The University of Sheffield
Sheffield Universities' Guild of Change Ringers (SUGCR)
Sheffield Hallam University

50th Anniversary Celebrations

The Guild has organised a number of events over 2008-2009 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary.

Founder members celebrate the Guild's 50th

Communication sent by John M. Clarke (Founder Member 1958-1961)

The Sheffield University Guild was formed on 9th October 1958.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary, four of the original members together with another who joined in 1959, plus a supporter of the same vintage, met on the 9th October 2008 to ring a quarter peal of 1260 PB Minor at Rousham, Oxon.

This was followed by lunch at the nearby Bell Inn where friendships were renewed and reminiscences shared.


Left to right: (F denotes founder members) 3 John Rank (F), 2 Keith Abbott (F), 5 Terry Hargreaves (F), 6 Dennis Pearson (C), 4 John Clarke (F), 1 Christine Clarke

John Clarke notes 'Christine Clarke is my wife (married 1961) and would travel from Northamptonshire at weekends to bolster the numbers in the early days and put a smile on my face!'

Presidents' Peal for the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Guild

Communication sent by Sue Burchell, Current Guild President

On Saturday 8 November 2008, presidents past and present met at Thrybergh to attempt a peal in honour of the Guild's 50th anniversary. Between them the presidents' terms of office stretch over half the life of the Guild, from 1982 to the present.

The Guild's first president was Paul Taylor (of the Loughborough foundry and a graduate of Sheffield University). Although the minutes record that he was elected as an honorary member on 13 January 1959, there is no record of when he became president. Paul remained president until his death in 1981. On occasions when he was not able to attend the annual dinner due to illness in 1975 and 1976, John "Jumbo" Seager presided in his place. Jumbo was the first honorary member of the guild, elected on 11 November 1958, and supported the Guild from that time until he died in 1980.

Thrybergh bells were rung by the Guild from the early days. The minutes record that, in January 1960, Wentworth and then Thrybergh were venues for unsuccessful peal attempts. The Guild's first peal was Plain Bob Minor, scored at Wentworth on 10 February 1960, and John Rank was one of the ringers.

St Leonard's Thrybergh
Saturday 8 November 2008 (2hr 39min)
5040 Cambridge S Minor

  1. Heather M Limbach (1997 - 2002)
  2. Patricia Hitchins (1987 - 1992)
  3. E Susan Burchell (2007 - )
  4. John Rank (1982 - 1987)
  5. Paul Cubitt (2002 - 2007)
  6. Christopher M Bennett (1992 - 1997) (C)
Composed by Roger Bailey

Rung by present and past presidents of the Guild on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.

Remembering Paul Taylor (President 1959 - 1981) and John "Jumbo" Seager who presided over Guild Annual Dinners in Paul's absence on several occasions. Also remembering John Perrett, founder member (1937-2008)


Left to right: Paul Cubitt, Heather M Limbach, John Rank, Patricia Hitchins, Christopher M Bennett, E Susan Burchell

50th Anniversary Striking Competition

The striking competition will be held at St. John's, Ranmoor, between 10am and 1pm on Saturday 21st February 2009.

Each band will be allowed a 2 minute practice piece before their test piece. This should be followed by two whole pulls of the treble to signify the end of the practice and start of the test piece.

The test piece will only be on six bells and must be 120 changes of any method.

The ringers in the band must be SUGCR current members or alumni, who have a substantial link between all members. For example this may be that they attended University together, are all past masters, were on committee at the same time, live near each other, or even are just randomly good friends.

There will be a prize for the best team name so get your thinking caps on!

If there are any questions please email us at sugcr@shef.ac.uk.