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Items last updated: Wednesday, 17th May 2017.

Final report to the Council of the Council Review Action Group - Opinions Sought by Branch CC Reps

Dear Ringers,

The final report to the Council of the Council Review Action Group (CRAG), is now available.

There is a short summary of the CRAG report containing the background and recommendations. The hope is that you will read the full report including the other two sections because this makes the context and rationale for the recommendations fully clear.

The entire report can be read or downloaded from In addition there will be the facility to raise any queries you may have via the website. We will aim to answer these as quickly as possible and will use the questions and answers to compile a 'Frequently Asked Questions' resource that we will update regularly.

We have been asked to encourage towers and ringers of our association to look at the website and read the full report. If you have any queries these can be raised via the link and will be answered in due course. The report and proposals will be debated at the CCCBR meeting in Edinburgh next month.

We have two of the G&B representatives on Central Council in our Branch - Mark Davies and Pat Hickey - who will be attending the meeting in Edinburgh at the end of May.

Mark writes: "The CRAG report has delivered probably the most important and far-reaching set of proposals the Central Council has ever debated. What does the Cheltenham Branch think of them? Would they direct the G&B reps to vote for or against them this May?" and Pat says: "Please give us your feedback".


Published: 03/05/2017, Expires: 31/05/2017

No ringing at Leckhampton

The clappers are being removed from the bells for re-bushing so there will not be ringing on Sunday 4th and Monday 5th June. Normal ringing should resume the following Sunday, 11th June.

Published: 17/05/2017, Expires: 05/06/2017

Winchcombe Tower Access

Regarding access to Winchcombe tower:

*STOP PRESS: Work has been postponed with no known starting date yet.

Please note that after Easter* it will no longer be possible to enter the tower door at the west end of the Church. This is because the new driveway is being constructed. I am not sure how long this work will take, but it will be at least one month, maybe two. If anyone wishes to join us on a Wednesday evening then access will be via the Sanctuary door in the South Eastern corner of the church.

Clare Pritchard

Published: 12/04/2017, Expires: 12/06/2017

BBC Music Day

Dear Ringers,

The following message comes from Kate Flavell, Public Relations Officer, Central Council of Church Bell Ringers:

You will be interested to hear that the BBC has really taken ringing on board for its Music Day this year – Thursday 15 June. All the information needed to join in is in the attached article (2 pages) and flyer (one page). Please pass this to all your towers and ask them to print, display and join in!

With all good wishes,


Public Relations Officer
Central Council of Church Bell Ringers
Registered Charity number 270036

Published: 03/05/2017, Expires: 15/06/2017

Minster Fundraising Events

Cheltenham Minster Bell Ringers are having two more social events to raise money for the Minster bells. Please get these dates in your diary:

  • Saturday 6th May Pudding Party 5pm to 8pm at Liz's house.
  • Saturday 8th July Quiz 7.30 at St Matthews. This is the night before the bells are blessed so we may be able to start earlier and go and see them. Details of timings to be confirmed.

We will be in touch nearer the time with final details.

Liz Coke
Tower Captain with no bells (at the moment)

Published: 24/01/2017, Expires: 08/07/2017

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