Branch Events 2019

There will be reminders and updates about events in the Branch this year and they will also be posted in the Events section of the branch web site and full details of timings and locations given as they are confirmed. No doubt there will be some changes along the way, but here is a brief overview and some dates for your diaries. It looks like a busy year ahead!

Programme of Events – 2019/20


 2019 Event and Location Time
March 1st 8 bell practice at Castor 7.30
April 5th 8 bell practice at Castor 7.30pm
April 27th Guild Spring Festival at Cotterstock pm
May 3rd 8 bell practice at Castor 7.30pm
June 8th—16th QP week   4-9pm
June 7th 8 bell practice at Castor 7.30pm
June 9th   Ringing at the cathedral pm
July 5th 8 bell practice at Castor 7.30pm
July 13th Bob Minor / conducting workshop  
Aug 17th   Tour All day
Sept 6th 8 bell practice at Castor 7.30pm
Sept   Afternoon tea ringing outing pm
Oct 4th 8 bell practice at Castor 7.30pm
Oct 27th  Ringing at the Cathedral pm
Nov 2nd 8 bell practice at Castor 7.30pm
Nov 23rd Cambridge minor workshop  
Dec 6th 8 bell practice at Castor 7.30pm
Jan  18th




ART Conference

ART Conference 2019 – Goes to Worcester!

ART will be holding its annual conference on 2/3 March at Worcester.  The exciting agenda includes a great line up of speakers, with keynotes by:

  • Mark Regan, the Ringing Master at Worcester Cathedral, who will not only be looking to the future, but offering visits to the Cathedral Ringing Centre. Book early, as places are limited!
  • Matt Bulbeck, a professional outdoor sports coach and bell ringing teacher.
  • New-ish ringers Ian and Louise Wilson, with their take on bell ringing leadership based on 20 years of knowledge and experience gained in industrial and academic settings.
  • Simon Linford and Clare McArdle, who will be talking about Project Pickled Egg alongside the re-launch of the Learning the Ropes Plus scheme.

Reflecting the rapid proliferation of questions and concerns around recent events, additions to the ART line-up include presentations from the Church of England about safeguarding and the C of E, bell ringing insurance and risk assessments. There will be opportunities to talk through any local issues with the experts who will be available throughout the day.


The second day of the conference weekend concentrates on building a vision for the future of youth ringing and is hosted by the Central Council. A day of speakers and break-out sessions. A day for you to help shape the future. A day for anyone interested in developing the leaders and ringers of the future.

  • A Vision for the Future of Youth Ringing – David Hull
  • Putting Girls in the Lead: How Girlguiding Does it – Fiona Joines
  • Successful Leaders and the D of E Scheme – Christopher O’Mahony
  • Parental Involvement: What can we Learn from other Activities – Pip Penney
  • Different ages, different approaches – David Smith

The day will include a number of break-out sessions led by youth leaders. These will provide plenty of opportunities to share ideas and good practice and give you the chance to draw a vision of the future and start working towards it.

The ART Conference is our leading national event and is open to anyone with an interest in ringing teaching and leadership. We would like to invite you to join us at Worcester on 2nd & 3rd March 2019 for what is sure to be a full and interesting weekend.

» Book your conference place now

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AGM minutes 2019

If you would like to look at the minutes of the recent AGM please go to the downloads section of the Branch website.

If you merely wish to see who the Branch officers are or to contact them, please go to the CONTACT section of the web site.

To access the web site click here

Best wishes


( Branch Secretary)

Afternoon at the Cathedral

My sincere thanks to the Cathedral band for welcoming us to the cathedral this afternoon and for supporting all the visiting ringers. Thanks too to James for so patiently organising, encouraging and assisting everyone, especially all the new ringers who were making their first visit to the cathedral. I think I can say we all had a BRILLIANT afternoon!



AGM thanks

Thankyou to everyone who attended the AGM yesterday and helped to make it a very successful event – this includes those who organised the very enjoyable ringing at St Mary’s and St John’s, the chefs for the super food ( especial thanks to Nick- what an excellent cook!) and all of you who helped serve the food and to the “Warmington washers” who got the kitchen cleared up afterwards in record time with the help of the amazingly efficient St John’s dishwasher (why hasn’t mine got a 3 minute cycle?)

It was good to see so many people yesterday. Once the new committee have met to ratify the Branch events for the year I  will post details here and hope that there will be something to please everyone this year and that you will be able support your Branch with the enthusiasm that was shown for events  in 2018.

It may be a while before I can get welcome packs to all the many new members who were elected yesterday, so if any of them ring with you please encourage them to  select “follow” on the petbells web site so that they receive posts.

Best wishes and happy ringing in 2019.


Another AGM reminder

Thankyou to those of you who have already let me know that you are attending the AGM on January 19th.  If you have not yet replied please don’t reply to this post but use the link below.  Thankyou – I look forward to hearing from you ( before the 17th !)


To contact me directly click here

Bell Ringing on BBC

I have received the following message from the CCCBR:
We are excited to announce we have received confirmation from BBC that the Blue Peter episode, featuring bell ringing and clips from the RWNYC will be aired this Thursday, 10 January at 17:30GMT, CBBC channel.
The programme will be repeated and available on BBC iPlayer for some time after also.

Any requests to CCCBR from interested new learners will be handled in the usual way, but it might be worth making sure towers in your association are aware this is being broadcast and are primed for any direct requests.
sent by Louise Nightingale, Communications & Marketing Workgroup Lead.