Central Council's Happy Meeting at Northampton


THE 68th annual meeting of the Central Council, at Northampton Town Hall on Whit Tuesday, was marked by a record attendance and a cordial and happy atmosphere prevailed. Nothing was lacking on the part of the officials of the Peterborough Diocesan Guild to provide an adequate programme of social and ringing activities. At 6.45 a.m. the bells of All Saints' Church were raised and a half-hour of good ringing preceded the celebration of Holy Communion, at which the Bishop of Peterborough (Dr. Cyril Eastaugh) was the celebrant.

Later came the formal opening, with three welcomes - from the Municipality, the Church and the Peterborough Diocesan Guild, with the president of the Central Council (Canon Gilbert Thurlow) making the introductions.

The Mayor (Ald. Donald Wilson), in his welcome, said it was some 45 years since the last meeting of the Central Council m Northampton, and in that time many changes had taken place. Northampton was a town steeped in history. At the then Castle the trial of Thomas à Becket took place. In 1675 there was a disastrous fire and practically the whole of the town was destroyed and All Saints' Church was almost demolished. Charles II gave 1,000 tons of timber for the rebuilding of the church, and on every May 29th his statue was crowned with a garland of oak leaves.


The Mayor said on Sunday evening he drove round the town to hear the bells of the borough's churches. He wanted to say that he visited them all and thoroughly enjoyed the bells. He was certain that they, too, enjoyed their ringing. As to the local arrangements, he was sure they were all very grateful to Mr. Eric Billings for the work he had done.

The Bishop welcomed the Council on behalf of the Diocese of Peterborough and said he felt certain that they knew that Northampton was one of the great jewels in the crown of the Diocese. Unfortunately at their Cathedral at Peterborough they could not ring the bells. As he went round the diocese the bells rang out to welcome him and they were always of source of great happiness, and sometimes they were the means of his finding the way to the church, as it was not always easy.

Mentioning that it was a great pleasure to welcome Canon Thurlow, their president, the Bishop said that Gilbert Thurlow was once a pupil of his; that was some 30 or 40 years ago. He remembered he went to Oberammergau and the thing that impressed the Bishop was that he would rush round to see the bells. Canon Thurlow had continued ever since to be an accomplished enthusiast in this unique field of English accomplishment.


What a good thing it was to have their meetings at Whitsuntide. At this time he always thought of the first Whitsun and the apostolic band; of the people hearing them speak in various languages the truth of the Gospel and the full joy of God's goodness to man. Like them, the bells had a universal message and it was understood by all people. It was a privilege to hold their festival at Whitsun. He wished them every happiness in their work and especially in their conference that day.

Canon G. F. Turner, the president of the Peterborough Guild, said he came over 12 months ago with Mr. Eric Billings to see the Mayor and discuss the arrangements. He would like to thank Mr. Billings for his work. Speaking on behalf of the clergy of the diocese and the whole Church of England, he would like to say how grateful they were for the work which was done by the ringers so far as his Guild was concerned; he felt they were a very live body. He wished the Council a very happy meeting.

Another welcome came from the Master of the Guild, Mr. J. H. Bluff. Their aim, he said, was to encourage bellringing as a scientific aspect of Church work. When they went to church for either a practice or service ringing or a peal they were all dependent on each other. In doing the same things at the same time they all expected to be in complete harmony and rhythm with each other. He hoped they all had had good ringing and good fellowship during the week-end.

The president thanked the ecclesiastical and civic leaders for their kind welcome. They were all very grateful, he said.


Life Members.- Canon A. G. G. Thurlow, Mr. E. A. Barnett, Mr. F. W. Perrens, Mr. F. Sharpe.
Honorary members.- Mrs. E. A. Barnett, Mrs. R. F. B. Speed, Messrs. J. P. Fidler, F. I. Hairs, D. Hughes, C. K. Lewis, A. J. Pitman, H. N. Pitstow, G. W. Pipe, H. L. Roper, E. C. Shepherd, R. F. B. Speed, L. Stilwell, P. L. Taylor, F. A. White, T. W. White and J. Willis.
Ancient Society of College Youths.- Messrs. W. T. Cook, J. F. Smallwood and W. Williams.
Australia and New Zealand Association.- Mr. P. M. J. Gray.
Bath and Wells Diocesan Association.- Messrs. J. H. Gilbert, A. H. Reed and H. J. Sanger.
Bedfordshire Association.- Messrs. J. H. Edwards and A. E. Rushton.
Cambridge University Guild.- Dr. C. M. P. Johnson and Mr. B. D. Threlfall.
Chester Diocesan Guild.- Mr. H. O. Baker, Mr. J. Worth and Miss A. D. Edwards.
Coventry Diocesan Guild.- Mrs. D. E. Beamish and Mr. H. Windsor.
Derbyshire Association.- Messrs. G. A. Halls and M. Phipps.
Devon Association.- Mr. B. E. Bartlett.
Dudley and District Guild.- Mr. H. J. Shuck.
Durham and Newcastle Association.- Messrs. K. Arthur and D. A. Bayles.
East Grinstead and District Guild.- Mr. E. J. Ladd.
Ely Diocesan Association.- Messrs. D. F. Murfet, J. G. Gipson, E. H. Mastin and H. S. Peacock.
Essex Association.- Messrs. P. J. Eves, F. B. Lufkin and J. E. G. Roast.
Gloucester and Bristol Diocesan Association.- Messrs. A. L. Barry, W. B. Kynaston and C. A. Wratten.
Guildford Diocesan Guild.- Messrs. D. A. R. May, J. F. M. Maybrey, S. G. Ponting and W. H. Viggers.
Guild of Devonshire Ringers.- Miss B. M. Boyle, Mr. N. Mallett and the Rev. J. G. M. Scott.
Hereford Diocesan Guild.- Mr. G. T. Cousins and Mr. A. T. Wingate.
Hertford County Association.- Messrs. W. Ayre, R. G. Bell, G. W. Critchley and G. Dodds.
Irish Association.- Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Dukes and Mr. J. T. Dunwoody.
Kent County Association.- Messrs. J. R. Cooper, P. A. Corby, T. Cullingworth and I. H. Oram.
Ladies' Guild.- Miss J. Beresford and Miss D. E. Colgate.
Lancashire Association.- Messrs. J. E. Burles, C. Crossthwaite, R. Leigh and J. P. Partington.
Leicester Diocesan Guild.- Messrs. S. Burton, J. M. Jelley and B. G. Warwick.
Lincoln Diocesan Guild.- Messrs. J. Bray, G. E. Feirn, J. Freeman and J. L. Millhouse.
Llandaff and Monmouth Diocesan Association.- Mrs. D. S. King and Mr. T. M. Roderick.
London County Association.- Mr. C. W. Ottley, Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Rogers and Mr. W. G. Wilson.
Middlesex County Association.- Messrs. F. W. Goodfellow, T. J. Lock and J. R. Mayne.
Midland Counties Guild.- Mr. J. W. Cotton.
North Staffordshire Association.- Mr. R. S. Anderson.
North Wales Association.- Dr. E. V. Woodcock.
Norwich Diocesan Association.- Messrs. H. W. Barrett, F. N. Golden and N. V. Harding.
Oxford Diocesan Guild.- Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Barker, Messrs. D. J. Smith and P. Walker.
Oxford Society.- Mr. F. A. H. Wilkins.
Oxford University Society.- Messrs. S. J. Ivin and D. J. Roaf.
Peterborough Diocesan Guild.- Messrs. B. Austin, E. Billings, P. I. Chapman and Miss S. R. Collins.
St. David's Diocesan Guild.- Mr. R. C. Warburton.
St. Martin's Guild, Birmingham.- Messrs. G. E. Fearn and F. E. Haynes.
Salisbury Diocesan Guild.- Messrs. J. T. Barrett and G. H. Harding.
Sheffield and District Society.- Mr. N. Chaddock.
Shropshire Association.- Messrs. R. B. Morris and R. H. Newton.
Society of Royal Cumberland Youths.- Messrs. D. Beresford and W. H. Dobbie.
South Derbyshire and North Leicestershire Association.- Mr. J. Collins.
Southwell Diocesan Guild.- Messrs. B. M. Buswell, J. D. Clarke and W. L. Exton.
Stafford Archdeaconry Society.- Messrs. G. W. Hughes and B. G. Key.
Suffolk Guild.- Miss A. E. J. Lester and Mr. C. W. Pipe.
Surrey Association.- Messrs. N. S. Bagworth, F. E. Collins and W. Parrott.
Sussex County Association.- Mrs. F. I. Hairs, Messrs. R. W. R. Percy, A. V. Sheppard and W. L. Weller.
Swansea and Brecon Diocesan Guild.- Mr. G. I. Lewis.
Truro Diocesan Guild.- Messrs. W. C. Boucher, D. Burnett, A. J. Davidson and A. Locke.
Universities Association.- Miss M. R. Cross.
University of Bristol Society.- Dr. T. P. Edwards.
Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild.- Canon K. W. H. Felstead, Messrs. A. V. Davis, J. Hartless and R. R. Savory.
Worcestershire and Districts Association.- Messrs. B. C. Ashford, D. Beacham and W. B. Cartwright.
Yorkshire Association.- Messrs. Vernon Bottomley, Eric Critchley and Wilfrid Moreton.


Messrs. J. Betjeman, C. Birkett (National Police Guild), F. T. Blagrove (Middlesex County Association), J. T. Dyke (life), G. W. Fletcher (life), Mrs. G. W. Fletcher (life), Mr. F. E. Hawthorne (Society of Royal Cumberland Youths), Dr. D. N. Layton (University of London Society), Messrs. G. S. Morris (Salisbury Diocesan Guild), T. G. Myers (Guild of Devonshire Ringers), W. A. Osborn (honorary member), T. H. Radford (East Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Association), G. Salmon (Bath and Wells Diocesan Association), J. Scott (Chester Guild), Dr. D. E. Sibson (Society of Royal Cumberland Youths), Miss H. G. Snowden (Essex Association), Mrs. P. J. Staniforth (Ladies' Guild), Messrs. P. J. Staniforth (Leicester Diocesan Guild), C. G. J. Watts (Ancient Society of College Youths), J. J. Webb (Hereford Diocesan Guild) and W. C. West (Salisbury Diocesan Guild).

Mrs. Hairs said the Council would be sorry to learn that Mrs. Fletcher was far from well. They all hoped that she would soon recover. Edith had been a member of the Council for 50 years and George was hon. secretary for 20 years. She proposed that a letter of sympathy should be sent to her wishing her a speedy recovery. This was agreed to.


The following new members were presented to the president: Messrs. J. Worth (Chester Guild), D. F. Murfet (Ely Diocesan Association), Dr. E. V. Woodcock (North Wales), F. A. White (honorary member), R. Roger Savory (Winchester and Portsmouth).


Honorary life membership for his distinguished services to the Exercise was conferred on Mr. J. Frank Smallwood. The proposal was moved by Mr. F. W. Perrens, who said that by next April it would be 50 years since they rang their first peal together. It was a sad occasion as it was one of those rung for the first president and founder of the Council, who was in office at the time of his death - Sir Arthur Perceval Heywood.

No words of his were necessary to prove that Mr. Smallwood richly deserved the honour he was proposing. He was elected a member of the Council in 1939 and had served the Council faithfully ever since. In 1951 he was brave enough to take on the most thankless job of convener of "The Ringing World" Committee. At that time the finances of "The Ringing World" were practically nil; in fact it was touch and go whether the paper would continue. They had only to refer to the accounts to see the tremendous work he and the members of his committee had done in the past 14 years.

Mr. E. A. Barnett seconded and said: "There is no one in the Exercise today who more richly deserves the highest honour the Council is able to confer on him."

The resolution was put to the meeting and the president announced: "It gives me tremendous pleasure to tell you that by a unanimous vote you have been elected a life member, and I trust you will grace our meetings for many years to come."

Mr. Smallwood, in thanking the Council for a "totally undeserved honour," said he had done what he could to help forward "The Ringing World." "I am afraid we have some difficult times ahead for 'The Ringing World' and it behoves everyone to support the paper. Don't be too critical; remember you are being served by an excellent committee who are putting everything they have got into it and it is a very hard task."

Mr. Smallwood paid tribute to the services in past years of Mr. J. Dyke and the late Mr. Harold J. Poole and asked for full support for the committee in the days ahead. He was still convinced that 5,500 readers was a disgrace to the Exercise: it ought to be 10,000.

who received the Council's highest honour - life honorary membership.
Frank Smallwood


The hon. secretary said the Standing Committee recommended that the retiring members (Mrs. O. D. Barnett, Messrs. F. I. Hairs, C. K. Lewis, W. A. Osborn, A. J. Pitman and H. L. Roper) be re-elected. It had come to light that one well-known member of the Towers and Belfries Committee (Mr. F. E. Collins) would after next year be no longer a member of the Council and also that Mr. Brian Austin was in a similar position. It was the wish of the committee that their names should go forward for honorary membership.

Mr. F. E. Sharpe proposed this and said the Towers and Belfries Committee were losing Mr. Clarke, who was retiring, and Mr. Osborn was unable to continue. Mr. Collins had done a tremendous amount of work - he did 18 inspections last year in eight different counties, and he never hesitated to go on long journeys. Mr. Austin was writing a chapter for the new handbook and was a qualified architect.

Mr. John Freeman seconded and the recommendation was confirmed.


The hon. secretary said, as instructed at the last meeting, he wrote to Mr. John Betjeman, who replied that he was honoured that his name should be considered for honorary membership. It was some years since he handled a bell and he was then only a call change ringer. Mr. Barnett proposed and Mr. T. J. Lock seconded his election, which was unanimous.


The Council stood while the following members who had died during the year were remembered: S. E. Bennett, E. C. Turner, F. W. Rogers, Rev. W. M. K. Warren, T. G. Darch, A. A. Hughes, C. Sharples, E. M. Atkins, L. J. Williams, Canon C. C. Cox, G. E. Cross, Frank C. W. Knight, J. R. Newman and G. C. Woodley.

The president paid a tribute to Mr. Hughes. They could remember him, he suggested, under seven headings. First as a bell founder, and the head of a very great bell foundry by which he inherited a very long and honourable tradition. Splendidly he carried on and built on the work of his predecessors. He was also most helpful to clergy and church councils who had little money available to get their bells ringing. Then there was his outstanding work with the Ancient Society of College Youths, in which he held high office. Another was in connection with "The Ringing World." When Mr. Goldsmith died he, with others, took full responsibility and served as treasurer.

Canon Thurlow also mentioned Mr. Hughes' work for education as a governor of the Sir John Cass Institute, as a churchwarden and his hospitality. He was a very great gentleman and it must be a joy to him that his family was carrying on the work to which he had devoted his life.

The Rev. John Scott paid tribute to Mr. Tom Darch of the Devon Association. He was a man of authority who loved bell music, his home and his church. It was his decision that made the Devon Association join the Central Council.

Mr. J. Bray in a tribute to Mr. Stanley Bennett said he was an excellent ringer and a great churchman.

Canon K. W. H. Felstead referred to the passing of Mr. Fred Rogers, a member of the Council for over 30 years and who was an officer of the Winchester and Portsmouth Guild for 40 years. In a reference to Canon C. C. Cox, he was known to a large number of ringers and would also be remembered for the excellent articles he wrote for "The Ringing World" at Christmas and Easter.

Mr. Frank Haynes recalled a long association with Mr. E. M Atkins through Cambridge University Guild, St. Augustine's, Kilburn, and Teignmouth, where he served with distinction as general secretary to the Guild of Devonshire Ringers.

The recent death of Mr. George E. Cross was mentioned by Mr. E. A. Barnett. From his own point of view his greatest achievement was as Master of the Society of Cumberland Youths over a difficult period in keeping the Society together and a band at St. Martin's.

Mr. J. P. Fidler made brief references to the deaths of Mr. E. C. Turner, a policeman pupil of Mr. Harold Poole; Mr. Charles Sharples, who went on the Australian tour; Mr. L. Williams, a well-known Lancashire ringer; and Mr. Tommy Darch, of Torrington, whose ringing was ringing.

Mr. I. H. Oram in a reference to Mr. Frank C. W. Knight said few had a greater knack in upsetting people, but only those who knew him realised how sincere and helpful he really was. He was particularly grateful to him; he always tried to train ringers wherever he went.

Mr. J. T. Barrett, on behalf of the Salisbury Guild, referred to the great work Canon Cox did for the Guild and his knowledge and love of gardening.

The Ringing World, June 18, 1965, pages 406 to 407, correction July 2, 1965, page 452


The minutes, as published in "The Ringing World" of March 16th, 1965, were adopted on the proposition of Mr. E. A. Barnett, seconded by Mr. F. Sharpe.

Arising from the minutes, the hon. secretary said it would be recalled that the Southwell Diocesan Guild were requested to change the name (Burslem Delight Major), as it was not the correct extension of the Minor. He had received a letter stating that this had been done.



PERUSAL of copies of the more significant letters sent out during 1964 reveals little of outstanding importance. Possibly the correspondence arising from an inquiry I made about participation in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award was the most interesting and probably the most rewarding. That concerning the loss of the account books of "The Ringing World" for several weeks because of a mailbag theft was the most alarming. The rest seems mainly to be internal correspondence, Council meeting matters and answers (sometimes soothing ones) to the usual variety of inquiries from all kinds of sources: Has the … Association ever employed paid instructors? Can you organise an exhibit for our Christian Stewardship Campaign? (The Salisbury Guild kindly did so.) Can you tell me about your Council, its aims and objects, for a thesis I am writing? Have you any instructional books to help us ring our bells? (This from Ceylon.) Who is the Patron Saint of bellringers?

The Barron Bell Trust continues to be much sought after and I hope that some at least of those who ask for help from the Trust are able to obtain it.

I am grateful to Mr. Douglas Hughes, the new treasurer of "The Ringing World," for taking over the task of dealing with the Editor's pay and tax matters.

I am very glad to have been associated with Mr. Edgar Shepherd's book "The Sound of Bells," which appeared at the end of the year.

Mr. Wilson and Miss Groves have as usual saved the Council considerable expense by typing and duplicating these papers, and our thanks are once again due to them.


The hon. secretary moved and Canon Felstead seconded and the report was adopted.


THE machine was run on four days during the year and was seen by 67 visitors. Methods rung included Cambridge Surprise Major, Grandsire Caters and Stedman Cinques, but attempts to bring round touches of London Surprise Major, previously successful, failed. The settings have been carefully checked but the time available at the Museum for a thorough check is limited, and some time will be required to trace what is undoubtedly only a slight maladjustment.

It is therefore proposed to withdraw the machine from the Museum during this year for a period of two or three weeks during which time it will be possible to spend time on it during hours when the Museum would not be open for such operations.


Moving the adoption, Mr. Douglas Hughes said that since the report was submitted Mr. Haynes spent a day with him and they traced the fault that had given them trouble so it would not be necessary to take the machine away from the Museum.

Seconding, Mr. Haynes said Mr. Hughes would like to hear of any young man living in the London area interested in the machine.

Record Demand for Central Council Publications

The report of the hon. librarian stated that sales of publications are still increasing and the income therefrom this year is over £40 more than in any previous year. The demand for "Beginners' Handbook" again shows a marked increase, as does also that for "On Conducting" - surely good signs for the future. An added interest in handbell ringing seems to be indicated by an increase this year in the sales of "Change Ringing on Handbells" of over 60 per cent. on the average for the past five years.

1964 has been quite an active year for new publications and reprints, the following having been dealt with: "Beginners' Handbook," "On Conducting," "Four-way Table Minor Methods," "Recruiting Leaflet," "Prayer Sheet," "Change Ringing on Handbells" and "Grandsire Caters." In addition, all the hard work on "A Collection of Surprise Methods" was completed this year and the issue is dated 1964, although it was not on sale until early 1965. Mr. J. R. Mayne and his colleagues on the Methods Committee are to be congratulated on this most comprehensive and valuable work and the thanks of the whole Exercise is due to them. We also thank Mr. J. Segar for presenting us with a further supply of "Blue Line Proof."

I would like to pay a special tribute to Mr. Edward Jenkins, of Oldham, who has spent a tremendous amount of time during the past few years in writing, together with sketches, duplicates of J. A. Trollope's "London Ringers and Ringing." He has already completed eight of the ten volumes, each consisting of 500 to 600 pages. We are grateful also to Mr. Fred Dunkerley for supplying all the necessary material for the job. Mr. Speed has agreed to house the duplicates.

Thanks to the generosity of the late Mr. E. H. Lewis, who left any of his books of interest to ringers, copies of which we had not got in our library, to the Central Council, the library has been enriched by quite a number of books. By the kindness of Mrs. Lewis and Mrs. Hooton (daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis) I was invited to visit Tring and choose the books from the collection Mr. Lewis left there. We are indeed most grateful to them. We also tender our sincere thanks for the following additions to the library:

"The Sport of Gentlemen" (ringing included) per Mr. A. Warren; "Friends of Exeter Cathedral" (including an article on "The Bells of the Cathedral" per Rev. J. G. M. Scott; "Incidence of Falseness in Right-Place Surprise Major Methods" by A. S. Hudson, J. W. McClenahan and M. E. Bishop per the authors; "Church Bells of Guernsey, Alderney and Sark" per the author, Mr. F. Sharpe; "Church Bells of Berkshire" (Part XVIII), per the author, Mr. F. Sharpe; Copies of "Irish Bell News" per Mr. F. E. Dukes.

Each year seems to bring an added burden to the shoulders of Mr. and Mrs. R. F. B. Speed, for our stock of publications, the sales thereof and the financial turnover are all increasing. Added to their difficulties this year has been the work of moving house. We are most grateful to them for doing an important job, one which is most essential for the welfare of the Exercise, and one which must take up a very considerable amount of their time.

FRANK W. PERRENS. Hon. Librarian.

The Publications Account showed a profit of £94 16s. The stock at the end of the year was £820 2s. 8d. (against £657 8s. 3d.). Sales less discounts were £345 11s. 5d. Purchases during the year were 5,000 "Beginners' Handbooks," £185 8s.; 1,000 "Change Ringing on Handbells," £82 18s.; 1,000 "On Conducting," £59 15s.; 1,000 "Four-way Minor Table," £16 15s.; 1,000 "Grandsire Caters," £377 4s.

Interest on the Clement Glenn bequest of £23 2s. 2d. had been spent on 3,000 copies of "What is This?" £17 4s., binding books for Theological Colleges. £5 15s. The fund of investment at cost was £762 18s. 4d. and cash at bank £136 13s. 8d.


Method Sheets - D.N.C.B.M. 29; Method Sheets - Stedman 35; Preservation of Bells 181; Four-way Minor Table 34; Handbell Ringing 250; Major Compositions 4; Collection of Peals, Sect. III 12; Report of Conference S.P.A.B. 10; Doubles Methods 171; Model Rules 45; Village Bells 72; Card - "Care of Bells" 31; Plain Major Methods 100; Methods Committee Report 4; "On Conducting" 290; Handbook 74; Electrical Switchgear Card 6; Grandsire Caters 11; Beginners' Handbook 2,610; "Ringing for Service" 215; Stedman Compositions 11; Minor Methods 283; False Course Heads 71; Recruiting Leaflet 1,267.

The total value of stock was £820 2s. 8d.

Moving the adoption of the report, Mr. F. W. Perrens (hon. librarian) said the profit this year was over 50 per cent. more than in any previous year.

Mr. C. K. Lewis seconded and the report was adopted.

Sum of £8,262 Invested


The Income and Expenditure Account of the Council showed an excess of income over expenditure of £111 14s. 8d. Affiliation fees were £82 10s. 6d., and Profit on Publications £94 16s. Expenses were £65 11s. 10d., the main items being committee expenses £8 18s. 1d., officers' expenses £11 8s.5d., stationery and printing £11 8s. 5d., postage and telephone £17 4s. 9d.

The Consolidated Balance Sheet showed capital accounts of £8,692 5s. 10d. ("Ringing World"), £845 5s. 7d. (General Fund) and £899 12s. Clement Glenn Fund. At the end of the year cash at bank and in hand was £2,665 17s. Investments at cost were £8,262 18s. 4d.

Moving the accounts except "The Ringing World," which was presented with its committee's report, Mr. E. A. Barnett said these had been audited by Mr. Harold Pitstow. The General Fund Income and Expenditure Account for the first time for some years showed a profit without the surplus from the Publications Account. The value of the office and library equipment had been reduced to £1 and he proposed to leave it at that figure.

As the librarian had said, in regard to the Publications Account they had made a record profit. Since 1959 some 20,027 copies had been printed. With each reprint the price went up and he supposed that cost would eventually overtake the idling price, but as the original idea was to sell at a low price they need not worry too much about this. They had this year the Surprise Methods book. One snag about this was that the General Fund had not the waiting money to meet the cost, but by a certain amount of juggling they met the balance.

In regard to investments and in view of Mr. Vernon Bottomley's comments at the Yorkshire annual meeting on April 20th, he had a letter from "The Ringing World" auditor stating that Defence Bonds were losing their attraction and suggesting that as the Bonds came up for redemption the Council consider placing the money with a building society.

The accounts were seconded by Mr. F. E. Dukes and adopted.

The Ringing World, June 18, 1965, page 408


The reception of the report of "The Ringing World" Committee provoked considerable discussion. Among the complaints were the poor return from investment, the need of a brighter paper, delays in deliveries of postal copies and the suggestion that the Editor's choice of publication was influenced by the "Gratefully Acknowledged" column.

The report, signed by Mr. R. S. Anderson (convener) stated: In presenting its report for 1964 your committee first records a change in its convener. After serving "The Ringing World" and the Exercise generally for many years, Mr. J. Frank Smallwood felt the work was becoming rather too much for him and it was to the regret of all that at Truro he announced to the committee that he could no longer continue in the position. It was with great reluctance that his resignation was accepted. Your committee feels sure that the Council will join with it in offering to Mr. Smallwood sincere thanks for all his work, for it is due to his guidance and leadership that the paper not only survives today but that its finances are so well founded. We wish him well and look forward to his valued guidance and counsel for some years to come.

Appointed to succeed Mr. Smallwood was Mr. R. S. Anderson, who asks for your support and help in the conduct of your paper's affairs.

This year has been notable in that "The Ringing World" published its first supplement, reporting the successful opening of the Washington Cathedral bells by a band from the "Old Country." The innovation was an outstanding success and the committee's thanks are extended to all who contributed to this noteworthy publication and hope that future special occasions can be suitably commemorated.


The committee also records with thanks the generous gesture of the bellfounders, Mears and Stainbank and John Taylor and Co., in donating their advertising space for the provision of more news items whilst continuing to pay the charges. Their offer was quite unsolicited and is thus the more admirable. The extra page made available has been of great use to the Editor in providing additional "Belfry Gossip."

The accounts for the year now before you showing a surplus of £444 is an increase of £75 on that for 1963. Whilst income shows a net increase (including investment increase) of £358, expenditure has risen by net £106. Members are however reminded that costs in the current year will be greater on two items, printing and postage. Printing charges were increased as from the first issue in January, 1965, and extra postal charges come into force on May 17th, 1965. After careful consideration and taking into account the loss of sales when last the price was raised, your committee decided to add only 1d. to the charge, making the new figure 9d. per week with appropriate alterations in the postal subscriptions.

Whilst appreciating that it will be necessary to review costs and charges at the end of 1965, your committee hopes that any further upward adjustment can be avoided by additional support resulting in greater income, especially through more postal subscribers. Of our publishing income, 37.4 per cent. is from the publishers and 62.6 per cent. from postal subscribers. This is a worthy achievement and the Exercise is urged to consider that 500 more postal subscribers will materially help in maintaining the present charges.

In conclusion, your committee gives its thanks to the Editor and his assistant at Guildford, to Mr. J. E. Jeater for the accounting, to Mr. Roper for compiling the index and all who in any and every way contribute to "The Ringing World."

Mr. R. A. Anderson, in moving the adoption of the report, said on behalf of his colleagues he would like to be the first to congratulate Mr. Frank Smallwood on his election as a life member. They were more than grateful for the time, work and energy Mr. Smallwood had given to "The Ringing World," and they hoped they would have the benefit of his guidance and counsel for some years to come.

The increase in the price of "The Ringing World" on January 1st was the minimum they felt was necessary, due to the recent price increase in the printing trade, the extra postage to be met from May 17th and the extra National Health Insurance contributions for which they were subject for Mrs. Lucas. The position would have to be reviewed at the end of the year in the light of the year's working. They were basing that on the prospect of a second reduction on the return of their publishers. "The Ringing World," as they knew, was a minor publication and must be a lot of trouble to publishers, and if they want to continue for them to buy at their terms the only answer was for more postal subscribers. They had appealed for years for more postal subscribers; they got 1½d. a copy more from this source. The crux was that 5,500 was a very small proportion out of the 40,000 ringers in the country.

Mr. F. I. Hairs seconded.


Mr. Vernon Bottomley said if he had known that a report of the Yorkshire Association was to appear in "The Ringing World" he would have taken the trouble to see that he was a bit more accurately reported. The answer the hon. secretary had made seemed to be like closing the stable door. If they must have taxable interest then they ought to have securities that paid the market rate of interest. For some months local authorities had been offering 6¾ per cent. on fixed term investments. He had raised this question of surplus cash lying in banks before and he would be surprised if they could not find a few hundred pounds to place with local authorities on seven days' notice. He thought they should examine their Defence Bonds and see if it would not be more advantageous to sell and invest in other securities.

Mr. A. D. Barker complained about committee reports being handed out at the meeting and not sent in advance. He also complained about the state his "Ringing World" arrived through the post, the outside being covered with post-marks and the wrapper often torn. Could they not have larger wrapping paper? He also thought the committee should have somebody with a financial mind to advise them with their investments.

Dr. C. M. P. Johnson (Cambridge University) thought the Council could increase its income by £150 a year by changing its investments.


The hon. secretary said on the question of reports, the resolution of the Council was that reports should be in the hands of the hon. secretary by March 31st. This year the majority of reports were not in by that date and that is why a number were not issued in advance.

In regard to investments, they acted on professional advice. So far as Defence Bonds were concerned they had some 4 per cent. maturing this year and there was no point in disposing of them as they would lose the capital bonus. The first £1,000 worth of five per cent. mature in July and again there was no point in disposing of them. The 4½ per cent. would mature in 1967 and that was something they might consider selling and re-investing. Mr. Barnett again emphasised that they acted on professional advice.


Mr. Philip Gray said each year when "The Ringing World" report was presented the Central Council became like a shareholders' meeting. First of all he thought the committee were to be congratulated on making their books balance, but did they regard as part of their duties to discuss how "The Ringing World" could be made more attractive? The report mentioned the sales at 5,500 and the question was how to increase those sales. It was primarily a matter in salesmanship, the method of producing the paper and the news they gathered.

Mr. Anderson replied that the policy of the paper was set out by "The Ringing World" Committee, and it was the committee's responsibility to see that it was made attractive and appealed to the Exercise. Mr. Gray had said it was a matter of salesmanship. Unfortunately it was not quite the case as "The Ringing World" Committee had a certain optimum of income and must budget within that figure. That was why they were asking for increased support. They had only one editor and it was a tremendous job for one person with very little recompense. When the present editor retired the Council knew it would be an extremely difficult job to find a successor. "The Ringing World" employed no full-time or part-time reporters, and Mr. White depended on the material he received.

The Rev. J. G. M. Scott: "I find this complaint of copies arriving damaged very strange. Mr. Barker's travels 30 miles, mine travels 212 miles and arrives in perfect condition. I find it difficult to understand how his copy gets messed up in such a short distance."


Mr. G. Dodds thought there would be more postal subscribers if "The Ringing World" would arrive on a Thursday.

Mr. R. S. Anderson said any delay was not due to late posting. They were posted the same time every week; delay was due to postal authorities, over whom they had no control. He lived in Newcastle and worked in Stoke, two miles away. A letter was posted in Newcastle on a Tuesday at 7 p.m. and he did not receive it until 11 o'clock on Thursday morning.

Mr. J. R. Mayne said as far as postal subscribers were concerned they were of great value to the paper and he thought it was criminal in a body like that some did not take the paper through the post. He could not believe they arrived in a bad condition and he had never found it necessary to make a complaint about his.

There had been concern among readers about the economic price of the paper, and was it necessary to have voluntary donations to "The Ringing World"? There might be arguments on both sides. It might be good business to receive money and put in quarter peals, but it must be very difficult to receive a donation and refuse to publish. On the other hand, were they not in danger of establishing a system of bribery by "gratefully acknowledged"? It was quite possible that the selection of items for publication might be influenced by a donation. He thought there was a great danger in such a position. Mr. Mayne also expressed his disapproval of the format employed for peals and said there was an almost unanimous opinion of disapproval of the change.

Mr. Norman Chaddock felt that "The Ringing World" was in a cleft stick and it had been like it for years. The best thing the Council could do was to give full support to "The Ringing World" Committee, who had a big job to do.

Mr. Victor Shepherd thought the introduction of a coloured cover would be an advantage. They had to make it more attractive.

Mr. W. Viggers considered that a big responsibility for increasing the sales rested on the tower captains. He thought an attractively produced card should be circulated, giving details of how to become a subscriber.

Mr. White replied to a number of points raised. Referring to mutilated copies received occasionally by a postal subscriber, he reaffirmed that all copies were despatched in good condition. However, he would of course be pleased to replace any mutilated copies with a fresh one on request.

In respect of the format of the peals as published in "The Ringing World," he pointed out that under the old format there were approximately five to six peals in one column, while under the new format there were approximately seven peals. This had resulted in a tremendous saving of space, which was his prime consideration.

As to peals not appearing in chronological order, he said that he first put the peals in order of Guilds or Associations, then in order of numbers of bells - 12, 10, 8, 6 and 5 - and then into date order. There were times when it was possible to save space by transferring a peal to another column. Before adopting this method he consulted peal secretaries and they approved of the arrangement.

Another complaint dealt with was the size of pages in this year's issues of "The Ringing World," and the Editor said that, like many other concerns, the printers had been the subject of a "take-over bid," and as a result different machines were now used for printing the paper. He hoped that the size of the pages would remain uniform from now on.

In conclusion, Mr. White affirmed his interest in the Exercise and in his work as Editor of "The Ringing World," and stated that it was his intention to carry on as Editor as long as he was able, provided the Central Council were prepared to retain him.

The report was adopted.


The new collection of compositions in Major methods is complete and should be in the hands of the printer during the course of the next few weeks. It will consist in the main of a revised edition of the previous collection, which is now almost out of print. Attention is being paid to quality rather than numbers of compositions.

W. E. CRITCHLEY (Convener), 38, Castle Hills Road, Scawthorpe, Doncaster.

The adoption of the report was moved by Mr. Critchley and seconded by Mr. G. E. Feirn and carried.


Teddy Barnett

The hon. secretary reported that the Standing Committee considered the agenda in detail and made a number of recommendations that would be placed before the Council. The committee took note that the hon. secretary would not be seeking re-election next year.

The president said everyone on the Council with any idea of administration must be profoundly aware of the work their secretary had been doing these last 14 years and would continue to do this year. He had carried out the work with indomitable courage and tremendous energy, and above all this he had a number of gifts and qualifications for this task. It was almost impossible to envisage such a Council as theirs continuing without Mr. Barnett as its secretary. They would not be surprised to learn that at the Standing Committee many people spoke most movingly and persuasively but he had thought it over very carefully with his dear wife and he would not be open to persuasion so the Council would elect a new hon. secretary this time next year.

They must do their best to elect a most worthy successor. Clearly they must be careful to avoid the dangers of dictatorship and the pitfalls of democracy which it would be unwise to comment on at this stage. What was suggested at the Standing Committee was that the matter of a possible successor be left to a small committee consisting of the vice-president, the secretary, the librarian and himself. It was sincerely hoped that as the result of their deliberations a suitable name would be submitted to them. They were not dictators. The Council was a democratic institution and it would be for the Council to elect its secretary heeding whatever the small committee might submit.

When they elected a new secretary they had to remember that the future of the Council as regarded its efficiency and functioning must depend on whom fell the honour of being the new secretary and treasurer.

Mr. F. I. Hairs seconded and the report was adopted without comment.



Sundry Creditors£795127(£625)
Postal Subscriptions and notices in advance£1,545167(£1,822)
Capital a/c bal. 1/1/64£8,247119(£8,248)
Profit 1965£444141

Investments at cost:
4%Defence Bonds£800
4½%Defence Bonds£800
4½%Defence Bonds£1,000
4½%Defence Bonds£700
5%Defence Bonds£2,000
5%Defence Bonds£1,200
5%Nat. Development Bonds£1,000
Cash at bankers£2,2791510(£3,132)
In hand98(£2)
Amount due from Central Council£234192(£120)



Woodbridge Press, printing, £5,522 (£5,346). Ditto, blocks, £23-12-6 (£127). Total £5,545-17-6.

Editorial Office expenses.- Editor's fees and expenses, £774-1-8 (£759); clerical assistance, £260-5-0 (£195); postage and sundries, £33-15-0. Total, £1,068-1-8.

Postal Subscribers.- Despatch of copies, £1,413-3-6 (£1,287); addressing and wrappers, £473-6-3 (£430). Total, £1,836-9-9.

Accounts Department.- Clerical assistance and expenses, £234 (£234); postage, £27-8-7 (£26); stationery and sundries, £50-1-3 (£41). Total, £311-9-10.

Miscellaneous expenses.- £24-12-6 (£29).

Audit and Accountancy Charge.- £36-15-0 (£37).

Income Tax.- On interest £121-18-3 less tax relief on publishing loss 15/6. Total. £121-2-9.

Profit carried forward to Balance Sheet, £444-14-1 (£369).

Total: £9,389-3-1 (£9,016).


Rolls House Publishing Co., £2,685-10-7 (£2,734).

Postal Subscriptions, £4,491 (£4,348).

Donations, £561-6-0 (£477).

Advertisements, £531-7-4 (£515).

Notices, £679-0-3 (£623).

Sundry receipts, £83-16-7 (£43).

Interest, £339-1-4 (£276).

Total: £9,389-3-1 (£9,016).


A motion to amend the Decisions of the Council Section D (2) page 20, was moved by Mr. C. K. Lewis. It will read: "Twelve- scores known as Morris', Pitman's and Price's." Mr. Lewis said in 1951 the Decisions were revised and at that time Mr. Price's 240 was not well known. This 240 was similar in build-up to the others and they thought it was only right and proper that it should be included in the Council's handbook.

Mr. E. A. Barnett seconded, and the motion was agreed to.


The motion on behalf of the Guild of Devonshire Ringers submitted by the Rev. J. G. M. Scott and seconded by Mr. N. Mallett: "That no report of any peal be published in the peal report columns of 'The Ringing World' unless such report be accompanied by a contribution to 'The Ringing World' funds of not less than a shilling for each person taking part in the peal," was withdrawn.

The Rev. J. G. M. Scott, in making the request, said it would give Guilds an opportunity to discuss it.

The Ringing World, June 18, 1965, pages 409 to 410


AN examination and analysis of the collection of articles and news items reveals the interesting fact that emphasis in the past year has been on a practical approach to the problems facing churches, bells and bellringers, states the report of the Literature and Press Committee.

Three important matters have received attention: the care of bells, the importance of recruiting and the question of bells for new churches. The interest shown in these closely-related subjects has been heightened by the allusion to them in speeches and writings by some of the high dignitaries of the Church.

"Venture," the newspaper of the Diocese of Exeter, prints an article by the Rev. John Scott in which valuable practical advice is given for incumbent and ringer on the care of a tower and its precious contents; and other feature articles draw attention to the service that must be given to the bells. The Yorkshire Press showed concern at the lack of recruits for ringing at Sheffield comparing it with the flourishing state of Rotherham ringing. The "Hull Daily Mail" quoted at length the words of the Bishop of Hull, speaking at Beverley. He told members: "Keep up your bell-ringing because it is not only good for the parish and the people but good for you … It is part of the whole system of worship and evangelism in our church." The italics of the last sentence is our own, and we make no apology for emphasising this part of the Lord Bishop's speech. The Bishop of Lincoln, speaking at the Lincoln Diocesan Guild's Dinner, enlarged on the same theme, and urged with vigour the rejection of sham bells.


The feature articles we have read have all had a pleasant and sensible approach to their subject. Ricky Ryan in "The Bicester Advertiser" writes thoughtfully on the young ringers at St. Edburgh's Church, Bicester; and an excellent essay on the ringers of All Saints', Childwall, combines ringing customs and the activities of the local band, and provides with it four instructive photographs. A scholarly article by Kenneth S. B. Croft on the golden jubilee of the bells of St. Mary's, Southampton, has been reprinted as a pamphlet and should assist both the church and the cause of ringing.

From Ireland come a number of interesting articles and features, and among them some reference to Robert B. Smith's tour and Cambridge Twelve at Dublin, an account by D. F. Moore in "The Evening News" of the bells of the Roman Catholic Church of SS. Augustine and John, and "Tatler" in "The Irish Independent" writing of the instructional work of Mr. F. E. Dukes. In addition these "The News of the World" for December 15th reminded us of the world-wide work of the Fountain Head Bell Foundry, Dublin, Ireland's only active bell foundry.

Back in England, "The Western Morning News" of July 3rd printed an attractive article by the Rev. Norman Edwards on some West of England bells, bell inscriptions and rhymes, and the opening words of the essay are significant: " … we have entered upon an era of new churches being built without bells." Following the thoughtful and suggestive thesis on this theme by Mr. Geoffrey Dodds (quoted in our last report) we have, this year, Mr. Brian Austin advocating the provision of light rings of bells in towers of simple construction; and the subject was underlined by Mr. T. A. Bevis in "The Ringing World" of October 23rd. Mr. Austin's article written for the "Ely Diocesan Gazette" was quoted by "Urbanus" in "The Church Times." The writer says "I cannot recall seeing a single post-war church which possesses a bell tower as the term has hitherto been understood." And he goes on to support Mr. Austin and to urge the importance of preserving the art of ringing in churches. "Bat," writing in "Venture," suggests what he calls a Bell Employment Exchange to organise and facilitate the transfer of bells from churches where they will never be rung to towers in which they might be usefully employed.


Among the complaints against bellringers, two in the early part of 1964 deserve attention. The first at Bradford-on-Avon resulted in a considerable correspondence in "The Wiltshire Times and Gazette," which, if inconclusive, resulted in the impression that the complainant had exaggerated the facts of the situation. Another complaint, at Honeybourne in Warwickshire, brought forth an article in "The Birmingham Post and Gazette" and aroused the villagers to a defence of their parish church bells.

A further thought on this matter is prompted by a letter in "The Daily Telegraph" deploring the cessation of the 8 am, church bell at Bromley on the grounds that people nearby could not sleep through its tolling. And to conclude this section we draw attention to the outspoken declaration of the Rector of Loughton, Essex, to the building speculators that whatever or wherever they build he will not allow his bells to be silenced. The passage in "The Evening News and Star" quotes the Rector as saying: "It is clearly understood by the developers that St. John's Church has one of the finest peals of bells in the county. I have no intention of silencing them."

Among the school and college activities we are pleased to note in "Tower and Town" continued progress at Marlborough College and "Outlook" reports fully on the good work at Edmonton Grammar School. This Summer issue of the School Magazine also contains an excellent article for the layman by M. V. White, accompanied by a fine reproduction of the membership certificate of The Ancient Society of College Youths.


Among the general news items the proposed ring of bells for Guildford Cathedral has aroused wide interest and the visit of the English ringers to Washington had great publicity in the Press on both sides of the Atlantic. The Convener's new book "The Sound of Bells" received notice in the Midland and Western papers, and the reviews included one in "The Church Times."

Ringers featured have included the Rev. Roger Keeley in "Town and Tower," David Manger, Ringing Master at Chelsfield, whose work was noted in the "Evening Standard" and in "Spanner" and a number of veterans receiving recognition of long service. Among these we found Messrs. G. E. Symonds and C. J. Sedgley, of Ipswich, Mr. Alec Weeks, of Devizes, and Mr. Tom Collins. The newspaper of the Parish Church of St. Martin, Ruislip, printed a very pleasant article on Mr. Collins and his sixty years as a ringer, accompanied by an equally pleasant photograph.


New books and publications of 1964 are given below: "Overtones" - this has a new editor and a fresh layout; "The Ringing Towers"; "The Belfry News"; "Irish Bell News"; "A Handbook of Grandsire Caters": Edgar C. Shepherd, second edition (C.C. Publication); "Complete Collection of Right-Place Surprise Methods": A. S. Hudson and J. W. McClenahan; "Learning and Teaching Bell Control": Norman Chaddock; "The Church Bells of Guernsey, Alderney and Sark": Frederick Sharpe (one of the most attractive little books that has come our way); "The Church Bells of Berkshire," Part 18: Frederick Sharpe; "The Sound of Bells": Edgar C. Shepherd.

The "Ringers' Notebook and Diary" appears with such regularity that we now take it very much for granted. It is gratifying to see it in such general use, especially among the younger ringers.

It is with regret that we have to report the suspension of the publication of "The Belfry" and we trust ere long it will again go into circulation.

(Signed) EDGAR C. SHEPHERD (Convener), 46, Manor Gardens, Warminster, Wilts.

The adoption was moved by Mr. Edgar C. Shepherd and seconded by Mr. F. E. Dukes and carried unanimously.


At the end of the meeting the hon. secretary announced that the attendance was a record by a substantial margin. The total attendance was 154 and the previous record was 147 at Stoke-on-Trent in 1961. Details:

Wholly represented3480-
Partly represented215325
Not represented55

Life members43
Honorary members172


The Ringing World, June 18, 1965, page 411


From the regions members of the committee report as follows:


Several towers have been featured with service broadcasts on both radio and television. These included Coleraine, Blessington, Carrickfergus, St. George's, Dublin, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral. Drumbo were also featured on Telefis Eireann and a touring party with Drumbo also appeared on television. On two Sundays the general secretary was interviewed on Radio Eireann preparatory to the visits of touring parties in September. A programme on Irish bells was broadcast over the American Network from Texas on St. Patrick's Day.


The bells and ringers of Stowmarket and East Bergholt were televised. An item entitled "Ring out the 12 Bells" was shown from St. Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich, on the occasion of George Pipe going to Washington, U.S.A., in connection with the Cathedral bells there and he also visited the Norwich studio and took part in a television interview with Jean Goodman on the Washington visit. From Henley, Howard Egglestone's party of church- and handbell ringers were shown on television playing carols. At Hoxne, where the bells have been out of use for some ten years, a tape recording of Thatcham bells is used and these were broadcast to show how easily bells could be heard at weddings where churches had no bells. We feel sure that Council will agree that publicity of this sort for so undesirable a practice is regrettable. At Bramford some publicity was given on television to complaints of excessive ringing which kept the children awake.


The bells of Chester-le-Street and Ripon Cathedral were broadcast by I.T.V. and we were associated with the first of these and found Tyne-Tees very co-operative. Miss Jennie Armstrong, of Morpeth, appeared on B.B.C. Television's "Look North," local programme, continuing her campaign against "Insults to the Curfew" by peal ringers and later on sound radio continued the topic.


Bells have been broadcast prior to Sunday services from Wareham, West Lavington, Dorchester, Christchurch Priory, Wootton Bassett, Cannington and Heavitree. The broadcast from Cannington, their Harvest Festival service, brought the Vicar some 200 odd letters of appreciation, in many cases with particular reference to the bells, and a considerable wave of enthusiasm has resulted, even to the extent of there being a proposal to augment the ring. In August there was an excellent television broadcast from St. Mary's, Southampton, when it was noted that a generous amount of time was devoted to the bells. With the alteration to broadcasting times in September some publicity was given to the bells used to open the Light Programme on Sunday mornings. Shots of St. Peter's, Evercreech, tower were shown on T.V. and an interview with the local tower captain was broadcast on sound radio in the News Magazine Programme. Mr. Edgar Shepherd, author of "The Sound of Bells," appeared on Granada Television in an interview, prior to which handbells were rung by Messrs. E. A. Barnett, T. J. Lock, A. D. Barker and E. C. Shepherd.


The tower bell ringing side of the Twickenham and Richmond Musical Festival was broadcast on the B.B.C. Home Service on March 16th. Dr. Neal-Smith, W. G. Wilson (the adjudicator) and F. W. Goodfellow were interviewed and there was also some ringing. Hillingdon were the winners. A most interesting talk was given on B.B.C. Home Service by Mr. W. H. Coles, on his bell ringing experiences, and various recordings, particularly of West Country bells, were included. Mr. H. N. Pitstow was invited to appear in the programme "Information Please" in which he answered questions on bell-ringing put by Franklyn Engleman. The visit to Broadcasting House to record this programme and vet the Christmas Bells Programme gave Mr. Pitstow an excellent opportunity further to improve our relationship with the various members of the Corporation involved.


In May the Cambridge University Guild were filmed by a unit from a French Television outfit, ringing at St. Mary the Great, Cambridge. A touch of Plain Bob and Little Bob Maximus and a bob course of Stedman Cinques were recorded and filmed.


The selection of towers for the Christmas Bells Broadcast was again entrusted to the committee. With the exception of East Anglia all our members contributed to the programme - it is hoped that this area will be included next year.

After recordings had been made Mr. Pitstow was invited, to assist in selecting the passages to be used in the actual broadcast. This he did, and found the B.B.C. extremely co-operative and in particular he was pleased to note that the producer of the programme was becoming quite knowledgeable about bell recordings. The general standard of ringing was very fair, in some instances good - there was, however, still room for improvement in microphone position. In one instance the wind gave trouble and in others the microphone appeared to be too close to the bells.

Although occurring in 1965, we feel we should mention in this report the passing of that great statesman, Sir Winston Churchill, and on the occasion of his State funeral the broadcasting of the bells of St. Paul's Cathedral. There was considerable contrast in the broadcast as heard on sound radio compared with that on television. The former was extremely clear and well balanced, particularly when the microphone was in the best position, whereas the latter, no doubt due again to the position of the microphone, was far less effective.


A correspondent in "The Ringing World" sought to discredit the opinion expressed by this committee on 12 bell ringing for broadcasting, using the sound radio broadcast of St. Paul's as an example. We would point out that it has never been disputed that good ringing on the heavier 12's can be perfectly satisfactory. What we have said is that in general 12 bell ringing does not lend itself well to broadcasting and we can find no reason to alter this opinion.

Preliminary talks have taken place with the B.B.C. with a view to putting on a programme on bell ringing in the North and jointly in the London and West Regions a television programme is on the stocks.

A member of the Kent County Association now in H.M.F. Gibraltar was entrusted with the task of putting on a series of programmes for the Forces Broadcasting Service and used recordings of bells for the Christmas programme. Our help was sought in connection with these.

H. J. SANGER (Convener), Rockyville, Evercreech, Shepton Mallet, Somerset.

Moving the adoption, Mr. H. Sanger said there would be a new convener during the coming year as Mr. H. Pitstow, of Saffron, High Street, Banstead, was taking over.

The president expressed the gratitude of the Council to Mr. Sanger for his work. The main reason for the change was the large pressure of work his area - Somerset - placed upon him.

Mr. H. Pitstow seconded the adoption and said it was almost impossible to find out all that was going on. He would appreciate all details of broadcasting where it occurred in a tower.

The report was adopted.

The Ringing World, June 18, 1965, page 420



ONCE again the peals totals have increased, mainly due to the Royal Births and a spate of handbell peals. The grand total is 3,336, with 3,064 on tower bells and 272 "in hand." The handbell peals are up by 31, due mainly to the continuous effort from the Swansea area.

We regret that a peal rung at Thorncombe - Doubles, with three first pealers and the first as conductor - had to be disallowed as there were, presumably, three covers. What a pity! ! !

This year we have a fresh leader, to our list - the Yorkshire Association - with 215 peals.

Here are those with more than 110 peals:

Swansea & Brecon22100122

These contributed 42.14 per cent. of the total.

The Analysis breaks down as follows:

Tower BellsHandbells



There were 548 first pealers with 80 first as conductor. On many occasions we noted peals of Minor and Doubles with three, four and five firsts and first as conductor; also one peal of Stedman Triples with seven firsts; all meritorious. One made his debut as a conductor by tackling Stedman Triples at the age of 57 - good show.

Now for some enumeration:-

Cambridge University: First peal of Stedman Cinques "in hand" by all. Silent and non-conducted do.

Gloucester and Bristol: Spliced Minor in 96, 80, 73, 65, 64, 63, 60, etc. methods "in hand"; 10,080 Spliced Surprise Minor "in hand."

Hertford C.: 16, 14, 12, 11, 10, etc. Spliced Surprise Major "in hand."

Kent C.: 37, 28, 25 methods Spliced Minor.

Ladies' Guild: Stedman Cinques.

Lancashire: 24, 21, 20, 17, etc., Spliced Surprise Major.

Leicester: 17, 15, etc., Spliced Surprise Major; 9, 4 Spliced Surprise Major "in hand"; 105, 71, 59, 42, etc., methods Doubles.

Llandaff and Monmouth: 31 methods Doubles.

Middlesex: 20, 18, 16, 15. 14, etc., Spliced Surprise Major "in hand."

Oxford G.: 60 methods T.B. Minor - 42 methods Doubles.

Oxford Society: 51 methods Doubles.

Peterborough: 42 methods Doubles.

Southwell: 45, 42 methods Doubles.

Surrey: 43 methods Doubles.

Swansea and Brecon: 10,192 Plain Bob Major "in hand"; 20,160 Double Norwich.

Yorkshire: 36, 32, 28, 27, 21 methods Spliced Surprise Royal.

Non-Association: Double-handed tower bell peal of Bob Major at Balcombe.

We wonder why so many peals are duplicated in "The Ringing World." Whose fault is it? May we again ask those who forward peal reports to "The Ringing World" to ensure that they send in a factual report, not one of "wishful thinking"; it would make the efforts of the Editor and ourselves so much easier.

The convener, sobered down by his committee, hesitates to express his opinion of those who ring peals, then forget to send in the report until after the time allowed for our report to be in the hands of the Secretary of the Council. Will culprits please note?

For the Peals Analysis Committee.

W. AYRE (Convener),
The Old School House, Leverstock Green, Hemel Hempstead, Herts.

Mr. Walter Ayre, in moving the adoption of the report, asked for the exclusion of two peals by the Leicester Diocesan Guild which did not comply with the Rules and Decisions of the Council.

Canon K. W. H. Felstead, in seconding, replied to Mr. John Haynes' criticism of the format of peals in "The Ringing World" and said the present style helped the Peals Analysis Committee considerably. Congratulating Yorkshire on becoming the leading peal Association, the Canon said he was told that the peals they had rung would fill two complete issues of "The Ringing World." No doubt they might subsidise them (laughter).


The work of the Towers and Belfries Committee for 1964, stated the report signed by the convener, Mr. F. Sharpe, constitutes an all-time, record. Advice on bell and tower restoration was given in a total of 111 churches, 26 more than in 1963. It would now appear that the second cycle of bell restoration work, occasioned by the Quinquennial Inspection of Churches Measure and mentioned in our last year's report, has reached its peak.

Of the 111 requests for advice, 23 were dealt with by correspondence. Members of the committee visited 88 churches.

The churches where advice was sought may be analysed graphically thus:-

Australia 2, Bedfordshire 1, Berkshire 6, Breconshire 1, Buckinghamshire 3, Cambridgeshire 3, Cheshire 3, Cornwall 1, Derbyshire 2, Devonshire 21, Essex 4, Gloucestershire 2, Hampshire 1, Herefordshire 1, Ireland 1, Kent 7, Lincolnshire 1, London 1, Middlesex 1, Norfolk 2, Northamptonshire 5, Oxfordshire 6, Somerset 24, Shropshire 3, Staffordshire 1, Surrey 5, Sussex 1, Yorkshire 2. Total 111.

The inquiries from Australia and Ireland were dealt with mainly by correspondence, although the authorities at Perth Cathedral commissioned a member of the Engineering Department of Perth University to confer with the convener during a visit to this country.

An analysis of the reports submitted reveals the following: Ten parishes sought advice on augmentation or provision of new bells, the same number as in 1963. The number of towers seeking advice on the recasting of bells increased to 18, twice as many as in the previous year, Fifty-three churches sought advice on rehanging, or were advised by members of our committee to rehang their bells completely, an increase of 10 over the previous year.


The number of churches seeking advice on repair and maintenance increased to 58. This again is a welcome indication that more parochial authorities are concerning themselves with this important work. These inquiries have doubled within the last two years.

Inquiries regarding tower oscillation, and advice on this and also on those towers where extensive damage has been done to masonry, have increased to 22. Of these, perhaps the most interesting cases were Magdalen College, Oxford, Wymondham Abbey, Norfolk, and Banwell, Somerset. The greatest increase was in the number of requests for advice on sound control and modification, of which 35 were dealt with in 1964.

Somerset again headed the list of inquiries, with Devonshire second, a tribute to the excellent work done by Mr. H. Sanger and the Rev. J. G. M. Scott. The convener has given over 40 lectures to members of Diocesan Architectural and Professional Organisations, Parochial Church Councils and in Adult Education Colleges.

The committee met early this year to discuss the details regarding the proposed new book on bell towers, bell hanging and maintenance. The subject matter was divided into sections and members are preparing draft manuscripts of these. Progress has not been so rapid as we had hoped but this was unavoidable in view of the increase of over 25 per cent. in the number of requests for inspections and reports on the condition of bell towers and their contents.

Moving the adoption, Mr. F. Sharpe paid tribute to the work of Mr. Sanger and the Rev. J. G. M. Scott in the West Country. They had lost a very capable member by the retirement of Mr. W. A. Osborn, who had been very active in the West of England. He was very old and asked to be relieved. They had also lost Mr. J. W. Clarke, who no longer represented the Chester Diocesan Guild but was on the Chester Diocesan Committee. His place had been taken by Mr. John Worth. Two new honorary members had been made in Mr. F. E. Collins and Mr. Brian Austin. Mr. Alan Frost had been elected to represent the University of London from next year.

Mr. H. J. Sanger, in seconding, thanked Mr. W. A. Osborn for his work. His tremendous knowledge of bells and bell hanging was invaluable to him.

The report was adopted.

The Ringing World, June 25, 1965, page 426

The Platform at Northampton Town Hall

A WELCOME from the Town, the Diocese and the Peterborough Diocesan Guild was accorded the Council on Whit Tuesday. In the picture, from left to right, are: Mr. E. Billings (secretary, Peterborough Diocesan Guild), Canon G. F. Turner (president), the Bishop of Peterborough (the Rt. Rev. Cyril Eastaugh), Mr. J. H. Bluff (Master of the Guild), the Mayor of Northampton (Councillor Donald Wilson), Mr. John Freeman (vice-president, C.C.), Canon Gilbert Thurlow (president), Mr. F. W. Perrens (hon. librarian), Mrs. E. A. Barnett (assistant hon. secretary) and Mr. E. A. Barnett (hon. secretary and treasurer).
[By courtesy "Chronicle and Echo," Northampton.



In spite of changes in convenership and personnel during the last two years, brought about by death and retirement, this reconstituted committee has continued without being too unduly disorganised.

We miss the industry of our late convener, Mr. A. C. Hazelden, but we are fortunate in still having the unofficial services of our honorary member in retirement, Mr. L. Stilwell, and we are indebted to him.

The Biographies Committee has now been in existence for 30 years and up to 1964 had been led by two conveners - Messrs. J. S. Goldsmith and A. C. Hazelden.

The deaths of the following members and past members have been noted:

S. E. Bennett - Lincoln D.G., 1947. Died Feb. 29th, 1964. (Attended 1 meeting.)

E. C. Turner - Leicester D.G., 1951-53. Died March 25th, 1964. (3 meetings.)

F. W. Rogers - Winchester & Portsmouth D.G., 1933-64. Died June 9th, 1964. (19 meetings.)

Rev. W. M. K. Warren - Bath and Wells D.A., 1937-45. Died June 13th, 1964. (No meetings.)

T. G. Darch - Devonshire A., 1961-63. Died July 4th, 1964. (1 meeting.)

A. A. Hughes - Ancient Society of College Youths, 1915-30. Hon. member, 1931-64. Life member, 1964. Died Aug. 11th, 1964. (35 meetings.)

C. Sharples - Lancashire A., 1951-53. Died September 13th, 1964. (3 meetings.)

E. M. Atkins - Central Northants A., 1921-23. Cambridge U.G., 1927-53. Died Sept. 16th, 1964. (21 meetings.)

L. J. Williams - Lancashire A., 1937-38 and 1951-53. Died Nov. 18th, 1964. (4 meetings.)

Canon C. C. Cox - Salisbury D.G., 1924-29. Died Feb. 19th 1965. (1 meeting.)

Other members whose deaths occurred in previous years and no report made are:

Rev. Pitt Eykyn - Hon. member, 1891-1895. Died July 14th, 1912. (No meetings.)

Rev. J. U. Todd - Bath and Wells D.A., 1891-1897. Died July 6th, 1913. (2 meetings.)

Rev. C. Buston - Winchester D.G., 1891. Died March 25th, 1920. (No meetings.)

Rev. R. L. Twells - Ely D.A., 1906-1908. Died Jan. 1st, 1926. (2 meetings.)

Rev. B. Darley - North Notts A., 1902. Died April 28th, 1926. (No meetings.)

Rev. H. C. Courtney - Bath and Wells D.A., 1898-1902. Died Jan. 2nd, 1929. (1 meeting.)

Rev. G. de Y. Aldridge - Bath and Wells D.A., 1930-1905. Died May 23rd, 1945. (No meetings.)

J. W. Cornford - Society of Royal Cumberland Youths, 1924-35. Died Dec. 6th, 1962. (No meetings.)

L. W. Wiffen - Essex A., 1936-44. Died Sept. 13th, 1963. (2 meetings.)

Albert A. Hughes, J.P., was head of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, London, and held the positions of honorary auditor to the Council; honorary treasurer of "The Ringing World"; and trustee of the Carter Ringing Machine.

The Council's records indicate there has been a total of 857 members since its formation in 1891, and this number includes 76 reverend gentlemen. In respect of some of these latter members a special effort has been made to bring records more up to date, and this has been successful. Mr. Lock has been a frequent visitor to the offices of "The Church Times" where every help and consideration has been readily given. It is desired to place on record our grateful thanks to the proprietors of "The Church Times" and to members of the staff for their valuable contribution.

With particular reference to foundation members, the following are those of whom we need more biographical detail - F. Ball, Chester Diocesan Guild; W. G. Cross, Eastern Counties Guild; J. Griffin, Midland Counties Guild; C. E. Malim, Waterloo Society; L. Newton, Durham and Newcastle D.A.; A. E. Nunn, Kent C.A. Of those deceased, 382 biography sheets have been filled in with as much detail as has become available.

The Council has two permanent and inscribed albums to contain the biography sheets, and they are now filled to capacity. It is recommended that expenditure be sanctioned for a third and similar volume.

In thanking every one of you who has given help, we still look forward to and in fact rely upon the co-operation of colleague members, and we make this fresh appeal for all assistance possible so that the committee's work may be made an easier task in the fulfilment of its endeavours.

T. J. LOCK (Convener), 57, Holloway's Lane, N. Mimms, Hatfield, Herts.

Moving the adoption, Mr. T. J. Lock said it was necessary to provide an additional volume for the biographies, which would cost about £20; the last cost £16 5s.

Mr. John Willis, seconding, said the committee had been in being for 30 years and until 1964 had had only two conveners - Mr. J. S. Goldsmith and Mr. A. C. Hazelden. They had now a new convener and it seemed that this would ensure for him a long life (laughter)

The report was adopted.

The Ringing World, June 25, 1965, page 427

Education and Sunday Service Activities


At about half the Theological Colleges satisfactory progress or effective effort regarding annual lectures is being maintained. Colleges included in this section are: Edinburgh; Salisbury; Dublin; Kelham; Worcester; Lincoln; Llandaff; Canterbury; Cuddesdon; Ripon Hall and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford; Bishop's College, Cheshunt; Cranmer Hall and St. Chad's, Durham.

In the remaining colleges, individuals concerned have not been able to report success in securing or arranging for talks on bells and bell ringing. Colleges included in this section are: Lichfield; Lampeter; London College of Divinity; Mirfield; Oak Hill; Wells; St. Aidan's, Birkenhead; Queen's, Birmingham; Westcott House and Ridley Hall, Cambridge; Chichester.

Bound books have been supplied to several colleges during the year.

Hitherto all approaches to various Theological Colleges have been made by some official or member of the Association in whose area the College is situated. It is suggested that, in cases where such efforts have failed, this Committee is authorised to try and persuade the College concerned to permit a lecture. If successful, a suitable local person or the Association concerned could arrange for the lecture to be given. If still unsuccessful nothing would have been lost.

It is suggested that Association secretaries send a copy or copies of their annual report to the Theological Colleges situated in their areas. Some already do this.


Advice has been given to several Associations about courses in bell ringing and varying degrees of assistance given. The fourth consecutive annual course was held at Grantley Hall, Yorkshire, in September, and a further course at Hereford Training College in April. The Guildford Guild held their first course from July 17th to 19th, and the Durham and Newcastle Association their fourth annual one-day course on March 21st. Recently, week-end courses were held at Hereford Training College and Burton Manor, Cheshire (the Cheshire Guild's first venture). In April the Derby Guild held their first of a series of three courses - this was for beginners. In July they will hold a course for non-ringers, and in November an instructors' course (at Lea Green, Matlock). On May 1st the Kent County Association held a one-day ringing school.

Another course is scheduled to be held at Grantley Hall, Yorkshire, from July 23rd to 25th this year, and other courses are being planned elsewhere.

These courses meet a real need in the Exercise.


Many requests for these were satisfied during the year but this need is now better fulfilled by the attractive prayer sheets produced in co-operation with the President and Mr. F. W. Perrens and now available from Mr. Speed.


Last year two members of this Committee, in co-operation with the other ringers who went to the U.S.A., carried out an intensive week's training of the Washington Cathedral recruits. Happily the impact of this visit has had far-reaching beneficial effects. A good deal of training material has been supplied to Washington Cathedral by this Committee and the Cathedral authorities in return have loaned colour slides of the Cathedral and its bells, and a beautiful 16 mm. sound and colour film about the building of the Cathedral, the installation, dedication and ringing of the bells, and the festivities connected therewith on Ascension Day, 1964.

Bell casting, hanging, bell fittings, handling and ringing are extremely well illustrated in this 20-minute film, which provides excellent propaganda for the purpose of church bells and bell ringing. On the several occasions it has been shown in schools, and to members of the public, it has been extremely well received. It might be well worthwhile for the Council to seek to obtain a copy of the film to loan out on request at a reasonable fee. The film could be a useful means of interesting Theological Colleges in bells and bell ringing. Arrangements are being made to show the film to the Council on Whit Monday evening.

Arising from the Washington visit, many of those who went have been called upon to give talks about bell ringing and their experiences, and the convener has given 15 such talks illustrated by tape recordings of the bells and coloured slides or film.


Advice has been sought where ringing has been stopped at two towers due to complaints.

We have had correspondence about a scheme for co-operation between one Diocesan Guild and the County Youth Organisation for the recruitment and training of young ringers. Should this bring worthwhile results something might be done to extend this development elsewhere.

Instructional notes and lecture notes have been supplied in response to one or two requests including one from Southern Rhodesia.

Mr. M. King, of Wentworth, Yorks, submitted his study of "Bell Ringing in Schools" and will, in due course, pass this on to the librarian.

The Southwell Guild submitted its annual report, which included a special report on Sunday service ringing in the diocese.

Many inquiries have been received for handbell music and tune ringing "know-how" and these have been satisfactorily answered. One organisation even requested the loan of handbells, and one Methodist Church was loaned a tape recording of church bell ringing for its annual carol service.

Mr. F. Sharpe reports that he has given 40 or more lectures on bells and bell ringing methods during 1964. He has published a book on "Church Bells of Guernsey, Alderney and Sark," and has a book on "Cardiganshire Church Bells" in the press.

The Convener has met many requests for his film strip and script on "Bell Control" and, having recently acquired improved facilities, would like to remake this film strip for issue through the Council. It is also hoped to complete work on a general interest film strip about ringing this year.

N. CHADDOCK (Convener), 17, Herringthorpe Grove, Broom, Rotherham, Yorks.

Mr. N. Chaddock moved the adoption of the report and said that one or two of the theological colleges in the second group, where progress had not been good, had moved up into the top group. One was Lichfield, where Mr. Clive Smith gave a lecture and got 12 recruits. In regard to courses, the Suffolk Guild had been missed out. Courses in 1966 included Guildford, Norwich and Hereford, and there was talk of a course in the South West.

There was a paragraph in the report about the film of Washington Cathedral that they saw the previous night. A copy of the film would cost £40. If the Council could purchase they would soon be recouped of the expenditure.

Mr. B. Bartlett thought advice would be of great value to the two towers where ringing had been stopped.

Mr. C. K. Lewis recommended the Council to purchase a copy of the film for £40 and charge a rent for its loan.

Mr. B. G. Key asked ringers to exercise caution when on tower grabs. One car had been parked almost in front of a porch and an irate householder objected to this and the ringing.

The report was adopted and the expenditure of £40 for the copy of the film approved.


The committee's report, signed by Mr. C. K. Lewis, stated that the Collection of Surprise Methods was now in print and the committee had nothing further to report. He moved its adoption and Mr. J. Mayne seconded.

The hon. secretary said there had been some correspondence about Triples Collections. What was the position?

Mr. Lewis: I have certain material in my possession from Mr. Blagrove and have had some correspondence with him. Something might be done but it would not be so large as the last collection.

The Ringing World, June 25, 1965, page 428

THE SOCIAL SIDE. - Enjoying the hospitality of the Mayor and Mayoress (Ald. and Mrs. Donald Wilson) after the Council meeting. On the left is Mr. C. K. Lewis, of the Chester Diocesan Guild, and looking very happy in the centre is Mr. G. E Fearn, hon. secretary of the St. Martin's Guild for the Diocese of Birmingham, and the only living man to have rung 2,000 peals. "The Diary King," Mr. William Viggers, is on the right.
[Photo by courtesy of "Chronicle and Echo," Northampton.
Social group

Non-resident Life Members to remain

For half an hour the Council discussed a motion: "That this Council recommends its affiliated territorial associations to discontinue the election of non-resident life members," which was submitted by Mr. R. B. Morris, of Mr. B. D. Threlfall (Cambridge University).

Mr. Morris said when he was peal secretary of his Association he came across two peals in which he did not know a single name. It was eight weeks after that their elections were ratified. He knew that peals were rung on the "no peal, no membership" basis. He felt that no Association relied on such income.

Mr. B. D. Threlfall said the motion did not ask the Council to decide anything, but to recommend. Members could therefore safely vote for it without committing themselves to anything. When he was a peal secretary he had the greatest difficulty in getting non-resident life members' fees. They were willing enough to claim the label but not willing to pay.

As things were at present they seemed to regard their peal ringing as a scoreboard and it was ably presented by Mr. Walter Ayre. "I should hate to do him out of a job but I do not think it is a measure of the progress of an Association." He thought that only peals rung by resident members should count.

The Rev. J. G. M. Scott (Devon Guild) said this affected his Guild as much as any, in the country as they had many touring parties. It would involve his Guild in some loss of income, but his feeling was that it would suffer that if it meant a loss of absurdity. People in Devon would like to see an end of this custom and call a spade a spade.

Mr. Vernon Bottomley (Yorkshire) said he spoke as a treasurer. Most treasurers, he said, had the utmost difficulty in collecting revenue and controlling the spending propensities of their members. Personally he would not vote for it.

Mr. J. F. Smallwood said he wondered what would happen to him if such action like this was taken by the St. Martin's Guild, of which he had been a life member for the best part of 60 years. He did not think there was anything wrong in this and he considered himself a St. Martin's Guild member. It had been a custom through the history of ringing that if a band visited somewhere else they rang a peal to be credited to that Association. There was nothing wrong or discreditable about it.

Mr. C. K. Lewis heartily supported Mr. Smallwood and said he was proud to be a non-resident member of many Associations.

Mr. G. W. Critchley (Yorkshire) said he was a peal secretary and he supported Mr. Smallwood. He was very proud of the peal of Maximus he rang for the St. Martin's Guild.

Mr. Hartless (Winchester and Portsmouth) wanted things to remain as they were.

Mr. W. T. Cook would prefer to ring a peal non-Association rather than in an area in which he did not live.

Canon Felstead, who regarded himself as neutral, thought it would be better for Associations to review instead of discontinuing the election of non-resident life members.

Mr. John Freeman said the Lincoln Guild last year collected £9 from non-resident members. He saw no purpose in referring it back to his Guild as he would fight like hell against it.

Mr. Morris seconded the amendment.

Mr. A. D. Barker, treasurer of the Oxford Guild, was against. He said he belonged to something like 30 different Guilds.

Mr. A. Davis (Winchester and Portsmouth) said the question was discussed 25 years ago when the proposal of Mr. Colin Harrison, of Loughborough, and Mr. C. H. Kippin was to form one large Association of ringers. He hoped they would keep their small Associations.

Mr. F. E. Dukes said the Irish Association requested him to vote against the motion. Most of the ringers visiting Ireland, even if they did not ring peals, paid the 5/- to join the Association.

After further discussion the amendment was defeated by a substantial majority, and Mr. Morris withdrew his motion.

The Ringing World, June 25, 1965, page 429

A Comprehensive Survey of Overseas Ringing


Our 1963 report on overseas activities gave, we trust, an impression of rising interest and some notable achievements; 1964 has shown not only a consolidation of those points but the realisation of many projects and ambitions.

Whereas 1963 was a record one for the number of ringing centres, peals and quarters scored, the calendar of events for 1964 makes quite spectacular reading! When one reads of the two inter-Province trips in Canada, the Washington dedication and Fred Price's four-month teaching programme, the first peal in Southern Rhodesia and the Australian annual gathering in Hobart, Tasmania, it can be seen that the "noble exercise" is well established in the four corners of the globe. Long may it continue and congratulations to those who are doing their stuff in far-off lands.


This country has come into its own again and has had a most active year - the best for many a long day. In Victoria under E. W. Izard the Cathedral bells have been rung twice every Sunday plus practice and special services, an enviable record indeed. Membership with a good sprinkling of youngsters stands at 20 and these people have also rung handbells and given lectures for special occasions. Methods include Stedman Triples and T.B. Major. Vancouver under Ted Lee have also done well, thirteen members and ringing Stedman, Grandsire, Oxford Bob Triples, Bob Major and sometimes St. Clement's. Their highlight was a 700-mile trip over the Rockies to Calgary.

Mission City monastery (Westminster Abbey), standing on high ground overlooking the Fraser Valley matches its fine site with an equally fine ring of ten. These bells are rung to changes every day by the monks, conducted by Father Dunstan, in anything up to Grandsire Caters. Calgary repaid the Vancouver visit by one of their own to British Columbia in October and rang at Holy Rosary Cathedral and Mission; a great trip it was too. There is nothing more encouraging than to read of this sort of get-together amongst widely scattered ringers and of the untold good that they do. On Easter Day what is believed to be the first quarter ever rung in Alberta was brought round, one member travelling 400 miles to take part.

Now that A. J. Collins has moved to Ottawa (and provided some useful information on Canada) we are hoping to hear something of the ringable octave in Quebec.


Campanology "hit" the United States in 1964 with a bang, rather like Picasso's work raged in England! It was a "new art form" they said and they meant it.

The Washington dedication has told its own story so we won't make "old hat" of it here. This noble ring implanted the beauty of the sound of bells in literally thousands of people's minds and to those that had the honour of representing Britain on Ascension Day it was an unforgettable experience. The aftermath has been most interesting and Fred Price's mammoth efforts on the first ever almost professional four month course are remarkable indeed. It is estimated that altogether something like 85-100 people have been taught to handle and thus future prospects seem well assured. Groton School continue to ring the chapel 10 and very well they do it. We hope the stimulus provided by last year's visit continues and the prospect of welcoming another school party to England is very encouraging. It may be that some of these boys, after graduating, will find their way to either Boston, Hingham (Mass.) or Chicago, fine rings all of them but without bands.

William E. Howard writes from Kent School, Conn., and again progress is the keynote. For the first time in their 34 year-history the tenor is being "turned in" and Kent T.B. has been added to the Grandsire and Stedman repertoire. A special invitation is extended to any would-be traveller - "do a Groton on us" they say!

Nowhere are handbells more enthusiastically rung or received than in the United States and these feature very largely in American life - it's nice to think too that most of the handbells come from England.


We have received a very entertaining and informative report from Frank T. Blagrove on Affaires Afriques. There is no doubt that his and Mrs. Blagrove's arrival in Salisbury is a most welcome move.


Woodstock.- The band has been a little depleted here due to people moving on but Sunday service ringing and Monday practice still take place.

Grahamstown Cathedral.- all changes are rung regularly on Sundays by the band of students from St. Paul's Theological College who, in the absence of anyone of experience, learn from the C.C. Handbook and teach the incoming freshman - all credit to them that there was ringing for Bishop Tindall's consecration. The huge louvres result in objections to the noise and some bricking up is contemplated. Brian Harris from Cheshunt has recently joined the band.

Cape Town Cathedral (10 x 26 cwt. Mears and Stainbank).- The new bells arrived during January and will at first be hung for chiming on ground level, pending the erection of the tower at Salisbury.

Durban, St. Mary's, Greyville.- Bells in good condition. The 10 active ringers persevere with Grandsire Doubles and with the encouragement of a keen Rector they keep going. Mrs. A. P. Cannon and Mr. and Mrs. Blagrove visited here during the year. These people also endeavour to ring at Durban St. Paul's whenever possible.


Salisbury Cathedral.- At the May meeting of the Mashonaland Diocesan Guild the future seemed difficult, owing to the departure of some of the best ringers - those left were only able to ring rounds. At the November meeting there was excitement due to the presence of Frank and Monica Blagrove. With Frank as tower captain progress has been dramatic, beginning with a quarter of Grandsire Triples that same evening, a peal of Doubles the following month and two quarters since. With a complement of 16, call changes on 10 are often rung for service. Practice is on Wednesday, 5.30-9 p.m. In March the Guild was re-formed to include Que Que and is now styled "The Central African Provincial Guild of Bell Ringers."

Que Que (4 x 5 cwt., Mears, 1962).- Regular service ringing and weekly practices are maintained and an appeal has been launched to provide two more bells.


Kilifi (6 x 2¾ cwt., Taylor, 1962).- Six ringers and twelve learners meet for weekly practice and service ringing. Contact has now been established with this most isolated tower who need every encouragement. In October Mr. and Mrs. John H. Hunt visited Kilifi and rang the six bells with four Kenyan boys. Call changes are painted out on long wooden planks and include a plain course of Stedman Doubles!


Not such a busy year as 1963 but one that was marked by three important and thrilling events. Two restorations (the first time that overseas rings have actually been returned for renovation to England) and the highly successful A.N.Z.A.B. gathering in Hobart. Added to this there were three peals and 60 quarters scored in a host of methods, including many of Surprise Minor methods. Peals were Grandsire Caters, Double Norwich and Bob Major.

Perth is a well established centre now and remote towers like this are going to benefit from the visit of the English tourists in Great Adventure II. Several quarters were rung in 1964 with Sunday service ringing top priority.

Adelaide. The Cathedral band have again done well and a most happy relationship with the Church exists. In addition to their own tower they have been responsible for ringing at the recently made ringable Town Hall octave and providing the necessary encouragement for Walkerville. Of the goodly list of quarters the most notable were Stedman Triples with three firsts and conducted by Bill Pitcher, Editor of "Ringing Towers," Bob Major - the first of Major by a local band (tenor 41 cwt.) and the first ever quarter at the Town Hall.

Hobart. Both St. David's Cathedral and Holy Trinity octaves have been kept going and no doubt the holding of the Australian and New Zealand annual gathering in Tasmania in June did a great deal for Hobart. Several beginners are being taught there. The peals of D.N.C.B. and Bob Major in Hobart at the time of the annual gathering were first class efforts - congratulations to all concerned.

In Melbourne the long awaited rededication of the twelve took place in October. The Cathedral's sympathetic attitude towards such a costly undertaking (shipping the whole ring back to England, etc.) was simply amazing and it is to be hoped that this will be well and truly backed up by the Melbourne ringers coming right to the fore and building up a strong band. The christening peal was a good one - Grandsire Caters, in which ringers from three States took part. There are ringers in Australia quite capable of ringing up to Cambridge Maximus and Stedman Cinques - they now have the twelve on which to do it.

During this time Melbourne interest has been kept alive by regular ringing at St. Patrick's R.C. Cathedral, and also handbells.

Bendigo also had the thrill of a rededication, in December - these are now a recast octave by Mears and Stainbank, tenor 14 cwt. in F sharp, and by all accounts a fine job. Keenness is high here so we hope for big things!

Ballaarat. The two eights are regularly rung and the bands are fortunate in having the recent addition to their number of Warne Wilson, an ex-Bendigo ringer. Both Ballaarat and Bendigo share with Melbourne a triangular programme of visits amongst themselves - always enjoyable occasions.

Centres of progress and activity inevitably change and there is no doubt that in the last two years Sydney has became that centre. The variety of methods in quarters, tower- and handbells and for service ringing is commendable indeed. St. Mary's Basilica has scored quarters of Cambridge and Double Norwich Major, Stedman Triples and Spliced Surprise Minor, etc., and some good handbell quarters under T. W. Goodyer's leadership. Regular ringing takes place at Parramatta, Turramurra, Darling Point and Burwood, whilst at Christ Church and St. Benedict's in the city itself, ringing for special occasions.

Other active towers in N.S.W. are Yass and Maitland, the latter being the venue for this year's State annual ring and striking competition.

Canberra, the Federal Capital, has had a Taylor chime of eight installed, but maximum use is made of them in chiming various standard methods.

Maryborough (Q) has maintained Sunday ringing under pretty difficult conditions - not least its remoteness from Sydney some 800 miles to the south.

St. Andrew's Anglican Cathedral, Sydney, is to have a new, Taylor ten - the first ten in Australia. All in all Australia presents a very encouraging picture and one which the English tourists next September-October will, we are sure, be keen to foster. May both sides make the most of this exciting venture.

This bright note is tinged with a certain sadness - the passing of four ringers with strong Australian connections, Jean Ireland (Adelaide), Bill Smith (Turramurra) and two of the 1934 English tourists - William E. Linter and Charles Sharples. May they rest in peace.


Christchurch Cathedral now has an active membership of 14 and several prospective beginners. Ringing has taken place every Sunday up to Grandsire Caters and Stedman Triples and Treble Bob.

Papanui (a light five) have their own call change band taught by the Christchurch ringers.

Hamilton again are maintaining service ringing and in 1965 yet another inter-island/State visit is planned - this time by the Christchurch ringers to Hamilton.

Nelson Cathedral in the north of the South Island have, we understand, been left sufficient money for a ringing peal. The C.C. are following this up with advice on installation and what to order, etc.

This rounds off our overseas survey. Every endeavour has been made to delete any inaccuracies and such advice is appreciated. May we ask anyone contemplating an overseas trip and wishing to contact ringing centres to write to either the convener or A. Victor Sheppard, when all information will be gladly forwarded. Also any corrections to our report or additions direct to us please.

(Signed) GEORGE W. PIPE (Convener), 8, Lansdowne Road, Ipswich.

Mr. G. W. Pipe proposed the adoption and said that more and more this side of the Council's business was appreciated. A display of photographs of towers overseas was on view in that hall and had been arranged by Mr. Victor Sheppard. The forthcoming trip to Australia was a tremendous thing for overseas ringing and the blessing of the Council went with it. Nothing but good could come of it.

Mr. V. Sheppard seconded.

Mr. P. Gray, representative of the Australia and New Zealand Association said he had recently been in Australia and ringing presented a very encouraging picture. He wanted to bring to the Council the official welcome of the Australia and New Zealand Association, who were looking forward very much to the forthcoming visit. He had been a member of the Council for eight years and this was the first time he had seen his constituents.

Mr. H. Rogers (London County Association) commended the Washington Supplement and thought it would be a good thing if "The Ringing World" could manage two such supplements a year.




(a) Single methods.

185,152 Kemsing S. Major, Kent C.A.
185,152 Kesteven S.M., Hertford C.A.
205,056 Mevagissey S.M., Lincoln D.G.
305,088 Osterley S.M., Middlesex C.A.
35,088 Hoole S.M., Lincoln D.G.
55,152 Maldon S.M., Essex A.
225,040 Syon Court B.Roy., London C.A.
295,152 Harlow S.M., Essex A.
35,088 Quenby S.M., Leicester D.G.
135,152 Dedham S.M., Essex A.
175,152 Rothley S.M., Leicester D.G.
185,184 Kingsclere S.M., Win'ter & Ports. G.
295,184 Worcestershire S.M., Worcs & Dists.
15,056 Heene S.M., Sussex C.A.
25,088 Framley S.M., Middlesex C.A.
65,088 Vobster S.M., Lincoln D.G.
135,152 Spalding S.M., Lincoln D.G.
165,120 Hounslow S.M., Middlesex C.A.
205,024 Ilminster S.M., Lincoln D.G.
255,088 Grantchester S.M., Ely D.A.
255,056 Westray S.M., Ely D.A.
295,280 Timaru S.Max., Leicester D.G.
305,056 Kingsway S.M., Middlesex C.A.
105,152 Madingley S.M., Ely D.A.
115,024 Oundle S.M., Lincoln D.G.
165,152 Southend-on-Sea T.B.Maj., Essex A.
305,184 Whempstead S.M., Hertford C.A.
105,056 Whickham S.M., St. Martin's G.
215,088 Vyrnwy S.M., Lancashire A.
245,152 Mancetter S.M., Leicester D.G.
255,024 Selborne S.M., Middlesex C.A.
265,021 Fawsley S.M., Peterborough D.G.
95,088 Denbigh S.M., Middlesex C.A.
115,152 Nashdom Imp. B.Maj., Oxford D.G.
115,088 Alresford S.M., Win'ter & Ports. G.
135,040 Hunslet B.M., Yorkshire A.
185,056 Basford Del. M., Southwell D.G.
235,056 Seafield S.M., Middlesex C.A.
245,120 Enderby S.M., Leicester D.G.
75,120 Turvey S.M., Peterborough D.G.
85,024 Bermondsey S.M., Hertford C.A.
105,152 Bombay S.M., Lancashire A.
155,040 Itchen C.B.Roy., Win'ter & Ports. G.
275,024 Ramsgate S.M., Middlesex C.A.
245,152 Brent S.M., Middlesex C.A.
15,024 Lapal S.M., S. Martin's G.
25,088 Sedgley S.M., Worcs. & Dists. A.
105,024 Quarrington S.M., Lincoln D.G.
155,280 Laleham S.M., Middlesex C.A.
245,024 Datchworth S.M., Hertford C.A.
255,152 Islip S.M., Oxford D.G.
305,056 Thorverton S.M., Glos. & Bristol A.
305,152 Churchill S.M., Kent C.A.
15,024 Chartwell S.M., Middlesex C.A.
265,120 Stevenage S.M., Hertford C.A.
305,024 Farnworth S.M., Lancashire A.

(b) Spliced.

Jan.115,040 21 Spliced S.Roy., Yorks. A.
April185,040 27 Spliced S.Roy., Yorks. A.
255,040 28 Spliced S.Roy., Yorks. A.
July55,040 32 Spliced S.Roy., Yorks. A.
Nov.145,040 36 Spliced S.Roy., Yorks. A.


(a) Single methods.

Jan.75,056 Ullesthorpe S.M., Leicester G.
Mar.175,056 Zelah S.M., Leicester D.G.
April75,120 Quornden S.M., Leicester D.G.
Oct.235,056 Eastcote S.M., Middlesex C.A.

(b) Spliced.

June55,120 18 Spliced S.M., Middlesex A.
Sept.15,088 7 Spliced S.M. (all the work), Middlesex C.A.
255,120 20 Spliced S.M., Middlesex A.


July 11 20,160 Double Norwich C.B.Maj., Swansea & Brecon Dio. Guild.

The above is the report of the Records Committee, being the first peals in the method and progressive performances which have been published in "The Ringing World" of 1964.

(Signed) J. R. MAYNE (Convener pro tem.), 170, Headstone Lane, Harrow, Middlesex.

Mr. John R. Mayne presented the report on behalf of Mr. Blagrove (in Rhodesia) and said a new departure was an appendix of new Surprise Major and Royal methods to keep it up to date. Mr. T. J. Lock seconded and the report was carried.

The Appendix bringing up to date the Council's Collection of Surprise methods will be published in a later issue.


The hon. secretary said that for 1966 there were two aspects. One was the actual date. For 1966 they had received an invitation from the Bath and Wells Diocesan Association to visit Somerset. They had also received an invitation from the Southwell Diocesan Guild for 1967. At the Standing Committee meeting the previous night the view was expressed it was time the Council visited London again. The Standing Committee recommended that the invitation to visit Somerset be accepted and that of the Southwell Guild for 1967, and that the Council express a wish to visit London for its meeting in 1968.

Mr. F. Sharpe moved that the Council visit the Bath and Wells Diocesan Association in 1966 and expresses its gratitude to them for their invitation, and also to the Southwell Diocesan Guild for their invitation.

Mr. Walter Ayre seconded.

Mr. R. S. Anderson said in 1966 the Council meet on Whit Tuesday, and in 1967 on the spring Bank Holiday. He moved this, and Mr. F. E. Dukes seconded.

Canon Felstead said the spring Bank Holiday would enable the clergy to come for a weekend. Was there any objection to a Monday meeting?

Mr. Anderson: It has been invariable for the Standing Committee to meet on the Monday. It would mean that the Standing Committee meet on a Saturday.

Mr. R. Leigh (Lancashire) thought it would be unwise to decide on a date just yet as a number of members did not know what holidays they would have with a spring Bank Holiday. He moved that the date for 1967 be left until next year.

Mr. T. J. Lock seconded, and this was carried unanimously.

Mr. J. H. Gilbert (Bath and Wells) said their Association this year was celebrating its 75th anniversary and in that time the Central Council had never been to Somerset. "I need say nothing about Somerset bells: we shall be very pleased to see you."

Mr. J. D. Clarke (Southwell Diocesan Guild): It is a pleasure to invite you to hold your meeting in Nottingham, the Queen of the Midlands. Its hotel accommodation is second to none and it is within easy reach of all parts. We have the first backward 12 in the country. The bells of St. Peter's, Nottingham, are at present at the foundry and they will be back as a 12. We are delighted that you will share in our 21st birthday.


The president proposed a warm vote of thanks to the Mayor of Northampton, the Bishop of Peterborough (the Rt. Rev. Cyril Eastaugh), Canon Turner, the president of the Peterborough Guild, Mr. J. H. Bluff, the Master, the Vicar of All Saints', the other officers of the Peterborough Guild and particularly the general secretary, Mr. Eric Billings, and to incumbents and tower keepers of towers visited.

A vote of thanks to the president for presiding was moved by Mr. Anderson.

The Ringing World, June 25, 1965, pages 430 to 431

Central Council Records Committee


The following will bring up to date the Central Council Collection of Surprise Methods as far as the end of 1964.



1A.Enderby (b) -34-14-1258-16-14-38-14-38.
2A.Islip (c) -34-1456-58-16-12-38. 56. 14. 56. 78.
3A.Oundle (f) -34-1458-56-36-14-1458-14-58.
4A.Mancetter (b) -36-14-58-38-14-38-12-58.
5A.Simonstone (a) -36-14-58-38-34-38. 12. 36. 14. 58.
6A.Alresford (f) -38-14-12-38-34-1458-36-58.
7A.Quarrington (c) -38-14-1258-38-12-38-34-18.
8A.Thorverton (b) -38-14-58-36-12-1238-16-78.
9A.Higher Walton (b) -38-14-58-36-14-1238-14-78.
10A.Radcliffe (f) -38-14-58-36. 14-12. 58. 36-36. 58.
11A.Helmshore (f) -38-16-56-36-14-3458-16-38.
12A.Churchill (h) -56-16-12-38-14-38-36-18.
13A.Farnworth (a) -58-14-12-16-34-1238-36-58.
14A.Laleham (mx) -58-14-12-36-14-38. 16-16. 38.
15A.Selborne (f) -58-14. 58-12. 38. 14-14. 58. 14-14. 58.
16A.Brent (c) -58-14. 58-58. 36. 14-14. 58-36-38.
17A.Bermondsey (a) -58-14. 58-58. 36. 14-34. 58. 14-14. 78.
18A.Bombay (a) -58-1458-1256-16-12-1458-34-18.
19A.Sedgley (b) -58-16-12-38-14-38. 14. 36. 14. 78.
20A.Whempstead (c) -58-16-12-38-14-58. 14-16. 58.
21A.Stevenage (d) -58-16-56-16-34. 12. 38-14-78.
22A.Turvey (f) 34. 58. 36. 14. 56. 12. 58. 36. 12. 34. 12. 58. 14. 56. 14. 78.
23A.Denbigh (c) 38-38. 16-12-36. 14-14. 58-16-78.
24A.Datchworth (c) 38-58. 14-12-36-14-58. 14-14. 78.
25A.Chartwell (a) 38-58. 14-58-36-14-58. 14-12. 78.
26A.Lapal (b) 38-58. 14-58-38-34-38. 14-12. 38.
27A.Ramsgate (b) 38-58. 14. 58-58. 36. 14-14. 58-14-38.
28A.Fawsley (f) 38-58. 16-56-16-14-38-12-18.
29A.Whickham (b) 58-56. 14-56-38. 14-14. 38-34-18.
30A.Seafield (b) 58. 34-14-58-38. 14-14. 58. 36-16. 58.


31A.Enniskillen (f) -56-14-56-30-14-50-14-50-12-50.
32A.Limerick (b) -50-16-12-30. 14-14. 30. 14-14. 30. 14-16. 90.
33A.Wrexham (d1) -50-16-1270-38. 14-14. 50-12-50-56-10.
34A.Shrewsbury (c1) -50-16-70-38-14-58-16-70-78-90.
35A.Abergavenny (f) -70-18-50-16-14-30-14-30-18-10.



Alresford, 11-7-64, New Alresford, 6A.
Bermondsey, 8-8-64, Benington, 17A.
Bombay, 10-8-64, Southport, 18A.
Brent, 24-9-64, Willesden, 16A.
Chartwell, 1-12-64, Harrow Weald, 25A.
Churchill, 30-11-64, Westerham, 12A.
Datchworth, 24-10-64, Knebworth, 24A.
Denbigh, 9-7-64, Willesden, 23A.
Enderby, 24-7-64, Enderby, 1A.
Farnworth, 30-12-64, Hindley, 13A.
Fawsley, 26-6-64, Daventry, 28A.
Helmshore, rung in spliced, 11A.
Higher Walton, rung in spliced, 9A.
Islip, 25-10-64, Kirtlington, 2A.
Laleham, 15-10-64, Willesden, 14A.
Lapal, 1-10-64, Birmingham Cathedral, 26A.
Mancetter, 24-6-64, Stoney Stanton, 4A.
Oundle, 11-5-64, Fulney, 3A.
Quarrington, 10-10-64, South Anston, 7A.
Radcliffe, rung in spliced, 10A.
Ramsgate, 27-8-64, Willesden. 27A.
Seafield, 23-7-64, Willesden, 30A.
Sedgley, 2-10-64, Sedgley, 19A.
Selborne, 25-6-64, Willesden, 15A.
Simonstone, rung in spliced, 5A.
Stevenage, 26-12-64, Stevenage, 21A.
Thorverton, 30-10-64, Stratton St. Margaret, 8A.
Turvey, 7-8-64, Daventry, 22A.
Whempstead, 30-5-64, Benington, 20A.
Whickham, 10-6-64, Shirley, 29A.
Vyrnwy, 21-6-64, Farnworth-with-Kearsley, 37.


Abergavenny, rung in spliced, 35A.
Enniskillen, rung in spliced, 31A.
Limerick, rung in spliced, 32A.
Shrewsbury, rung in spliced, 34A.
Wrexham, rung in spliced, 33A.

The Ringing World, July 2, 1965, page 449

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