We moved to North Petherwin just before Christmas 1994 and on New Year's Eve we stood on our patio at the back of our property and by the light of a full moon heard the bells of St Paternus ringing in the New Year. Within a matter of weeks, having shown interest in learning the art, we were welcomed into the bell ringing fraternity and Rosemary Hortop (as she then was) patiently taught us.
Bell ringing practice used to be on a Monday night and after about eighteen months Rosemary moved away from the area, so once a month the Master of Bells at Truro Cathedral (Alan Carveth, now deceased) and a colleague used to travel up from Truro to continue our training. We were also helped by more local experienced ringers who came when they could. After a few years we became the only regular ringers but bells were then installed in Egloskerry Parish Church. They had managed to recruit some learners and it was then decided to change our ringing practice nights to Thursdays and we alternate between the two towers.
Approximately three years ago we advertised for anyone interested in learning to ring and to our joy this has resulted in five new regular ringers whom we have taught plus another just beginning.
Unfortunately, because of the current situation and for obvious reasons of proximity, bell ringing has ceased for the time being. We look forward to the day at some time in the future to being able to get back to normality.