Stewardship & Management

The Stewardship and Management workgroup regularly reviews all aspects of Tower Stewardship and can offer advice and recommendations on matters including insurance, tower management, safeguarding, risk assessments, church law, health & safety, fire risk, complaints, etc.

A number of guidance notes are available below on common subjects. Some of the existing guidance notes are currently being reviewed and updated so if you cannot find what you are looking for or require further information on a particular subject please contact the Stewardship & Management workgroup Lead:


Information and guidance notes on equipment and installations used in ringing (including handbells and mobile belfries):

  • Terms of Engagement for Tower Visits – this guidance note provides information on how to engage with the Stewardship & Management workgroup for advice on all aspects of bells, bell hanging, bell towers and bell maintenance.
  • We are updating our information to make sure it is relevant and accurate – more to follow

For comprehensive information on Belfry Maintenance, the Central Council’s Manual of Belfry maintenance is available for purchase through the online shop:

This new publication builds on the excellent work of previous contributors to the Tower and Bells Handbook, whilst introducing much new material and advice. In its breadth and depth, it covers a wide range of topics relevant to church bells and bellringing – towers, bells,frames, sound control, the faculty system, health & safety and more. (Dr C.D. O’Mahony, President, Central Council of Church Bell Ringers)

Information and guidance notes on all aspects of tower operation, including regulatory requirements and good practice:

  • Insurance Guidance – advice for individual ringers, ringing organisations, parochial church councils and clergy on factors to consider regarding insurance while ringing tower bells and other issues related to ringing
  • Safeguarding Update – Central Council update on safeguarding December 2018
  • We are updating our information to make sure it is relevant and accurate – more to follow

Information and guidance notes to support major projects, including

  • new installations,
  • restorations and
  • augmentations.

These guidance notes are being reviewed and updated, in the meantime please contact for information.

Contacts for enquiries related to Stewardship and Management:

  • Tower Infrastructure – email
  • Tower Operation – email
  • Major Projects – email

For general queries about the Workgroup:

  • Alison Hodge, Workgroup Lead – email
  • Robin Shipp, Secretary – email