Stoke St Milborough simulator available for booking

Throughout July and August 2024, the ringing simulator and training bells at Stoke St Milborough, near Ludlow, are available to book any Wednesday or Thursday evening from 7pm to 9pm. (Other times are theoretically possible by prior arrangement.)

Stoke St Milborough simulatorYou can book in for individual practice, where you ring the tied Treble to any method alongside virtual ringers or you can come as a group and ring together with up to all eight of the bells tied. Early stage learners can use our Matthew Higby training bells to perfect handling.

​In this way, you can ring on real bells without being heard outside the church – ideal for ringers trying to challenge themselves with methods that push them beyond their comfort zone. (If it keeps firing out, at least you know you’re disturbing nobody!) We have recorded the sound of our own bells, so the amplified sound within the ringing room is pretty authentic. Tied-bell quarter peals are also possible, of course – it’s up to you how you use the set-up…

Stoke St Milborough simulatorMartin and/or Ashley can be available to offer any help and guidance, and if you want any extra ringers to help make up a band, we can try to get that organised too.

There is no charge to use the simulator, but donations to the bell fund are, of course, greatly appreciated. Last but not least, we can open up the Village Hall bar if you want a quick drink before you head back home. What could possibly be a better incentive?!

Stoke St Milborough simulatorFurther details are on our website and here is our exact location

To make an initial inquiry or book in, please email or just make contact through the website.

Stoke St Milborough simulator​We look forward to hearing from you!

Martin Scott & Ashley Smith

Stoke St Milborough

Guild Festival and AGM 2024 – revised arrangements

This year’s Guild festival and AGM will bo held on Saturday 11th May 2024.

Please note the new arrangements below

There will be open ringing at the following towers en route to the AGM at Eardisland. Everyone who turns up will get an opportunity to ring at their level.

10:00 – 11:00 Presteigne, St Andrew

Number of Bells: 8
Tenor Weight: 13-2-21

11:00 – 1200 New Radnor, St Mary

Number of Bells: 6
Tenor Weight: 7-2-18

New Radnor
12:00 – 13:00 change of venue

Unfortunately Old Radnor is no longer available so instead we’ll go to …

Kington, St Mary

Number of Bells: 6
Tenor Weight: 11-0-23

13:00 – 14:00 Lyonshall, St Michael & All Angels

Number of Bells: 6
Tenor Weight: 11-0-0

14:00 – 15:00 Pembridge, St Mary The Virgin

Number of Bells: 5
Tenor Weight: 16-0-0

15:00 – 16:00 Eardisland, St Mary

Number of Bells: 8
Tenor Weight: 12-2-26


Ringing will be followed by a Service at 4pm, with Tea and the AGM from 4:45pm


Guild Quarter Peal Festival

Have you ever rung a Quarter Peal before?

Would you like to try?

We would like to encourage ringers new and old to take up the challenge to ring a quarter (or maybe more!) for the Guild Quarter Peal Festival.

Maybe you would like to have a shot at your first quarter or try out that method you’ve been learning.

A whole fortnight of Quarter Peal ringing will be taking place …

August 10th – 25th

For more information or to get involved email Nicky Aubrey at


The Osbaldiston Shield

We are very pleased to announce that we have a new trophy for the Guild Call Change Competition.  At the request of the Striking Competition Committee the new trophy has been designed and made by Lynn Scales and we are very happy with the result.

Alec Osbaldiston
Alec Osbaldiston

Lynn made the very fitting suggestion that the trophy be named the Osbaldiston Shield in recognition of the many years of the service that Alec Osbaldiston gave as a member of the Thomas Cooper Striking Competition Committee.  Alec joined the committee in the mid-seventies, becoming Secretary in 1985, and served in this role until 2018.  The Striking Competitions held during Alec’s tenure were always meticulously organised and ran without (any noticeable) hitch.

Alec’s family have been approached and they are delighted and touched that the shield will be dedicated to his memory.

We would love there to be a good number of challengers for this new trophy, so please consider entering a band.

The Call Change competition will be held at Kington on Saturday 9th March.  All district secretaries have details and details can also be found  here.

Entries should be submitted by 2nd March.

Everyone is most welcome to come along to Kington on Saturday 9th March to enjoy listening to the ringing, to meet friends old and new, and to take part in the other activities in the church during the afternoon.

Guild Competition Day

The 2024 Thomas Cooper Striking Competition is taking place as part of the Guild Competition Day on Saturday 9th March at Kington. We are hoping, after the cancellation of last year’s event, that the new date in the spring will prove more popular and we are trying to do something new with the event.

You can  download the rules for the event which I hope will be self-explanatory. There are some changes to the requirements for the competition, following your feedback. Firstly, the test piece for the method ringing section will now be 120 changes of any doubles method. For the call change section, the ‘two year rule’ has been relaxed to three years.

As in 2019, the last time the competition was held, there will be a method ringing and a call change section to the competition. This year, we are going to add a third element to the event, which will be a Novice Rounds Challenge. This will be open to individual towers or cluster bands to enter, and constructive feedback will be given positively and in an encouraging manner! Please see the rules for further information.

The aim of the Novice Rounds Challenge is to encourage new ringers to develop their engagement with the Guild and to aspire to good striking. It is hoped that the Challenge will encourage networking and sharing good practice amongst developing bands, learners and teachers of ringing.

Throughout the afternoon, tea, coffee and cake/biscuits will be available in the church and we are arranging various stalls and activities to be available while ringing takes place. There are toilet facilities in the church. Access to the tower is via an external stone staircase and the bells are an easy-going, clear ring of six with little odd-struckness.

I look forward to receiving entries by Saturday 2nd March 2024 please.

If you have any questions, please do get in touch.

Best wishes,

Tim Hollinghurst (email
On behalf of the Committee (Fran Watkins, Nicky Aubrey and Tim Hollinghurst)


Hereford Ringing Course 2024

Update from Adrian Moreton on 3rd February …


We’ve just finished processing the student applications for this year’s course, and with their acceptances we’ve included a clothing order form. We have a special 60th logo  – similar to the 50th for those who remember it!

If you want to order anything,  the price list and  form can be downloaded here: Ringing Course clothing order form 24

Looking forward to seeing you in April.

Best wishes,


A three day course: Thursday 4th – Sunday 7th April, 2024

Royal National College, Venns Lane, Hereford

  • Groups ranging from Rounds and Calls to Surprise Major
  • 6 Practical sessions
  • Additional opportunities to practice
    • Conducting
    • Listening and timing
    • Change ringing on handbells
  • Saturday evening celebration of 60 Hereford Courses

For more information, a full programme and application form visit
Or contact the course secretary enclosing a self addressed stamped envelope:

Alison Moreton
1 Silcoates Drive

Closing date for applications is 31st January, 2024

Prices: Resident: with all meals: £505
Basic (non-resident, no meals) : £150 (£100 for under 18’s) Individual
meals may be ordered as required.

Guild Festival and AGM at Leominster Priory & Forbury Chapel, Saturday 13th May

The Guild AGM will be held on Saturday 13th May 2023 in Leominster.

The Ringing Festival takes two alternate routes on the way to Leominster; join us to ring at the towers on Route A or Route B below, finally meeting up at Eye and then Leominster Priory church.

Route A
10:00-10:30 Wigmore
10:45-11:45 Aymestrey
12:00-12:30 Monkland
Route B
10:30 – 11:30 Stoke Prior
11:50-12:20 Leysters
12:30-13:00 Middleton

13:00 – 13:45 Eye

Leominster Priory
14:00 – 15:30
Guild Office
AGM 16:45 in the Forbury Chapel
followed by Ringers Tea.
Note: toilet facilities are very limited (Stoke & Leominster only).

Download the HDGB AGM Agenda 2023

Hereford Ringing Course 2023

A three day course: Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th April, 2023

Royal National College, Venns Lane, Hereford

Prices: Resident: £265 plus meals —meal prices unavailable until February
Basic (non-resident, no meals) : £100 Individual meals may be ordered as required.

    • Groups ranging from Rounds and Calls to Surprise Major
      • New Treble Dodging Minor group
      • Surprise Major group focusing on the new ‘core 7’
    • 6 Practical sessions
    • Additional opportunities to practice
      • Raise and Fall
      • Conducting
      • Listening and timing
      • Handbells (change ringing and tunes)

For more information, a full programme and application form visit
Or contact the course secretary enclosing a self addressed stamped envelope:

Alison Moreton
1 Silcoates Drive

Closing date for applications is 31st January, 2023

Please join the Hereford Course Facebook group if you would like to keep in touch with our activities.

HM Queen Elizabeth II

HM Queen Elizabeth II

HM Queen Elizabeth II
2 June 1953 – 8 September 2022

Listen to the bells of Leominster Priory ringing fully muffled in memoriam …