St Bartholomew’s church has a ring of 6 bells, with the earliest dating from 1757. The tenor weighs 23cwt-2qtrs-26lbs.
The bells are rung for Sunday morning services, 09:20 – 10:00; for weddings and other special events. Practice takes place on Wednesday evenings from 7:45 – 9:00pm, except the first Wednesday of the month.
St Bartholomew’s is affiliated to the Chippenham Branch of the Gloucester and Bristol Diocesan Association of Ringers, which is itself affiliated to the Central Council of Churchbell Ringers. Its mission is to further the art of church bell ringing.
We have friendly and active band and cater for all ringing abilities. Ringing is a marvellous hobby, for both men and women, from 14 – 90. If you are interested in learning more about this ancient English custom please contact us on the number below.
The Tower Captain is John Stott; the Tower Correspondent is Debbie Stott, who can be contacted on Tel: 01249-714352 or by E-Mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
A band of bellringers will visit St Bartholomew’s Church on Friday 25th January when they will attempt to ring a full-peal on the bells. A full-peal consists of 5,040 changes and is expected to take in the region of 3hrs 20minutes; the performance is due to start at 3:00pm. This is a significant event for St Bart’s as our bells, some of which date back to 1757-1758, have been rung to a peal only twice in more than 250 years; firstly in 1957 and again on the 50th anniversary of that success in 2007. For more information please contact John Stott, Tower Captain (01249 714352).