Read more…"/> District Outing a success! – Kent County Association of Change Ringers

The Rochester district outing 2010 has been another ‘roaring’ success. This year it was held around the Ashdown Forest, Sussex where A.A. Milne lived and was inspired to write ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’.

Fifteen ringers from the district (and two from Maidstone) ventured out on a beautiful sunny day to ring some  bells, enjoy a pub lunch and play a game of ‘Poohsticks’.

The ringing was of a very good standard, ranging from rounds & call changes, plain hunt, Grandsire, Stedman, Double Norwich and even spliced surprise major.

The tour started at Lingfield (Surrey) before ringing the 12 bells at East Grinstead.

This was followed by a smallwalk in the countryside to the infamous ‘Poohsticks Bridge’ where two rounds were played and won by Peter Hartley (Cobham) and Ray Morgan (Rochester Cathedral)  respectively.

Then it was back to the cars for ringing at Hartfield before enjoying a good lunch (and beer) outside at The Hay Wagon Inn.Ringing continued in the afternoon with three superb peals of bells, at Withyham, Fairwarp and Mayfield.

As the organiser of the outing I would like to express my thanks to all those who came along and showed their support, as well as to the secretaries at the towers who allowed our visit.  I hope you enjoyed the day as much as I did, and I hope I didn’t tire you out too much!

I am also pleased to say that £22 remained after tower fees and will be donated to the KCACR bell restoration fund.

If you have any photos and/or video clips from the outing that would like to share and have included below please contact me.Video clips (and any other photos) will be added to the gallery as I get them.

Thanks again everyone, and here’s to next year!