Mid Devon branch Tower Talk – January 2019
We hope you all had a good Christmas and are ready to greet the spring which is just round the corner!!


Devon Ringers Carol service – Buckfast Abbey
Despite concerns that changing the day to a Sunday might reduce the numbers, Buckfast Abbey was filled to capacity for this annual service. The bells were put to good use before and after the service. As usual, Ian Avery had assembled a choir to lead the service and the new organ(s) helped to fill the abbey with wonderful music. The congregation were in good voice as well, obviously enjoying the traditional carols. Handbells featured twice with Exeter Cathedral ringers ringing Kent Treble Bob Royal and the Lamerton Ringers giving us the "Queens Peal" – both immaculate pieces of ringing. The Service was led by Father Christopher and Lester Yeo who made us all so welcome. A fine way to end a memorable year for ringing at Buckfast Abbey.

Christmas Tree Festival – Stokeinteignhead
This annual event was on the same weekend as the Carol Service but started the previous Wednesday with joyful ringing to open the festival. Again the ringers decorated a tree adding their take on trees to all the variety of ideas on display – make a note to visit next year! 

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January practice - Kingskerswell

Your scribe was unable to attend this practice but we understand that even though the numbers were low a very useful time was spent and we all look forward to coming again once the alterations and augmentation is carried out – hopefully later this year.

January 8 bell practice – Wolborough
A good turnout on an unpleasant evening weather-wise! Wolborough bells go and sound well and we managed to keep them going hard all night. The special methods of Cloister Triples and Yorkshire S Major were rung several times along with Plain Bob and Grandsire. A well struck touch of Stedman was also a highlight. Thank you Wolborough ringers for your warm welcome.

Wena Mansley's Big Birthday
With four ringers in the family it was almost obligatory that Wena's celebrations should include ringing and we decided to push the limits a bit with an attempt for Double Norwich Court Bob Major. Several of the band had not rung a touch of it recently or at all, so it was not surprising that the first attempt lasted only a couple of courses. After another look at the book and a pep talk, we tried again, and a good quarter peal was brought round in 48 minutes. Thanks to Don for ringing a steady treble and the rest of the band for not falling off the line. A family meal in the evening and another family get together in Gloucestershire the following weekend completed the "Festival". She now really is retired!