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, 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, a quiz night, a branch meal and a Christmas branch outing. 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 first National Young Ringers' Striking Competition 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 and 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.
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