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On Saturday,16 October, the North East Branch of the Guild of Devonshire Ringers hosted the annual Guild striking competitions. Good bells, good ringing, good company and, to general acclaim, good food. These coupled with splendid autumn sunshine combined to ensure that everyone had an enjoyable day, even if, in the end, some were not placed first in their respective competitions. The occasion was divided into three competing classes: 8-bell, 6-bell and Novice.


The easy-going, light six (8cwt) at St Paul's, Tiverton were an ideal choice for the Novice competition and that may have been responsible for encouraging a record number of teams to enter. Regrettably, an imposition of a time limit on the availability of the bells meant that the length of the test piece had to be reduced from 180 to 120 changes. Nevertheless, the smaller number proved more than adequate for teams to demonstrate their abilities.

The Guild rules define Novices as less experienced junior members or adults who have not rung a quarter peal and this section's teams were composed of ringers meeting these criteria in about equal measure. It was good to see youngsters from Exeter and Plymouth performing well but no less encouraging to have recently recruited adults demonstrating that it is never too late to learn. The youngsters of Emmanuel Plymouth were unlucky to have been pushed into third place by the grey hairs of St Peter's Tiverton by a mere quarter of a fault! Later, at Huntsham, judge John Foster emphasised the need for bands to concentrate on establishing a good rhythm at the outset. However, he commended all the Novice teams for some good ringing.


A noteworthy performance (37 faults) of Double Oxford Bob Major was given by the band representing the N E Branch, gaining a highly creditable 2nd place behind the winners, Exeter 1, who, as one would expect of a cathedral band, were in a rather different league at 13,25 faults. Those ringing the eight at Huntsham and bringing much kudos to our neck of the woods were:

Michael Hatchett (Cond.) 1
John Kape 2
Richard Shere 3
Sheila Scofield 4
Leslie Boyce 5
Matthew Weighell 6
Charlotte Boyce 7
Richard Johnston 8

Judges at Huntsham were Steph Ewings and David Trist.

Competition All Saints, Huntsham with 8-bell contestants.
Competition Les Boyce receives the Second Place Certificate for a fine 8-bell performance.

Some thoughts from Mike Hatchett, the Branch Training Officer:

"Each year we enter a team for the Guild 8 bell striking competition. We have struggled during the last two or three years to bring the team together for pre-competition practices. We have limited experience ringing major methods together as a team. However this year we were able to practice together as a team on, I think, five occasions over a six week period. After the first practice we decided we would ring Double Oxford Bob Major and after the second practice we decided to ring a little faster than we normally ring. Richard Johnson helped considerably by making constructive comments after each touch. Most of our practices were held during the evening and many of us were tired at the end of the working day, so there were several method errors during an evening of practice touches. In my opinion there are three stages in the preparations for a striking competition; the first stage is to eliminate method errors, the second stage is to strike the whole touch well, and the final stage is to ring the test piece with confidence. As each practice session progressed the number of method errors increased and we had some difficulty in striking the first three or four leads really well. We had the great advantage of ringing on a tower within our own Branch and at the final practice we decided to finish earlier than normal and before we got too tired and our ringing deteriorated. Our test piece during the competition went well, there were no significant method errors and we struck the first three leads really well enabling us to settle down quickly and our confidence grew as we progressed through the test piece. We probably rang as well as we could without significant additional practice. We do not ring extended touches together as a team and in my opinion our ringing would benefit from a quarter peal or two as part of our pre-competition preparation. This would help us to develop our concentration and we may then be able to ring together at a more consistent speed.

We enjoyed our tea, we were all very pleased with our second place in the competition and we considered the Exeter team were very worthy ringers."


6 teams competed for the 6-bell prize on the 8cwt ring at Uplowman, where Exeter St Mark's won the John Longridge Plate. St Peter's Tiverton proudly took second place with 120 changes of Plain Hunt Doubles rung by:

Charlotte Boyce 1
Margaret Cadogan 2
Glenis Morgan 3
Mike Heard 4
Matthew Weighell (Cond.) 5
Leslie Boyce 6

Competition Award presentations - Lester Yeo looks on.

A splendid Ringers' Tea was provided by the host Branch and grateful thanks must go to those who slaved at home and subsequently in the Huntsham village hall to lay on such an excellent spread.

Competition Sue "Marigold" Partridge - just one of the hard-working stalwarts behind the scenes.

In all, it was a very successful and much-enjoyed day. Two bands from the North East competed in two of the three categories and gained a second place in each case; a hearty "Well Done!" to them both. However, for a few this may not have been enough ringing - later that evening your roving reporter spied several contestants engaged in Cambridge Maximus at the Cathedral!

Dermot Elworthy


As an experiment for the next six months some Sunday Services are being jointly held with Tiverton St George.

This means that there will only be Sunday ringing on the first and third Sunday of the month at Tiverton St Paul.

Lynda Smith
Tiverton St Paul


Members of the North East Branch extend a warm welcome to two new incumbents in the Tiverton and Cullompton Deaneries. On Saturday 11th September the Revd. Steve Goodbody was installed as Rector of the Exe Valley Group of parishes at a service in St Peter’s, Oakford, while at the end of the month the Revd Sue Blade was officially made Rector of the Sampford Peverell Group at a service at St John the Baptist’s Church. Steve was previously curate at St Leonard with Holy Trinity in Exeter and Sue was a chaplain at the University of Christ Church, Canterbury. They now have responsibility between them for 12 churches with ringing peals of bells.

Ringers from across the Branch came together to ring quarter peals to welcome them. In both cases the bands included ringers from churches in their respective group of parishes. Here are the details:

At St Mary’s, Washfield

On Saturday 11th September 2010

1260 St Simon’s, Plain Bob and Grandsire Doubles in 45 mins.


            1.      Nellie Croft (Cruwys Morchard)

            2.      Richard Shere (Cullompton)

            3.      Terry Hargreaves (Tiverton, St Paul)

            4.      Matthew Weighell (Tiverton, St Peter)

            5.      Leslie Boyce (Tiverton, St. Peter) - Conductor

            6.      Catherine Thorpe (Washfield & Halberton)


Rung to welcome the Rev. Steve Goodbody, the new Team Rector in the Exe Valley Group of Churches, and his wife, Sarah, to Withleigh Rectory


At St Peter’s, Uplowman

On Friday 1st October 2010

1260 Reverse Canterbury, St Simon’s, St Martin’s, Plain Bob and Grandsire Doubles in 45 mins.


            1.      Catherine Thorpe (Washfield & Halberton)

            2.      Sheila Scofield (Bampton), Branch Ringing Master

            3.      Charlotte Boyce (Tiverton, St Peter)

            4.      Richard H. Johnston (Plymtree)

            5.      Leslie Boyce (Tiverton, St. Peter), Conductor

            6.      Colin Davey (Halberton)


Rung to welcome the Rev. Sue Blade, the new Team Rector in the Sampford Peverell Group of Churches, to Sampford Rectory

We wish both Steve and Sue every success in their ministries and look forward to working with them in the future.

Les Boyce
Branch Chairman


On 15 September, the Guild's North East Branch staged its second mini-outing of the year. First stop was the unusual octagonal tower and cosy ringing chamber at Bishops Hull and from where The Old Inn pub lunch was an easy walk. Thence to Nynehead where the ground floor ring of six has only recently been brought back to life after twenty years of silence.

Nynehead provided two unexpected surprises; firstly, the Robbia Madonna, a magnificent 15th Century Italian marble placed in the north wall of the ringing chamber and set behind a pair of small wooden doors to protect it from wayward bellropes. The second bonus was Jean Parkinson's unexpected discovery of her great grandfather's gravestone in the churchyard and that her forebear's farm is now owned by Alan Howe, Tower Captain at Nynehead.

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The day ended at Langford Budville and the easy-going six always popular with visiting ringers, some of whom participating on the 15th are pictured below and against the backdrop of the grand Nynehead House.

Nynehead L to R: John Kape, Tony Trigg, Ann Mitchell, Dermot Elworthy, Alan Howe, Glen Morgan,
Jean Parkinson, Terry Hargreaves and Brian Samuels.

Grateful thanks are due to John Kape for organising a very enjoyable day during which the weather proved dry, if not very warm.

Dermot Elworthy


The Stoodleigh bells should be up and running by February. Work started last week and the bell hangers come in this morning (6th September). Everything will be replaced during January.  Having raised over £30,000 for the bells with grants and here in Stoodleigh, the Heritage Lottery Fund came up with £44,000 to help with the bells but mainly to cover a conservation programme on the 15th century bosses and foliate wall plates and set up educational projects. I have been thrilled that the whole thing has happened so quickly as it was June 2008 when the bells were condemned.

If any tower is interested in ringing here they should initially get in touch with me and I will then talk to our tower captain. (Tel: 01398 351402).

Jennifer Rowlandson


The North-East branch of the Guild of Devonshire Ringers covers 16 towers largely in the Tiverton & Cullompton deaneries.  The Mid-Devon show is a very local immensely popular mini-county show held right in the centre of our patch.  What better place could there be to advertise ourselves and recruit more ringers. In previous years, we have had display boards with a small bell at the back of a shared tent, but this had not proved very effective. So this year we decided to have a stand of our own with purpose design display boards and to bring in a mini-ring of six bells.

Fortunately we were able to hire the Charmborough Ring from the Charmborough Bell Trust  ( and on the Friday evening before the show Roger Booth duly arrived with the ring on its trailer.  With Roger’s expert guidance and a willing group of helpers it took less than two hours to have the ring up and working.  We were very lucky with the weather; an enormous black cloud passed us by, while the sun shone.  The Charmborough Ring is the heaviest portable ring available in the country, the bells ranging in weight from 39lb (18 kg) for the treble to 94lb (43 kg) for the tenor. They are run without stays and have a very pleasing tone.

On the day of the show, we had demonstrations ringing every hour with a steady stream of members of the public having a go in between. The whole day was extremely successful with dozens of people having a go– sometimes there was quite a queue; over twenty indicated they would like to learn to ring and left their details.   It was good to welcome the Bishop of Credition to our stand.  Bishop Bob is a great supporter of ringers in the North East Branch and the work of the Troyte Ringing Centre.

Our thanks go to Roger Booth from the Charmborough Trust and also to our ringers Richard & Marion Newman and Lesley Knipe from Shepton Beauchamp and Fred Sage from Trull, who helped with the demonstration and provided tuition. Our stand was jointly funded by the North East Branch of the Guild of Devonshire Ringers and the Troyte Ringing Centre and we thank all those who make donations to the Ringing Centre so that we can fund events like this.

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Tony Trigg

 Reproduced from THE RINGING WORLD


A young teenager walked through Bampton churchyard with his teddy bear and proudly announced to the assembled company of helpers that this would be the "... tenth certificate of bravery 0n my bedroom wall that my bear has won ...". So it was August Bank Holiday Monday, aka Bampton Open Day and we were all set once again to parachute teddy bears from the top of the church tower. Our bellringers now know the ropes. Two of us are at the top of the tower armed with rope and wicker basket, fishing rod, launch rod and lifeline. Another team is assembled below taking money, recording teddy names, fitting parachutes and lifelines and filling the wicker basket with apprehensive teddies. Yet another team of first-aiders offers jelly babies to those reluctant to bid farewell to their teddies, and to check out those teddies who suffered hard landings or who get tangled up in trees or the church roof. Finally, there is our scribe whose job it is to write up the Certificates of Bravery, getting all the details correct, including the sometimes-incomprehensible names of migrant bears.

Of course there is much more that goes on behind the scenes. For some years now a team of bears has spent time in various Bampton shops advertising the event and gaining sponsorship. This year Costcutters' bear was a clear and outright winner persuading customers to part with £92.01 in the run up to Open Day, whereas the Butchers' bear failed dismally to get people to part with their small change. Maybe the idea of a bear loose in a butcher's shop did not appeal, so next year we might try a gorilla in the butchers!!

Pre-event sponsorship raised a total of £129.89 and we parachuted one hundred and thirteen bears during the afternoon. As usual we refused to parachute spouses and mothers-in-law and this year with great reluctance we had to turn away two enormous bears for whom we did not have adequate lifting gear or large enough parachutes. We all had a wonderful time, it was great fun and we had lots of bears enjoying their first parachute descent as well as some very experienced bears with many successful descents to their credit. Incidentally, what happened to the snake we parachuted last year? Did he take offence at being tied into a knot so that we could fix his parachute? We raised a total of £242.89 this year, thank you all so much.

Michael Hatchett

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See this video on Youtube of a brave Teddy parachuting for charity - and fun!


It all started when the Bampton PCC decided to postpone a “Weekend of Fun” for parishioners programmed for 7 and 8 August. So we were left with a free Saturday – unbelievable! What should we do? We decided it was about time we did something to help all those brave young people who return wounded from Afghanistan and Iraq. And so the idea of “To ring or not to ring to provide Help for Heroes” was born. We divided Saturday, 7 August into half-hour slots between 10.00 am and 6.00 pm and invited friends of the Troyte Ringing Centre to become sponsored to either have the Bampton bells ringing or silent for each half hour.

With a little care we programmed the day so that the ringing slots were between 10.00am and 1.00pm and between 3.00pm and 6.00pm, giving just enough time for one peal in the morning and another in the afternoon. The period between 1.00pm and 3.00pm could be periods of silence or periods of ringing by the local band. Life got just a little complicated when various Bampton ringers were either on holiday or at the Taunton Flower Show on the Saturday in question.

Some late night mental arithmetic suggested that if we raised £1.00 per minute throughout the day, we could total £500 for the day as a whole. Therefore, we set ourselves a target of £500. By mid July, we realised we could comfortably reach this target and so we raised our sights to £1,000. We produced a “thermometer” with increments of £50 up to a maximum of £1,400 and wondered if we were being too ambitious. By 1.00pm on Saturday, 7 August as the first peal ended at exactly 1.00pm – well done Robert Brown – we had burst the thermometer and we reached £1,500 during the first period of silence. At 6.00pm we stopped fund raising just as Tim Collins completed the second peal in less than 2 hours and 56 minutes; Fred Sage led us down with less than 10 seconds to spare. Who was it who said “. . . take a calendar with you when ringing a peal with Tim Collins”?

We served tea and coffee, biscuits and cakes throughout the day. We had a collection box in the town during the morning and another in the church all day. During the post-6.00pm reckoning, we found the “tea ladies” had pockets full of banknotes totaling £300 and our collection boxes raised nearly £350 – fantastic! Pledges and additional funds are still coming in but we know we have raised in excess of £2,550. So our original hopes of raising £1 per minute resulted in us raising more than £5 per minute and has exceeded our wildest dreams. A very big “thank you” to the friends of the Troyte Ringing Centre and to the Bampton parishioners. You have all been absolutely wonderful. AND, we did not receive a single complaint. So just remember, all you tower representatives who don’t like your bells rung too often just in case there are complaints, this particular day touched the hearts and minds of a very generous small town population.

Just imagine what we could do if every tower held one such event during the year. The world in which we all live might just become a better place for many of those who are disabled or disadvantaged in some way.

Both peals were rung for the Devonshire Society.

10:00am   Morning Peal

BAMPTON, Devon, St Michael and All Angels,
Saturday, 7 August 2010. 2h 59m (14)

5040 Surprise Minor:
(7 methods: London, Bourne, York, Ipswich, Beverley, Surfleet, Cambridge)

1    Mervyn C Way
2    Sheila C Matthews
3    Lesley A Knipe
4    Michael Hatchett
5    Jeffery Knipe
6    Robert D S Brown (c)

Peal Band L to R: Lesley Knipe, Jeffrey Knipe, Sheila Matthews,
Michael Hatchett, Mervyn Way and Robert Brown.


2:00pm   Devon Call Changes

1    Pat Hatchett
2    Eve Grosse
3    Sue Partridge
4    Ann Barrow
5    Dermot Elworthy
6    Jack Ward (c)

Peal Band L to R: Pat Hatchett, Sue Partridge, Ann Barrow, Eve Grosse,
Dermot Elworthy, Jack Ward.


3:00pm   Afternoon Peal

BAMPTON, Devon. St Michael and All Angels,
Saturday, 7 August, 2010. 2h 56m.

5040 Surprise Minor:
(11 methods: (1) London, Wells, (2) Westminster, (3) York, Durham, (4) Norwich, (5) Beverley, Surfleet, (6) Bourne, (7) Cambridge, Ipswich)

1    Frederick J Sage
2    Sheila C Matthews
3    Lesley A Knipe
4    Michael Hatchett
5    Jeffrey Knipe
6    Timothy F Collins (c)

Peal Band L to R: Jeffrey Knipe, Lesley Knipe, Mike Hatchett,
Sheila Matthews, Frederick Way, Timothy Collins.

Life is just amazing at times! Thank you all so much.

Michael Hatchett

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Photos by David Whiteway


A taste of the countryside

MORE than 15,000 visitors poured into last Saturday's Mid Devon Show — and it didn't rain.

About 15,500 people made the trip to Post Hill, on the outskirts of Tiverton, for what is now a firm diary date for West Country farmers and rural businesses.

Animals vying for rosettes ranged from rare rabbit breeds to giant Belgian Blue cattle.

The big attraction this year in the main ring was provided by biker daredevils Moto-Stunts International, a troupe of riders who performed a routine of aerial acrobatic stunts at intervals throughout the day.

There were plenty of trade stands to browse, selling everything from chicken arks to pink wellies.

A huge amount of local food was available to those wanting to take a break. And showgoers were kept refreshed with beer and cider at the drinks tent.

The weather stayed dry, and drainage work carried out in the days leading up to the show prevented mud from causing a problem.

Phillip Beauvais, of Bowden Farm, picked up two first prizes and two second prizes for his rare-breed cattle.

He said: "I have a full-time job and I do this as a hobby, so it takes a lot of dedication.

I have got to get the animals back, fed, cleaned and tidied up, and then I'll be celebrating.

I think it's important that we keep agriculture and the whole ethos of British agriculture in front of the public.

It's good publicity for the rare breeds, and this is a good family show."

The Creative Cow theatre company, from Bickleigh, won best trade stand in show for its display advertising The Farmer's Wife, a show that it is taking to Exeter's New Theatre from August 20 until September 11.

The company's Amanda Nott said: "It feels pretty good to win — it was quite hard graft to put it together.

"We got to the showground at about 6.45am, and it took about an hour to set it up.

"We have had a lot of interest. We have been talking about it for about three weeks."

The Mid Devon Show, which is in its 17th year, has been organised by Carolyn Branton for 15 years.

She said: "The final figures are yet to come in, but we think we had around 500 more people this year than last.

"I think people like the show because it is extremely friendly, the stands are local, and it is about the right size.

"Our formula is to design it so that people can spend the day here and see almost everything, but not quite — that means they always want to come back next year."

Mrs Branton is now starting to organise next year's show.

Among stalls, which sold anything from venison and red wine burgers to handmade jewellery from London, was a small contingent of bellringers from Bampton. Normally situated in the churches' tent at the agricultural showcase, the North East Branch of the Guild of Devonshire Ringers was a standalone attraction which generated an unprecedented response.

Guild chairman Les Boyce said: "We are pleased with how it has gone and we got third prize for best trade stand. It was the first time we have had our own stand and the interest generated has been beyond our expectations."

A 'mini ring' of six bells, ranging in weight from 18kg for a treble and 43kg for a tenor, could be heard across the showground. It was loaned by the Charmborough Bell Trust, London, and is the heaviest of its kind in the country.

Ringing master Sheila Scofield said: "The thing is, this is one of those hobbies that is possibly suitable for anybody, aged eight to 80. And it also means that none of us has to go to the gym — it's much better than that, and it is more sociable.

"We go on outings, we have dinners together, we ring in different towers and we are going to Canada to ring this week.

"In the last two years we have been in the churches' tent and we brought a single bell then to attract people.

"But we really wanted to show people what goes on in a tower so the demonstration showed what happens with the bells and we could let people have a go at handling the bells themselves."

 Reproduced from the Tiverton Gazette


On Saturday 24 July the NE Branch will have a stand at the Mid Devon Show, the aim of the show is to introduce the public to the joys of ringing, and in doing so maybe recruit some new ringers or maybe entice some old ringers back to the craft.

So a couple of days before, a mini-ring was assembled on the show ground, the idea was to to give live demonstrations to the public and maybe newbie's their first simple lesson.

Below are photographs of the volunteer team doing a grand job in getting the mini-ring up and running for Saturday.

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I'm sure we can all think of many different ways to spend a sunny Bank Holiday Monday, but a plan had been hatched a few months ago and the challenge was set to ring three peals in a day - at three different stages...! Somehow, I still don't remember who came up with the idea - but think it was definitely conceived in the pub!

The original plan was to ring the Stedman family (from Doubles to Caters in a day), but with so many other things taking local ringers to all corners of the UK for a Bank Holiday break it was decided to ring something slightly 'safer' instead! Six ringers agreed to ring in all three, so we had the nucleus of the band pretty quickly and the plan was hatched!

Composers were dispatched to produce a special length (at rather short notice) so that we could ring something special for the Diamond wedding anniversary of Claude and Joyce of Littleham, and with some nice bells and company we met at Huntsham at 9.45!!

Our 5060 produced some raised eyebrows and giggles from most of the band when one of the ringers realised that they had made 3rds at the single in consecutive leads for what seemed like ages - but was relieved to make it to 4ths place bell eventually! But the rest of the day went without a hitch, including a picnic in the church yard at Thorverton - although I understand a few of the six that rang in all three were a little sore on the Tuesday!!

Well done all - what to do with the Bank Holiday next year?

HUNTSHAM, Devon, All Saints
Mon May 31 2010 2h 47 (8)
5060 Cambridge S Major
Comp. R D S Brown
1 Paul J Pascoe (C)
2 Lesley A Knipe
3 Jeffrey Knipe
4 Alison C Waterson
5 Michael Hatchett
6 Jonathan H Potter
7 Robert D S Brown
8 Thomas J Waterson
Rung as a Diamond Wedding compliment to Claude & Joyce Nicholls of Littleham.
750th Peal: 3.

THORVERTON, Devon, St Thomas of Canterbury
Mon May 31 2010 2h 57 (15)
5040 Cambridge S Royal
Comp. R Bailey
1 Paul J Pascoe (C)
2 Mervyn C Way
3 Lesley A Knipe
4 Susan D Sparling
5 Jonathan H Potter
6 Alison C Waterson
7 Jeffrey Knipe
8 Robert D S Brown
9 Thomas J Waterson
10 Pauline Champion

THORVERTON, Devon, St Thomas of
Mon May 31 2010 2h 24 (5)
5040 Cambridge S Minor
(1 x 720, 2 x 2160)
1 Lesley A Knipe
2 Robert D S Brown
3 Jonathan H Potter
4 Jeffrey Knipe
5 Thomas J Waterson
6 Paul J Pascoe (C)
Rung on the Whitechapel 6.
100th Peal: 5.
First '3 Peals in a day': 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5.

Paul Pascoe

 Reproduced from RINGING ROUND DEVON


On 1st May 2010, five intrepid improving bellringers from Newton Abbot, Bampton and Tiverton gathered at The Troyte Ringing Centre in picturesque Huntsham to learn the finer points of ringing Plain Bob Doubles on an inside bell. Under the patient guidance of Mike Hatchett and many supportive helpers we were all able to learn our chosen method as the observation bell changed with each attempt to keep us on our toes. To reward us for our efforts we were treated to a wonderful lunch provided by Pat Hatchett, who managed to lay on a sumptuous spread and still fulfil her role as a helpful expert ringer.

Our grateful thanks go to all the helpers, who must find it very tedious ringing the same method over and over so that learners can sort their bobs from their plain hunting, but hopefully, we can ring Bob Doubles inside with confidence in our own towers.

Margaret Cadogan,
St Peter’s Church Tiverton

 Reproduced from RINGING ROUND DEVON


On Saturday 12th June five of us went plain hunting at Huntsham: Libby Ford, Sue Partridge, Lesley Walker and Eve Grosse from the Troyte Ringing Centre and Gordon Milne from Uffculme.

Mike Hatchett was there of course, to teach us, Pat to mother us, and a team of patient and generous helpers to ring with us: Sheila Scofield, Leslie Boyce, Charlotte Boyce, Richard Shere and Dermot Elworthy.

Mike explained the intricacies of plain hunting on three bells and then Libby pluckily went first, while the rest of us watched intently from the bench silently counting, lips moving , like a row of baby birds. Then on we went to 4 bells, 5 bells and a plain course of plain bob doubles. We were forging ahead, the mental confusion was clearing and in varying degrees we ‘got it’ and we ‘did it’.

In no time at all it was one o’clock, and down below Pat was busy with cheese and cold cuts, salad and crisps, crusty baps and Muller corners. We even had a party pack to take home; a workbook with dots to join, grids to fill in and crayoning to do.

Then out we went into the sunshine of a perfect afternoon for the Huntsham Church Fete.

Huntsham Sue, Lesley and Gordon at the Troyte Ringing Centre

Eve Grosse

 Reproduced from RINGING ROUND DEVON


A warm welcome awaited those attending the Reverse Canterbury training morning at the Troyte Ringing Centre, Huntsham. Coffee and biscuits were served by Pat and Mike Hatchett to learners, Carla Dawe, Libby Ford, Chris Bolt, Chris Shere and Ann Barrow and helpers, Sheila Scofield, Leslie Boyce, Matthew Weighell, Richard Shere and Charlotte Boyce.

Each learner was able to make good progress with individual instruction from Mike Hatchett and a good team around them. There was time for everyone to get plenty of ringing practise and to watch and count the way around while sitting out. We are very grateful to helpers who gave up their time to make this a useful morning, to Mike Hatchett for his continued enthusiasm and to Pat Hatchett who prepared a delicious lunch.

Ann Barrow

 Reproduced from RINGING ROUND DEVON


Being a novice ringer of 10 months and inexperienced of other bells I approached the day with a little trepidation. Clive, having more experience and youth on his side seemed to take the day in his stride!

However, everybody was treated equally, given assistance and guidance if needed and there was a good mix of called changes and method ringing. It was great to experience ringing with others and listening to their “classy” ringing, visiting other towers and experiencing other bells.

Our favourite was Lyme Regis, not just because of ringing 10 bells but because of their lovely tone. Thoughts at the end of the day? Appreciating how nice our bells sound even though they may be hard work!!

Huntsham Cream teas all round

Clive and Hilary,
Cruwys Morchard

 Reproduced from RINGING ROUND DEVON



Pencils 50p
Bookmarks £1.00
Drink Bottles £3.50
1/2pt Glasses £3.00
Mugs £4.00


A collection of brand-marked items are for sale to support the Troyte Ringing Centre. The souvenir goods are available at both Huntsham and Bampton churches, you can also find them at training or social events, or order them when you book your training or ringing sessions. If your really keen then e-mail Sheila Scofield on .


The Ringing Round Devon quarterly Newsletter of the Guild of Devonshire Ringers can be found here.

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