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Freshers' Information: 2011

Firstly, if you're reading this as somebody who's hoping to start at Durham in October, then, welcome! You've successfully found the website of the greatest society in the university! This page contains some details for you, and for anybody thinking about joining DUSCR.

Whether or not you're able to come and see us at the Freshers' Fair (DSU - 4th & 5th October), you're welcome to peruse the site to find out more about us. If you've got any questions, please feel free to aim them at the current Master of the Society.

About Us

As a society, DUSCR practices once a week during term time. These practices take place on a Wednesday night from 7:30 - 9:00 at St. Brandon's Church, Brancepeth, some five miles outside Durham.

St. Brandon's, Brancepeth

DUSCR's Home: St. Brandon's church in Brancepeth

Of course we don't only exist to ring bells for services and practice nights. There has to be more to a society than that, which is why we have a very active social life outside of ringing. We have a number of events which get organised as and when we please.

We are a mixed bunch of people form all walks of life, and we are NOT all experienced ringers. We welcome ringers of all standards, including total beginners, who are given individual tuition so that they can be integrated into the main band as soon as they can ring their bell in time with others.

If you are still unsure, come along on a Wednesday night and give it a go - you have nothing to lose! If you have any questions to ask, then please don't hesitate to contact one of the executive committee, either by email or internal mail.

The DUSCR Ladies in York on the 2008 Treasurer's Tour

The DUSCR ladies in a pub - looking remarkably sober for once!

Termly Tours

Every term we have a day trip to a different part of the local area. The Freshers' Tour tends to be in the county, but the Treasurer's Tour can go as far away as York or Whitby. The Easter term has the annual Summer Tour - a several day-long trip to a far-off county, when we ring at around 20 towers in the week.

Annual Dinner

A big event where past and present members of the society join together for a posh meal, with all the trimmings - including dinner jackets and dresses.

2007 DUSCR Dinner

Some of DUSCR enjoying themselves at the 2007 Dinner


The DUSCR Times is produced each year by the Master and his assistants to help newcomers find their feet in the society. The 2010 version is now available here! For sentimental types, previous versions from 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 are available for viewing.

DUSCR's latest "Peal Board"

The first DUSCR pealboard in Brancepeth to be installed since the fire. Created on the final Wednesday of the 2007-2008 academic year. In the rain. Outside church. With paint, and handprints. Hurrah!

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Random fresher (on Mark's parsnip): "I've done that before..."