Registered Small Societies

At the Central Council AGM on 5th September 2020 the Council voted to approve a change to its rules which introduces a new level of Central Council society membership.

Registered Small Society is a new level of membership open to ringing societies with 75 or fewer members.

What are the benefits?

To your society:

  • Affiliation to the Central Council as the national and international body for ringers recognised by the Church of England and other organisations can help raise the profile of your society.
  • Strengthen your connections to other guilds both locally and nationally.•Makes it easier to access services and support available from the Council, especially when working with the Church of England.
  • Have an influence into the Central Council as it is moving towards being a proactive support group for all ringers, potentially providing opportunities that members of the society might benefit from in future.
  • Develop best practices (eg. safeguarding)
  • For higher education societies, closer links with the Council’s new Workgroup on Universities & Colleges.

To the wider ringing community:

  • A better-connected Council is more able to serve the interests of the ringing community.
  • A more diverse membership will contribute to the quality of the Council’s strategic planning.
  • A greater role for small societies, contributes to the Council’s aim to promote the recruitment, training and retention of young ringers, including through university societies.
  • Higher standards and closer links between all societies can only serve to enhance the reputation of ringing and serve the interests of all ringing societies.
  • The Church of England values the Council’s role in promoting a network of strong, interconnected societies.
  • Bringing small societies into the organisational family of ringing makes ringing stronger in the eyes of the Church and the other external bodies on whose support it depends.

Admission Criteria

A society wishing to become a registered small society should download an application form and submit this to the Small Society mailbox ( for consideration at the next Executive meeting. 

Annual Membership Fee

The annual membership fee for a Registered Small Society is £20, this is half the fee paid by an Affiliated Society.

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