About UsWe are a group of about 400 bell ringers in North Staffordshire who meet to ring and socialise together.
We give support and training throughout the area, promote bell ringing and provide bell ringing advice.
Due to the current Coronavirus situation, ringing is currently very limited. However, if you would like to find out more about bell ringing please .
Up-coming EventsSat 1st August
Walk, Pub Lunch and Ring - Cheddleton  -  UNDER REVIEW
The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers is the representative body for bellringers worldwide. Founded in 1891, the Council today represents 65 affiliated societies including our Association.
View the Central Council website
The Association of Ringing Teachers (ART) provides training, support and motivation for ringing teachers. It also provides a progresive learning scheme for new ringers. They have an extensive website with many useful resources.
View the ART website
Resumption of Ringing DelayedPublic Health England (PHE) are now going to issue specific guidance about bell ringing, but they will not be able to publish it until next week. Resumption of ringing has to therefore be delayed until Sunday 12th July at earliest.
The PHE expect their guidance to be based on that agreed between the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers and the Church of England. See the Basic Guidance here...
For the full information, latest updates and guide notes, see the CCCBR website...
BRF - Raising funds while you shopWe now have an easy way to raise extra funds for our Bell Restoration Fund. The BRF has been registered on Easyfundraising and if you shop at any of the 4000+ retailers available via their website, the BRF gets cashback. It doesn't add anything to the cost to your shopping, just gives a bit of extra income to the BRF.
Retailers include well known brands like M&S, John Lewis, Argos, Dunelm, Currys and many many more.
You can shop either via the Easyfundraising website or by downloading their App from Google Play or the Apple App Store.
If you have any questions please email our Treasurer, Lisa Horritt.
NewsletterOur latest North Staffs Newsletter is now available in the Newsletter section of this website. Read about what other bands are doing during the lock down: everything from quizes and online ringing to a virtual ringers' tea!
Our thanks to the editor, Helen, for all her hard work putting together the Newsletters.
You can read this latest edition here...
Clapper RefurbishmentOver the last few years a number of towers have had clappers repaired, re-bushed, etc. at the Baldwins Gate workshop of H E Butters and Co.
This workshop has now closed, but Graham Barnes who worked there now works at Huntaway Engineering Ltd, and he will be able to continue with clapper work.
For further information phone Rob Siddall at Huntaway Engineering on .
Coronavirus - Cancellation of EventsDue to the current ongoing situation our near-term events have been cancelled and some longer term ones are under review. We will continue to monitor the situation and update the website accordingly.
Both the Church of England and the Catholic Church are now reviewing how churches might be opened for private prayer. However, as you would expect in these exceptional circumstances, no church bell ringing is currently possible.
Bishop's GuidanceOn 6th May the Bishop of Lichfield, the Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, issued new guidance permiting incumbents to appoint one person for each church in their benefice to enter that church building.
This advice is currently being revised in the light of the Government's announcement that places of worship can re-open for weddings, funerals, restricted services, etc. from 4th July. However, as you would expect, general bellringing is unlikely to be permitted any time soon.
Read the latest Diocesian guidance here...