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8 December 2017

The bellringers' sponsored a tree at the Stoke Fleming Christmas Tree Festival. The theme, "The Bells", was inspired by the poem of the same name by Edgar Allen Poe. All sorts of "bells" were represented from "wedding bells" and "sleigh bells" to "bell tent", "bell buoy", "bathing belles" and "Tinkerbell"

12 November 2017

The Devon Association of Bell Ringers is supporting a national campaign to recruit new Bell Ringers in time for Remembrance Sunday next year, the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. The nationwide target is 1400 new ringers, which is equivalent to the number of bell ringers who lost their lives in the Great War. Could you do your bit? It takes about a year for most people to learn to handle a bell competently so there is just enough time if you start now.  Contact Tower Captain John Dietz

28 October 2017

Today we rang for a wedding on the re-hung and augmented 8 bells.  And we had 8 ringers, all from Stoke Fleming.

24 October 2017

"Standing room only" in the ringing chamber at the moment - the old, rather wormy, seating and panelling have been ripped out and will be replaced with new.  This is the last job of the renovation project.

21 October 2017

The Stoke Fleming ringers went on an outing today.  5 towers on the edge of Dartmoor: Christow (8 - 11cwt), Dunsford (6 - 12cwt), Doddiscombsleigh (6 - 10cwt), Trusham (6 - 7cwt - very difficult), Bovey Tracey and 2 pub meals enroute. A great day out.

 

The photo shows (L to R) Rokie Shiffner, John Dietz, Robert Dietz, Anne Bailey, Chris Prendergast, Richard Stramik, Margaret Davey and Nick Teage.  Also in the party were Peter Bailey and Charlie Hard.

11 March 2017

One of Stoke Fleming's new bells appeared in an article in The Times today.  The article was about Whitechapel Bell Foundry and its plans for the future, but the photograph showed our bell being broken out of its mould in the foundry.  You can just see the words "Stoke Fleming" in chalk on the outside.

The full article can be downloaded below.

Whitechapel Bell Foundry article
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18 February 2017

The first Quarter Peal on the new bells was rung today. 1280 Superlative Surprise Major in 47 minutes.  See Bellboard for details.  The ringing was much admired by locals who heard it.

6 February 2017

Now that the bells are re-instated after the renovation project and augmentation, we have had several teams of visiting ringers already.  Today we had a visit from 10 ringers from the same family, all related or connected by marriage to our tower captain John Dietz. 

 

Left to right:  John Dietz, Janet Dietz, Chris Massey, Sam Massey, Robert Dietz, Jade Gall, Tracey Knight, Colin Heath, Brian Baker. Not in the picture – Christine Pascoe.