Summer Outing, 1989


This report appeared in The Ringing World on October 13, 1989, page 931.

Leicester Students Take The South By Storm

The culmination of the year's activites for the ringers at Leicester Univesity and Polytechnic was our now traditional summer ringing weekend. Our base was Heston, Middx., where we enjoyed marvellous hospitality from Richard Wheelhouse and his family.

Ringing began in earnest on Saturday when we were joined on our outing by past members of the Society. We began with the very pretty six at Cranford, then moved on to Windsor where we had hoped to ring the ten bells of the parish church only to find that the trebles had not yet been hung! Our ambition to ring at the castle also remains unfulfilled, but this provided a welcome break for some sightseeing. After ringing at Old Windsor we moved on to a well-deserved lunch. After lunch we rang on the sixes at Winkfield and Ottershaw, the eight at St Mary's, Twickenham, and finally we did get some ten-bell ringing on the pleasant ten at Isleworth. The day was then rounded off with a barbecue and some rather unorthodox handbell ringing.

Sunday service ringing took place at Heston, but a quarter-peal after morning service was unfortunately lost. After an excellent Sunday dinner we 'grabbed' one more tower at Norwood Green then headed back to the midlands.

We were blessed with glorious weather for the whole time, some members even sporting their shorts! The weekend was most enjoyable and thanks are given to towers for the user of bells and to our hosts who looked after us so well. We are all looking forward to welcoming ringers coming to Leicester in October - whatever your standard please come along and join us.

B. Heys