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TRAINING EVENT - 28th February 2009

Huntsham Churchyard was a mass of snowdrops when the North-East Branch held the latest of their traning days. Despite the cold weather the students and helpers were enticed out of the church during the lunch break for a photo. Pat had provided a hot lunch of soup and Chili while Mike had organised the day to help the learners make progress (and in many cases the helpers too!), from plain bob minor and triples to Ct Clements minor and St Simons triples. Unfortunately our attempts to stretch to St Clements major were a touch too far. Better luck next time Mike. More preparation and homework needed by the helpers.

Huntsham A break in the proceedings.

Sheila Scofield

 Reproduced from RINGING ROUND DEVON


LOCAL TELEVISION COMES TO BAMPTON

ITV broadcast a feature on 11th March showing the training of new recruits to the Cruwys Morchard band. Part of the training involved bell handling practice using the Bampton Practice Bell linked to the Abel Simulator. To see the broadcast click here.


NEW ITEMS IN THE GUILD LIBRARY

All the stock of the Guild Library is now in store in Tiverton. Members may borrow many items on application to the Librarian, Les Boyce. Please telephone him on 01884 256819 or e-mail: lesboyce@gmail.com .

The following new items are available for loan:

Books and Pamphlets

Steve Coleman
The bellringer’s bedside companion (5thed., 2005)
The bellringer’s early companion (2008 ed.)
The bob caller’s companion (3rd ed., 2008)
The method ringer’s companion (4th ed., 2008)

John Harrison
The tower handbook: Answers to 1001 questions about ringing Central Council, 1998

Pip Penny
Teaching unravelled: an evidence-based approach to teaching bellhandling
Central Council, 2008

Videos and CD ROMs

Central Council
Bells and bell ringing: A slideshow [Microsoft PowerPoint presentation.CD ROM].
Central Council, 2007

Pip Penny
Ringing practice toolkit: Foundation skills, doubles, minor, all change.
[CD ROM copy of the website at: http://www.cccbr.org.uk/education/practicetoolkit/ ]

George Perrin
The craft of bellringing: A film [DVD]
George Perrin, 2007

Troyte Ringing Centre
Huntsham bells. [VHS video record of the Huntsham restoration project]

Les Boyce

 Reproduced from RINGING ROUND DEVON


TROYTE RINGING CENTRE COURSE

Dec 6th may have been cold outside but in the Troyte Ringing Centre things were getting warm. The conducting course, run by Mike Hatchett as a practical follow-up to the previous Wednesday theory evening, kept us all alert and frantically searching for clues in coursing orders beginning with plain bob doubles then minor and finally triples. Students on the day came from the North East Branch, Somerset and South Devon. We were all pleased to have a warm lunch break, thanks to Pat, in the middle of the day, not only to warm us up but also to give our brains a chance to rest. Now it’s back to home towers to try out our new skills. If only people would not swap over their bells we would be fine!

Huntsham A break in proceedings….warm chilli & apple pie

Sheila Scofield

 Reproduced from RINGING ROUND DEVON

 


NORTH EAST BRANCH AGM

Our AGM was held at St Peter’s, Tiverton, on Saturday 4th October. Ringing before the service was interspersed by visits by members to St Peter’s ‘afternoon tea’ held in the Church as part of the Tiverton Festival week. We were pleased to be joined by the Guild President who also stayed for the Business meeting, excellent supper prepared and served by the local band and the members’ forum all held at the Baptist Church rooms. During the meeting 3 members of the NE Branch were presented with their Guild certificates and 5 new members were elected.

Huntsham L to R - Chris Bolt (Huntsham), Les Boyce (Chair, presenting
certificates), Phillip Moss (Silverton) and Mike Heard (Tiverton, St Peter).

Sheila Scofield

 Reproduced from RINGING ROUND DEVON

 


NORTH EAST BRANCH ANNUAL DINNER

32 members, friends and partners had a very enjoyable, relaxed meal in the Conservatory room, the Verbeer Manor, in Willand, on Saturday 22nd November. During the dinner Diane Bowstead was presented with her Guild certificate and the evening was rounded off by a quiz set by Les Boyce and Sheila Scofield. At the end of the night many of the ringers took the opportunity to see the First Guild Peal Book that was being passed to Mike who is gathering material for the next phase of the branch display boards.

Huntsham Diane receiving her Guild Certificate. Huntsham Dinner guests in the conservatory Huntsham Dinner guests 'doing' the quiz

Sheila Scofield

 Reproduced from RINGING ROUND DEVON


750th Bampton Charter Fair

Thursday 30th October 2008 saw the 750th Bampton Charter Fair Celebrations at St. Michael and All Angels Church when the Bampton Bellringers and other local ringers attempted not just one but two complete peals. That's an amazing 10,000+ changes across 6 hours. Each peal was to involve around 3 hours of continuous ringing - the one in the morning was successful (details below), but unfortunately one in the afternoon was lost after one-and-a-half hours.

Bath & Wells Diocesan Association
Thursday, 30 October 2008 in 2hr 56mins
5040 Surprise Minor

7 methods : 1 extent each London, Annable's London, Beverley, Bourne, Ipswich, Norwich, Cambridge.


1  Brian V Mountjoy (C)
2  Michael C Hansford
3  Jill M Hansford
4  Raymond Haines
5  Paul J Pascoe
6  Ian V J Smith
 

Video cameras were fitted to both the ringing chamber and bell chamber so the public could watch this amazing feat live and also take a look at a display of bellringing material in the church.

There was another successful peal rung on the same day at Huntsham, All Saints to celebrate the Charter Fair:

Dorset County Association
Thursday, 30 October 2008 in 2h 50mins
5088 Anniversary Delight Major


Composed by: BYROC


1  D John Knight
2  Eleanor G W Wallace
3  Michael Hatchett
4  Lesley A Knipe
5  Graham W Elmes
6  Jeffrey Knipe
7  Thomas R Garrett
8  Timothy F Collins (C)

Rung to mark the 750th anniversary of the granting of the Royal Charter for Bampton Fair.



DUNSTER/NORTH EAST JOINT

A joint event with colleagues “across the border” has become an annual fixture in the calendar. This year it was N.E. Branch’s turn to host the joint meeting with the Dunster Branch of the Bath and Wells Association. On Saturday 16th August, hampered with several weddings to ring for, a small group started the ringing at Huntsham mid-afternoon, then made their way to join the Bampton band and other members of the Branch to ring and have tea provided by the local ringers at Bampton. The evening was rounded off by a general knowledge quiz compiled by Quiz-Master, Mike Hatchett. With three teams taking part in a wide ranging and demanding test of local knowledge, food, childhood memories and world-wide questions, one of the Dunster teams won the competition, their reward being coasters from the Troyte Ringing Centre.

Huntsham A Bampton style tea. Huntsham Quiz-master Hatchett and the teams

Sheila Scofield

 

 Reproduced from RINGING ROUND DEVON


NE BRANCH AT MID-DEVON SHOW

Lucky with the weather this year, after cancellation of the show in 2007, NE Branch made their presence heard in the Churches tent. With the first of the new display boards giving detailed information on the casting and structure of a bell, along with details of local towers we maintained interest most of the day. During quiet spells we were able to attract attention by ringing the model bell, loaned from St Petrock’s, with many people ‘having a go’. Not only was the event an opportunity to recruit, hopefully, a few more interested people for the Branch, but more importantly, a very successful Public Relations exercise. My thanks go to all who helped ‘man’ the stall during the day, not only answering sometimes technical questions but also showing their enthusiasm which will hopefully encourage others to begin the learn to ring too.

Belle and model bell. The new Troyte display

Sheila Scofield

 Reproduced from RINGING ROUND DEVON


SNIPPETS FROM THE PAST
– GLEANED FROM THE GUILD LIBRARY

125 years ago – 1883

From the St Sidwell’s Society of Ringers Minute Book

Several contentious issues arose in 1883 and this led to the calling of six extraordinary general meetings during the year in addition to the Annual Meeting held at Easter. Most meetings were held in the Belfry at St Sidwell’s, but the Society had a room (called the Institute) at 160 St Sidwell Street which it rented, although this was becoming a financial burden to the Society.

A summer “Wayzgoose” is proposed and members taking part in the outing will be asked to pay a sum each week.

After months of discussion with the Rector and Churchwardens a sum of £3 a year is accepted in payment for chiming on Sundays. Immediately a rule is proposed that “chiming members” should be fined 6d for absence or 3d for lateness at each service. [A significant number of the St Sidwell’s minutes refer to opportunities for fining members for various misdemeanours!]

In April it was decided to dispose of the Institute room and sell off the Bagatelle Board in which several members had a share. Several meetings are held about this and the board subsequently raised £8.0.0.!

A proposal to erect a peal board recording the “first peal ever rung by a band composed of entirely Exeter men” at St Sidwell’s in May 1881 was delayed while enquiries were made as to whether it was a true peal. A lengthy letter was received from the conductor, W.C. Marsh. This [quoting from the minutes] “may be briefly summed up as follows that the peal of Taylor’s 5040 Grandsire Triples was a true and correct one, not a bob or single more or less than there ought to have been and in its proper place. And he also informed the society that he would not take upon himself the paltry honour of conducting a peal that was false. He also mentioned that it was not his desire to have a peal board put up.” On the basis of this letter the members, who had also largely comprised the peal band, voted to go ahead with the board.



100 years ago – 1908

From the first Guild Peal Book

1908 started with the 200th peal being rung for the Guild, this being Grandsire Triples at Emmanuel, Plymouth, conducted by Harry Myers. Of the 22 peals rung in the year 15 were of Grandsire Triples, four of Grandsire Caters and the remaining three were of Bob Major. More notable peals rung in the year included the first of Triples on the Stafford Eight at the Cathedral by members of the Exeter Cycling Club in 3 hours and 53 minutes, the first of Grandsire Caters on St. Andrew’s, Plymouth and the first peal by a lady member of the Guild, Miss R. Elliot, who rang the third to Grandsire at St. Peter’s Tiverton in May.

Leslie Boyce
Guild Librarian

 Reproduced from RINGING ROUND DEVON


MIKE HATCHET RINGS HIS 1000th

Mike Hatchett's Thousandth Peal:

On Monday, 16 June, with a peal in fifteen Minor methods at Wonston, Hants, Mike Hatchett achieved his 1,000th peal, fifty-four years and ten months after his first. It hadn't taken him quite as long as Len Stilwell's seventy years and two hundred and thirty-four days between first and one thousand, but still a "respectable" time compared with modern trends! Although he has lived in Devon in this millennium, he was formerly a resident member of the Oxford Diocesan Guild, with whom he rang his early peals.

Bill Butler also conducted his first peal - which was in eight Minor methods - at Horton, Bucks, and, comparing the two peals, I notice that just by chance, no method from the first was repeated in the one thousandth! I'm sure all his many friends will congratulate him on this achievement, and wish him every success in the future.

Huntsham The band, from Left to Right: Bill Butler, Mike Hatchett, Tim Pett, Bobbie May,
Stuart Gibson, Geoff Dodd.

Bill Butler

Reproduced from www.campanophile.co.uk

JULY 2008


The headline mis-print makes it eye-catching don't you think?

Reproduced from THE RINGING WORLD



NE BRANCH TRY SHORT-MAT BOWLING

JANUARY 2008

NE Branch held their Quarterly meeting at Bampton on Saturday 5th January and had their first attempts at Short-mat Bowling.  The afternoon began with Ringing at Bampton followed by a service with Rev John Stone officiating and Jennifer Rowlandson as organist.  We were pleased to welcome Wendy Campbell, Guild Master, and Janet Coles, Guild Secretary for the afternoon.  Tea was provided by the Bampton band in the Community Hall.  A short meeting heard notices of forthcoming events and Annual Accounts from the Troyte Ringing Centre.  This year the Troyte Ringing Centre’s income has reached almost £3,000, the bulk of the income coming from Peal fees.  This year the funds were divided between Huntsham PCC, Devon Church Bell Restoration Fund, the NE Branch and the TRC.  The Farm Crisis Network has been chosen as the Charity this year to receive £500 from the TRC.

After the formal structure of the afternoon Pat Hatchett and Ron Ayre gave demonstrations and brief instructions of Short-mat bowling. Branch members then had an opportunity to have a go themselves.  The photo shows the level of competition between opposing teams with Carla Dawes measuring the distance in the hope that her team have won the ‘end’.


Carla Dawes…”I think she won!”

Reproduced from RINGING ROUND DEVON


THE TALE OF THE HUNTSHAM ATTENDANCE BOOK

MARCH 2008

It first came to my notice when I was browsing a ringers chat thread on the internet. The posting alerted people to an interesting book, with ringing connections that had appeared on eBay. On investigating I found that it was specific to Huntsham Church and it was the attendance and fine book for the ringing activities at Huntsham. It dates from 1874 and lists the members attending on practice evenings and Sunday service ringing with details of fines imposed for absence and tardiness. It also records the methods rung during practices along with conductors. The name C Troyte occurs quite frequently as a conductor.

My next action was to contact Michael Hatchett, the Huntsham tower correspondent, and make him aware of this valuable piece of Huntsham history and discuss what could be done about restoring it to its rightful place at Huntsham Church. Mike was about to embark on a trip to Australia so he asked me if I would bid for the book on his behalf and gave me a figure to spend. A couple of days later the book was withdrawn from the auction, the reason being given was that there were errors in the listing.

That would appear to have been the end of it. However, the vigilance of the chat list users soon revealed that it had been re-listed along with another item, a manuscript by Charles Troyte, with details and tables for compositions of Kent Treble Bob. The listing suggested that this manuscript was the inspiration for Dorothy L Sayers book The Nine Tailors. I watched both items with interest as the auction progressed and realised that the manuscript was attracting a lot of attention from collectors and probably people who had an interest in Dorothy Sayers. Sadly the manuscript went way beyond the budget.

Using my limited experience of eBay, I put into practice buying tactics that I had learned, and made a successful bid for the attendance book which I purchased within the budget I had been given.


The end result is that the book will be returned home to Huntsham. A tale with a happy ending. Click here to more pictures of the book.

Bob Caton.

Reproduced from RINGING ROUND DEVON


THE SEAGE SILENT RINGING APPARATUS

During a ringing visit to St Peter’s Tiverton, I commented on a number of small bells mounted high up on the walls of the ringing chamber (Fig 1), roughly aligned with the bell ropes, and was told they were once part of the Seage apparatus. No further information was available, but with the invaluable assistance of numerous ringing contacts and the book on bell fittings by T S Jennings (from the GDR Library) I was introduced to some of the rich heritage of Seage and his apparatus. It turns out that the apparatus was the mechanical equivalent of modern simulators.




1. The little bells in the ringing chamber at Tiverton




2. Sketch of the Seage apparatus

The eponymous Seage silent apparatus was devised by Epaphras Seage, an Exeter printing engineer, and first installed in about 1875 at St. Sidwell’s, Exeter. With the apparatus fitted, ringing and striking could be practised on tied tower bells without disturbing the neighbourhood. Seage was encouraged by his friend, Charles A. W. Troyte of Huntsham, the first President of the Guild of Devonshire Ringers (and President of the St Sidwell’s Society of Ringers), who brought the invention to the attention of the ringing community in a letter reproduced in Church Bells, 22 July 1876, describing the apparatus as Gong or Hand-Bell Connexions with Dumb Tower Bells. Seage and his son George later became Honorary Members of the St Sidwell’s Society, although it is unclear whether either was a ringer. Curiously the Minutes of Meetings of the period mention ‘lashing the bells for gong practice’, but make no reference to Seage by name in this context.

Based on the principle of the shopkeeper's door bell, the Seage apparatus was a trip mechanism activated by the tower bell in its swing (see sketch, Fig 2). A roller at the top of the headstock on the side opposite to the bell struck a ‘U’-shaped rocker arm (Fig 3) as the bell was rising to the balance. A spike at the bottom of the rocker arm operated a cam on the top of a trip lever, depressing the end of the lever (Fig 3), which in turn was attached to a sprung wire and crank. When the lever was depressed the wire was jerked, and the little bell in the ringing chamber was struck (Fig 4). The little bells were normal hand-bell shapes, although in a few installations, Seage supplied hemispherical bells or gongs.

Interest in the device spread quite rapidly, and an advertisement for the Seage Church Bell Dumb Practice Apparatus in Bell News of April 1882 announced that the apparatus had been installed in many churches in England, Scotland and abroad. Initially, Seage and his son kept pace with demand, though later an assistant took over the work. Supplying and fitting a set of apparatus for any bell regardless of size could be done for about £1, excluding the clapper stay and the little bells, which were purchased from regular bell founders for £1 for eight bells. Taylor invited Seage to advertise in his 1881 Catalogue, agreeing to supply the inventor with much of the associated brasswear in addition to the handbells.

Unfortunately, the Seage apparatus was not protected by patent, and copies, improvements and re-designs were made by bell founders and others.



3. The rocker arm at Crawley, Sussex

 



4. Striking mechanism at Huntsham


Evidence of the originally installed Seage devices can still be found in Devon towers, including Huntsham, Merton and Tiverton, although nothing remains of those at Bampton, Beaford and Marychurch. Further afield, examples are at Crawley, Ryde (IoW) and Glasgow.

Aside from being silent to the neighbourhood, a major intended attraction was the accurate reproduction of the overall dynamics of ringing such that the little bell would be struck at exactly the same moment that the clapper, if untied, would have struck the tower bell. However, Jennings reports that a time delay could occur in some installations if the wire took a circuitous route into the ringing room, for example in small towers with a two-tier bell frame, or in avoiding clock and chiming mechanisms.

Maintenance was essential. Exposed iron wire corroded quickly, and copper wire became strained, inducing mechanical faults. By the end of WW1 Epaphras Seage & Son had ceased trading, the apparatus seems to have fallen out of favour and many sets were removed from their towers. Those which remained and were in working order enjoyed a brief renaissance during WW2, 1939-45, as the practice of silent ringing was allowed to continue.

Installation of the Seage apparatus would almost certainly have been restricted to those towers with a method ringing band. It would have limited attraction to call change bands in Devon and indeed elsewhere because bell raising and lowering could not be simulated. The advertisement in Bell News of 1882 promotes the use of improved clapper stays, which held the clapper centrally in the bell, rather than tying the clapper with rope. These stays may have been used for tied bell practice long after the apparatus itself went out of use, and variants can still be seen in many towers.

The Revd Arthur Du Boulay Hill, a master at Winchester College between 1874 and 1882, later wrote “…I had under my instruction a fairly proficient band of ringers in the school. The College authorities most willingly granted the use of bells (a handy ring of 6, tenor about 12 cwt) under my superintendence. I fitted them up with Seage’s ‘silent practice apparatus’ and Dale’s ‘clapper stays’ and we could fix everything up for silent ringing in three minutes…. and though we never rang them open we accomplished Grandsire and Stedman…some of my pupils went on to become useful members of the Oxford University Change Ringing Society”

Records of the Rev George F Coleridge, a noted Devonian and ringer, refer to his use of Seage’s Dumb practice apparatus fitted to the front 8 in the tower of New College Oxford in 1879. His original objective seems to have been 720s of minor although he also mastered triples and major methods on the device. Certainly the apparatus was in use there through WW2 and was only dismantled in the 1960s.

Sometime in the 1880s, Seage supplied one of his devices to Great St Mary’s in Cambridge. The Cambridge Youths proved a little more adventurous than their Oxford counterparts and in January 1897 rang a peal of 5056 Plain Bob Major, composed by J W Trollope, in 3 hours 13 minutes. A peal board in the ringing chamber records ‘the first on the Seage’s apparatus’; it is assumed this refers to being the first in that tower. The apparatus was removed from Great St Mary’s during the major re-hanging of the bells in 1952.

According to Chris Pickford, “peals were rung on Seage's apparatus, in quite a few places though it might be hard to find out where as reports didn't always say so”.

This proved to be the case, as the only other peal on Seage apparatus to be positively confirmed is that at Mary’s Cathedral Glasgow, where in 1922 a peal of 5040 Kent Treble Bob Minor (with 7, 8 cover) was rung in 3 hours 24 minutes, in honour of the birthday of King George V. The footnote claims it was the first peal of minor in Scotland. A contemporary report from the Ancient Society of College Youths registered it as a peal (by majority vote), but only after assurances from the umpire present during the attempt. In the same report, it seems that the Bath & Wells Association, some years earlier, had condemned such a peal on a ‘silent’ apparatus at Christ Church, Bath.

Communication with the Scottish Association confirms that the device was in regular use at Glasgow until the 1970s, when it was made superfluous by modifications to the louvers reducing the sound of the tower bells to acceptable levels. In its day it was regarded as a valuable teaching asset, though it took a while to set up and needed constant adjustment. The Seage equipment is no longer in use but could be made operational with some maintenance and there are plans to try it out later this year.

The Seage apparatus fitted at Crawley, Sussex, in 1880 was evidently well-used as it had to be refurbished in 1916, by Mears and Stainbank at a cost of £3. By the time the bells were re-hung on ball bearings in 1935 the apparatus was again worn out. In 1982 it was renovated (by a Crawley ringer, coincidentally named Jennings); modifications were made to the striking arrangements, and some components replaced with those from the Seage installation at Cuckfield, West Sussex. A quarter peal of Superlative Surprise was rung on it in 1982 (RW 1982 p.160). Reactions to ringing the Seage apparatus for the Crawley quarter peal were varied, and whilst some enjoyed the experience, others found it somewhat incongruous to pull a bell of several hundredweights and be rewarded with the sound of a small handbell. Correspondence with Wendy Wheeler, who rang in the quarter peal and provided the original sketch for the RW report, confirms that the apparatus was used extensively over the years, but is now retired. Given time, WD40 and patience it could be made functional. Her experience with the Seage apparatus at Crawley is that the modified arrangement ensures the little bells strike at the same time as the ‘big’ bells. However, as she says “it takes very much longer to set up than say the Cummins, or Bagley simulators, but has the advantage that it does not need electricity, so can be used during power cuts”!

Practicing ringing on tower bells without annoying the neighbours remains as much a requirement as in Seage’s time. Nowadays we can ring tied bells and listen to sounds appropriate to their weights by simple adjustments to the simulation software. However, I believe we owe a huge debt of gratitude to the ingenuity and inventiveness of Epaphras Seage and his pioneering mechanical simulators, which doubtless contributed immeasurably to the function and acceptability of the family of modern devices. It was disappointing not to discover evidence of a Seage peal or quarter in Devon, but maybe in the future, from tower records somewhere in the County this may be amended.

Apart from those mentioned in the text, I am indebted to locals Richard Bowden, Leslie Boyce, Mike Hatchett, Martin Mansley and Ian Smith and to Philip Earis and Tessa Beadman (Cambridge), John Eisel (CC Librarian), Phil Gay (Keele), Suzanne Foster (Winchester), Terry Williams and Magnus Peterson (Scotland) in the preparation of this article.

Roger King

Reproduced from RINGING ROUND DEVON


MEDIA INTEREST

SEPTEMBER 2007

The media has shown an interest in bellringing training due to Mike Hatchett's article in the Exeter Diocesan Magazine (page 5), and have featured it in BBC Devon's local news programme Spotlight; to see the broadcast click here


BBC NEWS 24 Filming at Bampton

BBC News 24 picked-up on the story and produced this report, click here. Further articles on the BBC website can be seen here and here.

RW Ref 5015/0608


FOUNDERS PRIZE

NOVEMBER 2007

The TRC has been awarded the Founders' Prize for Ringing Centres.

The Worshipful Company of Founders competition was for the ringing centre which made the greatest contribution to the teaching of ringing during the previous year. The competition was administered by the CCCBR Ringing Centres Committee.

The cash prize and a commemorative plaque was presented at the Branch Annual Dinner by Andrew Gillett (Clerk to the Worshipful Company of Founders), Les Boyce received the prize on behalf of the Branch and Guild. Andrew Gillett and Gail Cater (Chair of Central Council Ringing Centre Committee) were guests of honour at the dinner.


The Founders Prize Presentation


The Commemorative Plaque


BRANCH ANNUAL DINNER

NOVEMBER 2007

The North East Branch Annual Dinner was held at the Blackberries Restaurant, Bampton. It was well attended since it was also the venue for a presentation of an award to the Branch's Troyte Ringing Centre, (see Founders Prize).


NORTH-EAST BRANCH NEWS - December 2007

Branch AGM

The Branch held their Annual Meeting on Saturday 6th October at Cullompton. The afternoon started with ringing the 10 bells of St Andrews before a service conducted by Rev Bob Hooper. We were delighted to be joined by the President, Ringing Master and Secretary of the Devonshire Guild of Ringers for the day.

The Cullompton band provided a splendid tea after which the formal meeting took place. Reports from the Chair, Ringing Masters, Training Officer, Treasurer and Publicity Officer were heard and elections held for committee posts for the coming year. Leslie Boyce was re-elected as Chair and John Kape as Ringing Master.

After the Formal meeting members of the Branch joined in an informal Members' Forum during which discussions included future training in the Branch, social events and the design and purchase of display boards for advertising bellringing and for use in our recruitment campaign. Extended discussion reflected on the recent publicity the Branch has gained after local, national and international publicity on radio and television. The Branch plans to hold open days, coffee mornings and demonstrations to promote interest in bellringing.

 

Bob Minor Training Day

The Troyte Ringing Centre held the final training day of the year on Saturday 10th November. 4 students and helpers had theory session led by Mike Hatchett with plenty of opportunity to practise what they had learnt. Lunch and refreshments were provided by Pat and at the end of the day all felt that they had made progress.

As well as having 2 branch practise towers, St Peter's, Tiverton, and Bampton, the Monday night practises held at Huntsham have been opened for anyone wishing to make progress in plain hunting and Bob Doubles. It is hoped that these will provide opportunities for students to get follow-up practice after courses.

The photo shows Mike Hatchett, Anne Barrow, and Phillip (from Silverton)


Fred Edwards Shield

The annual competition held on 17th November at Uffculme featured a call changed event known as Queen's changes. Three teams entered the competition this year and the judges were David Trist and Brian Samuels. After the ringing the teams adjourned to the Ostler for the results and refreshments. With helpful comments on how the teams could improve next time the results were as follows:-

St Peter's, Tiverton: 49½ faults
Uffculme:               54¾ faults
Silverton:               113 faults


With St Peter's winning the shield by a narrow margin, Silverton were praised by those taking part for fielding a band with 4 inexperienced ringers. Well done to all who took part and we hope to have a greater number of teams taking part next year.

The St Peter's band and the judges, David Trist and Brian Samuels

Sheila Scofield

Reproduced from RINGING ROUND DEVON


NEWSLETTER

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


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