New Master & General Secretary

We are delighted to announce that two Sussex ringers have come forward to take on the roles of Association Master and General Secretary!

The Tustees have appointed Rob Lane (from Findon) as Acting Master, and Hamish McNaughton (from Chichester) as Acting General Secretary. Both appointments are effective from now until the next AGM in May 2019. Nominations/elections to the vacant positions will then take place in the usual way.

The Trustees are very pleased to welcome Rob and Hamish into these key roles and we, together with other officers, will continue to support each other in ensuring the successful management of the Association.

More details about the General Committee here

Dewby's bells - a hit at the South of England Show!

Bells played a central part at the South of England Show this year. Alison Everett, our Communication & Events team leader (pictured, centre) and Marisa Hayes led the organisation of the SCACR presence at the show.

The Dewbys mini-ring was constantly in use throughout the three days of the show, enjoyed by all ages. Hundreds of people visited the Sanctuary space as well as many schools, including St Margaret's, Rottingdean, taking part in toasting marshmallows on the log fire.

South of England Show - 7-9 June 2018

Limited volunteer passes are available for free entry to the show. Why not come along and help with the mini-ring and chatting to the public about ringing? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up. All those who have already registered should have received a confirmation email with details. If you did not receive this, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check.

The mini-ring (Dewby’s Bells) will be located at the entrance to the Sanctuary (Chichester Diocese) and adjacent to the Abergavenny Buildings and vintage tractors.

Role of Volunteers at the Show

There is a great mix of experience at each session and I am sure our newer recruits will soon get the hang of it!

Your role is to enthuse about our fantastic hobby, talk to the clergy, listen as lapsed ringers tell you where they used to ring and engage them in perhaps picking it up again especially for the Ringing Remembers Campaign! There will also be plenty of ringing and teaching opportunities.

There will be a sign-up sheet (with the correct tick boxes) if anyone wants to know more about their local tower and there will be reference copies of the Annual Report and a county tower map.

A supply of T-shirts and name badges will also be available so that we can give a good impression as a team. There will also be a couple of donation boxes: this isn’t a fundraising exercise – it is about good relationships with clergy and the public but money will go to Bell Restoration in Sussex churches. We also have stickers to give out to anyone who rings on the bells.

SoE Show Map 2018 small

I am also grateful for the team of roving handbell ringers who I plan to equip with a notice to explain who they are and how they relate to the bells at the Sanctuary!

Above all, it’s about having fun! I am sorry we cannot guarantee the weather, but I can guarantee there will be a lot of smiles as people have a go at ringing these delightful bells!

We still have tickets available on Friday and Saturday. Alan and Mary Collings will be in attendance most of the time, as will Alison Everett and Marisa Hayes. If your plans change then please contact Marisa via text on 07796 145464.

We will endeavour to get tickets out as soon as possible but we are still waiting for a supply from Church House.

Marisa Hayes

Death of Robin Miles (Wisborough Green ringer)

It is with regret we have to say that Robin Miles died on Wednesday, 23rd May 2018. He was a ringer and Captain at Wisborough Green for many years.

Robin's funeral is at 11.30am on Thursday 14th June at Wisborough Green Church. The bells will be rung at the end of the Service. All are welcome.
There will be refreshments at the Bat and Ball pub afterwards.

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