Buckfast Abbey Millenium Ringing Festival - Update
The plans for the Festival are going very well
Teams of ringers have been given pre booked slots and all have now been filled.
The Mid- Devon branch will be sharing two slots with the Southwest Branch and we will be ringing from 2.30 until 3.30 when an invited band will ring the service touch.
Ringers will need to be aware that the Abbey intends to have screens around the site showing the ringing and the bells in action. Taking part will imply permission to film individuals ringing. The Abbey authorities have asked that all access to the tower is carefully monitored for health and safety reasons and stewards will be in place at the base of the tower and in the ringing room to ensure care is taken at all times. Non-ringers will not be allowed access on this occasion but they will be able to view the action on screens around the site.
There will be strict timing and ringers will need to be ready to ascend the tower about 15 minutes before their ringing time. A board showing the timetable throughout the day will be on display.
Two mini-rings will be available to try and the public will be given chances to try them. The Frank Mack ring is quite well known to Guild members but the Bowerdon Peal will be making its first outing from its home in Bowerdon Farm, Buckfastleigh.
An Exhibition will be in place giving a history of the Abbey bells and other ringing related material. Handbell Tune ringing will also be available all day both to watch and to "have a go". For children there will be a variety of activities available as well. The hope is that the Festival will attract a lot of interest from the general public and be an ideal vehicle for recruitment and PR.
At lunch time there will be a Barbeque as well as the usual fare available at the Grange.
The BIG RING will take place in the early afternoon when the bells of the Abbey and Buckfastleigh parish church will be heard together.
This should be a really inspiring day when we can show off what we do to a wide audience in a superb setting.
You can see more details of the event on the Buckfast Abbey web page https://www.buckfast.org.uk/whats-on/bell-ringing-festival