CDGCBR: East Cheshire Branch

The East Cheshire Branch of the Chester Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers (CDGCBR) comprises 34 towers in the North East of Cheshire, Derbyshire and Greater Manchester. The branch includes Stockport, Macclesfield, Wilmslow, Buxton and Altrincham, as well as a number of smaller towns and villages in the area. The other branches in the guild are Chester Branch [19 towers with 6 or more bells], Mid Cheshire Branch [18 towers], South Cheshire Branch [22 towers], and Wirral Branch [20 towers]. As you can see by the numbers, we're the largest branch in terms of towers!

You Want It All on Your Phone? You Got It!

If you're on your mobile phone now, then you can probably download the 2109 programme and the location of all the towers in the branch onto your smart phone. This will allow you to quickly look up the details for any event or tower in the branch and/or get directions.

  • To get the Tower List, all you have to do is simply click here.
  • To get the 2019 Programme for Google calendar, all you have to do is simply click here.

If you are on your phone, you should be able to save these details so you always are up to date. If you are on a tablet or laptop, then clicking on these will simply open up the page in your browser. You can also scroll through the calendar in the frame below

East Branch Programme

The calendar shown here tells you what's going on in the branch [Updated for 2019!]. The default view is the Agenda [a simple list of the dates of forthcoming events]. You can scroll down the list or click on the weekly or monthly view to see an alternative display of what's going on in the branch. If you're interested in a particular event, click on it, and when more detail is revealed, you'll also have the option to add that event to your own calendar.

Programme for 2019

Click on the top image to download a pocket sized branch programme and tower guide. Ideally, it should be printed on both sides of an A4 sheet of paper and then cut in half. Done correctly, you'll end up with two sets. One side is the 2019 Branch Programme and the other is a practice night guide for the towers in East Branch. It's a two page document, so make sure your printer is set to double sided printing. Alternatively, print the first page once, and then fold the page in half [so that printing is on the outside] and stick the edges together. This will give you a doubly thick programme. Either way, if you then fold the calendar in half and then thirds, you'll end up with something that nicely fits in your wallet/purse.

Alternatively, you can print a one A4 page version of the 2019 programme for hanging in your tower by clicking here or the single page image.

Live from Clive

The Latest News from the Branch Secretary

January in East Branch

I'm sure I don't need to remind you about the Branch Quiz on Friday. It's always a good night and makes profits for the Branch Bell Contingency Fund.

Then on the Sunday (20th) there's the 10-bell practice at St Mary's, Stockport from 3.00 and the following Thursday (24th) there's a monthly Branch Practice at Norbury from 7.45. As usual, all standard methods are possible!

The 8-bell Training Session at Bredbury had to be moved to Saturday 26th and I hope that as many people as possible who aren't involved in the 12-bell competition at Liverpool will be able to come along for 3.00 either as a learner or as a helper. If you're coming, you need to let me know by the end of Thursday 24th.

The date of the Branch 8-bell practice at Norbury has had to be moved to the 31st. Sorry if that makes a mess of your diary. Please note also the suggestion of a "special method". Hopefully at least 7 of us will be able to learn the line!

Remember, that for both the 10-bell practice and the session at Bredbury you need to let me know if you're coming by the previous Thursday so I can send an email round to confirm or cancel.

Hoping to see lots of you soon.


In short, here's the list of events scheduled for January [A tower poster is available by clicking here.]

    • Friday 18th – Quiz Night at Poynton British Legion 7.00 For 7.30
    • Sunday 20th – 10-Bell Practice at St Mary’s, Stockport 3.00 till 4.30
    • Saturday 26th – 8-Bell Training at Bredbury 3.00 till 5.00
    • Thursday 31st – 8-Bell Practice at Norbury 7.45 till 9.30

Method of the Month

Christine Broadley has asked that I send this out to members to see if anyone is interested. If you are, please contact Chris via

Whilst transferring the dates from the Branch programme into your Ringing World Diary you may have noticed “Method of the Month”. The January method is Cooktown Orchid.

I am quite keen to have a go at ringing these methods though some do look quite difficult. If anyone else is interested please let me know along with any ideas on meeting to ring them.

Best Wishes for the New Year.


You can get the blue line diagram by clicking here or on the image above.

East Branch Annual Quiz Night

Tickets for the Branch Quiz Night on Friday are now all sold! Please don't just turn up on the night without a ticket unless you've already booked by phone or email - the maximum number governed by fire regulations has already been reached.


Click on poster above to download PDF

Quiz Night

Poynton British Legion (SK12 1JY)

Friday 18th January 2019 7:00 for 7:30pm

Tickets £7.50 includes Ploughman's Supper


No need to bring a full team. Come along and join others to a maximum of 6 people per team.

Raffle prizes most welcome.

This event is usually sold out so book your tickets early!

Proceeds to the Branch Contingency Fund

More Notices from Clive

RWNYC 2019

On the 6th of July 2019, Liverpool will be hosting the annual RWNYC. It would be excellent if we could enter at least one team from the Chester Diocesan Guild!

If you know of anyone who will be under 19 (by 31st of August 2019) and would like to take part in the 2019 competition; let me know!

I am going to organising some general youth ringing in Cheshire, to allow people to ring on 6, 8, 10 and 12! Please come along!

Ringing World National Youth Contest

I've had this from Kevin Rogers. Please let him or Helen [] know if you are interested and pass the details on to anyone else whom you think might want to be included.

Hello Everyone

Every year the Ringing World National Youth Contest (RWNYC) brings together young ringers from across the country for a day of ringing fun culminating in a competition involving teams of 8. This year's contest held in London attracted 28 teams with 224 young people of all abilities and there are some pictures of the day and a report attached.

Next year's competition on 6th July is pretty much on home ground for us being located in Liverpool. We are interested in seeing if there are any young people who would be interested in forming a band to enter. It is open to those aged under 19 on 31 st August 2019. While the emphasis is on having a fun time at various towers in and around Liverpool, it would be necessary to commit to a number of practices and especially to be available on the day so as to avoid letting the others down. As far as the competition goes it is either rounds and call changes on 8 or there is a separate trophy for change ringing. Please let us know if you are interested coming to an initial get together to see what might be possible. A reply in the next 2 weeks would be appreciated.


Kevin Rogers

Webmaster's Note: Click on the photos above and below for a larger views. And be sure to read the featured cover story! All of these have been taken from the Ringing World magazine. And if you're interested, do visit the Ringing World National Youth Contest Website at

East Branch AGM Results

Quarter Peal Club (QPC)

There is a page on this website about the Quarter Peal Club (QPC). If you've not seen this and are interested in ringing a Quarter Peal, either as a 'one-off' or perhaps on a regular basis, please sign up by clicking here. Quarters are a good means to get really familiar with a method, without having the strain of ringing a full peal! Both of the ringing masters, Andrew Mayes and Christine Broadley, are keen to promote some 8 bell ringing as well as “beginners” quarters. Let them know what you would like to ring and they will see what can be arranged. Please sign up soon [before you forget!] and Andrew and Christine will set things in motion as soon as possible. You can contact Christine and Andrew by just clicking on their names [where underlined].

Contact the Secretary

Members of the branch should have already received the above messages directly from Clive. If you haven't, click here to email Clive and get on his mailing list. If you need to get hold of Clive urgently, his mobile number is 07779 488359.

A Special Edition of Diagrams

Harold Cataquet, our branch webmaster, has put together a special edition of Diagrams.

It only goes up to six bells and doesn't cover all of the same methods as the standard Diagrams. For example, most of the surprise minor methods are excluded but there are extra doubles variations and some alternatives to plain bob minor [eg, minor methods replacing dodges with places]. It's also A4 sized so it's easier to read and there is plenty of space to make notes.

If you click on, you will see a few sample pages and the table of contents.

The colour edition has sold out, but you can buy it directly from Lulu for £10 plus postage by clicking here. There are only a few B&W copies left. The cost is £3 for the black and white edition [treble is a thin line, bell 2 is a thick line]. In the colour edition, the treble is a red line, and bell 2 is a thick blue line. Both editions are made from an A3 sheet of paper folded in half and stapled in the middle, with an A3 card cover. The paper used in the colour edition is much thicker than that used for the B&W edition. In fact, the colour version is almost twice as thick as the B&W one.

If you're interested, please contact Harold at

Guild Logo Vote Results

It was announced at the 2017 AGM that Logo 3 was the clear winner. However, that logo was not adopted by the Guild. In brief, the logo appears to be a coat of arms and these can only be issued in England by the College of Arms. It was decided that the logo design would be reviewed by the Guild Committee. That review has taken place and the guild logo is now the one shown here.

The Guild on Facebook

You can find the Chester Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers on Facebook by clicking here.


I recently became aware of a request from a tower (not in the CDG) for an assurance that we have insurance in case of damage. Otherwise they didn't want us ringing at their tower! I didn't know if I was covered by the CDG insurance, so with thanks to Paul Treby, I managed to get a copy of the policy schedule from the Ecclesiastical Insurance (the company which insures the CDG). This policy document details Liabilities (Section 4), Legal Expenses (Section 6) and Personal Accident (Section 10). You can read the Insurance Policy for yourself by clicking here.

It would appear that members of the CDG are indeed covered for damage to other bells outside the guild area - see Section 4. I hope that this interpretation is correct, but if it's not, I'm sure one of you will let me know.

Words from the Webmaster

The Chester Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers is having a major redesign of its website. The basic idea is to give all of the websites [the guild's and each of the five branches' websites] a common style. The new version is up and running but some branches are further along than others.

Here's an introduction to the layout of the site

  • The Contacts page has a list of all officers in the branch, and all the towers in our branch with their contact details. I've added practice times, a link to Dove's Guide, a link to Google Maps for driving instructions, contact email addresses and mobile phone numbers [where available]. I originally copied all this data from the annual report, but I've since contacted people for updates [note the "Last Updated" date at the bottom for each tower]. I am still waiting to hear from Hyde, Dunham Massey, Gawsworth, Hayfield, and Taxal. Therefore, the information shown for these towers may be inaccurate.
  • The Practices page allows you to identify where you can ring on a given day and for a given number of bells. The information is presented in a two different tables. The first one is dynamic and allows you to search for towers based on keyword, number of bells and/or practice day. The second is just a sorted list, which is very useful for a quick check [eg, where can I ring on Friday]. If you know of any practice cancellations in the branch, do let me know and I'll post them in Tower News section at the very top of the Practices page.
  • The Programme page obviously has the programme for 2017. There is a live calendar at the bottom of the page, but I'm not happy with how it looks/works. More generally, any news about upcoming events from the Secretary will appear on this [Home] page in the "The Latest from Clive" section above.
  • The Towers page shows a map of all the towers in our branch. If you click on any of the numbers, you'll get a side panel giving you more details about the tower. In addition, there's an active table underneath which allows you to search for a tower by name, location or number. However, please note that the table and the map aren't connected.
  • On the Map page, there is an interactive map for all the towers in the branch. From there, you can pick the number of bells and/or the practice night, and the map will show you which towers fulfil those criteria and where they are located. It's the same information as shown on the Practices page, but with the benefit of a map so that you can see relative locations of towers. This is really designed for use on a tablet or desktop computer; it doesn't work very well on a mobile phone.
  • A Quarter Peal Club [QPC] page has also been added. There are currently 29 members, but we're always looking for more ringers to join the club.
  • The Gallery page is a picture of all the towers in our branch. If you have a better picture of any of the towers, please send it to me. You will notice that all the pictures are in a square format, so take that into account when framing your picture.
  • The Trivia page is a place to record some interesting facts and figures about the bells in the branch.
  • NEW: The Nearby Towers page is a map of the towers surrounding our branch. For the bells in the Chester Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers, this map duplicates the information contained in the latest annual report. For other towers on the page, the information was taken from either Dove's Guide or their local bell ringers association.

I would appreciate any feedback or comments you may have on the site. You can email me here.

Reasons to Contact Us

Here are four good reasons to send us a message

  • Stay Informed. Are you getting regular emails from Clive? Maybe your tower captain is getting them, but not passing the information on to you. If you're not on Clive's email list, then click here and we'll make sure that you're added. If you no longer want to receive any of those emails, then just click here.
  • Quarter Peal Club [QPC]. Are you interested in ringing a Quarter Peal? Would you be interested in ringing them on a regular basis? We're trying to get ringers together who would like to have a go [either for the first time or on a regular basis]. Don't think of these as massive hills that have to be climbed; instead, just think of them as a long practice sessions. As the saying goes "You don't really know the method until you've rung a quarter peal of it!" So, let us know if you are interested, and what you would like to do a quarter peal in, just click here.
  • Get Help. Is your band struggling to learn a method? Does your tower need a bit of help with numbers? This is your opportunity to reach out for help. Just click here and tell us what you need and we'll do our best to help.
  • Help Us. We can only get better if people tell us what they like and/or don't like. It's up to you to tell us if you like what we're doing on this website, at the branch events, or at tower visits. Every opinion is important, so take a few minutes and let us know what you think. Click here and tell us what you think of us.

If you have any comments or ideas for the website, we would love to hear them. You can email the webmaster by clicking here.