2012 tour – Huntingdon District

Society of Framland Ringers 2012 outing at Hemingford Grey

Society of Framland Ringers 2012 outing at Hemingford Grey

The Framland outing 2012 was held on Saturday 30th June. As usual it was planned as a camping weekend for the hardy members but others were permitted to attend on the day for the ringing. Your correspondent having spent many a wet weekend under canvas was, this year, a day visitor.

It was an easy journey from our homes around Melton Mowbray and as we drove down the A1 we were treated to occasional showers with more on the journey home. During the tour the sun often shone, it remained dry and warm.

A last minute change had to be made substituting Great Paxton for Godmanchester, the latter having to stop ringing due to rain damage to their ceiling. We rang a varied selection of methods within the limits of those present, your correspondent does not feel qualified to say more.

The churches were admired and it was a delight to explore villages with a different character and style to those in Framland countryside. Some members enjoyed lunch at the Axe and Compass in Hemingford Abbots while others walked along the riverside path to Hemingford Grey, a perfect stroll.

While the provision of a loo in the base of the towers was welcome, this modification often creates a stuffy ringing chamber with little or no ventilation, ideal for cold winter evening but not ideal on warm summer days.

Thanks to Andrew for another great tour and to those who supported the event. I’ve heard no report of washed away tents or soggy burgers but perhaps they are putting on a brave face.

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