We are a voluntary group from a variety of backgrounds and age groups.
We are very fortunate to be able to ring regularly on one of the finest peals of ten
bells in the country, cast and installed by the Taylor Foundry of Loughborough in
We practise the English art of change ringing where each bell, in sequence, is rotated
full circle (mouth up to mouth up) by means of a rope attached to the wheel of the
bell striking once at each revolution. Change ringing is based on the mathematics of
permutations. The order of the bells is changed in a systematic way but instead of
using musical notation, ringers memorise these permutations thereby exercising the
brain as well as the body!
Learning to handle a bell can take anything from weeks to months at a weekly ‘tied’
bell practice, depending on a variety of factors, before proceeding to ringing
on ‘open’ bells and the mysteries of change ringing!
The finer points of both these activities require application and commitment.
Our main objectives are to ring for our church services, including weddings and
special events and to ensure continuity of the art of change ringing by passing on our
skills to new members.
There is no charge incurred in learning to ring.
We do not get paid for ringing except for weddings and occasional funerals.
Access to the tower is via 46 steep spiral stairs!
As well as service to the church, ringing is a great social activity. Once competent,
ringers will be welcomed at towers all over the country. Change ringing also takes
place in Australia and New Zealand, North America and a few places in Africa.
We normally ring on Sunday mornings from 9.15 to 10.00am and Sunday evenings
from 5.30 to 6.30pm.
We have a weekly practice on Tuesday from 7.30 to 9.00pm.
Initial teaching would be specially arranged by our Ringing Master, Gordon Belcher,
outside our regular practice times.
Contact is through the Tower Secretary:Brian Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org on
We are members of the Swindon Branch of the Gloucester and Bristol Diocesan
Association of Church Bellringers -