National 12 Bell Contest Final at Guildford Cathedral
Saturday 25th June 2022
Ten teams from across the country will compete for the Taylor Trophy
Welcome from The Very Reverend Dianna Gwilliams, Dean of Guildford
A very warm welcome to Guildford Cathedral. I hope you all – competing teams, other visitors, organisers and helpers – have a very enjoyable day in our spacious surroundings on Stag Hill. Guildford is the youngest of the English Anglican Cathedrals, having been started in the 1930s and completed in 1961. The exterior is not to everybody’s taste, but the interior, which was completely refurbished five years ago, is magnificently light and airy. Do take time to look round. We are delighted to be hosting the National 12-Bell Contest, which is the final big event in our Diamond Jubilee Year.
The tower has a fine ring of twelve bells cast by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. Ten of the bells were installed in 1965 and the lightest two eleven years later. We are fortunate in having a strong and loyal local team of ringers, who enjoy ringing our bells as much as I enjoy listening to them from the Deanery or when walking up to the Cathedral on a Sunday morning.
I hope you all have a good day whether or not your team does well in the Contest, and do make the most of the excellent refreshments on offer.
Welcome from the Guildford Cathedral ringers
We are very much looking forward to welcoming 12-Bell teams and supporters from across the country to the National 12-Bell Final at Guildford Cathedral on Saturday 25th June 2022, one year later than the original plan. The local ringers are working hard on all the arrangements, and we are doing all that we can to make it a thoroughly enjoyable social occasion, hopefully along with plenty of high-quality ringing as well.
On this website you will find all the information you need about the Contest – timing, the competing teams, the test piece, who is judging and good places from which to listen to the ringing. You will also find a map of the site, details of food and drink available (lots of it!), travel information, things to do in Guildford if you don’t want to stay on site all day, places to stay overnight, recommended pubs for Friday and Saturday evenings and towers to ring at on Sunday morning. There will also be a number of ringing-related display stands in the Cathedral, Maypole bells and a children’s area.
An army of volunteers has been recruited to act as stewards, bar staff, etc., and generally to help ensure that everyone has a good time. As this is England, the only thing that we cannot guarantee is the weather, but let’s hope for a nice sunny day, not too hot!
A very warm welcome to Guildford Cathedral!
Countdown to the Contest!