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Most years we mark All Saints Tide with special ringing – a peal on the Saturday and/or a quarter peal before evening service on the Sunday – and this year we planned a peal. The previous couple of weekends we hadn’t been able to ring because of the SpaceForAll works but we were hoping that it would be safe to access the tower again by the weekend of All Saints. Then, a couple of days before the day of the peal we were told we would not be able to access the tower.
Rather than give up we obtained permission to ring the peal at Twyford instead. The bells at Twyford are slightly lighter than at All Saints (12cwt v 15½cwt) but they are hung on plain bearings, so the duration of the peal – 2 hours 52 minutes – was very similar to what it would have been here.
When publishing performance reports it’s quite common to include an photo. Often it is a picture of the band that rang, or of the event or person to which it is dedicated, but in this case it seemed appropriate to show the reason we were ringing for All Saints but not at All Saints. So the picture is of church floor waiting for the screed to be laid.
The report is on the web at: bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1558067
John Harrison (November 2022)
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