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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]

Summary of Planned Additional Ringing at St James

Saturday 27th January 201815 minutes6.30pm - 6.45pmTolling Half-Muffled Tenor on Heritage Memorial Day (more details below)
Sunday 4th February 2018approx. 30 minutes~2.45pm - 3.15pmAir Training Corps parade. Bells ring as ATC form up and parade after service at St James
Saturday 28th July 20183 hours

Afternoon (TBC)

Peal for anniversary of bells, near St James' Day patronal festival, and unvieling of James E Burles plaque.

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


January 2018

Saturday132.30 - 4.30pm Dalton-in-Furness, St Mary (SD226739) Monthly Branch Ringing MeetingB
Saturday272 - 4pm Langdale (Chapel Stile), Holy Trinity (NY321055) 6 Bell Practice (Basic)B
Saturday276.30 - 6.45pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

Tolling Half-Muffled Tenor on Heritage Memorial Day

To remember all those that suffered during and after the Holocaust, and other genocides past and present.

Precedes film screening of 'AREK' from 7pm at Signal Film and Media on 104 Abbey Road
"The film follows the return of Holocaust Survivor Arek Hersh to the places of his childhood. It follows his incredible story from the Lodz Ghetto to Auschwitz and Birkenau"

Heritage Open Day 2018 Logo - The power of Words

Sunday284.30pm - 6pm Kendal, Holy Trinity (SD517921)

Monthly 8 Bell (Surprise Major) Practice


February 2018

Saturday39.30am - 5pm Hensingham, St. John Evangelist (NX985166)

Carlisle Guild Training Day

Helpers still needed. More Information here

Saturday32 - 4pm Langdale (Chapel Stile), Holy Trinity (NY321055) 6 Bell Practice (Advanced)B
Sunday4approx 2.45 to 3.15pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

RAF Air Training Corps Parade

Approximately 600 personnel from across the Cumbria & Lancashire Wing RAF Air Training Corps form up after service accompanied by the bells of St James, and parade from the church to the Town Hall for a formal march past.

The principle guest on the day is the Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria who will be joined by the Mayor and Mayoress of Barrow.

Thursday87.30 - 9pm Flookburgh, St John (SD365760)

Triples/Major Bell Practice (Plain Bob, Grandsire, Stedman)

All welcome for special practice arranged to focus on plain methods and principles on 7 & 8 bells.

Saturday102.30 - 4.30pm Flookburgh, St John (SD365760) Monthly Branch Ringing MeetingB

March 2018

Friday2evening Black Labrador, Underbarrow (SD467921)
(between Crosthwaite and Kendal)

Branch Dinner

Annual branch dinner, this year at the Black Labrador in Underbarrow. Two courses £19.95, or three for £24.95, click MENU. Food needs to be pre-ordered at least a fortnight before the meal, so please let Keith Hackney know your choices directly or via tower captain (see Contact Us.)

Saturday102.30 - 4.30pm Broughton-in-Furness, St Mary Magdalene (SD209874) Monthly Branch Ringing MeetingB

April 2018

Saturday142.30 - 4.30pm Dent, St Andrew (SD705870) Monthly Branch Ringing MeetingB
Saturday212.30 - 6pm WIGTON, St Mary (NY256483)

Carlisle Guild AGM

More details may become available here
Sunday2910-10.30am Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699) No Service Ringing (joint service at St Francis)B

July 2018



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

Peal for St James' Day and anniversary of bells. Also to celebrate unveiling of plaque to commemorate James E Burles contribution as ringer and tower captain between C J A Cushing and J Bagnall.

Also plan a meal with peal ringers and other ringers from St James, neighbouring towers & visitors, friends and family


September 2018

Sunday3010-10.30am Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699) Service Ringing as usual (5th sunday but no joint service - Family Worship)B

October 2018

Sunday710-10.30am Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699) No Service Ringing (joint service at St Francis for patronal festival)B