The Guild is keen to foster good relationships with all clergy, PCCs, neighbours, ringers and ringing associations and the general public, including young people and anyone with an interest in the art, science, technology and history of bell-ringing.
The Guild is keen to encourage ringers, usually at local level, to participate in local events, including church and village fetes and shows, and to ring for special occasions. We do not publish a newsletter as we prefer to use this website which is quicker, cheaper and more immediate. However, if you would like us to prepare an item for your own newsletter, parish magazine or newspaper, or to contribute to TV or radio, we will be glad to do this. Ringing is a serious endeavour in music and mathematics, in teamwork and in concentration, requiring great skill and practice to accomplish, but uniquely pleasurable. It is both traditional and at the same time modern, with computers being used to develop new methods and compositions and to provide new learning tools, and new materials and tuning methods being used to improve bells themselves. Despite falling church attendances, our Guild continues to increase its membership including its flourishing Young Ringers’ Group. We are keen that this comes across in any portrayal of our exercise.
We have some publicity material that local ringers can borrow for these events. This includes four easy-to-handle pull-up stands including:
We also have a large banner ‘Learn the Ropes’ – Become a Bell Ringer’ that can be used outside a tower or at a fete.
You can borrow these from the Public Relations Officer: please book them in good time as they are in demand especially on summer weekends.
Assistance with Displays and Open Days
We can advise on setting up displays, organising open days and the like. We may also be able to provide additional helpers if required.
Please contact your local tower captain, district ringing master, one of the Guild officers or the Public Relations Officer for further information. Feel free to view and download the PDFs listed below:
- Tower Organisation & Administration
- Being a Ringer
- Belfry Pictures
- Bell Inscriptions 1 & Bell Inscriptions 2
- Change Ringing
- How a Bell Works
- Is Ringing Hard
- When Were Church Bells First Used
If you have suggestions for additional publicity material or other aids, please let the PRO know.