Handbell Morning Report (May 2021)

The first weekend following the gradual releasing of lockdown meant a slightly reduced attendance at the handbell morning on Saturday 22nd May. However there was no reduction in the enthusiasm. Twenty hardy SCACR ringers from around the country logged on via Zoom and RingingRoom.

There were five breakout rooms, in which you could hear everything from Plain Hunt through to Kent Royal and Stedman Caters. It was great to hear people chatting in the breaks about their accomplishments during the morning and it is clear that these sessions are helping people progress. There was some discussion regarding the opportunities for regular handbell ringing prompted by a recent article in the Ringing World. It feels like SCACR have more opportunities than many other places to ensure this side of ringing receives as much support as the tower bells.

We shared stories about the return to physical ringing that is starting to happen. Although the next handbell morning will be another virtual affair, booked in the diary for 31st July, we are very hopeful that September or October may see the return of a physical event.

If you haven’t had a go at handbells yet or would like to further your skills, do sign up for the next session by contacting Hamish McNaughton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alison Lucas

2021 AGM - What a great meeting!

What a great meeting! (not often you hear that!) So lovely to SEE everyone too [via Zoom], it was recorded, I took a quick screen shot of one of the 3 pages of participants, expertly chaired by Rob, his last year as Master of the Association, online voting run by Hamish [secretary], colourful finance slides by Sue [treasurer], update from Jonathan on Saturday afternoon Ringing Room practices, update from Marisa on young ringers' meet-ups (52 under 25 in SCACR), Ringing Recovery Convention starting today week from Steph, (Josh on a Q & A panel tonight [8 May 2021]), book your places, there's online beer-tasting Friday https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/virtual-hub.php Bell Restoration from Graham, Pip on TV, online Annual Report (fab cover, Josh again 😉) CCCBR - Central Council of Church Bell Ringers COVID guidance, Westley Bell Maintenance Award nominations closing soon, and much much more, add your comments in the Facebook discussion.

Alison Everett

Association AGM - Saturday 8th May 2021

The Annual General Meeting of the Sussex County Association of Change Ringers will be held on Saturday 8th May 2021 at 10:00.

Due to the ongoing COVID restrictions preventing us from meeting in person, the AGM will be held remotely via Zoom, the link to the meeting was emailed to all members on 2nd May. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request the Zoom details. Voting during the meeting will be carried out using the 'polling' function of Zoom.

The agenda for the 2020 Annual General Meeting is available online here.

The minutes of the 2019 Annual General Meeting, and a report into the 2020 alternative Annual General Meeting are available here.

Prior to the meeting starting, and also afterwards, there will be an opportunity to catch up with friends in breakout rooms and join in ringing utilising virtual towers in Ringing Room; the meeting room will be open from 09:00.

Annual Report

An electronic copy of the report for 2020 and handbook for 2021 is available for download here. The password was emailed to all members on 2nd May 2021, and is available on-request from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the AGM, and hope to be able to ring with you again soon!

Best Wishes,

Rob Lane

Book your place on a Recovery Convention talk (or beer tasting!)

A week-long programme of talks starting on 8th May, around the topic of restarting ringing and coming back stronger - finishing up with online beer tasting! Open to all, whether new learners or experienced tower captains; there's something for everyone.

The presentations will be via Zoom and are aimed at anyone who wants to make Ringing Recovery a success.

More information and register 

Read more: Book your place on a Recovery Convention talk (or beer tasting!)

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