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About the Society

The Bath University Society began by operating for a number of years in an informal capacity; meeting for practices, quarters and outings whenever anybody felt like organising one! Four years ago, an official society was registered with the University. However, due to the excessive Students' Union regulations, we have disaffiliated ourselves and reverted to an informal society – but we feel this gives us the freedom to run the society in the best way possible!

The society has its own tower at Bath St Matthew, Widcombe, where practices are held on the last Thursday of each month (during term time) from 7:00 until 8:30. We're always on the lookout for new recruits, so if you're a ringer or think you might be interested in learning, e-mail Tom Wareing and we'll see what we can do. If you need more persuasion, then read on...

Why ring at university?

The page on Thinking of learning to ring? should give you a few good reasons. If that's not enough, then starting to ring at Bath University is a wise choice because:

  • All the lessons are free.
  • We're a friendly social bunch, and there's lots of ringing events throughout the year to keep you entertained.
  • It pays! - once you are proficient enough, you can ring for weddings (of which there are plenty in Bath) - typically £15-20 for just half an hours work!


May 2011

  • Thursday 26th: Monthly practice at St Matthew's, Widcombe, 7:00-8:30pm (TBC).
                This will be the last practice until 27th October 2011.

June 2011

  • Saturday 4th: Punting social. Contact Matthew Skues for more information.

A Student Guide to Bath Practices

As far as we know, all towers in the branch would be more than happy for you to join their ringers. However, below is a guide to the central towers in Bath which are probably more suited to students (if only for their location):

St Matthew, Widcombe

  • Last Thursday of the month during term time, 7:00 - 8:30pm, 6 bells, 12 cwt

Widcombe is the university tower where practices are run by students, but anyone is welcome to join us. This tower is ideal for people still learning the ropes or wanting to improve their ringing on six. The bells are a bit lumpy and not particularly musical but they're relatively easy to handle.

The entrance to the tower can be found through a gate in the wall which is left open during practices, and the ringing chamber is reached by climbing around 50 steps.

St Mary Bathwick

  • Wednesday, 7:30 - 9:00pm, Sunday 9:15 - 10:30am (by arrangement), 10 bells, 18 cwt

Bathwick is probably the most active tower in the branch, with the most members. The bells are nice and easy going; ringing ranges from rounds and call changes to Surprise Royal. Sunday morning ringing consists of a quarter peal, usually made up of those present and willing from Wednesday's practice. The tower captain is David Hÿtch.

Bathwick tends to be the tower that most students congregate towards; probably because it's closest to the bottom of the hill from campus! The entrance to the ringing chamber is through the blue door nearest the roundabout and up around 30 steps.

Bath Abbey

  • Monday 7:30 - 9:00pm, Sunday 10:00 - 11:00am, 10 bells (anti-clockwise), 33 cwt

Bath Abbey hosts one of only two anti-clockwise rings of 10 in the world. They are not as easy going as Bathwick but they have a nice old sound and are rewarding once you get the measure of them. The other reason to go to the Abbey is for the brilliant views over Bath - although you have to climb some 120 steps to get to the ringing chamber! The tower captain is Will Willans.

Due to the Abbey's location, the doors are locked 10 minutes after the Monday practice begins, so you will need to be there promptly. The ringing entrance is on the opposite side of the Abbey to the Roman Baths, next to the taxi rank, and is marked with the ringing times. Ringing during the practices ranges from rounds and call changes to Grandsire and Stedman Triples/Caters, with some even bell ringing when numbers permit. Sunday morning ringing starts at 10:00 for an hour and is open to all. For those not staying to the service, Cafe Nero awaits straight afterwards!


Bristol is only a 10 minute train journey away, so their many practices are easy to get to. The UBSCR is the very active student society in the city and are very welcoming towards Bath students.

Committee and Contacts

Chairman Tom Wareing

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