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Heritage Open Day

​Listen out for the bells of St Michael’s Southampton which will be ringing out today for the Southampton Heritage Open Day. 10am to 10.30am and then again from 1pm to 1.30pm. 

If any ringers are in the area feel free to join us!


Happy Birthday Your Majesty!

This evening at 7pm we shall be ringing the bells at St Mary’s to wish Her Majesty the Queen a happy 90th birthday.

We successfully scored a quarter-peal of Grandsire Triples

Southampton Half-Marathon and 10k Run 2016

The Southampton half-marathon and 10k run will be taking place on Sunday 24th April while we are ringing for morning service at Bitterne Park. The road closures haven’t been announced yet but the route appears to be similar to last year so we expect most of the bridges to be closed again. A map of the route can be found here. Good luck to all the runners, especially Jon and Clare from SUGCR!

A better map showing which roads will be closed and when.


Practice Changes for March 2016

There will be no ringing practice on Monday 14th March due to the tower AGM taking place, or on Monday 21st March due to Holy Week. We will make a decision shortly as to whether there will be a practice or a quarter peal on Easter Monday (28th March), please keep an eye on the calendar for updates.

Another first peal score for SUGCR

(L-R) Kristian Scudamore, Peter Dillistone, Claire Merivale, Jonathan Mills, Oliver Chaloner, Philip Moyse

Congratulations to Peter, Claire and Jon for scoring their first peal yesterday, of 5040 Plain Bob Minor on the middle 6 at Bitterne Park! Full details on BellBoard here.

November Practice Swaps

We have decided to move a few practices around this month:

On Monday 9th November the practice has moved to St Mary’s, we will be ringing half-muffled to mark Armistice Day which is on the Wednesday of that week.
On Monday 16th November the practice will be at Bitterne Park as normal.
On Monday 23rd November there will be no practice, we will probably have a social event instead.
On Monday 30th November the practice will be at St Michael’s.
The normal schedule will resume at the beginning of December, watch the calendar on the home page for further updates.

September Practice Swap

As the Southampton Boat Show will be in full swing next week and parking will probably be even more limited than usual in the city centre, we have swapped the practice locations as follows:

Monday 14th September: St Mary’s
Monday 28th September: St Michael’s

The practice on Monday 21st September will stay at Bitterne Park as normal, and Sunday service ringing is also unaffected.

Victory for Southampton

We’re very pleased to announce that the SCR team came first in the Christchurch and Southampton District striking competition which was held at Brockenhurst on Saturday.  There was a good turnout, with teams attending from Christchurch, Eling and Lyndhurst/Minstead, as well as the local Brockenhurst band, who also laid on some splendid refreshments after the business meeting which took place after the competition. It was a close-fought battle on some challenging bells and we took a bit of a gamble by ringing St Simon’s Bob Doubles rather than playing it safe with Plain Bob or Grandsire, but we managed to produce a good enough test piece to reclaim the coveted Hinton Trophy!


(L-R) Daniel Graham, Colin Butler, Colin Lovelock, Oliver Chaloner, Adam Thorp, Kristian Scudamore.

Bank Holiday Monday

There will be no ringing practice on Monday 31st August since it is a bank holiday, so we’re having the night off! Back to business as usual on Sunday 6th September for service ringing at St Mary’s and then we will be at Bitterne Park on the 7th for the next practice.

Calling all freshers!!

Are you a bell ringer starting a course at Southampton University or Solent University this autumn? If so you’ll certainly want to join the legendary SUGCR, but you’d also be most welcome to come along to SCR practices as well! Many current members of SUGCR ring with us regularly, and indeed many members of the local Southampton band were previously members of SUGCR back in the dim and distant past!! We ring everything from rounds and call-changes all the way up to surprise royal and Stedman/Grandsire cinques. Our practices are on Mondays and alternate between three of the towers in the city, so have a look at the calendar on the home page to see where we’ll be next, and come along to say hello. We look forward to meeting you!