Announcements Archive: 2015
Passing of member Tom Watson
It is with profound sadness that we report the passing of Tom Watson of Sewanee.
The Rev’d Ray Gotko of Sewanee reports that Tom died on Sunday, December 27, of complications following a fall at home.
Tom was a ringer at Sewanee (University of the South); a valued long time significant member of the university, and the community. Tom was intimately involved in the acquisition of Sewanee’s ring of 8 in 2004.
He is survived by his wife Gail who is also a NAGCR member and ringer at Sewanee.
Tom had been a member of the NAGCR since 2005.
Funeral services will be held on January 16 at All Saint's Chapel at the University of the South.
Cancelled - December Area Meeting Frederick
An important survey
A remarkable facet of the ringing community is that it has long had a weekly, printed magazine devoted to it. I can think of no other activity with a comparably small community that supports such a thing. And over the decades The Ringing World has undoubtedly played a major role in fashioning ringing into what it is. Unsurprisingly, financing such a thing has always been difficult, and has become many times more so in recent years with the rise of electronic publications, which is affecting all print publications.
To better help them plan for the future The Ringing World has asked folks to complete a survey, which is available on-line, or in a form to be printed and mailed back, if you prefer. They would very much like not just current subscribers but also non-subscribers to complete this survey. I encourage as many North American ringers as possible to complete this survey. Ringing in North America is obviously somewhat different than in the UK, both because of geography and because it is growing significantly here, and it would be useful to help the institutions supporting ringing better understand the needs here as well as in the UK.
Further information can be found on the Ringing World's home page.
Rochester in the news
2016 AGM-Victoria, BC
I am thrilled to announce that the 2016 AGM will be held in Vctoria, BC over the weekend of September 15-18. More details to follow.
THE NAGCR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE FOR 2016
THE NAGCR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE FOR 2016
President: Bruce Butler
Treasurer: Robert Aldinger
Membership Secretary: Thomas Miller
Peal Secretary: Frederick DuPuy
Education Officer: Ann Martin
Public Relations Officer: Anthony Furnivall
Newsletter Editor: Diane Amison-Loring
As all the positions were uncontested, there is no requirement for elections.
Quarter Peal Weekend
Quarter Peal Weekend in Philadelphia, January 15-18, 2016
Warwick Raddison Blu - A fantastice TravelZoo deal for those who may want to stay a half block from St Mark's. The price is fabulous for downtown Philly. But it won't last long so make your plans now!
Ringing World Diaries and Calendar - 2016
Ringing World Diaries and Calendar for 2016
If you wish please send an email to me with your order details.
To obtain a 2016 Ringing World Diary please send a check in US or CDN funds payable to NAGCR Book Service to:
829 North 25th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Standard – USD $12.50 or CDN $16.00
Standard with Pencil in spine – USD $13.50 or CDN $17.00
Leather – USD $22.00 or CDN $28.00
Ringing World Calendar 2016
The 2016 calendar is produced in partnership with the Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers.
To obtain a 2016 Ringing World Calendar please send a check for $12.50 in US or CDN $16.00 funds payable to NAGCR Book Service to:
829 North 25th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Add USD $2.50- or CDN $3.00 for each item if you wish airmail (not really necessary at this time – November)
Total Amount Enclosed $
Mini Ring ringing in Montreal
The Smoke Ring, the Toronto mini ring is now in its winter quarters in the Chapter House at Christ Church Cathedral in Montreal, through the kind permission of Michael Hinton, and Dean Paul Kennington. Ringing practice is Thursday 5:00-7:00pm. Contact Paul Kennington at : If further information is needed.
Kalamazoo Ringing Weekend
Kalamazoo's fall Ringing Weekend is November 13 - 15. Do consider joining us for a weekend of ringing, from Rounds and Call Changes to Surprise Major. Please let us know if you plan to attend.
VTS Chapel Consecration and Bell Dedication
As previously announced (The Clapper, Jan. 2015), the consecration of the new Immanuel Chapel at the Virginia Theological Seminary is scheduled for Tues., Oct. 13, 2015. VTS has recently announced that dedication of the ring of eight bells (installed Nov. 2014) will occur on the same date. Since the chapel consecration will be a major event in the life of the seminary, there is quite a full schedule of events planned throughout the day, and very many participants and visitors are expected to be in attendance. Since the bell dedication will be just one small part of the day’s events, it isn’t yet clear what role there will be for bell ringing or bell ringers. Nevertheless, this is to inform the NAGCR community of plans such as they are known at present.
Links to the seminary’s consecration event are via http://www.vts.edu/immanuelchapel . The chapel consecration service will take place in the morning. The bell dedication will be held in conjunction with a 4:00 pm Evensong service. Seating in the chapel will be very limited; according to VTS, Evensong seats can be requested by the general public starting Sept. 10 via the web site. No details are yet available from the VTS administration regarding specific order of service, times, places, etc. for the bell dedication itself, including how it can best be experienced by those without a ticket for chapel seating.
I am hopeful but not yet certain that there will be bell ringing at VTS on the day. We have been in contact with the administration but we don’t yet know what or how much ringing might take place. Due to both the very full liturgical schedule and the incomplete sound control installation in the tower, it is highly unlikely that there will be a peal attempt. I am sorry that I don’t know more about plans at this time. If you do wish to make plans to attend the event, you are welcome to give notice via <bell-tower-contact at vts dot edu> so we will know to expect you. When we have more information about the day’s schedule, the bell dedication, and what, if any, opportunities for bell ringing exist, I can provide an update in order to assist anyone who might be considering travel to Alexandria for the day.
-Rob Gibson, Ringing Master / Tower Captain, VTS Guild
TV report on Rochester
Here's a nice TV report on the installation of the new 10 in Rochester, New York. Good footage of swinging bells, a quote from the Guild's own Chris Haller, and clips of Whitechapel bell hanger Neil Thomas. Good publicity for ringing--congratulations to all!
12 Bell Ringing in New York
Just a reminder that the Mid-Atlantic September Area meeting will be held at Trinity, Wall Street on Saturday, September 12 from 10:30-4:30. Please respond to Tina Hitchings as she is trying to get an idea of how many will be at lunch.
AGM Registration deadline, Alan Hughes Bell Maintenance course
Lindsey Hutt-Fletcher has asked me to remind you that registrations for the 2015 AGM in Shreveport are due September 1st. Registrations submitted after that date will be subject to a $10 late fee. We hope very much to see you down south, and need your registration in order to complete our plans for scheduling ringing, the ringing course, meals and frivolity. Please mail or email your registration by September 1 and avoid the late fee.
As an added bonus, Alan Hughes from the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London will be offering a bell maintenance course on Friday afternoon, October 2nd. A second session will be offered for those not able to attend the first one. Anyone interested in the course please email
Death of Bill Crouch
Ringing friends around the world are greatly saddened by the passing of Dr. William E. Crouch III of Charleston, SC (husband of Dr. Rosalie Crouch, NAGCR Treasurer 2007-2010). Bill and Rosalie were among the earliest enthusiasts of change ringing in Charleston; they subsequently traveled widely to ring and to assist with the teaching of ringing, and became legendary hosts to ringers from far and near.
Rosalie and Bill were the founders of the biennial Ring Around Charleston, one of the most popular and broadly attended ringing events in North America.
A service is tentatively planned for Friday afternoon, August 21, in Charleston. Details will be posted here as available.
ROCHESTER'S BELLS HAVE ARRIVED!
ROCHESTER'S BELLS: The truck arrived at 9 AM; the container was lifted off and the door opened. We were thrilled to see "Julian", bell #7, as well as some great big wheels and I-beam ends, right there in front of us. Unloading will start Monday, and installation will then begin.
Chris Mew- President of the Central Council - his July message
Central Council's (Chris Mew)President’s Blog – July 2015
The sharp eyed will have noticed no blog for June, this was to ensure all the important happenings were rolled into one round–up.
The May Council meeting has already been well reported in the Ringing World issue of June 15th. The key departure from normal was the break-out sessions enabling representatives to discuss their local problems and successes and ways in which co-operation can face the challenge of future ringing. I would encourage ALL CC REPS to engage with their respective societies and feedback their views.
There was a marvellous response to the appeal for ringing to celebrate Magna carta 800th Anniversary which seemed to catch the imagination of ringers worldwide. There was a predictably smaller celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the battle of Waterloo. In the autumn there will be yet another anniversary, 600 years since Agincourt.
The national 12-bell competition gave Norwich its second grand event of the year, following on from the 300th First Peal Anniversary in May. Congratulations to ASCY in wresting the trophy from the 5-times winners Birmingham, will there be yet another change of victor next year at Aston?
Just two weeks later, the Ringing World National Youth Competition in Oxford proved once again that there are young people taking up and being passionate about ringing. The enthusiasm was infectious and the Bedfordshire team were again triumphant. It was interesting that a few of those taking part had been in all five years of the competition, no doubt starting at around 13.
All of the good summer events do not hide the fact that there is the continuing debate and work on recruitment and training of new ringers in an ever busier world. Much work is done behind the scenes by Council members and I would ask all members of Committees to redouble efforts to support their respective Chairmen.
Finally, the Church of England has in the past week agreed new guidance for Safer Recruitment of workers and volunteers. Whilst there are no fundamental changes in requirements for ringers there will be an update published shortly.
Many of you will be disappearing on holiday and I hope that you and your families will come back refreshed to serve ringing where you are.
Chris Mew, President CCCBR
Any comments and queries are always welcome at .uk
Make your Hotel reservations early for the 2015 AGM
Make your Hotel reservations early for the 2015 AGM - The AGM is occurring on the same weekend as the regional Red River Revel Arts festival begins on the Shreveport Riverfront. Hotels will fill up quickly. Especially if you wish to stay at a downtown hotel, it is recommended to make reservations early to ensure room availability and the best rate.
A. Hotel nearest to St. Mark’s Cathedral ~ 4 blocks
Sleep Inn & Suites Medical ~ $90/night
Shreveport, LA 71103
Hotels south of St. Mark’s Cathedral
Wyndham Garden Hotel ~$90/night Holiday Inn Express Park Plaza ~$115/night
1419 E 70th Street 8751 Park Plaza Blvd
Shreveport, LA 71105 Shreveport, LA 71105
Hampton Inn ~ $90/night
8340 Millicent Way
Shreveport, LA 71115
B. Downtown Shreveport Hotels*: Casino Hotels in Downtown Shreveport*
Holiday Inn ~$90/night El Dorado Resort ~$150/night
102 Lake Street ` 451 Clyde Fant Parkway
Shreveport, La 71101 Shreveport, LA 71101
Best Western Chateau Suites ~$80/night Sam’s Town Casino ~ variable/Call for rates
201 Lake Street 315 Clyde Fant Parkway
Shreveport, LA 71101 Shreveport, LA 71101
Hilton Shreveport ~$130/night
104 Market Street
Shreveport, LA 71101
This website is very helpful: http://www.shreveport-bossier.org/hotels/all
Hendersonville Accommodations. Greetings all, this provides some specific ideas on places to stay for the Ringing Weekend of 19-23 August.
We've had slow reponses from local hosts concerning good rates at the local facilities for our ringing weekend. In any case for any place you contact I suggest identifying that you are coming for a Tower Bell Ringing Weekend at St. James and ask if any special rates could be used. In addition to those mentioned below this site provides many more options: http://www.historichendersonville.org/accommodation_coupons.htm#
The Waverly is right across the street and has been used with good recommendations from many. These rates don't compare with what we have received in the past, but are still a reduction.
For the Queen Rooms we can offer our corporate rate of $124 for Thursday and Sunday and $149 for Friday and Saturday. If you have any other questions please let me know. Thanks.
With hospitality in mind, Deborah Postlethwait, Assistant Innkeeper, 1898 Waverly Inn
783 N. Main St., Hendersonville, NC 28792, 828-693-9193 www.waverlyinn.com
What used to be "The Claddagh," also right across from the church, is under new ownership and has been renamed "The Charleston Inn." They seem to still be deciding how to handle corporate or event rates, so we don't yet have anything. To find them still search for "The Claddagh."
About four miles from the church is "Echo Mountain Inn" with quite a variety of rooms, in a lovely, peaceful setting in Laurel Park. 888-324-6466, 828-693-9626, www.echoinn.com.
About five miles from the church we've had many favorable comments about:
Mountain Inn & Suites
755 Upward Rd
Flat Rock, NC 28731
Please will all people taking photos for the Clapper use good lighting? There were some wonderful photos I couldn't use for this issue (July 2015) simply because they were too dark.
If you need to use a flash, don't be afraid to do it.
2015 NAGCR AGM
Registration update for the 2015 AGM at St. Mark's Cathedral in Shreveport, Louisiana - More
University Ringing Website
Recently, the Central Council's Public Relations Committee had the remit to establish a website for university ringing. While this was intended to provide information to potential UK students about ringing opportunities there, Jeremy Bates inquired to me about including North American universities. As a member of the CCCBR PRC, I was able to share this and the results can be seen at www.universityringing.org
Hendersonville Extended Weekend Aug 20 to 23
Anniversary Celebration Hendersonville Bells Extended Weekend Thursday, August 20 to Sunday, August 23, 2015
All are invited to join an extended weekend of ringing, Thursday thru Sunday, August 20-23 to celebrate 37-years with tower bells at St. James Episcopal Church Hendersonville. With us hosting the 2013 AGM, and two AGMs in August and early September, its four years since we hosted this event.
We'll probably start out with a Wednesday evening practice to give those in town a start. Thursday thru Sunday will include ringing with focus sessions depending on the ringing level and support level of those participating. Hopefully, we can provide a challenge and/or opportunity for improvement for all. We'll look at scheduling a couple of quarter peals each day. With the expectation that participants are past the basic handling stage, we'll work in opportunities for ringing at as many levels as the participants support, and try to give everyone a fair share of the time.
Costs to cover expenses will be $10 for Thursday/Friday, and $15 for Saturday and Sunday (including afternoon on ringing on Friday). Pay the registration upon arrival. Limited accommodations will be available with local ringers, so let us know if your participation may depend on being able to stay with someone.
Please let us know if you plan to attend, which days you would be with us, what you would like to ring, and your interest in conducting or participating in quarter peals. So, with some indication of how likely that you will attend (e. g. For sure, very likely, interested but uncertain, etc.) please e-mail <>
With sound control we have pretty much unlimited opportunities to ring through the weekend.
We'll have lunch at the church Thursday and/or Friday, in-town no-host supper/libations after ringing, full days of ringing Thursday through Saturday, Saturday evening social at Shirley and Don Johns home, and service ringing Sunday followed by ringing Sunday afternoon as availability of ringers supports. .
The Hendersonville area became a summer retreat starting in 1827, so joining us would make you part of a long time tradition of wise visitors. Numerous opportunities exist to enjoy the area by extending your time beyond the weekend.
This website provides information and multiple links for lodging, tours, etc., etc.:
MN Handbell Weekend: July 24-26
Handbell ringers--experienced or aspiring--are invited to the Minneapolis/St. Paul handbell weekend, July 24-26. Ringing will start on Friday afternoon and go through Sunday afternoon, with general ringing as well as quarter-peals and peals, depending on what people would like to work on. The MN ringers can provide some accommodations, and there will likely be some convivial meals. Please contact Kris Fowler or Stuart McKernan for more information or to let us know you're interested in joining us.
Chris Mew- President of the Central Council - his March message
Please see The Central Council President's message at http://cccbr.org.uk/blog/2015-03-17/
The Future of the Ringing World
The future of the Ringing World has been discussed recently. Please read the article linked below for your information and share your thoughts.
Please see: http://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/files/2015-pp297-9.pdf
Episcopal Cafe asks about bells
Website asks about bells: Episcopal Cafe has posted about an NYT article on Riverside Church's carillonneur. The Cafe also asks, "Are bells an important part of your worship?"
Consultation on Methods, Peals and Calls
You may be aware that at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Central Council, the Methods Committee was asked to begin a consultation process on the CC Decisions concerning Peal Ringing, Methods and Calls. They have prepared a consultation paper * seeking input on the principles and fundamental requirements of the Decisions, in particular:
- The purposes and objectives of the Decisions
- The prescriptive language that appears in the current Decisions
They welcome views from all ringers and suggestions for changes via email to .uk Please do encourage any of your society's members to join the debate if they are interested.
* This is a 17 page PDF document entitled Review of the CC Decisions
The Clapper - January 2015 is now available on -line
The January 2015 Clapper is now available on-line.
2015 Pittsburgh Ringing Course, 31 July to 2 August.
The ninth annual Pittsburgh ringing course will be held at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 31 July - 2 August 2015.
The course will be aimed at helping students develop the practical skills necessary to make the transition from simpler methods to ringing surprise. It will be focused exclusively on practical skills, with no time spent on theory or learning methods. Students will be expected to arrive having thoroughly learned the methods they will be ringing. Students should work their way through the study material, in the document cited below, in the months leading up to the course.
It is likely that most of our ringing over the weekend will be of minor, though if student preparation and skills allow there may be forays into major.
The course will only be of use to those who are secure when ringing extended touches of simple methods on six bells. As a baseline students are expected to have rung at least five quarter peals on an inside bell in tower, including at least one in a method other than Plain Bob or Grandsire (e.g. Kent, St Simon’s, Stedman).
The course will be limited to at most six students.
For further details see: http://tinyurl.com/opxpt5a
Spring Dinner Weekend - March 20-22
It still may be winter, but it is time to think Spring and the annual Philly weekend. We hope that many of you will be joining us. For more information, please call or email Eileen at 215-765-8736 or
The registration form can be found on the website calendar.
February blog of the Central Council President
The Central Council President's February blog can be read at http://cccbr.org.uk/blog/2015-02-15/
Save The Date: Ring Around Charleston 2016
Ring Around Charleston: February 26-28, 2016
Mark your calendars and book your airfares early. Enjoy the beautiful charm of Charleston, excellent food (southern, fresh seafood, and more), beaches, and ringing at four towers !
For your travel planning:
Quarter peal opportunities will start Friday morning (February 26) and run through Sunday afternoon (February 28)
General ringing sessions will start Friday mid-afternoon (February 26) and run through Sunday afternoon (February 28).
Sunday service ringing will be at St. Michaels, Grace, and The Cathedral Churches on Sunday February 28 (due to Lent, no service ringing at Stella Maris)
Registration is now open; visit this site for hotel information: https://rac2016.eventbrite.com
If you are interested in conducting, please contact Rosalie Crouch at
New Schedule/Venue for Feb 14th Mid-Atlantic Area Meeting
The schedule for the February 14th Mid-Atlantic Area Meeting has changed slightly. Instead of starting at 11am and being at Washington Cathedral all day, we'll now start at 10am in Frederick, MD, then ring at the Cathedral in the afternoon, 2 - 4pm.
Here's the new schedule which is also on the NAG Calendar as "Mid-Atlantic Area Meeting [Updated!]."
10am - Noon: Ringing in Frederick MD, with a focus on Surprise Major. The plan is to start with Cambridge and Yorkshire, then possibly continue with Superlative and/or Pudsey.
Noon - 2pm: Lunch on your own and travel to the Cathedral
2:00 - 4:00PM: Ringing at the Cathedral
Enter the Cathedral via the entrance at the top of the wheelchair ramp (NOT through the main public entrance). As visiting ringers, you do no have to pay the usual admission charge. Access to the tower will be via the elevator in the South Transept of the Cathedral (NOT via the West End elevator). The Tower phone number is 202-537-8986 if you need directions once you're at the Catehdral.
For more information, contact Quilla Roth at <> or 202-244-1658.
RSVPs would be appreciated if you are planning on coming
2014 Member List
Just posted (9 Jan) is a member list containing member information as each member’s status was at the close of 2014. It's accessible to members only and is the same member information that will appear in the forthcoming Annual Report for 2014. It can be found in Guild Documents under the heading Member Lists. Scroll to the bottom of guild documents to find it.
Grant Opportunity - Fred E Dukes International Bell fund
Fred E Dukes International Bell Fund
This is a capital fund which makes grants from the interest earned, so grants are usually small. Grants are paid only for work carried out by the main UK bell founders on bell restoration projects in countries outside the UK and Ireland. For details of the allocation criteria and administration procedures please seeguidance for applicants, and the application form.
Applications for grants are invited each year in November or December by a notice in The Ringing World, notifications to ringing organisations outside the British Isles and on this website. Applications for the annual allocation of grant awards must be received by the following 31 January.