March news from Mid-Devon

The Beast from the East
Sadly, the blizzard conditions at the beginning of March meant that there was no alternative but to cancel the training morning scheduled for Stokeinteignhead. The committee will be meeting very soon to consider if it is possible to re-book it later in the year.
Do hope you all survived safely – quite unprecedented for this part of the world.

Future Events

Mothering Sunday – Berry Pomeroy
There is an extra visit to Berry Pomeroy this month on 11th March for the Mothering Sunday service. Normal time 10.30 for 11.15 service. It is not intended to go to Occombe Farm on this occasion but the Berry Pomeroy Handbell Ringers (and friends!!) will perform at the start of the service. All very welcome

Branch 8 bell practice, March – Berry Pomeroy
We join the ringers at Berry Pomeroy for the Branch 8 bell practice on Monday 12th March at 7.30 until 9.00pm. Special methods Cloister Triples and Erin Triples. In Cloister 1 and 2 both plain hunt to 3rds place and back. This is an ideal start for anyone embarking on plain hunting. The other bells ring Stedman / Erin dodging but only run in / out Quick. Bobs and singles as Stedman / Erin Triples. You are sure of a warm welcome so try and get there if you can.

Advance notice
Two events we hope you will underline in your diaries!

Guild AGM 16th June based on Newton Abbot
This year it is the turn of the Mid-Devon Branch to host this event as we welcome ringers from across the county. Plans are advancing and we will be looking for help with serving food and manning two open towers (among other things!). Please keep the day free, if possible. More details later.

Buckfast Abbey Millennium – Ringers' Day Saturday 11th August
This year sees celebrations at Buckfast to mark 1000 years since the original foundation of the Abbey. As part of that celebration a whole day of events centred on bell ringing and the Abbey bells is planned. So far plans are at an early stage, but it is hoped to have events running for the whole day, culminating in a ringers' service with music led by a choir of ringers similar to the annual Carol Service which has proved so popular. The scale of the event will need lots of volunteer stewards so please put it in your diaries and look out for further information as we get it. There will, of course, be opportunities to ring on the Abbey's fine ring of bells.