Most of us are aware that at St James, we are blessed with a band of very faithful bellringers – they are now award winning too!

Every year the Bristol Rural branch of bellringers hold a striking competition. This year there were 10 teams that entered from various churches around the branch. Basically each team ring a set number of changes, 120, and there were 2 judges who hide themselves away outside and mark all the faults of each team.

The competition this year was held at the pretty little village of Compton Dando and this year, the band from St James came 1st and won the Branch trophy. This is the first time that Mangotsfield has won the trophy. Well done to all our ringers.

If you are interested in learning the ropes (sorry) with the best change ringers in Bristol, our tower captain, Alan Coombs would very much like to hear from you! Practice is on a Wednesday evening, and there is always space for interested new ringers (even complete novices!)