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Central Council Mini-Roadshow – Sun 8th September – London

CC Mini-Roadshow Poster - 2019-09-08

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/

Vicki Chapman

Central Council of Church Bell Ringers Public Relations Officer

Registered Charity Number: 270036

http://www.cccbr.org.uk/

Download a copy of this poster for your tower

VE Day 75th Anniversary – Fri 8th May 2020

News from the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

The 8th May 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the second World War in Europe.  It provides us with an opportunity to remember the sacrifice made at home and abroad which heralded the arrival of peace, despite conflict still taking place in other parts of the world.

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.

CCCBR Annual Meeting 2019 – Booking now OPEN!

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.

To register, simply use the link or QR code.

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.

David Kirkcaldy
Deputy President, Central Council
Chair of the London 2019 Organising Committee

New CCCBR website – Feedback requested

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:

  • can you navigate it easily?
  • can you find the information you need most?
  • general thoughts and observations.

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.

Visit: https://newdev.cccbr.org.uk and let us know what you think by emailing here.

Louise Nightingale

Communications and Marketing Workgroup Lead

Westley Award for Belfry Maintenance

westley-awardFrom: Mary Bone – CCCBR

Dear All

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:

https://cccbr.org.uk/workgroups/stewardship-management/westley-award/

The closing date for nominations is noon on 28th June 2019.


ADOPTION OF NEW FRAMEWORK FOR METHOD RINGING

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 https://framework.cccbr.org.uk. 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.              Implementation

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:   methods@cccbr.org.uk

 

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 methods@cccbr.org.uk

I commend the Framework to you.

Christopher O’Mahony

President

Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

On behalf of the CCCBR Executive

CCCBR AGM – London 6-8 September 2019

 

Attached here are details of the CCCBR AGM to be held this September in London. This is our first meeting since the CRAG proposals were voted on and approved.  You will see there is much more on offer than at past CCCBR weekends.  In addition the meeting is not just for CCCBR representatives but ringers in general.
I look forward to you seeing you there.
Best wishes
David Kirkcaldy
Vice President

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