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AGM Update, 15 May 2021

Great AGM... after routine business we were treated to three enlightening and forward-looking reports (Recovery, Recruitment, and Training groups) on how ringers and towers can gradually move towards in-person ringing again as Covid-19 lockdowns slowly ease up. And exciting to reflect on how all of these ideas can develop over the coming months. Some ideas on how to support Dundee's augmentation project financially (more details shortly). Striking competition results. 50-50 Club draw (with entertainment from Ruth's glamorous assistant). And rounded off by Simon's superb quiz (joint winners: Sue&IanT & AnnieB). Info and ents enjoyed by over 50 SACR members.

Virtual Striking Competition results: Big Congratulations to Glasgow B for winning the Striking Competition. To Inverness for silver medal and to Edinburgh STAG&StCuthbert’s for the bronze accolade. Many many thanks to Matt Hetherington for superb, eloquent and constructive comments. And to all 54 ringers for taking part. Not forgetting Ruth & Jonathan for organising. Bands taking part: Glasgow A, Dundee, CentralTowersWed, Aberdeen St Machar’s, CentralTowersFri, Edinburgh St Mary’s, Edinburgh STAG&StC, Inverness & Glasgow B. Well done all!

Dundee augmentation appeal :: Usually at in-person meetings a fund-raising donations bucket would be circulated, and at this meeting it would have been for the Dundee augmentation appeal... so we're going virtual this year for donations and if you wish you can donate online (or by cheque or bank transfer) via this link: https://www.saintpaulscathedral.net/st-pauls-cathedral-bells-appeal.

St Paul’s Cathedral Dundee have set up an online donations page via PayPal to facilitate the payment of donations to the fund raising for the bells appeal. Gift Aid where applicable is added to the donation and added to the fund directly, so please tick the Gift Aid box if this applies to your circumstances. Please follow the link above. Your donation can be made via bank debit/credit card. If you would prefer to make a donation via cheque or bank transfer please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., who will pass on the bank details and gift aid form.

Thank you so much for any donations – no matter how small, it will all count in the end.

There will be further opportunity to donate to fund raising events soon! In the next couple of weeks, Margaret will publish full details of her sponsored marathon run from Dundee to St Andrews at the end of June! Thanks again for your support.

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Newsletter, 13 May 2021

Dear Members

Here's the latest edition of the newsletter. The first event is of course the AGM on Saturday... we look forward to seeing you at 3pm via this zoom link (and earlier in the day for the virtual striking competition).

Upcoming events

AGM: Saturday 15 May, 3pm-4pm, via zoom link https://cbre.zoom.us/j/93386989352. As well as a business meeting, all three of the working groups for recovery, recruitment and training will be presenting a short summary of their work so far. There will also be results of the strking competition, the 50:50 club draw, and a quiz hosted by quiz master extraordinaire Simon Aves.
    The virtual striking competition will take place earlier in the day, starting at 11:45am. We will be live streaming the event via YouTube for those who would like to listen to the other bands ringing; you can view the YouTube channel from 11:45am at this link.

Advanced practice: Fri 28 May, 7.30pm :: via zoom and in ringingroom.com; focus methods to be confirmed. As usual, please let Ruth Marshall know (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you're attending so she can plan how many ringing room towers to set up, etc.

News

St Paul's Cathedral, Dundee :: Good news – St Paul’s Cathedral, Dundee have given permission for Sunday service ringing to restart after many months of silence! Ringing resumed on Sunday 9 May for the first time in 2021! Only 4 ringers allowed, in order to adhere to the 2m rule, but we are delighted to be back! Facebook post is here.


Recovery Convention :: ART and the CCCBR hosted a series of online presentations on ringing recovery earlier in May. Each talk was recorded and can be viewed online via this page: click here.

HRH Prince Philip :: Various periods of tolling, online quarter peals, etc. were rung in April in Scotland and around the world. https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/memoria.php?id=13655

 

Culloden :: At 12noon on 16th April, half-muffled tolling of the tenor at Inverness Cathedral to commemorate the 275th Anniversary of the Battle of Culloden and remember the lives lost. Fought on a site 5 miles east of Inverness on 16th April 1746, it involved the deaths of some 1,600 men — over 1,500 of them Jacobites. It was the last pitched battle fought on British soil. 

https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1435479

 

Alloa :: "We shall return." 20 April was the 150th anniversary of the dedication of the original ring of 6 at St John the Evangelist, Alloa, and a virtual quarter peal marked the occasion. https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1438484

Maintenance :: Safety first as and when you are able to go in to the belfry, with a minimum of two people in the belfry at all times. Most important is a visual check for anything that might have moved, fallen into the path of the bells or otherwise changed. And ideally check for free movement of bells, clappers and pulleys. If possible cleaning and lubrication is desirable. Any queries or questions to the tower and bells advisor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Three generations of ringers! :: Inverness ringer Rachel Milner was thrilled recently to find some records on Bellboard of her grandfather Fred Avery’s ringing in the 1960s and 1970s. Rachel is grateful to Stephen Elwell-Sutton, who found 46 entries in the Ringing World archives from 1944 to 1981 for Fred, who was born in 1912. Fred was a civil servant and was posted in Surrey during the Second World War. The photo from the Ringing World in December 1944 lists Fred’s first 720 (bottom right column), rung in Haslemere. Interesting that they were allowed to ring in December 1944. Fred died in 1989 and a band rang a quarter peal of Grandsire Triples at his funeral in Wilton; in the other photo, Rachel and her father Roger Avery are holding the board that commemorates that quarter.
    Rachel’s great-grandfather, Frederick Avery, was one of the many who died in the First World War; he died in 1918 from injuries sustained at the Battle of the Somme. In October 2018, Rachel and her father coordinated so that they both rang a quarter peal to commemorate the centenary of Frederick's death. Here’s a link to an article in Devon Calls about that; it’s on page 5 at this link.
     Three generations of ringers! What a pedigree!

 
Annual report :: The report for 2020 is available online at this link (and many thanks, as ever, to the Report Editor, Iain Milne).
 
Social media: For up to date info on social media:
https://www.sacr.org
https://www.facebook.com/scottishbellringing
https://twitter.com/SBellringing
@SBellringing
https://www.facebook.com/groups/bellringers

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Newsletter, 10 April 2021

Dear Members

Here's the latest edition of the newsletter. In particular please see the request to respond to the Recruitment Survey via this link: click here (full details below).

Following the death of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, guidance is to ring half muffled on the day of the Duke's funeral to mark the occasion. Between now and then, the suggestion is to rung bells half muffled if you're in a position to ring at your tower. As ever, please ring in line with CCCBR guidance, with necessary checks on bells, with necessary church permissions, and within current Covid-19 restrictions; follow safety advice for lone ringers in a tower. Around the world ringing took place at 12noon on Saturday 10 April, and in memoriam ringing can be seen on bell board via this link.

In Scotland, Ruth tolled the tenor at Glasgow Cathedral at 12noon for 5 minutes, and at St Andrew's and St George's West, Edinburgh, the tenor was tolled half muffled 99 times. There was no doubt also other ringing in Scotland. And friends in Alderney were in the position to be able to ring quarter peals in person.

Recovery :: Recruitment ::
Training

Three groups were set up after the January meeting. Here are some brief updates.

Recovery :: The recovery group have met a few times and have drawn together ideas and strategies for getting back to ringing. Here are some notes and links about resources available: ART & CCCBR have come together in a joint venture to create a Survival and Recovery toolkit, hosted here. This excellent resource contains information on online ringing and running virtual training, both areas where SACR has already had many positive experiences. It also has information on getting physically fit to start ringing again and dedicated resources for tower captains. It's constantly being developed and, as ringing recovery progresses, we will highlight further relevant topics to you. The recovery group is Annie Brechin, Margaret Gamble, Tina Stoecklin and Nick Sturgess.

Recruitment :: Survey :: Earlier this year the SACR Committee set up a Recruitment & Retention Working Group to look at how we might approach recruitment of new ringers in Scotland. The members of the working group are Sally Thomas, Lynne Sydes, Norma Greenwood and Sue Turner. The working group has been developing lots of ideas and having a look at how other ringing associations undertake and support recruitment activity. But they would also like input from SACR members. Below is a link to a short survey which will help to gather some information and also enable all SACR members to input their thoughts and ideas about recruitment. The survey will take no more than 5 minutes to complete and all responses will be anonymous. The survey is live at the link below until 21 April. Please complete it. Your ideas will help inform how we recruit new ringers in Scotland. Survey link is here: SACR Recruitment Survey.

Training :: The training group comprises Zoe Martin, Ian and Barbara Bell and Jonathan and Judith Frye. We have had three lively meetings and are continuing the momentum by getting together weekly. The discussion groups at the January Association meeting provided us with some ideas, the committee offered us their thoughts and our own suggestions have been added too. From this conglomeration some strategic goals have emerged and some exciting potential ventures for the future. We hope to report back to the committee before too long.

Upcoming events

Advanced practice: Sat 24 April, 11am
:: via zoom and in ringingroom.com; focus methods will be the standard eight, and in particular Lincolnshire, Cambridge, Yorkshire and Bristol. As usual, please let Ruth Marshall know (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you're attending so she can plan how many ringing room towers to set up, etc. Next advanced practice for your diary: Fri 28 May at 7.30pm.

AGM: Saturday 15 May, 2pm-4pm, via zoom :: Details to be circulated in due course. If you'd be interested in joining the committee, have a word with any of the committee members. All posts are re-elected each year, and two will become vacant so a new Treasurer and a new Bells & Towers Advisor are being sought. If you think you might be interested in a post in the future, you're welcome to join the committee and shadow a post, or dive straight in!
 
Easter ringing

Haddington :: Sally and Chris rang two bells for the Easter Service at Haddington. Since then people have been getting in touch to say how wonderful it was to hear the bells.

Dunblane :: We did not ring full-circle in Dunblane but Judith and Chris chimed the Ellacombe between two services (with numbers restricted to 50, there needed to be two services to cater for everyone). We rang both hymn tunes and changes. The bells have not been heard since Christmas Day so as members of the congregation walked up to the Cathedral their eyes inevitably looked up to the tower! Our efforts were certainly appreciated by many who passed on comments via those on duty. We plan to chime the Ellacombe each Sunday going forward, until such times as we can safely ring again.

Inverness :: Heather rang Easter hymns on the carillon for the first service back face to face in the Cathedral. Cynthia, Heather's mother, rang the the Sanctus bell since they are bubbled! This will be continuing until proper ringing can happen again.

St Andrews :: We rang three bells at St Andrews on Easter Sunday: 2/4/6. Our new dumbbell is installed too!

St Andrew's and St George's West, Edinburgh :: We rang 4 bells with 4 people from two households socially distanced. We rang a combination of call changes and Plain Hunt on 3 and 4. Becoming quite a regular thing now with tolling on the Day of Reflection (23 March), Good Friday and now Easter Sunday.

St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh :: 120 Plain Bob Doubles was rung on 1-2-4-6-7-8.

News

TowerTalk :: In the most recent edition of TowerTalk, Judith Frye from Dunblane explores ways to advance one's knowledge of methods... with the analogy of learning a musical instrument. Read about it on page 8 via this link. It's a packed 21-page edition with articles from around the UK.

Social media: For up to date info on social media:
https://www.sacr.org
https://www.facebook.com/scottishbellringing
https://twitter.com/SBellringing
@SBellringing
https://www.facebook.com/groups/bellringers

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Newsletter, 19 March 2021

Dear Members

Here's the latest edition of the newsletter.

Upcoming events

Covid Remembrance day: Tue 23 Mar :: St Andrew's and St George's West, Edinburgh, will be tolling the tenor half muffled. Are any other towers planning to toll on Covid Remembrance day?

Advanced practice: Sat 27 March, 11am
:: via zoom and in ringingroom.com, with a focus on the "old" standard eight, and Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Cambridge and Bristol in particular. As usual, please let Ruth Marshall know (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you're attending so she can plan how many ringing room towers to set up, etc. Other advanced practices for your diary: Sat 24 April at 11am, Fri 28 May at 7.30pm.

Good Friday and Easter Sunday :: St A & St GW will be tolling the tenor half muffled on Good Friday at 3pm. The band is also planning some socially distanced ringing for the service on Easter Sunday.

AGM: Saturday 15 May, 2pm-4pm, via zoom :: Details to be circulated in due course. If you'd be interested in joining the committee, have a word with any of the committee members. All posts are re-elected each year, and two will become vacant so a new Treasurer and a new Bells & Towers Advisor are being sought. If you think you might be interested in a post in the future, you're welcome to join the committee and shadow a post, or dive straight in!

News

Recovery :: Recruitment :: Training :: Three groups were set up after the January meeting... more news from these groups shortly.

The Association of Ringing Teachers Awards
:: Scotland was well represented in the ART online awards on 6 March:
  • Huge congratulations to Ruth Marshall for winning the ART Award for Inspiring Leadership in Ringing. A well deserved award. (Joint winner with Birmingham’s St Martin’s Guild.) https://www.facebook.com/206179429825651/posts/1137190770057841.
  • eBells — a collaboration including Glasgow’s Simon Gay — were runners-up last night in the ART Award for Excellence in the Development of Technology in Teaching. Congratulations one and all: Simon Gay, Tim Hart, Graham John and Ben Johnson https://youtu.be/oMgPdkwyiK4.
Training! :: "Now I'm reinvigorated to do more" :: February and March were busy months for training, with a two-weekend conducting course attended by six SACR students, followed by a full training day with about 34 students, helpers and tutors... This is one of the most heart-warming comments: "Best day of my lockdown!" ... Some reports from participants are available below: https://sacr.org/index.php/association/newsletters-reports#nl2102-03.
 
Bell Restoration Fund 50-50 Club :: The last couple of draws were done at the Training Day on 6 March. Here are the recent winners:
January – Christina Howie (Dundee)
February – Martin Mellor (Inveraray)
March – Jane Farquharson (Dunblane) 
If anyone wishes to join the 50-50 draws, please contact Ruth Ogilvie on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please also contact Ruth if you are not sure and wish to check if you still have a monthly ticket!

SACR on BellBoard :: There have been quite a lot of virtual SACR quarter peals in the last few weeks, which can be viewed with this customised search on bell board: https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/search.php?association_id=35. It includes a quarter marking 12 months to the day since a number of SACR members rang their last tower-bell peal. Surely in 12 months time towers bells will be ringing out again with 3-hour performances... watch this space!

Media coverage :: We have created a webpage with links to newspaper articles, TV/radio programmes, etc. See https://sacr.org/index.php/association/media. If you have any historical articles about ringing in Scotland, please let Martin know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

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Training days: February and March 2021

Training! “Now I'm reinvigorated to do more!” :: February and March have been busy months for training, with a two-weekend conducting course attended by six SACR students, followed by a full training day this weekend with about 34 students, helpers and tutors... This is one of the most heart-warming comments: “Best day of my lockdown!” ... Here are some reports from participants.

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The “Roving Ringer’s” enjoyment of Surprise Minor and brand new methods:

I am progressing to Surprise methods and today has enthused me at just the stage when I was getting weary of memory learning and worrying that similar patterns with small variations would just muddle my brain and in any case it probably wouldn’t transfer to the tower! 

Jonathan was honest, that we must commit Cambridge to memory, but then gave us a range of helpful tips to make it easier both to learn and to keep accurate. I made notes and I now intend to focus on each of his points as I ring on Abel so that when I go back to the tower they will be the signposts that lead me to accurate ringing. I now realise that being able to ring from memory on Abel is just not enough. I must work at recognising these extra elements and actually I think it will make it more interesting for me too.

But the best thing about all this effort I intend to expend is that it will pay dividends (I will hold you to that Jonathan!). As I progress to other Surprise methods the learning will not be so intense.

The breakout ringing sessions were great with steady helpers and Ian ensuring each of us had the practice we wanted. I didn’t need to have learnt Norwich and Primrose but I tried to and I always get a thrill when the conductor shouts “Go ......” and it is a new method for me. I managed them with help and even had a go at a touch of Norwich. Best day of my lockdown!

Lynne Sydes, Roving Ringer, Dumfries

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Miranda doubles down with Double Bob:

The day started off well for me. Ruth had made it foolproof to login to zoom meet and to group ringing rooms (essential for me), and there were no technical difficulties. We were all made to feel very welcome, and it was nice to see lots of new faces as well as familiar ones.

The day was extremely well organised into groups wanting to learn different things. Initially after being flung right out of my comfort zone with Double Bob, I was given the encouragement and support I needed to have a go, with success! Despite the range of skills in our group of learners, Tina had no difficulty tailoring the day to challenge and support each of us. I learned a lot and really enjoyed myself. It was nice not to have to worry about handling a bell as well as learning a new method. 

Thank you for organising this terrific day of virtual ringing. Thank you teachers and helpers: it was a great way to learn.

Miranda Jones, Dunblane

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Irene moves on to methods:

I am fairly new to bell ringing and prior to 2020 lockdown measures I had been making steady progress; this was due to the experience of the Glasgow band and the high standard of teaching. Although practice has continued via ringing room, my employment has impacted on my attendance and progress to the extent that I thought I would really struggle with Saturday's course. However, due to Ruth Marshall's style of teaching (and patience), by the end of the training day I had advanced from ringing "call changes" to ringing Plain Hunt Doubles, Bristow Bob Doubles and Plain Bob Doubles.

I thoroughly enjoyed the training day and would like to send my appreciation to all of the organisers/trainers and helpers. I look forward to any further training opportunities.

Irene, Glasgow

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Clyde orders his report well with all types of “courses” in this piece on intermediate conducting:

A small group of averagely competent SACR ringers recently signed up for Simon Gay’s Intermediate Conducting course. I was one of them and the course really was excellent.

Over the course of a couple of afternoons (8 hours in total), Simon gently introduces you to coursing orders – where and how to spot them, how to transpose them and a whole host of other useful info locked away in them. The key to the course’s success is of course Simon’s gentle coercion into realms unknown for the participants. Each theoretical part of the course is reinforced by a practical session using just a couple of methods – Plain and Little Bob – as illustrations of the theory and to give us all the opportunity to try out what we’d learned. Simon was his usual patient and tolerant self, allowing time for information to soak in and effortlessly fielding tangential questions without letting us stray too far from the essence of the coursework.

It’s an ill wind… and the pandemic-driven online resource Ringing Room turned out to be the ideal training space. Plenty of opportunity to consult helpful scribbles of relevant coursing orders, which the physicality of tower bells would perhaps not allow. For anyone vaguely familiar with the superb “On Conducting” by Wilfred G. Wilson, Simon’s course fulfils an invaluable role by filling in the interim rungs of the learning ladder. My only word of caution is that an effortless command of Plain Bob Doubles, Minor, Major and Little Bob Major using Ringing Room is essential for steering a steady course since relentlessly lumpy ringing greatly detracts from being able to observe what you’re supposed to!

Everyone came away from the course with a fistful of extra tools to use on virtual practice nights and hopefully, in the near future, in the tower. Huge thanks to Simon for structuring and delivering a brilliantly eye-opening course, and to the rest of the Gay family for allowing him the time to do it!

Clyde Wallbanks, Glasgow

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And from other snippets heard over the weekend: Aside from all the learning and enjoyment with virtual bells, in Inge’s words, “it’s just nice to see lots of familiar faces” during these weeks of lockdown. And Iain said “Now I'm reinvigorated to do more!” It was good fun and there was a great sense of community from across Scotland. 

 

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Newsletter, 18 February 2021

Dear Members

Here's the latest edition of the newsletter.

Upcoming events

Inveraray bell tower on BBC1 Scotland: Wed 24 February, 7.30pm :: These bells feature on TV again, with a visit by Grand Tours of Scotland's Lochs, BBC1 Scotland (and after that on BBC Scotland via iPlayer). Not to be missed! https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000spt7.

Advanced practice: Fri 26 February, 7.30pm :: via zoom and in ringingroom.com, with a focus on Surprise Major: the "old" standard eight. As usual, please let Ruth Marshall know (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you're planning to attend so she can plan how many ringing room towers to set up, etc. Other advanced practices for your diary: Sat 27 March at 11am, Sat 24 April at 11am, Fri 28 May at 7.30pm.
 
Training day: Sat 6 March, via zoom :: Focusing on Doubles/Minor Ringing Skills. Full details are at https://sacr.org/index.php/events-list/events/training-day-march21, and you can book oline by clicking on "Register" and then "Checkout".

AGM: Saturday 15 May, 2pm-4pm, via zoom :: Details to be circulated in due course. If you'd be interested in joining the committee, have a word with any of the committee members. All posts are re-elected each year, and two will become vacant so a new Treasurer and a new Bells & Towers Advisor are being sought. If you think you might be interested in a post in the future, you're welcome to join the committee and shadow a post, or dive straight in!

News

Recovery :: Recruitment :: Training :: Three groups were set up after the January meeting and thanks to all those who are getting involved with these groups. Colin has been putting volunteers in touch with each other. If you want to be involved in one of these groups and Colin hasn't been in touch with you yet, please drop Colin an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
 
A reminder of how to support to the Bell Restoration Fund :: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/SC011080. Please use this link if you're making any purchases on Amazon, and the BRF can benefit... it's a small percentage, but it all adds up! Up to today £1,702 worth of transactions qualified and thus they have made a donation of 0.5%: £8.51 to the BRF. 

Bell Restoration Fund 50-50 Club :: Christina Howie won the BRF 50-50 Club draw for Jan, winning £28. If you would like to join, contact Ruth Ogilvie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to secure your monthly draw tickets.

Subscriptions :: SACR membership fees for 2021 are now due, and someone from your tower has probably been in touch about paying these. Membership fees remain at £10 per member, £5 per junior member (under 18) and £5 per associate member. Please check with your tower correspondent if you've not yet sent your payment in.

David Herschell, a former member of our association, and ringer in Dunblane, has died. He had suffered from a stroke before Christmas then contracted Covid-19. He passed peacefully in his sleep earlier this month. Many of us will have known David, Hazel and their daughter Helen. Rest in Peace, David.
Judith Frye

Reports on past events

Scottish Handbell Day held virtually on 9 January :: Here’s a great insight into the joys of a handbell day! With thanks to Rachel Milner for the write-up. 
As a fairly new handbell ringer, I was very excited to attend the Scottish Handbell Day on Jan 9th organised by Nick Jones and hosted by Jenny Holden. After a short introduction from Nick we broke into 5 ringing rooms, depending on what we wanted to ring. 
        I had sessions of Bob Major led by Jonathan and Kent Major led by Peter. We had a few good touches, and it was great to ring with some ringers I had not met before. Isabella was joining us from Chicago!
        For one of the sessions I helped an introduction to 8 bell ringing session led by Jonathan, and for my last session I attended an introduction to 10 bell ringing led by Angela. After three hour sessions of ringing, the last session certainly blew my mind, and I think I will be sticking to 6 and 8 bells for a good while yet!
        Considering there were so many of us ringing from right across the UK, and even further afield, we had very few technical issues. 
        I would really encourage anyone who hasn't given handbell ringing a go to start learning. I have really enjoyed it, and I am sure my tower bell ringing will be improved by what I have learned.
        I would like to thank all the session leaders for their hard work and patience on the day, and special thanks to Nick for encouraging me on this new handbell adventure.
Interested in trying hand bellringing? :: There are a number of handbell groups around Scotland that meet via zoom and handbell stadium, etc. If you're interested in giving it a go, whether or not you have any experience, get in touch with Tina (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and she'll point you in the right direction.
 
January Meeting, 23 January :: A fun afternoon of discussions, ringing and a prize draw at the SACR online meeting with over 45 members present... ringing room ringing ranged from Plain Bob and Grandsire to Surprise Major. And in small breakout groups an ongoing discussion was started about how we might plan to come back to ringing when Covid allows, and how to continue to enjoy online ringing in the meantime. See above for details of how to get involved in the three groups.
 

First Quarter Peal, 26 January :: Some news from St Andrew's & St George's West, Edinburgh: Alex Linton started ringing with us last January and had progressed to ringing Rounds shortly before the lockdown. Since we moved to Ringing Room, his change ringing has progressed to result in this QP: https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1416108. He did extremely well and we look forward to more performances to come.
Mike Clay


Social media: For up to date info on social media:
https://www.sacr.org
https://www.facebook.com/scottishbellringing
https://twitter.com/SBellringing
@SBellringing
https://www.facebook.com/groups/bellringers

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Newsletter, 11 January 2021

Dear Members

Here's the latest edition with information on bells and bellringing in Scotland. Look forward to seeing many of you virtually on Sat 23rd Jan at the quarterly meeting.

January meeting: Sat 23 January, 2pm-4pm, via zoom :: The outline for the afternoon is as below. Sue will send meeting papers and further details in due course:
SACR Winter Meeting
14.00 - 14.30          SACR business meeting
14.30 - 15.30          General ringing on ringing room (all standards catered for)
15.30 - 16.00          Cup of tea and chat in small groups to discuss SACR strategy
The link to join the meeting is https://cbre.zoom.us/j/99770185664.

Advanced practice: Sat 30 January, 11am, via zoom and in ringingroom.com, with a focus on Littleport Little Surprise Royal, Yorkshire Surprise Royal and Stedman Caters. For Littleport's blue line, which is based on Bristol Major, see: https://rsw.me.uk/blueline/methods/view/Littleport_Little_Surprise_Royal. Please let Ruth Marshall know (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you're planning to attend so she can send you the log-on links and so she knows how many will be there. Other advanced practices for your diary: Fri 26 Feb at 7.30pm, Sat 27 March at 11am.

Online intermediate conducting course: 13 & 21 Feb :: If you're interested in Simon Gay's conducting course but haven't signed up yet, please check with Simon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to see if there are any spaces left.

SACR Training Day: Sat 6 March, 11am :: Thanks to all tower captains / ringing masters who have sent in requests/ideas for the day, and please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to raise a personal goal or area of interest that you would like to see covered. Further details of the sessions and how to get involved on the day will be issued in due course.

Bell Restoration Fund 50-50 Club :: The BRF 50-50 Club draws for Nov and Dec 2020 were carried out at the end of December in Aberdeen.  The winners were:
November – Eric McNally winning £28.50
December – Colin Crawford winning £28.00
The prize fund for January has reached £21.00 but we can aim for £37.50 per month, so please keep all your donations coming! You can contact Ruth Ogilvie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to secure your monthly draw tickets for 2021.

Post-Covid-19 ringing and activities :: This seems a long way off, and in the meantime there is quite a lot of online activity within ringing communities, but the time will come when we can meet again in person for ringing!
    SACR is of course keen to help everyone continue with their ringing both now and in the future. The Committee has been reflecting on strategies to move forwards with a broad range of ideas, and would like you to be involved with developing these. More details at the meeting on Sat 23rd!

Radio 4 item on bellringing
:: There was an item about bellringing and Covid on Radio 4 on 24 Dec, on the PM programme. If you have BBC Sounds you can listen to the piece. It starts about 28mins30 into the programme. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000qjnf

Advent Calendar :: St Mary's Cathedral Edinburgh had a virtual Advent Calendar, and the location for 11 December was the ringing chamber for some Plain Bob Minor. Beautifully filmed! https://fb.watch/2jtezuXZIt

Inspires :: There's a great write-up for Inveraray bells by the Scottish Episcopal Church's online newsletter "Inspires". It's in the November 2020 edition, available at https://www.scotland.anglican.org/who-we-are/publications/inspires.

Scottish Handbell Day :: This was held virtually on 9 January. News from the facebook group Handbell - Change Ringers (https://www.facebook.com/groups/720426284763283): We've just had an online Scottish Handbell Day, excellently organised by Nick Jones and Jenny Holden. Previously we had been running handbell days twice per year, but the last one we managed was in October 2019. The format is a mixture of quarter peal attempts and practice sessions. There were about 20 people, so most of the day we had five Ringing Rooms in operation. It's a great way to get people together and pool experience - and this time the online format enabled us to bring in friends from further afield who wouldn't have been able to come in person normally. Methods ranged from Plain Bob Minor to Kent Maximus, with just about everything in between.

E-handbells and book :: It seems that Tina and Simon’s book is popular in conjunction with these newly available 3D printed e-handbells (yes, printed handbells!). This screenshot is from http://facebook.com/groups/bellringers. And there's a review of the book in Towertalk newsletter! http://www.learningtheropes.org/news/tower-talk-issue-18.


CCCBR President's Blog :: The President of the Central Council writes a regular blog. It’s always a fun read... and more so in blog #23 with a shout-out to Ruth at Inveraray. https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/11/25/21935

Social media: For up to date info on social media, you can use the following:
https://www.sacr.org
https://www.facebook.com/scottishbellringing
https://twitter.com/SBellringing
@SBellringing
https://www.facebook.com/groups/bellringers

Please send in any items or articles that you would like included in the newsletter to Martin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

See you at 2pm on Sat 23rd Jan!

The SACR Committee 
 
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Newsletter, 19 November 2020

Dear Members

Welcome to the SACR newsletter. Here's the latest edition with news on upcoming events, which inevitably are still all virtual – apart from some half-muffled tolling on Remembrance Sunday (see below).

Advanced practice: Fri 27 Nov, 7.30pm, via zoom and in ringingroom.com
with a focus on Stedman Caters and Bristol Surprise Royal. Please could you let Ruth know (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you are planning to attend so she can send you the log-on links and so she knows how many will be there. Other advanced practices for your diary: Tue 29 Dec 7.30pm, Sat 30 Jan 11am (details also at sacr.org and on facebook).

January meeting: Saturday 23 January, 2pm-4pm, via zoom
Details for the January meeting will follow shortly.

Your local ringing practice: We know that some towers are having regular practices using ringing room. If your local band is practising, are you happy with the ringing and/or wo\uld you like some help?... Let us know if you'd like one or two more ringers to join you and we'll try to help. And, of course, all are welcome to join other towers' practices. Contact Ruth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more inform\ation.

Remembrance Sunday ringing: Ringing took place in Edinburgh at St Andrew's & St George's West on Remembrance Sunday, 8 November. A clip is available here: https://sacr.org/index.php/8-news/30-st-andrews-st-george-s-remembrance-sunday. Did anyone ring at any other towers in Scotland?

Bell Restoration Fund: If you shop online at Amazon (other providers available!), remember to start with the link https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/SC011080. At no extra cost to you, our Bell Restoration Fund receives a donation on every purchase made. It is admittedly only a small percentage but every little helps!

Ringing World: Last week's issue is on "Women in Ringing", with lots of points and ideas for everyone. If you don't already subscribe, back issues and subscriptions of the Ringing World can be purchased here: https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/issues.php at £1.80 a shot.

Inveraray: Secret Scotland's episode on Argyll and Bute with Susan Calman started with a segment about Inveraray bell tower. As Ruth pointed out, it was a very fun day filming & Susan is lovely ... but don't expect any sensible bell ringing chat! You can watch this again via this link: https://www.channel5.com/show/secret-scotland-with-susan-calman (and look for the 13 November episode). There is some obvious – to campanologists – mismatch of sound to swing, but the clip might tempt new ringers along... in due course... once teaching can start again.

Ian Peacock
Ruth wrote this tribute to Ian Peacock, who died on 12 November:
I was sad to hear today that ex. Paisley, St James ringer Ian Peacock died this morning. Ian hadn't been well for a while and was in a care home, but I don't remember him like that ... I remember a very kind and generous man with a cheeky wee smile. I first met him when I was a teenager. I'd learnt to ring at Morpeth (light 8 in Northumberland) so when we moved to Scotland, Glasgow's ten were a scary prospect & I took refuge at Paisley on the easier 8. At our Monday night practices, we had tea & biscuits (and Jelly Babies) mid-evening. During the Summer months, we went up to Ian's house after practice for a swim in his pool. He was in the hotel trade and we benefited from some excellent tower meals out as a result!

He learnt to ring when he was under 16 years old and rang at the SACR meeting in 1944, yet I was privileged to ring in his first peal in 1999! The peal board currently hangs on wall at Glasgow, rescued when Paisley church closed and the bells were removed.

He was a great man and I'm very thankful to have known him. Rest in Peace x

PAISLEY, Strathclyde, St James
Saturday 27 February, 1999, 3h 25 (22-1-17cwt)
5040 Plain Bob Triples
Comp: R. Bailey
1. Rose M Hancock
2. Ian Peacock
3. Alexander C Scott
4. Eric McNally
5. Terry G Williams
6. Ruth M Williams
7. Robert J Hancock (C)
8. Gavin Howat
1st peal: 2, 8.
Covid-19: You can find guidance on Covid-19 on the SACR website at https://www.sacr.org/index.php/covid-19-guidance. If you want specific advice, please ask and we'll try to help. Contact Colin on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Social media: For up to date info on social media, you can use the following:
https://www.sacr.org
https://www.facebook.com/scottishbellringing
https://twitter.com/SBellringing
@SBellringing
https://www.facebook.com/groups/bellringers

Maintenance:
Safety first as and when you are able to go in to the belfry, with a minimum of two people in the belfry at all times. Most important is a visual check for anything that might have moved, fallen into the path of the bells or otherwise changed. And ideally check for free movement of bells, clappers and pulleys. If possible cleaning and lubrication is desirable. Any queries or questions to Mike on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SACR email list:
We would like to reach as many SACR members by email as possible. Please would you check if your nearest and dearest have also received this email... if not, it might be in a spam or junk email folder. Any members not receiving email updates can sign up at: https://www.sacr.org/index.php/association/mailing-list

We hope the newsletter helps to keep us all connected together and informed about Scottish Bellringing. Please send in any items or articles that you would like included in the newsletter. If you have any general suggestions of topics for the newsletter, or other comments/ideas/feedback, please email Martin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The SACR Committee
 
 
21 November 2020: Here's a short touch to complete the latest newsletter...

Remembrance Sunday: Thanks to the largest ringing chamber in Scotland, and well-spaced ropes, a band at Edinburgh's St Mary Cathedral rang six half-muffled bells to several Doubles methods... the spacing allowing for a pentatonic scale. St Mary's is also one of the towers that are continuing regular ringing on Ringing Room. Thanks to Barbara Bell and Mark Hutcheson for the updates. (22 November update: In St Andrews, 3 bells were rung half muffled for 15mins on Remembrance Sunday, 8 November.)
 

Bell Restoration Fund 50-50 Club monthly draw:
From Ruth Ogilvie:
Despite lockdown we have been continuing the 50-50 Club monthly draws. The results of the last draw last months were:
July 2020 - Frank Ewing
August 2020 - Maggi Churchill
September 2020 - John Elcock
October 2020 - Dawn McAleer
All prizes were £29.50 each.  Well done to you all.

Thank you all ringers for your continuing support of the SACR BRF 50-50 club.  Don't worry I do let you know if your annual donation to the 50-50 is expiring so you can continue to have a chance of winning even during whatever level of lockdown you are in!  If you think your donation may have lapsed, please just drop me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will let you know how you can continue.

The next draws for November and December will be carried out on the 10th December at our St Machar's, Aberdeen, Tower Zoom Wine and Cheese.
 
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Newsletter, 22 September 2020

Dear Members

Welcome to the SACR newsletter, in which we will send update information and highlight upcoming events. We hope the newsletter helps to keep us all connected together and informed about Scottish Bellringing.

Covid-19: SACR has put together a page with guidance on Covid-19, and this will be updated as and when more information is available or when guidance changes... There may of course be an update of this page shortly following today's Scottish Government announcements. You can find the information at https://www.sacr.org/index.php/covid-19-guidance. Detailed guidance is given and there are also examples of what different towers in Scotland have been doing in recent weeks (with changes very likely in the coming days). And if you want specific advice, please ask and we'll try to help. Contact Colin on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Advanced practice: Fri 25 Sept, 7.30pm, via zoom and in ringingroom.com
After a break for the summer, the monthly advanced practices will start again. The first will be this Friday, 25 Sept, meeting at 7.30pm and focusing on Bristol, Yorkshire and Superlative Surprise Major (& perhaps also spliced standard eight if there’s enough expertise). Please could you let Ruth know (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you are planning to attend so she can send you the log-on links and so she knows how many towers will be required.

October meeting: Saturday 24 October, 2pm-4pm, via zoom
The October meeting was destined for Dumfries but due to ongoing restrictions on meeting in person, this will be held virtually. You should have received an email on 20 Sept with a draft timetable (if you've not received this, please contact Sue at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
Meeting timetable
14:00 - 14:15        Short SACR business meeting
14:15 - 14:30        Plenary session with talk from invited speaker
14:30 - 15:15        Parallel sessions
                                   1. Ringing room for beginners (including those who have never used this before).
                                          Please indicate if you are completely new to ringing room
                                   2. Plain hunt (please indicate if you would wish to ring plain bob)
                                   3. More advanced methods (up to spliced S. Major)
15:15 - 15:30        Tea break
15:30 - 16:00        Quiz
16:00                    Finish
Please send names and choice of ringing to Ruth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Zoom link for joining the October meeting: https://cbre.zoom.us/j/93430930366

Your local ringing practice:
Do you have a zoom practice using ringing room? Are you happy with the ringing and/or would you like some help... let us know if you'd like one or two more ringers to join you and we'll try to help. Contact Ruth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Facebook
and Twitter: If you're on facebook or twitter, you can find updates at https://www.facebook.com/scottishbellringing and at https://twitter.com/SBellringing (@SBellringing)

Maintenance:
Safety first as and when you are able to go in to the belfry, with a minimum of two people in the belfry at all times. Most important is a visual check for anything that might have moved, fallen into the path of the bells or otherwise changed. And ideally check for free movement of bells, clappers and pulleys. If possible cleaning and lubrication is desirable. Any queries or questions to Mike on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SACR email list:
We would like to reach as many SACR members by email as possible. Please would you check if your nearest and dearest have also received this email... if not, it might be in a spam or junk email folder. Any members not receiving email updates can sign up at: https://www.sacr.org/index.php/association/mailing-list

Finally, please send in any items or articles that you would like included in the newsletter. If you have any general suggestions of topics for the newsletter, or other comments/ideas/feedback, please email Martin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to seeing you online at the October meeting, and possibly also at the advanced practice on Friday.

The SACR Committee 
 
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2020 Annual Report
2019 Annual Report
2018 Annual Report
2017 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report

 

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