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The Guild Walking & Ringing Tour

Eight ringers and Molly the dog met at Brailes Church (6, 29cwt) on Saturday 27th September to start the 2014 FSG Walk. We rang the bells up then rang rounds and call changes. After that an extended touch of Grandsire Doubles was rung, conducted by John Carroll. The bells were then rung down in peal.

After Brailes we walked to Cherington through Middle Little Hill and Middle Little Farm, and then down Cherington Hill to the Church (6, 6 cwt), where Allen Turner joined us. We rang the bells up then rang a touch of Grandsire Doubles conducted by Michael Haynes. Plain Bob Minor followed this and then Allen conducted a touch of All Saints' Doubles. There were eleven on the tour at this stage, including Molly the dog. Michael conducted a course of Cambridge Surprise Minor, after which John Carroll called a 120 of Stedman Doubles. The bells were rung down and Stuart took a photo outside. After this we went to the Cherington Arms for lunch.

The walkers at Sutton-under-Brailes, L-R:
John Tolley, Michael Cummings, Michael Haynes, Alison Merryweather-Clark, John Carroll, Sue Bacon, Stuart Cummings, Michael Probert, and Molly in the foreground.

Eight of us walked to Sutton-under-Brailes church (5, 9cwt) and rang the bells up. Then we rang 3-spliced doubles methods, Stedman, Grandsire and Plain Bob, conducted by Michael. Then John Carroll called Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Bob Doubles. Some St Simon's and St Martin's spliced Doubles was rung, called by John Carroll again, after which the bells were rung down. Then eight of us walked back to Brailes past Sutton-under-Brailes Methodist Chapel across Feldon Valley Golf Course. The walk totalled about five miles.

A good day out was had by. Many thanks to those who attended. They were Michael Haynes (walk organiser), Stuart and Michael Cummings, Sue Bacon, John Carroll and Molly the dog, Michael Probert, Alison Merryweather-Clark and John Tolley.

Michael Haynes