The working group has completed it's task and submitted a report and recommendations to the Central Council for Church Bellringers.   This website is minimally maintained as an archive and a benchmark to measure future progress.


The working group for gender balance in ringing

The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, has sponsored a research project into the question: Why is it that there is an even gender balance among ringers in the early stages of ringing, but the gender distribution changes at more “advanced levels?

This website is to enable the bell ringing community to explore the issue of gender balance within bell ringing.  It aims to air the issues, and enable people to share experiences so that the working party and wider community can start to explore what barriers there may be, visible or invisible, to achieving an equal distribution of gender in bell ringing.  Barriers to progression creates pools of untapped potential and threatens the longer-term sustainability of our hobby.

read more about the leaky pipeline in our research section


Statistics and figures tell us a lot, but don't necessarily tell us why. Real experiences by ringers, both positive and negative, add to our knowledge and understanding. Here are our latest contributions.

In my case 2 years of non ringing due to Covid has not helped, the bad knees are worst and...

Learning to ring bigger bells has been an uphill battle as a female ringer. I learned to ring at University...

In general I have spent my life bucking the trend on what girls and women are expected to do (sports...