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!
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 also have the option to add that event to your own calendar.
Live from Clive
The Latest News from the Branch Secretary
June in East Branch
Here's what on offer for your delight in June [A tower poster is available by clicking here].
- Saturday 22nd – Branch Outing
- Wednesday 26th – 8-Bell Practice at Prestbury 8.00
- Sunday 30th - 10-Bell Practice at St Mary’s, Stockport 3.00 till 4.30
Related to these can I ask that, if you plan to come on the branch outing, you let me know via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via text at 07779 488 359
Thanks to all who replied to me about this month's 10-bell practice at St Mary's. Don't forget that replies need to go to email@example.com and NOT to me at a yahoo address. (if anyone knows how I can delete/disable/expunge this wretched yahoo address please let me know. I don't have the brain power)
Anyway, to business! The practice will be on Sunday 30 June, usual time. (Neither 16th nor 23rd were at all popular)
Talking of St Marys, as I said in a previous email, on the evening of Thursday 18th July, the Rev Lynne Cullens is to be inducted by the Bishop of Chester at St Mary's as parish priest for Stockport and Brinnington. As most of you know, St Mary's has been without a rector since Roger Scoones left several years ago so this is an important event and one which I think is worth celebrating.
The service is at 7.30 so I'm thinking of some general ringing before. However, this means meeting about 6.45 in order to get the bells up! If you can get there for that early time I would be very grateful and so, I'm sure, would Lynne. Please email me (at btinternet.com) if you can help with this.
All emails on either matter would be gratefully received.
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.
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 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
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.
Helping Young Ringers
[From Andrew Darling]
Dunham and Bowdon are in the process of training a second group of six children to bell ring.
To make this work without impacting on the progress of the first group, we are setting up a second practice on a temporary basis. This is going to take place on a Wednesday and run from 7.20 until 9. It is likely to begin on Wednesday, 13th February.
We’re looking for a small number of steady ringers who might be willing to commit to helping out either each week or even once a fortnight. I tend to plan a rota a month in advance.
If you are interested in getting involved, we’d really appreciate your support. You can either contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone me on 07786 511 788.
Trip to Taylor's Foundry - Wednesday, 23rd October
Steve Stoker (St Mary’s, Sandbach) is organizing a tour of Taylor’s Foundry in Loughborough. In addition to the tour, you will also have the opportunity to ring the 6 cwt, 12 bell ring at Taylor’s foundry. On the way to Loughborough, you will be stopping off at St Mary, Rolleston. They are an 11 cwt, 8 bell ground floor ring.
One of the pickup points will be the Carpet Right by the Park and Ride in Hazel Grove. You’ll probably leave around 8:00 am and be back by 6:00 pm. Cost will depend on the numbers [which are limited to 35].
If you are interested, please contact Steve at email@example.com
East Branch AGM Results
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.