Saturday 20th May 2023 – ringing for the wedding of Martin and Maggie, the first wedding of the year for us. The bells were rung up in the morning and we all arrived in good time to sit quietly exchanging conversation as we waited patiently, watching proceedings in the church from the ringing room.
It was beautifully warm and sunny afternoon and a group of well-wishers gathered outside to await the bride who arrived on foot having walked the short distance from her home. The group was refreshed with glasses of sparkling wine which was a lovely treat.
At last it was our turn to take part in the ceremony and as the married couple left the church the bells rang out to Rounds and Call Changes by Julia, Josh, Sue, Tricia, Phillip and James. After a few minutes Sheila and Hazel arrived having sung in the choir, and after a ten minute ring they joined the team and Sheila called 60 on Thirds.
Josh ran down to see if the wedding party was still there and he reported that there were still loads of people. So we had a final ring, this time firing the bells superbly and then rang down.
It was Josh’s first wedding ringing, well done Josh; and reports from listeners said that it sounded very nice. Thank you everyone, a job well done.