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 2108 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 2018 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 below

East Branch Programme

The calendar shown here tells you what's going on in the branch. 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.

Live from Clive

The Latest News from the Branch Secretary

September in East Branch

Here's the list of events in September

    • Saturday 1st - Ringing meeting Sutton 10.00 + C Ch Macc 11.30
    • Monday 10th – 8-bell practice at Marple 7.30
    • Sunday 16th - 10-bell practice at St Mary’s, Stockport 3.00 till 4.30
    • Saturday 29th - 8-bell training at Hayfield 2.30 till 4.30 [DIFFERENT VENUE!]

The tower poster for September is available by clicking here. Please note the venue for the upcoming 8-bell session is not the one originally advertised one! As with the other 8-bell training sessions, this is aimed at those who do not get much of a chance to ring on 8 bells - but we also need experienced people to act as helpers!

Chester Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers

Guild Festival AGM & 6-bell Striking Competition

Saturday 13th October 2018


  • 3:00 - Competition Draw

Venue: St Bartholomew, Thurstaston CH61 0HW [6 bells, 6 cwt tenor]

Open ringing if time permits

  • 5:30 - Service followed by tea, results and AGM

Venue: St Chad’s Church [Irby], Roslin Road, Birkenhead, Wirral CH61 3UH

If you will be taking tea, please send your name to Peter Robson [0151 648 6691 or] no later than Tuesday, 9th October

The following ringing has also been arranged

    • 10:00 - 12:00 St Nicholas, Wallasey CH45 8QJ [8 bells, 16 cwt tenor]
    • 2:00 - 4:00 St Francis Xavier, Liverpool L3 8DR [8 bells, 16 cwt tenor]
    • 2:30 - 4:30 St Barnabas, Bromborough CH62 7AA [8 bells, 23 cwt tenor]
    • 2:30 - 4:30 St Michael, Shotwick CH1 6HX [6 bells, 8 cwt tenor]

Suggested lunch venue: The North Western [Wetherspoon], Liverpool Street Station, North Western Hall, 7 Lime Street, Liverpool L1 1RJ, Telephone: 0151 709 6825

Additional Documentation

If you need to contact Pam about any of the above, please contact her using as she's been having problems with her old email [and use this email henceforth, so update your records!]

Other Notices from Clive

I have this note from Christine about the Guild 10 bell competition:

You may have seen a new event on the Guild calendar. There is an inter branch 10 bell competition on Saturday October 27th to be held at Dunham Massey. The method is Plain Bob Caters.

From our experience with the 8 bell competition, it is likely that practices will be held over the weekends preceding the contest.

If you're interested in ringing, please send your name to Clive ( or Christine (

I have also had this note Tom Nestor about an upcoming ART module:

Hello everyone – please forward to your contacts. There is an ART module 1 ‘Teaching bell handling’ course scheduled for Saturday 6th Oct at Dunham Massey. The course run at Barthomley in January proved very successful and I’m keen to provide a second opportunity to attend.

A reminder this course is for people who are confident at handling and want to improve their teaching skills or are setting out to teach handling.

More details on the website:

Publicity poster available here.

You can reach Tom via email ( or call him [or text him] on 07775 747222

See you on the end of a rope!

Armistice Ringing

I received a note from Tom Nestor about ringing for the Armistice [see below] and thought it might be of interest. I would add that Stockport Council have asked that the bells at St Mary's be rung at 7.05 pm on 11 November and I shall be looking for volunteers nearer the time. I've explained that the church has no ringers of its own and relies on the good will of members from the area - ringing there on 11 Nov will happen only if we have enough people who are free and who are prepared to come along at that time. That said, I'm hoping that ten of us will be able to turn out for this unique occasion.

I know it's a long way off but I thought I would flag it up.

Armistice 100

The Central Council has issued a document with suggestions for this year's Remembrance Day ringing (for and around the 11th of November 2018). You can download that document by clicking here.

From the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

Clarification of Armistice Ringing

The ringing community may be understandably confused regarding alternative requests for ringing on 11th November this year. I hope that the following provides some clarification.

"Ringing Remembers" is the campaign officially endorsed and sponsored by HM Government for (a) recruiting new ringers and (b) ringing open at 12:30pm on Sunday 11th November - aligning with the published agenda for processions and marches in celebration of peace. CCCBR has been working hard with government officials to finalise and announce plans for ringing on the centenary of the Armistice, but we were under strict embargo until Friday 13th July, which is when the media release was published.

"Battle's Over" is the private initiative of Bruno Peek, MBE. Bruno has demonstrated energy, drive and passion to put together a compelling programme of events on the evening of 11th November, inviting ringing at 7:05pm. Although his initiative gained early support from various military organisations and CCCBR, it is not backed by central government or Buckingham Palace.

Over the past year CCCBR representatives have been trying to align the varying requests for ringing on 11th November (we have also had approaches from the British Legion and other bodies), but this has not proved possible. Nevertheless, knowing the national mood to acknowledge this centenary, CCCBR encourages all ringers to respond as they see fit, taking into account the wide variety of local circumstances. Ringing open at or around 12:30pm is the ideal and recommended option, but any time that afternoon / evening is also supported. General ringing, quarter peals, peals - let's do it!

To quote Tennyson

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;

Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;

Ring out the thousand wars of old,

Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Vicki Chapman & Christopher O’Mahony

CCCBR Ringing Remembers Project Co-ordinator & CCCBR President

Pocket Sized Programme

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 2018 Branch Programme and the other is a practice night guide for the towers in East Branch. Alternatively, print it once, and then fold the page in half [so that printing is on the outside] and stick the two blank insides 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. [Last Updated 21 July]

Alternatively, you can print a two page version of the 2018 programme for hanging in your tower by clicking here or the double page image. That printout is A4 size [rather than the previous A5 size] with the January-June programme on one sheet, and the July-December programme on the other sheet.


To see what else is happening in the branch in 2018, 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 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 should be up and running in early 2018. In the meantime, this website is filling the gap.

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.