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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

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

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

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

CCCBR seeks feedback for the next stage of reform

Christopher O’Mahoney writes:

Dear Society Secretary,

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 at Edinburgh so as to deliver better services that benefit ringers and ringing.

A pre-requisite of these efforts is the work to revise the Council’s constitution 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 constitution in October and following a four-week consultation ending 24th November they have today published a second draft, reflecting the comments received.

The attached briefing paper sets out its main features and has been sent to your Council representative(s).

Along with many others, I have both commented upon and provided input into the second draft.  To my mind 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 attached paper explains, the new constitution has been through an extensive process of review. In addition to its four-week consultation, it has been checked against Charity Commission guidance and ‘stress tested’ against our peers.  The more robust the process, the more confident we can be of the outcome.

The new constitution does not affect your representation and will not, so far as we can see, require changes to your society’s constitution.  Without a new constitution, importantly, none of the other reforms agreed at Edinburgh can take place.

Whilst the new constitution has been well received, this is the time for comment and it is important that we know about any questions or concerns in good time before the final version is published in February.   It is this final version which will be submitted to the Council Meeting at Lancaster in May 2018.

In February the focus will shift from drafting the constitution to the practical work of transitioning with effect from the Lancaster meeting.   This will involve the efforts of existing our 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.

If you or your Council representatives have any questions or concerns please don’t delay!  Let us have your feedback by the closing date for consultation on the second draft, which is 12th January.

We have made the process of sending in feedback as simple as possible:-

1.     For brief comments, just use the “Review the Second Draft” button on the Central Council’s Rules Work page at https://cccbr.org.uk/about/reform/rules/.

2.     Otherwise, please email constitution@cccbr.org.uk

Yours in ringing,

Christopher O’Mahony

President

The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

Ecclesiastical Insurance Gives Gift

Congratulations!

Thank you for participating in our 12 Days of Giving.  We’ve had a fantastic response with over 27,500 nominations. I am pleased to announce that your chosen charity, Central Council of Church Bell Ringers , has been picked in today’s draw and they will receive £1,000. To see who else was drawn click here.

Thank you for your support and I wish you a great festive season.

Thank you

Adrian Saunders
Commercial Director

This letter was received by Viv Nobbs, who was one of the people who nominated CCCBR

Council Reform Update & Workgroup Appointments

Christopher O’Mahoney writes:

It’s now six months after the votes passed at the Central Council meeting last May, and I would like to take this opportunity to report once more on progress with reform and renewal of our central ringing organisation. In this way I hope to demonstrate our accountability to the exercise…  [read more https://cccbr.org.uk/2017/12/02/home-away-harrow-style-an-update-on-council-reform/]

Chance to have £1000 for bellringing from Ecclesiastical!

Ecclesiastical are running a scheme where charities can ‘win’ £1000. As we have worked with them recently to promote their communities project we had hoped they would automatically give us some funding but seems there is another route…

All that people need to do is complete the nomination form (link below), quoting our name “Central Council of Church Bell Ringers” and our registered charity number 270036. Takes a minute or so. Deadline Dec 5th.

https://www.ecclesiastical.com/12-days/index.aspx

Then we have a chance of winning £1000. This can be used for a variety of our activities including attracting more ringers.

Thank you!

CCCBR PR Committee

Roundup of National news in the past 7 days

BBC Breakfast Feature now on YouTube

By admin on Nov 15, 2017 11:35 am

The feature on bell ringing that went out on BBC Breakfast during Remembrance weekend is[…]

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Radio feature re Devon ringing – a must-listen

By Caroline Stockmann on Nov 12, 2017 10:48 am

Well done to Devon ringers to get this publicity for their ringing, which is brilliant! […]

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Round-up of news this weekend re Armistice100 – BBC only available today!

By Caroline Stockmann on Nov 12, 2017 10:44 am

Here is a selection of links to TV/articles around Ringing Remembers and the Armistice100 activity. […]

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Ringing for Peace: Armistice100 in the news this weekend – spread the word!

By Caroline Stockmann on Nov 11, 2017 02:40 pm

In the Armistice100 overview which has just been posted, and to give a bit more detail[…]

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Ringing for Peace: Armistice100, what you need to know for 2018

By Caroline Stockmann on Nov 11, 2017 01:44 pm

Caroline  Stockmann, Central Council Public Relations Officer We know many of you are eager to[…]

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Another 1st for Children in Need – method by Tim Attride

By Caroline Stockmann on Nov 11, 2017 12:32 pm

Children in Need visual and audio TAttride As many ringers will know, the “Julie McDonnell”[…]

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Forward planning for 2018 – Armistice 100

Caroline Stockmann, Central Council Public Relations Officer writes:
We know many of you are eager to have some guidance on next year’s Remembrance Day ringing (for and around 11th November 2018) but, as ever, there are so may considerations and people we need to talk to – so it’s great if you can bear with us in the meantime! But we do have a lot to say and to share already, and we hope this will mean that the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War will really be something special.
More than 1,400 of our bell ringing community laid down their lives for peace in the ‘war to end all wars.’ We know in retrospect that wars were not ‘ended’, but we also know that there is an ever increasing movement to address this. Our fallen bell ringers came from all walks of life, as we ringers still do today (from skilled workers to academics to business people – you name it!), and today we are all united in wanting to ring out a message of peace around the world.
Many of you have been asking: for 2018, the 100-year anniversary of Armistice Day, how will we make this really special for bell ringing? Here are a number of things we would like to support and help you in (and of course get your support for):
• on Nov 11th 2018 we would like as much bell ringing as possible (goes without saying!)

• we recommend half-muffled ringing in the morning, and opening the bells in the afternoon and evening – the idea being that we start with commemorative ringing, which naturally has its sombre tone, to recognise the loss of so many lives, and then later in the day we move to a more forward-looking tone of affirmation, – to acknowledge that our fallen have contributed to the future in terms of helping secure peace, and to make the clear statement that bell ringers want peace

• we have been speaking with relevant government departments around the general commemorations and they would like to work with us in an official capacity; in particular they would like to support the idea of recruiting new ringers. One thought is to ensure that in 2018 we recruit 1400 ringers, the same number as those who fell in the Great War. These new ringers could be involved in some supported ringing on the actual day. We anticipate a more detailed announcement on this quite soon

• ringers will need to coordinate with their Church and work together on making the day very special. The more prominence on this special day for ringers and ringing, the better, as it will no doubt have a positive effect in terms of raising awareness for potential new ringers

• we would like to share ideas as to what to ring on the day, providing a pool of ideas to tap into: varying from ‘whole pull and stand except the tenor’, which most bands would be able to do, to ringing appropriately-named methods such as Ypres and Gallipoli Surprise Major; we would love all ringers around the world to do something special this day to ring out for peace, and to send in their ideas to share with others

• another thought is to have 1400 quarter peals rung around the date (one for each of the fallen), for which we can set up an event on BellBoard and issue certificates

• there is also an opportunity to ring as part of the large-scale British project, ‘Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute’. Pipers will be piping in the morning, bugles sounding and 1,000 beacons lit across the UK in the evening; this organisation (fully backed by all the key military) would like to encourage 1000 towers to ring at 7.05pm on the day, if this fits with local arrangements – (towers do not need to be aligned with the beacons).
So, in summary, we suggest half-muffled ringing in the morning to tie in with the normal solemnities and, where possible, to ring open at other opportune moments during the day (with more to come on that in due course). We are looking at how to acknowledge the various efforts made around the world, eg in the form of certificates for the various activities (there is already one available to download from Battle’s Over). And you might want to consider a community lunch or social between ringing, – why not make this a really special day for your whole ringing (and broader) community?

To input your ideas for things to ring to commemorate our fallen, or indeed ring out for peace, for all levels of ringing and numbers of bells, please write to armistice100@cccbr.org.uk. We will then share what we hear on the CCCBR website, in the Ringing World and via other forms of communication.

To find out more about Battle’s Over and sign up to ring at 7.05pm please give your details to: brunopeek@mac.com

Also, please note that we are being supported by government (DLCG) in encouraging the recruitment of 1400 new ringers over the next year, who will be able to ring as part of Armistice100. This is symbolic, i.e. a replacement of the 1400 bellringers who lost their lives in the Great War. There will be press coverage of this over the weekend (Mail on Sunday and Telegraph were writing stuff yesterday and today as they called me, so watch out for that!) and the BBC1 Breakfast show will be featuring a great piece with our very own Alan Regin between 6 and 9am on Sunday – so please let your community of ringers know, and apologies for the short notice!

ALSO, and finally: a call to all towers to check their muffles, and order more NOW so that you’re not caught short!