Ashwater bellringers - the tradition continues
Remembrance Day 2018
11 November 2018
Bellringers at Ashwater commemorated those who fell in the Great War by performing their own Act of Remembrance
Ringing for the Act of Remembrance were:-
Treble - Liz Martin
2 - Eric Moon
3 - Harvey Moon-Dix
4 - Pete Jennings
5 - Peter Potten
Tenor - Harold Jones
Congratulations to Harvey Moon-Dix, grandson of Eric Moon, on learning to ring for this occasion.
New bellringers welcome - hands on experience guaranteed
The bellringers at St Peter's are seeking eager volunteers to join them in continuing the proud tradition of bellringing at Ashwater.
If you are interested in joining the team or simply curious and want to find out more please contact Tower Captain, Liz Martin
Young ringer keeps it in the family
For generations the Moon family have been associated with Ashwater village and bell ringing. Eric Moon, who lives next to the church, has been ringing for over 70 years and is still going strong. His grandfather was instrumental in augmenting the original ring of five bells to six and having the bells rehung in 1929.
Four years ago, Eric’s grandson Harvey, then aged 12, started learning to ring about Easter time with the view to ringing on Remembrance Day that year, 100 years after WW1 ended. Harvey achieved that aim and has continued ringing. Unfortunately, covid stopped any ringing for quite a while but Harvey has stuck with it and is now a very proficient ringer. He is a member of the Ashwater benefice team and also practises with the Clawton team.
It was fitting that Eric should receive a 70-year award and Harvey a novice ringer award in May 2022 at theTamar Valley Guild of Ringers guild day, held at Ashwater. Only in recent years has Eric relinquished the role of tower captain. He no longer climbs the tower to maintain the bells or wind the clock. He freely offers advice to those carrying on with the work and the clock now has an electric winding mechanism. Whether it keeps such good time is debatable! Harvey maintains the tradition as he is always keen to assist with any maintenance work.