North Staffs Association
Association News

Next Meeting - Sat 7th July

Our next meeting is at Broughton on Saturday 7th July. Please note that this is an evening meeting starting at 7pm.

Broughton are a 14cwt ring of eight with a rich deep tone. So why not put the date in your diary, come along and enjoy a ring on these fine bells.

Alton Beer Festival Sat 23rd June

The Alton Beer Festival takes place on the 23rd & 24th June. On Saturday there is a maker's market in the High Street near the church from 2-8pm and open ringing at St Peter's from 2-3pm. Ringers will be very welcome to come along for a ring on the lovely 8 bells and then enjoy a pint and browse the market.

On Sunday there are classic cars in the High Street from 12 noon and ringers would be welcome to join the Sunday ringing 10:15-10:45am. Ringers are very welcome on the day but if you are going it would be helpful to let the Alton ringers know.

For more details please contact Alan Walters on 01538 702888

June Striking Contest

Nine bands met at Ipstones for our six bell striking contest on Saturday 2nd June. Stafford ran out winners just half a point ahead of Stone, with the Rolleston Rockers in third place.

After the ringing we sat down to a sumptuous tea provided by the Ipstone ringers and friends. Our thanks to the Ipstone ringers for hosting the event and providing the tea, and to our judges Stuart and Liz Hutchieson.

Programme Review - Ideas Wanted

Have you any views or ideas on what we should include in our 2019/20 programme?   New types of event, places to visit, new formats?
Whatever your idea, the committee would love to hear from you.

Please email any ideas or suggestions to our secretary, Jan Hine by September so the committee can include them in their discusions of next year's programme.

Ringing Remembers

To commemorate the 1400 bell ringers who died in the First World War, the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers are involved in a new campaign to recruit 1400 new bell ringers.

To find out more, please take a look at their web page: View More..

Forthcoming Events

Tues 19th June - Tuesday Daytime Band: Silverdale & Keele

Sat 23rd June - Beer festival & Open Ringing: Alton

Tues 26th June - Call Change Practice: Eccleshall

Sat 7th July - Monthly Practice (Evening): Broughton

100 Club

The Association runs a '100 Club' to raise funds for the Bell Restoration Fund. The way it works is that members pay a subsciption of £12 and are entered in 5 draws in the year. There will be four prize draws, usually at business meetings, and one Superdraw at the Association's AGM. If fully subscribed the first prize will be £50 at the prize draws and £100 at the super draw.

So if you would like a flutter in aid of a good cause, please contact our 100 Club organiser, Chris Adams.  


Safeguarding of children and young people is an important issue both at a tower and an association level. The Association has therefore appointed a Safeguarding Co-ordinator, produced guidelines for tower captains, and policies and procedures for association events.

Copies of the documents can be found on our Publications page. They can also be obtained from our Safeguarding Co-ordinator, Ros Daybell.

Tower Contact telephone numbers: Contact telephone numbers are now shown on our tower pages. The information is protected from web crawlers and has been tested with selected contacts for approximately 9 months without any problems. However, if you would prefer your number not to appear on the website, please email the webmaster.

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