Download a copy of this poster here
Download a copy of this poster here
Please spread the word and encourage appropriate engagement with clergy for permission to ‘toll’ bearing in mind any services in place.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are asking cathedrals and churches across England to toll their bells for 7 minutes at 7pm on Thursday 18th April.
If you can, please try and gather some ringers to ring at any time on Thursday in any way you see fit (open, half-muffled etc.) and add your performance to the BellBoard event that has been created to record the ringing: https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/event.php?id=10669. These performances will then be published together in an upcoming edition of The Ringing World.
Following the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York are asking cathedrals and churches across England to toll their bells for 7 minutes at 7pm on Thursday.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are today encouraging, where possible, all cathedrals and churches across England to toll a bell for 7 minutes at 7pm this Thursday, as a mark of solidarity following the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. This initiative has been suggested by the British Ambassador to France, Edward Llewellyn, and it is hoped that many will take part.
The next Beyond Bob Doubles will be at Stockbridge on 24th of April from 19:30. Anything goes (except Bob Doubles) so if you have any requests let me know on the night. To give those who haven’t been before an idea of what it is about, methods we have been ringing recently include Grandsire, St Simon’s and Stedman doubles, Plain Bob, Little Bob, Kent and Cambridge minor, I also want to do Double Oxford, and Cambridge and Plain Bob spliced if we have the people. Please pass the word around, everyone is welcome from the District and beyond.
Thank you to the volunteers who have offered to help erect and dismantle the Chamborough Ring at Winchester Cathedral on 19th May. We still need another two or three ‘able bodied and fairly strong adults’ to complete the team.
Should be a good ‘work out’ and fun… further details, including times, available on request!
Tel: 01983 530920
We’ve been working alongside Tim of the Portsmouth Cathedral Team and he has kindly produced and started to circulate this flier for us, ready for 12th May. Hope to see you there!’
56 pages | Illustrated | £5.00
Publication Date: 1 May 2019. ISBN: 978-1-78972-194-2
This Booklet has been produced after five years of commemorations across the Guild marking the centenary of the Great War. It is fully illustrated throughout.
An original artwork created for the Guild by Westbury artist Helen Chester (www. helenchesterarts.co.uk), great granddaughter of Private Fred Kerley (killed 1914), pictured above, depicts the 89 known ringers from the Diocese who were killed in the war, against a backdrop of our cathedral and some of the churches where they rang. The front 15 ringers are actual likenesses, drawn from contemporary photographs. This picture is shown on the front cover of the Booklet.
Contents include: Guild Memorial and Cathedral Commemorations, Ringers from the Diocese who Died (biographical details and details of ringing commemorations), Towers and Branches, The „Ypres Bells‟, Other Commemorative Ringing and Events, Armistice Centenary and Post war. The Booklet also contains wartime extracts from Guild Reports and The Ringing World.
“For the first time, in this publication, you will have in one place information that previously stood separately. The impact of the whole is all the more moving. Guild members and those from beyond will value and appreciate this Booklet both now and in years to come”. Robert Wellen, Guild Master and compiler of the Booklet.
“Lest we forget, this history reminds us of real people and costly lives–people from our communities, our predecessors committed to ringing bells in towers where we now stand. It is good to know them by name and to recognise their significance for us today”. An extract from a Foreword to the Booklet by +Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury and Patron of the Guild
The pre-war (1912-13) Edington football team which has four of the ringers in it. From the left: back row (first) Leonard Drewett, (fourth) John Frederick Pike Lawes; middle row (fifth) William John Wheeler (3) and front row (second) Reginald Charles Rogers.
Picture: Central Council Rolls of Honour
Cathedral Memorial Screen: “The work to the screen, designed by H.S. Rogers, FSA., FRIBA., and executed by R. Mowbray & Co Ltd, London and Oxford, was completed by the time of the 1931 Annual Meeting in Sherborne”. (contemporary picture provided by Neil Skelton).
Three of the 89 known ringers from the Diocese of Salisbury to have been killed in the war:
Left: Private Harold Butcher: Trowbridge. Died 04/06/1917, aged 27.
Middle: Lance Corporal William John Wheeler: Edington. Died 23/03/1918, aged 26.
Picture: Reproduced by permission Edington Priory Church.
Right: Gunner William Henry Hardiman: Bridport. Died 07/11/1917, aged 29. Picture: William Hardiman with his wife Emma, and sons Bertram and Leonard (recently discovered picture now hanging in Bridport ringing chamber). Central Council Rolls of Honour.
Principal Contact: Robert Wellen
E-mail: Guild Master – SDGR
Telephone: 01747 825131
Mobile: 07817 633584
HOW TO PRE-ORDER BEFORE 1 MAY 2019 OR ORDER AFTER USING THE WEBSITE: https://sdgr.org.uk/great-war-memorial-booklet/
For UK postal delivery, please complete the form below and click the submit button. We have used a form generated by Google to ensure security of your information. For international orders please email us at Guild Master – SDGR so we can advise you of shipping cost before you order.
HOW TO PAY
Please pay by Bank Transfer (Internet Banking or BACS)
PLEASE PUT YOUR ‘NAME/GWMB’ AS REFERENCE ON THE PAYMENT
The price is £5.00 a copy plus £1.50 contribution to p&p per copy. For example: 1 copy = £6.50, 2 copies = £13.00, 3 copies = £19.50 etc.
OTHER WAYS TO PRE-ORDER, ORDER OR PURCHASE
1. Send a cheque (payable to the Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers) for the appropriate amount (as indicated above) along with your name, postal address and postcode and a contact telephone number or e-mail to Robert Wellen, 67 The Meadows, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 4SP.
2. After 1 May, purchase a copy from a Guild Officer at Guild events and Branch Business Meetings.
All of any surplus made on the sale of this Booklet will be divided evenly between the Llewellyn Edwards Bell Restoration Fund (LEBRF) (Registered Charity No. 270529) and The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation (CWGF) (Registered Charity No. 1171947) (https://www.cwgc.org/support-us).
GDPR: all the information you provide will be stored securely and only used for the purpose of dispatching this Booklet. It will not be shared with any other person or body and will not be stored after the Booklet has been dispatched.
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Please note that there WILL be a practice at Odiham this Wednesdsy 17th April at 7:30pm to which all are very welcome.
Please let us have any ‘stories’ from your own tower that you feel would make an interesting and inspiring contribution, for example Ringing Remembers ringers feedback. ‘Snippets’ are fine! Photos to support with details would be great!
Any material submitted might be used in the Cathedrals’ service sheets in May and in the Public Relations area such as Guild, Diocesan and Cathedral newletters and websites and community / national media.
Please send to me here ideally by 17th April.
Details should by now have reached you via your Tower Secretary, but the Education Committee is running another of its very popular evenings on Basic Raising and Lowering. This will take place at Bishopstoke on Friday 17 May 2019, from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. This is a course where places usually get filled up very quickly, so if you or other members of your tower – or friends in another tower – are interested it might be an idea to apply sooner rather than later. I have attached the poster and application form (both Word and pdf versions).
And don’t forget the Education Committee’s evening at The Undercroft at Winchester Cathedral, Wednesday 17 April, when we hope to see lots of you to HAVE YOUR SAY. It is important that ringers of all age groups should let us know what kind of training is taking place in their towers, and what kind of courses they would like to see the Education Committee offer in the future. In other words – where are the gaps? What can we do to help? This is open to everybody, any age, beginners with new ideas, experienced ringers with tried-and-trusted ideas – we’d like to see you all. If you haven’t done so already, please let me know if you are coming so we have an idea of numbers.
On behalf of the Guild Education Committee
Nominations are invited for the following posts to be elected on, and to serve for 3 years from, Saturday 15th June 2019 to the 2022 Guild A.G.M:
5 Central Council Representatives – to be elected on Saturday 15th June 2019 and to serve for 3 years commencing September 2020.
It is likely that nominations will be made from the floor of the meeting on 15th June but they can also be made in advance of the meeting. Each candidate is required to provide a formal Proposer and Seconder. These two members could be present at the A.G.M. or, if either or both are unable to attend the meeting, they can contact me with their nominations. If they are not going to be present at the AGM, please make sure I receive the details of candidate, proposer and seconder by the evening of Friday 14th June. There is no need for advance notice if the proposer and seconder will be at the meeting.
Hon. Gen. Secretary
Just a quick reminder that there is now around 5 weeks to get your entries in for the Guild Inter Tower Striking Competitions on the 18th May – closing date is the 11th May. If your tower has not taken part in these competitions before please can I urge you to make this year different and enter a band? You can ring Rounds and Call changes if you don’t feel confident to ring methods and it would be great to see your team on the day.
The competitions are at Shedfield (8 bell) and Wickham (6 bell). The rules etc are on the W&P website.
Also for District bands please remember that the closing date for the Guild Inter District 8 bell competition on AGM day is at Brighstone, IOW on the 15th June. Due to travel arrangements the CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS 25th MAY.
The Guild Education Committee decided to hold an open event ‘Have your say’ during Holy Week in the Undercroft of Winchester Cathedral to consult with members, and all those with an interest in education, to develop a strategy for the delivery of training by the Guild Education Committee into the 2020’s, and how this dovetails with the training provided at District and tower level.
We particularly wanted to find out how we can help local bands, how we can recruit and retain more young ringers, and how we can best support individuals who wish to make progress with their ringing. This could also feed into the updating of the Guild’s three year action plan. To help with this we circulated a link to an on-line survey form to which almost two thirds of the church towers with ringable bells in the Guild responded.
Feedback from tower correspondents:
We also looked through Guild annual reports over the past 20 years to see how the profile of membership has changed. There was a substantial increase between 1998 and 2000 because of the ‘Ring in the Millennium’ campaign. However ‘Ringing Remembers’ seems not to have had an impact on the same scale. The two coordinators have commented that of the people expressing interest in learning only about half turned up to the first lesson, and about 50% of them have given up learning since. It would be interesting to find out more, by contacting them direct to carry out a further survey.
Junior membership before 2001 was for people aged under 16. Therefore the number of ‘student’ members is not directly comparable.
Probationary membership was introduced in 2000 and enables new ringers to benefit from Guild insurance. We have looked at the progression of Probationary members in five Districts and of those who were Probationary members in 2015, 49% ceased membership in 2016 and a further 12% in 2017. Only 34% became Full members, with 4% remaining Probationary.
From responses to the survey, we estimate that around 175 people started learning to ring at Guild towers in 2018. This compares with 150 Probationary members in 2018. This represents over 10% of the Guild membership, and a key segment for us to ensure are well catered for. It would be interesting to survey this group direct to find out more about their opinions.
The survey questions were based on a similar survey undertaken in Kent about 18 months ago, and a previous survey undertaken in the North Bucks Branch of the Oxford DG. Tower correspondents were asked questions about their Sunday and practice ringing during a typical week in March 2019. Initially District Secretaries were invited to ‘cascade’ an e-mail to correspondents, or opt for this to be sent out centrally by the committee. Approximately half the initial e-mails were sent out each way at the beginning of March.
Following this, those Districts who had opted to cascade were sent a list of non-responders, in order to send out a reminder. The other correspondents were sent an e-mail via ‘Survey Monkey’, a free online GDPR compliant service which enables the sender to see which e-mails have bounced and which have not been opened. Where no-e-mail address was published in the Guild Annual Report, e-mails were sent out using the contact page on the Guild website. There was also publicity on Win-Port and the Guild Facebook group.
A third reminder was sent out to all non-responders during the third week of March, either by Survey Monkey or the contact page. Hard copies of the survey form, and a stamped addressed envelope, were sent to six towers where there was no electronic means of making contact.
We did not expect all towers to respond, and a 65% response rate is very good, far better than some of us feared. However a number of correspondents complained about not receiving the initial e-mail, and from Survey Monkey we can see that a significant number did not even open our e-mails. This raises questions about the ability of the current systems to ensure that communications from the Guild find their way down to individual members.
Conclusions & recommendations
Possible future strategy (for discussion)
A PDF of this report is available to download here.
The next Basingstoke District Practice will be at Deane on Saturday 13th April from 10:30am until 12pm.
If you are going, please park on the road outside the gate to the church; parking is not permitted on the drive or the small church parking area.
12th May – Portsmouth Cathedral – Service starts at 6pm.
The Cathedral band has offered a warm welcome to ringers who wish to join the Sunday Morning Service ringing starting at 9.45 a.m. wpbells.org/portsmouth-cathedral/
Available ringing later in the day is as follows:
St. Mary’s Portsea 2 p.m. – 3.30 p.m. wpbells.org/portsea/
St. Agatha’s 2.30 p.m. – 4 p.m. wpbells.org/portsmouth-st-agatha/
Portsmouth Cathedral 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. (start time to be confirmed) wpbells.org/portsmouth-cathedral/
It would be very helpful to the organisers if ringers intending to visit each tower would contact email@example.com Thank you.
Refreshments (Tea, Coffee, Cake) – need to be booked in advance firstname.lastname@example.org – after the service at Becket Hall, close to the cathedral.
19th May – Winchester Cathedral – Service starts at 3.30pm
The Chamborough Ring will be available to ringers and non-ringers throughout the afternoon (except during our service) www.charmborough.org/
Winchester Cathedral band has offered a warm welcome to ringers who wish to join them prior to the service: It is important that you let us know if you wish to ring at the cathedral by contacting email@example.com
MEET by 2 p.m. (Access details to follow) to allow for the long climb to the ringing room (also the location of the Guild’s Memorial to our ringers who died in both World Wars).
Ringing 2.15 p.m. to 3 p.m. wpbells.org/winchester-cathedral/
Refreshments (Tea, Coffee, Cake) – need to be booked in advance firstname.lastname@example.org – after the service at The Undercroft, close to the cathedral.
Throughout both events, Vice-Master Pete Jordan will be available to support all volunteers with any ‘challenges’ along the way.
Please ask us if you’d like more details of what we need before committing.Your support will be very much valued.
Please let me know at email@example.com as soon as possible.
Hon. Gen. Secretary
W & P Guild of Church Bellringers
I’m writing this a day after ringing the treble to Plain Hunt on 5 for the first time at Service ringing. I’m in no way an expert at ringing and probably never will be. But in my 30 months of ringing I’ve experienced and been tutored by brilliant teaching by a local Ringing Master called Dave* and have witnessed appalling and dangerous teaching along the way too. I’m at a point in my ringing where I feel that I would like to be more involved in passing on my hard-won lessons in learning basic handling but never felt confident about supporting new learners. In essence, I want to be more Dave. I know I can’t be more Dave on my own though and this is where the ART Teaching Bell Handling module gives me the structure and order that I need as a person and as a tutor.
The day course took us ten ringers through a mixed programme of well-paced and relevant presentations in the church hall and sessions on the silenced bells in the easily accessed ringing chamber of St. John’s, New Alresford, Hampshire.
The handling sessions followed a demonstration and copy in pairs format . With two ringers per rope , the component parts of bell handling, including raising and lowering , were broken down into separate teaching points and practiced , face to face , eye-ball to eye-ball, adult to adult with feedback and improvement increasing throughout the day.
However many times you hear phrases such as ‘hold the tail end like this..’, or ‘long pull now…’, ‘catch higher up the sally..’ , there is nothing like hearing the sound of your own voice saying it to someone else. The view from the teacher’s side of the rope is very, very different. Teaching the basics to the capable is, once you get over the initial awkwardness, hugely rewarding. Sharing control of a bell feels strange to begin with but part of the purpose of the course is to familiarise ourselves with all the oddness of being the ‘other side of the rope’. A very safe way to experience these emotions and work through them so that, when facing a complete beginner, it is not a complete surprise.
The one-to-one work in the Tower I was expecting. What completely took my breath away was the supporting ART materials. The course demonstrated and allowed me to experience a logical teaching progression in practice, but behind this are the materials for the tutor and also, importantly, for the learner. With two sides to every beginner’s rope we cannot forget what the learner’s journey is like. With my course pack I received some really nicely produced books emphasising the detail and structure of teaching and learning in the ART scheme. It is, after all, a scheme. An order of work. An interpretation of how the basics can be taught in a loosely formal way so that progress can be logged by both tutor and learner, the fundamentals not overlooked and achievement recorded and celebrated.
Dave doesn’t need ART to teach. I know that I do. ART lets me be more Dave. I’m ok with that. What I lack in instinctive teaching ability I gain in structure and with it, confidence. And projecting confidence is essential in communicating new knowledge and developing a sustained and rewarding tutor/student relationship.
Since participating in the M1 Course Teaching Basic Handling I’ve been more confident as a ringer in my own right, and more willing to step in and speak up with advice and support. We’re all different. Delivering teaching through the ART scheme may not suit every tutor or every learner. But thanks to ART I have the option of being more Dave.
*Dave isn’t his real name….
Wonston Tower, Winchester District
Beyond Bob Doubles will be at Easton from 19:30 on 27th March. Anything from grandsire doubles up to Cambridge minor, if there is something you want to practice let me know and we will try to do it. All welcome.
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The next draw will take place on Saturday 15th June 2019 at the Guild AGM at Freshwater, Isle of Wight. Moneys received between now and the AGM will go into that draw. Please send me your forms, which may be found on the Guild website under ‘200 Club’. More members, bigger prizes!
The Tower Posters have been published with the menu choices below. Menu choices required ASAP please.
Telephone: 07508 008864
Email: Use Form
Invitation for all ringers to attend a service at Portsmouth Cathedral or Winchester Cathedral and Presentation of the Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild Record of Ringing in remembrance of those who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-1918
Firstly, thank you all for the ringing which took place during November 2018 to commemorate 100 years since the Great War. It was a marvellous response! Since this time the WW1 project team has been beavering away recording this ringing and any other celebratory ringing which took place from 1914 to remember those fallen who died during the Great War. The book has now been completed and is with the printers – 480 sides of A4 – over 1,400 records. A remarkable achievement! Please be reminded though that we are still recording any further performances from 1st December 2018 in a Digital Archive which we are updating until the end of the year, so please continue to record any appropriate ringing in Bellboard so we can pick this up. A link to the Digital Archive will be available in due course via both Cathedral websites as well as our own Guild website. More details of this to follow.
Two copies of the book will be presented; one to Portsmouth Cathedral and one to Winchester Cathedral at evensong services as follows:
Portsmouth Cathedral – 12th May at 6pm
Winchester Cathedral – 19th May at 3.30pm
We have just finished sending out invitations to all of the 180+ churches where ringing took place and the responses have started to come in. Whilst this has been happening we have been in discussion about what else we can provide for you, the ringers. We have not completely tied everything down but would like to give you an update of where we are and send out a formal invite.
12th May – Opportunity to ring at other churches prior to the event including Portsmouth Cathedral itself. Tea, coffee and cake to be provided after the service.
19th May – Mini ring will be provided in front of Winchester Cathedral. See link http://www.charmborough.org. Opportunity to ring at the Cathedral before the service. Tea, coffee and cake to be provided after the service.
So are you interested in attending? We really hope that you are and “Ringing Remembers” ringers please wear your badges proudly!
So what do you need to do?
1) If you are able to attend can you please email me at letting me know your name(s), tower and which service(s) you would like to attend. Partners and families are also more than welcome.
Please include whether you would like to ring or not and if so at Portsmouth area or Winchester.
2) Are you able to help at all? We are looking for helpers to:
If you can help then please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Full details of churches where you can ring and timings will follow as soon as possible.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Hon. Gen. Sec. W & P Guild of Church Bellringers
The next 200 Club draw will be held at the Executive Committee meeting this coming Saturday, 16th March. If you would like to subscribe, or think that your subscription may have expired and you wish to continue, please get in touch with me, Robin Milford, before the meeting.
There will be no practice at Botley this Thursday, 14th March, because of a Lent event in church.
There will also be no practice on 4th April, same reason.
Have you had your AGM and changed tower officers?
Did you know all towers on the Guild Website have their own tower page? You can access them by typing https://wpbells.org/towername e.g. https://wpbells.org/romsey into a web browser. These are linked through from the contact details listed for each tower.
There is also space to put some additional information about your tower, band or ringing in general that could be of interest to other Guild members or visitors to the area.
Also, we have the facility for tower correspondents to post items directly to their tower page. More details are available here. Please let me know if you would like to be a correspondent for your tower and I can get you registered on the system.
Please check your tower info and if any amendments are needed, please let me know asap on WPBELLS@gmail.com . We are expecting a good deal more visits than ‘usual’ with the vast amount of publicity beginning to circulate regarding the two Guild services in May so it would be good to get your tower page up to date.
Thank you for your help in keeping the information current.
W&P Guild Webmaster
The Sturgess family and SS Peter & Paul Bellringers would like to thank everybody who attended the funeral of Alan Sturgess including ringers from other churches who rang on 27th February.
The family were overcome of how many people attended.
Tower Secretary – Fareham
ADOPTION OF NEW FRAMEWORK FOR METHOD RINGING
Dear Association Secretary,
As you may recall, CRAG’s Proposal H, which was passed at the May 2017 Central Council meeting, called for the Decisions of the Council to be replaced with a simple, permissive and descriptive framework for ringing with only the minimal detail required to maintain the historical record.
After 16 months of intensive work, involving two major consultation exercises, the Framework Team led by Tim Barnes delivered version 1 of the Framework to the Executive in January 2019. The Framework has since been reviewed by members of the Executive over the past four weeks, with questions and comments satisfactorily addressed by the Framework Team. At their monthly meeting on Sunday February 24th 2019, the Executive voted to adopt and implement the Framework.
Here are some explanatory notes to accompany this decision and announcement:
1. Permissive and Descriptive
1.1. The Framework will take its place in the Council’s rulebook as a “standard”, which is a form of policy as defined in Council rule 10.4, and will be maintained by the Technical & Taxonomy Workgroup under the supervision of the Executive as stated in CRAG’s Proposal H and under Council rules.
1.2. It is important to note that the Framework fulfils the objectives set out in CRAG’s Proposal H that it should be a permissive document, which is not over-prescriptive, but instead describes in simple language the norms and understandings which are common to almost all method ringing performed around the world. It will inform and govern the Council’s various collections and records (e.g. methods, record lengths, extension processes), including how things are recorded, classified, analysed and reported.
2. Magnum Opus
2.1. In addition to the Framework, there is also supporting material comprising examples, further explanations, technical comments and appendices. The supporting material is not part of the Framework itself, but assists in the understanding of the Framework, expands upon certain definitions and requirements, and further assists ringers in communicating about method ringing. The supporting material will be updated by the Council’s Executive when the need arises.
2.2. The Framework, appendices and supporting material are combined in a single website at. PDF versions of the Framework and appendices can be downloaded from this link (ref section 1.B). The rest of the supporting material can be accessed through the website.
3. Consultative and transparent
3.1. Two ringing community consultations have been completed on the Framework. Over 40 ringers participated in the consultations, raising over 130 points between them. This feedback resulted in the team making around 60 improvements to the Framework. The consultations were widely publicised, including in the RW, on ringers’ email lists, on Facebook and Twitter, on the CC website, and by communication to all CC members and to all CC-affiliated societies. The live draft of the Framework has been publicly available on the Internet since October 2017, and the team published four articles in the RW explaining the Framework development. In addition, The Ringing World has recently been serializing the FAQs from the Framework website. This process has been an intensive exercise not only for the members of the Framework Team, but also for those ringers who have devoted many hours reviewing the various versions as they have been produced.
3.2. In short, the development of the new Framework has been undertaken with full transparency and consultation. Consultation submissions and the team’s responses can be found in Appendix I (FAQs).
4.1. Council rule 10.8 calls for new policies and standing orders to take effect no earlier than three months from the date of notice. We therefore give notice that our decision to implement the Framework takes effect on June 1st 2019. The Framework directly replaces Decisions D, E, F, G, I and J.
4.2. We also give notice of our decision to retire the remaining (“non-method”) Decisions A, B, C, H and K, with effect from June 1st 2019. This is in accord with the Council’s wishes as expressed in votes at the 2017 Edinburgh meeting and the 2018 Lancaster meeting. The Executive have reviewed these “non-method” decisions and where possible consulted those responsible for them to confirm that they may be safely retired. We are satisfied that their purposes are achieved by the Council’s current objects and rulebook, although in the case of Decision H (Ringing Alliances) we will be writing to those few organisations with whom alliances have been formed to emphasise that the Council will continue to nurture these relationships and seek new ones. The latter Decisions may be replaced in due course by new Council policies if needed.
4.3. The version of the Framework which will be implemented on 1st June is version 1. The Framework Team have intentionally left some things to consider in subsequent versions, since trying to do everything in one go would have taken too long. For example, the Framework’s method extension requirements largely follow the current Decisions, but this is an area where more analysis may lead to improvements and simplification. Timing for a second version has not yet been determined, but will likely follow between 6 and 12 months after version 1.
4.4. The Framework Team will be ready to address any issues that arise in the implementation of version 1. While there’s been a good level of review in the consultations, it’s possible that notice of implementation may generate more scrutiny that uncovers something that has been overlooked. The Framework Team will be setting up an online forum that is open to all ringers to join, where ideas, issues, criticisms, etc can be raised. The Framework Team will use this input to inform future development of the Framework in what we expect to become a process of continuous improvement. Comments can also be sent to this email address:
5. Day to day ringing
5.1. A significant amount of effort has been devoted to ensure that the new Framework reflects ringing as it is currently performed, so the new Framework should have very little impact on day to day ringing. Quarters or peals rung by the vast majority of ringers will be the same after 1st June as before.
5.2. For the more technically adventurous, who enjoy pushing the boundaries of method construction or composition, the Framework will offer both guidance and support in a way which we hope will encourage rather than stifle innovation and so promote further advancement of the Exercise.
6. In conclusion
6.1. We know, after a century of debate over the Decisions, that there will never be a version of the Framework with which all ringers fully agree. However, we believe the new Framework will be acceptable to the vast majority of ringers. We also believe it meets, to the extent possible, the CRAG mandate of simple, permissive and descriptive while maintaining the historical record, and we hope the transition from a prescriptive approach to a descriptive one will largely eliminate controversy in this area in the future.
6.2. The Executive wish to express their sincere thanks to the members of the Framework writing team. This first version of the Framework for Method Ringing represents countless hours of volunteer time, robust debate and careful deliberation of fundamental theoretical concepts.
6.3. We ask you to communicate details of the new Framework and the web links set out above among your society. If you or your members have any concerns or questions, please direct these to
I commend the Framework to you.
Central Council of Church Bell Ringers
On behalf of the CCCBR Executive
Email: Use Form