Newsletter 71: September 2008
Mr and Mrs Hilling after the ceremony
months in the planning, the day had arrived for Rosemary Green and Matthew
Hilling. On Saturday 13 September they tied the knot amid blue skies in sunny
David Hilling (Groom’s father), Matt,
David Macey (Best man) trying not to pose.
The bride arrived before 2pm, so right on the hour she processed up the aisle looking radiant. Following two readings and the marriage ceremony it was time to sign the register during which time handbells were rung followed by Alleluia from Exsultate Jubilate sung by a family friend. The three leads of Kent TB Major were not without their trips and it was noticeable that the groom was concentrating more on the ringing than the signing. He even muttered under his breath at one point, ‘6 lead’!! Thanks to Tom Griffiths, Andrew Digby, David Maynard and Ian Campbell.
reception was held at The Great Barn, Higher Ashton, on the edge of
The evening continued with a barn dance until a convoy of taxis arrived to take the happy couple and weary guests home.
and Matt departed on Sunday afternoon for a couple of nights in Newquay, with their main honeymoon due to take place at the
end of October in
The following ‘first in method’ peal was rung on the morning of the wedding:
St Michael & All Angels
Saturday, 13 September 2008 in 2h 35 (10-0-19)
5056 Hillingdon Green D Major
by: D G
1 Pauline Champion 5 David G Maynard
2 Ian P Hill 6 David J Mattingley
3 Paul J Pascoe 7 Reginald T McKenzie
4 Andrew P Digby 8 Michael E C Mears (C)
Wedding day compliment to Matthew Hilling and Rosie Green
First peal in the method: x38x14x188.8.131.52x1234.58x16x18 le12(b)
Other peals rung in their honour included Rigel Surprise Maximus at South Petherton, Ecclefechan Delight Royal (1st in method) at Thorverton, Yorkshire Surprise Major at Broadclyst, 7 Surprise Minor at Trusham, Bristol Surprise Maximus at Worcester, and Old Kea Surprise Major at St Kea, Cornwall.
REMINDER - 1
GUILD STRIKING COMPETITIONS SATURDAY 18 OCTOBER 2008
Inter-tower competition for the J P Fidler Cup: 10am - 12.30pm. Contact the General Secretary (email@example.com) to book your time to ring.
Local pub for lunch: The Thatched Inn
Inter-tower novice competition, set up in memory of John Longridge: 11am - 12.30pm.
Contact the General Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) to book your time to ring.
Local pub for lunch: The Crealock Arms
Inter-branch competition for the Andrews trophy: 2pm draw. Branch Secretaries: please let the General Secretary (email@example.com) know if you are entering a team(s).
Local pub for lunch: The Seagate
Teams representing a branch can ring either a plain course of Cambridge S Major or the following touch of Little Bob Major:
224 Little Bob Major
W M H 23456
S S - 46325
RINGING ROADSHOW - A FEW OBSERVATIONS
The attendance was amazing. On Friday the exhibition hall was pretty crowded but when we arrived at about 12:00 on Saturday there was at least double the number of people there. The lecture/demonstration room seated over 400 and was just about full for the handbell concerts. Despite the appalling weather the dozen or so mini-rings seemed to be in almost constant use. Certainly the Frank Mack ring, which was taken there by the Guild, had very few idle moments. Ian Avery had done a fantastic job only days before, constructing a new set of wooden legs to support the frame and a proper floor under the bells (complete with rope bosses), making the installation look most professional. This was erected in a special tent to keep out the weather so that it was one of the few mini-rings that was available all the time, despite the incessant rain and gale force winds. It had the distinction of being both the oldest and lightest mini-ring at the event.
Ringing in the rain Bells and frame for Sampford Spiney
Also outside, but in the shelter of a building, we came across Boudewijn Zwart, the professional
carillonneur who had travelled from
Inside the vast space of the exhibition hall the most striking exhibit to me was the new bell installation destined for Sampford Spiney, near Tavistock, as demonstrated on Nicholson Engineering's stand. The five bells were removed from the tower a few months ago, and the restored and augmented bells, complete in their new frame, were brought on the back of a lorry and deposited on the floor in one move. It will take us a lot longer to put the back into the tower - the work started last week!
It was fascinating to see the Carter ringing machine in action, ringing
Little Bob Maximus on a miniature set of bells, with
its mechanical action and smell of hot oil. This is the precursor of the modern
computerised simulators; it is wonderful to see it working fully rather than
sitting as a stationary exhibit in the
And then there were all the other stalls and exhibitions; We bought some bell-shaped jewellery, some ringing books, computer software and bell sensors, ringing diaries and calendars, and even a set of handbells, as well as trying our hand on a simulated mini-ring, a learner's bell, a carillon, and .....
The Devon Ringers’ Stand Derek Ballard and software
There was a steady stream of visitors to the Devon Ringers' stand. Many
were especially interested in the distinctive style of the
The George Tribe ring had been erected on the stand (you may have seen
these 6 mini bells hung for ringing at St Petrock's
Unfortunately we found little spare time for attending seminars; these were held on varied topics including sessions for those who have only started ringing later on in life, raising and lowering in peal, question and answer sessions, ways to learn and ring new methods, the history of women in ringing, and a special session for young people. Together with a number of towers open on the route to and from the venue there has to have been something for every ringer!
RINGING ROADSHOW - YOUNG RINGERS' SEMINAR
I'm sure there will be other reports on the Ringing Roadshow - two really good days of things to see and do, old friends to bump into, and some standing around in the rain holding the gazebo over a miniring. But I've been asked to write about the Young Ringers' Seminar which I attended. I went as a parent of young ringers, but frequently cast my thoughts back to when I was a 17 year old learner myself.
The session was led by a confident 18 year old boy, with a panel of ringers aged 12, 15, 17 and 21. They all contributed on a number of themes, with the responses I can remember as follows:
and questions from the floor were invited, but disappointingly there was only one.
This was a question about getting more young people to start, and was answered
with reference to 'KidsRingOut' in
I was left mulling over a comment from the 21 year old. He said that ringing involves a mental challenge and attracts people who like such a challenge. It follows (he said) that all the ringers you meet are interesting people. Quite so.
Very much along the lines of the above, a letter from Janet Covey-Crump appeared in The Ringing World (September 12, p961):
“ I eavesdropped on the young people’s forum at the Roadshow, ably chaired by Alex Poole, and was encouraged to hear that three out of five answers to “What was your proudest moment in ringing?” included a leadership role. “Learning a new method and being asked to call a touch in it”, “Teaching people to ring and seeing them progress” and “Surviving the not always enjoyable challenge of being Master of a University Ringing Society for a year”.
Is there a message here on how to keep the interest of able recruits and also to make up for some of the training they might have received in the Scouts, Duke of Edinburgh etc?”
REMINDER - 2
GUILD QUARTER PEAL WEEK 2008
FRIDAY 24TH OCTOBER TO SUNDAY 2ND NOVEMBER.
£1 per rope. In aid of Devon Church Bell Restoration Fund
For more information, see page 98 of the 2007 annual report or contact the quarter peal secretary:
REMINDER – 3
SATURDAY 20TH DECEMBER - 3.00PM
ST PETER'S, TIVERTON
DUNSTER/NORTH EAST JOINT EVENT
joint event with colleagues “across the border” has become an annual fixture in
the calendar. This year it was N.E. Branch’s turn to host the joint meeting
with the Dunster Branch of the
A Bampton style tea Quiz-master Hatchett and the teams
NE BRANCH AT MID-DEVON SHOW
Lucky with the weather this year, after cancellation of the show in 2007, NE Branch made their presence heard in the Churches tent. With the first of the new display boards giving detailed information on the casting and structure of a bell, along with details of local towers we maintained interest most of the day. During quiet spells we were able to attract attention by ringing the model bell, loaned from St Petrock’s, with many people ‘having a go’. Not only was the event an opportunity to recruit, hopefully, a few more interested people for the Branch, but more importantly, a very successful Public Relations exercise. My thanks go to all who helped ‘man’ the stall during the day, not only answering sometimes technical questions but also showing their enthusiasm which will hopefully encourage others to begin the learn to ring too.
Belle and model bell The new Troyte display
FROM THE PEAL FOOTNOTES
1. On Thursday 26th June , the peal at St Marychurch was on the 50th Anniversary of Don Roberts' first peal (he took part).
2. Of note is the peal at Kingsbridge on 22nd August-1st peal on the bells, the last unpealed 8 in the County.
Help the Devon Church Bell Restoration Fund by buying one of these eco-friendly bags, produced for the Devon Ringers Council. Made from fairly traded cotton, each bag has the Guild logo on one side and the Association logo on the other, and costs only £3. Available (while stocks last) at the Guild Competitions, at all Branch AGMs this autumn and winter and from the Guild Secretary, (firstname.lastname@example.org).
NEWS FROM THE N/NW BRANCH
At our AGM last year we were amazed to learn that no less than THREE of our members had each recently completed 60 years membership of our Guild. They all hail from within a few miles of each other on our western boundaries and have been leading lights in the area throughout that time by teaching new ringers and generally supporting method and call change ringing. The Branch was pleased to nominate them to be considered for election as Vice-Presidents of The Guild and this was unanimously confirmed at the Guild AGM in June this year. Our congratulations go to all three (see photos) who continue to support their local Towers and various Branch activities.
Charlie Taylor Jim Rich John Bowden
Branch practices on the first Saturday (evening) of each month continue to be well organised by Alison, our Ringing Master, and well supported by members and the occasional visitor. There is plenty of opportunity for members to progress, be it to consolidate Plain Bob or to tackle the Standard 8 Surprise Major methods. Visitors are always welcome and details can be found in the Ringing World and on the Guild web-site. It has been a tremendous year for one of our younger members; Tom Waterson having completed peals in each of the Standard 8 methods and rung them all Spliced. At the other end of the spectrum, congratulations also go to Mike Rose who completed 1000 peals a few months ago. Well done to them – and to many others in the Branch who have achieved their own, albeit more modest, targets.
Our Branch AGM will be held on Saturday 1st November at Black Torrington (6). Again, visitors will be very welcome; details will appear in the RW and on the Web.
N/NW Branch Secretary
SW BRANCH SECRETARY
Please note that my email address is now email@example.com
The old freeserve one does still work, but won't do for much longer.
EAST BRANCH STRIKING COMPETITION
Every year the East Devon Branch holds a striking competition and this year was no different. I am very pleased to say this years competition was a great success. There were eight teams that entered from all over the branch, meeting in the lovely setting of Offwell. The results from the day are as follows:
1. Sidmouth 1 12 faults
2. Honiton 1 33 faults
3. Awliscombe/Buckerell 45.5 faults
4. Farway/Northleigh/Offwell 50 faults
5. Luppitt 51.5 faults
6. Sidmouth 2 57 faults
8. Honiton 2 67 faults
Many congratulations to Sidmouth who took home the Edward Summers Memorial Shield - it was lovely that Kath Summers was able to present the Memorial Shield to the winning team and join us for skittles in the evening.
We would also like to thank Janet Coles for judging the competition and her encouraging comments.
Also thank you to everyone who supported the day in so many ways, especially John Seymour and the Offwell ringers for making us so welcome and providing refreshments during the afternoon (and even dry weather!).
The Sidmouth Bells are being overhauled and therefore will be out of action from September 22nd until November 2nd. This is for major maintenence i.e. clapper rebushing, main bearings maintenence and the painting of the frame. Tuesday night practices will now be at Sidbury during this time still at 7.30. All are welcome.
The Luppitt Bells will be out of action for the next few weeks due to work on the tower
GUILD YOUNG RINGERS’ DAY
The Guild Young Ringers’ Day this year was arranged for September 19th,
and featured activities at Wolborough and
Following this, they moved on to St Paul’s Newton Abbot for an act of worship led by Tim King then onto a barbecue cooked by Guild Master Russell Chamberlain, finishing off with ringing on the mini-handbells.
The Guild Master on cooking duty Trying out the little handbells
SNIPPETS FROM THE PAST – GLEANED FROM THE GUILD LIBRARY
125 years ago – 1883
From the St Sidwell’s Society of Ringers Minute Book
contentious issues arose in 1883 and this led to the calling of six
extraordinary general meetings during the year in addition to the Annual
Meeting held at Easter. Most meetings were held in the Belfry at St Sidwell’s, but the Society had a room (called the
· A summer “Wayzgoose” is proposed and members taking part in the outing will be asked to pay a sum each week.
· After months of discussion with the Rector and Churchwardens a sum of £3 a year is accepted in payment for chiming on Sundays. Immediately a rule is proposed that “chiming members” should be fined 6d for absence or 3d for lateness at each service. [A significant number of the St Sidwell’s minutes refer to opportunities for fining members for various misdemeanours!]
· In April it was decided to dispose of the Institute room and sell off the Bagatelle Board in which several members had a share. Several meetings are held about this and the board subsequently raised £8.0.0.!
A proposal to erect a peal board recording the “first
peal ever rung by a band composed of entirely
100 years ago – 1908
From the first Guild Peal Book
started with the 200th peal being rung for the Guild, this being
Grandsire Triples at Emmanuel,
GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATED
On 20th September, John and Enid Clifton celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary, having been married in 1958 in Rushden, Northamptonshire. To help mark the occasion, A quarter peal was rung in their honour at Holy Cross church, Crediton where John has been a ringer at Crediton for 40 years. Both he and Enid are pillars of Holy Cross church. Afterwards lunch was enjoyed at the Crediton Inn. The photo below shows them relaxing after the quarter.
L to R Joanna (4), Helen (Treble), Enid, John Clifton (2), Christine (3), Howard (6-Cond), John Clarke (5).
20 September 2008, 1260 Plain Bob Minor
Helen Weeden 1
John Clifton 2
Christine Clarke 3
Joanna Lunnon 4
John Clarke 5
Howard Egglestone 6 (C)
To celebrate the Golden Wedding Anniversary of John and Enid Clifton
A NEW ‘MINI’
As well as ringing on their 72cwt twelve a group of the Exeter Cathedral Ringers also enjoy the opposite end of the ringing scene and will drive miles to sample the delights of an available mini ring. Last year, on the late May Bank Holiday weekend, we spent a pleasant time in the South of France near Albi ringing a peal and quarter peal on Alistair Moon’s mobile mini ring at Senouillac in the Pays de Gaillac. The thoughts inevitable turned to ‘what shall we do next year?’ and the problem was instantly solved when we discovered that former Exeter ringer Peter Sawyer, and his wife Chris, were having a mini ring installed in their recently converted property in Northern France.
and Chris have spent 5 years converting a barn situated just south of Domfront on the border of
Pete had kindly given up an opportunity to ring in the first peal on the bells so that the same band from the previous year could attempt another new method to be named in honour of the new ring. David Hull had supplied Matthew with a new method and composition which were eminently suitable to little bells and was rung at the first attempt. The ringing was little hesitant to start - probably because their natural speed is a little slower than we are used to ringing at Pig-leTower or Bishops-Ting-Tong - but we eventually settled into a good rhythm and found the bells easily ringable and very musical which was enhanced by attributes of David’s composition.
Front (L -R): Margaret, Paul, Lester, Peter.
Back (lL-R): Wendy, Simon, Ian, Matt.
Le Petit Beffroi
Friday, 30 May 2008 in 2h08 (16lbs)
5184 Chatto Chesnaie S Major
Composed by: D G
1 Margaret E L Chapman
2 Paul J Pascoe
3 Lester J Yeo
4 Peter L Bill
5 P Wendy Campbell
6 Simon A Rudd
7 Ian L C Campbell
8 Matthew J Hilling (C)
First peal on the bells.
First peal in the method.
Chatto Chesnaie S Major: x58x14x56x36x14x123458x14
After an inevitably long, and to a certain extent liquid, lunch the second peal was rung in good style, Brian calling what we believe is the first peal of triples (certainly by rope and wheel) on mainland Europe. The days ringing was completed when John Robinson joined us for the first eight bell quarter on the bells and we finished off with a BBQ when we were joined by some of the French friends of Pete and Chris whom we have met on previous visits there and who as usual were completely bemused by English change ringing on handbells.
Le Petit Beffroi
Friday, 30 May 2008 in 2h04 (16lbs)
5040 Grandsire Triples
Composed by: J J Parker (12 part 7th obs)
1 Paul J Pascoe
2 Peter L Bill
3 Matthew J Hilling
4 Graham P Tucker
5 Lester J Yeo
6 Richard A M Newman
7 Brian V Mountjoy (C)
8 Peter J Sawyer
Believed to be the first peal
of Triples in mainland
25th together: 4 & 8.
400th for the Guild: 7.
Le Petit Beffroi
Friday, 30 May 2008 in 38 (16lbs)
1280 Plain B Major
1 Ian Campbell
2 Graham Tucker
3 Marion Newman
4 John Robinson
5 Lesley Tucker
6 Wendy Campbell
7 Paul Pascoe (C)
8 Margaret Chapman
First quarter peal on the 8 bells.
following day we decided to attempt another peal which was unsuccessful in
spite of some very good ringing but perhaps we were a little lacking in
concentration after the rigors of the eating and drinking of the night before!
That disappointment was more than made up for by an afternoon visit to the
thanks have to go to Pete and Chris Sawyer for their hospitality, arranging
such excellent accommodation for us and booking restaurants etc. but especially
for allowing us to invade their lovely home for a few days. It is a
delightfully peaceful area of rural
Of course the question now is ‘What do we do next year?’
CREAM TEA, BELLS AND STEAM IN WOODBURY
You can count on one hand the glorious summer Saturdays we have had this year, so we struck lucky with our fundraising cream tea event on 30 August. Jonathan and Chris Lear hosted it in their garden in Woodbury and, although most guests arriving together led to a hectic time in the kitchen, it also made for a very sociable afternoon.
When people could be persuaded to leave this relaxing scene, we clambered up Woodbury tower for a ring. A dozen cyclists, who had dropped in for the tea and the opportunity to see bell ringers in action, joined us in the ringing room and were even shown up to the belfry to see the bells in motion. They were also conscious of feeling the tower in motion!
We raised £185 for the Devon Church Bell Restoration Fund including a donation towards the costs from Peninsula Cars. Everybody was very appreciative of Chris’s superb catering. A big thank you to her and Jonathan for their hospitality; also, to the volunteer waitresses and kitchen helps, to Ian for organising the ringing and finally to all those who supported the event.
Enjoying cream teas, sunshine and a chat
Jonathan’s live steam model railway provided a lot of interest and entertainment.
BILL & BETTY AVERY’S DIAMOND WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
As many of you will know, Bill Avery is tower captain at Kingsteignton - that rough old G & J ‘8’ on the A380.
However, this is not so much about Bill’s ringing skills and achievements but that of celebrating 60 years of marriage to his beloved wife Betty on August 2nd 2008.
Bill would be the first to agree with the saying ‘behind every good man is an even better woman’. This is all so abundantly clear for all those fortunate enough to have witnessed, or in any way been part of, the lives of these two marvellous people. Evident not only in how they support each other but also others.
Of the methods rung in celebration of Bill and Betty’s achievement, Pilton Delight was composed especially for the occasion by Mike Mears – named because of its obvious significance.
Thursday, 31 July 2008 in 2h54 (15-0-4)
5040 Pilton D Royal
Composed by: M E C Mears
1 Elisabeth A G Bowden 6 Michael R Rose
3 Paul J Pascoe 8 D John Hunt
4 Jill M Hansford 9 Ian V J Smith
5 Pauline Champion 10 Michael E C Mears (C)
First peal in the method: x30x14x12x10x14x10x12x10x56x90 (b)
Bill and Betty listened to, and very much enjoyed, the final part of the peal at Kingsteignton rung on the actual day of their anniversary. (We are sure that whilst there was no book or pencil evident for judging purposes, Bill would have been listening with his ever astute ear) The peal was followed by a buffet in ‘The Bell’ for the peal band, ringers, family and friends.
The week-end of celebrations were rounded off on the Sunday when family converged on Kingsteignton from all over the country, and after a special Sung Eucharist at St Michael’s, sat down to enjoy a family lunch at the Passage House Hotel.
We are sure ringers and friends would like to join the Kingsteignton band in wishing Bill and Betty many more years of happy marriage and thank them both for touching so many lives and being such special people.
The following peal and quarter peal were also rung to celebrate Bill and Betty Avery’s Diamond wedding anniversary:
Guild of Devonshire Ringers Guild of
Kingsteignton, Devon, St Michael Powderham,
Saturday, 2 August 2008 in 2h57 (16-3-11) Friday, 1 August 2008 in 39mins (10cwt)
5040 Grandsire Triples 1260 Abergynolwyn Bob Minor
Composed by: J J Parker (12 part)
1 Philip Stevens 1 Don Roberts
2 Ian W Avery 2 Sue Sawyer
3 Lee D Avery 3 Nigel Birt
4 Elaine Grant 4 Hilary Beresford
5 Nigel G Birt 5 Philip Stevens
6 James Grant 6 Donald Carter (C)
7 Michael E C Mears (C) 50th together – 3 & 5
8 Harry Kennar
On 5th July the Mid Devon Branch converged in cars on the South Hams for the afternoon ‘mini outing’ (not referring to the transport!)
Yealmpton, Ermington, Modbury (can I take them home please?) and Kingsbridge gave
plenty of scope for six-bell ringing, and a flourish of eight-bell methods
rained going in to towers, it rained coming out, it rained whilst driving. We
won’t forget the rain but it didn’t dampen enthusiasm at all.
Thanks to Martin for a good afternoon.
THE RINGING PRACTICE TOOLKIT – A TREASURER TROVE FOR TOWER CAPTAINS AND TRAINERS
Pip Penny is a woman who may be small in stature but she has hit ringing’s headlines in a big way! She established the group KIDS.RING.OUT. for teaching ringing to children in the Llandaff and Monmouth Association and the success of this was nationally recognised with the award of the “Founders’ Prize for the Encouragement of Young Ringers” in 2006. Working as a Chartered Physiotherapist for years, she came to ringing late. She started to think about the parallels between teaching rehabilitation of movement and of sports activities and the teaching of bell handling. Her explanation of this has just been published by the Central Council as “Teaching unravelled: An evidence-based approach to teaching bell handling” [CCCBR, 2008: 9780900271915].
However, it was a spell of forced inactivity with a broken ankle which led to her compiling “The Ringing Practice Toolkit” on behalf of the Central Council Education Committee. She describes this as a “collection of hands-on teaching aids, wall charts, quizzes and guidance notes … drawn together for use in the tower by people teaching ringing”. It is aimed particularly at those ringers trying to move into method ringing for the first time or towers that are struggling to progress with the basics or have got into a bit of a rut. It gives tips and ideas for practising the basic skills of method ringing in an interesting way and suggests strategies for tackling particular problems such keeping the plain doubles band entertained, what to do on nights with a limited number of ringers, how to tackle handling problems and how to maintain enthusiasm and make the most of the people you have in the band. These are set out in a clear introduction to the Toolkit suggesting resources you can use.
There are four folders of materials available for free on the Central Council website: Foundation Skills, Doubles Methods, Minor Methods, All Change. Tower captains and trainers can download these and print them out as frequently as they wish. The website can be accessed at: http://www.cccbr.org.uk/edc/practicetoolkit/ . A lot of interest was shown in the kit at the recent Ringing Roadshow and 300 CD ROM copies of the kit were sold. I do commend it to you and invite you to look at the website.
CC Ringing Centres Committee Member
BUCKFAST BELLS (CONTINUED)
I was interested to see Norman Mallett' s article in the
July issue of RRD and with his
permission I would like to add some further information from my archives. The original Warner ring of twelve (tenor
27-1-12 in C sharp) plus two semi-tones, was cast in 1910 and not in 1914 as
Circa 1920, when the first stage of the new abbey
tower had been built to a height of approximately 100 feet and capped with a
shallow pyramid roof, the Warner bells were brought into the base of the tower
ready for hoisting - as shown in the photograph provided by
In 1934 a generous benefactor donated funds for a 7½ ton bourdon bell with the note F, ;and to be compatible the Warner bells had to be recast in 1935 with a heavier tenor to give the note C natural. The recasting and the new steel framing etc.was undertaken by John Taylor & Co of Loughborough and the new twelve (tenor 41-1-03), plus two semi-tones and ‘Hosanna' the bourdon bell, arrived by road at Buckfast on 18 March 1936. The preparation to receive them was well underway as the construction of the top stage of the tower had commenced in 1934. By the end of 1936 the new bells were insitu and the top of the tower was more or less completed.
Although the Warner bells were in the tower for twelve years there was only one peal rung on them: 5007 Stedman Cinques in 3h-50 on the 25 October 1930. Alfred Reeves of Bristol, who rang the 2nd told me that ringing from the stone gallery was a strange, uncomfortable sensation.
The first peal on the new Taylor bells, was 5019 Stedman Cinques in 3h-47 on 9 October 1937 and to date there have been a total of 89, including one of Stedman Cinques by West Country College Youths, which we rang on 12 March I960 as a tribute to the historian Dom John Stephan, who was celebrating his 50 years as a priest.
E/W section through top of the tower, and
the steel frame for the
The medieval Abbot’s Tower,
The Warner bells were temporarily the Abbey West Door, March 1936.
hung for chiming in 1910
Wed 1 Advanced Doubles practice: Honiton (19:30) East
Sat 4 Skittles & Steam Evening: Exminster Ayles/Exeter
Sat 4 Branch Annual Meeting and Member's Forum: Tiverton St Peter NE
Sat 4 Branch practice: Okehampton (19:00) NNW
Wed 8 Branch committee meeting:
Thur 9 Plain Hunt practice: Sidbury (19:30) East
Thur 9 Targeted
practice: Shobrooke (19:30)
Fri 10 Plain Hunt practice: Clyst St George (20:00) Ayles
Sat 11 Quarterly meeting: Dunkeswell (19:30) East
Sat 11 Whole day ringing tour by train Mid
Mon 13 8
Wed 15 Branch Mini Seminar: Unravelling place notation (19:30) NE
Fri 17 Surprise Minor practice: Buckerell (19:30)* East
Sat 18 Guild striking competitions: N/NW Branch Guild
Wed 22 8
Thur 23 Targeted
practice: Shobrooke (19:30)
Fri 24 12-bell novice practice: Withycombe Raleigh (19:30) Ayles
Sat 25 GUILD QUARTER PEAL WEEK STARTS Guild
Tues 28 Branch practice: Sidmouth (19:30) East
Sat 1 Branch
Sun 2 GUILD QUARTER PEAL WEEK ENDS Guild
Tues 4 Annual Dinners: Black Horse, Torrington St Brannock
Wed 5 Advanced Doubles practice: Honiton (19:30) East
Fri 7 Branch practice: Laira (19:00) SW
Sat 8 Bonfire
party: Byways (home of Graham & Lesley Tucker)
Mon 10 Branch practice: Musbury East
Mon 10 8
Wed 12 Branch Mini Seminar: Method Ringers' Building Blocks (19:30) NE
Thur 13 Plain Hunt practice: Sidbury (19:30) East
Fri 14 Plain Hunt practice: Clyst St George (20:00) Ayles
Sat 15 Branch
AGM: Newton St Cyres
Sat 15 Fred Edwards Shield 8 bell competition, evening NE
Fri 21 Surprise Minor practice: Buckerell (19:30)* East
Sat 22 Branch AGM: Babbacombe (14:30) Mid
Sat 22 Branch dinner NE
Sat 22 Branch dinner SW
Tues 25 Branch practice: Sidmouth (19:30) East
Wed 26 8
Fri 27 12-bell novice practice: Withycombe Raleigh (19:30) Ayles
Wed 3 Branch Mini Seminar: Starting to conduct (19:30) NE
Sat 6 Branch AGM: Littleham Ayles
Sat 6 Branch Training Day, Huntsham: Conducting PB Dbls & Mnr (10:00) NE
Sat 6 Branch practice (19:00) NNW
Mon 8 8
Fri 12 Plain Hunt practice: Clyst St George (20:00) Ayles
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