The Guild Library was set-up in 1986 when the
terms of reference were approved by the A.G.M.
The Guild Librarian will be responsible for the
location and administration of the Library, which must be to the
satisfaction of both the Guild chairman and the Guild secretary in the
first instance and thereafter the Guild committee.
The Guild Library will provide a means of
preservation and safe keeping of any material related to ringing with
special reference to the Diocese.
rules 16 and 16 (a) will apply to the Library.
All members are encouraged to support
the Guild Library
As last amended and
confirmed at the Guild Annual General Meeting 17th May 2014
The aim of the competition is
to encourage good striking in Service bands, and to promote this
through a friendly competition on six bells
The cup shall never become the absolute property of any team.
The Final shall be arranged by
each district in rotation and shall be held in that district on a
Saturday in May, at a tower not represented in the final.
No prior practice by any team ringing as a team shall be allowed on the bells once the venue of the contest has been decided.
All teams competing shall have
the opportunity to be represented at the draw, at the appointed time as
advised to the district secretaries at least 6 weeks prior to the day
of the final. Should the host district wish to carry out the draw
before the day of the contest this must be not less than two weeks
prior to the contest date. Any team not ready to take their place as
drawn shall ring after the team drawn last.
Teams shall be entered by
towers and at least four of the bells shall be rung by ringers who
regularly ring as members of that tower's band. All ringers must be
members of the Guild.
No ringer shall ring for more than one team.
The test piece shall be a true 360 of Minor or Doubles in any method(s). The 360 changes of the test piece shall be judged.
Each team competing shall be
accompanied in the tower by another ringer not associated with the team
to see that the test piece is rung true.
A practice piece lasting not
more than two minutes of ringing shall be allowed, after which the
bells shall be stood. Then up to two minutes of rounds shall be allowed
before going into changes for the test piece.
Not more than 15 minutes should elapse between a team finishing their ringing and the next starting.
No team member shall
communicate with the Judge(s) during the competition and at each
contest the decision of the Judge(s) shall be final.
Each district shall hold a competition to decide which tower(s) shall represent their district in the final.
Notwithstanding the rules
outlined within this section, each district should use the rules for
the final as a guide but may depart from these rules in order that the
competition has as wide appeal as possible, encouraging involvement and
the betterment of ringing in their area. Any departures from the
rules used for the final shall be notified by an officer of the
district concerned to competing bands in advance of the competition.
Each team competing shall pay a
fee per ringer that is current at that time to the District
Secretary. If only one entry is received for the district
contest, the team shall pass to the final on payment of the fee to the
District Secretary. Any future revision of this sum shall be at the
discretion of the Guild Committee. [Present fee set by the Guild
Committee is £6 per team.]
A team shall be eligible to
progress to the Final if it complies with rule 4 of the Final. No
ringer may be included within the ringers from a tower, as prescribed
by rule 4 of the Final, for more than one team in the heat.
The highest placed eligible
team shall progress to the Final from each district heat. If
there are six or more eligible teams in a district heat, the team
placed second may also progress.
A band from the winning tower
from the previous year's final shall be eligible to compete in the
final, irrespective of whether they enter the district heat, on the
payment of the fee detailed in rule 3 above. If this band enters the
district heat, it shall not count towards the number of eligible bands
in rule 5 above.
national contest held by the North Notts District annually on the 2nd
Saturday in October.
The contest is one on six bells for teams
ringing Minor methods.
The entrance fee is three pounds per team.
Each team must have at least four members from
their home tower or organisation.
No one person shall ring for more than one team.
The draw for the order of ringing to take place
at the time advertised.Any
team not ready to take their place as drawn shall ring after the team
Every ringer from treble to tenor shall strike
three whole pulls consecutively to try for length.Any ringer failing to set his bell at the third
whole pull will incur a penalty of 5 faults for each whole pull
limit of five minutes is allowed for the exercise and if exceeded a
penalty of 10 faults will be incurred.
Each team will be allowed a practice piece of
not more than 120 changes.The
practice must not occupy more than 5 minutes or a penalty of 10 faults
will be incurred.
The test piece to consist of 720 changes in any
true method up to 4 teams competing or 360 changes if more than 4 teams
Two minutes rounds are allowed before going
into changes in the test piece; if exceeded a penalty of 10 faults will
be incurred. Each team must stand the bells at the first whole pull
after rounds in both the practice and test pieces or a penalty of 10
faults will be incurred for each bell not setting.
Each team shall be accompanied in the tower by
a conductor of another team to see that the test piece is rung true.
The team winning the cup shall ring a different
method in the next contest.
The contest shall be decided by a single judge
who may request theassistance
of a time-keeper.The
judge's decision is final.
The Cup shall not become the absolute property
of any team. It shall be returned to the Secretary after being held for
security and safe custody shall be given.It is requested that the winning team have the name
and date placed on a small shield by a firm of repute.
The District Committee reserves the right to
alter or amend any of the above rules.
Official Guild Meetings
Rotation of Meetings
Half Yearly Meeting
an update on the Guild fees see the latest Guild Annual Report.