Easter 2007 Tour - Ipswich area
This years SUGCR Easter tour was held in and around Ipswich over a gloriously sunny and highly amusing weekend!
Accommodation was, of course, upmarket, with camping the offered option, although some members decided the posh hotel around the corner was superior. After sever laps around the campsite and some skilled team work, the tents were up and we were moved in with plenty of time to get to Friday's tower, Sproughton.
Sproughton was a lovely six but unfortunately only 5 SUGCR-ites had arrived for it, so we slipped in a cheeky tour quarter of Grandsire and Plain Bob doubles, which was rung brilliantly by all – special congratulations to John Prebble for his first of Grandsire and of two methods.
After Sproughton we headed back stopping at a local chippy for tea which most of us took back to the campsite for a chilled out evening of food, drink and many amusing anecdotes. Unfortunately Tom was volunteered to play chauffeur and had to wait hours at the cold train station for Pete and Catherine to arrive!
The highlight of Saturday morning had to have been waking up to the smell of John frying bacon (or eggs in Nick's case) for breakfast! We were all well fed and set for the day ahead thanks to the resident chef! The weather cleared up wonderfully over the morning and we met up with lots of the local Suffolk Young Ringers in Ipswich. Thanks to all the emergency help from everyone who came to ring – the tour wouldn't have happened without you! Ringing was of a very high standard all day with everything from call changes to Grandsire Cinques to spliced surprise Major being rung (eventually successfully!)
After jogging and skipping down to a wine shop to deposit the key for St Matthews, a few very worn out bellringers met up with everyone else and attempted to get to the pub. Lunch was superbly arranged by Tom Scase. The pub, having orders before hand, were serving lovely food just as quickly as a bunch of hungry bellringers could eat it!
Eventually, after a slight petrol station disaster followed by directional issues, everyone was en route to Offton – one car was lost on the way (maybe due to speedy gonztommy?) but made it for a ring in the end, hoorah!
The afternoon was just as successful as the morning with ringing at Henley and Grundisburgh, and after the last tower some people headed to the local public house whilst the rest of us lounged in the church yard with tea and biscuits, yum yum.
That evening's entertainment was held in the 'happening' bar on the campsite, aided by a box of jaffa cakes and a pack of cards. After a little alcohol had been consumed, Peter Elliot decided to introduce a card game which is popular with the Oxford ringers. Not everyone was so keen on the 'compulsory' calls and bodily gestures suggested by Peter, which involved shouting 'Seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen it happen!' accompanied by throwing ones arms aloft...
More mouth watering bacon sarnies on Sunday morning and an equally speedy decamp meant we were on the road by 8:30am. Some people headed to Debenham, some to Bury St Edmunds for service ringing which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
All in all, a very successful tour, and thankyou very much to Claire for organising it, and to the Suffolk ringers for helping out at the towers, even if it did clash with their AGM!
Friday 13 April 2007
Campsite: Heading east towards Felixtowe on the A14, take the first exit after the Orwell Bridge. Left at the roundabout onto the A1189. Turn left at the Orwell Country Park sign and follow signs from there over the A14 to the campsite. Tents provided, please bring sleeping bags.
Saturday 14 April 2007
From the campsite, back onto the A14 west, Come off to the A137, follow it to the town centre then left at the second roundabout onto the A1022. Straight over the next roundabout, right at the next into the car park.
From Bury way for the locals, come off the A14 at A1156 and follow it right through to the town centre then turn right onto the A1022 at a roundabout then the car park is left off the next one.
Sunday 15 April 2007
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