Extract from Mid-Devon Tower Talk - Jul/Aug 21


Our two librarians, Jeanette Thompson and Wenna Mansley, have carried out a full stock take of the Mid Devon Branch library.

This includes several new acquisitions.

  • Bellringing by Ron Johnston – a hardback book which looks at bellringing in all its aspects to introduce the subject to non ringers or new recruits. Now out of print
  • Conducting and Coursing Order by John Longridge – To many people conducting is considered a bit of a mystery – this classic book tries to de-mystify the subject and includes several very useful compositions for the novice conductor. Still available from Tom Longridge
  • Bell founding by Trevor Jennings – One of the Shire publications which gives a basic introduction to the subject – probably out of print(?)

All the above were kindly donated by Lynne Hughes

  • The Little Purple Ringing Book – This has been the subject of a review recently – in the library so that you can try before you buy.

The up to date list can be found HERE

Philip does it again

It could hardly have been done sooner! Within hours of the restrictions being eased Philip Stevens was attempting a peal. We are delighted to say that it was successful and the peal of Yorkshire Surprise Major means that his record is still intact and he has rung at least one peal in 62 consecutive years. He was, of course, very young when he rang his first peal!! Very many congratulations to Philip – a rare record and one that is likely to get much rarer!

Sadly the peal attempt on the exact 60th anniversary of his first had to be cancelled at the last minute - one of the first victims of the pandemic.

Tied bell practices

Again, not strictly a branch event. Tied bell practices at St Marychurch on Thursday mornings were very popular before lockdown. These can easily be re started but we need to know numbers before we can get them organised. They usually consisted of about an hour on tied bells followed by coffee in a café in the St Marychurch precinct. A wide range of experience was covered from virtual novices to more experienced ringer who felt they would like to hone their bell handling skills to make method ringing easier and more rewarding. Some even used the time to study theory and get advice on method learning.

If the idea appeals to you but Thursdays are not convenient, please let us know anyway and we will see what we can do.

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Well!! What a delight to be able to report ringing activity once more. Do hope you are able to get back and enjoy your ringing once more. And .... May the only pinging you hear be the sound of your treble bell!!