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Doncaster & District Society of Change Ringers

David Nichols Memorial Novice Striking Competition

Saturday 8th June 2013, at Thorne starting at 3pm and followed by a BBQ outside/inside the Church Hall.

This is an informal event, aimed at encouraging inexperienced ringers to participate, meet other ringers and improve their striking skills in a supportive atmosphere and have fun. All are welcome. Teams may represent a tower or be made up from several towers, either organise yourselves into teams or we can help sort teams out. The rules are on the website but are fairly simple (and need to be flexible depending on how many ringers turn up) 2 or 3 novices per team (defined as someone who has not ring a QP inside), 2 members of the Society per team, 8 minutes of call changes or 240 changes of a method.

July 2013 Meeting Review

Our July meeting was at Clarborough and we received a warm welcome from the local ringers. This may have been the first time our Society has rung at Clarborough, (6 bells, 9 cwt tenor), the bells were very pleasant and a fairly easy going long draft ground floor ring.  There were 16 ringers present including a number of less experienced ringers; we rang rounds, call changes, Plain Bob Doubles & Minor, Grandsire Doubles and Oxford TB Minor. Thanks to Cyril for organising the ringing.

BBC Radio Sheffield

Update 20 August 2013

An item about the Society was broadcast on Thursday 11 July 2013 on the Toby Foster Breakfast Show.  The reporter visited Thorne and interviewed Ted about the society and bell ringing in general.  BBC Radio Sheffield has kindly given permission to use the recordings on our website and they are available to listen to from the Media page.

Sine FM Radio Show 28 February 2013

Sine FM (Doncaster’s Local Radio Station) broadcast a radio show at 10 am on Thursday 28 February 2013, featuring the Doncaster and District Society of Change Ringers. Presented by George Jopling, the show included interviews with Marian Thomas and Cyril Toyne, as well as a recording of the bells of the Minster Church of St George, Doncaster. Sine FM broadcasts on 102.6 FM in Doncaster and online at

Radio show

Radio Show

If you missed the show on the 28 February 2013, you can listen to it at any time on MixCloud by clicking on the play icon. There is no need to listen to the whole show. If you just wish to listen to the interviews, click along the play bar or drag the play time marker to 17 minutes 24 seconds to the start of the interviews.

Quarter Peal

After the wedding of Tim Cutts and Terina Beilby on 1st April 2013 at St Peter and St Paul, Barnby Dun, a Quarter Peal of 1260 changes of Bob Minor was rung in celebration.  The couple met whilst ringing at Barnby Dun.   Band members: Jay Downes 1 (first quarter), Anne Walker 2, Marian Thomas 3, Ian Kingston 4, Jim Hirst 5, Phillip Walker 6 (conductor).

Blyth Meeting Review

What a change in the weather since our last ringing meeting at Blyth at the end of March, it was a very cold snowy evening and the church looked very beautiful surround by all the snow. Ten hardy ringers turned up and we rang St Clements, Oxford TB Minor, Grandsire, Stedman Doubles, PB Minor, Single Oxford and Cambridge Minor.

York Outing Review

Our outing to York on 23rd February was very enjoyable with 22 ringers participating, plus we were also joined by several other visitors at various towers. The 5 towers were all different but very historic, my particular favourite were the lovely John Taylors’ bells of St Martin le Grand, Coney Street (partially bomb damaged church), right in the heart of the shopping centre at York. After ringing the light 8 bells at All Saints, North Street, we were treated to an interesting tour of this medieval church. Most of us enjoyed tea and cakes at the Spurriergate centre cafe before ringing the easy going 6 bells there. It was also the Yorvik weekend and we kept seeing numerous hoards of people dressed as Vikings which added to the historic atmosphere – it was an excellent day out.

April 2013 Meeting Review

Our April meeting at All Saints, Pontefract & St Botoph, Knottingley was quite well attended with a total 14 ringers joining us during the afternoon. The 8 bells at All Saints were very melodic and easy going Taylor’s bells and methods rang included Cambridge Surprise major, Stedman, Grandsire and PB Triples. The light Whitechapel 10 bells at Knottingley were a joy to ring, interestingly 9 of the bells were installed in 1995 after a generous bequest. Methods rang included Grandsire Caters, Plain Hunt caters and call changes of 10. Many thanks to Catherine, Noel, Wendy and the Knottingley ringers for providing us with such a lovely tea.