Fall Clapper and 2019 Ballot
The Fall 2019 Clapper and the 2019 ballot are now available to the membership.
WRS Photos on Front/Back Cover of Nov 1, 2019 RW
Check out the Nov 1, 2019 Ringing World - BOTH the front and the back cover are photos by Washington Ringing Society (WRS) Ringers!
The front cover of the November 1, 2019 Ringing World is a photo of the OPOT. The back cover is a photo of one of the window panels in the ringing room of the Cathedral. They were taken by 2 WRSers, Lian von Wantoch (front) and Catherine Wehlburg (back) and were selected by the RW as part of their “Front Cover Competition.”
Several months ago, WRS solicited submissions to the competition from members and sent them to the RW for consideration. We were excited to have TWO selected! It’d be great to have more North American photos chosen, so we hope other towers will consider submitting some.
To enter the competition, submit your photos on BellBoard (log in and click ‘Add photo’) or to . If the RW uses your image, they’ll award a £25 prize and a free copy of that issue.
2020 Ringing World Diaries and Calendars
Ringing World Diary 2020
To obtain a 2020 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 $11.00 or CDN $15.00
Standard with Pencil in spine – USD $12.00 or CDN $16.00
Leather – USD $17.50 or CDN $23.25
Ringing World Calendar 2020
This year's calendar features churches from around North Wales.
To obtain a 2020 Ringing World Calendar please send a check for $12.00 in US or CDN $16.00 funds payable as listed above.
Total Amount Enclosed $
You can email me your orders () and then forward a check.
In accordance with the by-laws, all current officers of the NAGCR have been re-elected as there were no other nominations received by the deadline. Additionally, Chris Haller is now our 4th Central Council representative as I received no other nominations for these positions. Chris succeeds Alan Ellis who I thank for all his years of service in this role.
Robert Mead, Burlington, NJ
I recently learned of the death of Robert (Bob) Mead. Sadly, he passed away in May, but it was after the AGM when I found out. Bob along with Barbara Knight were instrumental in getting the bells at St Mary's ringing again. Unfortunately, too many obstacles were in their path to make this a viable ring once again.
There will be memorial service at St Mary's, Burlington on Saturday, October 12 at 10:00 AM. All are invited.
20th Anniversary Celebration for St Mark's
20th Anniversary Celebration for St Mark's, Philadelphia
Please see the calendar entry for details on the celebration.
Seven Towers Festival 2020
Save the Date!! The Trinity Cathedral Ringing Society, Little Rock (AR) will be hosting the Seven Towers Festival- April 16-20, 2020. More information will be posted in due course.
Day of Healing - Nationwide Bell Ringing Ceremony, Sunday, Aug 25, 2019
National Park Service event asking for bell ringing support. Visit: https://www.nps.gov/fomr/planyourvisit/bell-ringing.htm
Brewster-Kent Area Meeting
The Brewster-Kent ringers will host a fall area meeting in Kent on September 28, 2019 starting at 12pm and running until 5pm. We will provide a light, early lunch starting approximately 11:30 and snacks & drinks through the afternoon. Please RSVP by Sept 1 to Matthew Austin (email@example.com).
Young Ringer Award
Young Ringer Award
In an effort to recognize and encourage young ringers, the guild executive committee is please to introduce the Jeff Smith Memorial Young Ringer Award.
To qualify for the award, the ringer will satisfy the following requirements:
a) A current member of the North American Guild of Change Ringers
b) 22 years old or younger
c) At least one quarter peal or peal rung within the last year
d) Nomination, which includes a statement from a local ringing master that the student has contributed to the health of the local ringing community
We hope to encourage more young people to try ringing and develop their skill. We also hope ringing groups will use the award to generate publicity.
We plan to announce the first winners at the Boston AGM next month.
For more details, see
Nomination forms can be found at:
Online edit: https://tinyurl.com/y4hdjtkj
Central Council Annual Meeting
Below please find the registration for the Central Council's Annual Meeting for 2019. If you are interested in going, please contact myself or Beverly Faber who is on the organizing committee for additional information. Bruce
Welcome to London 2019, the Central Council’s annual weekend which this year takes place at Goldsmiths College, London SE14 6NW between Friday 6th and Sunday 8th September.
The programme is open to all ringers and I hope you will find a great deal to interest you, whether it is the social evening on Friday 6th September, the chance to come and discuss the Council’s work on Saturday 7th September, the Mini Roadshow, exhibition and speaker events taking place on Sunday 8th September, or the opportunity to visit St. Paul’s Cathedral and ring at some iconic London churches.
There is no charge to take part in the Council’s annual meeting on Saturday 7th September and no charge for ringers under the age of 18 to attend the Mini Roadshow on Sunday 8th September. Elsewhere we have done our best to keep costs at reasonable levels and there is a registration fee of £12 for those over 18 attending the MiniRoadshow on Sunday 8th September to offset some of the costs of organising the event.
To register, simply use the links at https://cccbr.org.uk/about/annual-meetings/2019-meeting/.
If you plan to come for more than one day, you can also find details of nearby accommodation. On behalf of the Central Council I look forward to welcoming you to Goldsmiths and hope that you find it an informative and inspiring weekend.
Deputy President, Central Council
Chair of the London 2019 Organising Committee
TORONTO 12 BELL WEEKEND COMING UP
Register now for the Tornto 12 bell weekend. Registration form available on the calendar site.
2018 Annual Report
The 2018 Annual Report has been posted on the website. It is found under Resources and Links --> Member Services --> Guild Documents --> Annual Reports and then scroll down to the end!
Boston AGM Registration Form is LIVE
The registration form for the 2019 AGM in Boston (21-25 Aug) is now up. We would like each ringer to fill it out individually, but non-ringing +1s can be included on a ringer's form.
We would also like to announce that the Smoke Ring will be joining us at Advent throughout, providing mini-ring opportunities in addition to the 5 area towers and handbell course!
Don't forget to check our website for the most up-to-date info, and feel free to email with any questions or concerns!
2019 Pittsburgh ringing course
A ringing course will be held at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, on 2–4 August 2019.
The course will be aimed at helping students who can ring rounds safely to improve their skills, moving on to plain hunts, or possibly simple methods, depending upon their existing skill levels. Most of the ringing will be six bells, but, depending upon the students’ existing skill levels some may be on eight.
Further details are available at:
If you, or someone you know, would be interested in joining this course as a student please let me (Don Morrison, ) know. Note that places are limited, so letting me know promptly is advisable.
Toronto 12 Bell Weekend
The registration for the Toronto 12 Bell Weekend is now available. Please go to the Calendar site and click on the Toronto 12 Bell Weekend listing for June. The registration form is a writeable PDF which can easily be completed and forwarded to our Tower Secretary, Pauline Smith.
All levels of ringing ability are welcome. There will be a Friday cocktail reception and a Saturday evening dinner. There will be scheduled quarter peals on both tower bells and the mini ring for those interested.
T Jefferson Smith
Jeff Smith died yesterday, 20 April, at home in Kalamazoo, of a heart attack, aged 88. Their son Andrew is with Carol now, and I presume Megan will be there shortly, as soon as a flight from California can be arranged.
Jeff, a mathematics professor at Kalamazoo College, was responsible for starting the handbell band there, and subsequently for having tower bells installed in Stetson Chapel at the college. He trained innumerable ringers and led the band at the college until shortly before his retirement. Jeff was an Honorary Life Member of the North American Guild.
Jeff was a wonderful human being, with insatiable curiosity and enormously eclectic interests: change ringing, chamber music (he was a violist), the accordion, cows, tractors, competitive model airplane construction, competitive top throwing, college wrestling, cross word puzzles as a social activity, bread making, heirloom fruits. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Arrangements for a funeral, etc., are not yet known. I will ensure they are posted here when I find out more.
Ringing for Notre Dame – call to action
Althought it is Holy Week this request has come from the Central Council.
From Mary Bone, Secretary of Central Council Church Bell Ringers
Following the devastating fire at the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris yesterday afternoon (15th April), the Archbishops of Canterbury & York and Prime Minister Teresa May have asked for bells at churches and cathedrals across the UK to ring out in solidarity when possible this Thursday 18th April (Maundy Thursday).
If you can, please try and gather some ringers to ring at any time on Thursday in any way you see fit (open, half-muffled etc.) and add your performance to the BellBoard event that has been created to record the ringing: https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/event.php?id=10669. ; These performances will then be published together in an upcoming edition of The Ringing World.
One suggestion is to toll bell(s) for 7 minutes at 7pm.
2019 Seven Towers Ringing Festival
It's not too late to register for the 2019 Seven Towers Ringing Festival to be held at St. Mark's Cathedral in Shreveport, LA May 3 - 5, 2019, with a ringing course on May 2nd & 3rd. See the calendar listing at:
Rochester Tower Open Day, Saturday, June 15
Please see calendar listing for information and registration form for Rochester's Tower Open Day, Saturday, June 15!
Fun with Bells podcasts
Cathy Booth has been interviewing bellringers for her Fun with Bells podcasts. She has just interviewed Bruce Butler. Listen to Bruce as he talks about ringing tours, ringing in America, ringing around beds and flower arrangements and much more.
Every week another podcast gets published. Check them out!
And Maggie Willans, former DC ringer and long-time UK NAGCR rep appears in the Ringing World, April 5, 2019 issue as part of the “WHO’S WHO in the World of Ringing?” series.
Exciting to hear/read about some of our own ringers!
2019 AGM Information
Check out our website: https://bostonagm2019.wordpress.com/, where we will continue to post updates as we know them. Stay tuned!
The AGM will be held Wednesday 21 August - Sunday 25 August 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. We have plans to ring at 5 (five!) area towers, with handbell ringing and learning opportunities throughout the weekend as well! We hope you will join us. See the website for hotel (and other) information.
Media coverage of ringing at National Cathedral
Recent coverage (including video) of ringing at the National Cathedral from CBN News:
Since the deadline of the Clapper issue that came out today, it was confirmed that there will be ringing at Hingham on the 22nd. If you're saving dates, we'd love to have you for the whole time.
Association of Ringing Teachers Conference 2019 – Goes to Worcester!
ART Conference 2019 – Goes to Worcester!
ART will be holding its annual conference on 2/3 March at Worcester. The exciting agenda includes a great line up of speakers, with keynotes by:
- Mark Regan, the Ringing Master at Worcester Cathedral, who will not only be looking to the future, but offering visits to the Cathedral Ringing Centre. Book early, as places are limited!
- Matt Bulbeck, a professional outdoor sports coach and bell ringing teacher.
- New-ish ringers Ian and Louise Wilson, with their take on bell ringing leadership based on 20 years of knowledge and experience gained in industrial and academic settings.
- Simon Linford and Clare McArdle, who will be talking about Project Pickled Egg alongside the re-launch of the Learning the Ropes Plus scheme.
Reflecting the rapid proliferation of questions and concerns around recent events, additions to the ART line-up include presentations from the Church of England about safeguarding and the C of E, bell ringing insurance and risk assessments. There will be opportunities to talk through any local issues with the experts who will be available throughout the day.
The second day of the conference weekend concentrates on building a vision for the future of youth ringing and is hosted by the Central Council. A day of speakers and break-out sessions. A day for you to help shape the future. A day for anyone interested in developing the leaders and ringers of the future.
- A Vision for the Future of Youth Ringing – David Hull
- Putting Girls in the Lead: How Girlguiding Does it – Fiona Joines
- Successful Leaders and the D of E Scheme – Christopher O’Mahony
- Parental Involvement: What can we Learn from other Activities – Pip Penney
- Different ages, different approaches – David Smith
The day will include a number of break-out sessions led by youth leaders. These will provide plenty of opportunities to share ideas and good practice and give you the chance to draw a vision of the future and start working towards it.
The ART Conference is our leading national event and is open to anyone with an interest in ringing teaching and leadership. We would like to invite you to join us at Worcester on 2nd & 3rd March 2019 for what is sure to be a full and interesting weekend.
» Book your conference place now
2019 NAGCR Calendar
To download the 2019 NAGCR Calendar, please go to Public Relations and then Miscellaneous and then scroll down until you see "calendar".
As of this date, this in the only way I could upload the calendar.
Honorary Life Member
Congratulations to Derek Wilsden on his election as an Honorary Life Member of the North American Guild of Change Ringers. Many thanks to all of those who took the time and effort to vote.
I would like to thank Lyn Barnett and her company for collecting and countng the ballots.
US returns bells to Philippines
Not our kind of ringing, but good to know.
NAGCR Officers - 2019
I am pleased to report that Tom Farthing was nominated for Public Relations Officer and Quilla Roth as Education Officer for 2019. There were no other nominations for either of these offices, or for any of the other officers other than the incumbents, so there is no need for an election.
However, please be reminded to vote for the Honorary Life Membership position proposal for Derek Wilsden by December 28, 2018.
Ballot for Derek Wilsden for Honorary Life Member
Please see under Member Discussions the ballot for Derek Wilsden for Honorary Life Membership. The proposal can be read on p. 11 of the Fall 2018 Clapper which is now on the website.
A great account of the 2018 Trinity Shield event in Washington DC
LIVESTREAM Information: Trinity Shield Striking Competition
The Trinity Shield Striking competition will be live-streamed from the Washington Ringing Society's Youtube Page beginning at approximately 2pm on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. Our page *may* also stream the results, as delivered by judge Mark Regan, live from the dinner venue so be sure to subscribe to our channel to be kept up-to-date, and/or check back in around 18:30 on Saturday, Oct. 20.
The direct link to the competition livestream is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlVmRVYsQKM
Good luck teams!
2019 Ringing World Diaries and Calendars
Ringing World Diary 2019
To obtain a 2019 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 $12.00 or CDN $15.50
Standard with Pencil in spine – USD $13.00 or CDN $17.00
Leather – USD $19.00 or CDN $24.50
Ringing World Calendar 2019
This year's calendar features churches from around the British Isles.
To obtain a 2019 Ringing World Calendar please send a check for $12.50 in US or CDN $16.25 funds payable as listed above.
Total Amount Enclosed $
You can email me your orders () and then forward a check.
12 Bell Weekend - 2019
ANOTHER SAVE THE DATE !!!! 12 Bell Weekend
Toronto 12 Bell weekend - June 28, 29, 30, 2019. Watch for further information. Your best chance to ring on twelve, with lots of help, a good band around you, socializing, beer, food, ringing, beer, socialzing . . .you get the picture !! Do put this one in your diary. New Yorkers . . . a special welcome as you are without your bells.
Yale update with photos!
August Yale update: bell tower built, but no order announced yet. If I hear more pre-AGM, I'll let Bruce know. Jeremy Bates
Smith College Bells 50th Anniversary
Details for Smith College Bells 50th Anniversary October 6, 2018. A celebration and weekend of ringing and remembrances.
10am to 6pm
Noon to 1:30pm lunch break
6:30 pm dinner at local restaurant
RSVP here: goo.gl/txuikW.
Mendenhall Center, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts
Free to a Good Home -Ringing Worlds
Don Trumpler has his set of Ringing Worlds that dates back to 1971. It is free to anyone who would like to have them for their tower library or as a personal collection.
Please contact Don at .
AGM 2018 Reminder
AGM 2018 registrations due Friday, August 31. New St. James HVL tower polos available, contact me ()
2018 Trinity Shield - 6 and 8 bell striking competition
This year’s Trinity Shield Striking Competition will be hosted by the Washington Ringing Society at the National Cathedral on October 20, 2018. Building on last year’s 8-bell event at Trinity Church New York, this year’s event will be expanded to include a 6-bell competition, as well as additional ringing opportunities at the Old Post Office, Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), and Fredrick. Bands from all over North America (and further afield!) are invited to enter, and individuals not part of a formal band are encourage to join one of the ‘pick-up’ bands that will be finalized on the day. The focus will again be less on competition and more on an enjoyable weekend of ringing, eating, drinking, and fellowship. if you’d like to hear more please contact Stuart Barton email:stuart.john.
AGM and Course 2018 Information and Registration
AGM and Course 2018. Information and Registration Form available by clicking on AGM event, NAGCR September 2018 calendar, or in the Resources and Links (http://www.nagcr.org/pr.html), Materials, Public Relations, scroll or jump to last entry. Hope to see you in Hendersonville Sept 26-30, 2018.
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.