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Association Festivals 2017

11th March 2017 - Novice Competition - Burrington - Draw 1pm
Contact - Graham Sharland - Email

22nd April 2017 - Devon Association Open Festival, including the John Scott 10 Bell contest - Crediton
Contact - Ian Avery - Email

13th May 2017 - Devon Association 6 Bell South Qualifier - Tedburn St Mary - Draw 2pm
Contact - Jereme Darke - Email

13th May 2017 - Devon Association 6 Bell North Qualifier - Bradworthy - Bishops Tawton - Draw 2pm
Contact - Stuart Bennie - Email

20th May 2017 - National Call Change Competition - Longborough, Gloucestershire
Contact - Stephen Herniman - Email

27th May 2017 - Devon Association 6 Bell Minor Final - Clawton - Draw 2pm
Contact - Stuart Bennie - Email

10th June 2017 - Devon Association 6 Bell Major Final - Dunsford - Draw 2pm
Contact - Jereme Darke - Email

16th September 2017 - Devon Association 8 Bell Final - South Molton - Draw 2pm
Contact - Stuart Bennie - Email

6 Bell Competition Striking Peal - Sixty on Thirds

8 Bell Competition Striking Peal - Queens

Devon Calls

The Association produces a regular magazine called "Devon Calls", containing all sorts of articles of interest, as well as competition results, for our member towers. To submit an article for the magazine please contact the editor, Colin Adams, who can also be contacted to arrange a personal subscription.

Current Issue (July 2017)

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More to come

The Devon Association of Ringers represents call change church bell ringers in Devon. Founded in 1925, the Association has 160 affiliated towers and arranges training events, socials and festivals throughout the year. The call change tradition emphasises rhythmic ringing in simple musical sequences. Ringers can be of any age and come from all walks of life.

2017 Annual General Meeting

Please be advised of the change of venue - The AGM will now take place in St Peter's Church, North Tawton

Notice is given that the 83rd Annual General Meeting of the Devon Association of Ringers will be held on Saturday 11 November 2017 at St Pete's Church, North Tawton at 14.15

  1. Chair's welcome
  2. Prayers led by The Reverend Nick Weldon (or deputy)
  3. Apologies for absence
  4. To approve the following minutes and to discuss any matters arising:
    • AGM – 12 November 2016
    • Committee meetings – 16 February 2016, 29 June 2016, 28 September 2017 (in draft form)
  5. Treasurers Report
  6. Church Bell Restoration Fund Report
  7. Officer and Committee Reports
  8. Election of President and President Elect 2017/18 and Association Trustees
  9. Formal Approval by the meeting (first year of Triennium) of elected officers:
    Committee Chair, Vice Chair, General Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretaries (North and South), Publicity Officer, Devon Calls, Training Officer, Fund Raising Officer, Guild Liaison Officer, Web Master, Central Council Representatives, Safeguarding Officer (new post)
  10. Committee (North and South)
  11. Competitions Review 2017
  12. Invitations to Association Competitions 2018 (to include national competition)
  13. Correspondence
  14. Any other business:
    • Purchase of teaching aid/simulator
    • Charitable Status
    • Central Council AGM 2024
  15. Date and venue of AGM 2018

Light refreshments will be available after the meeting at the back of the hall.

Please note that affiliation fees for the next 12 months are now due and can be paid at the AGM.

Yours sincerely,
Rachel Avery
Hon. General Secretary


Printable agenda, Minutes of 2016 AGM
Committee Meetings: February 2017, June 2017, September 2017

The Devonshire Ringing Styles

In Devon we are extremely lucky to have two traditions of ringing styles.
Devon has specialised in call-change ringing. In this style only pairs of bells change at any one time and these are literally called out by the ringing master. Thus, starting with 123456, the first change might be 4 to 5, which would give an order of 123546. This style lays great emphasis on clear striking and this is encouraged by competition ringing where every little variation in place or position is marked. This is a deceptively simple system and the leading exponents are truly masters of their art. The Devon Association represents this style.

Across most of the country the style of ringing known as scientific, method or change ringing predominates. This style operates by altering the sequence of the bells on every stroke of the rope. Thus, if the bells were sounding in the order 123456 then the next stroke would have them sounding 214356 and the stroke after 241635 etc. Until they came back to 123456. With the addition of extra instructions it is possible to ring for three hours or more without repeating the same sequence! This style is represented by the Guild Of Devonshire Ringers

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