The Mobile Belfries Trust

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The Charmborough Ring
The Touring Tower
The Lichfield Diocesan Mobile Belfry
Planning an event and hire charges
Bookings calendar
Towing a mobile belfry
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About us

The Mobile Belfries Trust operates two mobile belfries and has close links with a third. The Trust promotes the use of mobile belfries and mini-rings to take the historc art of change-ring out of the tower and engage with members of the public.

The Charmborough Ring is a mobile belfry with 6 bells hung for full circle ringing, as developed, mainly in England, from the seventeenth century onwards. The Ring was designed and built by Matthew Higby using bells cast by Richard Bowditch, and made its first public appearance at the Ringing Road Show in 2005. As of December 2023 it has been taken to just under 200 events.

Ashford School, Kent
The Touring Tower developed with funding from Taylor's Bellfoundry and the Central Council of Church Bell ringers should be operational from about Easter 2024. It also contains a ring of six bells and will be transported horizontally on a trailer and raised to the vertical position by haydraulics

The Lichfield Diocesan Mobile Belfry contains a working set of 6 bells rung in the traditional full-circle method. It is mounted on a trailer that can be towed. by any vehicle capable of towing a large caravan and is available for any event where Church Bell-Ringing can be promoted.

The LDMB was built following an initiative in late 1997 when a joint project group with two representatives of each of the ringing societies in the Lichfield Diocese was set up to examine the feasibility of buiding and operating a mobile belfry. The societies were:

  • Lichfield and Walsall Archdeaconries Society
  • North Staffordshire Association:
  • Shropshire Association: 

There are also a significant number of portable mini-rings of various sizes, which can be taken to events.

For a listing of portable mini rings visit: Portable Mini-Ring Directory (campaniles.co.uk)

Last updated 3rd December 2016