TRC Young ringers joined the Guild Young ringers in Exeter. They had their first opportunity to meet with the Cathedral School young ringers and try their hand at the Denmish ring.
Mandy Burnett achieved level 4 on the Learning the Ropes Scheme in May. Mandy started ringing in August 2014 at Bampton. She rings regularly at Bampton, Huntsham, St Peter's, Tiverton and around the NE Branch and also helps Sheila & Les with the After School Bell Club at Bampton. When work takes her to Leeds she rings around the location with friends which has added to her progress. To achieve the final target for level 4 she rang Plain Bob Doubles on an inside bell.
I have prepared a photo essay showing the Replacement of Tenor Clapper at Bampton, that can be downloaded in PDF format HERE.
Congratulations to Mike Hatchett on 65 years of Peal ringing his first peal being at Horton Berkshire on the 26th August 1952. Mike rang his 1000th peal in June 2008, and by my guesstimate Mike must have rung around to 1270 peals to date.
Congratulations to all the peal ringers at Huntsham. On 17th May 2018 the 500th peal was rung on bells at Huntsham. The 500th peal band are detailed below:
Guild of Devonshire Ringers
Thursday, 17 May 2018 in 2hr:44min
5040 Surprise Minor (7 Methods)
One extent each :- London, Ipswich, York, Durham, Beverley, Surfleet, Cambridge
1 Mervyn C Way
2 Jane C Spencer
3 Lynne P Hughes
4 Richard H Johnston
5 Michael R Spencer
6 Donald B Carter (C)
25th this year - 6
75th together - 5 & 6
The 500th peal on the bells
Rung as a 70th birthday compliment to Richard Johnston
Congratulations to all the peal ringers that have taken part in the "Great Western Castle Class Locomotives Peal Project", which was 100 peals rung to commemorate, as the name suggests, the GWR Castle Class of locomotives.
Most of the peals have been
rung at Huntsham, however on 29th September 2018
the 100th peal, "5057 Earl Waldegrave Surprise Major", was rung at St Mary Magdalene church, Chewton Mendip.
The Waldegrave family seat is Chewton House, near
The 100th "Castle" peal band are detailed below:
5057 Earl Waldegrave Surprise Major
Composed by Charles Middleton arranged by Robert D S Brown
1 Thomas R Garrett
2 Barrie Hendry
3 Lesley A Knipe
4 Rev Christopher Renyard
5 Andrew H Ball
6 Jeffrey Knipe
7 Robert D S Brown (C)
8 Timothy F Collins
First Peal in the method Earl Waldegrave Surprise Major
Leadhead b 15738264
FCH Groups BDc
Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive No 5057 Earl Waldegrave Originally built as Penrice Castle, June 1936. First shed allocation Newton Abbot. Renamed October 1937. Double chimney and 4 row super heater fitted July 1958. Last shed allocation Old Oak Common. Withdrawn March 1964 and scrapped.
This now completes the Great Western Castle Class Series with all locomotives from 5000 Launceston Castle to 5099 Compton Castle having been rung to the length of the engine number . The ringers of 3, 6 ,7 and 8 have personally completed the series.
The band would like to associate the peal with the late John Cornelius of Shepton Beauchamp whose article in the ringing world “Railway Reveries” was part of the inspiration to undertake this series.