Ringing Course: 1st / 2nd November 2019

Apply NOW for our annual 2-day ringing course, to be held at various towers in Sussex on 1st & 2nd November 2019. The cost for adult members is £30 for 2 days, or £15 for the 1 day course. The cost for junior members is £5 which is refundable after the completion of the course.

The available courses are:

  • Moving On From Rounds (2 days) [fully booked]
  • Plain Bob Doubles (2 days) [fully booked]
  • Beyond Plain Bob Minor (2 days)
  • Developing Listening Skills (1 day) [nearly full!]

The full description of each course and the minimum standard needed is available here.

Any queries contact David on 01903 813653 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you would like to offer your services as a helper please contact David ASAP (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Either for one, two or even half a day this will help to make a difference. It is planned that most of the towers will be in the central corridor from Warnham to Henfield.

Sussex Quarter Peal 'week' (10 days) 13 - 22 September 2019

Sussex Quarter Peal week (10 days) is here again! 

The dates 13th to 22nd September are specifically aligned to Heritage Open Days which for the second year running is over two weekends. This event is extended to include extraordinary challenges (in addition to Quarter Peals) to be inclusive of ringers who joined our happy band recently via the “Ringing Remembers” campaign. Are you ready for your first Quarter Peal? Ask your Tower Captain or fellow ringers if they can help out. Can you call or ring a Quarter before the 22nd September? We look forward to hearing those bells and seeing your names and maybe photos up there.

Here is a link to the event on Bellboard: https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/event.php?id=11254 - make sure you link your ringing to this event and they will all be printed together in the Ringing World. There are 8 Quarter Peals for Sussex showing on Bellboard since 13 Sep, but only two are linked to the event. Congratulations to Ringmer & Eastbourne for linking their ringing to the event!. It's easy to edit your QP on Bellboard - just look for the pencil and then link to the event...

Essex Trophy - Sussex achieve 3rd place!

This year the Essex Trophy 10-bell Striking Competition was hosted on Saturday 14th Sept by the Middlesex County Association and London Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers on behalf of the Essex Association at Southgate Christ Church (24–3–7).

Six teams entered the competition this year and were drawn on the morning to perform in the following order:

1) Surrey
2) Kent
3) Essex
4) Guildford
5) Sussex
6) Hertfordshire

The test piece was 327 changes of Stedman Caters, and the competition was judged by Paul and Kate Flavell, ringers at Kingston upon Thames.

Sussex have won the competition for the past two years running.

This year we took the opportunity to include five members of the Association in our band, who regularly ring on higher numbers but haven't previously competed in this competition. Two out of 10 from the @rwyouthringing team and 4 under 25! Practices for the competition were held at East Grinstead and Horsham; these allowed the band to get used to both ringing the test piece and ringing with each other.

Read more: Essex Trophy - Sussex achieve 3rd place!

Central Council Annual Meeting & Mini-Roadshow 2019

The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers (CCCBR) met in London 6-8th Sept 2019 for the 122nd Annual Meeting, the first in a revised format since the introduction of the Council Review Action Group (CRAG) CRAG reforms voted in unanimously by Council Representatives at the meeting last year in Lancaster.

Based at Goldsmith’s College, London, this was a relatively local meeting for the Sussex Reps, and an opportunity for ringers to participate and ring locally.

Friday ringing had been organised afternoon at several churches within the City of London, and at other towers around the capital where there is often not a full band. A tour of the belfry and ringing room at St Paul’s Cathedral was very popular.

A buffet supper was provided in the refectory at Goldsmith’s on Friday evening and immediately followed by a quiz, a good icebreaker and a chance to network with other council members and ringers who were attending, as it was open to all. Expertly led by Phil Barnes of the Kent Association, teams were named after famous ringers; the Sussex Reps being known as Team Carter. Ably assisted by a ringer from Hampshire and the two Scottish Reps we came a respectable joint third!

Read more: Central Council Annual Meeting & Mini-Roadshow 2019

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