Extracts from Mid-Devon Tower Talk - Nov/Dec 21

Janet's Birthday


Over the last few years very few Branch and Guild events have not seen the attendance of Janet Ritterman. She also makes regular visits to practices throughout the branch. Few of us can understand how she manages to fit all this in with a very busy life outside ringing which necessitates regular trips to London and abroad. But, fit it all in she does. Ringers were keen to celebrate her birthday this year. At the practice at Berry Pomeroy Janet brought a cake she had been given but on arrival found a table heaving with cakes and bottles of fizz. Mike Tompsett made a short speech congratulating Janet and then she was presented with a framed picture painted by Hilary Tompsett, a bowl made by Martin Mansley and filled with fruit and an Orchid from the Kingskerswell ringers. Eventually we even managed to fit in some ringing!! This included half a course of Cambridge Major – a rare event for BP practices.


On the actual day of her birthday a peal was rung on Wolborough bells in her honour, This was in a new method now named Devon Square Delight Major. Janet has asked us to thank everyone for their presents and good wishes – she is thrilled that ringers were so keen to celebrate with her.


Photos at https://photos.app.goo.gl/ABbMDiazFcF2qayD9 from Trevor Heal and Martin Mansley

Branch IT

We are very lucky in this branch that we have Anne Bailey looking after our IT interests. Among other things she keeps our page on the Guild website up to date. We have already mentioned the photograph taken at the AGM. Within hours, it seemed, the photo was up there and the page updated. She also posts these newsletters as well and keeps the calendar pages up to date. Do have a look at our pages on the Guild site – we know she will be happy to add anything you feel would be appropriate. https://devonringers.org.uk/branches/mid 

Berry Pomeroy and friends celebrate Christmas

As an outpost of regular method ringing, the practices at Berry Pomeroy have become very popular with ringers towards the west of our branch. Hence a good number of ringers could be found enjoying each other's company and a superb Christmas meal at the Old Smokey House, Marldon. Most people had traditional Christmas meals but the pub is well known for offering a wide variety of food for special diets so there was a good choice for everyone. The atmosphere was extremely convivial and was summed up by the constant smile on the face of Harry Grange's baby daughter, Lily. Very many thanks to Odette and David Williams for, yet again, making all the arrangements – it really was a great evening.


Commiserations to the Teignmouth ringers – this year they have been thwarted on all sides with their desire to celebrate the life of Martin Dodd their very long-standing captain. Initially the funeral had to be very low key and then various proposed dates for a memorial service came and went. Fortunately, the dedication of a plaque and a ringing day went off really well – reported in our last issue. It had always been the desire to mark his passing with at least one quarter peal with as many Teignmouth ringers as possible. This was planned to be prior to a service for the RNLI, a charity very close to Martin's heart. First the service on 12th December was cancelled, then the worsening covid situation decided the band to give it a miss. As it happened the guest conductor went down with the dreaded C%*$%d the day before so it probably would not have happened anyway! We wish them all the very best as they plan for a new date in 2022.

Future Events

Branch practice Bishopsteignton Saturday 8th January 7.00pm

Bishopsteignton have made a name as one of the most transformed rings of bells that many people can remember. They are now one of the finest light sixes around and a real delight to ring. We look forward to going there once more but.. with the current very fluid situation we will keep you posted with any changes of plan.