Annual Reports

Report 2005:

The Huntsham bells were ready for ringing on 1st December 2004. Therefore the finnancial years starts 1st December 2004 and ends 31st December 2005; and thus contains thirteen months.

Peals and Peal Attempts 1,356.10
Quarter Peals 277.45
Visiting Bands 499.70
Practice & Training 310.40
Donations 28.00
TOTAL 2,471.65
There has been none this year. 0.00


Allocation of Surplus Income:

It was agreed in principle at at the beginning of 2005 that surplus income would be divided between the following organisations at the end of the financial year.

Huntsham Parochial Church Council
The Devon Bell Restoration Fund
The Troyte Ringing Centre
N.E. Branch
A local charity supported by Huntham PCC and the Branch

Huntsham Parochial Church Council 500.00
The Devon Bell Restoration Fund 500.00
The Troyte Ringing Centre 500.00
N.E. Branch 471.65
Bampton C of E Primary School (Re-building Fund) 500.00
TOTAL 2,471.65

These allocations are subject to the following conditions:

The NE Branch will reimberse the expenses of helpers at the Troyte Ringing Centre during 2006 from their allocation.

Bampton Primary School will be asked to have a permanent display in the school promoting bell ringing and new recruits.


Report 2006:

The Troyte Ringing Centre, based at Bampton (6 bells) and at Huntsham (8 bells) is the designated Ringing Centre for the North East Branch of the Guild of Devonshire Ringers and seeks to provide such training courses and ringing opportunities as are considered necessary by the Branch Officers. The Troyte Ringing Centre is also an integral part of the Mission Community based on Bampton and the surrounding parishes. The aim of the Centre within this Mission Community is to increase the number of bellringers and to improve the quality of ringing within the Deaneries of Tiverton and Cullompton. During 2006 we have been training and developing bell handling skills for ringers from Uplowman, Sampford Peverell, St. Peter's Tiverton, Silverton, Huntsham and Bampton. We have also held one-day courses on Plain Hunting, Plain Bob Doubles, Plain Bob Minor and Conducting Plain Bob Minor. We have also encouraged ringers to come and ring at Huntsham and as a consequence there have been 45 peal attempts during the year, of which 32 have been successful, there have been seven quarter peal attempts and we have entertained 23 visiting bands of ringers. All this ringing and training activity has generated income and again this year our income is in excess of 2,000 and may be summarised as follows:

Peals and Peal Attempts 1,233.00
Quarter Peals 63.60
Visiting Bands 209.00
Practice & Training 494.00
Donations 115.60
TOTAL 2,115.20


Allocation of Income:

It is our intention to distribute this income as follows:

Huntsham Parochial Church Council 500.00
The Devon Bell Restoration Fund 400.00
The Troyte Ringing Centre 415.20
N.E. Branch 300.00
The Troyte Community Hall 250.00
Christian Housing Action Trust 250.00
TOTAL 2,115.20

Also during the year the Bampton bell clappers were re-bushed and the main bearings replaced. The cost of this work, which was in excess of 2,000, was paid for by the Bampton bellringers and an anonymous donor.

Please remember the Troyte Ringing Centre is YOUR Ringing Centre. We aim to provide any ringing opportunities which are not already available within your home tower. Please let us know (Tel: 01398 331843 or e-mail to if you think there are any ringing opportunities which should be provided for you and your ringing colleagues within the North East Branch.

Mike Hatchett - December 2006

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