Troyte Ringing Centre
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TRC trial bespoke Foundation Skills sessions

Our learners at Bampton & Tiverton St Peter’s had started ringing for services and doing well, but we found that we needed to give them more rope time as they became ‘improvers’. Both towers have very busy practices with lots of ringers at different levels which consequentially means that the ‘improvers’ weren’t getting sufficient time to develop their skills and fine tune their handling.

During May we set up three sessions of 2 hours each, using Tiverton, St Paul’s bells on the simulators. Using all the fun activities in the Learning the Ropes (ART) scheme in the level 2 targets, we gave 5 improvers some bespoke practices to develop their skills, ready to move on to Plain Hunt. Activities included:- Place making, dodging, whole pull and stand, facing out of the circle, ringing after a bell at the opposite stroke, pulling off in reverse rounds, switcheroo, ringing up & down between 2 bells, calling themselves down to lead in call changes, …. And lots more.

There was lots of laughter, discussion and REFRESHMENTS. Everyone made significant progress. We will definitely do this again.

Sheila Scofield

Satisfied Customers from the East Devon Branch

Raising and Lowering Practice at Huntsham

On Saturday 23 September Lesley Houghton and I ventured up to All Saints at Huntsham for an extended practice in raising and lowering in peal.

L to R: Sheila, Annie, Lesley, Les

Les Boyce and Sheila Scofield, of the Troyte Ringing Centre, aided by five other excellent ringers, tutored, supported and guided us through, willingly sharing their wealth of ringing knowledge and expertise. Places on the session were limited to four, which resulted in plenty of rope time for us all, with attention being given to help us individually with our own particular difficulties. Initially we were ringing just three bells, but by the end of the morning we were all raising and lowering on the six more confidently than we had been three hours previously. The outing was much enjoyed by us both and I hope that I’ll remember at least some of the very valuable lessons in practice.

Annie Ashton

Reproduced from the December '23 issue of Ringing Round Devon

In memory of Pat Hatchett (17.06.1933 - 16.10.2023)

Pat started learning to ring in 1965, being taught by Mike Hatchett. Although it started out with Mike simply being her tutor, the relationship blossomed and they married in 1972.

Prior to married life, Pat worked in the beauty industry. She initially trained at a London college before opening her own beauty salon. She gave up her business after having children, Mark and David, but continued to work as a beautician from home on a private basis.

In the fifty plus years Pat and Mike were married, together they made over 5000 jars of marmalade and a similar amount of apple chutney. At today’s prices, they raised about £20,000 for their local churches. In addition, when visitors came to ring at Bampton or Huntsham bells, Pat would provide tea and cakes for refreshments.

Many years ago, Pat and Mike visited ‘Troyte’s ring of eight’ (Huntsham) and was shocked at the terrible state of repair it was in; the tower leaked and the floor was rotten and dangerous. Pat was keen to work with Mike to raise the funds needed to repair and restore the tower to create the ‘Troyte Ringing Centre’. Over a two-year period, Pat identified a range of people to contact and Mike began writing letters in the hope they would be able to raise the initial £65,000 needed to start restoration work.

After the Huntsham project was completed Pat, Mike and the TRC team continue to raise funds so that in 50 or so years’ time all the funds needed to rehang these bells will be available for the work to take place. At the time of her passing, the funds for future major works on the Huntsham ring of eight and the Bampton ring of six bells exceed £27,000 in value.

Pat’s very last words on the evening before she passed away were to ask for her shoes as she “was going walking”. This is a lesson to us all; never give up. Instead, keep on taking small steps, even when the going is tough, and no-one notices what you are doing.

Rest in Peace.

Taken from a longer In Memoriam by Lesley Knipe, with some help from Mike Hatchett.

Young Ringers at the TRC

TRC Young Ringers are making good progress. In the last few months Jonah and Gil have both gained level 1 using the Learning the Ropes Scheme. Eddie has recently achieved levels 3 and 4, having rung 3 different Quarter Peals. Fergus has rung a number of Quarter Peals, having completed the Learning the Ropes level 5 in June this year. Both Fergus and Eddie have been ringing on the Mini Ring in Uffculme.

Gil being presented with his certificate

Eddie receiving his certificates from Sheila

The band for Eddie's first quarter peal

Sheila Scofield

Bampton Open Tower Event – September 2023

A September Sunday afternoon saw St. Michael’s Bampton hosting an Open Tower Event which attracted nearly 20 people. Intrepid members of the public were helped to mount the steps up the tower to see the church clock and climb further ladders into the bell chamber to have the bell mechanism explained and see a silent bell being rung. This was followed back in the ringing room by a demonstration by a team of ringers showing the two types of ringing in Devon – call changes and method (or “scientific”) ringing. The braver visitors then had a go at ringing one of the two strokes on a bell themselves.

Visitors were also treated to displays and videos about bells and bellringing in the church and offered tea and cake. Information about what is involved in learning to ring was also given to all the visitors. The event was organised as part of the national Heritage Open Days.

Teddy Bear Parachuting – August Bank Holiday Monday 2023

Volunteers from the Ringing Centre helped over 60 brave teddy bears make the parachute jump from the tower roof of St. Michael’s, Bampton on Bank Holiday Monday. Excited youngsters and the not-so-young queued to get their favourite bears hoisted aloft in preparation for the jump. After retrieving the bear following the jump, owners received a Certificate of Bravery for their bear and a chocolate bar for themselves.

The parachuting raised £168 for the Ringing Centre and was part of a wider event which raised over £1,000 for Christian Aid and the St. Michael’s Heating Fund.

Level 1 certificate awarded to Jonah

Congratulations to Jonah, who was awarded Level 1 certificate and badge from the Learning the Ropes Scheme.  After completing some very good call changes at Bampton on Thursday 29th June he also received a copy of the Ringer’s Guide to Learning the Ropes.

Les Boyce

Well Done Fergus

Congratulations to Fergus on achieving Level 5 on Learning the Ropes. Fergus began ringing in 2015 with the Bampton After School Bell Club. To achieve this final level on the scheme he completed the third QP (BellBoard Link) required for the fifth level on 2nd June ringing 1260 of Plain Bob Minor inside. He has already started working through the LtR 5+ achievement logbook and is currently viewing University placements that have University bellringing teams.

Fergus is a regular member of the Bampton band. He was also a member of the Devon Young Ringers team which achieved 4th place in the National Youth Contest held in Exeter in July 2022.

Sheila Scofield

Ringing for the King's Coronation

Members of the Troyte Ringing Centre were busy over the first weekend in May with special ringing for the Coronation of King Charles III. At Bampton, prior to the service held in Westminster Abbey on the morning of Saturday 6th, eight of the Bampton ringers rang touches of call changes and Plain Bob Doubles. Among the ringers was Simon Bartlett, Bampton’s Town Crier, who joined the ringing after making his Coronation proclamation in the town. Details of the ringing are on a BellBoard Link.

Coronation Ringing at Bampton May 6th 2023

In the afternoon the two medieval bells dating from about 1300 at Petton church were swing-chimed and in the evening general ringing (BellBoard Link) and an extent of 720 changes of Plain Bob Minor (BellBoard Link) was rung at Huntsham. Further ringing took place in the afternoon at Bampton for a wedding being held the same day as the Coronation (BellBoard Link).

Coronation Ringing at Huntsham May 6th 2023

In addition to the activities on Coronation Day itself several members joined in ringing events for the Coronation both before and after the event. Peals were rung at Huntsham on Thursday 4 May (Rutland Surprise Major) and the Thursday following (New Cambridge Surprise Major). Further afield, Mike Hatchett rang a peal of Cambridge Surprise Royal at Shepton Beauchamp on Coronation Eve, thereby ringing peals on Coronation Eve 1953 for Queen Elizabeth II and on Coronation Eve 2023 for King Charles III. He also rang in two 6-bell peals in Wiltshire in the weeks before and after the Coronation. Other members were involved in ringing a quarter peal in Tiverton on the Sunday and ringing in the villages around Tiverton – Cruwys Morchard, Upton Pyne and Witheridge - on the Monday Bank Holiday.

Les Boyce, TRC Chairman

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