Good ringing in the sunshine

I don’t know about you, but I had a fantastic time this weekend. You may have noticed a striking competition theme to my blogs recently – it’s definitely “that” season.

We were hosting the Association Striking competition at Great Totham and Goldhanger (my home tower). Meticulous planning by Christina Brewster and Jo Elliot (District Master and Secretary) in collaboration with the local bands meant that the day ran exceptionally smoothly. Great Totham churchyard was turned into a sun-bathing area (most of the Willingale band seemed to have their tops off topping up their tans), and deck chairs littered the shady areas. Tea at Goldhanger was stupendous – it was like a scene from Harry Potter, with plate after plate of sandwiches and cake brought out by an endless supply of helpers. Barbara Wilson, who coordinated much of it, deserves a medal!

The end of the day was particularly memorable. I spend a lot of time walking back and forth across Goldhanger churchyard in my weekly ringing life, so to see it filled with all my friends, listening to excellent 8 bell ringing at dusk, was special beyond words. And although the master is always officially impartial, the ringer of the 6thfor the SE band (me) was particularly pleased with the end result.

This weekend typified everything that I regard as important in ringing – friends, home and enjoyable ringing.