Highweek Scouts Ringing evening
The 1st Highweek Scouts marched on the village parish Church for an evening of tower bell and hand bell ringing. 26 enthusiastic boys and girls were eager to 'have a go' at the tower bell ringing, especially as their leader, Mildred had circulated a video the night before of the infamous Mars ad with monks ringing bells!
Highweek residents Peter Harris and Geoff Pring took charge of the tower Bells while Peter Richards from Bovey Tracey and Anne Cotton from Lustleigh ran 2 sessions on hand Bells. The scouts enjoyed the (slightly haphazard!) initial fun of ringing the bells in the down position and the chance to take control of the tail end and some the sally too, once a couple of bells were raised. Scout Leader Mildred was ridiculed by his group for not having grasped the coordination and timing required but perhaps this served to encourage the youngsters to better him!
The hand bell sessions were both successful even having 2 groups at either end of the Church. It would be remiss not to mention Rev Gareth Regan who gave a lovely introduction to the group on Highweek Parish Church but also the importance of bell ringing in the life of the Church. Rev Gareth stayed on at the end of the evening when all but 1 of the Scouts accepted the chance to climb the tower and view the bells themselves.
It is hoped to run another session inviting interested Scouts to come along with their parents - watch this space. There is now talk that Newton Abbot Scouts are interested in repeating the experience, fingers crossed.