The Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers

The Association holds two striking competitions during the year. They are held on AGM day and are on 6 bells and 8 bells. These are familiarly known as the Croome and Penn Trophies, after what the winners receive. A third competition for young members known as the Young Persons' Striking Competition is suspended in favour of the Ringing World National Youth Contest which the Association enters.

The details and results from the last competitions are as follows:

The 8 bell Striking Competition, for the Penn Trophy

The bands taking part in this competition are drawn from around the branches, with no one tower contributing more than five ringers. The results are therefore by branches. The Chairman's Baldric is awarded to the second placed band by decision of the Branch Officers' Meeting in March 2013. No competition was held in 2020 due to the Coronavirus emergency. For the same reason the 2021 competition was held online using Ringing Room. Additionally this was delayed due to the funeral of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Results of the competition held on Ringing Room on 22 May 2021:

  1. Cheltenham
  2. Forest
  3. Stroud. Also awarded the Sabin Clapper
Previous years' results

The 6 bell Striking Competition, for the Croome Trophy

In this competition the bands represent individual towers within a branch, these being the winners of the branch striking competitions. There are also two Ringing Master's Clappers which are awarded for 'meritorious performances' in the competition. The Great Peter Trophy is awarded to the second placed band by decision of the Branch Officers' Meeting in March 2013. No competition was held in 2020 due to the Coronavirus emergency. For the same reason the 2021 competition was held online using Ringing Room. Additionally this was delayed due to the funeral of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Results of the competition held on Ringing Room on 22 May 2021:

  1. Alvington, Forest
  2. Rodbourne Cheney, Swindon
  3. Stroud, Stroud. Also awarded the Scudamore Clapper
In addition David Jenkins of Rodbourne Cheney - aged 10 - received the Barnwood Trophy for being the youngest person entering, and also for a fine performance on the Tenor. Previous years' results

The Young Persons' Striking Competition, for the Nibley Trophy

The only stipulation for this competition is that the band must be made up of members who are under 19 on the day of the contest. Other than that bands may be constituted as needed. The Barnwood Trophy, first awarded in 2008, is given to the highest placed band with the most ringers from one tower.

This competition is suspended with the advent of the Ringing World National Youth Contest, held at various locations around the country in June or July.

Results of the competition held at Horsley on 2 July 2011:

  1. Band A. Awarded the Barnwood Trophy
  2. Band B
Previous years' results