Bellringing and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Published: Saturday, 14 March 2020 22:55
As you will be well aware the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is starting to impact upon our day to day lives.
Both the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers and the Church of England have issued advice to help mitigate against the risk posed, the message is simple and promotes good personal hygiene.
At this stage it is not necessary to suspend ringing, although the following precautions should be taken:
- Wash your hands with soap & water before ringing and wash them again afterwards - or use a high alcohol content hand sanitiser if soap & water not available.
- If you cough or sneeze 'Catch It, Bin It, Kill It'. Use disposable tissues, handkerchiefs act as a breeding ground for germs.
- Avoid touching your face unless you have washed your hands.
- DO NOT spit on your hands before ringing, this is a sure fire way to spread germs.
- If you are unfortunate enough to become ill, or have come into contact with a confirmed case of Coronavirus, please stay at home - don't come to a practice, service ringing or a district meeting.
- Follow NHS advice if you are ill or need to self-isolate
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2020 Westley Award for Church Bell Maintenance
Published: Friday, 06 March 2020 22:34
Ringers are all dependent on the bells that they ring. Towers and bells in good condition will usually make it easier for ringers to develop their skills and, in particular, help retain new recruits.
So have you or one of your band become involved in belfry maintenance relatively recently? If so, then the Westley Award for church bell maintenance is for you!
The Stewardship & Management Workgroup of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers is launching the 2020 award for people who are newly involved in belfry maintenance, developing their own skills and those of others. We hope that every society, branch or district will submit at least nomination!
The award will be made at the September 2020 CCCBR annual conference to be held in Nottingham. The winner will receive £100 and a certificate.
Full details and an application form will be on the CCCBR website herehttps://cccbr.org.uk/about/workgroups/stewardship-and-management/westley-award-2020/
The closing date for nominations is noon on 31st May 2020.
CCCBR Stewardship & Management Workgroup Lead