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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]


COVID-19 NOTES:

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?

SERVICE RINGING

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

DATEDURATIONTIME OF RINGINGREASON THE BELLS ARE BEING RUNG
Wednesday 1st September1.5 hours19:30 to 21:00Target Practice - First Wednesday of the Month - encouraging ringers from neighbouring towers to boost practice.
Sunday 26th September0.5 hours10:00 to 10:30Service Ringing - Service ringing currently every 2nd and 4th Sundays.
Saturday 2nd October30 minutes + 20 minutesapprox 12:30 to 13:00, and 13:50 to 14:10WEDDING Wedding Ringing before and after the wedding.
Wednesday 6th October1.5 hours19:30 to 21:00Target Practice - First Wednesday of the Month - encouraging ringers from neighbouring towers to boost practice.
Sunday 1st May 2022Approx. 3 hours13:00 to 16:00PEAL - Visiting Band (SRCY).


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



September 2021

DayDateTimeVenueEvent
Wednesday17.30 - 9pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

TARGET PRACTICE!

First Wednesday of the Month - encouraging ringers from neighbouring or other towers to join us and boost practice, provding additional learner support and progress, and extending what can be rung.

In line with current CCCBR Guidance) we ask ringers to confirm a recent negative covid test and/or wear a mask (both if possible).

Reasons and tower mitigations are provided in the Covid-19 Notes (see above)

T
Sunday2610am - 10.30am Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699) Service Ringing (4th Sunday)T




October 2021

DayDateTimeVenueEvent
Saturday2Approx* 12.30-1pm and 1.45-2.15pm 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.

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Wednesday67.30 - 9pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

TARGET PRACTICE!

First Wednesday of the Month - encouraging ringers from neighbouring or other towers to join us and boost practice, provding additional learner support and progress, and extending what can be rung.

In line with current CCCBR Guidance) we ask ringers to confirm a recent negative covid test and/or wear a mask (both if possible).

Reasons and tower mitigations are provided in the Covid-19 Notes (see above)

T




May 2022

DayDateTimeVenueEvent
Sunday1Approx* 1pm to 4pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

PEAL

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

T