What is Bell Ringing (and the MUGS)

We're kind of expecting that if you’re looking at this site, you already have at least a little bit of a clue about Church Bell Ringing. If you really don’t know what this is all about, first see some of the links from the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers in resources link on the left, then come and see us and we’ll show you how it’s done.

The MUGs welcome students at any of the educational institutions in the Manchester area to become full members, but we are also greatly involved with other towers and ringers. We are a teaching tower, from learning to handle a bell, right up to how to get 80% of the way through a peal of spliced surprise major before firing it out. All abilities are truly welcome. 

The MUGs are based at Sacred Trinity and the Salford Arms (see the map on the Where tab). During term time we practice ringing between 7pm and 8.30pm and drinking from 8.30pm onwards every Tuesday. There is a second regular practice on Mondays at Fallowfield between 8pm and 9.30pm and more drinking from 9.30m onwards. We also ring for Sunday Service at Sacred Trinity, and often Manchester Cathedral, Fallowfield, or Didsbury.

There are also lots of other opportunities for ringing and drinking at other towers and pubs, especially with the Lancashire Association to which we are affiliated.  

We have also had some really good foreign tours recently, like Leicester, Wales, York, Oldham, and Kent, and usually arrange a tour in June or July.

Peals and Quarters

News from Gerald ...

Hi folks

Congratulations on finding my secret little spot on the Internet. Any time you are up in the bell tower, do leave some beer or Sambuca for me, which makes a nice change from my usual diet of acacia, mimosa, and wild apricot trees. Keep checking back for updates!

Sunday September 20th 2020 

I've been kidnapped (again)! That nice new MUGCR ringing master Simon has pledged to rescue me. Sorry it's taken so long to update the blog but I had to transmit the message from my cell in morse code using my hooves...

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 21st 2019

Bit of a sad day today as my mate Mark is heading back to Australia. Hhere's the last picture of Mark on British soil (ok concrete) ...for now:Laters Mark  





Update April 2019

I now have a companion in the form of an inflatable giraffe called Jezzabelle. I am enjoying 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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