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The website is currently undergoing a redesign and relaunch. Keep checking for the updated version coming soon.


New arrival

Many congratulations to James Blackburn and Sarah Dawson on the birth of Rupert James Blackburn on 5th April, Rupert weighed in at 7lb 5 ozs.
The society extends it's best wishes to the family.


Latest roundup

We hear from the ringers at Roos that they have now had their 2 new trebles cast at Loughborough. By the end of the year there will be another ring of eight in the BnD area.
Additionally we hear that past President Andrew Kaye is in hospital recovering from surgery to have a benign brain tumour removed.
News is that the operation went well and Andy is making a great recovery.


CCCBR 2105

The society will be hosting the 2015 meeting of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers.
Arrangements are now in hand for the meeting with a sub-committee working on the details.
Volunteers will be needed for diverse roles leading up to and during the meeting weekend.
If you would like to offer you help please get in touch with the organising committee at


November Events

November is a busy month for events, following on from the successful quarter peal weekend and meeting there are also the following events-
Thursday Club meets at Nunburnholme on 14th November with lunch at Goodmanham arms.
Society 12 bell practice is at Holy Trinity, Hull from 11:15 to 12:45, this practice is open to all to try ringing on higher numbers.
Albert Sellers Young Ringers day is on the 30th November and is being held at St Mary's Lowgate from 14:30 followed by Pizza. Names to the Secretary for Pizza by 23rd November.
Finally a repeat plea from the Report Editor to email him any changes to your tower details as soon as possible and make sure that any quarters you wish to see in the report are posted on either the BnD website or Bellboard.


Report progress

Work is already in progress on the production of the 2013 report.
If you have any alterations to details for your tower such as practice night information, correspondents or incumbent changes then please inform the Report Editor now.
Quarter peal conductors! Please check that any quarters that you wish to have published in the report are listed on the quarter peal page. Do not rely on the Report Editor or Webmaster finding your quarters in the Ringing World or on BellBoard or Campanophile.


Congratulations to James Blackburn

At it's AGM in London on 5th October the Society of Royal Cumberland Youths elected our ringing master James Blackburn to membership.
James follows a long list of Past Masters who are SRCY members including Ian Campbell, Peter Church, Maris Midgeley, Roddy Horton, John Atkinson, David Smith, Paul Andrews and Andrew Bicknell.
Congratulations also to James and Sarah Dawson on announcing their engagement.


Albert Lowery Life Membership

Congratulations to Albert Lowery on being awarded Life Membership of the BnD, a report of his presentation and celebratory quarter have been posted on the events page of the website.


Geoffrey E G Holmes

The society is saddened to announce the death of Geoffrey E G Holmes long-time ringer at All Saints, Rise.
Geoff rang many quarters, many of which he conducted in multiple doubles methods at Rise.
Funeral arrangements will be posted once we have been notified.


May items

Please note that prior to this months scheduled meeting there is open ringing at Holy Trinity, Hull from 10:30 to 12:00. All welcome to try their hand at 12 bell ringing.
Items for the next issue of the BnD newsletter need to be with Simon Plows by 18th May for inclusion, please email any items, especially if your tower took part in the St George's day events, to Simon Plows


Issue 3 of newsletter now available

The latest edition of the BnD newsletter is now available to download from the website.
Please note that on the morning of the next meeting (Saturday 8th December) there is a course on Stedman at All Saints, North Cave. Please see the contact details in the newsletter.


2013 Annual Dinner, Saturday 5th January.

Please note that the date of the 2013 Dinner will the Saturday 5th January 2013 not the following Saturday as previously advertised.
The venue will again be the Willerby Manor Hotel. Menu details are being finalised and will be distributed in the next couple of weeks.
Single (including breakfast) £55.00 (normally £65.00) Double (including breakfast) £85.00 (normally £106.00)
Please book your accommodation directly with the Willerby Manor (01482 652616) and inform them that you are attending the B&D Dinner.


2013 Annual Dinner

The 2013 BnD annual dinner will be held on Saturday 12th January 2013.
The venue will again be the Willerby Manor Hotel. Menu details are being finalised and will be distributed in the next couple of weeks.
Single (including breakfast) £55.00 (normally £65.00) Double (including breakfast) £85.00 (normally £106.00)
Please book your accommodation directly with the Willerby Manor (01482 652616) and inform them that you are attending the B&D Dinner.


Roos dedication report

Visit the events page of the website for a full report of the dedication of the augmented bells at Roos from Helen Audley, with some great photographs taken during the day including some kindly provided by Terry Bearpark of the Holderness Gazette.


John Hobson 1923 - 2012

A Memorial Service for John G Hobson will be held on Saturday 15th September 2012 in Holy Trinity Church, Hull, at 2.00pm.
The bells will be available for open ringing following the service.


Jean Brettell funeral details

Funeral service for Jean Brettell will be held on at 12:30 on Thursday 23rd August at All Saints, Hessle.


Jean Brettell

We regret to announce the death of Jean M Brettell, a long time ringer at All Saints, Hessle, who died on Friday 17th August. She will be sadly missed by family and friends.

Further details will be posted soon.


John G Hobson - details

John's funeral will be held at Haltemprice crematorium on Tuesday 24th July at 1:30pm.
All welcome to attend the service, donations to Parkinsons UK in lieu of flowers.


John Hobson 1923 - 2012

We regret to announce the death of John G Hobson of Howden.
John was probably our most senior member and the final member of the band that rang the societies first peal at Nunburnholme in 1947. John rang a total of 25 peals for the society including his last in 1997 on the 50th anniversary of the first peal.
Further details will be posted soon.


Roos update

An update on the work at Roos by Helen Audley has been posted on the website.
Please visit the events page to read the article.


Latest Newsletter

The latest edition of the BnD newsletter has now been posted to the website, a link is available on the home page.
A reminder that the society 6 bell practice is at St. Mary, Lowgate on Tuesday 29th May. Special method for this month is Kelso Surprise Minor.
The 6 bell practice for June (Friday 22nd) is actually at St. James, Sutton on Hull not Elloughton as listed in the meeting notice.


Roos update and Albert Lowery at 80

We have received an update from Helen Audley about the work at Roos with some pictures of the hard-working volunteers.
Additionally Albert Lowery of Hedon has celebrated his 80th birthday.
Visit the 'Events' page on the website for further details.


Vera Svenson 1927 - 2012

The Kirk Ella ringers were shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden death of Vera Svenson on 7th April 2012.
Vera learned to ring at Kirk Ella in the 1940s but gave up ringing when she married Peter.
She re-joined the band following the augmentation in the 70s and remained an enthusiastic and loyal member, who will be greatly missed by us all


St Nicholas, Withernsea

For reasons of economy, St Nicholas Church, Withernsea, has now stopped holding Sunday services until a firm, final decision has been made regarding closure and disposal of the building.
In the meantime services will be at St Matthew's, Owthorne and practices (Thursday 7.30-8.30) will continue until at least the end of September.
Wedding fixtures and the B&D meeting in September will be honoured.
Visiting ringers are welcome until September when the situation will be reviewed. It is hoped that the Church building will become an arts centre.
Ringers from the local band and from nearby Roos rang a quarter peal before the final Sunday service on 22 April.
Peter J Cook, TC


November round up.

New additions to the website this month include an article and some photos from Helen Audley on the trip to the bell foundry at Loughborough for the casting of their new treble. The augmentation plans at Roos are now well advanced and by the middle of next year we will have another ring of six in our area. See the event page on the website for the article.
Also posted this month is the BnD newsletter which is available to download from the home page in pdf format. Included in the newsletter are menus and booking forms for the BnD Annual Dinner, this year to be held at the Wiilerby Manor Hotel. Entertainment is to be provided once again by the Hayriders for energetic ceilidh dancing.
An addition to the BnD contact details on the Contact page is Ann Wood as the society Child Protection Officer, Ann should be your first point of contact on any issues or advice concerning young ringers.
Coming to the end of the year it is also time to start thinking about any information for inclusion in the Annual report, tower changes, tower reports, quarters and peals need to be posted as promptly as possible so that the report editor does not need to chase content close to the publishing deadline.


New arrival

Many congratulations to Andy and Jo Pailing on the birth of their second child, Harriet Rose at 6.22 on 16th November. Harriet weighed in at 9lb 13oz.
The society extends it's best wishes to the Pailing family


New arrival

Many congratulations to Andy and Jo Pailing on the birth of their second child, Harriet Rose at 6.22 on 17th November. Harriet weighed in at 9lb 13oz.
The society extends it's best wishes to the Pailing family


November News and events

Added to our new events page is the article recently published in the Ringing World about the BnD exhibition at the Treasure House in Beverley including some new pictures of the bells in action and the volunteers in action during the day.
Saturday 12th sees a return to Holy Trinity for another 12 bell practice, at the last practice an attempt was made at ringing Surprise Maximus which indicates that progress is being made, the practice is open to all, even those who may never have rung on 12 before.
For other ringing this month then please check the meetings page.
Please support the society events where possible.


Upcoming events

The 2011 Annual Striking Competition will be held at All Saints, Burstwick on the afternoon of Sunday 16th October 2011.
Starting at 1.00 pm
We hope you will feel able to enter a band this year - remember you can ring rounds and call changes!
Team names to - John Atkinson

Additionaly a Quarter Peal Day is proposed for Saturday 19th November 2011.
Would you like to ring a quarter peal?
Would you like to call a quarter?
Names to – John Atkinson with an indication of choice of method and whether you wish to call a quarter peal.

Experienced ringers can be arranged to support attempts in home towers if preferred.
If the event is successful and meets the needs of the membership further similar ringing days will be arranged.


New Arrival

Many congratulations to Stephanie Waterfall, ringer at St. Mary's, Lowgate on the birth of a son today (23rd September).
Brandon James weighed in at 7lbs and 12 oz. Mother and son are doing well and Stephanie hopes to be back ringing soon.


August round up

After a brief hiatus whilst clappers and pulley boxes were away at Loughborough for refurbishment Walkington bells are now back in action on Monday evenings and for Sunday service ringing.

On Saturday 3rd September the B&D are hosting the Lichfield Dicocsan Mobile belfry (6 bells, tenor 76.5 lbs) at:
The Treasure House
Champney Road
HU17 9BA
Helpers will be needed to: help erect the belfry (from 8.00 a.m.), ring the bells and chat to the public (from approx 10 a.m. to 15.30 or 16.00, and help dismantle the belfry (from 15.30).
If anyone can be there, even for an hour, please let the PRO, Ros Baxter know, tel: 01482 582650, mobile: 07711 004049) when they are available, so we can ensure we have at least 7 people there at all times throughout the day.
As well as the mobile belfry, there will be drop in handbell workshops, the bellringing exhibition by the B&D and the Beverley Town Handbell Ringers in the Treasure House.


BnD Outing

Details for the upcoming BnD outing to Nottingham have now been posted to the meetings page, if you intend to come then please contact James Blackburnas soon as possible.


Roos Sponsored Walk

The Roos ringers would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who sponsored us for our 25 mile walk on July 9th. The amount raised including the sum we can claim through the gift aid scheme looks set to be approaching £2000 which is incredible.
More details on the new events page.


Michael Henshaw - Trustee BRF

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Henshaw to the board of trustees of the Bell Repair Fund.  The Society is most grateful to Michael for agreeing to become a trustee and filling the position made vacant by the sad death of Tony Wragg.  He brings a wide knowledge and experience with regard to bell restoration to the trustees and his contribution will be a valuable asset to the Society.  The Society sends him best wishes for the future.

Michael Hastings


John A. Speak MBE

The Society sends its warmest congratulations to John Speak, tower captain at All Saints, Market Weighton, on being awarded the MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. John receives the award for "services to local government" through his work in the fire service of which he has been a member for 35 years. He is and has been for almost 20 years officer in charge at Market Weighton Fire Station and is currently ranked as Watch Manager. Many have been the times when, in the midst of ringing at Market Weighton, John's bleep alarm has gone off followed by a rapid stand and an even more rapid departure from the tower in the direction of the Fire Station. At the practice on Wednesday evening, the increased deference John received was quite marked.
Well done John.


June meeting day.

A reminder that there will be another 12 bell practice at Holy Trinity this month, times are earlier than usual (10:30 - 12:00) due to a wedding, visitors are asked to vacate the car park as soon as possible after the practice to make room for the wedding party.
Ringing is at Patrington and Roos this month with STM at Roos, if you've not yet booked your teas then you can contact Helen at
Times are listed on the meetings page.


Practices at St Nicholas, Withernsea

Practices have started at St Nicholas, Withernsea (6) on Mondays starting at 7 p.m.
Initially, we are concentrating on training raw beginners until 8 p.m. Practices will extend beyond 8 p.m. when numbers justify.
There are three beginners with others expressing interest. Five local ‘lapsed ringers’ have returned to the fold and more are currently re-organising their lives to make Monday evenings free.
The future looks promising for a regular Sunday and practice band for the first time in 60 years - if ever. Ring Peter Cook 01964 614466 or e-mail by 6.30 if you have time to spare.
NB the 5th now rings easily!


Society Wedding

Dinah Rhymer and Neil Donovan, both Beverley St Mary's ringers, were married on Tuesday 17th May at Beverley St Mary's .
A small wedding, with a member of the clergy from Beverley St Mary's, assisted by Rev Giles Galley, officiating.
Friends rang both before and after the service, the society extends it's best wishes to the happy couple.


Tony Wragg - Funeral details

The details for Tony's funeral have been confirmed.
St. Peter, Marchington (near Uttoxeter, Staffordshire) on Friday 6th May at 11.00 am.
Contact details are available if required, email for info.


Tony Wragg

It is with regret that we report the death of Tony Wragg. Before leaving the area Tony served on the committee and was President in 1992.
His funeral will be held at St. Peter's, Marchington (near Uttoxeter, Staffordshire) on Friday 6th May at 11.00 am.
The society sends it's condolences to Margaret at this time.


New Arrival

Congratulations to Andrew Kaye and Ailsa Robinson on the birth of their third Daughter, Lara Ruth. Delivered on Saturday 19th of February.


Mark Lane's records

It has been bought to my attention that Mark Lane's website has now been taken down, assumedly by Mark’s ISP. All of the BnD Peal and Quarter data has already been imported into the main society database here at
Mark had also gathered many peals of historical interest not rung for the society in the area, some dating back to the 1800’s. All this data has been preserved and can still be accessed at
Chris Baxter, webmaster.


4000 not out.

Many congratulations are due to Ian Campbell who has joined the exclusive club of 4000 pealers scoring his milestone peal, Bristol Surprise Royal at Beverley St Mary’s on Saturday 30th October 2010. Ian has had a life-long association with the society, serving as Ringing Master from 1979-81 and scoring 208 peals for the society to date.


Edna Dougherty

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Edna died on Thursday 26th August 2010 following an accident earlier in the week.
There are family matters to attend to, as can be appreciated, but I can advise that the provisional date for the funeral service is Thursday 9th September 2010 - time to be confirmed.

I will send further communications in due course

John Atkinson, Ringing Master


Death of Matthew Battye

The Society extends its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Matthew Battye who sadly passed away on the 9th April 2009. Matthew was an active member of the B&D and a ringer at his home tower, St Mary the Virgin, Cottingham. A celebration and thanksgiving service for Matthew's life will be held at Christ Church, Endyke Lane, Cottingham on Monday 20th April at 1pm.


Death of Norina Bond

The Society extends its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Norina Bond who sadly passed away after short hospitalisation at Castle Hill Hospital, Hull, at the grand age of 102 yrs on Friday 27th March, 2009. Norina was an extremely competent and experienced ringer of her time, being an active member of the B and D and ringing at her home tower of St Andrews, KirkElla. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were closest to her at this sad time.


New Arrival for the Pailing Family.

Congratulations to Andrew & Joanne Pailing on the Birth of their Son.
Daniel Leonard Pailing was born on the 6th October at 5:15pm, weighing 8lb 13oz.
Mother, Father & baby doing well.


Funeral of John Perrett

Details have been passed on to the society of the funeral of John Perrett who died last week.
The service will be held at St Peter's Farnborough on Wednesday 26th March at 12:30pm.
John was a former Kirk Ella ringer learning to ring around the same time as David S Johnson.


New Arrival

The society would like to extend best wishes to Steve and Vicky Cox on the birth of their son.
George Sidney Cox was born on 24th June weighing in at a healthy 9 pounds.
Mum, Dad and Son all doing well.


John R Leary

The society has received the sad news that John Leary, formerly of Hedon, has died at the age of 55.
John was an active member of the society during the late 60's and early 70's ringing 36 peals and calling 18 including his own first peal in 1967. He also rang in some notable society peals.
John will be remembered at the next meeting.


Grandparents again!

Many congratulations to Ian and Jean Booth of Cottingham who have become Grandparents once more. Sam James Toland was born on 22nd January 2007 to Alex and Kevin at Treliske Hospital in Truro.
All are doing well.


Wedding congratulations

The society is pleased to extend it's best wishes to Roddy and Fran Horton who were married at St Martin-in-the-Fields on Saturday 27th January.


New arrival

The society extends it's best wishes and congratulations to Andy Kaye and Ailsa Robinson on the birth of their daughter, Iona, at 9.45am 11th January 2007.
Iona weighed in at 5lb 12.5oz, Mother, Father and Dougie all doing well.


Wilfrid F Moreton

The society is saddened to hear of the death today (13/11/2006) of Wilfrid F Moreton. Whilst never a resident member of the BnD Wilf gave freely of his time to help the BnD during the 60’s and early 70’s when the ringing capability of the society was progressing towards more complex methods.
Wilf rang in 24 society Peals and conducted 19 of these. Also Wilf would frequently travel across from Wakefield to help out at special practices during a period when there were no accomplished conductors in the area capable of calling and from these practices upcoming local conductors learnt the ‘dark arts’ with Wilf’s guidance.
More recently Wilf donated one of the trebles for the augmentation at Flamborough.


New arrival

The society extends it's best wishes and congratulations to Paul and Sarah Andrews on the birth of their daughter, Eve Miriam Andrews at 3.42am 12th September 2006.
Eve weighed in at 8lb 1oz, Mother, Father and Brother doing well.


Making good progess

Ian G Campbell has recently been in hospital undergoing a triple by-pass heart operation.
We hear that he is out of hospital now and recovering well, he is hoping to make a trip to Lundy Island later in the week, we hope that a peal is not included in his plans.
Newer members may not know of Ian, he is one of our most prolific peal ringers, notching up 196 peals for the society and serving on the committee, notably as Ringing Master 1979-1981. Although now resident in London, Ian is still an active supporter of the BnD.


New arrival

The society extends its best wishes to Chris and Emma Baxter on the birth of their son, Thomas Raymond Harvey on Saturday 29th April 2006, weighing in at 8lb 10ozs.
Mother and Son are doing well.


Wedding Congratulations

The society extends best wishes to Susan Watson and Jonathon Healey on their marriage at All Saints, Hessle on the 1st April despite the intermittent heavy April showers a wonderful day was had by the happy couple and all their guests.
We wish them the very best for their future together.


Peals and Quarters

It is hoped to carry on the excellent work begun by the late Mark Lane in ensuring that the society ringing records are up to date and available to all members. Now that the major re-write of the society web site has been completed we hope to offer the most comprehensive on-line record collection for any society.
To keep these records however will need the help of all peal and quarter peal conductors.
If you call peals or quarters that for the society please email details to or for inclusion. This also applies to any quarters that you may have details of that are not currently on the site.


Keith Goldthorpe

It is with regret that the society reports the death of Keith Goldthorpe.
Keith died peacefully on Thursday 19th January in Hull Royal Infirmary after a long illness.
As the Society Scribe many hundreds of peals were written up in the our Peal Books by Keith and for his long services Keith was elected to Honorary life membership.
The funeral is on Friday 27th January at 10am at Our Lady of Lourdes,
Swanland Road, Hessle.
The interment will follow at 11am at the
cemetery on Tranby Lane.


New arrival

The society extends its best wishes to David and Angela Mitchell on the birth of their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth on Saturday 15th October at 6:37.
Mother and Daughter are doing well.


Death of Val Lane

The society is saddened to report the death on Friday 12th August of Val Lane, widow of Mark.
While not a ringer herself, Val was always very supportive of Mark especially during his time as report editor. She was well known to many members of the society and we would like to send condolences to Karen and Graham at this time.


David Johnson

The society is saddened to report the death of David S Johnson of Kirk Ella on the 16th August after several weeks in hospital.
David has served as President and Ringing Master of the society in the past, a staunch society supporter he was always very keen to help learners make progress with many kind words of encouragement.
For his service to the society he was elected to Honorary Life Membership in 1996.
Details of the Funeral Service will follow shortly.



The Society extends best wishes to Steve Cox and Vicky Bower who were married today at Holy Trinity in Hull.
We hope that Steve and Vicky enjoy their honeymoon in Mexico and their future together.


New BnD Arrival

Congratulations are extended to Michael and Julie Henshaw on the birth of their 2nd child, Miles Joseph de Courcy Henshaw was born at 03:40 on 16th February at Jubilee Birthing Centre, Cottingham, weighing in at 7 lb 5 oz.
Both Julie and Miles are fine.


Child Protection

Links have now been added to the Central Council child protection statement and guidelines, these can be found on the contacts page of this site.


New site features

The BnD site is currently being re-worked, most of the changes involve admin features though the site should be quicker to load.


Mr. Kirk Passes Away

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Mr. Ken Kirk who passed away shortly before Christmas 2002. Mr. Kirk became the Society's first Honorary Life Member for his service to the Society, especially during the period 1959 to 1972 when he held positions as President and as Honorary Secretary. At St. Andrew's Kirk Ella, where he was a ringer, he played an important role in raising funds for and organising the augmentation of the bells in the 1970s.