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

Brancepeth Pub Quiz

Friday 29th November 2019

A fun evening at Brancepeth Castle with a quiz, a chance to reminisce with open ringing at Brancepeth church and a complementary cold buffet (beer available!). (Additionally, if you want to share a '5 minute memory' at this event let us know- any support is appreciated!)

Tickets for this event will be £10 per person.

DUSCR Dinner 2019

Saturday 30th November 2019

The Annual DUSCR Dinner 2019 - The 60th anniversary dinner - will be a four course meal held at the Durham Masonic Hall on Saturday 30th November followed by the usual Ceilidh.

Menu choices include:

Please note corkage is £8 per bottle, or alternatively drinks can be purchased at the bar.

Tickets to this event will be £40 per person.

The dinner will be preceded by a tour local to Durham during the Saturday - details of this are to follow.

This year's event promises to be a wonderful evening to mark the society's 60th anniversary, and it would be brilliant to see you there. Please email social.secretary@duscr.org.uk to book tickets before Thursday 31st October. Please also inform us of any menu choices and/or dietary requirements - payment information will be provided in response.

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 William Wood
Life Members' Secretary Kate Nye and Katherine Stonham
Webmaster Sam White
Steeplekeeper Oliver Rice
Assistant Steeplekeeper Natasha Kozlowski and Sam White
D&N Representative Oliver Rice
Handbell Master Alex Riley