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A distant tribute

Last month’s magazine had a tribute to Sheila Longley, and all that she did in the parish. One thing not mentioned was that she encouraged her daughters to take up bellringing.

They learnt at All Saints, and Rachel (now Coates) the eldest rings in the village of Painswick, Gloucestershire, sometimes known as the ‘Queen of the Cotswolds’. Painswick has a majestic ring of twelve bells with a 25cwt Tenor. Ten of the bells were cast in 1731, only a few decades after our two oldest bells were cast.

On 18th May Rachel rang in a quarter peal on those ten oldest bells in memory of her mother. The method they rang was Grandsire Royal, which is quite a rare method with only 40 performances of it in the last 10 years (out of 20,000+ ten bell performances).

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John Harrison (June 2022) 


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