Welcome to the Tower Stewardship (TS) website of the Hereford Diocesan Guild of Bellringers.
TS subjects are Insurance, Complaints about noise, Tower management, Safeguarding of young people and vulnerable adults, Health & Safety, Fire risk assessment and Church law.
The Health & Safety and Safeguarding laws are presently (June 2010) under review by the new coalition government. Although existing laws affecting or influencing tower bell ringing may change it has been considered appropriate by the Diocese of Hereford to issue Advice to Tower Captains and Parochial Church Councils regarding young bellringers.
In addition, following research and liaison with the Bishop’s Adviser for Child Protection, the Central Council of Church Bellringers (CCCBR), the West Mercia Police and Ecclesiastical Insurance Group the Guild has produced a Manual of information entitled
TOWER STEWARDSHIP: Guidance Notes for Tower Captains.
The Manual consists of a title/contents page followed by eleven separate sections of guidance and
advice comprising a summary followed by ten subject-specific documents of which eight are of CCCBR authorship.
The title/contents page and documents numbered (1) (3) and (8) are reproduced here.
The documents numbered (2) (4) (5) (6) (7) (9) (10) and (11) may be found on the CCCBR website at CCCBR towerstewardship
The Precept on the title/contents page of the Manual is drawn to the attention of Tower Captains and all who take charge of or teach tower bell ringing.
Ringing Masters and Tower Captains are recommended to read all of the documents in the Manual and to use the information as the basis for a proportionate, pro-active, “best practice” approach to both Health & Safety risk assessment and Safeguarding procedures in all ringing activities.
From 1 January 2014 it is the Diocese of Hereford policy that all newly appointed Tower Captains (who will continue usually to be elected by a formal meeting of the local band of ringers who are fully paid-up members of the HDGB) shall complete an Application Form for Work with Children and Young People (LINK) and return it to the local PCC Safeguarding Officer. The appointment shall not take effect unless and until the Application Form is counter-signed by the Incumbent or an officer of the PCC.
Please see Barbara Gratton's advice sheet from the Diocese. LINK
For further information contact the Tower Stewardship Adviser