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COVID-19 Ringing Information

November 8, 2020

Ringing at many North American towers is suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but virtual ringing opportunities abound!

2022 AGM Shirt Orders

August 7, 2022

Link for instructions on how to order official 2022 AGM apparel prior to the event

Ringing Education Survey

August 7, 2022

All North American ringers are invited to fill out the education survey by August 20.

2022 AGM Registration Now Open

July 8, 2022

Join us in Raleigh October 6-10

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Nominations Open for Jeff Smith Memorial Young Ringer Award

April 3, 2022

Submit by May 1. Winner to be announced at Annual Guild Meeting.

Old North Ringing Featured in Atlas Obscura Podcast

March 26, 2022

Ringers thrilled with great publicity

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UPDATED MAR 6: Bruce Butler Memorial Information

March 6, 2022

Updated to include details of memorial service March 19.

Eileen Butler to Serve as President to Complete Term

February 15, 2022

Nominations for all officers to open September 9, 2022.

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The Awkward Path to Publicity in the Chicago Tribune

January 8, 2022

Persistence pays off to bring awareness to ringing.

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Diane Amison-Loring Voted Life Member, By-law Amendments Passed

January 8, 2022

Long-time newsletter editor honored for nine years of service

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Little Rock Ringers Featured in Magazine

December 27, 2021

Trinity Episcopal's ringers were covered in Arkansas Living Magazine

Quarter Peal Weekend Postponed

December 26, 2021

The annual Philadelphia Quarter Peal weekend, scheduled for January 14-17, 2022, has been postponed.

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University of Chicago Features Ringers

November 24, 2021

The University of Chicago posted an article about the three NAGCR Jeff Smith Young Ringer Award winners on its website.

2022 Officers & Upcoming Ballot

October 25, 2021

The 2022 Officers have been appointed without opposition, and the Guild will vote on Honorary Life Membership for Diane Amison-Loring.

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Washington Ringer Wins Photography Competition

October 25, 2021

Lian von Wantoch has won the "Bells in Art" category of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers photography competition.

Registration Open for 2022 Quarter Peal Weekend

October 17, 2021

Registration is now open for the 2022 Quarter Peal Weekend in Philadelphia Jan. 14-17!

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Little Rock to Host 2022 7-Towers Bell Festival in April, 2022

October 9, 2021

Save the date! The 2022 7-Towers Festival will be held in Little Rock, April 21-24, 2022.

The ground zero memorial in New York City, with a serene water feature sunken below ground on the footprint of a fallen tower

Honolulu Ringers Remember September 11th

September 16, 2021

St. Andrews Ringing Society rang their bells half-muffled for the 20th anniversary of September 11th, 2021.

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2022 Ringing World Diaries and Calendars

September 12, 2021

Time to order your 2022 Ringing World Diaries and Calendars!

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Sad News - Connie Engle

August 12, 2021

Hendersonville ringer Connie Engle passed away Friday, August 12.

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New NAGCR Website Ready for Member Preview

July 2, 2021

After over a year of effort, the new NAGCR website is ready for a member preview!

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Old North Ringers Featured on NPR

July 1, 2021

NPR featured the bell ringers at the Old North Church in advance of ringing for the July 4 Independence Day Holiday.

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Invitation to 40th+1 Anniversary of St. Martin's Bells

May 30, 2021

You are invited to join us in Philly for the 40th+1 Anniversary of the St. Martin's bells Saturday, June 12.

Recent Deaths

April 17, 2021

We are sad to report the recent deaths of Ken Ballou, Alan Ellis, Bill Wakeland, Roland Perschon, Geoff Bagley, and Linda Woodford.

Ringing for Unity and Remembrance on January 19

January 2, 2021

The Biden inauguration team is asking churches all around the nation to ring their bells to commemorate the more than 343,000 US pandemic deaths due to Covid-19 on January 19, 2021

2021 NAGCR Officers

November 8, 2020

There were no nominations received by the deadline other than those of the incumbents, therefore all of the current officers are re-elected for 2021.

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The Bells That Never Were: Unsuccessful proposals for new rings in North America, 1974-2020

October 19, 2020

All the rings of bells that could have existed in North America, but were never actually installed in a tower.

Updated Peal List Available

October 4, 2020

An updated excel file containing a list of all peals rung for the Guild, and all peals rung in North America, is available for download.

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Review of Change-Ringing on Handbells Volume 1: Basic Techniques by Tina Stoecklin and Simon Gay

June 18, 2020

Especially for North American Ringers, Kemp Brinson (who has experience starting a handbell band from scratch in Winter Haven, Florida) reviews potential best-seller Change-Ringing on Handbells Volume 1: Basic Techniques by Tina Stoecklin and Simon Gay.