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.


September 2020

Sat 26th - Southern District Meeting - via Ringing Room

Following a break for August, our next Southern District event is scheduled to take place on Saturday 26th September. As we are still unable to meet to ring real bells other than for 15 minutes before a service, we will be holding another virtual Southern District practice using Ringing Room starting at 3.00 pm and all are welcome. If you have not explored Ringing Room yet, and would like to have a go, let me know and I will send you instructions to get you started.

We will all meet at 3.00 pm in the Southern District "tower" on Ringing Room. The tower ID is 139276458 which you can access from the home page on Ringing Room.

The link for the Southern District Zoom meeting will be: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9261396766?pwd=ZEJlSStzdE9QQ0Y0ZlZ0Q2w5dExGZz09

Meeting ID: 926 139 6766 Password: 483128

If there are too many of us then we will use Barnard Castle as a second "tower" and the Barnard Castle Ringing Room Tower ID is 374285961.

The link for the Barnard Castle Zoom meeting will be: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7284428579?pwd=UFVvcEhpa2Q1RGErazdqVVcyMmN4Zz09

Meeting ID: 728 442 8579 Password: 7QMF81

I hope you will be able to join us.

I am sending this message to everyone in the Southern District with an email address registered on LoveAdmin. If you know anyone at your tower who may not receive it, or who does not use email, please would you forward the details to them.

Many thanks Anthea Enzor, Southern District Secretary

October 2020

Sat 3rd - Northern District Meeting - Hexham (map) - Cancelled

Sat 3rd - Association 8 Bell Striking Competition - Cancelled

Wed 21st - The Midweek Guild - Cancelled

Details to follow.

November 2020

Sat 7th - Northern District Annual Meeting - North Shields (map)

Sat 14th - Central District Annual Meeting

Venue and times to follow.
For more information please contact the Central District Secretary.

Wed 18th - The Midweek Guild- Cancelled

Details to follow.

Sat 21st - Southern District Annual Meeting - Barnard Castle (map)


December 2020

Date tbc - The Midweek Guild Christmas Lunch