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Barrow Bells - Event Calendar

When do the bells ring?

For more information about our regular weekly ringing, please visit the REGULAR RINGING SCHEDULE page.

In addition to regular ringing there are weddings and other services; civic/national events to mark; visiting ringers; tower open days; bellringers meetings; quarter peals and peals; and other occasions when the bells are rung. Most are relatively infrequent and short (less than 1 hour continuous ringing), although occasionally there can be more than 1 wedding or event in a day, a branch/association meeting lasting 2 hours, or a peal lasting 3 hours.

We try to notify the public, local residents and community in advance of any planned additional (non-regular) ringing at St James' Tower as follows...

  1. All planned extra ringing of any duration will be notified in the calendar on this Events web page; alongside other ringing events outside Barrow. Ringing at St James, Barrow will be repeated and highlighted in a summary table (see below)
  2. All planned extra ringing for continuous period in excess of 1 hour:
    Residents in houses immediately opposite the church on Blake Street, Adelaide Street and Hartington Street will receive leaflet informing of the extended ringing.
    Sometimes we will also notify the North West Evening Mail, BBC Radio Cumbria, & The Bay Radio (bay action), e.g. for particular special occasions, and where the public are invited to come along and find out more. [however as independent businesses they may decide not to publish/broadcast anything]



In line with current CCCBR Guidance) we ask ringers to confirm a recent negative covid test and/or wear a mask (both if possible).


Government restrictions/lockdown for Covid-19 pandemic lifted Mon 19th July 2021. Social distancing of 1m+ and the 'rule of six' limit for indor activity/meeting is removed.

The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers (CCCBR) have released guidance (introduction/ 1-page summary) that we will follow by maintaining good ventilation, hand sanitisation, face coverings, track and trace log, and we strongly recommend taking a test (e.g. Lateral Flow Test) and only attend with both negative result and no symptoms. These measures are important as we expect there will be several bellringers who have not been offered the vaccine to attend. We will allow ringers to stand closer than 1m+ and ring with six or up to 8 ringers at a time. If the ringing room gets too crowded, we may ask some ringers wait elsewhere for their turn to ring, but we think numbers will be OK.

The simulator session on tied bells before 7.30 is suspended for the time being, and the main practice will last between an hour and the normal 90 minute duration. A 60 to 90 minute session is already an increase from pre-19th July CCCBR guidance, so we will reintroduce simulator ringing before practice once ringers are comfortable with this, and the increase in covid cases nationally and locally have stabilised and reduced.

For those ringers who are considering return to ringing, please make sure you are comfortable with the arrangements - see Is it appropriate for an individual to Ring?


Barrow Service Ringing on 2nd and 4th Sundays (Dalton Service Ringing on 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays), until Dalton services revert to 9am start when we hope to resume ringing at both Barrow and Dalton every Sunday.

Summary of Planned Additional or Special Ringing at St James

Wednesday 1st December 202190 mins19:30 - 21:00'Target' practice - encouraging extra ringers to visit for enhanced practice (note: no simulator beforehand).
Thursday 9th December 202130 mins19:00 - 19:30Ringing for the Vocé concert raising funds for the church.
Tuesday 14th December 202145 mins17:45 - 18:30Ringing for the Carol Service.
Wednesday 15th December 202190 mins19:30 - 21:00Standard practice, but without simulator beforehand.
Saturday 1st January1 hour13:30 - 14:30Quarter peal for the New Year
Sunday 1st May 2022Approx. 3 hours13:00 to 16:00PEAL - Visiting Band (SRCY).

The rest of this page is dedicated to announcing the future ringing and social events that are planned, colour coded by organiser/location.

Our Tower/Church (St James)
Local/Nearby (e.g. Dalton)
South Lakeland Branch of LACR
ASSOCIATION [A] (or Guild)
LACR (Lancashire Assoociation Change Ringers)
CDGCBR (Carlisle Diocesan Guild of Church Bell-Ringers)
any other group

FULL CALENDAR All ringing and social events at St James and elsewhere

December 2021

Wednesday17.30pm - 9pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)


Enhanced practice with additional support from visiting ringers from other towers. Note: no simulator practice beforehand.

Thursday97pm - 7.30pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)


Ringing before Vocé Concert raising funds for St James.

Vocé and Special Guests present 'Christmas Magic'

Tuesday145.45pm - 6.30pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)


Ringing before the annual carol service at St James, this time the service even has a sprinking of Guilbert & Sullivan.

See Church Facebook Event
"Brightly Dawns Our Christmas Day" - A Gilbert & Sullivan Nativity"

Wednesday157.30pm - 9pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

Standard practice with with the exception that this week there is no simulator practice beforehand.



January 2022

Saturday011 hour between 1.30 and 2.30pm approx. Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

Quarter Peal - To welcome and ring in the New Year, and as tribute to the Most Reverend Desmond Tutu.


May 2022

Sunday1Approx* 1pm to 4pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)


Visiting band from London and area - Society of Royal Cumberland Youths.

This is likely to be a very high standard of ringing performance.

* times dependent for peal is dependent on a number of factors. A peal will typically take between 2hr 45min and 3 hours, but may finish a up to 30 mins later e.g. false start, or rest before ring bells down into safe position after peal