Nominations for Guild Office

The Guild AGM will be taking place on Saturday 12 January 2019 at Knowle. Nominations for Guild Offices need to be with the Secretary 6 weeks before the AGM.

OfficersIncumbentWilling to stand for   re-election?
MasterSimon Linford            yes
Ringing MasterArthur Reevesyes
TreasurerTracy Stevensyes
SecretaryClare McArdleyes
ArchivistMark Ecclestonyes
Safeguarding OfficerTrish Everettyes
PR OfficerVacant
OfficialsIncumbentWilling to stand for   re-election?
Henry Johnson Dinner SecretaryJenny Sunteryes
WebmasterTracy Stevensno
General Fund TrusteeJohn Andersonyes
General Fund TrusteeChris Millsyes
Bell Restoration Fund TrusteeAndrew Stubbsyes
Bell Restoration Fund TrusteeDon Finnemoreyes
Independent                 ExaminerStephen HortonUnknown
Independent                 ExaminerThomas HortonYes

If you would like to stand for any Office or wish to nominate someone please Email the Secretary

Please indicate proposer and seconder for nominations.

ALE – Pershore Sat 6th Oct

 2.00 – 3.15 Pershore Abbey (8)

3.30 – 4.30 St Andrew’s Centre, Pershore (8)

Afterwards The Pickled Plum, High Street Pershore

Ringing at Pershore Abbey is special because it has a unique ringing chamber that has to be seen to be believed. Parking is available on a Pay & Display to the West of the Abbey, off a mini roundabout at the junction of Church Row and Abbey Road.


Guild Business Meeting Agenda 23/9/18

Sunday 23rd September 19.30hrs

Bournville Community Hub, Sycamore Road


  1. Apologies for absence (Officers)
  2. Minutes of the General Meeting held on 15 July 2018
  3. Matters arising not on agenda
  4. Election of new members
    • Full members
    • Associate members
  5. Bell Restoration Fund
  6. Membership
  7. Tower contact information
  8. Website
  9. Review of Guild organised practices
  10. Armistice Day ringing
  11. 100 Club
  12. 2019 AGM agenda and programme
  13. 2019 HJ Dinner programme
  14. AOB
  15. Date of next meeting

Brumdingers – RWNYC

Ringing World National Youth Contest 2018

When the call for entries to the RWNYC was published, Brumdingers didn’t actually have a team who had even rung rounds on 8, yet alone call changes. Indeed, the most experienced of the Brumdingers had just started to ring simple call changes on 6. We had a word with the organisers to see if they might be flexible for us, and then decided to go for it. The plan was to take five of the new ringers from Moseley, all of whom are 11, and then add in Sophie from Harborne plus Rio and Kunal from Perry Barr, all of whom have rung in the contest before for the St Martin’s Youths.

Sophie, Rio and Kunal started coming over to Moseley on Thursday evenings after exams had finished. As we started building up to getting the Brumdingers ringing on 8, and then contemplating moving bells around, we added in the three more experienced ringers to help. Eight days before the contest we got the test piece all the way through for the first time. For the final practice before the contest we took the team to Harborne to experience ringing at a different tower – being used to St Mary’s Moseley, Harborne were not universally appreciated, much to Clare’s disappointment (“I hate these bells” – Caoimhe).

On the day, Sophie, Kunal and Rio were joined by Sara, Charlie, Orson, Sonny and Caoimhe, with Lex and Max in support. We had a 12.20 draw for our competition slot allowing for a cunning Linford plan. Instead of going on the morning tour of City of London towers, all of which would have been too difficult for the young Brumdingers anyway, I got the Docklands Ringing Centre in Bermondsey (“I hate these bells” – Caoimhe) all to ourselves for an additional practice. There we went through the test piece four times, including a full simulation of the 20 minute contest slot, a technique borrowed from the Birmingham 12 bell band.

Armed with more confidence than experience, the team and supporting crew made its way to St Olave’s Hart Street (“I hate these bells” – Caoimhe) for our competition ringing. The competition is set up with three parallel heats, with bands knowing in advance their slot time so they can plan their day and not hang around at the towers. Although the rules do not allow adults, other than a row counter, up the tower, we negotiated a concession so that we had the four CATS in the ringing chamber (Clare, Simon and Tracy standing behind the least experienced three, and Arthur counting for our conductor Sophie). Team mascot Simba was also in attendance!
And they rang it! 168 call changes, including two required ‘feature rows’, no disasters, and a degree of competence that was beyond what we had set as a target. They came out into the churchyard sun to a big round of applause.

While the top six teams from the morning’s qualifiers battled it out in the final at Garlickhythe, the afternoon was spent learning about the complexities of the East London transport network to visit Limehouse (10) and Rotherhithe (8) (no prizes for guessing Caoimhe’s opinion), interspersed with diving into playparks and cafes, and huddling round phones watching the England match.

The results were held at 6pm at St Mary le Bow. The judges, including our own Alistair Cherry, were generous in their praise for all the teams, congratulating the Brumdingers for navigating the test piece and giving encouragement and things to think about for next time. It was noted that they were the team with the lowest average age (13). The judging is done using grades, and the Brumdingers were awarded a Grade D, which was what we had targeted for such an inexperienced team. They were not the only D, and one team was not graded as they fielded an ineligible player (“We weren’t last!” – Charlie). The overall contest was won by the Sussex Young Ringers.

It was very noticeable how much older most of the teams are. The Brumdingers should get better and better. Sadly we lose Sophie next year; Kunal and Rio have couple more years left in them, but the youngsters could have seven more years of challenging for the title!

Guild AGM

St Martin’s Guild Annual General Meeting

Saturday 14 January 2017

St Alphege, Solihull (12, 21-1-11 in Eb)

3.00 – 4.15 pm General ringing at Sheldon

4.30 pm Tea at Solihull

5.00 pm AGM

7.00 pm (approx) – 8.30 pm General ringing at Solihull

NB tea and meeting are taking place in the church Numbers for tea to Clare McArdle 0121 6800355 by Wednesday 11 January 2017.

Young Learners Practice

Simon Linford is starting a new young ringers practice at St Mary’s Moseley on Thursday evenings from 6.30 to 7.45. christened “Brumdingers”!  First practice is this week.

It is primarily aimed at building a band of young ringers starting from scratch, but could accommodate young ringers who have already started to learn. It is not replacing the monthly Wednesday St Martins Youths practices for the more experienced.  Simon has suggested a minimum age of 10, although a girl who had a go at lunchtime today was slightly younger (as is Charlie) and she managed.

He is hoping to recruit from the church and local schools, but if anyone has a young recruit who would benefit from more practice in the company of other youngsters, or if you have a potential recruit you are not confident of teaching, please bring/send them along. 

The teaching will be following the ‘Learn the Ropes’ programme, and there will be a charge of £2 a week to cover registration, certificates, books, and refreshments.

National 12 bell striking contest trophy comes home

12 bell

A massive congratulations to our very own Birmingham team

Team Speed J S
1 Birmingham 3h28 85% 11.2
2 Bristol 3h33 80% 12.2
3 ASCY 3h49 77% 11.7
4 Melbourne 3h29 74% 13.4
5 SRCY 3h29 73% 13.4
6 Exeter 3h32 71% 13.6
7 Cambridge 3h24 70% 13.7
8 Worcester 3h31 63% 14.4
9 Guildford 3h31 58% 15.9

SMG Walking Tour Saturday 9th July


St Martin’s Guild Walking/Ringing Outing 9th July 2016

General Description: The format is similar to last year’s walking/ringing outing.  The basic idea is a countryside walk in the Alvechurch & Redditch area, ringing at three towers en-route with lunch at a pub and travelling to and from the area by train.  Further refreshments in a pub at the end if required.

Programme and Timetable

08.57     Train departs from King’s Norton Station for Alvechurch (or at 8.41 from New St, 8.20 from Sutton Coldfield etc.).  It is also possible to drive to Alvechurch Station and park there.

09.14     Arrive at Alvechurch Station

09.15 – 09.30      Walk to St Lawrence, Alvechurch (0.7 km (0.4 miles), 15 min        (OS Grid Ref. SP 027725)

09.30 – 10.45      St Lawrence, Alvechurch              8              (12-0-1)               

10.50 – 13.30      Walk 7.2 km (4.5 miles) to The Village Inn, Beoley   (2h 40 min including rest/drink stops)

13.30 – 15.00      Lunch at The Village Inn, Beoley    (Menu will be circulated; food must be pre-ordered)

15.00 – 15.30      Walk to St Leonard’s, Beoley (1.7 km (1.1 miles), 30 min)             (OS Grid Ref. SP 065697)

15.30 – 16.30      St Leonard’s, Beoley                      8              (10-2-20)        (after locals have rung after 2.30 wedding)

16.35 – 17.35      Walk to St. Stephen’s, Redditch (3.9 km (2.4 miles), 1 hour)         (OS Grid Ref. SP 041677)

17.40 – 18.40      St. Stephen, Redditch                    8              (10-3-12)

Either:   18.40 – 18.47      Walk to Redditch Station (0.5 km (0.3 miles), 7 min)
18.55                     Train departs from Redditch for return journey

Or:          18.45 onwards – Refreshments at The Rising Sun (a Weatherspoon’s pub) in Redditch, 200 m from the church.  Please indicate if you are likely to stay for this and if likely to order food, so that pub can be advised of approximate numbers and tables can be reserved.  Trains leave from Redditch at 19.12, 19.32, 19.55, 20.27, 20.57, 21.27, 21.57 etc.

Walking notes:
Total distance is approximately 14 km (8.7 miles).  Most walking is on country footpaths, with some country lanes and 1 km of suburban streets into the centre of Redditch.  The terrain is generally easy, but includes a 70 m (230 ft) ascent to the top of Newbourne Hill after leaving Alvechurch.  The longest section is 4.5 miles from Alvechurch to the lunch pub, but there will be plenty of time for rest & drinks breaks, one at the top of Newbourne Hill.  Some of the footpaths could be muddy in wet weather and some of the fields have long grass which could be wet.  Waterproof clothing and footwear is advised.  Map: OS Explorer 220.

Travelling notes:  Participants can join the train at any intermediate station between Sutton Coldfield and Alvechurch, or alternatively some may find it more convenient to drive to Alvechurch station and park there (not at the church).  Those with a Centro travel pass (which covers travel as far as Longbridge) will need to buy a return ticket from Longbridge to Redditch; those without a pass will need a straightforward return to Redditch.  For those travelling from Kings Norton station there is a free car park at the station which will have plenty of free space on a Saturday, but please allow plenty of time to purchase a ticket as the ticket office is some way away on the other side of the station.

Mike Dodson
     0121 705 3744             07901 580004

National 12-bell Striking Contest – Coming Soon



2016 Contest
The Final will take place at
Ss Peter and Paul, Aston on
Saturday 25th June

12 bell Competing teams

ASCY, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Exeter,
Guildford, Melbourne, SRCY, Worcester


David G Hull (chief)
Thomas W Griffiths
Thomas J Hinks

Test piece

Cambridge Surprise Maximus
4ths-place Before, 10ths-place Home

Rose Horton cleans up at the ART awards 2016!

roseRose Horton

Winner of  – ART Award for Learning the Ropes + Young Conductor of the Year

Highly Commended – ART Award for Learning the Ropes + Outstanding Progress Award

Joint Winner – ART Award for Learning the Ropes Level 5 Achiever of the Year


The hosts – Birmingham through to 12 Bell Final Saturday 25th June 2016 – Ss Peter and Paul, Aston

The Final will take place at Ss Peter and Paul, Aston

on Saturday 25th June.

The test piece will be Cambridge Surprise Maximus:
4ths-place Before, 10ths-place Home

The complete Eliminator results are below…

Amersham High Wycombe Reading
Local info
Local info
Local info
Tom Griffiths
Andrew Keech
David Hull
John Thurman
Tom Hinks
Chris Poole
1 Birmingham
2 Cambridge
3 Exeter
4 Towcester
St Paul’s
5 Oxford
6 Southwark
H Wycombe
8 Amersham

ART 2016 Awards – Congratulations to Clare McArdle and BSoBR

ART Award for Innovation in Recruitment or Retention
sponsored by AbelSim

Clare McArdle and Birmingham School of Bell Ringing

Features that impressed the judges:
The huge scale of the operation and an approach that is new and different, which also makes efforts to ensure that participants are able to integrate into a local tower and not just the School.

Highly Commended
Church Gresley
Peter McBride, Eastern District of the Irish Association of Change Ringers
Denmisch Project, Exeter Cathedral School
The Docklands Ringing Centre
Holy Trinity, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury
Corinne Rule