We are an association of change ringers covering the Church of England's Bristol and Gloucester Dioceses. These cover the county of Gloucestershire and the north of Wiltshire, together with the city of Bristol.
Interested in learning to ring? We'd love to teach you! Read all about it on our Learning to Ring page which includes the answers to some common questions. We always need ringers and you would be assured of a warm welcome whether you're 9 or 90!
In view of the current situation with coronavirus Covid-19 and in accordance with Government and Central Council advice all ringing for practice, Sunday service or at branch meetings has been suspended. You should therefore consider any ringing times given in the calendar or the tower listings as incorrect and subject to verification. Please do not travel unless you are absolutely certain that any ringing is actually taking place.
- May 23rd 2021 The results of the striking competitions for the Penn (eight bell) and Croome (six bell) trophies are now available on this site. These competitions were delayed from AGM day due to the funeral of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. In addition, because of the Coronavirus emergency they both took place online using the Ringing Room application.
- April 20th 2021 The unapproved minutes of the recent Association AGM are available here
- April 17th 2021 The Association AGM took place on Zoom on 17 April 2021, starting at 10am; earlier because of the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. In addition to the usual business the meeting elected a new Peal Secretary in Simon Edwards of Swindon Branch and a Honorary Life Member in Hugh Evans, past chairman. Congratulations to them both.
In order for the meeting to take place in the morning both Striking Competitions - due to take place on Ringing Room - were postponed.
- April 2nd 2021 The latest edition of Swindon Branch's quarterly newsletter Belfry View is now on this site. It looks both forward, to the opening up of ringing again, and back with a report on the Marie Curie Day of Reflection in the branch. There is also the notice for the forthcoming Association AGM; which will be held virtually this year.
- March 4th 2021 A check list to be carried out on the belfry prior to recommencing ringing has been produced by the Co-ordinating Belfry Adviser Malcolm Taylor. It helps to ensure that ringing can restart safely and with confidence that there is nothing untoward in the bell installation. Download it here. It is also available via the Association Information page of the Resources menu.
- February 26th 2021 It's now possible to make a Gift Aid declaration acceptable to HMRC via email. Go to this dedicated page and follow the instructions on how. The page also includes a link to the paper form of the declaration if preferred.
- February 4th 2020 The latest edition of Stroud Branch Newsletter is now on this site. This is the Bell Maintenance special, featuring an article by the co-ordinating belfry adviser about what to do as you prepare to ring again. There's also an article by the branch chairman about ringing and money.
- February 3rd 2021 The first ever G&B Winter Ringing School took place during the week of January 25 - 31. There were 21 seminars in all on a wide range of subjects. Altogether about 1000 people took part with the largest seminar involving 75. Feedback was positive, with many taking part from all over the country.
- August 16th 2020 Two new Belfry Advisers have been appointed by the Management Committee. They are Matthew Johnson and Jonathan Storey.
- July 15th 2020 A letter has been published from the officers of the Association regarding restarting ringing, following the Central Council guidance recently published. The letter makes clear that choosing whether or not to return to ringing is very much a personal choice and that no-one has the right to force anyone to ring. It's also made clear that should a ringer choose to return it can only be with the full agreement of the church authorities and with all safety procedures in place.
- June 5th 2020 The list of members who are deceased has been updated to include the members on the Roll of Honour for those lost in World War Two in the 1953 Annual Report. These members have no other record of death. The year of death is derived from the Central Council Rolls of Honour; which was not shown in the Annual Report. There are unfortunately a number of discrepancies in relation to the names and these will need rectifying in due course. The addition of these names now brings the total of deceased members in the list to 835.
You are advised to check any events, either at the branch website or with the branch secretary, before travelling.