Durham & Newcastle Diocesan Association
of Church Bellringers 
Ars Incognita Contemnitur

Association Events and Announcements


George Stedman Deas - R.I.P.

It is with great sadness that the death of George Deas is announced, he died died this morning (14th January) aged 87 after developing pneumonia following a chest infection before Christmas.

George joined  the Association in 1950 and was elected to Honorary Life Membership. He was Association President from 1974 to 1977. George rang at Newcastle Cathedral where he was Ringing Master for many years. He was a prolific peal ringer, ringing over 1100 peals for the Association.

There will be a Covid compliant family service at the Crematorium with a memorial service at some time after Covid.

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.


January 2021

February 2021

Sun 7th - Southern District Meeting/Practice - via Zoom and Ringing Room

This is a delayed January meeting due to the unavailability of the Ringing Master.

The link for the Zoom meeting will be:
Meeting ID: 815 4085 6707 Password: 635832

For Ringing Room the Southern District tower ID is 139276458 which you can access from the home page on Ringing Room.

If you have not yet explored Ringing Room and would like to have a go, just let Anthea Enzor know. She will send you instructions to get you started and start the Zoom call 15 minutes before each practice so  any technical issues can be sorted out before everyone else arrives.

The January 100 Club draw will take place at this meeting.

Sat 13th - Central District Meeting

With virus restrictions continuing this meeting seems highly unlikely to be possible as a physical gathering but there is optimism for June and beyond.

Sat 27th - Southern District Meeting/Practice - via Zoom and Ringing Room

The Zoom and Ringing Room details are as for the 7th February practice.

The February 100 Club draw will take place at this meeting.

March 2021

April 2021

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