St Veep Church Peal of Bells
Tuesday 12th December 2017
Truro Diocesan Ringers from the left: Debbie Spittle, John Davis, David Ralls, Robert Perry, Eric Bannister and Ruth Reeves.
Peter Bucknell receiving a cheque from David Ralls on behalf of the Truro Diocesan Guild of Ringers
Six members of the Truro Diocesan Guild of Ringers came to St. Veep and rang a successful peal of 5040 changes. They completed their mammoth task in 2 hours and 43 minutes. The ringers are not a specific band of six, they are a pool of dedicated method ringers in the Diocese and whoever is available on the day takes on the task. As a complete layman when it comes to ringing I found their skill, dedication and enthusiasm infectious.
The 2¾ hour event was a demonstration of Method Ringing not practised at St Veep normally. John Davis explained that only about 20% of ringers in Cornwall are Method Ringers and of that 20% only half of them are willing to ring for 3 hours at a time. He explained the difference between Method Ringing, where ringers learn a line and each bell comes in at a certain point on that line and the change occurs every ½ pull, and Call Change Ringing which is reliant on a conductor calling the changes. The majority of Towers in Cornwall use the latter method.
The Diocesan Guild Ringers used Plain Bob Minor, Cambridge Surprise Minor and Kent Treble Bob Minor, with six bells changing, to complete the marathon session. Ruth Reeves said it had been a pleasure to ring the peal on the Maiden Bells, the only set of six in the Country, and to meet the bell restoration committee.
The Bell Appeal Committee laid on a pasty lunch and afterwards where David Ralls presented Peter Bucknell, the Chair of the St Veep Appeal, with a cheque and Robert Perry, the Secretary of the Diocesan Guild, praised the work of the Appeal Committee.