Essex Young Ringers


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Essex Young Ringers' organises a variety of ringing events, (practices, outings and socials).

Essex Young Ringers have taken part in every Ringing World National Youth Contest since the first was held as part of the paper's Centenary Day in London on 26th March 2011

2012 in Birmingham

2013 in York

2014 in Worcester

2015 in Oxford

2016 in London

2017 in Birmingham

2018 will be held in London

This page is being reorganised and updated so check back again soon

The very first South-East England Youth Striking Contest was held on Saturday 2nd April at Christ Church, Epsom Common and was a resounding success. Six teams took part, so there were over 48 youngsters (some teams brought 'reserves') plus assorted parents and hangers-on, all enjoying listening to some very good ringing in the sunshine. Whilst awaiting their turn the teams kept themselves entertained with ball games and handbells. Refreshment were provided in the form of tea, coffee, cold drinks and homemade cakes, followed by a fish 'n chips lunch. After the judging a number of the youngsters, parents and hangers-on went off to ring at St Martin's Epsom and then to Ewell. Congratulations to everyone involved in the organising, particularly David Pearson (whose father is Gerald Pearson from Hatfield Heath) for his hard work in getting this brilliant idea off the ground. It was really encouraging to see and feel the enthusiasm of so many young people enjoying their ringing - and to hear them hoping that this contest will become an annual event. The judges were Phillip Ridley and Alban Forster, results were as follows:

1st Sussex Young Ringers 76%
2nd Kent Young Ringers 70%
3rd Essex Young Eagles 68%
4th Young @ Herts 67%
5th GDG Young Ringers 65%
6th W&P Young Ringers 50%

Well done to the Essex Young Eagles band: Steven, Mollie (Conductor), Sam, Neil, Joel, Courtney, Rachel and Daniel.

News and Events

Sunday 29 April 2018: Young Ringers Practice (4.30pm to 6pm) at Writtle

Past Events: 2018 / 2017 / 2016 / 2015

Sunday 25 March 2018, Practice at Galleywood

Saturday 10 March 2018 - Mini-outing and socials Wormingford Great Notley Bocking Bowling and buffet at Namco Funscape, Braintree Freeport

Sunday 25 February 2018, Practice at Boreham

Sunday 28 January 2018, Practice at Danbury


Sunday 29 January 2017 - Young Ringers Practice at Terling

Sunday 26 February 2017 - Young Ringers Practice at Chelmsford

Saturday 11 March 2017 - Young Ringers Mini-Outing

St Andrew, Boreham
SS Peter & Paul, Black Notley
All Saints, Rayne
St Michael the Archangel, Braintree

Sunday 26 March 2017 - Young Ringers Practice at Danbury

Saturday 1 April 2017 - SEECON at Kings Langley, Herts

Sunday 30 April 2017 - Young Ringers Practice at Writtle

Sunday 21 May 2017 - Young Ringers Practice @ Shenfield

Sunday 18 June 2017 - RWNYC Practice at Tollesbury

Sunday 25 June 2017 - RWNYC Mini-outing at Leyton, Wanstead and Great Ilford

Saturday 1 July 2017 - RWNYC at Birmingham

Sunday 24 September 2017 - Young Ringers Practice at Writtle

Saturday 7 October 2017 - Young Ringers Outing to London

St Olave, Hart Street
St Magnus the Martyr, London Bridge
St James, Garlickhythe, Garlick Hill
St Vedast, Foster Lane
St Clement Danes, Strand

Sunday 29 October 2017 - Young Ringers Practice to Chelmsford

Sunday 26 November 2017 - Young Ringers Practice to St Marys Walthamstow


Sunday 31 January 2016 — Young Ringers Practice at Sandon.

Sunday 28 February 2016 — Young Ringers Practice at Writtle.

Saturday 19 March 2016 — Young Ringers Outing to the SW District.

St George, Barkingside
Christ Church, Wanstead
SMV, Woodford
St Mary, Chigwell
Bowling at Rollerball, Collier Row

Saturday 2 April 2016 — The SE England Youth Striking Competition at Epsom Common

Sunday 24 April 2016 — Young Ringers Practice at Terling.

Sunday 22 May 2016 — Young Ringers Practice at Writtle.

Sunday 25 September 2016 — Young Ringers Practice at Terling.

Saturday 15 October 2016 — Young Ringers Outing to Cambridge.

Saturday 30 October 2016 (4.30-6pm) - Young Ringers practice at Fryerning.

Sunday 27 November 2016 - Young Ringers Practice at Galleywood.


Sunday 25th January 2015 — Young Ringers Practice at Writtle.

Sunday 22nd February 2015 — Young Ringers Practice at Terling.

Saturday 21st March 2015 — Young Ringers Outing to the NW District.

SMV, Hatfield Broad Oak
SMV, Matching
SMV, Moreton
St Germain, Bobbingworth
Bowling at Tenpin, Chelmsford

Sunday 26th April 2015 — Young Ringers Practice at Writtle.

Sunday 31st May 2015 — Young Ringers Practice at Terling.

Sunday 28th June 2015 — Young Ringers Practice at Inworth.

Ringing World Young Ringers Contest

The Essex Young Eagles gave a very commendable performance in the National Youth Contest at Oxford. With three enforced changes due to the age restriction and a new conductor it was a year of re-grouping and the test ringing on the day was better than in any of their practices! Hopefully we can build on this next year.

Nineteen teams from all over the country took part including, for the first time, a team from Scotland with three teams ringing methods and sixteen teams ringing call changes. The performances were graded C-, C, B, and A. 3 teams were graded C-. Ringing call changes, Essex Young Eagles were graded C along with 3 others. 6 teams were awarded B and 3 grade A. The overall winners were Bedfordshire, for the third year running. They received the Whitechapel Trophy. Full results are here.

Through the course of the day the EYE party in Oxford numbered around 23 and full advantage was taken of the opportunity to ring at 6 towers which were open for general ringing which included the 31cwt 12 at Christ Church. The organisers and helpers (Oxford itself provided over 60 helpers) did an absolutely fantastic job.

The chief judge, David Pipe, described the bells at St Thomas' Church, Oxford, as "easy to ring, but hard to ring well". The judges comments on the EYE test piece were: "A slow piece with some very nice rows". Peal speed 3h12 (one of the slower ones).

Congratulations to Ellanor, Mollie (Conductor), Samuel, Thomas, Francesca, Joe, Rachel, Daniel and Nicholas (Reserve). Essex towers represented were Danbury, North Ockendon, Sandon, Springfield, Willingale and Writtle. Thank you to the parents and other supporters who came to cheer us on and to our team coach Christina Brewster and row counter Andrew Brewster.

Finally thank you to all of you in the Essex Association who have supported us this year - especially those towers who have made their bells available to the Youth team for practices: Writtle, Little Baddow, Stanford le Hope, Fobbing and Basildon. Next year's contest will be held in London on 2nd July.

Saturday 12th September 2015 — Essex Young Ringers Day Outing

The itinerary was as follows:

St Nicholas, Cromwell Square, Ipswich
St Clement, Fore Street, Ipswich
St Margaret, Bolton Lane, Ipswich
St Mary the Virgin, Grundisburgh
St Andrew, Hasketon
St Mary the Virgin, Woodbridge
Bowl 'n' Buffet at Kingpin, Martlesham

Sunday 27th September 2015 — Young Ringers Practice at Danbury.

Sunday 1st November 2015 — Young Ringers Practice at Inworth.

Sunday 29th November 2015 — Young Ringers Practice at Writtle.


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