2017 Annual Report
The 2017 Annual Report is now available on-line to members. The printed copies will be posted next week.
Hingham in the news
Ringing Worlds, free to a good home in North America
Someone has already asked to take possesson of these.
Free to a good home: 40+ years of The Ringing World, about 50,000 pages total.
All of 1970 through mid-2010, plus several earlier years.
This could be an interesting addition to a tower library, or to a personal one.
They’re in Pittsburgh right now, but we can work together to find a way to get them to where you want them.
If interested, please contact Don Morrison <>.
Central Council - open meeting May 26-28, 2018
The Central Council meeting weekend is following a NEW format, themed on inclusion and outreach. As well as the annual meeting itself, there is a wide variety of seminars, sessions, stalls and activities on offer for ALL ringers.
Online bookings are now being taken from ALL RINGERS. Here is the link:
Additionally, there will be new Rules and Procedures to be voted on. Please see the details at:
Stedman Workshop, St James Marietta, February 16-19, 2018
Stedman Workshop, St James Marietta:
DEADLINE EXTENDED! Registration open until January 26
The weekend will feature tutoring, practice, and theory focused on Stedman 5 and 7. We hope to arrange for ringing at St Lukes, Atlanta (10, 13cwt) for Stedman on 9 as well.
Contact Mary Platt, platt. for further details and registration.
Smith January Weekend
Join us for ringing 1/20 during our Smith interterm. We are recruiting new ringers and gearing up for our spring term. Contact me or if interested in participating in scheduling a peal or QP over the weekend or just ringing with our local band and new ringers.
International Bell Fund
Fred E. Dukes International Bell Fund
Applications are invited for grants from this Fund, which are paid only for work carried out by the UK bell founders and bell hangers on bell restoration projects in countries outside the UK and Ireland. Details of the allocation criteria and administration procedures and an application form are available from the Central Council website or direct from me.
Closing date for applications is 31st January 2018:
West Sussex RH12 3QN
IAN H. ORAM ()
Central Council of Church Bell Ringers
Bell Restoration Committee
Annual Quarter Peal Weekend in Philadelphia
Annual Quarter Peal Weekend in Philadelphia - please see details in the calendar section.
Nashotah House in the news
Nashotah House in the news: http://www.jsonline.com/story/communities/lake-country/news/delafield/2017/10/12/nashotah-house-might-not-get-new-bell-tower-year-after-all/747129001/
Ringing World Diaries and Calendar 2018
Ringing World Diary 2018
To obtain a 2018 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 $10.75 or CDN $13.50
Standard with Pencil in spine – USD $11.25 or CDN $14.00
Leather – USD $19.25 or CDN $24.25
Ringing World Calendar 2018
This year's calendar is produced by the Central Council Bell Restoration Committee, with photographs and descriptions of projects it has supported.
To obtain a 2018 Ringing World Calendar please send a check for $12.75 in US or CDN $16.00 funds payable as listed above.
Add USD $2.00- or CDN $2.50 for each item if you wish airmail (not really necessary at this time – October)
Total Amount Enclosed $
Needed: JPEGS of AGM meeting
Did you go to the AGM this year in Toronto? Did you take photos?
Please, will you share these with the Clapper? We look forward to hearing from you!
Area Meeting at Smith College - Oct. 7-9, 2017
Area meeting at Smith College over Columbus Day weekend, Saturday 10/7/17 through Monday 10/9/17. Please contact us for scheduling QP attempts and special ringing requests. We look forward to seeing our bellringing colleagues. Contact: Sarah Moriarty, Smith College Tower Captain
10am Convene – ring up – depending on who gets there early it is a good time for novice ringers.
Lunch (about noon) Ringing can continue through lunch. Leland can help arrange quarter peals.
1:00pm Open ringing, with a preference for sounding all 8 bells, doubles with a cover, lower stages for learners, including rounds and call changes. Depending on participants, our band is working on: Plain Bob, Grandsire, Stedman and other Doubles and Minor Methods
5:00pm Ring down/adjourn – Individual supper, or small groups for pub options including Packards, Northampton Brewery, or other local spots
Hotel options: Consider Airbnb.com for lower rates and funky options. Popular hotels: Hotel Northampton for historic ambience, Autumn Inn walk to Smith from upper Elm St., Fairfield Inn Marriott and Quality Inn on Conz St, D. Hotel a little farther, all near I-91. Check rates and options.
Consider a local brunch – Sylvesters or Jakes are great, and lots of other local options.
10am Peal Attempt (arranged in advance). Handbells available for those not involved in peal.
Lunch break before afternoon ringing. Also quarter peals if requested/arranged.
2:00pm Open ringing, same as Saturday.
5:00pm Ring down/adjourn – group pub event depending on enthusiasm
10am Quarter peals if requested, local band and fall break practice
Lunch break before afternoon ringing. Also quarter peals if requested/arranged.
1pm Open ringing for remaining ringers.
3pm Ring down/adjourn
Update on CRAG and request for volunteers
I have been sent the following communication from Christopher O'Mahony, President of the CCCBR, who is looking for volunteers to join "workgroups" to help with the renewal and reform of the Central Council.
Please contact me or any one of our Central Council reps for more information.
Access to St. James Cathedral, Toronto
At St. James Cathedral, Toronto: For those ringers who have occasionally needed to ring the doorbell to gain access to the Ringing Room, please note that the doorbell location has changed. Details are listed on the Toronto section of the NAG website.
AGM TRAINING COURSE
Training courses will be available at the AGM, beginning Wednesday, August 30, on Raising and Lowering, Striking, and Conducting Plain Bob and Grandsire Doubles.
Hotel Accommodation - Annual General Meeting
PLEASE NOTE; the special rate for the Holiday Inn Express expires tomorrow - July 31. Book your room for the AGM now.
Guild AGM - New Information
Please review the PDF document on the Calendar site for additional information regarding prices for the Toronto AGM. Registration fee is $25.00, Cocktail reception is $15, Saturday Banquet is $45. All prices CDN.
Guild AGM - September 1 - 4, 2017 Registration Form
Following is the registration form for the AGM to be held in Toronto, ON, Canada, September 1-4, 2017
See Calendar for printable PDF with all the relevant information regarding accommodation, meals, training course, quarter peals, etc. Register soon. We look forward to seeing you in Toronto.
It is with great sadness that I let you know that Paul Windels passed away Sunday afternoon. He suffered a heart attack at Kent while on his way to ring at the chapel following graduation.
Paul learnt to ring while a student at Groton, and he was a dedicated and longstanding ringer at Brewster, Kent and New York. Both Kent and Groton benefitted immeasurably from his support over the decades.
Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.
Hendersonville Ringing Long Weekend Aug 3-6
Anniversary Celebration Hendersonville Bells Thu, Aug 3 to Sun, Aug 6, 2017
Please join an extended weekend of ringing as we celebrate 39-years with tower bells at St. James Episcopal Church. Let us know if you plan to attend, when you can 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
We'll probably have 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. 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.
We anticipate asking for modest monetary support to help cover expenses, but have not yet have estimated this. Limited accommodations will be available with local ringers, so let us know if your participation may depend on being able to stay with someone.
Our sound control pretty much gives us unlimited ringing through the weekend.
Most likely 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 gathering arranged depending on participants, and service ringing Sunday followed by ringing Sunday afternoon as availability of ringers supports. .
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.:
Posted by Robert Aldinger
BBC Music Day - June 15, 2017
BBC Music Day is returning for its third year on Thursday 15 June 2017, celebrating music’s ability to unite communities across generations, and this year bell-ringers have been asked to play an even bigger role.
BBC Music Day Producer, Rebecca Sandiford, comments “Church bells are a wonderful symbol of community cohesion and since BBC Music Day is all about uniting people through music, bell ringing is going to provide a fantastic unifying moment. This year we’d like to make this even more special by inviting ringers around the globe to join us, ringing at 1900 local time, to show how the power of music can unite people around the world.”
Please download the flyer in the Calendar for more details on how to register your tower.
Annual Pittsburgh ringing course, 11-13 August
The eleventh annual Pittsburgh ringing course will be held at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 11-13 August 2017.
The course will be aimed at helping students develop the practical skills necessary for students already able to ring simple, treble dominated methods on eight and slightly more complicated things on six, to progress to more complicated things on eight such as Stedman Triples and Surprise Major. The primary tools we will use will be ringing Stedman Triples and Cornwall Surprise Major. The course 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, on paper, the methods they will be ringing. Further information, including a list of things to learn is at <http://tinyurl.com/ld6h64s>.
The course will only be of use to those who are secure when ringing extended touches of Plain Bob Triples or Major, or Grandsire Triples, as well as slightly more complicated things on six, such as Stedman Doubles or Treble Bob Minor. As a baseline students are expected to have rung at least one quarter peal on an inside bell in tower to a Triples or Major method, and at least one quarter peal on an inside bell to a method other than Plain Bob or Grandsire (this latter can be doubles or minor, however).
The course will be limited to six students. If you are interested in joining it as a student please contact Don Morrison <>.
North American Guild AGM - early announcement
The AGM Team in Toronto is working hard to put together another wonderful AGM. Check back soon for current information.
The AGM will be held September 1 - 4, 2017 in Toronto, Canada.
Memories of Tom Miller for April Clapper
Please will you share your memories of Tom? Tom knew every one of us. Please send your memories and photos to me and I will put them into the issue. If you remember the format of Beryl's obituary and memorial page, I'd like to do something similar to honor Tom. Thank you, everyone.
With a heavy heart I must relay the sad news that Tom passed away last evening.
As most of you know, Tom was a pleasure to work with and we will all miss him terribly.
If you are able to attend there will be a visitation on Friday, March 10 from 7-9 pm in Woodstown, NJ at the Layton Funeral Home, 102 S Main St and the funeral service will be on Saturday AM March 11 at St Mark's. Please let me know if you plan to be there. There will be half muffled ringing before and open ringing after.
If you need more information, please contact me.
Seven Towers Registration Form
The registration forms for the Seven Towers Festival, to be held May 4-7, 2017 in Little Rock, is now posted in the NAGCR Calendar section. Please note again the change in date. Also, should you make your way to Little Rock a day earlier, we invite you to join us for our Wednesday evening practice. If you can't access the form, please email me at william.
I received the following from Lyn Barnett whose office kindly handled the validating and counting of the ballot.
HONORARY LIFE MEMBER Question
Congratulations to Tom Miller on being elected an Honorary Life Member.
2 ballots disqualified – no name and/or signature on outside of envelope. All remaining ballots were from members on the good-standing list Tom sent me.
Reminder: Quarter Peal Weekend
Quarter Peal Weekend January 13-16 in Philadelphia: We ring from Friday evening until Monday afternoon quarter peals at both Philly towers. Please see the calendar listing. There is a Groupon for overnights at the Warwick Hotel at 17th and Locust Sts which is half a block from St Mark's and a great base if you are bringing non-ringing significant others. We would love to have more ringers on Sunday/Monday as well as Saturday.
Improvement to electronic reporting of peals or quarters
Six years ago Tony Parry, the creator of Campanophile, kindly added a special form to the site for entering North American peals and quarters. That was originally used to ensure they went to the Peal Secretary and/or Clapper Editor, as appropriate, and has since also been used to populate a section of the North American Guild's web site, nagcr.org. Since that time, though, Richard Smith created Bellboard, which has proved exceedingly popular. In addition, folks have been using the special form less and less. Last I checked, over a quarter of North American performances were submitted not using the special form, which necessarily makes it less useful.
The web site has now been changed to no longer need the special form. Instead, Bellboard is automatically searched each day for performances rung for the NAGCR or in North America, and pulls them into the web site. This technology has actually been in use for about the past year by Rick DuPuy to pull both peals and quarters out for The Clapper and for the Guild's records.
In particular, any North American peals or quarters submitted either to Bellboard or to Campanophile should be automatically picked up and placed on the NAGCR web site, and made available for publication in The Clapper. There is no longer any need to use the special North American form on Campanophile, though there is also no harm in doing so. Indeed, some folks may find it more convenient, since it is prepopulated with North American tower details.
The software to extract performance details from Bellboard is run only once a day, so it may take up to twenty-four hours for a performance to appear on nagcr.org.
Because of the ambiguity of place names some heuristics have to be applied to recognize performances rung in North America but not credited to the NAGCR They've been tuned a bit over the past year, and appear to be working well. However, if after twenty-four hours a performance you've submitted doesn't seem to have migrated to nagcr.org, or you see one there that shouldn't be, please let me, or John Danaher or Rick Dupuy, know. Thanks!
Please also double check the spelling of place or Guild names. For example, peals rung for the North Ammerrikkan Guild in the UK will not be picked up.
And many thanks to John Danaher for integrating this mechanism into the NAGCR web site, and to Rick DuPuy for have been exceedingly helpful in testing and correcting it.
Seven Towers Festival ***Save the Date***
The Trinity Ringing Society cordially invites everyone to the Seven Towers Festival, to be held Thursday, May 4-Sunday, May 7, 2017. Please note the change in date. 2017 marks the 30th Anniversary of the casting of our 8 Whitechapel Bells, and we guarantee a weekend full of ringing, fellowship, and fun.
More information will be posted closer to time.