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posted 26 Dec 2017, 04:08 by Mersey Bells   [ updated 26 Dec 2017, 04:08 ]

Merseybells news feed as published

Nation gets into celebratory mood with Christmas festivities

Posted: 25 Dec 2017 05:30 AM PST

In Goa, which has around 27 per cent Christian population, the peal of the midnight bells in churches and the carols in praise of Lord Jesus ushered in the Christmas festivities. The capital city Panaji was lit up and the markets gleamed with Christmas trees, bells, gifts, cakes and bebinca (a traditional ...

Armenian X'mas link

Posted: 25 Dec 2017 01:33 AM PST

Armenian X'mas is now a nostalgic memory but when the church bells peal for midnight Mass at Christmas in the Cathedral near Akbar's church, the Armenian spirit is revived as the local Padritolians pull the ropes of the five huge bells imported from Belgium by the Italian Capuchin fathers. This tradition ...

Goans usher in Christmas with midnight mass, carols

Posted: 24 Dec 2017 11:52 PM PST

Panaji, Dec 25 (PTI) The peal of the midnight bells in churches and the carols in praise of Lord Jesus ushered in the Christmas festivities in Goa. ... A larger-than-life crib installed in front of Mary Immaculate Conception Church in Panaji was a major attraction with thousands of tourists visiting the place ...

The Bong of Big Ben is Back for the Festive Season

Posted: 24 Dec 2017 07:45 PM PST

However, the iconic Big Ben will now be ringing until 1 pm on New Year's Day. As a part of the conservation project of the Elizabeth Tower, the bells have been hushed for four years. The keeper of the Great Clock, Steve Jaggs, stated: “The joyful striking of Big Ben will ring in the festive season for ...

The Bong of <b>Big Ben</b> is Back for the Festive Season

Posted: 24 Dec 2017 07:45 PM PST

For anyone who had been yearning for the resonant tones of the largest bell of the Elizabeth Tower – it is back. Big Ben recommenced its “bonging” at 9 am this morning, just in time for the festive season. In August, the bells of Westminster Palace had been silenced, as some renovations were initiated in ...

Ashton u Lyne, S Michael, Gr Man

Posted: 24 Dec 2017 04:00 PM PST

"temp suspended" (since 10/2011) >> "not permitted"

Barton upon Humber, S Peter, Lincs

Posted: 24 Dec 2017 04:00 PM PST

"not permitted" >> "prohibited"

Bawtry, S Yorks

Posted: 24 Dec 2017 04:00 PM PST

Problem is not short-term. "Suspended" >> "not permitted"

Cothelstone, Som

Posted: 24 Dec 2017 04:00 PM PST

Now shown as u/r than simply "ringing not permitted"

Crewe, Cheshire

Posted: 24 Dec 2017 04:00 PM PST

"temporarily suspended" >> "not permitted"

Kingsbury, Gr London

Posted: 24 Dec 2017 04:00 PM PST

No change: "temporary suspension" >> "not permitted"

Llangybi, Monmths

Posted: 24 Dec 2017 04:00 PM PST

Temporary ban on ringing lifted

Westbury on Severn, Glos

Posted: 24 Dec 2017 04:00 PM PST

"temp suspension" >> "not permitted" in view of duration

Malton, New, N Yorks

Posted: 24 Dec 2017 04:00 PM PST

"temporarily suspended" >> "not permitted"

Christmas proclaims hope, charity where fear reigns, pope says

Posted: 24 Dec 2017 02:52 PM PST

The evening silence enveloping St. Peter's Square was broken by the pealing of church bells following the proclamation of Jesus' birth during the Christmas Mass. Pope Francis walked toward the altar of St. Peter's Basilica, and stood while the cantor sang the solemn "Christmas proclamation," ...

Goa celebrates Christmas with joy and fervour

Posted: 24 Dec 2017 01:00 PM PST

PANAJI: Midnight masses accompanied by pealing of church bells and eye-pleasing fireworks ushered Christmas in the state, heralding the birth of Jesus Christ. The religious Yuletide activities began across the state with church services, most of which began at 11 pm, with the ringing of the church bells ...

<b>Pealing bells</b>, midnight masses mark Christmas

Posted: 24 Dec 2017 12:03 PM PST

Cribs depicting scenes of the birth of Lord Jesus have been put up in Christian houses, churches, chapels and at strategic locations. The Catholic residences have also been decorated with stars and lights. Many Goans residing outside Goa and abroad are in the state to celebrate the festival with their ...

Yuletide spirit grips State

Posted: 24 Dec 2017 10:45 AM PST

With the special midnight mass in the cathedrals and ringing of church bells, the grand Christmas celebrations would kick-start tonight.Governor ... The evening service was accompanied by special prayers for the entire nation, its people, for peace and prosperity of the people of the State and also for the ...

Kurdistan celebrates Christmas: <b>bells ring</b> in villages, major cities

Posted: 24 Dec 2017 08:30 AM PST

Kurdistan celebrates Christmas: bells ring in villages, major cities ... In Sulaimani, where there are three churches, two from the Catholic church and one from the Coptic Orthodox church, have decided to begin Christmas celebrations late at night, Abdulmasih Yousif Shamas, a Catholic church official told ...

Kurdistan <b>celebrates</b> Christmas: <b>Bells ring</b> in villages, major cities

Posted: 24 Dec 2017 08:30 AM PST

Kurdistan celebrates Christmas: Bells ring in villages, major cities ... ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Christians across the Kurdistan Region have started to celebrate Christmas since early Sunday morning, with major events scheduled to take place later at night when many will gather in churches in cities ...

Christmas Chimes: Big Ben Set to <b>Ring</b> in the Holiday Season (VIDEO)

Posted: 24 Dec 2017 03:15 AM PST

Big Ben is, in fact, the name of the bell inside the tower, and not the building or the clock (simply known as the Great Clock) itself. The construction of the 96 meter-tall clock tower was completed in 1858 by English architect Augustus Pugin. The UNESCO-listed structure is widely considered a monument ...

Local historian Karl-James Langford explains the true meaning of the Vale&#39;s Christmas traditions

Posted: 24 Dec 2017 02:30 AM PST

There are examples in the past when bells were stolen from churches in Barry, and in 1572, a bell was taken from St. Nicholas church. Such a valuable ... These Barry churches were brilliantly illuminated and beautifully decorated, a short service was held and carols were sang afterwards. But references ...

The 2018 ART Awards are for everyone!!

Posted: 02 Dec 2017 06:45 AM PST

The 2018 ART Awards

The ART Awards continue to grow every year – with close to £3,000 awarded in prizes last year. Now is your chance to apply for the ART Awards 2018!

The teaching awards are open to everyone – not just ART Members – and the aim is to encourage and recognise the people and groups leading best practice and innovation in the teaching and development of ringing.

ART Awards 2018

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

The Sarah Beacham Youth Group Award
Prize of £400 – sponsored by the Sarah Beacham Memorial Trust

The Sarah Beacham School Group Award
Prize of £400 – sponsored by the Sarah Beacham Memorial Trust

The ART Award for Innovation in the Effective Use of Technology in Teaching
Prize of £500 – sponsored by John Taylor & Co.

The ART Award for Innovation in Recruitment or Retention
Prize of £400 – sponsored by AbelSim

The ART Award for a University Society that has made a Significant Contribution to Promoting Ringing to Younger People
Prize of £500 – sponsored by CCCBR

The ART Award for Inspiring Leadership in Ringing
Prize of £500 – sponsored by Talent Innovations

Learning the Ropes Achievement Awards
Five cash awards will be given to the best five achievers as judged from those achieving Level 5 (LtR or LtR Handbells) or participating in LtR Plus

Worried about applying?

The judges aren’t looking for the most professional application, what they are looking for is ideas, commitment and results. So if you’re looking at new ways of recruiting it’s not just the idea, but the number of people you recruited and whether they stayed. Easy ways to show that – number retained a year or two later, new recruits coming in (success breeds success), quarter peals, striking competition results, practice attendance, or ringing progress (LtR Levels). And don’t forget photos and quotes. There’s no magic formula; think why what you’re doing has been successful and put it down on paper.

What are we looking for?

Hopefully having convinced you that the ART Awards might be relevant to you or a ringer you know, what are the common themes that appear in previous years’ applications?

  • Having a vision or passion and making it happen. However big or small, making things happen is what leadership is all about, even if you don’t call it that.
  • Trying out new things, some of which work and some of which don’t. If we don’t move with the times ringing will die, so take some risks.
  • Getting young people ringing and over-turning all those misconceptions that exist about children seeing ringing as “uncool” and giving up at the first hurdle.

Any of these ring any bells? If so, why not consider applying for you or a ringer you know. There will be an ART Award right for your application. And if you applied and didn’t win last year how about applying again, now you’ve got another year under your belt – Elizabeth College did that and they won!

How do I enter?

» Find out more and apply for the 2018 ART Awards

Share this link with your local ringing friends, groups and in your tower. Act now, don’t miss out! The closing date for applications is 31 December 2017.

Fred E. Dukes International Bell Fund

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 02:00 PM PST

Applications are invited for grants from this Fund, which are paid only for work carried out by the UK bell founders and bell hangers on bell restoration projects in countries outside the UK and Ireland. Details of the allocation criteria and administration procedures and an application form are available from the Central Council website or direct from me.

Closing date for applications is 31st January 2018:

The Cottage
School Hill
West Sussex   RH12 3QN

IAN H. ORAM (ihoram@hotmail.com)

Central Council of Church Bell Ringers
Bell Restoration Committee

Vote for CCCBR to secure some Ecclesiastical funding!

Posted: 22 Nov 2017 07:33 PM PST

Ecclesiastical are running a scheme where charities can ‘win’ £1000. As we have worked with them recently to promote their communities project we had hoped they would automatically give us some funding but seems there is another route…

All that people need to do is complete the nomination form (link below), quoting our name “Central Council of Church Bell Ringers” and our registered charity number 270036. Takes a minute or so. Deadline Dec 5th.


Then we have a chance of winning £1000. This can be used for a variety of our activities including attracting more ringers.

BBC Breakfast Feature now on YouTube

Posted: 15 Nov 2017 08:35 AM PST

The feature on bell ringing that went out on BBC Breakfast during Remembrance weekend is now available on YouTube at the following link:


You can also watch the video directly below:

Radio feature re Devon ringing – a must-listen

Posted: 12 Nov 2017 07:48 AM PST

Well done to Devon ringers to get this publicity for their ringing, which is brilliant!  My fruit & veg man at the market told me about it (he knows I’m into ringing) and Adrian Wheeler kindly supplied the link!


Caroline Stockmann, PRO

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