The Carlisle Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers

Welcome to our website where you can find out about church bell ringing in the towers of the Carlisle DGCBR. Our towers are scattered across west, east and north Cumbria; extending from Irton, with its magnificent view of Wasdale, and St Bees, on the Irish Sea coast, across to the edge of the Pennines where Appleby and Kirkby Stephen, are linked by the Settle-Carlisle Railway. In the centre lies Keswick at the northern edge of the Lake District and in the north Carlisle and Brampton are close to the Scottish border and Hadrian’s Wall. So whether you are a tower grabber or planning a holiday with some ringing allow plenty of time for your visit.

Brief History

The CDGCBR was founded in 1975 to represent ringers in the areas formerly covered by the Cumberland and North Westmorland Association of Change Ringers which was formed in 1947 which had itself  replaced the Cumberland Association  established in 1889.   See the History pages for a more detailed history of the guild and ringing in this part of Cumbria.

Objects of the Guild

  • The provision of good ringing for Church Services to the Glory of God.
  • The recognition of ringing as an integral part of the Church’s life and work.
  • The furtherance of the art and science of change ringing and the support and encouragement of new ringers.
  • The proper care of belfries and the supply of reliable information about bells and bellringing.

About the website

This website is primarily intended to keep local ringers informed of news and ringing events.

We hope other ringers will find the details of towers, practice nights and the ringing events useful.