News from the Belltower - June 2017

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The bell ringers enjoyed an annual outing in early May, visiting 5 towers, one pub and one tea room. Thirteen of us - 9 Minch ringers, 2 ringing guests and 2 partners - started at Churchdown, where St Bartholomew church is situated on the top of Chosen Hill with a commanding view. After ringing the 6 bells for 3/4 of an hour, we progressed to the six at Holy Trinity, Badgeworth followed by Upton St Leonards; there we had the challenge of 8 bells, something most of us are not used to.

We ate a fine lunch at Birdlip and then travelled to St Michael's Brimpsfield where the ringing is carried out right in the middle of the church, in quite a confined space! Our final tower was St James the Great, Cranham from which we repaired to a tea room in Painswick. We managed to ring quite a variety of things, ranging from rounds and call changes to Bob Minor, St Simon's and touches of Grandsire. We all benefited from the experience of ringing on unfamiliar bells and are grateful to Paul and Richard for arranging the outing.
Angie Ayling