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. We also regularly go for quarter peals and ring at other towers in the area. We happily welcome ringers of all standards, including complete beginners. The Society goes on termly tours, holds regular socials, and can often be found in the pub after practice. 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 Society Events

NUA 2020

Friday 13th November 2020

Durham will be hosting the Northern Universities Association of Change Ringers (NUA) annual meet up. The provisional dates for this are from Friday the 13th till Sunday the 15th of November 2020, however these are liable to change. Please check back soon for more information.

Society Officers


Master photo

Izzy Seale

At home I could hear the bells from two different towers from my house and thought that it was really cool, so decided that I would give it a go when I got to university. I learned to ring with DUSCR as a fresher and somehow have ended up as Master just over a year later!

Contact me at master@duscr.org.uk


Vice-Master photo

Oliver Rice

I started ringing at some point around 6 years ago, mainly because I wanted an excuse to be in the church and play the piano with nobody else around - but then it got addictive for some reason and I'm still ringing alarmingly regularly.

Contact me at vice@duscr.org.uk


Secretary photo

Matthew Pearson


Contact me at secretary@duscr.org.uk


Treasurer photo

Alex Riley


Contact me at treasurer@duscr.org.uk

Social Secretary

Social Secretary photo

Joseph Walker

I started ringing in my second year of university and I've be taught entirely by DUSCR! Now three years on somehow I've found myself on the exec AGAIN and still thoroughly enjoying the ringing.

Contact me at social.secretary@duscr.org.uk

Social Secretary

Social Secretary photo

Rachael Sanderson

I started ringing at the age of 12 and accidentally never stopped! I'm now doing a PhD and have been roped in to organise the 60th anniversary celebrations. Over my time in DUSCR I have got to know some amazing people.

Contact me at social.secretary@duscr.org.uk

Non-Executive Officers

Position Officer
Chairperson Joseph Walker
Life Members' Secretary Kate Nye and Katherine Stonham
Webmaster Sam White
Steeplekeeper Oliver Rice
Assistant Steeplekeeper Sam White and Stanley Harrison
D&N Representative Izzy Seale
Handbell Master Alex Riley