Durham & Newcastle Diocesan Association
of Church Bellringers 
Ars Incognita Contemnitur

Association Events and Announcements


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

As mentioned in my previous email we are setting up some ringing room sessions for the Northern District. Having thought this would be Saturdays we think that when lockdown ends, fingers crossed, in a couple of weeks that people might want to go out on Saturdays. We have therefore set up the sessions for alternate Tuesdays starting on 16th March, other 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 McLeave 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: 6.30p.m. - 7.30p.m.
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.

Coronavirus - Covid-19

The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers has been working with the Church of England to include bell ringing in their plans to resume worship. The latest guidance from the Central Council can be found at https://cccbr.org.uk/coronavirus/ (NB the guidance only relates to C of E churches and not other jurisdictions).

The guidance provides background reading for everyone, and then specific advice for tower captains, steeple keepers and ringing masters, as well as safety considerations for all ringers.

Please note that the guidance comes from the CCCBR and not from the D & N, and it will be up to each tower to apply the guidance, working closely with your local church authorities and taking into account your local context, for example size of tower, distance between ropes, access arrangements etc. Of course, you do not have to start ringing if your ringers are not comfortable in doing so.

The guidance will be updated regularly so it is advisable to check the CCCBR website for the current position.


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

See details in Announcements above.

April 2021

Tue 20th - Northern District Ringing Room Session - see Announcements above.

Time 18:30 to 19:30

Contact Angela Cairns

Sat 24th - Association Annual General Meeting - Via Zoom

The meeting will start at 18:00, Zoom details will be notified nearer the time along with the Agenda and other paperwork.

From the President, Kris King - "I would also like to invite you to stay on after the meeting for a bit of fun in the inaugural Presidents' Evening of Association Local Stuff quiz! A bit of fun, no teams required, but maybe a little bit of D&N knowledge or some good guess work! We'll be finished by around 7.30pm.

I look forward to seeing you then - hopefully as good a turn out as last years AGM!"

May 2021

June 2021

Sat 12th - Central District Meeting

July 2021

August 2021

September 2021

Sat 11th - Central District Meeting

October 2021

November 2021

Sat 13th - Central District Meeting

December 2021