As you all may know, the Government has today given
updated advice concerning the spread of COVID-19. As a result, all Guild / District events will
unfortunately have to be cancelled or postponed. We will keep an eye on the
situation but we do not expect any events to take place for at least 6 or 8
weeks possibly longer. The Crawford Cup final will likely be moved to the
autumn. Please keep an eye out for
posters, emails, posts on Facebook and website updates telling you when things
are starting up again.
As a Guild, we are not giving advice on how individual
churches deal with practices, service ringing or visiting bands but hope the
tower officers will discuss with the church and take appropriate steps and that
ringers will all stay safe and well through this difficult period.
Don’t forget ringing apps and books so that you can
retain & develop your skills during this enforced break in practical
Given the situation across the country, with the agreement of the management and general committees, the following is our current position:·
The AGM WILL BE POSTPONED or cancelled. At present there are no contested officers so elections would not be required.· Guild meetings will be considered on a case by case basis and all members are encouraged to keep an eye on the website and Facebook for updates.
Districts should keep in touch with local contacts, as incumbents or churchwardens may wish to reduce the number of events happening at any particular church including ringing meetings. The website and Facebook should be used to maintain regular contact with as many members as possible.
The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers is monitoring things and the advice is “Many people are concerned about the effects of the current Coronavirus outbreak and what impact that has on us and our ringing activities. Whilst the CCCBR cannot offer any professional medical advice, we would recommend that you adopt sensible precautions and follow the advice from the Chief Medical Officer.” There is slightly more detail on the website page https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/03/12/coronavirus-covid-19/
Whether you are a long standing member; new to ringing; or a visitor wondering if ringing might be for you, I hope you will find the site useful and informative. I would like to thank those who have built, populated and checked the new site – particularly Chris Field – and Richard Allton and Mary Stephens who for twenty years, developed and maintained our previous site which has served us so well.
The new site is designed to be easily updated so please put up news and events from around the Guild then everyone can see that ringing is alive in the Diocese and that there is something for everyone – keep a regular check on the calendar to see what’s on where. I look forward to keeping in touch with you all and with what you are doing.