Bell ringing by the Guild of Devonshire Ringers

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Bell ringing by the Guild of Devonshire Ringers

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Bell ringing by the Guild of Devonshire Ringers

The Guild of Devonshire Ringers will be ringing the bells at Buckfast Abbey today to celebrate the Feast of St Boniface, martyr and patron of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Plymouth.The Guild will be ringing a method (a learnt prolonged sequence of bells changing order) called Lincolnshire Surprise Major on 10 of the Abbey's 12 bells.

St Boniface (born Winfrid) in 675 AD, in Crediton in Devon and studied in English monasteries before travelling to Europe as a missionary, converting pagan peoples in present-day Germany and the Netherlands. He became a well known and respected bishop then archbishop, setting down many of the foundations of the Catholic Church in Germany, later becoming one of the patron saints of that country.

Visitors will have the rare chance to see the bells ringing (and the bell ringers themselves) via a video link which will be shown in a room beside the Abbey Church. There is also an interesting display of archive photographs of the installation of the current Abbey bells in the 1930’s. For more information about bell ringing, contact Geoff Pring at the Abbey, warden@buckfast.org.uk or 01364 645532. Alternatively, ask at your local Church or visit the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers website: www.cccbr.org.uk

Bell ringing is an important part of the life of a Church and helps to enhance the religious services in addition to organ playing and choral music. Bells are an obvious sign to the wider community that the Church is there and living.