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Durham University Society of Change Ringers

The Durham University Society of Change Ringers was founded in 1959 and originally existed alongside the Durham College Society until they merged in the 1960s.

The Society practices on Wednesday nights at St. Brandon’s Church, Brancepeth, from 19:30 to 21:00, and rings there for Sunday service each week during term time. We also regularly ring at other towers in Durham and the surrounding area. We welcome ringers of all standards, including complete beginners, who we are happy to teach. We organise transport to Brancepeth from Durham – to attend a practice please contact Elizabeth ([email protected]).

The Society goes on termly tours, holds regular socials, and can often be found in the pub after (and/or before) ringing. We also host the annual DUSCR dinner where past and present members of the society get together for a tour and black-tie dinner.

Background photograph is of St. Brandon’s Church, Brancepeth © Mike Higton, 2016.

Society Officers

Elizabeth Barton

Hi, I’m Elizabeth. I first rang a bell when I was 8 but I preferred watching football and bake off. Now I ring with DUSCR and spend most nights of the week in the pub! Contact me at: [email protected]

Ophelia Cornell

Hello. I learnt to ring with DUSCR as a fresher and rapidly went down the slippery slope of ringing enthusiasm. When not in the tower (or the pub), I like to go walking, and sometimes I even do my degree. Contact me at: [email protected]

Matthew Black

Hi, I’m Matthew. I learnt to ring with DUSCR, having been roped in at the freshers’ fair. I’m a second-year Maths student who will waffle on about Radio 4, puns, and my home town of Chester. Contact me at: [email protected]

Lily Collis

Social Secrectary
Hi I’m Lily, I like tower bells. Contact me at: [email protected]

Non-Executive Officers

ChairIon Forbes
Life Members’ SecretaryRachael Sanderson
Central Council RepresentativePhil Hughes
Webmaster/Facebook MasterIon Forbes
SteeplekeeperIon Forbes
Assistant SteeplekeeperNicholas Grandage, Andrew Booth
D&N RepresentativeAndrew Booth
Handbell MasterAlec Bell