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 have the option to add the 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

December in East Branch

Here's the list of events in December [A tower poster for December is available by clicking here.]

    • Thursday 6th - 8-bell practice at Knutsford 7.30
    • Sunday 16th - 10-bell practice at St Mary’s, Stockport 3.00 till 4.30

A 10-bell practice is scheduled for this coming Sunday (16th) at St Mary's, Stockport. Several people have already emailed me to say they can't come but very few have said that they can! If you do plan to be there on 16th, you need to let me know by the end of Thursday (13th) so I can see if the practice is viable.

I look forward to an Inbox bulging with positives!

The minutes of the Branch AGM at St Peter's, Prestbury, last Saturday are available here. For any other documents, please refer to the section below.

I also include a note from Carrie Hyde on the Ringing World National Youth Contest [RWNYC]


East Branch AGM Results

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!

For tickets, please contact Kevin and Helen by phone 01625 662044 or email to reserve your place.

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

A Message from the President of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

Here is a Central Council update, as published in The Ringing World on Friday, 16 November, p 1099.

"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

An Outing to Ring at Ypres

This outing is now fully booked, but a second one has been arranged for Friday, 22 February. Contact Steve at to book your place!

I have had the following notice and poster from Tom Nestor

Hello secretaries: not strictly branch business however could I ask you to forward the attached PDF poster to towers? Steve Stoker at Sandbach is organising this opportunity to ring on the new bells at Ypres. The coach can hold 52 people.

Many thanks,


[You can also click on the poster to get a full sized view]


To see what else is happening in the branch in 2018/2019, click here for the Programme page. From there, you can always download the latest version of the programme, as well as the tower poster for this month's branch events. Alternatively, click here to view and download a two page version of the programme, or here for a single page version. You can even download the programme for your Google calendar by clicking here.

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.

Guild Bell Fund Committee Member Wanted

At the recent Guild Committee Meeting it was suggested that instead of there being just one person overseeing/considering requests from towers for a grant from the Bell Restoration Fund for work on their bells, a sub-committee should be formed in order to do this and make recommendations to the Guild Committee.

Branch secretaries have been asked to put forward one volunteer for this. So one volunteer from each of the five branches within the CDG will make up the sub-committee.

With the increasing number of requests for guild support for bell restoration projects it is important that each branch be represented. Four meetings a year is not onerous and I hope that there's someone out there who feels they could do the job! If that's you, please let me know.

I've had the following from Pam Thomson, as Guild Secretary, to stress the need for each branch to find a volunteer as outlined below.

"We would like each Branch to send one representative to serve on this group. If you elect such a representative at your respective AGMs we could have an initial meeting early next year to discuss the way forward.

    • Ideally the person should have some technical knowledge of bells and bell hanging but they do not need to be experts.
    • Be able to liaise with the applicants
    • The BR reps will not be members of the Guild executive committee but they may hold other offices on that committee
    • The BR sub-committee will meet several weeks before the Guild executive committee meets, possibly up to 4 times a year, to receive and examine applications and request more details/information if necessary.
    • The sub-committee will then make recommendations to the Guild executive committee"

To this end, I am asking if any of you would be willing to take on this role. More information is available from either Graham Jenkins or myself - our contact details are in the Annual Report.

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.