September 2018

Chorley, St George

Friday 14th and Saturday 15th

St George

The ten bells at St George's Church are fixed hemispherical, Ellacombe Chimes, by Mears and Stainbank in 1919.

It is fitting that the bells are a living memorial to those who lost their lives in the First World War as they are played regularly and can be heard across Chorley town centre.

Garston, St Michael

Saturday 15th

The bell ringing room will be open to the public. There will be a short talk for visitors on how and why we ring church bells, followed by a demonstration of bell ringing.

We are looking for new recruits right now, so this is a great chance to have a taster session.


St Anne's on Sea

Saturday 15th

St Annes

A rare opportunity to visit the bell tower to see our bells and training equipment in use and to try your hand at bellringing.

Also to view our fine church with its WW1 Memorial Chapel and Heritage Mural.

At the Association's AGM in Liverpool, we agreed that a group should have a good look at what we do, and how we do it.

We now have some volunteers, who along with our trustees are as follows:

  • Ernie de Legh-Runciman (convenor)
  • Nick Harrop
  • Giles Blundell
  • Janet Hopwood
  • Cate Gardner
  • Ray Hutchings
  • Simon Woof
  • Alison Britliff
  • Beth Ingham
  • Martin Daniels

Those of us who were available have got together by way of a phone conference. We're starting by trying to work out what support ringers need: once we've worked that out, we'll move on to looking at how that support should be provided.

And we want to learn from other people's experiences. So we're asking other associations for any ideas they can give us.

We're next looking to talk to each other by phone in early July - and if we can, we hope to get together face to face in August. We've got a lot to do, and we've been instructed to let the February committee meeting see a draft of our conclusions, so we haven't any time to waste!