About Us

The Eckington Bell ringers support the Royal British Legion

Between the 6th of June this year (D Day) and the 8th of May 2025 (V E Day), our bell ringers plan to ring at 80 different churches in a bid to raise funds for the Royal British Legion as part of the commemoration of the 80th anniversaries of both dates. There are 79 churches with 6 or 8 bells affiliated with the Derby Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers (DDA) which are available to ring at, so these will form the bulk of the ringing and therefore our ringers will be travelling all across the county to achieve this objective. To get the 80th church the ringers have been in contact with the ringers at Holy Trinity Church in Eckington Worcestershire to arrange a visit to ring their bells.

Sponsorship forms are available so please support this initiative by pledging on one of these or by using the QR code here.

Watch our Facebook page, the Church’s Facebook page and this or the church’s websites for updates on how we are doing. You can also see where we plan to ring and where we have rung already by visiting this map.

This church bell ringing training centre, at St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Eckington, is run for the benefit of all ringers.

The principal supporters when it was originally set up were the Derby Diocesan Association (DDA), East Derby & West Notts. Association (EDWNA) and the Sheffield Branch of the Yorkshire Association. Each of these organisations is represented on the management committee and the Centre hosts courses by them as well as its own. In recent years the Centre has also become one of the principal training towers for The Whiting Society.

The Centre is available for use by all ringers (provided at least one person in the group is an experienced ringing teacher). To make an enquiry visit our Training Request page.

New to Bell Ringing? A short video from ART that gives some idea of what you can gain from learning to ring.

The Centre uses the techniques and practices of the Integrated Teacher Training Scheme and supports the ‘Learning the Ropes’ syllabus for learners. Most teachers are members of the Association of Ringing Teachers.

If you are totally new to bell ringing and would like a taster session either contact a church near you with bells or if you don’t know of one or are local to us at Eckington make contact through this link and we will be in touch with you to ensure you get that experience.