Some help for members

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Certificate –First Quarter Peal

Gifts for Bellringers

Guild Badges

Guild Logo for documents

Guild Service Booklet

Letter to Estate Agents

Letter to New Incumbents

Peal Board makers

Press Releases – advice

Publicity Materials

Publicity Pop-up Displays

Recruitment Power Point materials

Ringers’ hymns

Warning Bells up! sign

Publicity Displays

The Guild has obtained two 'pop-up' display panels 1m wide by 2m high for use by members at local events aimed at publicity and recruiting.  They are titled 'All about Bells' and 'All about Change Ringing'. The content is shown here.  They are available free, first come - first served, from the Public Relations Officer.  Arrangements for collection and return will need to be negotiated!

Publicity for Bellringing

The CCCBR Public Relations Committee draws our attention to these new leaflets and flyers and encourages the use of these resources in our area:

'Engaging with the Public' Leaflet

Ideas and tips to successfully engage the public with your ringing and associated activities: Easy to use 'mix-and-match' format to help you to put together the ideas which will work for you locally. Available hereProduced by The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers (CCCBR) Public Relations Committee.

Bell Ringing Flyer
Flyers for you to give to members of the public with a section for your tower or association/guild/society details (contacts, ringing times, website, Facebook, etc). Availablehere in pdf format with provision for you to enter your tower’s information.

Originally produced for Peak 2015 International Scout & Guide Camp and the Derby Diocesan Association, now approved by CCCBR.

Posters and certificates that you can use and enter your own details are available here.

Bellringing logo above is available here.  To change the colour, download the image into Paint and use the paint-can to fill with your colour selection.


Recruitment Power Point Presentations

You may know that the Central Council Public Relations Committee, with help from other ringers, has been working for some time on a set of PowerPoint presentations that ringers can use to explain our wonderful hobby to others.  This is something that we have often been asked for so we believe that many ringers will find these really useful.  The first set is now available on the Council’s website here

You will see that they include speaking notes and cover

·      A general overview of ringing

·        A presentation to those particularly interested in the science & mathematics or it all

·        A presentation for those interested particularly in history

·        A ‘recruitment’ presentation 

Still to come in the future are:

·        A template for bell restoration funding applications

·        A recruitment presentation for youth

·        A ‘tower leaflet’ with generic content as well as areas for specifics for your tower – an aid to help create your own leaflet if you don’t have one. 

And did you know that you can now subscribe to the Council’s website so that you get automatic notification of new items?  Sign up here 

Kate Flavell   Public Relations Officer     Central Council of Church Bell Ringers  2018

Write your own Press Release

A press release is pseudo-news story, written in the third person, that seeks to demonstrate to an editor or reporter that the event, person or product you want to publicise, or the message you want to put over, is newsworthy.  Click here for further advice and samples.

Service Booklet
PDG Form of Service.pdf

Click on the link above to obtain the 'Form of Service for Guild and Branch Meetings' as approved by the Bishop in 2002.  The hymn tune 'Belfry Praise' is available here.

Ringers' Hymns
A collection of 14 different hymns can be found here.

A new song written in 2019, both words and music 'Hagdyke', for the Bath & Wells Association are available here. It was published in The Ringing World p786, 2019.

Guild Badges

Guild badges for members to wear with pin attachment are available from the Treasurer.  The cost is £4 each. Illustrations of badges issued are shown here.  The current one is "version C"  

Logo for documents etc.
PDG badge will print.doc

The image contained in this document can be highlighted, copied and pasted into another document.
Please change the size by dragging only a corner diagonal arrow, otherwise the circle will be distorted into an oval.

Certificate for first quarter peal
Certificate First QP PDG.doc

This certificate can be changed to show the member's branch, name, tower at which the quarter peal was rung and the date before printing. 

Letter to estate agents
Letter Nearby house for sale.pdf

Bearing in mind the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act, it is best to take precautions to prevent a complaint about noise being made to the local Environmental Health Officer.  The simplest precaution is to bring to the attention of the estate agent dealing with a property close to your tower that it contains bells that ring.  
This is a sample of similar letters which have been used effectively in several locations, including new flats developed within 100m of a tower's bell louvres.

“Warning Bells up!”  sign

Warning Bells up.pdf

While it is not 
always good practice to leave bells up, sometimes it is necessary, perhaps ready to ring a couple out after a wedding.  Where the ropes are at congregation level, few non-ringers understand the dangers of pulling a rope.  This notice is quite clear, but it doesn’t deal with young children –better to make sure they can’t reach the ropes.

Peal Boards
Click for images of peal boards

These traditional records of special performances are displayed in many ringing chambers. Here are some suppliers, but there are more dotted around the country.

Gifts for Bellringers
An attractive range of hand-crafted bell jewellery in 9ct gold and sterling silver including earrings, pendants, charms, rings, bracelets, cufflinks, brooches and lockets are available from Andrew Gordon at Allums Jewellers Ltd, 50 New Street, Wellington, Telford TF1 1NE
Phone: 01952 244983 or 07973 398289:

Charms based on handbells can be found here.

Welcome New Incumbents

It can be a useful ploy to welcome new incumbents and provide an overview of ringing activity and assistance that can be made. There is a Word document here that you can alter or use as a template and the pdf version here for those who dislike Word, but it cannot be altered!

Index list and Anchors replaced 27/1/19  Items transferred to SOCIAL REGULATIONS PAGE.  2/3/19  Last updated 20/4/19  New hymn added 9/8/19 - changed to song via RevdMH 26/8/19

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