The Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers
Tewkesbury Branch Committee
Message from the Branch Ringing Master
Branch programme 2018
Branch Towers
Branch proficiency certificate - notes
Branch proficiency certificate - individual record sheets
Interested in learning to ring at a tower in the Tewkesbury Branch?
Ringing Notes
Tewkesbury Abbey Method List

Tewkesbury Branch Committee
Angela Cole

I started ringing in the 1980s after singing at a wedding when the bells were being rung. The Twyning ringers said come and try and wouldn't let me go. Chris my husband/ringing widower, also learnt to handle a bell but he was a better babysitter than myself so only I carried on. Thus I learned at Twyning and have been anchored there ever since, occasionally foraging into Worcestershire. At one point I was Secretary for the Branch so I have some inkling as to the mechanics of how it works. Since then I have really enjoyed just ringing, learning new methods, meeting new people and visiting interesting places. Now, it appears I'm back involved with the Branch and I hope you enjoy your ringing as much as I do.
Angela Cole
Rosemary Mackay Secretary
Rosemary Mackay

I lived in Canada for more than 50 years and became a professor at the University of Toronto. Having been widowed I returned to England in 2012 and took up bellringing in 2013. I am a member of the Ripple and Twyning bands and also enjoy ringing at other practices in the area.
Ringing Master
Sheila Taylor

I started learning to ring in 1971 at Tewkesbury Abbey and have rung there ever since apart from a period of 4 years when I lived in Nottingham and rang there. I am very grateful to the people who took the time to teach me properly the basics of bellringing and realise just how valuable this solid groundwork is for future progress. I enjoy teaching learners and helping all less experienced ringers to make good progress.
Sheila Taylor
Ann Ross Ringing Master
Ann Ross

I started to ring in the late 60's at Twyning. My week was spent visiting surrounding towers for their practice night and rang on a Sunday at Twyning and Tewkesbury Abbey. After getting married in 1975 I gave up my favourite hobby due to clash of priorities. About 20 years later I returned and haven't looked back since. I now visit towers most nights and have started to relearn the methods I rang years before.
Ringing Master
Philip Taylor

I learnt to ring at Tewkesbury Abbey at the age of 10, the fifth generation of my family to do so. As well as actually ringing, I enjoy maintaining bells, and had plenty of opportunity to help out from a young age.
I continued ringing whilst at university in Bath, where I helped hang a new ring of 6 and enjoyed teaching a new band. Since my return I have continued ringing at the Abbey and Ashchurch.
Philip Taylor
Claire Redstone Management Committee Representative
Claire Redstone

One day my father said, “Would you like to become a bellringer?”
“Yes, but only if my friend Bev comes as well.”
That was nearly 40 years ago and I am still ringing and enjoying the challenge of ringing new methods especially on higher numbers. I am a bit of a quarter peal freak and have rung getting on for 3000 quarters, must go and get myself a life!
Sue Burley

My father was a bell ringer at Ripple Church, learning as a young boy; but he gave up ringing in his twenties when he married my mother and a family came along. He never returned to ringing and passed away in 2014. That was when I took it up, more than half a century later! So I am very much a learner but have taken on the treasurer role as a thank you for all the branch ringers who are helping me along the path to becoming an accomplished ringer. I think it could be a long journey but they are all very patient and encouraging!
Sue Burley

Ringing Master's Report 2017
The first event of 2017 was an invitation-only practice at Ashchurch. The aim of the evening was to give some of the more experienced ringers the opportunity to practice Stedman Triples, Cambridge and London Surprise Major. This was successful and I'm grateful to the "experts" who once again willingly gave up an evening. I hope to organise a similar event later in the year.

We took advantage of there being 5 Tuesdays in January by joining the Beckford / Ashton-under-Hill band practice at Overbury. A lot of people came along to this which gave everyone chance to meet up with ringing colleagues from other towers.

We were pleased to eventually get to Dumbleton as our last attempt was put off due to a wasps nest in the tower. Luckily there was no sign of any wasps in February!

Members of the branch were involved in the March G&B training day leading and helping with various groups and Katherine attended as a student.

Some of the Twyning band requested a special Plain Bob Doubles practice to help them move forward so six experts joined them last week to give four learners a good chance to practice with only one learner in each touch. Thank you to those who came along to help make this event a success.

The Association striking competitions took place on 1st April. A band from the Abbey represented the branch in the Croome Trophy six bell competition at Compton Abdale. The band rang very well and we received some excellent feedback from the judges so were a little disappointed to be placed 5th.

Later on the same day a branch band took part in the eight bell Penn Trophy at Coln St Aldwyn and was awarded 3rd place which we felt was a fair outcome based on our performance.

To celebrate St George's Day I asked all the bands in the branch to get their bells ringing on 23rd April. Bells were rung at Ashchurch, the Abbey, Ashton under Hill, Deerhurst, Kemerton, Eldersfield, Hasfield, Tirley, Tredington, Twyning and also Berrow (not a branch tower).

The Saturday morning mini outing to Madresfield and Malvern Link was well attended and enjoyed by all. Following the ringing some of us adjourned to the Bluebell at Barnard's Green before either going home or joining in a walk on the Malverns kindly organised by Rosemary. The weather was beautiful, the views were spectacular, there was plenty of opportunity to chat and it rounded off the day perfectly.

Ripple hosted our branch striking competition and again the weather was on our side. Any ringer who comes along is welcome to join a team. Our rules are very flexible and our judges kind so never be nervous about taking part. Following the ringing Rosemary generously provided tea at her house where the results were given. A band from the Abbey was placed first and will go forward to take part in the Croome Trophy next year.

Our July meeting was at Deerhurst where we joined the local practice. There was a good turnout. To gain experience of running a busy practice Chris gamely agreed to be in charge for the evening and did a good job. This is something that would be worth repeating. Running a practice is more difficult than it may appear and the branch needs more people who feel confident to take charge.

Our Friday morning mini outing to Woolstone and Bishop's Cleeve in August was another success. The light ring of bells at Woolstone proved a little challenging initially but everyone soon got to grips with them. After the ringing we went to Wyevale garden centre for lunch enjoyed by everyone.

In September we met for a practice at Evesham bell tower which was well attended and a very enjoyable evening.

The Association quarter peal festival took place as always in October. I did not have a large number of people wanting to take part but everyone who put their name forward rang at least one quarter peal. In total we rang 9 quarter peals. Notable among these were Rachel's first quarter rung in The Shed; Margaret's first quarter of Superlative Major; Ann's first quarter of Cambridge Major for a very long time; Sue's first away from cover and Katherine's first quarter away from the Abbey. It was good to see the progress that has been made by other ringers in the past year even if they did not actually take part in a "first" for them.

We still need to increase the number of bellringers in our area and I am pleased that there are new recruits being taught at a number of towers including Deerhurst, Twyning, Ashchurch and the Abbey.

Looking forward to next year there is a national initiative to ring at as many towers as possible on 11th November to mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. I hope that the Tewkesbury Branch will rise to this challenge. On St George's Day 2016 we managed to ring at all the ringable towers in the branch and I'm sure that we can do something similar on Armistice Day. 11th November 2018 falls on a Sunday which should make the planning somewhat more straightforward but please keep the date free for lots of ringing.

Thank you to everyone who has supported branch events during the past year. We welcome ringers of all levels to all of our events. However, I should like to thank in particular all the more experienced ringers who willingly help out with quarter peals; branch practices; taking part in competition teams; and, of course, supporting their own and other local practices. Without their willingness to teach and to ring endless rounds, call changes and Plain Bob Doubles there would be no progress.

Finally, I am very pleased to be able to present the branch silver proficiency certificate to Katherine and the bronze certificate to Rachel. Rachel is also following the bell club awards programme and has earned the first two badges: the Ambitious Apprentice and the Happy Hunter. Well done both of you and keep up the good work.

Sheila Taylor
Branch Ringing Master
November 2017

Tewkesbury Branch Programme 2018
Jan 29 Mon 7:30 pm Bell handling practice at Tewkesbury Abbey
Feb 13 Tue 7:30 pm Join the practice at Beckford
Feb 24 Sat Morning G&B Branch Officers' Meeting at Barnwood
Mar 10 Sat All day Association Training Day: Cirencester area
Mar 14 Wed 7:15 pm Ringing at Kemerton
Branch Spring Meeting in the church (8:30)
Apr 14 Sat All Day G&B Association AGM, Swindon Branch
Penn and Croome Trophy competitions
Apr 16 Mon 7:30 pm "Listen to it". Talk by David Bagley at Tewkesbury Abbey
Apr 23 Mon All Day Ringing for St George's Day to be organized by local towers
May 12 Sat Morning Morning Mini Outing
Ringing at Dodderhill* 10.00 - 11.00am and Hanbury* 11.30 - 12:30pm
Lunch in a nearby pub (to be arranged) followed by a walk in the area
(details will be given later; numbers for lunch required in advance)
June 16 Sat 4:30 pm Branch Striking competition at Hasfield
Bring and Share supper in Tirley village hall
July 1 Sun 1:25-2:50 pm Evensong ringing at Gloucester Cathedral
July 9 Mon 6:00 pm 6.00 - 7.30pm: Ringing at Ashton-under-Hill
7.30pm: Cold buffet supper at The Star Inn (hopefully in the garden); numbers required
Aug 17 Fri Morning Morning Mini Outing
Ringing at Yarkhill* 10.00-11.00am and Bromyard* 11.30am -12.30pm
Lunch at The Hop Pocket (numbers for lunch required in advance)
Sept 28 Fri 7:30 pm Ringing at Cheltenham Minster*
Oct 13 Sat All Day Association Training Day Wotton-under-Edge
Oct 13-28 All Day "Firsts Fortnight" and Peal and quarter peal festival
Oct 15 Mon 7:30 pm Bell handling practice at Twyning. Names needed, numbers limited.
Nov 10 Sat 4 pm Branch AGM - Ashchurch
4 pm Ringing, 5 pm Service in the church, 5:30 pm AGM in church hall & bring and share supper
Nov 11 Sun All Day Ringing for Peace - Armistice 100 (details later)
Dec 13 Thur 7:30 pm Join the practice at Tewkesbury Abbey. Introduction (for some) to bell plates. Refreshments provided by Abbey ringers
Jan 2019 19 Sat 6:30 pm 5.00pm: Ringing at Tredington 6.00pm: Fish and chip supper (numbers will be needed) followed by board games

* Don't forget to bring a donation for out of branch towers
To download a pdf of the branch program 2018, click here

Tewkesbury Branch Towers
Branch towers with regular practices and / or regular Sunday service ringing
To hear samples of some of the bells of the Tewkesbury Branch, click here
Ashchurch, St Nicholas [GL20 8JZ]
8 bells, 12cwt tenor
Sunday: 10:30 except for last when 9:00
Practice: Friday 19:30
Contact: Margaret Wise (01684) 772095
Entrance through church
Car park at end of church driveway
Toilet in church
Ashchurch Church
Ashton-under-Hill*, St Barbara [WR11 7SX]
6 bells, 7cwt tenor
Sunday: by arrangement
Practice: Tuesday third and fourth 19:30
Contact: Nick Hopkins (01386) 710136
Entrance at far side of tower
Park carefully on road
Ashton-under-hill Church
Beckford*, St John the Baptist [GL20 7AD]
6 bells, 14cwt tenor
Sunday: by arrangement
Practice: Tuesday first and second 19:30
Contact: Nick Hopkins (01386) 710136
Entrance at far side of tower
Small car park at front of church
Beckford Church
Deerhurst, St Mary [GL19 4BX]
6 bells, 11cwt tenor
Sunday: second 10:30; fourth 17:30
Practice: Tuesday 19:30 confirm first, alternates with Tredington
Contact: Richard Hart (01684) 274197
Entrance to right of main church door
Small parking area by church gates
Deerhurst Church
Eldersfield, St John the Baptist [GL19 4NP]
6 bells, 18cwt tenor
Sunday: by arrangement
Practice: Thursday alternately 19:30 confirm first
Contact: Janet Peters (01452) 840211
Ground floor
Entrance through church
Small car park next to church
Eldersfield Church
Hasfield, St Mary [GL19 4LG]
6 bells, 10cwt tenor
Sunday: by arrangement
Practice: by arrangement
Contact: Garrod Davies (01684) 296305
Ground floor
Entrance through church
Off road parking at front of church
Hasfield Church
Kemerton, St Nicholas [GL20 7HX]
6 bells, 12cwt tenor
Sunday: 08:30, last 10:15 (confirm first)
Practice: Tuesday 18:30-19:30 confirm first
Contact: Dave Devereux (01684) 850329
Ground floor
Entrance through church
Park carefully on road
Kemerton Church
Tewkesbury, Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin [GL20 5SR]
13 bells, 27cwt tenor
Sunday: 10:15; 16:00 confirm first; first 10:15 (quarter peal attempt); third 16:00 (quarter peal attempt). Practice: Thursday 19:30
Contact: Ruth Bagley (01684) 293764
Entrance via small outside staircase and intercom
Car park at the front and in Gander Lane
Toilets in Visitor Centre and Gloucester Rd car park
Tewkesbury Abbey
The Leigh, St Catherine [GL19 4AF]
6 bells, 18cwt tenor
Sunday: by arrangement
Practice: Tuesday 19:30
Contact: Phil Cotton (01452) 857180
Entrance through church
Some off-road parking opposite church
Toilet in base of tower
The Leigh Church
Tirley, St Michael and All Angels [GL19 4HH]
6 bells, 10cwt tenor
Sunday: phone to check arrangements
Practice: Tuesday but must confirm first
Contact: Garrod Davies (01684) 296305
Ground floor
Entrance through church
Off road parking at front of church
Tirley Church
Tredington, St John the Baptist [GL20 7AB]
6 bells, 8cwt tenor
Sunday: by arrangement
Practice: Tuesday 19:30 confirm first, alternates with Deerhurst
Contact: Jim Mitchell (01684) 296773
Ground floor
Entrance through church
Park away from main road which can be busy
Tredington Church
Twyning, St Mary Magdalene [GL20 6JJ]
6 bells, 10cwt tenor
Sunday: 8:45
Practice: Wednesday 19:30 Please confirm in advance with tower contact
Contact: Mrs M Storey (01684) 299607
Entrance at far side of tower
Car park to right of church gates
Twyning Church
*Ashton-under-Hill and Beckford share a band.  When there is a fifth Tuesday in the month the practice is at Overbury, Worcs, St Faith
6 bells, 9cwt
Park on road near church
Towers outside the Tewkesbury Branch which are closely supported by Branch members
Ripple, Worcs, St Mary [GL20 6HA]
6 bells, 12cwt tenor
Sunday: 4th 10:00 and special occasions, confirm first
Practice: generally 2nd Monday 19:30, Please confirm in advance with tower contact
Contact: Joan Payne (01684) 297251
Entrance through door at base of tower and through kitchen
Car park at front of church
Ripple Church
Strensham, Worcs, St John the Baptist [WR8 9LW]
6 bells, 11cwt tenor
Sunday: none
Practice: generally 4th Monday 19:30, Please confirm in advance with tower contact
Contact: David Bagley (01684) 293764
Entrance at base of tower
Car parking by church
Strensham Church
Branch towers with unringable bells
Boddington, St Mary Magdalene [GL51 0TJ]
3 bells, 9cwt tenor
Chimed only
Chaceley, St John the Baptist [GL19 4EH]
6 bells, 11cwt tenor
Forthampton, St Mary the Virgin [GL19 4QW]
6 bells, 12cwt tenor
Staverton, St Catherine [GL51 0TR]
3 bells, 9cwt tenor
Chimed only

Tewkesbury Branch Proficiency Certificates
Notes on Tewkesbury Branch Proficiency Certificates

The purpose of these certificates is to recognise and encourage progress among ringers (who have not already gained the Association proficiency certificate) within the Tewkesbury Branch.

Tower captains will be responsible for monitoring the progress of individual ringers. It may help to keep a register of attendance but this is entirely optional. Please date the progress chart for each individual to show when each of the criteria is achieved.

Please display the proficiency certificate criteria on your tower notice boards and encourage any members of your band who have not yet gained the G&B certificate to take part if they wish.

The number of towers visited; meetings attended and services rung for is cumulative from level to level e.g. for the silver level, at least 5 towers have to be visited and these towers can then be counted towards the total of 10 for the gold certificate.

When a member of your band has achieved one of the specified levels please pass the details to the Branch Ringing Master who will ensure that the appropriate certificate is presented at the next branch meeting.

Any ringer who has achieved the platinum level of the branch proficiency certificates is well on the way to reaching the standard required to attain the G&B Association certificate.

If an individual cannot make progress to the next level due to limitations within their local band then please contact the Ringing Master to ask for help.

As this is a new scheme there will be many ringers who have already achieved one or more of the levels. If an individual would like to be awarded a certificate for the highest level already achieved (but not all of the levels previously achieved) then please pass their name to the Branch Ringing Master.

Please contact the Branch Ringing Master if you need further clarification on any point.

Sheila Taylor
Tewkesbury Branch Ringing Master
Dec 2012

Tewkesbury Branch Proficiency Certificate record sheet
To download the spreadsheet click here

Interested in learning to ring at a tower in the Tewkesbury Branch?
Towers in the Tewkesbury Branch are always keen to recruit more bellringers. If you are interested in finding out more please email the Tewkesbury Branch or contact your nearest tower.

Ringing Notes
The following documents provide learning notes for Plain Bob Doubles and Stedman Doubles.
Click on the links to download the .doc files.

Notes on ringing Plain Bob Doubles
Notes on ringing Stedman Doubles
Notes on ringing St Simons Doubles

The central council website also provides a number of helpful guides here.

Tewkesbury Abbey Method List
Below is the method list for 2018 and some of blue lines as word documents.
For a website that can plot all methods, please visit
Click on the links to download the files.

Thursday method List 2018

Cassiobury Surprise Major
Countesthorpe Surprise Major
Water Surprise Major

To email the Tewkesbury Branch click here