President’s Blog – August 2023

A calmer few weeks since the last blog although I feel a lot has been achieved!

I am so pleased that we are now able to fill another position within our Guild.  As already posted, Jemma H joins us as acting Education Officer. I, and the rest of the team, look forward to working with you Jemma in your new role.

At the Standing Committee in July I proposed getting an up-dated TDGR tea towel printed. This is currently in the final stages.  Shortly we will be able to get it out for tender and if the price is right get them printed – watch this space.

The President deep in thought with the ‘old’ tea towel!

Thursday, 10th August saw me visit St. Nick’s, Saltash where 14 members were present.  Unfortunately, the bells do not get rung very much these days but it was great to see the St. Stephens ringers on their “away” (although short distance!) practice. It was also good to see Charlie still progressing.

I also visited St. Cleer on their Thursday practice evening and, with the help of my Dad, we were asked to advise the band on rising and falling.  We introduced the use of small numbers which gave good results.

Some of the St Cleer Band with the President on their practice night.

The St. Mary Abbots Guild had been ringing down ‘ere for just over a week and visited towers within the Central, Eastern and Northern districts.

Friday, 25th August saw me travelling to Tywardreath to chat with Paul Elliott.  Many hours were spent taking about long length call change ringing, his father Doug, and of course John Purdey. As most of you are aware long length call change ringing is a huge passion of mine and of many ringers within and out of Cornwall.

Jo T our PRO has been busy working on a recruitment and retention session for each District which it is hoped to schedule in the coming months.  She has also set up our first Instagram account tdgr_bellsincornwall so check it out.

Sue Mc our BRO has arranged another Bell Maintenance Course for Saturday, 7th October – book your place fast as numbers are limited.

Julian Trick from Tintagel successfully completed the 630 miles of the South West Coast Path a few days. A tariff feet! Congratulations Julian.

George Stevens of Perranworthal scored his first peal of Surprise Major by ringing Bristol, well done, great effort.

And finally, a very Happy Birthday madame Secretary!  Hayley organised some ringing for her birthday which included two QP’s at Stratton and Probus followed by a Call Change Peal at Ladock, her home tower.

Keep ringing!

Owen Borlase

Guild President