Bellringing Summer School

Learn to ring church bells in a week. As a recent learner says: "I can’t recommend learning to ring more enthusiastically, but it comes with a warning – it’s incredibly addictive!“ This is what you could be doing … What is it? A week long course to learn how to ring church bells, including introductory sessions on theory, maintenance, listening skills, handbell ringing, etc and a visit to St Mary le Bow, Cheapside to see the famous ‘Bow Bells'  Where is it? St Mary … [Read more...]

St Paul’s Bells Project Update June 2018

The 12 bells of St Paul’s have hung in the Cathedral’s north west tower since 1878. Over the years the bells have rung out for coronations, jubilees, royal births and other great national and City occasions including the annual Lord Mayor’s Show. After 140 years of near constant use, the bells and their frame were beginning to show signs of significant deterioration — posing the real risk of the bells in time falling silent. In partnership with ringers, City Livery Companies, the City of … [Read more...]

MCA: Peal of 5040 Spliced Plain Minor – 420 methods

On Sunday 27 May 2018 at St George in the East a peal of 5040 spliced minor was rung unconducted. 420 methods were rung, including 72 for the first time, according to a grid composed by Adrian Sweeting. For details of this unusual event, see Bellboard. … [Read more...]

Ringing Remembers Poster

Please find attached the Ringing Remembers Poster from Big Ideas Co who are working with the CCCBR on the Ringing Remembers campaign.  Please circulate this to your towers and encourage them to put it up in church and village notice boards.  There will be a suite of images available to download from the CCCBR website to use on other material as well. There will be some limited numbers of printed posters available, and a trifold information leaflet at the ART conference at the beginning of … [Read more...]

Middlesex return to the Essex Trophy 10-bell competition

A band representing Middlesex has entered the competition for the Essex Trophy (10-bell competition) after a gap of six years. It was held at Hertford on Saturday 9th September with the following results: 1st Sussex CA (85%) 2nd Essex A (82) 3rd Kent CA (76) 4th Middlesex CA (69) 5th Surrey A (62) 6th Hertford CA (55) … [Read more...]

South & West Striking Competition

The S&W 6-bell striking competition took place at Cranford on Sunday 4th June.  A record eight teams took part, and the judge was Ben Kipling from St Martin-in-the-Fields.  It was particularly good to see a U3A band from Twickenham, some of whom only started to ring in Autumn last year. This years winner was Staines, second was Acton, and third was Hillingdon.  These three teams will go on to the final at the Association Autumn General Meeting on October 21st at Stepney (St … [Read more...]

North & East Striking Competition

The results of the North & East District striking competition which was held at St George in the East on Saturday 20th May were as follows: 1st place - Islington St. James - 20 2nd place - Stepney St. Dunstans - 23 3rd place - Aldgate St. Botolphs A - 26 4th place - Hackney St. John's - 35 5th place - Enfield St. Andrews - 76 6th place - Kilburn St. Augustines - unable to complete the piece so disqualified The Novice competition was won by Aldgate St Botolphs B. The top … [Read more...]

Dennis Brock on BBC Radio 4 “Sunday”

The 28 May 2017 episode of the BBC Radio 4 program: "Sunday" featured an article about Dennis Brock. The piece featuring Dennis starts at around 18:50 into the program. There are various ways to listen: Listen Now on the BBC iPlayer Radio Download from the Sunday Podcast page Download the file directly from the BBC here Use your favourite Podcast app to download the episode or subscribe to the program: Android / Google Play / RSS iTunes / Windows phone   … [Read more...]

Easy Fundraising

Lucy Chandhial writes: I'm collecting free donations for Middlesex County Association Bell Restoration Fund every time I buy anything online with the UK’s leading online fundraising service, easyfundraising. With over 3,000 shops and sites on board including Amazon, eBay, John Lewis, Sainsbury’s, Virgin Trains and Aviva, I can get donations on everything from my weekly shop to my annual holiday and it doesn't cost me a penny extra! Join me and over 1.2 million other caring shoppers … [Read more...]

CRAG Summary Report and Main Report Frequently Asked Questions

As General Secretary of the Association Steve Mitchel has been sent the CRAG FAQ PDF document: you can read the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document here -> CRAG FAQ … [Read more...]