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!
Live from Clive
The Latest News from the Branch Secretary
From: Graham Jenkins (as Guild Master)
Happy New Year to one and all!
Some weeks ago Graham Cook at Bowdon sent me an email asking "which towers have had experience lately of new ropes? We are looking to replace ours and would like to get the quality right, as I know it's been a bit mixed in recent years."
I don't think I passed Graham's request on to anyone so, if you've had recent relevant experience please let me or Graham know - Graham.Cook1129@btinternet.com
From: John Lacy Secretary, Society For Northwest Bell Ringing Courses
As you are Secretaries / Officials of branches within a ringing Association local to the Northwest of England, I am writing to let you know about a new annual residential ringing course to be based at Myerscough College near Preston between Thursday 11th August and Sunday 14th August 2022. I attach an introductory flyer with some detail and please note website address which is https://nwringingcourse.uk/ .
This new course has been organised by ringers in the North West with help and sponsorship from the Central Council and is designed to meet a gap in the provision of training for ringers who are no longer in the early stages of ringing but not yet experts. Theory sessions will be taught in college and practical sessions arranged at local towers.
I’d be very grateful if you would circulate this information within the Chester Diocesan Guild.
From: Christine RE: Guild AGM (31 October) ** RESULTS IN BRIEF **
The following Guild Officers were elected
Master - Graham Jenkins (Prestbury)
Honorary Secretary - Christine Broadley (Mottram in Longdendale)
Honorary Treasurer - Robert Keen (Wilmslow)
Bell Restoration Officer - Ray Helliwell (Grappenhall)
Guild Web Master - Tom Nestor (Goostrey)
Honorary Press Officer - Tom Nestor (Goostrey)
Honorary Peal Recorder - David T G Jones (Neston)
Report Secretary - Simon Taylor (Middlewich)
Guild Archivist - J David Adams (Chester)
Central Council Representatives
David T G Jones (Neston)
Tom Nestor (Goostrey)
Peter Wilkinson (Weaverham)
Carole Hallam (Mottram in Longdendale)
Annual membership subscription
The annual membership subscription was increased by £2 to £10. This does not include any Branch Levy. The Non-resident Life Membership will therefore increase to £10.
Peal Booking Fee
The peal booking fee was suspended
The Beeston Library expenses were incorporated into the expense rules
The following members were ratified as Life Members: Sue Dyson (Poynton), Helen Knight (Davenham), John S T Willasey (Heswall), George W Phillips (Port Sunlight)
The Master congratulated them and thanked them for their service of over 40 years to the Guild and to their churches.
Help wanted with Guild Peal records
Draft Guild Program
Jolly January Quiz – Online quiz in aid of the Guild Bell Restoration Fund
2nd April 2022 - 8 Bell Competition (Wirral Branch)
Tues/Wed 21st / 22nd June - Cheshire Show (set up Mon 21st)
2nd July - RWNYC Exeter
10th September - 6 Bell Competition (Mid Branch)
8th October - Guild Festival and AGM (Chester Branch)
29th October - 10 Bell Competition (venue tbc)
From: Central Council (from Vicki CCCBR pro)
RE: Operation London Bridge
Ringing for the death of a monarch is thankfully not something we have to worry about very often. There are, however, specific plans and protocols in place for such an occasion. There is more information in the Guidance Note at the Central Council website here (or you can download the PDF version here).
There is now ringing regularly at Chelford on Sundays with ringers from both Nether Alderley and Prestbury.
On the third Tuesday of each month, the Alderley practice will transfer to Chelford.
If you wish to go to any of these Tuesday practices (7.30) at Chelford on the third Tuesday in the month you will be very welcome.
You can contact Peter on email@example.com or 01625 860 679 if you wish to check before you set out.
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 [firstname.lastname@example.org] and get on his mailing list. If you need to get hold of Clive urgently, his mobile number is 07779 488359.
East Branch AGM
** Minutes now available **
Site Map [Click on the link below to go to the relevant page]
Interactive Branch Map . This map allows you to look up the details for any of the towers in the branch by clicking it [uses Google Maps]. There is also a tower directory underneath. This just reformats all the data to make it easier to read [this bit is identical to the form on the Contacts page].
Interactive Tower Map. Use this to compare towers - weights, practice night, number of bells. Just click on the column header in the table to sort the data. Clicking on a tower in the map will give you contact details. The information shown on this page is also available as a PDF by clicking 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.
Ringing Room. Are you interested in using Ringing Room? We're trying to get ringers together who would like to have a go [either for the first time or on a regular basis]. If you are interested, and what you would like to have a go at Ringing Room, 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.