Fred Barber, HLM

With sadness, I pass on the news that Fred Barber passed away earlier this week. Fred was formerly tower captain of Cotgrave and was recognised as an Honorary Life Member of the Guild in 2014.

Sharon Bryan – funeral arrangements – update 15/9/22

Please find below a message from Austin

“To dispel any doubts, Sharon’s funeral will go ahead as planned on Monday 19 September 2022. There will be open ringing from 11.30 am until 12.25 pm. After Mass there will be an arranged QP in celebration of Sharon’s life. Sharon didn’t think she looked good in black, so as far as clothing is concerned wear whatever colour you are comfortable in. No flowers, please, but if you would like to make a donation to a charity Sharon supported, this can be done on-line at”

HM The Queen Elizabeth II – RIP

Hello all

The guidance re ringing agreed between Lambeth Palace and the Royal Household is here: (

I appreciate this is long, but to pick out the first piece ringing or tolling at 12 noon tomorrow (9 September) for 1 hour (all at the discretion of the incumbent / PCC).

I’ll (or someone else will) post updates and communications to the Facebook group, send to the District Secretaries and put on the website as soon as is practicable following their receipt.

May she rest in peace.

Sharon Bryan Funeral Arrangements

Sharon Bryan

27th June 1947 – 28th August 2022

19th September 2022

12.30pm Requiem Mass in celebration of Sharon at Corpus Christi Church, Southchurch Drive, Clifton, Nottingham, NG11 9FF

2.00pm Committal at Main Chapel, Wilford Crematorium, Loughborough Road, West Bridgford,NG2 7FE.

Around 2.30pm Reception at The Cottage Hotel, Easthorpe Street, Ruddington, NG11 6LA

If anyone would like to come to the Reception, would they email Austin Bryan at  so that a reasonable estimate of numbers for catering can be made

Arrangements for ringing will be given later.

Sharon began her ringing adventure at Kings Norton in Birmingham in the late 1960’s. She and Austin moved to Essex shortly after their marriage in 1971. There they were welcomed into the Prittlewell band. For a time Sharon was Secretary to the Southern District of the Essex Association. In 1976 the Bryan family moved to Nottingham and, as there were no ringable bells in Clifton at that time, joined the St Peter’s Nottingham band. Towards the millennium Sharon joined the Clifton ringers who looked after ringing at St Mary’s Clifton, Holy Trinity, St Francis and subsequently Corpus Christi. From 2012 to the beginning of 2017, Sharon was Secretary to the South Notts District of the Southwell and Nottingham Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers.

May she rest in peace.

Thank you for your messages of support.


Sad News

With sadness, I bring news of the death of Mick Exton, yesterday, aged 90. Mick was made an Honorary Life Member of the Guild in 2000. No more details at the current time.