Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

Annual Report for 2011

  1. The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers (‘the Council’) was founded in 1891 and is a registered charity, no. 270036.

    Its address is that of its Honorary Secretary for the time being, namely 11 Bullfields, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, CM21 9DB.

    The constitution and conduct of the Council is governed by its Rules.

  2. The Council’s Trustees during 2011 were as follows:

    until 30 May
    PresidentMr A P Smith
    Vice-PresidentMrs K Flavell
    Hon SecretaryMrs M Bone
    Hon TreasurerMr D Harbottle
    from 30 May
    PresidentMrs K Flavell
    Vice-PresidentMr C Mew
    Hon SecretaryMrs M Bone
    Hon Assistant SecretaryMr R Walker
    Hon TreasurerMr D Harbottle
  3. The Council’s bankers are Lloyds TSB, Westminster House Branch, Dean Stanley Street, London, SW1P 3HU. Its Independent Examiners are Mr J D Cheesman and Mr R J Wallis.

  4. At the close of the Annual General Meeting on 30th May 2011 the Council’s membership comprised six Life Members, 11 Additional Members, seven Ex-officio Members and 196 Representative Members representing 65 affiliated societies. Since then one Life Member has died; six Additional Members have retired and six who had been elected at that meeting took office; five Representative Members have resigned and their vacancies have been filled, one by an Additional Member and another by one of those who resigned; two people stopped being and two others became Ex-officio Members, including one of those who resigned as a Representative Member. Two other vacancies in Representative Members have been filled. Subject to any further changes, at the start of the 2012 Council meeting there will be five Life Members, ten Additional Members, seven Ex-officio Members and 198 Representative Members. There are two other vacancies.

    Special mention should be made of those who had been members for more than 15 years: Dr John Eisel (Honorary Member, Ex-officio Member) elected 1987; Eric Godfrey (Surrey Association, Honorary Member, Additional Member) elected 1978. Thanks are due to these, and all others not returning, for their services to the Council.

  5. The Object of the Council is to promote and foster the ringing of bells for Christian prayer, worship and celebration and in furtherance thereof:

    (i) To promote awareness of and educate the general public in the ringing of church bells and the art of change ringing;

    (ii) To make available advice, assistance and information to church authorities, ringers and ringing societies and to promote good practice on all matters concerned with bells and bell ringing;

    (iii) To encourage development of the art of ringing through innovation;

    (iv) To bring together ringers to discuss matters of common interest and to represent ringers both nationally and internationally;

    (v) To encourage high standards of performance in ringing;

    (vi) To recommend technical standards in change ringing and maintain such records as may be necessary to uphold these standards;

    (vii) To assist in the provision, restoration, maintenance and transfer of church bells.

  6. The work of the Council in pursuing this object is for the most part carried out by its sixteen committees and by working groups appointed by them. Summaries of their activities during 2011 are given in the committee reports, which appear elsewhere on the Council’s agenda and are being published in the 4th May 2012 issue of The Ringing World.

  7. The public benefits from the following areas of activity of the Council: the promotion of public worship by the ringing of church bells, the preservation of the tradition and heritage of change ringing, the encouragement and promotion of high standards of ringing and providing financial and specialist knowledge in the support of belfry repairs and maintenance.

  8. The Accounts for 2011 show Total Funds at the year-end of £381,806 of which £221,814 is in Restricted Funds. The income for the year totalled £41,926, compared with £56,619 in 2010. The 2011 figures include a grant from the PRS Foundation in respect of the New Music 20x12 project and donations for the Christchurch Cathedral New Zealand bells restoration, whereas the comparative figures for 2010 included a legacy for the Bell Restoration Fund and sales of new publications and CDs in the Publications Fund and Library Fund. The Trustees have the power to invest money and adopt such measures as seem to them necessary in the interest of the Council. They do not have any power to borrow money.

  9. It is confirmed that the Council’s assets, together with the expected income for 2012, are available and are likely to be adequate to fulfil the object of the Council in that year.

  10. Reserves policy:

    (i) General Fund - the balance on the General Fund is invested to produce income which, together with member societies’ affiliation fees, provides sufficient funds to support the work and activities of the Council. The balance also facilitates cash flow and enables the development of new projects and initiatives.

    (ii) Education Courses - the balance provides cash flow to enable the Education Committee to run various training courses, in general the costs are recouped from attendees.

    (iii) Bell Restoration Fund - the balance is fully allocated to bell restoration projects and paid on satisfactory completion of the work. Grants are made in proportion to the types of applications received and in accordance with priorities agreed by the Council and reviewed annually.

    (iv) F Dukes International Bell Fund - Grants from the Fred Dukes International Bell Fund are made in accordance with the terms of Mr Dukes’ legacy. Grants are awarded from the interest on the legacy and reviewed annually.

    (v) Publications Fund - the balance represents the stock of publications held and a cash balance to facilitate the production of new titles and the reprinting of existing publications.

    (vi) Library Fund - the balance represents the value of the library which is maintained for use by council members and affiliated societies.

  11. Funds are invested in low risk investments and bank accounts. The need for regular income from investments is considered important to support the work of the Council.

  12. No significant fund-raising activity has been carried out during the year.

  13. The Council had no employees during the year. All of its work is carried out on a voluntary basis.

Honorary Secretary

April 2012


Registered Charity Number 270036

Statement of Financial Activities for the year ended 31st December 2011

General FundEducation CoursesBell Rest- oration FundF Dukes Internat’al Bell FundPublic- ations FundLibrary FundTotal Funds 2011Total Funds 2010
Income and Expenditure
Incoming resources:
Affiliation fees4,0004,0004,040
Subscriptions from Friends of Library1,3771,3771,771
Interest receivable71,95211441,31356763,5422,953
Sales of publications, books and CDs13,8784,29818,17627,104
Sales of jigsaw puzzles and prints1,2231,223879
Sales of training video/dvd211211129
Courses and seminars712712750
Stock written back611611563
Donations re Roll of Honour87107102,269
Donations re Christchurch Cathedral NZ84,5374,5370
Gift aid131653108892315
Grant from PRS Foundation84,8004,8000
Other donations274813481,135561
Total incoming resources12,0787137,3701,31314,5455,90741,92656,619
Resources expended:
Council meeting2,3302,3302,416
Committee expenses93,72772153,9493,899
Council and other committee costs359359617
Courses and seminars1,2801,280881
Cost of publications sold8,8021,69610,49817,645
PR Posters/Leaflets01,879
Library maintenance1,1381,138600
The Ringing Foundation - grant010,000
Storage and distribution122,2002,2002,100
Stationery, postage & telephone136215545698847
Stock write off provision1,8751,8750
Stock written off and disposed of8181113
Rolls of Honour3,1373,1370
New Music 20x12 project4,7004,7000
Depreciation of Library Collection2,0212,0212,020
Depreciation of shelving106106106
Sundry expenses35835873
Total resources expended15,8271,44212,300016,8266,23352,62858,076
Net I/c resources before transfers-3,749-729-4,9301,313-2,281-326-10,702-1,457
Transfers between funds00
Net movement in funds-3,749-729-4,9301,313-2,281-326-10,702-1,457
Balances at 1st January 2011134,6112,43723,00483,46526,768122,223392,508393,965
Balances at 31st December 2011130,8621,70818,07484,77824,487121,897381,806392,508


Registered Charity Number 270036

Balance Sheet as at 31st December 2011

General FundEducation CoursesBell Rest- oration FundF Dukes Internat’al Bell FundPublic- ations FundFriends of LibraryTotal Funds 2011Total Funds 2010
Fixed Assets££££££££
Tangible assets
Investments at cost90,00075,310165,310165,310
Library Collection99,05599,055101,076
Library shelving1,2721,2721,378
Total fixed assets90,0000075,3100100,327265,637267,764
Current Assets
Debtors and prepayments8886532657722,5782,722
Cash on short term deposit and at bank43,3001,86117,4219,46812,30119,734104,085122,329
Total current assets44,1881,86118,0749,46824,86121,774120,226138,166
Current Liabilities
Amounts due within one year3,3261533742044,05713,422
Net current assets40,8621,70818,0749,46824,48721,570116,169124,744
Total assets less current liabilities130,8621,70818,07484,77824,487121,897381,806392,508
Unrestricted (designated)2881,7082,93524,48729,41847,074
Total Funds130,8621,70818,07484,77824,487121,897381,806392,508

Derek Harbottle
Hon Treasurer April 2012

Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

Notes to the Accounts for the year ended 31st December 2011

1 Basis of accounting

The accounts have been prepared under the historic cost convention and in accordance with applicable accounting standards and the Statement of Recommended Practice on Accounting by Charities.

2 Accounting Policies

The accounts have been drawn up in accordance with the going concern, accruals, consistency and prudence concepts.

2.1 Incoming resources

Interest is accounted for when receivable.

Donations, grants and legacies are accounted for as soon as the Council is notified of the legal entitlement and the amount due.

2.2 Resources expended

Expenditure is included on an accruals basis.

Grants are accounted for when paid over.

3 Consistency

The accounts are prepared on a consistent basis with the previous year and in accordance with the accounting policies.

4 Funds

The General Fund is unrestricted and includes designated funds raised and held for a particular purpose.

The Education Courses Fund and Publications Fund are unrestricted designated funds.

The Bell Restoration Fund, the Fred Dukes International Bell Fund and the Library Fund are maintained for restricted purposes.

5 Transfers between Funds

There were no transfers between funds in the current year.

6 Tangible Assets and Intangible Assets

The major tangible assets of the Council are the Investments in National Savings Income Bonds and the Library Collection. The Library Collection is valued at a replacement cost of £105,200. The revaluation was undertaken by J M Farringdon at March 2009. The policy is to revalue the collection every five years. It is being depreciated for accounting purposes at 2% per annum. An asset register is maintained for other tangible assets. The policy is to treat assets of an individual cost up to £1,000 as fully depreciated in the year of purchase.

The major intangible asset of the Council is the copyright of Dove’s Guide.

7 Interest receivable

The interest was received from

National Savings Investment Bonds2,8882,379
Central Board of Finance of the Church of England Deposit652504
Other banks270

8 Donations and Grants received

Further donations were received in respect of the proposed new volume of the Rolls of Honour. This is included in the General Fund as a designated item and, together with the related gift aid, amounts to £841.

Donations were received in respect of Christchurch Cathedral New Zealand bells restoration following the damage caused by the earthquake to the City of Christchurch. This is included in the Bell Restoration Fund as a restricted item and, together with the related gift aid, amounts to £5,190.

A grant was received from the PRS for Music Foundation for a new music composition to mark the 2012 Olympic Games. This was one of only 20 pieces selected by the New Music 20x12 project to be performed throughout 2012, particularly for Olympic related events.

9 Committee Expenses

These were as follows

Bell Restoration142319
Information and Communications265384
Public Relations433386
Redundant Bells840
Ringing Centres178101
Ringing Trends0236
Towers & Belfries749597
Towers & Belfries - sound control seminar0154
Carter Ringing Machine Steward550
Dove Steward440

10 Grants

The Fred Dukes International Bell Fund awarded two grants totalling £2,200. No grants were paid during the year.

Year awardedUnpaid 1/1/2011Awarded in 2011Paid in 2011Unpaid 31/12/2011

The Bell Restoration Fund did not award any grants in 2011. Thirteen grants, awarded in 2010, were paid in the year.

Year awardedUnpaid 1/1/2011Awarded in 2011Paid in 2011Unpaid 31/12/2011

11 Charitable Commitments

There were unfulfilled charitable commitments at 31st December 2011 in respect of five grants totalling £8,222 awarded but not yet paid by the Fred Dukes International Bell Fund, and eight grants totalling £9,700 awarded but not yet paid by the Bell Restoration Fund.

There is also a charitable commitment to Christchurch Cathedral New Zealand bells restoration in respect of donations received but not yet paid amounting to £5,190.

12 Publications Fund

Storage and distribution cost of £2,200 was paid to Council members.

13 Payments to Trustees

There were no payments to Trustees.

14 Emoluments of Employees

The Council had no employees during the year.

The Ringing World, May 4, 2012, pages 469 to 472

Administrative Committee

Since the 2011 Council meeting the Committee has met twice in London, in October and March. The Committee has continued its practice of reviewing the work of Council Committees and received presentations from the Public Relations Committee in October and the Methods Committee in March. In March Committee chairmen advised which members would be retiring under the provisions of rule 14 (i) and the committee sizes needed for next year. Lots were drawn for those elected members of the Administrative Committee to retire this year.

The arrangements for the 2012 Council meeting were discussed and agreed; this included recommending a change to the date of the annual meeting of The Ringing Foundation Ltd for 2012 and 2013 in response to comments and suggestions received by the President after the 2011 meeting. A web-based survey was conducted on circulating papers for the Annual Meeting by electronic means to those Council members with email.

Membership of The Ringing Foundation Ltd or The Ringing World Ltd when either annual meeting is held before the Central Council’s annual meeting: a paper on the implications of this for new members of Council at the commencement of a triennium was prepared by Tony Smith and discussed in March. An amendment to Rule 5 (iii) to clarify the position appears on the Agenda.

Change Ringing for the Future: the March meeting considered the results of the national conference held at Wellesbourne on 12 November 2011 and a draft paper on future strategy and actions for the Council and ringing societies. The revised paper will be presented to members at the Chester meeting.

Other matters considered by the Committee included:

Guidance on committee expenses: this was revised by the Treasurer, approved by the Committee at its March meeting and subsequently placed on the website.

Supporting statements to accompany nominations for Additional Members: guidance was agreed and placed on the website.

Council Finances: the General Fund was reviewed at both meetings, but with interest rates remaining low, expenditure continued to be greater than income. However, forecast expenditure to produce the new volume of the Rolls of Honour was now covered by donations received in the last two years and the grant received from the PRS Foundation covered the fees due to the composer and production company in respect of the New Music 20x12 project. The level of the affiliation subscription was reviewed, and the committee proposed no change for 2013 leaving the rate at £25 per representative member for a second year.

Church Buildings Council (formerly Council for the Care of Churches) & English Heritage: a meeting was held on 10 October 2011, attended also by the Committee for Redundant Bells. Items discussed included metal thefts from churches; the DAC bell advisers’ conference at Southwell; completion of Church Bell Frames: guidance notes for identifying historic significance and preparing reports; and the future of bells in closed or closing churches. The Committee for Redundant Bells will prepare a paper on this for the next meeting on 25 June 2012. The 2012 DAC bell advisers’ conference will be held in Worcester on 13 June.

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group (EIG): A meeting was held with EIG on 22 March 2012 where matters of mutual interest were discussed. EIG confirmed that they get very few ringing-related claims and they are aware of how safety-conscious ringers are. The minutes are published in The Ringing World.

Ex officio:
KATE FLAVELL (President)
CHRIS MEW (Vice-President)
MARY BONE (Secretary)
ROBIN WALKER (Assistant Secretary)
MIKE CHESTER (Information and Communications Technology)
JAMES CLARKE (Towers and Belfries)
BOB COOLES (Redundant Bells)
PETER DALE (Education)
BARRIE DOVE (Public Relations)
PAUL FLAVELL (Compositions)
PAT HALLS (Biographies)
ALISON HODGE (Ringing Trends)
NIGEL HERRIOTT (The Ringing World)
BRIAN MEADS (The Ringing Foundation)
CHRISTOPHER O’MAHONY (Tower Stewardship)
ROBIN SHIPP (Bell Restoration)
Elected members:

Guidance for Central Council members in managing actual, potential or perceptions of conflicts of interest

Conflicts of interest can arise, or be perceived to exist, where members have a financial or other business interest in an organisation that operates within the arena of bellringing, hanging, manufacturing, restoration or maintenance of towers and bells, as well as other areas such as publishing or IT, referred to here as bell-related trades.

A business interest of this sort does not preclude Societies or the Council from electing such members to represent them or to hold office within the Council. However, for the avoidance of any possible misunderstanding, members are asked to follow this guidance.

  1. The Council shall maintain a Register of Members Interests. All Council members shall advise the Hon Secretary of any financial or other business interest they have in any bell-related trades. In the event of uncertainty as to whether disclosure is needed, disclosure shall be made.

  2. The Hon Secretary shall circulate the Register of Members Interests to the Council Officers and Committee Chairmen.

  3. During the conduct of Council business, such as (but not limited to) the Council’s annual meeting or committee meetings, members with such interests shall always declare any relevant interest in any proceedings.

  4. Any concern arising from an interest not being declared shall be referred to either the President or the Vice-President who shall resolve the matter taking such advice as they consider necessary.

Education Committee

Since the Council meeting in 2011 the Committee has held three face-to-face meetings at Wellesbourne in Warwickshire. We welcomed three new members: James Blackburn (Beverley & District), Deborah Thorley (Yorkshire Association) and Duncan Walker (Carlisle Diocesan Guild).

It has been a busy year with the focus of our attention being the organisation of a national conference in November. The original proposal had been to arrange an Education Officers’ Conference for those who are involved in teaching ringing at association or branch level. This was soon overtaken by events when it became clear from discussions with the Administrative Committee that there were much wider issues at stake.

Instead of confining the scope of the conference to training matters, this Committee found itself spearheading an event with a much broader brief. The Wellesbourne gathering, “Change Ringing for the Future”, on 12th November was a consultation exercise on a large scale. It has since been well reported and its ripples continue to spread beyond the remit of our Committee.

Our overhaul of existing courses and material is ongoing. Current projects include adapting the Listening Course for use with standard PC software, plus developing the Mentored Conducting scheme for aspiring conductors. The latter has moved forward from a trial phase and is now “Open for Business”. Take-up has started to increase, with four students joining in recent months, but there is capacity for more to join as well. Additional mentors are also being recruited, in line with re-branding from “Conduct5040” to “support4u2conduct”, ensuring a broader appeal. In order to drive further people’s transition from simple “bob-calling” to the broader conducting skills, the Committee is planning to pull together and further develop the available material, for training and reference. More details are available at www.support4u2conduct.org.

Instructor Steve Popple explaining the correct tail-end hold at the Cinque Ports Ringing Centre
people in ringing chamber

Education Committee members have been proactive in attending and presenting ITTS courses. Six of the ten ITTS tutors are Committee members, and four now serve on the Management Committee of the newly formed Association of Ringing Teachers. Of the ten ITTS Module One courses run since the 2011 Council meeting, Committee members tutored five. The attendance figures for all ten courses are 87 prospective new teachers, 51 mentors, and 9 observers. Three Module Two courses were held, all of which were tutored and observed by Committee members; 20 new teachers, 13 mentors, and 5 observers attended.

An ad hoc course on tower leadership was produced for the Bath & Wells Axbridge Branch and the material written for this event is being adapted for more general use. The Committee arranged two courses in Kent, a one-day course and an experimental course presented in weekly instalments; 8 students in all were involved. An enquiry about a Listening Course in October 2012 has been received from the Wirral Branch of the Chester Guild.

A year after the event we have had much positive feedback from ringing teachers in the USA who attended the Teaching the Teachers course in Atlanta and Marietta. A compilation of their responses will be published shortly.

New teachers Mick Johnson and Jean Easley being instructed by their mentor Paul Barton during the ITTS course in Thanet; new teacher Sarat White is in the background
people in ringing chamber

Articles written by Committee members for The Ringing World have appeared each month, a variety of topics being covered. The series about the psychology of learning, “Learning - what helps, what hinders”, concluded with hints for teachers of learners with disabilities and is now finished. A series for tower leaders with little experience, “Learning Together”, is running currently.

The New Ringer’s Book continues to sell well and Simon Linford’s Judging Striking Competitions is in the final stages before going to print. Wall charts illustrating good and poor handling are ready for printing once the details of distribution have been resolved. Work continues on writing material for a teaching manual, essentially for new ringing teachers and complementary to The New Ringer’s Book. Producing a text for handbell ringing is under consideration. Writing new material is seen as an important part of the Committee’s remit.

Many people have assisted the Committee with its work and we extend our thanks to them all, particularly to those whose efforts and encouragement made the Wellesbourne conference such a success. In the coming year we look forward to closer liaison with the Ringing Foundation, the Ringing Centres Committee, and other groups charged with ensuring the future of the Exercise.

PETER DALE (Chairman)

Information and Communications Technology Committee

We have continued to maintain and grow the CCCBR website in its present form. The increased workload in recent months has made it clear that without two more people with, or able to acquire, the appropriate skills and willing to volunteer several hundred hours* a year we will not be able to migrate the website to a Content Management System without paid professional help. Also, without one more such person the on-going viability of the website depends on the continued availability of both the systems administrator and the webmaster.

* An informal, independent analysis of the webmaster’s email traffic indicates that updates and maintenance to the content and appearance of the website take on average one hour each day, and requests for changes or updates are usually resolved within 1 working day, and often sooner. This is a significant level of service, and better than many professional hosting companies will offer.


On-going work

Future plans


We remain grateful for the continuing contributions of Richard Allton, Claire Bell and Paul Johnson to their sections of the website; to Aidan Hopkins as server administrator; and to Andrew Craddock, Don Morrison and Tina Stoecklin, former members of this committee, for their continuing advice and support.


Library Committee

John Eisel was presented with a framed print from the Illustrated London News of 31 May 1856 entitled “Peace rejoicings - ringing the bells” by Tony Smith, CC President, at the Hereford CC Meeting to mark John’s retirement as Library Steward.

This occasion was followed by an article entitled “A retrospect on 19 years as Custodian of the Central Council Library” written by John Eisel and published in the 1 July issue (page 689) of The Ringing World. John has handed over the reins to Alan Glover, but he certainly hasn’t retired from researching, compiling, editing and typing for the benefit of the Exercise! The committee members have recognised John’s great contribution by inviting him to become an Honorary Life Member of the Friends.

Relocation of the stock was done in stages by John and Alan, to whom we are very grateful for making twelve journeys to/from Hereford and Worthen and only charging for the diesel!

The Central Council Library now in Alan Glover’s home in Worthen, Shropshire
(Photo by Anthony Bianco)
library shelving

Our latest publication: “Order & Disorder in the Eighteenth Century: Newspaper Extracts about Church Bells and Bell Ringing” compiled by Cyril Wratten and edited by John Eisel has been reprinted, together with the new Supplement compiled by John - see RW advertisement on page 1251 or www.cccbr.org.uk/library/publications. Chris Pickford kindly reviewed both items for us: see RW page 19 of 6 January 2012.

John has made considerable progress with the nineteenth century newspaper extracts, which it is intended will be published by the Library Committee. The next volume covers the period 1800-1829 and is well advanced.

John is also providing material to be added to the Felstead database. We still plan to publish a bound volume of c60 of John Eisel’s articles for The Ringing World.

Paul Johnson has made Campanology (16 Sep 1896 - 10 Mar 1897) and The Bellringer (5 Jan 1907 - 1 Jun 1907) magazines available on the Library Committee website. He is now working on the next Ringing World DVD 1941-1970, with plans to have it available for sale in 2012. As a result of our December advertising splash, the RW DVD 1911-1940 continues to sell well, plus the Bell News DVD, the two Ringing Periodicals CD, Trollope Manuscript CD and the Library Catalogue, which all continue to keep the ringing fraternity alert to the work of the Library. See the CCCBR Library Committee website, including special prices for Friends.

We would like to loan the duplicate set of Ringing Worlds to a Guild/Association - after it has been scanned for the 1941-1970 DVD. For example, the duplicate set of Bell News is on loan to the Truro DG Library. Please contact the Steward for information.

Several people kindly offered to assist with converting old recordings held on records, cassettes and videos to DVD and we hope to progress this work as soon as we have finished prioritising the material.

We were pleased to welcome Greg Morris (North Wales Association) to the committee. He has professional librarian experience and is assisting Alan Glover with producing an online catalogue.

Since June four items have been lent out, and a further sixty-six queries have been dealt with by letter or email. Many of these have been from Pat Halls on behalf of the Biographies Committee or Alan Baldock in connection with the Felstead records. Others have concerned personal research by individual ringers and a number of enquiries from various sections of the media. The main project has been preparing various catalogues or indexes ready for the time when the CC website is able to host them. These include updates to the main catalogue and a subject index for the manuscripts and ephemera. All are ongoing.

In addition to the annual reports which we have received, 75 items have been added to the catalogue in 2011. We are most grateful to those who have donated books, articles and manuscripts.

Alison Hodge wrote a letter to The Ringing World (page 1234) entitled: “Who do you think ‘they’ are?” to encourage grassroots ringers to value/save the ephemera in their ringing chambers before the names and ephemera are lost. The Chairman of the Biographies Committee took the opportunity of replying to the Editor and endorsing our message. We suggest Alison’s idea is passed on to newsletter editors.

Alison Hodge has kindly made available the draft rules she has compiled as Librarian of the Worcs & Districts Association. Should anyone be interested, please contact her for a copy: hodgeam@btinternet.com

The Committee is planning to hold another “Outreach Day” in Spring 2013 for those interested in ringing books, ephemera etc and issues such as the future of Guild/Association libraries. Please watch for publicity in The Ringing World, in due course.

ALAN GLOVER (Library Steward)

Methods Committee

The Methods Committee held two meetings in the year, in Whitchurch, Hampshire on 9 April, and at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge on 9 October. Much of the work of the committee involves considering interpretation of and changes to the Council’s Decisions. We have looked into a number of areas this year, and proposed two changes to the Decisions which were passed at the 2011 meeting.

We have continued revising the methods-related pages of The Ringing World Diary, providing replacements for the Doubles, Plain Triples and Caters sections in the 2012 Diary. This year we plan to replace the Cinques pages, which are the last “old” pages that remain. Our approach going forwards will be to maintain a core set of the frequently-rung “standard methods”, and in addition to feature a selection of other interesting methods, which we will change from year to year. We would like to thank Roger Bailey for his help with the layout of these pages in this and previous years.

The Committee is responsible for the Council’s Method Collections which are available on line in HTML and computer readable format at http://methods.org.uk. We are extremely grateful to Tony Smith for making weekly updates to add new methods. These collections are a valuable resource for ringers and the data contained in them is used by several ringing programs. They now contain over 17,000 methods.

We are considering how the Committee can support Change Ringing for the Future initiatives by providing resources that will appeal to technically-minded younger ringers. This would include writing or commissioning articles and providing web materials that will stimulate a wider interest in methods and related technical topics, and aid retention of that subset of young ringers who have leanings in a mathematical direction.

Throughout the year we have continued to answer a regular stream of enquiries about method names, Central Council Decisions and other matters received on the committee’s email address: methods@cccbr.org.uk.


Peals Records Committee

The Peals Analysis

We have recorded a total of 5030 peals rung in 2011 and published in The Ringing World up to 9th March, of which 4288 were on tower bells and 742 on handbells. The revised total for 2010 is 4950 - a net increase of 80. Full details are included in the methods table that accompanies this report. The Yorkshire Association is the leading society with 342, a narrow margin over the Oxford Diocesan Guild. The Chester Guild is once again the leading society for handbell peals with 101. Once again, eighteen societies rang 100 or more peal in 2010. Please see separate table for details of peals rung for individual societies.

At this time, we believe there are still a number of performances that have not yet been received by The Ringing World, including one in a new method, which are not included in the totals and lists below. We would encourage the conductors and bands to submit these for publication in The Ringing World so that they can be included in the adjustments next year.

There has been much discussion around the publication of ‘non-compliant’ peals in The Ringing World. After some discussion our advice is that the Editor has the right to decide how any performance is published, and the format it is in, based on how it is submitted to him. However, the decision as to how a performance is included in our analysis is for this committee, and will be based only on those published in The Ringing World. The Editor does still have an obligation to refer any performance over 10,000 to us prior to publication.

Record Peals

There were three record peals rung in 2011, together with a number of other peals over 10,000 changes. The record peals are detailed in the Records table below.

Peals not complying with the Decisions on Peal Ringing

We have identified four performances published as peals in The Ringing World that do not comply with Decision D (Parts A-D) relating to peal ringing. They were all rung on dumbbells using a simulator, three of them at Hopton Heath, Shropshire (the Marches Teaching Belfry) and one at Brampton, Cambridgeshire, St Mary Magdalene.


The following 78 towers had 10 or more peals in 2011: (77 in 2010):-

46Leeds, W Yorks (St. Anne)
32City of London (St. Magnus, Lower Thames Street), Marston Bigot (Pig le Tower)
29Awbridge (Clock House Bells), Oxford (St. Thomas), Shepton Beauchamp
28Birmingham (Cathedral), Bishopstoke
24Ipswich (Old Stoke, The Wolery)
23Harrogate (St. Wilfrid), Maidstone (All Saints), Sheffield (Dore), Spitalfields
22Keele (Woodlands), Maidstone (St. Michael)
21Bishopsteignton (Bishops Ting Tong)
20East Huntspill (Little Orchard Tower)
17Burghill, Church Lawford (The Plantagenet Ring), Shoreditch, Thatcham
16Belper, Croydon (South Croydon), Dordrecht (’t Klockhuys), Leicester (St. Mary de Castro), Saltby
15Amersham, Burnley (St. Peter), Grundisburgh, Oxford (St. Mary Magdalen), Warnham (Bell Meadow Peal)
14Campton, Knottingley, Liverpool (Garston), Longcot, Northallerton, Rotherham (All Saints), Terling
13Burton Latimer, Cambridge (St. Mary), City of London (St. Mary le Bow, Cheapside), Hexham, Lundy Island, Sproxton, Stratton St. Margaret, Worsley
12Barrow Gurney, Birmingham (St. Paul), Hanbury (Worcs), Portsmouth (Cathedral), Rothwell (Nhants), Winford
11Birmingham (Northfield), Bradford Peverell, Bristol (Cathedral), Bristol (St. Stephen), Cambridge (Trumpington), Farnworth and Kearsley, Hughenden, New York, Walkden, Worcester (Cathedral)
10Birmingham (St. Martin), East Ilsley, Heptonstall, Middleton (Gtr Man), Newburn on Tyne, Stubbington (Narnia Campanile), Towcester (St. Lawrence), West Bridgford, Westminster (Strand), Willoughby on the Wolds, Windsor (St. John), York (St. Lawrence)

There were also 22 handbell venues where 10 or more peals were rung 2011.

First pealers and firsts as conductor

We have noted 159 people who rang their first peal in 2011 (149 in 2010) and 28 firsts as conductor (32 in 2010). We congratulate all those involved in these performances particularly where several firsts were included in one peal.

The data in last year’s report showed that there was a gradual decline in the number of people ringing their first peal but the numbers have stabilised and it is possible with events like the Olympics that more first peals could be rung this year.

The number of firsts as conductor has fluctuated over the past ten years but the total for 2011 is the lowest for some time, perhaps reflecting the trend for many people to ring as established members of a band where perhaps the conducting is not shared.

This data is taken from Pealbase and the committee would like to thank Andrew Craddock for his excellent resource.

Corrections to the 2010 Analysis

There are a number of alterations to the 2010 Analysis owing to late publication which are detailed below. Corrections relate to tower bells except where specified.

Bath & WellsMajor +1
Cambridge UniversityMajor (hand) +2
ElyMaximus -1
Lichfield & WalsallMinor +1
YorkshireMaximus +1; Major (hand) +1
Non AssociationMaximus -1
Non-AffiliatedDoubles +1, Minor +1, Major +5; Major (hand) +1, Royal (hand) +1

The amended methods analysis for 2010 is shown in the 2011 methods table, which forms part of this report. Revised totals for 2010 are: tower bells 4208, handbells 742, total 4950.

The Felstead Project

Work on maintaining the accuracy of the Felstead database has continued during the year. Andrew Craddock is responsible for all peal data post-1989 and downloads the data regularly from The Ringing World, Bellboard and Campanophile websites for all new peals rung; the committee is grateful for his doing this work. Alan Baldock continues to look after the data for all pre-1990 peals.

Many instances of inaccuracy on the database where the name of the method does not appear in the Council’s record of method names have been corrected but there are still a lot more outstanding. The most common reason for this is that the name had to be changed after being published and either no correction was published or a correction was not picked up and the record card changed. There are also a number of peals, which have been found to be false, still appearing on the database as valid. Work is on-going to correct the inaccuracies in these areas but it is quite a lengthy task sometimes requiring a number of enquiries being made before the correct status of a peal is discovered.

We continue to receive notification from various ringers of some previously unrecorded or inaccurately recorded peals and the committee is grateful to all who have contributed in any way to the accuracy of the data. Alan Glover has been of great help in answering queries by reference to the material in the library. John Eisel’s on-going work with the extracts from eighteenth and nineteenth century newspapers has resulted in over 130 previously unrecorded peals being added to the database and corrections being made to about 50 others.

GRAHAM DUKE (co-opted)
First peals in methods rung on Tower Bells
15088Norbury D MajorYorkshire A
25184Win Hill D MajorYorkshire A
55040Ladybird A MajorOxford DG
55024Totley Moss D MajorYorkshire A
65056Magi D MajorAmersham Guild
65056Jolly’s Bottom TB MajorDorset CA
65040Ness S RoyalLancashire A
75040Hindstile S RoyalPeterboro DG
85056Waldron S MajorSussex CA
85120Dreamship S MajorANZAB
95088San Marino S MajorBarrow & District Soc
135088Killiecrankie TB MajorDorset CA
135000Woolfox S RoyalLeicester DG
135056Oldmixon D MajorBath & Wells DA
205088Oxenwood S MajorGlos & Bris DA
205120Lickey End TB MajorDorset CA
255080Qattara S RoyalNon-Association
265152Low Edges D MajorYorkshire A
265088Swine S MajorBath & Wells DA
275088Myrmica TB MajorDorset CA
275088Salford D MajorLancashire A
295024Muse S MajorYorkshire A
295088St Agatha S MajorG St Agatha
295152Town Street S MajorYorkshire A
305120John Of The Cross S MajorANZAB
315088Instone S MajorDerby DA
315180Heptonstall A MajorLancashire A
35056Candlemas S MajorAmersham Guild
35040Cairn Toul S RoyalG Devonshire Ringers
35184Netherthong TB MajorDorset CA
45040Xenops S RoyalPeterboro DG
65024Bar T’at S MajorYorkshire A
135056Caerdydd S MajorBath & Wells DA
145040Riverhead S MaximusSt Martin’s G
145088Wensleydale D MajorSt James’ G
145900Rotherham Minster A MaximusYorkshire A
175088Onacock TB MajorDorset CA
195040Shrivenham Village S RoyalOxford DG
245088Piddle TB MajorDorset CA
245040Quinag D RoyalG Devonshire Ringers
265152Whorlton S MajorYorkshire A
265012Carriage Hall A MajorS’well & Nottm DG
275040Iltios A MajorOxford DG
285088Widecombe-in-the-Moor D MajorDorset CA
285024Spitalfields Market S MajorSt James’ G
35070Queenstown A MajorS’well & Nottm DG
55120Yapton Marsh S MajorSussex CA
55088Angela Bass S MajorSRCY
55040Northamptonshire H MinorPeterboro DG
75024Cocker Hoop D MajorSt Martin’s G
85054Spitfire Little S RoyalWin & Ports DG
105152Shortwood D MajorGlos & Bris DA
105040Jongsong S RoyalG Devonshire Ringers
125152Orland D MajorYorkshire A
125152Canon’s Marsh S MajorGlos & Bris DA
125040Toll Bar Island S RoyalCoventry DG
155040River Medway S RoyalKent CA
165056Nethergreen D MajorYorkshire A
195040Chilterns S RoyalAmersham Guild
245000Westcotes S RoyalLeicester DG
245088RW100 S MajorOxford DG
245184Quartalehouse TB MajorDorset CA
275130Rigi A MajorOxford DG
285040Chiltern Turbo S RoyalAmersham Guild
315040Glas Tulaichean D RoyalG Devonshire Ringers
315124Jorvik A MajorYorkshire A
15040Aberdare St Elvan Place TriplesLlan & Mon D A
35040Poyle SC TriplesANZAB
35184Tobias S MajorBath & Wells DA
75184Rotten End TB MajorDorset CA
85152Maestro D MajorGlos & Bris DA
95056Billy Bob TP MajorScottish A
145088New Chelsea D MajorOxford DG
165040Upper Boddington D MinorPeterboro DG
205040High Halden S MinorBev & Dist Soc
245152Mitre S MajorYorkshire A
245040Easter Day D RoyalBath & Wells DA
265018Octodecim A RoyalKent CA
275040Kate & William A MajorOxford DG
295152Kate & William S MajorBath & Wells DA
295120Windsor TB RoyalD&N DA
305009Collatz CatersGuildford DG
305040Wedding D RoyalGlos & Bris DA
305152Whichford D MajorCoventry DG
55088Buckland Dinham D MajorBarrow & District Soc
55040Lee Wood A MajorLancashire A
65056Blue Cat Little S RoyalLancashire A
75080Loch-Fyne S RoyalNon-Association
85056Vatican City S MajorBath & Wells DA
85040Golden Sheep D RoyalLancashire A
95184Quail Green D MajorLeicester DG
115088Chapel Row D MajorOxford DG
125040Tanky S RoyalLeicester DG
135056Cotwardine S MajorEly DA
145024Coopers S MajorYorkshire A
145056East of Arcadia S MajorYorkshire A
155088Veritas S MajorYorkshire A
155040Vitznau A MajorOxford DG
255040White A MajorOxford DG
265088Onedin S MajorOxford DG
285040Elmodesham D RoyalAmersham Guild
295088Middle Place S MajorGlos & Bris DA
15040Morton Fen A MajorLincoln DG
25184Marston Bigot D MajorBath & Wells DA
65000Oldbury S RoyalSt Martin’s G
65120Wandle S MajorSt James’ G
75088Partney D MajorS’well & Nottm DG
85152Madresfield D MajorYorkshire A
95184Shitterton TB MajorDorset CA
95040Aston Flamville S RoyalPeterboro DG
95040Mansley Cliff D RoyalG Devonshire Ringers
95024Twenty One D MajorBath & Wells DA
115184Hemsley S MajorS Northants S
125040Orbe A MajorOxford DG
125088Valletta S MajorBath & Wells DA
135040Zeta Cygni S RoyalOUS
135056Tring D MajorSt James’ G
145088Doneraile S MajorDorset CA
195120Kent TB SixteenBarrow & District Soc
225152Village D MajorYorkshire A
235184Twatt TB MajorDorset CA
285040Artistic TriplesSt Martin’s G
285040Yiewsby S RoyalS’well & Nottm DG
285125Ross-on-Wye S MajorHereford DG
15250Bridgewater Canal Little S RoyalLancashire A
25056Abbeydale S MajorYorkshire A
35250Xylophone A MajorOxford DG
45088Spitalfields 1729 S MajorSt James’ G
55025Vintage A RoyalKent CA
65088Mallard S MajorLincoln DG
65152Sheaf S MajorYorkshire A
95096Swaton Fen A MajorLincoln DG
145040Eastwold S RoyalLeicester DG
145040Ventongimps D RoyalG Devonshire Ringers
145056Keynsham D MajorBath & Wells DA
165040Naiad D RoyalYorkshire A
215120Brighton D MajorOxford DG
225184Gordano D MajorGlos & Bris DA
235056Sherriff D MajorGlos & Bris DA
265088Zarathustra A RoyalS’well & Nottm DG
275152Felkirk D MajorYorkshire A
315040Quartino A MajorOxford DG
25088Mareham D MajorS’well & Nottm DG
35024Hope Street S MajorYorkshire A
55056Norwich City FC S MajorNorwich DA
105012Ketteringham A MajorYorkshire A
105152Porter S MajorYorkshire A
105056Aberdare D MajorOxford DG
115184Thickwood S MajorGlos & Bris DA
135040Elgood’s Warrior S RoyalEly DA
165088Hedgerley S MajorSt James’ G
185040First Great Western S RoyalOxford DG
185088Abbey Meads S MajorGlos & Bris DA
245024Rivelin S MajorASCY
255040Thurcaston D RoyalLeicester DG
255040Crapstone S RoyalG Devonshire Ringers
15088Uretiti TB MajorDorset CA
25000Copelands S RoyalPeterboro DG
35040Twywell TP MinorPeterboro DG
65088Xingren S MajorS’well & Nottm DG
85152Twerton on Avon D MajorBath & Wells DA
125088Golden Wedding Anniversary S MajorSt James’ G
175024Endeavour S MajorOxford DG
215088St Lawrence TB MajorYorkshire A
225040Skinner’s Bottom S RoyalG Devonshire Ringers
235040University of Bristol TP MajorGlos & Bris DA
245088Old Bell S MajorYorkshire A
245056Horse and Farrier S MajorYorkshire A
245056Uphill A MaximusASCY
275024Iesah S MajorSt James’ G
275120Grimsthorpe D RoyalS’well & Nottm DG
285024Loxley S MajorYorkshire A
305088Thunderbird S MajorGlos & Bris DA
15040Yellowbelly TP MinorLincoln DG
55152Noddy D MajorYorkshire A
55040Happy D MinorYorkshire A
75152Zipadeedoodah D MajorGlos & Bris DA
85040St Agatha B TriplesG St Agatha
155152Bournemouth D MajorWin & Ports DG
165024Royal Wootton Bassett D MajorGlos & Bris DA
165088Broadgreen S MajorGlos & Bris DA
175024Hill D MajorCoventry DG
175088Llanthony Abbey S MajorBath & Wells DA
195088Effin S MajorBath & Wells DA
205070Rippingale A MajorLincoln DG
205056Stoke Park S MajorAmersham Guild
255160Kettlethorpe D RoyalS’well & Nottm DG
275088West Ilsley S MajorOxford DG
275096Evergreen A MajorLancashire A
315088Xotis S MajorFreehold S
15088Orcadia D MajorS’well & Nottm DG
45040Woodnewton S RoyalPeterboro DG
65096Proper Job A MajorLancashire A
95152Don S MajorYorkshire A
105152Idstone D MajorGlos & Bris DA
125040Rochester TB MinorOxford DG
125160Stanage Edge S RoyalYorkshire A
135056Lëtzebuerg S MajorBath & Wells DA
155040Soay Sheep S RoyalLundy IS
155040Dreamship S RoyalANZAB
195088Iowa D MajorSRCY
205016Cabot CinquesSRCY
205152Syltom S MajorGuildford DG
215088Tenby TB MajorCoventry DG
255152Agelessness S MajorLeicester DG
255024Hewish S MajorGlos & Bris DA
265040Crambo DoublesBarrow & District Soc
295184Quapaw S MajorSRCY
305040Pasiphaë S RoyalAmersham Guild
25088Shreveport S MajorSRCY
25000Drumnadrochit S RoyalPeterboro DG
25088Swindon Centenary S MajorGlos & Bris DA
35088Louisiana S MajorSRCY
35056Yersinia TB MajorNAG
55088Ormerod Road S MajorLancashire A
55088The Ditch S MajorSt James’ G
85025Avon Gorge S MajorGlos & Bris DA
85088Partridge Inn S MajorSRCY
105040Minehead D RoyalBath & Wells DA
115056Zagreb S MajorBath & Wells DA
125400King James A MajorCoventry DG
125088LB Sixty D MajorG Devonshire Ringers
135152Xmastide D MajorGlos & Bris DA
185120Waldegrave D MajorBath & Wells DA
19508880th Birthday D MajorLeicester DG
285124Dordrecht A MajorLancashire A
285152Christmas Steps TB MajorYorkshire A
295186Vernatts S MaximusS’well & Nottm DG
305088Nine Elms S MajorGlos & Bris DA
305088Bakewell D MajorYorkshire A
315136New Year’s Eve Little TP MajorD&N DA
First peals in methods rung on Hand Bells
125040Derwent D RoyalLeicester DG
125148Summer Lane A MaximusOxford DG
145040Chicxulub D RoyalLancashire A Leicester DG
165042Woodspring S MaximusOxford DG
65184Temple Row D MaximusOxford DG
135040Spitalfields D MaximusOxford DG
25152Iddesleigh D MajorLeicester DG
115152Eardisland D MajorLeicester DG
255040Worthington S RoyalOxford DG
225040Botolfston S RoyalLeicester DG
65053Spliced Cinques/MaximusOxford DG
135184Maypole A RoyalASCY
185152Ashbourne D MajorLeicester DG
15152West Sussex D MajorLeicester DG
105152Sleaford D MajorLeicester DG Derby DA
155040Tyneside S MaximusLeicester DG
175042Scarlet S MaximusOxford DG
315040Scarlatti S MaximusOxford DG
55056Katenian D MajorLeicester DG
155120Victoria S MajorUniv London Soc
195152Yelling D MajorLeicester DG
265280Island Gardens S MajorMiddx CA & Lon DG
285040Hobgoblin S RoyalLeicester DG
265056Dingley D MajorLeicester DG
125040Double Helix Differential MajorASCY
165040Yffenni S RoyalOxford DG
205056Turramurra S MajorANZAB
Record peals
2210368Plain B CatersWin & Ports DG
2910000Xenolite S RoyalLancashire A
2713824Lincolnshire S MajorWin & Ports DG

Peals by Society

Ancient Society of College Youths010706591022821553000319500019103201026221
Australia & New Zealand Association030403910200200002401130000000529
Bath & Wells Diocesan Association01014509136413750150000263040500000009272
Bedfordshire Association01012042940100000005100000000000051
Beverley & District Society0501301500000000002400000000000024
Birmingham University Society00100020000000000317000000000811
Bristol University Society0003003001002000090000000000009
Cambridge University Guild00030120000010000701020000010411
Carlisle Diocesan Guild0000011000000000020001000000013
Central Council0001001002000000040000000000004
Chester Diocesan Guild00010031820200100003601604700320060101137
Coventry Diocesan Guild02050522203000000039060400000001049
Derby Diocesan Association01090132106111000053031801511102174
Devonshire Guild01060008230211012000018001013303002022202
Dorset County Association00017024320200000006600000000000066
Durham & Newcastle Diocesan Association0208024140900000006600000000000066
Durham University Society0001003002100000070000000000007
Ely Diocesan Association00010037520500100009601010108002022118
Essex Association00125002610300000005600000000000056
Four Shires Guild0100002000000000030000000000003
Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association0609010715016403000012401023001000025149
Guildford Diocesan Guild00040619301111200104802160000000957
Hereford Diocesan Guild0242270351201110100001220609004000019141
Hertford County Association0301303232042000000500501100100001767
Irish Association0100002000000000030000000000003
Kent County Association02024054410233000000102010200000003105
Ladies’ Guild0001000000000000010000000000001
Lancashire Association03019061092051009000019908010000000018217
Leicester Diocesan Guild00010224101600000004408013001700504387
Lichfield & Walsall Archdeaconries Society0202500191012010000510301100100001566
Lincoln Diocesan Guild03029003900100000007205021100100028100
Liverpool Universities Society0001002000001000040100000000015
Llandaff & Monmouth Diocesan Association01001105173026010000551301200300001974
London University Society00010020010000000402050000000711
Middlesex County Association & London Diocesan Guild001503164040000000330103000900004073
North American Guild0001021930240100003201060000000739
North Staffordshire Association0001403900100000002700000000000027
North Wales Association0001001000000000020000000000002
Norwich Diocesan Association0701702930020000004005000000000545
Oxford Diocesan Guild0706405140502900200002520001700400126084336
Oxford Society0003046601220100003401000000000135
Oxford University Society0000002004001000070000000000007
Peterborough Diocesan Guild030100021101300000004800000000000048
Salisbury Diocesan Guild0501102710200000002800000000000028
Scottish Association02030010001000000002502040000000631
Shropshire Association0004011000000000060000000000006
Society of Royal Cumberland Youths010600143103030180000202030500000008210
Southwell & Nottingham Diocesan Guild12035014320140060000104000000000000104
St Martin’s Guild for the Diocese of Birmingham01040818307102230100771010000000001188
Suffolk Guild01104509555002010000128000000000000128
Surrey Association0903031910240100004200000000000042
Sussex County Association010210104650410000008800040000000492
Swansea & Brecon Diocesan Guild0301011000000000060000000000006
Truro Diocesan Guild0200022240000000003000010000000131
Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild010150530162302090100111012017005004038149
Worcestershire & Districts Association0103051000200000002100000000000021
Yorkshire Association060420141661203580180000301014019007001041342
Sub-total - Affiliated114367060181178712854628691870213370731241333861139424906794386
Non Association000808439033130270001142100100100104146

Analysis of Peals by method and change on year

Spliced S2811973718
Other Spliced1725512226
Bristol Surprise63801087388
Cambridge Surprise60687156783
Yorkshire Surprise3758674365
Other Single Surprise374312114954




Spliced Surprise584219207762
Other Spliced351247
Cambridge Surprise85862324108110
Yorkshire Surprise82932914111107
Bristol Surprise8582679189
London No.3 Surprise4942865748
Lincolnshire Surprise19261143030
Other Surprise1241361811142147
Single Delight41333114444




Spliced Surprise3513185478406396
Other Spliced911851716
Yorkshire Surprise1871925053237245
Bristol Surprise2201962719247215
Cambridge Surprise1201002318143118
London Surprise6479596988
Superlative Surprise59581197067
Lincolnshire Surprise50509105960
Rutland Surprise4850895659
Lessness Surprise3833214034
Glasgow Surprise2627062633
Pudsey Surprise1925462331
Uxbridge Surprise2216112317
Cornwall Surprise2010002010
Other Surprise508484711515495
Single Delight15014282158144
Plain Bob56446966125110
Double Norwich CB4329204529
Kent Treble Bob2443324536


Plain Bob2120002120


8+ Methods17867245
Spliced Surprise721587
Spliced Other639
7 Methods38334417
2-6 Methods10927136
Plain Bob Minor434631227468
Cambridge Surprise5950866756
Other Surprise25209213441


2+ Methods12612300126123




Public Relations Committee

Four new members joined the Committee at last year’s Council making us up to strength for the first time in a number of years. Over the last year various rôles have changed: Barrie Dove is now Chairman; Helen Udal is Secretary; James Forster is dealing with Learn to Ring! and Rupert Littlewood has taken over University Liaison. Claire Bell has stood down from the Committee during the year. Nick Jones (PR Officer for the Llandaff and Monmouth DA) has been co-opted onto the Committee to keep the numbers up to strength, and has already made his presence felt.

The 2012 London Olympics logo

The PRC continues to meet on a regular basis with much of its work done by email and telephone. We continue to update the ‘Things to ring for’ pages on the Central Council website and answer questions and enquiries made to it. We have submitted articles to The Ringing World paying particular attention to The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics. We have assisted Kate Flavell, President, with the Five Rings Triples 20x12 project. We have also promoted ringing generally throughout the year with a number of short radio broadcasts by both Barrie Dove on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show and John Harrison on Radio Oxford. Mike Orme continues to assist with the producers of the Bells on Sunday BBC Radio 4 programme. Committee members this year have also provided assistance to the German TV channel ZDF, Japanese TV Broadcaster NHK and Arts Council England.

At St Magnus the Martyr (l-r): Benjamin Daniel (Journalist), Dickon Love (Tower Captain of St Magnus the Martyr) and ZDF Cameraman (Photo by Helen Udal)

Leaflets and Posters

Demand for the Learn to Ring! publicity leaflets continues with 17,000 supplied during 2011. Both the recruitment poster and leaflets are available to download as PDF files from the CCCBR website.

Noise Complaints

This year has been quiet, three contacts having been made. We responded to them all.

Learn to Ring!

This year we received a total of 46 enquiries and in each case the enquiry has been referred to a suitable local contact. A handful of these have come from mainland Europe.

Road Show 2014

After conducting a comprehensive review from a web-based survey and paper questionnaires early last year the strengths and weaknesses of past road shows were considered and, as a result, it was decided the next Road Show would be in 2014, probably at the Newbury racecourse.

Bells on Sunday

The Committee has maintained close contact with the producers of this programme with a view to maintaining the quality and variety of recordings the programme airs. New recordings are continually being sought.

BARRIE DOVE (Chairman)
HELEN UDAL (Secretary)
NICK JONES (co-opted)
The publicity and recruiting poster

International reports

The start of 2011 saw both New Zealand and Australia devastatingly affected by natural disasters with tragic loss of life. The comprehensive damage to Christchurch’s Cathedral, a vital symbol of the city and the community, was very hard to absorb.

Thanks to the strenuous efforts of various ringers in New Zealand and Australia a very successful and busy long weekend was spent in Sydney in November by a large group of Christchurch ringers. There were multiple ringing, quarter peal and socialising opportunities and everything went seamlessly. It was good to renew old friendships and establish new ones.

It was timely that the annual ANZAB Festival was held on the North Island of New Zealand in Hamilton and Auckland and, as always, it was a pleasure to catch up with ringing friends and for the Australians to get to know more of the New Zealand ringers.

Early in the year we welcomed three UK peal and quarter peal groups on successful tours - the College Youths, Cumberlands and Gerry Skelly’s Bristol group.

In mid-year the North Eastern Branch of ANZAB introduced a Six Bell Country Striking Competition, known as the Kookaburra Cup, with the aim of improving striking - this proved to be a great success. Comprehensive information including CDs of ringing was provided to potential participants and was very helpful. Each of the eleven teams recorded their entry in their own tower which was then sent electronically to the adjudicators.

As a start to our 50th Anniversary year multiple quarter peals were rung in June replicating the first four quarters rung at Parramatta in Sydney in June 1961.

ANZAB was delighted to be invited to be the featured Association in the 2012 Ringing World Calendar which was finished and printed ahead of time and was very well received by ringers and non-ringers alike.

We look forward to meeting friends from around the world on the occasion of our 50th Anniversary Festival in Sydney in June.

President ANZAB

Central European Association

After a quiet year in 2011, the Central European Association sprang back into action in January 2012, with a lively quarter peal weekend on 20-22, hosted by Brian and Geraldine Diserens in Brandau, followed by two peals of 13 Spliced Surprise Major on 28-29 January at Dordrecht. These were conducted by Alban Foster and Mike Trimm

and all ringers were resident. A handbell weekend is planned in Dietenheim, Germany, from 24-25 March.

If anyone is visiting Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands or Belgium, or knows of any ringer in the area, they are invited to contact me at rodney.yeates@ukmedicalwriting.de.


North American Guild of Change Ringers

2011 was a year of news for North American ringers. We ended 2010 with major media coverage of change ringing. First, a dazzling Washington Post article ran on the Whitechapel Guild of the National Cathedral School. Victoria, BC, Christ Church Cathedral ringing was highlighted by the local BBC, and on Christmas Eve “eve”, NPR affiliate NLRN ran a beautiful piece on the bells at Miami’s Trinity Cathedral.

In 2011, electronic and print media coverage was brisk as well. Amid all the flurry of preparations for the marriage of Prince William and the captivating Kate, NBC broadcast “Inside the Royal Wedding,” a program produced by a London film company on Westminster Abbey.

“Heavenly Bells,” the Tribeca Citizen proclaimed in Kristl Hall’s excellent article and photos of ringing at Trinity Wall Street, while Arkansas Life showcased the bells and ringers at Trinity Cathedral Little Rock. The Marietta Daily Journal extolled “James Williams dances with the bells at St James”; the Reporter News in Abilene noted, “Bells were ringing at Heavenly Rest”, while in Charleston, the local ABC affiliate highlighted visiting English tutors and ringing at St Michael’s Church in honor of Carolina Day.

Making ringing news more accessible, a mobile optimized version of the NAG website was launched. The Trumplers rang a peal on handbells in India; Shreveport held their first ringing festival and in Abilene, bells were rung again for the first time in years, with help from North American ringers. In Dallas the formidable tower stairs became a thing of the past amid great celebration, and in July Victoria, BC, ringers celebrated the 75th anniversary of the hanging and first ringing of their bells, inviting all of North America to attend and ring with them.

There was sad news, too. February 22 brought us the heart-wrenching news of the earthquake in Christchurch NZ and destruction of the Christchurch Cathedral bell tower. In July we learned of the death of Paul Engsberg, the visionary who brought bells to the Sewanee Breslin Tower at University of the South. Then in August, an earthquake toppled pinnacles and angels from the main tower housing the beautiful bells of the National Cathedral. Soon after, the Sewanee bells were silenced when tower stones were observed wobbling during the course of a peal. But there was good news to follow. The Breslin bells are ringing again, and Tower Captain Gail Watson has been training several new ringers, intent on revitalizing the legacy of Paul Engsberg. In Washington, the Cathedral bells began ringing again on November 12 to mark the consecration of the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Washington. Members of the Cathedral close community told ringers they saw the sound of the bells as “an outward expression that all was well” despite the extensive repair and reconstruction work still to be done.

The Teaching the Teachers Course held in Georgia in February 2011 - left to right: Tony Furnival (Trinity NYC), Dawn Uebelhart (St Paul, Houston), Douglas Kitson (Holy Trinity, Quebec), Robert Torre (learner), Don Johnes (St James, Hendersonville), Eileen Butler (PGCR, Philadelphia), Bruce Butler (NAGCR Education Officer), Quilla Roth (WRS, Washington, DC), Ray Gotko (Breslin Tower, Sewanee), David Weeks (learner); Douglas McCoy (Grace, Charleston), Peter Dale (CCCBR Education Committee)
people in ringing chamber

But there is more good news and new opportunities for North American ringers: Change ringing bells are ringing again at the University of Chicago. Tom Farthing began teaching new ringers in July. Joined by two ringers from Northwestern University, the new Chicago ringers were welcomed enthusiastically at the Kalamazoo ringing weekend in October. As you might expect, Tom’s young learners are coming along just fine.

Yale revealed hopes for a new 190 foot tower with twelve change ringing bells in their residential-colleges project. At Trinity Wall Street, ringers from Washington, Boston and New York have been working on twelve bell peals rung predominately by resident North American ringers. On November 11, 2011, they rang 11,111 Stedman Cinques, composed by R. C. Kippin, the longest Cinques ever rung in North America. Shreveport and Dallas celebrated their first peals, and towers from one end of the continent to the other are still benefitting from the lessons learned at “Teaching the Teacher” presented by a team of Central Council trainers in February.

Change ringing is alive and well in North America. The message is good, and clear as a bell.

NAGCR Public Relations Officer

South African Guild

The AGM of the South African Guild was held in Cape Town over the weekend of October 1st. Apart from the usual activities, including quarter-peal attempts, a striking contest and a formal dinner, the meeting was notable for the election of a new President, Richard Roberts from Parktown, Johannesburg, replacing Ed Elderkin from Cape Town who wished to retire from the post. Richard is also Ringing Master of the Transvaal Society, and it is hoped that the two societies will move towards a formal merger in due course.

The bells in Durban have been silent for much of the year, St Paul’s due to tower repairs and St Mary’s having experienced an unfortunate headstock failure. Following discussion at the AGM, Chris Fitter from Fourways Gardens has made a dye penetration inspection of the other headstocks and ringing has resumed on the back eight at St Mary’s, pending rehanging of the front two bells on new headstocks.

Ringers converged on the chapel at St Peter’s Preparatory School on December 16th for a trial ring on Johannesburg’s latest peal of bells. Comprising six bells, tenor 2½cwt in F#, the frame, fittings and ropes were designed and made by Matthew Higby, who also cast three of the bells and tuned the other three, one of which was donated by the Keltek Trust. After all present had enjoyed a turn or two at ringing, the company adjourned outside for a celebratory glass of something suitably fizzy. The installation still needs some minor adjustment but all agreed that they sound and “go” well, a worthy addition to the school. It is the school’s intention that they will be rung daily by a band drawn from the senior grades; there will be no general ringing outside of school hours. The bells will be dedicated at a service on February 23rd; in the interim, several brief video clips of the trial ringing have been loaded on “YouTube”.

The project to install a light ring of six at Queenstown, Eastern Cape, is progressing and it is hoped that they will be cast and hung during 2012.

President, South African Guild
Ringing Master, Transvaal Society

Zimbabwe Guild of Bellringers

Unfortunately there is still no ringing in Harare as the Cathedral remains out of bounds. Regular ringing in Kwekwe is limited as a number of the young ringers have left to further their education elsewhere.

Harare ringers travelled to Kwekwe once last year for the AGM and to have an opportunity to ring. There was a good turnout of available ringers from both Harare and Kwekwe for this day. Harare ringers were impressed by the Kwekwe ringers commitment to good striking. Harare ringers were, needless to say, a bit rusty but soon got back into it! Our new office bearers are Master - Stanley Dube, Secretary - Nyasha Gumunyu, Librarian - Teddy Kabwemba and Tendai Dzuda remains as Treasurer.


Publications Committee

Only one new publication, Stedman Compositions, was produced during the year.

Nine titles were reprinted: The New Ringer’s Book, Ringing Jargon Made Easy, Ringing Circles, Beginner’s Guide to Change Ringing on Handbells, Will You Call a Touch Please Bob, Teaching Unravelled, Teaching Tips, Schedule of Regular Maintenance, Splicing Bell Ropes and the Teaching DVD. The New Ringer’s Book, Ringing Circles, Teaching Unravelled and Teaching Tips continued to sell particularly well.

Three Committee meetings were held during the year, and the usual large number of telephone and e-mail conversations took place. The Committee continued to work closely with Tim Jackson, representing the Stewards of the Dove Database, on the “Dove 10” project. The project was sufficiently far advanced by mid-year for us to invite competitive quotations against an indicative specification. The Central Council Trustees approved appointment of our recommended contractor, Philip Green Printing Services, and the expected level of expenditure in October. Since then we have worked with Tim Jackson and the contractor in order to decide many points of production detail. At year end it was expected that all production details would be finalised and that a final draft would be available early in 2012.

The income from sales fell to £13,900 from £17,500, largely due to lack of a major new publication. Expenditure exceeded income by £2,300 following an expensive reprint near the end of the year and the write-down of slow selling stock. The value of stock held was steady at £12,300. The total cash available fell to £12,300 from £14,000. The fund will be adequate to support production of “Dove 10”. Bulk discounts were offered in March as usual, and advertisements were again placed in a number of Association reports.

Derek Jones has been closely involved with our work in a consultative capacity, and we thank him for his contributions.


Stocklist at December 31st 2011

TitleSales to
31 Dec 2011
Stock at
31 Dec 2011
New Ringers Book649913
Beginners Handbook150407
Towards Better Striking659
Raising and Lowering90129
Ringing Jargon Made Easy7780
Beginners Grandsire130162
Beginners Plain Bob167230
Doubles and Minor for Beginners66133
Triples and Major for Beginners4478
Ringing Circles519428
Ringing Skills295
Ringing Basics for Beginners57241
The Learning Curve Vol 13179
The Learning Curve Vol 229205
The Learning Curve Vol 328190
The Learning Curve Vol 432226
Listen to Ringing CD 1/CD228/2411/39
Beginners Guide to Change Ringing on Handbells68244
Change Ringing on Handbells28163
The Tower Handbook2326
Learning Methods5335
Standard Eight Surprise Major6239
Method Splicing1137
Understanding Place Notation2351
Will You Call a Touch Please, Bob?67267
Service Touches4730
Conducting Stedman195
A Tutors Handbook16181
Tower Captains Handbook1932
One Way to Teach Handling2065
Teaching Beyond Bell Handling17186
Teaching from Rounds to Bob Doubles2193
Simulators and Teaching918
Kaleidoscope Ringing55237
Teaching Unravelled227221
Starting a New Band1367
Teaching Tips282282
Towers and Bells Handbook14165
The Bell Adviser8154
Schedule of Regular Maintenance108228
D-I-Y Guidelines10151
Organising a Bell Restoration Project115189
Sound Management1589
Splicing Bellropes57268
Change Ringing History Vol 1/Vol321/10178/188
Centenary History of the Central Council580
Giants of the Exercise Vol1/Vol213/18169/50
A J Pitman Biography15132
Dove’s Guide52760
Belfry Offices562
Organising an Outing1343
Belfry Warning Notices736
Church Towers and Bells439
CC Rules and Decisions 2010654
Getting it Right5127
Collection of Minor Methods4202
Plain Minor Methods10101
Treble Dodging Minor Methods16113
Collection of Principles450
Rung Surprise etc to end 2007516
Spliced Minor Collection714
Stedman Compositions7536
Grandsire Compositions30
10 Bell Compositions1456
12+ Bell Compositions1184
Collection of Universal Compositions (for T D Major Methods)622

Committee for Redundant Bells

The Committee met formally twice in the year and informally by way of email exchanges. It has continued to make steady progress in developing stronger ties with the institutions of the Church of England which have dealings with bells, particularly the Church Buildings Council (ex Council for the Care of Churches) and the Church Commissioners.

When the Committee was formed bells in a church to be declared redundant were very definitely at risk of being sold for scrap or otherwise being dealt with in an unsatisfactory way. Although the conservation movement has been effective in ensuring that bells in churches now being declared redundant are not likely to be broken up, the Committee expresses ringers’ concerns at unsatisfactory forms of conservation.

Less than 9% of churches declared redundant go to other denominations for continuing use as a place of worship where bells might continue to be rung. Virtually all others are disposed of for secular use and yet it is present policy for bells to remain in situ and especially so in the case of Listed Buildings. The very real risk therefore is that increasing numbers of bells are effectively walled up for an indefinite period. Even if they are available to be rung it is not for the purpose of calling people to worship and the bells become secular rings.

In the past many churches with bells passed to the Churches Conservation Trust. This is now less likely to happen as recently only one or two churches per year have passed into the care of the Trust.

The Committee is therefore lobbying the central institutions to encourage the transfer of bells prior to the church becoming redundant and before they are subject to Listed Building consent - comparable with the transfer of bells as has happened frequently between churches continuing in use. Hanley and Oxford St. Cross are recent examples where permission to transfer has been refused after the tower has passed into secular hands. The Committee has been invited to present submissions to English Heritage and the Church Buildings Council, and the Church Commissioners have been supportive and sympathetic to the Committee’s views.

The Committee has also been keen to strengthen links with the Churches Conservation Trust with a view to providing support to the Trust in the care of its 107 churches with bells. In this we have been very fortunate in securing the assistance of Neil Skelton, now retired as a Field Officer with the CCT. Initial discussions have taken place with the London head office and with regional managers. It is very much hoped that these contacts can be developed to facilitate a greater awareness of the Central Council and the resources it can offer to the CCT.

David Kelly, of the Keltek Trust, has attended meetings of the Committee and this has been a huge help in developing an effective and close working relationship between us and the Trust. Some dozen cases are being monitored where churches are closed or anticipated to be closed and where no decision has yet been made as to the future of the bells.

The Committee sees an expanding role for the Central Council through this Committee to work with the central institutions of the Church of England and to develop and continue a close working relationship with the Keltek Trust, so taking all practical steps to conserve for ringing bells in churches that may become redundant.


Ringing Centres Committee

We welcomed Philip Bailey and Michael Clements to the Committee at the Central Council meeting in Hereford. Both had indicated a keenness to become involved in the running of the committee and to develop its work.

We have had three telephone conferences during the year and one brief meeting at Hereford (before the Council meeting and the election of Philip and Michael) but have yet to be able to have a meeting when all members were able to take part. Illness, changing jobs and previous and overseas commitments have all affected even the best planned meeting.

Two conferences have taken place during the year, one at Kineton and the other at Eckington. Both were considered to be useful and worthwhile, even if relatively small. Presentations were made as to the establishment of some Centres and how they now operate (as possible models for future Centres) and further details were given relating to developing ITTS. The opportunity was taken to suggest an idea of assessing Centres and the implementation of ITTS tutors to each Centre.

Our main consideration during the year has been the way we propose to implement any basis of assessment of Ringing Centres to give a fair and current indication of their use and effectiveness without restricting them in their work or making their work difficult with unreasonable requests for returns of information, bookkeeping and inspections. The Committee has agreed its initial proposals which are to be circulated to Centres for comment in early 2012 before we progress this matter further. We aim to add further detail to our proposals after taking any comments or suggestions from Centres into account, with a view to preparing a scheme which is acceptable to existing Ringing Centres. The aim of the Committee is to ensure that underperforming or new Centres are recognised in some way but also given help and encouragement, that those which are successful are shown to be such, and that there is information available indicating the level and scope of tuition of each Centre for public circulation.

The Committee sees this as a necessary part of being able to improve the standard of Centres where they are seen to be less successful than others and to be able to give some assurances as to the quality and level of tuition at each Centre.

During the year the Committee has published two editions of a Newsletter (with another early in 2012) in an attempt to enable Centres to learn of each other’s activities, to keep Centres involved in the on-going work of the Committee, and to share common problems. Another edition is anticipated by the Council Meeting in Chester. The Newsletter seems to be useful and of interest to Centre managers. We would welcome further reports, photographs and other contributions to future editions.

The Committee’s database of Ringing Centres has again been revised and updated. Although we request amendments to be forwarded to us, we are intending to actively request confirmation of the data every six months in an attempt to ensure that it is correct. The details of Centres on the Council’s website can then be maintained correctly. It would be of great help if we are contacted when a Centre no longer operates or there is a change of personnel or addresses so that the database may be amended immediately.

The Committee considers that Ringing Centres established and financed by guilds and associations will be an increasingly essential component of training new recruits. It has previously recommended that guilds and societies establish a greater number of Centres than at present and would wish to repeat this, but, being aware that recommendations are to come out of the Wellesbourne conference, may seek to review this further. Of those Centres which are in the process of possible establishment, the main request of ourselves (besides the standard needed for accreditation) has been as to the availability of grants or other finance. We give such advice as we can on this but have no monies ourselves to offer. The committee is actively reviewing its guidance for the establishment of Centres. This will comprise a series of case studies about the activities of existing Ringing Centres and examples of good practice in training ringers, to help encourage guilds and associations and other local groups. The aim is to publish this document in autumn 2012.


Ringing Trends Committee

The year started with a new Chairman so our thanks go to Beryl Norris who stood down at the Council Meeting in 2011, having been Chairman of the Committee since its formation. The new Committee is widely spread geographically (while four of us are relatively conveniently placed in approximately the middle of England, three are in New York, Dundee, Germany / Aberdeen!) Our “meetings” and work have therefore used electronic means, although three England residents did manage to meet face to face after the event at Wellesbourne in November.

The first and significant activity this year was the Wellesbourne conference “Change Ringing for the Future” at which the new Chairman was asked to open the proceedings by talking about the Committee’s analysis of the apparent trends in the recruitment and retention of ringers. We included a few comparisons with other organisations which have faced similar challenges and started to overcome them. With no precedent, this was an important position to fill at the Conference, setting the tone for the day and potentially the future of ringing! What a privilege and what a responsibility for the Committee! Fuller accounts of this meeting are reported elsewhere.

As a result of the conference and after a little thought, one of the Committee tried to reverse the trend by placing the advert (p.484) in his local free paper; this came out in early February 2012. Perhaps this can start a trend!

Ringing structures as “gym” in New York

In the USA, Tony Furnivall has launched a specific new initiative in New York, at Trinity’s 12-bell tower. One of the local schools has no gym facilities, and the students all need a “gym credit” in order to graduate. One of the bishops of New York asked if ringing bells might qualify. In the fall of 2011, a group of 15 students came for orientation sessions in the Trinity tower. Ten have continued and are now ringing both strokes together. Of special interest is that this is a group training environment, with most of the 10 students in attendance at most of the classes, and specific goals to be reached in defined timescales. This is rather different from traditional 1:1 teaching of ringing. However, if ringing is to reverse current trends by teaching larger numbers of new ringers efficiently, this may have important pedagogical implications.

Young ringers

The concern about younger ringers led to the Committee undertaking a pilot survey of towers in the Oxford Guild which have been successful in recruiting and retaining young ringers. This has been completed over the last 2 years and is to be reported in The Ringing World. The Committee has decided not to widen the scope of this survey, but will provide a copy of the questionnaire to any guilds or associations who would like to use it in their area.

The fairly limited range of options given by respondents for recruiting and teaching youngsters would lead one to believe that these methods which have been tried and tested over many years still dominate. Perhaps the use of simulators is the only relatively modern addition to the teaching programmes. It must be remembered that the questionnaires were sent only to towers which had had success with retention of youngsters so the proportion retained of approximately one third on average is perhaps the best that can be expected.

Publicity poster for North Moreton, Oxfordshire

The wide range of reasons given by the tower captains for their success would indicate that a lot of thought and effort had been put into making the learning process enjoyable and interesting. It is pleasing to note that the association with the church is still a very important criterion.

University ringing

During the last few years, the first analysis of the membership of university societies has been completed. Figure 1 (opposite top) shows the striking dominance of ringing students in science/engineering disciplines! This reinforces the results from the Committee’s previous national surveys of all ringers, but far more markedly. A Ringing World article will summarise findings so far and act as recruitment focus for the next stage.

The university society work is now moving into a new stage. They will be contacted again to get some longitudinal data and capture new data from other societies. Qualitative data collection will be explored. University societies are full of young ringers who are still ringing, therefore they may provide interesting insights into good practice for recruitment and retention. This qualitative questionnaire could also be used with other groups of ringers.

The simple short message is “If you want to attract ringers, look specifically in the science and engineering faculties, the engineering / technology companies, the science / engineering institutions of the nation!”

Views from the bishops

Almost 50 emails were sent to Cathedral bishops across England, Wales and Scotland asking for their views about bell ringing and ringers. This was not a statistical survey, but a short set of questions and observations, to which they were free to comment. Over a dozen replied, most specifically expressing appreciation for the contact through this enquiry, thanking ringers for our support, and wishing ringing a good future. However, there were observations about “tensions” between some ringers and church communities, and concerns about ringers not participating in services. Many respondents were willing to help ringing but several specifically noted that they were not made aware what was required, and none had a specific means of communication with ringers, most only meeting by chance. There are some important messages here.

In conclusion, while some of our activities this year may strictly have diverged from “trends”, it is very evident to the Trends Committee that it is not only counting and observing the trends in the numbers of ringers but recording and analysing some of the factors that are influencing the trends that should concern us. Only by researching the underlying factors will we really be able to know what is and is not affecting the trends.

For the next year, we are hoping to increase the committee membership to reflect the increasing importance of the work and the need for specific skills in data collection and analysis. We hope that additional expertise will expand our scope and activity.

Fig.1: UG = Undergraduate; PGT = Post-graduate taught course; PGR = post graduate research student
bar chart

Towers and Belfries Committee

Three meetings were held during 2011 at Evesham, Cornhill, London, and Christ Church, Oxford. At the 2011 Central Council meeting, Jim Taylor, William Jones, Mike Banks and David Kirkcaldy retired. Mike Banks and David Kirkcaldy were re-elected and we were joined by new member Tim Collins. In order to simplify the election process, we are now a committee of twelve. This means that we have a very wide spread of members from across the southern half of the country but have no members from north of Nottinghamshire. In future elections, we would welcome any interest from people in the northern half of the country.

Following last year’s report when we declared our intention to consult with other interested parties over our tower movement study methodology, we have now managed to set up a meeting for April 2012. As soon as we have decided upon a strategy for future studies, we shall make an announcement to the Exercise. We are aware of at least one important tower that is contemplating a major re-hang, and would like to be able to provide this service as soon as possible.

In September, the Committee presented a seminar on Tower Inspection and Reporting at the Harry Windsor Ringing Centre, Kineton. Our thanks go to Graham Nabb for making the local arrangements, and to members Adrian Semken for presenting the Seminar and Alan Frost and George Dawson for assisting. It was declared a success by those attending and as the Committee is aware that some who wished to attend were unable to do so because of transport difficulties, it was decided to run it again in 2012 in a more northerly location.

Nine tower inspections were carried out by members during the year, and reports presented to the parishes. In addition to this, a number of minor enquiries from ringers were dealt with by ’phone or email.

Following the question on the rope supply situation at the last Council meeting, the Committee discussed that matter at its following meeting. By the time that this report is presented, a short piece in response to the question should have been published in The Ringing World.

The long awaited new updated Maintenance Handbook is unfortunately still not ready for publication but we are trying very hard to produce it as soon as possible.


Tower Stewardship Committee


Throughout the past year, the Tower Stewardship Committee has continued to offer lay guidance in the general areas of tower management within the wider community. This report gives brief details of activities undertaken over the past twelve months. The Committee meets at least once per year, and conducts the majority of its business by electronic communications.

Guidance Notes

A key outcome of the Committee’s remit has been the production of a set of Guidance Notes. During 2010, a new Guidance Note was added to the collection: “GN7 - Noise and the Environmental Health Officer”. This offers practical and common-sense advice regarding noise complaints, abatement notices and working constructively with local authorities.

All Guidance Notes are reviewed annually. September 2011 updates - revision 5 - are available via the Central Council website, as follows:


Child Protection


Other work


The Committee is well served by the wide range of skills, qualifications and experience brought by members. Looking forward, it would be useful to attract a committee member with legal qualifications and experience, as a number of enquiries we receive can have legal ramifications. As well as being pro-active in offering assistance, the Tower Stewardship Committee is also very open to suggestions and recommendations from all areas of the Central Council regarding our remit, our communication methods and any other component of our work.


Bell Restoration Committee

The Committee met three times in 2011: as an online meeting in February, in Hereford in May during the Council weekend, and in London in October.


There have been several changes to the membership and composition of the Committee during the year. Pat Albon (formerly a co-opted member), Peter Kirby and Bill Nash were elected to the committee in May and Robin Shipp and Peter Wilkinson were re-elected at the same time.

John Barnes, Frank Beech and Ken Davenport will stand down at the 2012 Council but will make themselves available for re-election. Jackie Roberts stood down as a Committee member on ceasing to be an ex-officio member of Council but continued as a consultant. The Committee would like to thank Jackie very much for her work on the Committee over many years, particularly as a Managing Trustee of the Fred E Dukes International Bell Fund and for operating our FunderFinder service for over ten years.

Provision of Information and Advice

We continue to maintain contact with parishes and individuals across the United Kingdom, and occasionally from overseas. Mostly, these are requests for general fundraising advice but we are also pleased to receive news of ongoing projects. We had more than 79 contacts during 2011 and these included 29 new contacts. In addition to contact by telephone, email and letter, Committee members also make face to face contact with parish project leaders where such contact is thought to be useful. Two such contacts were made last year and were much appreciated by the parishes concerned. We provided a service for searches using the FunderFinder grant-finding database for most of the year but, as FunderFinder ceased to be updated in June, it is now obsolete as it becomes more out of date. It is pleasing to note that this continued to assist a good number of parishes until after the service ceased. During 2011 we received 32 enquiries (33 in 2010) and completed 16 searches (11 in 2010). We are currently exploring the possibility of subscribing to an alternative but similar service as well as other means of continuing to offer what has been a very useful service to parishes.

Information useful to parishes and/or ringing societies continues to be notified widely through the pages of The Ringing World. During the year an article addressing the access aspects of bell restoration projects was published. We anticipate announcements from the Heritage Lottery Fund regarding changes to their policy for awarding grants and from the Charity Commission regarding a review of the 2006 Charities Act in the near future and we will ensure that relevant information is communicated widely via The Ringing World and the website.

We have completed work on preparing a Glossary of terms which may be used in a bell installation/restoration context, primarily aimed at parishes which may not have any trained bellringers, and this has now been included in the Appendices to “Organising a Bell Restoration Project” together with another new Appendix giving Advice on Access - an increasingly important aspect for projects applying for grants. All of the Appendices are published on the website and regularly reviewed and updated as necessary.

Administration of Funds

In 2010 we awarded grants from the Central Council Bell Restoration Fund to 28 projects worth a total of £27,000. Ten of these grants were paid during 2011 making a total of 15 grants paid since the awards were made. These account for £12,000 of the grants awarded. 13 of the projects, awarded grants totalling £15,000, are at various stages of completion, including several awaiting just a final inspection of the work. As these projects are all being actively progressed, the situation changes frequently and we anticipate that most of the projects still in progress will be completed during 2012.

The Truro jigsaw
© Truro Cathedral

The Fund has received various donations and income from the sale of jigsaws and Oranges and Lemons prints during the year. We are most grateful to all who support the Fund in these and other ways.

Whenever there is money in the Fund, the demand for grants is invariably very heavy and therefore we are always grateful for any donations or legacies. However, the Fund still needs to grow significantly before we will be in a position to invite applications for grants again.

We still hold a stock of Oranges and Lemons prints kindly donated by the ASCY and SRCY during 2009. These were offered for sale on The Ringing World Centenary Day and at the Council meeting in Hereford. We will continue to offer them for sale at other suitable opportunities with proceeds to the Central Council Bell Restoration Fund.

A new jigsaw was produced in time for the Council meeting at Hereford and this was offered for sale at the meeting, proving to be very popular. The jigsaw series has provided valuable income for the Bell Restoration Fund for over ten years. So far there have been ten jigsaws in the series and these have proved so popular that sales have enabled over £10,000 to be donated to the Fund for which we are most grateful.

In accordance with the terms of the Fund, the Fred E Dukes International Bell Fund offered the following grants: Queenstown, South Africa: £200 and Maryborough, Queensland, Australia: £2,000. No grants were paid during the year. Further applications for grants to be awarded in 2012 were invited in November.

Future Work

Work continues to make available in a downloadable form on the website the considerable amount of material in paper form that the Committee has acquired. This will support the information in the booklet “Organising a Bell Restoration Project.”

The Committee has arranged a stall for the sale of Oranges and Lemons prints and jigsaws at the Council meeting in June and members will also be available to answer queries and provide advice.

It is anticipated that a new jigsaw will be prepared during 2012 through the kind efforts of Stella Bianco, to whom we are most grateful, and the Committee will support Stella in this project.

For several years the Committee has kept an index of towers that have had contact with us. As part of our continuing desire to monitor the effectiveness of our work we will be preparing a map showing the location of each tower on the index. This will, in conjunction with the map we already have showing the location of towers that have received grants, assist us in ensuring that information about our work is reaching all areas.

The Committee is continuing to draft articles that will be submitted for publication in The Ringing World from time to time and will also be available to ringing societies and parishes for use, for example, in annual reports, newsletters and parish magazines.

ROBIN SHIPP (Chairman)
KATE FLAVELL (to May 2011)
JACKIE ROBERTS (to December 2011)

Criteria for allocating CCBRF grants and loans

1.0 Applications will be considered for the following:

1.1 Restoration or augmentation work to existing bell installations, or the provision of new bell installations, in any country in the World where the bells are, or are to be, hung for full circle ringing.

1.2 Costs of structural and other ancillary work integral to the bell installation will be considered when these are in addition to work on the bell installation.

1.3 Loans or guarantees (when funds allow) to the bell restoration funds (BRFs) of societies affiliated to the Central Council, where the trustees may wish to make offers or promises of future grants in excess of the money currently available in their funds.

2.0 Offers of grants, loans or guarantees will normally be made from the Fund only if:

2.1 Support and approval for the project are to be given by the local ringing society, and

2.2 Support and approval for the project are given by the PCC or other appropriate authority, and

2.3 There is in place an existing band of ringers or the project plans include a firm commitment to recruit and train a band, and

2.4 Consideration has been given to the need to include any form of sound control within the project specification.


3.0 Priority will normally be given to applications as follows:

3.1 High priority will be given where there is an existing band of ringers and the bells are in imminent danger of becoming unringable.

3.2 For augmentations priority will be given to projects to restore or provide a ring of 5 or 6 bells.

3.3 Projects with a total cost of less than £5,000 will have low priority.

Administration and Operation

4.0 The Bell Restoration Committee (BRC) will be responsible for administering the Fund. It will normally operate as follows:

4.1 Grants, loans and guarantees will be allocated after advertising in The Ringing World, and elsewhere if appropriate, for applications to be made. Offers will be made and will remain open for two years and then lapse. No payment of a grant will be made until the work has been carried out satisfactorily and the bill presented. The intention is for money in the fund to be used rather than accumulated, but no offers of grants, loans or guarantees will be made if no suitable applications are received.

4.2 As far as possible a balance will be struck so that grants, loans and guarantees are spread geographically and socially, and in proportion to the types of applications received, spread of centres of ringing and any other relevant factors. Also a balance will be struck among grants, loans and guarantees in approximate proportion to the requests received, but with each batch of applications assessed on their own merits.

4.3 Loans or guarantees will be subject to written agreements, with repayments unlikely to be over a greater period than two years, although shorter periods will be encouraged. The BRF’s ability to repay will be assessed before any loans or guarantees are offered. It is not intended that interest will be charged.

4.4 The BRC may consult as necessary before offering any grant, loan or guarantee, including inviting comment from other parties, such as the local society affiliated to the Central Council.

4.5 Appeals against decisions of the Bell Restoration Committee will be determined by the Trustees of the Central Council. Such appeals must be made in writing to the Secretary of the Central Council within 3 months of the initial decision being made and the Trustees will then consider the application afresh.

Biographies Committee

The committee met once during the year. The meeting took place in Northamptonshire and the new committee members were welcomed and took the opportunity to get to know the other members. It is pleasing to have four new Council members on the Committee and they have all shown their worth during the year.

This year has seen a significant amount of progress in some areas, but less in others. Work on facilities to permit biographical material to be submitted online continued throughout the year, with the support of the ICT Committee. This work has progressed more slowly than we had hoped. Our planned facility will be dependent on the other new facilities being implemented on the Council web server, which are themselves the subject of ongoing work.

We have made much progress in clearing the backlog of unwritten biographical records. Now we are no longer restricted to a single page in a prescribed format, we can include quite a lot more material about each person, which makes for more interesting reading and gives a richer description of that person’s life and contribution to ringing. Many of the biographical records are now available online and we have been pleased that we have had encouraging feedback from several people about this, including from non-ringers. We have been able to add further material about some ringers as it has come to light and we are grateful to the ICT committee and Stuart Piper in particular for putting this information online for us. We hope to fully clear the backlog during the next year. Some of the past Council members are very difficult to trace, as often there is no record of the person’s Christian name and in early days entries in some annual reports contained very little to help pinpoint a particular ringer.

A spreadsheet of names of all past Central Council members has been created: this is very useful for reference purposes.

A disappointing fact is that many of last year’s new Council members have declined to supply us with any biographical information, even though suitable forms are available online and can be submitted by email.

The Committee is very grateful to Alan Glover for his help in assisting us to trace information. Also thanks are due to various Association secretaries who have supplied us with material over the year.

The following former Central Council members died in earlier years, but their deaths have not previously been reported:

Former Members of the Council who died in 2011 are as follows:


Compositions Committee

The Compositions Committee held a face to face meeting at Hereford in May 2011 to set the agenda for the coming year, and is in contact by email, as well as by regular conference calls. The next face to face meeting is planned for Chester 2012.

The Stedman collection consisting of around 270 Stedman and Erin compositions (Caters and above) was published in time for the Hereford meeting and has sold over 70 (out of 110) copies so far. There was a plan to produce a new book of quarter peals but having discussed this with the Publications Committee, there appears to be little appetite for future publications as peal and quarter peal compositions are so easily accessed on the Internet. We will certainly reconsider this if there is a significant demand for a specific publication.

The Compositions Committee have submitted quarter peal and peal composition amendments to the 2013 Ringing World Diary to modernise the collection and cater for current tastes in composition.

The Compositions Committee should like to encourage all composers to submit their quarters and peals for review and publication in The Ringing World and the Council collection. This is to broaden the scope of the collection and to ensure that there are compositions that appeal to everybody.

Ringing World reviews and publications in 2011 included over 75 peal compositions, 2011 date touches and Ringing World centenary peal compositions comprised of 5100s from Major through to Maximus. It is our intention to continue to review new compositions throughout 2012, and the Committee is collaborating with the Methods Committee on future publications which will include peals for Diamond Jubilee methods and 5060s.

The Compositions Committee receive regular composition submissions and the on-line collection of over 19,000 quarter peal and peal compositions on the Central Council website continues to be updated on a regular basis.

Finally, to reiterate, we very much welcome submissions of new peal and quarter peal compositions and these should be sent to compositions@cccbr.org.uk


Report of the Stewards of the Carter Ringing Machine Collection

During 2011 the Carter machine had one in-house demonstration: to a group of U3A members from the Birmingham area. The machine behaved reasonably well and the group, which included a number of non-ringers, were suitably impressed.

In October, we decided to exhibit the Carter and one of the Cummins machines at the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition in Warwickshire. The Exhibition ran for five days and for four of these the machine rang Little Bob Royal very well. Prior to the exhibition I had given the machine an overhaul and discovered that two of the bell plates are very worn and this was giving problems. By moving the two plates to one end of the machine it was possible to run reliably on 10 bells, hence the use of Little Bob Royal, rather than Maximus. I am currently attempting to manufacture two replacement bell plates so that we can ring with all twelve reliably.

A further problem became clear on the last day of the exhibition when John Anderson persuaded me to re-program the machine to a different method. This revealed a problem with the handstroke side of the machine which failed to reset reliably. I am still trying to determine what action to take in order to fix the problem which is caused by the return spring slipping.

In addition to the Carter machine, we also demonstrated the most recent of the Cummins machines. I had examined this machine which seemed to be in the best condition and found it would work but with a few faults. By tracing the circuits boards and extracting the computer program from the memory chip I was able to get a clearer understanding of how it worked, and was able to locate two broken wires. When these were replaced and the correct settings of the switches were made, the machine was found to work as designed. As a result it was able to ring various methods on request at the exhibition.

Both the machines attracted a lot of attention, from ringers and non-ringers alike. We have been asked to return again this October but I have not as yet committed to this.

I have examined another of the Cummins machines, but it seems that this one had suffered a lightning strike. Several chips were missing or damaged and it was not possible to trace the wiring without destroying the machine.

I am hoping to examine the other Cummins machines in due course; hopefully some of them will be capable of being restored.

We would welcome requests for demonstrations at Loughborough. These could be combined with a tour of the museum, of course.


Report of the Steward of the Rolls of Honour

The two Memorial Books are kept in their display case at St Paul’s Cathedral; they are in good condition and the pages are regularly turned. The Great War Book currently records 1207 names and the WWII Book 300 names.

The Rolls of Honour website pages have had a number of updates to existing data and a few additional photographs have been added. In conjunction with the Central Council webmaster, Peter Trotman, I will be looking at ways of adding a larger range of photographs in the future. I continue to receive and answer questions from people who have seen the information on the website.

I was asked at the last Central Council meeting to consider the location of the Books and mention was made of the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire; while this now has some memorials covering both the Great War and WWII it is primarily a place of remembrance of those who have died since WWII and, as such, I do not think it appropriate for our Rolls of Honour to be located there at this time. However, I am aware that because of the current location of the Rolls of Honour, they are not very visible either to ringers or to the general public so, in consultation with Philip Rogers, the Secretary of the St Paul’s Cathedral Guild of Ringers, we are starting a dialogue with the Cathedral authorities to see if a more accessible, but still secure, location for the Rolls can be found. I feel this is particularly important with the upcoming centenary of the Great War.

The work on the new Great War Roll of Honour to record the names of those not commemorated in the original Great War Roll has continued. Tim Noad, a professional illuminator, has been working on the front piece for this and I am hoping that it will be available by the time of the Central Council Meeting in June 2012. Over £3,400 has been donated to date to support this.

Research to find the names of ringers who died in the Great War and WWII which were not in the original Rolls has continued and there are at present 81 names to be added to the new Great War Roll and 11 names to be added to the WWII Roll. As always I am grateful to ringers and others for supplying information and once again Yvonne Cairns and David Underdown have provided valuable assistance.

Private William Stanley Lynn of Edenham, Lincolnshire, has recently been recognised as a War Casualty by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission; Private Lynn is commemorated on a Memorial in the tower at Edenham and is buried in the churchyard there.

An article was published in The Ringing World in November 2011 which gave more details about the six ringers known to be buried in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, France.


Report of the Stewards of the Dove Database

We would argue that our ‘report’, far from being just a once-yearly paragraph or three within Council papers and aimed primarily at Council members, is actually the Dove website www.dove.cccbr.org.uk/home.php on the internet which is updated almost EVERY day of the year and which is visited frequently by the Exercise as a whole.

It was reported to us by Sid Baldwin (John’s non-ringing son) at the end of 2011 that, since March 2008, the Dove website had then received over 0.5 million visits and over 4 million pageviews which we understand puts it into the category of ‘an extremely successful website’. The impressive rate of change of our data reported last year has been maintained throughout 2011 and since, and that brings with it the need for constant (and timely) dealing with the many emails by which the data for those changes arrive. John, as Dovemaster, aims to reply to each and every one within a space of hours, unless he happens to be away from home for a period and then a News Item to that effect is normally shown.

Although we had sincerely hoped that Edition 10 of Dove would be in people’s hands before 2011 was out, sadly this did not prove to be possible. Part of the reason is enshrined within what has already been said, namely that dealing with the constant stream of changes which arrive, not a few of which are relatively short-term in duration (such as suspension of ringing during refurbishment of a ring) is where we prioritise our attention. By way of compensation, readers will notice the return of many of the Appendices (to which Fr David Cawley has contributed a sizeable fraction of the text) which were absent from Edition 9 and we trust it will be seen to be a worthy companion to its predecessors once purchasers have had a chance to explore it in detail. The ‘hard graft’ of driving this along has been the result of much consistent and energetic effort on the part of Tim Jackson, whose liaison with the Publications Committee and with our various contributors has been invaluable.

We urge our informants that, while we are anxious to learn of and are happy to publicise short-term changes to a tower’s entry (as well as the example given above, the suspension of ringing for other reasons, such as tower repairs, is a case in point), we also wish to learn when those conditions no longer prevail. If you find that YOU are the person who tells us that something has changed, then please consider it your associated task to ascertain and let us know promptly when the situation later reverts ‘to normal’.

Just as this report was being prepared, Sid was pleased to get approval for a Dove ‘app’ for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad and, within 2 days of its announcement of availability, more than 100 downloads had already been recorded. Further details about the app can be found on the Dove website.

The rapid development of IT continues, especially with regard to social networking (Facebook and Twitter, for example). We feel it could be of assistance to us and the Exercise as a whole if there is someone who might be interested in joining our small team to take primary responsibility for developing this aspect of the Dove work. Anyone having such an interest, preferably a member of Council but possibly not, is invited to get in touch with us.

As in previous years, we continue to be extremely grateful to Sid, for his programming contributions, and also to Ron Johnston for his wise advice and input.


Rescue Fund for Redundant Bells


The charity is not incorporated. The constitution derives from rules adopted on the 29th May 1979 and amended on the 26th May 2008 and registered with the Charity Commission on the 22nd October 1979. The Charity’s registration number is 278816.

The principal address of the Charity is that of the secretary namely:- 8 LEBANON GARDENS, LONDON SW18 1RG.

The principal object of the Fund is to advance the Christian religion by the rescue of redundant bells for the purpose of their being rehoused elsewhere for ringing in churches.

The Trustees of the Fund are the members of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers Committee for Redundant Bells namely:-

The Revd Dr. J. C. Baldwin
R. J. Cooles
A. J. Frost
R. Lewis
J. Newman
Miss H. Webb

The Honorary Secretary is: R. J. Cooles

The Honorary Treasurer is: The Revd Dr J. C. Baldwin.

Annual Report: 2011

The Fund has not been called upon to make any loans during 2011. It has notified its willingness to assist ringing associations which have rings of bells within their area which may need removal at short notice but in the event no such requirement materialised during the year.

The Fund’s Trustees continue to keep in close communication with the Trustees of the Keltek Trust to work with that Trust’s Rescue Fund as and when appropriate.

The Trustees have been grateful to those who nominate the funds the beneficiary of ‘Every Click’ and to those who continue their loan facility.

R. J. COOLES (Honorary Secretary)
J. C. BALDWIN (Honorary Treasurer)

Rescue Fund for Redundant Bells

Registered Charity No 278816

Statement of Financial Activities for the year ended 31 December 2011
2011 2010
Incoming resources
Interest receivable6536
EveryClick (=donations from ringers)1234
Loan repayment (part) from parishes010,000

Resources expended

Net incoming resources7710,069
Balances at 1 January 201113,2833,214
Balances at 31 December 201113,36113,283
Balance Sheet as at 31 December 2011
Current assets
Cash in hand and on deposit13,36113,283

Total current assets13,36113,283
Current liabilities00

Net current assets13,36113,283

J C Baldwin
27 February 2012

The Ringing World, May 4, 2012, pages 473 to 489, correction August 31, 2012, page 924

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