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How To Set Up a Cluster of Towers on the website

A Cluster is a group of towers that work closely together, and who would like to have a shared news stream on the website. If you want to set one up you will need to:

    1. Create a new CATEGORY with the cluster’s name as its name, and make all the affected towers into SUB-CATEGORIES of the new cluster category (this is important for merging the news streams).
    2. Create a new POST with the cluster’s name as its name. An example is Candover Valley Ringers. This gives the cluster it’s own URL – in this case, it would be Use the categories CLUSTER INFORMATION and the relevant cluster and tower names. Most clusters sit wholly inside one District so use the District’s category as well. This puts the correct menu on the left hand side, and adds the District news on the right. A nice feature image helps. Has the band already got a logo?
    3. Create a new WIDGET by copying the code from another cluster, and change the name of the cluster throughtout, and the ids of the tower pages.

That is the absolute minimum for a new cluster! Good luck! You might also want to:

  1. Create a “learn to ring” post for the cluster (if you make it cluster information, it will be displayed at the top of the widget), as well as on each of the towers’ home pages)
  2. Move all the towers to the new tower page layout.
  3. Have an overall cluster correspondent, displayed on the home page. Edit the person’s contact page, adding “cluster correspondent” and the relevant cluster name to the categories for that person.

Learn to Ring in the Candover Valley

I’ve always liked the sound of bells but didn’t think I could learn to ring because I’m not a member of the Church of England*

So said one recent recruit in the Candover Valley, who is now a happy member of the band! If you come and learn to ring with us, you will benefit from an experienced, enthusiastic teacher and a variety of different bells which will help you to build your skills step by step.

*You can become a ringer at any of our towers across the Guild, we welcome those of all faiths or none.


Candover Valley Ringers

We ring the Bells at Brown Candover, Ellisfield, Preston Candover and Northington. We welcome beginners, and visitors to the area who would like to ring with us. Please see our tower pages for more details of ringing times and locations.

ROCH Ringers

ROCH ringers are a ‘cross Guild’ friendly bunch who support and ring at each others towers on practice nights and for weddings etc. They can be found ringing the bells at:

They share bells, friendship, fun, beer and outings

  • Learn to ring with ROCHRingers

    Learning to ring in this atmosphere is a pleasure. They have quite a few new ringers of all ages ( 7yrs – 70yrs) between them and folks thinking ‘Hmm I would like to give it a go’ are always welcome.                                                                                                                                        Please click on any of the tower links to find their contact details,the days and times that they practice.

    See you soon.

Bellringing In Bournemouth (Welcome, Calendar, Parking, Access)

Welcome, from the bellringers at St. John’s, St. Peter’s and Sacred Heart, to the world of Bellringing in Bournemouth.

st johns bournemouth photo by Rosalind Martin
st johns

St John’s tuneful octave hosts practices weekly and holds a well attended 8 bell practice on the 2nd Tuesday which draws ringers from across the area.

St Peter’s has a fine heavier ring of 8 in the centre of Bournemouth. The church is an outstanding example of high Victorian church decoration which extends into the ringing chamber.

A rare ring of bells in a catholic church completes the Bournemouth towers with the light six at Sacred Heart within walking distance of St Peter’s.

Each tower has its own band and practice night but the ringers support each other’s towers for extra ringing, weddings and services so if you are in Bournemouth you will be guaranteed a ring somewhere.


  • St John’s has 2 steps up to the ringers’ entrance (the door facing the street) and a bell to ring if locked during practice night. There is a short staircase up to the ringing chamber.
  • Sacred Heart has a short flight steps up at the main entrance (on Albert Rd) then a short spiral staircase up to the ringing chamber. There is a spacious gallery off the ringing chamber so room to spill out if you are waiting to ring.
  • St Peter’s has a sweeping flight of steps up to the ringer’s (and main) entrance facing the road, and a bell to ring if you are late during ringing. The spiral staircase is the first door on your left inside; medium height.


  • St John’s has ground floor toilets which are accessible during ringing.
  • St Peter’s toilets are in the basement rooms


    • St Peters Bournemouth by Jack PeaseSt. John’s has parking for a dozen cars behind the church, and on-street parking outside.
    • St. Peter’s is next to a large public carpark in Upper Hinton Rd, and a footpath leads from the corner of the carpark directly into the top of the churchyard. See Dove Entry for map and coordinates. There is disabled parking in the Churchyard PLEASE contact the tower captain to arrange in advance.
    • Sacred Heart has limited onstreet parking outside if you are lucky, otherwise see Dove entry for the recommended multi-story carpark, the Satnav destination will take you there. There is limited disabled parking PLEASE contact the tower captain to arrange in advance.

Contact us: Click for our contact forms

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Calendar of Open Bellringing in Bournemouth