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    Due to unforeseen circumstances, the work at Aswater tot the tower will not be complete in time for the Minor Final as first thought.

    Therefore, it is to be held at Clawton. It is the next village on, they are a similar weight of  8cwt - 1qr - 25lb and are also a ground floor.

    To any team entering this years 6 Bell, please be aware of this change and spread the word.

    Stuart Bennie
    Competition Secretary, North 

  2. Change to Huntsham Workshop

    Please be aware that there has been a change to the date and venue for the Guild of Devonshire Ringers' Call Change Workshop this month. 

    Instead of taking place at Huntsham on Saturday 22 April, the workshop will now be held at Stoodleigh on Saturday 29 April between 10am and 12pm. This is to avoid a clash with the Open Festival at Crediton.  All Welcome! And thanks are extended to all ringers who have supported these sessions so far.

  3. South Devon Inter-Deanery ringing festival saturday 08/04/17

    Inter Deanery ringing festival.

    Saturday 8th April is the Inter deanery ringing competition, this year it is being held within the Ivybridge & Plymouth Deanery at Shaugh Prior.

    The six bells were re-hung and tuned in 1937 by John Taylor and Co and are a superb sounding ring of bells but they are a challenge to strike well! Tenor weigh's 15-1-3 in E.

    Draw for order of ringing 2.15pm, there will be a tea and real ale will be available as the village pub is currently closed.

  4. Honorary Secretary

    We are very pleased to annouce that the vacant position of Honorary Secretary for the Devon Association of Ringers has been filled by Mrs Rachel Avery. Please contact Rachel via email:

  5. Tamar Valley Guild of Ringers - Competition 08 April 2017

    The Annual Ringing Competition will be held at

    St Nectan's Church, Welcome

    On Saturday 8th April 2017

    By kind permission of the Rector & Churchwardens


    6 Bell – W Haine Cup and 3 Certificates

    Ringing to commence at 6.30pm


    To ring half peal off the stay known as sixty on thirds

    Trophies and certificates will be awarded at the end of the competition.


    Teams to ring a peal known as Sixty on Thirds (6 Bell)
    Any tower wishing to enter two teams may do so, but the second team will only be accepted if time permits.
    All cups will be perpetual and must be returned by the following year’s competition.
    Nectan's Church Council will not be held responsible for any accident
    in the Tower to any ringer or anyone attending the competition.

    ENTRY FEE: £6.00

    Please telephone the Secretary as soon as possible to enter a team and obtain a time.
    Times will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

    Secretary: Melanie Dymond 01288 381309/07791936015 or email
  6. Rededication of Chagford Bells

    On 1st April 2017 there was service of thanksgiving and re-dedication of the refurbished and re-hung bells of St Michael the Archangel, Chagford conducted by the Bishop of Exeter, the Right Revd. Robert Atwell

    The bells were rung before the service, during the service and after the blessing of the restoration project by the local band. The bells were then available for open ringing after the buffet lunch.

    Details of the inscriptions are available by clicking here

  7. 2017 6-Bell Qualifiers
    Today marks the start of the 2017 ringing calendar with the annual Ide Competition and the 2017 Qualifiers for the 6 Bell will soon be upon us!

    Qualifiers will be held on the 13th May.

    North - Bishop's Tawton - 9-2-20

    South - Tedburn St Mary - 10-0-6

    Any teams wishing to enter please get in contact

    North - Stuart Bennie -  or 07796106708 

    South - Jereme Darke - or 07875054257

    Last date for practise is the 29th April.
  8. Percy Pester

    We are very sad to advise the passing of Percy Pester on 13 March 2017.

    will be a memorial service at Colaton Raleigh on Thursday 30 March,
    starting at 2.30pm.  This follows a private cremation. 

    The church service has been confirmed as 2:30pm despite another time being given in a newspaper announcement.  

    Our condolences to Percy's family and friends.

    Continue reading "Percy Pester"
  9. Secretary Needed

    For personal reasons, our secretary Sam has tendered his resignation. The Association is now looking for a replacement. 

    If any members feel they would like to take on this post, could they please contact the Chairman, James Steer, on 01363 82414 or by email;

  10. Invitation to Ide competition on 1 April 2017

    Please see below for an invitation to the call change competition being held at Ide.

    This competition proves very popular, if you are interested, please contact Simon as soon as possible.  

    Ide Ringers

      Captain: Simon Tucker, 5 Galmpton Rise, Exeter EX4 5BY
    Tel: 01392 215237, Mobile: 07885 281856


    The ringers of St Ida’s Church, Ide invite you to enter our six bell ringing
    competition to be held on
    Saturday 1st April 2017.


    The Delve Shield and 1st certificate.

    The Stan Moore Memorial cup and 2
    nd certificate.
    rd and 4th certificate.


    The Centenary Cup and four certificates.

    All teams to ring ‘sixty on thirds’, the duration of the peal to be not less than
    15 minutes.

    Entrance fee: £6.00 per team.

    The Church Council and the Bellringers will not be held responsible for any
    accident which may occur during this event.

    Light refreshments will be available in the church.
    The number of teams may be limited.

    Times for ringing can be arranged with:

    Simon Tucker

    5 Galmpton Rise
    Exeter EX4 5BY

    Tel: (01392) 215237
    Mobile: 07885 281856


    Ide Bellringing Competition is open to teams of all
    standards. If you can rise, fall and ring the peal 60 on
    thirds why not come along and have a go. We look forward
    to meeting you.

    Simon Tucker
    on behalf of Ide Bellringers

  11. Young Devon Ringers
  12. Chagford Bells - Rededication


    The service of Thanksgiving and
    Rededication following the refurbishment of the bell mechanism and installation
    of the new frame will be on:

    Saturday 1st April 2017 at

    by the Bishop of Exeter

    followed by Open Ringing from

    (contact Julia Endacott 01647 432550


  13. Widecombe Ringer in Incident at Worcester Cathedral

    There have been several news reports this weekend regarding a ringer from Widecombe-in-the-Moor sustaining injuries following an incident while ringing the tenor at Worcester Cathedral. This included a dramatic rescue from the ringing room by trained members of the Fire and Rescue Service.

    We are pleased to advise that the ringer concerned has returned home and has sustained a bump to the head and a back injury which will be explored with health professionals this week.

    Our best wishes to the gentleman concerned for a speedy recovery and a quick return to ringing.

  14. Michael Beer and Raymond "Curly" Clements


    We are very sad to share the news of the recent passing of Michael Beer, Captain at Bishops Tawton, and of Raymond "Curly" Clements of Littleham.

    Curly's funeral will be held at Littleham on 3rd January 2017, starting at 12pm.

    Michael's funeral will be held at Bishops Tawton on 5th January 2017, starting at 13.30pm.

    Our condolences to to both families.

  15. Devon Bell Ringers' Carol Service

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