Devon Ringing History Group
The Friends of the Guild Library have established the Devon Ringing History Group to facilitate and encourage research into the history of bells and ringing in the county. The ability to contact others interested in similar topics is a key benefit of membership of the Group and marking the 150th anniversary of the Guild through promoting its history will be a key focus. Any member of the Friends has the additional option of joining in the activities of the History Group. Information about the Friends scheme is available here.
Projects and articles about the history of Devon ringing will be shared on this page:
Bellringers' Q.I.: Four things you may not know about Tiverton, St Peter's.
A presentation made on 6th April 2020 by Les Boyce. Four episodes in the history of the tower with some hints on sources for reseraching your own tower's history.
A presentation made on 7th May 2020 by John Rees, Project Manager. As well as being a fascinating historical record of the project, it is a useful guide to all the stages of planning and delivering a bell restoration project. Highly recommended!
A presentation by Peter Bill made to the Mid Devon Branch on 2nd July 2020. We recommend that in Acrobat Reader you view it at 150% magnification.
|Combe Raleigh Bells Project|
Trevor Hitchcock presents an inspirational illustrated talk describing the Combe Raleigh bell project, which resulted in the restoration of the ring of three bells and augmentation to six alongside the recruitment and training of a new band of ringers. During the talk Trevor tells how unforeseen pitfalls were overcome and how the church community benefited from the project. (7 December 2020 - Guild Internet Arms)
|Huntsham Restoration Project 2004|
The project to remodel and rehang the bells, work on the tower and hold a rededication service was recorded on video and may be viewed through this link (running time approx 90 mins). Detailed information is also avaialble on the Troyte Ringing Centre website.
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