Branch Programme

The following is only the 2017 Programme of Events for the East Cheshire Branch only. The 2018 Programme will be confirmed shortly, and will then be posted here. When that has been done, you will be able download a single page summary for hanging in your tower by clicking here [for now, this only shows the 2017 calendar!]. If you use Google calendar, you will be able to import these dates directly into your calendar by downloading this file [again, that's only the 2017 calendar at the moment!]. If you don't know what to do with the programme file once you've downloaded it, the instructions for adding the branch programme of events to your calendar are available here. The file you'll download is called Branch Programme.csv

2017 PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

( NB Times may be subject to change)

January

Saturday 7th – 8 Bell Training at Bredbury 2:30 Till 4:30

Thursday 12th – 8 Bell Practice at Norbury 7:45 Till 9:30

Sunday 15th – 10 Bell Practice at St Mary’s, Stockport 3:00 Till 4:30

Friday 27th – Quiz Night at Poynton British Legion 7:00 For 7:30

Tuesday 31st - Deadline for Chester Guild logo competition

February

Saturday 4th – Ringing Meeting at Gawsworth 10:00 & St Peter's Macc 11:30

Tuesday 14th – 8 Bell Practice at Cheadle 7:30 Till 9:00

Sunday 26th – 10 Bell Practice at St Mary’s, Stockport 3:00 Till 4:30

March

Saturday 4th – 6 Bell Training at Chelford 3:00 Till 5:00

Monday 13th – 8 Bell Practice at Marple 7:30

Sunday 19th – 10 Bell Practice at St Mary’s, Stockport 3:00 Till 4:30

Saturday 25th - Sunday 2nd April – First Week of Quarter Peal Fortnight

April

Saturday 1st - Sunday 9th – Second Week Of Quarter Peal Fortnight.

Thursday 6th – 8 Bell Practice at Bowdon 8:00

CANCELLED Sunday 9th – 10 Bell Practice at St Mary’s, Stockport 3:00 Till 4:30

Saturday 29th – Branch 6 Bell Competition at Disley 4:00

Seven bands took part in the 6 Bell Striking Competition held at St Mary the Virgin (Disley) on the 29th of April. Three competed in methods - St George (Stockport), St George (Poynton), and St Michael (Macclesfield). Four competed in call changes - St Peter (Prestbury), St Mary (Cheadle), St Michael (Macclesfield) and a combined St George (Poynton) and St Mary (Nether Alderley) band. The winning band was St. Michael (Macclesfield) ringing Plain Bob Doubles, with the band from St Mary (Cheadle) being the highest ranked call changes band. Congratulations to all the bands that took part. Of special note is that the caller for the St Michael (Macclesfield) call changes band had been ringing less than a year!

May

Saturday 6th – Ringing Meeting at Hyde 10:00 + Mottram 11:30

Wednesday 10th – 8 Bell Practice at Prestbury 7:30

Sunday 21st – 10 Bell Practice at St Mary’s, Stockport 3:00 Till 4:30

June

Saturday 3rd – Branch Outing [schedule]

Wednesday 14th – 8 Bell Practice at Mottram 7:30 Till 9:00

Sunday 18th – 10 Bell Practice at St Mary’s, Stockport 3:00 Till 4:30

Saturday 24th – 6 Bell Training at Taxal 3:00 Till 5:00

July

Thursday 6th – 8 Bell Practice at Norbury 7:45 Till 9:30

Saturday 8th – Guild 8 Bell Competition In Mid Branch

The Chester Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers 8-bell Striking Competition was held on Saturday, 8th July at St Helen (Northwich, Witton) [Mid Cheshire Branch]. The method was a 252 of Spliced Plain Bob Triples and Plain Bob Major. Mid Cheshire Branch won the contest with 46 points. Second place went to Chester Branch with 59 points. Third place went to East Cheshire Branch with 64 points. Fourth place went to South Cheshire Branch with 92 points. Last place went to Wirral Branch with 123 points. All five teams managed to complete the piece.

Sunday 16th – 10 Bell Practice at St Mary’s, Stockport 3:00 Till 4:30

Sunday 23rd – 8 Bell Training at Hayfield 2:30 Till 4:30

August

Tuesday 8th – 8 Bell Practice at Cheadle 7:30 Till 9:00

Saturday 12th – Ringing Up & Down In Peal at Bosley 2:30 Till 4:00

Sunday 20th – 10 Bell Practice at St Mary’s, Stockport 3:00 Till 4:30

September

Saturday 2nd – Ringing Meeting at Bowdon 10:00-11:00 & Rostherne 11:30-12:30

Sunday 10th – 10 Bell Practice at St Mary’s, Stockport 3:00 Till 4:30

Monday 18th – 8 Bell Practice at Marple 7:30

Saturday 23rd – Guild AGM & 6 Bell Competition at Poynton

The Guild had its AGM on Saturday, 23rd September at Poynton [St George, SK12 1QT].

Congratulations to the team from St George's [Stockport] for winning the Guild 6 Bell Striking Competition for East Branch. Worth pointing out is that they rang Cambridge Surprise Minor whereas the other teams rang Plain Bob Doubles or call changes!

Of the proposed rule changes, the first was accepted. Under "Bell Restoration and Augmentation Fund", paragraph 2a, the words "previously without" are now deleted. However, the proposal to replace "Bell Restoration Officer" with "Bell Restoration Secretary" was rejected and will return to the Guild Committee for further consideration.

On a more positive (and more interesting?) note, work on the Guild website is clearly progressing and Tom Nestor from Goostrey will act as Guild Webmaster.

October

Saturday 7th – 8 Bell Training at Bredbury 2:30 Till 4:30

Friday 13th - Young Ringers Event [see home page]

Wednesday 18th – 8 Bell Practice at Prestbury 7:30

CANCELLED Sunday 29th – 10 Bell Practice at St Mary’s, Stockport 3:00 Till 4:30

November

Saturday 4th – 6 Bell Training at Chelford 2:30 Till 4:30

Sunday 12th – 10 Bell Practice at St Mary’s, Stockport 3:00 Till 4:30

Thursday 16th – 8 Bell Practice at Bowdon 8:00

Saturday 25th – Branch AGM at St Paul's, Staley

December

Thursday 7th – 8 Bell Practice at Norbury 7:45 Till 9:30

Sunday 17th – 10 Bell Practice at St Mary’s, Stockport 3:00 Till 4:30

Then Christmas Shopping!

Webmaster's Warning: The following calendar is experimental. It shows all the POSSIBLE tower practices in the branch, and all the branch events through 2017. Don't rely on this calendar, as I still have some unconfirmed practice times, and some towers will not have informed me of any practice cancellations. Please check with the tower first to avoid disappointment.