The bells of St Mary and St Gabriel, Stoke Gabriel (recorded by John Cox)
The tower has six bells with the tenor weighing 17cwt. We have a team of call change ringers from within the parish, of mixed abilities and ages. The team participates in striking competitions at both deanery and county level and have won numerous competitions including the county championship. Team members also assist at other ringing events, such as the Dartmouth Regatta.
The bells are rung before the regular services of worship as well as for special occasions, such as New Year’s Eve, and, if requested, at weddings and funerals. Practice night is a Thursday from 7.30 to 9.00pm. The team has a strong social commitment and, as well as retiring to the Church House Inn after practice sessions, undertakes an annual bell-ringing tour and also meets with partners for its annual dinner at a nearby restaurant.
A team activity that helps to stimulate the brain and to maintain fitness, bellringing can provide much enjoyment. New recruits to the team from all walks of life, young or old, with or without experience, are always welcome.