Bob is a recently retired Police Detective having served 44 years in Devon & Cornwall. Bob learned his Bellringing at Paignton, Devon in 1965 and homed his initial skills and bell handling at Paignton, where the team rang Devon Call Changes.
In 1972 Bob joined the Police and was posted to Camborne in Cornwall. He then visited a number of local towers before being posted to Helston in 1974 where he joined the local St Michael’s Church team of ringers. Bob has been a member of the Helston team since this time and enjoys ringing Call Changes and rise/ lower in peal. In 2006 Bob was elected V/ Capt of the Helston ringers and in 2016 was duly elected as the Capt.a post he still holds. More recently in 2021 Bob was elected the Chairman of the Western District TDGR.
Bob has continued ringing as much as he can at his own tower as well as a number in West Cornwall plus Paignton where he has kept contact since moving west in 1972. Bob has taught many persons over his years of Bellringing but being now closely associated with the Central and Western Districts of TDGR he has moved to the ART mode of training having attended several ART courses in Bell handling.
Bob has taken a lead during 2021 to the current date in the setting up of the Wendron Church 6 Bell Teaching/ Learning Hub which has a total of 10 students all now progressing their skills from Bob and other ART trained Bellringers.
Bob you’ll find is a very committed, enthusiastic Bellringer & Teacher. He is always prepared to lead by example and has the aims & objective of students & other ringers utmost in his charge.
Bob rang his 1st quarter peal in 2017 and has rang 2 since then. He has not received any method ringing tuition much to his regret.
This entry was written in April 2022.
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