The pre-lunch towers were New Buckenham and Banham, two very different towers. The lovely easy going eight at New Buckenham were much appreciated and a good course of Grandsire Triples was a pleasure to ring. There was plenty of rounds and call changes, together with Plain Bob Doubles and three cover bells. This gave everyone a chance to ring several times on eight bells. Banham was very different. When we arrived it was a hive of industry with cleaning volunteers all over the place. The entrance to the ringing chamber is tucked away behind the organ and the chamber itself is obviously used as a repository for, among other things, a netball hoop and a walking frame. The bells aren’t rung as much and were more challenging, but a good selection of rounds, call changes, Plain Bob Doubles and Grandsire Doubles, with a plain course of Bob Minor, proved perfectly possible.
After a good lunch, either at Kenninghall or North Lopham, we arrived at Bressingham to find the church in the middle of a fete, with craft stalls backing up to the ringing chamber. These bells are quite long draft, but Grandsire Doubles , Stedman Doubles and Reverse Canterbury were rung, together with Bob Doubles. We then moved on to North Lopham, an interesting 8. As the tenor was being rung up, the heavy wooden spider crashed down and frightened everyone. It was hauled up but promptly crashed again and became a dead spider, in two pathetic pieces. Nothing to do with us! We managed another course of Grandsire Triples, a rare opportunity for most of us these days, together with rounds, call changes, Bob Doubles with three covering bells again.
Thanks to Brian Hullah, Gary Bainbridge and Geoff Grayton for sharing the calling in most of the churches and to Anne Carpenter at the churches she attended. Geoff has unfortunately lost his glasses somewhere along the route, so if anyone has any knowledge of them please contact him (Geoff did find his glasses when he got home)..
We started home and ran into one of the worst thunderstorms for some time, even in a summer of storms. Thunder and lightning and torrential rain crashed around my car from soon after Garboldisham until I was home. In the forest, it was very difficult to see the flooded parts of the road and we learned later that some of our villages had flooded areas. I hope everyone got home safely.
Thanks to Geoff Grayton for the photos.
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