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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

Corona Virus (Covid-19) Update

Bell ringing is suspended until further notice

Based on the advice from the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers (CCCBR) following the government announcement on Monday 16th March 2020, all bellringing meetings and service ringing involving gathering of bellringers has now been suspended until further notice. This is to follow advice to be consderate for the wellbeing of the bellringers and members of the church community, along with friends and family of the ringers

Clock chimes will continue, as may chimes using the automatic mechanism for any services including weddings.

Ringing will resume as soon as the current crisis subsides and the CCCBR update their advice.

The following eventes in summary and detail tables below are placeholders should ringing get reinstated, but currently all events at Barrow, and the outing in early May are suspended and will not take place

DATEDURATIONTIME OF RINGINGREASON THE BELLS ARE BEING RUNG
Wednesday 19th February1.5 hours19:30 to 21:00

Target Practice CANCELLED ! (Met Office Weather Warning for Rain)

Saturday 4th April45 mins to 1 hour
over 2 hour period
11:30 to 13:30WEDDING RINGING (TBC)
Thursday 16th Aprilapprox. 1 hour14:30 to 15:30Visiting Ringers - Quarter Peal
Thursday 23rd April1 hour19:00 to 20:00 (TBC)RINGING FOR ENGLAND (St George's Day) - TBC
Saturday 2nd May3 hours2pm - 5pm (approx.)PEAL - visiting band Royal Society of Cumberland Youths
Friday 8th May45 Minutes8pm - 8.45pm (approx.)Ringing for VE Day - 75th Anniversary
Saturday 20th June45 mins to 1 hour
over 2 hour period
13:30 to 15:30WEDDING RINGING (TBC)
Saturday 4th July45 mins to 1 hour
over 2 hour period
12:00 to 14:00WEDDING RINGING (TBC)
Saturday 25th July1.5 to 3 hours
over 4.5 hour period
12:00 to 16:30WEDDING RINGING - 2 Weddings! 12.30 and 3pm (TBC)
Saturday 19th September45 mins to 1 hour
over 2 hour period
13:00 to 15:00WEDDING RINGING (TBC)


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

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

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



February 2020

DayDateTimeVenueEvent
Saturday12 - 4pm Langdale (Chapel Stile), Holy Trinity (NY321055) 6 Bell Practice (Advanced)B
Saturday82.30 - 4.30pm Ulverston, St Mary (SD289787) Monthly Branch Ringing MeetingB
Wednesday197.30 - 9pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

CANCELLED! - Met office Weather Warning for Rain

TARGET PRACTICE

Special practice encouraging visitors to come and boost practice, to learn something new, to socialise, and to strengthen band for more effective, accelerated, and rewarding learning.

T




March 2020

DayDateTimeVenueEvent
Saturday72 - 4pm Crosthwaite, St Mary (SD446911) 6 Bell Practice (Advanced)B
Saturday142.30 - 4.30pm Milnthorpe, St Thomas (SD499815)

CANCELLED! (Precautionary Cancellation due to Covid-19 situation)

Monthly Branch Ringing Meeting
Note change of venue from Dent to Milnthorpe
B
Wednesday187.30 - 9pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

CANCELLED

TARGET PRACTICE

Special practice encouraging visitors to come and boost practice, to learn something new, to socialise, and to strengthen band for more effective, accelerated, and rewarding learning.

T
Friday20

7pm for 7.30pm

Crooklands Hotel Branch Dinner
Coniston Menu (£24.75pp) - copy available at the tower, or by email on request.
Names to branch secretary by 6th March 2020.
B
Saturday219am - 5pm Hoghton (Preston Branch) - PR5 0SJ LACR Basic Training Day - more info.A
Sunday224.30pm - 6pm Kendal, Holy Trinity (SD517921)

Monthly 8 Bell (Surprise Major) Practice

B
Saturday282 - 4pm Crosthwaite, St Mary (SD446911) 6 Bell Practice (Basic)B
Sunday292 - 4pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

CANCELLED

SIMULATOR SUNDAY

5th Sunday of the month - simulator session (please get in touch if want to join in).
T




April 2020

DayDateTimeVenueEvent
Wednesday87 - 9pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

SIMULATOR PRACTICE (TBC)

Special simulator practice if not clash with other event at church in Holy Week (TBC).

T
Thursday16

2.30 to 3.30pm
(approx.)

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

Visiting Band - Quarter Peal

Bellringers from Bristol and Somerset area (incl. St Mary, Radcliffe) ringing a quarter peal as part of bellringing and hiking tour.
T
Saturday182.30 - 4.30pm
with meeting after
Dalton-in-Furness, St Mary (SD226739)

Monthly Branch Ringing Meeting, with half yearly business meeting afterwards.

Note: Date chosen is a week later than normal 2nd Saturday due to clash with Easter.

B
Wednesday227 - 9pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

SIMULATOR PRACTICE (TBC)

Special simulator practice due to additional ringing for St George's day and Wedding (TBC).

T
Thursday23

TBD

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

RING FOR ENGLAND - ST GEORGE'S DAY (TBC)

T
Friday24

7pm for 7.30 start

The Atheneum, Heversham

Branch Quiz - £5 per person (includes cold buffet & desserts)

Tea & coffee available, or bring your own tipple.
Teams of 4, or book your place in advance and form teams on the night.
Let Anne Hackney know by 18th April for catering.
B
Saturday25noon to ~12.30 &20 minutes after wedding Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

WEDDING RINGING (TBC)

T
Wednesday297.30 - 9pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

TARGET PRACTICE

Special practice encouraging visitors to come and boost practice, to learn something new, to socialise, and to strengthen band for more effective, accelerated, and rewarding learning.

T




May 2020

DayDateTimeVenueEvent
Saturday022pm to 5pm approx. Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

PEAL

Visiting band mostly from London area - Royal Society of Cumberland Youths on a Cumbrian/Lake District tour

T
Friday08

10am -5pm

See details

Tower Outing & Meal

Barrow-Dalton-Ulverston locally organised excursion to North Lancaster branch towers, and pub lunch.

Itinerary as follows. Welcome to join in for the full day, or tailor to take part in one or more elements of the day.

TimeVenueBellsTenor WeightPost Code
9 - 11amWOODLAND/LIMESTONE WALK
Trowbarrow or Eaves Wood
LA5 0UJ (Eaves)
LA5 0SP (Trowbarrow)
11am - noonSilverdale612-0-16617kgLA5 0RH
12.30-2pmLUNCHTIME: Over Kellet - The Eagles Head.LA6 1DL
2.30 - 3.30pmHornby810-1-7524kgLA2 8JT
4pm - 5pmKirkby Lonsdale612-1-23633kgLA6 2AX

From 10 to 11 am, there will be a quarter peal attempt at Silverdale to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. If you are interested in taking part in this, then get in touch.

Lunch places need to be reserved in advance - please let me know if joining us for lunch as soon as possible - and pre-order deadline a fortnight before (24th April) menu available on request.

Note: the Branch outing is organised for the Bank Holiday Monday at the end of the month. (see below)

L
Wednesday067pm to 9pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

Simulator Practice

Due to peal last weekend and VE Day ringing on Friday, it has been decided to run this practice as a simulator practice

T
Friday088pm to 8.45pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

VE Day 75th Anniversary

45 minutes general ringing to mark VE Day 8th May 1945
VE Day National Ringing Event to mark 75th Anniversary of VE Day,
promoted and encouraged by the Central Council (CCCBR) and Lancashire Association (LACR)

T
Monday25

All Day

See Details

Branch Outing

TowerBellsTenor Weight
Slaidburn615-1-6
Bolton-by-Bowland613-2-7
Waddington69-2-0
Clitheroe818-0-8
Whalley821-3-9
B




June 2020

DayDateTimeVenueEvent
Friday19

TBC

TBC

Branch Training - conducting call changes (session 1)B




July 2020

DayDateTimeVenueEvent
Friday3

TBC

TBC

Branch Training - conducting call changes (session 2)B
Friday21 or 22

TBC

Loughborough Proposal for a Branch Trip to Taylors' Bell Foundry, Loughborough
Cost approx. £35 comprising £25 transport (coach) and £10 entry fee.
Also includes being able to ring on their 12 bells.
Names of anyone interested to be given to the Branch Secretary by 17th February to see if viable and to avoid disappointment of dates being booked up.
B
Friday24

TBC

TBC

Branch Striking CompetitionB