The Aylesbeare Deanery Branch covers the area south of Exeter and includes 10 towers ranging from 6 to 12 bells. Despite giving its name to the branch, Aylesbeare is actually one of the more northerly towers in the branch, which covers a fairly small area from Broadclyst in the north down to Exmouth in the south, with many of the other towers spread along the Exe estuary.
We are an active branch of around 50 members with skills ranging from learners to call change and method ringers of all abilities. We take part in many Guild activities and events and endeavour to enter a team from the branch in each section of the annual striking competition.
Throughout the year, we run monthly branch practices which move around the branch to both support tower practice nights as well as making use of the towers which are perhaps not rung so often. We also organise teaching days, as well as branch outings, allowing us to stretch our legs a bit and experience different bells.
Five of the towers in the branch have regular practice nights, either weekly or monthly, whereas the remainder are situated where there are fewer local residents and in most cases only occasional services. Between the members of the branch, we keep the bells ringing in all ten towers, helping out each other when necessary and ensuring that bells are available for weddings and services. Given our close proximity to Exeter, many of the branch members visit the towers in the Exeter branch and they also support us, giving us much needed help and expertise where required.
If you are visiting the area and want to join us then do get in touch!