We are an association of change ringers covering the Church of England's Bristol and Gloucester Dioceses. These cover the counties of Gloucestershire and north Wiltshire, together with the city of Bristol. A diverse area ranging from Swindon in the south east to the border of Wales in the west and the outskirts of Stratford upon Avon in the north.
Here you can find details of the Association, its organisation and all our towers; ringable or not. Contact details if available are also provided. For those interested there is also an explanation of change ringing.
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- June 18th 2019 On Monday 17 June the G & B Youth Team had their final practice before the Ringing World National Youth Contest 2019. This year the contest is being hosted in Liverpool. The G & B will be taking a large party to the Contest but, of course, only 8 young ringers can actually ring and represent our Association.
The final practice was hosted by Upton St Leonards - a big thank you to Charlie Burnett for arranging this. Also thank you to Alan Woodward and Roger Haynes for traveling to Upton to give your wisdom, guidance and coaching support to the G & B Team on this and all previous occasions during the build up to the RWNYC 2019.
The team selected is as follows:
- Mary Pang - aged 16 - from Barnwood in the Gloucester Branch
- Zoe Bonnett - aged 14 - from Stone in the Wotton-under-Edge Branch
- Yuhan Jiang - aged 17 - from Stone in the Wotton-under-Edge Branch
- Isabel Beattie - aged 16 from Kempsford in the Cirencester Branch
- Florence Lazenby - aged 17 from Ampney Crucis in the Cirencester Branch
- Maddie Johnson - aged 16 from Gloucester Cathedral in the Gloucester Branch
- Alistair White-Horne - aged 17 from Stone in the Wotton-under-Edge Branch
- Mathew Bishop - aged 17 from Bisley in the Stroud Branch
It proved extremely difficult picking the team this year as any of these 10 are good enough to represent the G & B and there are several other youngsters who have regularly attended practices this year who have missed out most notably the Judson sisters Millie aged 14 and Daisy aged 12 of the Stroud Branch, Richard Isherwood aged 14 of the Wotton Branch and the Lister sisters Abigail aged 13 & Niamh aged 11 of the Chippenham Branch, Catherine Barritt aged 15 and Evie Perfect aged 15 both of the Cirencester Branch: their time will come.
The Ringing World National Youth Contest is being hosted by Liverpool on Saturday 6 July. There are 24 Teams from all over the country and all the test pieces are to be rung at St Francis Xavier - the home of the University of Liverpool Society - 8 bells 16cwt. The Contest HQ is Our Lady & St Nicholas, Pier Head - 12 bells 41cwt. The team will also be taking the opportunity to "grab" several other Liverpool towers during the course of the day - even Liverpool Cathedral - 12 bells 82cwt. Whatever the outcome of the Contest, we will have a great day.
The Association wishes them all the best of luck and hope they have a good day.
- June 12th 2019 In the run up to the Ringing World National Youth Competition which takes place in Liverpool on Saturday 7 July the G & B Team have been playing skittles, training and going on outings; not just practising. A full report on the build up with pictures is available here.
- June 4th 2019 The latest edition of Swindon Branch's quarterly newsletter Belfry View is now on this site. It includes amongst other things reports on the first peal on Liddington bells, called in his own words, by a willing but inexperienced conductor and an article on a visit by Devon call change ringers. There is also a list of peals and quarters and details about the forthcoming combined striking and pudding competitions.
- April 23rd 2019 Further items have been uploaded to the website. Everyone having an obituary or simply recorded as having passed away in any Annual Report back to 1898 is now listed on the site. This includes the 'Toll of the Great War' list in the 1920 Report plus some additions as shown in the Central Council Roll of Honour.
- April 13th 2019 The unapproved minutes of the recent Association AGM are availablehere
- April 7th 2019 The latest edition of Strike Note, is now available on the site. This issue, a year in the making, includes reports on the Ring and Ramble, Branch Outing and Ringing Remembers as well as the usual reports and peal / quarter peal lists.
- April 6th 2019 The results of the striking competitions for the Penn (eight bell) and Croome (six bell) trophies are now available on this site.
- March 25th 2019 There are a number of corrections to the Annual Report 2018 which was recently published. Chief amongst these is the omission of Terry J Jefferies of Winterbourne in the Bristol Rural branch from the list of Honorary Life Members. Terry was elected an HLM in 1995 and in addition has also completed 40 years membership of the G&B. We regret any distress this might have caused.
- March 2nd 2019 Voting for the Tower of the Year took place at the Branch Officers' Meeting on 2 March. The winner of the competition for 2019 was Almondsbury in the Bristol Rural Branch. Joint runners up were Barnsley in the Cirencester Branch and Tidenham in the Forest Branch. They collected their awards at the Association AGM on 6 April at Mitcheldean.
- March 2nd 2019 The Association Annual Report 2018 and Handbook for 2019 has been published. Copies have been distributed to the branches via their officers.
- November 24th 2018 The latest edition of Wotton Branch's quarterly newsletter The Clangour is now on this site. This bumper edition includes amongst other things news from the towers, Sarah and Matthew Lorkin's wedding, the branch outing report and the usual peal and quarter peals.
You are advised to check any events, either at the branch website or with the branch secretary, before travelling.Jul 3 : Stroud branch, Horsley
7:30pm 8 Bell Practice
Jul 3 : Chippenham branch, Chippenham, St Andrew
7:30pm Surprise Major Practice
Jul 5 : Gloucester branch, Barnwood
7:30pm Surprise Major Practice
Jul 6 : Liverpool
Jul 6 : Wotton branch, Berkeley
Jul 7 : Tewkesbury branch, Berrow & Malvern Priory
3:30pm Mini outing
Jul 8 : Stroud branch, Randwick
Jul 10 : Cirencester branch, Meysey Hampton
Jul 11 : Wotton branch, Cromhall
2:00pm Surprise Minor Practice
Jul 11 : Chippenham branch, Grittleton
Jul 13 : Swindon branch, tba
3:00pm Striking Competition
Jul 13 : Gloucester branch, Painswick (tbc)
Jul 17 : Wotton branch, Berkeley
7:30pm 10 bell Practice
Jul 18 : Forest branch, Lydney
7:30pm 10 bell Practice
Jul 19 : Cheltenham branch, Badgeworth
Jul 19 : Wotton branch, Chipping Sodbury
7:30pm 8 bell Practice
Jul 20 : Wotton branch, tba
Jul 21 : Forest branch, Gloucester Cathedral
1:20pm Evensong Ringing