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.

September 2021

Sat 18th - "Different Pebbles - One Beach" - Ryton

Although not an Association event this does involve the bells and may be of interest to some members. Full details can be found in following documents.

Flyer         Details

Tue 21st - Northern District Ringing Room Session

Start 19:00, full details in Announcements above. Note the later start time for this and all future sessions.

Sat 25th - Southern District Meeting - St. Aidan, Hartlepool (map)

Ringing from 16:00 to 17:30.

The District Secretary, Anthea Enzor writes:-
How exciting! We are now actually able to ring together again in person so our next Southern District Meeting will take place on Saturday 25th September at St Aidan’s Church, Hartlepool, TS25 1SL. The Hartlepool ringers have kindly offered to provide refreshments during the ringing using the kitchen in the church, so those who are not ringing can leave the tower and wait in the church where there is plenty of space to maintain social distance, but also to have a good catch up! May I suggest that we all consider making a voluntary contribution towards the cost of tea, coffee etc? We will have a short meeting, so if you have anyone who wishes to become a member please let me know so I can send you the forms.

There is no mandate to wear masks in the church although for services they encourage masks when moving around – but that doesn’t need to apply to us – it is entirely up to you and what you feel comfortable with. In the ringing chamber, we will have the door open to the roof, there is sanitiser and anybody who wishes to can wear a mask. There is plenty of parking at the back of the church however to get into the church we will need to walk round to the main church door at the front. There will be sanitiser inside the door. 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. 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.

October 2021

Sat 25th - Southern District Meeting - Tower tbc.

Ringing from 14.00 to 15:30

November 2021

Sat 6th - Northern District Annual Meeting

Details to follow.

Sat 13th - Central District Meeting

Details to follow.

Sat 20th - Southern District Annual Meeting

Ringing to be confirmed.

Tea and meeting at Barnard Castle (map)

December 2021