Association AGM - Saturday 8th May 2021

Join us via online for the Annual General Meeting - all welcome! The formal meeting will start at 10 am, with opportunities for chat and online ringing before and after. The Annual Report and Handbook will be published electronically (a printed copy will be produced later in the year).

More details to follow...

Calling all young ringers!

If you're aged under 25, or know someone who is, we are re-establishing the young ringers group in Sussex.

Under the leadership of Marisa Hayes, Ringmer ringer and mum of new ringer Abigail, the first series of meet ups are happening in May. On three Sunday afternoons, 9th, 16th and 23rd May, there is an opportunity to get to know any young ringers and their families at different locations in Sussex.

On Sunday 9th, from 2-3.30pm, we start at Ashburnham Place nr Battle, East Sussex. Admission to the grounds is free, there's plenty of space for games and handbells, plus a tea room the adults can enjoy!

Other venues tbc, but please register your interest with Marisa via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you would like to host the young ringers, please do let Marisa know. Although technically we could, we shan't be asking for access to church bells just yet, but we hope that it won't be long!

If you're over 25 and would still like to support us, you will already know that all young ringers activities are fuelled by copious amounts of cake! If you'd like to join our band of bakers, please let Marisa know - we are happy to reimburse costs!

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh [UPDATED]

We are saddened by the news that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, died on 9th April aged 99. He had been dedicated to Her Majesty the Queen and the many interests for which he was Patron. His legacy of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme has benefited bell ringing through service and activities for young people.

Guidance for ringing for the Duke of Edinburgh

Following conversations with the Church of England today, half-muffled tolling or chiming of a single bell on Saturday 10th April 2021 at 12 noon, 99 times or up to 5 minutes is recommended following the announcement of the death the Duke of Edinburgh. The Cabinet Office has declared 8 days of official mourning, during which time any other ringing should be half-muffled and in accordance with current Covid-19 restrictions. Half-muffled tolling or chiming of a single bell is recommended on the day of the funeral. There is no special dispensation of current ringing guidance on Sunday.

Republished from https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/04/09/prince-philip-duke-of-edinburgh/

Ringing for the funeral of HRH Duke of Edinburgh (UPDATED 12 April 2021)

What the Church is expecting is tolling of a single bell during the hour before the funeral, which starts with a minute’s silence at 3pm on Saturday. You don’t need to toll for the full hour, just during the hour, e.g. up to 3pm. Half muffled preferred, but a single bell tolling slowly whether half muffled, fully muffled, or even unmuffled, will have the desired effect.

Republished from https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/04/12/ringing-for-the-funeral-of-hrh-duke-of-edinburgh/

Easter Sunday Ringing Guidance

Many incumbents are asking if some bells can be rung as part of their church or cathedral’s Easter celebrations, and bellringers are also keen to play part. The Central Council believes that bells are an important part of the act of worship, particularly on Easter Sunday. Unlike at Christmas, UK and Irish Governments have not introduced any relaxations of the rules on meeting indoors for Easter. Those rules are readily available and well understood.

The CC has established guidance on reducing the risk of ringing both to ourselves and each other, and most recently published our latest thinking on virus transmission and ventilation in ringing chambers, with chancel crossings at one end of the risk scale and small airless rooms at the other. The CC recommend considering all these factors when decided how many bells can be rung and for how long, in consultation with your incumbent, churchwardens or Cathedral Chapters.

Read more: Easter Sunday Ringing Guidance

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