Fourteen bellringers from Bournemouth, including the team from St. John’s, enjoyed our annual outing to the Salisbury area on Saturday 14th of September.
Starting at Fordingbridge, a beautiful medieval church with a variety of Victorian and modern Stained Glass, as well as some fine ecclesiastical embroidery. For the ringers, a fine peal of 8 bells was enjoyed for half an hour.
Then we travelled to Britford, where the ancient church is situated in peaceful meadows. These bells were rung from the chancel steps, and were a challenge to even the experienced ringers.
Before lunch, we visited Coombe Bissett, a typical Wiltshire village church with 6 bells, after which we moved on for lunch at a nearby pub before travelling into Salisbury itself.
The bells at St. Thomas’ church are a heavy, but tuneful and rewarding peal, where we were able to ring rounds and call changes, and some Grandsire Triples for the experienced ringers.
Salisbury Cathedral is unusual in not having a ringable peal of bells, however out visit to the Cathedral for a Tower Tour was a highlight for all who took part. The tour takes visitors to the base of the spire itself, taking in the West Balcony, the Elizabethan roof over the nave, the two extraordinary rooms high in the tower and the view from the parapet of the tower over Salisbury.
Thanks to Penelope and Richard Samuel for organising an enjoyable and unusual ringers’ outing.