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.


Sunday 18th  - Branch 10-bell practice - Stockport St Mary's - 3.00 - 4.30  pm CANCELED

Saturday 24th- Quarterly Branch Meeting


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

Saturday 16th - Guild 8-Bell competition - TBC (Mid Branch) - Time TBC

Wednesday 20th - Invite to Prestbury practice - Prestbury - 8.00 – 9.30 pm


Tuesday 15th - Invite to join Marple practice - Marple - 7.30 – 9.00 pm

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

Saturday 27th - Quarterly Branch Meeting


Saturday 11th - Guild AGM for 2024 - TBC(Mid Branch) - 3.00 – 4.30 pm

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


No events


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


No events

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 February

After the disappointment of having to cancel St Mary's 10-bell practice, I'm sending this in the hope that enough people will be available for the branch ringing event next Saturday (24th) at Mottram (2.30 - 3.30pm) and then at Glossop (4.00 - 4.45).

Do please come along and make this a successful afternoon. 

From: Andrew Darling  Re: Cheshire Ringing School - Places available on ART 3 course

Hello there,

We have places  available on the ART Level 3 course that we are just about to begin.

This course focuses on building the foundations for Change Ringing. It's suitable for those ringers who are just dipping their toes into the wonders of Plain Hunting, whether that be in Plain Hunt. Bob Doubles or whatever.

The course provides an opportunity for ringers to gain additional rope time and to accelerate their progress.

If you are at about this level, or have a learner at your tower who is at about this level and who might be interested, please do get in touch on



From: Graham   Re: CDG 8-Bell Competition at Daresbury (Saturday 16th March)

The 2024 Guild 8-bell striking competition is planned for Saturday 16th March at Daresbury (Mid Branch).  The test piece will be the following 181 change touch of Grandsire Triples:

 181 Grandsire Triples

234567      2     4     6

643725      S     S     S  (6)

(325476)    -      -       -  (7)

 I intend to arrange some practices at Prestbury towards the end of February and early March for those who are interested in being involved.  At this time, could I ask you to let me know if you are: 1) available on the 16th March for the competition and 2) willing to be involved in an East Branch team?

 Many thanks,


From: Clive   Re: AGM Minutes

You can download the minutes from our Branch AGM here.  

From: Andrew Darling    Re: Cheshire School of Bell Ringing - Call for Helpers

Hello there and Happy New Year to you all!

We are in desperate need of additional people to help with the ringing school on Saturday mornings. At present, this is at Dunham and Bowdon.

 We don't need you to commit to every Saturday! Just one or two a month is fine. And, you don't have to be a surprise major ringer. If you can ring steadily and ring basic methods like Plain Bob we would love to have you coming along. 

You will get to learn new ringing activities and games that you can take back to your own tower. It is fun and social. AND you will get a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit. Who can argue with that?!

 If you think you could help, please please email us at or fill in the monthly survey here.

 Many many thanks!


From: Clive   Re: Branch AGM - Documentation

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

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 February are

Tuesday, 13th February @ 7.30 - Dunham Massey

Tuesday, 27th February @ 7.30 - (TBC)

The focus is Major.

If you are interested in taking part, please can you drop me a quick email on 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:

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.

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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