Welcome to Vicky, our new Communication & Events Team leader!

Vicky Chase was elected as the Communication & Events team leader at the AGM on 13 May 2022. Vicky says:

I returned to ringing in 2017 after taking 30 years out. In 2020 I received the Michael Palmer Award for my commitment and dedication to ringing. This was also for getting Kirdford ringing again. I am now tower captain at Both Kirdford and Billingshurst. I also support and organise Teachers for Graffham. I organise various learners Practices pulling resources and teachers from towers within the local area. I make sure I am available for the learners and encourage them with their journey.

I hope in my new role as Communication and Events Team Leader, Training and Recruitment Team member that I will be able to encourage others to be as enthusiastic as I am. I will be visiting towers across Sussex in all Districts. If you need help with recruitment or maybe you feel we need more ringing courses or events then let's get organising together. I feel we are now in a really good position to recruit and also further the ringing of our existing ringers.

Restored Bells to ring out for the Queen’s Jubilee!

The long wait is over; the 139-year-old bells are returning to Eastbourne!

EASTBOURNE, EAST SUSSEX, May 2022 — After a wait of over a year, the 139-year-old bells of All Saints’ Church, Grange Road, Eastbourne, which had been taken out of the bell tower for long-awaited refurbishment in April last year, will be re-hung this month in time to be rung for H M Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Other than minor works, including new bearings in 1929, a new tenor bell clapper in 1982, and routine maintenance, no significant or major work has been undertaken on these 130+ year old bells.  
The newly restored bells, together with all new modern fittings, will be brought back to the tower on Friday 20th May and will be on display in the church that weekend. The bells will be dedicated during the 10.00am service on Sunday 22nd May.
All the bells have been re-tuned to bring them into harmony and the various harmonics within each bell brought into alignment. Each bell has been fitted with a new headstock, clapper, new double ball bearing, wheel and stay. Back in the tower, new sliders and pulleys will be fitted and a rope guide fitted in the ringing chamber. Andrew Nicholson, of the bell hangers, Nicholson Engineering Ltd, says “All Saints’ will have a really splendid peal of bells.”
Bell ringer Philip Pawley says: “The preservation of bells cast 139 years ago with their inscriptions and timeless sound is important for maintaining our heritage for future generations. This project has provided an opportunity to improve the sound and handling of the bells. This, in turn, will attract learner ringers and retain experienced ringers for All Saints’, as well as becoming a tower which visiting bands of ringers would love to visit. We look forward to ringing these bells for the Queen’s Jubilee.” 
The Revd. James Knowles, vicar of All Saints’, adds: “Along with the church family at All Saints’, I look forward to hearing the bells ring out again across the parish, calling people to worship the Risen Lord Jesus each Sunday morning.”

The complete ring of 8 bells will be on display in the church on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May 2022. The bells and fittings will be hoisted into the bell tower during the week commencing 23rd May 2022. 

New CofE Safeguarding Learning and Development Framework - how it affects ringers

New requirements for ringers from the Church of England are summarised below:

1. All ringers, regardless of whether there are young ringers in their tower, are now REQUIRED to complete the online training called Basic Awareness (equivalent to C0).

a. Previously this was merely a recommendation. The change reflects the fact that it is not just a case of protecting our young ringers. It is possible for an adult to groom other adults to gain their trust and access to their non-ringing children or grandchildren.

b. If you have completed C0, there is no need to do Basic Awareness until three years have passed since you did the course.

2. Any further training by tower captains is the decision of the diocese. Chichester have asked that all tower captains complete the online Foundation course (when their existing C1 has expired) but are NOT required to complete the Leadership course (this advice may change in the future).

3. Chichester have asked that our Young Ringer’s coordinator and Safeguarding officer complete the Zoom / Face to Face Leadership course (old C2) and this is in hand.

4. On completion of the Basic Awareness or Foundation courses, please show your certificates to your Parish Safeguarding Officer – their name should be prominently displayed on an internal church noticeboard and the church website.

The online courses are accessed via the Chichester Diocesan website (www.chichester.anglican.org). The Safeguarding Tab is on the top left and the training section is at the bottom of the first page.

The summary above has been developed by the safeguarding officer for the Central Council after discussion with the National Safeguarding Manager of the CofE.

Please email me if you have any questions or need any help. I know not all towers feel "part" of the church, but the bells do belong to the church and we do need to follow their procedures.

Val Clay (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

First quarter peal congratulations – Francesco & Luca

Many congratulations to Francesco and Luca, who rang their first quarter peal on Saturday 15th January. Together they rang 1260 changes of Grandsire Doubles at Fittleworth, West Sussex joined by Stephen R T Pocock (2), Michael F Royalton-Kisch (3), Fraser A Storie (4) and Barry J Wateridge (1).
Luca Rang the Treble to this quarter peal. Francesco rang the 5th, not only was this his first quarter but it was his first inside and also his first time as conductor!!
This quarter was dedicated to Mike Etherington.
This performance can be viewed here: Ringing World BellBoard

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