Welcome to the Guild of Clerical Ringers
We are delighted for our membership of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers to be approved at their Annual Meeting on 5th August 2020. We look forward to evolving our roll within the roll and work of the Council toward bellringing and Bellringers.
Ivan Howitt -Vice President
After consultation with the Guild Management Committee, and with great regret, our President Tony Ellis has concluded that we need to cancel the Autumn Tour. It is looking unlikely that we will be ringing again by that time and also the challenge of social distancing with a dozen or more people in a mini-bus is going to be impossible to achieve. This has been a particularly difficult decision as we will not have had a tour at all this year but we believe it is right to cancel it now so there is certainty about what we are doing.
I will contact those who have paid deposits for the Autumn Tour separately.
So, let's look forward positively to 2021. We will do then what we had hoped to do this year. The details with dates are on the attached flyer. Please put them in your diaries now so that you will not miss out on these Tours and have the opportunity to meet up with our friends and members again.
I look forward to meeting you all again next year.
Details of this and Guild activities:
Contact the Secretary for details:
David Everett - 01638 718801
e mail: email@example.com
The Guild of Clerical Ringers Prayer
Almighty God, whose glory fills the skies
And whose steadfast love fills all creation:
Bless we pray you the members of our Guild,
That by our works in belfry, sanctuary, city, town and village,
your love may be known amongst all people,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God now and forever. Amen.
(Written for the Guild by John Nixon R.I.P. 2017)
Message from Guild President Anthony Ellis
While our aim is to enjoy ringing and meeting together we recognise that as clergy we have a responsibility to ensure that relations between the ringing community and Church authorities remain as harmonious as possible. We know that there are tensions at present that have evolved in recent times which we are in a unique position to bridge as ringers who are ordained. We understand that ringing has always been an activity which announces the presence of the Church in the world but it is now an activity undertaken by a group of people with a very varied set of beliefs.
We offer ourselves as a group that has a foot in both camps
Tony Ellis - President
Our Guild was set up with two aims:
- encourage fellowship between clergy who are ringers
- promote change-ringing.
We do this by arranging an annual five day tour in Low Week (the week after Easter Week) which traditionally has been a time for parish clergy to have a break. We spend the week based in comfortable affordable accommodation, and travel round ringing at nearby towers, usually by coach, in different parts of the country. The programme is relaxed, with time for conversation and friendship, and including some shared worship. It is a safe and refreshing week for clergy, who reflect a wide range of working backgrounds – parish, chaplaincy, business, teaching and retired.
The tours allow us to encourage one another in both confidence and skill, not only in trying new methods but tackling different sorts of bells. The tours often include some adventurous choices of tower, from mini-rings to St Paul’s Cathedral. Members range in ability from learning to manage rounds to spliced surprise, and those who have little opportunity to ring otherwise – all ringers are welcomed and encouraged.
We also meet for occasional peal attempts, bringing the opportunity to ring methods that may elude us at home, and for tours of areas where more travelling is needed to reach the towers there, such as Ireland or Cumbria.
We aim to enjoy ourselves and each other’s company, able to be ourselves, and enjoy ringing!
The Guild is open to Ringing Clergy and Ministers from all main denominations.
St Mary Mildenhall