Mid-Devon Monthly Tower Talk - July 2018

Six Bell Practice – June – Bishopsteignton
One of the regular objections to a branch visiting a tower on their practice night is that "the local ringers don't come!". This was certainly not the case when we visited Bishopsteignton in June. The local ringers were there in force and joined in much of the ringing. These bells are so transformed that they are now a big draw whenever we visit. A good attendance rang a variety of things including Call changes, Little Bob and, more ambitiously, Kelso and Beverley Surprise Minor.

Branch mini-outing South Hams
Thanks to the immaculate organisation of Chairman, Rodney Horder, we enjoyed a superb outing to the South Hams. First off were Churchstow which are not the easiest ring in the world but by keeping things relatively simple we managed fairly well. Next were Galmpton which are quite light but have a very short draught which caught one or two people out. Pick of the day came next with Malborough. A fairly new gallery may be part of the cause but these bells went well and sounded well. We even managed to keep the standard of ringing up when we were interrupted by shrieks when England won their match in the World Cup!! Dodbrooke were the first Ground-floor ring with fairly long ropes. Last of the day were West Charleton. These are a pleasant Ground-floor ring with a band that rings some method so the ropes were a good length. Rodney had booked us in to the Ashburton Arms for supper. This was a brilliant choice as we were made very welcome by the landlord and his staff. A lovely meal rounded off the day and all agreed that it had been a very enjoyable afternoon. There was a very good turn-out so the treasurer was happy as well!!

Peal at Kingkerswell
Many of you will have met Rev John Leonard who has been vicar of Kingkerswell with Coffinswell for 30 years. He retired at the end of June and a full peal was rung to mark this sad day for the parishes. John has been a very strong supporter of ringing and has had a very strong influence for good in the community – there are many initiatives in the villages which he has started and/ or encouraged. Details of the peal are at http://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1237251

July 8 bell practice Newton Abbot Clock Tower
A good turnout for this one and great to see several ringers from Wolborough. A wide variety of methods was rung including three leads of Bristol and an attempt for a touch of Double Norwich – we got past one bob!!! Several had to escape the heat and stand outside from time to time to cool off!! A good practice and great to see such an enthusiastic crowd.

Tony Woodville RIP
We have just heard that Tony died this week. Tony was a regular attender at Branch practices and outings until advancing Parkinson's disease made it impossible for him to ring. He was a ringer at Dawlish. We send our condolences to his family.

Stop Press!!! Don Roberts is 88
We must congratulate Don Roberts on masterfully calling a quarter peal of Grandsire Triples to mark the occasion of his 88th Birthday on Sunday 5th August.

Future Events

Six bell practice August – Ilsington
The next six bell practice will be at Ilsington on Thursday 16th August at 7:30pm.

Plain Hunt / Plain Bob Training morning
This rescheduled event (because of the snow!) will now be held at Stokeinteignhead on Saturday 1st September from 9.30 until 12.30. Please book your places again but priority will be given to those who had booked last time. We will also be looking for helpers again – please let Martin Mansley know if you are available.