The YACR is one of the largest ringing associations in the country – the largest geographically and one of the larger in terms of the number of members. More than 350 of our churches have four or more bells hung for full-circle ringing, and our bell repair fund (BRF) is available to help enthusiastic communities restore and augment existing rings and create new ones.
The Association is divided into nine branches and also has a very active Young Ringers group. You can find out all about each group’s activities by clicking on the links for each area above.
We also have a proud tradition of peal ringing, and records of these peals, dating back to the earliest in 1875, can be found on this website.
We hope that you will find this website helpful, whether you are already a member of the YACR, whether you haven’t yet learned to ring, whether you are an existing ringer who is visiting the area or would like to join us, or if you are simply looking for more information about ringing.
Summary of an article from Caroline Stockmann, Central Council Public Relations Officer
We know many of you are eager to have some guidance on next year’s Remembrance Day ringing (for and around 11th November 2018) but, as ever, there are so many considerations and people we need to talk to – so it’s great if you can bear with us in the meantime! But we do have a lot to say and to share already, and we hope this will mean that the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War will really be something special.
More than 1,400 of our bell ringing community laid down their lives for peace in the ‘war to end all wars.’ Today we are all united in wanting to ring out a message of peace around the world.
Here are a number of things we would like to support and help you in (and of course get your support for):
- on Nov 11th 2018 we would like as much bell ringing as possible (goes without saying!)
- we recommend half-muffled ringing in the morning, and opening the bells in the afternoon and evening
- we have been speaking with relevant government departments around the general commemorations and they would like to support the idea of recruiting new ringers. One thought is to ensure that in 2018 we recruit 1400 ringers, the same number as those who fell in the Great War.
- ringers will need to coordinate with their Church and work together on making the day very special. The more prominence on this special day for ringers and ringing, the better, as it will no doubt have a positive effect in terms of raising awareness for potential new ringers
- we would like to share ideas as to what to ring on the day, providing a pool of ideas to tap into:
- another thought is to have 1400 quarter peals rung around the date (one for each of the fallen), for which we can set up an event on BellBoard and issue certificates
- there is also an opportunity to ring as part of the large-scale British project, ‘Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute’. This organisation would like to encourage 1000 towers to ring at 7.05pm on the day, if this fits with local arrangements.
|Click on the link to read the full article letter from central council 101117.|
7th April 2018 16.30 to 18.00
Sheffield and District Branch
St Mary's, Bolsterstone.
Afterwards the Bolsterstone ringers are providing buffet food in the church for a £5 donation per person. This is to help raise funds for theRead More
8th April 2018 Time & Venue TBC
Young Ringers Branch
Make a note of the date, details to follow soon. All under 18's welcome.Read More
14th April 2018
Leeds and District Branch
Branch practice at two towers - the first aimed at giving less experienced ringers practice at rounds, call changes, plain hunt and simple methods, the second, slightly more advanced.