Some help for members

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 Certificate for first quarter peal                  Gifts for Bellringers                               Guild Badges                                              Insurance for Bellringers                       Letter to estate agents                             Logo for documents etc.                            Peal Boards

Publicity Displays                                 Ringers' Hymns                                   Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults. Service Booklet 

Training Fund                                     Warning Bells up! sign                               Welcome New Incumbents                           Write your own Press Release

Training Fund

The Guild has a training fund to assist with:

  • The recruitment and retention of ringers 
  • The training of ringers 
  • The running of courses 
  • The provision of training equipment 
  • Other activities and materials directly associated with training. 

Application for a grant in support of training sessions (e.g. hire of room, catering expenses, purchase of CDs, approved training course fees, etc) should be made in writing or by e-mail to the Master attaching receipts for expenditure. 

Application for a grant for the purchase of physical equipment should be made to the Master on this form, in writing or electronically with appropriate attachments. 

Having regard to the limited resource of the fund, full reimbursements of costs cannot usually be expected.

Insurance for Bellringers

Under Civil Law individuals have a duty of care while performing any activities that could foreseeably harm others. If anything goes wrong, it is possible for a claim to be made for damages under Civil Law. For such a claim to succeed, the claimant must show that the defendant breached the duty of reasonable care. The Guild holds public and product liability insurance with the Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc, policy no. 07/CBP/9100712, available herewhich indemnifies officers and members for any legal liability to pay damages up to £2,000,000 (raised to £5,000,000 from 20/9/2018) for any accidental injury to any person and accidental damage to any material property. Insurers will not refuse to pay a claim if there was a breach of instructions.

The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 applies only to organisations which are employers and to people who are employed. The Guild is not an employer and has no employees. Requirements under the act, such as the production of risk assessments, are thus not mandatory.  It is however good practice for us to demonstrate a duty of care by providing instructions, training experience and risk assessments for our activities.

Insurance against the loss or damage of equipment will depend on ownership and where it is sited at any time.

The Guild does not hold personal injury insurance for members.

See also:

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults.
Detailed advice from the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers about child protection in bell towers and the teaching of ringing is available here.

Bev Huff is the Peterborough Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser 01733 887040 email and acts as the Guild’s Safeguarding Officer. 

Sam Suddery is the Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser 01733 887041 email

Further details here.

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!

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.

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.
Paul Rapson
Metal Plaques

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!
Page last revised:1/10/2018

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