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!

Meeting friends and family

No mixing of households indoors, or most outdoor places, apart from support bubbles. Maximum of six in some outdoor public spaces (e.g. parks, sports courts, public gardens).

Places of worship

Open, but cannot interact with anyone outside household or support bubble.

Ringing guidance

No tower bell ringing other than by members of the same household, or single bells or Ellacombe chimes (which would be unlimited in duration).

Handbell ringing in any public outdoor space (could be a churchyard) for up to six people, socially distanced.

Anyone for Ringing Room?

In order to encourage and help ringers interested in Ringing Room, the branch has started a new mailing list. If you are interested in participating, send an email to cdgeast34@gmail.com. This list is intended for all levels - whether you're curious, just starting out, or hoping to ring a quarter - and all abilities - whether you're just learning to ring or you're a regular peal ringer. So send us an email to express your interest.

Live from Clive

The Latest News from the Branch Secretary

Branch AGM Minutes

With thanks to Christine and Graham for proof-reading, here are the minutes from the AGM on Saturday.

From Christine Broadley

Following the success of the Guild and Branch AGM’s we can now turn our attention to the Christmas Newsletter. I shall be looking to put it together by the end of next week. Please send contributions by Friday December 4th. Suggested topics include:

  • Anything on a Christmas theme

  • Any comments about the online AGMs

  • Follow up on Ringing Room

  • Any other ideas that you think would be of interest to the Branch.

I am hoping we will be able to offer some Branch RingingRoom practices soon. A group of us are trying to familiarise ourselves with Zoom and RingingRoom so any constructive advice will be welcome.

I look forward to your contributions.

COVID-19 Response

In response to the rapid spread of COVID-19, the decision has been made to cancel all branch events until further notice.

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 [clive.calton@btinternet.com] and get on his mailing list. If you need to get hold of Clive urgently, his mobile number is 07779 488359.

East Branch AGM

Saturday, 28th November 10:30 am

Below are the documents for discussion at our East Branch AGM on 28th November starting at 10.30.

Meanwhile, if you wish to put your name forward for one of the Branch Officers' posts please let me know asap.

Clive

PS: You will see that the proposed list of events for 2021 bears a remarkable resemblance to that for 2020! Given the uncertainties surrounding COVID it didn't seem worthwhile making significant changes.

CDGCBR Guild AGM Notice

Saturday, 21st Nov 10.30am

From Pam Thompson, Guild Secretary

All documentation for the AGM 2020 is available as PDFs for for viewing and download from the links below:

Audlem Bell Restoration

Audlem have asked that we circulate this information concerning their restoration project so please can you help and send it to all your towers and encourage people to support them if they feel able.

Richard Starkie [From Kevin Rogers]

I am sorry to have to pass on the sad news that Richard Starkie has died. He had been unwell for some considerable time and was struggling greatly. However, as his illness would not normally be considered immediately life threatening, his death was unexpected. As very many people know Richard please could you circulated the news to the Branch.

Thanks

Kevin

Previous Issues are available here: Issue 1, Issue 2, Issue 3, Issue 4 and Issue 5.

I am writing on the eve of the 2nd National Lockdown. I have stocked up with toilet paper, pasta and goodness knows what else and now have time to turn my attention to compiling your newsletter. (This is a joke, just in case you wondered)

I didn’t hear of anyone recording their thoughts re the lack of ringing, during the current Covid crisis. It must be worth doing as a historical record. I will try to record mine when I sort out what they are!

Don’t forget to register for the Guild AGM and our Branch AGM.

Doesn’t look like anything much more interesting will come up.

As of today (Nov 4th): Guild AGM: 55 registered. East Branch AGM: 15 registered.

Links for these are available further up the page, and further down the page!

Zoom practices start this weekend so that you can check your connections etc.

Ringing Room doesn’t seem to have achieved much popularity in the Branch. Many people, like myself, have found it disappointing to be able to ring Surprise Major in the Tower but struggle to ring basic Minor methods on Ringing Room.

Since we seem to be out of the tower for a while, maybe it’s time for another go. There are lots of reports of learners picking up the theory of method ringing without the difficulty of handling their bell and experienced ringers who found Ringing Room difficult to master at first, have said that with practice it becomes much easier. Articles follow. Let’s have a go!

Keep Safe

Chris

[Christine Broadley, Editor]

Zoom Meetings [From Tom Nestor, the Guild Webmaster]

People must register for the Guild AGM and / or East Branch AGM using the links in the invites below. When they register they will receive an email with joining instructions. I can see who has registered and that will keep you informed of numbers.

Guild AGM on Zoom

When: Saturday Nov 21 10.30 am

Register in advance for this meeting:

You can register via the Guild website or click https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwtcOmvpjMpH9Te14DqTifhBZNXJo10Q4z6

The agenda and all supporting documents are now available on the Guild Website - https://chesterdg.org.uk/events/guild-agm-21st-november-2020/ or further down this page.

CDGCBR East branch AGM on Zoom

When: Nov 28, 2020 10:30am

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwscOurrTwqGNbXLgs5vPtXq4GlEhu13xMM

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

--Tom

Ringing Room

Some of you will remember Harold gave us an introduction to RingingRoom in our first Newsletter. You may have dismissed it then, expecting to be back in the Tower soon. Is it time to have another try? [Editor]

Ringing Room: Further Information [by David Friend]

Introduction

Some East Branch members may/may not have heard of Ringing Room (RR) and certainly some will have taken part in ringing using RR. These notes are intended to first explain a bit about RR and what it offers and second to pass on aspects of our experience with RR at Poynton which towers and members may find helpful when venturing into RR.

What is Ringing Room ?

Ringing Room is an Internet website for Virtual Ringing – to find out more go to https://ringingroom.co.uk/

Click on the “About “ button on the top menu bar and watch the video

Getting Started with RR

Everyone who wishes to use RR must first “Register”. To do this you need to enter your email address and invent a username and a password for yourself.

You only need to Register ONCE –you do not need to Register each time you want to use RR.

Keep your username short (say, no more than 5 characters – when you are allocated to ring a bell RR displays your username next to your bell and long usernames clutter the screen)

Once you are a registered user you just need to Login with your email address and password each time you wish to use RR. After Login your Username appears at the right hand end of the top menu bar.

After Login the basic things you are able to do are . . .

  • Create Virtual Towers – RR automatically gives each tower a unique 9 digit ID number.

  • Join an existing tower – to do this enter the tower’s ID number. The tower can be one you created or a tower created by someone else who has invited you to join.

  • Observe and listen to ringing in a tower you have joined

  • Take part in ringing at the tower you have joined as directed by the person in charge.

Using RR

A good way to get to understand the scope of RR is to click on the “Help” button (on the top menu bar) and read through all the information you find there.

Just as in a real tower someone needs to be in charge and the ringers present in a RR tower need to be able to converse. As suggested in “RR Help” using something like Zoom, to provide video and audio communication, works well alongside RR.

Much may be learned if you are able to visit, even as an observer, a RR tower where use of RR is already established.

RR at Poynton

We begin using RR back in May in lieu of our normal Friday evening practice. Many of us were already familiar with using Zoom to see and talk with our families during Lockdown so this was the natural tool for us to use alongside RR. Everyone was advised where possible to use two devices (ie. 2 screens) one for RR and one for Zoom.

During the early weeks “technology” issues hampered our progress. The main lessons learned are as follows.

  • Trying to use RR and Zoom on a single screen is not satisfactory

  • It is better to operate RR using a real keyboard - touch screens are problematical

  • Before ringing commences everyone present in the tower should “mute” their Zoom microphone (except perhaps for the conductor – see below).This is necessary because if Zoom microphones are left open the bell sounds from RR feed back into the Zoom session and everyone experiences what can only be described as “delayed double clappering”.

  • The “feedback” problem described above can be avoided by listening to the RR sounds using headphones (headphone connection usually disables the normal speakers).

  • Whilst RR enables the conductor to issue “spoken” commands such as Go, Bob, That’s All etc. For call-changes the conductor needs to use headphones for RR and leave his Zoom microphone open to be able to issue commands to the band.

  • The speed (or lack speed) of the internet can cause variable delays between the keystroke to ring a bell and the bell sound being broadcast to all the band. This makes getting a good rhythm difficult, particularly if you wait to hear the bell before yours before you press the key for your bell. This tends to make the speed of ringing using RR much slower than real ringing.

  • When the internet delay between pressing the key and hearing your bell sound feels to be too long resist pressing the key again (because you think the system did not take your first keystroke) - this puts you on the wrong stroke.

  • Also, when pressing the key to sound your bell be “positive and quick” – if you keep your finger on the key too long the resulting multiple keystrokes soon upset the ringing and again you are likely to end up on the wrong stroke.

After our learning curve everyone has arrived at a situation which works for them – generally using a PC /Laptop for RR and a Tablet/iPad/Phone for Zoom. We spent several weeks just ringing call changes on 6 and sometimes on 8, and it was noticeable that our rhythm improved with time.

In more recent weeks we have been concentrating on Plain Hunt Doubles. This has been very useful and has proved to have some advantages over ringing on real bells.

  • Ringing a RR bell by simply pressing a key means the ringer does not have to think about physically controlling a real bell and ringing at the correct speed. This makes it easier for ringers to focus on ringing their bell in the correct place.

  • Ringers can be allocated to ring bells which they may not normally ring in the tower – this increases awareness of how the bells move in Plain Hunting and helps to break the habit of “learning the bells to follow” rather than “counting places”.

  • One very pleasing outcome – a band containing 5 inexperienced ringers, including one who had never attempted Plain Hunt on real bells, was able to successfully to ring Plain Hunt doubles on 6. It is unlikely that this band would have been successful on real bells.

Conclusion

Since Church Services began again at Poynton after the Lockdown we have been ringing 3 bells for the Sunday Service and now we have to stop again because we are under Tier 2 virus restrictions. RR is helping us to keep in touch on Friday evenings – for some ringing which helps the less experienced to learn and of course for the usual banter – shame there’s no beer.

David Friend

Other Thoughts On Ringing Room – A Response To David’s Excellent Article [by Sue Darby]

I have had the chance to ring most week’s with the Stretford band, led ever competently by George Lee. I also rang for a while with ringers from Prestbury, but this folded because of lack of consistent ringer availability.

1.Technology certainly needs to be ‘sorted’.

      • I use two screens, but others do manage with one.

      • Absolutely no touch-screen ringing.

      • Yes, ‘mute’ on Zoom when ringing is helpful, particularly if you are using two devices.

      • Yes, ear/headphones help a lot.

      • Decent speed internet is crucial. I found that I get much less delay if I hard-wire into the main router and persuade other members of the household to let me have the full internet capacity whilst in a practice.

      • George has wondered if the Ringing Room server gets overloaded at times. Those ringing for longer periods (ie quarters and the like) are mainly ringing in the day, when sadly I have to work.

2. Getting used to ringing a different ‘instrument’, with a somewhat slower pace.

      • You have to learn to resist jumping in when there is a gap. (I tend to assume I have made a mistake – but actually it is just a matter of being a bit patient when others are experiencing lag.)

      • As David said, if the lag is your problem, you have to learn to resist pressing again, or your bell will be on the wrong stroke.

      • If like me, you use rope-sight a lot, then in the early days it is helpful to stay on the same bell for a whole practice so you remember where to look for the treble.

      • Again if you use rope-sight a lot, then six bells on a screen is much easier.

      • It is harder for conductors and other good ringers to put people right because they get no visual warning about the daft thing that (usually) I am about to do. Also when the method grinds to a halt, you seem to forget your place almost instantly in a way that you can’t with a moving bell.

3. The opportunities

      • My son joined the Prestbury group a couple of times and successfully rang plain hunt on 6 for the first time ever. For him it was easier to have the instant sound with the button press.

      • I have scraped my way through a plain course of London (Minor) a couple of times – a first for me. I also have been able to remind myself of the existence of Norwich. So I will have at least these two new methods available to me when proper ringing is back up and running.

      • Like any group activity that needs getting used to over a period, it is probably easier with a consistent band – but of course you can be anywhere in the world.

So on that note, if there are people out there frustrated that they are not having the chance to keep their method ringing well-oiled, I am volunteering to create a list of potential participants of one or more Cheshire East Ringing Rooms – and to try to set them up. No promises, as it relies on an adequate response and for would be ringers to ensure they have their technology sorted. If you are interested drop me a mail, including what you like to ring and whether you have had a go on Ringing Room already: susan_darby@hotmail.com

May be see you in a Ringing Room soon!!

Ivor Nichols

Ivor Nichols

Ivor Robert Nichols 1926-2020

Ivor was born on 23rd September 1926 and grew up in Crewe with his older brother Eric. At school he was involved with the sea cadets so it was no surprise when, during WWII, having reached the required age he joined the navy in 1944. He did his basic training in Butlin's, Pwllheli (which may account for a lot!) before completing his training at HMS Defiance torpedo school in Devonport. This seemed to involve rowing lots of senior ratings around the dockyard. Subsequently, he served in the Far East spending time in India and Ceylon (Sri Lanka). He confirmed the old adage that Bombay was the finest sight in the world.... when viewed from the back of a departing ship. The dropping of the atom bombs ended hostilities and in his opinion probably saved his life.

After the war he decided to follow his uncle's recommendation that he become a teacher and after two years of uncertificated teaching in Crewe he undertook teacher training at Chester College in 1949. It was in 1948 that he started learning to ring at Christ Church, Crewe and he was apparently a quick learner. As a teacher in a group consisting almost entirely of railway workers he was viewed as something of an intellectual. Three years later he became first the 6-bell ringing master for the Crewe Branch then, in 1954, the 8-bell ringing master when he also organised the first Chester Guild striking competition.

Outside of ringing he took singing lessons and joined the church choir as a bass-baritone. He also engaged in amateur dramatics, swimming, cricket, fishing, table tennis and badminton but of all these it was his fascination with ringing that persisted. He loved music and played the piano, though not as well as he would have wished and had a lifelong enthusiasm for opera, his favourites being the works of Puccini. He was also a great fan of Gilbert and Sullivan and kept a supply of quotations from their works which he would trot out at the slightest provocation.

His first job after qualifying was at Nantwich Secondary Modern School for 5 years before transferring to Nantwich County Primary where he met his wife, Rosalie. They were married in 1959 and their son David was born in 1967.

After a spell teaching in Congleton in 1970 he started to teach at Christ Church Primary School in Macclesfield and joined the band at St Michael's. Two years later he was appointed the first headmaster of BollinbrookC.ofE.Primary School The thousands of students who crossed his path during these years must constitute a significant contribution to society.

Ivor was Master of the Chester Diocesan Guild from 1980 to 1982 and Chairman of the East Branch from 1990 to 1993. In 1991 he became the Tower Captain of St Michael's although in reality he had been doing the job and just about everything else in the tower for the previous ten years. He continued in this role for a further 20 years reluctantly handing over to James Marchbank in 2011. When he first arrived there were few ringers and ringing was at a pretty low ebb. He was responsible for holding things together and keeping ringing going until things gradually improved.

Apart from one handbell peal, Ivor rang 638 tower bell peals and conducted 236 of them. His first peal, Plain Bob major, was on 28th January 1950. By the end of the year he had rung eight peals including two of Stedman triples, one of Grandsire caters, and his first as conductor. He was the most prolific peal ringer at St Michael's with a total of 70, of which he conducted half. He rang his last peal, Stedman Cinques, in 2009 at St Michael's completing his target of ringing every bell in the tower to peals three times. He rang for the last time on 15th January 2017 at St Michael's for Sunday service at the age of ninety.

He was a very able conductor and his unwillingness to give up on a piece of ringing led to some “Mastermind” performances as once started he would move heaven and earth to ensure they finished. There were some fantastic demonstrations of virtuosity but the resultant ringing was not always easy on the ear. However, he was always available to explain the intricacies of change ringing to those who wished to learn, handing out copious pieces of paper with notes and compositions. He was very keen to create opportunities for people to progress.

Ivor wrote two comprehensive histories, one of the bells at Crewe and the other of Macclesfield, St Michael. The latter is consulted on regular occasions to the present day. In 2010 he was honoured by being appointed an Honorary Vice President of the Guild which he valued greatly.

Ever the one for forward planning Ivor had arranged his own funeral and even written a eulogy. A somewhat edited version to spare the non-ringers present was read by his son at the service. He could not have envisaged the limitations that the coronavirus restrictions would place on his funeral but the church was as full as it could be and five of the twelve bells rang out for the occasion. Hopefully, it will not be too long before we can ring to celebrate his life and contribution to ringing in a more fitting manner.

It seems appropriate to end with Ivor's usual parting words at the end of an evening's ringing, “Be good, behave yourselves, and don't do anything you think I wouldn't do!”

ART RInging Room Workshops

Ringing Room not working for you? If you’ve been ignoring Ringing Room up to now or had a go and it really didn’t click with your band, here’s an opportunity to try it out again – with expert technical help and new ideas about teaching online. In the words of one user ‘it’s easier than you think!’ We’ve had some complete technophobes on the pilots who’ve left as Ringing Room converts. And it contains plenty of ideas about maintaining the interest of all the band. We’re rolling out an ART workshop on running a virtual Ringing Room practice alongside Zoom. It will be a mix of theory and practical, supported by how-to videos and teaching tips gathered from experienced teachers. The workshop is free and will last approximately 90 minutes. Remember it will be many months before we are able to teach ringing again. This new workshop will help you get the most out of lockdown ringing. And, of course, online ringing will still be useful even when we can start teaching and practising again. There’s a real sense that blended learning including tower bells, handbells and online ringing will be with us even when the pandemic is over. Please email Denise (denise.tremain@bellringing.org) to register your interest and we’ll be in touch with details and times.

LESLEY BELCHER ART Chair

The Central Council is regularly updating its website with information relevant to ringing in a world of COVID 19. If you are interested, please have a look at that information by clicking here. The latest update [20 November] is as follows

  • Bellringers in England have been asked to support the Church of England’s call to prayer during this month of lockdown by ringing a single bell at 6pm each day. The request came directly from Lambeth Palace, and has been repeated by many individual Bishops.

  • The Recovery Group is of the opinion that a single bell ringing is an act of individual prayer, and as such complies with their own guidance and that of the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

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.

You Want It All on Your Phone? You Got It!

If you're on your mobile phone now, then you can probably download the 2020 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 2020 Programme for your 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 at the top of this page.

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].

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 https://goo.gl/43nfs7, 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 cataquet@gmail.com

Insurance

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.

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.