After a rather snowy surprise in January, which forced the deferment of the branch AGM, Glinton eventually hosted forty branch members in February when we enjoyed a splendid tea, some good ringing and a useful meeting.
Our own AGM took place in late March where we presented the trophy to our youngest ringer, Alex, in recognition of his regular attendance both at practice nights and services.
We have rung for four weddings already this year, and are booked for two more. As always we are indebted to our many non-resident ringers who continue to help us out for special events as well as stalwart members who regularly arrive for Sunday morning ringing – often travelling quite a distance to attend.
We have welcomed two visiting bands since February. One, in March, came from Deeping Saint James and rang a quarter peal. The second band came from Over, near Cambridge in April and rang a variety of methods.
We have also welcomed several international visitors to the tower; from Hong Kong to Australia. Everyone has been most interested by the bells and the ringing. In July we rang for Peakirk-cum-Glinton Primary School leavers’ service, coincidentally the same evening as the announcement of the birth of HRH Prince George of Cambridge! It was decided to ring call changes (including Princes) to welcome his arrival.
Glinton ringers are now looking forward to the Heritage weekend in September (7th) when, as well as ringing, they will be contributing to the games and general merriment.
We average between eight and twelve ringers each practice evening, ringing call changes and simple methods. We have been assisted by visitors from the branch as well as a band from St. Mary’s a couple of times recently and are often joined by ringers from Lincolnshire whose talents are always appreciated.
If you wish to join us any Thursday evening from 7:30pm you will receive a warm welcome.