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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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The SACR Committee 

 

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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. 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.)
 

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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2019 Annual Report
2018 Annual Report
2017 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report

 

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