Introduction #

This document addresses key aspects of running a tower.

It is produced by the Stewardship and Management Work Group of the CCCBR.

Broadclyst, Devon

The lead role is often called the tower captain although other titles are sometimes used e.g. ringing master.

This document is provided as advice and guidance for the tower captain or potential tower captain, whilst also acting as a guide for ringers generally. There is a duty of care on all ringers to abide by this guidance.

Scope #

The content is not intended to be exhaustive.

Topics #

The following is an overview of what appear in each chapter:

  • Communication; how to keep things running smoothly. Communication with people external to the band. Liaison with the relevant tower authority, Faculties, Contact details, Promotion. (Communications within a group of ringers are covered in Building a Team.)
  • Formalities; being compliant, safe and successful. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), Safeguarding.
  • Finance; income and expenditure including fees for weddings.
  • Health and safety; staying safe. Attendance, Insurance, Security, Tower access.
  • Emergency; what to do if things go wrong.
  • Ringing Room; keeping your tower running smoothly. The hardware commonly found in a ringing room.
  • Bell Chamber; this is is primarily covered in Belfry Upkeep.
  • The Ringers; creating a supportive environment. Officers, Meetings, Running ringing sessions.
  • Bells not rung regulary; things to bear in mind when bells are not rung regularly.

Image Credits #

TitleBroadclyst, DevonPhoto: James Kirkcaldy

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Disclaimer #

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, neither contributors nor the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers can accept responsibility for any inaccuracies or for any activities undertaken based on the information provided.

Version 1.1, March 2023

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