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One of the joys of being a ringer is being able to walk into any tower in the world and be made welcome – it is part of the ringing culture. We are always pleased to welcome visiting ringers to join us at All Saints, and we had two rather special visitors in August.
During my researches into the history of ringing in Wokingham, I discovered a couple who learnt to ring here just after the war, and moved away in the ’50s. Barbara and Walter Newton now live in Wiltshire, and both still ring. I exchanged a few e-mails with Barbara, and then one practice night during August, when we were rather thin on the ground because many of us wereVisitors away on holiday, they walked into the tower to join us. It was a pleasant surprise indeed to welcome them back after half a century. Are there any more All Saints ringers from those early years still ringing today I wonder.
John Harrison (October 2005)
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