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

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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!


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 - Friday 31st August

SW District ¼ Peal Month

Tuesday 14th

2nd Tuesday Ringing

Friday 17th

Helmingham Monthly Practice

Monday 20th

NE District Reydon 6 Bell Practice

Tuesday 21st

NE District Worlingham 6 Bell Practice Cancelled

Thursday 23rd

NE District Worlingham 6 Bell Practice

NE District Blythburgh 6 Bell Practice Cancelled

Friday 24th

NE District Leiston 8 Bell Practice

Sunday 26th

300th Anniversary of the first peal of Grandsire Triples

Tuesday 28th

NE District Halesworth Triples/Major practice


Saturday 1st

Open Tower Day

SE District Practice

Wednesday 5th

NE District Beccles 10 Bell Practice

Thursday 6th

NE District Chediston 6 Bell Practice

Friday 7th

Quiz Night

Saturday 8th

Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Ride & Stride

NE District Booster Session

Monday 10th

NE District Bungay 8 Bell Practice

Tuesday 11th

2nd Tuesday Ringing


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