Bell Ringers on Tour !
Updated: Aug 6
What a great looking group!!
This October saw Pewsey/Milton Bell Ringers visit the lovely Isle of Wight for a tour of four churches.
The first church was Freshwater All Saints
a smashing little church. We were lucky to have a few of their ringers join in, one being in his 90's - obviously bell ringing keeps you going!!
A quick cup of coffee in The Red Lion
and we were ready for the next challenge:
Godshill All Saints
the loveliest bells I have rung (not that I have rung that many) these bells made you feel like a real ringer as they did exactly what you wanted them to!
lunchtime at The Taverners
then a little pit-stop to The Cider Barn
to stock up on local cider and Mermaid Gin (naturally)
Shanklin St Saviour-on-the-Cliff next.
more like a small cathedral than a church! We were met by the marvellous Tower Captain - I'm so sorry, I don't remember his name - but thank goodness he was there, the church has 8 bells and we have only practised on 6 so us newbies needed his advice as to where on earth we were in the order of play and who was to ring next - so thank you!
Then, after getting lost....again... (me, not everyone else, my satnav has a mind of its own) we were off to
Niton St John the Baptist
by now it was raining and cold and we were tired but the church was warm and we soon got to work - tiny ringing chamber in which we had to be careful not to pull each other's ropes - we are used to having a bigger area and we had to concentrate.
soooooo an exhausting but fun day was rounded off at The Waterfront
where we had the most amazing meal (they have a fantastic vegan menu.....which includes a chocolate pudding, not the usual cop-out of sorbet which most places offer...and it was DELICIOUS)
Next tour???? We are open to suggestions!
a huge thank you to Anne Wardell for organising everything - as frankly we probably could only organise a @+*! in a brewery!