quiz again!

If you are doing the Guild quiz you may like to know that 2 further errors have been noted:

70 should read ” uncle’s child”

73 should read ” near to Pepys’ birthplace”

I hope that is the last of the amendments. Good luck!



Guild quiz & branch bob minor workshop

Thanks to the many people who have already purchased copies of the Guild quiz.

If I’ve neglected to send some to your tower and you would like to have some please let me know and I can send you an electronic copy to print.

For those of you who already have copies apparently there is an error in question 2 which should read October 31 st not November. The electronic copy is already corrected.

And while I’m on line I’d like to express thanks on behalf of all the participants to the team of helpers and organisers who ran such an excellent day at Castor on Saturday. Your hard work was greatly appreciated.




Afternoon tea outing

Thankyou to Diana and Elaine for organising a great afternoon out today. We all had such a good time ringing three lovely sets of bells in Twyford, Cranford St John and Barton Seagrave and enjoyed the novel challenge of ringing 8 counter clockwise.

Thankyou too to those churches for allowing us to ring today and our non ringing members of the party found all three places historically very interesting.

Afternoon tea was delicious too and the sporadic heavy rainfall did not spoil our day.

What a lovely way to spend a wet afternoon!


Ringing and afternoon tea reminder

Dear all, just a reminder that the ringing and afternoon tea outing is taking place this coming Sunday, September 22nd.

All the details of the churches we will be visiting, timings and postcodes can be found in the EVENTS section of the petbells web site. To view click here

Tower fees will be £1 per person per tower

Afternoon tea will be at Bosworths Aspen cafe, Burton Latimer, NN15 5QA. It is £4.50 for scone, jam, cream and a drink or £12.50 for the full afternoon tea.

Please book tea by Thursday 19th. To book simply click here 

Thanks to Diana for organising this popular event and I look forward to seeing many of you soon.

Best wishes


Taylors bell foundry open day September 14th

Taylor’s bell foundry is taking part in the annual Heritage open day this year, opening its doors on Saturday 14th September between 10:30 & 2:30 pm. See this link for more information: https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/loughborough-bellfoundry-open-day

The Loughborough bellfoundry Trust also have a Facebook page with the same information, if that’s easier for you to access. https://www.facebook.com/events/2390375877872164/

Also in Loughborough, the Carillon tower is open on the same day. A walk between the Tower and the bell foundry is planned for 1pm. Victorian fancy dress is encouraged. We’d like photos if anyone does go in fancy dress. https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/carillon-tower

Yesterday’s tour

It was lovely to see so many of you on the tour yesterday. We had a brilliant day out and I feel a few thankyous are due:

To Hilary for organising the entire day, from booking churches and lunch to organising the ringing. She worked really hard and must have been very tired by the end of the day (the rest of us certainly were).

To Barrowden, Uppingham, Braunston, Oakham, Greetham and Great Casterton churches for the warm welcome we received in each place and the opportunity to ring their bells.

To the experienced and skillful ringers who came along and although there were enough of them to allow them to have some  ringing for themselves they also spent a great deal of time supporting and encouraging the less experienced. Without their greatly valued input the tour could not have been such a success and we all appreciated them very much.

We enjoyed travelling through some very beautiful countryside and it was heartening too to visit churches that were so well kept and with such pristine ringing rooms and bells in such good order. The renovations at Barrowden are spectacular and well worth a visit.

We were joined along the way by several visitors: a tourist in Uppingham, some local ringers, and most surprisingly by Jim Lilley who made a very lengthy journey by train from Shoreham on Sea to come and ring with us, notching up his 3,400th tower at our final ring of the day in Great Casterton! Jim has been ringing since 1944 and after injuring his shoulder 20 years ago he rings with one hand only. It was amazing to watch his relaxed and skilled ringing with one hand, the other placed nonchalantly in his pocket. Thank you for joining us Jim, it was pleasure to meet you.

Finally thank you to all who joined the tour and made the day such an enjoyable day out. It was  very good to see many of the newer ringers in the Branch come along and tackle ringing new bells with confidence and competence and  without you all and your enthusiasm the Branch would have less chance of a bright future.