New Website

From: Louise Nightingale via ccsocieties <ccsocieties@cccbr.org.uk>

Ahead of launching the new Central Council website we want to take the opportunity to get feedback to make sure we are headed in the right direction.

The current website is the result of hard work from lots of volunteers over a number of years and has hundreds of pages of content. Some of these need updating to reflect latest structures or guidance, and some need to be archived/deleted. Rather than try to update the existing pages we felt it easier to start from scratch. However, we didn’t want to throw away any of that hard work that is still needed so used analytics from the website to make sure we recreated the pages that are most visited.

We recognise that we may have missed some useful and important material when creating this new site, so will keep the current site running in parallel for a period of time allowing you to access the existing content. During this time we will monitor what is being accessed and migrate it to the new site, where appropriate.

This is where you come in… Ahead of the launch, we would value your feedback on the new website:

  • Can you navigate it easily?
  • Can you find the information you need most?
  • General thoughts and observations.

The launch date is set for 1st June and whilst we are aiming to squeeze as much as we can in this first release, some updates may have to wait for future releases.

Visit: https://newdev.cccbr.org.uk and let us know what you think by emailing cmlead@cccbr.org.uk

Westley Award for Belfry Maintenance

From: Mary Bone via ccsocieties <ccsocieties@cccbr.org.uk>

Please see the message below from Alison Hodge (Stewardship & Management workgroup lead) and attachment for details of a new award for belfry maintenance:

All ringers, including new ringers such as those recruited through the Ringing Remembers campaign, depend on the bells and towers that they ring being in usable condition. Good bells usually mean that it is easier to develop ringers’ skills and, in particular, help retain new recruits. So are you or one of your band getting involved in belfry maintenance? If so, then a new award for people involved in maintenance of tower bells is for you! The Stewardship & Management Workgroup of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers is launching an award for people who have recently become involved in belfry maintenance, are developing their own skills and those of others. The first award will be made at the September 2019 CCCBR annual conference to be held in London. The winner will receive £100 and a certificate.

Full details and an application form are available here and will also be found on the CCCBR website: https://cccbr.org.uk/workgroups/stewardship-management/westley-award/

The closing date for nominations is noon on 28th June 2019.

Do please publicise this and encourage entrants!

Many thanks