August 2013 - February 2014

Since August, we have rung for two weddings and welcomed one visiting band from Oxfordshire to ring the bells.

The Bishop of Brixworth came to St. Benedict’s Church on Monday 30th September to take a service of confirmation.  After a plea sent out on PetNet, we were able to field a full band to ring after the service.  Many thanks to all those who responded so positively.

Christmas time was as busy as ever with the Christmas Tree Lights switch-on, service ringing and our own tower celebration.  Sadly, Mrs Whitton, of Manor Farm in Glinton, passed away just before Christmas so the bells were rung, half muffled, for her funeral in the village.

A milestone for our youngest ringer came shortly after Christmas, when Alexander Guest rang his first quarter peal, supported by as many of the Glinton ringers as were available at the time.  He rang Plain Bob Doubles from the treble in 48mins (see Campanophile entry 172131).  A visit to the BlueBell with his Dad afterwards set the tone for his ringing career!  We were indebted to other ringers who were on “stand-by” to help out and those well-wishers who came to support.

We have recently been joined by two experienced ringers as well as two beginners, swelling our numbers quite considerably and extending the range of methods we are able to ring.  Visitors from the branch have also assisted us, as well as the band from St. Mary’s who have joined us a couple of times recently and are always most welcome.  We are often joined by ringers from Lincolnshire whose talents are always appreciated.

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.

If you would like to join us any Thursday evening from 7:30pm you will always receive a warm welcome.

Jill Cowcill