What’s got 40 members, stretches across a large part of the country and is a brilliant way to have fun, improve your ringing and make friends? Well, if you are a young bell ringer, the answer must surely be the Liliputters.
Not, as host Cathy Booth discovers, a group from the fictional kingdom of tiny people, but an exciting national Guild for young ringers.
In this upbeat podcast, three Lilliputters - Simon, Molly and Euan - talk enthusiastically about the Guild, what it means to them and the joys of going on tour.
Sounds inspiring? Well if you’re between the ages of 10 and 30 and don’t want to miss out, why not join up now!
About the Lilliputters Guild
|The Lilliputters Guild started life in August 2015 as a group of friends going away on a week’s ringing holiday. The accommodation for the week was The Lilliput Sea Scout Hut in Poole, Dorset – the closest Scout hut to Brownsea Island, incidentally – and it was from there that they took their name! The week, whose towers included Bournemouth, Poole, Winchester Cathedral and, naturally, Brownsea Island, was a roaring success. This prompted the formation of “The Guild” in April 2016, and another Tour that Summer, also based in Poole.
Lilliputters at Chichester cathedral
|Since then, The Lilliputters Guild has grown, with new members and more events happening year on year. At the time of writing, it has some 40 members on the books, hailing from across the UK, with ages ranging from 13 to 35. In a “normal” year, they hold 3-4 main events, as well as other ad-hoc outings and quarter peal days, and even the occasional peal! The repertoire in The Guild ranges from call-changes to Surprise, and many Lilliputters have benefitted from ringing something new or different for the first time on a Guild event.
Lilliputters on the DLR on a trip to London
|Equally important to the ringing is the social aspect of Lilliputters, be that evening activities (including the popular talent show) back at base during Summer Tours, pub or picnic lunches during days out, and even a theatre trip if an event is based in London!
Top 5 Takeaways
- The Lilliputters are a friendly group and welcome new members. Anyone interested in joining should email Simon Edwards on firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Check out YouTube if you’d like to see the Lilliputters in action – catch up on their Guild Outing to London https://youtu.be/Ix61yHKDOvA
- Why not set up a group chat at your tower to keep in touch and help set up tours and quarter peals
- Make sure to listen to next month’s podcast to find out more about the new Young Change Ringers Association YCRA
- Encourage young ringers at your tower or in your association to help stand behind or mentor other young ringers
Comment from our legacy website:
Canon John R Connell: (2023) - Lovely to meet so many of you here at St Mary’s Priory, Abergavenny this morning. Even better to hear some fine ringing on our fabulous ring of 10. Hope you come and ring again here before too long. Safe travels to your next tower! Fr John, Rector of Abergavenny
Sponsor: This podcast is sponsored by the Association of Ringing Teachers (ART). To find out more about learning to ring, learning to teach or other resources to support your ringing go to bellringing.org