Guild Newsletter

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Draw Club Results
  1st Prize (£25) 2nd Prize (£10) Third Prize  
October 52 - J Plukrose 13 - J Ingham 37 - A Alldrick  
November 125 - Clifton Ringers 95 - G Pratt 5 - J Slack  
Bonus Month 1st Prize (£40) 2nd Price (£30) Third Prize (£20) Fourth Prize (£10)
December 88 - C Jamieson 60 - P Spencer 78 - M Ingman 51 -  J Wykes

Renewal Forms for 2018 are out. If you haven’t received one yet, (or you would like to become a new member) please get in touch with Chris Worley: 024 7666 5946

2018 - Dates for the Diary.

Your District Secretaries work hard to provide a varied calendar of events throughout the year. In addition, they send monthly reminders of events closer to home. The Guild Calendar for the year is available on the Guild website. Our dedicated web master, Mike Chester, places notices of meeting and practices each week.

Significant dates for 2018 are as follows:

  • January 6th Guild Social at Wellesbourne 3.00-4.30
  • March 10th 6 Bell Striking Competition, Bilton and Dunchurch
  • April 14th Conductors Workshop to be held at Leek Wootton.
  • April 28th Guild AGM at Berkswell
  • May 2nd-5th Archbishop of Canterbury visiting the Coventry Diocese
  • Royal wedding to ring for? Date to be announced.
  • July 14th Guild Social, ringing tour, Rugby District, followed by skittles and food.
  • September 6th. Centenary of the Coventry Diocesan
  • October 6th 8 Bell Striking Competition and Guild half yearly meeting Lillington
  • November 11th Ringing Remembers
  • December 15th Guild Carol Service Coventry District.

Further details on any of the events; please contact your District Secretary or .

Ringing for Remembrance

Over the past 4 years, members of the Guild have been ringing quarter peals and peals to commemorate the passing of our fallen comrades during the Great War. 15 members of our Guild were killed and I think many of us had them in our thoughts at the recent Carol Service.

The centenary of the signing of the Armistice on 11th November 2018, will be a time of national remembrance and you may have seen plans on how this will be commemorated.

More than 1,400 of our bell ringing community laid down their lives for peace in the ‘war to end all wars.’ We know in retrospect that wars were not ‘ended’, but we also know that there is an ever increasing movement to address this. Our fallen bell ringers came from all walks of life, as we ringers still do today (from skilled workers to academics to business people – you name it!), and today we are all united in wanting to ring out a message of peace around the world.

The Central Council are being supported by Government (DLCG) in encouraging the recruitment of 1400 new ringers over the next year, who will be able to ring as part of Armistice 100. There is also the suggestion we ring 1400 quarter peals in memory of the fallen.

<p?November 11th 2018, falls on a Sunday. The Central Council have recommended ringing half muffled in the morning and then ringing open in the afternoon and evening. The idea being that we start with commemorative ringing, which naturally has its sombre tone, to recognise the loss of so many lives, and then later in the day we move to a more forward-looking tone of affirmation, - to acknowledge that our fallen have contributed to the future in terms of helping secure peace, and to make the clear statement that bell ringers want peace.

There is also an opportunity to ring as part of the large-scale British project, ‘Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute’. Pipers will be piping in the morning, bugles sounding and 1,000 beacons lit across the UK in the evening; this organisation (fully backed by all the key military) would like to encourage 1000 towers to ring at 7.05pm on the day, if this fits with local arrangements – (towers do not need to be aligned with the beacons).More details can be found at

If you have any plans or ideas on how you wish to commemorate the end of WWI, please send them to . Updates on progress and ideas will be shared in the newsletter and on the website.