Bell ringing in Offwell
Following is the annual report for 2019 by Bell Captain, John Tristram.
St. Mary’s, 6 bells, tenor 8cwt. 1st Sundays 9.00-9.30am (details on the six bells can be found on the Offwell website ‘bellringing’ page)
Guild members: Helen Sutton, John Tristram. The two senior members of our band, Jean Patch (who first rang at Offwell in 1988) and Pauline Ford, (who has rung since 1993) have both been away at various times due to health problems; we are looking forward to them both being back in 2020. Paul Hutchinson (husband of churchwarden Marion Hutchinson) and David Pavey (school governor) are regular ringers.
We have rung for 16 services during the year, including one wedding, and in total the band included 17 different ringers from East Devon. We will share Tuesday practice nights with Awliscombe, Buckerell and Gittisham, and also mutually support Feniton as required. We still have a target of recruiting one more ringer from our own parish.
Anyone can be taught to ring, if they are between the ages of 9 and 80. Some young ringers, practising twice a week, can become competent within six months, as has been shown by 13 year old Sophie in Combe Raleigh, who was featured in the current issue of ‘Ringing Round Devon’.
The bells of Offwell are rung by quite a few visitors, who have in the recent past included bands from the Open University, the Guild of Clerical Ringers, Exeter Cathedral, South Brent, Silverton and North Devon branch.
The East Devon branch run a regular practice for more advanced ringers on the third Monday of each month. Future events will be noted on this page of the Offwell website. The only one scheduled at present is the ringing of a quarter peal (about one hour – 1300 changes with no repetition) by the East Devon branch in June 2020.
John is happy to provide instruction or information about learning with Offwell’s own band of ringers. He can be contacted on 01404 831404 or via email: [email protected]