Graduation success!

Clares CatChristine Barnell has become the first student to graduate from the Birmingham School of Bell Ringing.

Before joining the School Christine had already had one go at learning to ring, but had given up, not feeling she had ever gained enough confidence with bell control. A friend persuaded her to try again and pointed her in the direction of the School. We went back to first principles and retaught her, taking things at her pace and slowly building her confidence. Once through those early stages things really took off and her progress was rapid. She graduates having rung 6 quarter peals and is a credit to the School.


We won’t be saying goodbye though – she’s signed up to come back as a helper.

Congratulations Christine and very well done!

What a weekend!

Clares Cat


Congratulations to 2 of our students on ringing their first quarter peals this weekend: Paul Mobey and Chloë Harris took part in Arthur Reeves’ quarter peal afternoon on Saturday before the St Martin’s Guild AGM.

Paul rang the treble to Grandsire Double at Smethwick: and Chloë rang the treble to Plain Bob Doubles at Handsworth:



Triple success for Tim

Clares CatTriple success for Tim today at Harborne – first quarter peal, tick; first quarter covering, tick; Level 3 Learning the Ropes complete, tick. Phew! Well done Tim.

VE Day Commemoration

Clares CatThe national commemoration of the 70th anniversary of VE Day is taking preference over sessions of the School this week. As many of you will be aware, the Government has requested that bells in all churches be rung (if possible) at 11.00 on Saturday 9th May. So that this can happen, we recognise that many of you will be needed by your own towers. The School sessions at Handsworth, Harborne and Edgbaston will not be taking place, but there is VE Day commemorative ringing at all 4 School towers – some of you are helping us achieve this at Handsworth, where there are hardly any local ringers.

I hope that most if not all of you manage to ring somewhere next Saturday morning – for some of you, this could be your first taste of helping the nation to commemorate an historic event.

 THERE WILL BE a bell handling only session at St Paul’s for the Level 1 students

Website updates

Clares CatSome of the sections of the website have now been updated – “About the School” has some additional pages, giving the prospective new ringer a bit more of an idea what to expect should they sign up.

From this week onwards, the weekly allocation will also be published in the “helpers” section of the School website. Bookmark it is password protected so if you are a tutor or helper you will need to contact me for the password, if you don’t already have it.

Have a look around and see what you think.