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Blue Peter at RWNYC

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.

Ecclesiastical 12 Days of Giving

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/

Thank you!

“We remembered” – a message from the President of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

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”.

Christopher O’Mahony

CCCBR – A message for change ringers everywhere

We Remember

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”.

  • Christopher O’Mahony

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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.

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Lyrics:  Sir Cecil Spring  Rice

Music: Sir Gustav Holst

Taylor’s Bellfoundry secures National Lottery Support!

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).

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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:

Twitter: @Lborobelltrust
Facebook: facebook.com/lborobelltrust
Contact details: Please contact either Kate Pinnock or Ross Ingham via office@inghampinnock.com

Clarification of Armistice Ringing

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

Sussex Ringers Feature on ITV Meridian News

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.

(news originally posted on CCCBR website)

 

Government Announcement of Armistace Plans (from CCCBR)

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)

  • Bells in countries throughout the rest of the world are invited to ring at either 12.30 GMT or 12.30pm local time
  • DCMS is also supporting the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government on an initiative ‘Ringing Remembers’ which is run jointly by the Big Ideas Company and the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. This project aims to get 1,400 people ringing church bells on the centenary of the Armistice, the number of bell ringers lost in the war.

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: bells@big-ideas.org

Or find us on:
Twitter @Big_Ideas_Co #RingingRemembers
Facebook Big Ideas
Instagram @_BigIdeas

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.

https://armistice100.org.uk/

CCCBR Workgroup Leads – Who’s Who

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.

 https://cccbr.org.uk/about/workgroups/

 Louise Nightingale – Communications and Marketing Workgroup Lead

President’s blog June 2018 – what happens now

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]

CCCBR AGM Meeting Papers now on website

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.

Mary

Mrs Mary Bone
Honorary Secretary
Central Council of Church Bell Ringers
Registered charity no 270036

CCCBR President’s Easter Blog

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]

CCCBR meeting Lancaster 2018 – General bookings now open

As already previewed, the Central Council meeting weekend is following a NEW format, themed on inclusion and outreach.  As well as the annual meeting itself, there is a wide variety of seminars, sessions, stalls and activities on offer for ALL ringers.
We are pleased to announce that we are now taking online bookings from ALL RINGERS.  Here is the link:
See below for comprehensive information regarding the event.  Do please print out the event poster and pin it to your tower notice board!
We look forward to seeing ringers from far and wide at this exciting event.
Yours sincerely
Christopher O’Mahony
 

Available all weekend:

  • Lichfield Mobile Belfry running demonstrations
  • Carter Ringing Machine and Woodhouse Ringing Machine running demonstrations
  • First World War Rolls of Honour on display
  • CCCBR publications stall
  • Association of Ringing Teachers stall

Saturday afternoon activities:

  • Hands-on tower maintenance seminar (courtesy of the current Towers & Belfries Committee)
  • Stewardship & Management Guidance seminar (courtesy of the current Tower Stewardship Committee)
  • Biographies seminar (courtesy of the current Biographies Committee)
  • Bell Restoration Projects seminar (courtesy of the current Bell Restoration Committee)
  • Public Relations seminar (courtesy of the current PR Committee)
  • Youth Leadership Forum

Sunday afternoon activities:

  • An open meeting by the Guild of Clerical Ringers on the theme of mature clergy / ringer relations, challenges and opportunities
  • An open meeting on the proposed new central ringing organisation rulebook

Day tickets are available for £12 per person – with free entry for under 18s!

Follow this link to find out more and secure your booking!

https://cccbr.org.uk/about/meetings/2018-meeting/

 

Situations Vacant on CCCBR (open to all bellringers)

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/ .

best wishes

Mary Bone

ART Works Magazine – latest edition

Welcome to the latest issue of ART WORKS, the magazine for ART Members and teachers on the ART Training Scheme. The magazine is an opportunity for teachers to tell others about their experiences, share their successes and keep them informed of news, tips and opportunities.

Read ART WORKS magazine

In addition to its regular features, this edition includes:

  • Ringing Remembers
  • Slapton Belles
  • Group Teaching at the Castor Ringing School
  • Andrew’s Special Learning Journey
  • Education Matters
  • Caistor Ringers Discover Learning the Ropes
  • Getting Everyone on Board
  • Training in the Vale
  • Harder than quantum physics

Central Council Rules Reform

Christopher O’Mahony writes:

You will probably be aware from previous emails, from our social media presence and from the pages of the Ringing World, that we have been working hard to progress the mandate for reform agreed last May atEdinburgh, in order to deliver better services that benefit ringers and ringing.

A pre-requisite of these efforts is the work to revise the Council’s Rules to give life to the proposals for reform which were agreed in May.

The working group tasked with this challenge published a first draft of the revised Rules in October 2017 and a second draft in December 2017, reflecting the comments received.

As promised in December, the “final” version of the revised Rulebook, reflecting the feedback received on the second draft, has now been completed and sent to the Charity Commission for their formal approval.  It is this final version which will be submitted to the Council Meeting atLancaster in May 2018.  The attached briefing paper sets out its main features and has been sent to your Council representative(s).

Our focus now shifts from drafting the Rulebook to the practical work of transitioning with effect from the Lancaster meeting.   This will involve the efforts of our existing Officers and Committees as well as the members of the new Executive and Workgroups which have been formed as a consequence of the decisions taken at Edinburgh.

Along with many others, I have both commented upon and provided input into the final version.  In my view it delivers on the reforms agreed at Edinburgh and achieves our aim to create an organisation fit for the challenges of the 21st Century.  In doing this, it also draws on the many strengths of the existing Council and its volunteers.

As the paper (linked here) explains, the new Rulebook has been through an extensive process of review.  In addition to two formal consultations, it has been checked against Charity Commission guidance and ‘stress tested’ against our peers.  The new Rulebook does not affect your representation and will not, so far as we can see, require changes to your society’s constitution.

Without a new Rulebook, importantly, none of the other reforms agreed at Edinburgh can take place.

WHAT WE ASK YOU TO DO

Please cascade this email and associated links / documents as extensively as possible – to Branch and Tower Secretaries, and as many individual ringers as possible.  Our hope is that all ringers will feel a sense of “ownership” with the new Rulebook, so that your Council representative(s) can come to the Lancaster meeting in May prepared to vote in its favour.

In addition to the revised Rulebook and supporting documents, there is a growing body of “frequently asked questions” which we trust will answer any outstanding queries or concerns.  These, together with the new governing documents and other explanatory material prepared by the working group can be found here:

https://cccbr.org.uk/about/reform/rules/

Yours in ringing,

Christopher O’Mahony

President

The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

New Ringing Resources for you to download

‘Engaging with the Public’ Leaflet
Ideas and tips to successfully engage the public with your ringing and associated activities: Easy to use ‘mix-and-match’ format to help you to put together the ideas which will work for you locally.
Produced by The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers (CCCBR) Public Relations Committee. [click to download]

Bell Ringing Flyer
Flyers for you to give to members of the public with a section for your tower or association/guild/society details (contacts, ringing times, website, Facebook, etc).
Originally produced for Peak 2015 International Scout & Guide Camp and the Derby Diocesan Association, now approved by CCCBR. [click for instructions on download and editing]

Please encourage the use of these resources in your area and circulate this email to all of the towers and committees in your association/guild/society.

Thanks & regards,
Susan Hall

For the Public Relations Committee
The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

Belfree Wireless Ringing System 2018

The Belfree system has been under development for some years and is now ready to roll ….

The team at Belfree has been working for a long time on getting our wireless system off the ground. Having encountered a number of hurdles along the way, we now have a full in-house manufacturing setup which means we are far less reliant on suppliers than before and more in control of the production process. Furthermore, a recent decision for Chris and I to partner full-time as a company means we have more time and energy to put into the products and also the ability to monitor communications more consistently.
In addition to continued improvements to our wireless product, both mechanically and electronically, we have a number of new developments in the works to expand our product portfolio, more information on this will be available in the near future.
So far 2018 has been a good year; we have our new sensor in production,  a number of the new units have been shipped and installed in towers across the UK, and it is now is available for purchase through our brand new website www.belfree.co.uk.
To align with our new website we have a brand new email address belfreewrs@gmail.com from which this email has been sent. Please update our contact details in your address book.
Thank you for taking the time to read this email.
We appreciate your patience and continued support as we drive Belfree forward and we hope you will enjoy following our journey.
Francis & Chris
Belfree WRS

CCCBR GDPR – Interim Update

As you may know, the General Data Protection Regulations come into force in May 2018. These regulations concern personal data, and will have implications to any organisations who hold such data, including ringing organisations.

The CCCBR Tower Stewardship Committee are working on an update to the data protection guidance note (GN8). However, to keep everyone informed, we have produced an interim guidance note on the subject. Click to download it. Please can you consider how your organisation manages personal data, in light of these regulations.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Regards


Ernie de Legh-Runciman
Chairman
Tower Stewardship Committee
Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

Want to see how you can successfully get your Ringing Remembers or other campaign into your local press?

Well, here is what Jason Crouch has done in Sussex. He has built up a story for the press in one of the documents attached, and then you can see the end result here:

Jason has provided all the component parts separately and details of the correspondence with the editor and tips for other Associations to use in the template folder (Link Below). So if you wanted to use this as a template for your story – replacing the “Local” elements , then you can! Hope this is helpful to you, and if not, at least makes a very interesting read!

SCACR Ringers Remember – Template

This article originally appeared on the CCCBR website

Ringing Remembers- Project Update

Ringing Remembers – project update
(Christopher O’Mahony writes)
Last month Caroline Stockmann, our Public Relations Officer, wrote regarding broad plans for commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War (RW p 1103). That article coincided with a media notice from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) announcing plans for national bellringing on November 11 2018, along with support for a parallel bellringing recruitment campaign.
The Context
More than 1,400 of our bellringing community laid down their lives for peace in the “war to end all wars”. Our fallen ringers came from all walks of life, as we ringers still do today. For 2018, government wishes to engage with us in an official capacity to symbolically replace those ringers who gave their lives 100 years ago.

Why is this appropriate?

In the words of Alan Regin, Steward of the CCCBR Rolls of Honour:

“If it were me I think I would have been moved that I had been remembered, I often think when visiting a grave in a cemetery in rural France that I might well be the first person to visit that specific grave and that I am there as another bell ringer visiting one that went before me. Personally I think that if there was a possibility of recruiting another person to follow in my footsteps because of what I did or what happened to me then I would be not be upset by that.”

The Challenge
Following the media notice on November 11 2017, and armed with a prototype email address and webform, we have received around 80 “learn to ring” enquiries. Each of these enquiries has been acknowledged, and we are “matching” them to suitable towers / trainers. However, 80 recruits doesn’t get us very close to our target, and so we are mobilising resources on a number of fronts.

The Big Ideas team, which specialises in community participation projects, is our campaign partner for the “Ringing Remembers” project. Their design team is working up a brand and image suite, of which this “sneak peak” draft poster is an example. This suite will be used in further public relations efforts, and will also be available for use by individual towers and guilds to assist local recruitment.

Current plans for further publicity include a “New Year: New Hobby” message, and publicity to align with the centenary of the Spring Offensive of 1918.

Resources
It’s clear that a project of this scale requires appropriate resourcing, and it’s our desire to support local, national and international recruiting efforts as much as we can, thus:
  • The campaign directs enquiries to a single point of contact. This is already in place (details below);
  • We have a central database already set up. This helps us track all enquiries, helps us to align learners with appropriate towers / teachers, and provides a data “dashboard” for the project;
  • By end of January we intend to launch a “recruitment platform”, which will bring together the central database with a simple website using the branding suite;
  • By the end of January: Leaflets and posters available to support local recruitment – designed for church porches, village notice boards, school and community leafletting and the like;
  • By the end of January: Editorial and graphics available to assist in generating content for local media;
  • For Armistice 2018: Certificates and badges will be available for all “Ringing Remembers” learners.

CCCBR and ART are on hand to support “on boarding” of Ringing Remembers recruits. This will include support for regional events (eg ringing schools), and support for the development of more ringing teachers.

We’ve assembled a dedicated team of ringers to work on “Ringing Remembers”. Vicki Chapman has accepted the role as Project Coordinator. Vicki is a CCCBR rep for the Essex Association, and currently serves on the Public Relations Committee. Vicki is ably supported by leading lights in PR, Education, ICT and ART – all with skills and experience appropriate to the project.

Next steps
What YOU can do:

Sign up your learners! – Every learner throughout this campaign year is entitled to join “Ringing Remembers” – Ask them to enter their details here:

Advertise this call as widely as possible! – church porches, village notice boards, schools, scouts, guides, D of E, U3A , parish magazines, local media / press, etc.

cccbr.org.uk-Ringing Remembers- Project Update (pdf version)

In conclusion
This project gives us the opportunity to raise the profile of ringing and develop a relationship with government and community networks to provide new bell ringers. Ringing Remembers is a poignant and significant programme which appropriately acknowledges the sacrifices made by so many, aspiring to a living legacy for ringing. We commend it to you.

Christopher O’Mahony

ART WORKS – the latest news and ideas from ART

Hello all,

Here is a magazine for your perusal over a cuppa.

It gives a nice insight/update to what is happening.

Regards

Deb Baker 😊


The quarterly magazine for ringing teachers

Welcome to the latest issue of ART WORKS, the magazine for ART Members and teachers on the ART Training Scheme. The magazine is an opportunity for teachers to tell others about their experiences, share their successes and keep them informed of news, tips and opportunities.

In addition to its regular features, this edition includes:

  • ART news updates – Conference, Awards
  • Pip’s Teaching Tips – teaching Plain Bob Doubles
  • 50 Ringing Things – a teacher’s story
  • What happened at the ringing courses held at Tulloch Ringing Centre
  • An insider’s account of the Learning the Ropes Masterclass
  • A teaching refresher event in the Ely DA
  • ART working in Devon – striking competition success

ART seeks new Resource Administrator

If you’re interested in helping ART on a part-time basis then we are looking to employ someone to keep up to date and improve our resources and web pages.  More details are available on the ART website.

Applications deadline is 31 December 2017.

Apply for an ART Award

The deadline for applying for an ART Award is fast approaching.  If you or a teacher you know is doing great things then why not apply for an ART Award.  And don’t forget to nominate your Level 5 Learning the Ropes Achievers for an award – the prize structure has changed this year so more ringers are recognised and receive a prize.  Have a look on the ART website for more information about the different awards and to download an application form.

Claire Culham
Editor, ART WORKS
Association of Ringing Teachers
artworks@ringingteachers.org

ART Supporters

ART is very grateful to the donations of our growing number of ART Supporters in facilitating our work to deliver ringing teaching and learning fit for the 21st Century.

PATRONS
Whiting Society
Paul Flavell
Helen McGregor and Peter Bevis

SPONSORS
John Cater
Tony Daw
Graham Nabb
Simon Linford
The Parker Family
Pip Penney
Phil Ramsbottom
Jacqueline Hazell
The Sarah Beacham Trust
AbelSim
Abingdon Society of Change Ringers
The Oxford Diocesan Guild
The Scottish Association of Change Ringers
North Bucks Branch (ODG)

Are you interested in becoming an ART Supporter? Please contact Graham Nabb.