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Announcements Archive: 2014

Ballot Results


96 ballots were properly qualified and counted, and the results were as follows:

Motion 1: Yes - 90 + 1; No - 4; Abstain - 2

Motion 2: Yes - 92 + 1; No - 3; Abstain - 1

Motion 3: Yes - 55 + 1; No - 37; Abstain - 4


8 envelopes were received which had no signatures on the outside – 2 of these
contained two ballots (10 total voters). None of these ballots were included
in the official count.

1 properly prepared ballot envelope was received from a name not found on the list
of eligible voters provided by the Membership Secretary. This ballot was not

An envelope was received containing two ballots, with 2 signatures on the outside
– however, 1 signature was included in the return address and qualified on
the eligible voter list, but the other signature could not be matched on the
eligible voter list, and that name was not included in the return address.
Since it was impossible to determine the identity of the writer of the 2nd
ballot, both were disqualified. On further inspection and since both ballots
were voted exactly the same, a “+ 1" was noted for each question
representing the technically eligible voter.

Posted Dec 31, 2014 by Madeleine Cheesman

The Craft of Bellringing documentary

George Perrin's lovely documentary about change ringing, The Craft of Bellringing, is now available online.

It was made eight years ago, but has been difficult to obtain, and in any case was only available in the video format used by most of the world, which differs from that used in the US and Canada. While I can't tell for sure from the Youtube pages, from some online discussion about it I beleive it was posted by, or with the blessings of, the copyright holders. It is well worth a watch, and is a great thing to point others at who would like to learn what change ringing is all about.

Posted Dec 16, 2014 by Don Morrison

VTS bells, Alexandria, VA

Today Alexandria, VA made its debut in the online Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. While the information in the listing is still incomplete, it does reflect a major milestone in the progress toward change ringing at the Virginia Theological Seminary. Over the past two weeks, the new bells were blessed by the Dean of VTS, Whitechapel installed them in the new Immanuel Chapel tower, and they were rung for the first time, as a test of the installation. The test was successful, but much work remains to be done in both interior and exterior sound control and in finishing of the space. Since the chapel is still under construction, general ringing will not begin until sometime in early 2015. Dedication of the bells will occur at a later date.

Preparations for the VTS ringing program such as establishment of a web page, ringing schedules, etc. are underway and will be communicated in due course. Further information about the bells or the ringing program can be requested by email to <bell-tower-contact at vts dot edu>.

Rob Gibson

Posted Nov 15, 2014 by Rob Gibson

Annual Quarter Peal Weekend in Philadelphia


I am planning another quarter peal weekend for January 16-19, which is the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. This will be the 22nd Quarter Peal Weekend! We will be able to ring at both Philadelphia towers. The idea is to give ringers an opportunity to ring/conduct methods and to achieve goals that may not be possible in their own tower/handbell groups. The methods to be rung, therefore, cover a wide range. Bands will be organized in such a way as to accommodate requests and to predict success without jeopardizing striking. In order to meet this objective, please bear this in mind when listing your preferences for choice of method or attempt at conducting. To help the less experienced ringers, I will be asking you to participate in other quarters.

Please share this with members of your band, copy as necessary, and fill in the form below and return by January 8 if you are interested. Completed forms should be returned to Bruce Butler, 829 N. 25th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130 or sent via email to: . We can also be reached by telephone at 215-765-8736.

I look forward to your reply and another successful event.

Bruce Butler

Name _________________ Telephone ________________ E-mail _______________

Arrival: Day &Time___________________________

Departure: Day &Time_________________________

Methods I would like to ring (Be specific i.e. P. Bob Major, London Minor, Grandsire Doubles and if in tower or hand)


Methods I would like to conduct (Be specific i.e. P. Bob Major, London Minor, Grandsire Doubles and if in tower or hand)


Maximum number of quarters I am willing to participate in:

Per Day _____ Over Weekend ________

Other suggestions or comments ___________________________________________

There will be a minimal charge for the weekend festivities that will cover refreshments over the weekend and the traditional evening meal, including beer and wine, on Saturday ($10-$15)

Posted Oct 27, 2014 by Bruce N Butler

PBS visits Trinity Wall Street

If you watched the PBS program How We Got to Now, broadcast on Oct. 15, you saw host Steven Johnson climb up the bell tower and stand in the ringing room of Trinity Church, as the band began to pull off.

This took place at about 38:30 of the episode on Time. Enjoy!

Posted Oct 17, 2014 by Jeremy Bates

NAG Guild Executive for 2015

Following is the list of the Executive Committee for 2015

President: Bruce Butler

Treasurer: Robert Aldinger

Membership Secretary: Thomas Miller

Peal Secretary: Frederick DuPuy

Education Officer: Ann Martin

Public Relations Officer: Anthony Furnivall

Clapper Editor: Diane Amison-Loring

As all the positions were uncontested, there is no requirement for elections. However, the ballot will include two by-law amendments, together with a petition, and will be forwarded with the Autumn issue of The Clapper

Posted Oct 17, 2014 by Madeleine Cheesman

Death of Carroll Lentz, Princess Anne

It is with great sadness that I inform everyone that Carroll Lentz passed away early on Saturday morning, October 11. Carroll Lentz's name is synonymous with the bells at St. Andrew's in Princess Anne. In 1993, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Somerset Parish, a set of 6 English change ringing bells were installed; and Carroll was there at the beginning. He helped design the framing in the tower, oversaw the installation, and along with his wife Patricia (Tish) learned to ring. He served as Tower Captain for 20 years.

Posted Oct 13, 2014 by Bruce N Butler

2015 Ringing World Diaries and Calendars

2015 Ringing World Diaries and Calendars

Once again the Guild's Book Service will be ordering Ringing World Diaries and Calendars for members. Please take advantage of this service. You may email me your order and then put a check in the mail. (Unfortunately, PayPal is still not yet an option)

The Ringing World Diary 2015 contains quick reference pages for methods, touches, quarters and contacts.

This year's calendar features towers from Beverley and District, England.

Please see the details posted below for ordering information.

Cheers, Bruce

Ringing World Diary 2015 and/or Ringing World Calendar 2015

To obtain a 2015 Ringing World Diary and/or Calendar please send a check in US or CDN funds payable to NAGCR Book Service to:

Bruce Butler 829 North 25th Street Philadelphia, PA 19130

Standard Diary – USD or CDN $12.50

Standard Diary with Pencil in spine – USD or CDN $13.25

Leather Diary – USD or CDN $22.00

Calendar - USD or CDN $12.50




Add USD $2.50 - CDN $2.50 for each item if you wish airmail (not really necessary at this time – October)

Total Amount Enclosed $

Posted Oct 03, 2014 by Bruce N Butler

Annual Reports Archives

I have completed scanning into pdf format the archives for the Annual Reports from 1972 to date. More recent years' annual reports are already posted in "Guild Documents" I'm planning on posting the balance of the annual reports over the next week or two. There are a bunch of them and each one has to be posted individually, so it will take me some time to do that.

I'd like to thank Bruce Butler and especially Elisabeth Trumpler for assisting me in providing a complete set of annual reports from which I could cross reference those saved as part of the Membership Secretary archives I inherited from my predecessors to make sure I had access to a complete set to be scanned.

Posted Sep 02, 2014 by A Thomas Miller

2006 Annual Report

Yes, the 2006 Annual Report! I have the Membership Secretary's paper archives of all the Clappers and Annual Reports, but seem to be missing the AR for 2006. Is there anyone out there who might have a copy of the 2006 Annual Report? If you do, please donate it to the archives in order to make them complete. Posterity will salute you for it!

Posted Aug 31, 2014 by A Thomas Miller

Kathryn Tucker

The NAGCR and all ringing friends of Kathryn Tucker everywhere are deeply saddened by news of her death on Aug 24. Kathryn served as NAGCR Central Council representative from 2008 to 2010. She was a longtime ringer at St James', Marietta, Ga., before moving with her family to Alexandria, Va., in 2012, where she contributed greatly to DC area ringing.

Posted Aug 26, 2014 by Bruce N Butler

Update added Aug 29, 2014 by Lyn Barnett

A memorial service for Kathryn Tucker has been scheduled for October 11, 4 pm, St. James Episcopal Church, Marietta, GA. Any further details concerning the service will be posted here at a later date.

Update added Sep 08, 2014 by Madeleine Cheesman

AMENDED TIMING OF SERVICE. The memorial service will take place at 5:00pm on October 11, 2014, at St. James Episcopal Church, Marietta, GA

Washington Cathedral bells will be featured Sunday August 31 on BBC Radio 4's program "Bells on Sunday." The 2-minute recording is an excerpt from one of the two peals rung at the Cathedral this past Memorial Day weekend to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the dedication of the central tower and the peal bells.


Posted Aug 23, 2014 by Elizabeth M Sinclair

250th Anniversary of the Clock and Bells at St. Michael's Church (Charleston, SC)

September 20-21 is the 250th Anniversary of the Clock and Bells at St. Michael's Church.

According to George W. William's history of St. Michael's: "St. Michael's Charleston 1751 -1951" the first recorded ringing of the bells was for the Baptism of the infant Betsy Bramfield on September 21st 1764. Quoting from that book, "It is to be remarked that the bells in St Michael's steeple arrived the day Betsy was born and rung the first time the day she was christened," (p. 246).

The weekend's details can be found at

Online registration is free.

September is a terrific time to visit Charleston, S.C. and we hope you can join us for this once-in-a-lifetime celebration !

Posted Aug 17, 2014 by Kit Matthew

AGM -- Final Call for Registrations!

AGM - Final Call for Registrations! Go to for more info, including a link to the PDF registration form. If you haven’t sent in your AGM Registration, now is the time! The registration deadline is Friday, August 1st.

The AGM will be in Washington, DC, August 29th (Friday) - September 1st (Monday). The ringing courses originally scheduled August 27th - 29th have been cancelled due to too few registrations received by the July 1st course registration deadline.

If you have questions as you complete your form, please don't hesitate to drop Beth Sinclair a note at: .

Posted Jul 27, 2014 by Quilla Roth

Ringing Day in Orleans July 19th

Ringing Day in Orleans, July 19th, will start at noon and end at 5pm. Have an early lunch so we can start ringing right at noon!

Posted Jul 14, 2014 by Sister Alicia Mitman

Executive Position of Peal Secretary available

I have been requested by Theresa Rice, the current Peal Secretary, to advise the membership that she will not be standing for another term
Posted Jul 12, 2014 by Madeleine Cheesman

Update added Jul 13, 2014 by Madeleine Cheesman

Executive Position of Peal Secretary available

I have been requested by Theresa Rice, the current Peal Secretary, to advise the membership that she will not be standing for another term

AGM Registration Reminder

Reminder: The registration deadline for the AGM is August 1!

WRS is looking forward to hosting the AGM this Labor Day weekend in Washington DC. As you make your travel plans, please be sure to register for the AGM at the same time. We not only need your registration to set up ringing (quarters and general ringing at the Cathedral and in Frederick) but also need your orders so that we can finalize the counts for the Friday reception, the Saturday dinner, and order the AGM and 50th anniversary polo shirts.

The AGM will not include a ringing course this year so the festivities will start the afternoon of Friday August 29.

Please go to the WRS website ( for the registration form and more information. If you have questions as you complete your form, please don't hesitate to drop me a note at: .

Posted Jul 08, 2014 by Elizabeth M Sinclair

Available Executive Position

This is to advise the membership that I will not be standing for re-election for 2015 and onward. Please consider serving the Guild by standing for election to the Executive Committee
Posted Jul 08, 2014 by Madeleine Cheesman

Update added Jul 08, 2014 by Madeleine Cheesman

Available Executive Position

This is to advise the membership that I will not be standing for re-election for 2015 and onward. Please consider serving the Guild by standing for election to the Executive Committee

Chris Mew - New Central Council President

For those who may be interested in the Central Council President's blog.

Posted Jul 02, 2014 by Bruce N Butler

Reminder: The deadline to sign up for ringing courses during the AGM is July 1

Please email your AGM course registration to: by Tuesday July 1

We have folks registered for both of the courses at this point but need to know the full story of who will be participating in order to finalize plans. If you have not already sent us a note, please e-mail us directly (at ) by July 1 with your interest in being either a student or a helper.

Please note that the formal deadline for FULL registration (e.g., sending in your $$) is still August 1 but we need to sort out the courses first.

For the a complete rundown on the AGM including the registration form and more information on the planned courses, shirt orders, dinner tickets, and lodging, go to the WRS website (

Posted Jun 22, 2014 by Elizabeth M Sinclair

2013 Annual Report

The 2013 Annual Report has been posted to the Guild Documents site, available to members only, Please sign in to view. I apologize for the couple of errors involving random hyphens.
Posted Jun 09, 2014 by Madeleine Cheesman

Update added Jun 09, 2014 by Madeleine Cheesman

Annual Report now uploaded to the website

2014 AGM registration now open!

2014 AGM registration now open!

The WRS excited to be hosting the AGM this Labor Day weekend in DC. Go to our website to get details and download the registration form:

Please be aware of two deadlines as you make your plans: The deadline to register for one of the courses is July 1. The deadline to register for the social events and to order shirts is August 1. Don't hesitate to e-mail with questions about the courses or anything else: .

We hope to see everyone soon!

Posted Jun 04, 2014 by Elizabeth M Sinclair

webcam shows VTS tower a-building

Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, just across the Potomac from Washington, has put up a very nice webcam that shows the construction of the new chapel.

See the large semi-circular window? Just to the left of it, the new bell tower is rising.

Right now the window and the tower are at about the same height. But that will change!

Posted May 16, 2014 by Jeremy Bates

A Day in Old New Castle - Saturday, May 17.

A Day in Old New Castle - Saturday, May 17.. Please see calendar listing for updated information.

Posted May 08, 2014 by Bruce N Butler

Register online: Twelve Bells and Then Some - Toronto 12 Bell Weekend - June 27, 28, 29, 2014

Check the NAG calendar for June for the weekend schedule and book your accommodation soon. Registration forms are online and also will be in the Spring issue of The Clapper
Posted Apr 27, 2014 by Madeleine Cheesman

Update added Apr 27, 2014 by Madeleine Cheesman

12 Bells and Then Some - Toronto 12 Bell Weekend - June 27, 28, 29, 2014

Update added May 04, 2014 by Madeleine Cheesman

Online Registration:

Washington Cathedral Bells 50th Anniversary Weekend- UPDATE

Washington 50th Anniversary Weekend: Registration Open!

I am pleased to announce that the committee has sorted out the final details, and registration is OPEN! We very much hope to see many of you in Washington over the Memorial Day weekend to mark this landmark year at the Cathedral. The registration form includes options for ringing peals, quarters, and general ringing, plus special anniversary activities and social events. You can even buy a commemorative purple polo (orders in by May 4, please!).

Register on our secure website by navigating to

Please direct any questions to alexander.

Posted Apr 22, 2014 by Alexander T Taft, III

Update added Apr 23, 2014 by Elizabeth M Sinclair

If you are interested in ordering a shirt for this event but are not planning to attend, there are 2 options. Option 1: We will be also offering these shirts for presale as part of AGM registration. If you are coming to the AGM just order it when you register for the AGM and pick it up when you get here. Option 2: If you are not planning to attend the AGM, e-mail me at and we'll sort out a price that includes shipping and include your order in our order for the event. We are not planning to have extra shirts on hand for sale at either the 50th anniversary or at the AGM.

Online registration/website for ringing events

Several of you have inquired about how to set up online registration. I am happy to help set up a registration website (as I am pretty familiar with this process after Ring Around Charleston and also know the pitfalls!). It is feasible even for smaller one day events. Or events where you may not be charging for everything (or anything) but still want to track people's arrivals, departures, ringing preferences, dietary needs, etc. Thanks.

Posted Apr 08, 2014 by Kit Matthew

Bells' Birthday BBQ Bash

Bells' Birthday Barbeque Bash in Philadelphia

On Saturday, June 14, 2014, the Philadelphia Guild of Change Ringers will celebrate the 34th Anniversary of the installation of the St Martin’s bells and the 15th birthday of the restoration of St Mark’s bells.

Please join the Philadelphia Guild at its annual Bells’ Birthday Barbeque Bash! Ringing will be at St Martin’s in Chestnut Hill and possibly at St Mark's for quarter peals. For early arrivals, we may have ringing at St Mark's on Friday evening.

There is no charge for this event which is filled with fun, food and ringing! No registration forms to complete, just let us know when and how many will be coming so we know how much food and beer to get!

RSVP by June 8, please, to: Eileen Butler: 215-765-8736 or .

A limited amount of accommodations may be available for those wishing to stay over and ring on Sunday at both St Martin’s and St Mark’s.

Posted Apr 07, 2014 by Bruce N Butler

Last call for Area Meeting at Trinity Wall Street, Sat 12th April

Last call for the NAG Area Meeting at Trinity, which will be going ahead as planned next Saturday April 12th. We have 20 attendees signed up already, and I will confirm the Quarter Peal bands by COB Wednesday of this week. If you are planning to attend, please do let me know via the form below so that we can make sure we have enough food for everyone at lunch!



Posted Apr 06, 2014 by Duncan J Large

2014 Pittsburgh Ringing Course, 8-10 August

The eighth annual Pittsburgh ringing course will be held at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 8-10 August 2014.

The course will be aimed at helping students develop practical conducting skills. It will be focused exclusively on practical skills, with no time spent on the theory of where calls should go or how to construct, describe or read compositions; students will be expected to arrive having already learned necessary background of that sort. Instead we will focus on issues such as how to observe and make use of the coursing order while ringing, how to effectively communicate with others while ringing, and practice doing just such things while simultaneously keeping our own bell where it belongs.

Further details are at

Posted Apr 04, 2014 by Don Morrison

Captain E. G. (Jeff) White

I am saddened to advise you that Captain E. G. (Jeff) White, passed away of April 2, 2014, age 84. Jeff rang for many years at both Vancouver and Victoria. He was a Captain with the former Canadian airlines. Jeff also spent many months flying back and forth across the country, teaching ringing to new recruits in Toronto in 1997/98
Posted Apr 03, 2014 by Madeleine Cheesman

Update added Apr 03, 2014 by Madeleine Cheesman

Captain E. G. (Jeff) White

Mid-Atlantic Area Meeting at Trinity Wall Street: Saturday April 12th, 2014

Further details are now available for the Mid-Atlantic Area Meeting at Trinity Wall Street on Saturday April 12th. Please follow this link to find a Google Form which explains the plan for the day, and includes a form you can complete to sign up!

I hope that many of you will be able to join us!


Posted Mar 21, 2014 by Duncan J Large

Kalamazoo Ringing Weekends

This is a reminder that Kalamazoo’s spring weekend is coming up April 11-13. Also, our fall weekend has now been set for November 7-9 and is on the calendar. We hope you’ll be able to join us for one or both!

Posted Mar 06, 2014 by Kit Almy

Spring Dinner Weekend - March 21-23

March is almost here and that means Spring Dinner in Philadelphia. Please join us for the Vernal Equinox Weekend, March 21-23. More details can be found on the regsitration form located in The Clapper and on the Calendar portion of the website.

Posted Feb 28, 2014 by Bruce N Butler

A video that may be of interest

A video that may be of interest:

Rather good, with only minor, unimportant inaccuracies.

Posted Feb 05, 2014 by Don Morrison

Update added Feb 11, 2014 by Alexander T Taft, III

Including one that was rather humorous for me in particular, but apparently has been fixed. :)

Central Council President's Blog

For those of you who are interested here is the link to the Central Council President's blog:

Posted Feb 04, 2014 by Bruce N Butler

Ring Around Charleston


Still time to register for this wonderful event

Click on this link and register now.

Posted Jan 14, 2014 by Madeleine Cheesman

Update added Jan 25, 2014 by Kathryn (Kit) Matthew

We will be creating the detailed QPA schedule for the weekend starting Feb. 9 so register before then if you wish to participate in those. Deadline for registering for Saturday night dinner is Feb. 15 (due to catering cutoff).

Marion Ainsworth

I'm sad to report the death of Marion Ainsworth Saturday morning, aged 80. Many North American ringers will have known Marion, both from her visits to North America and from her hospitality to visiting ringers in Amersham. Many also know her husband of 58 years, Alan, and their daughter Elva who lived in Boston for several years, as well as their other daughter Jo and son Mark, all ringers. Marion had been dealing with lymphoma for a decade, though it was only in the last few months that her condition reached a point where it curtailed her activities. Those who knew Marion will undoubtedly hold memories like mine, of a vibrant, entertaining and generous woman, always curious about the world and about others.

Posted Jan 13, 2014 by Don Morrison

Update added Jan 14, 2014 by Don Morrison

While it seems unlikely any of you will be in Buckinghamshire next

week, some may still be interested in the funeral arrangements:


Marion’s funeral will be at St Mary’s Church, Old Amersham, Bucks,

(HP7 0DB) on Tuesday, 21st January at 12 noon followed by interment at

Chesham Bois Burial Ground (2.2 miles). All are welcome. No flowers

please - we’d prefer any donations to go to the charities that

supported us in her final days. (Rennie Grove Hospice Care and Marie

Curie Cancer Care). And non-funereal dress please. BTW, better bring

sensible shoes if you come to the burial.

General open ringing from 11:15am and after the service.

Light refreshments in the church after the burial. For catering,

please let us know if you’re coming.

J Alan Ainsworth <>

40th Anniversary of the Melrose Bells

We are gearing up to celebrate a very special anniversary at the Melrose tower: the bells were consecrated 40th years ago this month. To celebrate, we'd love for you to come visit us and partake in, of all things, a weekend of ringing!

Here are our current plans.

Friday, 1/24, 7pm to 9pm: tied tower ringing, handbells, and fondue!

Saturday, 1/25, 10am to 5pm: ringing all day in Brewster. We'll certainly ring several plain major methods (Plain and Little Bob, St Clement's, and Double Norwich), Grandsire and Stedman Triples, and surprise major (as many "standard eight" methods, possibly spliced, as we have a quorum for). There will be rounds, call changes, and plain hunt as well, to help our learners and junior band continue to progress.

(We have the convent's handbells available to us, and I'm sure we can talk others into bringing their sets on Saturday handbell ringing.)

After ringing, we will repair to a local restaurant (to be determined) for dinner.

If you would like to join us for all or part of the weekend, please do let me know. We look forward to sharing this special anniversary with you!

Best regards (and fervent wishes that you are staying warm),

- Matt Bogen

Brewster Tower Captain

845-612-1391 (m)

Posted Jan 09, 2014 by Matt Bogen