Durham & Newcastle Diocesan Association
of Church Bellringers 
Ars Incognita Contemnitur

Association Events and Announcements


Coronavirus - Covid 19

The latest Central Council guidelines from 19th July can be found here.

Ringing Room - Friday Focus - From Karen McCleave

If you'd like to improve your Ringing Room skills, try out a new method (or revise an old one), have a go at calling, or are generally at a loose end on a Friday afternoon, then come and join us.

Most sessions are general ringing, but some will have a specific focus, e.g. putting Bobs in Plain Bob Doubles or intensive practice at a single method. Focus weeks will be advertised in advance, and anyone is welcome to suggest a topic to focus on.

Every Friday 2pm to 3pm
Zoom meeting: 970 0483 8185
Password: GettingOn
Tower: D&N Come and Try 615423987

Northern District Ringing Room Sessions - From Angela Cairns, Northern District Secretary

These will be on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, dates are listed below under "Events".

The Zoom details will be the same for each practice session, please find the details below along with Ringing room tower. Karen McCleave will be running the sessions so please direct any questions to her, she is much more experienced with Ringing room than I am. I you haven't used it before and want more information or to learn how to, Anthea Enzor has been running learners sessions. Please let me know and I will put you in touch with Karen or Anthea.

Zoom details:
Topic: ND Ringing Room
Time: 7.00p.m. - 8.00p.m. Note the revised time.
Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/95326106146?pwd=M3AyZWxqM042S1E2dUdHRFhkVWN1Zz09
Meeting ID: 953 2610 6146
Passcode: GoNextTime
Tower Details: D&N Northern District 1
Tower ID:321697458

"Early Method Ringing" - From Anthea Enzor, Southern District Secretary

Following on from the very successful Come and Try sessions, each District in the D&N is now going to run its own practices for those who want to build their confidence and progress their method ringing using Ringing Room. We have decided to call the Southern District practices "Early Method Ringing". They will take place each Tuesday evening at 7.00 pm and will last about an hour. These practices will focus on six bell ringing and are particularly aimed at less experienced ringers who are working on Plain Hunt, Plain Bob Doubles and Grandsire.

The Zoom details, which will be the same for every practice, are:
Meeting ID: 856 5566 4091
Password: SDistrict

and we will use the Southern District tower on Ringing Room, which is 139276458.

If you, or anyone else you know, would like to join these practices, just come along to the first one, which will be on Tuesday 30th March. If you have not yet been brave enough to try Ringing Room and feel that now would be a good time, as it could still be a while before we get back in the tower, then let me know and I will let you have all the information you need to get started.

Contact Anthea Enzor for more information.


Every Tuesday starting 30th March - Southern District "Early Method Ringing"

See details in Announcements above.

Every Friday - Ringing Room - Friday Focus

See details in Announcements above.

October 2021

Tue 19th - Northern District Ringing Room Session

Start 19:00, full details in Announcements above.

Sat 23rd - Southern District Meeting - Shildon (map)

Ringing from 14:00 to 15:30.

From the District Secretary, Anthea Enzor.

Our next Southern District Meeting will take place on Saturday 23rd October at St John’s Church, Shildon, DL4 1AH. There is plenty of space downstairs so those who are not ringing can leave the tower and wait on the upper floor the church where there is plenty of space. The ringing room will be ventilated, there will be sanitiser available and of course anybody who wishes to can wear a mask. It might be a good idea for everybody to take a lateral flow test no more than 48 hours before attending so that we can minimise the risk and of course you should not attend if you have Covid symptoms or are in anyway concerned. We will keep a register of attendance and will therefore be able to contact anyone present should the need arise.

Sat 30th - Recruitment Workshop

Do any of the following apply to you or the band at your tower?

If so, you might be interested in attending a special recruitment workshop being run by the D&N Ringing Recovery group. This workshop will take place on Saturday 30th October, starting at 2.00 pm.

The main speaker will be Steph Pendlebury who is a Central Council representative for the Sussex County Association and a recruitment and retention member of the Central Council Volunteer and Leadership workgroup. She is a very enthusiastic and inspiring speaker and will come with lots of ideas for you to consider.

The workshop will take place on Zoom so you don't even need to leave your house. Why not encourage a couple of other members of your band to take part too? Then you will be in a position to develop your own recruitment plan together.

Please reply to Kris King with expressions of interest to aid in planning the session.

November 2021

Sat 6th - Northern District Annual Meeting - North Shields (map)

Ringing 15:30
Service 16:30m
Tea 17:00
Meeting 18:00
Followed by Evening Ringing 

Please book tea by contacting Karen Dickinson by  email or phone 07585808018 by Sunday 30th October.

We will need to elect a new Ringing Master and the district has not had a Public Relations Officer for some time so it would be great if someone could be found to fill that role as well. If anyone would like more information about either of these roles please contact Angela Cairns or Clive Moon.

If you have a new member to elect please complete a new member form which can be downloaded by clicking here.

Minutes of the last AGM can be found here. In an effort to be more environmentally friendly please read these and bring them with you if you wish.

The ringing room at North Shields is well ventilated, there will be sanitiser available and you are asked to wear a mask unless exempt. You are advised to take a lateral flow test on the day to minimise the risk for each other and obviously you should not attend if you have Covid symptoms. A register of attendance will be kept to allow everyone present to be contacted if necessary.

Sat 13th - Central District Annual Meeting - Ryton (map)

Ringing from 14:30 followed by tea kindly provided by the Ryton ringers and a short business meeting at 16:00.

These meetings are a great way to meet with ringers from the local area. Please come and show your support and encourage others to come along too!

Names for tea to the central district secretary Alex Pym.

Sat 20th - Southern District Annual Meeting

Ringing to be confirmed.

Tea and meeting at Barnard Castle (map)

December 2021

Sun 12th - Christmas Carol Service - venue tbc

Starting at 15:00.

January 2022

Fri 21st to Sun 23rd - 10/12 bell Quarter Peal weekend.

Details to follow.

February 2022

March 2022

April 2022

Sat 23rd - Association AGM - venue tbc.

Details to follow.

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