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 Abbots, … [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 March … [Read more...]

Aviva Community Fund Application – Second London Summer School

Middlesex Association has another opportunity to be awarded a grant of £1,000 to enable us to run a one week summer school next year aimed at new recruits to ringing. Aviva give 200 awards of £1,000 based on votes from the general public and the successful projects are those which receive the most online votes. Each of you, your friends and relatives have ten votes each, which you can cast on Aviva’s Community Fund website.  Obviously we hope that you will cast all your ten votes for MCALDG’s … [Read more...]

Autumn General Meeting Headlines

The Association’s Autumn General Meeting was held at Stepney, St Dunstan today, with the President (Geraldine Forster) in the chair. Around 40 members attended. A truly sumptuous tea was very generously provided by the Stepney ringers and friends. This raised £100 for the Bell Restoration Fund. Funds for the BRF were also raised through a raffle. Headlines were: The 6-Bell Striking competition was held in the afternoon at Stepney St Dunstan (on the front six), judged by Adrian Sweeting … [Read more...]

ART Teacher Training Module M2F, 2nd December, Pimlico

With 20 pupils attending our summer school, and having completed Level 1 of Learning the Ropes, we are now turning our attention to placing them with a local Sunday band and supporting them to progress on to Levels 2 and 3. We have therefore arranged an ART Teacher Training Module M2F, on Saturday 2 December at St Saviour Pimlico from 9.30am till 4.30pm, which covers the material for Levels 2 and 3 of Learning the Ropes. Anyone who would like to learn more about teaching the stages up to … [Read more...]

Middlesex Association Bellringing Summer School

The Middlesex Association Bellringing Summer School concluded yesterday (25th August 2017) after a week of activity centred on St Mary Abbots Church, Kensington, where around twenty participants made extensive use of the new training bells, but also including sessions on handbells (tune ringing and change ringing), theory and history sessions, a maintenance/steeple keeping session at Fulham (All Saints), and a group visit to St Paul's Cathedral (see below). The whole event was organised in … [Read more...]

The Strike Back Express – bellringers on a train

A recent article by Alan Pink that appeared in the Ringing World. “What’s the record for the number of bellringers on one train?” One of the learned contributors to this journal may know the answer, but whatever it is, we’re hoping to break it on 29 July! A specially chartered vintage train will travel all the way from Hastings on the East Sussex coast to Bath and back, via Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Bromley South and Clapham Junction, with all profits from ticket sales going to our … [Read more...]

2017 Handbell striking competition results

The 2017 handbell Striking competitions took place in the majestic surroundings of Harrow School on Saturday 6 June, as part of the annual handbell day. The competitions were judged by Roger and Kath Baldwin, thus: The 6-bell Competition for "The Goodfellow Cup" attracted four entries.  Results were as follows: 1st (17 faults) - Chiswick, ringing Plain Bob Minor 2nd (30 faults) - Southwark, ringing Kent T B Minor 3rd (45 faults) - Harrow, ringing Plain Bob Minor 4th (46 faults) - … [Read more...]

Minutes of the 2017 AGM

Linda Foddering (Assistant General Secretary) has produced the attached minutes of the MCA & LDG Annual General Meeting held on Saturday 22 April 2017. Please let Linda know of any amendments or corrections, Annual General Meeting Minutes 22 April 2017 … [Read more...]

Musical Evening for the BRF

A brilliantly conceived and executed social evening revealed the astonishing musical talents of N&E District ringers. Proceedings were opened by Alec Gray on solo trumpet (move over, Satchmo) and the varied program that followed maintained the high standard. Our considerable thanks to Michael Royalton-Kisch and Janet Betham for organisation and their performances. And the icing on the cake was the wonderful amount of £758 raised for the BRF. … [Read more...]