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On Monday 6 August we had some bellringers visit
St James to ring on our bells. They travelled under the title ‘The Old Codgers’, an indication of their retirement status and, possibly, their age. They were predominantly from the Bristol and Somerset area and included Mike Fairey who many will remember as singing in St James’ choir and being a member of the bellringing team. He asked to be remembered to all who knew him.

While the ringing was underway, four ladies, taking refreshment in the café across the road, heard the bells and thought it must be produced by a machine (the ringing was of a good standard). Intrigued, they came into the church to investigate to find that, rather than a machine, it was humans responsible for ringing these bells. It transpired that the four visitors were walking the Cotswold Way, two were from the Netherlands and two from Portland, Oregon. They remained intrigued and stayed for about 30 minutes asking questions and watching, and signed our visitors book before continuing on their walk                 

Quarter Peals rung at St James

On Sunday, 5 August 2018, In 44 minutes

1280 Changes of Rutland Surprise Major (Composition by Glenn A A Taylor -  who was on the Old Codgers visit)

1 Lizzie Lindsell; 2 Anne Pope; 3 Jane Bull; 4 Jonathan Adkins     

5 Andrew Ward; 6 Frank Byrne; 7 Philip Pope; 8 Andrew Bull (Conductor)

Specially arranged as a 21st birthday compliment to Stephen Bull.

Frank Byrne

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