Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Monday, 1 July 2013
Thirteen ringers visited some of the towers in Surrey where John & Cass used to ring 40 years ago. Peter Ostley opened up for us at St Andrew, Cobham, with a beautifully behaved 9cwt ground floor ring of 8.
Lunch at Cheam was next on the agenda. There was a reasonably priced pay & display car park next to the church and within easy walking distance of local hostelries.
After lunch it was only a short walk to St Dunstan, Cheam to ring on the 9cwt ring of 6, where Peter ? was waiting to let us in. A few surprises here as Iain was looking after this tower!
The 2013 outing members (less Sally)
Next off to St Martin of Tours, Epsom, for the highlight of the day. We had half an hour to kill before we could ring due to a choir practice so we went into the town for a welcome cup of tea, and because someone told the owner that it was Iain's birthday we were given complimentary pancakes! We promised to ring the church bells for her in 10 minutes.
Ros Hallett let us into the tower with a lovely 16cwt ring of 10. Adam led up all 10 for a very nice raise from a band, for some of whom it was their first experience on 10 bells. Call changes, plain hunt on 9 and grandsire caters all went well on these well behaved and easy to ring bells, (sorry Sally you missed a treat).
St Martin of Tours, Epsom
Judging by the comments afterwards everyone had an enjoyable day. Any volunteers for next year?
Sunday, 28 April 2013
Wednesday, 3 April 2013
Sunday, 24 March 2013
I spotted the tenor clapper pin working its way out last week (shown above) so it was clapper out of the bell for investigation.
The pin is held in place by a 5mm diameter roll pin. But in this case the roll pin had fractured allowing the gudgeon pin to work out. Luckily I spotted it in time or it could have caused a lot of damage.
After removing the broken roll pin bits a new pin was fitted and the clapper replaced in time for practice night.
I will check them more often now.