The Essex Association of Change Ringers (EACR) represents ringers who live in the boundary of the old county of Essex or who are ringers at a tower within Essex (the Association predates the Diocese of Chelmsford by some 35 years). Membership of the Association is normally open to any person interested in bells and bellringing, and eligible ringers are warmly invited to join the Association.
By joining the Association you will be invited to ringing meetings, training courses and other events arranged by the individual districts and by the Association as a whole. You can also meet other local ringers, participate in business meetings, courses and events, and help to ensure that ringers have a voice in their local communities and in Essex. By subscribing you are supporting the work of the Bell Restoration Account which provides grants to Association towers needing work.
Ringers are usually attached to an individual tower in one of the six Districts of the Association (Northern, North-Eastern, North-Western, Southern, South-Eastern and South-Western). A new member is elected by the existing ringing members of their District, generally at a business meeting within the district of the tower to which they are attached. A map showing the EACR towers is here. For more information, contact the Secretary of any District, or contact the General Secretary of the Association. For example, a District Secretary can tell you which is your nearest active tower, and provide details of the next business meeting.
Members are requested to update their Membership Details to help the administration of annual claims for Gift Aid, Registration for Association Insurance and communication of Association and District activities. The Membership Information Form (updated March 2016) may be used for this purpose and may submitted to the District Secretary or Treasurer as soon as practicable following any change.