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Please note that the deadline for the following edition is Sunday 1st July 2018 and items submitted after this date may have to be held over until the October 2018 edition.


Guild AGM

The Guild held its AGM at Berkswell on Saturday, April 28th, at Berkswell, with ringing also taking place at Kenilworth.

The AGM was held after an uplifting service and a sumptuous tea. The hightlights are:-

  • The minutes, accounts etc. were approved
  • The accounts and budget were both approved
  • The President, Joy Pluckrose, retired at the end of the maximum term allowed under the rules.  There were no nominations for President and the meeting therefore asked Joy to continue in the role until the October Meeting, in the first instance
  • The Treasurer, Peal Secretary, Ringing Master, Webmaster, Independent Examiner and Chairman of the Towers and Belfries Committee were all re-elected
  • Rosemary Spencer was elected as PRO and Mike Young took over as Safeguarding Officer from Chris Mew  
  • The Guild has been left a substantial sum under the will of Phillikp Faulks, the interest to be applied to the BRF.  Much work has been undertaken by the Trustees on this matter and a little more is to be done before we are certain of the income we will be receiving. We should be able to increase the level of our grants in the future.
  • Working is ongoing in compliance with the GDPR.

President Joy Pluckrose was presented with flowers by Treasurer, Simon Rogers, to thank her for her 3 year term as President

ART Conducting Course

A bright sunny warm day on Saturday 14th April, heralded the start of a new era, for eleven ringers from across the Guild, keen to enter the world of conducting. Simon Linford from Birmingham led the ART Conducting Course, taking us step by step through the core essentials. He was extremely patient with us, happy to answer all our questions, leaping through to the end of his presentation in response to questions about surprise methods or major, or re-covering ground on how to see coursing orders (again and again!!), from different angles.

The practical aspects mostly focused on Plain Bob Minor and also brought in some Little Bob, while discussions ranged up to Bristol Maximus, and why Yorkshire is best.

An anti-clockwise ring was never going to be easy to ring, and, in fact, it was the stimulus for many mistakes. This was, however, very useful for us trying to use our conducting skills to work out what should be going on.

The handouts were helpfully titled “Starting to Conduct” – enabling us to be proud that at least we have taken this first step on what is to perhaps be quite a long journey. Some of us thought perhaps we should have an innate ability to be able to crack this in one afternoon, and got quite frustrated, but Simon was able to adapt to our comments and explain things in a variety of ways until all of us had at least one “lightbulb moment”.

One of the key things we learnt, was that like any other skill we have gained in ringing, it is one step at a time. I believe there is a long hill ahead of us to climb, but at least now we have a map and compass, and know how to orientate them – it will be an interesting journey for all of us.

It was a great experience to be in a group of people that we have rung with from across the Guild, whether it be at practice nights or quarter peals or ringing competitions – for that afternoon, it brought us all together with a common goal; I look forward to the future to see how we all develop from this invaluable training afternoon. Perhaps one day we will be able to call ourselves “conductors”.


Caroline Stockmann, Central Council Public Relations Officer

We know many of you are eager to have some guidance on next year’s Remembrance Day ringing (for and around 11th November 2018) but, as ever, there are so may considerations and people we need to talk to – so it’s great if you can bear with us in the meantime! But we do have a lot to say and to share already, and we hope this will mean that the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War will really be something special.

More than 1,400 of our bell ringing community laid down their lives for peace in the ‘war to end all wars.’ We know in retrospect that wars were not ‘ended’, but we also know that there is an ever increasing movement to address this. Our fallen bell ringers came from all walks of life, as we ringers still do today (from skilled workers to academics to business people – you name it!), and today we are all united in wanting to ring out a message of peace around the world.

Many of you have been asking: for 2018, the 100-year anniversary of Armistice Day, how will we make this really special for bell ringing? Here are a number of things we would like to support and help you in (and of course get your support for):

  • On Nov 11th 2018 we would like as much bell ringing as possible (goes without saying!)
  • We recommend half-muffled ringing in the morning, and opening the bells in the afternoon and evening – the idea being that we start with commemorative ringing, which naturally has its sombre tone, to recognise the loss of so many lives, and then later in the day we move to a more forward-looking tone of affirmation, - to acknowledge that our fallen have contributed to the future in terms of helping secure peace, and to make the clear statement that bell ringers want peace
  • We have been speaking with relevant government departments around the general commemorations and they would like to work with us in an official capacity; in particular they would like to support the idea of recruiting new ringers. One thought is to ensure that in 2018 we recruit 1400 ringers, the same number as those who fell in the Great War. These new ringers could be involved in some supported ringing on the actual day. We anticipate a more detailed announcement on this quite soon
  • Ringers will need to coordinate with their Church and work together on making the day very special. The more prominence on this special day for ringers and ringing, the better, as it will no doubt have a positive effect in terms of raising awareness for potential new ringers
  • We would like to share ideas as to what to ring on the day, providing a pool of ideas to tap into: varying from ‘whole pull and stand except the tenor’, which most bands would be able to do, to ringing appropriately-named methods such as Ypres and Gallipoli Surprise Major; we would love all ringers around the world to do something special this day to ring out for peace, and to send in their ideas to share with others
  • Another thought is to have 1400 quarter peals rung around the date (one for each of the fallen), for which we can set up an event on BellBoard and issue certificates
  • There is also an opportunity to ring as part of the large-scale British project, ‘Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute’. Pipers will be piping in the morning, bugles sounding and 1,000 beacons lit across the UK in the evening; this organisation (fully backed by all the key military) would like to encourage 1000 towers to ring at 7.05pm on the day, if this fits with local arrangements – (towers do not need to be aligned with the beacons).

So, in summary, we suggest half-muffled ringing in the morning to tie in with the normal solemnities and, where possible, to ring open at other opportune moments during the day (with more to come on that in due course). We are looking at how to acknowledge the various efforts made around the world, eg in the form of certificates for the various activities (there is already one available to download from Battle’s Over). And you might want to consider a community lunch or social between ringing, – why not make this a really special day for your whole ringing (and broader) community?

To input your ideas for things to ring to commemorate our fallen, or indeed ring out for peace, for all levels of ringing and numbers of bells, please write to . We will then share what we hear on the CCCBR website, in the Ringing World and via other forms of communication.

To find out more about Battle’s Over and sign up to ring at 7.05pm please give your details to:

ALSO, and finally: a call to all towers to check their muffles, and order more NOW so that you’re not caught short!