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VTS Chapel Consecration and Bell Dedication

As previously announced (The Clapper, Jan. 2015), the consecration of the new Immanuel Chapel at the Virginia Theological Seminary is scheduled for Tues., Oct. 13, 2015. VTS has recently announced that dedication of the ring of eight bells (installed Nov. 2014) will occur on the same date. Since the chapel consecration will be a major event in the life of the seminary, there is quite a full schedule of events planned throughout the day, and very many participants and visitors are expected to be in attendance. Since the bell dedication will be just one small part of the day’s events, it isn’t yet clear what role there will be for bell ringing or bell ringers. Nevertheless, this is to inform the NAGCR community of plans such as they are known at present.

Links to the seminary’s consecration event are via . The chapel consecration service will take place in the morning. The bell dedication will be held in conjunction with a 4:00 pm Evensong service. Seating in the chapel will be very limited; according to VTS, Evensong seats can be requested by the general public starting Sept. 10 via the web site. No details are yet available from the VTS administration regarding specific order of service, times, places, etc. for the bell dedication itself, including how it can best be experienced by those without a ticket for chapel seating.

I am hopeful but not yet certain that there will be bell ringing at VTS on the day. We have been in contact with the administration but we don’t yet know what or how much ringing might take place. Due to both the very full liturgical schedule and the incomplete sound control installation in the tower, it is highly unlikely that there will be a peal attempt. I am sorry that I don’t know more about plans at this time. If you do wish to make plans to attend the event, you are welcome to give notice via <bell-tower-contact at vts dot edu> so we will know to expect you. When we have more information about the day’s schedule, the bell dedication, and what, if any, opportunities for bell ringing exist, I can provide an update in order to assist anyone who might be considering travel to Alexandria for the day.

-Rob Gibson, Ringing Master / Tower Captain, VTS Guild

Posted Sep 07, 2015 by Rob Gibson

Update added Sep 29, 2015 by Robert G Gibson

The most recent information from VTS is that there will be an opportunity for ringing after the Evensong, but that there will not be ringing associated with the morning consecration service.

Update added Oct 07, 2015 by Robert G Gibson

There will a brief period of ringing at the beginning of the Evensong and more after the service and address are finished. A quarter peal attempt will immediately follow Evensong. Following the quarter, there will be an opportunity for open service ringing for visiting ringers who would like to join in. Info about the service is via the VTS link above. If more info is needed about ringing logistics, email me directly or via the contact address above.

Update added Oct 12, 2015 by Robert G Gibson

VTS has announced that there will be live streaming of both the morning chapel consecration service and the 4pm Evensong (which includes the consecration of the bells). Via the web page cited above.

TV report on Rochester

Here's a nice TV report on the installation of the new 10 in Rochester, New York. Good footage of swinging bells, a quote from the Guild's own Chris Haller, and clips of Whitechapel bell hanger Neil Thomas. Good publicity for ringing--congratulations to all!

Posted Sep 04, 2015 by Jeremy Bates

12 Bell Ringing in New York

Just a reminder that the Mid-Atlantic September Area meeting will be held at Trinity, Wall Street on Saturday, September 12 from 10:30-4:30. Please respond to Tina Hitchings as she is trying to get an idea of how many will be at lunch.

Posted Sep 02, 2015 by Bruce N Butler

AGM Registration deadline, Alan Hughes Bell Maintenance course

Lindsey Hutt-Fletcher has asked me to remind you that registrations for the 2015 AGM in Shreveport are due September 1st. Registrations submitted after that date will be subject to a $10 late fee. We hope very much to see you down south, and need your registration in order to complete our plans for scheduling ringing, the ringing course, meals and frivolity. Please mail or email your registration by September 1 and avoid the late fee.

As an added bonus, Alan Hughes from the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London will be offering a bell maintenance course on Friday afternoon, October 2nd. A second session will be offered for those not able to attend the first one. Anyone interested in the course please email

Posted Aug 26, 2015 by Candace Higginbotham

Death of Bill Crouch

Ringing friends around the world are greatly saddened by the passing of Dr. William E. Crouch III of Charleston, SC (husband of Dr. Rosalie Crouch, NAGCR Treasurer 2007-2010). Bill and Rosalie were among the earliest enthusiasts of change ringing in Charleston; they subsequently traveled widely to ring and to assist with the teaching of ringing, and became legendary hosts to ringers from far and near.

Rosalie and Bill were the founders of the biennial Ring Around Charleston, one of the most popular and broadly attended ringing events in North America.

A service is tentatively planned for Friday afternoon, August 21, in Charleston. Details will be posted here as available.

Posted Aug 18, 2015 by Lyn Barnett

Update added Aug 18, 2015 by Don Morrison

The funeral at Grace Church on Friday (August 21) will be at 3:00 p.m. A reception will follow in Hanahan Hall.

Update added Aug 19, 2015 by Lyn Barnett

Memorials may be made to Grace Episcopal Church Bell Fund, 98 Wentworth Street Charleston, SC 29401 or Pet Helpers,1447 Folly Road James Island, SC 29412. A memorial message may be sent to the family at


ROCHESTER'S BELLS: The truck arrived at 9 AM; the container was lifted off and the door opened. We were thrilled to see "Julian", bell #7, as well as some great big wheels and I-beam ends, right there in front of us. Unloading will start Monday, and installation will then begin.

Posted Aug 06, 2015 by Helen D Haller

Update added Aug 14, 2015 by Robert Crystal

I have been told that the hoots, hollers and hallelujahs were heard as far as Toronto and Brewster.

Chris Mew- President of the Central Council - his July message

Central Council's (Chris Mew)President’s Blog – July 2015

The sharp eyed will have noticed no blog for June, this was to ensure all the important happenings were rolled into one round–up.

The May Council meeting has already been well reported in the Ringing World issue of June 15th. The key departure from normal was the break-out sessions enabling representatives to discuss their local problems and successes and ways in which co-operation can face the challenge of future ringing. I would encourage ALL CC REPS to engage with their respective societies and feedback their views.

There was a marvellous response to the appeal for ringing to celebrate Magna carta 800th Anniversary which seemed to catch the imagination of ringers worldwide. There was a predictably smaller celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the battle of Waterloo. In the autumn there will be yet another anniversary, 600 years since Agincourt.

The national 12-bell competition gave Norwich its second grand event of the year, following on from the 300th First Peal Anniversary in May. Congratulations to ASCY in wresting the trophy from the 5-times winners Birmingham, will there be yet another change of victor next year at Aston?

Just two weeks later, the Ringing World National Youth Competition in Oxford proved once again that there are young people taking up and being passionate about ringing. The enthusiasm was infectious and the Bedfordshire team were again triumphant. It was interesting that a few of those taking part had been in all five years of the competition, no doubt starting at around 13.

All of the good summer events do not hide the fact that there is the continuing debate and work on recruitment and training of new ringers in an ever busier world. Much work is done behind the scenes by Council members and I would ask all members of Committees to redouble efforts to support their respective Chairmen.

Finally, the Church of England has in the past week agreed new guidance for Safer Recruitment of workers and volunteers. Whilst there are no fundamental changes in requirements for ringers there will be an update published shortly.

Many of you will be disappearing on holiday and I hope that you and your families will come back refreshed to serve ringing where you are.

Chris Mew, President CCCBR

Any comments and queries are always welcome at .uk

Posted Aug 05, 2015 by Bruce N Butler

Make your Hotel reservations early for the 2015 AGM

Make your Hotel reservations early for the 2015 AGM - The AGM is occurring on the same weekend as the regional Red River Revel Arts festival begins on the Shreveport Riverfront. Hotels will fill up quickly. Especially if you wish to stay at a downtown hotel, it is recommended to make reservations early to ensure room availability and the best rate.


A. Hotel nearest to St. Mark’s Cathedral ~ 4 blocks

Sleep Inn & Suites Medical ~ $90/night

3215 Samford

Shreveport, LA 71103


Hotels south of St. Mark’s Cathedral

Wyndham Garden Hotel ~$90/night Holiday Inn Express Park Plaza ~$115/night

1419 E 70th Street 8751 Park Plaza Blvd

Shreveport, LA 71105 Shreveport, LA 71105

318-797-9900 318-629-0163

Hampton Inn ~ $90/night

8340 Millicent Way

Shreveport, LA 71115


B. Downtown Shreveport Hotels*: Casino Hotels in Downtown Shreveport*

Holiday Inn ~$90/night El Dorado Resort ~$150/night

102 Lake Street ` 451 Clyde Fant Parkway

Shreveport, La 71101 Shreveport, LA 71101

318-222-7717 318-220-0711

Best Western Chateau Suites ~$80/night Sam’s Town Casino ~ variable/Call for rates

201 Lake Street 315 Clyde Fant Parkway

Shreveport, LA 71101 Shreveport, LA 71101

318-222-7620 318-424-7777

Hilton Shreveport ~$130/night

104 Market Street

Shreveport, LA 71101


This website is very helpful:

Posted Jul 28, 2015 by Candace Higginbotham

Hendersonville Accommodations

Hendersonville Accommodations. Greetings all, this provides some specific ideas on places to stay for the Ringing Weekend of 19-23 August.

We've had slow reponses from local hosts concerning good rates at the local facilities for our ringing weekend. In any case for any place you contact I suggest identifying that you are coming for a Tower Bell Ringing Weekend at St. James and ask if any special rates could be used. In addition to those mentioned below this site provides many more options:

The Waverly is right across the street and has been used with good recommendations from many. These rates don't compare with what we have received in the past, but are still a reduction.

For the Queen Rooms we can offer our corporate rate of $124 for Thursday and Sunday and $149 for Friday and Saturday. If you have any other questions please let me know. Thanks.

With hospitality in mind, Deborah Postlethwait, Assistant Innkeeper, 1898 Waverly Inn

783 N. Main St., Hendersonville, NC 28792, 828-693-9193

What used to be "The Claddagh," also right across from the church, is under new ownership and has been renamed "The Charleston Inn." They seem to still be deciding how to handle corporate or event rates, so we don't yet have anything. To find them still search for "The Claddagh."

About four miles from the church is "Echo Mountain Inn" with quite a variety of rooms, in a lovely, peaceful setting in Laurel Park. 888-324-6466, 828-693-9626,

About five miles from the church we've had many favorable comments about:

Mountain Inn & Suites

755 Upward Rd

Flat Rock, NC 28731

Posted Jul 25, 2015 by Robert Aldinger

About photographs

Please will all people taking photos for the Clapper use good lighting? There were some wonderful photos I couldn't use for this issue (July 2015) simply because they were too dark.

If you need to use a flash, don't be afraid to do it.


Posted Jul 21, 2015 by Diane M Amison-Loring


Registration update for the 2015 AGM at St. Mark's Cathedral in Shreveport, Louisiana - More

Posted Jul 19, 2015 by Candace Higginbotham

University Ringing Website

Recently, the Central Council's Public Relations Committee had the remit to establish a website for university ringing. While this was intended to provide information to potential UK students about ringing opportunities there, Jeremy Bates inquired to me about including North American universities. As a member of the CCCBR PRC, I was able to share this and the results can be seen at

Posted Jul 14, 2015 by Bruce N Butler

Hendersonville Extended Weekend Aug 20 to 23

Anniversary Celebration Hendersonville Bells Extended Weekend Thursday, August 20 to Sunday, August 23, 2015

All are invited to join an extended weekend of ringing, Thursday thru Sunday, August 20-23 to celebrate 37-years with tower bells at St. James Episcopal Church Hendersonville. With us hosting the 2013 AGM, and two AGMs in August and early September, its four years since we hosted this event.

We'll probably start out with a Wednesday evening practice to give those in town a start. Thursday thru Sunday will include ringing with focus sessions depending on the ringing level and support level of those participating. Hopefully, we can provide a challenge and/or opportunity for improvement for all. We'll look at scheduling a couple of quarter peals each day. With the expectation that participants are past the basic handling stage, we'll work in opportunities for ringing at as many levels as the participants support, and try to give everyone a fair share of the time.

Costs to cover expenses will be $10 for Thursday/Friday, and $15 for Saturday and Sunday (including afternoon on ringing on Friday). Pay the registration upon arrival. Limited accommodations will be available with local ringers, so let us know if your participation may depend on being able to stay with someone.

Please let us know if you plan to attend, which days you would be with us, what you would like to ring, and your interest in conducting or participating in quarter peals. So, with some indication of how likely that you will attend (e. g. For sure, very likely, interested but uncertain, etc.) please e-mail <>

With sound control we have pretty much unlimited opportunities to ring through the weekend.

We'll have lunch at the church Thursday and/or Friday, in-town no-host supper/libations after ringing, full days of ringing Thursday through Saturday, Saturday evening social at Shirley and Don Johns home, and service ringing Sunday followed by ringing Sunday afternoon as availability of ringers supports. .

The Hendersonville area became a summer retreat starting in 1827, so joining us would make you part of a long time tradition of wise visitors. Numerous opportunities exist to enjoy the area by extending your time beyond the weekend.

This website provides information and multiple links for lodging, tours, etc., etc.:


Posted Jul 07, 2015 by Robert Aldinger

MN Handbell Weekend: July 24-26

Handbell ringers--experienced or aspiring--are invited to the Minneapolis/St. Paul handbell weekend, July 24-26. Ringing will start on Friday afternoon and go through Sunday afternoon, with general ringing as well as quarter-peals and peals, depending on what people would like to work on. The MN ringers can provide some accommodations, and there will likely be some convivial meals. Please contact Kris Fowler or Stuart McKernan for more information or to let us know you're interested in joining us.

Posted Jun 20, 2015 by Kris Fowler

Chris Mew- President of the Central Council - his March message

Please see The Central Council President's message at

Posted Apr 08, 2015 by Bruce N Butler

The Future of the Ringing World

The future of the Ringing World has been discussed recently. Please read the article linked below for your information and share your thoughts.

Please see:

Posted Apr 08, 2015 by Bruce N Butler

Episcopal Cafe asks about bells

Website asks about bells: Episcopal Cafe has posted about an NYT article on Riverside Church's carillonneur. The Cafe also asks, "Are bells an important part of your worship?"

Posted Mar 23, 2015 by Jeremy Bates

Consultation on Methods, Peals and Calls

Consultation on Methods, Peals and Calls

You may be aware that at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Central Council, the Methods Committee was asked to begin a consultation process on the CC Decisions concerning Peal Ringing, Methods and Calls. They have prepared a consultation paper * seeking input on the principles and fundamental requirements of the Decisions, in particular:

  1. The purposes and objectives of the Decisions
  2. The prescriptive language that appears in the current Decisions

They welcome views from all ringers and suggestions for changes via email to .uk Please do encourage any of your society's members to join the debate if they are interested.

* This is a 17 page PDF document entitled Review of the CC Decisions

Posted Mar 07, 2015 by Bruce N Butler

Update added Mar 10, 2015 by Don Morrison

I would like to join with Bruce in encouraging anyone with an interest such matters to send your comments to the CCCBR Methods Committee promptly. They are planning to present what they have gathered to the CCCBR Administrative Committee on March 21, so there isn't much time to get your comments in to them.

Philip Earis forwarded my comments on this matter to the ringing-theory mailing list, where it seems to have generated considerable interest. If you are interested in seeing these, too, they are at


The Clapper - January 2015 is now available on -line

The January 2015 Clapper is now available on-line.

Posted Feb 25, 2015 by Bruce N Butler

2015 Pittsburgh Ringing Course, 31 July to 2 August.

The ninth annual Pittsburgh ringing course will be held at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 31 July - 2 August 2015.

The course will be aimed at helping students develop the practical skills necessary to make the transition from simpler methods to ringing surprise. It will be focused exclusively on practical skills, with no time spent on theory or learning methods. Students will be expected to arrive having thoroughly learned the methods they will be ringing. Students should work their way through the study material, in the document cited below, in the months leading up to the course.

It is likely that most of our ringing over the weekend will be of minor, though if student preparation and skills allow there may be forays into major.

The course will only be of use to those who are secure when ringing extended touches of simple methods on six bells. As a baseline students are expected to have rung at least five quarter peals on an inside bell in tower, including at least one in a method other than Plain Bob or Grandsire (e.g. Kent, St Simon’s, Stedman).

The course will be limited to at most six students.

For further details see:

Posted Feb 25, 2015 by Don Morrison

Update added Apr 07, 2015 by Don Morrison

This course is now fully subscribed. However if anyone would like to be added to a waiting list for use in case anyone has to drop out, please send email to Don Morrison <>.

Spring Dinner Weekend - March 20-22

It still may be winter, but it is time to think Spring and the annual Philly weekend. We hope that many of you will be joining us. For more information, please call or email Eileen at 215-765-8736 or

The registration form can be found on the website calendar.

Posted Feb 18, 2015 by Bruce N Butler

February blog of the Central Council President

The Central Council President's February blog can be read at

Posted Feb 16, 2015 by Bruce N Butler

Save The Date: Ring Around Charleston 2016

Ring Around Charleston: February 26-28, 2016

Mark your calendars and book your airfares early. Enjoy the beautiful charm of Charleston, excellent food (southern, fresh seafood, and more), beaches, and ringing at four towers !

For your travel planning:

Quarter peal opportunities will start Friday morning (February 26) and run through Sunday afternoon (February 28)

General ringing sessions will start Friday mid-afternoon (February 26) and run through Sunday afternoon (February 28).

Sunday service ringing will be at St. Michaels, Grace, and The Cathedral Churches on Sunday February 28 (due to Lent, no service ringing at Stella Maris)

Registration is now open; visit this site for hotel information:

If you are interested in conducting, please contact Rosalie Crouch at

Posted Feb 06, 2015 by Kit Matthew

Update added Jun 14, 2015 by Kathryn (Kit) Matthew

Note the registration website with hotel and other information is now live:

New Schedule/Venue for Feb 14th Mid-Atlantic Area Meeting

The schedule for the February 14th Mid-Atlantic Area Meeting has changed slightly. Instead of starting at 11am and being at Washington Cathedral all day, we'll now start at 10am in Frederick, MD, then ring at the Cathedral in the afternoon, 2 - 4pm.

Here's the new schedule which is also on the NAG Calendar as "Mid-Atlantic Area Meeting [Updated!]."

10am - Noon: Ringing in Frederick MD, with a focus on Surprise Major. The plan is to start with Cambridge and Yorkshire, then possibly continue with Superlative and/or Pudsey.

Noon - 2pm: Lunch on your own and travel to the Cathedral

2:00 - 4:00PM: Ringing at the Cathedral

Enter the Cathedral via the entrance at the top of the wheelchair ramp (NOT through the main public entrance). As visiting ringers, you do no have to pay the usual admission charge. Access to the tower will be via the elevator in the South Transept of the Cathedral (NOT via the West End elevator). The Tower phone number is 202-537-8986 if you need directions once you're at the Catehdral.

For more information, contact Quilla Roth at <> or 202-244-1658.

RSVPs would be appreciated if you are planning on coming

Posted Jan 31, 2015 by Quilla Roth

2014 Member List

Just posted (9 Jan) is a member list containing member information as each member’s status was at the close of 2014. It's accessible to members only and is the same member information that will appear in the forthcoming Annual Report for 2014. It can be found in Guild Documents under the heading Member Lists. Scroll to the bottom of guild documents to find it.

Posted Jan 09, 2015 by A Thomas Miller

Grant Opportunity - Fred E Dukes International Bell fund

There is still time left to submit an application for the

Fred E Dukes International Bell Fund

This is a capital fund which makes grants from the interest earned, so grants are usually small. Grants are paid only for work carried out by the main UK bell founders on bell restoration projects in countries outside the UK and Ireland. For details of the allocation criteria and administration procedures please seeguidance for applicants, and the application form.

Applications for grants are invited each year in November or December by a notice in The Ringing World, notifications to ringing organisations outside the British Isles and on this website. Applications for the annual allocation of grant awards must be received by the following 31 January.

Posted Jan 04, 2015 by Bruce N Butler

Ballot Results


96 ballots were properly qualified and counted, and the results were as follows:

Motion 1: Yes - 90 + 1; No - 4; Abstain - 2

Motion 2: Yes - 92 + 1; No - 3; Abstain - 1

Motion 3: Yes - 55 + 1; No - 37; Abstain - 4


8 envelopes were received which had no signatures on the outside – 2 of these
contained two ballots (10 total voters). None of these ballots were included
in the official count.

1 properly prepared ballot envelope was received from a name not found on the list
of eligible voters provided by the Membership Secretary. This ballot was not

An envelope was received containing two ballots, with 2 signatures on the outside
– however, 1 signature was included in the return address and qualified on
the eligible voter list, but the other signature could not be matched on the
eligible voter list, and that name was not included in the return address.
Since it was impossible to determine the identity of the writer of the 2nd
ballot, both were disqualified. On further inspection and since both ballots
were voted exactly the same, a “+ 1" was noted for each question
representing the technically eligible voter.

Posted Dec 31, 2014 by Madeleine Cheesman

The Craft of Bellringing documentary

George Perrin's lovely documentary about change ringing, The Craft of Bellringing, is now available online.

It was made eight years ago, but has been difficult to obtain, and in any case was only available in the video format used by most of the world, which differs from that used in the US and Canada. While I can't tell for sure from the Youtube pages, from some online discussion about it I beleive it was posted by, or with the blessings of, the copyright holders. It is well worth a watch, and is a great thing to point others at who would like to learn what change ringing is all about.

Posted Dec 16, 2014 by Don Morrison

VTS bells, Alexandria, VA

Today Alexandria, VA made its debut in the online Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. While the information in the listing is still incomplete, it does reflect a major milestone in the progress toward change ringing at the Virginia Theological Seminary. Over the past two weeks, the new bells were blessed by the Dean of VTS, Whitechapel installed them in the new Immanuel Chapel tower, and they were rung for the first time, as a test of the installation. The test was successful, but much work remains to be done in both interior and exterior sound control and in finishing of the space. Since the chapel is still under construction, general ringing will not begin until sometime in early 2015. Dedication of the bells will occur at a later date.

Preparations for the VTS ringing program such as establishment of a web page, ringing schedules, etc. are underway and will be communicated in due course. Further information about the bells or the ringing program can be requested by email to <bell-tower-contact at vts dot edu>.

Rob Gibson

Posted Nov 15, 2014 by Rob Gibson

Annual Quarter Peal Weekend in Philadelphia


I am planning another quarter peal weekend for January 16-19, which is the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. This will be the 22nd Quarter Peal Weekend! We will be able to ring at both Philadelphia towers. The idea is to give ringers an opportunity to ring/conduct methods and to achieve goals that may not be possible in their own tower/handbell groups. The methods to be rung, therefore, cover a wide range. Bands will be organized in such a way as to accommodate requests and to predict success without jeopardizing striking. In order to meet this objective, please bear this in mind when listing your preferences for choice of method or attempt at conducting. To help the less experienced ringers, I will be asking you to participate in other quarters.

Please share this with members of your band, copy as necessary, and fill in the form below and return by January 8 if you are interested. Completed forms should be returned to Bruce Butler, 829 N. 25th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130 or sent via email to: . We can also be reached by telephone at 215-765-8736.

I look forward to your reply and another successful event.

Bruce Butler

Name _________________ Telephone ________________ E-mail _______________

Arrival: Day &Time___________________________

Departure: Day &Time_________________________

Methods I would like to ring (Be specific i.e. P. Bob Major, London Minor, Grandsire Doubles and if in tower or hand)


Methods I would like to conduct (Be specific i.e. P. Bob Major, London Minor, Grandsire Doubles and if in tower or hand)


Maximum number of quarters I am willing to participate in:

Per Day _____ Over Weekend ________

Other suggestions or comments ___________________________________________

There will be a minimal charge for the weekend festivities that will cover refreshments over the weekend and the traditional evening meal, including beer and wine, on Saturday ($10-$15)

Posted Oct 27, 2014 by Bruce N Butler

PBS visits Trinity Wall Street

If you watched the PBS program How We Got to Now, broadcast on Oct. 15, you saw host Steven Johnson climb up the bell tower and stand in the ringing room of Trinity Church, as the band began to pull off.

This took place at about 38:30 of the episode on Time. Enjoy!

Posted Oct 17, 2014 by Jeremy Bates

NAG Guild Executive for 2015

Following is the list of the Executive Committee for 2015

President: Bruce Butler

Treasurer: Robert Aldinger

Membership Secretary: Thomas Miller

Peal Secretary: Frederick DuPuy

Education Officer: Ann Martin

Public Relations Officer: Anthony Furnivall

Clapper Editor: Diane Amison-Loring

As all the positions were uncontested, there is no requirement for elections. However, the ballot will include two by-law amendments, together with a petition, and will be forwarded with the Autumn issue of The Clapper

Posted Oct 17, 2014 by Madeleine Cheesman

Death of Carroll Lentz, Princess Anne

It is with great sadness that I inform everyone that Carroll Lentz passed away early on Saturday morning, October 11. Carroll Lentz's name is synonymous with the bells at St. Andrew's in Princess Anne. In 1993, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Somerset Parish, a set of 6 English change ringing bells were installed; and Carroll was there at the beginning. He helped design the framing in the tower, oversaw the installation, and along with his wife Patricia (Tish) learned to ring. He served as Tower Captain for 20 years.

Posted Oct 13, 2014 by Bruce N Butler

2015 Ringing World Diaries and Calendars

2015 Ringing World Diaries and Calendars

Once again the Guild's Book Service will be ordering Ringing World Diaries and Calendars for members. Please take advantage of this service. You may email me your order and then put a check in the mail. (Unfortunately, PayPal is still not yet an option)

The Ringing World Diary 2015 contains quick reference pages for methods, touches, quarters and contacts.

This year's calendar features towers from Beverley and District, England.

Please see the details posted below for ordering information.

Cheers, Bruce

Ringing World Diary 2015 and/or Ringing World Calendar 2015

To obtain a 2015 Ringing World Diary and/or Calendar please send a check in US or CDN funds payable to NAGCR Book Service to:

Bruce Butler 829 North 25th Street Philadelphia, PA 19130

Standard Diary – USD or CDN $12.50

Standard Diary with Pencil in spine – USD or CDN $13.25

Leather Diary – USD or CDN $22.00

Calendar - USD or CDN $12.50




Add USD $2.50 - CDN $2.50 for each item if you wish airmail (not really necessary at this time – October)

Total Amount Enclosed $

Posted Oct 03, 2014 by Bruce N Butler

Annual Reports Archives

I have completed scanning into pdf format the archives for the Annual Reports from 1972 to date. More recent years' annual reports are already posted in "Guild Documents" I'm planning on posting the balance of the annual reports over the next week or two. There are a bunch of them and each one has to be posted individually, so it will take me some time to do that.

I'd like to thank Bruce Butler and especially Elisabeth Trumpler for assisting me in providing a complete set of annual reports from which I could cross reference those saved as part of the Membership Secretary archives I inherited from my predecessors to make sure I had access to a complete set to be scanned.

Posted Sep 02, 2014 by A Thomas Miller

2006 Annual Report

Yes, the 2006 Annual Report! I have the Membership Secretary's paper archives of all the Clappers and Annual Reports, but seem to be missing the AR for 2006. Is there anyone out there who might have a copy of the 2006 Annual Report? If you do, please donate it to the archives in order to make them complete. Posterity will salute you for it!

Posted Aug 31, 2014 by A Thomas Miller

Kathryn Tucker

The NAGCR and all ringing friends of Kathryn Tucker everywhere are deeply saddened by news of her death on Aug 24. Kathryn served as NAGCR Central Council representative from 2008 to 2010. She was a longtime ringer at St James', Marietta, Ga., before moving with her family to Alexandria, Va., in 2012, where she contributed greatly to DC area ringing.

Posted Aug 26, 2014 by Bruce N Butler

Update added Aug 29, 2014 by Lyn Barnett

A memorial service for Kathryn Tucker has been scheduled for October 11, 4 pm, St. James Episcopal Church, Marietta, GA. Any further details concerning the service will be posted here at a later date.

Update added Sep 08, 2014 by Madeleine Cheesman

AMENDED TIMING OF SERVICE. The memorial service will take place at 5:00pm on October 11, 2014, at St. James Episcopal Church, Marietta, GA

Washington Cathedral bells will be featured Sunday August 31 on BBC Radio 4's program "Bells on Sunday." The 2-minute recording is an excerpt from one of the two peals rung at the Cathedral this past Memorial Day weekend to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the dedication of the central tower and the peal bells.


Posted Aug 23, 2014 by Elizabeth M Sinclair

250th Anniversary of the Clock and Bells at St. Michael's Church (Charleston, SC)

September 20-21 is the 250th Anniversary of the Clock and Bells at St. Michael's Church.

According to George W. William's history of St. Michael's: "St. Michael's Charleston 1751 -1951" the first recorded ringing of the bells was for the Baptism of the infant Betsy Bramfield on September 21st 1764. Quoting from that book, "It is to be remarked that the bells in St Michael's steeple arrived the day Betsy was born and rung the first time the day she was christened," (p. 246).

The weekend's details can be found at

Online registration is free.

September is a terrific time to visit Charleston, S.C. and we hope you can join us for this once-in-a-lifetime celebration !

Posted Aug 17, 2014 by Kit Matthew

AGM -- Final Call for Registrations!

AGM - Final Call for Registrations! Go to for more info, including a link to the PDF registration form. If you haven’t sent in your AGM Registration, now is the time! The registration deadline is Friday, August 1st.

The AGM will be in Washington, DC, August 29th (Friday) - September 1st (Monday). The ringing courses originally scheduled August 27th - 29th have been cancelled due to too few registrations received by the July 1st course registration deadline.

If you have questions as you complete your form, please don't hesitate to drop Beth Sinclair a note at: .

Posted Jul 27, 2014 by Quilla Roth

Ringing Day in Orleans July 19th

Ringing Day in Orleans, July 19th, will start at noon and end at 5pm. Have an early lunch so we can start ringing right at noon!

Posted Jul 14, 2014 by Sister Alicia Mitman

Executive Position of Peal Secretary available

I have been requested by Theresa Rice, the current Peal Secretary, to advise the membership that she will not be standing for another term
Posted Jul 12, 2014 by Madeleine Cheesman

Update added Jul 13, 2014 by Madeleine Cheesman

Executive Position of Peal Secretary available

I have been requested by Theresa Rice, the current Peal Secretary, to advise the membership that she will not be standing for another term

AGM Registration Reminder

Reminder: The registration deadline for the AGM is August 1!

WRS is looking forward to hosting the AGM this Labor Day weekend in Washington DC. As you make your travel plans, please be sure to register for the AGM at the same time. We not only need your registration to set up ringing (quarters and general ringing at the Cathedral and in Frederick) but also need your orders so that we can finalize the counts for the Friday reception, the Saturday dinner, and order the AGM and 50th anniversary polo shirts.

The AGM will not include a ringing course this year so the festivities will start the afternoon of Friday August 29.

Please go to the WRS website ( for the registration form and more information. If you have questions as you complete your form, please don't hesitate to drop me a note at: .

Posted Jul 08, 2014 by Elizabeth M Sinclair

Available Executive Position

This is to advise the membership that I will not be standing for re-election for 2015 and onward. Please consider serving the Guild by standing for election to the Executive Committee
Posted Jul 08, 2014 by Madeleine Cheesman

Update added Jul 08, 2014 by Madeleine Cheesman

Available Executive Position

This is to advise the membership that I will not be standing for re-election for 2015 and onward. Please consider serving the Guild by standing for election to the Executive Committee

Chris Mew - New Central Council President

For those who may be interested in the Central Council President's blog.

Posted Jul 02, 2014 by Bruce N Butler

Reminder: The deadline to sign up for ringing courses during the AGM is July 1

Please email your AGM course registration to: by Tuesday July 1

We have folks registered for both of the courses at this point but need to know the full story of who will be participating in order to finalize plans. If you have not already sent us a note, please e-mail us directly (at ) by July 1 with your interest in being either a student or a helper.

Please note that the formal deadline for FULL registration (e.g., sending in your $$) is still August 1 but we need to sort out the courses first.

For the a complete rundown on the AGM including the registration form and more information on the planned courses, shirt orders, dinner tickets, and lodging, go to the WRS website (

Posted Jun 22, 2014 by Elizabeth M Sinclair

2013 Annual Report

The 2013 Annual Report has been posted to the Guild Documents site, available to members only, Please sign in to view. I apologize for the couple of errors involving random hyphens.
Posted Jun 09, 2014 by Madeleine Cheesman

Update added Jun 09, 2014 by Madeleine Cheesman

Annual Report now uploaded to the website

2014 AGM registration now open!

2014 AGM registration now open!

The WRS excited to be hosting the AGM this Labor Day weekend in DC. Go to our website to get details and download the registration form:

Please be aware of two deadlines as you make your plans: The deadline to register for one of the courses is July 1. The deadline to register for the social events and to order shirts is August 1. Don't hesitate to e-mail with questions about the courses or anything else: .

We hope to see everyone soon!

Posted Jun 04, 2014 by Elizabeth M Sinclair

webcam shows VTS tower a-building

Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, just across the Potomac from Washington, has put up a very nice webcam that shows the construction of the new chapel.

See the large semi-circular window? Just to the left of it, the new bell tower is rising.

Right now the window and the tower are at about the same height. But that will change!

Posted May 16, 2014 by Jeremy Bates

A Day in Old New Castle - Saturday, May 17.

A Day in Old New Castle - Saturday, May 17.. Please see calendar listing for updated information.

Posted May 08, 2014 by Bruce N Butler

Register online: Twelve Bells and Then Some - Toronto 12 Bell Weekend - June 27, 28, 29, 2014

Check the NAG calendar for June for the weekend schedule and book your accommodation soon. Registration forms are online and also will be in the Spring issue of The Clapper
Posted Apr 27, 2014 by Madeleine Cheesman

Update added Apr 27, 2014 by Madeleine Cheesman

12 Bells and Then Some - Toronto 12 Bell Weekend - June 27, 28, 29, 2014

Update added May 04, 2014 by Madeleine Cheesman

Online Registration:

Washington Cathedral Bells 50th Anniversary Weekend- UPDATE

Washington 50th Anniversary Weekend: Registration Open!

I am pleased to announce that the committee has sorted out the final details, and registration is OPEN! We very much hope to see many of you in Washington over the Memorial Day weekend to mark this landmark year at the Cathedral. The registration form includes options for ringing peals, quarters, and general ringing, plus special anniversary activities and social events. You can even buy a commemorative purple polo (orders in by May 4, please!).

Register on our secure website by navigating to

Please direct any questions to alexander.

Posted Apr 22, 2014 by Alexander T Taft, III

Update added Apr 23, 2014 by Elizabeth M Sinclair

If you are interested in ordering a shirt for this event but are not planning to attend, there are 2 options. Option 1: We will be also offering these shirts for presale as part of AGM registration. If you are coming to the AGM just order it when you register for the AGM and pick it up when you get here. Option 2: If you are not planning to attend the AGM, e-mail me at and we'll sort out a price that includes shipping and include your order in our order for the event. We are not planning to have extra shirts on hand for sale at either the 50th anniversary or at the AGM.

Online registration/website for ringing events

Several of you have inquired about how to set up online registration. I am happy to help set up a registration website (as I am pretty familiar with this process after Ring Around Charleston and also know the pitfalls!). It is feasible even for smaller one day events. Or events where you may not be charging for everything (or anything) but still want to track people's arrivals, departures, ringing preferences, dietary needs, etc. Thanks.

Posted Apr 08, 2014 by Kit Matthew

Bells' Birthday BBQ Bash

Bells' Birthday Barbeque Bash in Philadelphia

On Saturday, June 14, 2014, the Philadelphia Guild of Change Ringers will celebrate the 34th Anniversary of the installation of the St Martin’s bells and the 15th birthday of the restoration of St Mark’s bells.

Please join the Philadelphia Guild at its annual Bells’ Birthday Barbeque Bash! Ringing will be at St Martin’s in Chestnut Hill and possibly at St Mark's for quarter peals. For early arrivals, we may have ringing at St Mark's on Friday evening.

There is no charge for this event which is filled with fun, food and ringing! No registration forms to complete, just let us know when and how many will be coming so we know how much food and beer to get!

RSVP by June 8, please, to: Eileen Butler: 215-765-8736 or .

A limited amount of accommodations may be available for those wishing to stay over and ring on Sunday at both St Martin’s and St Mark’s.

Posted Apr 07, 2014 by Bruce N Butler

Last call for Area Meeting at Trinity Wall Street, Sat 12th April

Last call for the NAG Area Meeting at Trinity, which will be going ahead as planned next Saturday April 12th. We have 20 attendees signed up already, and I will confirm the Quarter Peal bands by COB Wednesday of this week. If you are planning to attend, please do let me know via the form below so that we can make sure we have enough food for everyone at lunch!



Posted Apr 06, 2014 by Duncan J Large

2014 Pittsburgh Ringing Course, 8-10 August

The eighth annual Pittsburgh ringing course will be held at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 8-10 August 2014.

The course will be aimed at helping students develop practical conducting skills. It will be focused exclusively on practical skills, with no time spent on the theory of where calls should go or how to construct, describe or read compositions; students will be expected to arrive having already learned necessary background of that sort. Instead we will focus on issues such as how to observe and make use of the coursing order while ringing, how to effectively communicate with others while ringing, and practice doing just such things while simultaneously keeping our own bell where it belongs.

Further details are at

Posted Apr 04, 2014 by Don Morrison

Captain E. G. (Jeff) White

I am saddened to advise you that Captain E. G. (Jeff) White, passed away of April 2, 2014, age 84. Jeff rang for many years at both Vancouver and Victoria. He was a Captain with the former Canadian airlines. Jeff also spent many months flying back and forth across the country, teaching ringing to new recruits in Toronto in 1997/98
Posted Apr 03, 2014 by Madeleine Cheesman

Update added Apr 03, 2014 by Madeleine Cheesman

Captain E. G. (Jeff) White

Mid-Atlantic Area Meeting at Trinity Wall Street: Saturday April 12th, 2014

Further details are now available for the Mid-Atlantic Area Meeting at Trinity Wall Street on Saturday April 12th. Please follow this link to find a Google Form which explains the plan for the day, and includes a form you can complete to sign up!

I hope that many of you will be able to join us!


Posted Mar 21, 2014 by Duncan J Large

Kalamazoo Ringing Weekends

This is a reminder that Kalamazoo’s spring weekend is coming up April 11-13. Also, our fall weekend has now been set for November 7-9 and is on the calendar. We hope you’ll be able to join us for one or both!

Posted Mar 06, 2014 by Kit Almy

Spring Dinner Weekend - March 21-23

March is almost here and that means Spring Dinner in Philadelphia. Please join us for the Vernal Equinox Weekend, March 21-23. More details can be found on the regsitration form located in The Clapper and on the Calendar portion of the website.

Posted Feb 28, 2014 by Bruce N Butler

A video that may be of interest

A video that may be of interest:

Rather good, with only minor, unimportant inaccuracies.

Posted Feb 05, 2014 by Don Morrison

Update added Feb 11, 2014 by Alexander T Taft, III

Including one that was rather humorous for me in particular, but apparently has been fixed. :)

Central Council President's Blog

For those of you who are interested here is the link to the Central Council President's blog:

Posted Feb 04, 2014 by Bruce N Butler

Ring Around Charleston


Still time to register for this wonderful event

Click on this link and register now.

Posted Jan 14, 2014 by Madeleine Cheesman

Update added Jan 25, 2014 by Kathryn (Kit) Matthew

We will be creating the detailed QPA schedule for the weekend starting Feb. 9 so register before then if you wish to participate in those. Deadline for registering for Saturday night dinner is Feb. 15 (due to catering cutoff).

Marion Ainsworth

I'm sad to report the death of Marion Ainsworth Saturday morning, aged 80. Many North American ringers will have known Marion, both from her visits to North America and from her hospitality to visiting ringers in Amersham. Many also know her husband of 58 years, Alan, and their daughter Elva who lived in Boston for several years, as well as their other daughter Jo and son Mark, all ringers. Marion had been dealing with lymphoma for a decade, though it was only in the last few months that her condition reached a point where it curtailed her activities. Those who knew Marion will undoubtedly hold memories like mine, of a vibrant, entertaining and generous woman, always curious about the world and about others.

Posted Jan 13, 2014 by Don Morrison

Update added Jan 14, 2014 by Don Morrison

While it seems unlikely any of you will be in Buckinghamshire next

week, some may still be interested in the funeral arrangements:


Marion’s funeral will be at St Mary’s Church, Old Amersham, Bucks,

(HP7 0DB) on Tuesday, 21st January at 12 noon followed by interment at

Chesham Bois Burial Ground (2.2 miles). All are welcome. No flowers

please - we’d prefer any donations to go to the charities that

supported us in her final days. (Rennie Grove Hospice Care and Marie

Curie Cancer Care). And non-funereal dress please. BTW, better bring

sensible shoes if you come to the burial.

General open ringing from 11:15am and after the service.

Light refreshments in the church after the burial. For catering,

please let us know if you’re coming.

J Alan Ainsworth <>

40th Anniversary of the Melrose Bells

We are gearing up to celebrate a very special anniversary at the Melrose tower: the bells were consecrated 40th years ago this month. To celebrate, we'd love for you to come visit us and partake in, of all things, a weekend of ringing!

Here are our current plans.

Friday, 1/24, 7pm to 9pm: tied tower ringing, handbells, and fondue!

Saturday, 1/25, 10am to 5pm: ringing all day in Brewster. We'll certainly ring several plain major methods (Plain and Little Bob, St Clement's, and Double Norwich), Grandsire and Stedman Triples, and surprise major (as many "standard eight" methods, possibly spliced, as we have a quorum for). There will be rounds, call changes, and plain hunt as well, to help our learners and junior band continue to progress.

(We have the convent's handbells available to us, and I'm sure we can talk others into bringing their sets on Saturday handbell ringing.)

After ringing, we will repair to a local restaurant (to be determined) for dinner.

If you would like to join us for all or part of the weekend, please do let me know. We look forward to sharing this special anniversary with you!

Best regards (and fervent wishes that you are staying warm),

- Matt Bogen

Brewster Tower Captain

845-612-1391 (m)

Posted Jan 09, 2014 by Matt Bogen

Death of Barbara Knight, Burlington NJ

Barbara Knight – Resident Member of NAGCR since 1991. One of the original group of bell ringers from St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Burlington, NJ. passed away on Christmas Day.

Born in Syracuse, NY, she was a longtime Burlington resident. She received her Bachelor's degree in Music from Tusculum State University in Tennessee. She also attended Glassboro College.

She was a substitute teacher in Burlington County for many years and had also worked as an administrative specialist for Simon and Schuster in Riverside for many years.

Barbara was the organist and choirmaster for St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Burlington for over 30 years.

Visitations will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 29 and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30 at Old St. Mary's Church, W. Broad and Wood streets, Burlington. Requiem Eucharist will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, W. Broad St., Burlington. Burial will follow services in St. Mary's Churchyard.

Condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home's Web site below. Page Funeral Home, Burlington:

Posted Dec 27, 2013 by A Thomas Miller

Ballot Results

The balloting is closed and the results of the ballots are in. Two ballots were disqualified for not being signed on the outside of the envelope, as required by the balloting rules.

Of the balance of 90 qualified ballots, the results were:

#1 amendment – 17 votes

#2 amendment – 21 votes

#3 amendment – 50 votes

Vote against all 3 amendments – 2 votes

Having received a majority of the 90 votes cast, the proposed amendment #3 passed and is incorporated into the By-Laws effective January 1, 2014.

Posted Dec 27, 2013 by A Thomas Miller

Toronto in the news

Toronto in the news.

Posted Dec 26, 2013 by Don Morrison

The Smoke Ring

The Toronto ringers are delighted that Michael Hinton's "Smoke Ring" has arrived, and we are challenged with

mastering the idiosyncracies of a mini ring.

We hope to have The Smoke Ring available at the 12 Bell Weekend, June 27, 28, 29, 2014. Mark your

calendars and look forward to ringing Maximus and The Smoke Ring. All are welcome.

Posted Nov 27, 2013 by Madeleine Cheesman

2014 Ringing World Diaries and Calendars

Once again the Guild's Book Service will be ordering Ringing World Diaries and Calendars for members. Please take advantage of this service. You may email me your order and then put a check in the mail. (Unfortunately, PayPal is not yet an option)

The Ringing World Diary 2014 contains quick reference pages for methods, touches, quarters and contacts. Content updated for 2014: latest CCCBR and association contact details; First Peals, Record Lengths and Notable Events; The Great Bells of Britain; Doubles to Maximus methods and touches; pages of hints and tips.

This year's calendar features towers from Kent, England.

Please see the details posted below for ordering inforamtion.

Cheers, Bruce

Ringing World Diary 2014 and/or Ringing World Calendar 2014

To obtain a 2014 Ringing World Diary and/or Calendar please send a check in US or CDN funds payable to NAGCR Book Service to:

Bruce Butler 829 North 25th Street Philadelphia, PA 19130

Standard Diary – USD or CDN $12.00

Standard Diary with Pencil in spine – USD or CDN $12.50

Leather Diary – USD or CDN $20.00

Calendar - – USD or CDN $12.00




Add USD $2.50- CDN $2.50 for each item if you wish airmail (not really necessary at this time – October)

Total Amount Enclosed $

Posted Oct 06, 2013 by Bruce N Butler

Ring Around Charleston: Feb. 21-23, 2014

Charleston, SC beckons you for Ring Around Charleston in 2014 !

We have four towers participating; three within easy walking or a very short drive in downtown Charleston (St. Michael's Church, Grace Church, and The Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul) and one within a 20 minute drive on beautiful Sullivan's Island (Stella Maris Church).

QPAs, general ringing, and two nights of socializing, southern hospitality, and good cheer ! Plus you can escape the cold and snow and enjoy fantastic beaches and birdwatching, historic neighborhoods and gardens, and eclectic southern cuisine.

Please visit the weekend's web page for event details and payment information.

(Note: If you choose to pay online you will be redirected to Paypal where you can pay with a major credit card or your Paypal account.)

For securing lodging:

-- The Ringers of Charleston

Posted Aug 09, 2013 by Kit Matthew