St Bartholomew Coaley
Coaley bells are rung for the Sunday Morning Services. Mostly these services are held at
9-15 am with ringing from 8-45 am. The ringers also practise on Wednesday evenings from 7-30 pm.
However, the number of ringers is relatively low and service ringing and practise only take place if sufficient numbers are available. Because of this, potential visitors are advised to consult the Tower Captain currently Terry Chivers.
To try and avoid the above uncertainties we are in need of new recruits. Strength is not a requirement but a minimum age of 11 years is; there is no upper age limit. Initially, recruits are required to acquire the skill of handling a bell, and training can be organised around the candidate’s availability rather than simply within the confines of a Wednesday practise. If you would wish to try your hand at bell ringing then talk to one of the ringers.
Having becoming a competent ringer a wide range of opportunities are available should you wish to avail yourself of these. Coaley is a member of the Wotton-under-Edge Branch of the Gloucester and Bristol Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers and meetings are held each month in different towers. These meetings give ringers the opportunity to develop their skills as well as developing the abilities of others. Each year the Branch organises a competition when ringers from the area compete to determine which tower produces the best striking; i.e. the least clashes. The objective is to encourage the raising of standards of ringing.
St Cyr Stinchcombe
St Cyr has six bells hung for Change Ringing. A number of us from Stinchcombe are now learning to ring our bells. The bells are rung at the following times:
•Sunday mornings: 10:30 to 11:10 am (by arrangement)
•1st Sunday of each month for the evening service
•Thursday evenings: 7:30 to 9 pm
•Weddings and special occasions
We form part of the Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers and are helped out by ringers from St George, Upper Cam and other local towers.
Visitors are always welcomed to our ringing sessions and we always need new recruits.
St George Cam
St James the Great Dursley
Thursdays from 19:30 until 21:00 (except Holy Week)
All stages up to Spliced Surprise Major
Secretary Elizabeth Byrne
Ringing Master Frank Byrne
Steeple Keeper Andrew Bull
All ringers are welcome to join us for ringing for any service or on practice nights.