Society of Donhead Ringers

St Mary's, 1994
 

Events


18th August 2007: the Christmas Dinner Outing.

thanks, Jonathan, for organising a long but fun day out.   Our first outing with 6 towers to ring at, with a suitably early start.   All the towers were close to each other, and were an interesting mix.   Christopher tried to park in the Manor gardens at Sandford Orcas (!), Julie walked the wrong way at Marston Magna, and we had a Sat-Nav competition on who went which way at North Cadbury.   Lunch in a downpour in the Haynes Motor Museum car park was followed by a fascinating visit to the museum and a try-out of the racing car simulators.   At Charlton Mackrell we learnt all about the history of the church leaving just 10 minutes to ring!  Butleigh was a welcome ring on 8 bells, a treat.  West Lydford managed to defeat our ability to ring them up right, but, although it was the end of the day, we did some nice ringing here too.   A tasty dinner at The Queens's Arms, Corton Denham, rounded off the day.

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The Christmas Dinner Outing, 19th August 2006.

An enjoyable day out organised by Roy, who went to a lot of trouble delegating the timetable, the churches and devising the quiz questions.   Thanks Liz!.   We bobbed like ducks at Nunney, and kept our balance on the sloping floor (glad this was before lunch).   Then met the puppets at Leigh, and avoided defenestration.   A fun picnic at the Railway and a pleasant half hour being engine drivers and guards, then on to Wanstrow for this "7-bell ring".   Batcombe were lovely but slow bells, where the heavier weights were appreciated by some but practically polished off others.   Bruton, where we nervously caught hold so that we might ring as well as we could, are bells 2 and a half times heavier than what we are used to.   However, after a few moments to get used to them, we rang rounds and finished with Reverse Canterbury.

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Previous year's outing photos can be seen on
Outing 2005 2005 .
Outing 2004 2004 .

First Doubles Quarter, 10th June 2005.

To celebrate Julie's birthday, she rang the tenor in our monthly quarter peal attempt.    At her request, we chose only Society of Donhead Ringers to be in the band (usually we have at least one "expert" from outside to keep us right) and off we set at 7.30 pm that Friday.    A long time later, as Julie likes to ring the tenor quite steadily, we came back into rounds and the smiles said it all. Well done also to Gerry on treble for steady and secure ringing; to Kelly for keeping her bell well struck and for keeping going through the "statutory" wobble just before the end without batting an eyelid; and to Liz and Roy for providing the strong backbone throughout the quarter.

From left to right: Christopher, Liz, Julie, Roy. Kelly, Gerry.
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