60th Anniversary Dinner 2021

LUSCR’s 60th Anniversary Dinner will take place at the Mercure Liverpool Atlantic Tower Hotel on Saturday the 20th of February 2021.

Ticket information will be released soon, but it would be fantastic to see as many people there as possible to celebrate this fantastic anniversary!

58th Annual LUSCR Dinner

Tickets are £32 and details on how to purchase a ticket are on the previous post.

Please can we ask everyone who plans on attending to purchase a ticket ASAP.

If you are planning on staying in the hotel, the special rate ends in 2 days time (5pm on 16.1.19) so please book now as this cannot be extended.


This year’s speakers are Rev Fergus Butler-Gallie (Curate at Liverpool Parish Church and published author) and Andrew Wilby (Chairman & CEO Taylor Bell Foundry Loughborough and Past Master Ancient Society College Youths).


The menu on the night is:

Slow Roasted Tomato soup with basil pesto cream (v)

Honey Roast Loin of pork, sea salt crackling, sage and onion stuffing, apple sauce.

Dessert is Individual Apple, Pear and Walnut crumble and vanilla custard.

Coffee, Tea & Petit Fours to follow and we are currently negotiating a cheeseboard. Vegetarian option is Vegetable Risotto (beetroot & blue cheese).

If you have any allergies or special dietary requirements, please tell us ASAP.


We’ve decided to go ahead and bring back the raffle. Even if it’s only a couple of prizes, it will add some (more) fun to the evening but please email if you’re able to contribute any unwanted Christmas presents & bring them along on the night.


If you have any preferences and want to sit on a particular table, please tell us ASAP.

This promises to be a fantastic night and we look forward to hearing from you, and seeing you on the night.

58th Annual Dinner

On 16th February 2019 Liverpool Universities Society of Change Ringers (LUSCR) is holding its 58th Annual Dinner at The Mercure Liverpool Atlantic Tower Hotel.

Tickets are now on sale. £32 per ticket.

To purchase your tickets, bank transfer is preferred payment method.

Sort Code 20-51-43
Account number 40936448

Please put your name as the payment reference and once you have made your payment, please email Sophie Middleton (Treasurer) to confirm payment has been made.

If you have any queries, don’t hesitate to contact myself or Sophie



Hamish Corfield


LUSCR Reunion Tour – Derby 11-12th August 2018

Having discussed some potential arrangements for an annual  LUSCR tour at the last AGM, I think many of us were a little sceptical as to whether this tour may head the same way as the last few years, which have unfortunately had to be called off due to lack of numbers.  Perhaps this year the combination of a number of people who felt the tour needed to go ahead, alongside the offer by the Heatons to organise the tour (and throw in accommodation too) meant that on the 11th August, a few of us had a very early start, and headed across to Derby. Meeting at the first tower which was Breadsall, a rural church with a 13cwt ring of 8 bells.  We started the day in a manner which set the tone of the weekend by ringing Little Bob, Grandsire and Spliced Surprise Major.

Saturday took us to West Hallam, Ilkeston, Eastwood, Ripley, Belper and Duffield with a nice Wetherspoons lunch in Eastwood (which wasn’t quite opposite the church).  Throughout the day, the standard of ringing was consistent, and at each tower there were a great cross section of methods to suit all abilities. A fortunate bride and groom in Ilkeston must have been delighted to have their photos taken at the Town Hall opposite, to the sound of a touch of Stedman Triples on a lovely 19cwt set of bells.

Saturday evening was dinner at a Slice of India, which I think some of us would agree was quite a unique place on the outskirts of Derby, but suited everyones needs perfectly. It had everything from popadoms to pizza, and an endless supply of ice cream & chocolate sauce (much to Hamish’s delight!).

Sunday morning was service ringing so we divided ourselves into 2 groups, some rang at the Cathedral, and some of us made our way to help the band at St Peters Church where we were warmly welcomed.  Following that, we went to Little Eaton and the garage / ringing room which contains a mini ring of 12. We were all really delighted to have the opportunity to ring there, and very appreciative of the tea & biscuits kindly provided.  We managed not to break anything, however, we did have a slip wheel which meant Paul Jopp heading up to free the rope. He put his ladder away, informing us that this rarely happens, only to have to get it out a few minutes later when another bell slipped wheel. (The ringer proudly announcing, it hadn’t just slipped wheel, but had completely wrapped itself around the wheel a number of times. I am not allowed to tell you this was Len!)

Sunday roast lunch was had (with a nice vote of thanks from the Master of LUSCR – Hamish) in the village of Melbourne which was the venue of our post lunch ring. These were a nice 15 cwt ground floor set of 12 bells, in a place where history oozed out of the fabric of the building, and you sense the ringers who have gone before over the years.  Fortunately, the church is well located opposite a fine wine shop so some of us went in to sample some of their produce, and buy a souvenir of the day to enjoy another time.

We then rang at Ticknall and Repton before having to head home. It was agreed by everyone we had had a fabulous weekend, and this has set the bar for next year’s tour.  There were about 22 people who attended the tour, and our thanks go to everyone who attended, both from LUSCR as well as Derby ringers too. Thanks to Corrine for the use of the house, John & Elizabeth Heaton (not forgetting Stuart too) for their excellent organisation and coordination, and to all the people who kindly opened up for us to ring in their towers on the tour.

Claire Mitchell

(General Secretary)

2018 Annual Tour – Derby

Friday evening August 10th to Sunday evening August 12.

The LUSCR Annual Tour for 2018 will take place in the Derby Area and is an excellent opportunity to “clean up” around Derby. The itinerary is below.
All LUSCR members, Resident and Life, are welcome. Come for the whole weekend or just one day! Accommodation (floor space, B&B, camping, staying with local ringers) will be found for those who need it.

If you are interested please contact either John Heaton (jeheaton@yahoo.com) or Elizabeth Heaton (elizabeth.heaton@yahoo.co.uk) for more information and to arrange accommodation.

7.30 – 9.00 Derby Cathedral (10)
9.30 – 10.15 Breadsall (8)
10.45 – 11.30 West Hallam (light 8)
12,00 – 12.45 Ilkeston (8)
12.45 – 2.00 Lunch
2.00 – 2.45 Eastwood (meaty 8)
3.15 – 4.00 Ripley (8)
4.30 – 5.15 Belper (8)
5.45 – 6.30 Duffield (lightish 10)
7.00 Slice of India
8.30 – 9.00 Derby St Luke (heavy 8 – optional!)
10.00 – 10.45 Derby Cathedral (still 10)
10.00 – 10.45 Derby St Peter (8)
11.15 – 12.00 St Oulton (mini ring – 12)
12.00 – 1.30 Lunch
1.30 – 2.15 Melbourne (light 12)
2.45 – 3.30 Ticknall (light 10)
4.00 – 4.45 Repton (8)
5.15 – 6.00 Derby Cathedral
5.15 – 6.00 Derby St Peter

2019 LUSCR Dinner Weekend

The Annual Dinner next year will be held on Saturday 16th February at Mercure Liverpool Atlantic Tower Hotel from 6pm-1am.

Accommodation rates at the hotel are:

Friday 15th Feb

Sole Occupancy: £95

Double Occupancy: £105

Saturday 16th Feb

Sole Occupancy: £115

Double Occupancy: £125

Please phone the Mercure directly on 0151 4722853 to obtain these rates.

More information to follow closer to the time. Look forward to seeing everyone there

LUSCR Dinner Final Itinerary

Please find the final itinerary of the LUSCR Dinner 2018 below. This years tour is on the Wirral, going to towers on the Merseyrail train route towards Chester.

Wednesday 14th February

Handbell Peal at 18:30 at SFX

Thursday 15th February

Peal at Garston at 17:45

Friday 16th February

Peal at Tilston, Cheshire at 9:30.

Peal at Eastham, Wirral at 13:30.

Practice at SFX 18:00-19:00

Practice at Pier Head 19:30-21:00

Social at the Lion Tavern, 67 Moorfields, Liverpool from 9pm.

Saturday 17th February

Peal at Pier Head at 10am.

Dinner Day Tour:

10-10:45 Bromborough (8, 23-1-5)

11:15-12 Bebington (8, 8-1-13)

12:00-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:15 Port Sunlight (8, 14-1-25)

14:45-15:30 Rock Ferry (6, 10-0-8)

18:00 for 18:30 The Annual Dinner at The Mercure Atlantic Tower Hotel, Chapel Street, L3 9RE.

Sunday 18th February:

Service Ringing at Pier Head at 9-9:45.

LUSCR AGM at 11am at The Ship and Mitre (upstairs room), Dale Street, L2 2JH

Evensong Ringing at Liverpool Cathedral at 13:30-15:00.

If you have any questions or issues, please contact David Thomas (david.l.thomas26@btinternet.com)

LUSCR Dinner 2018

The 2018 LUSCR dinner will be held on Saturday 17th February 2018 at the Mercure Liverpool Atlantic Tower Hotel.

Over the dinner weekend Friday ringing will take place at SFX and St Nicks as normal.

Saturday there will be a peal attempt at St Nicks, whilst others can attend the ringing trip by train towards Chester.
Saturday evening the bar opens at 6pm followed by dinner at 6:30pm.

Zoe and the team at the Mecure Hotel have room’s available, the cost is £104 Friday and Saturday £115. The hotel’s telephone number is 0151 472 2853.

Sunday the Annual General Meeting will be held at Ma Boyles.
If you would like to purchase tickets, they are £32 per person. If you wish to pay for your dinner by bank transfer-please contact us to get the details.

Can you then email Peter Burgess
peter-burgess@outlook.com to confirm names and any special dietary requirements.

Look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.