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!
Pocket Sized Programme
Click on the image to download a pocket sized branch calendar and tower guide [Updated 03/02/2017]. Ideally, it should be printed on both sides of an A4 card and then cut around the outermost border of the calendar. Done correctly, you'll end up with two sets. One side is the 2017 Branch Programme and the other is a practice night tower guide. If you just want to print it once on plain paper, cut out the tower guide and stick it to the back of the calendar. Now fold the calendar in half and then thirds. Put it in your wallet/purse, and you're good to go! Alternatively, there is a larger version [click here] that is almost A4 size [rather than sub-A5] . This one is handy for sticking in your Diagrams book.
The Latest from Clive
The last event scheduled for March 2017 is
Sunday 19th – 10 Bell Practice at St Mary’s, Stockport 3:00 Till 4:30
After that, it's time for
Quarter Peal Fortnight begins on Saturday, 25th March!
Saturday 25th of March is the start of our branch Quarter Peal Fortnight. Please start to think about this now. If your tower needs some help (e.g. to complete or strengthen your band) please let me know and I'll see if I can find someone to help.
Then we are on to events in April.
- Quarter Peal Fortnight continues
- Thursday 6th – 8 Bell Practice at Bowdon 8:00
- Sunday 9th – 10 Bell Practice at St Mary’s, Stockport 3:00 Till 4:30
- Sunday 9th – End of Quarter Peal Fortnight.
- Saturday 29th – Branch 6 Bell Competition at Disley 4:00 [see below]
If you're coming to the 10 Bell Practice at St Mary's on Sunday the 9th of April, let me know before the 6th of April. If you want to download a poster of April's events to hang in your tower, then click here. To see what's happening in the branch during the rest of 2017, click here.
Here's hoping your tower can attempt a quarter peal and get a team together for the Branch 6-bell competition!
6 Bell Striking Competition - 29 April
I know that some people are already thinking about the Branch 6 Bell Striking Competition at Disley [4:00pm on Saturday, 29th April]. If you aren't, then why not?!! You can download the rules for the competition by clicking here. Don't let these put you off entering a team. They give plenty of scope for interpretation! For example, you could ring three plain courses of doubles or two plain courses of Plain Bob Minor. In other words, you don't need a clever conductor; you just someone to say 'Go' and 'That's all'! There's also a lot of leeway in who rings in your band. So, if you don't have six of your own ringers you can import someone to make up the shortfall. Of course, for the Guild competition later in the year, the Guild rules have to be followed but for our own competition, there's no reason why we should not be as flexible as possible to encourage as many teams as possible to come along to what is always a pleasant afternoon.
[January] Quiz Night Results
The final total from the January Quiz evening was £500.50. The money will go into the Branch Bell Restoration fund. Many thanks to all those who supported this event.
The Central Council Survey
In September 2016, the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers (CCCBR) set up a group to review the Council‘s purpose, structure and function. So far, they have released four articles. You can access these directly on the Council website as follows - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4. Following the release of Part 4, the Central Council’s Review Action Group (CRAG) are interested in knowing how ringers in general feel about some of the things they feel are likely to be important in a future central body for ringing. Towards that end, we're asking ringers to help them out by filling in a short online survey [click here]. The survey includes links to a longer version of the posted Part 4 with some of the quotes and previous articles from CRAG. You can download a poster referring to the survey for your tower by clicking here. The original deadline for filling in the survey was the 3rd of February, but as of 10 March, the link for the survey still works, so I assume you can still fill it in.
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 the mailing list. If you need to get hold of Clive urgently, his mobile number is 07779 488359.
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 2017. In the meantime, this website is filling the gap.
Here's an introduction to the new 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, Taxal, and Chelford. 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 make choices. The second is just a sorted list, which is very useful for a quick check [ie, where can I ring on Friday]. If you know of any practice cancellations in the branch, let me know and I'll post them in Tower News section at the 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, 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.
- 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.
- A Quarter Peal Club [QPC] page was recently added.
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.