President’s Blog – October 2023

This month saw the passing of Eric Hearle who was a stalwart of ringing at Crantock. We have also lost Frances Kent of St Endellion who rang there continuously from 1957 until a few years ago. Just last week we heard news that the former Tower Captain at St Columb Major Alan Rodliffe passed away. Alan led the ringing revival from 1967 to becoming one of the strongest and active local bands we have today. Matthew, Alan’s nephew wrote a lovely piece on Bellringing in Cornwall. On the 1st November, a St Columb band rang a Call Change Peal of 84 changes conducted by Matthew. The band included his son, grandchildren, nephew and longstanding friends. I send my condolences to all of the respective families.

I totally forgot to mention in my last blog that the Eastern District ventured across the board into Devon to have their District Practice at Milton Abbot. These have been recently rehung by Taylors and are an absolute pleasure now from what they were before! We had a good attendance and it was good to sample some different bells. On a personal note, it was great for me to see two of our learners, Sarah from St Dominic and Francesca from Pillaton coming along for the experience.

On the 6th October saw Andrew H and myself aided by Richard S, Hayley Y ascending the North-West tower at the Cathedral to install some tubbing above the Treble to give more clarity in the ringing room. We also rearranged the flooring to balance out some of the middle bells. This was a great success; the Cathedral band are really pleased with the result.

Sound tube above the Treble at Truro Cathedral

The following day Sue M and myself delivered another Bell Maintenance Course in the Western District of the Guild at Redruth and Stithians. Many ringers from across the County attended and I’m personally pleased that people are taking an interest in what goes on ‘upstairs’.

Following the above course, we were chatting after the event and I put out some feelers with regard to the H&S position. Therefore, following our Standing Committee meeting on the 28th October I am pleased to announce that Richard Rider has been elected as our Health & Safety Officer. I, and the rest of the team, look forward to working with you Richard in your new role.

Our acting Education Officer Jemma is continuing pushing forward with a Ladock teaching school and a Plain Hunt course in January for starters. I’m sure there will be more in the future!

Our acting PRO, Jo T and I went to Ladock on a Sunday afternoon to deliver the first Recruitment & Retention Workshops. It was a shame that nobody attended but we were able to discuss a few ideas with other Officers which were present. The next one will be in the Western District on Sunday 3rd December at Phillack, 1400hrs.

Sarah and I travelled up North on the 21st October to attend the Northern District Improvers practice at Poundstock – great to see lots of faces at these great events! When I got home I received an email from Rob Corney, Northern District Ringing Master to say:- “that on behalf of Sue and Liz we advise you that Julian Trick has kindly offered to be our acting chairman of Northern District.” This is more great news and I wish Julian all the very best in his new position.

President at Poundstock

And finally, I would like to congratulate Philippa Vaizey on ringing her QP of Minor on 30th October which was rung to mark the 25th Wedding Anniversary of Roger and Doreen Sullivan, many happy returns to you both.

Keep ringing!

Owen Borlase

Guild President