If your tower is not having a practice or Sunday ringing, let us know and we'll post it here.
It's Holy Week next week, and Easter the week after, so some towers will not be ringing. I have received the following notifications
- There will be no practice in Knutsford on Thursday 29 March because of Holy Week
- There will be no practice at St George Stockport on Monday 26 March because of Holy Week, and no practice on Monday 2 April because of Easter Bank Holiday.
In general, don't automatically assume towers are having their normal ringing practice [or will notify us if they not]. As a courtesy, and to avoid disappointment, call the tower in advance to confirm their practice is still on and/or to let them know you're coming.
Practice Nights in East Cheshire Branch
The two tables below show the practice nights for all of the towers in our branch. However, there are a few qualifications:
- Practices on Monday at Burbage (Buxton) are sometimes cancelled if they are short of ringers. Call either Sue Lomas or Alan Kirk (01298 24667) in advance to confirm they are ringing.
- There are no regular practices at Chelford.
- There are no regular practices at Dunham Massey. The slider on the 6th is currently broken.
- Practices at Macclesfield (St Michael) are on Thursday night by arrangement.
- Practices on Thursday night at Macclesfield (St Peter) are irregular. Call ahead to confirm they are ringing.
- There are no regular practices at Mobberly.
- On the first Friday of every month, the band at Poynton (St George) practice ringing tunes on hand bells for the last hour of their normal practice.
- On the 4th Wednesday of the month, the band at Rostherne go to Great Budworth to join their practice (they or some of their ringers come to Rostherne on the 2nd Wednesday). They often have to cancel a practice because of a shortage of ringers, so please check in advance.
- There are no regular practices at Stalybridge (Holy Trinity)
- Practices at Stockport (St Mary) are monthly on a pre-arranged Sunday [see Programme]
Webmaster's Warning: The information in the table is currently being updated. I am still waiting to hear from Hyde, Dunham Massey, Gawsworth, Hayfield, and Taxal. Therefore, the information shown for these towers may be incomplete or inaccurate.
Two Views of Practices in East Branch
The grid below allows you to choose the number of bells and the practice night. If you then click on a particular tower, it will open up the Dove's guide entry on a separate page. If you're interested in the contact details for a particular tower, please look them up on the Contacts page. Only nine towers are shown at a time, so to scroll to the next or previous set, click on the > or < in the upper right corner of the directory. Note that the towers are also colour coded - white boxes for 6 bell towers, a pale blue for 8 bell towers, a pale indigo for 10 bell towers, and a pale deep purple for our only 12 bell tower. The shadings are very subtle, but obvious once you have seen them. The first nine churches are either 6 or 8 bells, and the next nine churches are either 8, 10 or 12 bell towers. So if you look at the first two pages of the listing, you'll see the differences. If you want to print the results of your bells/practice night search, click on the printer icon in the lower left of the frame.
The table at the very bottom of this page is a sorted list of towers. The sorting sequence is as follows: Practice Night, Number of Bells, and Weight of the Tenor. So, if you wanted to ring on a Thursday, go down the list until you see Thursday. Then decide how many bells you want to ring [the next column] - you have a choice of three 6 bell towers, five 8 bell towers, and one 12 bell tower. Finally, within each of those categories, the towers have been sorted according to the weight of the tenor. This is a handy table to keep in your pocket or diary, as it tells you the practice night and times for all the towers in the branch. This table is also available as a single sheet of A4 that you can fold up and stick in your wallet. Click here to download it.
Sorted List of Towers
[Sorted by Practice Night, Number of Bells, and Weight of the Tenor]