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100 Club winners 2019


Anthony Denny


ART WORKS Newsletters


ART Workshops




CCCBR Framework for Method Ringing


CCCBR Mini-Roadshow 2019


Eric Walker


George Green


Guild 10-bell Practices


Guild AGM 2019

Guild Paper Quiz answers

Ivor Dickin

National 12-Bell Competition

Notre Dame Cathedral fire

Ray Henman BEM

Recruitment Power-Point

Richard Waddy

Ridgman Trophy 

Ringing Remembers


Spring Festival 2019

Summer Festival 2018

Summer Festival 2019

US Ambassador Reception

VE Day 75

Vintage ringing books

100-Club Winners 2019




1st  Prize:  no. & branch

2nd Prize: no. & branch




110  WB


57  NB




135  WB


103  KB




01  KB


121  KB




11  WB


112  NB




87  WB


01  KB




60  NB


120  WB




50  PB


97  CB




46  DB


13  KB

For details of the 100 Club please click 

Cathy Dixon

Guild Summer Festival 2019


Click here for A4 poster version.

Each Branch is asked to make an entry to Guild Master, Simon Dixon, by September 10.

Teams will be advised of drawn start time.

Please book teas with Jenny Ball ( in advance.

After tea, there will be a short Guild meeting and the results with presentation of the Harry Wooding Memorial Trophy in the church hall.  Evening general open ringing will be at Wellingborough from 7.30pm.

George E Green

Ruth Stokes sent the following to the Towcester branch on July 26:

I've just been told that George Green died yesterday (July 25) aged 90. There must be many ringers who remember George, one time ringer from Wicken. One of the old ringing characters. 

George's funeral took place at Wicken Church at 11.30am on Tuesday, August 6.  Family flowers only, donations in lieu to Wicken Church. There was ringing before the service from 10.30am.

Photo by Carole Pullin at Summer Festival 2007


Click here for an obituary.

Click here for the Bellboard list of George's peals and quarter peals.

Click here for performances in memory of George.


CCCBR Mini-Roadshow

BBC i-Player: The Symphony of Physics

My attention has been drawn to an hour long BBC 4 programme first broadcast in March 2017 which is still available on BBC i-Player.  It contains 12 minutes on Big Ben and bell harmonics from 6 min:30 secs.  See it here.

Vintage ringing books etc

These books remain (as at 22/7/19) from Denis Pearson's non-steward collection after chosen items have been transferred to CCCBR library, county record office and obtained by individuals.  They derived mainly from the property of R. G. Black, Guild Secretary 1926 to 1949, donated by his daughter, Jennie Bradshaw.


Hardback Printed Books

1. Change Ringing by C A W Troyte. 4th edition. Inscribed by John Nickerson of Aldwincle 1884.

    Condition poor.

Paperback Books

Central Council  Publications.

1. Collection of Peals 1903 Section I. Triples - Cinques. Condition fair.

2.       "                 "      1904 Section II.Major- Maximus. 2 copies. Fair.

3.       "                  "     1908 Section III. N.D.C.B. Major. Fair.

4. Popular Methods by Newton/Worsley/Tomlinson. Cover missing.

5. Collection of Doubles and Minor Methods. 1931. Good.

6. Preservation & Repair of Bell, Frames & Fittings. 1882.. Fair.

7.Elementary Handbook etc. 1959.

8.Glossary of Technical Terms. Reprint 1904. Cover missing.


1. Standard Methods by J W Snowdon 1887. Cost 2/6d. Signed B Clarke 1887. Text only.

    Condition poor.

2 Change Ringing by C A W Troyte (Ben Clarke 1888). Condition poor.

3. Lancashire Assoc. of Change Ringers Rules and Diagrams 1928. Condition poor,

4. Surprise Methods for 6 & 8 bells. Rev. C D P Davies 1927, Fair.

5. Method Splicing by John Fidler 1925. Good.

6. English Bells and Their Tuning. An historical sketch by Alex Young 1928.  Fair.

7. Village Bells. Revd. R Howes of Cold Higham with a foreword by Canon Coleridge. No date.

      Cost 9p including postage. Condition fair.

8. A Handbook for Churchwardens & Parochial Church Councillors. Kenneth M Macmorran. 1946

9. Handwritten notebook. R G Black. Methods, Compositions etc.

 A collection of Church Magazines:

    St Andrew's. Northampton, now demolished. 10 issues 1945 to 49.

    St Peter, Weston Favell. 3 issues 1950 to 52 and handbook  1965.

    Kingsthorpe Parish Church. Diary, Blotter & Year Book 1935

    St John B, Boughton. Church Life 1950.

These items are on offer until the end of 2019 for an appropriate donation to the PDG Bell Fund.  Please contactMurray Coleman  tel. 01536 761303  email: 

Guild 10-bell practices

Practices are now held on the 5th Saturdays.  On June 29, 2019 a practice was held at Kettering 10.30am to 12.30pm with 15 ringing, run  by Richard Allton with two touches and a plain course of Grandsire Caters,  a course of Little Bob Royal, a half course of Yorkshire S Royal, a half course of Cambridge S Royal, one attempt at London (No.3) S Royal, two half courses of Bristol S Royal and to finish by special request a bob course of Stedman Cinques before lowering the front (light) eight and other bells ready for an open tower event in the afternoon.  

The next practice will be on Saturday, August 31 2019, 10.30am to 12.30pm at DAVENTRY (park in Tesco car park, walk out through SE cornerAll welcome!

National 12-Bell Competition Broadcast 2019

Click here to access the broadcast of the whole event held at Exeter Cathedral on Saturday, June 22, 2019.  The home team won and their ringing starts at 2hr 39min. Does your ringing on 4, 5, 6, 8 or 10 match this?!

Ridgman Trophy 2019

Herewith the report from the organisers:

"A rip-roaring practice" - judges.

The 32nd edition of the Ridgman ten-bell competition was held at the Norman Tower, Bury St Edmunds, on Saturday, June 15, 2019 by invitation of the Suffolk Guild represented by their chairman Rowan Wilson.  Kate and Paul Flavell as judges said how important it is to achieve good cooperation between the small and large bells in a test piece such as Cambridge Surprise Royal, also of the danger of falling into an elephant trap ... a major method mistake.

When not ringing we found a lovely city on a sunny day, though many preferred loitering on the cathedral green to renew acquaintance and to hear some fine test pieces. Hertford were judged clear winners with Suffolk and Ely showing strongly: all eight teams brought their test pieces home in good style.

Provisionally for next year: Saturday, June 13, 2020 at Boston Stump on the invitation of the Lincoln Diocesan Guild, to ring Grandsire Caters. [This date clashes with our AGM so we  shall be unable to enter a team.  The change in date was necessary because the National 12-Bell Competition final in 2020 has moved to the 3rd Saturday to meet the diary of host Sheffield Cathedral]

Results and Judges comments (from ATW's notes)

Judges noted just a little odd-struckness around the middle bells, otherwise a good ten with a lovely sound.

Scoring: two points for a good row, one for a small clip, zero if a serious clash, marked “rather strictly”.








Hertford County Association




Team working well together, good confident ringing until a method mistake in the last lead.


Ely Diocesan Association




An interesting practice routine and a very good opening to the test piece. Some rushed leads and dropped strokes by the little bells.  Method mistake in the fourth lead was well recovered towards a superb finish.


Suffolk Guild




Started well though with some unevenness.  Rang well together especially the little bells and improved steadily. No serious method mistakes.


Essex Association




A nice rhythm (better than the practice).  Some rushed leads scored faults.


Norwich Diocesan Association




The practice never quite settled and the test piece remained a little unsteady.  No method mistakes and very few severe striking errors.


Lincoln Diocesan Guild




An interesting practice routine, then a confident start.  The little bells rang well.  A significant method mistake in the third lead took some time to recover.


Cambridge University Guild




A difficult practice, then a nice start at a slightly faster tempo.  Some dropped blows by the little bells or else there was not an agreed speed.  Minor methods mistakes were quickly corrected.


Peterborough  Diocesan Guild




Noticeably quicker at first than the previous team but slowed through the test piece.  Some rushed leads and occasional trips, but a more significant method error in the third lead.


VE Day 75

Among the Latest Central Council News items you will find an item about celebrating the 75th anniversary of the cessation of the Second World War in Europe - VE Day 75.  

The programme of events indicates for Friday, May 8, 2020 (which will be the early May Bank Holiday in 2020 instead of the Monday) reads: 

7.00pm – Ringing out for Peace

In association with the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, bells in cathedrals, churches and other locations will ring out at 7pm in a collective celebration of peace. The sound of bells is deeply rooted in British culture, providing the soundtrack to historic moments – calling us to pray, to work, to arms, to celebrate and, in times of crisis, to come together.

Church bells will be rung throughout our nation and around the world in celebration of the peace and friendships we share today.

To take part click on the register link ... and enter your details.

Anthony Denny

Jenny Ball (Wellingborough Branch Secretary) has emailed to say:

I have heard from Barry Care to say that Anthony Denny, a ringer for many years at Moulton, has died after suffering from health problems over recent years.  His private funeral will take place on Thursday, 27th June 2019, but there will be a memorial service at Moulton Parish Church at 1:30pm on that day.  The local band will be ringing for that service from 1 - 1:30pm and visiting ringers who remember Anthony are welcome to join them.

Good response gets £1,000 grant for Guild

Our Treasurer, Chris FitzGerald, reports that he was advised on June 11 by Ecclesiastical Giving that the Guild has won a £1,000 'Movement for Good' award.  Many thanks to many of you who reacted to the request in mid-May to make an on-line submission. 

Guild AGM 2019

Despite, or because of, the atrocious wet weather there was a good collection of people from all over the diocese gathered at Belton-in-Rutland ready to start ringing under the direction of Deputy BRM Alan Ellis. This was followed by a struggle to park in busy Uppingham where BRM Louis Totaro was giving everyone a ring on the nice eight.  At Seaton. there was ringing under the Guild Master’s direction before the service. The Revd Canon Jane Baxter provided a service with two different ringers’ hymns and the President read about silver trumpets sounding for gatherings and alarms, just like our bells 2,500 years later. The collection at the service raised £165.69 (and 40 euro-cents!) for the Bell Fund.

After a closely aligned buffet tea in the village hall prepared and served by the Rutland Branch there began a blizzard a paper to give ammunition to the 75 members including at least one member from all ten branches.  Around 6pm the President, Geoff Pullin loudly gavelled the meeting into life.  His welcome was followed by an all embracing vote of thanks proposed by James Thorpe of the Peterborough Branch who were the hosts for the Spring Festival. It was passed in the requested “raucous” manner.

The celebration section began with three of four members who have reached 50 years membership: Peggy Jennings (Oakham), Paul Loxston (Bulwick) and Roger Scholes (Harringworth & Ryhall) being presented with certificates and that for Sue Parker (Bulwick) was stored.  

Then on behalf of the General Management Committee Sue Jones proposed, and Brenda Dixon seconded, the election of Alan Marks as a Life Honorary Member for his outstanding work while sorting out the finances when Treasurer and his many years and continuing ringing and social activity.  He was elected and presented with a certificate by the President.  

On behalf of the Thrapston Branch Alison Byrnes proposed, seconded by Ted Buckby, and everyone agreed that Len Hallifax also be elected as a Life Honorary Member for his outstanding service over many years.  Len unexpectedly didn’t turn up so will have to wait for his certificate!

The main business approving of minutes, accounts and the report was followed by agreement that the subs remain the same for 2020 (Adult £7, student £3.50, peal fee 20p per rope).

Nick Churchman in his last proposal before retiring after 11 years as Steward, successfully sought £1,450 from the Bell Fund for Weekley to cut out and weld in replacement sections for the corroded areas of bell frame under the 3rd , 5th  and tenor pits and weld repair the cracked frame side on the 5th  bell pit at a cost of £14,295 by John Taylor & Co.  £1,000 was also agreed for the administrators to use for minor grants.

We were advised that future Guild meetings would be:

˜  June 29:   10-bell practice at Kettering (NN16 0AL) 10.30am - 12.30pm
September 21:   Summer Festival: ringing at Stanwick, competition at Rushden and ringing at Wellingborough in the evening,
˜  April 25, 2020:   Spring Festival at Helmdon in the Culworth Branch
˜  June 13, 2020:   AGM at

The elections began with the re-election of Geoff Pullin as President, for the last time he warned. Simon Dixon was re-elected as Master.

The two candidates for Secretary were Alison Byrnes (Thrapston Branch) and Helen Allton (Towcester Branch).  Each had prepared CVs and gave a brief statement before members voted in a secret ballot.  

While the tellers were counting, Chris FitzGerald was re-elected as Treasurer and John Beresford (left) introduced himself and was welcomed as Guild Steward.  Paul Mason was agreed as Peal Secretary while on holiday ringing peals and thus released Derek Jones from one of his two remaining jobs.  His other job was 100-Club Coordinator, which he set up in September 1986 and has run ever since.  Cathy Dixon kindly took over this useful form of fund raising for the Bell Fund.  

With the result of the ballot revealed in favour of Helen (right), Alison was willing to be Public Relations Officer thus relieving Geoff of this job after 12 years.

But remaining as webmaster he revealed that the annual ‘hits’ had increased by 33% compared to last year.  The page totals were:

Website Page


Website Page




About This Guild


Latest Guild News


Peals & Quarters




Guild Newsletters




Constitution & Rules


Branch Officers


Bell Ringing


Bell Maintenance


Learning to Ring


Bits & Bobs




Guild Officers


Guild Shirts


Bell Fund


Making Progress




Social Regulations (new)




Training Fund (new)


The F&GP recommendation was accepted to allocate up to £150 each towards our four CCCBR representatives expenses in attending the annual meeting this year (in September for the first time).  There was some confusion as to the effect of the new constitution for the CCCBR but the function of guild reps was said to be as scrutineers. It was queried why then we needed four reps.  Our reps will report-back to the Summer Festival and the GMC will look at the situation next year.

Derek Jones carried out  the June draw for the 100-Club, eventually producing no. 60 from Northampton Branch winning £44.40 and no. 120 from Wellingborough Branch winning £11.10.  The prizes are a bit different from the ones announced at the meeting due to a recheck of the number of paid-up members.

The President began AOB by summing up two requests from Rob Palmer, who had not expected to be present, but was!  He is undertaking two projects:

1.  To complete all the details for Dove on-line for the diocese, especially the frame layouts and descriptions; whether bells have canons or not and have been quarter or half turned on their headstocks. 

2.  To update the Inventory of Bells published in 1989 by the Guild and to record all the cast inscriptions on the bells in the diocese.  North recorded them as at 1878 but since then there has been no systematic collection of inscriptions.

Have a look at his website  If you can help for one or more towers and want to know how to assist Rob, please contact him on .

Murray Coleman drew attention to many items on display from the late Denis Pearson’s ("H") collection of books and records which he was trying to place in new homes in exchange for a donation to Guild funds. He had found homes in libraries and the Record Office for some and had already raised £40 today.  A list will be put on the website and in The Ringing World but he will dispose of anything left at December 31, 2019.

At 7.30pm the good humoured meeting ended with Alison Buck presenting Sue Jones with a bouquet of flowers to mark the end of nine years as Guild Secretary.

There was more ringing at Seaton till 9pm under the Master’s gentle marshalling and then The George & Dragon provided the finale for some twenty members.


Eric Walker

Jenny Ball, Wellingborough Branch Secretary reported on May 29:

Sadly Eric Walker, the father of Jean Rose from Wollaston, died recently at the age of 98.  He began his ringing career in his late 70s at Wollaston when the call for Millennium ringers went out.  He became a member of our Branch and rang for a good many years.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.

 Click here for memorial ringing.

US Ambassador gives a reception for Bellringers


An unexpected email arrived in my inbox on April 18 from the President of the Central Council of Church Bellringers indicating that I could expect an invitation to a reception for bellringers at the residence of the US Ambassador to the UK, Robert Wood (“Woody”) Johnson.   It arrived within 24 hours! 

I learned later that the Ambassador had been delayed from leaving St Paul’s Cathedral after giving his annual speech on Independence Day and was impressed by the bells ringing. He eventually asked how the sound was made and ended up in the ringing chamber. He enquired whether there were enough ringers in the UK for him to entertain a group of 100 or so. Learning that there were possibly 40,000, he asked St Paul’s and the CCCBR for a list to represent the exercise. Hence my invite as your President and similar invitations covering the country as well as the bell trade and handbell change ringers!

We started to gather outside Winfield House in a 12 acre woodland corner of Regent’s Park around 6pm on Thursday, May 9.  Eventually between 120 and 140 of us were security-checked and were shown around and could wander around the ground floor with its grand rooms opening onto the rear patio and lawn. After drinks and canapés, the Ambassador circulated and then gave us a brief welcome and talk about his introduction to, and wonder at, the sounds of bellringing. He mentioned that President Trump would be arriving in three weeks time to mark the 75th anniversary of D Day, a highlight of the special relationship. Chris O’Mahoney responded on our behalf and with thanks.  He then introduced a team who rang a touch of Stedman Cinques on handbells. Woody succeeded in ringing two bells to rounds afterwards!

I came across ringers representing all parts of the British Isles as well as the USA and bell founders and bell hangers, before slipping away at 7.30pm to walk back to Marylebone Station and home. A very different evening and a privilege on your behalf.

Geoff Pullin

Notre Dame Cathedral

Following the initiative suggested by the British Ambassador to France, Edward Llewellyn, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York encouraged all cathedrals and churches across England to toll a bell for 7 minutes at 7pm on Maundy Thursday, April 18 as a mark of solidarity following the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral on April 15. 

See this link for the Ringing World Bellboard list of performances.

Spring Festival 2019

We met on April 27 in the cold gales that followed the tropical weather of Easter at Cotterstock, a village with a population of around 150 in the flat countryside near Oundle.  The villagers organised afternoon teas in the village hall to welcome the mass influx, somewhat more purposeful than their usual tourists.  The six bells were restored and augmented in 2017 and provided a good venue for the Six-Bell Striking Competition.  Earlier, Nassington bells, augmented and restored in 2016 were available from 2 – 3pm but alas the webmaster forgot to adjust the times to coincide with the poster, leading some to miss a ring – sorry!

Most competition team leaders received a phone call from the Guild Master, Simon Dixon, during the previous week to tell them their start time.  The message began with the startling news that there were 17 entries and practice time was thus reduced to two minutes!  Not since 1989 have there been so many entries! 

The arrangements by the Peterborough Branch worked well except the weather was not conducive to sitting in the churchyard and as it was a ground floor ring, the church was out of bounds to all but the next team.  Only the judge and the Master (in the porch) heard all the teams – what stamina!

The village hall is a quarter of a mile walk along the road from the special car park in the field beside the church and was not deemed big enough to host the results.  So there was a surge back into the church at 6pm of those remaining and eager to spread the results digitally to their early-leaver colleagues.  While the certificates were prepared, we held the draw for nine raffle prizes: winners coming from Nassington, Towcester, Farthingstone, Northampton, Daventry, Bugbrooke, Raunds, Weedon Bec and Crick. A total of £89 was raised for the Guild Bell Fund.

The 100-Club monthly draw followed with winning numbers being 11 (Wellingborough Branch) and 112 (Northampton Branch).

The formal business began with a welcome and the approval with loud applause of the vote of thanks.  Nick Churchman on behalf of the Kettering Branch (because they hosted the last Guild event) proposed it to Hilary and Brian Hardie for making the local arrangements for us to ring at Nassington prior to the striking competition and to Rev. Jane Tailby for the use of Nassington bells, to Rev. Anne Hindle for allowing us to hold the competition at Cotterstock and for the use of the bells after the competition, to Rev. David Bond for being on duty welcoming and directing outside the church, to Sylvia Upex, the Peterborough Branch Secretary, for co-ordinating all the local arrangements and liaising with Dawn and her team of helpers for the teas, to Nick Elks for making the car parking arrangements, arranging a venue for the judges and other local arrangements alongside Alex Dyer, the Peterborough Branch Chairman and to everyone for coming! 

Then, as Guild Steward, Nick proposed a grant of £1,100 from the Bell Fund to Weedon Bec towards the cost of replacing the plain bearings with ball bearings on the back five bells and to fit twiddle pins on the front three headstocks at a cost of £10,933  by John Taylor & Co. Everyone was in favour.

Chris FitzGerald, the Guild Treasurer, informed members that he had managed to transfer some of the Guild money into different accounts to earn more interest and gave us a round-up of financial affairs.  The next Guild events were publicised (AGM - June 8 at Seaton, Rutland; Guild 10-bell practice - Kettering on June 29; Summer Festival - Rushden on September 21 and the Spring Festival 2020 - Helmdon on April 25)

At last, Simon Dixon, the Guild Master was able to introduce the very patient judge, Christopher Groome, a Life Honorary Member and former Guild President.  Christopher informed members that due to the large number of teams entering the competition he would only give the results but would be happy to talk to individuals after the meeting.  He said that there were two main issues where teams lost points.  They were lack of consistent open hand stroke leads and getting to grips with the odd struck 5th. Christopher launched into the results, last first and presented certificates for taking part to:

17th Nassington (this team included four Ringing Remembers recruits)

16th Peterborough St John

15th Pattishall A

14th Warmington

13th Daventry

12th Crick

11th Orlingbury

10th Desborough

9th Kings Cliffe

8th Yelvertoft

7th Pattishall B

6th Badby

5th Northampton

3rd= Rothwell

3rd= Rushden

2nd Thrapston

1st Towcester

Richard Allton was presented for the second year running with the Weaver Shield.


The Master presented Christopher with a bottle of wine to help him recover from three hours of continuous judging! The meeting closed at 6.45pm.

The gathering slowly dispersed with ringing continuing until 7.30pm.  The Shuckburgh Arms at nearby Southwick had its walls tested for bursting. Dorothy seemed happy to have found another (large ferrous) skeleton!


CCCBR Framework for Method Ringing 

The message below was sent by the President of the CCCBR on February 28, 2019.  Your attention is drawn to paragraph 4 that this new framework will be introduced from June 1, 2019.  If you have any concerns with regard to it being too permissive or still over restrictive, please contact one of our CCCBR reps soon and before June 1.

As you may recall, CRAG's Proposal H, which was passed at the May 2017 Central Council meeting, called for the Decisions of the Council to be replaced with a simple, permissive and descriptive framework for ringing with only the minimal detail required to maintain the historical record.  

After 16 months of intensive work, involving two major consultation exercises, the Framework Team led by Tim Barnes delivered version 1 of the Framework to the Executive in January 2019.  The Framework has since been reviewed by members of the Executive over the past four weeks, with questions and comments satisfactorily addressed by the Framework Team. At their monthly meeting on Sunday February 24th 2019, the Executive voted to adopt and implement the Framework.

Here are some explanatory notes to accompany this decision and announcement:

1.   Permissive and Descriptive

The Framework will take its place in the Council’s rulebook as a “standard”, which is a form of policy as defined in Council rule 10.4, and will be maintained by the Technical & Taxonomy Workgroup under the supervision of the Executive as stated in CRAG’s Proposal H and under Council rules.

It is important to note that the Framework fulfils the objectives set out in CRAG’s Proposal H that it should be a permissive document, which is not over-prescriptive, but instead describes in simple language the norms and understandings which are common to almost all method ringing performed around the world. It will inform and govern the Council’s various collections and records (e.g. methods, record lengths, extension processes), including how things are recorded, classified, analysed and reported.

2.   Magnum Opus

In addition to the Framework, there is also supporting material comprising examples, further explanations, technical comments and appendices. The supporting material is not part of the Framework itself, but assists in the understanding of the Framework, expands upon certain definitions and requirements, and further assists ringers in communicating about method ringing. The supporting material will be updated by the Council’s Executive when the need arises.

The Framework, appendices and supporting material are combined in a single website at PDF versions of the Framework and appendices can be downloaded from this link. The rest of the supporting material can be accessed through the website.

3.   Consultative and transparent

Two ringing community consultations have been completed on the Framework. Over 40 ringers participated in the consultations, raising over 130 points between them. This feedback resulted in the team making around 60 improvements to the Framework. The consultations were widely publicised, including in the RW, on ringers’ email lists, on Facebook and Twitter, on the CC website, and by communication to all CC members and to all CC-affiliated societies. The live draft of the Framework has been publicly available on the Internet since October 2017, and the team published four articles in the RW explaining the Framework development. In addition, The Ringing World has recently been serializing the FAQs from the Framework website. This process has been an intensive exercise not only for the members of the Framework Team, but also for those ringers who have devoted many hours reviewing the various versions as they have been produced.

In short, the development of the new Framework has been undertaken with full transparency and consultation. Consultation submissions and the team’s responses can be found in Appendix I (FAQs).

4.   Implementation

Council rule 10.8 calls for new policies and standing orders to take effect no earlier than three months from the date of notice. We therefore give notice that our decision to implement the Framework takes effect on June 1st The Framework directly replaces Decisions D, E, F, G, I & J.

We also give notice of our decision to retire the remaining (“non-method”) Decisions A, B, C, H & K, with effect from June 1st This is in accord with the Council’s wishes as expressed in votes at the 2017 Edinburgh meeting and the 2018 Lancaster meeting. The Executive have reviewed these “non-method” decisions and where possible consulted those responsible for them to confirm that they may be safely retired.  We are satisfied that their purposes are achieved by the Council’s current objects and rulebook, although in the case of Decision H (Ringing Alliances) we will be writing to those few organisations with whom alliances have been formed to emphasise that the Council will continue to nurture these relationships and seek new ones.  The latter Decisions may be replaced in due course by new Council policies if needed.

The version of the Framework which will be implemented on 1st June is version 1. The Framework Team have intentionally left some things to consider in subsequent versions, since trying to do everything in one go would have taken too long. For example, the Framework’s method extension requirements largely follow the current Decisions, but this is an area where more analysis may lead to improvements and simplification. Timing for a second version has not yet been determined, but will likely follow between 6 and 12 months after version 1.

The Framework Team will be ready to address any issues that arise in the implementation of version 1. While there’s been a good level of review in the consultations, it’s possible that notice of implementation may generate more scrutiny that uncovers something that has been overlooked. The Framework Team will be setting up an online forum that is open to all ringers to join, where ideas, issues, criticisms, etc can be raised. The Framework Team will use this input to inform future development of the Framework in what we expect to become a process of continuous improvement. Comments can also be sent to this email address:

5.   Day to day ringing

A significant amount of effort has been devoted to ensure that the new Framework reflects ringing as it is currently performed, so the new Framework should have very little impact on day to day ringing. Quarters or peals rung by the vast majority of ringers will be the same after 1st June as before.

For the more technically adventurous, who enjoy pushing the boundaries of method construction or composition, the Framework will offer both guidance and support in a way which we hope will encourage rather than stifle innovation and so promote further advancement of the Exercise.

6.   In conclusion

We know, after a century of debate over the Decisions, that there will never be a version of the Framework that all ringers fully agree with. However, we believe the new Framework will be acceptable to the vast majority of ringers. We also believe it meets, to the extent possible, the CRAG mandate of simple, permissive and descriptive while maintaining the historical record, and we hope the transition from a prescriptive approach to a descriptive one will largely eliminate controversy in this area in the future.

The Executive wish to express their sincere thanks to the members of the Framework writing team. This first version of the Methods Framework represents countless hours of volunteer time, robust debate and careful deliberation of fundamental theoretical concepts.

We ask you to communicate details of the new Framework and the web links set out above among your society. If you or your members have any concerns or questions, please direct these to

I commend the Framework to you 

Christopher O’Mahony, President, Central Council of Church Bell Ringers  on behalf of the CCCBR Executive

Guild Paper Quiz 2018-9

There were 44 entries received by the end of January 2019.

Apologies for the one or two minor errors, which did not affect the answers.

There were five all correct entries, from which the three winners were selected at the February F & G P meeting.
The winners were Mrs Piggot from Kettering, Stephen White from Bugbrooke and Pam Bailey from Rushden.

Almost every entry scored over 90/100, the quiz having the same overall mark distribution as in past years.

The most common mistakes were as follows, sometimes due to not keeping the title of the quiz in mind:

Q1 Bromford was the hoped for answer, although Gravelly Hill was acceptable for the amended word total of (8,4). Spaghetti was not accepted!

Q9 Bathampton or Batheaston were equally correct.

Q12 The laboratory is the Cavendish.

Q25 Hammersmith fits better than Blackfriars, the answer to Q50.

Q27 The Boat Race does finish in Mortlake, but it is Chiswick Bridge.

Q36 Perhaps people do not remember the Avon lady in the T V adverts, or that Shakespeare was the Swan of Avon.

Q48 It is Hulme Arch. Where did the frequent wrong answer David Hulme come from?

Q64 It is Porlock Hill, but this is not a bridge etc. Robbers is the answer.

Q97 White City is a BBC centre, but the new one is Media City.

Thank you all who took part, even if you did not send your answers in. It raised an average of £300 for the Guild Bell Fund.

The next one, for September 2019, to be sent in by the end of January 2020, will be ‘Streets of Inner London’.
Derek Jones

Ray Henman BEM

Congratulations to Ray Henman on being awarded a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year's Honours List for services to the community in Brafield on the Green, Northamptonshire. 

Ray was elected a Life Honorary member of the Guild in June 2006 and was belatedly presented with a certificate at the Northampton Branch AGM in 2018.

Further information in the Chronicle & Echo can be seen here.

Also reported in RW 5621 p55.


The Central Council AGM in 2019 will take place on Saturday, 7th September at Goldsmiths, New Cross, London SE14 6NW.  The business to include reports of the Council’s activities, a presentation of its budget & forward plan, plus the opportunity to review aspects of its work in more detail.

The format, which is to follow that successfully introduced at Lancaster for the 2018 AGM weekend, is expected to also include workshops, seminars and sessions of interest to all ringers.  These will be held over the whole weekend.  The Reception and Dinner will take place on the evening of Saturday, 7th September.

All ringers will be welcome to attend during the weekend and take part in the activities on offer.  Look out for details of how to register in due courseSee the poster here.

Mary Bone  Secretary  Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

Ringing Remembers

There is a link to the Ringing World BellBoard listing all performances submitted for November 11, 2018 in Northamptonshire here and Rutland here.  Also available at the bottom of the Peals and Quarter Peals page.

Vicki Chapman, the CCCBR Ringing Remembers Project Co-ordinator has produced the report, click here, describing the project from start to finish.

Richard Waddy

12.02.1936 - 10.11.2018

The following message comes from Richard’s family: 

Dear All, 

It is with sadness we are writing to let you know that Richard Waddy passed away on Saturday 10th November, at home with his family. His heart condition, which he had managed with so well for the last 10 years, had substantially worsened in the last 8 weeks.

We are having a Thanksgiving Memorial service [led by the Revd Canon Michael Webber, Team Rector of Daventry] to celebrate his life for friends and relatives on Friday 23rd November at 11am at Saint Lawrence's Church Long Buckby, to be followed by refreshments and light bites at Long Buckby Rugby Club. Please do make interested parties aware and should we have missed them off this list please forward on with our apologies ... 

Kindest regards, Margaret, Fiona and Adrian.

Peter Clifton co-ordinated the ringing before the service so that all the local ringers could contribute and afterwards touches of Grandsire and Plain Bob Triples accompanied those walking to the wake.  Quarter peals and peals to Richard's memory are listed here.


The quarter peals and peals that Richard rang since 2005 are listed in this BellBoard listing

See full obituary here.

[Photo taken after Richard rang a quarter peal to mark his 80th birthday]

Ivor Dickin

Jenny Ball informs us with great sadness that Ivor Dickin, of Irchester, died last night (November 9, 2018).  Further details here.

Ivor's funeral was conducted by the Revd Catherine Lomas on Tuesday, November 27, at 1pm at St Katharine's Church, Irchester.  The bells were rung before the funeral and Ivor's coffin was rung into church with 10 minutes of rounds ending on time in diminishing rounds.  There was general ringing after the service and during the cremation at Nene Valley Crematorium. There were refreshments afterwards across the road at the Irchester Bowls Club.

Click here to read the tribute given by Harry Curtis during the service.

Click here to see ringing to Ivor's memory.

Summer Festival 2018

Rothwell proved to be a very good location on September 22 when the vast church enabled everyone to gather in comfort out of the rain and cold wind.  Alistair Donaldson had erected his Maplestead mini-ring in the south east aisle to provide an attraction with the tinkling penetrating the building.  A splendid buffet tea provided by members of the branch
was available in the north aisle and the meeting was held in the south west aisle. 

The inter-branch eight-bell striking competition began at 3pm on the 2015 light eight which uses the 8th of the majestic ten as the tenor.  The team leaders seamlessly assembled their bands at the bottom of the stairs at their pre-appointed time ready to ascend immediately the previous band finished ringing with the changeover executed in the ringing room.  Seven teams competed with only Culworth, Peterborough and Rutland missing.  We have not managed more than seven teams since 1994 - we keep trying for all ten!  Last year Northampton set the precedent of arranging a prior ten-bell quarter peal with representatives of each branch.  This year three branches could not find a rep., but Grandsire Caters was still successfully completed at Kettering with the Guild Master conducting.

Quarter peal band, left to right: Edward Buckby (4. Thrapston) Kevan Chapman (10. Wellingborough),  Giles Willson (5. Northampton), John Stanworth (9. for Daventry), Simon Dixon (6. for Rutland and conductor),  Jim Bence (7. Kettering), David Westerman (8. Guilsborough),   Nick Elks (1. Peterborough),  Celia Stanworth  (3. Towcester) and Edward Groome (2. for Culworth at short notice)  [photo  from  Jim Bence.]  

The judge was Andrew Young from Oadby who was housed so as to hear the bells, unlike the majority who stayed comfortably inside the church, some making an occasional foray to the porch to listen! As he had another appointment, we held up our business meeting so that the results came first.  Guild Master, Simon Dixon introduced Andrew, who made general comments about the high standard of striking and that he was glad that he had decided to mark hard using 0.5 fault for a blemish, 1 fault for an error and 2 for a bad change.  There were few 1s and no 2s!  He commented that team experience showed through with the speed of return to a regular rhythm after a trip.  The results were as usual given in reverse order and accompanied by a certificate to each team leader:

































Giles Willson, Northampton Branch Ringing Master was presented with the fine Harry Wooding Memorial Trophy for Northampton to display for the first time ever.  

Andrew, after being thanked appropriately for his time and judgement by Simon,  left us to our other business.

 The Northampton band,  left to right:  Colin Brown, Giles Willson, Nicola Borman, Nick Parsons, Bridget Paul, Graham Paul (conductor), Grace Higson (mascot), Steve Borman, Jennie Higson. [photo from Graham Paul]

An all encompassing vote of thanks for the permissions and the comprehensive arrangements for the day, masterminded by Sarah Bence and Helen Churchman, was made by Alison Byrnes from Thrapston and was endorsed with much applause.  

The Guild Treasurer, Chris FitzGerald, introduced himself to members, as he had been unable to attend the AGM in June when he was elected to the post in succession to Alan Marks. 

Between 60 -70 members were present to agree Bell Fund grants: £1,600 to Great Oakley  for augmenting the ring to five by the addition of two ex-buoy bells supplied through the Keltek Trust with tuning and additional framework and fittings by Matthew Higby and Company Ltd; £250 to Rushden for clapper renovation by John Taylor & Co.  An enquiry from Thrapston reminded the Steward that a minor grant (of £110) had been agreed for renovation of four clappers.

It was the 32nd anniversary for the 100-Club draw, which Derek Jones has organised all that time, but wants to hand it on next June. Each anniversary is marked by three prizes instead of the monthly two and they went to 57 (Northampton Branch) £55.50, 37 (Kettering Branch) £27.75 and 24 (Guilsborough Branch) £11.

The paper quiz to raise funds for the Bell Fund was distributed to Branch Secretaries to sell.  This winter Derek Jones has based the quiz on bridges, viaducts and aqueducts - £1 a sheet.

Ringing on Rothwell's ten and back 8 under the Master’s direction continued until 7.45pm after which some 17 were invited to adjourn to the Conservative Club for commendably priced drinks.     GHP    (Also published in The Ringing World October 5, 2018, p969)

Safeguarding Newsletter and modules C0 and C1

The January Diocesan Safeguarding Newsletter can be read and printed out from here.

To promote awareness of possible safeguarding concerns and to equip people in relevant roles to feel confident to share with the appropriate person training modules C0 & C1 are available online.

For Instructions for C0, please click the link below:

ART Workshops

At the ART Conference in March, ART announced the development of training workshops in number of subjects.

There are many good training sessions that take place throughout the country, but so often the trainer has to develop their own materials causing a huge duplication of effort. ART is keen to have a repository of good materials and have ‘off the shelf workshops’ available for use to encourage more workshop training in new areas using the best materials and teaching. This may help avoid so many people reinventing the wheel.  Many of these will have to be capable of variation to allow for audiences of different experience levels.

Each workshop uses a combination of presentations and practical work. Currently handouts are handled by email but deletes on the workshops will get access to SmART Ringer in due course to view all handouts and other relevant information.

All workshops will be advertised via the ART web site and already a number of successful pilot workshops have taken place.

Currently the following workshops are available – full details are at 

·     Calling Bob Doubles – basic level bob calling for the aspiring conductor

·       Conducting – this focusses on Bob Minor but includes coursing order, transposition etc.

·    Mentor development -  aims to increase the awareness of the mentoring process 

·         Bell Maintenance – A full day’s workshop to understand what basic maintenance a bell installation needs.

·         Simulator Awareness - designed for people with limited or no knowledge of simulators it explains the various sensor systems and software available .

·         Listen & Strike - helps develop listening skills and rhythm, leading to a reduced reliance on looking and better striking.

·         Tower Leadership - covers stakeholder management, leading the team, good practice and performance. Theory sessions augmented with lots of discussion. (Produced in conjunction with CCCBR).

Other workshops are being developed and we would welcome good additional materials for existing workshops and ideas and assistance with new ones.

These workshops will be run on a regional/local basis and we need to hear not just from people who would like to arrange a course but those who are prepared to run them. Workshop leaders clearly need to have knowledge of their subject as well as good communication skills and the ability to present well using Power Point.  (Mileage expenses are paid to appointed workshop leaders).

So if you need workshop training or could run one – get in touch!

Graham Nabb  ART

ART WORKS Newsletters

The latest ART WORKS magazines from the Association of Ringing Teachers can be found hereART

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