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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

DATEDURATIONTIME OF RINGINGREASON THE BELLS ARE BEING RUNG
Sunday 15th April 20184.5 hours
(mostly quiet outside)
~11.30am - 4pmTower open day, Simulator demonstration, and recruitment for Armistice Centenary
Monday 21st May 2018approx. 45 minutes~11.45am - 12.30pmVisiting Ringers from Bury St. Edmunds.
Tuesday 29th May 2018approx. 45 minutes2.45pm - 3.30pmAvailability TBC. Visiting ringers from Leicestershire and from Central Council.
Saturday 28th July 20183 hours

Afternoon (TBC)

Peal for anniversary of bells, near St James' Day patronal festival, and unveiling 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.

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



2018




April 2018

DayDateTimeVenueEvent
Friday6evening Black Labrador, Underbarrow (SD467921)
(between Crosthwaite and Kendal)

Branch Dinner

(Rescheduled) Annual branch dinner, this year at the Black Labrador in Underbarrow. Two courses £19.95, or three for £24.95, click MENU.

B
Saturday72 - 4pm Langdale (Chapel Stile), Holy Trinity (NY321055) 6 Bell Practice (Basic) - Extra practiceB
Saturday142.30 - 4.30pm Dent, St Andrew (SD705870) Monthly Branch Ringing Meeting, followed by Business MeetingB
Sunday1511.30am - 4pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

OPEN DAY!

Open Day with a difference - tied bells and simulator (silent outside) for most part

  • FREE for all the family
  • Tower Tours & have a go at ringing a bell several times your own weight (you'll discover how little physical strength is required)
  • Also registering interest from anyone inspired to learn in time to 'Ring for Peace' for the Armistice Day Centenary(see links below for "Ringing Remembers") and Contact Us to put you in touch with your nearest tower.
  • Information boards and the 1877 tower log book on display, leaflets to take away, ringers to chat with to find out more.
  • Restoration Photobook - 70 full colour pages with description of the Bell Restoration Project.
  • Watch the dramatic sight of the bells swinging a few metres beneath you from the gallery in the old belfry.
  • For anyone unaccustomed to spiral staircases, or with limited mobility, the handrail will now extend to the top of the tower.

We are also looking for existing ringers who would like to try the new simulator and help chat to members of the public about bell ringing.


IN THE MEDIA SPOTLIGHT:

OTHER LINKS for OPEN DAY: OTHER LINKS for RINGING REMEMBERS:
T
Saturday212.30 - 6pm WIGTON, St Mary (NY256483)

Carlisle Guild AGM

More details may become available here
A
Sunday224.30pm - 6pm Kendal, Holy Trinity (SD517921)

Monthly 8 Bell (Surprise Major) Practice

B
Saturday282 - 4pm Langdale (Chapel Stile), Holy Trinity (NY321055) 6 Bell Practice (Basic)B
Sunday2910-10.30am Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699) No Service Ringing (joint service at St Francis)T




May 2018

DayDateTimeVenueEvent
Saturday52 - 4pm Langdale (Chapel Stile), Holy Trinity (NY321055) 6 Bell Practice (Advanced)B
Monday2111.45am - 12.30pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699) Visiting ringers from Bury St. EdmundsT
Tuesday292.45pm - 3.30pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699) Availability TBC. Visiting ringers from Leicestershire and from Central Council.T




June 2018

DayDateTimeVenueEvent
Friday15

TBC

Dalton-in-Furness, St Mary (SD226739)

QUARTER PEAL - to mark the sacrifice made by Tom Bell, a ringer at St Mary's, Dalton-in-Furness who died during WWI on 15th June 1915.

Venue, method, ringers and time TBC (probably early evening).

L




July 2018

DayDateTimeVenueEvent
Saturday28

TBC

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

PEAL for St James' Day and anniversary of bells.

PLAQUE unveiling to commemorate James E Burles contribution as ringer and tower captain between C J A Cushing and J Bagnall.

MEAL (venue & time TBC) with peal ringers, other ringers from St James, neighbouring towers & visitors, friends and family...!

T
Sunday29

TBC

Dalton-in-Furness, St Mary (SD226739)

QUARTER PEAL - Method, ringers and time TBC (expected between 1 & 2pm start).

L




September 2018

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




October 2018

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