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Hingham Session at the 2019 AGM

by Laura Dickerson
Aug 31, 2019

Ringing marking the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in the Americas

by Rosalie Crouch
Aug 27, 2019

Old North Church – AGM 2019

by Laura Kang Ward

Old North Church (AGM 2019) – standing near bells & ringing (video)

Aug 26, 2019

Ringing at Vernet-les-Bains on Palm Sunday 2019

by Susan Jensen via Quilla Roth

Our correspondent in France reports on the first service ringing at the new tower in Vernet-les-Bains.

May 02, 2019

Orleans Ringing Camp

by Br Matthew Gillis
Aug 08, 2018

WRS Outing to the Sunderlin Bellfoundry (10/28/17)

by Ann Martin

Report on a tour of the B.A. Sunderlin Bellfoundry in Ruther Glen, VA by members of the Washington Ringing Society (WRS) on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

Nov 02, 2017

2017 Pittsburgh Quarter Peal Shindig

by Don Morrison
Jun 06, 2017

Tenth Annual Pittsburgh Ringing Course

by Don Morrison

The tenth annual Pittsburgh Change Ringing Course was held the weekend of 29-31 July at Southminster Church. Reprising the first such course, it concentrated on helping folks acquire the practical skills to move beyond plain hunt dominated methods, nominally using Stedman and Kent for the purpose and was attended by six students from Birmingham, Kalamazoo and Rochester.

Aug 07, 2016

Peals for the Deans

by David Wilcox
May 02, 2016

Twenty-three Spliced All the Work, a Milestone in North American Ringing

by Don Morrison

The peal of twenty-three spliced surprise major rung at Raleigh on 12 December, the first such peal by a North American band, was the culmination of an effort set in motion over three years earlier. This has been a major (ahem) accomplishment for North American ringing, and we thank all the towers that made us so welcome, and all the ringers that have helped us along the way but were unable to be part of the peal in Raleigh, for making it possible!

Dec 16, 2015

Rochester Dedication

by Don Morrison

The lovely new ring of bells at the Church of the Ascension, in Rochester, New York's Maplewood neighborhood were dedicated the weekend of 20-22 November. This 11 cwt, ground floor ten in G is the culmination of decades of hard work by Chris and Helen Haller, who were also the major donor of the bells.

Nov 25, 2015

A Weekend in Hendersonville

by Don Morrison

Brimingham ringers Susan and Thomas Lagrone ring their first peal, in Hendersonville.

Oct 16, 2015

Very Laura-centric AGM weekend report

by Laura Dickerson
Oct 07, 2015

Rochester's Bells Reach the Finish Line!

by Helen D Haller
Sep 21, 2015

Progress on Rochester's Bells

by Helen D Haller
Aug 30, 2015

9th Annual Pittsburgh Ringing Course

by Kit Matthew
Aug 03, 2015

Farewell to Ross Finbow

by Don Morrison

Ringers from Boston, Carmel, Kalamazoo, Pittsburgh and Toronto converged in Pittsburgh to wish Ross Finbow farewell after over three decades of ringing in North America, with weekend of peals and pub crawling.

Jun 15, 2015

250th Anniversary Clock and Bells

by Kit Matthew

Included here is George Williams' text in honor of the event. George read this on Sunday September 21st, 2014 at the celebration service held in St. Michael's Church. A full report will be forthcoming in the Clapper.

Oct 14, 2014

2014 NAGCR AGM in Washington DC

by Elizabeth M Sinclair
Sep 06, 2014

2014 Pittsburgh ringing course

by Michael Hinton
Aug 20, 2014

2nd Annual Illinois Tower Bell Bash

by Tom Farthing
Jul 09, 2014

Twelve Bells . . . and Then Some

by Madeleine Cheesman
Jul 01, 2014

250 peals at The Advent

by Don Morrison

A peal of Bristol Surprise Major was rung at The Church of the Advent, Boston on 7 June, the 250th peal on the bells. The Advent is the first North American tower to reach this number. This report summarizes the history of peal ringing at The Advent and the run up to the 250th peal there.

Jun 30, 2014

Charleston Ringers Trek to Raleigh

by Kit Matthew
Apr 14, 2014

Toronto in Pittsburgh

by Don Morrison

In mid February a half-dozen Toronto ringers braved the endless winter to ring in Pittsburgh.

Apr 08, 2014

A Successful Weekend in Toronto

by Robin Clarke
Nov 27, 2013

Washington, DC October 12 - 13

by Andrew Mitchell
Nov 08, 2013

Brewster/Kent Area meeting focuses on Plain Major

by Paul Windels III
Oct 28, 2013

Report of AGM 2013

by Robert Aldinger
Oct 03, 2013

Bradfield Ringing Course (England)

by David Henry
Aug 25, 2013

Pittsburgh Ringing Course 2013

by Alice Gough Heilker and Martha Partridge
Aug 16, 2013

2013 Southwest Peal Tour

by Beth Sinclair
Apr 23, 2013

It's lucky number 7 as St James Dallas makes its debut in the 25th 7-Towers Festival

by Linda Rankin
Apr 22, 2013

A weekend of quarter peals at Southminster

by Don Morrison

The weekend of 14-17 March twenty-two ringers gathered in Pittsburgh to attempt fistfuls of quarter peals. They came from Atlanta, Birmingham, Kalamazoo, Minneapolis/St Paul, New York, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Washington, DC. Twenty-three quarters were attempted, with eight different conductors. Of these, seventeen were successful, twelve in tower and five in hand. Two thirds were of surprise major, and the handbell quarters even ranged up to treble bob maximus.

Apr 07, 2013

How many ringers can you get in the tower at St Martin's?

by Eileen Butler

We usually struggle to start ringing at 9:30 AM the morning of the Spring dinner. However this year, despite there being 2 other ringing events that weekend, we had a full tower at that time!

Thanks to Helen Haller for the photo.

Apr 02, 2013

Mid-Atlantic Area Meeting in New York

by Jeremy Bates

On Saturday, December 8, 2012, ringers from up to 900 miles away converged on New York for a day of ringing in tower and hand, on stages up to royal, cinques, and max.

Jan 01, 2013

Rev'd Christopher Keene instituted as new rector of Immanuel Church, New Castle

by Bruce N Butler
Oct 29, 2012

They came from near and far, to ring at our tower*

by Susan O'Neill
Oct 20, 2012

Southminster Tenth Anniversary

by Don Morrison

October 5, 2012 was the tenth anniversary of the dedication of the eight bells at Pittsburgh's Southminster Presbyterian Church. To celebrate, we hosted a weekend of ringing, and rang a celebratory peal, a first peal for two of our local band, Mary Bragdon and Skip Peters. We were joined for the weekend by ringers from New York, Toronto and Washington, DC.

Oct 10, 2012

Ross's two tower ringing/peal tour

by Linda Rankin

Ringing/Peal tour of Dallas and Shreveport organized by Ross Finbow. September 28-30 2012

Oct 03, 2012

Frederick, Maryland Area Meeting

by Carleton J MacDonald
Frederick, Maryland Area Meeting September 8, 2012
Sep 24, 2012

2012 Pittsburgh Ringing Course

by Kamal Marhubi
Aug 09, 2012

Groton meeting

by Laura Dickerson
Aug 08, 2011

The Butler's I 20 Tour

by Brian Zook

Ringing and Fun on the Butler Tour of the South on I 20 June 21-27

Jul 23, 2011

Kalamazoo Hand Bell Quarter Weekend

by Don Morrison
May 26, 2011

Gathering of North American SRCY members in Pittsburgh, 8-10 April 2011

by Michael Hinton
Apr 15, 2011

Teaching the Teachers

by Bruce N Butler
Mar 07, 2011

North American Performances December 2010

by Don Morrison & Lyn Barnett
Dec 06, 2010

North American Performances November 2010

by Don Morrison
Nov 09, 2010

North American Performances October 2010

by Don Morrison
Nov 08, 2010

The Butlers' Tour of Australia

by Bruce N Butler
Sep 28, 2010

North American Performances September 2010

by Don Morrison

Details of peals and quarters rung in North America that have been reported in September 2010.

Sep 03, 2010

North American Ringers' First Tour of Australia

by Bruce N Butler
Sep 01, 2010

Recent North American Performances

by Don Morrison

Details of peals and quarters peals rung in North America in approximately the last two weeks.

Aug 29, 2010

Hendersonville Tower Celebrates 32nd Anniversary

by Lyn Barnett
Aug 11, 2010

Pittsburgh Ringing Course, 2010

by Tony Furnivall

Eight students and eleven helpers gather in Pittsburgh to explore the delights (and pitfalls) of Surprise Major!

Aug 10, 2010

The Butler Bell Tour of Massachusetts

by Brian Zook

Article with You tube video links of the Philadelphia Guild of Change Ringers trip to the Boston Area July 9-12, 2010.

Aug 04, 2010

Ten Firsts!

by Lyn Barnett
Jul 26, 2010

England's Queen Elizabeth views ringing in Toronto

by Laura Dickerson
Jul 12, 2010

Jeff Smith's Eightieth Birthday Peal

by Don Morrison

Kalamazoo celebrated Jeff Smith's eightieth birthday with a handbell peal in which Jeff rang, and further ringing, in both hand and tower.

Jun 10, 2010

18th Annual Philadelphia Quarter Peal Weekend, January 15-18, 2010

by Lian von Wantoch
May 05, 2010

Toronto Ringers in Pittsburgh

by Don Morrison

The weekend of 16–18 April 2010 seven Toronto ringers, joined by two from elsewhere, journeyed to Pittsburgh for three days of ringing, including practicing Cornwall, ringing one peal, and five quarters.

Apr 19, 2010

Youngest Quarter Peal Ringer at St. James, Marietta

by Kathryn Tucker
Mar 16, 2010

New Ring in Shreveport

by David H Graves
Dec 21, 2009

Two SRCY peals in Toronto

by Kristine Fowler

Two 12-bell peals were scored in Toronto for the 2009 SRCY Peal Weekend.

Dec 17, 2009

Two first peals in Washington...

by Haley Barnett

Rob Bannister and Rick DuPuy ring their first peal together.

Dec 16, 2009

Mid-Atlantic Area Meeting a Huge Success

by Bruce Butler

Mid-Atlanta Area Meeting in NYC very successful

Dec 14, 2009

Philadelphia Scores Doubles during World Series--in Miami!

by Rob Bannister

The Miami Guild of Change Ringers focuses on Grandsire Doubles during a 4-day training led by Bruce and Eileen Butler. The training comes shortly after a visit from Worcester Catheral ringer Bernard Taylor who helped set the Miami ringers up with a simulator.

Nov 24, 2009

Local newspaper article and video on bellringing in Little Rock

by Scott Stricker
Nov 23, 2009

Three peal successes for Charleston area ringers

by Rosalie Crouch

A band of Society of Royal Cumberland Youths was recently visiting the Charleston area and provided the opportunities for three of our ringers to have “firsts” in peal ringing:

Eve Gentieu rang her first peal, ringing the treble to plain bob major at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, Steve Collins rang his first peal of treble bob as the treble to Belfast Surprise Major at Stella Maris, and Noah Smith rang his first peal of surprise, ringing the 4th bell in Cambridge Major at Grace. Congratulations to all three of them.

Nov 19, 2009

Ringing for Climate Change Awareness

by Laura Dickerson

The Boston Ringers again rang a touch of 350 Grandsire Triples in support of the international day of action to promote awareness of the dangerous levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.

Oct 26, 2009

The First North American Ringing Group to Tour South Africa

by June Kelly

An unabridged accounting of the Butler tour to South Africa this past summer written by one of the participants along with quarter peal details.

Oct 22, 2009

Long Thirds and Sevenths in Pittsburgh

by Rob Bannister

The Annual Pittsburgh Ringing Course, which this year focused on basic methods on 7 & 8 bells, was low-key and highly productive.

Sep 22, 2009

Recruiting & Retention Round Table at the AGM

by Dianne Cermak

A Round Table discussion of Recruiting & Retention was held at the AGM among seven ringers who began learning five or fewer years ago. In the hope that their perspectives would be most revealing about the current situation in North America, they were encouraged to discuss how they first heard of and came to ringing, what got them back the second time, and what has kept them coming in the years since. They also discussed reasons they thought others who began with them had dropped out. Their comments provide substantial grist for the Recruiting & Retention effort in North America.

Sep 15, 2009

Memorial Ringing for Senator Kennedy at Old North Church

by Dianne Cermak

The Nine Tailors and a Memorial Quarter Peal were rung at Old North Church in Boston in the days immediately following the death of Edward M. Kennedy who represented the people of Massachusetts in the US Senate for 47 years.

Aug 31, 2009

25th Anniversary Peal

by Kit Almy & Dianne Cermak

Peal of Double Norwich rung to celebrate 25th anniversary of dedication of Kalamazoo College bells.

Aug 28, 2009

Bell Ringing at Smith College

by Michael Bush & Elizabeth Denne
After a long period without a local band of ringers the bell tower at Smith College in Northampton, MA is active again. During the first weeks of September, Marj Batchelor (Smith alumna) and her husband Alan Winter (two experienced ringers from Cambridge, England) visited Smith and gave daily bell handling lessons to a group of about 12 students and faculty. Much needed maintenance work on the tower and a few preliminary lessons to faculty were carried out by Greg Russell over the summer.
Sep 29, 2008

Getting Acquainted with Russian Bells and Ringers

by Laura Dickerson
A complicated series of exchanges in the 1930s led to the bells of the St Daniel monastery in Moscow being installed at Lowell House at Harvard (then) College. In the 1980s, after the monastery was returned to its original pre-Soviet religious function, negotiations began to return the bells. The ultimate outcome was that a new set of Russian bells were cast for Harvard and the original ones returned to Moscow.
Sep 15, 2008