16th September 2015


The Biographies Committee acquires, maintains and makes available information about the lives and achievements of ringers who have contributed to the Exercise. The Committee’s aim is to make biographic and related information easily accessible to ringing historians and to interested ringers at large. All records (over 900) are published on the Council website. Archival hard copies are also produced and held along with historic calligraphic records in the Central Council Library.

Biographical information held by the Committee will not be used during the subject’s lifetime (other than by agreement) and may thereafter be used as source material for biographic records or obituaries and/or articles on the history of ringing, in The Ringing World or in future publications.

Our growing set of biographic records appears below as an accessible resource for ringing historians and for others interested in the history of ringing. Biographic records are also printed to provide a permanent archival record in the Central Council Library.

Providing information to us

Producing a biographic record is made much easier if we have some information in advance. The easiest way to do that is to download and fill in one of the forms below. You can enter information electronically or on paper, whichever you prefer. The forms are designed to make it easy to supply as much or as little information as you wish. Even if what you give us is very basic, it will help us to know ‘where to look’ when the time comes, in order to write a record that properly reflects your contribution to ringing.

  • All members (or former members) of the Central Council — It would help us if you provide information to us, which will help us when in due course we need to write biographic record of your life.
  • Other ringers — We are happy to receive information from you if you think that we might in due course be expected to write a biographic record of your life.

Over time things move on, so an update after a number of years would also be appreciated.

Forms to download

If you have never provided us with information before, please use one of these forms:

If you have provided us with information in the past, please use one of these forms:


  • When you type into the boxes in the MSWord forms, the boxes will expand to accommodate what you type. Do not worry about the layout, page overflows, etc.
  • If you use the PDF forms, they are laid out to provide reasonable space for you to write in information.
  • Don’t worry about filling in everything, or if you can’t remember exact details. Approximate information is OK.
  • Please include a recent photo most electronic formats are acceptable) or enclose a postcard-sized print if sending by post.

Terms of Reference

To maintain an account of the work and general ringing activities of past and present ringers, to make the information created available to ringers and the wider public, and to foster an interest in the history of ringing.

Annual Reports

Committee Membership

Devonshire Guild
01271 328361 / 07759 941540

Photo of Richard AndrewRichard Andrew St Martin's Guild for the Diocese of Birmingham
105 Burman Rd , Shirley , Solihull , West Midlands, B90 2BQ, UK
0121 733 8324

Anne Anthony Guildford Diocesan Guild

Anne Bray St Agatha's Guild

Photo of William ButlerWilliam Butler Consultant Life Member
8 The Waverleys, Thatcham, Berkshire RG18 3EZ, UK
01635 826799

Photo of John HarrisonJohn Harrison Chairman Oxford Diocesan Guild
2 Murdoch Road, Wokingham, Berkshire RG40 2DA, UK
0118 978 5520

Photo of Patrick HickeyPatrick Hickey Gloucester and Bristol Diocesan Association

Photo of David JonesDavid Jones Chester Diocesan Guild
27 Carlton Close, Parkgate, Neston, CH64 6TD
0151 336 6857

Photo of Bobbie MayBobbie May Oxford Diocesan Guild
4 Halfacre Close, Spencers Wood, Reading, Berks RG7 1DZ, UK
0118 988 4172

Photo of Deborah ThorleyDeborah Thorley Yorkshire Association
13 King Edward Street, Sutton-in-Craven, Keighley, West Yorkshire BD20 7ET, UK

Photo of David WillisDavid Willis Additional Member
16 Hughes Avenue , Newport, , Barnstaple, EX32 9NL, UK
01271 328361

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