Four Shires Guild of Bell Ringers

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Recent Mid-Week Monthly Tours

The FSG Monthly Ringing Outings continue to be well-attended and enjoyable The December 2010 outing, organised by Isobel Murphy, took us into Worcestershire. The first tower was Church Lench (6, 13cwt) and then onto Upton Snodsbury (6, 14cwt), after which we had a Christmas lunch at The Boot Inn, Flyford Flavell. The first tower after lunch was Feckenham (8, 11cwt) and then we ended the day in the heart of Archers' Country at Inkberrow (6, 11cwt). Not only was the ringing memorable, but the hoar frost we had then was, too. We wished each other Merry Christmas before departing.

The January outing, organised by Frank Spiers, kept us in Warwickshire. The first tower was Stratford-on-Avon, Shakespeare's Church, with its 10 (19cwt)., after which we went to Alderminster (6, 9cwt). We had a good carvery at the New Inn, Clifford Chambers. The afternoon towers were Welford-on-Avon (8, 10cwt) and Pebworth (10, 11cwt), thus ending a pleasant day.

February's outing was organised by Ken Wakefield and Chris Sears, who took us to North Oxfordshire. Kingham (8, 12cwt) was the first tower, and then on to Salford (5, 6cwt). Lunch was taken in Hook Norton, which had to include a pint of Old Hooky. This got us in good stead to ring the 20cwt 8 there. We did the Guild proud here, people remarking afterwards what good ringing it was on the heavy bells. We ended the day at Swerford (6, 6cwt).

The March outing, organised by Pat Halls, took us to South Derbyshire, and to me it was so pleasing to see so many of us making the effort to travel into fresh countryside, which gave many of us new towers. The first tower was Sawley (8, 9cwt) and then on to Long Eaton (8, 6cwt). We had a good lunch at The Bull's Head, Breaston, and then rang at the Church there (6, 7cwt). We ended a very pleasing day at Ockbrook (6, 5cwt).

Frank Spiers

(Thank you for this, Frank. Also, all please note the April tour is on 14th April: see Tag End. Ed)