The ringers hold an annual meeting. The agenda includes:
- Report by the tower captain of ringing events during the past year.
- Financial report
- Election of officers
- Ringing activities for the coming year
The following officers were elected during the ringers' annual meeting on the 22nd March 2016.
Our objective is to ensure that all the bells are rung when required for church services and other occasions, and to advance the standard and quality of ringing in our church.
We pride ourselves on creating an atmosphere of friendship, harmony and enjoyment whilst developing and maintaining high standards expected in the participation in our art and service to the church.
We encourage ringers to become members of our local ringing association, the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers. We will teach anyone who shows a keen interest in ringing, in return for loyal commitment to our objectives.
The church has a safeguarding safeguarding policy as directed by the Diocese of Ely. DBS checks have been carried out on those responsible for training and leading ringing practices. Appropriate procedures are in place to ensure that children and / or vulnerable adults are supervised correctly in the tower and during outings. Parents / guardians are closely informed about ringing activities.
Bells in the Community
The traditionally accepted use of church bells is to announce church services. However, ringing can be carried out to mark all kinds of events, and bells are rung very often simply for the pleasure of ringing. In many churches the ringers cannot bee seen, but in Great Gransden visitors to the church can see the ringers from the nave of the church.
Bells are rung in changes. Change ringing is an art and science which holds a fascination to ringers and listeners alike. Whilst we ring for church services we also have a greater part to play in the community. This document, Bells in the Community, illustrates the importance of our interaction and contribution to church and community, and in maintaining the art of change ringing.
The tower has a handbook which reflects current practice in managing ringing, training, safety and maintenance. It is reviewed annually, or more frequently if necessary.
Extracts are available here.
Tower Captain's Annual Report
At our annual meeting on Thursday 22nd March 2016, Sheila G presented her report for 2015, which can be found here.