The University of Sheffield
Sheffield Universities' Guild of Change Ringers (SUGCR)
Sheffield Hallam University

Intro 2008 Tour

Saturday 25 October 2008
Huddersfield area

10:00 - 10:45Holmfirth, Holy Trinity. 8 bells 12-2-27 SE 143082
11:15 - 12:00Almondbury, All Hallows 8 bells 18-0-2 SE 168151
LUNCH at The Red Lion Inn, Jackson Bridge Nr Holmfirth HD9 7HB
14:00 - 14:45New Mill, Christ Church 6 bells 11-2-21 SE 166087
15:00 - 15:45Kirkburton, All Hallows 8 bells 15-2-23 SE 198125
16:00 - 16:45Shelley, Emmanuel 6 bells 11-9-2 SE 212113

Travel between towers will be by car. Could anyone travelling by car get in touch by email or on 07704 524590.

Report by Emily Armitage

The intro tour occurs early in semester one of a new year as a way of integrating new ringing freshers into SUGCR. Joining us this year are Helen and Alan who are already ringers, along with a few new recruits – Cat and Sue. Unfortunately none of our new ringers were unable to come on the intro tour! However the current ringers who attended had a good day with the opportunity to ring at several towers in the Huddersfield area.

The towers were reached by car with Claire and Dan as our designated drivers. We all meet at 9:00am; a slightly more civil time than last year's early morning start! Initially the towers were easy to find with the help of Dan's sat-nav and knowledge of the area. Later in the day following temperamental behaviour by the sat-nav a little doubling-back had to be employed, however we did manage to reach all of the towers in time to ring. Breaking the trend of the last few years, we managed to ring at all of the towers on the itinerary.

We rang first at Holmfirth and then Almondbury, followed by lunch at the Red Lion Inn at Jackson Bridge near Holmfirth. In the afternoon we rang at New Mill, Kirkburton and Shelly. The afternoon was concluded with the purchase of cakes at the garden centre opposite the church at Shelly where Dan discovered to his disgust that they put jam in the chocolate éclairs.

The bells at all the towers were pleasant to ring, especially those at Almondbury. As there were only seven of us on the tour we were unable to get all eight bells in the eight bell towers ringing together, except at Kirkburton where the man who let us in kindly stayed to ring with us. Despite this we managed some fairly varied ringing and a good day was had by all.

Following the Intro tour we had social to Pop Tarts dressed in school uniform. Our fresher, Helen, was able to join us for Pop Tarts, but unfortunately Claire had to go home with a migraine.

Thank you to John for organising the intro tour and to Tim for organising the social.

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