The Chester Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers

The Guild was founded in 1887 and is responsible for all aspects of ringing in this area.  One of many territorial organisations of its kind throughout the United Kingdom, for ease of administration it is subdivided into five Branches, of which Oxton belongs to the Wirral  Branch.  However, the Guild plays important role "behind the scenes" and full details can be found on its own Website.
Alex Martin held office as Guild Master and as a mark of his services to the Guild was a Vice President.


The Wirral Branch

There are 20 churches in Wirral with bells hung for change ringing. The Branch is responsible for promoting bell ringing in Wirral, and to do this it arranges ringing in various formats.  A programme for the current year can be viewed on the Branch website, but essentially topics covered are as follows:

bulletA Meeting at a different tower each month
bulletArranging monthly ringing at Chester Cathedral
bulletPractices for learners
bulletAdvanced method practices
bulletAn annual striking competition
bulletRinging Tours beyond Wirral
bulletQuarter Peals


The Wirral Branch has a discussion group called WirralBellringers as an easy means of communication from its officers and its members; and as a tool for members to use, perhaps to notify a special practice at their tower.  Further information  is available on the Branch website. To join, simply e-mail stating your name please.