Gransden Church Bells & Training Centre


Worcester Outing - 2011

Ringers and friends spent the weekend away on the 3rd and 4th September 2011 to visit the training centre at Worcester Cathedral and include ringing at nearby towers.

The plan for Saturday was to visit the cathedral where we were made most welcome by Mark Regan and Bernard Taylor, who showed us around the training centre and instructed us on the use of the simulator and dumb-bells. A peal was due to be rung on the cathedral bells in the afternoon and we were given the unexpected and pleasurable opportunity to ring them beforehand. 

A trip to the cathedral is not complete without a visit to the top of the tower where magnificant views were enjoyed before we left to have a picnic lunch in the cathedral grounds.

In the afternoon we visited Ripple, a 12cwt 6-bell tower, and then returned to Worcester to enjoy a Pizza before walking to St.Swithan's 13cwt 6 bells, and a viewing of the new bells for Old St.Martin's church soon to be hung in the tower.

On Sunday we headed for Kiddermisnter railway station on the Severn valley Railway to catch a train headed for Bridgenorth. We stopped en-route at Uper Arley to ring the 6 bells there before re-commencing our journey to ring at Bridgenorth (8-bells).

On the return journey we enjoyed some mini-handbell ringing to round off the day.

 

             
 Worcester Cathedral from the grounds
   Medievil bells in the cloisters
   Bells in the training centre
   Dumb bells in the training centre
             
             
 Dan B, William Regan and Heather B
   Mark B on the simulator
   Ringers using the simulator
   Group photo after training
             
             
 Phillip helps ring up the tenor
   Gransden ringers on cathedral bells!
   Buying promotional merchandise
   Sheila G and David on the sim
             
             
 Cathedral bells through the spy-hole
   Group at the top of the tower
   One of the views from the top
   Ripple church
             
             
 Interior of Ripple church
   Miserericord in Ripple church
   Pizza at tea time
   Upper Arley church
             
             
 Worcester Cathedral
   Earlstoke Manor on the SVR at Kidderminster
   Ready to go!
   Ice cream at Upper Arley
             
 Train arriving at Bridgenorth
   Ringing at Bridgenorth
   Group photo at Bridgenorth
   Mini handbells on the return journey
 






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