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CCCBR Framework for Method Ringing


CCCBR Publicity for Bellringing


CCCBR Workgroups update

Charlie Truman


Derek Thornton


Guild 10-bell Practices


Guild AGM 2018

Guild Paper Quiz answers

Ivor Dickin

Jude Coulter

Ray Henman BEM

Recruitment Power-Point

Richard Waddy

Ridgman Trophy 

Ringing Remembers


Safe Ringing

Spring Festival 2018

Stan Ruddlesden

Summer Festival 2018

Ringing Remembers

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

Sponsored Bike Ride

Kettering Branch are 

continuing the 

sponsored bike ride

to raise money for the

Guild Bell Fund.  

See poster for details.

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

100-Club Winners 2019




1st  Prize

2nd Prize



110 WB


57 NB




135 WB


103 KB




01 KB


121 KB


For details of the 100 Club please click here.

Profit to Bell Fund for 2018 was £649.15 (47.6% of subscriptions)

Thank you all members and branch administratorsDerek Jones

Bell Maintenance Training Day

Jennie Higson will be running a training day at All Saints, Northampton on Saturday, May 11 for ART. Details of content can be found here

You can book directly with Jennie or through ART (The Association of Ringing Teachers) here

Guild 10-bell practices

At the Guild AGM on June 9, 2018, a request to re-start the practices was discussed and it was agreed to hold a practice on the 5th Saturdays.  On December 30, 2018 a practice was held at Moulton 10.30am to 12.30pm with 17 attending, run  by Richard Allton with Rounds and Call Changes, Little Bob Royal, Grandsire Caters, Stedman Caters, two half courses of Yorkshire S Royal, one half course of Bristol S Royal and a bob course of Stedman Cinques for our three visitors to 'grab' all 12 bells.

The next practice will be on Saturday, March 30, 2019, 10.30am to 12.30pm at Towcester.  All welcome!

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 course.

Mary Bone  Secretary  Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

Ringing Remembers in Northamptonshire and Rutland

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.

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)

CCCBR Workgroups update

Back in June, following the CCCBR annual meeting in Lancaster, the President circulated a couple of updates – “What happens now” and a “Who’s Who” of the new workgroup leads. As promised, here is a further update, reporting on workgroup current activity and initiatives as well as future plans.


Ringers can be reassured that plenty is going on.  The Executive have commenced a schedule of monthly skype briefings, with a focus not only on important items of governance, but also on the practical activity programmes of workgroups.  In turn, Workgroup Leads have been in consultation with workgroup members and the wider ringing community to determine specific actions and initiatives. To avoid any potential “silos” forming, the Workgroup Leads have themselves been liaising to identify any crossover of work, and opportunities for collaboration.  A joint Executive and Workgroup Lead away-day on Sunday 1stJuly provided an excellent opportunity to bring all these elements together into a cohesive framework of activity.


As the ringing community rightly expects, our focus is to provide services and support FOR RINGERS and RINGING – for Associations, for towers, and for individuals.  A key aim is to preserve and celebrate the best of existing practice, while building on this through activities clearly linked to our mission and vision.  To find out more go to the CCCBR website here.

Louise Nightingale, CCCBR Workgroup Lead - Communications & Marketing

Annual General Meeting 2018

It was Thrapston Branch’s turn to host the Guild AGM on Saturday, June 9.  Ringstead and Islip towers were visited by a reasonable number.  Each had benefitted from a grant of over £1,000 from the Guild Bell Fund two and six years ago respectively. Then the fine eight at Thrapston was available before the Guild service at 4.30pm, led by the Revd. Peter Baden. We remembered sixteen former members in prayers.  A splendid tea was served by branch members in the church hall.

President, Geoff Pullin opened and welcomed over 50 members from eight branches to the AGM around 6pm.   The thanks part was agreed with acclamation on the proposition of James Grennan on behalf of the Daventry Branch to thank the incumbents, ringing stewards the Revd. Peter Baden and the tea providers. 

The recognition part consisted of the announcement of seven 50-year memberships (Janet Collins, Christopher Groome, Len Hallifax, Alan Marks, Penny Pardoe, Joan Parker and Sandra Whitlam) and certificates were presented to Len and Alan.

The routine stuff followed, with spelling corrections of surnames in the minutes of the Guild AGM 2017 and subsequent Guild meetings, preceding acceptance. The published 2017 accounts were adopted and the General Management Committee report on 2017 received without comment.  The Treasurer, Alan Marks, who had indicated that he wished to retire, was pleased that this year all branches had submitted monies on time so that he was able to handover accurate accounts.  He explained that it would take him another two weeks to complete the formalities of changing cheque signatories etc. Alan was thanked with acclamation for doing the important job over the last ten years.

Sue Jones proposed on behalf of the Finance & General Purposes Committee that the annual subscription should be raised to £7 for adults, £3.50 for students for 2019 and that the peal fee remains at 20p per rope. An amendment for £7.50 for ease of change giving was defeated after it was pointed out that the half rate was made more difficult and any extra money just sat in bank accounts.  The increase was passed nem con.

An allocation of £1,000 from the Bell Fund for the administrators to deal with minor grants over the coming year was accepted.

The election of officers proceeded with the option of voting against never being exercised. Incumbent officers were returned with the exception of the retiring Treasurer.  Members were made aware that in 2019, it is the intentions of the Secretary, Steward, Peal Secretary and 100-Club organiser to retire! There was some doubt through illness whether the Independent Examiner wished to continue, but he was re-elected. Ian Willgress referred to a short cv in circulation and proposed from the Daventry Branch that Chris FitzGerald (right) be elected Treasurer.  This was agreed in Chris’ absence due to a prior engagement.

The Secretary brought to members’ attention the statement on Safe Ringing (Insurance, Health & Safety and Safeguarding) that had been published in the Annual Report and website. Having sorted these, we now have the GDPR to divert our attention! Questioners were assured that the Executive was listing what data was kept by the Guild and its branches. It was emphasised that for the most controversial aspect – contact details on the website - written permissions under the old-fashioned Data Protection Act are still in place.

The PRO advised that the Guild website had 46,123 hits over the year, about 1,000 less than last year. The pages with the highest hit rates were Welcome!, Towers, Latest Guild News, Events, Branch Officers, Guild Officers, Bell Maintenance.

He mentioned the Armistice 100 - Ringing Remembers campaign and Master Simon Dixon handed out posters and leaflets gathered from the recent CCCBR meeting relating to it and stressed that they were for display in public places – not hidden in towers.

Nick Elks gave a detailed report on the CCCBR meeting in Lancaster when the new organisational arrangements were agreed by a large majority.  The increased squeaking of chairs indicated less than rapt attention.

The 100-Club draw (1st prize £45.20 to #79 Peterborough Branch; 2nd prize £11.30 #104 Wellingborough Branch) was swiftly performed before the only declared item of AOB.

There was a request or two for the Guild ten-bell practices to be re-introduced and willingness to try it on a 5th Saturday basis starting on September 29, seemed to meet general favour. A collection for the Bell Fund amounted to £78.72.  The meeting ended at 7.20pm.

Several members made their way out into the countryside to Wadenhoe’s saddle back tower, situated in rural tranquillity alongside the River Nene with the President noting that he could walk the 39 miles home along the Nene Way, but wouldn’t.  The local pub hosted some 17 until 10.30pm.                                                                                                        GHP

Jude Coulter

Sadly Wellingborough Branch record that Jude Coulter passed away on May 23, 2018, at Northampton General Hospital, aged 58. Jude was the beloved partner of Bill, devoted mum to Thomas, Sarah and Ben.

Jude was elected a member in 2011 and was Tower Captain and contact for Ecton, a Branch Committee member and the Newsletter Correspondent.

A memorial service to commemorate Jude's life took place at St Mary Magdalene Church, Ecton on Wednesday, June 27 at 12 noon. Donations, if desired, to the Daylight Centre, Wellingborough or Wellingborough Branch Church Bell Ringers.

Published in Northampton Chronicle and Echo on May 31, 2018 

See also the Guild Newsletter Sep 2018, Wellingborough Branch report.


Charles E Truman

Charlie Truman, who died on May 14, 2018 at the age of 87, was for many years one of the leading ringers in the south of Northamptonshire.

He was born in Whittlebury near Towcester on December 27, 1930 and learnt to ring at St Mary's Church, Whittlebury in 1943 when the war time ringing ban ended, being taught, with three other local youths (two sets of brothers in fact), by Albert Booth, Head Gardener at Whittlebury Lodge which has since been demolished. After national service in REME between 1949 and 1950, finishing his service as a Lance Corporal Craftsman, Group A, Class 1, he returned to the village. He married his wife for over 60 years, the late Joan, at Abthorpe Church in 1957. Their son, Paul, was born in 1961. Charlie played club cricket until the 1960's and then took up golf becoming a member of Stowe Golf Club for many years. He and Joan lived in Whittlebury until 2000 when they decided a move to somewhere with more accessible facilities might be advisable and so they settled in Towcester where they lived for the rest of their lives.

Having learnt to ring, progress was slow for a number of years until he came under the influence of William A Yates who was very active in local ringing in the early 1950's. He joined the Towcester Branch of the Peterborough Diocesan Guild under Whittlebury tower in 1958, rang his first peal, Grandsire Doubles conducted by Bill Yates at Whittlebury in 1959 and his first as conductor in 1962, Stedman Doubles at Grafton Regis.

By regular attendance at the practices at Helmdon and Wicken, which were local centres of excellence, he was able to extend his ringing to surprise minor and major, and during this period he developed an interest in spliced surprise minor. First Monday practices at Cold Higham or Pattishall initiated by Charlie and his great friend Jim Linnell, who was one of the brothers he learnt to ring with, gave him the opportunity to develop the spliced surprise minor repertoire and to call touches and peals and this culminated in a peal in 34 methods (perhaps the maximum at the time) at Pattishall in 1965 which he conducted. The augmentation of Daventry bells in 1965 to a fine ring of ten gave him the opportunity for 10 bell ringing and he also had some experience on 12 during the 1990s. His final peal total was 777 of which he conducted 76.

For many years he was tower captain at Whittlebury and from the 1990's ran the ringing at Easton Neston until he was forced to retire when his health started to deteriorate in 2010. It was fitting therefore that quarter peals in his memory were rung at both towers. Peals were also rung at Easton Neston and Bradden.

His funeral took place at Whittlebury on June 27, 2018 and he was buried in the churchyard alongside Joan, who had predeceased him by just three months, and his parents.

Graham Paul   05/06/2018

Click here for some of his peals and quarter peals

See special ringing here.

Derek Thornton

Geoffrey Stretton reported on May 8, 2018:

I have this morning had the sad news that my old friend and ringing colleague Derek Thornton died last night in the Horton General aged 92.

His son Peter, rang early this morning to say he had passed away at around 11.00 last night in Juniper Ward where he had been for the past couple of months recovering  from emphysema.

Derek was taught to ring by Fred Hutt and joined the Guild at Byfield in 1952.  He transferred to Woodford Halse when the bells were restored and he became tower captain in 1977. Derek was the GMC Rep for the Culworth Branch from 1987 -1996 and Vice Chairman from 1998 -2001.  He was elected a Life Hornorary Member of the Guild for outstanding service in 2012.

Geoff further reported that the funeral was held on Friday, May 25. There was a service at St. Mary's Church, Woodford Halse at 10.30am followed by a cremation at Banbury Crematorium at 12 noon.

See obituary here.

Spring Festival on April 28, 2018 

in the Daventry Branch

For the title of a Spring Festival the weather did not seem to agree, even April showers could not describe the dull wet and cold day especially as we had recently been so spoiled with glorious days only a week before, however as I approached the first church for the afternoon open ringing there was something special about the first Guild meeting for 2018.

St Luke's Church, Kislingbury held its doors open for all to try the 5 bells (Tenor 12cwt) with the ground floor ring. 18 ringers arrived and methods rung varied between call changes to Grandsire. Some members of the Towcester band arrived to warm up before the competition and agreed to ring the bells down which can be said was a blessing as by then many ringers had made the journey over to Flore to secure parking.    

The rain continued as we left behind a lovely church to drive the short journey over to Flore and find All Saints Church, host of the afternoon's competition. Sandwiches in hand and meeting up with many others carrying a variety of plates containing cakes and food items, the walk was made from the car park over to the church. On walking in I was faced with a large and excitable number of ringers, a wonderful gathering and thankfully a warm church. With the modern idea of utilising open spaces within churches Daventry Branch we able to lay out a very pleasing and scrumptious buffet to keep everyone fed and watered throughout the afternoon.

With what looked like a hand-written and swiftly composed ringing list for teams the competition duly began after the rules and announcements were made from Guild Master Simon Dixon.  There were ten teams to ring with two teams pulling out at the last minute. An extremely good turn out and up on numbers from the last two years so an improvement on participation and engagement which can only be seen as positive for all ringing.

Teams, without notice by me and many others despite trying my best to watch out, just seemed to disappear up in to the staircase and on to the tower. It was like they all just disappeared and re-appeared - like magic and the only way to notice was names being ticked off the list with of course the distant sound of bells. Sadly due to the weather it was not really the afternoon to sit outside and listen as had been done on previous years but somehow as the afternoon went on the sound of bells became louder and clearer from inside the church.

Northampton Gold went first and opened the competition followed by Northampton Green - I am yet to establish how the names came about of Gold and Green [hint from Rugby fans - the Black team couldn't make it] but then we saw a team not entered in recent years from Byfield - again a nice sight to see towers bringing forward teams to compete. Heyford Fridays followed - another new name but I could work this one out at least! Pattishall A and B teams followed but split up by Yelvertoft to whom I must say often appear to be the jolliest of all bands I come across. Rushden and Orlingbury brought up the rear with a sigh of relief as I saw Orlingbury return to the church after visiting a local hostelry for Dutch courage.

Teas still being consumed and a sale of old ringing books, guild reports, and of course the tea towels, the afternoon flew by.  The ringing now completed Simon Dixon offered the tower for a few to grab prior to the meeting and results. I have to say I was first up there as having never rung before at Flore. I was accompanied by 12 others including two people I had not seen during the afternoon (later to realise they were the judges!)

With many taking their seats the Guild business meeting was opened by President Geoff Pullin. It was mentioned that two teams entering the competition had brought their Rector with them, an interesting thought here. Counting 72 people present it was a huge turn out, so again well done to Daventry Branch.

A vote of thanks was given by Giles Wilson from Northampton Branch with special thanks offered to Alison Buck and her team of helpers from Daventry Branch and to Brian Foley for arranging the evening use of St Peter and St Paul, Weedon Bec.

Geoff Pullin, continuing to catch up with presenting certificates, presented Hilary Aslett with her Certificate for Life Honorary Membership of the Guild, this one nearly 12 years late. A lovely round of applause was given for Hilary.

Two bell fund grants were agreed by members and the 100 club was drawn with Derek Jones announcing there are now 121 paid up members. Sue Jones announced the next Guild meeting will be the AGM hosted by Thrapston branch, Saturday, June 9, 2018 with the Summer Festival being held at Rothwell on a revised date of September 22, 2018.

At this point Simon Dixon suggested a short intermission to allow time for the judges to complete their results - it was noted that the intermission did not include the offer of ice creams!

Tension built with the wait and murmurs became louder until the judges arrived and were duly introduced by Simon. Emma Cundiff and Stuart Cox from Tunstall in Kent were welcomed by all and with eagerness to hear the results we all quietened to listen.

Stuart gave thanks for the use of a car, stated it was nice to be back in the area and that it was difficult to judge such a long competition - over 2 hours with different methods and in a cold car. He followed this by stating,"there are no points for complexity of methods it is about striking well". He further stated "it was good to see so many teams, and as you can choose your own methods,  play to your strengths". Neither judge had rung here before so straight after the ringing they did admit to going up to the tower and trying the bells, finding with surprise, "how pleasant the ring was".

Emma kindly announced the results with a brief run down for each team. I will list in the order they rang and the points/places awarded as follows:








Northampton Gold

Call Changes

Good at Lead




Northampton Green

Plain Bob Minor

Good Rhythm





Plain Hunt

Kept Going




Heyford Fridays

Call Changes

Took care




Pattishall B


Bits really quite nice






Pleasant Piece




Pattishall A

Call Changes

Little uneven





Cambridge S M







Steady piece





Call Changes

Well struck




With a variety of methods, clear comments and the scores, the winning team was announced to be Towcester. Team Captain Richard Allton, bearing a wide and proud smile, took the Weaver Shield. Congratulations Richard and to your team - well done!

Thanks offered to the judges and gifts presented, well sort of as Simon didn't actually take the gifts out of the carrier bag, but such fun to watch and Simon is certainly comfortable and enjoying his role as Master.

Well it was a good day, a happy result for Towcester and with much noise and shuffling the church emptied with many ringers off to Weedon for the evening Open Ring. I couldn't go so sadly unable to report further but my final look back over the beautiful church at Flore I saw Ian Willgress duly using Henry the Hoover on the carpets and returning the building back to a church.

Well done everyone -it was so good to see everyone have a brilliant day, a lovely atmosphere and for me, well just being back and ringing again after such a long illness and time away. I noticed the increase in numbers attending, the new teams trying competitions and hopefully a sign of further participation from all ringers to Guild events.

Here's to the Summer Festival and of course the AGM - please do attend. Remember we will sadly see our treasurer Alan Marks retire and also remember - it is your Guild, your hobby of ringing and without attending Guild events then we cannot improve, change or create the ringing for the future.

Odette Dawkins

Guidelines for Safe Ringing

The consolidated guidelines below were approved for publication by the General Management Committee on March 10, 2018. A copy for printing is available here.


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 Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc, policy no. 07/CBP/9100712, which indemnifies officers and members for any legal liability to pay damages up to £5,000,000 (from September 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 Guild does not hold any personal accident insurance.


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.  However the Guild recognises that it is good practice to demonstrate a duty of care by providing advice and training for its activities.

Samples of risk assessments for ringing situations are provided on the Guild’s website.

It is recommended that first aid kits be available whenever ringing or bell maintenance is being undertaken.

It is recommended that the best postcode and road name is displayed for use in the event of a 999 call out to guide emergency services to the appropriate door.


The Diocese of Peterborough is implementing ‘The Church of England Practice Guidance:  Safer Recruitment’ throughout the diocese. Each Parochial Church Council has to implement these procedures, including appointing tower captains and other volunteers.  All towers with bells in the diocese, including those under the protection of the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT), will be covered.  Local bands should familiarise themselves with the host tower requirements.

Through the Diocese, the PCC is responsible for obtaining free, DBS (Disclosing and Barring Service) check certificates for those carrying out face to face training of juniors and transporting juniors as a formal arrangement.   A certificate can be used by ringers throughout the Diocese of Peterborough, not only in the initiating parish.

Everyone holding a DBS certificate should undertake safeguarding training and renew every three years. Procedures for this are being set up by the Diocese.

The Guild recommends these minimum guidelines at any ringing event:

  • Children should be accompanied to Guild and Branch ringing events by DBS checked members of their local team or their parents.
  • An attendance list is kept at ringing events.
  • Two members are present, at least one will have a current DBS.
  • Touching should only be that appropriate for teaching and in an emergency.
  • If any ringers have concerns regarding safeguarding of children or vulnerable adults, they need to report it to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, who will deal appropriately with any reports concerning ringers and will communicate with any parishes on a need to know basis.
  • If there is concern of immediate danger to a child or vulnerable adult, telephone 999 (Police)

A vulnerable adult is a person aged 18 or over, who is or may be in need of community care services by reason of disability, age or illness; and who is or may be unable to take care or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation.  

A child is anyone who is under the age of 18.

Approved GMC 10/3/18

This information is also now showing on the Social Regulations page.

Stan Ruddlesden

Stan's daughter, Shirley McGill, sadly sent this message to Bridget Paul this morning (March 20)

Hello All 

Just to let you know that Dad died last night. He had been failing for some time so not entirely unexpected.

I am struggling to think who should be informed - I know there are lots of people around who ask after him so please could you let others know? Please would someone ring Ray?

We are having a very small funeral in Bromyard and will have a memorial service at Long Buckby sometime in (probably) May/June.



Shirley writes on 30/3/18:

The cremation service is next Wednesday April 4 at 3pm  at Hereford Crematorium. Whilst we are not expecting anyone to attend (although it is open to anyone), I thought it might be good if a quarter or two could possibly be arranged locally for Wednesday sometime, to coincide with the date at least, if not the time. I noted that some other quarters were dedicated to his memory, which was a lovely thought.

Click here and here for quarter peals and peals rung in memory of Stan.

Stan was born on September 29, 1922.  He was elected as a Life Honorary Member of the Guild on June 11, 1983 for giving outstanding service.  

Shirley writes on 23/4/18: 

 Dad's Memorial Service will be on Wednesday July 11th at 12 noon at St Lawrence's Church, Long Buckby. 

A peal was rung on July 3 at Long Buckby and there was a quarter peal arranged by Shirley before the service and general ringing afterwards, with the band arranged by Peter Clifton, the tower captain.


See the Obituaries page for Shirley's story of Stan's life.

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). Available here 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 hereTo change the colour, download the image into Paint and use the paint-can to fill with your colour selection.


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:

Better bell handling posters

The CCCBR Education Committee is offering A3 size posters suitable for belfry walls showing

  • Typical Skilled Bell Handling and
  • Typical Incorrect Movements 

Please click here for details and how to order.


Ridgman Trophy 

Unfortunately we were unable to field a team for the 2018 event at St Albans.  The results were:







Hertford County Association


3hr 12

41 faults


Ely Diocesan Association


3hr 32

61 faults


Bedfordshire Association


3hr 18

65 faults


Suffolk Guild


3hr 06

114 faults


Essex Association


3hr 11

115 faults


Cambridge University Guild  


3hr 19

119 faults


Lincoln Diocesan Guild


did not finish

The Competition Steward's Report is available here.    
In 2019 the competition is hosted by the Suffolk Guild, probably at the Norman Tower, Bury St Edmunds on June 15.



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


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

ART WORKS Newsletters

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

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