News from the Ringing Chamber
Next month will see a special peal rung to mark the 50th anniversary of the Exeter Colleges Guild, as the Cathedral’s twelve bells will ring out to the sound of Stedman Cinques on Saturday 9th September. You can recognise Cinques as the heaviest bell, the tenor, will sound out at the end of each sequence of bells, and with the tenor remaining fixed, the peal will take a mere four hours to accomplish!
The Exeter Colleges Guild now numbers over 250 members - all bellringers who have studied in the Exeter area. It was formed in 1967 by John Longridge as a student here; he later went on to become a ringer at the Cathedral during the 1970’s and 1980’s.
A peal was rung here ten years ago to mark the 40th anniversary of the ECG, and also in 1987 for the 20th anniversary; remarkably, eight of the band ringing this year rang ten years ago, and five of those also rang in 1987.
During 2017, celebrations have included a 50th anniversary dinner, when over one hundred people dined at the Rougemont Hotel, and in October members past and present will venture over to Lundy Island for a week of ringing, walking and socialising.
Our own Cathedral ringing master, Matt Hilling, is secretary for the ECG, and we wish them all the best for a successful anniversary peal.
Clare Griffiths, Cathedral Bellringers Secretary