About HRGB

Handbell Ringers of Great Britain (HRGB)

HRGB is an organisation dedicated to promoting the ringing of music on handbells; it was was formed in 1967 and aims is to provide a nationwide network for handbell ringers from all walks of life and of varying abilities. 

HRGB comprises eight Regions, each with a degree of autonomy (so some variation in activities can be expected).  Each region holds rallies where teams have the chance to ring individually or to combine to ring the same piece of music in 'massed' ringing. Workshops are also organised in the regions for teams to try out other ringing methods and techniques. 

A National Rally is hosted by a different region each year. This may be either a one-day or a weekend event, which usually culminates in a concert by some of the participating teams.

Residential ringing events (National Residential Ringing Week and UK Bronze) give an intense experience for established ringers. 

HRGB is a member of the International Handbell Committee and is one of eight countries to host the International Handbell Symposium which is held every two years giving members the chance to visit Japan, Korea, Australasia, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore and America to meet and ring with handbell teams from these and other countries.

Each Region has a committee elected annually at their AGM with a Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.  The Regional AGM also elects two Regional Representatives to sit on the National Executive Committee (NEC) together with the National Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Membership Secretary - the four Officers of the Society who are elected at a National AGM.

Together, the Officers and Regional Representatives comprise the Trustees of the Society (which is a Registered Charity) see diagram below.

The Society's Rules are available here and regulations under rule 53 relating to voting on motions at a General Meeting are here.

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