Notices and Adverts

Notices published in issue 5521 (February 17 2017) and in the two preceding issues


PRATT, Margaret of Bulkington, Warks. Died in hospital on 23rd January 1917. The funeral will be held at St. James, Bulkington on Tuesday 21st February at 2pm, open ringing from 1.30pm. Family flowers only.        [6016]

BEACH, Donald J passed away 20.01.17. Don served the Southwell & Nottingham Guild as Chairman & Trustee for a number of years. He also fulfilled District roles and was Tower Captain at Greasley for over 50 years. Funeral at St Mary’s Greasley, Thursday 9th February, 1.35pm, followed by Committal at Mansfield Crematorium at 2.45pm. Open ringing prior to service and quarter peal attempt afterwards. Family flowers only. Donations to SNDGCBR.    [6012]

Funeral Announcements

GRAHAM RONALD EYLES. Passed away peacefully on 29th January 2017. His funeral service will be held on Wednesday 8th February 2017,12.30pm at St Chritophers Church, Ditteridge, SN13 8QF. No flowers, donations please to Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust or online via[6015]

Change of Address


For sale / wanted

Diatonic Set of 12 WHITECHAPEL HANDBELLS 15C in black case. Practically unused £2,750.00, Cheshire, 07973 798347.                [6013]

Yorkshire Association of
Change Ringers


The new DIAGRAMS is available from
John Mitchell, Manor House, Roecliffe, Boroughbridge, York, YO51 9LY.
£12 including p&p.
Cheques please to ‘YACR Snowdon Books’.

A4 sized copies now available on request. Enquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(Sorry; there is no discount for multiple purchases)

All surplus proceeds to YACR Bell Repair Fund


Head of Bell Tower, York Minster

Fixed term appointment £7,000 pa

Experienced Bell Ringers are invited to apply for the role of Head of Bell Tower at York Minster. The successful applicant will help us to recruit and establish our new band of volunteer Bell Ringers. Initially a 12 month fixed term appointment (to be reviewed within 12 months), this is expected to require an average 10 hours per week.


York Minster is the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of York and the Metropolitical Cathedral for the Northern Province of the Church of England. The Minster is a masterpiece in stained glass and stone, with foundations rooted in the nation’s earliest history. Today, as a working cathedral, we invite everyone to share God’s love through our welcome, worship, learning and work. Our values are courage, wisdom and trust.

The ring of 12 bells is widely regarded by experienced change ringers as some of the best sounding bells in the country. The Head of Bell Tower will be responsible for the recruitment and development of a skilled band of York Minster Bell Ringers to lead change ringing for Sunday services and for other special services and festivals in York.

The post holder will be required to:

Lead transformation to create a band of Bell Ringers by introducing a volunteer culture for all Bell Ringers and Carillonneurs that aligns with the mission of York Minister

Encourage a ‘Minster Standard’ in everything we do, including during the ringing of full 12-bell peals at agreed times

Build and maintain strong communications with individual volunteer bell ringers, volunteer and paid staff

Work effectively with colleagues throughout the Minster Community in particular the Precentor, Succentor, the coordinator of volunteer Carillonneurs

Identify needs and liaise with the Stoneyard for maintenance of the bells and the Bell Tower

Welcome visitors to the Bell Tower and make arrangements for visiting bands to ring at York Minster

As well as the recruitment and induction of the volunteer bell ringers, the role will focus on training, learning and maintaining quality, safety and standards of conduct and behaviour.

The role will average 10 hours a week including practice (currently Tuesday evenings), ringing on Sundays (9.00-10.00am) and special services and festivals. Attendance during office hours will be required at least six times a year for training. Initial induction for the role will occur over three days.

Information about the role and how to apply can be found at

Applications should arrive no later than Sunday 26 February 2017 at 5pm. Interviews will be held on Saturday 11 March 2017.

If you are invited for interview you will be asked to produce evidence of your eligibility to work in the UK. Offers of employment are subject to satisfactory references, medical clearance and, where appropriate, a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at enhanced level.



Position Vacant

We are seeking a person who can undertake the position of bell hanger following suitable training, or a young person interested in undertaking these duties within a formal apprenticeship leading to qualifications.

Expressions of interest in the first instance to Mrs Sheila Parker, Administration Manager, The Bell Foundry, Freehold Street, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 1AR. Closing Date 28th February 2017.[6014]

University Announcements

Central Council Announcements



A discount of 30% will be allowed on advertised prices for orders over £60 received during MARCH (This discount does not apply to items marked * in the 2017 price list).

Order from: Mrs B Wheeler, 2 Orchard Close, Morpeth, Northumberland NE61 1XE


Tower Announcements



Saturday 1st April
at Wellesbourne, Warwickshire, 10am-5pm

Their historical significance and technical performance often need to be recorded.  Recording skills, of all kinds, are becoming scarce. Come to see how you can use your talents to help keep our bells ringing.

Places, £15, are limited. Book now.

Contact Alan Frost tel 01296 681244
or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Weekday Meetings and Practices

NORTHANTS MIDWEEK GROUP. Wednesday 1st March at Duston (NN5 6RZ) 2-4pm. Method Cambridge Surprise Minor. All abilities welcome.           [1072]

TAW TORRIDGE & TAMAR MIDWEEK GROUP. Thursday 23rd Feb. 11.30am Winkleigh, 2.30pm Spreyton. All welcome.  [1073]

Meetings on Wednesday February 25

NORWICH D.A. Western Branch. Sat 25th February. Ringing at Castle Acre (6) 10.30am to 12noon followed by lunch in the Horse and Groom, Swaffham. Lunch must be pre-booked contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01362 860835 for menu.   [1070]

Meetings on Saturday February 4

LACR. Blackburn Branch. Meeting Saturday 4th. Ringing at Padiham from 3.30-5pm and then from 6.30-8pm at Burnley. All and everyone is welcome to come along. Simon Butterworth, Branch Secretary.                                            [1054]

Meetings on Saturday February 11

DERBY D.A. Peak District. Meeting at Bakewell (8) 7-8.30pm. All welcome.   [1063]

HERTFORD C.A. Eastern District. Saturday 11th February. Afternoon Meeting, afternoon ringing at Holy Trinity Church, Bengeo, 3-5pm. All welcome.              [1057]

HERTFORD C.A. Western District. Meeting at Great Gaddesden (6) 3pm. Service 4.30pm followed by tea, business meeting and evening ringing. Names for tea to Val Mills, 07929 650664.      [1058]

LACR. Furness & South Lakeland Branch. Our February Branch Meeting will be held on February 11th at St Thomas’, Milnthorpe from 2.30-3.30pm and at St Peter’s, Heversham from 3.30-4.30pm. Ringing will be followed by refreshments at Heversham. All are welcome.   [1065]

LANCASHIRE ASSOCIATION. Rochdale Branch. Meeting Saturday 11th February 2017 at St James, East Crompton. Afternoon ringing from 3.30-5.30pm. Everyone welcome.    [1059]

PDG. Daventry Branch. Meeting Saturday 11th February at Flore. Ring at 3pm. Service at 4.30pm followed by tea and meeting. Evening ringing at Whilton 7-8.30pm. Numbers for tea to Ann Maud tel no 01327 342582, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Thursday prior.        [1060]

SDGR. Calne Branch. Practice at Heddington. Ringing at 15:00, service at 16:30 followed by tea. Evening ringing. Tea numbers to Bridget Luke please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .     [1061]

SOUTHWELL & NOTTINGHAM D.G. Bingham District. Afternoon ringing at Granby from 3pm followed by service, tea and meeting. Evening ringing at Cropwell Bishop from 6.30pm. Names for tea to Mark Tubbs on 01949 850231. [1062]

EAST GRINSTEAD & DISTRICT GUILD. Evening Meeting at Ditchling (8) 6.30 to 8.30pm. All welcome.        [1056]

Meetings on Saturday February 18

PDG. Culworth Branch. Monthly Branch Ring will take place on Saturday 18th Feb from 3-4.30pm at Kings Sutton. All are welcome.              [1074]

CHESTER D.G. South Branch. Ringing at Congleton 3.30-5pm followed by service and tea. Evening ringing at Astbury. Names for tea by 8th to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.            [1066]

DERBY D.A. Southern District. Meeting at Aston on Trent (6) 10.30am until 12noon. All welcome.[1067]

LADIES’ GUILD. East Midlands Branch. Saturday 18th February 2017. 10-10.45am East Leake (Notts) St Mary the Virgin (6). 11-11.45am Hathern (Leics) St Peter & Paul (8). Followed by meeting and lunch. 2.15-3pm Belton (Nr Loughborough) (Leics) St Peter (6). All welcome.               [1068]

LINCOLN DIOCESAN GUILD. West Lindsey Branch. Saturday 18th February, Gainsborough (8) 6.45-8pm, Change ringing.          [1071]

PDG. Wellingborough Branch. Training Afternoon at Wilby, 2.30-4.30pm. Surprise practice at Ecton from 10am.            [1069]

EAST DERBYSHIRE AND WEST NOTTINGHAMSHIRE ASSOCIATION OF CHURCH BELLRINGERS. Meeting will be held at St Helen’s Parish Church, Selston, Derbyshire on Saturday 18 February 2017 between 3pm to 4.30pm. All are welcomed.            [1064]

Meetings on Saturday February 25

BEDFORDSHIRE ASSOCIATION. Luton District. Afternoon Ringing Meeting at Houghton Regis (6), 4.30-6pm. All welcome.         [1075]

LADIES’ GUILD. Marches District.10:00-11:00 Hereford St Nicholas, HR4 0BH. 11:15-12:15 Hereford All Saints, HR4 0BA. 12:15 Lunch Cafe @ All Saints. 15:00-16:00 Hampton Bishop, HR1 4LT.              [1076]

LADIES’ GUILD. South Midlands District. ADM to be held on 25th February 2017. 10.30am ringing at Flore followed by service at 11.15am. Lunch and meeting at The White Hart, Flore. Afternoon ringing 2.30 to 3.15pm Pattishall and 3.30 to 4.15pm at Cold Higham.1077[1077]

LACR. Fylde Branch. Lytham, St John (6) 3-5pm.     [1078]

SURREY ASSOCIATION. Southern District. Saturday 25 February 2017 Annual District Meeting. General ringing from 3pm at Godstone, St Nicholas (8), with service at 4.30pm, followed by tea and business meeting, then ringing after. Names for tea to Alison McCormick ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01737 245501) by 22nd February please.             [1079]

Meetings on Thursday March 9

HEREFORD GUILD. BRF AGM, 8pm Thursday 9th March, The Black Swan, Leominster. Enquiries 01746 714357.   [5002]

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