Bellringers Outing - June 2018
On Saturday April 28th, the bellringers enjoyed an outing, arranged by Paul Verney, to 5 towers all situated not far away. In all we were a group of 17 over the course of the day, including 5 non-ringers, plus one dog. We were pleased to be joined by 2 ringers from Horsley and Woodchester whose presence enabled us to ring a variety of methods occasionally, as well as rounds and call-changes.
We began the day at 9am in Tetbury where there are 8 bells—this being a challenge as most of us are much more used to ringing on 6. There was quite a climb up to the bells—50 steps in all!
Next we drove to Long Newnton where we first had to clear the ground-floor ringing chamber of various items—2 huge mock-stone urns on pedestals, 2 tables, 2 brooms and sundry flower vases– before we could begin ringing! Here there were 6 bells and some of us were able to explore the church while others rang, then swapping over.
Our final tower before lunch was Charlton (pictured) where we found the bells more pleasing on the ear than Long Newnton.
We had a very enjoyable, leisurely lunch in ‘The Horse and Groom’ and then progressed to Malmesbury Abbey—the tower of St Paul’s— where again there were 8 bells. This tower stands separately from the abbey and has a very tricky staircase to the ringing chamber; also one can feel the tower swaying slightly as the bells are rung. Lastly we rang in Sherston (6 bells, easier staircase) before repairing to ‘The Angel’ in the village for tea and cakes.