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, all bellringing is currently suspended, as shown in the video. However, if you would like to find out more about bellringing please .
Up-coming EventsSat 6th June
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
Next Meeting - Sat 6th JuneSaturday 6th June was to have been our 6-bell Striking Contest accompanied by a Caverswall tea and a business meeting. The current Coronavirus situation means that the ringing and tea have had to be cancelled.
However, we are going to go ahead with the business meeting, but online via 'Zoom'.
Click here for the Meeting Agenda, including instructions of how to connect to the Zoom meeting with a smart phone.
If you want to use your laptop for the meeting, click here for instructions on Setting Up Zoom. (See the agenda for connecting to our meeting.)
Coronavirus - UpdateOn Sunday May 10th the UK Government announced plans for a gentle easing of the current lockdown and ringers have been asking if that means they may return to ringing as normal.
The current advice is that it is too early for any return to normal ringing.
Members of the same household can ring handbells and there are simulator programs available that connect via the internet to enable ringers in seperate locations to ring together.
The Central Council in conjunction with the CofE have produced more detailed advice.
Read the advice here...
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.
The only person who may enter the building with the appointed person is a member of their household with whom they are living.
The appointed person should be entering the church only for strictly limited reasons, but it does include the chiming of a single bell for specified purposes.
Read the Bishop's Guidance here...
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 have closed all churches until further notice and as you would expect in these exceptional circumstances, all church bell ringing has now ceased.
NewsletterDue to the current situation many of you may not have seen our latest newsletter.
Some of the content is now out of date, but there is still lots of news and views to read. And not forgetting our Carnall Pleasures!
We have Newsletters going back several years in our Archives section, so you can read them online.
Here is this latest edition...