The Bell Ringers
Stoke Gabriel Bell Ringers
Information about the bells and bell ringing at St Mary and St Gabriel Church, Church Walk, Stoke Gabriel, Totnes, TQ9 6SD.
The church has 6 bells of which the tenor is 17cwt.
Practice night: Thursday 7:30 – 9pm.
Service ringing: Every Sunday 10:15 – 11:15am and
Evensong on the 2nd and 4th Sunday 5:30 – 6:30pm.
The church has a website at: www.stokegabrielchurch.co.uk. For information on the bell ringing go to the tab “Our Community & Safeguarding” and from drop down menu click on “Bellringers”.
Visitors to the ringing chamber are welcome and they can contact, the Captain, Michael Webster on 01803, which is the area code, and then the local number of 782591, or by email using the Captain’s initial of his first name, then T and then his surname, followed by at (use the symbol for at) then add btinternet.com. Hopefully expressing the contact details this way reduces the chances of receiving spam!
The tower has an active call change group of ringers of mixed abilities. The team participate in numerous call change competitions at both deanery and county level. In June 2012, the team were the “County Champions” by winning the annual Devon Association (www.devonbells.co.uk) Major Final call change competition held that year at Down St Mary.
For visiting ringers and visitors, the church building is not prominent from the main road, however Church Walk leads to the church. This path is outside the Church House Inn and opposite the Village Shop and Post Office (Stoke Gabriel Stores). The ideal post code to follow is TQ9 6SD. There are toilet facilities in the church and the public toilets about 50m walk along Paignton Road. Access by coach should be checked beforehand as there are windy narrow roads and high stone walls that are characteristic of Stoke Gabriel. On-street restricted parking is available and nearby there is a small car park where a token or payment is required to exit the car park.
Information about the bells of St Mary and St Gabriel, Stoke Gabriel. The Bells, six in number, bear the following inscriptions:
- Recast by John Warner and Sons, London, 1889. Studdy, Esq., Watton, MDCCCXLV. When I call, follow me all. Hambling, Founder, Blackawton.
- Churchward, R. P. Hulme, Wardens,MDCCCXLV. Hambling, Founder, Blackawton. Recast by John Warner and Sons, London, 1889.J. H. N. Nevill, Vicar. John Peeke, George Churchward, Wardens.
- Mears and Stainbanks, Founders, London. Given by F. Churchward, Esq.J. H. N. Nevill, Vicar. J. E. Tope, J. P. Baker, Churchwardens, February,1906.
- LEWIS * FVLL * GENT * MATTHEW * CHURCHWARD * CHURCHWARDENS * 1648.
- NICHOLAS * BOMAN * JEFFERY * FVLL WARDENS. 1674
- J. C. Jackson, Mr. Matthew Churchward, Wardens. W. Pannell, Founder, 1821. I to the Church the living call and to the Grave do summon all.
For church and service information –
Guide for church bell ringing – http://dove.cccbr.org.uk/dove.php?searchString=stoke+Gabriel&Submit=+Go+
The church is a Grade I listed building, for more information and grid references – http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-100666-church-of-st-gabriel-and-st-mary-stoke-g
Bell ringing in Devon. Devon Association – call change ringers
Guild of Devonshire Ringers – method ringers
Ringing related sites. Explanation of ringing with a picture of ringers at Stoke Gabriel
Central Council of Church bell ringers: cccbr.org.uk/
Change ringing resources: http://www.ringing.info/
Weekly journal for church bell ringers:
Online encyclopedia for bell ringers:
Discover Bell Ringing see: www.bellringing.org
We welcome all to come and watch our bell ringers in action, or to join in if you are a bell ringer, or if not, enquiring about learning to ring church bells. Last updated. June 2020.
Church Flowers Ladies
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Community Concerts Series
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Friends of Stoke Gabriel Church
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Stoke Gabriel Art Group
Stoke Gabriel Art Group was founded in 1960. Hugh Goodson of Waddeton Court, who at the time was President of Devon Art Society, along with his wife and other enthusiastic artists from the village including Nancy Sargent-Thomas (headmistress of the local Primary School), Cooney O‘Callaghan, Keith Peterson, Mrs Gilmore and Ron Dugmore came together to promote the ‘joys of art‘.
Stoke Gabriel Art Group – an active and sociable group with regular workshops and events throughout the year including an exhibition in the Village Hall every August. Open to all artists.
Stoke Gabriel Boating Association
Link to the SGBA website:- http://www.sgba.org.uk
Stoke Gabriel Cricket Club
Information to follow shortly.
Stoke Gabriel Football Club
Stoke Gabriel Football Club
Stoke Gabriel FC are one of the most successful local clubs in recent years and run teams from Under 11’s to Under 18s plus two senior sides. Our First Team play in the South West Peninsula League Premier East Division and Reserves play in Division One of the South Devon League.
Our Under 18s play in the Devon Youth League and we have five teams playing in the Torbay Pioneer League.
Formed in the early 1900’s, Stoke Gabriel Football Club had relied on the generosity of local farmers to provide a ground during which the changing rooms remained in the village where both the schoolroom and an old army hut were utilised.
In 1981 the club purchased land in Broadley Lane and developed a sloping field into our current home, the Speedwell Kia G.J. Churchward Memorial Ground, named in honour of the Great Western Railway Chief Engineer who was born in Stoke Gabriel. The ground was officially opened in 1984 with a visit from Torquay United.
The opening of the new ground coincided with the most successful era of the club during which the South Devon League Premier Division, the Herald Cup, and the George Belli Cup were won. We became founder members of the Devon League in 1992 and since this time have secured the League Championship twice (94-95 and 96-97), Runners-up twice, the Devon Premier Cup (93-94) and the Throgmorton Cup (97-98) and in 1993 the youth team won the Devon Cup. Recently the first team have won the SWPL East Division title in 2013-14, 2016-17 and 2018-2019.
In 2008 we secured another 9-a-side pitch within 5 minutes walk from Broadley Lane and a second full size pitch at the main ground, also pitches for 5-a-side and 7-a-side teams. We were granted planning permission to build a New Club house and changing facilities starting in 2009 and completing in earlier 2012.
As well as our ground in Broadley Lane, we have excellent changing facilities, kitchen facilities and a licensed bar where the members of the club enjoy an active social life.
For more information and details of fixtures , facilities & hire of the social facilities visit Stoke Gabriel football Club
Stoke Gabriel Horticultural Society
During the darkest days of the 2nd World War, the Village Home Guard founded the “Stoke Gabriel Home Guard Potato and Vegetable Society” as their contribution to the national “Dig for Victory” campaign. Shows of potatoes and other produce were held right from the start, and the annual show included a special competition for the village Home Guard platoon.
The winners of the Potato Shows of 1940 and 1941 received prizes donated by the “Peoples’ Refreshment House Association”. The first full show appears to have been on 5 September 1942, with the report making front page news of the Totnes Times a week later.
Only one year has been missed since then!
When the Home Guard was disbanded in June 1945, the Society decided not to take “demob” with them, and at a public meeting on 17th June 1945 it was agreed that it should be known as “The Stoke Gabriel Horticultural Society” – and so it has been ever since!
The 1942 show classes were mainly for vegetables – potatoes, beetroots, and kidney beans – with some prizes of garden tools, with Mr A King winning a garden fork for the best dish of shallots!
But the village ladies were invited to show off their culinary skills with cakes, baked apples and dishes of “cooked potatoes in their jackets”, and the school children entered vases of wild flowers – some of those young 1940s prize-winners still live in and around the village!
The flowers and fruit, handicrafts and photography (long since digital of course) classes arrived soon after the war, joined now by displays of floral art which never fail to enchant.
Exhibitors in current shows are likely to stage mange-tout, courgettes and garlic as well as the traditional vegetables of 1941. The Schoolchildren’s competition has moved on a bit from vases of wild flowers too – they create imaginative animals and birds from fruit and vegetables, whilst the older pupils of Stoke Primary School submit computer enhanced projects. (recent topics for these have included: “The Apothecary’s Paradise”, “Water” and “What plants have done for us”).
As well as the Annual Show – always held on the 3rd Saturday in August – the Society also holds a Rose and Sweetpea Show in June every year, and runs a popular plant sale and coffee morning in late spring when members sell hundreds of plants – beans, tomatoes, peppers, geraniums, petunias and many other varieties, – the proceeds going to fund the Annual Show.
We don’t have a formal membership structure – and certainly no annual subscriptions! We welcome anyone who has an interest in gardening and all we ask is for you to come to some of our committee meetings when we plan and organise the events mentioned above, and then help us stage them, maybe help to run one of the stalls at the plant sale, or escort one of the judges on one of the show days – and enter some of the classes!
The spirit of the Society and our Annual Show remains much as it would have felt to its founders 75 years ago, and although the names are different, a number of today’s Committee are descended from the original organizers.
You would be very welcome to come and join us and help keep the tradition going.
Watch the Parish Magazine for dates of Committee meeetings, or contact the Chairman Mrs Lesley Etheridge on 782720 or the Hon Secretary: Katherine Gee on 782916.
We’d be delighted to see you.
Stoke Gabriel Kenpo Karate Club
The Karate Club meets weekly during term-time
Stoke Gabriel Kenpo Karate Club Every Thursday (term-time)
Kids classes (age 6-10 approx) 6:00 – 6:45pm
Please contact Jon on: 07506 576133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Stoke Gabriel low-e
Stoke Gabriel low-e is a community group working to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy in Stoke Gabriel.
Stoke Gabriel low-e started in 2010, inspired by the Transition Streets project of Transition Town Totnes, to promote energy efficiency, sustainability and renewable energy in our parish.
Initially we focused on a group discount scheme for solar panels, and offering advice to those considering renewable energy for their homes. At the last count, there were 54 PV systems in the village! Unfortunately we have not, so far, been successful in getting solar panels on any of our community buildings. However, we arranged energy audits on all our community buildings carried out by Energy Action Devon. The resulting reports led to grants for insulation, draft proofing and low energy lighting.
When Linden Homes withdrew their intention to install solar thermal panels on houses at Rowes Meadow, we negotiated with Linden Homes and Tor Homes, to ensure that they would be retained and that the affordable housing would also be able to benefit from solar panels.
Some of our members are now heating their homes using air source heat pumps allowing them to come off mains gas, and there are several electric car drivers now in the village. We are always happy to share our experiences with other villagers interested in adopting new renewable energy technology.
If you would like to contact us, please email Caroline Snow at
Stoke Gabriel Wildlife Group
The village wildlife group is a group of families wishing to encourage wildflowers in our orchards and green spaces, and along our roadside verges to protect pollinators and wildlife. We care for areas of wildflowers and also hand weed the centre of the village to avoid the use of herbicides by Council contractors as we are concerned about its effects on wildlife. If you would like to join us, please contact Caroline Snow
Stoke Gabriel Women's Institute
Stoke Gabriel WI
We meet on the second Tuesday of every month, except August, in the Village Hall at 7.30pm. We offer a warm and welcoming environment in which to meet old friends and make new ones, to learn new skills and hear about a wide range of topics, often from visiting speakers.
On arrival you will be welcomed at the door, then invited to take a seat to listen to the visiting speaker, or be introduced to a craft or skill. Crafts offered include mosaic making, parcel wrapping and Christmas flower decorations. Recently talk topics have varied from The Secrets of Berry Head and Keeping your Feet Healthy, to The Secrets Behind the Statues of London and Recyclable or not in South Hams.
Our talk usually lasts around 45 minutes before we take a tea-break. This is our social time. It is in this break that we are able to chat with our friends and make new ones as well as read about all the events which are being organised locally and nationally by the WI. These include county level quizzes, visits to places of interest and local and national classes, the latter at the WI’s own college, Denman, near Oxford.
After the tea-break we usually have the business section of the meeting. In this we discuss issues relating to our WI, maybe the venue for our annual New Year lunch, or the possibility of organising a canoe trip on the Dart – always popular. Equally we could be inviting ladies to help on our cake stall at the village Wassail, held annually in January, or discussing our entry for the Village Carnival procession in August.
Visitors are always welcome to our meetings and are asked to give a donation to attend. Members join annually, the year beginning in January, or on a pro-rata basis later in the year. For this fee we are offered 11 local meetings a year, plus access to regional and national WI events, receipt of WI life and our local, Devon Life. Each year the June meeting is our “Meeting on wheels”, when we go out for a visit to somewhere special, for example Torre Abbey gardens, before having a meal locally.
We hold our General meeting in April at which we hear reports from the Secretary and Treasurer about the year that has just gone and at which the committee for the forthcoming year is elected.
The current committee (2019-2020) is made up of 10 members, with the officers, President – Jackie Tucker, Secretary – Pia Barrett and Treasurer – Gill Rawson.
Jackie 01803 394089
Pia 01803 782477
Gill 01803 782511
Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our programme is currently suspended and we are unable to advise when it will resume.
The Royal British Legion
To be the No1 provider of Welfare, Comradeship, Representation and Rememberance for the Armed Forces Community and Stand Shoulder to Shoulder with all who serve.
About the Branch.
The Stoke Gabriel Branch of the Royal British Legion organises the annual November Poppy Appeal with members doing house to house collections. We usually raise between £2-£3000 which goes for the benefit of our Armed Forces and their families past and present. We are always on the lookout for more collectors.
Together with the Vicar and the Uniform Organisations we arrange the Royal British Legion Service of Remembrance in the church which is held on Remembrance Sunday at 3pm.
On Armistice Day November 11th at 11.00 am we have a 2 minute silence at the War Memorial with the playing of the Last Post and Reveille with the Branch Standard present.
We do not have any facility in the village but our Committee meets once a month to discuss future events and pass on correspondence from both our Devon & National Branch.
At present (June 2020) due to ill health and shortage of people we have been unable to hold any events as in the past we have had Social Events such as a Bingo Night, Coffee Morning and a Boat Trip to Dartmouth. We hope to resume some of these events in the future if we are able to attract new members
For more information, please contact Robert Stewart-Bam on email@example.com
The Whist Drive takes place in the Village Hall every Monday afternoon, starting at 1.45 pm.
We are a very friendly group and welcome anyone who would like to join us.
Please contact Jane Tarr on Tel: 01803 782483 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org