Mid-Devon Tower Talk - Nov 19
Branch Six bell practice Collaton St Mary
We should know by now that ringers are a hardy bunch and not easily put off! Everything should have conspired to make this practice a washout (literally!). The weather was bad and Collaton St Mary is not an easy place to find. If you add to this a major event taking place in the school opposite with cars parked almost everywhere possible, then you start to get the picture. Despite all these problems this was one of the best attended practices this year. The small tower was packed with branch members and we are only aware of one member who decided that they would give up and go home!
The two methods chosen as special methods, Double Oxford Bob and Wells Surprise Minor, were well aired along with everything from call changes to Surprise Minor in a very lively evening. We are very grateful to the ringers of Collaton St Mary for allowing us to ring and to all who braved all the difficulties to make it such an enjoyable evening.
Guild Striking competitions
As a branch we have struggled to enter a team for the Guild 8 bell Striking competition. This year, thanks to hard work from Don Roberts and Nigel Birt a team was entered for the Grandsire Triples section and were placed 5th. Full results at https://devonringers.org.uk/news-events/2019/striking-competitions-2019
Branch 8 Bell practice November – St Leonard's Tower Newton Abbot
There were 17 at the Clocktower for this practce, mainly due to James & Roger bringing the Bishopsteignton band over instead of practicing 'at home'. For some of them, call changes on 8 was a novel experience. Ringing ranged from call changes to Yorkshire via Grandsire Triples, Plain Bob Major and Cambridge Surprise Minor. It was good to hear that members from the newly joined Guild band at Bovey Tracey were also there. There was even a visit from a member of the public interested in learning to ring.
This was the last event for 2019. Events for 2020 can be seen on the Guild website