Bells can do much more than announcing church services. Ringing for public events is an excellent way to join in with community celebration, and helps to connect ringers with the general public. There are many opportunities for which you can ring: current events; anniversaries of historic events; and notable annual days, including church festivals. There may well be other local events and anniversaries that you could also mark with ringing, so try to find out about them early enough to plan your ringing. See also the periodic articles on ringing for public events periodically published in The Ringing World and also available here.
- 2525 February 2017
PR Matters DayChurch Street, Wellesbourne CV35 9LS, United Kingdom
This day is intended to attract PR officers of ringing societies, with something for the experienced PR person as well as the less experienced (including the many of you who were probably not sure what you were getting yourself into when you volunteered!), as well as anyone else who is generally interested in promoting bellringing. The event is not exclusive to PR officers, and many ringers will want to contribute their views on how we can ‘market’ bell ringing more effectively, or you may just want to find out more about the subject.
There will be a mix of external experts, panel discussion and group work to define the key elements which make public relations a success (or a failure), and we will develop action plans to become more effective, as well as overcome any barriers we face. Sharing lots of ideas, interesting initiatives and experience is the plan, and participants will get to know, and compare notes with, other ringers facing the same issues as themselves. The cost, which includes buffet lunch and refreshments, is £18.
See main page for details.
- 0101 April 2017
An Introduction to Bell Frame RecordingChurch Street, Wellesbourne CV35 9LS, United Kingdom
The Towers & Belfries Committee are pleased to offer a seminar titled ‘An Introduction to Bell Frame Recording’.
Their historical significance and technical performance often need to be recorded. Recording skills, of all kinds, are becoming scarce. Come to see how you can use your talents to help keep our bells ringing.
Places, £15, are limited. Book now.
- 1616 April 2017
Wilbur Wright born - 150th Anniversary
American pioneer of manned flight
- 1818 July 2017
Jane Austen died - 200th Anniversary
English novelist (Pride and Prejudice)
- 0303 August 2017
Stanley Baldwin born - 150th Anniversary
British prime minister
The following tables list notable national or international dates in various ways to help you plan ahead:
- Notable Events – Coming Year
- Historic Anniversaries
- Notable Secular Annual Days
- Notable Church Festivals
If you would like to suggest extra items for these tables, please email.
Major Ringing Events
For some events the Council asks for widespread ringing, coordinated across the country (or world for events of international significance). These are either events with such a high profile that the public will expect ringing, or events for which the church or government has specifically requested widespread ringing. In both cases a coordinated effort and engagement with both national and local media can achieve far higher impact on the public consciousness than purely local initiatives.
Major ringing events are normally announced well ahead so that ringers can plan in advance, and chosen selectively to maximise the impact of publicity, since media agencies can tire of news if they feel inundated. But occasionally external requests for ringing (from church or government) may come at much shorter notice. If an event is controversial (for example the centenary of the 1914 war) the Council consults with ringers before recommending how it should be commemorated.