Extract from Mid-Devon Tower Talk - Easter 19

March branch 8 bell practice – Upton

Thanks to the Upton ringers for allowing us to join their practice. A good mixture of methods was rung including Erin, Plain Bob and Cloister Triples and Plain Bob major. Several "firsts" being achieved during the evening. There were a number of comments about the improved go of these bells.

April branch practice Berry Pomeroy

Phew!! What a great turn-out for this one. It was particularly pleasing to see our friends from Brixham out in force along with Bruce from Bishopsteignton – 16 ringers in all. Plenty of Call changes and a variety of methods including Grandsire Triples, Stedman Triples and Cloister Triples, Plain Bob and Cambridge Surprise Major. There was plenty of chance to network and get to know each other – a very enjoyable evening – thanks to Berry Pomeroy ringers for making us so welcome.

Keith and Elaine Fursdon

Many congratulations to Keith and Elaine Fursdon who celebrated their Golden Wedding recently. Keith was tower captain at Torre for many years before it became Greek Orthodox. He now rings regularly at St Marychurch where he is also in the choir. He is a clock maker by trade and has looked after many prominent clocks in the Torbay area for very many years. This includes keeping them wound and changing them twice a year from / to British Summer Time.

A quarter peal was rung on handbells to mark the occasion. https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1278407 

Handbells

Kingskerswell Bells

Exciting news from Kingskerswell – thanks to Philip Stevens for -

The final ringing at Kingskerswell before restoration and augmentation was on Sunday 7th April, when a peal of Surprise Minor in 12 methods was rung in 2 hours 35 minutes. During the peal the Parish Centre was open for refreshments. All this was advertised around the village and on Facebook and a very good article appeared in the Mid Devon Advertiser. A lot of interest was shown and, and together with a donation from the peal ringers, more than £190 was raised. https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1279013

Also a quarter peal of Bob Doubles was rung on Thursday 5th April

https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1278693

We understand that preparatory work has been carried out and the bells should be on their way to Bridport by mid-May.