Remembrance Day: 12Nov2017

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Post “All Hallows” Eve: 6Nov2017

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We had a lovely practice session with 5 local ringers and 1 guest from England – Jill, who rings at the All Hallows Church of Twickenham.  A fitting post Halloween visit of sorts!  This original tower houses a peal of ten bells, including some of those that were originally hung at the St Dionis Backchurch, before being relocated to Twickenham. The church has a fascinating history and just inside the tower there is a massive oak gateway which was preserved after the Great Fire of London in 1666 and is decorated with skulls and crossbones. 

 

Note from Devonshire: 26Sep2017

To the Miami Ringers: The September issue of Ringing Round Devon, the newsletter of the Guild of Devonshire Ringers, has a nice piece about a visit to Miami at the end of July by a group of Devonshire ringers.  I thought the Miami ringers might enjoy seeing it.  It’s on Page 12 of their September 2017 Newsletter below.  From Quilla Roth, DC

http://devonringers.org.uk/gdr-media/newsletters/2017/September.pdf

Witham on the Hill

Two Teens & a Mom: 30July2017

What a treat to have 8 bells a ringin’ yesterday thanks to our local band members: Marguerite, Judy, Robert, Bobbie, Jody and our guest visitors from the UK: Maddy, Verity and their Mom Julia.

On Sunday’s the Brett girls first ring at St Michael’s the Archangel (1821) in Devon by the sea, and then walk 10 minutes (rain or shine) over to St James to ring again.  They spoke of the St James (oldest building in Teignmouth) bells having to be rung from the ground level which makes the ropes so unweildy that they call their ringing sessions “Battle the Bungy!”  Imagine.

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Whitechapel Foundry: end of an era

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Interesting read on the closing of the foundry that cast the Miami bells.  The bells depicted above are in the belfry of St Michael’s Church and are more than 250 years old.  They have endured war, earthquakes and hurricanes.  Where will bells go to be repaired now?

http://www.postandcourier.com/features/the-bell-tolls-for-whitechapel-foundry-which-made-some-of/article_b7080ed8-6b05-11e7-8a73-df9615aa8aae.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share