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Huntsham Winter Training

On Saturday 4 December the North East Branch held the last of its training events for 2010. The weather could have been more kind, and as a consequence three of the intended participants were unable to attend because of the snow and icy roads. The trainer made a trial run the day before to check the routes into and out of Huntsham and route information was given to those requesting local knowledge. This session was to consolidate Plain Bob Triples, which has been a Monday evening method at Huntsham whenever there have been sufficient ringers present.

The morning started with coffee or tea and biscuits - essential on a cold morning - and then straight into the first exercise which was plain courses of Bob Triples. Emphasis was placed on coursing order and the order in which each bell passes the treble. The second exercise was to ring three courses with three bobs at home. For those ringing the second, third or fourth bells this touch has similarities with Plain Bob Doubles with the fifth bell as observation. It was emphasised that the second reason for this touch was to keep five, six and seven coursing as in the plain course. The third exercise was a bobs only touch in which the second, third, fourth and fifth bells were all affected by bobs giving more varied coursing orders. The fourth exercise involved singles and the final exercise of the morning was a touch including bobs or singles at every lead with the participants on bells two or three. This provided an opportunity to look at what was happening as each of the other working bells made fourth's place at bobs or singles. Each of the three participants who made it to Huntsham rang each of these five exercises on the bell of their choice.

Training L to R Mike Hatchett, John Kape, Ken Wannell, Janet Ritterman, Chris Bolt, Les Boyce and Tony Trigg.

The session ended with one of Pat's light lunches - hot soup, cold meats, cheese, rolls, salad bits and pieces and a yoghurt to finish.

Sessions such as this place a burden on the helpers who rang between them fifteen touches of Plain Bob Triples in three hours. Without helpers we cannot run our training events and helpers become thinner on the ground as the year progresses. So a big "thank you" to all our helpers this year. Our 2010 programme has been well received and all sessions have been fully booked - only the weather has really influenced attendance.

The 2011 programme starts with another raising and lowering all day session on Saturday 22 January.

Mike Hatchett


HUNTSHAM TRAINING DAY

Included for the first time within the Troyte Ringing Centre’s training programme was a course in "Raising and Lowering in Peal". This took place at Huntsham on 23 October but had been fully subscribed since it was first announced months previously, indicating a particular interest in and a need for instruction in this neglected but important element of ringing.

After an introductory welcome from Mike Hatchett, the morning was devoted to individual tuition, firstly in lowering and when some competence (and confidence) in coil-making was acquired, moving on to raising. Up, down, up, down – everyone was thankful for the lightness of the front six Huntsham bells! Mike introduced a novel and effective exercise – ringing up to, perhaps, half way and holding the bell in that arc whilst just lightly touching the sally with thumb and finger of one hand and “no more and no less” pulls on the backstroke. Take the bells up a bit and repeat; bring them down a bit and repeat. This is strange behaviour not usually found in a ringing chamber and the racket of six bells all doing their own thing was frightful (thank goodness for sound attenuation!) but it proved a really first class means of “feeling” the bell and establishing improved control. Pat Hatchett laid on her customary cold collation lunch and for which people always are grateful but doubly so now in view of the amount of physical effort expended during the morning.

Course participants were joined after lunch by the helpers needed to make up the band for peal work. So often helpers are the anonymous, unsung heroes of ringing training without whom the ultimate in team participation could not function and, so often, it is the same people giving of their time and knowledge who throw themselves into the breech. There are many others who could and should pitch in to share these obligations to the welfare of The Exercise. On this occasion the selfless included Richard Shere, Charlotte Boyce, Sheila Scofield, Tony Trigg and Leslie Boyce.

So, on to the raise en tout ensemble; firstly on six bells and then the full eight. This engendered considerable discussion of the merits of different conventions of starting; “Go on three . .” (generally regarded as the Devon style) or the “Bristol” arrangement. Similarly, how to stop when back at the bottom? General experience seemed restricted to either “123, miss and catch” or just an unresolved fizzle into timid silence with the ringers putting on their coats denoting the end of ringing down. However, Richard Shere introduced another option wherein the bell leading down stamps his foot to indicate the end. This achieved instant acceptance as the “Cullompton Stomp” and is sure to receive widespread adoption . . . As much can be learned from this sort of discussion as from the more formal elements and it ended a thoroughly delightful day during which much wisdom was imparted and much received, thanks to the work put in by Mike Hatchett.

Training at Huntsham

Training at Huntsham

Training at Huntsham

A second course of this syllabus will be held on 22 January, next year.

Dermot Elworthy


A COMMUNITY COHESION PROJECT

A small group of children from the Bampton C of E Primary School investigated whether or not they live in a diverse but cohesive part of Devon by taking photographs of their village and its inhabitants and entering them in a primary school photographic competition.

The team of four, helped by a parent, decided what makes a good photograph, by taking pictures and discussing them. They then decided to visit the bellringers and learn more about what bellringing is as well as taking pictures. They really enjoyed being encouraged to "... have a go ..." which was a high highlight for them. They also visited the weekly toddler group and loved playing with the youngsters. They took photographs during th e School's  "Quiztastic"  evening, when many parents turned out to support their children.

They then selected their best photographs, added captions to them and submitted their entry. A few weeks later they discovered that they had won the competition in which there were 120 entries. They will be presented with their prize of £500 in September to be used to buy photographic equipment. Well done kids!! Here are just a few of the photographs which they included in their entry.

Michael Hatchett

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CHARMBOROUGH RING AT THE MID DEVON SHOW

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  (www.charmborough.org) 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


BAMPTON TEDDY BEAR DROP 2010

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

Bampton Teddies Bampton Teddies
Bampton Teddies
Bampton Teddies Bampton Teddies
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Bampton Teddies Bampton Teddies

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


THE TROYTE RINGING CENTRE PROVIDES HELP FOR HEROES

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



BANK HOLIDAY SUN STROKE - OR JUST A MAD IDEA?

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?

GUILD OF DEVONSHIRE RINGERS
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.

GUILD OF DEVONSHIRE RINGERS
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

GUILD OF DEVONSHIRE RINGERS
THORVERTON, Devon, St Thomas of
Canterbury
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


TROYTE RINGING CENTRE REPORT

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


PLAIN HUNT TRAINING DAY

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


REVERSE CANTERBURY TRAINING DAY

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


NE BRANCH OUTING

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


FAREWELL QUARTER PEAL FOR THE REVEREND JOHN STONE

Sunday, 3 March saw Bampton's St. Michael and All Angels' last service taken by The Reverend John Stone before his withdrawal from full -time service in the Ministry. John has been a popular vicar and a stalwart supporter of the Bampton band of ringers. He joined our annual dinners and other events, chaired bellringers' meetings and was always keen to receive visiting bands provided they could be accommodated within the church schedules. He is now enjoying life at a slower pace in Hemyock but as a farewell gesture of appreciation, the Bampton band marked his retirement from St Michael's with a Quarter Peal of Plain Bob Minor.

Reverend John Stone

The ringers (pictured) for this occasion were, from left to right, Mike Hatchett (6 and Conductor), Sheila Scofield (3), Les Boyce (5), Rev. John Stone (listening!), Pat Hatchett (1), Ann Barrow (2) and Tony Trigg (4).

We all wish John much contentment in his retirement


A HUNTSHAM SPRING

snowdrops snowdrops

Photographs by Sheila Scofield


200 PEALS ON THE RESTORED BELLS

200 peals have now been rung on the restored bells at Huntsham. The first peal on the restored bells was rung on December 4th 2004 - a peal of Bristol Surprise Major. The 200th Peal was a never before rung method called Droop Treble Bob Major, composed by one of the ringers, Robert.D.S.Brown and coducted by Timothy F Collins.
(Click Here to see the details)

The Thursday morning peal band at Huntsham has been much strengthened recently with the regular addition of Robert D. S. Brown of Bovey Tracey. Robert has been producing some very interesting compositions for us to ring and we much admire his skills as a composer. Our latest challenge is to ring a number of new Treble Bob Major methods, the name of each starting with a different letter of the alphabet, starting with A and finishing with Z. Robert has selected the methods and produced the compositions, all we have to do is ring them. The web site will record our progress throughout this year.

Ringing related fund raising at Huntsham has produced over £13,800 since 2005. Peal ringing alone has raised over £7000. Most of the funds have been distrubuted to organisations such as The Devon Bell Restoration Fund, Huntsham PCC, The Guild of Devonshire Ringers - North East Branch and local charities.



TROYTE RINGING CENTRE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY

The Troyte Ringing Centre (TRC) held a Dinner at The Redwoods, Uplowman, on Friday 4th December to mark its fifth anniversary and to review its future development. Representatives from each affiliated tower in the North East Branch were invited to join members of the TRC committee. Chairman of the Branch, Les Boyce, thanked Mike Hatchett for his vision and energy in setting up and running the Centre during the last five years and Mike gave thanks to members of the committee and helpers for their continued work in supporting it.

Representatives from Bampton, Tiverton St Peter, Uffculme, Cruwys Morchard, Silverton and Bickleigh gave suggestions from their members on the future initiatives for the Centre to consider and written comments were received from Tiverton St Paul's and Culmstock.

During the five years the TRC has raised over £13,000 which has been distributed between Huntsham Church, the NE branch, TRC, the DCBRF and local charities.

The TRC holds regular Saturday training events, weekly Branch practices on Mondays, monthly advanced 6-8 bell practices on Wednesdays, has hosted special events and now runs training sessions on the Practice Bell at Bampton three times a week.

To celebrate the Anniversary the TRC merchandise will be enhanced by ‘TRC anniversary mugs’- these will be on sale from January.

Sheila Scofield

 Reproduced from RINGING ROUND DEVON


BAMPTON TEDDY BEAR DROP

Bampton Teddies

The Bampton Teddy bear drop from the tower on Bank holiday Monday raised £180 for the Church Funds - and was a great PR exercise for the bellringers.

Sheila Scofield

 Reproduced from RINGING ROUND DEVON


NORTH EAST BRANCH DISPLAY BOARDS

Fifty years ago the recruitment of ringers was less of a problem than it is now. Most churches had a Sunday School, many had children in the choir and some had altar boys. So bellringers saw the young talent available and approached those and the parents they thought who might make ringers. Today it is more difficult, not only are there far fewer Sunday Schools and children in choirs but there are fewer parents in our congregations. So recruiting ringers relies largely upon personal contact.

Two years ago the North East Branch decided that it would have to raise its profile and concentrate on improving public awareness about ringing and on recruiting new ringers. We have the advantage of a Branch practice bell and simulator and we have three designated Branch Practice Towers and therefore we decided to focus on a publicity campaign with the aim of recruiting more ringers in the longer term.

Our thinking took us along a route of presentations and displays at church open days, agricultural shows and country fairs, coffee mornings, local history groups and other community based local interest groups. What we needed was good quality displays of relevant materials. We looked at what was available and came to the conclusion that although in most cases the content was satisfactory the actual presentation was often quite poor. We decided to commission our own display boards and to appoint a designer with experience of museum and gallery display work. After a disappointing false start when our chosen designer pulled out at the very last moment we found Alan Murray of Crediton who has worked with us over the last twelve months to produce our set of ten display boards, the content of which can be selected and arranged to suit each specific need.

We now have boards which describe how bells are cast, tuned and hung for full circle ringing; boards which describe the work of the Guild of Devonshire Ringers and the Devon Association, and boards which indicate where we ring, what we ring and why we ring. These boards are arranged in easily erected and dismounted systems which can be conveniently transported by car and erected in a few moments by one person.

Of course, no matter how good the displays are they will not b y themselves recruit new ringers. They need to be supported by enthusiastic ringers in attendance to answer questions and to provide supplementary information and handouts and to make contacts with local towers. The boards are readily available on a first come first served basis.

Huntsham The new boards on display.

Perhaps a final word about cost. The complete system of ten display boards and the system which supports them together with the design work cost just over £5,000. The North East Branch allocated £500 towards the project. The remainder of the funds were provided by the Troyte Ringing Centre from its income over the past four years and included the award from the Founders' Company received by the Centre in 2007.

Mike Hatchett

 Reproduced from RINGING ROUND DEVON


BISHOP OF CREDITON MEETS THE RINGERS

1,100 years of Christian Mission in Devon

At the request of the Bishop of Crediton all bellringers from the Tiverton Deanery were invited to the Troyte Ringing Centre for tea as part of the “Bishops in Mission” programme. Bishop Bob met and thanked ringers for their service and dedication. During a short address he talked of the importance of rural communities and the necessity of retaining rural values and traditions such as bellringing as a way of sustaining a vibrant village life in troubled times.

On the afternoon of May 14th Bishop Bob began with a session at Bampton, where Mike Hatchett and Jack Ward demonstrated the use of the practice bell in training learners and in advancing method ringing. He was then taken by Rev John Stone to Huntsham Village Hall to join ringers from all over the Deanery for a splendid tea where he spent over an hour talking to individual ringers.

Huntsham Huntsham Huntsham

Sheila Scofield


TROYTE MERCHANDISING

 

SOUVENIR GOODS - PRICES
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 sheilascofield@hotmail.com .


NEWSLETTER

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


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