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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

Sunday 7th October 2018n/a10am-10.30amNo Service Ringing (Joint Service at St Francis).
Sunday 11th November 20181½ hours.12.30-14.00pm'Ringing Remembers' - General ringing (open bells) as part of national commemoration of WW1 Armistice Centenary
Sunday 11th November 20181 hour approx.19.05-20.15pm"Battle's Over" - Quarter Peal attempt 1440 changes (sequences) of Plain Bob Minor
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


October 2018

Sunday710-10.30am Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699) No Service Ringing (joint service at St Francis for patronal festival)T
Saturday82.30 - 4.30pm Cartmel, St Mary (SD380788) Monthly Branch Ringing Meeting, followed by Business Meeting after 4.30B
Sunday2011am - 2pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699) Craft FairT
Saturday272 - 4pm Langdale (Chapel Stile), Holy Trinity (NY321055) 6 Bell Practice (Basic)B
Sunday284.30pm - 6pm Kendal, Holy Trinity (SD517921)

Monthly 8 Bell (Surprise Major) Practice


November 2018

Saturday32 - 4pm Langdale (Chapel Stile), Holy Trinity (NY321055) 6 Bell Practice (Advanced)B
Saturday37pm for 7.30pm Flookburgh, St John (SD365760) Quiz Night & Raffle (£6.50 per person including cold buffet and desserts)B
Saturday1010.00 - 12:00pm Dalton-in-Furness, St Mary (SD226739) Wedding Ringing for Ashley Painter's sister.L
Saturday102.30 - 4.30pm Sedbergh, St Andrew (SD657921) Monthly Branch Ringing MeetingB
Sunday1110.00 - 10.30am Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699) Service ringing with half-muffled bellsT
Sunday1111.15 - 12.00 noon Dalton-in-Furness, St Mary (SD226739) General ringing on half-muffled bells to commemorate te centenary of WW1 Armistice. (TBC)L
Sunday1112.30 - 2.00pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

General ringing on open bells, as part of national "Ringing Remembers" commemoration of WW1 Armistice Centenary.

See also the following links:

Sunday116.45 - 8.15pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

Battle's Over

Part of national commemoration "Battle's Over" promoted by Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR

Full details of this national event are available on the Battle's Over Website

6.45pmPrayerBattle's Over Logo - A Nation's Tribute, barbed wire graphic, and date 11th November 2018 with statement 100 years of remembrance
6.50pmReading of Tribute to the Millions
6.55pmLast Post
7.00pmReading of Poem - The Call of Bells
to 8.15pm
Quarter Peal Attempt
Plain Bob Minor (1440 changes)
For 1400 bellringers that gave their lives in WW1.
Sunday2411am - 2pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699) Winter (Christmas) FairT

December 2018

Saturday82.30 - 4.30pm Milnthorpe, St Thomas (SD499815) Monthly Branch Ringing MeetingB


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

April 2019

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.