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Gloucester Cathedral 2019
Picture provided by the branch secretary!
Find attached a message from Mary re the Branch ringing at the Cathedral on the 15th September for onward circulation to your members.
PLEASE NOTE free parking at St Oswalds Retail Park (The old Market Yard) has been reduced from 3 to 2 hours so don't get caught out.Hope to see as many as possible and for those who have not been before if the weather is good it's worth bringing a camera for a visit to the tower roof.
Dyrham Branch Practice and Cream Tea Poster Click
Gary's Mince Pie Practice 28th December 2018
A well attended after Christmas Practice.
Gloucester Cathedral 2018
The branch now have to book annually, where previously Rural Branch had a fixed date the 3rd Sunday in September.
Picture thanks to Phillip Coward.
Some of the ringers who were present on the 16th September 2018.
and Cream Tea August 18th 2018 Dyrham
Gloucester Cathedral 2017
The branch attended but no pictures taken.
Gloucester Cathedral 2016
Fewer people this year, but as a listener I think the ringing was better than some previous years.
Thankyou to all those who made the effort and went along and made the effort!
Heritage at the Barn Winterbourne 2016
The Mobile ring, for more pictures see the October Newsletter Click
Branch Walk and Ring Outing to Clevedon 25 June 2016 for article see the August Newsletter Click
21st September 2014 Branch Gloucester Cathedral Ringing and a Cream Tea.
For an article see the October 2014 Newsletter click
15th September 2013 Gloucester Cathedral
the 3rd Sunday each year!
For an article see the October 2013 Newsletter click published on the 28th September 2013
2013 Combined practice and BBQ with Wotton Branch
Harwood Gate Farm Chipping Sodbury article in the August Newsletter Click published 27th July.
Combined Practice with Wotton Branch_2012 see the July 2012 newsletter for a description of the event.
June 9th 2012 at Frampton Cotterel
Unfortunately I have no pictures of the afternoon ringing or the treasure hunt as my camera battery decided it had had enough.
Thanks to Richard Sleman out treasurer for these pictures of the evening skittles.
If you would loke to see the cost of the event click here
Gloucester Cathedral 18th_September_2011
Branch_Open_Day 11th June 2011 For some reason I did not take many pictures, probably because we were too busy. Article in the July 2011 newsletter
Combined practice with Wotton Branch June 4th 2011 at Stone, see article in the July 2011
Branch train the teachers course
April 30th at Frampton
The course was conducted by Steve Coleman and the trainee was Bernard Durant
who had never touched a bell rope in his life before.
There were 13 trainers and potential trainers present who can vouch that Bernard
was ringing his bell unaided and setting it in two hours.
To the left are the people who attended the course.
Article in the June 2011 Newsletter
Bristol Rural Branch is conducting a recruitment campaign for new bell ringers, you may have seen in the local press, local magazines and news sheets that we are recruiting bell ringers. In our area which covers an area from Bitton in the East to Olveston in the west, Filton in the south to Tytherington in the north. Whilst we have been advertising we will be having an open day at Frampton Cotterell St Peter�s Parish Church on June the 11th for new and potential ringers to come along have a look at the bells, if they wish be shown how to ring a church bell and have a go under tuition. In anticipation of this and hopefully a lot of new potential ringers we held a Teach the Trainers course for the ringers who will train new recruits . On the day the trainer instructed a potential ringer who had never even touched a bell rope before in his life to ring alone in two hours. This is not so say the learner will not have to practice a lot more to be a competent member of a church band.. The branch currently has a number of towers with out any ringers at all and some towers with reduced numbers where visiting ringers make up the numbers so they can ring all the bells which in this branch is maximum of eight bells.
Wills Tower Bristol Visit 21st August 2010 Combined Branch Practice with Bristol Branch.
To see more pictures click here
Quiz Night 2010
To see more pictures click here.
Carol Service at Winterbourne 2009
This picture was or will be a competition for a caption in the February Newsletter
Bristol Rural at Gloucester Cathedral September_2009.
Training Day at Frampton 19/09/2009
Pictures of the Association AGM tea at Coalpit Heath April_25th_2009
The team that represented Rural Branch in the 2009 Penn Trophy
competition at Warmley on the 25th of April 2009.
Left to right Bryn Shackleton, Gary Crisp, Sue Jay, Trish Donald, Martin Blanchard, Bryan Hardwick, Arch Andrews and Chris Greef.
The team came eighth out of eleven.
Skittles Night 7th March 2009
Rising Sun Frampton Cotterell
It was a good evening organised by Chris our chairman and his wife Gill. We had about 36 people sign up and a couple more turned up on the night.
Whilst the skittling took place Hannah and Domonic were the stickers up and did a very good job apart from Domonic using his phone and texting whilst play was
in progress. We managed three rounds of skittles with an intermission for food and drinks after the second round. There was a lot of mingling and chat going on
during the games and from the reports to date everyone had a very pleasant evening.
As always their is a winner and the losers, Peter Johnson of Tytherington had the highest score and the ladies highest score went to Lyn Angell, there was not a
a lowest score prize but there were lots of contenders competing for that prize.
As I said before a very good evening well organised and executed by Chris and Gill who were thanked by the secretary as well as thanking the
two people who worked all evening sticking up the skittles Hannah Fowles-Sweet and Domonic Hardwick.
The pictures above are of Brian Angell without his hat having just bowled, and Chris with some of the bowlers buying there raffle tickets.
The brave souls who raised �400.00 for the Abson treble fund. from right to left Henry Taysom, Martin Blanchard,
Norman Shanks, Alan Clark, Kathy, Sandra Goodwin, Elaine and Clive Powell.
The branch toolkit held by bell advisor Gary Crisp, it can be loaned to any tower who thinks it might need to use it.
Rural Branch at Gloucester Cathedral for
Service Ringing Sunday September 23rd 2007
Rural Branch Members and Friends Gloucester Cathedral 24th September 2006
Kent Treble bob ringers and helpers at a training day at Olveston 14/01/06,. there was also another group at Almondsbury but no picture was taken.
Open Day June 11th 2005
Martin Pearson Tower Correspondent at Mangotsfield receives the Best kept Tower award from the Very Rev'd Dean of Bristol, and Les Usher receives one of the
G & B Ringing Master's Clapper awards for their entry in the Croome Trophy. For a more comprehensive report see the May Newsletter to be published on the 27th of April 2002.
Both events took place at the G & B AGM held in the Bristol Cathedral School Hall on Saturday April 13th.
Some of the Cirencester Training
day ringers back in the Hall at Watermoor for a well deserved cup of tea.
March 11th 2000