Death of Barbara Harbut (Findon ringer)

It is with great sadness to inform everyone that Barbara Harbut passed away peacefully on the 11th June at Worthing Hospital. Barbara had bravely been undergoing cancer treatment for some months. She had been a ringer for many many years and Tower Captain at Findon and is greatly missed by all who knew her.

Barbara's funeral will be held on the 2nd July at 2 pm at the Kingswood Chapel, Worthing Crematorium. All are welcome to attend the service.

A service to celebrate Barbara's life will be held at a later date at Findon - Further details to follow. Everyone will be welcome and will have the opportunity to ring.

Death of Diane Wills (Pagham ringer)

It is with regret that we have heard that Diane Wills passed away earlier today, Thursday 30th May, in St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester. Diane had not enjoyed the best of health in recent years but still took an interest in Sussex ringing.

For many years Diane was well known across the County and especially in the Chichester / Pagham area.

The funeral will be on Tuesday 25th June at 12 o'clock at Pagham Church. There will be general ringing afterwards.

Diane has specified no flowers, but donations to the church fund, or the SCACR Bell Restoration Fund. "Purple or mauve, but nothing red".


Croydon Tramline Ringing Outing - 29 June 2024

tramlink roundel

The Western District are having an Association outing on Saturday, 29th June. We are going to let the train and tram take the strain on our visit to the Croydon area. Four towers have been included as follows;

Mitcham, St Peter & St Paul. 8 bells.
Merton Park, St Mary. 6 bells.
Collier’s Wood, Christ Church. 6 bells.
South Croydon, St Peter. 12 bells.

Although this is a Western District event all are welcome, as long as you are competent ringing rounds and call changes. Full details will be added to the calendar entry to include directions to individual towers.

If you are interested in coming along then please let either Janice Crawford; Western District Secretary, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or David Kirkcaldy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. know.

This is an Association event with everyone welcome!   Look forward to seeing you there!

2024 Westley Award for Church Bell Maintenance

Towers and bells in good condition will make the environment for ringing more pleasant, easier for ringers to develop their skills and, in particular help new recruits.

Are you relatively new to finding your way around bell installations? Perhaps you are gaining experience in what to check upstairs in a tower, what may be unusual and interesting, or in poor condition and likely to cause ringers difficulties while ringing? Hopefully, you are starting to make some improvements and share your experiences with others.

The Stewardship & Management Workgroup of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers is launching the 2024 award for people who have recently become involved in belfry maintenance and improvement, developing their own skills and helping others to do so. The award will be made at the CCCBR AGM in Exeter in September 2024. The winner will receive £100, kindly donated by Westley Group, and a certificate. Full details and an application form will be on the CCCBR website here:

The closing date for applications will be 12 noon on Friday 31st May 2024

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