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Welcombe – St. Nectan’s Church Bell and Tower Restoration Project.

  The bells at Welcombe are a light 6 (7cwt.), almost any 4 or 5 of which can be rung in a melodious way.

Welcombe bells had not rung out since August 2015 because the bell frame was in need of repair, but the good news is that the renovation is now complete - the repointing was finished in July and the bells came back on 26th September so that we are now back in action well before Christmas. 

  Ringers may like to go straight to the Bell detail page

The ringing of preference in this part of the world is known as "Devon Call Change Ringing", where the ringers are called through a series of changes, one bell moving at a time. The resident bands of Welcombe ringers in the recent past have been very active in various competitions in the South-West.

There is also, however, a strong following for "Method" ringing, where a method is learnt by all the ringers, who then proceed to follow the pattern they have learnt, which may be varied by the caller.

A number of quarter peals in various methods have been rung by the Welcombe ringers, as recorded in the tower.

There is currently a regular practice night on Mondays from 730pm to 9.00pm, although this may change, so watch this space! Ring 01288 331273 for details. We normally ring every Sunday.
 

 


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On occasional Sundays and on special occasions when possible there will be CCTV of the bells on a 5x4 foot screen.

Obviously because of damp and cold, and security, the equipment is not left in the Church all the time, but on certain Sundays and on special occasions you will be able to hear the bells and see them working in the belfry at the same time.

 

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The verse on the right was seen by Rhoda Pankhurst, my Mother, in a tower we visited on one of our ringing trips some years ago. She admired it so much she asked if anyone had a pen and paper so she could copy it down.
 
The Tower Captain of that Church (and I am so sad that I cannot remember which Church it was) gave the actual sheet that was in the tower to Mum, saying he had a copy. 
 
Thank you for your kindness, whoever you are, the verse has been hung, framed, in our tower ever since.
                              Howard Pankhurst



 

Grant to us ringers one and all
Whom to thy service Thou dost call
That with the skill that comes from Thee
We may Thy faithful servants be

And grant O Lord the ringers all
On heedful ears may ever fall
That with the faithful in each place
We too may kneel to seek Thy grace

 

 

Tower Captain: Howard Pankhurst, 01288 331273,  howard@welcombe.org  

Full details of bells (Sizes, Weights, Notes and Inscription) see Inscriptions page.

 

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