TDGR Annual Report 2018 / Public Relations
My first year as the TDGR PRO was bound to be a challenge; 1918 – 2018 marked the Centenary of the end of WW1 and bell ringing played a major role in the Nation’s acts of remembrance and celebration. Although the ‘Ringing Remembers’ campaign got off to a bumpy start, with confusion about when the bells were needed, in the end, the aim was clarified by the CCCBR and endorsed by our President; ‘Ring half- muffled before the Service of Remembrance on 11 November, and then open (muffles off) at 12:30pm. Open ringing at 7.05pm is welcomed, to kick-off the ‘Battles Over’ evening celebrations.’
Our new Website was the answer to updating TDGR members quickly and easily and sharing information. By 9 November, everyone knew the plans for Armistice ringing in their own tower, but Cornwall was looking a bit uninvolved on Bellboard, which was monitoring the national picture. So far only Buryan and Helston were logged in for the Western area ringing. Miranda Penhaligon noticed and sent instruction. As if by magic, little gold bells popped up all over the map and a bumper edition of An Clough was full of pictures.
Bell ringing has now become so much part of the nation’s psyche we may be asked to ring on other occasions, such as the fire at Notre Dame. The new Westley Award for Belfry Maintenance is another challenge and I look forward to passing on tips from our local experts. Our hobby and calling is endlessly fascinating and everyone has done some PR over the past year, especially the bells. Thank you so much.
Notes from the PRO’s Diary
14 April 2018 TDGR AGM at Week St Mary. Who is this new PRO? A photograph of Jane wearing an apron appears in the spring edition of An Clough
22 April TDGR Steering Committee decide on the new website designer – Jane helps with the washing up
28 April Northern District Spring Ringing Festival at Petherwin, the PRO gets to grips with the ropes and the rituals. Should we ring for the Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?
19 May St Columb Major is among the first towers to ring at 9am for the Royal Wedding. Towers in the Eastern Branch combine Wedding ringing with their AGM at St Dominic.
‘Ringing Remembers’ trainees Paul & Sally represent the Guild on Radio Cornwall. BBC Spotlight captures the bells in action at St Cleer.
7-9 June The Mini-Ring welcomes visitors to the Royal Cornwall Show, thanks to Robert Pearce and helpers
1 July Bells at St Martin’s ring for Armed Forces Day and the British Legion’s open-air Drum Head Ceremony and Act of Remembrance in Liskeard
8-16 September TDGR Performance Week is a success.
1 November The Ringing Remembers campaign announces over 1700 names added to its database of new ringers, in memory of the 1400 ringers who lost their lives in the Great War.
9 November By now, everyone knows the plans for Armistice ringing in their own tower, but Cornwall is looking a bit uninvolved on Bellboard, which is monitoring the national picture. So far only Buryan and Helston are logged in for the Western area ringing. Miranda Penhaligon noticed and sent instructions, thank you Miranda! The total of new recruits across the UK reaches 2640.
11 November Battle’s Over – Buglers play the Last Post at Beacon sites around the country, Beacons are lit and bells ring out for peace! Badges are presented to new ringers.
15 December TDGR Christmas Carol Service, St Clement, Truro is full of peace, goodwill, fine ringing, lovely singing and a splendid Tea.
17 April 2019 Fire at Notre Dame / request for ringing
27 April Westley Award for Belfry maintenance announced.
18 May 2019 TDGR AGM at Goran
Prince Harry & Meghan Markle
TDGR ringing for Royal Wedding 19 May 2018
St Columb Major – Phil Tremain
St Stephen-in-Brannel – Susan Britchford
Week-St Mary – Mrs Lesley Booker
Lanhydrock Tower Outing – Bryce Brown (Werrington, North Petherwin, St Stephens-by-Launceston, South Petherwin, St Cleer, St Neot
St Michael’s, Helston – Robert Woods, ably assisted by our ‘off piste’ Members from the Mawgan and Wendron towers
Mullion – John Davis, assisted by ringers from Landwednack and St Keverne
Altarnum – Pippa Perryman
Poundstock – Dudley Moore
Phillack – Tina Morgan
St Cleer – Ian Banbury
St Mellion – Robin Woods
St Dominic – Kevan Borlase
St Uny, Lelant – Janeve Bainbridge
St Gluvius – Eric Bannister
St Budock – Lucy Thompson
St Petherwin – Nigel Parker
Marham Church – Liz Gliddon
Mawnan – Lizzie Hoskins
St Cleer and South Petherwin were rung twice on 19th May
St Clement, Probus, St Martin’s, Liskeard and St Euny, Redruth bells were rung earlier in the week.
It was harder to get Lady ringers because of a compelling viewing event on TV !