Bellringers - Newsletter

This year’s bellringers’ outing, on 15th June, was a great success. Bells were rung in six towers in the North Cotswolds, and locals, tourists and those of us kindly allowed to accompany our ringers were duly impressed at the skills of the ringers and the sounds they produced – does one call change ringing music or mathematics – and we guessed at the energy of the ringers. They were as bright and energetic at the end of the day as at its beginning. This year’s hot weather had not yet arrived, so they were spared the threat of heat exhaustion, and we dodged the odd shower in our journeyings, so non ringers were able to look round the towns and villages as well as their churches.

The coach left Dursley at 8am sharp. Punctuality was observed throughout the day – I suppose that ringers, of all people, are folk who get their timings right!  

We went first to Bourton on the Water, and were welcomed and provided with refreshments by the parishioners there and by Rowena, our former curate, now incumbent there, and her husband and daughter. Then on to Moreton in Marsh and Blockley, which is the village and church used in the TV Father Brown series - Father Brown tea towels and cards were on sale! A good lunch was secured at the Great Western Arms, Blockley, and no crimes occurred while we were there [as far as we could tell!].

The towers visited in the afternoon were Saintbury, an interesting redundant church, the chocolate- box village of Stanton, and finally Winchcombe, with its famous gargoyles. Everywhere the music of the bells sounded beautiful. After their labours, the team adjourned to the Plaisterers Arms for a well-earned drink before taking the coach back to Dursley.

There can be few better teams of ringers than Dursley’s, and they showed themselves a friendly group too. Especial thanks to Ian Unsworth and all who helped organise the trip.

Christine and Revd Richard Morgan