Leeds & Liverpool Canal 200th
October 2016 sees the 200th anniversary of the inaugural passage of the Leeds and Liverpool canal. The canal society contacted me in late 2015 to see if we could recreate the original press report of the “bells rang out from churches”. Their original challenge was could all the towers in Blackburn ring: I understand Blackburn was the last section of the canal to be opened in 1816. However, by early 2016 the society were asking for all churches to ring along the full length of the canal. A much larger undertaking and too much for me to organise. Fortunately, the Yorkshire Association and Martin Daniels for the LACR were up to the challenge and have been working with the canal society for many months.
Arrangements are in place for ringing to take place from church towers within earshot of the canal as the shortboat Kennet recreats the 1816 Inaugural Passage. As she travels from Leeds to Liverpool our first tower is East Marton(3) on the evening of Monday 17th October and our last tower is Liverpool Pier Head(12) during the afternoon of Sunday 23rd. I have enclosed a draft programme if you would like to join in some of the ringing.
Please note all times are still subject to change and are dependant upon the progress of the Kennet. Keep checking back for a revised programme.
Ray Hutchings

Revised Programme.

I now have the results of the first stage of my survey. You can have a look at them at http://tinyurl.com/lacrsurveyresults. If the link doesn't work, then please get in touch (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) : I can send you a paper copy if that will be easier for you.

So we now have a good idea of which of the Association's objectives are seen as the most important. The next thing to do is to see how good a job we are doing of delivering to our objectives. This is where I now need your help.

IF YOU ARE AN ASSOCIATION OR BRANCH OFFICER: I need you to fill in another survey: it's at


I'm asking for your views, so you can take as little or as much time as you want to fill it in. Again, if the link doesn't work, please let me know and I can send you a paper copy of the survey.

IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATION (which I think means all of us, including officers): there is another survey I'd like you to fill in. This one is at:


It doesn't matter if you have already filled in an officer's survey - I'd still like your thoughts. Again, you can take as much or as little time as you want to fill it in, and if the link doesn't work, let me know and I'll send you a paper copy.

In advance, thanks for your help.



Owing to major work on the tower, there will be no ringing at Whalley after Sunday, 25th September 2016 until early in the New Year.
Whalley practices will now be held at Clitheroe from Tuesday 4th October until further notice. (Still 7.30 to 9.00 pm).

 John Pilkington.