Dates for your diaries…

Please see below upcoming events. Please note there are changes of dates to both events, so update your diaries carefully!

Summer Treasure Hunt – Saturday 24 July 2021, 10.30am start
In place of the usual walking tour, we are organising a Treasure Hunt around Sutton Coldfield in small groups. Note the change of date from the usual walking tour. The hunt will end in Sutton Park, where groups can bring their own picnic lunch to enjoy. The event will follow relevant Covid-19 guidelines, as you’d expect. There will be a small entry fee of £1 to cover the cost of the Treasure Hunt. 
Sign up here: https://forms.gle/ajoqa4VQsMqfiyd98  by Saturday 10th July

October meeting – Saturday 9 October 2021, 10am
Please note the new date for this. Details tbc, but we are hoping this will be an event we can hold in person. 

January 2022 AGM
A long way off, but advance notice that the AGM will be on Saturday 8th January 2022. Again, we are planning and hoping for this to be an event we can hold in person.

Online training session 19 June 2021: Three Events Challenge Q and A

On Saturday 19 June 2021 at 10:15am we will host an informal presentation and discussion about the personal benefits gained by organising your own ringing sessions, be they practices, workshops or whatever, along with a few dos and don’ts as to how to go about arranging them. The Three Events Challenge is a scheme devised to encourage more of this type of activity within the Guild.

If you’d like to join us and have not received a Zoom link please email us.


Future dates…

Saturday 26 June 2021 at 10:15am: Online session – Twin-hunt Triples methods (other than Grandsire)

Saturday 3 July 2021 at 10:15am: Online session – Ringing by the treble

Saturday 10 July 2021 at 10:15am: Online session – Doubles without dodges

Saturday 17 July 2021 at 10am: Guild Summer Social event

Online training session 12 May 2021: Thinking about teaching…

Wednesday 12 May 2021 at 7pm, sees our final SMG Online Session of the season. Arthur Reeves will be looking at the difference between teaching and learning: why both teaching and learning is so challenging, how to conduct feedback effectively and how to assess whether someone has learnt what we intended them to. He will make many links between recent educational research and ringing, though note this is not a talk explicitly about how to teach practical ringing or theory.

If you’d like to join us and have not received a Zoom link please email us.


Future dates…

Wednesday 12 May 2021 at 7pm: Arthur Reeves: ‘How can we be the best teachers for our students?’

Saturday 15 May 2021 at 10am: Guild Business Meeting (online) and Training Day

Saturday 17 July 2021 at 10am: Guild Summer Social event

May Business Meeting and Training Day: Saturday 15 May 2021

Join us for a day of varied ringing-related activities on Saturday 15 May 2021. Events begin at 10am with our May Business Meeting which will include the voting and results of our 2021 Bake Off Contest: who will win the coveted ‘Star Baker’ apron this year?

The Business Meeting will be followed by the St Martin’s Guild Online Training Day programme. Individuals can drop into as little or as much of the day as they would like, but please register your interest in sessions by signing up via the following link: https://forms.gle/vaonGSxXa95bsFi56

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Online training session 5 May 2021: The Handbell Ringers of Great Britain

On Wednesday 5 May 2021 at 7pm, Rowena and Steve and Rowena Shipley will be giving us an insight into the activities of The Handbell Ringers of Great Britain: a national organisation with the aim ‘to advance, provide and encourage for the public benefit the art of handbell tune ringing in all its forms’.

If you’d like to join us and have not received a Zoom link please email us.


Future dates…

Wednesday 5 May 2021 at 7pm: Rowena and Steve Shipley: Introducing the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain

Wednesday 12 May 2021 at 7pm: Arthur Reeves: ‘How can we be the best teachers for our students?’

Saturday 15 May 2021 at 10am: Guild Business Meeting (online) and Training Day

Saturday 17 July 2021 at 10am: Guild Summer Social event

Online training session 28 April 2021: Birmingham’s bell foundries

On Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 7pm, Chris Pickford will be discussing the history and development of Birmingham’s lost bell foundries.

If you’d like to join us and have not received a Zoom link please email us.


Future dates…

Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 7pm: Chris Pickford: The bellfoundries of Birmingham

Wednesday 5 May 2021 at 7pm: Rowena and Steve Shipley: Introducing the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain

Wednesday 12 May 2021 at 7pm: Arthur Reeves: ‘How can we be the best teachers for our students?’

Saturday 15 May 2021 at 10am: Guild Business Meeting (online) and Training Day

Saturday 17 July 2021 at 10am: Guild Summer Social event

Covid-19: Guidance from 17 May 2021

The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers (CCCBR) have published draft guidance for the period from 17 May to 21 June 2021 to enable ringers in England at least to plan for the next phase of lockdown release. This guidance has been agreed with the House of Bishops Recovery Group, but it remains in draft form until the Government finally confirms that its four tests have been met immediately prior to 17 May 2021. The guidance is a major step change from previous guidance.

There are two new documents on the Covid guidance pages of the Council website. The first is one specifically covering this five-week guidance period, and then an update of the guidance note about individual risks.

 The key points of the guidance are that:

  • Rule of Six applies indoors – ringing sessions should be arranged for six people
  • Hands – Space – Face rules apply – face coverings, hand sanitising between ringing, 1m plus mitigations when ringing
  • Lateral Flow Tests – twice weekly, preferably timed for days of any sustained ringing
  • Consider your own personal risk
  • Restrict ringing time to 45 minutes whilst maintaining good tower ventilation

Please do read all of the two guidance documents as there is much more detail in them, and this is just a summary.

https://cccbr.org.uk/coronavirus/guidance-17-may-to-21-june/
https://cccbr.org.uk/coronavirus/is-it-appropriate-for-an-individual-to-ring/

Online training session 21 April 2021: Bell casting

On Wednesday 21 April 2021 at 7pm, Tom Westley will be joining us to discuss bell casting. We’re looking forward to learning more about this wonderful craft!

If you’d like to join us and have not received a Zoom link please email us.


Future dates…

Wednesday 21 April 2021 at 7pm: Tom Westley: Bell Casting

Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 7pm: Chris Pickford: The bellfoundries of Birmingham

Wednesday 5 May 2021 at 7pm: Rowena and Steve Shipley: Introducing the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain

Wednesday 12 May 2021 at 7pm: Arthur Reeves: ‘How can we be the best teachers for our students?’

Saturday 15 May 2021 at 10am: Guild Business Meeting (online)

Saturday 17 July 2021 at 10am: Guild Summer Social event

Online talks: update

The programme for our remaining Wednesday evening talks can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XQ7ZDh2-gBzcNAUaDcwDR76LHKEWWnxA/view?usp=sharing

Talks are currently planned until 19 May 2021. With the hopeful return of ringing, we will end this series of online talks then. Guild officers will obviously review the national situation carefully. We can certainly see a place for online talks moving forward (and their frequency will depend on the national situation).

A reminder that Saturday 15 May 2021 is a day of workshops focused on preparing for a return to ringing. The schedule is almost ready to share, but please do complete this online form before April 25th: https://forms.gle/8kUYRQHow3sj9Fom6

Thanks for your support of the online programme over the last 12 months.


Future dates…

Wednesday 21 April 2021 at 7pm: Tom Westley: Bell Casting

Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 7pm: Chris Pickford: The bellfoundries of Birmingham

Wednesday 5 May 2021 at 7pm: Rowena and Steve Shipley: Introducing the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain

Wednesday 12 May 2021 at 7pm: Arthur Reeves: ‘How can we be the best teachers for our students?’

Saturday 15 May 2021 at 10am: Guild Business Meeting (online)

Saturday 17 July 2021 at 10am: Guild Summer Social event

Online training session 14 April 2021: Change-ringing and Music

On Wednesday 14 April 2021 at 7pm, David Hull will explore the links between change-ringing and music. David’s talk will focus on how the unique music created by change-ringing relates to more common forms of music, and the elements of ringing that are part of a successful musical performance. He’ll also look at some facets of methods and compositions that are used by ringers as measures of musicality.

If you’d like to join us and have not received a Zoom link please email us.


Future dates…

Wednesday 14 April 2021 at 7pm: David Hull: Ringing and Music

Wednesday 21 April 2021 at 7pm: Tom Westley: Bell Casting

Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 7pm: Chris Pickford: The bellfoundries of Birmingham

Wednesday 5 May 2021 at 7pm: Rowena and Steve Shipley: Introducing the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain

Wednesday 12 May 2021 at 7pm: Arthur Reeves: ‘How can we be the best teachers for our students?’

Saturday 15 May 2021 at 10am: Guild Business Meeting (online)

Saturday 17 July 2021 at 10am: Guild Summer Social event

Guild Bake Off 2021

It’s that time of year when we ask you to ‘Get set – Bake’. Yes, it is time for the St Martins Guild annual Bake Off!

The Bake Off is for Guild members and their families to bake something of their choice, take a photo, email the photo to smgcbr@gmail.com then sit back and eat the bake. It’s that simple. I’m not aware of any flour or yeast shortages this year, so no excuses…

This year the Standing Committee have agreed to support The Trussell Trust. The Trussell Trust support a nationwide network of food banks and together they provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK. Did you know that every 9 seconds someone receives an emergency food parcel?

This year, again, there will be both adult and junior competitions to win the coveted “star baker” apron. The competition is anonymous so please take a photo of your bake on its own and email to smgcbr@gmail.com by Friday 30 April 2021. 

The voting this year will take place live at the Guild Business Meeting on Saturday 15 May 2021 at 10am. Prior to the meeting the bakes will be displayed on the website so you can have time to make an informed choice of your adult and junior bake winners.

There is no obligation to donate to bake or vote, however, we hope you feel as strongly as we do that The Trussell Trust is one of many charity’s that deserves our support. Please do get involved by baking and or donating and make sure your vote counts on Saturday 15 May 2021.

Please follow this link to make your donation today: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/smg-bakeoff

Guild Business Meeting: Saturday 15 May 2021 at 10am

A reminder that we have our Guild Business meeting on Saturday May 15 2021. This will be held online, beginning at 10am. If you wish to consider any new members, please contact the Guild Secretary. A membership form will need completing prior to the meeting. The Zoom link and papers will come out in early May.

The day will also see our annual ‘Bake Off’ and a series of workshops. The focus of the workshops will be preparing a return to ringing and will include sessions on risk assessments and safety checks, exercises to get us back into shape for ringing and how towers could use the BRF – and much more!

More details of the day will come soon, but can we recommend you place in your diaries a provisional booking from 10am-3.30pm. These are opportunities you won’t want to miss!

Social event 7 April 2021: Online Beer Tasting

On Friday 9 April 2021, at 8pm, we will be offering something a little different – online beer tasting (hopefully in preparation for the re-opening of pubs soon after!). Hayley Young will be joining us to lead our Guild Spring Beer Festival. Attached is a list of beers which Hayley, Michael Wilby and myself have put together. You need to purchase one beer from each style. There is a decent range available and you shouldn’t find it challenging to purchase one from each style as part of your weekly shopping.

The Zoom link will be issued a little nearer the time.

So, get buying and look forward to the sampling!

Future dates…

Wednesday 31 March 2021 at 7pm: Mark Regan: The bells of Bow

FRIDAY 9 April 2021 at 7pm: Hayley Young and Michael Wilby: Beer tasting online!

Wednesday 14 April 2021 at 7pm: David Hull: Ringing and Music

Wednesday 21 April 2021 at 7pm: Tom Westley: Bell Casting

Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 7pm: Chris Pickford: The bellfoundries of Birmingham

Wednesday 5 May 2021 at 7pm: Rowena and Steve Shipley: Introducing the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain

Wednesday 12 May 2021 at 7pm: Arthur Reeves: ‘How can we be the best teachers for our students?’

Saturday 15 May 2021 at 10am: Guild Business Meeting (online)

Saturday 17 July 2021 at 10am: Guild Summer Social event

Online training session 31 March 2021: ‘I do not know, says the Great Bell of Bow’

On Wednesday 31 March 2021 at 7pm, Mark Regan will deliver a talk of intrigue and mystery surrounding the restoration of one of the world’s most famous rings of bells: St Mary-le-Bow, London.

If you’d like to join us and have not received a Zoom link please email us.


Future dates…

Wednesday 31 March 2021 at 7pm: Mark Regan: The bells of Bow

FRIDAY 9 April 2021 at 7pm: Hayley Young and Michael Wilby: Beer tasting online!

Wednesday 14 April 2021 at 7pm: David Hull: Ringing and Music

Wednesday 21 April 2021 at 7pm: Tom Westley: Bell Casting

Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 7pm: Chris Pickford: The bellfoundries of Birmingham

Wednesday 5 May 2021 at 7pm: Rowena and Steve Shipley: Introducing the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain

Wednesday 12 May 2021 at 7pm: Arthur Reeves: ‘How can we be the best teachers for our students?’

Saturday 15 May 2021 at 10am: Guild Business Meeting (online)

Saturday 17 July 2021 at 10am: Guild Summer Social event

Online training session 24 March 2021: Rosie and Richie – the ringing robots

On Wednesday 24 March 2021 at 7pm, Graham Firman will join us to introduce you to his creations: Rosie and Richie Robot who along with human friends have rung a quarter peal of Stedman Triples. Rosie Robot even conducted it! Intrigued and want to find out more? Look here: https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1403434

Even better, come along to our weekly talk on Wednesday. If you’d like to join us and have not received a Zoom link please email us.


Future dates…

Wednesday 24 March 2021 at 7pm: Graham Firman: Rosie and Richie – the ringing robots

Wednesday 31 March 2021 at 7pm: Mark Regan: The bells of Bow

FRIDAY 9 April 2021 at 7pm: Hayley Young and Michael Wilby: Beer tasting online!

Wednesday 14 April 2021 at 7pm: David Hull: Ringing and Music

Wednesday 21 April 2021 at 7pm: Tom Westley: Bell Casting

Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 7pm: Chris Pickford: The bellfoundries of Birmingham

Wednesday 5 May 2021 at 7pm: Rowena and Steve Shipley: Introducing the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain

Wednesday 12 May 2021 at 7pm: Arthur Reeves: ‘How can we be the best teachers for our students?’

Saturday 15 May 2021 at 10am: Guild Business Meeting (online)

Saturday 17 July 2021 at 10am: Guild Summer Social event

Online training session 17 March 2021: The History of Ringing Simulators

On Wednesday 17 March 2021 at 7pm David Bagley will join us to discuss the history of ringing simulators. Ringing simulators are regularly used to support the teaching of ringers. But how did they come about and how have they developed over time? Find this out, and much more, on Wednesday.

If you’d like to join us and have not received a Zoom link please email us.


Future dates…

Wednesday 17 March 2021 at 7pm: David Bagley: The History of Ringing Simulators

Wednesday 24 March 2021 at 7pm: Graham Firman: Rosie and Robbie – the ringing robots

Wednesday 31 March 2021 at 7pm: Mark Regan: The bells of Bow

FRIDAY 9 April 2021 at 7pm: Hayley Young and Michael Wilby: Beer tasting online!

Wednesday 14 April 2021 at 7pm: David Hull: Ringing and Music

Wednesday 21 April 2021 at 7pm: Tom Westley: Bell Casting

Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 7pm: Chris Pickford: The bellfoundries of Birmingham

Wednesday 5 May 2021 at 7pm: Rowena and Steve Shipley: Introducing the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain

Wednesday 12 May 2021 at 7pm: Arthur Reeves: ‘How can we be the best teachers for our students?’

Saturday 15 May 2021 at 10am: Guild Business Meeting (online)

Saturday 17 July 2021 at 10am: Guild Summer Social event

Online training session 10 March 2021: Physical exercises to re-build muscle strength

On Wednesday 10 March 2021 at 7pm we will be joined by Lucy Gwynne. Lucy is a physiotherapist who is going to introduce us to some physical exercises which will help us to re-build muscle strength required for ringing.

If you’d like to join us and have not received a Zoom link please email us.


Future dates…

Wednesday 10 March 2021 at 7pm: Lucy Gwynne: Exercises to support us back into ringing

Wednesday 17 March 2021 at 7pm: David Bagley: The History of Ringing Simulators

Wednesday 24 March 2021 at 7pm: Graham Firman: Rosie and Robbie – the ringing robots

Wednesday 31 March 2021 at 7pm: Mark Regan: The bells of Bow

FRIDAY 9 April 2021 at 7pm: Hayley Young and Michael Wilby: Beer tasting online!

Wednesday 14 April 2021 at 7pm: David Hull: Ringing and Music

Wednesday 21 April 2021 at 7pm: Tom Westley: Bell Casting

Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 7pm: Chris Pickford: The bellfoundries of Birmingham

Wednesday 5 May 2021 at 7pm: Rowena and Steve Shipley: Introducing the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain

Wednesday 12 May 2021 at 7pm: Arthur Reeves: ‘How can we be the best teachers for our students?’

Saturday 15 May 2021 at 10am: Guild Business Meeting (online)

Saturday 17 July 2021 at 10am: Guild Summer Social event

Online training session 3 March 2021: ‘War and Covid: a ‘long view’ of restrictions on ringing’

Following a successful series of articles in The Ringing World, Robert Wellen will focus on the ringing restrictions put in place during the Second World War, the many arguments at the centre of those restrictions and offering thoughts on what we can learn from the past in relation to our current circumstances.

Sign up before Tuesday evening (2 March 2021) by completing this simple Google form: https://forms.gle/mQ1EZ715aKHurevL8


Future dates…

Wednesday 3 March 2021 at 7pm: Robert Wellen: War and Covid – a ‘long view’ of restrictions on ringing

Wednesday 10 March 2021 at 7pm: Lucy Gwynne: Exercises to support us back into ringing

Wednesday 17 March 2021 at 7pm: David Bagley: The History of Ringing Simulators

Wednesday 24 March 2021 at 7pm: Graham Firman: Rosie and Robbie – the ringing robots

Wednesday 31 March 2021 at 7pm: Mark Regan: The bells of Bow

FRIDAY 9 April 2021 at 7pm: Hayley Young and Michael Wilby: Beer tasting online!

Wednesday 14 April 2021 at 7pm: David Hull: Ringing and Music

Wednesday 21 April 2021 at 7pm: Tom Westley: Bell Casting

Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 7pm: Chris Pickford: The bellfoundries of Birmingham

Wednesday 5 May 2021 at 7pm: Rowena and Steve Shipley: Introducing the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain

Wednesday 12 May 2021 at 7pm: Arthur Reeves: ‘How can we be the best teachers for our students?’

Saturday 15 May 2021 at 10am: Guild Business Meeting (online)

Saturday 17 July 2021 at 10am: Guild Summer Social event

Online training session 24 February 2021: Magic Blocks

David Pipe will be delivering our next talk and he will introduce us to the concept of Magic Blocks. Magic Blocks are a creative way of splicing Minor methods without using traditional calls. 7pm on Wednesday 24 February 2021.

Sign up before Tuesday evening (23 February 2021) by completing this simple Google form: https://forms.gle/K7kMfdSiWvBHLDUh8

The link for Wednesday’s talk will be sent out on Tuesday evening.


Future dates…

Wednesday 24 February 2021 at 7pm: David Pipe: Magic Blocks

Saturday 27 February 2021 at 8pm: Henry Johnson Commemoration Event online

Wednesday 3 March 2021 at 7pm: Robert Wellen: War and Covid – a ‘long view’ of restrictions on ringing

Wednesday 10 March 2021 at 7pm: Lucy Gwynne: Exercises to support us back into ringing

Wednesday 17 March 2021 at 7pm: David Bagley: The History of Ringing Simulators

Wednesday 24 March 2021 at 7pm: Graham Firman: Rosie and Robbie – the ringing robots

Wednesday 31 March 2021 at 7pm: Mark Regan: The bells of Bow

FRIDAY 9 April 2021 at 7pm: Hayley Young and Michael Wilby: Beer tasting online!

Wednesday 14 April 2021 at 7pm: David Hull: Ringing and Music

Wednesday 21 April 2021 at 7pm: Tom Westley: Bell Casting

Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 7pm: Chris Pickford: The bellfoundries of Birmingham

Wednesday 5 May 2021 at 7pm: Rowena and Steve Shipley: Introducing the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain

Wednesday 12 May 2021 at 7pm: Arthur Reeves: ‘How can we be the best teachers for our students?’

Saturday 15 May 2021 at 10am: Guild Business Meeting (online)

Saturday 17 July 2021 at 10am: Guild Summer Social event

The 133rd Henry Johnson Commemoration Dinner

While COVID has stopped all play on ringing association dinners across the country, some Guilds, including St Martin’s, have moved into virtual territory to preserve anniversaries.

The 133rd Henry Johnson Commemoration will therefore be celebrated with an event on Saturday 27 February 2021, through the magic of Zoom. This is the date as originally scheduled, so it should be in your
calendars already!

The online event will be much shorter than our usual celebration, with an 8pm start and lasting approximately 45 minutes, but it will be a blend of light entertainment, history and handbells, not to mention another opportunity to see friends, albeit in their little video boxes. The event will also serve as a marker for when we can hopefully hold the dinner ‘proper’ in 2022.

While we cannot have our dinner served in a grand location, we can offer the opportunity to share the same menu at home. Picking up on other similar events, please see an optional three course menu detailed in the programme below. Whilst we have not provided recipes, I think you will easily be able to find these, or similar, on the internet or in well-thumbed recipe books. In the case of the soups, I believe both options come in a can!

So whether you want to push the boat out with best bib and tucker and fine home dining, or you would rather be in your pyjamas with a tub of popcorn, we hope that you will join us for the commemorative occasion and the important toast to Henry Johnson.

To book please follow the link to the Eventbrite booking page.

Bon appétit!

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Online training session 10 February 2021: The Story of Ladies Peals

Linda Garton will be delivering our next talk and she will be discussing the history of ladies peals. 7pm on Wednesday 10 February 2021.

Please do join us for what I’m confident will be a fascinating talk. Sign up before Tuesday evening by completing this simple Google form: https://forms.gle/bkCDvW5TVCzyTFH48

The link will be sent on Tuesday evening.


Future dates…

Wednesday 10 February 2021 at 7pm: Linda Garton: The story of ladies peals

Wednesday 17 February 2021 at 7pm: Guild Social Evening with Arthur Reeves and David Hull

Wednesday 24 February 2021 at 7pm: David Pipe: Magic Blocks

Saturday 27 February 2021 at 8pm: Henry Johnson Commemoration Event online

Wednesday 3 March 2021 at 7pm: Robert Wellen: War and Covid – a ‘long view’ of restrictions on ringing

Wednesday 10 March 2021 at 7pm: Lucy Gwynne: Exercises to support us back into ringing

Wednesday 17 March 2021 at 7pm: David Bagley: The History of Ringing Simulators

Wednesday 24 March 2021 at 7pm: Graham Firman: Rosie and Robbie – the ringing robots

Wednesday 31 March 2021 at 7pm: TBC

FRIDAY 9 April 2021 at 7pm: Beer tasting online!

Wednesday 14 April 2021 at 7pm: David Hull: Ringing and Music

Wednesday 21 April 2021 at 7pm: Tom Westley: Bell Casting

Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 7pm: Chris Pickford: The bellfoundries of Birmingham

Wednesday 5 May 2021 at 7pm: Rowena and Steve Shipley: Introducing the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain

Wednesday 12 May 2021 at 7pm: Arthur Reeves: ‘How can we be the best teachers for our students?’

Saturday 15 May 2021 at 10am: Guild Business Meeting (online)

Saturday 17 July 2021 at 10am: Guild Summer Social event

Ringing Recovery Champion

The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers (CCCBR) and the Association of Ringing Teachers (ART) are setting up a network of Recovery Champions/Co-ordinators (RCs). These will liaise with the CCCBR, other RCs, Guilds and Associations and ringers. AJB (AJ Barnfield) is the RC for the SMG. AJB writes: 

In spite of being miserable and pessimistic I am very enthusiastic about ringing. I have had a number of very positive exchanges and discussions with a number or ringers in the SMG and surrounding area. I would love to have further discussions and exchanges.

In particular:
* How things were before pre-Covid 
* How they are now.
* How they might look when we get going again

And in particular, I would love to be in touch with some ringers in the north of the SMG area. 

Please contact me by email to discuss these issues further.

eBells

Are you under-25 and interested in handbell ringing?  If so, eBells can upgrade your online ringing experience but at £97 per pair they may be too expensive for you.

The Guild may be in a position to support you by subsidising this cost if this is something of interest to you. If you are under 25, interested in handbells and think eBells could help, email us before Friday 5 February 2021. No promises, but the Guild will help where possible.

Online training session 3 February 2021: Bell Tower Dynamic Motion

The primary motivation behind the work described in this talk relates to bell handling. When ringing bells generate large horizontal peak forces, and these forces set the bell tower into dynamic motion. The handling of bells depends upon the magnitude of the bell tower motion. A great deal of theoretical study has been undertaken into the forces generated by bells. There are text books that consider from a theoretical standpoint the dynamic motion of structures and buildings. Nevertheless, it is only by bringing these two matters together that a bell tower motion can be predicted when a bell (or bells) is being rung.

This talk describes testing that was recently undertaken at Wingrave Church. Dynamic testing was undertaken with a rotary shaker; this testing is the industry-standard approach to determining the dynamic structural characteristics of buildings and structures. At a peal-ringing speed, the theoretical horizontal forces of the 8 Bell (tenor) were combined with these dynamic characteristics to predict the response of the tower. This predicted tower response is compared with the actual measured response – the results and findings are presented in the talk.

The rotary shaker is a specialised piece of test equipment, and so a natural question is: can the bells themselves be used to determine the dynamic characteristics of a bell tower? Watch the talk for the  unequivocal answer.

If you would like to attend, please complete this form to register by 8pm on Tuesday 2 February 2021: https://forms.gle/pNo73tEyi33Sw7XB9


Future dates…

Wednesday 3 February 2021 at 7pm: Gordon Breeze: Bell Tower Dynamic Motion. Joint talk with the Central Council.

Wednesday 10 February 2021 at 7pm: Linda Garton: The story of ladies’ peals

Wednesday 24 February 2021 at 7pm: David Pipe: Magic Blocks

Wednesday 3 March 2021 at 7pm: Robert Wellen: War and Covid – a ‘long view’ of restrictions on ringing

Wednesday 10 March 2021 at 7pm: Lucy Gwynne: Exercises to support us back into ringing

Online training session TUESDAY 26 January 2021: Maths and Bellringing

On TUESDAY 26 January 2021 Mark Davies will be joining us to explore the links between bellringing and maths.

Please note the change of day – and join us at 7pm. If you have not received a link to this Zoom talk but would like to attend, please email us.


Future dates…

Tuesday 26 January 2021 at 7pm (note change of day): Mark Davies: Bellringing and Maths

Wednesday 3 February 2021 at 7pm: Gordon Breeze: Bell Tower Dynamic Motion. Joint talk with the Central Council.

Wednesday 10 February 2021 at 7pm: Linda Garton: The story of ladies’ peals

Online training session 20 January 2021: The History of Taylors Bellfoundry

On Wednesday 13 January 2021 Chris Pickford will be joining us to discuss the history of Taylors bellfoundry: the early years up to c.1880.

Please join us at 7pm. If you have not received a link to this Zoom talk but would like to attend, please email us.


Future dates…

Wednesday 20 January 2021 at 7pm: Chris Pickford: The bells of Taylors

Tuesday 26 January 2021 at 7pm (note change of day): Mark Davies: Bellringing and Maths

Wednesday 3 February 2021 at 7pm: Gordon Breeze: Bell Tower Dynamic Motion. Joint talk with the Central Council.

Wednesday 10 February 2021 at 7pm: Linda Garton: The story of ladies’ peals

Survival and Recovery Newsheet #2

The second issue of the Association of Ringing Teachers (ART) ‘Survival and Recovery Newsheet’ is out now. Its mission is to inform and share – find out how ringers are staying in contact with fellow ringers and maintaining their interest in ringing. The newsletter is a joint ART, CCCBR publication.

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Online training session 13 January 2021: Bell Restoration projects

On Wednesday 13 January 2021 Sue McClaughry will be discussing how she has led a very successful bell restoration project. Sue is the Bell Restoration Officer for the Truro DG and last year’s winner of the Westley Award – an annual award recognising the commitment individuals make in leading bell restoration projects.

Please join us at 7pm. This is a joint talk with the Central Council, so please register your interest on the below form by Tuesday evening

Register your interest here: https://forms.gle/uhhUzkiFB22Pd6Tb9


Future dates…

Wednesday 13 January 2021 at 7pm: Sue McClaughry: Managing ringing restoration projects (Sue is the recent winner of the Westley Award for Church Bell Maintenance 2020). Joint talk with the Central Council.

Wednesday 20 January 2021 at 7pm: Chris Pickford: The bells of Taylors

Tuesday 26 January 2021 at 7pm (note change of day): Mark Davies: Bellringing and Maths

Wednesday 3 February 2021 at 7pm: Gordon Breeze: [Title tbc]. Joint talk with the Central Council.

Wednesday 10 February 2021 at 7pm: Linda Garton: The story of ladies’ peals

Election of Guild Officers for 2021

At the 2021 AGM, held on 9 January, the following officers were elected for the coming year:

Master: Clare McArdle
Secretary: Arthur Reeves
Ringing Master: Phil Ramsbottom
Treasurer: Tracy Stevens
Safeguarding Officer: Trish Everett
Archivist: Mark Eccleston
Public Relations Officer: Jonathan Townsend
Henry Johnson Dinner Secretary: Jenny Sunter
Independent Examiners: Steve Horton, Thomas Horton
General Fund Trustees: John Anderson, John Fielden
Bell Restoration Fund Trustees: Don Finnemore, Tony Daw

Christmas 2020 – message from the Master

It goes without saying that 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, not least in bell ringing terms. I hope you will agree that the Guild has risen to the challenge on many levels to keep members engaged and connected. To everyone who played a part in this, however big or small, I am extremely grateful.

This year, Christmas will be different and as it approaches, I hope that it will be as enjoyable for you as the current circumstances allow.

I wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Online training session 16 December 2020: Long length ringing – the story of 100 Spliced

On Wednesday 16 December 2020 Simon Linford will tell us the story of the record peal of Spliced Surprise Major: 100 methods all the work. He will discuss the development of the composition and methods, how the peal shaped the ringers’ techniques for learning methods, what techniques are used to assimilate so much information, and how they can be used by others. He’ll talk about the agony and ecstasy of extreme performances, and the challenges involved in organising them and ringing them. 

Look forward to seeing many of you there! 7pm start time, as usual. Email us if you haven’t received a Zoom link for this talk.


Future dates…

Wednesday 16 December at 7pm. Simon Linford: Long length ringing: the story of 100 Spliced

CHRISTMAS BREAK

Wednesday 6 January 2021 at 7pm: New Year Quiz – Guild Social

Wednesday 13 January 2021 at 7pm: Sue McClaughry: Managing ringing restoration projects (Sue is the recent winner of the Westley Award for Church Bell Maintenance 2020). Joint talk with the Central Council.

Wednesday 20 January 2021 at 7pm: Chris Pickford: The bells of Taylors

Tuesday 26 January 2021 at 7pm (note change of day): Mark Davies: Bellringing and Maths

Wednesday 3 February 2021 at 7pm: Gordon Breeze: [Title tbc]. Joint talk with the Central Council.

Wednesday 10 February 2021 at 7pm: Linda Garton: The story of ladies’ peals

Online training session 9 December 2020: The National 12 Bell Contest

On Wednesday 9 December we will be joined by Mark Bell and Haley Barnett, the Chair and Secretary of the National 12 Bell Contest committee. The ’12 Bell’ is one of the biggest ringing events of the year and, for many, a highlight of the ringing calendar. Mark and Haley have been instrumental in organising the contest in recent years and are ready to reveal all the behind the scenes secrets. 

They are keen to hear your questions: please register by completing this form: https://forms.gle/1A5REptBuqE5EVW7A  

Any questions you have can be submitted by that form, if possible by Sunday evening please so Mark and Haley have time to prepare their responses. 

We look forward to seeing many of you there. 7pm Wednesday 9 December.


Future dates…

Wednesday 9 December at 7pm. Haley Barnett and Mark Bell: The Secrets of the 12 Bell Contest

Wednesday 16 December at 7pm. Simon Linford: Long length ringing: the story of 100 Spliced

CHRISTMAS BREAK

Wednesday 6 January 2021 at 7pm: New Year Quiz – Guild Social

Wednesday 13 January 2021 at 7pm: Sue McClaughry: Managing ringing restoration projects (Sue is the recent winner of the Westley Award for Church Bell Maintenance 2020). Joint talk with the Central Council.

Wednesday 20 January 2021 at 7pm: Chris Pickford: The bells of Taylors

Tuesday 26 January 2021 at 7pm (note change of day): Mark Davies: Bellringing and Maths

Wednesday 3 February 2021 at 7pm: Gordon Breeze: [Title tbc]. Joint talk with the Central Council.

Wednesday 10 February 2021 at 7pm: Linda Garton: The story of ladies’ peals

Online training session 2 December 2020: Exploring Treble Dodging Minor

On Wednesday 2 December 2020 we will be joined by David Pipe, who will be uncovering the secrets of Treble Dodging Minor. David will discuss the opportunities beyond Kent, Oxford, Cambridge and even the ‘Standard 41’. Six bell methods are also especially well suited to those who are currently using online ringing platforms such as Ringing Room.

Please register your interest via this form before 8pm on Tuesday 1 December 2020. The zoom link will be issued on Tuesday evening: https://forms.gle/f1CmR5BB6nNsaLsF6

Look forward to seeing many of you there! 7pm start time, as usual.


Future dates…

Wednesday 2 December at 7pm. David Pipe: Exploring Treble Dodging Minor

Wednesday 9 December at 7pm. Haley Barnet and Mark Bell: The Secrets of the 12 Bell Contest

Wednesday 16 December at 7pm. Simon Linford: Long length ringing: the story of 100 Spliced

CHRISTMAS BREAK

Wednesday 6 January 2021 at 7pm: New Year Quiz – Guild Social

Wednesday 13 January 2021 at 7pm: Sue McClaughry: Managing ringing restoration projects (Sue is the recent winner of the Westley Award for Church Bell Maintenance 2020). Joint talk with the Central Council.

Wednesday 20 January 2021 at 7pm: Chris Pickford: The bells of Taylors

Tuesday 26 January 2021 at 7pm (note change of day): Mark Davies: Bellringing and Maths

Wednesday 3 February 2021 at 7pm: Gordon Breeze: [Title tbc]. Joint talk with the Central Council.

Wednesday 10 February 2021 at 7pm: Linda Garton: The story of ladies’ peals

Molly Barron – RIP

Molly P Barron died on 21 November 2020.

Molly was a ringer at King’s Norton for many years and will be deeply missed in the parish. She was probably the last survivor of the band which learned to ring at Kings Norton in 1945. 

Online training session 25 November 2020: Bellringing and elections in the West Midlands

On Wednesday 25 November at 7pm, Gareth Davies returns to speak to us about the role ringing has played in civic affairs – especially in elections around the West Midlands.


Future dates…

Wednesday 25 November at 7pm. Gareth Davies: Bellringing and elections in the West Midlands

Wednesday 2 December at 7pm. David Pipe: Exploring Treble Dodging Minor

Wednesday 9 December at 7pm. Haley Barnet and Mark Bell: The Secrets of the 12 Bell Contest

Wednesday 16 December at 7pm. Simon Linford: Long length ringing: the story of 100 Spliced

Online training session 18 November 2020: ART and post-pandemic ringing

On Wednesday 18 November at 7pm we will be joined by Lesley Belcher and David Sparling who will discuss the Association of Ringing Teachers (ART) in relation to the future and post-pandemic ringing.

ART has been instrumental in developing teaching in recent years. The St Martin’s Guild and the Birmingham School of Ringing follow the curriculum of ART. Lesley and David will also be introducing their initial thoughts on how ART will be supporting the return to ringing.

Please sign up by 8pm on Tuesday 17 November: 
https://forms.gle/Q4kUbjDejtoMV2MJA


Future dates…

Wednesday 18 November at 7pm. Lesley Belcher and David Sparling: Association of Ringing Teachers: their approach to a return to ringing

Wednesday 25 November at 7pm. Gareth Davies: Bellringing and elections in the West Midlands

Wednesday 2 December at 7pm. David Pipe: Exploring Treble Bob Minor

Wednesday 9 December at 7pm. Haley Barnet and Mark Bell: The Secrets of the 12 Bell Contest

Online training session 11 November 2020: The Rolls of Honour

On Wednesday 11 November at 7pm, Alan Regin will deliver a talk for Remembrance Day. Alan will focus on his work as Steward of the Rolls of Honour, giving us an opportune time of reflection for the ringers who have sacrificed their lives in war.


Future dates…

Wednesday 11 November at 7pm. Alan Regin: Ringing Remembers

Wednesday 18 November at 7pm. Lesley Belcher and David Sparling: Association of Ringing Teachers: their approach to a return to ringing

Wednesday 25 November at 7pm. Gareth Davies: Bellringing and elections in the West Midlands

Wednesday 2 December at 7pm. David Pipe: Exploring Treble Bob Minor

Wednesday 9 December at 7pm. Haley Barnet and Mark Bell: The Secrets of the 12 Bell Contest

Online training session 4 November 2020: Safeguarding in our towers

On Wednesday 4 November at 7pm we are hosting the next of our joint talks with the Central Council. Dave Bassford and Ann White will be joining us to discuss safeguarding in our towers. This talk does require you to pre-register by filling in this simple form: https://forms.gle/DisyzPbc5UDDubfV9


Future dates…

Wednesday 4 November at 7pm. Dave Bassford and Ann White: Safeguarding in our towers

Wednesday 11 November at 7pm. Alan Regin: Ringing Remembers

Wednesday 18 November at 7pm. Lesley Belcher and David Sparling: Association of Ringing Teachers: their approach to a return to ringing

Wednesday 25 November at 7pm. Gareth Davies: Bellringing and elections in the West Midlands

Wednesday 2 December at 7pm. David Pipe: Exploring Treble Bob Minor

Wednesday 9 December at 7pm. Haley Barnet and Mark Bell: The Secrets of the 12 Bell Contest

Covid-19 update

The latest statement from the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers (CCCBR) regarding ringing in areas under Tiers 2 and 3 restrictions can be found here. As with previous statements, the St Martin’s Guild Standing Committee strongly advises you to read and digest this information.

Online training session 28 October 2020: ‘Shake my hand and I’ll show you the ropes’ – a biography of George Pipe

On Wednesday 28 October at 7pm, John Loveless will be joining us to share his research on George Pipe, detailed in his new biography. The Pipe family have a long and close connection to Birmingham which remains strong today. George himself was a fascinating man.

If you’d like to join us, but haven’t yet received the Zoom login details, please email the Ringing Master.


Future dates…

Wednesday 28 October at 7pm. John Loveless: ‘Shake my hand and I’ll show you the ropes’ – a biography of George Pipe

Wednesday 4 November at 7pm. Dave Bassford and Ann White: Safeguarding in our towers

Wednesday 11 November at 7pm. Alan Regin: Ringing Remembers

Wednesday 18 November at 7pm. Lesley Belcher and David Sparling: Association of Ringing Teachers: their approach to a return to ringing

Wednesday 25 November at 7pm. Gareth Davies: Bellringing and elections in the West Midlands

Wednesday 2 December at 7pm. David Pipe: Exploring Treble Bob Minor

Wednesday 9 December at 7pm. Haley Barnet and Mark Bell: The Secrets of the 12 Bell Contest

Covid-19 update: Tier 2 and 3 regulations

The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers (CCCBR) has issued a statement which specifically addresses the Tier 2 regulations those of us in the Birmingham area are now subject to. The St Martin’s Guild Standing Committee strongly advises you to read and digest this information. Our interpretation is that we should avoid meeting any other households (outside of support bubbles) indoors.

When one considers the letter, spirit and intention behind these regulations, it has clear implications for all indoor ringing activities. As the President of the CCCBR writes in the statement referred to above, we should show leadership by keeping people safe.

Online training session 21 October 2020: Birmingham composers and their entertaining rivalry

On Wednesday 21 October at 7pm, Richard Pullin will be joining us to discuss some of the more notable characters from Birmingham’s ringing history.

If you’d like to join us, but haven’t yet received the Zoom login details, please email the Ringing Master.


Future dates…

Wednesday 21 October at 7pm. Richard Pullin: Birmingham composers and their entertaining rivalry

Wednesday 28 October at 7pm. John Loveless: ‘Shake my hand and I’ll show you the ropes’ – a biography of George Pipe

Wednesday 4 November at 7pm. Dave Bassford and Ann White: Safeguarding in our towers

Wednesday 11 November at 7pm. Alan Regin: Ringing Remembers

Wednesday 18 November at 7pm. Lesley Belcher and David Sparling: Association of Ringing Teachers: their approach to a return to ringing

Wednesday 25 November at 7pm. Gareth Davies: Bellringing and elections in the West Midlands

Wednesday 2 December at 7pm. David Pipe: Exploring Treble Bob Minor

Wednesday 9 December at 7pm. Haley Barnet and Mark Bell: The Secrets of the 12 Bell Contest

Online training session: Devon Call Changes

On Wednesday 14 October at 7pm, Jon Bint will be joining us to discuss and explore the art behind Devon Call Changes. Please join us for what will be a fascinating insight into this unique and wonderful approach to bellringing

If you’d like to join us, but haven’t yet received the Zoom login details, please email the Ringing Master.


Future dates…

Wednesday 14 October at 7pm. Jon Bint: Devon Call Changes

Wednesday 21 October at 7pm. Richard Pullin: Birmingham composers and their entertaining rivalry

Wednesday 28 October at 7pm. John Loveless: ‘Shake my hand and I’ll show you the ropes’ – a biography of George Pipe

Wednesday 4 November at 7pm. Dave Bassford and Ann White: Safeguarding in our towers

Wednesday 11 November at 7pm. Alan Regin: Ringing Remembers

Wednesday 18 November at 7pm. Lesley Belcher and David Sparling: Association of Ringing Teachers: their approach to a return to ringing

Wednesday 25 November at 7pm. Gareth Davies: Bellringing and elections in the West Midlands

Online training session: John Anderson Part 2

On Wednesday 7 October 2020 at 7pm, back by popular demand, join John Anderson who will be sharing more memories about his life in Birmingham.

Part 2 will focus on John’s experiences on the Central Council, the augmentation at St Martin’s, his time leading the Guild, experiences of the 12 bell – as well as, I’m sure, much more.

If you’d like to join us, but haven’t yet received the Zoom login details, please email the Ringing Master.


Future dates…

Wednesday 7 October at 7pm. In Conversation with John Anderson (Part 2)

Wednesday 14 October at 7pm. Jon Bint: Devon Call Changes

Wednesday 21 October at 7pm. Richard Pullin: Birmingham composers and their entertaining rivalry

Wednesday 28 October at 7pm. John Loveless: ‘Shake my hand and I’ll show you the ropes’ – a biography of George Pipe

Online training session: Public Relations

On Wednesday 30 September at 7pm, Vicki Chapman will be joining us to discuss issues around Public Relations in ringing and in our towers.

If you’d like to join us, but haven’t yet received the Zoom login details, please email the Ringing Master.

Future dates…

Wednesday 7 October at 7pm. In Conversation with John Anderson (Part 2)

Wednesday 14 October at 7pm. Jon Bint: Devon Call Changes

Wednesday 21 October at 7pm. Richard Pullin: Birmingham composers and their entertaining rivalry

Wednesday 28 October at 7pm. John Loveless: ‘Shake my hand and I’ll show you the ropes’ – a biography of George Pipe

Andrew Stubbs – memorial service

The memorial service for Andrew Stubbs, provisionally booked for Tuesday 13 October 2020, will not be taking place. A new date for the memorial service has not been set. Notice will be given once the date is known. In the meantime, please raise a glass to Andrew’s memory on his birthday – 9 October.

Online training sessions: September and October 2020

On Wednesday 23 September at 7pm, John Anderson will be joining us for a conversation reminiscing about the history of Birmingham ringers and ringing.

If you’d like to join us, but haven’t yet received the Zoom login details, please email the Ringing Master.

Future dates…

Wednesday 30 September at 7pm. Vicki Chapman: how can we improve Public Relations in ringing and in our towers?

Wednesday 7 October at 7pm. In Conversation with John Anderson (Part 2)

Wednesday 14 October at 7pm. Jon Bint: Devon Call Changes

Wednesday 21 October at 7pm. Richard Pullin: Birmingham composers and their entertaining rivalry

Wednesday 28 October at 7pm. John Loveless: ‘Shake my hand and I’ll show you the ropes’ – a biography of George Pipe

Online training sessions: September 2020

Wednesday evening online sessions are back – Wednesdays at 7pm on Zoom!

Alistair Cherry kicks off the new term with a presentation titled exploring Cyclic Surprise Maximus.

We will trial a slightly different way to attend this talk. If you’d like to attend, please complete this form. It’ll take only a few seconds and we will email the Zoom link on Tuesday evening. 

This way, we can advertise more widely safe in the knowledge that we won’t exceed capacity. Guild members will always have priority for attendance. 

The advertised schedule throughout September is available here.

Save the dates! October 2020 business meeting and 2021 AGM

Future dates for your diaries:

Saturday 3 October (10am onwards)
Business Meeting combined with a social event.  As we would normally have held some sort of challenge event alongside the Business Meeting, we are cooking up a plan for some alternative fun activity that we can carry out online.

Saturday 9 January 2021 Annual General Meeting (10am onwards)
At this stage we are assuming that this AGM may also need to take place online, although guidelines may change in the meantime.

We will send out further details of the agenda nearer the time as well as opportunities to send us any questions or issues to be raised at the meetings. 

Online training sessions: Wed 22 July and Wed 29 July 2020


Wednesday 22 July 2020 7pm: A History of Birmingham’s bells

This session will be led by Chris Pickford.


Wednesday 29 July 2020 7pm: An Introduction to Composing (Part 2)

Part 2 of John Warboys’ Introduction to Composing.

John has compiled a quiz, based on Part 1, which you can complete via this form. Be warned – it is tricky and certainly needs time and focus, but don’t let that put you off! John has also put together a PDF of his presentation and this, along with the recording of Part 1, can be found here.


How can I attend these sessions?

Those signed up to the Guild mailing list will receive an email with Zoom Meeting IDs and passwords. If you have not received an email, and would like to attend, please contact the Guild Ringing Master.

Online training sessions: week commencing 13 July 2020


Wednesday 15 July 2020 7pm: How to ring big bells

Julia Cater will lead this session and is keen to emphasise that her talk is relevant to all, especially those of us who may not be familiar with ringing heavy bells or believe that we can’t do it.


Saturday 18 July 2020 10am: St Clement’s and Double Oxford Minor

David Smith will lead this session focusing on the methods St Clement’s and Double Oxford Minor.


How can I attend these sessions?

Those signed up to the Guild mailing list will receive an email with Zoom Meeting IDs and passwords. If you have not received an email, and would like to attend, please contact the Guild Ringing Master.

Photography competition – results

Congratulations to the winners of the “summertime” photography competition – results announced today:

Landscape – Pauline Forster
Church – Susan Webb
Funniest – Annie Smith
Monochrome – Jonathan Townsend

You can view all of the entries, along with the highly commended and the winners in each category here:


The photographs can also be accessed via the Guild’s Flickr account.

Online training session: an introduction to composing

The training session scheduled for 7pm on Wednesday 8 July 2020 will be led by John Warboys. The talk has been specifically designed as an introduction to composition for all.


How can I attend this session?

Those signed up to the Guild mailing list will receive an email with Zoom Meeting IDs and passwords. If you have not received an email, and would like to attend, please contact the Guild Ringing Master.

Online training session: Handbell Ringing

With the easing of lockdown and the possibility of handbell ringing, now is an excellent time to re-visit those skills. On Wednesday 1 July 2020, at 7pm, we’re delighted that Tina Stoecklin and Simon Gay will be presenting to the Guild. They recently published a book titled “Change-Ringing on Handbells: Volume 1: Basic Techniques”


How can I attend this session?

Those signed up to the Guild mailing list will receive an email with Zoom Meeting IDs and passwords. If you have not received an email, and would like to attend, please contact the Guild Ringing Master.

Photography competition

Instead of the usual walking and ringing tour on Saturday 11 July 2020, we want to set you a challenge – to take the most interesting photos of your walks between now and what would have been our annual walking tour.

At 10am on Saturday 11 July 2020, we will showcase your photos and winners will be selected by our friendly panel of judges. There are three categories, with certificates awarded for winners in each category. Entries may be in colour or monochrome, and there will also be recognition for best overall monochrome photo. There will be an adult and child competition. So there is plenty of opportunity to win!

  • Photos should only be taken between now and the final entry time, which is noon on Tuesday 7 July 2020
  • Participants may enter as many categories as they wish, but only one photo per category.
  • Photos would be uploaded to Flickr. We can copyright photographs if you wish and the Guild Flickr account is private to members.
  • There is no need to anonymise entries and participation is free
  • Please email entries to smgcbr@gmail.com with the category you are entering the subject line. Entering a photograph gives us permission to upload it to the Guild Flickr account. We will not be anonymising entries on Flickr.
  • See below details for the online results, at 10am on Saturday 11 July 2020.

Judging panel: Michael, Vicky and Elizabeth Wilby and Gill and Richard Postill

Competition categories:
1) Best photo of a church
2) Funniest photo (can include selfies)
3) A landscape depicting English summertime

Zoom details:
10am, on Saturday 11 July 2020 for the competition showcase and Quiz led by Clare. Zoom login details have already been sent to those subscribed to the Guild mailing list, or can be obtained by emailing smgcbr@gmail.com

Online training sessions: week commencing 15 June 2020


Wednesday 17 June 2020 7pm: What would ‘Trip Advisor’ say about your tower?

Session, delivered by Alison Hodge, focusing on “What would Trip Adviser say about your tower?”. This looks to be a useful and engaging discussion. Please forward to anyone else you think may be interested, especially those with responsibilities for towers. You may wish to bring a pen and paper, as this session will be not recorded nor resources uploaded.


Saturday 20 June 2020 10am: Ringing Room session

Saturday’s school session will be changing focus. Clare will be running Ringing Room with interested individuals. We will see how this goes and potentially look to expand in future weeks.


How can I attend these sessions?

Those signed up to the Guild mailing list will receive an email with Zoom Meeting IDs and passwords. If you have not received an email, and would like to attend, please contact the Guild Ringing Master.

Online training sessions: tower stewardship

Our next two online training sessions will be of particular interest to Tower Captains, Steeple keepers and others with responsibility for their tower. Please share this with anyone you think may be interested.


Saturday 13 June 2020 10am

Jonathan Townsend will lead us on considerations for tower safety, including thinking about when ringing may resume.


Wednesday 17 June 2020 7pm

Wednesday: Alison Hodge will lead us on how Trip Advisor may rate and review our towers. 


How can I attend these sessions?

Those signed up to the Guild mailing list will receive an email with Zoom Meeting IDs and passwords. If you have not received an email, and would like to attend, please contact the Guild Ringing Master.

Online training sessions: week commencing 8 June 2020


Wednesday 10 June 2020 7pm: Stedman Part II

Mark will present a follow up to last week’s training, the session will begin by going through the answers to the below quiz. If you could try and complete it before Wednesday, it’ll give us a chance to see areas that people still need support on. We also know that going through answers to questions helps to consolidate our understanding.

All of the answers are available in David’s presentation/powerpoint from last week’s session. This is available on the Guild website under ‘Teaching and Resources’. The quiz link is here – good luck!


Saturday 13 June 2020 10am: Tower Stewardship

Jonathan will deliver a session on tower stewardship and considerations for bands moving forward from the current situation.


How can I attend these sessions?

Those signed up to the Guild mailing list will receive an email with Zoom Meeting IDs and passwords. If you have not received an email, and would like to attend, please contact the Guild Ringing Master.

Andrew Stubbs – funeral details

Andrew’s funeral will be at Birmingham Crematorium, Perry Barr, on Tuesday 5th May 2020 at 11.30. Due to restrictions, there will be only five immediate family members present at the service.

The family are hoping that the service can be live-streamed. If this is possible a link will be published as soon as it is available.

‘Bake Off’ competition and Business Meeting – 16 May 2020

Although we are unable to host our 6 bell contest on the above date, we will instead hold a Business Meeting with results of a Bake Off Competition at the top of the meeting.  

For your diaries, the meeting will take place from 3pm on Saturday 16 May 2020. An agenda will be sent out nearer the time. The meeting will take place on zoom. Anyone who would like to use this but needs help can contact the Guild Officers to learn how.

Andrew Stubbs

It is with deep regret that we announce that Andrew Stubbs has died after a short illness.

Andrew, Life Vice-President of the St Martin’s Guild, held the position of Master for 11 years. He was Master of the Ancient Society of College Youths (ASCY) in 1968 and held the office of ASCY Treasurer from 1981 to 2006.

Rest in peace, Andrew.

Chris Everett

Trish Everett’s husband, Chris, passed away following a short illness on 21 March 2020. Chris’ funeral took place on 1 April 2020 with just the immediate family in attendance.

Trish has given permission for this image of the order of service to be shared with the Guild and has asked that if any of you would like to light a candle and hold the family in your thoughts, they would very much appreciate it.

There will be a memorial service planned with thanksgiving, ringing and burial of ashes at a later date.