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Barrow Bells - Event Calendar

When do the bells ring?

For more information about our regular weekly ringing, please visit the REGULAR RINGING SCHEDULE page.

In addition to regular ringing there are weddings and other services; civic/national events to mark; visiting ringers; tower open days; bellringers meetings; quarter peals and peals; and other occasions when the bells are rung. Most are relatively infrequent and short (less than 1 hour continuous ringing), although occasionally there can be more than 1 wedding or event in a day, a branch/association meeting lasting 2 hours, or a peal lasting 3 hours.

We try to notify the public, local residents and community in advance of any planned additional (non-regular) ringing at St James' Tower as follows...

  1. All planned extra ringing of any duration will be notified in the calendar on this Events web page; alongside other ringing events outside Barrow. Ringing at St James, Barrow will be repeated and highlighted in a summary table (see below)
  2. All planned extra ringing for continuous period in excess of 1 hour:
    Residents in houses immediately opposite the church on Blake Street, Adelaide Street and Hartington Street will receive leaflet informing of the extended ringing.
    Sometimes we will also notify the North West Evening Mail, BBC Radio Cumbria, & The Bay Radio (bay action), e.g. for particular special occasions, and where the public are invited to come along and find out more. [however as independent businesses they may decide not to publish/broadcast anything]

Summary of Planned Additional Ringing at St James

Wednesday 11th July 2018n/a7.30pm-9pm approx.Practice night cancelled.
Saturday 28th July 20183 hours2pm-5pm approx.Peal for anniversary of bells, near St James' Day patronal festival, and unveiling of James E Burles plaque.

The rest of this page is dedicated to announcing the future ringing and social events that are planned, colour coded by organiser/location.

Our Tower/Church (St James)
Local/Nearby (e.g. Dalton)
South Lakeland Branch of LACR
ASSOCIATION [A] (or Guild)
LACR (Lancashire Assoociation Change Ringers)
CDGCBR (Carlisle Diocesan Guild of Church Bell-Ringers)
any other group

FULL CALENDAR All ringing and social events at St James and elsewhere


July 2018

Wednesday117.30pm to 9pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)


Due to number of local ringers being unavailable, practice is cancelled, but back on OK on the following week (18th July)

Saturday142.30 - 4.30pm Broughton-in-Furness, St Mary Magdalene (SD209874) Monthly Branch Ringing MeetingB
Saturday281pm to 4pm approx. Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

PEAL for St James' Day and anniversary of bells.

PLAQUE unveiling to commemorate James E Burles contribution as ringer and tower captain between C J A Cushing and J Bagnall.

MEAL (5.30pm at Francescas) with peal ringers, other ringers from St James, neighbouring towers & visitors, friends and family...!


1-2pm approx.

Dalton-in-Furness, St Mary (SD226739)

QUARTER PEAL - Method, ringers and time TBC (expected between 1 & 2pm start).


August 2018

Saturday112.30 - 4.30pm Burton-in-Kendal, St James (SD530769) Monthly Branch Ringing MeetingB

September 2018

Saturday82.30 - 4.30pm Crosthwaite, St Mary (SD446911) Monthly Branch Ringing MeetingB
Sunday3010-10.30am Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699) Service Ringing as usual (5th sunday but no joint service - Family Worship)T

October 2018

Sunday710-10.30am Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699) No Service Ringing (joint service at St Francis for patronal festival)T
Saturday82.30 - 4.30pm Cartmel, St Mary (SD380788) Monthly Branch Ringing MeetingB