Organising Safe Events 

Link to Covid Guidance


The Surrey Association recognises the importance of health and safety, the need to promote best practice and work towards a safer environment for the improvement and enjoyment of bell ringing for everyone.


The Association has developed a document giving practical guidance applicable to all ringing activities that the Association is responsible for the management and organisation of. This may include ringing at organised meetings and events, business meetings, social activities, training sessions and outings. It may also be used by individual towers when organising their own ringing events. It does not cover activities of members, not carried out under the management and organisation of the association.


The document consists of:


· An outline of the General Policy and responsibilities of the Association with respect to Health and Safety at ringing events


· Guidance for organisers on running a safe event


· A Generic Risk Assessment for Surrey Association Ringing Events.


It should be used by all those responsible for organising Surrey Association Ringing Events.


Organising Safe Events.pdf
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Guidance for running COVID safe events


These guidelines will be reviewed regularly as the COVID situation moves on.


Organiser to:

  • Aim to use towers with adequate space and ventilation. Where this is not possible make use of available space inside or outside the church if possible for those not ringing.
  • Agree with tower contact if there are any extra restrictions visiting ringers need to be abide by.
  • Decide on appropriate number of ringers permitted to attend the ringing event. A booking system should be considered.
  • Communicate COVID guidelines to attendees prior to the event, and also at the start of the event.
  • Ensure hand sanitizer will be available at the event.
  • All those planning to attend should advise the organiser to ensure numbers are not excessive.
  • Ringers requiring constant bell handling assistance should not yet be attending ringing events unless they are specifically arranged for handling.
  • If you do not feel well then don’t attend.
  • Ensure ventilation is maximised – open windows and doors, turn on fans.
  • Attendees to use hand sanitizer on entry into the tower and frequently during the ringing session.
  • The wearing of masks is not compulsory. However,
  • those standing behind ringers to provide assistance; and
  • inexperienced ringers together with those standing facing them to provide assistance are requested to wear masks.
  • Conductors should try to avoid shouting too loudly, and to face forward when doing so.
  • Attendees to sit and stand as far away as possible from each other during and between ringing. Avoid hand shaking and hugging.
  • No refreshments should be served, but attendees are welcome to bring their own.