Four Shires Guild of Bell Ringers

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Fire, hell and brimstone! The scene in the casting hall.

Eighteen ringers and family from the Offenham and Evesham area went to Loughborough on December 6th to visit John Taylor & Co's bell foundry and museum. Claire Penny made the arrangements, and Chris Povey organised a minibus and drove it.

We were given a guided tour of all parts of the foundry, the rope walk where ropes are now being made, and the Museum. We also had the excitement of seeing a casting in the casting hall (it was for cast-iron fittings: Taylors are once again casting their own pieces). Claire had booked us in to ring on the Bellfoundry's private ring of 12 bells. As the tenor is only 6cwt and the treble a mere 1cwt, these bell were a challenge to some! Nonetheless, we did manage to ring rounds on 12 eventually! With thanks to JT & Co for a very interesting and enjoyable visit.

Happily, we arrived back to the Vale without mishap!