Scottish Association of Change Ringers

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The Inveraray Ringing Festival, July, 2015

43rd Annual Inveraray Ringing Festival, 2015

The 43rd Inveraray Ringing Festival took place over the weekend of July 24th – 26th. Those arriving for the weekend were greeted by sunshine and showers but a number were delayed by unusually slow journeys. Visitors included regular supporters from ANZAB, and a touring group from the Isle of Wight swelled the numbers for Friday evening's ringing. After two hours of ringing led by Tina Stoecklin, ranging from rounds to surprise royal, most  retired to the George Hotel for refreshments, staff coping admirably with the influx of over thirty ringers on top of a busy Friday evening.

Saturday's ringing started with a successful quarter peal of London Royal ( This was followed by an open handbell session run by Simon Gay. Around 15 ringers took part, ringing Plain Hunt Minor to Kent Maximus. Hardier souls not bothered by rain or midges rang outside at the foot of the tower; those of a more delicate disposition sheltered in the church!

With the afternoon ringing session came improving weather and sunshine. Visitors were rewarded with some good ringing and fantastic views from the top of the tower over Loch Fyne and the Arrochar Alps. After tea, the short evening session finished with a touch of spliced London and Bristol Royal.

Following ringing at 10:30am,  Sunday morning's service was led by the Rev Canon Simon Mackenzie, Priest to Mid Argyll and Arran, supported by the Rev Tom Campbell, a visiting priest from South Dakota. The community of ringers provided the organist, a violinist, handbells, readers of both lessons and the leader of the intercessions! The final session of ringing followed lunch, a number of people commenting on how the recent work on the acoustics had improved the sound of the bells in the ringing chamber.

Next year’s Inveraray Ringing Festival will be Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July 2016 – a date for your diary.



SACR Youth Band flies the flag at the RWNYC


The SACR Youth Band went away to Oxford in the middle of July to represent the Association at the Ringing World National Youth Contest. The band rang their test piece very well, ringing better than in any of their practices at Aberdeen and Haddington and were a credit to themselves and our Association. The judges awarded them a C grade, placing them joint 10th alongside 3 other teams in the Call Change category. Full results are available at:

The SACR supported the cost of transport, which made for much easier organisation and ensured that the youth band could make the long journey south. The band acknowledged this help in a letter of thanks. Other teams were very supportive of the band, given the efforts made to assemble a team and to travel all the way to Oxford to take part. Engaging young people in ringing is particularly important for the future of change ringing, especially here in Scotland. So our congratulations go to the band, for their commitment and their success! Hopefully, this will be the start of a regular presence at future RW NYC events. Well done all...

Here they are sporting their SACR kit!

SACR Youth Band 2015

The youth band (L to R) Jemma, Finlay, Cassia, David, Adam, James, Alex & Struan


SACR 12-bell practices

Scottish Association of Change Ringers
12-bell Advanced Practices
Next advanced 12-bell practice: Saturday November 14th, 2015, Tulloch
Method: Strathclyde Surprise Maximius
Coffee: 10:00 am. Lunch will be provided.
Finish: c. 6.00pm
The afternoon session will conclude with one or two quarter peal attempts.
Sunday morning: Peal attempt, provided we have a capable band.
To register, please email Colin North as soon as possible.
Indicate if you wish to be considered for the peal attampt.

Tulloch's Last Tower

Tulloch now has a second ring of bells available for anyone to use for teaching, peals or fun.  Please just email me to let me know your preferred dates if you would like to book them.

Our practice night is Wednesday but it would be wise to check directly with Roy, as acting captain, to confirm. Everyone welcome.

Peter and Helen

Details of the first quarter and the bells at:


Upcoming Events


Event & Venue

Friday 24th - Sunday 26th July 2015 Inveraray Festival
Saturday 3rd October 2015 14th Scottish Handbell Day
Friday 25th September 2015 10-bell Practice
7.00-9.00pm, Glasgow. Methods: Stedman Caters, Cambridge Royal, Bristol Royal
Saturday 24th October 2015 Social Event
Friday 30th October 2015 10-bell Practice
7.00-9.00pm, St Cuthbert's, Edinburgh. Methods: Stedman Caters, Yorkshire Royal, Bristol Royal
Saturday 14th November 2015 Strathclyde Max Training Course
Friday 27th November 2015 10-bell Practice
7.00-9.00pm, Glasgow. Methods: Stedman Caters, Lincolnshire Royal, Bristol Royal
Saturday 2nd January 2016 Tulloch Handbell Day
Saturday 23rd January 2016 Winter Meeting
Glasgow & Paisley
Saturday 12th March 2016 Training Course
Saturday 21st May 2016 AGM and Striking Competition
Central Towers (Alloa, Dunblane, Stirling)

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