Mid Devon Tower Talk June - July 2022

Platinum Jubilee Ringing

We know that much ringing was organised throughout the country and our branch was no exception.

One of the rarer performances was a Quarter Peal at Shaldon (yes, I am aware that they only have two bells!). By special request a quarter peal on handbells was rung during the Shaldon Jubilee festival. https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1518346 
Teignmouth were kept busy - on Thursday 2nd June they rang a quarter peal of plain bob doubles https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1518562  Very many congratulations – a great local achievement. Then on Friday 3rd a peal was rung at St James by the "Rare tower peal ringers club" with the local ringers providing information and refreshments to interested passers-by. In the process Colin Turner added one more to his massive list of over 4200 towers pealed! https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1519564  then on Sunday 5th June https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1521360 
Dawlish rang for a marathon 70 minutes on Friday 3rd https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1519709 
Coffinswell rang a quarter peal of Plain bob Minor https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1520415  and a Branch band rang a quarter peal of 1270 changes at Abbotskerswell https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1518642 
Kingskerswell managed to fit in the majority of their large band with general ringing https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1520384  on the Friday. A peal on the Sunday https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1521876  meant that Philip Stevens has rung at least one peal every year since learning to ring at school. Very many congratulations to him, an amazing record! Picture of the band here https://photos.app.goo.gl/WfBxihxLTdHvinoe8 
Newton Abbot Clock tower bells were rung for an hour by special request of the town council https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1518887 
Bishopsteignton rang call changes https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1520005  and https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1522684 
St Marychurch were ringing a very creditable attempt for a quarter peal of Plain Bob Triples when the treble (3 of the 10) slipped wheel and set irretrievably after more than 20 minutes ringing! Some you win and some......!
All in all, an impressive group of performances - Congratulations all round! I do hope I have covered all the ringing in our branch area. There really was an unprecedented amount of ringing nation-wide and I have tried to find as much as possible – please let me know if I have missed anything that should be recorded.

Branch six bell practice, June – Ideford

These days Kent and Oxford Treble Bob are rung much less than they were and ringing them spliced is even rarer. Perhaps for this reason the choice of these methods for our June six bell practice seemed quite popular. The system of splicing these two methods has often been referred to as laminating. This is because the change of method is called before the lead end rather than at it, as is the convention with most other splicing. It is possible to have long touches with no other calls than changes of method and most of the touches used at Ideford were of that type. We are always made very welcome, even though we rather disrupt their own practice and many of us took advantage of the refreshments on offer.

Of course, there was a good variety of other methods from call changes to surprise and we were delighted to see the local ringers joining us in some method ringing as well as their more usual fare of call changes. Altogether a very pleasant evening – many thanks to Ideford ringers for their hospitality.

Branch 8 bell practice, July - Bovey Tracey

The 8-bell practice at Bovey Tracey was well supported – particularly by the local ringers. Bovey are quite unusual as bells 7 and 8 are rung from a low platform about 6 inches higher than the rest! Again, we had a very warm welcome and a wide variety of methods was rung. The Spliced Surprise was successful to a point – twice we negotiated the less familiar Superlative and Lincolnshire only to come to grief in Cambridge!! You win some and you lose some!! Other methods included Stedman Triples and Little Bob Major. Grateful thanks to Bovey Tracey Ringers for a very enjoyable evening.

Combeinteignhead win Devon Association Major Final

Congratulations to the Combeinteignhead team that won the Devon Association Major Final. This is an important competition for 6 bell towers. The team was Ian Avery, Mike Mears, David Burgoyne, Mark Pring, Will Carew and James Grant. Only David is not a member of the Mid Devon Branch. An extremely full account of the competition appeared in the Ringing World dated 17th June written by Central Council President Simon Linford.

Future Events

Memorial Service for Alan Furse – St Michael's Teignmouth Tuesday 26th July at 12.00 noon

We reported last time the sad news that Alan had died. A memorial service is being held to celebrate his life and remember all he did. There will be ringing open to all before the service from 11.15 am, with the Teignmouth ringers ringing afterwards. Gill invites all to refreshments in church following the service.

Brixham Steam Rally 5,6 and 7 August 2022

Very many thanks to all who have volunteered to help with promoting ringing during this event. We will let you have more information nearer the time. This should be a great opportunity to bring our art to a wider public locally.

10 bell practice St Marychurch Saturday 13th August

Due to our participation in the Brixham event the 10 bell practice has been moved to the following Saturday. This is a welcome return of the joint practice with our colleagues from the South West branch. We are very grateful to them for accommodating our change of date!! 7.00pm until 8.30pm. Come and enjoy 10 bell ringing and good company.