Societies in Ringmore

Ringmore Womans Institute

Hello! I'm Jackie Tagent, and I was elected President in May. Ringmore W.I. was formed in 1924 and – unusually – owns its own Hall in the middle of the village.

We meet on the second Thursday of the month, with a business meeting at 7.30 pm where we discuss WI. news, forthcoming events and other matters of interest. This is followed at 8.00 pm by an Open Meeting for everyone in the village, with speakers on a range of topics. Recent meetings included an illustrated talk by a participant in the Iron Man Challenge, a visit from a nurse who spent time on a medical Mercy Ship visiting West Africa, and literary and travel evenings .

We organise an annual Whist Drive, and a Charity Summer Meal which this year was in aid of the Kingsbridge Chemotherapy Project. We also run a May Fair, with stalls, cream teas and other entertainments, arrange outings and join with local W.I.'s for Christmas carols and an annual group meeting. Ringmore W.I. is an active participant in the community.



Royal British Legion
Bigbury, Ringmore and Kingston Branch

The RBL provides financial, social and emotional support to millions who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces and their dependants. Nearly 10.5 million people are eligible for help.

Each year the Nation expresses its support for the Legion’s work through its generous support of the Poppy Appeal. We campaign and lobby on a wide range of issues including mental and physical health, housing and homelessness, employment, community and adult care, disability, skills development and debt.

There is a very active local branch made up of members from the villages of Bigbury. Ringmore and Kingston. The funds raised from a variety of activities during the Poppy Appeal are among the highest per head of population in the whole of the country.
All funds raised locally by the Branch outside the Poppy Appeal, stay locally.
New members are always being sought and made welcome. It should be noted that membership is not conditional on the applicant having a service background.

The Branch meets at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of every month at a local hostelry.

The Royal British Legion Home Page



Ringmore Historical Society

The Society was formed in 1984 at a public meeting following an initiative by Stan and Pam Brunskill to obtain photographs from villagers. They then arranged for the pictures to be converted into slides by the Dartington Archive. The slides were shown at the meeting, which was attended by those who were keen to discover and document the history of Ringmore parish. A committee was elected chaired by Lt Col George Grimshaw. Over the years a substantial archive of documents, photographs and other material has been collected. The Society has regularly organised four or five speakers and an outing each year and has published a number of booklets of historical interest.

Contributions that would add further to our knowledge of Ringmore’s history are most welcome from people who know the parish, either as residents or visitors.

To date (2009) the Society has published the following:

 A Walk Around Ringmore - A guide to the village and some of its history

 Domestic Buildings of Ringmore - The history of some of the principal buildings

 Ringmore Remembered - Memories of past and present residents

 The Church of All Hallows Ringmore - The parish church from Saxon times

 The Churchyard and Monuments - A description of the churchyard and graves

 Ringmore Writings, vol.1, Records of a Rocky Shore (1876) by F.C. Hingeston-Randolph

Ringmore Parish Map



Tearfund Relief and Development Charity

Tearfund is a Christian relief and development charity working in partnership to bring help and hope to communities in need around the world.
During the winter months (October to March) , the village holds a,”Tearfund Lunch” on the first Monday of each month in the W.I. hall. Villagers donate soup and crumble, and diners are asked to donate a reasonable sum in aid of Tearfund.
To date this has been a successful venture, providing an enjoyable gathering place for villagers whilst raising money for a worthy cause.