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Striking Competition Rules

Eight-Bell Striking Competition (Used for the Annual Inter-District Competition)

  1. Each District may enter up to 2 teams of 8 ringers, all of whom must be bona fide Sunday service ringers at towers within the District and paid up members of the Guild. Scratch teams made up of Ringing Members and Honorary Life Members may take part at the discretion of those Executive Committee members present at the competition. A draw for position will be made at the start of the competition.
  2. No one team may include more than three ringers from the same tower.
  3. Each team must ring 224 changes of Triples or Major of their choice, details of the piece, including calls, to be supplied to the judge prior to commencement. Bands will be expected to ring a method commensurate with their ability.
  4.  Rounds at either end will not be judged, up to one minute of rounds being allowed before commencement of changes.
  5. A period of 1 minute will be allowed to try ropes and adjust if necessary.
  6. A period of 5 minutes maximum will be allowed for practice.
  7. Readiness to ring the test piece will be signified by a few whole pulls on the treble.
  8. Scratch bands will be judged, but will not be placed in the Competition
  9. The Judge’s decision will be final.

Updated 18th January 2016.

Six Bell Ringing Competition Rules

The purpose of this competition is to encourage ringers and bands within the Diocese to improve their ringing for divine service.

  1. Entry of a band will be for a tower within a District of the Guild. Members of a band must be Sunday service ringers at that tower, or joint bands which regularly ring together on Sundays, especially where insufficient numbers would prevent a single tower entry.
  2. Where a band has insufficient regular service ringers to comprise a team they may supplement their team by one other Ringing Member or Honorary Life Member. No guest ringer may ring for more than one band under this rule.
  3. Scratch bands made up of Ringing Members and Honorary Life Members may take part at the discretion of those Executive Committee Members present at the Competition. Scratch bands will be judged, but will not be placed in the competition.
  4. All bands must include at least 4 ringers who are not ringing with another band.
  5. All members of each band MUST be paid up Ringing Members or Honorary Life Members.
  6. The order of ringing will be determined by the District/General Secretary, or the Ringing Master.
  7. Each team will ring either Call Changes or Method (not rounds only):
    (a) The method test piece shall consist of 120 changes of any method; either doubles with a cover, or minor. Simple callings may be obtained in advance from the Ringing Master, on stating which method is to be rung. Those bands lacking a conductor may ring plain courses only.
    (b) Call change teams will ring 120 rows. There must be at least 8 calls. The changes may be called either by changing a single pair of bells, or by changing whole rows. A chart of simple call changes will be made available on request in advance. The Steward in the tower will periodically inform the ringers of how many changes have been rung.
  8. Bands are expected to ring consistently with their ability, and within the spirit of the competition.
  9. The bells will be rung 3 times by each team:
    (a) For up to one minute to assess rope lengths.
    (b) For up to two minutes for the ringers to become acquainted with the 'go' of the bells.
    (c) The test piece, preceded by not more than one minute of rounds.
    The tenor bell is to be rung a few blows between (b) and (c) to inform the judge(s) of the team's intention to start the test piece. A Steward is to be present in the tower to inform the team when these times have been reached.
  10. Judging will be for the test piece only, and will not include the opening and closing rounds. In the case of call changes, 120 changes other than rounds should be rung and no change rung more than 20 times consecutively, although changes can be repeated. Judging will be on these 120 changes only and not on any rounds. The Steward will advise at regular intervals on the number of changes rung.
  11. Penalty points will be awarded by the judge, and the team with the lowest score will be declared the winner. Change ringing teams who do not ring a true test piece, fail to return to rounds, and/or fire out will, so long as at least 100 changes have been rung, have 20% as penalty points added to their score. (Therefore they should not stand the bells on realisation that a miss-call or shift in course has occurred).

Updated 18th January 2016.

A copy of these rules many be downloaded here: 

Education and Training Committee

The Committee is responsible for developing training/Education initiatives and delivering training for individuals and groups, usually via The Harry Windsor Ringing Centre at Kineton.

The members of this committee are pleased to offer advice on education and training matters. Please make initial contact with the Education Committee Chairman:-

Graham Nabb
12 Glosters Green
CV35 0LT
Tel: 01926 641812

Committee Members
Michael Dane (Wellesbourne)
Jo Langford (Stratford)


Towers and Belfries Committee Report 2014

The committee met once in 2014 and generally it has proved a quiet year.

Whilst a couple of work afternoons doing maintenance took place – sadly only a few of the committee have been involved. The towers visited were all those where we have worked in the past and are generally in good order with no major work needed. Oxhill remains the exception where the local PCC have failed to take advantage of the scaffolding and work on the roof to carry out bird protection so the bells are covered in an unhealthy mess and not rung as a result. The Rural Dean, local Ringers and PCC are I believe finally addressing the issue. We must watch this space and hope that finally action will be taken before it is too late.

Fenny Compton were inspected and some work done – they are now in reasonable order but the frame needs painting. The local churchwarden was given a suggestion as to how this may be accomplished at minimal cost but has failed to act and the opportunity may be lost. You can lead a horse to water….

At Clifford Chambers we were asked to inspect and advise as the local captain could no longer maintain the bells. Basically they are in good order although a little work was done. However recent work on the tower included moving a trapdoor and erecting a platform over the frame of the back 5 (the treble is on top). As a result it is very difficult to move around to maintain the bells, it is dark as the light is now above the platform and the treble is very quiet in the ringing chamber. Also hoops, erected supposedly for safety reasons around a vertical ladder, are within 3 ‘’ of the second rope presenting a safety hazard to tall or inexperienced ringers. All this could well have been done without a faculty. Having a maintenance contract with a bell hanger was recommended – if you have to struggle around to maintain the bells you may as well get paid!!!

I would like to thank all those on the committee who have assisted with work over the last year. Looking forward to 2015 the Leek Wootton project should be complete, and possibly Newbold Pacey. Pillerton Hersey should be actively fund-raising and there are several other smaller projects of improvement or sound control mooted.

Graham Nabb – TAB Committee Chair


Public Relations Officer’s Report 2014

The position of Guild PRO is vacant and there is no report for this year.  Please consider standing for this important position.


The Coventry DG Draw Club

For an application form to join the Draw Club click on this folder ..


Once again we would like to thank the loyal supporters of the Draw Club for their continued support. As always congratulations to all those who have won and commiserations to all those still waiting for their number to be drawn. Prize money remained at £25, £10 and £5 for eleven months of the year with a December bonus draw of £40, £30, £20 and £10. We were able to hand over £540 to the Guild Bell Repair Fund at the end of the year.

At the end of 2018 we had 89 members although some of these joined during the course of the year. We need 82 Members to make the Club viable but with no bonus months. We continue to hold the names of members who do not renew for one year and then their numbers are reallocated. Unclaimed prize money will be donated separately to the BRF.

Chris Worley and Joy Pluckrose

Draw Club Results 2018

Date 1st Prize   2nd Prize   3rd Prize   4th Prize
  No Name   No Name   No Name   No Name
Jan 75 A Mew   72 A Houghton   21 J Montgomery       
Feb 14 L Grove   4 K Chambers   101 S Tibbetts      
Mar 82 R Grifiths   114 M Sayers   101 S Tibbetts      
Apr 32 M Whitehead   36 D Jones   2 P Richardson       
May 32 M Whitehead   4 K Chambers   121 S Tibbetts      
Jun 11 M Fiander   49 S Rogers   63 K Davies      
Jul 10 D Butcher   121 S Tibbetts   38 M Williams       
Aug 123 M Chaplin   105 P Hollings   74 T Hill      
Sep 51 J Wykes   120 W Pauling   46 C Mew      
Oct 92 A Fleming   39 P Richarson   7 M Chester      
Nov 56 Brinkow   78 M Ingram   1 M Dew      
Bonus 1st Prize (£40)   2nd Prize (£30)   3rd Prize (£20)   4th Prize (£10)
Dec 71 D Brasenell   97 S A Lawley   72 A Houghton   76 C Idle


Guild Garments for 2017

The firm we order these from has guaranteed the same prices for another year. This makes them excellent value, and those of us who wear them year in and year out can testify to their quality. All the details are to be found on the Guild website, going to Resources, Guild Shop and Guild Garments.

I try to keep up with the changes of some colours and styles but am always happy to be contacted with any queries, either by email - - or at home.

A photograph of the new garments can be found on page 83 off the Annual Report.

While prices have not increased, postage & packing have, so the more orders I can get, the greater will be the contribution they make to Guild funds.

Barbara Howes

Please note that Angela Roskelly has now taken over the management of Guild Garments her contact details are

Angela Roskelly
6 Lowes Avenue,
Woodloes Park,
CV34 5UB
Tel: 07880 985481