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.
The Council’s Trustees during 2015 were as follows:
|President||Mr C F Mew|
|Vice-President||Mr C D O’Mahony|
|Hon Secretary||Mrs M Bone|
|Hon Assistant Secretary||Mrs C N J Franklin|
|Hon Treasurer||Mr A C Taylor|
The Council’s bankers are Lloyds Bank plc, Westminster House Branch, Dean Stanley Street, London, SW1P 3HU. Its Independent Examiners are Mr J D Cheesman and Mrs W E Godden.
At the close of the Annual General Meeting on 25 May 2015 the Council’s membership comprised 6 Life Members, 10 Additional Members, 7 Ex-officio Members and 195 Representative Members representing 67 affiliated societies. Since then two Additional Members have retired, were re-elected at that meeting and took office; two further Additional Members have resigned; two Representative Members have died and one of these vacancies has been filled; six Representative Members have resigned and their vacancies have been filled and one further Representative Member has resigned. One society ceased to be affiliated as its subscription remained unpaid at 31 December 2015. During that annual meeting the Terms of Reference of one committee were amended and a Public Relations Officer was appointed. Subject to any further changes, at the start of the 2016 Council meeting there will be 6 Life Members, 8 Additional Members, 7 Ex-officio Members and 192 Representative Members representing 66 affiliated societies. There are 9 other vacancies.
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.
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 2015 are given in the committee reports, which appear elsewhere on the Council’s agenda and are being published in the 29th April 6th May 2016 issue of The Ringing World.
The public benefits from the following areas of activity of the Council:
(i) the promotion of public worship by the ringing of church bells;
(ii) the preservation of the tradition and heritage of change ringing;
(iii) the encouragement and promotion of high standards of ringing;
(iv) the provision of financial and specialist knowledge in the support of belfry repairs and maintenance;
(v) the provision of guidance and specialist knowledge with regard to health and safety, safeguarding, noise control, data protection, fire risk assessment and insurance matters, as they relate to ringers and ringing;
(vi) the preparation and publication of educational and training materials.
The accounts for 2015 show total funds at the year-end of £439,726 of which £276,045 is in restricted funds. The income for the year totalled £36,108 compared with £119,432 in 2014. The 2015 figures include further donations for the Christchurch Cathedral, New Zealand, bells restoration and the Kilifi project. The 2014 figures included the Roadshow and a bequest to the Bell Restoration Fund. The increase in expenditure includes the Ringing World Supplement which in previous years has been covered by The Ringing World Ltd. Also, the costs of the Council meeting were higher than expected as the hotel is the only major conference centre in Hull (with everything under one roof) and we therefore had to pay the full day rate for the whole weekend; the Ringing Foundation meeting was cancelled too late for us to avoid the room charge and we also absorbed the cost of the Ringing World meeting. 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.
It is confirmed that the Council’s assets, together with the expected income for 2016, are available and are likely to be adequate to fulfil the objects of the Council in that year.
(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.
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.
No significant fund-raising activity has been carried out during the year.
The Council had no employees during the year. All of its work is carried out on a voluntary basis.
MRS M BONE
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.
The accounts have been drawn up in accordance with the going concern, accruals, consistency and prudence concepts.
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.
Expenditure is included on an accruals basis. Grants are accounted for when paid over.
The accounts are prepared on a consistent basis with the previous year and in accordance with the accounting policies.
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.
No amounts have been transferred between funds.
The major tangible assets of the Council are the investments in National Savings Income Bonds and the Library Collection. At 31 December 2014 the Library Collection was valued at a replacement cost of £95,000 by Roger Barnes of Church Green Books. The policy is to revalue the collection every five years. It is being depreciated for accounting purposes at 2% on the reducing balance 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.
The interest was received from:
|National Savings Investment Bonds||3,144||2,322|
|Central Board of Finance of theChurch of England Deposit||233||175|
|Lloyds Bank term deposits||-||751|
Donations received in respect of Christchurch Cathedral, New Zealand, bells restoration following the damage caused by the earthquake to the City of Christchurch are included in the Bell Restoration Fund as a restricted item and, together with the related gift aid, amount to £294. The total amount of the donations received to date is £15,219. A grant payment of £10,000 was made in 2013.
Donations have been received in respect of Kilifi, Kenya, for ropes and a training project. These are included in the Bell Restoration Fund as a restricted item and, together with the related gift aid, amount to £2,280. The total amount of the donations received to date is £4,530. Expenditure to date on airfares and visas is £2,476 leaving a balance available of £2,054.
These were as follows:
|Information and Communications||316||316|
|Towers and Belfries||407||616|
|Carter Ringing Machine Steward||98||87|
|Roll of Honour Steward||-||-|
During the year, the Fred Dukes International Bell Fund awarded one grant totalling £2,500. No grants were paid.
|Year awarded||Unpaid brought forward||Awarded in 2015||Paid in 2015||Withdrawn in 2015||Unpaid carried forward|
During the year, the Bell Restoration Fund awarded 29 grants totaling £36,400. Two grants were paid.
|Year awarded||Unpaid brought forward||Awarded in 2015||Paid in 2015||Withdrawn in 2015||Unpaid carried forward|
There were unfulfilled charitable commitments at 31st December 2015 in respect of three grants totalling £4,700 awarded but not yet paid by the Fred Dukes International Bell Fund, and 27 grants of £35,800 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 the balance of donations received but not yet paid amounting to £5,219.
Storage and distribution costs of £2,400 were paid to a Council member.
There were no payments to Trustees.
The Council had no employees during the year.
Registered Charity Number 270036
|Note||General Fund||Education Courses||Bell Restoration Fund||F Dukes Internat’l Bell Fund||Publications Fund||Library Fund||Total Funds 2015||Total Funds 2014|
|Income and Expenditure|
|Subscriptions from friends of Library||-||-||-||-||-||1,582||1,582||2,222|
|Sales of publications, books and CDs||-||-||-||-||8,573||10,377||18,950||19,939|
|Sales of jigsaw puzzles and prints||-||-||2,675||-||-||-||2,675||2,726|
|Sales of training video/dvd||42||-||-||-||-||-||42||35|
|Courses and seminars||280||-||-||-||-||-||280||-|
|Stock written back||-||-||-||-||319||-||319||1,442|
|Donations to Christchurch Cathedral, NZ||8||-||-||265||-||-||-||265||3,853|
|Donations to Kilifi, Kenya||8||-||-||1,989||-||-||-||1,989||2,070|
|Lloyds - compensation||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||200|
|Ringing World supplement||1,627||-||-||-||-||-||1,627||-|
|The Future of Ringing - regional seminars||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||668|
|Regional Development Project||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||130|
|Council and other committee costs||-||-||-||-||35||-||35||369|
|Courses and seminars||407||-||-||-||-||-||407||-|
|Cost of publications sold||-||-||-||-||5,296||6,269||11,565||11,532|
|Cost of jigsaws||-||-||1,950||-||-||-||1,950||1,892|
|Kilifi - cost of project||8||-||-||2,476||-||-||-||2,476||-|
|Grants for bell restoration||10||-||-||600||-||-||-||600||4,300|
|Storage and distribution||12||-||-||-||-||2,400||-||2,400||2,400|
|Stationery, postage and telephone||25||-||-||-||96||996||1,117||1,432|
|Stock written off and disposed of||-||-||-||-||20||-||20||990|
|Roll of Honour||68||-||-||-||-||-||68||92|
|Depreciation - Library Collection||-||-||-||-||-||1,900||1,900||1,882|
|Depreciation - shelving||-||-||-||-||-||106||106||106|
|Net incoming resources before transfers||(3,694)||-||1,019||993||(2,371)||979||(3,074)||60,527|
|Revaluation of Library Collection||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||1,780|
|Transfers between funds||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Net movement in funds||(3,694)||-||1,019||993||(2,371)||979||(3,074)||62,307|
|Balances at 31 December 2014||141,970||2,169||66,539||79,974||25,607||126,541||442,800||380,493|
|Balances at 31 December 2015||138,276||2,169||67,558||80,967||23,236||127,520||439,726||442,800|
The Notes to the Accounts appear on page 470
Registered Charity Number 270036
|General Fund||Education Courses||Bell Restoration Fund||F Dukes Internat’l Bell Fund||Publicat- ions Fund||Library Fund||Total Funds 2015||Total Funds 2014|
|Investments at cost||107,200||-||65,500||79,300||-||-||252,000||252,000|
|Total fixed assets||107,200||-||65,500||79,300||-||93,948||345,948||347,954|
|Debtors and prepayments||2,442||-||386||73||167||250||3,318||4,365|
|Cash on short term deposit and at bank||33,065||2,169||1,976||1,594||15,426||26,470||80,700||84,034|
|Total current assets||35,507||2,169||2,362||1,667||23,441||33,873||99,019||97,171|
|Creditors - amounts due within one year||(4,431)||-||(304)||-||(205)||(301)||(5,241)||(2,325)|
|Net current assets||31,076||2,169||2,058||1,667||23,236||33,572||93,778||94,846|
|Total assets less current liabilities||138,276||2,169||67,558||80,967||23,236||127,520||439,726||442,800|
|Unrestricted - designated||-||2,169||-||-||23,236||-||25,405||27,823|
Since the 2015 Council meeting the Committee has met twice in London in October and March. A number of new committee chairmen were elected during the year and joined the Committee; sadly two resignations since autumn 2015 mean that two committees (Ringing Trends and Ringing Centres) are currently without chairmen. Ringing Centres was represented at the March meeting by Leslie Boyce, who also gave members an update on the recent conference and plans of the Association of Ringing Teachers. The Ringing Foundation kept members informed of progress implementing the decision of its 2015 annual meeting to dissolve the company and cease registration as a charity. The Chairman of the Ringing World Ltd has continued to report on the future of the journal. The Methods Committee review of the relevant Decisions was discussed at both meetings. The Public Relations Officer has prepared summary accounts of the meetings for publication in The Ringing World. In March Committee chairmen advised which members would be retiring under the provisions of rule 15 (i) and the committee sizes needed for next year. The arrangements for the 2016 Council meeting were discussed and agreed. Papers for the meeting will again be circulated electronically to those Council members with email.
Change Ringing for the Future: There was a worthwhile exchange of views amongst societies during the regional break-out meetings held at Hull and there have been some initiatives to foster activities across society boundaries. Although the Council’s own survey of ringers has been delayed, useful information has been gathered in the Ringing World Ltd’s survey and this has been offered to the Council. Plans are at an early stage for a further series of regional meetings involving local society officers. The Vice-President has organised the Open Meeting on Sunday 29 May with a “Question Time” format and this meeting will be “streamed” to make it more widely available. The Committee intends to hold a further “Away Day” in summer 2016.
Reform of the Council and of the Administrative Committee: A motion for a revised and less time-consuming process for committee elections has been prepared and appears on the agenda, following the strong expression of support for this by members at the Hull meeting. The Administrative Committee also considered arrangements for future meetings and resolved that the Committee itself will take the lead in organising the 2018 annual meeting weekend. The Vice-President will report. Committee annual reports received prior to the March meeting were circulated to the elected members of the Administrative Committee for comment and review before publication.
Other matters considered by the Committee included:
Council Finances: The General Fund for the current year (2015) and next year (2016) was reviewed at both meetings, considering income levels and planned expenditure. Committees have been asked to prepare detailed forward programmes of activity and expenditure plans for several years to enable the Council to plan appropriately. The revised guidelines on committee expenses were approved in October (see appendix). The March meeting decided not to propose an increase in the affiliation fee for 2017 but to re-visit proposals for changing the basis of the fee in a way which would be fairer to small societies.
Church Buildings Council (formerly Council for the Care of Churches) & Historic England: A meeting was held on 14 July with the main topics for discussion being bells in closed and closing churches and faculty simplification. CCCBR has since supplied details of cases where the new owners of closed churches had failed to honour agreements for access. Links to the A and B lists of minor works on bells were included in the report of the meeting in The Ringing World; further guidance on the new faculty procedures is being published by the relevant Council committees. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 19 July 2016. The 2016 DAC bell advisers’ conference will be based in Warwick on Friday 8 July; this conference is also open to society bell advisers.
Ecclesiastical Insurance Group (EIG): A meeting with EIG to discuss matters of mutual interest was held on 17 June, with the Council represented by the Tower Stewardship Committee. The notes of the meeting were published in The Ringing World. The next meeting will be held on 11 April 2016.
Central Council 125th Anniversary: The Council and Derby Diocesan Association have worked together on a programme of events for the weekend of 23-24 April 2016.
CHRIS MEW (President)
CHRISTOPHER O’MAHONY (Vice-President)
ANDREW TAYLOR (Treasurer)
MARY BONE (Secretary)
CAROL FRANKLIN (Assistant Secretary)
RICHARD ALLTON (Peal Records)
STELLA BIANCO (Library)
JOHN COUPERTHWAITE (Publications)
ERNIE DE LEGH-RUNCIMAN (Tower Stewardship)
KATE FLAVELL (Public Relations)
PAUL FLAVELL (Compositions)
JOHN HARRISON (Biographies)
DAVID KIRKCALDY (Towers and Belfries)
BRIAN MEADS (The Ringing Foundation)
PETER NIBLETT (Methods)
NIGEL ORCHARD (The Ringing World)
DAVID RICHARDS (Information and Communications Technology)
DUNCAN WALKER (Education)
PETER WILKINSON (Bell Restoration)
ROBERT WOOD (Redundant Bells)
Notwithstanding the great commitment that we, as church bell ringers, demonstrate by keeping our church bells ringing regularly Sunday by Sunday, bell ringing is a hobby. In exchange for our contribution to the life of the Church we are able to enjoy ringing at other times, for instance practices, meetings, quarter peals and peals, usually for no more than a small donation to tower funds.
Many ringers also contribute to the organisation of ringing, by accepting office at tower, district (or branch), and society (or association or guild) level. We do this, usually with no more than possible reimbursement for secretarial expenses such as postage or phone calls, for our love of the Exercise.
Indeed, as in other voluntary organisations, most societies would quickly become insolvent if their officials sought to recover in full the expenses they incur in the performance of their duties.
The same is true of Council committees. If all members of committees routinely claimed the expenses of attending committee meetings, then either the dues collected from affiliated societies would have to rise substantially or the activities of the Council would have to be curtailed.
However the Council would not want its committees to be deprived of the expertise of a member who could not afford to attend committee meetings. Accordingly the Hon. Treasurer will meet claims for travelling expenses to committee meetings from those members, subject to the following criteria:
The committee should include the amount expected to be claimed on travel expenses in their estimate of committee expenditure for the following year provided to the Hon. Treasurer in September. The total forecast expenditure will then be reviewed by the Administrative Committee at the October meeting.
Members travelling by train may claim standard class travel and should take full advantage of the various economies available by travelling off-peak and booking in advance.
Members travelling by car may claim 20 pence per mile and should share transport whenever possible.
An itemised claim (with any vouchers) for expenses should be submitted to the appropriate committee chairman, who will authorise the expenditure and forward to the Hon. Treasurer for payment. Claims relating to the Administrative Committee can be forwarded directly to the Hon. Treasurer. Expense claims and authorisation by email are acceptable.
All claims for expenses must be submitted to the Hon. Treasurer within two months of the end of the accounting period to which they relate. Claims submitted after this date may be refused.
Only in exceptional circumstances should taxi fares need to be claimed and expenses for accommodation or meals may not be claimed.
Please note that this guidance is not an invitation to members of committees to claim expenses that they are not claiming at present, but simply to ensure that when expenses are paid they are at consistent rates and accounted for in a timely manner.
The Council Officers
(Reviewed May 2015)
We have recorded a total of 4894 peals rung in 2015 and published in The Ringing World up to February 26th, of which 4079 were on tower bells and 815 on handbells. The revised total for 2014 is 4784, an increase of 46 over the total published in the last year’s report. Full details are included in the methods table that accompanies this report. All the 2015 totals above show a modest increase over the revised ones for 2014 (4012 t/b, 772 h/b, total 4784) of roughly 2.2% in the overall total, with tower bell peals up 1.6% and handbells roughly the same - down just 3. However, all three 2015 totals are lower than those in 2013.
The Yorkshire Association is again the leading society with 363 peals, 92 more than the second place Oxford D.G. with 271, the gap having widened again as the Yorkshire Assn. rang 39 more while the Oxford D.G. only rang 2 more than in 2014. The leading society for handbell peals in 2015 was the Oxford D.G. with 122, a gain of 19 on 2014 while second place Chester D.G. rang 103, the same as the previous year. Seventeen affiliated societies rang 100 or more peals in 2015, two more than in 2014. Please see separate tables for details of peals rung for each society and by method / method type.
There are a number of peals known to have been rung but not yet published in The Ringing World including some from the first half of the year. We would encourage the organisers and conductors of peals to submit their peals for publication promptly, and then ensure that they are printed as expected.
There were three record peals rung in 2015, all on tower bells. The record peals are detailed in the Records table below.
All the peals rung in 2015 which were published in The Ringing World up to 26th February, 2016 complied with the Central Council Decisions on Peal Ringing. This includes the peal rung at Throwley, Kent, on 28th November which was reported as 5100. As the additional 60 change block was rung at the end of the peal, this has been counted as a 5040 in 42 extents.
The following 79 towers had 10 or more peals in 2015: (70 in 2014):-
|49||Leeds, W Yorks (St. Anne), Portsmouth (St Agatha)|
|48||Dordrecht (’t Klockhuys)|
|33||Ipswich (Old Stoke, The Wolery)|
|30||City of London (St James, Garlickhythe)|
|29||Marston Bigot (Pig le Tower),|
|26||East Huntspill (Little Orchard Tower), Sproxton|
|25||Rotherham (All Saints)|
|21||Burnley, City of London (St. Magnus the Martyr, Lower Thames Street)|
|19||Birmingham (Cathedral), Blankney, Keele (Woodlands), Maidstone (All Saints)|
|17||Bristol (St John), City of London (St Dunstan in the West, Fleet Street), Shepton Beauchamp|
|16||Wedmore (The Bakery Tower)|
|15||Awbridge (Clock House Bells), Barton Seagrave, Bishopsteignton (Bishops Ting Tong), City of London (St. Mary le Bow, Cheapside), Knottingley, Leicester (St Mary de Castro), Meldreth, Oxford (St Thomas), Worcester (All Saints)|
|14||Church Lawford (The Plantagenet Ring), Longcot, Loughborough (Bell Foundry), Marston Bigot (St Leonard), Saltby|
|13||Amersham, Cambridge (Great St Mary), Edenham, Pershore (Parish Centre), Rothwell (N’hants), Worcester (Cathedral)|
|12||Bradford Peverell, Burghill, Campton, City of London (St Michael Cornhill), Middleton (Gtr Man), Thatcham, York (St Lawrence)|
|11||Farnworth and Kearsley, Harrogate (St Wilfrid), Kirby Hill, New York, Sheffield (Cathedral), South Croydon, Terling, Warnham (Bell Meadow Peal), West Bridgford|
|10||Barrow Gurney, Basingstoke (All Saints), Birstwith, Bishopstoke, Daresbury, East Ilsley, Elsham, High Week, Inworth, Maidstone (St Michael), North Wootton (Great Orchard Campanile), Stoke Poges, Willoughby on the Wolds, Worcester (Barbourne), Worcester (St. Martin in the Cornmarket), Yarkhill.|
There were also 26 handbell venues where 10 or more peals were rung in 2015.
Thanks to FirstPeal2015, the steady year by year decline in the number of first pealers has been reversed. FirstPeal2015 set a modest, but realistic, target of 300 first pealers and this was easily met with a final tally of 375. (This varies from the 387 first pealers quoted in RW no 5465, due to 7 peals, containing 12 first pealers, not yet being printed in the RW. These 12 first pealers are not included in this formal analysis, which is a great pity.) It will be difficult to achieve another 300 first pealers in 2016, but let us hope the number does not quickly drop to the levels of 2014, when only 139 ringers achieved their first peal. 38 ringers conducted a peal for the first time in 2015, which is above the last 5 year average of 29. However, it is well below 125, which is the number of ringers the Central Central has challenged to conduct their first peal in 2016.
There are a number of alterations to the 2014 Analysis owing to late submission and therefore late publication which are detailed below. Corrections relate to tower bells except where specified.
|Bath & Wells||Minor +1, Major +2, Royal +2, Maximus +1|
|Cambridge University||Cinques +1|
|Durham & Newcastle||Minor +1, Major +1|
|Durham University||Major +1|
|Hertford County||Major +1|
|Lichfield & Walsall||Caters +1|
|Lincoln||Major +2 (handbells), Royal -1 (handbells)|
|Middlesex & London||Royal +1 (handbells)|
|Oxford Diocese||Doubles +1|
|Southwell & Nottingham||Major +1|
|St David’s||Major +1|
|St Martin’s||Triples +1|
|Suffolk||Doubles +1, Minor +1|
|Winchester & Portsmouth||Minor +1, Triples +1, Major +7, Maximus +1|
|Non-Association||Major +1, Maximus +1|
|Non-Affiliated||Major +2, Royal +1 (handbells)|
The amended methods analysis for 2014 is shown in the 2015 methods table, which forms part of this report. Revised totals for 2014 are: tower bells 4012, handbells 772, total 4784.
During the year the work of maintaining the accuracy of the Felstead database has continued. Some 85 previously unrecorded peals have been added and corrections made to a number of others due to John Eisel continuing to search a number of eighteenth and nineteenth century newspapers as they become available on line. There are almost certainly others still to be discovered by searching through local newspapers not available on line. Details supplied by other ringers have resulted in a further ten peals being added and corrections being made to some 110 others. Alan Glover has once again been very helpful in answering a number of queries by reference to materials in the library; this has enabled a number of corrections to be made and the Committee is grateful to all who have in any way contributed to the accuracy of the database. Jointly with Andrew Craddock a start has been made in correcting the dates of post-1949 peals where the original Ringing World publication gave a date which did not match up with the day of the week - almost 100 have so far been corrected.
Andrew Craddock also continues to be responsible for all the data for post-1989 peals and downloads the data regularly from The Ringing World, BellBoard and Campanophile websites; the Committee wishes to thank him for doing this important work.
RICHARD ALLTON (Chairman)|
GRAHAM (BEN) DUKE
|First peals in methods rung on Tower Bells.|
|6||5096||Rushcliffe A Major||S&N DG|
|8||5040||Coalville D Royal||Leicester DG|
|11||5120||Pristina D Major||Bath & Wells DA|
|14||5152||Leigh Woods S Major||Yorks A|
|15||5040||Bynack More S Royal||Devonshire G|
|15||5100||Rowlands Gill A Major||Lincoln DG|
|16||5024||Thurncourt S Major||S&N DG|
|17||5124||Fox A Major||Coventry DG|
|21||5040||Dotterel Bob Triples||Suffolk G|
|22||5026||Criccieth Castle S Major||Dorset CA|
|23||5152||Cheddar Valley D Major||UBSCR|
|24||5184||Hennock S Major||S Blaise S|
|26||5056||Earl of Powis S Major||Devonshire G|
|27||5112||Zealandia A Royal||S&N DG|
|28||5120||Lucas S Major||Yorks A|
|28||5024||Morning Dew S Major||Coventry DG|
|28||5040||Gateshead A Major||Lincoln DG|
|29||5043||Earl of Mount Edgcumbe S Major||Dorset CA|
|3||5056||Kingsteignton D Major||Devonshire G|
|3||5088||Woolavington D Major||Bath & Wells DA|
|3||5096||Charlestown A Major||S&N DG|
|4||5152||Walter’s Ash S Major||Amersham G|
|6||5056||Baltic Wharf S Major||G&B DA|
|7||5088||Frampton D Major||Lincoln DG|
|8||5056||Tirana D Major||Bath & Wells DA|
|12||5040||Carn a’ Mhaim S Royal||Devonshire G|
|12||5120||Greyfriars D Royal||Leicester DG|
|12||5040||Ringmaster A Major||Lancs A|
|13||5040||Cold Ashby D Minor||Peterboro DG|
|14||5096||Lindum Colonia A Major||Lincoln DG|
|19||5056||Samuel D Major||Yorks A|
|21||5040||Cullompton D Royal||G&B DA|
|25||5152||Pinner Green S Major||Yorks A|
|25||5100||Rogmau A Major||Lincoln DG|
|28||5152||Megan D Major||Cumb & NW A|
|28||5152||Cotswold Way D Major||G&B DA|
|28||5056||Headcorn TP Major||Kent CA|
|1||5040||Dewi Sant D Royal||Devonshire G|
|4||5056||Wheatley D Major||Amersham G|
|5||5044||Earl of Dunraven S Major||Dorset CA|
|5||5184||Kernow D Major||Ely DA|
|6||5080||Edgcote D Royal||Peterboro DG|
|7||5040||Clavis Lodge S Royal||AFAME|
|8||5152||Sarajevo D Major||Bath & Wells DA|
|11||5056||Gerrards Cross D Major||Amersham G|
|12||5059||Earl St Aldwyn S Major||Dorset CA|
|12||5040||Beinn A’ Chaorainn S Royal||Devonshire G|
|12||5120||Chew Magna D Major||Bath & Wells DA|
|19||5066||Sir Felix Pole S Major||Dorset CA|
|21||5024||Heckington D Major||Lincoln DG|
|25||5184||Old Rydon S Major||Devonshire G|
|25||5028||Llantilio Castle S Major||Dorset CA|
|25||5040||Tynemouth A Major||Lincoln DG|
|26||5040||Beinn Bhreac D Royal||Devonshire G|
|26||5000||King Richard III D Royal||Leicester DG|
|31||5040||Armstrong S Minor||Truro DG|
|31||5040||Xaintes S Minor||W&P DG|
|2||5037||Monmouth Castle S Major||Dorset CA|
|3||5040||Kirby Muxloe Bob Doubles||Peterboro DG|
|8||5088||Alrewas D Major||Lincoln DG|
|9||5152||Horsley D Major||G&B DA|
|11||5152||Mitchell and Mills S Major||Lancs A|
|12||5088||Minsk D Major||Bath & Wells DA|
|15||5152||Hallam D Major||Yorks A|
|18||5056||Cottingham D Major||Lincoln DG|
|19||5088||Roding Valley S Major||Essex A|
|20||5152||Hill 60 D Major||St James G|
|20||5088||Willey TB Major||Coventry DG|
|22||5012||Catton A Major||Lincoln DG|
|28||5024||Boulogne Eastern S Major||SRCY|
|30||5040||Dinlow S Minor||Barrow & D S|
|30||5061||Earl of Birkenhead S Major||Dorset CA|
|30||5012||Cleatham A Major||Lincoln DG|
|2||5184||Isle of Man D Major||Yorks A|
|6||5060||Cherry Blossom S Major||Yorks A|
|13||5024||Hanthorpe S Major||Lincoln DG|
|13||5152||Zeebrugge D Major||Amersham G|
|16||5152||Hillcrest S Major||Coventry DG|
|17||5152||Kiev D Major||Bath & Wells DA|
|18||5088||XXXXXXXX TB Major||Coventry DG|
|20||5056||Uplands D Major||Amersham G|
|20||5152||Bluebell D Major||Yorks A|
|21||5040||Uckinghall S Minor||Scottish A|
|21||5152||Tanfield D Major||Peterboro DG|
|22||5060||Earl of Berkeley S Major||Dorset CA|
|28||5091||Cleeve Abbey S Major||Dorset CA|
|29||5096||Old Cleeve A Major||Lancs A|
|30||5152||Dong Ding D Major||Chester DG|
|30||5056||Bower Ashton D Major||Bath & Wells DA|
|2||5152||Speedball S Major||W&P DG|
|2||5152||Ingleton S Major||Yorks A|
|3||5152||Hawthorn D Major||Yorks A|
|4||5097||Sarum Castle S Major||Dorset CA|
|10||5100||Witham A Major||Lincoln DG|
|11||5063||Earl Baldwin S Major||Dorset CA|
|11||5040||Cruach Ardrain S Royal||Devonshire G|
|11||5152||Bishops Cannings D Major||Bristol S|
|12||5040||Magna Carta A Major||Lincoln DG|
|14||5040||Runnymede S Maximus||Guildford DG|
|14||5120||Bucharest D Major||Bath & Wells DA|
|14||5148||Marshal A Royal||L Crendon Soc|
|15||5088||Yasminoli TB Major||Coventry DG|
|16||5120||Oakie S Major||Devonshire G|
|16||5152||Quantock Hills S Major||Bath & Wells DA|
|17||5760||Magna Carta TP Minor||Lincoln DG|
|17||5152||Ruskin D Major||Yorks A|
|18||5040||Waterloo S Minor||D&N|
|18||5056||Duke of Wellington S Major||Bath & Wells DA|
|22||5056||Wellesley D Major||Devonshire G|
|22||5088||Waterloo D Major||St James G|
|23||5024||Regil S Major||G&B DA|
|23||5040||Evedon A Royal||S&N DG|
|24||5056||Kingsey D Major||Amersham G|
|24||5096||Burnopfield A Major||Lincoln DG|
|26||5012||Waterloo A Major||Ely DA|
|28||5088||Patching D Major||S Blaise S|
|1||5068||Lancastria A Major||Lancs A|
|3||5040||Golden Wedding D Royal||Peterboro DG|
|4||5088||Toyne D Major||Yorks A|
|8||5058||Earl of Clancarty S Major||Dorset CA|
|8||5024||Sutterton D Major||Lincoln DG|
|9||5095||Barbury Castle S Major||Dorset CA|
|9||5040||Beinn Alligin S Royal||Devonshire G|
|9||5120||Bathwick A Royal||Bath & Wells DA|
|13||5056||Humber Ferry S Major||Barrow & D S|
|13||5152||Harrow D Major||St James G|
|16||5004||El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula A Major||Dorset CA|
|21||5000||Yeo Yeo A Major||Devonshire G|
|23||5148||Netherexe A Royal||Devonshire G|
|28||5082||Queenhill D Royal||S&N DG|
|29||5152||Nunburnholme S Major||Lincoln DG|
|30||5056||Baltimore S Major||SRCY|
|1||5024||Barnard D Major||Coventry DG|
|3||5184||Wobbly Bobs S Major||Dorset CA|
|7||5040||Luddington S Royal||Peterboro DG|
|9||5056||Budapest S Major||Bath & Wells DA|
|10||5024||Cheshunt D Major||St James G|
|12||5120||Root D Major||Yorks A|
|12||5040||Bilston A Major||Lincoln DG|
|13||5000||Galashiels S Royal||Leicester DG|
|17||5152||The Canaries D Major||Norwich DA|
|18||5012||Zion A Major||SRCY|
|19||5025||Curbar Edge S Major||Yorks A|
|22||5040||Henry Tudor S Royal||Leicester DG|
|24||5184||Keeebab S Major||W&P DG|
|25||5004||Aubourn A Royal||S&N DG|
|27||5040||Sparkling S Royal||Devonshire G|
|30||5152||Great A’Tuin D Major||W&P DG|
|1||5024||Zywocice S Major||Yorks A|
|2||5152||Monsal Head S Major||Yorks A|
|3||5088||Tales from the Crypt S Major||SRCY|
|3||5062||Earl of Shaftesbury S Major||Dorset CA|
|5||5136||Plester A Major||Coventry DG|
|6||5040||Wyck Rissington Hybrid Minimus||F Shires G|
|6||5088||Llantilio Crossenny S Major||Yorks A|
|9||5088||High Spen A Major||Lincoln DG|
|10||5040||Creag Meagaidh D Royal||Devonshire G|
|11||5080||Regnum Diutissime D Royal||Peterboro DG|
|19||5088||Hairy Snake’s D Major||ASCY|
|21||5088||Zatisall TB Major||Coventry DG|
|22||5040||Woodhall A Royal||S&N DG|
|23||5032||Usk Castle S Major||Dorset CA|
|23||5024||Equinox D Major||Yorks A|
|23||5056||Gateshead D Major||Lincoln DG|
|24||5045||Earl of Dudley S Major||Dorset CA|
|26||5088||Thomas D Major||G&B DA|
|26||5056||Fawcett Inn D Major||W&P DG|
|27||5088||Stokes Bay S Major||W&P DG|
|30||5088||Mosse D Major||Non|
|30||5096||Fluorspar A Major||Lincoln DG|
|1||5000||Hardwick A Major||S&N DG|
|2||5040||Minier Merritt TP Minor||Sussex CA|
|3||5024||Octoginta S Major||Amersham G|
|6||5040||Quatre-Vingts S Royal||Kent CA|
|6||5088||Rainbow Hill D Major||V Evesham S|
|6||5040||Princetown A Major||S&N DG|
|7||5024||Thornbridge S Major||Yorks A|
|8||5048||Earl of Devon S Major||Dorset CA|
|8||5024||Clevedon D Major||Bath & Wells DA|
|10||5040||Reverse Byley Bob Major||Coventry DG|
|11||5040||Ashley Bob Doubles||Peterboro DG|
|12||5152||Swardeston S Major||St James G|
|15||5046||Earl Cawdor S Major||Dorset CA|
|18||5120||Imbri S Major||G&B DA|
|18||5152||Istanbul D Major||Bath & Wells DA|
|18||5040||Dollywaggon Pike A Royal||Lancs A|
|19||5184||Queen’s Nympton S Major||Devonshire G|
|19||5152||Desborough A Major||Lincoln DG|
|20||5088||Creber S Major||Bath & Wells DA|
|20||5088||Agincourt 600 D Major||St James G|
|25||5088||St Crispin’s Day S Major||Chester DG|
|27||5088||Mosse A Major||St James G|
|28||5152||Chantrey S Major||Yorks A|
|28||5086||Aswarby D Major||Lincoln DG|
|30||5056||Gray D Major||Amersham G|
|31||5120||Gallifrey D Royal||G&B DA|
|1||5040||Brion D Royal||Derby DA|
|3||5096||Ferrytown A Major||S&N DG|
|4||5056||King Ecgbert D Major||Yorks A|
|6||5088||Spitalfields Crypt Trust S Major||SRCY|
|9||5152||Ardeley S Major||St James G|
|10||5088||Quoyloo S Major||Yorks A|
|11||5054||Earl of Ducie S Major||Dorset CA|
|15||5120||Red Pike A Royal||Lancs A|
|16||5040||Elford A Major||Lincoln DG|
|18||5024||Barney S Major||Yorks A|
|19||5089||Westminster Abbey S Major||Dorset CA|
|19||5040||Beinn Eighe S Royal||Devonshire G|
|21||5068||Paragon A Major||Lincoln DG|
|22||5152||Aardvark S Major||SRCY|
|22||5152||Winlaton D Major||SRCY|
|25||5152||Burnham Beeches D Major||Amersham G|
|28||5088||Ripon S Maximus||Yorks A|
|30||5040||Wickersley S Maximus||Yorks A|
|1||5152||Vaynor S Major||Yorks A|
|2||5152||Cyningesburh S Major||Yorks A|
|2||5096||Blanchland A Major||Lincoln DG|
|4||5080||Polebrook S Royal||Peterboro DG|
|10||5053||Earl Cairns S Major||Dorset CA|
|12||5120||Anna’s Star D Major||Bath & Wells DA|
|14||5068||Highfield A Major||Lincoln DG|
|18||5152||Cromer S Major||Non|
|22||5080||Venford S Royal||S&N DG|
|24||5085||No. 5085 Evesham Abbey S Major||Dorset CA|
|24||5120||Wrotham D Major||Kent CA|
|30||5056||Farmers Blonde S Major||Yorks A|
|Note there are believed to be three additional methods that have not yet been published.|
|First peals in methods on Handbells|
|4||5040||Xylophone S Maximus||Oxford DG|
|25||5040||Counter’s Creek D Maximus||Oxford DG|
|18||5088||Glastol S Maximus||Oxford DG|
|23||5088||Azura D Maximus||G St Cuileáin|
|25||5088||Backnang S Maximus||Oxford DG|
|13||5184||York Little S Royal||Leicester DG|
|8||5088||Palatino S Maximus||G St Cuileáin|
|15||5000||Quakers Friars S Royal||Oxford DG|
|28||5000||Phobia S Royal||G St Cuileáin|
|3||5040||Cawdle Fen S Maximus||G St Cuileáin|
|10||5088||Tritone D Maximus||G St Cuileáin|
|3||5040||Thousandth S Minor||S Stowmarket Y|
|5||5184||Strawberry S Maximus||G St Cuileáin|
|14||5040||Knotty Ash D Royal||Oxford DG|
|4||5040||Damgate S Royal||Oxford DG|
|14||5056||Kimmeridge S Major||Oxford DG|
|Record Peals on Towerbells|
|6||10082||Avon D Maximus||St Martins G|
|17||21216||Cambridge S Maximus||Bath & Wells DA|
|28||10800||Cambridge S Minor||W&P DG|
|New Methods rung in 2014 published after the 2014 report was produced|
|27||5034||Corfe Castle S Major||Dorset CA|
|14||5088||Skopje D Major||Bath & Wells DA|
|31||5040||New Year’s Eve Little S Major||D&N|
|TOTAL ON 13+ BELLS||2||4||-2||3||2||+1||5||6||-1|
|Spliced Treble Dodging||11||24||-13||5||1||+4||16||25||-9|
|Other Single Surprise||30||36||-6||19||12||+7||49||48||+1|
|Kent Treble Bob Royal||2||0||+2||25||17||+8||27||17||+10|
|London No.3 Surprise||43||38||+5||4||7||-3||47||45||+2|
|TOWER HAND TOTAL|
|Double Norwich Court Bob||34||34||0||3||3||0||37||37||0|
|Kent Treble Bob||4||2||+2||30||33||-3||34||35||-1|
|Plain Bob Minor||53||30||+23||16||11||+5||69||41||+28|
|2015||TOWER||Tower total||HAND||Hand total||Society total|
|Ancient Society of College Youths||0||5||0||7||9||0||62||5||1||38||14||3||47||0||1||192||0||0||5||2||23||2||0||5||8||5||1||51||243|
|Australia & New Zealand Association||1||2||0||1||4||0||9||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||18||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||21|
|Barrow & District Society||1||9||0||11||0||0||4||1||0||1||0||0||3||0||0||30||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||30|
|Bath & Wells Diocesan Association||1||8||0||41||2||0||102||0||0||24||2||0||12||0||0||192||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||194|
|Beverley & District Society||0||0||0||5||1||0||6||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||13||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||13|
|Birmingham University Society||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||1||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||5|
|Bristol University Society||0||1||0||7||0||0||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||14||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||1||15|
|Cambridge University Guild||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||5|
|Carlisle Diocesan Guild||0||0||0||1||3||0||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||9||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||11|
|Chester Diocesan Guild||0||2||0||15||4||0||32||0||0||4||0||0||1||0||0||58||0||0||26||0||49||0||0||25||0||3||0||103||161|
|Coventry Diocesan Guild||0||2||0||17||1||0||42||2||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||65||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||66|
|Derby Diocesan Association||1||0||0||9||1||0||14||3||0||6||2||0||1||0||0||37||0||0||0||0||6||0||0||5||0||0||0||11||48|
|Dorset County Association||0||1||0||31||1||0||39||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||73||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||73|
|Durham & Newcastle Diocesan Association||0||2||0||10||1||1||26||2||0||3||1||0||1||0||0||47||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||47|
|Durham University Society||0||0||0||0||1||0||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||0||0||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5|
|East Grinstead & District Guild||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|Ely Diocesan Association||0||5||0||22||2||0||38||0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||69||0||0||3||0||15||0||0||0||0||1||0||19||88|
|Four Shires Guild||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association||0||14||0||17||3||0||70||4||0||12||1||0||2||0||0||123||0||0||1||0||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||5||128|
|Guildford Diocesan Guild||0||0||0||0||3||0||23||2||1||11||6||0||4||0||0||50||0||0||1||0||13||2||0||1||0||0||0||17||67|
|Hereford Diocesan Guild||0||16||1||22||6||0||24||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||73||0||0||0||0||22||0||0||2||0||0||0||24||97|
|Hertford County Association||0||3||0||20||3||0||23||0||0||4||1||0||1||0||0||55||0||0||24||0||16||0||0||5||0||0||0||45||100|
|Kent County Association||0||6||0||28||6||0||42||8||0||17||0||0||1||0||0||108||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||108|
|Leeds University Society||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|Leicester Diocesan Guild||0||1||0||3||0||0||11||1||0||16||0||0||1||0||0||33||0||0||13||0||7||0||0||13||0||1||0||34||67|
|Lichfield & Walsall Archdeaconries Society||0||1||0||9||1||0||11||1||0||1||0||0||2||0||0||26||0||0||0||0||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||29|
|Lincoln Diocesan Guild||0||7||0||50||4||0||59||5||0||3||1||0||0||0||0||129||0||0||7||1||16||1||0||4||1||0||0||30||159|
|Liverpool Universities Society||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|Llandaff & Monmouth Diocesan Association||0||4||2||4||2||0||10||3||0||2||2||0||0||0||0||29||0||0||1||0||5||0||0||2||0||2||0||10||39|
|London University Society||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||5||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||1||0||0||0||3||8|
|Middlesex County Association & London Diocesan Guild||0||1||2||7||6||0||19||4||0||3||2||0||1||0||0||45||0||0||0||0||40||0||0||2||0||0||1||43||88|
|National Guild of Police Ringers||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|North American Guild||0||0||2||3||3||0||17||2||1||2||1||0||0||0||0||31||0||0||1||1||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||36|
|North Staffordshire Association||0||1||0||10||0||0||3||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||16|
|North Wales Association||0||0||0||2||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3|
|Norwich Diocesan Association||0||0||0||16||7||0||9||0||0||1||2||0||0||0||0||35||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||36|
|Oxford Diocesan Guild||0||8||0||34||9||0||66||5||0||20||1||0||6||0||0||149||0||0||1||0||42||0||0||43||0||35||1||122||271|
|Oxford University Society||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||4|
|Peterborough Diocesan Guild||0||6||0||3||2||0||16||1||0||10||0||0||1||0||0||39||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||39|
|Salisbury Diocesan Guild||0||4||0||20||4||0||13||0||0||0||1||0||2||0||0||44||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||44|
|Society of Royal Cumberland Youths||0||2||0||11||1||0||90||4||0||22||4||0||13||0||0||147||0||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||149|
|Southwell & Nottingham Diocesan Guild||0||2||0||37||2||0||40||0||0||15||0||0||4||0||0||100||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||100|
|St Martin’s Guild for the Diocese of Birmingham||0||0||0||0||6||0||3||3||0||2||6||0||11||0||0||31||0||1||0||15||0||4||0||0||0||0||0||20||51|
|Sussex County Association||0||4||0||4||6||0||17||2||0||4||0||0||0||0||0||37||0||0||1||0||12||0||0||7||0||0||0||20||57|
|Swansea & Brecon Diocesan Guild||0||0||0||3||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5|
|Truro Diocesan Guild||1||4||0||4||9||0||9||3||0||1||1||0||1||0||0||33||0||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||35|
|Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild||1||9||0||24||4||0||85||2||0||17||2||0||5||0||0||149||0||0||26||0||39||0||0||3||0||4||0||72||221|
|Worcestershire & Districts Association||0||2||0||4||0||0||7||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||17||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||18|
|Sub-total - Affiliated||7||163||7||751||155||2||1502||86||3||380||64||3||164||1||1||3289||2||1||133||20||362||9||0||124||9||51||3||714||4003|
Our work mainly involves proactively promoting ringing nationally and responding to national issues, as well as providing material for societies and ringers to promote ringing locally and promoting the Council to the ringing community.
This year we were pleased to welcome Jacqui Brown, Nick Elks and Alan Marchbank as new members of the Committee. We express our grateful thanks to retiring member Barrie Dove and were very disappointed at the end of 2015 to receive the resignation of Matthew Sorell due to the pressure of work. Matthew had made a great contribution to the work of the Committee and we miss him.
The Committee has met at Wellesbourne twice during the year and once in Hull and will meet again in Portsmouth over the Council meeting weekend in May. We have handled our usual collection of ongoing and regular work as well as some specific time-limited projects.
It did not prove possible to find someone to be our new Public Relations Officer. Kate Flavell agreed to be nominated and was elected at the Council meeting in 2015. It will not necessarily be the case that the Committee Chairman will always be the PRO and Kate has indicated that the combined rôle creates excessive work and she is unlikely to wish to stand again as PRO in 2017. The search for the right person continues.
The Committee decided that we should normally limit the number of special events for which we seek a lot of publicity to two each year. Ringers will not always respond to a large range of “special” events and certainly the media has limited tolerance for ringing stories. For 2015 we therefore decided to focus on the 300th anniversary of the first recorded peal and the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. These plans were somewhat overturned by media pressure applied to the Government just before the 2015 general election to have bells ringing everywhere to celebrate the 70th anniversary of VE Day while there were still some alive who remembered it. There was little similar pressure regarding the same anniversary of VJ Day and the actual end of the Second World War, marked in August after the election was long forgotten.
2015 was the 300th anniversary of what is believed to be the first recorded true peal (though there may have been earlier ones). We felt this was worthy of wide celebration by the whole ringing community - ringing around the date of the tercentenary and getting 300 ringers through their first peal (as opposed to around 160 normally). We planned significant publicity as part of this project. We liaised closely with the Mancroft ringers to ensure that our publicity complemented theirs. We created a logo and First Peal certificates with this logo that can be downloaded from the website. The Ringing World front page of 22 January gave the final figures and we were thrilled to see our target exceeded by a very wide margin - 387 first pealers! This was something that really caught the imagination of ringers everywhere and we hope that a large proportion of those ringing their first peal in 2015 will go on to ring many more and encourage others to achieve this gold standard of ringing.
The actual anniversary of the first recorded peal received some publicity, especially that generated by the Mancroft ringers in Norwich of course as well as our own commissioned article in the Church Times. Local media gave good coverage to individual local achievements, with much explanation of what a peal is and how hard it is to complete, particularly for the first time. Mainstream national media is hard to engage in ringing stories unless they involve some element of controversy or argument. Local media are nearly always interested in how local people are joining in with national events or celebrations.
We made a big push for ringing to take place at 3 pm on the Grand Ringing Day to mark Magna Carta 800 (Sunday 14 June 2015). This linked well with the Parliament-sponsored LiberTeas, an encouragement to the whole country to hold a tea party to celebrate, debate and reflect on our freedoms and rights. Again this created good local publicity, particularly for those churches with close Magna Carta connections and those in the Runnymede area.
There was much ringing in response to letters from a Cabinet Minister to all dioceses to ensure all their bells rang. There were radio broadcasts on a wide range of local BBC stations among others, some linking in with other broadcasts in connection with the 300th anniversary of the first recorded peal. This was unexpected publicity for us, led by Government and bishops.
There is still a strong feeling among ringers that ringing needs better branding and brand recognition. We have not been able to progress this issue this year with the absence of sufficient or appropriate committee members. If anyone would like to join us to help with this work we would welcome you with open arms.
Completed and ongoing work:
We have put the new leaflet for clergy Bells in your Care on the website and circulated it to all Diocesan Communication Officers.
We are in regular contact with PR Officers for affiliated societies to tell them of forthcoming PR opportunities and about the Council’s work.
We have continued to distribute quantities of the Learn to Ring Leaflet on request.
We respond to regular Learn to Ring website enquiries.
We have developed press release templates and posters for use by societies and others.
We updated the first peal and first quarter certificates and the porch notices to make them available for completing and downloading from the website.
We received good feedback after creating a separate website for those starting university so that they stand the best chance of finding ringing friends as soon as they arrive.
We are aware that people seeking information from some society websites experience difficulty obtaining the information that they need. We know that websites are run by volunteers, and that major revision can entail significant effort, but we are concerned that ringers’ perception of ringing websites is not always positive. We would like to help website managers improve the service that they provide and we are working on what advice and support we could offer to help them do this. Unfortunately we have not been able to progress this work during 2015 but are hoping to have the resources to do so during 2016 and thereafter.
We remain active in social media, ensuring that as much news as possible about the Council, and our Committee’s work, is spread in this way for the wider engagement especially of the younger ringing community. We still have much more to do here and would value help.
We continue our successful relationship with the BBC over Bells on Sunday and are also in other discussions with the BBC and Premier Christian Radio.
The two key events we are focusing on during 2016 are the Queen’s 90th birthday and Heritage Open Days.
Her Majesty the Queen will be 90 on 21 April, and there will no doubt be much celebratory ringing on that day and over the following few days to include the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, which is also receiving considerable public attention. The Palace has announced that the main celebrations will be held over the weekend of 10-12 June, to coincide with the Queen’s annual Official Birthday. On Friday 10 June there will be a special service at St Paul’s Cathedral. On Saturday 11 June there will be the Trooping the Colour ceremony and on Sunday 12 June there is to be “The Patron’s Lunch” along the Mall, celebrating Her Majesty’s patronage of over 600 organisations in the UK and around the Commonwealth since 1952. It is hoped that there will also be many other street parties in the UK and elsewhere at the same time. Ringing is likely to be very appropriate at almost any time everywhere over that weekend, especially if it fits in with any local celebrations planned. But the Palace has agreed that special ringing should take place at lunchtime on the Sunday, to coincide with “The Patron’s Lunch”, particularly as this would be an unusual time for ringing in many towers. Ringers are therefore encouraged to arrange special ringing at some point between 12 noon and 2 pm that day and to let local media and residents know why you are ringing. The Committee will be working to raise media awareness nationally.
We have been permitted to use the Patron’s Lunch logo in any publicity. It’s already incorporated in the event posters available to download and complete with local details. Sadly permission to use our adapted version of this logo was withdrawn after it had been in use for around eight months. Compositions of 1290 and 5090 of appropriate methods are also available.
During 2015 we made contact with those organising Heritage Open Days and have secured agreement to ringing being a key element of those days in appropriate open churches. For 2016 this will take place over the weekend of 8-11 September. Again a logo is agreed and available for use by ringers in their publicity. We hope this will open up the world of ringing to many people, some of whom may well become recruits.
We will also be continuing with our general projects listed above.
KATE FLAVELL (Chairman)|
ERNIE DE LEGH-RUNCIMAN
LYNNE HUGHES (Secretary)
MATTHEW SORELL (to January 2016)
One of my favorite pieces hung on the wall of the ringing room at Trinity Wall Street, is an invoice from the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, dated 1714, for the casting and delivery of 8 bells. It is a reminder that in pre-revolutionary America bells and ringing were an unremarkable extension of a familiar habit from the home country.
Two towers in North America can proudly hang similar invoices this year - albeit for somewhat larger amounts. Virginia Seminary, in Alexandria, Virginia, actually received their 8 bells in late 2014, but we will include them in this report, because this is the year when ringing began to get under way in that location. Rochester, NY received their set of 10 this past Fall (Autumn for those unaccustomed to the North American nomenclature). Both towers have histories of response to trying circumstances, and have rings of roughly comparable size. In Alexandria, the impetus came from a tragic chapel fire. The decision to rebuild was accompanied by a decision to include change-ringing bells in the new chapel. In Rochester, the trying circumstances were the absence of any bells, but a dedicated band of ringers (who would travel great distances in order to practice their art). They now have their own bells - following a search for a suitable place to house them - in the Church of the Ascension.
VTS (Virginia Theological Seminary) will be able to benefit greatly from the propinquity of the Washington Ringing Society, which is already leading weekly practice and training sessions. Rochester is still some way from the closest towers (Toronto - 2½ hours away, and Trinity Wall Street - 6 hours away). However, they are rolling up their metaphorical sleeves and getting on with the task that face them.
These two towers exemplify the state of ringing in North America - growing steadily, but facing challenges of distance that must seem strange to ringers in the UK, and of the same three perennial problems that face bands in England and North America alike.
There are three predictable crises facing ringers in both places:
The availability of bells
The availability of ringers, and
The availability of competent and committed leadership
Despite the low number of towers in North America, the provision of bells is actually the easiest to deal with. Given the prevailing “can do” attitude of North Americans in general, it is only a matter of degree to design and fund the capital project that a bell installation represents. Of course, it is not trivial, but these two towers have shown that it is entirely doable!
Availability of ringers is a crisis that all towers are facing nowadays. Fortunately, the importance of good teaching training is being more widely recognized in the Exercise, and North America has already begun offering both Module I and Module II of the ITTS training program. Recruitment and retention are often considered to be a part of the provision of new ringers. They are, of course, not really a part of this program. Training is a technical activity. Recruitment and retention require leadership.
This is the third crisis facing the exercise, and is, I believe, the most important one, and most likely to lead to towers falling silent. However, it is not necessarily a gloomy picture. Research has shown that leaders are, in fact, made not born, and leadership training programs are beginning to be offered. More significant is the aging of the ringing population, and the increasing demands being placed upon potential ringers.
One solution is to share the technical leadership (running practices, conducting touches and the like) and to leave the organizational side to those who have more time for such “during the day” type activities. What we need to do is to experiment with different styles and manners of developing leadership - both technical and organizational, and to share the results as widely as possible.
NAGCR Public Relations Officer
There isn’t actually anything significant to report from South Africa this year. Bob and Gail Cater’s party toured the country in January/February 2015, and a full report of their experiences was published in The Ringing World. All of our towers receive visitors from time to time and, I trust, they are made very welcome, but it is not often that we receive such a large party.
ANZAB’s membership continued its recent pattern of slow but steady growth in 2015, as did the number of towers: Bowral and Camden rang out for the first time during the year, with the newly-trained local band at Camden ringing for service for the first time on Christmas Eve. More new towers are at the planning stage or are under construction, including Katoomba, Bangalow and Lindfield. Bendigo, which has been silent since the cathedral was closed after structural problems were discovered, started ringing again, and the year ended with an encouraging statement from the Bishop of Christchurch suggesting that at least some of the problems to do with rebuilding the cathedral have been resolved.
Our 2015 festival was held at Adelaide in June, and included Module 1 and 2 ART courses; further Module 1 and 2 courses were held at the Bell Tower in Perth in November. All these were well attended and attracted very positive feedback. Our 2016 festival will be in the Central West region of New South Wales (Bathurst, Lithgow and Orange) in March; do come along. Check out our website www.anzab.org.au for how to register, and for news of ringing events in this part of the world.
The Central European Association enjoyed another successful year in 2015. We now have over 30 resident members living in various countries across Europe and we have also been very pleased to welcome several new members during the year - some of whom have made a return to ringing after several years’ absence.
In addition to regular peal weekends during the year the CEA organised two main events for its resident members. The AGM weekend was held in May at ’t Klockhuys in Dordrecht and was very well attended. 4 peals and 2 quarter peals were rung together with general ringing for all levels of ringers. Peter Richards rang his first quarter peal on tower bells shortly followed by his first quarter peal inside. A handbell peal of Yorkshire Surprise Major was also rung during the weekend being a first of Surprise in hand for Nicola Bright and a first of Surprise on an inside pair for Harm Jan de Kok. Secondly, an Autumn meeting was held in November where peals followed by the customary drinking of port and wine in ’t Klockhuys made for a very enjoyable weekend! Peals of Bristol and Glasgow Surprise Major were rung and also a peal of Yorkshire Surprise Major on handbells at The Postillion Hotel in Dordrecht.
A total of 60 peals were rung for the Association in 2015 of which 17 were on handbells. One particular peal of note was rung by a CEA residents band - a peal of Cambridge Surprise Major at Modautal-Brandau (Die Glöckli), Germany on 3 October to mark the 25th Anniversary of German Reunification. 24 quarter peals were also rung at various locations in The Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. Of particular note was a quarter peal of 4 Spliced Surprise Major rung at ’t Klockhuys and being a first quarter of spliced for Thirza de Kok.
It is a pleasure to report that our two youngest and “home grown” members of the Association, Harm Jan and Thirza de Kok, continue to make tremendous progress with their ringing. Harm Jan has conducted several peals of Surprise Major during the year and has recently rung a peal of Bristol Surprise Maximus in the UK. Thirza can now confidently ring the standard 8 Surprise Major methods and has rung several Surprise Major quarter peals. A great achievement for both.
The CEA continues to welcome many visiting bands from the UK and we are also most grateful for their help and support throughout the year. Ringing at ’t Klockhuys is by way of appointment only. For enquiries please contact Paul de Kok by email - firstname.lastname@example.org Further details can also be found by visiting our web page www.change-ringers.eu/
The good news is that the Zimbabwe Guild is still a viable entity and there are ringers at both towers.
The bad news is that ringing in Zimbabwe is not in a strong position with neither tower ringing regularly twice a week to a high standard.
At the Guild AGM held on Saturday 6 February 2016 we agreed that this would be our aim for the future, but in doing this we should consider the question “Why do we ring?” and that the enjoyment of being part of a team was critical to the future of ringing and should be regularly considered.
It was unfortunate that due to health problems of 5 of the Harare ringers no visit was made to Kwekwe for the second year in a row, however we were delighted that again many of the Kwekwe ringers managed to get to Harare for the ringing at the AGM.
Training also took a back seat in 2015, however a successful service in December in which the ringers read the lessons and talked about ringing has produced 3 new learners who, although they cannot yet ring up and down unaided and ring in rounds (the qualifications for membership of the Guild), are progressing well and are very supportive of the efforts made by the rest of the band.
Communication within the band is now largely through the medium of cell phone messages - largely WhatsApp. However work is in progress on updating the information available for visiting bands. This was last done in 1993 when the exchange rate was £1:Z$9.6 and communication was still by mail and no information was available through the internet. Now much of what people want to know is on the internet so it is high time the Zimbabwe Guild was there and there is work in progress on this aspect of our communication.
During the year our Guild Master, Felecitas Pswarayi, left to take up further studies in Canada, and we are delighted that Tendai Dzuda from Kwekwe is now in this rôle.
The attendance trophy was this year awarded to Mark Kabwemba who is here seen receiving it from the Harare Tower Captain, his father Teddy Kabwemba, whom he beat by 1 attendance.
For anyone planning to be in Zimbabwe in September, the date for the half yearly meeting in Kwekwe is 10 September 2016 and Harare is planning a social visit to Kwekwe on 9 April 2016.
Master: Tendai Dzuda
Honorary Secretary: Linda Hyde
Honorary Treasurer/Librarian: Fiona Thomson
Central Council Liaison Officer: Anne Phillips
Finally, we really appreciate the email contact maintained with the Central Council through Anne Phillips who forwards these emails to those of us with email addresses.
No new titles were sent to us for publication during the year. We commissioned one new book on which work is in progress. Ten titles were reprinted: The New Ringer’s Book, Towards Better Striking, Raising and Lowering, Ringing Jargon Made Easy, Doubles and Minor for Beginners, Ringing Circles, Listen to Ringing CD 1, Listen to Ringing CD 2, Standard Eight Surprise Major, and Judging Striking Competitions.
The following nineteen titles are currently available for download free of charge: Triples and Major for Beginners, Learning Methods, Method Splicing - Practical Hints, Understanding Place Notation, Conducting Stedman, Tower Captain’s Handbook, One way to Teach Bell Handling, Teaching Beyond Bell Handling, Getting it Right - Guidance for Officers of Ringing Societies, CC Rules and Decisions (2013), Giants of the Exercise Vol 2, A J Pitman Biography, Collection of Plain Minor Methods, Treble Dodging Minor Methods, Handbook of Composition, Collection of Stedman Compositions, Collection of Grandsire Compositions, Collection of Ten Bell Compositions, and Collection of Twelve Bell Compositions.
Our usual best sellers The New Ringer’s Book, Ringing Circles and Teaching Tips continued to be popular, but numbers sold of all three were significantly lower than in 2014. Sales of Dove’s Guide 10th Edition also dropped to 91 from 250. Drops in sales of publications which have been available for several years are to be expected and reduced sales of these titles account for a large part of the drop in income from sales reported below. After three years with no significant additions to the list new titles are clearly needed.
As the next stage of our modernisation process we are beginning to investigate the viability of charging for some downloads (not, of course, for those which are currently free or which will become free in future), and of selling some titles by “print on demand”. Three Committee meetings were held during the year, and the usual large number of telephone and e-mail conversations took place. Bulk discounts were offered in March and advertisements were again placed in a number of association reports.
The income from sales dropped to £8,570 from £14,800 in 2014, when £3,000 worth of sales at the Roadshow boosted income. Expenditure exceeded income by £2,370, in large part due to reprinting The New Ringer’s Book, which also largely accounted for the increase in the value of stock held to £7,850 from £5,600. At year end the total cash available was £15,400 and the fund remains at a level sufficient to finance known future work. As expected the popularity of PayPal transactions increased. By year end they accounted for about 33% of income from sales (17% in 2014) as did BACS transfers (also 33% in 2014) and cash sales (down from 50% in 2014). The PayPal facility continues to be trouble free.
We were greatly saddened by the death of our friend Peter Mackie. He had been on the Committee for only a short time but had made many significant contributions to our work. Derek Jones was again closely involved in a consultative capacity, and we thank him for his contributions.
JOHN COUPERTHWAITE (Chairman)|
31 Dec 2015
31 Dec 2015
|New Ringers Book||378||929|
|Towards Better Striking||20||45|
|Raising and Lowering||44||180|
|Ringing Jargon Made Easy||5||2|
|Beginners Plain Bob||64||66|
|Doubles and Minor for Beginners||23||90|
|Triples and Major for Beginners||5||27|
|Ringing Basics for Beginners||32||95|
|The Learning Curve Vol 1||16||11|
|The Learning Curve Vol 2||13||148|
|The Learning Curve Vol 3||13||139|
|The Learning Curve Vol 4||11||170|
|Listen to Ringing CD 1/CD2||29/30||21/28|
|Beginners Guide to Change Ringing on Handbells||17||106|
|Change Ringing on Handbells||8||83|
|Standard Eight Surprise Major||28||45|
|Will You Call a Touch Please, Bob?||37||104|
|A Tutors Handbook||12||134|
|One Way to Teach Handling||8||24|
|Teaching Beyond Bell Handling||4||150|
|Teaching from Rounds to Bob Doubles||7||67|
|Starting a New Band||8||42|
|Towers and Bells Handbook||5||110|
|Schedule of Regular Maintenance||63||195|
|Organising a Bell Restoration Project||27||4|
|Change Ringing History Vol 1/Vol3||7/2||136/156|
|Centenary History of the Central Council||1||71|
|Giants of the Exercise Vol1/Vol2||2/2||154/31|
|A J Pitman Biography||2||115|
|Dove’s Guide 10||91||204|
|Organising an Outing||5||17|
|Belfry Warning Notices||4||30|
|Church Towers and Bells||4||23|
|CC Rules and Decisions 2013||0||26|
|Getting it Right||3||110|
|Judging Striking Competitions||29||97|
|The following titles are available for download free of charge: Triples and Major for Beginners, Learning Methods, Method Splicing - Practical Hints, Understanding Place Notation, Conducting Stedman, Tower Captain’s Handbook, One way to Teach Bell Handling, Teaching Beyond Bell Handling, Getting it Right - Guidance for Officers of Ringing Societies, CC Rules and Decisions (2013), Giants of the Exercise Vol 2, A J Pitman Biography, Collection of Plain Minor Methods, Treble Dodging Minor Methods, Handbook of Composition, Collection of Stedman Compositions, Collection of Grandsire Compositions, Collection of Ten Bell Compositions, Collection of Twelve Bell Compositions.|
Unfortunately there has been no significant progress this year in improving the redundancy process; however, the recent report from the Church of England’s Church Buildings Review Group highlighted the problems with the current process. The Committee, through the Council’s officers, strongly supported the Group’s recommendation that the process be improved.
The report highlights a number of serious issues with churches, especially in rural areas, and considers various options such as the much discussed “Festival Churches”. The Committee will be watching this area and subsequent discussions very closely; however, it seems that there is a significant risk of many more churches becoming redundant in the next few years.
The Committee’s focus during the year has been on reviewing the Council’s policy on bells in redundant buildings and a new policy document has been approved by the Administrative Committee; this is available on the website. The new policy focuses more on saving larger rings of bells and particularly those of good quality or historic interest. It has also led to a review of the Terms of Reference.
The Committee is now working on defining its rôle more specifically and preparing a strategy aimed at saving good quality rings of bells and for maintaining access for ringing of bells in redundant buildings.
The current case list comprises 33 open cases. Some of these are long-standing cases where progress towards a new use is very slow. In some redundant churches ringing continues to be possible, even if limited, in others ringing is much more difficult or impossible. Opportunities to improve access for ringing are being explored.
The Committee continues to work closely with the Keltek Trust and is grateful to David Kelly for his support and attendance at meetings. There have been no calls on the Bells Rescue Fund during the year.
ROBERT WOOD (Chairman)|
The Committee has sustained its key functions of maintaining a database of ringing centres, conducting an annual survey of centres, providing a forum for the exchange of news, questions and views through Facebook and publishing a ringing centres newsletter, Training Times. The Committee met in Hull in May 2015 and has conducted a dialogue by e-mail since that time.
There are currently 40 Council-recognised ringing centres in the U.K. and abroad. Several new centres have been recognised in recent years, although no new centre has sought recognition this year. The Committee tries to gather intelligence about possible new centres and to approach local contacts to offer assistance. Response rates to the annual survey vary from year to year with normally at least half the centres replying in any one year and most responding at least every two years. We attempt to follow up centres with whom we have had no contact for over two years with a view to reviewing their recognition. Centres vary widely in their organization and level of activity; inevitably some wax and some wane over time.
The “Bell Ringing Centres” Facebook group established in 2014, after a slow start, now seems to be gaining traction, has 176 members and is better used than the previous email groups. There are often several posts per month and some prompt useful discussion while others give valuable pieces of news. A further edition of Training Times will be published in time for the May meeting of the Central Council. The Committee also responds to requests for help and this year has offered advice to Bradpole on its organization.
There were several resignations from the Committee during the year and this has prompted some discussion about the future of the Committee both within the Committee and with Central Council officers. At the conclusion of those discussions any proposals for change will be made to the Council.
LESLIE BOYCE (Committee Contact)|
The early part of 2015 was an active time for the Committee as they finalised details of the “State of the Bell-ringing Nation” survey, designed to provide a robust and accurate picture of the ringers of the world by using a “random sample” methodology. This was followed by a successful pilot and further revisions. Analysis of the pilot results clearly highlighted how important it was to survey a complete set of known ringers with a protocol to maximise completions: the “eager responders” who initially completed had a very different profile (in experience and frequency of ringing) to the later-responders who received chasing emails. This strengthened the Committee’s conviction that any survey would be of little value in terms of forming a complete picture unless it was carefully structured to minimise “self-selection” bias.
The survey was ready for full roll out when Steve Coleman, through a letter to The Ringing World, gave his opinion that the survey would breach data protection regulations. The opinion of the Committee, experts consulted by them and other Ringing World correspondents was that this was not the case and that there was a legitimate way of delivering a survey with a robust methodology as already designed. Alternative approaches were seen to compromise the representativeness of the sampling process proposed, which would damage the accuracy of any potential findings. Prompted by the printing of this letter by The Ringing World together with the President’s response, the Committee chair, Elva Ainsworth, resigned from her Central Council membership. She had concluded that these actions were indicative of current thinking and that there was insufficient authority at Council level combined with a lack of willingness to participate in a centrally-led modernisation by the local member associations to justify her membership on Council as leading a change process. The survey has not progressed further as the Committee remains without a chair. The Committee still feel that it is vitally important to collect the data that a robust survey would provide, and the survey remains ready for centrally-administered roll out provided there is strong support from Council leadership and the ringing fraternity to proceed.
All members of the Committee contributed to the development of the survey but special thanks are due to Elva Ainsworth for her leadership and project management, to Mark Ainsworth for the technical aspects of setting it up in QuestionPro and to Deborah Thorley for running a very successful pilot in the Yorkshire Association area.
ELVA AINSWORTH (Chairman to Oct 2015)|
JENNY HOLDEN (consultant)
Two meetings were held during 2015, both at Evesham. Our thanks go to Chris Povey for the local arrangements. At the 2015 Central Council meeting George Dawson, Chris Povey and David Roskelly retired by rotation and were re-elected. There was one vacancy.
It is with regret that we have to record the passing of Frank Lewis who was a member of this Committee from 1993 to 1999. His work for the Central Council was extensive and will be sadly missed.
The year has been made difficult with several members suffering bouts of ill health that regrettably led to the cancellation of a planned meeting. Early in January 2016, following further health issues, Tim Collins resigned from the Committee. The Committee places on record its thanks for his work and wishes him a speedy recovery. His position as Chairman was filled by David Kirkcaldy who was elected at our meeting in February.
During the year the Committee was able for the first time to arrange and man a display of bellhanging items at the Ringing World National Youth Contest held in Oxford, and the Committee wishes to thank Whites of Appleton for their assistance. The venture proved most useful by creating a talking point and hope was expressed that a similar event could take place at future contests.
We gave advice or guidance to a number of towers during the year, either by correspondence or following a site visit. The subjects covered included tower stability, internal and external sound control, electrical safety, lighting levels in ringing rooms, seized clappers, correcting odd-struckness, augmentation and rehanging.
Our consultant, Gordon Breeze, has been working on developing theoretical and experimental methods that can predict bell tower movement when bells are being rung. Six monographs have been prepared for the T&B Committee which describe i) how the forces generated by bells can be estimated; ii) how bell towers can be tested; and iii) how the results can be used to predict bell tower motion.
The T&B Committee organised a visit to Leamington Spa, whose square-plan brick tower is well-known for exhibiting large movements when bells are rung. During ringing, the tower motion was measured using an analogue instrument (“The Wobblemeter”) that has been donated to the T&B Committee. The recorded motion levels exceeded threshold levels that are generally accepted as being compatible with good ringing. The tower motion was also measured using a mobile phone; in the future this new approach is likely to enable the motion of bell towers to be investigated without recourse to expensive instrumentation. During the visit the practical difficulties of ringing in this tower were evident, even to the experienced ringers of the Committee.
Our new Maintenance Handbook is still proving to be a major undertaking and work is still very much in progress. We are also working on additional information sheets for various subjects: staircase handrails; ringing room lighting, power and heating; bell and clock chamber lighting and power; and contract management. Following the transfer of Health & Safety aspects to the Tower Stewardship Committee our guidance notes have been withdrawn and a link to the TSC guidance note put in place. Changes in telecommunications technology mean that our early guidance notes regarding the installation of transmission masts in towers have been superseded and as a consequence those notes have been withdrawn pending a possible update.
The T&B Committee is one of the oldest of the Council sub-committees and, from its inception, has always had a practical or technical bias. Historically the Committee membership has always been based on practical knowledge. Over the years the work of the Committee expanded to meet demand until it offered advice on all aspects of work on bells, bell towers, internal and external sound control, health and safety, lighting, access, telecoms installations … the list seems almost endless. Some less technical items have now been taken over by other committees. We are always keen to recruit suitably qualified new members who have personal experience of bellhanging and maintenance, or with engineering or architectural qualifications and experience. However with changing technology altering our sphere of operation we need to broaden our expertise and we therefore have a greater need for members with skills in alternative forms of technology.
At the 2016 Council meeting Roland Backhurst, Alan Frost and Bernard Stone retire by rotation and we have a total of 5 vacancies. With this in mind we draw Council members’ attention to the Committee’s wish to recruit members from the north of England. At present we have none from anywhere north of Nottingham.
DAVID KIRKCALDY (Chairman)|
TIM COLLINS (Resigned Jan 2016)
GORDON BREEZE (Consultant)
This year has been a busy year for the Tower Stewardship Committee. Updates to our Health and Safety, Insurance and Safeguarding Guidance Notes have been published on the Council’s website.
In the light of updated safeguarding policies by the Church of England, the CCCBR has issued a document (Safeguarding Children in Bell Towers). This document, compiled by our President, Chris Mew, reflects the current practices and policies of the Church of England, and is intended to act as a guide for incumbents and safeguarding officers in the management of such policies in relation to bell towers. While compiled by the CCCBR, it has been published by the Church of England to diocesan safeguarding officers.
During the year, the Committee has received a number of enquiries regarding safeguarding, health and safety, insurance and noise complaints. All these enquiries have been successfully responded to. The complaints helpline, ably run by Alan Chantler, is working successfully. Five enquiries have been received this year, and all but one has been resolved by a simple exchange of emails.
The Committee manages the CCCBR liaison with Ecclesiastical Insurance. We have a very good working relationship with Ecclesiastical, who are in general very happy with the bell ringing exercise, especially in health and safety matters. For example, Ecclesiastical will review and advise on our Health & Safety guidance notes every time they are updated.
The Tower Stewardship Committee has identified a number of areas for future work:
Updates to our church law guidance notes, to reflect changes to the Church of England Faculty Jurisdiction Rules, that came into force on 1st January 2016.
Compilation of an advisory pack to assist with the management of bell towers in secular buildings.
Compilation of an advisory pack to help churches (and ringers) with bells, where the church is facing redundancy and closure. In addition to the above, we will also be carrying on with our normal “day to day” activities:
The annual review of our guidance notes, in light of changes to national legislation and guidance.
The annual liaison with Ecclesiastical Insurance and the Church Buildings Council.
The provision of the Complaints Helpline.
The provision of reactive advice.
A key aspect of the Committee’s remit is the production and review of a set of Guidance Notes. These are reviewed annually, and are available via the Central Council website, as follows:
GN1 Insurance and Ringing
GN2 Tower Management
GN3 Child Protection in Towers
GN4 Tower Safety and Risk Assessment
GN5 Church Law
GN6 Fire Risk Assessment and Protection
GN7 Noise, the Law and the Environmental Health Officer
GN8 Data Protection and Bell Ringing
The Committee is well served by the wide range of skills, qualifications and experience brought by members. The Tower Stewardship Committee is 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. Finally, we finish with a request to all members of Council. As well as representing your association to the Council, you also represent the Council to your association. As mentioned, there have been a number of updates and changes to our information and documentation. We ask that all Council members familiarise themselves with this information and ensure that your association has been updated with such changes, and the information has been passed out to the grass root towers.
ERNIE DE LEGH-RUNCIMAN (Chairman)|
The Bell Restoration Committee is one of the most pro-active committees with excellent public interface. All members have clearly defined areas of responsibility and these are reviewed on a rolling basis.
The Committee met three times in 2015: in February, June and October. All meetings were held at St Andrew’s Church, Short Street, London.
A seminar on bell restoration was held in Somerset on 6th September and a full report was included in The Ringing World of 15th January 2016.
An updated version of the booklet Organising a Bell Restoration Project (OABRP) has been drawn up and will be published during 2016.
Guidance Notes have been regularly updated and posted on the Central Council website.
An article was prepared reviewing the new Faculty rules. This was published in The Ringing World of 5th February 2016.
The following grants were allocated in 2015:
Basingstoke All Saints - £700, Bath Christ Church - £300, Biggleswade - £900, Brading - £1,600, Brant Broughton - £900, Combe Raleigh - £2,000, Drayton Bassett - £1,000, Great Catworth - £1,700, Great Malvern - £400, Harlow - £1,300, Hereford All Saints - £400, Hollingbourne - £1,800, Ipstones - £2,000, Kelham - £800, Liddington - £2,000, Lindfield - £2,000, Marden, Herefordshire - £2,000, Meldreth - £1,200, Michaelchurch Escley - £1,100, North Creake - £1,000; Norwood Green - £600, Rochdale Christ Church - £600, Taunton St Mary Magdalene - £2,000, Templecombe - £1,500, Tollesbury - £300, Westminster St Stephen - £1,700, Whitestaunton - £1,800, Woolhope - £1,100, Wortley - £1,700.
At the time of writing this report work at Bath Christ Church, Great Malvern, Kelham, Meldreth, North Creake, Templecombe and Tollesbury has been completed.
A grant of £2,500 was agreed for Bangalow, NSW. Progress on the projects at Bunbury, WA (2010) and Queenstown, South Africa (2011) are both awaiting reports on the tower.
For some time certain aspects of the Guidance for Applicants have been giving concern. Following discussion, and with the agreement of the Managing Trustees, two of the clauses in the Guidance have been changed. The first change enables a project to use any UK contractor, rather than restricting applications to work by “a major UK bellfounder”. The other change relates to repayment of the grant in the event that a project is never completed, in cases where a UK contractor has been paid from the Fund in order that the bells and/or fittings can be shipped to the overseas parish.
The Ffoenix software is very out of date and cannot be updated so other methods of searching for funds are being investigated. All towers receiving a grant are encouraged to complete a feedback form showing sources of grants, which will help towards compiling a bell restoration specific data base. John Barnes has again been very active providing fund raising assistance and ideas to parishes.
Peter Wilkinson, Ian Oram and Jay Bunyan will stand down at the 2016 meeting and will be available for re-election. The Committee still has one vacancy.
Ongoing tasks include:
Reviewing and drawing up new Guidance Notes as required. We shall publicise these in The Ringing World as required;
Continuing to administer the Central Council’s Bell Restoration Fund and the Fred E Dukes International Fund by inviting applications for distribution when money is available;
Providing information on grant making organisations;
Providing information on local fund raising;
Providing articles for The Ringing World as appropriate; and
Continuing to raise awareness of the work of the Committee via associations, DACs and PCCs.
In 2016 - publishing the new version of OABRP.
In 2017 and 2019 - holding further seminars on bell restoration.
PETER WILKINSON (Chairman)|
JAY BUNYAN (Secretary)
The committee met at Hull in May and at Wellesbourne in September. Margaret Oram stood down and Anne Bray was elected a new member. Bill Butler remains a consultant. The Council approved our broadened terms of reference - to go beyond creating and recording information and proactively bring it to the notice of ringers and historians.
At the end of 2015 there were 904 biographic records on the website and a further 18 delivered for inclusion. A similar number will be delivered early in 2016. Stuart Piper of the ICT committee supports us by managing our pages on the website. No records were printed during the year but it is intended that all records available on the web will in due course also have an archival paper copy. We have made little progress with our aspiration to expand some very cursory records produced in former years. This is not a priority and will be done as and when any new information becomes available.
We have been extending the time span of the record collection much earlier than the formation of the Council. We have so far produced seventeen records based on material in John Eisel’s Giants of the Exercise and we have reached a similar agreement with David Ingram and Richard Jones to use material from The recollections of John Day.
Bill Butler’s articles on Prolific Peal Ringers in The Ringing World reached number 37 by the year end (omitting a few who are still alive). The first 20 are also on the Council website.
We continue to hold basic information, photos, press items, etc on current and former Council members, on paper or digitally.
Our work on ringing societies has progressed. We have a prototype web page listing 170+ current and former societies, with basic information, dates, and evolutionary links between them. In due course this will appear on the Council website, and in the long term we hope to add lists of members who represented each society with links to their individual biographic records, which will provide an alternative way to access the records. We have also started work on the history of Council committees that will eventually be linked to the biographic records via lists of members.
We considered the possibility of permanent exhibition material for use at various events but decided not to invest in a pop-up display in the short term. Bill Butler and Bobbie May developed a series of vignettes of notable ringers with interesting snippets about each that are intended to “bring ringing biography to life” for those who might not previously have taken an interest. We envisage them as a set of laminated A4 posters that can be displayed in any suitable space in a venue.
We made some progress developing advice for ringers wishing to undertake biographical / historical research but it is not yet complete.
We worked with the Library Committee on a joint outreach event in 2016. By linking ringing history to the concerns facing ringing in the future we aimed to reach a wider audience than for previous events. We obtained the support of the ICT Committee to make a webcast of the event available to ringers who could not physically be present.
Future plans and aspirations include:
Completing advice on biographical / historical research, and making it available from our web pages.
Seeking links with the wider world of social and family history research.
Further collaboration with the Library Committee where our interests overlap.
Augmenting the historic records with additional information where available.
Providing archival hard copy of on-line records.
Developing more structured ways to access the record collection.
Developing online submission and access to biographic information about ringers.
We are grateful to all those who have helped us by providing information and we look forward to working with other people who are interested in ringing history, or researching the history of their societies or local ringers.
Members and former members of the Council who died in 2015 are:
Philip John Rothera, Essex Association 1972-1978, attended 4 meetings, died 13 January 2015.
Adrian G Semken, Essex Association 1996-2011, Additional member 2011-2015, attended 16 meetings, died 6 March 2015.
Dr John Armstrong, Essex Association 1966-2015, attended 49 meetings, died 27 March 2015.
Philip A F Chalk, Cambridge University Guild 1954-1958, attended 1 meeting, died 4 April 2015.
Frank Beech, North Staffs Association 2002-2014, attended 12 meetings, died 17 April 2015.
Frank William Lewis, Kent County Association 1990-2008, 2014-2015, attended 20 meetings, died 22 July 2015.
Ronald C Noon, Peterborough Diocesan Guild 1951-1954, attended 2 meetings, died 3 August 2015.
Terence Ralph Hampton, St Martin’s Guild 1975-1986, attended 11 meetings, died 4 August 2015.
Peter Howard Mackie, Ancient Society of College Youths 2014-2015, attended 1 meeting, died 3 September 2015.
Freda Patricia Willgress (née Greaves), Ladies’ Guild 1990-1993, attended 3 meetings, died 16 December 2015.
JOHN HARRISON (Chairman)|
The Compositions Committee hold regular conference calls and are in contact by email.
The Ringing World Diary compositions were updated in conjunction with the Methods Committee and further reviews will be made as required for the 2017 diary.
The key work of the Committee is to maintain and update the web collection of peal and quarter peal compositions and to encourage new submissions from a wide range of contributors. Many thanks to all our contributors for their wide variety of compositions. There are touches for example of 800 for Magna Carta and 1290 and 5090 for the Queen’s birthday and date touches.
The readily accessible websites are a very valuable resource for conductors. The compositions range from relatively easy to highly complex on all numbers of bells, so there are compositions for all requirements. Over 2,000 peal compositions and over 200 quarter peals were uploaded to the website in the last twelve months, so we process an average of over 40 compositions per week.
Our particular thanks go to Richard Allton and Don Morrison for their work, as compositions are submitted in a number of formats from spreadsheets to written paper and these have to be carefully collated and checked for accuracy and truth. The web collection is backed up on the CCCBR web services account on a daily basis.
The easy access of on line compositions means there now appears to be little demand for printed books. It is difficult to justify the work required to produce and publish new books of compositions. It is possible to produce pdfs of existing composition books, for example Touches of Triples by Edgar Shepherd and these are being added to the web collection.
The Committee has answered a number of technical and historical queries on composition, including for example the first peal of Plain Bob Triples for people wishing to repeat the peal for the 300th anniversary of the first known tower bell peal, and a request for a quarter peal of Stedman Caters to practice an opening course for a peal.
Stephen Beckingham has updated his best 1,280 website with expansion with bobs and singles to 1,312 and 1,344 lengths in tenors together compositions to generate the maximum number of runs on four or more bells. bex280.x10.mx/namedparameters2.php. This is a popular site for composers looking to get the best music out of methods for quarter peals.
There seems to be little scope for simpler compositions of standard methods these days as most of the obvious combinations have already been discovered or generated. Breakthroughs in composition tend to be discussed on ringing theory chat lists, reducing the necessity for detailed reviews in The Ringing World, although we are perfectly happy to review compositions as required.
Roger Bailey’s handbell collection is being maintained and updated by Peter Blight and can be found at www.ringing.info/handbell-collection/.
The Committee would like to welcome Fergus Stracey to the Committee. Finally, to reiterate, we very much welcome submissions of new peal, quarter peal and special length compositions and these should be sent to email@example.com.
PAUL FLAVELL (Chairman)|
During 2015 the Committee met 5 times, being twice face to face and three times by telephone conference. Overall, the Committee concluded that the Face to Face meetings were significantly more productive, but much more of a commitment and cost, so the key thing is to try to maintain the right balance looking forward.
This year we welcomed new members Veronica Downing (Suffolk), Chris Fletcher (Lancashire) and Anne Sladen (Southwell and Nottingham). Retiring this year, we thank Brian Sanders, who served for a number of years as the Committee’s treasurer. Following his retirement, the Committee has put in place a new bank account.
In line with its recently refreshed Terms of Reference, the Committee continues to co-ordinate closely with other organisations involved in ringing education, including the Association of Ringing Teachers (ART), the Whiting Society, Ringing Centres Committee, Ringing Trends Committee, The Ringing Foundation (part year), and members also follow a wide variety of social media feeds, to look for ideas and trends.
In particular, this co-operation has led this year to the development of the Ringing Leadership course, together with ART and Elva Ainsworth. A version of this course was given at the ART AGM recently, plus a version is also available for download from the Committee’s web pages, for use by local associations and other groups.
The development of the new Listening Course has continued, with two pilot courses given jointly with local associations, to further develop the material. The final version of this course is now ready and will be available on the Committee’s web pages in time for the AGM. This package is intended to be used by local associations and other groups, with help from the Committee as needed. Along similar lines, the Central Council booklet “Listening Skills” is now available in electronic form on the Committee’s website.
The Conduct 5040 scheme continues with a modest number of participants. Partnership is in place with ART, who have started delivering a basic conducting course, which it is hoped will bring forward more candidates for this mentoring scheme.
The coming year will be one of transition for the Committee, as we are in the process of replacing the retiring Chairperson Duncan Walker, after 3 years at the helm.
Looking forward, the Committee is considering two possible publications, following earlier series of articles published in The Ringing World, under the titles What Helps What Hinders and Learning Together. It also has plans to put together a new teaching manual in book form, plus further work on new ringing videos (liaising with a North America initiative).
DUNCAN WALKER (Chair)|
LUCY HOPKINS TILL (Secretary)
SUSAN WELCH (Treasurer)
Work this year has focussed on development of a new website which is run by a content management system. Due mainly to the extraordinary contribution of Doug Davis, a draft version of the site was made available at the March Administrative Committee meeting and the aim is to make it publicly available at or around the time of this year’s Central Council meeting. Thanks also go to Jacqui Brown, Elva Ainsworth and Christopher O’Mahony for their support developing the site over this year.
Thanks go to Peter Trotman, Andrew Hall and Aidan Hopkins for keeping the current site in good shape during this year. It is anticipated that the current site will run alongside the new site until we are happy that all the relevant material has been brought across to the new system. The expectation is that this will be complete by the 2017 Central Council meeting.
The usage of Github has continued, and an application for recognition of the Central Council’s charitable status was accepted meaning that we can offer version control for free to around 6 software projects. This links into last year’s stated aim to offer protection to digital resources (to ensure that projects aren’t lost or become unavailable if their authors are unable to continue development). No progress has been made on the drafting of an escrow agreement under which projects would be brought into the system, however, the underlying message is that the ICT Committee is technically ready to accept projects.
This year saw the first webcast event organised by the ICT Committee. The Central Council event “Ringing History and Future Trends” was watched by around 70 people on the day and has been watched by a further 400 since. The ICT Committee is happy to provide practical support to anyone (inside or outside of the Council) wishing to webcast a ringing event - e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your project.
DAVID RICHARDS (Chairman)|
The Ringing World DVD 1971-2000: This is the third DVD in the series and was launched at the 2015 Central Council Meeting. Thanks go to Paul Johnson for this achievement. Sales are going well. Earlier DVDs are advertised on the Library Publications page of the Council website www.cccbr.org.uk/library/pubs/
Order and Disorder publications: We are indebted to John Eisel for completion of the third volume in this series 1830-1839 in time for Christmas. It is selling well, and the previous volumes are still available www.cccbr.org.uk/library/pubs/
John Eisel has continued his research into digitised newspapers, and abstracted many hundreds of reports relating to ringers and change ringing. With the increasing number of reports being published as the century progressed, this has produced a great deal of material. For the period 1840-49 there is more material than for the whole of the eighteenth century! Consideration is being given as to how to bring this into the public domain, to supplement the printed volumes. Meanwhile, if anyone has a query about published newspaper material for a particular tower, John will be happy to attempt to answer the query. Email: email@example.com
Paul Johnson and Alan Glover have now made several publications available online:
|The Bell News:||1881-1891|
|Campanology:||1896-1897 (6 months)|
|The Bellringer:||1907 (6 months)|
One Committee meeting was held in the year in October and we met briefly at our sales table at the Hull Central Council Meeting on 25 May.
Sue Marsden is investigating a possible database containing all ringing books, not just those in the Central Council Library. Linda Foddering assists with the Friends Newsletter and maintaining the list of Society librarians. Jenny Lawrence runs the packing and despatch department for Order and Disorder publications and adds library matters on the Central Council Facebook page.
2015 saw steady use of the Library with seven items being borrowed and sixty-four queries dealt with by sending scans or written replies. The publication of the Ringing World DVDs by the Library Committee has made it easier for many ringers to carry out their own research.
A certain amount of work has been done on transferring items to more modern media. An offer of help from Malcolm Merritt was enthusiastically accepted and almost all the VHS tapes in the Library are now available on DVD. We also found a firm able to transfer (and “clean-up”) some of our 78 rpm records to CD. They have done an excellent job at a very reasonable cost.
We are very grateful to all those individuals and organisations who donated material to the Library during the year. Several correspondents gave help with the preparation of the badge catalogue, and we are grateful to them all.
We are pleased to report that most of the library catalogue is now available on-line at www.cccbr.org.uk/library/catalogue/ in the form of a series of searchable pdfs. The remaining sections will be added as time permits.
The librarian was approached by a senior editor at the Oxford English Dictionary with a request for help in revising items relating to bells. So far “Grandsire” has been tackled with some success, largely due to help from John Eisel. John’s help and that of Carl Zimmerman has been enlisted as we wrestle with “yoke” in the (largely) American sense of headstock.
The list of reports required to complete runs is largely unchanged from last year, but is included here as tower cupboards are always being turned out and tidied (eventually).
|Bath and Wells D A||1927 and 1928|
|Bedfordshire A||1928 and 1930|
|Cumberland & N Westmorland S||1951-56 and 1960|
|Derby D A||1946-1949 & 1951|
|Devonshire G||1929, 1930, 1934, 1937-42, 1944, 1953|
|Durham and Newcastle D A||1957/58, 1962/63, 1969/70|
|EDWNA||2010, 2012, 2013, 2014|
|Ely D G||1908-1911|
|Essex A||1912, 1914, 1917, 1930|
|Hertford C A||1921/22|
|Middlesex C A||1897-1898, 1899/1900|
|Midland Counties A||1923, 1924|
|Midland Counties G||1947-9, 1951, 1953 and 1959|
|North Wales A||1993-1995, 2000, 2001|
|Peterborough D G||1925|
|Salisbury D G||1911, 1912, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1918|
|Shropshire A||Any pre 1938|
|Surrey A||1911, 1914-1922, 1925-1927|
|Truro D G||1960, 1962-1964|
After years of receiving an annual bound copy of The Ringing World, the financial situation of the weekly publication means that we have now had to take out a subscription to the printed version and then reimburse the cost of binding at the end of the year.
We continue to receive excellent service from “The Binding Place” on the outskirts of Worcester. As well as binding and minor repairs to the stock, Les Stallard has made additional individual clam-shell boxes for some of the more valuable and vulnerable books.
Collaboration with other committees: we are working with the Biographies Committee on a joint Outreach Day on 27 February 2016 at Wellesbourne. We liaise with Alan Baldock re the Felstead Database.
We are grateful to the Friends of the Library for their subscriptions, which support the work the Library Committee undertakes. Also, twenty-three people overall have taken up the offer of Life Membership. Ian Self is the Friends co-ordinator, assisted by Linda.
The accounts are submitted to the Central Council Hon Treasurer and, following checking by the independent examiners, appear in summary in the Council’s accounts. They are also published in the annual Newsletter for the Friends of the Library, whose subscriptions fund projects such as printed publications and DVDs. The annual grant received from the Council towards maintenance of the Library has been waived for 2015 and will be shown in the 2016 accounts. Copies of the accounts are available on request from Ian Self.
William Willans has kindly written an interesting Essay (No 23 in the series) entitled The Remarks and Collections of Thomas Hearne to accompany the newsletter sent to the Friends.
Two members of the Committee will be retiring at the Portsmouth Central Council Meeting.
Future Work Plan:
Outreach Day (joint event with the Biographies Committee) 27.2.16
Order and Disorder 1840 onwards by John Eisel
Online catalogue with search facility
Maintain library webpages
Maintain online badge catalogue
Membership and other ringing certificates from societies to be available online - request from Chris Ridley.
STELLA BIANCO (Chairman)|
ALAN GLOVER (Library Steward)
The Methods Committee’s main focus this year has been on the review of the Central Council Decisions concerning Peal Ringing and Methods and Calls. Following our report last year, we held an open meeting at Southwark Cathedral in October, and an independent report on this written by Richard Smith appeared in the October 16th edition of The Ringing World. Following the review and the open meeting, we feel that changes are required, and are proposing to do this in two stages, as shown by the motions at the 2016 meeting.
In addition the Committee has worked with the Compositions Committee on updates to pages in The Ringing World Diary, and it has also restarted work on a new book of Doubles Methods. This will contain blue lines for plain Doubles methods, as well as a chapter on splicing.
Throughout the year we have continued to answer enquiries about method names, extensions, CC Decisions and other matters received on the Committee’s email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once again, we would like to record our thanks to Tony Smith for maintaining up to date method collections at methods.org.uk. These online collections are an important service that the Council provides to the wider ringing community and we are very grateful to Tony for updating them each week.
PETER NIBLETT (Chairman)|
The Carter Ringing Machine was on display on three occasions during 2015. The first was at the Annual General Meeting in Hull where it performed briefly between sessions and was visited by many of the Council members.
Later in the year it was invited to Liverpool Cathedral for one of their special evenings where visitors are allowed up the tower and can visit the ringing chamber to see the bells being rung. Many of the local ringers participating in this event had never seen the machine so it was of great interest to them, in addition to visitors, some of whom were intrigued by the machine in operation.
The final event was during the Heritage Weekend in September when it was back in Liverpool again, this time at St John the Baptist, Tuebrook, where it again received attention from interested visitors as well as local church members.
During the year the bell cabinet was modified to allow one of the Cummins electronic simulators to be able to ring the bells. This had been partly done prior to the Hull meeting and we were able to demonstrate both machines in operation, though not simultaneously! The electromechanical relays that had been installed in the cabinet when it was made in the 1960s were replaced by modern electronic switching, which eliminated the noise made by the relays. We felt this change to be justifiable as the bell cabinet was not part of the original machine.
One further item of interest - we have received donations of other Cummins machines during the year, and one has been installed at the Taylor Museum for demonstration purposes. This one was donated by George Mudge and has sampled bell sounds and a reasonably smart appearance. The program within the machine has been modified somewhat to make it easier for museum staff to demonstrate to visitors.
We are currently evaluating the other additional machines as to whether they should be added to the collection, possibly replacing existing ones, or simply used as spare parts.
The original Great War Memorial Book and World War II Memorial Book are usually kept in their display case at St Paul’s Cathedral along with the new Great War Roll of Honour, although they have been out on view for several months of this past year. They are in good condition and when in their display case the pages are regularly turned. The original Great War Book records the names of 1207 fallen ringers. In this period of WWI centenary commemorations every effort is being made to discover the names and details of our fellow ringers who were not listed in the original Great War Roll of Honour, so that their names may be added to the new volume. The new Great War Book records 152 names; this includes 17 added in June 2015 and 14 added in January 2016; I currently have two additional names that will be added when the new Roll of Honour is next updated. The WWII Book records 300 names.
During the last year the Great War books have been on view at the Longworth Festival of Bells in Oxfordshire which was the launch event of the bell restoration appeal; one ringer from there, Private W H Rivers, the last Tower Foreman at Longworth, is recorded in the original Great War Roll. Both Great War books were also on display at the exhibition of the South London Lettering Association at the St. Brides Foundation in London, at the request of Timothy Noad who is the illuminator / calligrapher for the new Roll. This event was advertised on Bell- Board.
I have been following up the practicalities of extending the existing display case to enable all three books to be displayed satisfactorily. I have contacted a cabinet maker who will inspect the case shortly and will then advise on the best course of action. The aim is to create a case that allows the Rolls of Honour to be safely displayed together at other venues, thus giving more opportunity to ringers and others to view them first hand.
Further “Rolls of Honour” have been published monthly in The Ringing World, thanks to the help of the Editor, Robert Lewis, and compositor, Chris Caryer. A huge amount of work on the detail contained in these is undertaken by Yvonne Cairns, and I am most grateful for this assistance. These give details of the ringers who fell in the following month a century ago. All articles included a number of photographs of individuals, graves and memorials and were published as follows:
May 1st 2015, pp.455-456, giving details of the 28 who fell during May 1915
May 29th 2015, pp.562-563, giving details of the 15 who fell during June 1915
July 3rd 2015, pp.682-683, giving details of the 5 who fell during July 1915
July 31st 2015, pp.778-780, giving details of the 36 who fell during August 1915
August 28th 2015, pp.874-875, giving details of the 32 who fell during September 1915
September 25th 2015, pp.970-972, giving details of the 24 who fell during October 1915
October 30th 2015, pp.1091 and 1093, giving details of the 9 who fell during November 1915
November 27th 2015, p.1188, giving details of the 3 who fell during December 1915
December 18th / 25th 2015, pp.1281 and 1285, giving details of the 8 who fell during January 1916
January 29th 2016, p.116, giving details of the 5 who fell during February 1916
February 26th 2016, pp.211-212, giving details of the 12 who fell during March 1916.
These will continue over the coming months, where readers will see numbers increase considerably. In addition, where possible, I have contacted local ringers encouraging commemorative ringing, and I am pleased to be able to report that many have been commemorated on or close to the centenary of their death. Ringers may have seen these reported in The Ringing World and I am most grateful to all those ringers who have taken part. Some guilds and associations have co-ordinated efforts to assist with these commemorations. I would particularly like to thank Ellen Crabtree who is undertaking this for those who were Durham & Newcastle DA members, Ruth Curtis for those in the Lincoln Diocesan Guild, Steve Jakeman for those in the Middlesex County Association, Robert Wellen for those in the Salisbury Diocesan Guild and to Christine Parsons, Peter McCoy and Robert Wood who are doing the same for Yorkshire Association members. I hope ringers will continue these commemorations. I am keeping a record of commemorative ringing that has been done which has ranged from tolling a single bell to quarter peals and peals.
A number of other articles, by other authors, have appeared in The Ringing World giving more details on individuals who fell.
In addition an article appeared in The Ringing World of 6th November 2015 which gave details of the three ringers commemorated in Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, which is close to the town centre of Ypres (now Ieper) in Belgium. This article introduced the possibility of the installation of a ring of eight change ringing bells in the tower of St. George’s Memorial Church, Ypres, as a memorial to the Fallen of the Great War.
Peter Trotman, Central Council Webmaster, has been adding photographs of the new Great War Roll pages as well as undertaking a complete overhaul of the way in which the page photos are accessed and undertaking corrections and additions to the information held. His willing assistance is greatly appreciated. The website generates a number of contacts and is clearly a very good way of making sure that information is available both to ringers and the wider public.
As always I am grateful to ringers and others for supplying information, particularly Robert Wellen from the Salisbury Guild who has done considerable research to identify more names from his area, Alan Seymour who continues to research those from Sussex and to David Underdown for his continued work researching those who came from the Surrey Association area.
2015 has been another busy year for the Dove Stewards. We have made 871 updates to the information that we show against a “Dove entry”, and 888 updates to the information held in the prototype-National Bell Register (pNBR).
The number of Dove entries, and the changes that occurred during this period, are summarised as follows.
We have listed 8 new rings during 2015 but no longer list 4 others. We have been notified of 12 augmentations, 10 rings that are no longer unringable, but 17 rings that are now unringable.
We thank those who have notified us of changes that they believe we should know about. This year we wish in particular to thank Mike Chester, Philip Denton, and David Sloman. Mike seems to possess an uncanny knack of instantly spotting any Dove-related change on just about any ringing-related website. He has also provided us with frame information for many rings where previously we held no, or perhaps only limited, information. Philip has been an assiduous contributor for many years and his suggestions for updates are always well-researched before being offered to us for inclusion. David seems to have a superb ability to spot various data items which have been missing from the pNBR but which have previously appeared in printed county works or their corrigenda. Each of these three has now sent us in excess of 1000 emails and this represents real commitment on their part to getting the pNBR as comprehensive and accurate as possible.
John’s son (Sid) has released a third version of his excellent Dove’s Guide mobile app for iOS, this version also providing record-keeping capability for recording visits, quarter peals, and peals.We are pleased to report that a small amount of progress has been made in sourcing a replacement solution for the Dove database using up-to-date technology. We look forward to significant progress being made during 2016. As yet we have had no success in identifying any individuals who might be interested in becoming our successors in the rôle of Dove Steward.
|As at 1 Jan||As at 31 Dec||Change||As at 1 Jan||As at 31 Dec||Change|
The full name of the charity is:- CENTRAL COUNCIL OF CHURCH BELL RINGERS RESCUE FUND FOR REDUNDANT BELLS
The charity is not incorporated. The constitution derives from rules adopted on the 29th May 1979 (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:-
R. J. Cooles
Miss Helen Webb
The Honorary Secretary is: R. J. Cooles
The Honorary Treasurer is: Helen Webb
There have been no calls on the Fund this year and no further loans have been made to the Keltek Trust Rescue Fund. There is therefore no change from the position as reported last year.
The Trustees remain grateful to those who have promised loans to the Fund in case of need.
R. J. COOLES (Honorary Secretary)
|Rescue Fund for Redundant Bells|
|Registered Charity No 278816|
|Statement of Financial Activities|
|for the year ended 31 December 2015|
|Every Click (= donations from ringers)||41.18||19.82|
|Net incoming resources||66.66||1040.49|
|Balances at 1 January||14,761.49||13,721.00|
|Balances at 31 December||14,828.15||14,761.49|
|Balance Sheet as at 31 December|
|Loan to Keltek Trust Rescue Fund||8,500.00||8,500.00|
|Cash in bank and on deposit||6,328.15||6,261.49|
|Total current assets||14,828.15||14,761.49|
|Net current assets||14,828.15||14,761.49|
14 FEBRUARY 2016
The Ringing World, May 6, 2016, pages 469 to 488