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Recent Additions/Updates

8 Apr 2019
Data Protection information updated.

27 Mar 2019
Document for Guild AGM now includes details of two motions for Bell Fund Governing Document.

20 Mar 2019
Poster for AGM added

15 Mar 2019
April Daytime meeting added
April Surprise Major practice Added (provisional)
Nottingham District Outing details and menu added.

11 Mar 2019
North Notts: update to various ringing times and contacts; also update for Gotham
Guild AGM venue confirmed

6 Mar 2019
Nottingham Calendar added
Education information updated

4 Mar 2019
North Notts April meeting time amendment.
East Leake and Stanford on Soar practice updates.

26 Feb 2019
District committee tidy up.
Newark district report update.

22 Feb 2019
Newark District Calendar and Report added.

20 Feb 2019
2018 Reports added for Bingham, Mansfield, North Notts, Nottingham & South Notts.
Bingham calendar updated.


Future Meetings


Bingham11th May Shelford (1000)  and East Bridgford (1115)
Mansfield25th May Kirkby in Ashfield (1900) 
Newark18th May Balderton (1030) 
North Notts10th May West Retford (1930) 
Nottingham4th May Trowell (1500) 
South Notts29th Apr Barton in Fabis (1930) 
Midweek Meetings TBC
Guild27th Apr East Retford (1500) 

Introducing the Southwell and Nottingham Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers

The Guild was created when the old Midland Counties Association and the North Nottinghamshire Association came to an end on the 31st December 1945. The old Midland Counties Association had covered a huge area including part of Staffordshire and the Dioceses of Derby, Leicester and Southwell. This new Guild which covered the whole of Nottinghamshire was called the Southwell Diocesan Guild of Change Ringers. At the end of the first year of operation the Annual Report recorded 213 ringing members which included 46 new members.

In 1959 the importance of less experienced ringers, who rang regularly for Sunday service but hitherto were not qualified for membership of the Guild, was recognised by changing the name of the Guild from the Southwell Diocesan Guild of Change Ringers to the Southwell Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers.

The Diocese of Southwell changed its name to The Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham at the end of 2005. At the Guild AGM in 2008 a motion to change the Guild's name to reflect the current name of the diocese and to continue the diocesan link was finally passed.

Today, ringing is based on six districts - Bingham, Mansfield, Newark, North Notts., Nottingham and South Notts. - each with its own District Officers who facilitate the successful running of the district. The 2016 Annual Report records a membership of 635.

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Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham's Message for 2017

Once again I am delighted to contribute a few words of introduction to express my sincere gratitude to all who sustain the important ministry of our bell ringers across the diocese, especially the unique part you play in calling people to worship and marking significant moments in the life of our nation.

It is a great encouragement that from time to time this service to the church is acknowledged and appreciated more widely. I know many of you will join me in congratulating Bryan Birkett who it was announced is to be awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen's New Year's Honours. In 2016 he had reached the milestone of having been a ringer for 50 years at Sutton cum Lound, as well as supporting the training of new ringers in the benefice and beyond.

As we are working together in this diocese to nurture faith in younger generations, one of the primary ways this can happen is through some area of participation in the church's life. It is good therefore to have read stories over the year involving young people being introduced to Bell Ringing, including 11 year old, Owen Peters, who completed at his first attempt a quarter peal in Bingham. I hope many other young people may be inspired by his achievement and find out more.

Coming as I do from a family of bell ringers, my heart always rises at the sound of ringing. I am so grateful that I was taught as a child that worship begins not when the first hymn is announced at the start of the service, but it begins in the bell tower, as an invitation sounds out to all across the community. Between Ascension Day and Pentecost I hope that many bands will join again in marking the ten days of prayer across the nation, an initiative of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. Whether someone is simply moved to pray where they are, or drawn to worship, thank you once again for your part in extending faith, hope and love in a world that sorely needs it.

May God bless your endeavours in the year ahead.

Right Reverend Paul Williams Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham



 Objects of the Guild

 It shall aim to be of service to the Church in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham by:-


Supporting local ringers and bands in order to maintain ringing for church services


Providing training for ringers and assistance with recruiting


Encouraging the art of change ringing by:
(i) Providing rewarding and enjoyable activities for members; and
(ii) Raising the profile of ringing within the Church and the wider community


Helping ringers improve their standard of ringing


Promoting and supporting ringing for national and community events; and


Assisting in the care and restoration of bells and their fittings

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