About Us

The BC Guild of English Handbell Ringers began in Abbotsford in 1993. Our Constitution and By-laws were approved at the Annual General Meeting in Vancouver in 1994 and we were incorporated as a non-profit organization under the B.C. Societies Act on January 18, 1995.
The objectives of the BCGEHR are:
  • to bring together handbell choirs from all parts of British Columbia
  • to encourage the formation and support of new choirs on an inter-generational basis
  • to sponsor workshops for ringers and directors
  • to publish a regular newsletter, Quarternotes
  • to maintain a music lending library
The national organization, Handbell Guilds of Canada, is now comprised of four provincial guilds: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario.
BCGEHR offers a variety of services to its members, including:
  • Read and Ring workshops focusing on a variety of themes
  • On-site “mini-workshops” and regional workshops to meet the needs of individual choirs
  • Annual General Meeting and biennial provincial festival “Spring Ring”
  • The quarterly newsletter as a forum for publicizing upcoming events, and articles about ringing, handbells and handchimes, music, updates from our sister guilds, and other news.
  • Voluntary participation in our music lending library
  • Bell loan program
  • Chime loan program
  • Endowment Fund grants
  • Exposure to music and supplies