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Campanophile temporarily down; launch of BellBoard by Ringing World.

by Lyn Barnett

The following messages were recently published to one of the many ringing chat lists, "change-".

Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2012 20:52:32 +0100
Subject: Re: [c-r] Campanophile

Anthony Parry wrote: "The Campanophile server is broken and I cannot fix it. Am currently considering whether it is worth purchasing a new server."


Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2012 15:12:44 +0000

From: Admin <>

Subject: [c-r] The future of Campanophile

I have been asked by Nigel Herriott to forward this message:

In light of the continuing uncertainty regarding the future of Campanophile, the Ringing World is acting quickly to ensure that the peal / quarter peal submission, viewing and recording facilities are made available for the ringing community again as soon as possible.

In addition to maintaining contact with the Campanophile team, we are setting up an alternative facility which we expect to launch (in a provisional format) tomorrow. In the short term, this will allow ringers to submit, view and search for peal / quarter records as on Campanophile as well as search a selection of past data records. In the longer term, the Ringing World aims to ensure that accurate peal records are gathered, maintained and available for public viewing for many years to come.

This is not a competitor to Campanophile which we continue to consider to be an excellent website and greatly appreciate its support with peal / quarter peal submissions to the Ringing World. We would instead like to ensure that the information gathered and displayed by Campanophile is not lost and the Ringing World continues to fulfil its function to gather and publish peal / quarter peal records effectively.

Nigel Herriott, Chairman of the Ringing World


Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2012 17:31:24 +0100

Subject: Re: [c-r] The future of Campanophile

Anthony Parry wrote: "I am in the process of renting a new server but this is unfortunately taking longer than expected to organise. Hopefully though, Campanophile will be live again within a few days, so please be patient!"


Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2012 09:47:56 +0000

From: Admin <>

Subject: [c-r] Announcement of BellBoard

I have been asked by Nigel Herriott to forward this message:

The Ringing World is pleased to announce the availability of BellBoard, the first step in the development of the Ringing World?s new online resource.

BellBoard has been created by Richard Smith from Cambridge, on behalf of the Ringing World. Richard is a highly skilled and experienced programmer running his own IT company. Although such a facility has been under discussion for some time at The Ringing World, work started on the initial version of BellBoard three days ago, triggered by the ongoing loss of the Campanophile website. In this three day period, the complete records of and all Campanophile data from August 2011 and prior have been made available for any user to search for free on BellBoard. Further, the site has been set up for individuals to register as a user, post peals and quarters for public viewing and submit these details to the Ringing World.

The Ringing World currently receives the majority of peal and quarter peal submissions from Campanophile. In the short term, the loss of this facility impacts our business and escalates the risk that our peal and quarter publications will be incomplete or out of date. We hope that the Campanophile service will be restored and have made every effort to connect with and support the Campanophile team to assist at this time, but now believe that the Ringing World must take action. We know that the ability to share, store and view information instantly is essential for many ringers today and we consider that it is now time for the Ringing World to use its skills and resources to ensure that this will remain possible.

Although this initial offering acts primarily to mitigate the risks arising from the difficulties faced by Campanophile, our vision for the website extends far beyond its current form. The Ringing World has the engaged the very best skills and has the resources and ambition to develop and maintain a facility which will serve the ringing community for many years to come.

You can access BellBoard on As you can imagine, this has been developed very quickly and we hope that you will understand that this is very much the first release which we will continue to develop in the coming weeks and months.

Nigel Herriott, Chairman of The Ringing World

Posted Jan 16, 2012


Jeremy BatesJan 16 2012, 10:30 pm

Thanks, Lyn. I'll be interested to see how the situation resolves.

Edward W MartinJan 17 2012, 10:00 am

Lyn pipped me at the post in telling you of this I logged in to Bellboard as soon as it was available & have benn doing so ever since it is continually being updated - note one does not have to hold a subscription to the Ringing World to use Bellboard, it is free to use (even so you might consider taking out a subscription at least to the online version of the Ringing World) It is hoped that Campanophile will be restored but personally, I do not see how the two can run together but then compare this with our own two chatlists & this website - more than enough opportunity for us all to communicate with each other on a daily basis.

We all owe a deep debt of gratitude to Tony & his Campanophile team who have provided free service in the past but we also should applaude the R.W. team for stepping in so expeditiously; Apparently Richard literally worked around the clock to get Bellboard going.

Jeremy BatesJan 17 2012, 2:44 pm

Many debts of gratitude are owed, including to the developers of this website, who have worked with the Campanophile team to get an automatic data link from that site to this one. Given that link, I wonder whether North American towers should await further news before deciding how to proceed.

Edward W MartinJan 18 2012, 11:55 am

Anthony Parry wrote: "I am in the process of renting a new server but this is unfortunately taking longer than expected to organise. Hopefully though, Campanophile will be live again within a few days, so please be patient!"

In the meantime should you need to publicise any performance, at the time of writing this,if you send it to Campanophile it will bounce, if sent to Bellboard, it will be published in the RW (if that is what you wish).

Once Tony's site is functional again, it will be interesting to see what happens with some people sending stuff to the one site and some to the other or perhaps to both! As I said, it might create a situation not unlike that with our own two chatsites with the one in competition with the other - they certainly do not complement each other now do they?

Lyn BarnettJan 21 2012, 5:51 pm

Campanophile is back up now....see Tony's statement under "Announcements" at this website. Many thanks to Tony Parry for providing a valuable service to ringers everywhere, especially in North America. And many thanks to our own Don Morrison for years of helping to simplify our performance record-keeping and publication here in North America. Hats off to you both!

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