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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

Friday 12th April 20191 hours6pmQuarter Peal for benefit of local young ringer, and visiting ringers from Maidstone, Kent
Tuesday 23rd April 20191 hours6pm

Quarter Peal - RINGING FOR ENGLAND! - on St George's Day

...and milestone for another young ringer.
Saturday 18th May 20193 hours?TBDRinging/Peal for 150th Anniversary of Church

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

February 2019

Saturday92.30 - 4.30pm Langdale, Holy Trinity (NY321055) Monthly Branch Ringing MeetingB
Wednesday277.30 - 9pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)


Practice with support of ringers from neighbouring towers to target individual learner needs, for stable band and one-to-one support/supervision to facilitate accelerated learning and more advanced ringing.


March 2019

Saturday92.30 - 4.30pm Kirkby Stephen, The Parish Church (NY775088) Monthly Branch Ringing Meeting

POSTPONED! - new date TBD

Saturday97.30pm Village Hall, Heversham (SD496834)

Branch Bingo Evening

Taking place at the Athenĉum (village hall) in Heversham. The cost will be £7.00 per player which will include a pizza supper.
Saturday1610am - 12.30pm Flookburgh, St John (SD365760)

C1 Safeguarding Course - Tailered for Bellringers

Course being run by Carlisle Diocese for all Tower Captains (who have not done C0 already) and also anyone involved with a position of trust or teaching children, young persons (under 18) and vulnerable adults at your tower.

More information about the course and background for why it is important - follow links Training and C1 Safeguarding March 2019.

Saturday3010am - 12noon (or 12.30) Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)


Simulator set up for sessions - please contact in case need to schedule access to the 4 simulator stations.


April 2019

Friday126pm-7pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

Quarter Peal

Quarter Peal for benefit of local young ringer, and visiting ringers from Maidstone, Kent


Time TBC (evening)

Lyth Valley Hotel

Branch Dinner

Menu and booking details available in branch newsletter #97 (or contact me for details)
Saturday132.30 - 4.30pm Millom, St George (SD171800) Monthly Branch Ringing MeetingB
Tuesday236pm-7pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

Quarter Peal - RINGING FOR ENGLAND! - on St George's Day

...and milestone for another young ringer

Note: one-off simulator (silent) practice day after.


May 2019

Saturday11Exact times TBA Flookburgh, St John (SD365760)

ART (Association of Ringing Teachers) Module 1 - Learning to Teach Bell Handling

Course being run by ART (Association of Ringing Teachers), and excellent introduction for anyone new to teaching bell handling, but also good for experienced teachers to find out more about this widely recognised course and pick up a few new or extra ideas to complement existing teaching techniques.

What is the ART Training Scheme?

Overview of course information available at Courses page on ART website, and cost is £20 to cover course materials.
Open to anyone over 14 able to comfortably ring up and down in peal.
Covers a wide spectrum of candidate ringers, from those with little or no experience at teaching bell handling or lacking confidence, to experienced teachers who will see a fresh approach incorporating many familiar techniques laced with some other handy tips and useful techniques.

Places available - contact us (view contact details) for more information if interested, and can book through tower or on ART page above, also see the Training page.

Saturday18TBD Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

Celebrating 150 years (sesquicentenary)

The church of St James the Great opened its doors on 18th May 1869, and there will be celebrations for this anniversary including ringing, tower open to public, and probably a quarter peal and/or peal attempt.


All Day

Venue TBC

Branch Outing

Towers and times TBC


June 2019


Evening (Time TBC)

Venue TBC

Branch Training


July 2019


Evening (Time TBC)

Venue TBC

Branch Striking Competition


September 2019


Time TBC

Venue TBC

Branch Treasure Hunt