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The Suffolk Guild of Ringers for the Diocese of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich

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Hollesley Band.

Ever been bored at home one evening? Nothing on TV? Or just fancy doing something different? Ever thought about change-ringing?

‘What, bellringing? That’s all old people in churches swinging from ropes isn’t it?’

Not entirely true. There are old people who ring bells, but one of the many beauties of ringing is that it is done by people of all ages. There are some as young as five or six who ring, but many kids start at around nine or ten and it has been known for people to still be ringing in their 100th year! There're no hard or fast rules on age – if you’re able enough you’re young/old enough! It is open to ALL, whether individuals, a family or a group of mates.

By becoming a bellringer you will be entering an interesting, fulfilling and sometimes exciting world full of ready-made friends around the globe, involving travel and discovery. You never stop learning and unlike other pastimes you can join in ANYWHERE. And in these tough times, you’re not obliged to pay anything!

Want to know more? Well you’ve come to the right place. The Suffolk Guild has linked bellringers across the county since 1923 and can start you on the way into this life-changing hobby. Check out the list of towers (that’s basically churches with bells) to find where near you has bells and who to contact about learning there. Failing that, get in touch with any of the Guild’s contacts. Please explore this site to find out more about what is going on in Suffolk ringing – you’ll be surprised!


If you would like to learn to ring, please contact:

What's On
in the next month

For full details please see What's On


Monday 23rd - Monday 30th May

NW District Quarter Peal Week


Saturday 4th

Ridgman Trophy

Cancelled : 1940s - 1950s Swing and Jive Dance

Saturday 11th

NE District Focus Practice

Sunday 12th

Vestey Ring (mini ring) at Halesworth Lions Fete

National Brthday Ringing

Tuesday 14th

2nd Tuesday Ringing

Thursday 16th

No bats in Our Belfry

Saturday 18th

NW District Training Morning -How to improve your striking

Guild Management Committee

Saturday 25th - Sunday 26th June

Vestey Ring (Mini ring) at St Peter’s Blaxhall Festival

Saturday 25th

National 12-bell Striking Contest final

SW District Striking Competition

Tuesday 28th

Halesworth Triples/Major practice


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