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Announcements Archive: 2019

Fall Clapper and 2019 Ballot

The Fall 2019 Clapper and the 2019 ballot are now available to the membership.

Posted Nov 04, 2019 by Bruce N Butler

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.

Posted Nov 01, 2019 by Quilla Roth

2020 Ringing World Diaries and Calendars

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:

Bruce Butler

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



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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.

Posted Oct 04, 2019 by Bruce N Butler

2020 Officers

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.

Posted Oct 02, 2019 by Bruce N Butler

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.

Posted Oct 02, 2019 by Bruce N Butler

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.

Posted Sep 26, 2019 by Bruce N Butler

Day of Healing - Nationwide Bell Ringing Ceremony, Sunday, Aug 25, 2019

National Park Service event asking for bell ringing support. Visit:

Posted Aug 18, 2019 by Robert Aldinger

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 (

Posted Jul 10, 2019 by Tom Farthing

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:


Posted Jul 08, 2019 by Tom Farthing

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

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.

David Kirkcaldy
Deputy President, Central Council
Chair of the London 2019 Organising Committee

Posted Jul 04, 2019 by Bruce N Butler


Register now for the Tornto 12 bell weekend. Registration form available on the calendar site.

Posted Jun 11, 2019 by Madeleine Cheesman

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!

Posted May 31, 2019 by Bruce N Butler

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!

Posted May 31, 2019 by Austin Paul

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.

Posted May 15, 2019 by Don Morrison

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.

Posted May 10, 2019 by Madeleine Cheesman

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.

Posted Apr 22, 2019 by Don Morrison

Update added Apr 22, 2019 by Don Morrison

A memorial service for Jeff will be held at Stetson Chapel at Kalamazoo College on Saturday, 11 May, starting at 2:00. A reception in the Olmsted Room, in Mandelle Hall will follow.

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: ; 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.

Posted Apr 17, 2019 by Bruce N Butler

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:

Posted Apr 11, 2019 by Candace Higginbotham

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!

Posted Apr 09, 2019 by Bruce N Butler

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!

Posted Apr 09, 2019 by Eileen Butler

2019 AGM Information

Check out our website:, 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.

Posted Feb 22, 2019 by Austin Paul

Media coverage of ringing at National Cathedral

Recent coverage (including video) of ringing at the National Cathedral from CBN News:

Posted Feb 14, 2019 by Robert Bannister


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.

Posted Feb 06, 2019 by Laura Dickerson

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:

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.

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

Posted Feb 01, 2019 by Bruce N Butler

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.

Posted Jan 31, 2019 by Bruce N Butler

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.

Posted Jan 10, 2019 by Bruce N Butler