Peal Weekend in Somerset
24th - 26th April 2009
(Report Mark Humphreys. Photos Helen Valuks)
It has been a bit of a tradition that, for their formal country meetings, Masters of the Society visit somewhere they have an historic link. Mark Humphreys chose Liverpool, where he grew up and learned many of the life skills he needs today, whilst Chris Kippin chose Exeter, one of the only places he has asked a band to ring faster. Martin Cansdale has chosen Suffolk, presumably to protect Essex girls from the sight of David Maynardís dancing.
For Peter Valuksí Country Meeting, the Society had been invited to Scotland, so in the absence of a MacValuks side of the family a separate weekend was organised in April to cover Peterís old stomping grounds of the south west of England.
A total of 54 ringers were involved, with ten successful attempts visiting such fine rings as the vintage Taylor bells of Chewton Mendip, and their more modern stablemates at South Petherton.
Thanks are due to all of those who came to make the weekend so enjoyable, to Tim Payne for local co-ordination and for organising the Saturday night curry, to those to were willing to step in at short notice when illness caused last-minute shortages, and to Peter for the opportunity to ring on such good bells.
Dinner at the George & Pilgrim, Glastonbury.
Louise Palmer and two young Sheasbys. Jim Foster, Helen Allton, Helen Valuks and Richard Allton. Louise Palmer and Chris Sheasby checking Facebook! Louise Palmer and Jim Foster Martin Cansdale & Louise Palmer. Graham Bradshaw
The marvellous interior of the George & Pilgrim.
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