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28th Mar 2014 Bells and Bikes - Supporting Le Tour  
by Mike Orme

Bells rang out throughout the media this week as Yorkshire ringers pulled together for the launch of the Yorkshire Festival and the milestone of 100 days until Le Tour de France comes to Yorkshire.

A member of the CCCBR PR committee has been chatting to Rod Ismay for some time now about his publicity project for bellringing in Yorkshire during "Le Tour" the cycle tour of Great Britain.

He has got himself on the BBC! The forthcoming Songs if Praise from Otley due to be broadcast on BBC1 on the 29th June.

Further info on

17th Dec 2013 Rededication of the Barrow Bells  
by Andy Pollock

At 4pm on Sunday 9th March 2014 there will be a re-dedication of the bells at St James, Barrow-in-Furness, by the Rt Revd James Newcome (Bishop of Carlisle).

The £180,000 project to restore and rehang the bells at St James’ Church is scheduled to complete at the end of January 2014, and will also host the LACR Annual General Meeting on 26th April 2014.

More details to follow in due course. See also the tower website at for calendar, news and galleries.

6th Dec 2013 Bells will ring to mark Mandela’s passing  
by Kate Flavell

Church bells speak to a community with a timeless voice that can often express things that words can’t. This is especially so of the unique sound of English style bellringing, which evolved over 400 years ago and has spread not just across the country but around the world.

Bellringers everywhere will be responding to the news of Nelson Mandela’s death by planning to ring something special in his memory. Some will ring peals (performances that take around three hours) and others will ring quarter peals, while many will ring shorter performances.

Ringing to mourn someone’s death has traditionally used the sombre sound of half muffled ringing (alternate loud and soft strokes) but it has become more common to celebrate a life concluded with the brighter sound of normal unmuffled ringing.

Kate Flavell, President of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers said: ‘Bellringers who climb the tower over the coming days to pay their respects to one of the greatest statesmen of our age, will be expressing the feelings of the communities who hear them ringing’.

31st Oct 2013 Appear on "Bells On Sunday" for Children in Need  
by Mike Orme

BBC Radio 4’s Bells On Sunday (0543 repeated 0045) are offering the chance to have the sound of your local bell-tower professionally recorded by the BBC, as part of a series of BBC Radio 4 auctions for Children In Need 2013.

The tower with the winning auction bid, which will run between Saturday 9th and Sunday 17th November on BBC Radio 4, will be visited by a BBC sound engineer to record them, resulting in a take home CD for the personal use of the ringing team and the auction winner. There will also be the potential for the recording to be featured on a future edition of Bells On Sunday.

So this is to alert readers of Ringing World about this great opportunity for bell towers around the UK as well as the chance to support BBC Children in Need, raising money to help improve the lives of children across the UK.

For more information, visit from the 9th of November.

27th Oct 2013 Ringing for Stedman's 300th Anniversary  
by Ernie de Legh-Runciman

This November, bellringers all over the country will be marking the 300th anniversary of Fabian Stedmans death.

Church bells will ring out across England and the world on Saturday 16 November 2013 to mark the 300th anniversary of the death of Fabian Stedman, who was a pioneer of the art of change ringing. Stedman was born in 1640 at Yarkhill, Herefordshire, and apprenticed to a master printer in London where he became influential in the early London ringing societies, first the Scholars of Cheapside, and then the Society of College Youths, of which he became Master in 1682.

In 1668 Stedman published the first book on change ringing, Tintinnalogia, which was a joint effort with Richard Duckworth who wrote much of the content. Then in 1677 he wrote and published Campanalogia.

In later life he became auditor to Customs and Excise for the Crown. He died in 1713, and was buried at the parish church of St Andrew Undershaft in the City of London on 16 November 1713.

The CCCBR are encouraging ringers to mark this anniversary, and to use it to generate local publicity. For example, the Sodor and Man branch of the LACR will be holding a stedman practice on Sat 16th November, and will be inviting the local press along.

You may like to hold a practice that day, or organise a peal or quarter, and you can find out more through the CCCBR's Press Release.

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