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Handbell Ringers of Great Britain - HRGB

The HRGB is the national organisation supporting handbell, handchime and Belleplate® players. The Society presents to its members a wide range of activities and music designed to show the many aspects of handbell tune ringing. The aim of the Society, which was formed in 1967, is "to advance, provide and encourage for the public benefit the art of handbell tune ringing in all its forms."

All Bell ringers, either as part of a team or individuals, have the opportunity to join the HRGB for a modest annual fee of £12. For that they receive:

  • Two copies of the national magazine 'Reverberations' each year.

  • Regional newsletters (number varies between regions) with local news and events.

  • HRGB Music offers competitively priced music for use by HRGB members and their teams.

  • Public liability insurance at all events organised through HRGB.

  • Preferential rates at handbell events.

  • Workshops by recognised exponents of handbell ringing and ringing techniques.

  • A network of ringers all willing to exchange ideas.

  • HRGB Crescendo Scheme - a programmed learning scheme that provides recognition in the form of badges and certificates for achievements in ringing.

  • Arpeggio Scheme. A self-learning programme for adult and more experienced ringers designed to encourage ringers to explore areas that they might not otherwise encounter. Each of the three stages is recognised by award of a certificate and lapel badge.

  • Access to the William Hartley Memorial Fund which offers interest-free loans to help with refurbishing an existing set of bells or the purchase of a new set.

  • Use of one of the various loan sets of bells, handchimes or Belleplates®.

  • Membership card.

  • Entitlement to wear the gilt membership badge.

  • National Residential Ringing Week.

  • The opportunity to attend the International Handbell Symposium.

In addition members of the South East Region receive

  • Five issues of the Region's newsletter each year

  • Free help and guidance for you and your group

  • Access to an innovative range of workshops and events each year including the Bells-to-go facility.

Visit the HRGB site for full details about becoming a member

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