Durham & Newcastle Diocesan Association
of Church Bellringers 
Ars Incognita Contemnitur

Association Events and Announcements


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.

10 and 12 Quarter Peal Weekend

Details of all quarter peals rung may be found here.


December 2020

Sat 12th - Northern District Annual Meeting - via Zoom

From Angela Cairns, Northern District Secretary:-

I hope everyone is keeping well. We are going to attempt a District AGM via Zoom on 12th December at 4pm.

I will send out more information and a zoom meeting link. You will be pleased to hear it will be no more than 40minutes as thats the limit for a zoom meeting.

If anyone has any agenda items please send them to me. If you have any new members the membership form is on the website and that will also need forwarding to me before the meeting please. Jo has previously asked for someone to take over as ringing master so if anyone can be persuaded to give this a go, in the hope we do get some actual ringing next year, we would be really pleased to hear from you please let myself, Clive or Jo know.

Further information from Angela Cairns.

Date tbc - The Midweek Guild Christmas Lunch - Cancelled



Currently no events are known for 2021 but will be added as soon as details become available.