First peal at Vernet-Les-Bains

Yorkshire Association
Vernet-les-Bains, Pyrénées-Orientales, France
St George
Sunday, 29 September 2019 in 2h 58 (5–0–15 in C)
5040 Cambridge Surprise Royal
Composed by J P Ladd
1 Philip G Ladd
2 Alan J Ladd
3 Gwen Rogers
4 Andrew B Mills
5 Michele Winter
6 Philip Rogers
7 Nicholas J Green
8 David K Barrington
9 Fred Bone
10 Jeffrey P Ladd (C)
First peal on the bells. In memory of Catherine Ladd, Roger Green and Harry Winter, Yorkshire Association members, and Lancelot and Elizabeth Barrington. Also remembering Wendy Ogden, Catherine’s mum, who died aged 92 on 21st September. Rung on the day of the dedication of the bells, the day which would have been Catherine’s 65th birthday. 350th peal: 9.

Ringing for the Centenary of the WWI Armistice.

Ypres Bell Ringers Guild
Ypres, Belgium
St George
Sunday, 11 November 2018 in 2h 47 (6–1–11 in B)
5056 Cambridge Surprise Major
Charles Middleton, arr Henry Johnson
1 Ian G Campbell
2 Nicola D Bright
3 Thirza R de Kok
4 Joanna K Dorling
5 Paul M de Kok
6 Mathew Williams
7 Harm Jan A de Kok (C)
8 Alan Regin
Rung half muffled, remembering the fallen.
In particular Private John Henry Parr, died 21st August 1914, believed to be the first British Soldier killed by enemy action in WWI, Private George Edwin Ellison, died 11th November 1918, believed to be the last British Soldier killed by enemy action in WWI, Private George Lawrence Price, 28th Bn. Canadian Infantry, died 11th November 1918, believed to be the last British Empire Soldier killed by enemy action in WWI, Sgt Henry N. Gunter, died 11th November 1918, believed to be the last American Soldier killed by enemy action in WWI, at 10.59am, and Able Seaman Harold Edgar Walpole of Geddington, Northamptonshire, RNVR, Anson Bn. died 11th November 1918, believed to be the last bellringer battle casualty of WWI.
Their name liveth for evermore

First peal at Ypres

Ypres Bell Ringers Guild
Ypres, Belgium
St George
Wednesday, 10 January 2018 in 2h 42 (6–1–11)
5088 Ypres Surprise Major
Robert D S Brown
1 David A Town
2 Philip Rogers
3 Charles P Quartley
4 Graham A Duke
5 Peter C Randall (C)
6 Ian G Campbell
7 Michael Angrave
8 Alan Regin
First peal on the bells and the first on church bells in continental Europe.
In memory of the fallen.

A Full Huys……

Who c10646715_10152546801861687_1897724754861447690_nould resist the offer of a weekend away in Dordrecht in the company of The CEA with good food, cheese, beer, port, and wine in abundance…oh, and the odd peal attempt thrown in for good measure?? Well, it would seem not many as The CEA Weekend 28/30th November 2014 proved a resounding success with 22 members travelling from Germany, Belgium, France, Norway, and the UK to join our hosts in The Netherlands. With a Klockhuys almost full to capacity a fun weekend was had by all. Even by Dordrecht standards a rather extraordinary quantity of cheese was purchased and consumed during the weekend partly due to one of our party having a “meeting of the eyes” moment across the cheese counter with the proprietor of the stall requiring a return visit a little later on the Saturday…..say no more!

3 peals were scored. A tidy peal of Cambridge SM confidently conducted by HJ got the party started. A rather surprising success followed the next morning with Brian conducting a sparkling peal of Operation Market Garden – a rather tricky method for an early morning peal following the night before!!!….A bit of foresight on my part meant I successfully negotiated a swop with Dickon so was more than  happy to leave that one to the experts.It also meant that I could accompany Mike and Clive on a fact finding mission to Gouda where we discovered the delights of Patat met Mayo (chips and mayonnaise) and tried to list 10 famous Belgians – still working on that one.


A delightful peal of 8 spliced S.M followed after lunch in which Cathy made it all look easy, the only slight kerfuffle occurring when the President suddenly remembered he had forgotten to buy not only the lemon but the tonic which he had promised he would organise for the ringer standing immediately to his right. Disaster was swiftly averted by Alban’s top of the form conducting and a good peal was secured – well done Cathy!  ( In hindsight the lack of a G&T at that stage of the proceedings was probably for the best….and was made up for later anyway in The Postillion, oops.)

A potentially controversial piece of business was discussed and masterfully concluded by Dickon proposing a compromise to the problem. This was resoundingly approved enabling the evening to progress in the time honoured fashion of taking Port with the President etc etc. Naturally this continued for some hours thereby enabling Clive to perform his party trick , though he did keep us waiting for quite a while….

The Sunday peals were both mysteriously lost. This had absolutely nothing to do with the previous evening……Happily after lunch and further sustenance a successful quarter peal was rung with Thirza ringing her first of Lincolnshire SM and once again making it all look straightforward – well done Thirza.

Finally – huge thanks to Paul and HJ for their committment and dedication to the CEA and for making these weekends happen. See you next time.


More pictures can be found here

Minutes of the AGM


31st May 2014

Attended by: Paul de Kok, Harm Jan de Kok, Margaret Gamble, David Ockwell, Eric Trumpler, Brian Diserens, Geraldine Diserens, Rodney Yeates, Mike Trimm, Graham Scott, Clive Smith, Elizabeth Mason, Peter Mason,





  1. Welcome all to AGM and Appointment of Association Secretary – Margaret Gamble

Proposed by Paul de Kok

Agreed by those present


  1. Web Master – Harm Jan to research and set up a new updated CEA website. Website to include news items, reports, peal and ringing stats, photos and contact details for officers of the society. Aim to raise awareness of the Association in the ringing community.


  1. Rules of the CEA. Paul de Kok and David Ockwell to review the aims and rules (membership requirements etc) and update where appropriate. Action before next AGM.


  1. Ringing Master Report – Eric Trumpler . Expressed thanks to Paul de Kok for hosting the AGM once again and for making all the excellent arrangements to enable the weekend to be such a success. Thanks were also given to Brian Diserens for arranging Society peal weekends in the UK during which peals were scored on 10 bells. One peal of special note for the year was Cathy Ockwell’s first peal rung at Dordrecht on 30 November 2013. Cathy learnt to ring in Dordrecht so it was fitting that she could return from University to ring her first peal with the Society. It was suggested that the Society should consider a handbell visit to Switzerland once a year to enable members there to have the opportunity of more advanced practice and peal opportunities. Eric also suggested the possible loan of the handbells to Monica for learner sessions/ opportunity to attract new learners. Thanks were given to David Ockwell for his duties as Treasurer of the Society.


  1. Treasurer’s Report – David Ockwell. The accounts were presented and agreed with thanks to auditors Mike and Elizabeth who will continue to audit accounts for the coming year. It was agreed to keep membership rates the same for the coming year. Suggestions to use excess funds for a peal board and also to consider a possible recast of the Glockli in the future were discussed. The cost of timber for boxing in the Glockli was approved – Brian to action.


  1. President’s report – Paul de Kok. Paul thanked members for their continued support to the CEA with continued progress being made both in hand and tower bell ringing. A discussion followed on the best way to attract new members to the society. Public relations could be addressed – ideas suggested included producing brochures to advertise the society and raise awareness, and to try and get local recruits though it was agreed that this was difficult. Any suggestions/ideas welcome. To be further discussed. The setting up of a new webpage would hopefully address some issues – actioned above.


  1. Dates for the diary. Society peal weekend 28/30 November.  ASCY weekend at Dordrecht 20/9/14. Next year’s AGM to be held on the Ascension holiday weekend – 14/17 May.


End of meeting – time for Port.

First Long Length on mainland Europe

Central European Association
Dordrecht, The Netherlands
‘t Klockhuys
Saturday, 15 June 2013 in 5h 5 (1–2–7)
10388 Dordrecht Alliance Major
Composed by Anthony J Cox
1 Pauline Campling
2 Paul M de Kok
3 Margaret Whiteley
4 Martin J Whiteley
5 Stephen W Penney
6 Harm Jan A de Kok
7 Alan Regin
8 George H Campling (C)
Longest peal rung in the method, on the bells and in mainland Europe.
Umpires: Clive G Smith, Joanna K Dorling, Brian J Owen, Jane Owen.
First peal of 10,000+ changes: 1, 2, 5, 6
This peal has been recognized as a record length in the method.

Norman Smith 23-spliced challenge.

Central European Association
Dordrecht, The Netherlands
‘t Klockhuys
Saturday, 16 June 2012 in 2h 39 (1–2–7)
5152 Spliced Surprise Major (23 methods)
224 Ashtead, Bristol, Cambridge, Cassiobury, Cray, Cornwall, Double Dublin, Glasgow, Ipswich, Jersey, Lincolnshire, Lindum, London, Preston, Pudsey, Rutland, Superlative, Tavistock, Uxbridge, Watford, Wembley, Whalley, Yorkshire; 160 com, atw
Norman Smith
1 David C Ockwell
2 Margaret C Gamble
3 Roger Bailey
4 Paul M de Kok
5 Harm Jan A de Kok
6 Michael J Trimm (C)
7 Brian P Diserens
8 Clive G Smith
Most Spliced Surprise Major: 4,5
First of 23-Spliced Surprise Major for the Association and on mainland Europe.

Central European Association
Dordrecht, The Netherlands
‘t Klockhuys
Saturday, 7 July 2012 in 2h 38 (1–2–7)
5152 Spliced Surprise Major (23 methods)
224 Ashtead, Bristol, Cambridge, Cassiobury, Cray, Cornwall, Double Dublin, Glasgow, Ipswich, Jersey, Lincolnshire, Lindum, London, Preston, Pudsey, Rutland, Superlative, Tavistock, Uxbridge, Watford, Wembley, Whalley, Yorkshire; 160 com, atw
Norman Smith
1 Nicholas K Allsopp
2 Brian P Diserens
3 Margaret C Gamble
4 Michael J Trimm
5 Clive G Smith
6 Paul M de Kok
7 Alban D Forster (C)
8 Harm Jan A de Kok
First of 23 Spliced: 7.
First of 23 ATW by a resident band.

First 10 & 12 peals rung on handbells

Central European Association
Ludwigshafen, Germany
Sudermannstr. 4
Thursday, 28 January 2010 in 2:51 (17 in Ab)
5000 Kent TB Royal
Robert Peers
1–2 Michael J Trimm
3–4 Rodney A Yeates
5–6 Alban D Forster
7–8 Eric R Trumpler (C)
9–10 Brian P Diserens
First Kent 3-4, as Conductor
and for the Association
First on ten handbells 9-10
First on ten for the Association

Central European Association
Modautal-Brandau, Germany
Klingenweg 5
Sunday, 26 September 2010 in 3h 11 (15)
5040 Kent TB Maximus
Donald F Morrison (#1618)
1–2 Noel J Diserens
3–4 Rodney A Yeates
5–6 Michael J Trimm (C)
7–8 Graham N Scott
9–10 Eric R Trumpler
11–12 Brian P Diserens
First on 12: 3-4
First maximus: 9-10
First on 12 in hand: 9-10,11-12
First on 12 for the Association and on the bells