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Outing to the Forest

On Saturday 1st July our ringers with a few friends ventured south to the Forest of Dean where we found all sorts of lovely bells.

Our first stop of the day was at the lovely little five bell tower of St Andrew’s Alvington. A small ringing room meant we were in and out between rings and chatting to the local ringer, who was very new to ringing.

Our next tower was that of St Mary’s in Lydney. Quite a different experience to that of the first tower, a big tower with ten bells. We rang lots of rounds and call changes here.

From here we travellled to St Briavels which was busy with sightseers and visitors to the castle that the church sits next too. The ringing room were reached by a metal spiral staircase. Then it was on to lunch….

We enjoyed a nice lunch at The Ostrich Inn in Newland before ringing on the fine set of six bells in what is known as the Cathedral of the Forest.

To finish the day we visited All Saints church at Staunton near Coleford, here the bells are rung from the chancel crossing a new experience for several of our ringers. A great day was had by all.


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