Death of three members (October 2020)

It is with great sadness that we have heard of the death of Cyril Shutler on 17 October 2020. His wife Jane died on 2nd May 2020.

They both rang at Westbourne. Jane had been a member up until her illness. Their children Wendy and Anthony are SCACR members.

It is with great sadness that we have heard of the death of Elizabeth Butler, long time Tower Captain of Amberley bell ringers and supporter of the Sussex Association. She passed on 17 October 2020. Elizabeth was a not only stalwart supporter of the ringers but to the village as a whole and will be greatly missed.

Our thoughts are with their familes at this sad time.

Death of Val Howard (Fairwarp & East Grinstead ringer)

It is with great sadness that we have heard of the death of Val Howard on Thursday, 8 October 2020.

For many years she rang at East Grinstead and more recently Fairwarp where she was tower captain. Val had been unable to ring due to failing health for a number of years.

Successful first SCACR virtual handbell morning


The great thing about Zoom and RingingRoom is that it doesn’t matter where you are in the country, as long as your Wi-Fi is strong you can join in ringing events worldwide. So I was able to enjoy the best of both worlds on Saturday 19th September, surrounded by the Yorkshire hills and ringing handbells with several of my Sussex friends at the SCACR Handbell Morning.

In all 23 ringers aged from 8 to 90 signed in nice and early, keen for the morning ahead. Handbell ringing has found a new lease of life in these ‘Covid Times’. They came from the West, North and East of Sussex, and even the newly departed university recruits were able to ‘pop’ back through the airwaves – well until the laptop crashed anyway!

Read more: Successful first SCACR virtual handbell morning

Volunteering Opportunities with the Central Council

The many benefits of volunteering have been well documented. It can help you make friends, learn new skills, advance your university application or career, and even help you feel happier and healthier by connecting you with others and your community. For some it enables them to bring their skills and experience to the service of the wider ringing community, whilst for others it enables them to branch out and use skills which may have been under-employed in their working life. With busy lives, it can be difficult to find time to volunteer; however the benefits can be enormous, providing vital support to a worthwhile cause and heling others.

As a charity and central body for ringing, both in the UK and overseas, the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers (the “Council”) depends almost wholly on the generosity of its volunteers, who give their time to support its work.

The wide range of the Council’s activities mean that volunteering can be very diverse and satisfying. The Council’s work covers many areas including engineering, education, publicity and promotion, library services, the media, historical research, event management and the technical development of ringing - see below for a list of opportunities.

As the Council has no direct membership, its volunteers come from the representatives and members of its constituent societies, existing ringers and indeed from those with no ringing background who would like to do their bit to promote a healthy future for ringing.

Read more: Volunteering Opportunities with the Central Council

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