As the COVID-19 easement starts and things starts to get back to normality, ringing in Ireland will also hopefully be able to get back.  Below will show below which towers has resumed ringing.  As towers start to get back to ringing District secretaries and Tower Secretaires are asked to let Peter McBride or Andrew White so that this page can be updated.

Update 1st August 2020

CCCBR's official guidance still stands, with the following additions:

A number of things have happened this week which while not changing guidance, should be noted at least.

[In the UK facemasks in church}  will be mandatory from 8th August. Facemasks will need to be worn for ringing next weekend, and are strongly recommended this Sunday. Wearing facemasks does not reduce the minimum distances approved for ringing which remain as :

  • 2m spacing between ringers (which will generally mean alternate bells)
  • 1.5m spacing allowable if ropes fall in a straight line (ringers facing inwards not towards each other)
  • Adjacent bells can be rung by ringers from the same household.

Some towers have rung not in accordance with the guidance, usually just from ringers or clergy not being aware of the guidance. On contacting the clergy involved, non-compliant ringing has been stopped – in one case a tower closed altogether. The point is that if the guidance is not followed, the ringing community will not be trusted, and there will be much less chance of any relaxation of ringing restrictions. 

The [CCCBR] website will be updated weekly on a Friday evening, whether or not there is a change in the guidance. Any changes will be brought to your attention in this introductory note. 

While the mask rule is only mandatory in the Northern District, I strongly recommend that all our members wear either a mask or a face shield when ringing, and that all tower captains read the full CCCBR guidance notes.  

Julia Lysaght
IACR President

Update 21st July 2020

St Audoen's Dublin

After 8 months of being silenced first by the builders & then by Covid-19, ringing will resume at St Audoen's this Sunday 26th July.    Restrictions will be in place with regard to the number of bells to be rung.   To limit contacts between ringers, the St Audoen's band will be selected from the morning band at St Patrick's only.

On Behalf of Kathleen McEndoo

Updated 4th July 2020

The above has been sent to all guilds and associations by Simon Linford, president of the CCCBR. 

We had a further update from the Church of England Recovery Group last night that Public Health England (PHE) now wants to issue specific guidance about bell ringing but they will not be able to publish it until next week. They expect it to be based on what we have produced. Although the Church has published guidance, which we shared, they are understandably nervous about ringing this weekend in advance of PHE publication, especially if it gets into the press. 

We had a conference call with Brendan McCarthy and Mark Betson of the Recovery Group this morning and whilst they stressed that anything published is guidance not instruction, they would really appreciate us waiting to restart ringing until after the PHE guidance is published. Given this is a new relationship that could be very important to us, we do not want to rock this boat for the sake of a week and some disappointment.

In the meantime, we have accumulated all of the questions we have received from ringers on the current guidance into a set of FAQs which we have published on the website. This will include such things as why the guidance is still 2m rather than 1m, and whether family members can ring on adjacent bells. That can be found here: https://cccbr.org.uk/frequently-asked-questions-on-covid-19-guidance/

New CCCBR guidelines are expected next week. In the meantime, many questions are dealt with in the link above. 

Update 3rd July 2020

 

We are getting closer to a return to ringing, and the CCCBR issued new guidelines on 1st July. 
 
Ringers should follow this link and scroll to page 9; it answers all the current questions", Although this is a Church of England website, the advice on it is issued jointly with the CCCBR 
 
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-06/Opening%20cathedral%20and%20church%20buildings%20advice%20v.1_0.pdf
 
Julia Lysaght
IACR President

 

Update 26th June 2020

    CCCBR Latest Guidelines 21st June 2020

Running ringing whilst maintaining social distancing and reducing Coronavirus transmission will be very different from what we are used to. This guidance  gives some ideas to try and do to make it as safe as possible.

Before ringing

  • Be sure that your incumbent is content for you to ring – a guidance sheet is available for them
  • Liaise with the church in completing the risk assessment for the church and tower (partly specific Covid-19 measures, plus checking the condition of tower and bells after an extended period of them not in use)

Ringing

  • You should keep ringers on the same ropes for an entire ringing session, including ringing up and down
  • Least risk is from ringing alternate bells so they can be two meters apart
  • If you are using only some bells, choose musical sets that sound musical outside
  • Limit the duration of ringing to 15 minutes. This may get revised later but is the way to get started.
  • One band per session and one session per day
    (preferable per three days as the virus can survive 72 hours on hard surfaces)
  • Don’t let ringers spit on their hands!
  • Encourage your band to face the centre not each other
  • Avoid shouting, especially from on a box as this will increase transmission
  • No standing behind or teaching
  • Any inexperienced ringer who may need help shouldn’t ring (the exception is if an experienced family member can help)..

Neighbours

Your neighbours may have got used to the lack of bells and forgotten when you ring. It may be worth reminding them and letting them know the plan for resumption.

This is an opportunity to keep things simple. In the first instance, ringing again is to provide a service to the Church.

Not all your band will be comfortable about ringing, whatever measures are put in place. Try not to make anyone feel pressured to ring if they do not want to. Likewise, you should not feel under an obligation to ring yourself if you are not comfortable doing so or in a higher risk group.

Update 24th June 2020

 
St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. 
 
Limited service ringing will resume from July 5th for St. Patrick's members & associate members only.
 
All practices remain suspended until further notice.
 
On behalf of Derek McEndoo - Tower Captain