On Saturday 28 May, a Quarter Peal of 1260 Grandsire Triples was rung at St Michael, Flixton in honour of Pat and George Nix. Pat and George have devoted 60 years of service to the parish church, holding the offices of Church Warden, Bell Tower Captain and Sunday School teacher amongst others.

George began his ringing career in 1955 in Torquay and continued with the Manchester University Guild. He and Pat met through bell ringing while both were students and they moved to Flixton as newlyweds in 1962. Bell ringing became a true family affair when they taught their three children to ring and the tradition has been passed in turn to their granddaughters. In fact, they were able to make a family band to ring a quarter peal for George’s 80th birthday a few years ago.

We relished the opportunity to show them both how much we appreciate them with a get together over a buffet lunch before the ringing began. The Quarter peal of 1260 Grandsire Triples was completed in 43 minutes. The sun kindly shone on us, making it a most pleasant afternoon, marred only by Pat being unable to join us.

The band is pictured below with George:-

From left to rignt: David Mitchell, Angela Mitchell, Malcolm Murphy, George Nix, Michael Smethurst, Helen Thompson, K George Lee, Wendy Fryer, Chris Chalmers.

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2022 Westley Award for Church Belfry Maintenance and Improvement

In the last year many towers have been making a return to regular ringing after lockdowns, meaning that belfries
have had to be inspected after a period of silence and defects made good.

Recruitment and retention of ringers is also near the top of many towers' agenda and bells and ringing rooms need
to be in prime condition to facilitate this.

This year the CCCBR Stewardship and Management Workgroup and Westley Group are again teaming up to
recognise the efforts of those who have become involved in belfry maintenance in the last few years and whose
achievements make such a difference to bell installations and fellow ringers.

A prize of £100 and a certificate will be awarded to the best entry demonstrating commitment, achievement and
dedication to developing, sharing and passing on their knowledge and skills.

Entrants of all ages and levels of experience are welcome and full details of how to enter or nominate someone may be found here

The closing date for entries will be 28th May 2022 at 12 noon and the award will be presented at the CCCBR AGM in September 2022.