St Mary's - Bell Ringers

 

Bell ringer

We have a small but enthusiastic band of ringers, who try to ring for every service, plus festive occasions such as Plough Sunday, Easter Sunday, Rogation Sunday, Patronal Festival, Harvest Festival, Christmas Carol Service and Christmas Day.On Friday 21st April 2006 we rang to celebrate the Queen's 80th birthday, and more recently for the Olympic handover to London 2012.

We have learnt to ring Plain Hunt, Titums, Queens, Cloisters and Grandsire doubles and are eager to learn new methods in the future.

Problems sometimes arise during the summer when members are either on holiday or harvesting, so new members are always welcome to boost our numbers.

We try to have an outing each year – last year we went to the parish church in Lyme Regis where we had the experience of ringing in a church with 10 bells (St Mary's, Isle Abbotts has six).Also, we tried the Ellacombe chimes (a different way of ringing bells) as we are considering restoring the Ellacombe chimes at Isle Abbotts. This was obviously hungry and thirsty work and so we retired to the local hostelry for refreshments afterwards.

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