East Cheshire Branch
The East Cheshire Branch of the Chester Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers (CDGCBR) comprises 34 towers in the North East of Cheshire, Derbyshire and Greater Manchester. The branch includes Stockport, Macclesfield, Wilmslow, Buxton and Altrincham, as well as a number of smaller towns and villages in the area. The other branches in the guild are Chester Branch [19 towers with 6 or more bells], Mid Cheshire Branch [18 towers], South Cheshire Branch [22 towers], and Wirral Branch [20 towers]. As you can see by these numbers, we're the largest branch in terms of towers!
You can download a copy of the programme here.
Guild 6-bell competition · In Chester Branch · Saturday 9th
10-Bell practice · Stockport, St. Mary · Sunday 17th – 2.00 to 3.30 pm CONFIRMED
6-Bell practice · Chelford · Saturday 30th from 2.00 pm
Join practice night · Disley · Tuesday 3rd from 7.30 pm CANCELLED
Sunday 15th – 2.00 to 3.30 pm - 10-Bell practice · Stockport, St. Mary
Saturday 21st - Guild AGM · In East Branch
10-Bell practice · Stockport, St. Mary · Sunday 12th (Remembrance Sunday) – CANCELLED
Branch AGM · Venue to be confirmed · Saturday 18th
Friday 26th January - QUIZ NIGHT 2024
Live from Clive
A heavily redacted version of the Guild Annual Report is available online here.
From: Andrew Darling Re: Cheshire School of Bell Ringing - Call for Helpers
From: Andrew Darling Re: ART Bell Handling Course - Saturday, 6th January at Dunham
From: Clive Re: East Branch Quiz Night 2024
From: Clive Re: Branch AGM
Before our AGM next Saturday please let me have the names of any members of your band who have died during the year so that they can be remembered at the meeting.
I would also like to hear from anyone who is willing to take over as one of the branch officers - so far there has been a resounding silence on this. Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Ringing Master. Some of us have done our bit for a long time and will willingly hand over to someone else!
Finally, if you're coming on Saturday and haven't yet ordered tea please do so now (should have been done by 10 Nov!) - Sarah Jacot is on 01260 253 773 or email@example.com
Hoping to see you on Saturday
Here are all the documents for our branch AGM on Saturday, 18th November
From: Graham Jenkins Re: Quiz Night 2024
Please can you circulate the attached notification of the East Branch Quiz Night date for 2024. I have tickets available which will be on sale at the branch AGM next weekend.
Contact details for anyone wishing to reserve tickets are Graham Jenkins (07840 468688) firstname.lastname@example.org
From: Andrew Darling Re: The Cheshire School of Bell Ringing
From Andrew Darling Re: Surprise Major Practice
In the recent surveys of ringers, many people said that they would like to see more specialized practices rather than just general branch practices. As part of this, I've been running twice monthly Surprise Major Practices. These are based on a model that I trialled with a lot of success in the Durham and Newcastle Association, some years ago. It is aimed at both experienced Surprise ringers but also at those who are wanting to start dipping their toes in the Surprise paddling pool.
There are the key ideas behind this:
Initially, practices will take place on the second Tuesday at Dunham and the fourth Tuesday at Bowdon, Prestbury or Cheadle.
We will work on Surprise Major
We'll have learning aims for each practice so that we build up capability steadily. Specifically, we'll work through the Core 7 methods https://wiki.changeringing.co.uk/Project_Pickled_Egg_-_Part_12.
There will be a quarter peal or more each month to allow us to consolidate what we've learnt.
Everyone will need to do their homework before each practice!
The dates of the practices are the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month. The practices for November are
Tuesday, 14th November @ 7.30 - Dunham Massey
Tuesday, 28th November @ 7.30 - Bowdon
The focus is Major.
If you are interested in taking part, please can you drop me a quick email on email@example.com or a text on 07786 511 788.
Re: Belfry Upkeep
This is worth looking at, even if you don't currently look after the bells at your tower.
From: Ernie de Legh-Runciman, Secretary, Central Council of Church Bell Ringers
Belfry Upkeep News Item
The Stewardship & Management Workgroup are pleased to announce Belfry Upkeep, an online document aimed at the Steeple Keeper – the person responsible for keeping the bells in order. The aims of the document are:
To help you understand the installation in your tower
To describe the checks you should carry out to identify any problems
To advise you on the maintenance tasks that you should be able to carry out, possibly with expert advice or assistance
Most importantly, to help you recognize the tasks that require specialist knowledge from a Bell Hanger or other expert
The document can be found at https://belfryupkeep.cccbr.org.uk
Contact the Secretary
Members of the branch should have already received the above messages directly from Clive. If you haven't, click here to email Clive [firstname.lastname@example.org] and get on his mailing list. If you need to get hold of Clive urgently, his mobile number is 07779 488359.
Site Map [Click on the link below to go to the relevant page]
Interactive Branch Map . This map allows you to look up the details for any of the towers in the branch by clicking it [uses Google Maps]. There is also a tower directory underneath. This just reformats all the data to make it easier to read [this bit is identical to the form on the Contacts page].
Interactive Tower Map. Use this to compare towers - weights, practice night, number of bells. Just click on the column header in the table to sort the data. Clicking on a tower in the map will give you contact details. The information shown on this page is also available as a PDF by clicking here.
Reasons to Contact Us
Here are four good reasons to send us a message
Stay Informed. Are you getting regular emails from Clive? Maybe your tower captain is getting them, but not passing the information on to you. If you're not on Clive's email list, then click here and we'll make sure that you're added. If you no longer want to receive any of those emails, then just click here.
Get Help. Is your band struggling to learn a method? Does your tower need a bit of help with numbers? This is your opportunity to reach out for help. Just click here and tell us what you need and we'll do our best to help.
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