The Huntington Guild of Bell Ringers


History of the Huntington Guild of Bell Ringers

The Huntington Guild of Bell Ringers was formed in 1927 by the vicar at the time, the Rev'd Reginald Majendie Kelly. The Guild stills holds the Reginald Kelly Memorial Dinner annually, every February.

The Guild has had a strong band for many years now, and regularly gets a high position in the York Branch striking competition, having come second for three years running before winning both the 2007 and 2008 competitions. The branch competition is now named "The Ron and Doreen Sanderson Striking Competition" in honour to our two longest serving ringers, who have served the branch for many years.

Our band includes some very experienced ringers as well as some relatively new ones, and our ringing ranges from call changes and Plain Bob Doubles to Stedman Triples and Surprise Major methods.

A quote from Countryside Walks around York by Ken Piggin:

"Beyond New Earswick the spire of Huntington church comes into view... For those who like a brisk walk on a frosty Sunday morning this [walk] will be ideal. Time your journey to arrive at approximately 10:30am and you will be welcomed by a peal of bells rung by some of the finest bellringers in all Yorkshire." 

This book was written in 1982, but we still believe it to be the case today!