The Guild will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2024, the first territorial Guild or Association to do so.

On this page you will find information about events being arranged and commemorative items which are being made available,

Guild history book launch

The revised and updated Guild history will be launched at Exeter, St Petrock on Saturday 16th March.

A programme of open ringing has been arranged to preceed the launch.

A poster is available with full details.

Anniversary dinner

To mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Guild of Devonshire Ringers, a celebration dinner is planned.

Guild members (and former Guild members) and partners are warmly invited.

The Devon Hotel, Old Matford Lane, Exeter EX2 8XU

Friday 15 March 2024
7pm for 7.30pm

3-course dinner, with wine
Cost per head - £42

Directions to venue

The anniversary dinner is now fully booked.

An auction will be held at the anniversary dinner, comprising items donated by or of interest to ringers (and others!). Further details are available including how to make pre-auction bids.

 

 


 

150th anniversary logo

We're delighted to launch our 150th anniversary logo, adapted by Sarah McIntyre from Elena Brake's design.

Logo 150 sm

The logo is available to download for use on publicity materials and other documents throughout the year.

Branded clothing featuring the anniversary logo is now available via the Member Store!

 

 

 


 

 

Devon Bellringing 1874-2023: a sesquicentenary history of the Guild of Devonshire Ringers' by John Scott and Lester Yeo

kelly church sm

Kelly ringing chamber by one of Maitland Kelly's daughters

Lester Yeo has prepared a revised history of the Guild, building on John Scott's centenary history published by the Guild fifty years ago with added material about the early history of the Guild that was not available to John and a history of the Guild over the last fifty years.

 The new book will be in hardback with printed colour cover, containing 188 pages of text and a 12-page colour insert and will be available at a price of £15.

Read some excerpts from the revised history here

Lester is working to have the book ready for the anniversary weekend in March 2024.

Illustrated talk presented by Lester Yeo at Withycombe Raleigh on Saturday 21st October 2023 (YouTube)

The slides used by Lester in his presentation are available for those wishing to view them.


150 Ringing Things150 Ringing Things Challenge

To celebrate the Guild's 150th Anniversary we have created the '150 Ringing Things Challenge'.

 These are 150 ringing related activities you can do in your tower or with a group of towers in your branch.

There are many different things to do which we hope will appeal to ringers of all levels and interests.

The activities aim to encourage ringers and towers to get involved with things they wouldn't normally do and to have a broader experience of ringing.

You can include the ringing things you have completed on Bell Board. Use the link below :

Guild of Devonshire Ringers — 150th anniversary performances

Please keep a record of all your successfully completed things throughout the year.

At the end of the year, send a copy of your completed sheet, with a brief outline of all your successfully completed things and who participated, with photos, to the Guild Publicity Officer.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Publicity Officer will share your successes on the Guild Facebook page and the winning tower will be featured in Ringing Round Devon.

Enjoy your ringing!

 

 

Suggestions for things to ring during the 150th anniversary year

Touches of 150 changes in length - curated by Robert D S Brown

Devonshire Surprise Major

Devonshire Surprise Royal - this extension of the Major method, devised by Robert D S Brown is currently unrung - it is suggested you check the method has not been rung and given an alternative name should you choose to ring it

Devonshire Surprise Maximus - this extension of the Major method, devised by Robert D S Brown is currently unrung - it is suggested you check the method has not been rung and given an alternative name should you choose to ring it

GDR 150th Anniversary Doubles Call Change peal - 150 changes in length, composed by Owen J Borlase

GDR 150th Anniversary Minor Call Change peal - 150 changes in length, composed by Owen J Borlase

GDR 150th Anniversary Triples Call Change peal - 150 changes in length, composed by Owen J Borlase

Rung or attempted something from this list of suggestions?

Share by adding it to our BellBoard 150th anniversary ringing record

We'll regularly review this record of achievement during our anniversary year and plan to present summaries in our newsletters and communications.

 

 


 

2024 Ringing World calendar

GDR 150 calendar

 

The Guild’s stock of calendars is now sold out, but you can still order copies from the Ringing World Shop, price £10 including postage.