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 more than 100 ringers.
There are various Branch Practices throughout the year, encouraging the development of all ringers, either in conjunction with the Association, or organised by the branch, supporting different aspects of ringing. This may take the form of assistance to individual towers, workshops for developing skills and methods, or advanced practices to encourage individual progression. These Practices may be mid-week or sometimes on Saturdays. Also, look out for occasional 10 bell advanced ringing for Evensong at Christ Church, Swindon, from 5:30pm – 6:25pm. It might be prudent to check with the Ringing Master if you intend going along, as there may be quarter peals arranged.
We hold an annual Branch Striking Competition, and have an outing 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 encouraging young ringers to join in activities arranged within the Association.
The Swindon Branch Committee is always keen to receive feedback on what activities its ringers would find most helpful and enjoyable. Further information about the branch and its activities can be obtained by contacting the Branch Secretary.