should make it far easier to setup.

With the increased use of online ringing, you might be interested in Wheatley especially if you find yourself short of ringers or need some steady ‘ringers’ in your virtual band.

Hursley band report that have used it for a couple of weeks now, and think it is an amazing teaching aid to bolt on to Ringing Room while we cannot get everyone back into towers.
Wheatley can be found at
It has to be installed via Python (available from the Microsoft Store, then PIP, and some measure of courage and persistence is needed to find the right directory path before you can put in the correct Wheatley commands.

However having done that, Wheatley is pretty good at ringing all the bells you want it to in Ringing Room. Hursley have used it in their beginners handbells sessions, and it has significantly improved their tower bells sessions over the last couple of weeks.
If you find Wheatley rings too fast, you can change the peal speed if you wish. Suggested speeds are:
6 bells – 2hr 55min
8 bells – 3hr 5min
10 bells – 3hr 30min
12 bells – 3hr 45min
You can also set the Inertia setting to 1.0 – this means that Wheatley will wait for a human to ring, but then go back to the original speed setting, if you leave the Inertia setting off, Wheatley tends to get slower and slower.

The nice thing about using it for learners is that all the bells stay right, and you can have a session with one learner and a teacher who can “stand behind” the learner as the ringing goes on (and call bobs etc).
Of course it is really very good for individual practice for tower and handbells for those of us who don’t have things like Abel.

Article supplied by Peter Hill.

Wheatley image supplied and used by kind permission of Ben White-Horne , creator of Wheatley.

Survival and Recovery Newsletter – Issue 4

Here is the fourth newsletter from the Survival and Recovery team – an ART, CCCBR partnership. It’s a one-stop shop for news – what’s happening and what we are planning to happen which complements the BellBoard Virtual Hub.

Survival and Recovery Newsheet – Issue 4 

This issue leads on new initiatives and new pages added to the Survival and Recovery Toolbox.  The toolbox contains a plethora of resources, case studies and opinion pieces for ringers, Tower Captains and Guilds and Associations.

Survival and Recovery Toolbox

Bell Restoration Fund Rules

1. Title

The fund shall be known as the Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers Bell Restoration Fund.

2. Registration

The fund shall be registered as a charity.

3. Aims

The object of this fund shall be to provide financial assistance by way of grants to Churches, within the Diocese of Winchester and Portsmouth, incurring expenditure on the provision, maintenance, improvement
or acoustics of their bells and bell installations, or for the maintenance of the fabric of their towers and belfries, to enable their bells to be properly rung in full circle.

4. Definitions

References to ‘the Guild’ shall mean the Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers. References to ‘the Executive Committee’ shall mean the Executive Committee of the Guild.

5. Trustees

The Trustees of the fund, referred to hereinafter as ‘the Trustees’, shall be the Master, the Honorary General Secretary and the Honorary General Treasurer of the Guild, and two Trustees, one from each Diocese, elected triennially by the Annual General Meeting of the Guild.

6. Honorary Independent Examiner

The Honorary Independent Examiner of the fund shall be the Honorary Independent Examiner for the time being of the Guild.

7. Administration

The fund shall be administered by the Trustees.

8. Grants

a. An application for or proposal to make a grant from this fund shall be considered only at a General Meeting of the Guild or at a meeting of the Executive Committee, provided at least one month’s notice in writing has been given of such application or proposal to the Honorary General Secretary.

b. Following notice duly given, the Trustees shall consider such applications or proposals and shall make recommendations to the meeting of the Guild or Executive Committee at which the application or proposal shall be discussed.

c. Grants shall be made from this fund only for the purposes outlined in the objectives in rule 3 above. A grant may be made, subject to the requirements of rule 8a above, if approved by two-thirds or more of
those members of the Guild present and voting at a General Meeting of the Guild or at a meeting of the Executive Committee. To be eligible to vote on such matters, members must fulfil the requirements of the Guild on voting. The Trustees shall inform the Guild of any grants approved at a meeting of the Executive Committee at the next General Meeting of the Guild.

d. Following such approval a grant shall be made, except that the Trustees shall be given absolute discretion to reduce, but not to increase, a grant, in the exceptional circumstances that they unanimously feel it in the interests of the fund and of the Guild to do so. They shall inform the Guild of any such action at the next General Meeting of the Guild.

9. Disbursements

Any payments drawn on this fund under rule 8 above, or required under rule 11 below, shall be made over the signature of the Honorary General Treasurer for the time being and one other Trustee of the fund. No payment shall be made until the work is satisfactorily completed. All administrative and other expenses incurred in respect of the fund other than those specifically relating to the acquisition and realisation of investments shall be borne by the Guild.

10. Accounts

a. The Honorary General Treasurer shall prepare accounts, consisting of a balance sheet at 31st December each year, and an income and expenditure account for the year ending on that date.

b. These accounts shall be presented to the Independent Examiner of the fund who shall satisfy himself as to the correctness thereof.

c. These accounts, duly independently examined, shall be submitted for approval to the Annual General Meeting of the Guild next after the 31st December to which the accounts of the fund have been prepared.

11. Investments

The Trustees acting together shall have the power to invest or otherwise deal with the assets of the fund and such sums as the members of the Guild shall contribute or from time to time decide to transfer to the fund, in such manner as they think fit in the best interests of the fund.

12. Dissolution of the fund

a. If it shall be decided to dissolve the fund, such decision being taken only at an Annual General Meeting of the Guild, one month’s notice having been given by the Honorary General Secretary to Tower
Secretaries of such intent, the assets shall be disposed of to either or between both of the following:

i. To other charitable Bell Restoration Funds as the Guild may select

ii. To the Cathedrals of Winchester and Portsmouth for the religious and charitable purposes of the said Cathedrals.

b. In the event of the Guild becoming defunct, it shall be allowed for the Registrar of Charities after five years non-working of the fund to cause it to be dissolved and its assets applied as under rule 12 a ii.

13. Changes of rules

a. No amendment of, addition to, or deletion from these Rules shall be made which would cause the fund at any time to cease to be a charity in law.

b. No alteration or addition to the above Rules may be made except at a General Meeting of the Guild, or Special Meeting called for the purpose, when the number of eligible members voting in favour must be at least 20 and double those voting against the proposal. Notice of any such proposed alteration or addition must be given in writing at least two months before the date of the meeting to the Honorary General Secretary of the Guild, who shall inform all Tower Secretaries of the Guild of this proposal at least one month before the aforesaid meeting.

Last updated 17th March 2021

Survival and Recovery – Newsheet 3

The third newsheet from the Survival and Recovery team – an ART, CCCBR partnership – has just been published. It’s a one-stop shop for news – what’s happening and what we are planning to happen – which complements the BellBoard Virtual Hub.

This issue features the Survival and Recover Toolbox which contains a plethora of resources, case studies and opinion pieces for ringers, Tower Captains and Guilds and Associations. It is a work in progress and if you think we’re missing something or have something that you think would be useful to others then please let us know.

If you find the newsheet useful and interesting then why not forward it to your ringing friends – the more the merrier!

Winchester District ADM – Sat 13th Feb at 3PM

Dear All,

Our first formal meeting of the year and since Lockdown was imposed will take place via Zoom, on Saturday 13th February. As you will see from the attached agenda we shall open the Zoom ‘room’ fifteen minutes early to allow people to sign in and be admitted. The link for the meeting is:-

or, if you with to sign in with the meeting id and passcode these are:-
Meeting ID: 883 8896 9942 Passcode: 135246

I fear that because I can only compose in plain text the link will not work simply by clicking on it, but it should work if you copy it and paste it into your browser. The link will work, however, from the agenda.
The accounts (long since signed off) and District Report will follow in due course, with my apologies for creating two instalments of the process of notification.

Advantages: We do get to meet; no travelling; your choice of sandwiches and cakes for the virtual ringers’ high tea.

Disadvantages: I have zero experience of hosting, we’ll just have to see how this goes; thank goodness Andrew knows what he’s about. No ringing … though I could set up a Ringing Room if anyone fancies catching hold afterwards.

Best wishes,


District Secretary

Link to download a PDF of all documents

Listening skills webinar recordings

The aim of the webinar is to help you to pick out your bell from the others and to count your place. We talk about ‘odd struckness’ and there are a series eight practical listening exercises to try. We also show you how you can practice honing your listening skills at home during the pandemic, whether this be on simulator software, CD’s and DVD’s, or virtual ringing with others using Ringing Room or other applications.

The recordings of the webinar can be viewed here:

Part 1 – Theory: Link to recording

Part 2 – Practical: Link to recording

Useful resources

Listen and strike: Tips and videos on the Learning the Ropes website

Abel website: Abel, Mabel and Mobel Ringing Simulators (

Abel – Eight ‘how to’ videos: Abel Ringing Simulator – YouTube

Virtual Belfry website: Virtual Belfry (

Virtual Belfry – Seventeen ‘how to’ videos Virtual Belfry Ringing Simulator – YouTube

Central Council Publications: Listening CD’s

Whiting Society Publications: Come on Listen to it – book and DVD

Fun with bells podcast: 15 tips to improve your striking – Fun With Bells – a podcast

CCCBR/ART Newsheet Survival and Recovery – January 2021

Here is the latest Newsheet from ART on Survival and Recovery.

ART also issued some ideas from Matt Lawrence entitled ‘Top Tips for Survival and Recovery‘. This is available in two formats to download below. The full article is available in the lastest edition of Tower Talk

Virtual Ringing Room Practices


  • To give those who have not used Ringing Room before the opportunity to try Ringing Room.
  • Give those who attend the Education Committee webinars the opportunity to practise some of the things that have been covered in the webinars, whether this is improving their striking, learning a new method, or calling a bob for the first time.
  • Give those who are familiar with Ringing Room the opportunity of ringing with other experienced Ringing Room users, and perhaps try something more advanced.


  • Saturday 23rd January 2021 – 10.15am
  • Saturday 6th February 2021 – 10.15am
  • Saturday 20th February 2021 – 10.15am

We may add more dates later. There will also be opportunities to find out more about other virtual practices being held in your local District.

Joining the Virtual practice

If you have not used Ringing Room before, take a look at this helpful introductory video: Link to introduction to Ringing Room video

If you are not a Ringing Room user, you will need to register beforehand as a user at, the video explains how to do this.

On the day, click on the following Zoom link: Link to W&P Webinars

If needed, the Zoom Meeting ID is: 897 2083 3001 and Passcode is: 519422

The Zoom link will be open from 10.00am for you to log in, and the practice will start promptly at 10.15am. We intend to finish by 11.45am

Breakout rooms

We will split people into breakout rooms for the practice sessions and will give you the tower numbers for the Ringing Rooms on the day.

To save time with allocating people to the breakout rooms, it will be helpful if you could complete this short questionnaire, so that we know what you would like to ring: Link to Breakout Rooms Questionnaire.

The morning will be split into two 40 minute sessions in the breakout rooms, with a ten or 15 minute ‘coffee break’ in between. This will be an opportunity for people to swap breakout rooms, if they wish to do so.

Listening Skills webinar

Saturday 16th January 2021 at 10.15am

With Andy Ingram and Roger Booth

Joining the webinar

There is no need to pre-register. To join this webinar all you need to do is click on the following Zoom link:

Link to W&P Webinars

If needed, the Zoom Meeting ID is: 897 2083 3001 and Passcode is: 519422

The Zoom link will be open from 10.00am for you to log in, and the presentation will start promptly at 10.15am. We intend to finish by 11.45am

We will be recording the webinar for publication on the Guild website afterwards. Therefore if you do not wish your name or face to appear in the Q&A sessions, please turn off your camera or change your Zoom name to something else e.g. John Smith

What will be covered?

The aim of the webinar is to help you to pick out your bell from the others and to count your place. We will talk about ‘odd struckness’ and there will be series eight practical listening exercises to try. We will also show you how you can practice honing your listening skills during the pandemic, whether this be on simulator software, CD’s and DVD’s, or virtual ringing with others using Ringing Room or other applications.

Follow up

Between now and Easter we will be holding a series of virtual ‘Ringing Room’ practices to help you practise your listening skills and striking. If you would like to find out more, click this link.

Ringing Room Practices