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Ever been bored at home one evening? Nothing on TV? Or just fancy doing something different? Ever thought about change-ringing?

‘What, bellringing? That’s all old people in churches swinging from ropes isn’t it?’

Not entirely true. There are old people who ring bells, but one of the many beauties of ringing is that it is done by people of all ages. There are some as young as five or six who ring, but many kids start at around nine or ten and it has been known for people to still be ringing in their 100th year! There're no hard or fast rules on age – if you’re able enough you’re young/old enough! It is open to ALL, whether individuals, a family or a group of mates.

By becoming a bellringer you will be entering an interesting, fulfilling and sometimes exciting world full of ready-made friends around the globe, involving travel and discovery. You never stop learning and unlike other pastimes you can join in ANYWHERE. And in these tough times, you’re not obliged to pay anything!

Want to know more? Well you’ve come to the right place. The Suffolk Guild has linked bellringers across the county since 1923 and can start you on the way into this life-changing hobby. Check out the list of towers (that’s basically churches with bells) to find where near you has bells and who to contact about learning there. Failing that, get in touch with any of the Guild’s contacts. Please explore this site to find out more about what is going on in Suffolk ringing – you’ll be surprised!

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What's On
in the next month

For full details please see What's On

May

Saturday 27th - Friday 2nd June

NW District Quarter Peal Week

June

Saturday 3rd

SW District Training Morning - Handling for Teachers

SE District Meeting

Thursday 8th

150th Anniversary of the birth of Frank Lloyd Wright

Saturday 10th

NE District Elementary call changes

NW District Training morning

Monday 12th

Bungay 8 Bell Practice

Tuesday 13th

2nd Tuesday Ringing

Thursday 15th

BBC Music Day

Friday 16th

Helmingham Monthly Practice

Saturday 17th

Ridgman Trophy

Guild Management Committee

Tuesday 20th

Norman Tower Breakthrough Practice

Wednesday 21st

Suffolk Day

Saturday 24th

Cretingham Bell Weekend

National 12-bell Striking Contest

SW District Striking Competition

Sunday 25th

Cretingham Bell Weekend

Tuesday 27th

Halesworth Triples/Major practice

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