[UPDATED] Death of members (January 2021)

Unfortunately we have to report that Stella Knight, wife of the late Ken Knight, died peacefully of natural causes on 8th January, 2021. She rang for many years at Aldingbourne and was a staunch supporter of SCACR. She will be sadly missed.

We have heard that Ruth Reynolds of Eastbourne has died, following a fall. Ruth was Harold Reynolds' widow, and both rang in the Eastbourne area for many years.

We learned that Linda A Moores has died. Linda was the tower captain of Heathfield for many years. Her funeral is on 19 January 2021 at Darley Dale Church.

We report that Joyce Philpott of Bexhill passed away on 12 January 2021 aged 98. Joyce started ringing wheh she was 60 and had been a very loyal member of the Bexhill Service band. In 1993 at the age of 70, Joyce was a member of the Bexhill Striking Contest Team, which were placed near the top of the results order.

Re report that Angela Long of Westham. She was special part of the bell ringing fraternity at St Mary's and we all hope some of her persistent enthusiasm will rub off on the rest of us.

Our thoughts are with their familes at this sad time.

Wanted: Survival and Recovery Champions!

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Nobody wants any towers to fall silent as a result of the coronavirus pandemic (or anything else!). In Sussex, we are holding weekly online ringing practices using Ringing Room, and many towers are also arranging virtual get-togethers and practices. Do you have great ideas about how to keep ringers engaged during the restrictions, or are you looking for ideas? Could you be one of the SCACR’s Recovery Champions?

As we enter the tenth month of ringing restriction, the Central Council and Association of Ringing Teachers (ART) have been working together to identify ways to make the return to ringing as successful as possible. Obviously, we will have to wait a while longer for any significant return to start, so it’s not just about planning for the future but also focusing on the now – staying in contact with people and maintaining their interest in ringing.

Read more: Wanted: Survival and Recovery Champions!

Updates for members from GCM - January 2021

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The first monthly General Committee Meeting of 2021 was held on zoom on 2nd January.  Hamish McNaughton confirmed that the Risk Management Policy has now been completed and is on the website, and that the updated Safeguarding Policy would also be available on the website shortly, subject to proof-reading.

We discussed the forthcoming ADMs and agreed that these would be conducted via Zoom with facility for online voting (to be trialled before the meetings take place).  It is also likely that the AGM will be held on Zoom.

There is now an Association Zoom account, controlled by the Master, Rob Lane (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), for SCACR use.  The Events calendar will be used to govern usage (and prevent clashes).  Please get in touch with Rob if you would like to use the Association Zoom account for an Association/District online practice or event.

Read more: Updates for members from GCM - January 2021

Change Ringing Handbell Morning (Jan 2021)

Following-on from the successful Handbell mornings of 19 September and 28 November, another event will be held on 30th January 2021.

This event is open to all, especially:

  • Handbell groups in Sussex and near by
  • Those who enjoy change ringing on handbells but do not have a regular practice
  • Those who want to have a go

If you are not used to the technology, there will be a familiarization session from 9.45am to 12.30pm on Saturday 23rd January 2020.

On the day, there will be three focus groups:

  • Plain hunting to Plain Bob
  • Plain Bob to Treble Bob
  • Beyond Treble Bob

If you would like to join in please email Hamish McNaughton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating which of the focus groups you would like to join and whether you would like to take advantage of the familiarization session. Information regarding logging into Zoom and the Ringing Rooms will be supplied to those wishing to attend.

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