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About Our Society

The Doncaster and District Society of Change Ringers was established in 1921. Our society members ring at church bell towers within a 15 mile radius of Doncaster. We hold our monthly meetings (except December and January) on the last Saturday of the month.

Our Annual General Meeting is held on the last Saturday of January at The Minster Church of St. George in Doncaster.

The aim of our society is threefold:

  1. To further church service ringing
  2. To encourage and cultivate the scientific art of change ringing
  3. To promote good fellowship amongst ringers.

Our programme for the year is published on the website and each month our meetings are advertised in the Ringing World. Visitors are welcome to attend at our meetings.

New Ringers Required

There is a shortage of bell ringers in the Doncaster area. Are you interested in learning how to ring a church bell and take up a very rewarding and interesting hobby? Free training is provided. There are many ways to contact the Society. You can speak to the vicar or member of your local church, visit a ringing tower during a practice night or on a Sunday (when they ring for church service). You can contact Mrs Marian Thomas (Secretary) by using the Contact the Secretary form below and select New Learner Enquiry as the subject. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings.

The Doncaster and District Society of Change Ringers was featured on a Sine FM radio show on the 28th February 2013. The one hour show contains information about our Society and interviews with Mrs Marian Thomas (secretary) and Mr Cyril Toyne, who has been ringing church bells for 68 years. Cyril gives a good insight into bell ringing and he has taught many new learners. He explains about learning to ring a Church bell and how long this will take.  The show is available on Mixcloud and you are invited to listen to Marian and Cyril by Clicking here. There is no need to listen to the whole show, click along the play bar or drag the play time marker to 17 minutes 24 seconds to the start of the interviews.

An item about the Society was broadcast on the 11 July 2013 by BBC Radio Sheffield on the Toby Foster Breakfast Show. You can listen to the interviews by clicking on the below links. Thank you to BBC Radio Sheffield for allowing use of the recordings on our website. The files are MP3 format.

BBC Radio Sheffield Introduction
BBC Radio Sheffield Interview

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We periodically publish a newsletter containing news updates and information about events and activities. Use the form below to subscribe to our newsletter. You will receive an email request to confirm your subscription. Follow the instructions contained in the email.


Society Forum

discussionOur Society now has a Forum with lots of features and a responsive layout making it smart-phone and tablet computer friendly. Click on the image to view the forum. Instructions and rules are are at bottom of the forum page.

Members will need to register by clicking on Create An Account. New members will receive an email verification link. Follow the instructions contained in the email. Once verified, members can then ask questions and post comments on the forum. The forum is split into different categories to make it easier to navigate and use. It is ideal for posting short-notice messages and updates.

Tower Practice Times

Barnby Dun. Friday 6.30–8.00pm. Tower contact: Mrs Marian Thomas.
Bawtry. Tuesday 7.00-8.00pm. Tower contact: Annabelle Prebble.
Epworth & Belton Monday 7.30-9.00pm. (Practices alternate irregularly between the two towers) Tower contact: Ted Steele.
Blyth. Friday 7.30pm–9.00pm.
Mattersey. Wednesday 6.00-7.30pm. Tower contact: Ian Kingston.
Sprotbrough. Tuesday 7.30–9.00pm. Tower contact: Mr Cyril Toyne.
Sutton Cum Lound. Wednesday evening.
Thorne. Wednesday 6.00–7.30pm. Tower contact: Mr Jim Hirst.
Tickhill. Thursday 7.30–9.00pm.