South Oxon Bellringers Branch Outing - 6th May 2017
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A group of eighteen from the South Oxon Branch had their annual outing on the 6th May. It was an early start for all as they travelled to enjoy the pleasures of the Swanage Railway and ringing some local bells along the way. It was the Swanage Railway Diesel Gala with plenty of preserved diesel locomotives to see and listen to! There were railway enthusiasts everywhere and more importantly, trains and diesel engines. All the boy’s toys!! We boarded the train at Norden to make our way to the first tower at St Mary the Virgin Swanage, an eight bell tower with a 22 CWT Tenor. Going to Swanage at a nice leisurely pace we were photographed and filmed all the way. Had they heard who we were? Sadly, it was not us who were special but the trains and the engines. After returning on the train and lunch. Well, nothing is ever straightforward. We met Cycle Dorset, or bikes galore. After lunch we then rang at St. Nicholas of Myra, Worth Matravers a light ring of six bells. St Edward to Martyr, Corfe Castle was our last ring, again six nice bells. The church and village was towered over by the castle ruins, it felt a bit like Lilliput. The group enjoyed a meal at the Swan, East Ilsley, this gave us the chance to relax and have a good chat with our fellow ringers. Before leaving to find our way home there was a vote of thanks to Kay who had organised the day and to those who had managed the ringing at the various towers.
A most enjoyable day out. Roll on the next one, which railway next?
Thanks to Andrew Davis and Margaret Coombe for providing the core of this report