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...
COVID MEASURES FOR RINGERS
In line with current CCCBR Guidance) we ask ringers to confirm a recent negative covid test and/or wear a mask (both if possible).
COVID MEASURES IN TOWER
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
The rest of this page is dedicated to announcing the future ringing and social events that are planned, colour coded by organiser/location.
|Wednesday||1||7.30pm - 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.
|Thursday||9||7pm - 7.30pm||Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)|
RINGING FOR VOCÉ CONCERT
Ringing before Vocé Concert raising funds for St James.
Vocé and Special Guests present 'Christmas Magic'
|Tuesday||14||5.45pm - 6.30pm||Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)|
RINGING FOR CAROL SERVICE
Ringing before the annual carol service at St James, this time the service even has a sprinking of Guilbert & Sullivan.
See Church Facebook Event
|Wednesday||15||7.30pm - 9pm||Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)|
Standard practice with with the exception that this week there is no simulator practice beforehand.
|Saturday||01||1 hour in afternoon TBC||Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)|
Quarter Peal - To welcome and ring in the New Year
|Sunday||1||Approx* 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