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Interested in history and heritage? Then this is the event for you. Yet more interesting talks and exhibits to come along and see.
Confirmed exhibitors relating to the heritage of ringing so far include:
Doug Hird and members of the Historical & Archive Workgroup will be considering various ways in which computer technology can be used to help historical researchers and the casual enquirer. With technology being widely available to all, there is an opportunity for ringers to record, share and learn.
Alan Regin will tell the story of 1,400 Ringing Remembers biographies and the challenges of getting from a list of Name / Tower / Association to a much broader story of the brave men who made the supreme sacrifice during the Great War.
Steve Coleman will deliver a keynote session on “When ringing had to stop”. The astonishing, exciting and highly entertaining story of ringing during the Second World War. Based on his painstaking research of the National Archives – together with the letters, diaries and newspapers of the time. Steve will be bringing this fascinating and long-untold story to life – with the aid of six first class readers, Mary Bone, Mike Trimm, Kath Johnson, Mike Winterbourne, Emma Rouse and Fred Bone.
To get your own piece of bellringing history, why not order a London2019 polo shirt or sweatshirt featuring the London2019 logo on navy garments. Visit https://events.cccbr.org.uk/product/london-2019-shirts/ for details and ordering. Please note that your order and payment must be made by 5pm on Tuesday 13th August.
Make sure that you have booked your place at all the events on offer over the weekend at https://cccbr.org.uk/about/annual-meetings/2019-meeting/mini-roadshow/ Booking for some elements is essential.
The Central Council are hosting a mini-roadshow, which is taking place on Sunday 8th September at Goldsmith’s College in London. There are some great exhibitors, speakers, stalls, resources and mini rings for all ringers to visit.
You can find out more about the weekend events at https://cccbr.org.uk/about/annual-meetings/2019-meeting/
Central Council of Church Bell Ringers Public Relations Officer
Registered Charity Number: 270036
The UK Government has moved the early May Day Bank Holiday from the Monday to Friday 8th May so that as many people as possible can take part in the celebrations that day.
At 7pm on 8th May 2020 church bells are invited to ring out for peace. The Central Council encourages all ringers to respond as they see fit, taking into account the wide variety of local circumstances. Ringing open at 7pm (local time wherever you are in the world) is the ideal and recommended option, but any time that afternoon / evening, and indeed throughout the weekend of events planned, is also supported.
A full programme of planned events is listed on the VEDay75 website and to register your intention to ring go to https://www.veday75.org/register/ which takes you to a Ringing Out for Peace registration page. In due course there will also be a Bellboard event set up where you will be able to register and from where you will be able to download a Certificate of Grateful Recognition to record your ringing on the day.
Any further advice received about plans for the weekend will be publicised when they become known.
I am pleased to announce that the outline programme of events and the online booking form for this years’ Central Council meeting from 6-8th September 2019 based at Goldsmiths College, London is now available on the Central Council’s website: https://cccbr.org.uk/about/annual-meetings/2019-meeting/
The programme is open to all ringers and I hope you will find a great deal to interest you, whether it is the social evening on Friday 6th September, the chance to come and discuss the Council’s work on Saturday 7th September, the mini roadshow, exhibition and speaker events taking place on Sunday 8th September, or the opportunity to visit St. Paul’s Cathedral and ring at some iconic London churches.
Over the coming months we will be sharing more information about the speakers, exhibitors and opportunities available at the mini roadshow.
If you plan to come for more than one day, you can also find details of nearby accommodation. We look forward to welcoming you to Goldsmiths and hope that you find it an informative and inspiring weekend.
Deputy President, Central Council
Chair of the London 2019 Organising Committee
Ahead of launching the new Central Council website we want to take the opportunity to get feedback to make sure we are headed in the right direction.
The current website is the result of hard work from lots of volunteers over a number of years and has hundreds of pages of content. Some of these need updating to reflect latest structures or guidance, and some need to be archived/deleted. Rather than try to update the existing pages we felt it easier to start from scratch. However, we didn’t want to throw away any of that hard work that is still needed so used analytics from the website to make sure we recreated the pages that are most visited.
We recognise that we may have missed some useful and important material when creating this new site, so will keep the current site running in parallel for a period of time allowing you to access the existing content. During this time we will monitor what is being accessed and migrate it to the new site, where appropriate.
This is where you come in… Ahead of the launch, we would value your feedback on the new website:
The launch date is set for 1stJune and whilst we are aiming to squeeze as much as we can in this first release, some updates may have to wait for future releases.
Communications and Marketing Workgroup Lead
From: Mary Bone – CCCBR
Please see the message below from Alison Hodge (Stewardship & Management workgroup
lead) and attachment for details of a new award for belfry maintenance:
All ringers, including new ringers such as those recruited through the Ringing Remembers campaign, depend on the bells and towers that they ring being in usable condition. Good bells usually mean that it is easier to develop ringers’ skills and, in particular, help retain new recruits. So are you or one of your band getting involved in belfry maintenance? If so, then a new award for people involved in maintenance of tower bells is for you!
The Stewardship & Management Workgroup of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers is launching an award for people who have recently become involved in belfry maintenance, are developing their own skills and those of others.
The first award will be made at the September 2019 CCCBR annual conference to be held in London. The winner will receive £100 and a certificate.
Full details and an application form are attached and will also be
found on the CCCBR website:
The closing date for nominations is noon on 28th June 2019.
ADOPTION OF NEW FRAMEWORK FOR METHOD RINGING
Dear Association Secretary,
As you may recall, CRAG’s Proposal H, which was passed at the May 2017 Central Council meeting, called for the Decisions of the Council to be replaced with a simple, permissive and descriptive framework for ringing with only the minimal detail required to maintain the historical record.
After 16 months of intensive work, involving two major consultation exercises, the Framework Team led by Tim Barnes delivered version 1 of the Framework to the Executive in January 2019. The Framework has since been reviewed by members of the Executive over the past four weeks, with questions and comments satisfactorily addressed by the Framework Team. At their monthly meeting on Sunday February 24th 2019, the Executive voted to adopt and implement the Framework.
Here are some explanatory notes to accompany this decision and announcement:
1. Permissive and Descriptive
1.1. The Framework will take its place in the Council’s rulebook as a “standard”, which is a form of policy as defined in Council rule 10.4, and will be maintained by the Technical & Taxonomy Workgroup under the supervision of the Executive as stated in CRAG’s Proposal H and under Council rules.
1.2. It is important to note that the Framework fulfils the objectives set out in CRAG’s Proposal H that it should be a permissive document, which is not over-prescriptive, but instead describes in simple language the norms and understandings which are common to almost all method ringing performed around the world. It will inform and govern the Council’s various collections and records (e.g. methods, record lengths, extension processes), including how things are recorded, classified, analysed and reported.
2. Magnum Opus
2.1. In addition to the Framework, there is also supporting material comprising examples, further explanations, technical comments and appendices. The supporting material is not part of the Framework itself, but assists in the understanding of the Framework, expands upon certain definitions and requirements, and further assists ringers in communicating about method ringing. The supporting material will be updated by the Council’s Executive when the need arises.
2.2. The Framework, appendices and supporting material are combined in a single website at. PDF versions of the Framework and appendices can be downloaded from this link (ref section 1.B). The rest of the supporting material can be accessed through the website.
3. Consultative and transparent
3.1. Two ringing community consultations have been completed on the Framework. Over 40 ringers participated in the consultations, raising over 130 points between them. This feedback resulted in the team making around 60 improvements to the Framework. The consultations were widely publicised, including in the RW, on ringers’ email lists, on Facebook and Twitter, on the CC website, and by communication to all CC members and to all CC-affiliated societies. The live draft of the Framework has been publicly available on the Internet since October 2017, and the team published four articles in the RW explaining the Framework development. In addition, The Ringing World has recently been serializing the FAQs from the Framework website. This process has been an intensive exercise not only for the members of the Framework Team, but also for those ringers who have devoted many hours reviewing the various versions as they have been produced.
3.2. In short, the development of the new Framework has been undertaken with full transparency and consultation. Consultation submissions and the team’s responses can be found in Appendix I (FAQs).
4.1. Council rule 10.8 calls for new policies and standing orders to take effect no earlier than three months from the date of notice. We therefore give notice that our decision to implement the Framework takes effect on June 1st 2019. The Framework directly replaces Decisions D, E, F, G, I and J.
4.2. We also give notice of our decision to retire the remaining (“non-method”) Decisions A, B, C, H and K, with effect from June 1st 2019. This is in accord with the Council’s wishes as expressed in votes at the 2017 Edinburgh meeting and the 2018 Lancaster meeting. The Executive have reviewed these “non-method” decisions and where possible consulted those responsible for them to confirm that they may be safely retired. We are satisfied that their purposes are achieved by the Council’s current objects and rulebook, although in the case of Decision H (Ringing Alliances) we will be writing to those few organisations with whom alliances have been formed to emphasise that the Council will continue to nurture these relationships and seek new ones. The latter Decisions may be replaced in due course by new Council policies if needed.
4.3. The version of the Framework which will be implemented on 1st June is version 1. The Framework Team have intentionally left some things to consider in subsequent versions, since trying to do everything in one go would have taken too long. For example, the Framework’s method extension requirements largely follow the current Decisions, but this is an area where more analysis may lead to improvements and simplification. Timing for a second version has not yet been determined, but will likely follow between 6 and 12 months after version 1.
4.4. The Framework Team will be ready to address any issues that arise in the implementation of version 1. While there’s been a good level of review in the consultations, it’s possible that notice of implementation may generate more scrutiny that uncovers something that has been overlooked. The Framework Team will be setting up an online forum that is open to all ringers to join, where ideas, issues, criticisms, etc can be raised. The Framework Team will use this input to inform future development of the Framework in what we expect to become a process of continuous improvement. Comments can also be sent to this email address:
5. Day to day ringing
5.1. A significant amount of effort has been devoted to ensure that the new Framework reflects ringing as it is currently performed, so the new Framework should have very little impact on day to day ringing. Quarters or peals rung by the vast majority of ringers will be the same after 1st June as before.
5.2. For the more technically adventurous, who enjoy pushing the boundaries of method construction or composition, the Framework will offer both guidance and support in a way which we hope will encourage rather than stifle innovation and so promote further advancement of the Exercise.
6. In conclusion
6.1. We know, after a century of debate over the Decisions, that there will never be a version of the Framework with which all ringers fully agree. However, we believe the new Framework will be acceptable to the vast majority of ringers. We also believe it meets, to the extent possible, the CRAG mandate of simple, permissive and descriptive while maintaining the historical record, and we hope the transition from a prescriptive approach to a descriptive one will largely eliminate controversy in this area in the future.
6.2. The Executive wish to express their sincere thanks to the members of the Framework writing team. This first version of the Framework for Method Ringing represents countless hours of volunteer time, robust debate and careful deliberation of fundamental theoretical concepts.
6.3. We ask you to communicate details of the new Framework and the web links set out above among your society. If you or your members have any concerns or questions, please direct these to
I commend the Framework to you.
Central Council of Church Bell Ringers
On behalf of the CCCBR Executive
The brand new hardback version of Dove’s Guide for Church Bell Ringers to the Rings of Bells of the World is now available from the online shop for £15. Get your copy today!
The long awaited Blue Peter episode, featuring bell ringing and clips from the RWNYC was aired on Thursday, 10 January.
If you missed it, the programme is available on BBC iPlayer for 28 days from the date of the broadcast.
Any requests to CCCBR from interested new learners will be handled in the usual way, but it might be worth making sure towers in your association are aware this is being broadcast and are primed for any direct requests.
Initial information about the upcoming Annual Meeting in 2019 can now be found on the 2019 Annual Meeting page.
Ecclesiastical, specialist insurer of charity, faith, heritage & education sectors are running their ’12 Days of giving’ Christmas campaign again this year.
GO TO https://www.ecclesiastical.com/12-days/ and complete the nomination form quoting “Central Council of Church Bell Ringers” registered charity number 270036 – it only takes a minute or so, and we could win £1,000 to help us keep bellringing flourishing.
We’re all volunteers and give our time for nothing but can do more with funds!
Ecclesiastical is encouraging everyone to use their social media channels to ask people to vote for their favourite cause to give them the best possible chance of winning – look for Church Matters @Ecclesiastical and use the following hashtags #bellringing #12days #movementforgood – spread the word!
To find out more about our Strategic Objectives, click here: https://cccbr.org.uk/about/reform/strategic-objectives/
Last Sunday – Remembrance Sunday – we were called to “look to” and take part in a most momentous commemoration. Being so intimately linked in to our local communities, it was no surprise that bellringers everywhere stepped forward to participate, collectively and individually, in such a solemn centenary.
And it is entirely right and fitting that bells gave voice to the deep and lasting emotions felt so widely at this time. So many today owe so much to our forebears for the freedoms and liberties that we enjoy one hundred years on. As bellringers, we are the “external choir” that calls out across time and space, giving tribute on this day for those who have gone before. This is what we do, this is our calling, this is our service.
On behalf of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, I wish to thank all who participated in this historic event. The Ringing Remembers campaign, promoted by the Central Council, has claimed some inspiring headlines – towers silent for many years have rung out once more; hundreds of bands have been augmented with new learners; tens of thousands of ringers mobilised to ring in thousands of towers – not just in the UK, but across the world; ringing featured strongly in local, national and international media; and the BellBoard website went into meltdown!
Our campaign sought to recruit 1400 new ringers, to symbolically replace those ringers who fell in the First World War. At the most recent count, new ringer registrations for the recruitment campaign totalled 2792 – close to 200% of the original target. The Council’s newly-stated mission is, among other things, “to promote an environment in which ringing can flourish”. Last Sunday we witnessed what “flourish” looks like – more of that please.
Whilst it is impossible to thank all key individuals by name, I would like to pay a special tribute to Vicki Chapman – Ringing Remembers Project Coordinator, Colin Chapman – Coordinator’s “roadie”, Alan Regin – Steward of the CCCBR Rolls of Honour, Andrew Hall – developer and administrator of the Ringing Remembers web platform, and Bruce & Eileen Butler – who linked thousands of enquirers to guilds, districts and towers. And there are so many others…
My thanks go also to all those who have come to ringing through this route – may you continue to develop in skill, and gain many happy years of fulfilment in your ringing. And to that widespread army of ringing teachers who have risen to the challenge of training so many enthusiastic learners – well done!
Last Sunday was a day of reflection, a day of commemoration, a day of participation. Bellringers everywhere were able to say – “I was there – I remembered”.
This Sunday – Remembrance Sunday – we are called to “look to” and take part in a most momentous commemoration. Being so intimately linked in to our local communities, it is no surprise that bellringers everywhere have stepped forward to participate, collectively and individually, in this solemn centenary.
And it is entirely right and fitting that bells give voice to the deep and lasting emotions felt so widely at this time. So many today owe so much to our forbears for the freedoms and liberties that we enjoy one hundred years on. As bellringers, we are the “external choir” that calls out across time and space, giving tribute on this day for those who have gone before. This is what we do, this is our calling, this is our service.
This Sunday will be a day of reflection, a day of commemoration, a day of participation. Thank you for your participation in this historic event. Bellringers everywhere will be able to say – “I was there – I remembered”.
I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above
Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love;
The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,
That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,
The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.
And there’s another country, I’ve heard of long ago,
Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;
We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;
Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;
And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,
And her ways are ways of gentleness, and all her paths are peace.
Lyrics: Sir Cecil Spring Rice
Music: Sir Gustav Holst
The Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust has received initial National Lottery support* for the restoration of the historic Taylor’s Bellfoundry in Loughborough it was announced on Tuesday 2nd October.
Made possible by National Lottery players, the project aims to restore key parts of the Grade II* listed building which is currently on the Historic England Heritage at Risk Register. The aim is to restore the buildings, enhance the commercial operation, attract more visitors and increase awareness and understanding of the importance of Taylor’s
Development funding of £298,600 has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help the Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust progress the plans. This is the first phase in a bid for £3.7 million from the HLF, which it is proposed will be matched with funding from a number of sources including a fund raising campaign which will be launched shortly. Subject to a successful second round bid, work is expected to start on the Bellfoundry in 2020.
There will be a wide range of opportunities for people to be involved with the project at the Bellfoundry, including heritage craft workshops, volunteering and arts and cultural events.
Taylor’s is the last bellfoundry in Britain, the only vestige of an ancient industry that creates bells for thousands of buildings around the world. At least 20 million people in Britain and hundreds of millions worldwide will hear a Taylor bell every day.
However, the purpose-built Victorian bellfoundry is At Risk. Without urgent repairs and fundamental changes to engagement, we will lose this incredible asset and part of our culture; a massive loss to traditional craftmanship and a seismic impact on historic buildings around the world.
This project will; save the site, removing it from the HAR register, secure the future of the industry in Britain and its unique skills, create a National Bell Museum, improve global engagement and ensure Taylor bells are enjoyed by future generations across the globe.
Commenting on the award, Andrew Wilby, a Trustee of the Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust said “ We are delighted that we have received this support, thanks to National Lottery players. We are looking forward to developing our proposals further to save this national gem, securing the future of bellfounding in the UK and underpinning the future of the English Art of Change-Ringing across the world.”
If you would like to support the project please follow our facebook page or twitter feed (Twitter: @Lborobelltrust, Facebook: facebook.com/lborobelltrust).
Notes to editors
About the Heritage Lottery Fund
* HLF heritage grant applications are assessed in two rounds. Taylor’s Bellfoundry has initially been granted round one development funding of £298,600 by the Heritage Lottery Fund, allowing it to progress with its plans. Detailed proposals are then considered by HLF at second round, where a final decision is made on the full funding award of £3.7m.
Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. http://www.hlf.org.uk. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLottery and #HLFsupported.
What is the Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust and why was it been set up?
The Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, registered with the Charity Commission in 2016. It was set up by a number of the John Taylor’s & Co directors to safeguard the future of bell making at the site in Loughborough in perpetuity. The unique collection of buildings, equipment, patterns, machinery and archives from the Bellfoundry have been transferred into the charitable trust to ensure their long-term protection for the nation.
Why are the buildings so special?
The earliest buildings that make up Taylors Bell Foundry date from 1859 and have been developed and changed as the business grew and following a fire in 1891. They are Grade II* Listed and this means that they are in the top 8% most significant historic buildings in the UK from a total of around 400,000 Listed buildings (92% are Grade II Listed and 2.5% are Grade I). It is the only purpose built Victorian bell foundry in the UK and we are pretty sure, in the world, with many areas of interest in architectural and constructional detail.
The buildings are currently on the Historic England (HE) ‘Heritage At Risk Register’ which is a ‘programme which identifies those sites that are most at risk of being lost as a result of neglect, decay or inappropriate development’ (Historic England 2017). In the case of the bellfoundry, it falls within the ‘decay’ category. The Trust and John Taylor & Co have worked closely with HE to identify the most urgent repairs and have secured three HE grants to deliver a series of repairs over 2016, 2017 and 2018. Although these repairs have already had a positive impact on the buildings, further repair is required to ensure the building can be taken off the Heritage At Risk Register and given a new lease of life.
What is the ‘Saving the Last Major Bellfoundry in Britain’ project?
Building on the significant work that the directors at John Taylor’s have undertaken since acquiring the business in 2009 and the subsequent transfer of assets to the Trust, a long-term vision for the site has been developed in the form of the Saving the Last Major Bellfoundry in Britain project. The vision for the project is as follows:
Our vision is for the John Taylor Bellfoundry to become the global centre in the art of bell making and learning. The sound of Taylor bells can be heard all over the planet; our vision is to secure this legacy and make sure future generations on every continent can be brought together by A Ring of Taylor Bells.
The objectives of the project are:
1: Conservation: The project will secure the conservation and enhancement of the Grade II* Listed John Taylor Bellfoundry. It will sensitively repair the Victorian bellfoundry and protect its unique collection of artefacts and archive and facilitate the conservation of historic bells and bell-towers throughout the world.
2: Education: The project will advance education in the history and art of bell making and bell ringing for people of all ages and levels of experience. It will ensure that the unique skills that go into bellfounding are preserved by training future craftsmen and women and enable public access to the world’s most significant archive of bell material.
3: Bellfounding: The project will enable Taylors to become the preeminent centre for bell research, development and manufacturing. It will ensure that processes pioneered by Taylors over centuries are sustained whilst exploring how 21st century technology can add value to this timeless art.
4: Celebration: The project will excite unprecedented numbers of visitors to the site and engage them in its history. It will engage new audiences and help communities to celebrate the heritage of bells across the UK and around the world.
5: Resilience: The project will ensure that the bellfoundry is financially sustainable and maintained into the long-term, ensuring bellfounding in the UK continues for future generations.
How can I find out more or get involved?
For more information on the project as it progresses or to get involved please visit or follow the following links:
Contact details: Please contact either Kate Pinnock or Ross Ingham via email@example.com
The ringing community may be understandably confused regarding alternative requests for ringing on 11th November this year. I hope that the following provides some clarification.
“Ringing Remembers” is the campaign officially endorsed and sponsored by HM Government for (a) recruiting new ringers and (b) ringing open at 12:30pm on Sunday 11th November – aligning with the published agenda for processions and marches in celebration of peace. CCCBR has been working hard with government officials to finalise and announce plans for ringing on the centenary of the Armistice, but we were under strict embargo until Friday 13th July, which is when the media release was published.
“Battle’s Over” is the private initiative of Bruno Peek, MBE. Bruno has demonstrated energy, drive and passion to put together a compelling programme of events on the evening of 11th November, inviting ringing at 7:05pm. Although his initiative gained early support from various military organisations and CCCBR, it is not backed by central government or Buckingham Palace.
Over the past year CCCBR representatives have been trying to align the varying requests for ringing on 11th November (we have also had approaches from the British Legion and other bodies), but this has not proved possible. Nevertheless, knowing the national mood to acknowledge this centenary, CCCBR encourages all ringers to respond as they see fit, taking into account the wide variety of local circumstances. Ringing open at or around 12:30pm is the ideal and recommended option, but any time that afternoon / evening is also supported. General ringing, quarter peals, peals – let’s do it!
To quote Tennyson – “…
Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.
Vicki Chapman & Christopher O’Mahony
CCCBR Ringing Remembers Project Co-ordinator & CCCBR President
Watch A Clip from ITV News Meridian for filming at St George’s Brede East Sussex! They are covering the campaign to support the “Ringing Remembers“ initiative to commemorate the 1400 bell ringers who bravely lost their lives in WW1 by recruiting 1400 new ringers in time to ring on Armistice Day 2018.
On 11th November 2018, the centenary of the Armistice of WW1, bell ringers across the world will ring out for the fallen and most poignantly for the 1400 bell ringers that were lost. Heather Smith, one of their new ringing recruits is training hard to be able to ring “Call Changes” on Armistice Day. She and the St George’s band will be on the ITV News Meridian programme this evening.
The Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sports have now announced plans for the International Moment as the Nations says ‘Thank you’. Please see this Press Release that coincided with the announcement made on 12th July on the BBC’s The One Show.
Bells in countries observing GMT and CET are invited to ring at 12.30hrs GMT (13.30hrs CET)
Ringing Remembers: Bells ring out to mark the centenary of the Armistice
The UK Government invites all bell ringers to join the nation in marking the end of the First World War by ringing together on Remembrance Sunday. They would like ringing to take place at 12.30pm on Sunday 11 November to coincide with the nation’s tribute as thousands march past the Cenotaph. Everybody is invited to take part, whether you are a new Ringing Remembers recruit or an experienced ringer. All are welcome. If you haven’t done so already speak with your tower captain to start making plans for ringing during this national moment.
Share your plans with us and we’ll spread the word to inspire other ringers. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or find us on:
Twitter @Big_Ideas_Co #RingingRemembers
Facebook Big Ideas
Take part in this national moment to mark the centenary of the Armistice.
Ringing Remembers is funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, and is a partnership with the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers.
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In The Ringing World of Friday, 8th June, Christopher O’ Mahony reported on “what happens now” with the Central Council, including notification of Workgroup Leads. Some of the Workgroup Leads are well known in the ringing community, some less so.
Follow the link below to the CCCBR website for a brief “who’s who” of our Workgroup Leads.
Louise Nightingale – Communications and Marketing Workgroup Lead
Central Council reform – what happens now
In last week’s Ringing World (p 515) I wrote, among other things, that following the adoption of an entirely new rulebook, this is “… the end of the beginning. … Let the new work begin.” Gaining an 85% majority vote in Lancaster has provided a strong endorsement of the work so far, and the Executive team are humbled, heartened and energised to continue this important direction of travel.
Over the past week, commentary on various [click to continue reading on CCCBR website]
The latest edition of Training Times, produced by the Ringing Centres Committee, is now available for download at the link below:
This edition contains:
The agenda for this year’s annual Council meeting at Lancaster are now available on their website cccbr.org.uk/about/meetings/2018-meeting/papers/ and includes the final text of the Transition Motion, proposing adoption of the new governing documents.
There will not be a “supplement” to the Ringing World as such. These include the agenda, last year’s Minutes, formal annual report, accounts, committee reports and the text of the proposed new Rules
and Standing Orders as a consolidated document.
CCCBR members do NOT need to print these all out – printed copies will be available at Lancaster and there will be enough copies for all Council members plus visitors.
The reports from the Independent Examiners will also be on the website.
Producing and circulating the report like this will reduce the deficit by at least £1,000 (compared with 2017) so we thank you for your understanding on this.
Do remember that the meeting will begin on Sunday afternoon!
I look forward to meeting you again there.
Mrs Mary Bone
Central Council of Church Bell Ringers
Registered charity no 270036
We invite applications for grants or loans from the Fund; grants will not be paid until the work is completed and [read more]
Posted on cccbr.org.uk/grants-available-for-bell-restoration/
On this day – Easter Sunday 2018 – I am reminded of some of the many marvellous attributes associated with bellringing. One week ago – Palm Sunday – our local team at St Mary’s Harrow-on-the-Hill rang for service as usual. We were able to ring all 10 bells, with a mix of experienced and relatively new team members. Today, on the other side of the world, I was able to join the team at St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney. We rang all 12 bells for the Easter Sunday service, with around 15 ringers being present. And I know that, all around the world, ringers will be supporting their local towers on this pre-eminent Christian feast day.
This tale of two towers, geographically so separated, brings to mind four attributes of a “healthy” ringing team – Quantity, Quality, Capability and Community.
In terms of quantity, at both of these towers bells are …. [continue reading]
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Dear Council Members and Society Secretaries
Due to an even more increased workload this year, as well as an ailing parent, Caroline Stockmann does not have the time to do justice to the Public Relations Officer role, and is reluctantly stepping down to open the opportunity for someone else to do what is a very worthwhile and enjoyable role.
Please draw this opportunity to your members’ attention and circulate widely – you do NOT need to be a Council Member already to stand for election to this position.
You also don’t need to be a Council Member already to stand for election to the proposed new Executive, and again please draw this opportunity to your members’ attention.
Nominations, duly proposed and seconded by Council Members, must reach me by 27 March. A nomination form and the formal notice of the meeting are on the Council’s website at cccbr.org.uk/about/meetings/2018-meeting/ .