[Bell Historians] Re: Telegraph letter

Mark Regan markregan at cVu7KPp6nomT48AJzmnYh_uieLqeKMYmuJGB0QeLfmqVRpuPXsJqQ7TanOSpPhPPLILJjqyn8HLBl-w.yahoo.invalid
Wed Oct 14 08:50:50 BST 2009

Good points Nigel and a lot depends on the ability and willingness of DAC
advisors to really help a parish rather than be overawed by the views of the
amenity groups.


Ringers' and the belltrades' interests have been badly represented (if at
all) by recent representation by the CCCBR. John Baldwin did a good job on
the last code of practice. That's some years ago though. If these people
really cared about ringing they'd do something positive. 


When I fixed up the Perspectives conference I offered it to the CCCBR to
'own' as their event. They refused. I think I'll fix up another conference
to get together views on how ringers' and the trades' interests can be
better represented. The CCCBR has failed.







Mark Regan

22 Sebright Avenue




01905 354339

07971 573688


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Yes indeed! I am only too aware of the increasing difficulty in obtaining
permission to replace bells, frames, and to tune old bells. Parishes
aspirations are generally listened to by the conservationist bodies, but
often ignored. Sometimes, there is no semblance of a compromise, and the
ringers are left with what they consider as an unsatisfactory installation. 
The code of practice states that a ring of bells is a musical instrument and
should sound in tune. However, there have been many occasions during the
last few years when this statement has been completely ignored. 
Faculties can take months, and sometimes years to obtain; this leads
invarably to greater expense for a parish, and difficulties for those of us
in the trade to operate with any real degree of efficiency. We are
businesses, that like any other business must try to trade profitably, and
this has become increasingly difficult to achieve.

Nigel Taylor

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