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The May 12th issue of The Ringing World contains extensive material on matters of current importance to ringers: the proposed reforms of the Central Council, the long-running York Minster saga and a recruitment initiative in schools, all covered in a depth which other media find hard to manage. There is much more besides.

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“The Education Column” articles by David Smith, now available online

In agreement with The Ringing World the series of 8 articles titled ‘The Education Column’ by David Smith, published during 2016, have now been added to the Education area of the website. Links are also below.

1. Introductory rumblings
2. What is Bastow?  Why is it useful?
3. How Quick are your Sixes?
4. Little Bob and Penultimate
5. Let’s be Original!
6. Kaleidoscope
7. Down Mexico way
8. Back to Basics

New homes sought for 31 years’ Ringing Worlds

I am disposing of Ringing Worlds for the years 1972-1974, 1978-2000 and 2010-2014. The years to 2000 are in DIY binders and those from 2010 are in IKEA FLYT boxes, and will be available for collection from Winchester. Please contact me if you are interested in all or any of these years. Preference will be given to requests that enable the most years to go to new homes.

Many thanks and best wishes, Tony Smith

  • Contact Anthony Smith

    Telephone: 01962 881202
    Address: 72 Buriton Road, Winchester, SO22 6JE

Influence the future of ringing (even if you only have 10 minutes)

The Central Council Review Action Group has been steadily working on an iterative series of papers and consultations ever since it was formed back in May. They seem to have reached a key moment with the latest paper (an overview of feedback received to date, then some concrete proposals for reform) and a 10-minute survey for individuals to fill in.



Whitechapel Bell Foundry To Close May 2017

From tomorrow’s Ringing World (but already on their website):
WHITECHAPEL BELL FOUNDRY LTD announces, with regret, that by May 2017 it will cease its activities at the Whitechapel Road site that it has occupied since its move there in 1738. The company intends to complete all work on projects presently in hand during the coming months. It will not be entering into new contracts for the time being whilst discussions with the company’s staff and other interested parties regarding the future direction, ownership and location of the company are ongoing

Life of Gladys Hooper Honoured

The Birmingham School of Ringers, here on the Isle of Wight this week for their Summer School, helped in celebrating the life of the recently deceased Gladys Hooper whose funeral was held last Friday .
A big thank you to all who have worked hard over the last three days to honour the passing of this amazing lady.
Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Ryde (All Saints), Isle of Wight
Sunday, 31 July 2016 in 50 min (26.5cwt)
1260 Grandsire Triples
1 Chris Mills
2 Angela Wakefield
3 Rose Horton
4 John R Stock
5 Michael Rigby
6 Francesca Cinderey (C)
7 Tony Daw
8 Rebekah Horton
For Evensong and in Celebration of the Life of Gladys Hooper,
at 113 the oldest person since January 2015 in Great Britain,
whose Funeral took place here on Friday last.
Excepting ringer 4, all are visiting from the Birmingham School of Bell Ringers Summer School

Ringing World National Youth Contest Report


As many of you know, the Ringing World National Youth Contest was at the beginning of last month. Over 24 teams took part in the competition that was based in London. The main tower for the day was St Mary-Le- Bow, which had a lovely ring of twelve as well as lots of pastries and cakes! Our competition piece was rung at St James Garlickhythe where the Royal Jubilee where hung, which were also really lovely bells to ring. The piece itself was good but we didn’t get through to the final.

However, this was not necessarily a bad thing as it meant we could ring in more towers!

There were towers open all over London including, St Martin-in- the-fields (Trafalgar Square), Magnus-the Martyr (Lower Thames Street), Christs Church (Spitalfeild) and St Botolph without (Bishopsgate). It was really good to be able to ring in London, especially as the Bells where so nice to ring and the views from the tower windows were impressive as well!

Nicola Penny (Christchurch Priory)

For Whom the Bell Tolled – 113 Times!

There are days in one’s life when you feel you are participating in history – today, for me, has been one of those rare days.

This morning (Friday, 29th July) at All Saints’ Church, Ryde, took place the funeral of 113-year-old Gladys Hooper. A more fitting end to a long and well-lived life I have rarely seen.

The eight bells, half-muffled, commenced their majestic ringing at 11am as press and television gathered in the West end of the church. At 11.20 each bell was stood in turn until  only the tenor bell rang its sombre message across Ryde.

At 11.30 the Royal Air Force-draped coffin entered the full church to enable family, friends and those who just knew Ryde resident Gladys, the oldest living person in the United Kingdom since January 2015, to say their final farewell.

As the funeral cortege prepared to leave after the Service, conducted by Reverend Canon Graham Morris, the 26.5cwt tenor bell called out this passing of 113 years to acknowledge this lady from the Edwardian era – another time, unimaginable to almost all of us.

Following this the full peal of bells rang out as the cortege and the  congregation departed.

This evening, as a mark of respect, a quarter peal of Single Oxford Bob Triples was attempted. However, after two failed attempts it was felt we abandon the effort and try on another occasion.

Notice will be given when the team are able to go ahead with this.

I should personally like to express my thanks to the following, who played their full part in making this Service the occasion it demanded: Jo Davis (1); Caroline May (2); Ken May (3); Jill Taylor (4); Roy Tillcock (5); Adrian Burns (6); Peter Taylor (7).

Yours truly, as Tower Captain, tolled the tenor. Is this length of a passing bell the longest ever rung by a member of a home tower I wonder? It was certainly momentous for me, as to this point in my 50 years of ringing, I think 92 was the longest for any funeral service I have had the privilege to toll the passing bell. To admit as 108 was struck I experienced some nervousness at being able to stand the bell after the 113th is probably stating the obvious!

However, all went as it should and I congratulate all ringers on a job well done.

I feel sure Gladys would have been amused at all the attention this received and All Saints’ ringers offer their condolences to the family in the hope that hearing our bells gave them some comfort for what must have been a difficult day with so much media attention at what is usually a quiet family event. RIP.

John Stock

Ringing World Recruiting an Editorial Assistant

The Ringing World is recruiting a part time EDITORIAL ASSISTANT to
help with all aspects of producing the weekly journal, on-line
offering and other RW products: see the advertisement in this week’s
RW and on BellBoard;

If you know anyone who might ‘fit the bill’ then please bring this to
their attention. Note the closing date for applications is Friday,
15th April 2016.

Many thanks,


Change Ringing in the Future – a Discussion Paper by Michael Foulds

Viv Nobbs writes:

So, ringing has a long heritage. It has survived centuries of social upheaval, with modern ringing more advanced than our predecessors might have dreamt. But ringing also faces major challenges for the future. What lessons can we learn from our history to help us face the future?

If you haven’t seen the lively and healthy discussions in recent Ringing Worlds and Michael Foulds’ thoughtful and well written article (1st January) – “Change Ringing in the future – coping with the legacy of Belfry Reform” – it all makes interesting reading!

Please ensure that all ringers are aware of, and get involved in, this discussion.

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The Ringing World: Survey – Have Your Say..

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Viv Nobbs Writes: Please consider investing a little of your time by completing this survey and encouraging other ringers to do the same…..”The Board of The Ringing World Ltd thinks it essential to have a full, informed consultation with as many ringers as possible, subscribers and non-subscribers, over several possible ways to a sustainable future for the business by means of a survey.” Thanks

The Ringing World: Survey

The Board of The Ringing World Ltd thinks it essential to have a full, informed consultation with as many ringers as possible, subscribers and non-subscribers, over several possible ways to a sustainable future for the business by means of a survey.

There is an on-line version and a paper version. The on-line version is accessible at: Ringing World Survey. The paper version can be downloaded here. You are welcome to use whichever version you find most convenient; we would prefer you to use the on-line version if you can as this makes assessment of the results and detailed analysis much easier for us. If you are a subscriber to the paper version and you respond on line, please pass on your paper version and reply envelope to a non-subscribing ringer.

If you have difficulties in filling in the survey, please email .We have a small staff and need to minimise the number of questions they have to deal with by phone. It has not been possible, in the interests of keeping the cost of the paper version down, to have much space for the few free text answers. You may enclose an extra sheet with any further comments or email the above survey address. We also alerting ringers to the survey by means of a couple of chatlists and Facebook. We have sent out information about the survey to associations and societies, courtesy of the Central Council’s distribution facilities. Copies of the survey can be printed off from BellBoard and will also be available from the Ringing World office; preferably request via the survey email address. It is a comprehensive survey so the option is given for answering only certain key questions, though we hope that most responders will answer them all.

Please encourage as many ringers as possible to respond. In particular could those who receive copies for a tower encourage your band to make individual responses.

For those who are not familiar with The Ringing World or need a reminder, we have provided a free PDF version of a recent edition which you can access here.