St John the Baptist Church, Plymtree - Bellringers
Trainee Ringers Wanted !
St John the Baptist Church, Plymtree has a ring of 6 bells which range in weight from the treble at 4 cwt 2 stone and 14 lbs (or 1230 kilos) to the tenor at 11 cwt and 8 lbs (or 2733 kilos). We know that there were three bells in the tower from at least 1432, a fourth was cast in 1549, a fifth 1826 and the sixth in 1829. No doubt you have heard the bells on special occasions such as Easter, Harvest Festival, Christmas, Weddings and Christenings, also on Wednesday evening our practice night.
During 2013 the bells were rung for two weddings. Bell ringing for services is at present limited almost exclusively to the festivals because of the difficulties in assembling a team for each occasion.
In order to carry out these commitments we are grateful for the dedication of those who ring the bells, both from the village and from other towers, without whose help we would not be able to keep going. At Christmas 2016 we had an all Plymtree band of ringers, and made history by having three members of the same family ringing, for the first time since the 1960s, when three members of the Cheal family rang.
We do occasionally have ringers from visiting touring teams come to the tower, as the Plymtree Bells are considered a very good ring.
The bell ringers meet weekly for practice on Wednesday evenings between 8:00pm and 9:00pm at the Church of St. John the Baptist. We aim to keep the tradition of bellringing in Plymtree alive and to teach and encourage anybody who wants to learn particularly younger members (from 12 years or over). Anybody interested in learning is welcome to just turn up at the tower-end door of the church. If you wish to talk to someone before you come please contact Joan Mackintosh who is the tower captain, or Les Hitch.