Leicester Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers
Welcome to the home page of the LDG. Our aims are to:
- promote ringing of church bells for religious services
- advance the art of change-ringing with frequent meetings of members of the Guild
- extend the appreciation of change-ringing among the general public
- ensure that church bells are maintained in proper condition
- provide instructors in the art of change ringing
- teach good striking - the ability to ring one bell after the previous one
- provide funding for maintaining and improving bells through the Bell Restoration Fund.
The work of the Guild covers the whole of the Leicester Diocese of the Church of England. The Leicester Diocesan Guild was formed in 1946 from part of the Midland Counties Association. It currently has more than 700 members spread across six regions or districts as they are known:
- Market Harborough
- Melton Mowbray
Members are also welcome to join us on Facebook!
Richard III - The Final Journey
On February 4th 2013 the world’s media waited with abated breath for the announcement from Leicester University that the skeletal remains, exhumed from the car park at Greyfriars, Leicester were in fact those of Richard III, the last Plantagenet King of England.
Back in September 2012 and led by Dr Richard Buckley, the archaeological team from the University of Leicester excavated the site of the old Greyfriars Priory where it was believed that Richard III had been laid to rest, following his defeat at The Battle of Bosworth in 1485. The rest is history as we say and has been well documented over the past two years.
Following the announcement in February 2013, a project team was established to see that the former King was laid to rest with the honour and dignity he deserves. The arrangements have not been without controversy with a bid to have the King reinterred in York, all well documented across the media. Some of you may think it no more controversial that the King’s life but whatever your beliefs it remains that King Richard will finally be laid to rest in a specially prepared tomb in Leicester Cathedral on Thursday 26th March in the presence of the Most Revd. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.
LDG Dinner 2015 - Photos!
Thanks to all those who turned out to the Leicestershire County Cricket Club last night for the 2015 Annual Dinner ... Photos can be found in the facebook group here!
Thank you to Chris for speaking, and congratulations to Gemma on ringing your first peal on the same day!
LDG Ringing Course 2015 - Application Forms
Application forms for the 2015 Guild Ring Course are now available to download from this link.
Applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis so do not delay in apply today!
Priority will be given to those living in the Guild area until March 31 after that date applications will be accepted from all.
See you in September!
LDG newsletter - Dec 2014
The latest edition of the Guild newsletter is now available here.
In it you will find a round up of recent events, an excellent article on place notation and details of the latest Rising Ringers and Education Committee meetings.