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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!

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What's On
in the next month

For full details please see What's On

October

Saturday 18th - Sunday 2nd November

SE District Quarter Peal Fortnight.

Thursday 30th

Young Ringers' Outing.Ipswich

Friday 31st

NE District Surprise Major Practice.Halesworth

November

Saturday 1st

SE District Outing.Norfolk

Sunday 2nd

NDA Songs of Praise Service and Act of Commemoration for the Fifty six members who died 1914 - 1918. St Mary's Watton

Monday 3rd

No Practice.St Mary-le-Tower

Wednesday 5th

Beccles 10 Bell Practice.Beccles

Friday 7th

Young Ringers' Bonfire Night Ringing.Sproughton

Saturday 8th

NW District Practice.Walsham Le Willows

NE District Annual Meeting.Theberton

SW District Training & Teaching Programme.Stratford

Wednesday 12th

Bacton Monthly Practice.Bacton

Tuesday 18th

2nd Tuesday Ringing.Debenham & Tannington

NE District Beyond Plain Bob Minor Practice.Worlingham

Thursday 20th

St Edmund's Day.

Friday 21st

Helmingham Monthly Practice.Helmingham

Saturday 22nd

SW District Annual Meeting.St Gregory's, Sudbury

Sunday 23rd

Young Ringers; Afternoon Practice.Woolpit & Rattlesden

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