On Saturday 8th August, Guildford Young Ringers joined forces with Surrey Association young ringers for a London outing.
The event was organised between Caroline Prescott, the current Surrey Northern District Master and Ben Meyer from the University of London Society of Change Ringers (ULSCR). The day was well attended by around 20 young ringers which also included various parents (ringing & non-ringing) and was also supported by others from the ULSCR.
We started the day at St Martin in the Fields, a fine ring of 12 bells in Trafalgar Square and had a nervous wait for Ben with the keys. This tower was ably run by Chris Rimmer (ULSCR) and was the first time that most of the young ringers had ever rung on 12 bells. After a tentative few round and call changes, some plain hunt on 11 proved successful. After one such course of plain hunt a yell of “CHOCOLATE” suddenly emanated from Caroline, closely followed by running around the tower with bags of chocolate – much appreciated!
Our second tower was St Clement Danes (10 bells), run by Rebecca Meyer (Ben’s cousin) and despite the heat and stickyness, some of the oldies managed a half course of Cambridge Surprise Royal! Lots of round/call changes & plain hunt was accomplished here and some declared these bells the best of the day.
Our final tower was St Mary-le-Bow on Cheapside, run by Ben Meyer. Another ring of 12 bells, but these required a little more concentration! The importance of the “follow-through” and pulling in a straight line became evident here but once this advice was taken on board some good ringing was achieved. The tower included an extra special treat of going up to the roof!
Many thanks to Caroline Prescott & Ben Meyer for organising a superb day. I hope we have more cross association events in the future!
ULSCR & Guildford Guild
Ps: thank you to Caroline Prescott for the photos.