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The Youth Team. 2018-2019

This summer, the Coventry Spires youth team made their fourth appearance in the Ringing World Nation Youth Competition. They did extremely well, finishing a credible 11th out of 22 teams. Simon Allan had been the team’s conductor for the past two years and has rung in each year we have competed. Unfortunately, time stands for no man and now Simon will be ’too old’ to ring in the competition again. He did extremely well in his ‘A’ levels and is now off to Manchester to read medicine. Estella Haynes has also rung with us since the Coventry Spires team was formed, ringing in 3 competitions. Estella worked with many of the younger ringers giving them confidence and encouraging them to give of their best. She was Head Girl at Rugby Girls High School and also did extremely well in her A levels and is off to study at Nottingham university, Simon and Estella, thank you for all your hard work and enthusiasm. We will miss you, and wish you well.

It is always difficult to know how to introduce new ideas and it has been suggested we hold some practices on Sunday afternoon. When there are more details, they will be circulated through the District Secretaries.

During the next few months, all current members of the Coventry Spires will be ringing quarter peals on 8 bells. Andrew Alldrick has kindly invited us to ring some of the quarters at The Cathedral on the middle 8. This is a fantastic opportunity especially as he has invited us to bring some of our ringing friends to ring as well. There will also be a Youth Band in the 8 bell striking competition.

After Christmas, there will be a number of events to attract new members to join the team, before we begin to practice again for the RWNYC. This will be held in Liverpool on Saturday 6th July 2019. David Hull will be running the competition and has some new ideas. There are no fixed details at present, but it seems there will be additional ringing activities for the young people, apart from the competition. It is a great day out. If you know anyone who would like to join the team please email: .

Dates for the Diary
  • 17th October Guild 8 bell practice at St Nicholas Warwick 6.30-7.30
  • 27th October. Guild training mornings at Leek Wootton, Honiley and Stoneleigh.
  • 10th November 2018. Guild Ringing Remembers, Towers open across the Guild.
  • 11th November. Armistice Day. Muffled ringing before 11.00am. Open ringing 12.30. Battles over at 7.10pm
  • 21st November. Guild 8 bell practice at St Nicholas Warwick 6.30-7.30
  • 24th November. Guild training mornings at Leek Wootton, Stoneleigh and Honiley.
  • 8th December. The Guild Carol service will be held in Stoke.
  • 12th January 2019 The Guild Social meeting will be held in the Coventry District.
  • 2nd March. The 6 bell striking competition will be held in the Warwick District.
  • 27th April 2019, The 2019 AGM will be held in the Rugby Deanery,
The Diocese of Coventry 1918-2018

The beginnings of the Diocese of Coventry go back to the seventh century when the Diocese of Mercia was divided so the southern part became the Diocese of Worcester and the northern part became the Diocese of Coventry and Lichfield, stretching as far north-westerly as Chester.

During the English Civil War, Coventry was a stronghold for Parliamentarian forces. Consequently, when the monarchy was restored the new Restoration Bishop, John Hacket, reversed the title of the diocese to “Lichfield and Coventry”.

In 1836, the four deaneries of Arden, Coventry, Marton and Stoneleigh were transferred to the Diocese of Worcester by an Act of Parliament, creating the Diocese of Lichfield and leaving Coventry without its name in the title of a diocese.

In 1905, the City of Birmingham, together with the north-western parts of Warwickshire split from the Diocese of Worcester to become the new Diocese of Birmingham. The Bishop of Worcester, Charles Gore became the new Bishop of Birmingham. Bishop Gore was succeeded by Bishop Huyshe Wolcott Yeatman-Biggs who began to bring to birth the new Diocese of Coventry.

St Michael’s, Coventry was made a Collegiate Church in 1908. Two years later, in 1910, No. 13 Priory Row was purchased as a Chapter House. An appeal was launched in 1913 to raise £60,000 and by 1918 the new Diocese of Coventry consisted of two Archdeaconries (194 benefices) – its area being the parts of Warwickshire remaining up to that time in the Diocese of Worcester.

Bishop Huyshe Wolcott Yeat-Biggs transferred from Worcester to become the first Bishop of the new Diocese of Coventry.

The Coventry Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers was formed on 23rd November 1907, and was originally known as the Warwickshire Guild of Change Ringers. It was not until 1928 that a member suggested the name should be changed to the Coventry Diocesan Guild. There was no immediate response. A formal proposal to change the name was put to the AGM in 1929 and discussion was deferred for one year. In 1930, a prominent ringer proposed the existing name was retained and inertia won the day.

It was not until 1936 that the matter was resurrected with a proposed title of ‘Coventry Diocesan Guild of Church Bell ringers’, our current title. However, despite argument that an ecclesiastical title was better than a secular one and would clear up the overlap with the St Martins Guild, a counter proposal to retain the old name was carried. Again, the status quo held until after the war.

Just two weeks before the formal declaration of peace in Europe, the Guild AGM held in Rugby, agreed to change the name of the Guild. The first option for the name was proposed as the Warwickshire Guild for the Diocesan Guild of Coventry. On amendment, the meeting agreed to the Coventry Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers with the boundary of activity being the Diocesan, the same as it is today.

To commemorate the birth of the Diocesan a number of quarter peals and peals were rung in celebration.

Berkswell Ringers Bike Ride

On Sunday 16th September, members of the Berkswell band of ringers will take to the saddle again and support fellow ringer Sue Webb by taking part in the Balsall Common Save the Children sponsored cycle ride. We last took part in 2016 and between us, tackled each of the three routes of 20; 40; and 60 miles and raised over £2000. We hope that many of you will encourage us to go that extra mile by sponsoring the cycle team again.

Our Justgiving page can be found HERE

Thank you in anticipation of your support.

Steve Tibbetts