About the Council

The Council is the representative body for all who ring bells in the English tradition with rope and wheel, the majority of whom practise the art of change ringing. Founded in 1891, the Council today represents 65 affiliated societies, which cover all parts of the British Isles as well as centres of ringing in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the USA, South Africa and Italy. These societies in turn comprise the members of the local companies of ringers in their areas.

The Object of the Central Council is to advance the practice, heritage and appreciation of bell ringing as an enjoyable mental and physical exercise and unique performing art for the public benefit of both church and community.


To be the strategic leader and public voice of the ringing community, the arbiter of standards; and to promote an environment where ringing can flourish


A vibrant community of ringers; with bell ringing widely valued as an enjoyable mental and physical exercise and unique performing art, which enhances the life of both community and church

To encourage and celebrate excellence in ringing by:

  1. Recruiting and developing new learners and new leaders
  2. Engaging maturely with the Church and other relevant stakeholders
  3. Continuing to raise positive public awareness of ringing
  4. Celebrating and promoting the historical legacy of ringing
  5. Promoting excellence in standards
  6. Increasing direct participation in the Central ringing organisation’s activities