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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

Wednesday 5th December 2018n/a6.30-7.30pmPre-practice handling/simulator session cancelled
Thursday 6th December 2018Approx 1 hour during evening
may be exceeded in special circumstances
if BBC need a repeat audio take after service
2x5 mins between ~7.30 & 8.30
5 mins at ~8.30 to ring down.
last ringing no later than 9pm
Ringing for and as part of BBC Radio Cumbria - The Big Sing - Carols and Christmas Story
Friday 7th December 201845mins5.45-6.30pmRinging for Drama Academy Carol Service
Wednesday 19th December 201845mins5.45-6.30pmRinging for NW Evening Mail Carol Service [NOTE: Normal practice cancelled]
Monday 24th December 201845mins3.15-4pmRinging for Crib Service
Tuesday 25th December 201830mins9.30-10amRinging for Christmas Day Family Worship
Wednesday 26th December 2018n/a6.30-9pm

Practice Cancelled

Family and other committments on Boxing Day
Sunday 30th December 2018~30mins before & 20 after1.30-2pm& 2.45-3.15
Ringing for Wedding
Wednesday 9th January 2019n/a7.30-9pmPractice Cancelled - Talk on Bell Ringing by Ron East at The Forum
Saturday 12th January 2019silent10.30-12.30amSimulator Practice (followed by lunch at Furness Railway)
Saturday 12th January 20192 hours2.30-4.30amBranch Monthly Ringing Meeting
Saturday 18th May 20193 hours?TBDRinging/Peal for 150th Anniversary of Church

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 2018

Wednesday57.30-9pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699) Practice night - without earlier handling/simulator practice.T
and extra to 9pm
see event description
Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

BC Radio Cumbria - The Big Sing - Christmas 2018

Recording the BBC Radio Cumbria Christmas Story and Carols (free ticketed event)

To be broadcast on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day - See BBC Radio Cumbria website

Ringing Schedule (all approx times):
6.25pm until 7.10pmGeneral ringing to welcome congregation
7.30pm (5mins)Ringing to begin service.
mid service (5mins)Ringing as part of service, precise time unknown but between 7.30 and 8.30pm.
8.30-9pmUnknown quantity ringing (max 25 mins) for audio re-takes, and ringing bells down to be safe (5mins)

Friday75.45-6.30pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

Ringing for Drama Academy Carol Service

Friday76.45-9pm Heversham, St Peter (SD496834)

Branch Carol Service

Ringing 6.45 to 7.30, service at 7.30 with seasonal refreshments afterwards.

Saturday82.30 - 4.30pm Milnthorpe, St Thomas (SD499815) Monthly Branch Ringing MeetingB
Wednesday195.45-6.30pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

Ringing for NW Evening Mail Carol Service.

[NOTE: Normal practice cancelled]

Monday243.15-4pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

Ringing for Christmas Eve Crib Service.

Crib service for parents with toddlers and young children.

Tuesday259.30-10am Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

Ringing for Christmas Day Family Worship.

With Holy Communion.

Wednesday266.30-9pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

Practice Night Ringing Cancelled

Due to family and other committments on Boxing Day

Sunday30Approx* 1.30-2pm and 2.45-3.15pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

Wedding Ringing

* times dependent on any delayed arrival of bride (accommodate within reason).
Ringing after wedding typically up to 15 - 20 minutes roughly within slot indicated.



January 2019

Wednesday97.30pm to 9pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)


Ron East from Carlisle Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers is presenting a talk on bells and bellringing at the Forum. Practice is cancelled to support and allow ringers to attend the talk. The talk is part of the Barrow and District Association of Engineers (BDAE), and full programme for 2018/2019 series of lectures is currently TBD, but will be published in due course on their website.

Ron says "The talk, in my role as Bell Advisor, is mainly aimed at raising the awareness of bell ringing and touches on most aspects: history, bell founding, tuning, how bells are rung, mathematics etc."

Saturday1210.30am - 12.30pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699) Simulator Practice (for tower members and visitors/guests), followed by lunch at the Furness Railway?T
Saturday122.30 - 4.30pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699) Monthly Branch Ringing MeetingT & B

February 2019

Saturday92.30 - 4.30pm Langdale, Holy Trinity (NY321055) Monthly Branch Ringing MeetingB

March 2019

Saturday92.30 - 4.30pm Kirkby Stephen, The Parish Church (NY775088) Monthly Branch Ringing MeetingB

Time TBC (evening)

Venue TBC

Branch Bingo EveningB

April 2019


5 or 12 (TBC)

Time TBC (evening)

Venue TBC

Branch DinnerB
Saturday132.30 - 4.30pm Millom, St George (SD171800) Monthly Branch Ringing MeetingB

May 2019

Saturday18TBD Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

Celebrating 150 years (sesquicentenary)

The church of St James the Great opened its doors on 18th May 1869, and there will be celebrations for this anniversary including ringing, tower open to public, and probably a quarter peal and/or peal attempt.


All Day

Venue TBC

Branch Outing

Towers and times TBC


June 2019


Evening (Time TBC)

Venue TBC

Branch Training


July 2019


Evening (Time TBC)

Venue TBC

Branch Striking Competition


September 2019


Time TBC

Venue TBC

Branch Treasure Hunt