Bellringing in Offwell in 2022

News 2022

Our band are pleased that the bells continue to be heard in Offwell.

This year we have two ladies learning to ring and there are others expressing an interest. We also hope to involve Offwell Primary School by running a lunchtime club for children in Years 5 and 6, who wish to learn something of ‘The Exercise’, as bell ringers refer to the art.

Trebles Going is a website financed by The Edna Grabham Memorial Education Trust for Bath and Wells Association of Change Ringers members and for those further afield.

Born into a ringing family Edna would often spend her holidays cycling round the country ringing. “We would ride till our bottoms were sore, then ring till our hands were sore!”

This website is full of fascinating information on all aspects of ringing and includes varied and interesting ‘Bits and Pieces’ sent in by visiting ringers. These include images of beautifully decorated tower boards and the following minutes from a 1927 Axbridge Branch meeting:

“Election of Local Secretary – Mr. H. Minifie of Weston-Super-Mare proposed that Mr. Leonard Tanner be elected, as Secretary to the Axbridge Deanery, because he had a Motor Cycle. This was seconded by Mr. Alex Evans of Burnham, who said he was going to propose the same man. I forget his reason – but anyway, it was carried.”

If you want to read more about bell ringing at St. Mary’s look for the document folder in church entitled ‘The History of Bell Ringing and The Ellacombe Chimes Bicentenary’.

John Tristram, Bell Captain
November 2022