Durham & Newcastle Diocesan Association
of Church Bellringers 
Ars Incognita Contemnitur

Association Events and Announcements


Alan M Barber , RIP

It is with great regret that the sudden death earlier today, Monday 12th July, of Alan Barber is announced.

As a relative newcomer to the North East Alan had been a member of the Association since 2008 as a member of band at Whitley Bay. He was already an accomplished and regular peal ringer, conductor and composer when he arrived in the area and continued this after his arrival, he had rung a total of 344 peals for the Association of which he conducted 246.

In addition to ringing Alan was a keen walker and was involved with the North Tyneside Age UK walking group as a walk leader, a few Association members took part in the regular walks. As an extension to this Alan had for several years organised and lead the Association's "Bell Ringing Ramble" which always proved popular. 

The following message was posted on Facebook today (13th July) by Alan's daughter Sarah.:-

"William and I are really sad to let people know that our dad, Alan Barber, passed away yesterday. It was sudden and unexpected and we're heartbroken. We have tried to notify as many of his friends as possible, but he was a popular fella and we will have inevitably missed some! The funeral will be live streamed from St Paul's Parish Church Whitley Bay and we will let people know the details once we have them."

Alan's funeral will take place at St Paul's Whitley Bay at 1 pm on Monday 26th July. The service will be live streamed so that those unable to attend will be able to take part. The link to view the service is www.bit.ly/OurStream

Coronavirus - Covid 19

Earlier this week the CCCBR issued draft guidance for a return to ringing from 17th May to 21st June. The key points of the guidance are that:
-Rule of Six applies indoors ,ringing sessions should be arranged for six people
-Hands ,Space and Face rules apply, face coverings, hand sanitising between ringing, 1m plus mitigations when ringing
-Lateral Flow Tests twice weekly, preferably timed for days of any sustained ringing
-Consider your own personal risk
-Restrict ringing time to 45 minutes whilst maintaining good tower ventilation

The latest guidance can be found here,

It might be a good idea for tower captains to share this with your incumbent and/or church wardens to plan whether it would be possible to restart ringing at your church, however I thought it would be a good idea to share this with everyone, as it there is advice for individual ringers about whether it is appropriate for them to ring. Of course there is no pressure for you to ring if you don't feel comfortable about it or you may be of higher risk to others, but it is really exciting that we may soon be able to get back in the tower!

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: 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.


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

See details in Announcements above.

July 2021

Sat 31st - Southern District Meeting - Oxney Flatts Farm, Darlington

From the Southern District Secretary, Anthea Enzor

Rather than have an online meeting this month, we have decided that it would be good to meet up in person after all this time. So, instead of meeting at a tower, Carol & Chris Pratt have kindly offered to let us get together in their garden on Saturday 31st July from 2.30pm. Their address is Oxney Flatts Farm, Croft Road, Darlington, DL2 2SD. It is on the right as you drive between Darlington and Croft, up a lane between a white farmhouse and a dormer bungalow. There is plenty of room to park up there so keep following the lane and you will see where to go.

We are hoping to be able to use the D&N mini ring, and there will also be a chance to ring handbells. Some outdoor games would be good too, so if you have one you could bring that would be great. Instead of a ringers' tea, we felt it would be better to bring our own picnic's this time, so you will need to remember to bring one with you, including a drink and something to sit on. We will be able to make use of their barn if the weather is not good.

I look forward to seeing you all there and we can, at last, start planning our ringing for the rest of the year.

August 2021

September 2021

Sat 11th - Central District Meeting

October 2021

November 2021

Sat 13th - Central District Meeting

December 2021