The Council is the representative body for all who ring bells in the English tradition with rope and wheel, the majority of whom practise the art of change ringing. Founded in 1891, the Council today represents 65 affiliated societies, which cover all parts of the British Isles as well as centres of ringing in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the USA, South Africa and Italy. These societies in turn comprise the members of the local companies of ringers in their areas.
The Object of the Central Council is, in summary: to promote and foster the ringing of bells for Christian prayer, worship and celebration; to promote awareness of the ringing of church bells and the art of change ringing; to make available advice, assistance and information to interested parties and to promote good practice on all matters concerned with bell ringing; to encourage development of the art of ringing through innovation; to bring together ringers to discuss matters of common interest and to represent ringers both nationally and internationally; to encourage high standards of performance in ringing; to recommend and maintain technical standards in change ringing; to assist in the provision, restoration, maintenance and transfer of church bells.
Composition and Governance of Council
The Council’s members comprise: Representative Members elected by the affiliated Societies for a three year period; Individual Members enrolled or appointed as may be determined by the Standing Orders; and the Council’s Trustees, Stewards and Workgroup Leaders, who shall be ex-officio members.
The Executive Officers are elected by the Council at the annual meeting (see Annual Meetings below).
The Council meets each year on the first full weekend in September.
The Minutes of all meetings from 1891 through 2017 are viewable in Tony Smith’s archives, as are the Annual Reports (including those of the Committees) from 1996 through 2017.
Annual Meetings are organised by the Executive Officers. Locations for upcoming meetings can be found below:
- 2019: Goldsmiths University, London