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.