As the title suggests, this concerns the history of unsuccessful proposals for change ringing towers in North America. This is the "published" version of a talkthat I gave at the 2020 AGM; it may also be printed in The Clapper at some point. If anyone is interested in a slightly neater copy (inc. appendices and maps), please feel free to contact me.
The attached images are the towers proposed in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, respectively; and of five notable proposed towers (Montgomery, AL; the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC; Holy Trinity, Edmonton; Gasson Hall, Boston College; and Pauli Murray College, New Haven.
Review of the Excellent (!) New Book "Change-Ringing on Handbells Volume 1: Basic Techniques" by Tina Stoecklin and Simon Gay.
Kemp Brinson reviews Change-Ringing on Handbells Volume 1: Basic Techniques by Tina Stoecklin and Simon Gay.
Check out the Central Council's searchable index of lockdown training videos at https://cccbr.org.uk/youtube-index/. Ringing Education is Alive and Well!
What happens when some "socially distanced" casual handbell ringers try to ring "together" via Zoom?
STEEPLEKEEPER’S DIARY: What you do when the clapper falls out of one of your bells. Originally published in the Winter 2019 issue of The Clapper; this version also includes an account of how we fixed it. (Yes, we fixed it!)
Want a touch of Stedman Triples which will affect a certain bell or leave it unaffected? Try this handy tower aid!
This is a report of the November 2017 Council Reform Update – Executive away-day.
Council Review and Action Group - Thanks Tony for working on this committee and representing North American interests.
Thanks Tony for working on this committee and representing North American interests.
Last year, the goal was to find 300 new peal ringers. This year it's even more ambitious: 125 first-time peal conductors.
Now that we have closed the books on 2015, it's time to look back at the ‘First Peal 2015’ campaign, whose goal was to recruit 300 new peal-ringers, and at North America’s contribution to it.
The North American ringing community lost a much loved member with the death of Bill Crouch on August 18, 2015.
Considerations and suggestions for aspiring conductors
How can the Guild participate in the campaign to mark the 300th Anniversary of the first known peal?
An analysis of peals rung in 2013 where at least half the band are North American residents, together with some context from the preceding five years, and a look forward via the first half of 2014.
If it is possible to get a snapshot of North American ringing from the Quarter Peals printed in The Clapper, the new performances database has made it that much easier to put into focus. It is a dataset ripe for analysis; and what is there sets hearts racing like the promise of charts and graphs?
An explanation of what the Abraham Lincoln Society of Change Ringers is, and why it was established.
We were pleased to welcome a writer from the Chestnut Hill Local that Winston Moody had met. She wrote a very nice article and it has recently been published and we copy it here for your reading pleasure.
Observations and suggestons for ringing preparation and in-tower conduct
A senior at Middlebury College has written an essay that, among other interesting and debatable things, compares the change-ringing conductor to God.
Cornwall Surprise Major is being rung at more and more North American towers. Here are some easy quarter peal callings to help encourage this good trend.
Intensive training, including first quarter peals for seven locals.
New Photo Album feature, uploading capability, and related features described.
A rainy ringing day in Boston with photos.
Here is a PDF of the Ringing World story of the new ring in Shreveport, Louisiana.
A short video of Andrew Nelson (UK) teaching ten-year-old Catherine to ring at St. Mark's Cathedral in Shreveport, LA.
NAGCR Tutorial Funds helped the new ringers at St. Mark's Cathedral in Shreveport bring Andrew Nelson from the UK for an extended stay to help with training.
The Teaching Centre at Worcester Cathedral, which is in England just about halfway between Gloucester and Birmingham, are eager to welcome visitors and to create links with ringers in the USA and Canada. This article explains what is available there, how you might use it, and how to get in touch with the Teaching Centre.
Wired magazine thinks they have much in common: http://www.wired.com/underwire/2010/01/alt-text-obscure-hobbies.
Ringers with Red Sox trophies.
We had a free lance writer, Barbara Sherf, come to St Martin's during the Barbeque Bash weekend and watch us and ask us questions about change-ringing in Philadelphia. We think she did a good job with getting her quotes right. The article was published in the Chestnut Hill Local in September.
Second in a series of articles about this new website, this feature provides more detailed information about how to post and edit your information as well as to update and comment on postings by others.
First in a series of articles about this new interactive website, this piece provides an overview of the site's purposes and features.
The ringers of Orleans describe their experiences learning to ring their brand new Whitechapel 10 as a group of more than 35 brand new learners.
On Tuesday, October 6th, at Grace Church in Charleston, Noah Smith, age 15, conducted his 10th quarter peal. This is an outstanding achievement for any ringer but to achieve this at the age of 15 surely sets a record for North America.
Members of the Boston band have been busily working with the 35 new learners of Orleans MA since mid-August to get them ready for the celebration of their new Whitechapel ring of 10, which took place on September 27th.
A brief discussion of various ways to knit methods.
How to get automatic notices of updates to the NAGCR.org site in your email.
Citations for thirty-five years worth of articles about ringing training, composing, and conducting organized by topic.