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.


Saturday 11th - Guild AGM for 2024 - Grappenhall - [See program below]

Sunday 19th - Branch 10-bell practice - Stockport St Mary's - 3.00 – 4.30pm


Sunday 16th - Branch 10 Bell practice - Stockport St. Marys - 3.00 – 4.30 pm

Saturday 29th - Branch 6-Bell competition and walking treasure hunt - Chapel-en-le-Frith - 2.00 – 6.00 pm


Saturday 13th - Tower Open-Day for BRF - Various TBC - All day

Sunday 21st - Branch 10 Bell practice - Stockport St. Mary's - 3.00 – 4.30 pm

Saturday 27th - 2024 Branch Outing - TBC - All day


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Saturday 14th - Guild 6-Bell competition - TBC (East Branch) - TBC

Sunday 15th - Branch 10 Bell practice - Stockport St. Mary's - 3.00 – 4.30 pm

Wednesday 18th - Invite to join Prestbury practice - Prestbury - 8.00  – 9.30 pm

Saturday 28th - Quarterly Branch Meeting 


Tuesday 8th - Invite to join Cheadle practice - Cheadle - 7.30 – 9.00 pm

Saturday 19th - Guild 10-Bell competition - TBC (Wirral Branch) - TBC

Sunday 27th - Branch 10 Bell practice - Stockport St. Mary's - 3.00 – 4.30 pm


28th Oct to 9th Nov - Branch Quarter-Peal Fortnight - Various towers - Various

Sunday 10th - Branch 10 Bell practice - Stockport St. Mary's - 3.00 – 4.30 pm

Saturday 23rd - Branch AGM for 2024 - Knutsford - 3.00 – 6.00 pm


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Note that only three months of the schedule are displayed at a time. If you want to see the rest of the year, click on the down arrow on the right hand side in the above text.

Live from Clive

A heavily redacted version of the Guild Annual Report is available online here.

From: Clive  Re: Ringing in May

There's the Guild AGM at Grappenhall on 11th preceded by ringing at various towers in mid-branch and followed by ringing at Stockton Heath and a barn dance there. See schedule below. 

Finally, there's the 10-bell practice at St Mary's, Stockport, on Sunday 19th, 3.00 till 4.30 pm.  On the strength of what I've already heard only a very few seem interested. Even so I'm hoping for a deluge of enthusiasm from lots more people before next Friday, otherwise it'll be another cancelled session.  If you can be at St Mary's on 19th please let me know by Friday 17th   -  and if you can persuade any of your fellow ringers to join us that would be greatly appreciated. 

From: Andrew Darling   Re: Cheshire School of Bell Ringing - Update

I'm delighted to announce that our 6 Poynton students recently completed their Bell Start, bell handling course! Huge thanks go to all those that have been involved in making this happen - David White and Steve Proctor, as well as David Friend, Graham Jenkins, Mike Hopkins and Kevin Rogers. The students have formed a fantastic, coherent group and have been very enthusiastic to continue their ringing journey.


This Saturday they will be starting the ART Level 2 course at Poynton. This focuses on building foundation skills for change ringing.


In the Level 2 course the students will start to ring Rounds and Call Changes. Therefore, we will need a larger pool of helpers. If you live in that neck of the woods and can ring Rounds and Call changes steadily and reliably, we would be delighted to have your support. Even if you can only help once a month, please do throw your hat into the ring.


If you are interested in helping, please contact us at

Cheers for now,


From: Stephen Aldridge   Re: WhatsApp group

We (‘we’ loosely being the officers of the Manchester Branch of LACR) have set up a WhatsApp group for ringing in the Manchester Area. It is not intended, however, to be connected officially to LACR or any other guild/association etc. The hope is that any ringers in the rough area of Manchester will join and events can be advertised, wedding ringers requested, socials organised etc. 

WhatsApp users can follow this link on their phones and it should take them directly to the group where they can join.

From: Clive   Re: Guild AGM

Please find below the documents in advance of the Guild AGM at Grappenhall on Saturday 11th May. As you can see, to book a tea you need to contact Pam Thomson.

Various towers are open in the afternoon and there will be a barn dance in the evening at Stockton Heath. Profits to go to the Guild Bell Restoration Fund. If you're planning to go on to Stockton Heath for the barn dance in the evening you need to let Mike Thomson know ASAP. The venue will hold only 80 people and the plan is that next week parishioners of St Thomas's will be invited to join us so send your name in now before all the places are taken!



PS: I'm told that in the minutes of the 2023 meeting David Farrow should be David Farrer.

From: Andrew Darling   Re: Surprise Major Practice

Hello there,

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:

The dates of the practices are the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month. The practices for May are

Tuesday, 14th May @ 7.30 - Dunham Massey

Tuesday, 28th May @ 7.30 - TBC

If you are interested in taking part, please can you drop me a quick email on or a text on 07786 511 788. 

From: Clive   Re: Branch AGM - Documentation

Here are all the documents from our branch AGM on Saturday, 18th November 2023

You can download the minutes from our Branch AGM here.  

From: Clive   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:

The document can be found at

Learning the Ropes

The Association of Ringing Teachers (ART) regularly issues a newsletter called "Tower Talk". You don't have to be a member of ART to read the newsletters. Click here to see issue 26 (which is the latest issue). You can also click here for previous issues and other news.

Central Council News

We don't normally feature what is going on in the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers (CCCBR), but occasionally, they write to us and as us to feature something. On the 8th of March, they sent use the notes for their Executive meeting (Feb 2024). They also sent us their organisational chart and terms of reference, asking us to circulate them. Here are those documents

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 [] 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.

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