Dear all

At the LACR AGM in Douglas, I talked about what I would like to do in my two year term as your vice-president. One of the things I am planning to look at is what the Association is for.

I know I don't have all the answers, so I think the best way to start this is to ask as many members of the Association as possible to tell me what they think our aims should be. I'd like your help to do that.

Firstly, please could you complete a short survey for me? It's at and I hope it will only take a few minutes to complete.

Secondly, please encourage other ringers in the Lancashire area to complete the survey. If they are online, then please pass the link on to them. But there is a version of the survey that can be printed, and I can pass it on to anyone who wants it. If you have ringers in your area who you think would prefer this, please let me know and I will send you a copy so you can pass it on to them, and ask them to post the survey back to me.

In advance, thanks for your help: by working together I hope we can improve the Association for all of us.



Heritage Day 2016

Heritage Open Days have joined forces with the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers to open up the heritage hidden inside England’s bell towers and bring to life the 400-year old tradition of English-style bell ringing. Heritage Open Days are being held between 8th and 11th September 2016.

See more at: 

You can register interest in participating in Heritage Open Days by requesting a login and signing up to the mailing list for organisers here:

Event registration opened on 8th March and closes on 1st August.  You are urged to register if you are intending to open your tower so that your details will be included in the publicity campaign and you will be able to receive information and apply for national marketing material.  It will also mean that you are counted towards the 500 we want!

Please consider if your tower could open during these heritage days - it is a massive publicity boost for us - and a good source of new ringers.




Thanks to the magnificent poster created by Bamford Print residents of Heywood could have been in no doubt about what was happening at St Luke’s on St George’s Day.

Early arrivals at Balderstone were treated to toasted tea cakes. A shock was waiting in the ringing room though where the plaster from almost an entire wall had crashed into a heap on the floor. More entertainment was provided by the 5th rope which was so long it was easier to ring kneeling down!

There was a double celebration at Leesfield as the 24th April marked the 150th anniversary of the bells. Look out for Brian Hayes’ book ‘The Song of the Bells’ on sale from 25th May.

Tower Captain Robert Hodgetts made good use of the opportunity of being interviewed by the local press to promote the cause of ringing in East Crompton.

St Thomas Newhey 1260 Kent and Plain Bob Minor
1. Kathy Stott    4. Carole Clarke
2. Thomas Chapman    5. Phil Hope
3. Helen Rigby    6. Stephen Kershaw (c)

We were indebted to John Caternach for operating the chimes at St Barnabas Shore.

Following this a wedding at Todmorden Unitarian Church benefitted from Rolling Ringing at the last but one tower of the day.


The final ring at Todmorden St Mary got off to a slightly inauspicious start when someone who shall be nameless (Thomas!) snapped the rope on the 5th. Despite this two bands managed to ring a course of St George Minor with the first also slaying a course of The Dragon for good measure.

A day of continuous ringing was without doubt thirsty work and before long the lure of tea and fresh home baking proved overwhelmingly irresistible.

Thanks are due to the Todmorden catering team, the Bamford family for printing such great posters, and last but not least to Debra for her peerless organisation of a highly successful and   enjoyable St George’s Day Rolling Ring.


An extra vote of thanks to Newchurch ringers Jane Giles and John Howard for their support. The award for most towers rung at during the day went to John with our best wishes for a speedy recovery from the head wound that he sustained from a close encounter with the stonework at Middleton!


The band at Rochdale St Chad did a sterling job in setting off the Rolling Ring and it is only fitting that they have the last word in wishing Many Happy Returns to John Ripley who celebrated his 17th birthday on St George’s Day. Quarter peal next year?