The Ontario Guild of English Handbell Ringers

Experience the magic of ringing

We are the voice of the handbell community in Ontario, fostering growth through relationships, education, and awareness.

OGEHR Vaccine Policy

Although there is no COVID vaccination requirement to belong to the Ontario Guild of English Handbell Ringers, participants of any in-person event organized by OGEHR will be required to show proof of double COVID-19 vaccination or a valid, current (within 48 h), negative COVID-19 test. This policy will remain in place until such time as the Ontario Provincial Government determines that COVID-19 proof of vaccination is no longer necessary. 

Our Return to Ring survey was conducted in September. The results have been very useful in determining the above policy for OGEHR in-person events. For the full survey results, please click the link below.

Return to Ring Survey Results 

Ring Safely and Carry On - OGEHR Safe Practices

Directors and ringers alike have been anxious to get back ringing but wonder when it will be safe to gather, and when we do, what safety practices should be followed. There is a myriad of dynamics at play for each choir that need to be respected . . . READ MORE

It's About Time Handbell Festival - Date Change

As the current health crisis is still with us, we recently polled our choir directors to gauge how they and their members were feeling about attending a Festival in 2022. The results indicated very strongly that more people would prefer postponing the Festival to 2023. Therefore, the Festival Committee and OGEHR Board have voted to postpone the OGEHR 2021 Festival to early June 2023.

As we previously mentioned, we will use our current plans (theme and music) at the 2023 Festival at St. Lawrence College in Kingston. Our conductors Kath Wissinger and Lisa Kyriakides have confirmed their availability for June 2023. We will confirm in Spring 2022 if plans are in place to go forward with the 2023 date. In the meantime, we hope many of you can return to practice and enjoy ringing bells once again.

The following links are active to give you the info you need to prep for the Festival in 2023.

Important Update and about the Theme and Logo
Facilities and Accommodation
Registration Information
Festival Committee

OGEHR Virtual Handbell Project

The Virtual Handbell Project

Find out more about how this was put together. Click Here

What are you doing during these times to engage with your choir?

We'd love to hear what you are doing! You might be having virtual practices, or sharing favourite music. Check out Creative Connections on this site for what others are doing, and tell us about your activities. Contact Kim at

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