Welcome to the website for the Ladies' Guild of Change Ringers

The objects of the Ladies' Guild of Change Ringers:

“to bring together ringers both nationally and within local districts, to encourage new ringers and to improve the standard of ringing amongst women and girls”

For more information about ringing church bells and learning to ring:

Dates for all Districts

Congratulations to the North West District band

Members of the North West District rang a quarter peal of Plain Bob Caters at Grappenhall, Cheshire, on Thursday 4th August 2022. This was a first on 10 for 3 of the band, first on 10 as conductor and first on 10 for the district. The quarter peal was rung as a belated birthday compliment to the conductor. Full details here.

Ladies Guild Quarter Peal Weekend

Friday 21st October to Sunday 23rd October 2022 - Based around Bingley, West Yorkshire

Following the success of previous quarter peal weekends, we are planning another one for 2022 based around Bingley in West Yorkshire. Jane Lynch from NW District will organise the weekend.

We will attempt 6 bell and 8 bell quarters at local towers and have an evening meal out on the Saturday night. Jane will book the towers, organise the bands and the evening meal, but individuals will need to book their own accommodation. A suggested list of hotels will be available.

Husbands and partners will be very welcome at the evening meal. It might also be possible to arrange some ringing for them.

A booking form is available here and needs to be completed and returned to Jane by 31st August 2022 if you wish to participate in the event.

Jane Lynch j.lynch6@btinternet.com

Congratulations to the South Midlands District peal band

Members of the South Midlands District rang a peal of Plain Bob Minor at Bletchingdon, Oxfordshire, on Tuesday 5th July 2022. This was a first peal for the Ladies' Guild for all the band, and a first of minor as conductor. The peal was rung in celebration of the election of Elizabeth Smith (South Midlands District Vice President) as President of the Ladies Guild. Full details here.

Ladies' Guild Holiday in 2022 - postponed to 2023

Update, January 2022:

Pearl Jeanes writes:

It is with great frustration and much regret that Margaret and I have decided to call a halt to our efforts to provide a Ladies Guild holiday this year. It seems that many hotels are either already booked or not taking large groups - and apparently there are many other Covid restrictions that they are adhering to. We even got Best Western to check the whole of England but they could not come up with a sensible offer. So very sadly we have decided to wait for restrictions to end and then actively pursue a booking for 2023 in the hope that hotels will be more accommodating.

We hope to see some ladies at the Guild AGM in June, but otherwise we'll be in touch later in the summer.

Thank you for your continuing support., and Best Wishes for 2022.

Pearl and Margaret

Original enquiry, September 2021

Pearl Jeanes writes:

Margaret and I are beginning to talk about whether a Ladies Guild holiday may be viable in 2022. After all, Covid has changed a lot of things, not least our confidence in being out and about in groups, and numbers/ventilation in towers, never mind what we can remember about ringing! Whilst we accept that things will (hopefully) improve as we grow braver through the winter - we would like to try to gauge interest in a holiday next year and what form it might take?

Options we are considering are -

  1. May or September?

  2. A shorter holiday perhaps 3-4 days based in a Premier Inn (or similar) self booking, using own cars i.e. sharing transport to towers. We anticipate that we could make group bookings for our evening meals locally.

  3. Or a week as before with a coach included to towers?

Please reply with your preferences, if you are interested - by the end of October.

Many thanks, Pearl

Subscriptions, ADMs and AGM in 2021

As in-person ringing was not possible for most of 2020, the Executive Committee of the Ladies' Guild has agreed that subscriptions paid in 2020 will be carried forward to cover 2021. For any more information, please contact your District Secretary, or the Guild Treasurer (contact details here).

Rosemary Hemmings, as Guild Secretary, has sent out the following reminder to District Secretaries. The reminder is included here in case there are members who are not in touch with their District Secretary and would like to know what is happening.

Just to remind you, if you have not already done so, to arrange your ADM. I know that this year because of Covid restrictions they will not be in the usual manner, but the Guild rules state that each District needs to hold a meeting before 31st March in order to elect their officers. Please would you let me know when you are going to hold your meeting and how you plan to hold it. A while back I sent out quite a few items for your members to think about; if you would let me have any of their thoughts after your ADM regarding these items it will be very useful in gauging general opinion on matters prior to the AGM in June.

Please contact Rosemary (khemmings123_at_btinternet.com) for more details.

The Executive Committee has decided that, due to Covid restrictions, the AGM will be held via Zoom in June and not face to face hosted by the North West District as originally planned.

The AGM is now scheduled for Saturday 19th June, starting at 10 am. Zoom joining details will be available nearer the time.

See the AGMs page for more details

Ladies Guild Archives

From Janet Stevenson, Guild Archivist

The Guild Archives have been digitally listed and all hard copies prior to 2011 have been sent to (& received by) the London Metropolitan Archives https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/ where they will be accessible to anyone wanting to do research. Ongoing files of annual reports, obituaries, holiday reports and all display materials are still kept in my house. contact me if you want anything.

Please continue to send your newsletters and minutes of meetings to the Guild archivist so that they can be digitally recorded on an external hard drive which can be handed on to the next archivist.

NB (February 2021) The pandemic of 2020/2021will be of historical interest. Please make a note of how you have kept in touch with your members and how you organised your Annual meeting and send this to the report compiler who will ensure that a copy goes into the archives.

More details of the archives and their storage here.