Extract from Mid-Devon Tower Talk - Christmas 2023

Branch 8 bell practice Dawlish

Some discussion has been had from time to time about the purpose of the Branch, we even once (many years ago) had a proposal to wind the branch up. The practice at Dawlish was an excellent example of the good that the branch can do.

The methods suggested had been Plain Bob and Stedman Triples. Practice in both of these methods was taken advantage of by members of the local band and we also rang Cambridge Minor and Cloister Triples at their request. This last was ideal to introduce the concept of plain hunting to Philip who had come from Lustleigh to learn a bit about the mysteries of method ringing. Finally, we rang a course of Little Bob Major.

Very many thanks to Mick and Deborah and the Dawlish ringers for a warm welcome and for feeding back afterwards how useful the evening had been for their members. Thanks to all who had travelled some distance to attend – the prize going to Bob Sanders who told us it was 75 minutes each way – true dedication.

U3A visit Dawlish tower

Thanks to Deborah Wallis for letting me know about a recent project. She gave a talk to a group from U 3 A (University of the Third Age) about ringing. A full account of the visit was given here https://u3a.dawlish.info/adv-gp-climb-st-gregorys-tower. Written by John Vick. It is great to hear of these initiatives going on across the branch – please let me know of any others. Deborah tells me that she has another at the planning stage – we look forward to hearing more.

Central Council Films

The Central Council has produced two excellent films which are ideal for publicity and recruitment – details at https://cccbr.org.uk/2023/11/26/discovering-bellringing-enjoyment-films/ 

Christmas Jumpers

To give a seasonal feel I include a photo of Kate, Anne and Graham in festive mood whilst ringing for the School Carol Service at Berry Pomeroy.  Nichola (Churchwarden) said how interested the children were in the sound of the bells while lining up to go into church, and they wanted to know where the sound was coming from, so job done - one of our objectives in ringing for this service is to make the children aware of the bells.

Carolathon – Stokeinteignhead

On Friday afternoon 7th December Sheila and Rodney Horder started 24 hours of Carol singing titled a Carolathon. The proceedings started with ringing the bells and we are told that this included well struck call changes with Rev John Good performing faultlessly on the tenor. John's association with the branch goes back many years. His ministry took him all over Devon and he was instrumental in the augmentation to 10 at Axminster.

Throughout the 24 hours Sheila and Rodney were supported by several members of the congregation including fellow ringers. Then.. they came to support the Carol service at St Marychurch – Wow! Very well done and do hope you raised a good sum. And then got a well earned rest!