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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 the two merged in the 1960s.

The Society practices on Wednesday nights at St. Brandon’s Church, Brancepeth, 7:30pm to 9:00pm, and rings for Sunday service there each week during University term time. We also regularly ring at other towers in Durham and the surrounding area. We happily 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 Oliver ([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.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday 28th September 2022: Freshers’ Fair, Durham Students’ Union

Saturday 1st October 2022: Mini-Ring, Durham Students’ Union

Friday 7th October 2022: Freshers’ Practice, St Oswald’s Church, Church Street

Saturday 22nd October 2022: Secretary’s Tour

Saturday 3rd December 2022: DUSCR Dinner


Society Officers

Miles Baker

Hello, I’m Miles. I first started ringing when I was 8 and have rung ever since. “I like to ring the tenor(!)”. Contact me at [email protected]

Vera Paksy

Social Secretary
My name is Vera and I am the current DUSCR social secretary. I am a second-year maths student from Manchester who has been ringing on and off for 5/6 years. You can expect to find me playing the saxophone and doing yoga in my spare time to try and relax.

Non-Executive Officers

ChairpersonJoseph Walker
Life Members’ SecretaryElizabeth Hopper and Rachael Sanderson
Central Council RepresentativePhil Hughes
WebmasterOliver Rice (allegedly)
SteeplekeeperEdward Dunn
Assistant SteeplekeeperBrendan Surname
D&N RepresentativeOliver Rice
Handbell MasterOliver Rice