Four Shires Guild of Bell Ringers

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    As many members may now be aware, I have recently started a regular Saturday early evening quarter peal attempt. These are arranged to coincide with the Four Shires practice at a nearby tower and always start at 6pm. They are open for anyone to ring in.

    Each week I send out a request to everyone on the S@S email list and the first ones to confirm their availability are in the quarter for that week, with the method chosen to suit the band. Some ringers want to ring most weeks, others just occasionally, as and when they are able to. If there is a particular method you would like to ring a quarter peal of, please let me know & I will do my best to accommodate your request. If you wish to receive the weekly requests then please send me your email address and I will add you to the list.

    (This is a truly excellent initiative and, once more, puts the Guild above the norm of other guilds/associations/societies. Ed)


    For any members on Facebook, we now have our own Facebook Group for discussions, advertising practices & events etc. Please do take a look - just search under "Four Shires Guild" or let me know you're interested and I will add you as a member.


    I have recently formed a tune-ringing handbell team & we are looking for at least one other ringer to join us (although two would be nice!). The ability to read music (staff notation) would be an advantage although this can be taught if required. The aim is to set up a regular schedule of practices with a view to performing at the occasional event/village open day etc. throughout the year (& maybe even the Guild Christmas party?!!).

    If you've never rung handbells before and would like to give it a try, please do get in touch as well - we'd love to hear from you.

    If you are interested, or know someone who may be, please speak to me at any Four Shires practice

Richard Lewis-Skeath