The Swindon Branch is one of twelve which make up the Gloucester and Bristol Association and was formed in 1911. It has 21 towers, 20 of which are ringable, and a healthy membership of approx 130 ringers. We hold various events through the year, including a Branch Practice held on the second Monday of each month, 7:30pm-9pm, allowing members to experience different bells and to ring methods they may not be able to manage at their home tower.
Other events typically comprise of a Branch Striking Competition, and various outings, including one at Christmas. In addition, the Branch participates in Association activities, providing a band for the annual Association 6 bell (Croome Trophy) and 8 bell (Penn Trophy) striking competitions, as well as providing young ringers to represent the Association at the National Young Ringer's Competition. The branch has enjoyed much success in recent years, having won the Penn Trophy six times in recent years, and provided half of the band for the team that won the Ringing World National Youth Competition (RWNYC) in 2012.
The Branch encourages the development of its ringers, and, in response to requests, arranges training sessions, either in conjunction with the Association, or on its own, as well as quarter peals for members. It is also keen to receive feedback on what activities its ringers would like to see organised. Further information about the branch and its activities can be obtained by contacting the Branch Secretary.
2011 saw the Branch celebrate its centenary. Many extra activities and events were run to celebrate this landmark occasion. Further details can be obtained from the Branch Secretary.
Christ Church, Swindon (10 bells, Tenor 21-3-9 in D)