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

Summer 2006 Tour - Rugby and area

On Friday 14th July, 11 ringers descended on Bilton with the intension of grabbing as many towers as possible in the weekend. The first and only tower on the Friday provided not just one, but two grabs! This was St Andrews, Rugby which has a ring of 5 in the West tower and an 8 in the North East tower – surely grabbing made easy!

After getting stocked up on take-away and beer, we headed back to the hall where we ate and had a catch-up before getting out the inevitable cards where we all engaged in a 2 pack game of rummy – beer was definitely required!

A fairly lazy start on Saturday started with us being told that the people living close to the hall had phoned the police during the night as they didn’t think there should be people there! The police didn’t seem to share that opinion as they didn’t even bother to knock on the door.

The first tower saw us being joined by two more ringers making us 13 – unlucky for some…not us! 5 nice rings of bells, a tasty lunch, rugby in the churchyard and no lockouts later we were back at the hall again.

We decided that, being in Rugby, the rugby players amongst us should use the opportunity to teach our not so skilled ringers to play rugby (including myself who has lived in Rugby for 18 of my 20 years and never played!) The pictures are below and Catherine provided much entertainment trying to dodge the Rugby ball to take them!

After exhausting ourselves, we retired to the pub for some much needed refreshment where we set ourselves up around the pool table and entered into a pool competition which threw up a few previously unknown talents – Tom is a pool demon! Moving onto the next pub, we had obviously had enough to drink as the conversation turned to such intellectual things as language structure and the teaching of grammar in schools…eek!

When the eventually threw us out, we headed back to the hall where with no threat of police presence most of us had a good nights sleep.

Sunday started by ringing at my home tower, Bilton. The others went of to grab more towers but I stayed at home to help my Mum prepare for the barbeque. The weather was fabulous and the SUGCR ringers were joined by ringers and handbell ringers from Bilton. After a lot of food had been consumed, everybody headed off back to their own part of the country.

Friday 14 July 2006

19:00 - 19:30Rugby, S Andrew (West Tower), 5, SP503752
19.30 – 20.15Rugby, S Andrew (North East Tower), 8, SP504752 (It’s not far away!

Saturday 15 July 2006

10:00 - 10:45Stretton on Dunsmore, All Saints, 6, SP407725
11:00 - 11:45Ryton on Dunsmore, S Leonard, 8, SP386745
12:00 - 12:45Bubbenhall, S Giles, 6, SP360725
15:00 - 16:00Monks Kirby, S Edith, 8, SP812044
16:15 - 17:00Claybrooke, S Peter, 8, SP496879

Sunday 16 July 2006
There will be the opportunity to ring at other towers in the area after Bilton, but these won’t be prearranged but they have been warned that people may be coming.

9:15 - 10:00Bilton, S Mark, 6, SP487739
10:00 - 10:30Dunchurch, S Peter, 6, SP486712 TBC
10:00 - 10:45Newbold on Avon, S Botolph, 10, SP487771
10:30 - 11:00Wolston, S Margaret, 8, SP409758


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