Early years

The guild was formed in 1948 at the Victoria University of Manchester.  The first recorded peal was of Grandsire Doubles on handbells in the belfry of Christ Church, West Didsbury, Manchester on 11 January 1950.


Later, the guild acquired many associate members from UMIST, the University of Salford, MMU, and colleges in Manchester. As a result, the Guild separated from the University of Manchester Students' Union, in the process changing the original 'University' to its plural form.

MUGCR is most active around South Manchester, notably in Fallowfield, where there is a large student population.


100 triples methods peal

On 16 May 1974 the guild completed a record-breaking peal comprising 100 triples methods with the maximum possible number of half-lead changes of method. This was to have been the greatest number of triples methods rung at the time.  The peal was later shown to be technically incorrectly called and withdrawn. The guild successfully achieved the peal on 13 November 1974.

360 triples methods peal

On 27 June 1974 the guild rang a record-breaking peal comprising 360 triples methods, the most possible. This was the most methods rung in any peal anywhere at the time with a photograph of the band appearing in the Ringing World.

Most half-lead spliced surprise

On 22 June 1975 the guild rang a peal of twelve spliced surprise methods. This was the most methods rung half-lead spliced.

Peals and Quarters

07 July 2020

News from Gerald ...

Hi folks

Congratulations on finding my little spot on the Internet. I've put my comments in reverse date order to save you the pain of scrolling down so much. Any time you are up in the bell tower, do leave some beer for me ....food might be nice too as there's not much in the way of acacia, mimosa, and wild apricot trees in Salford. Keep checking back for updates!


Sunday October 27th 2019

I'm afraid I have to report that the ringers at Sacred Trinity left me locked outside my own tower on Tuesday...to keep warm I had to sample a few Sambuca shots and I was discovered this Sunday morning lying upside with a hangover. Pleased to report I am now back in my tower and am contemplating the forthcoming NUA in Birmingham, Friday 8th - Sunday 10th November. I was excluded from the boat race last year because I couldn't hold a pint glass in my hooves - hopefully my recent Sambuca experience will help with the socialising this year.

Update October 22nd 2019

Well apparently there are giraffes in Australia:

 Oz Giraffe

Update October 21st 2019

Bit of a sad day today as my mate Mark is heading back to Australia. Can't image why as there are no giraffes there...anyway here's the last picture of Mark on British soil (ok concrete) ...for now:

Laters Mark  




Update October 2019

Once again had my peace disturbed by those humans ringing something called Cane Bridge I think. Jezabelle thought the ringing was a bit lumpy but she's funny like that.

It's getting cold now as winter approaches and they insist on turning the heating off when they leave which makes for a few chilly nights. Oh well I'll have to drink more of the beer those ringers have left behind. Oh yes and the Easter eggs that they haven't eaten and are now out of date. Lucky we giraffes have such a strong constitution.

Update April 2019

I now have a companion in the form of an inflatable giraffe called Jezzabelle. If ever a name was more appropriate.... I have spent many happy hours in her company ;-)


April 2018

My good friend Sam introduced me to the MUGs back in 2016, and I've not left since.   I spend a great deal of time hanging around our home tower, Sacred Trinity in Salford. I like ringing, dancing and a good pint. I just need a companion.... :-(

 Gerald Pint










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