2013 Outing to Huntingdon District

Little Paxton and insert the bell frame model

Little Paxton and insert the bell frame model

The Annual Society outing took place on Saturday 29th June 2013. Our first tower was Little Paxton (read more – click here) where during 2011 and 2012 the bells had been restored and the church extensively re-ordered. Externally the church is traditional but upon entering we were greeted with a bright and modern interior.

Little Paxton model bell

Little Paxton model bell

The flexible seating had been specially made with a carved scallop shell for the dedication to Saint James. The Rev Annette Reed in attendance was pleased to tell members of our party about the improvements. The ringing chamber had been created on a platform allowing access to the church through a porch in the base of the tower. Light was allowed into this area by a portion of glass floor which ringers had to stand on. There was reluctance to ring St. Nicholas here.

No ringing St. Nicholas

No ringing St. Nicholas

Next was a drive through Saint Neots to Eaton Socon for a ring on the 13cwt eight of Saint Mary’s. The group split up for lunch arrangements with some making use of Wetherspoons in the town where non ringers had enjoyed a look around the shops.

A pleasant walk beside the river to Eynesbury allowed lunch to settle and the brain to adapt for the anti-clockwise six. So far this could have been a walking tour with convenient footpaths alongside the river Great Ouse through pleasant meadows passing former water mills.

For the final tower some started the journey home. Great Staughton an impressive Estate village and an equally imposing six with a tenor of 16cwt. We didn’t attempt any quarters or have any lockouts and I can’t recall any of the methods rung or attempted but it was a great day out and as always well organised by Andrew.


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