August 2012 - February 2013
Glinton has had a few months of mixed fortunes. A major event in the church calendar meant that ringing was suspended for a time at the end of September whilst the main floor was replaced. The pews were removed and the entire floor treated. Fortunately, we were able to continue ringing at St. Mary’s Peterborough as well as at Barnack, so few practices were missed. Glinton’s support for Barnack Tower over the last few months has now ceased but was deemed a great success while it lasted.
Unfortunately, during this time we were unable to host a band of ringers from Shrewsbury, although they have promised to return at some date in the future. We did have a visiting group from Great Gransden however, who rang our bells at the end of October.
On Saturday 24th November there was a service of remembrance for Clifford and Rene Simpson at St. Benedict’s Church, Glinton. The bells were rung before and after the service at the request of Cliff’s son David. We invited all who had been brought to ringing as a result of the bells at Glinton, and also all who had enjoyed the bells since their installation, including Peter and Jan Marshall who sent the following reply from Australia:
“Cliff was, of course, a driving force behind the project to reinstate the Glinton Bells in working order and he worked tirelessly to bring it to a conclusion. I suspect he regretted not being able to be a bell ringer himself! Without his efforts Jan & I – and several more – would never have become bell ringers and we would have been the poorer for it.”
Words echoed by many that day.
Since then, a succession of health problems in the band has sometimes made ringing difficult; however, we have been much encouraged by the swift progress of our newest ringer, Sue, helped in no small part by her attendance at Castor Ringing School. Alex, our youngest ringer has proved to be a stalwart member of the band; as ever we are also grateful to ringers from Werrington, Stanground, and of course, Deeping St. James.
At the moment we are busy preparing for the branch AGM - postponed from January - which will take place in Glinton.
Who knows what the New Year will bring? New members, new skills and new ideas? We hope so and will always welcome you at our practice nights on Thursday evenings.