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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


Wednesday 1st

No Beccles 10 Bell Practice

Saturday 4th

No SE District Practice

Sunday 5th

Easter Day

Tuesday 7th

2nd Tuesday Ringing

Halesworth Practice

Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th April

George Pipe Exhibition of Ringing Memorabilia

Saturday 11th

Guild AGM

Friday 17th

Helmingham Monthly Practice

Tuesday 21st

NE District Beyond Plain Bob Minor Practice

Thursday 23rd

St George's Day

Saturday 25th

SW District Practice

Tuesday 28th

Halesworth Triples/Major practice


Saturday 2nd - Tuesday 5th May

Celebration of the 300th Anniversary of the first recorded peal

Saturday 2nd

SE District Striking Competition


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