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Tour to Australia
12th Feb - 6th Mar 2011

Tour Report: Nigel Herriott.  Photographer: Matthew Tosh

Stand! I could hear applause from outside the tower as I tied up my rope before going down to see what was happening. The churchyard at Holy Trinity, Orange, NSW was full of people, many with deckchairs, sitting in the sunshine and listening to the bells. The vicar told us that the audience had turned up because he had put an article in the local paper saying that the “first 11” team of bellringers from the UK would be performing that afternoon. He also confessed that he had embellished it a bit by saying that we were the ringers for the forthcoming Royal Wedding and so was pleased to be introduced to the two Abbey ringers in our party.

We were well into the second week of our tour by this time but the enthusiastic welcome and hospitality that we received had been the same everywhere. In addition to peals, quarters, a striking competition and general ringing, there were social events in every city. Everyone found that the opportunity that the tour gave to spend time with old friends and to make new ones was one of the most enjoyable aspects.

The majority of the party had arrived in Australia during the weekend of 12/13 February with “Extension 2” group landing in Sydney and “Extension 1” group in Brisbane. Both groups spent the first day acclimatising with many of the Sydney group visiting Taronga Zoo where it was possible to see kangaroos hopping round before they were able to select them later from the dinner menu at Squires pub in Darling Harbour. The Brisbane group arrived on Sunday in time for morning ringing, some light sightseeing, general ringing and a quarter peal at St John's Cathedral and an evening meal at the Pig 'N' Whistle pub with the local ringers.

The Brisbane group settled into a round of peals, quarters and practices while the Sydney group set off in hire cars for Goulburn where they successfully rang their first peal. They then travelled via Canberra to Wagga Wagga where Roy LeMarechal was delighted to call a peal of Superlative from the 6th which used to be the 2nd at his home tower of Bishopstoke. Hiring one SatNav and travelling in convoy might have seemed an sensible economy, however competition between the “boys” who were driving resulted in Roy picking up a speeding fine of $692. Ouch!

The two groups met in Melbourne on Wednesday 16th February enjoying general ringing, quarter peals and practice night at St. Paul's Cathedral before a convivial meal with local ringers at Young and Jacksons pub, notable for its varied range of beer from local microbreweries and its large Victorian portrait of a naked young lady “Chloe”. Peals were scored at St. Paul's Cathedral, Geelong and West Heidelberg.

E1 picked up hire cars and drove to Goulburn via Wangaratta, Albury and Yass for general ringing and quarters. Whilst a peal of Stedman Cinques was being rung at Goulburn Cathedral, other members of the party visited Canberra for sightseeing as well as general ringing followed by a quarter of Lincolnshire at St. Paul's Manuka. Meanwhile E2 flew to Hobart and spent two days sightseeing with an evening peal of Cambridge Royal on the fine Taylor ten at St. David's Cathedral.

Sunday saw the two groups converging on Sydney for a busy day of service ringing, peals and general ringing before the country meeting itself at Christ Church St Laurence, where three new Australian members, James Perrins, Michael Pointer and Michael Collinson, were elected, and a social evening in the Great Southern Hotel. Once again the groups split with E1 remaining in Sydney and E2 flying to Brisbane where they rang a peal of Yorkshire Max, along with a quarter and practice with the local ringers. They then went on to Maryborough where general ringing took place after the bells had been inspected by Messrs Wilby and Potter who found that, despite the bells and fittings having had little work done on them since installation in 1887, they were in surprisingly good condition. Next stop was Fraser Island for two days of R&R where they spent time swimming or paddling in Lake McKenzie, a rain water lake with what is claimed to be the best beach in the world. On Thursday, a catamaran sailing trip to the west side of the island enabled the group to do some dolphin spotting as well as indulging in an illegal swim ashore to enjoy the deserted beaches.

Whilst E2 were lazing about, E1 were hard at work over five days in Sydney enjoying a wide range of peals, quarters and other ringing. After some early rain, the sun shone and it was a particular delight to some who were able to travel to their allocated towers by boat, enjoying the sunshine and the sights of Sydney harbour on the way. The Sydney ringers arranged a different venue each evening which enabled much socialising to take place. One group went on a coach outing to the Blue Mountains and three towers: Lithgow, Bathurst and Orange. The Bathurst ringers treated us to lunch and we rang a quarter peal of Bristol followed by general ringing for which we were joined by the local band. Bathurst is a notable tower which was only completed in October 2009 and now forms an impressive entrance to the cathedral. The tower is brick with large windows enabling the ringers and the bells to be seen from the square opposite the cathedral which encouraged many local people to come and sit in the sun to see and hear our ringing.

The last stop was Orange, which is where this article started and where we were treated to tea by the local ringers. I don't think many of the party had quite realised how far we had travelled and that we faced a 160 mile journey back to Sydney. We were all grateful to Hadden Arrowsmith who was able to bring all his skills to play, not only in ringing 10 peals and 8 quarters during the tour, but also in driving the hired coach. We particularly admired his coolness “under fire” when the locals took severe exception to his driving the wrong way round the car park during a coffee/toilet stop at a McDonalds and told him what they thought about it in colourful terms.

The SRCY had a concurrent tour and had been in Adelaide for a few days when the two ASCY groups flew in on Friday 25th February. The Officers attended a reception given by the Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide, a few headed straight for the Queens Head and others arrived later having listened to the SRCY lose their peal on the fine eight at St Peter's Cathedral. Before long, the pub was full of ringers of all persuasions, putting the world to rights as is usual on these occasions, and working on plans for the next day's competition.

The Adelaide Challenge was an interesting and unusual ringing competition. Five teams competed, three from the ASCY and two from the SRCY, each containing 12-14 members who all had to ring at every tower. Judges were drawn from the ranks of the two societies and from non-member tourists. The Challenge entailed a major logistic exercise involving two coaches (thanks again Hadden!) and a tight timetable to get the bands around the towers for their ringing slots and to a lunch that was put on by the local ringers in the church hall at Walkerville. This exhausting schedule was followed by a superb dinner at Adelaide Town hall attended by the massed ranks of the ASCY, SRCY and local ringers. A champagne reception kicked off a fine evening of food, good company, handbells, short speeches, including a most entertaining one from the Lord Mayor of Adelaide and the results of the Adelaide Challenge. Chris Kippin, the chief judge, announced the results and the ASCY were delighted to find that they had come first, second and third, leaving the SRCY trailing in their wake. The evening was also notable for the fact that wine was included in the ticket price and that the waiting staff immediately filled up any glass that looked as if it was in danger of becoming empty.
Not content with being the driving force behind the arrangements on Saturday, David Bleby, invited everyone to his country home south of Adelaide for a “BBQ in the bush” on Sunday. Once again, complex logistics were involved with transport being laid on to fit in with service ringing and a peal at the Town Hall. The next two days were busy with peals and quarters including an excellent peal at St. Peter's Cathedral before setting off for the final leg of the tour. The E2 group had left for Perth the previous day and had already ticked off a peal of Yorkshire Maximus by the time the groups rejoined on Wednesday afternoon. After general ringing on the Swan bells we were treated to a BBQ by the Claremont ringers following their practice night, although many of the tourists had to prop their eyelids open later in the evening due to the 2½ hour time difference between Adelaide and Perth. The usual round of peals, quarters and practices ensued with plenty of time for sightseeing in the glorious sunshine and for trips to wineries to sample the local produce. Swan bells were put to excellent use with a sixteen bell peal, two twelve bell peals and six quarter peals being scored; each followed by several rounds in the Lucky Shag bar opposite.

Our final event was an end of tour dinner with the local ringers at the Melbourne Hotel on Saturday night, with most people flying home on Sunday afternoon. Looking back it is amazing how well everything went with superb ringing and social arrangements arranged by Phil Goodyer and the local ASCY members and travel arrangements by Gwen Rogers that worked perfectly. My report started at Orange and I will end there with the words of one of the local ringers who told me how much she had enjoyed ringing with us and that she had learned two things from our visit. Firstly, that the ASCY rang a lot faster than the local band were accustomed to and, secondly, that it is possible to conduct a touch of eight-spliced major without lifting your eyes from the floor – Chris Kippin!

Diary

13th Feb: Goulburn

Ancient Society of College Youths
GOULBURN, NSW, Australia
Cathedral Church of St Saviour
Sunday, 13 February 2011 in 3:34 (22)
5040 Cambridge Surprise Maximus
Composed: James Clatworthy
1 Bernard H Taylor
2 R Mark Esbester
3 John H Fielden
4 John M Jelley
5 James Clatworthy (C)
6 Graham M Bradshaw
7 John Owen
8 Ann P LeMarechal
9 David E Potter
10 Roy LeMarechal
11 Timothy P Bradley
12 Andrew W R Wilby
First Surprise Maximus inside - 8
Brisbane, Queensland, Cathedral. Sunday,
13 February 2011 in 0.54 (16-1-17)
1346 Yorkshire Surprise Maximus
Hugh Routh 1, John Colliss 2, Charlotte Colliss 3, Hadden Arrowsmith 4, Maureen Routh 5, Robert Walters 6, Peter Bill 7, Ian McCulloch 8, David Rothera 9, Christopher Rogers 10, Philip Rogers (c) 11, John N Hughes-D'Aeth 12

 

14th Feb: Brisbane

Ancient Society of College Youths
BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
Cathedral of St John
Monday, 14 February 2011 in 3.24 (16-1-17)
5042 Yorkshire Surprise Maximus
Composed: J Clatworthy
1 R Hugh Routh
2 W Nigel G Herriott
3 Jennifer M Herriott
4 Christopher H Rogers
5 Gwen Rogers
6 Robert J Walters
7 Hadden L Arrowsmith
8 Ian P McCulloch
9 Matthew J Tosh
10 Graham M Bradshaw
11 Philip Rogers (c)
12 John N Hughes-D'Aeth
First Maximus - 8 and on the bells.
 
Brisbane, Queensland, Cathedral
Monday, 14 February 2011 (16-1-17)
1264 Stedman Caters
Robert Convey 1, John Hughes-D'Aeth (c) 2, Andrew Stubbs 3, Catherine Hughes-D'Aeth 4, Patrick Johns 5, Robert Wirth 6, Rupert Cheeseman 7, David Rothera 8, Philip Goodyer 9, Cathy Cheeseman10
First Stedman - 1, 6

 
 
The Cathedral of St John, Brisbane. Accessing the cathedral ringing chamber via the roof. Public Announcement. They knew we were coming!
Phil Goodyer and Chris Kippin. St John's Cathedral ringing room. Cathy and Rupert Cheeseman.
Mo Routh and Heather Kippin. The Pig N Whistle. The QP band at St Andrew's, South Brisbane.
Manuka church (Photo R LeMarechal). National Carillon, Aspen Island
(Photo R LeMarechal)
John Jelley and Lake Burley Griffin
(Photo R LeMarechal)

15th Feb: Brisbane & Wagga Wagga

Ancient Society of College Youths
BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
St John's Cathedral
Tuesday, 15 February 2011 in 3:31 (16-1-17)
5040 Bristol S Maximus
Composed: John S Warboys
1 Matthew J Tosh
2 John P Colliss
3 Gwen Rogers
4 David E Rothera
5 Andrew N Stubbs
6 Graham M Bradshaw
7 Peter L Bill
8 Michael J Uphill
9 John N Hughes-D'Aeth (c)
10 Philip Rogers
11 Philip R Goodyer
12 Robert C Kippin
Ancient Society of College Youths
WAGGA WAGGA, NSW, Australia
St John Evan
Tuesday, 15 February 2011 in 2:37 (6-0-0)
5056 Superlative Surprise Major
Composed: A J Cox
1 Ann P LeMarechal
2 Bernard H Taylor
3 John H Fielden
4 Andrew W R Wilby
5 John M Jelley
6 Roy LeMarechal (C)
7 David E Potter
8 Timothy P Bradley
Enabling the conductor to ring another peal on the bell that was the 2nd of the former ring of 8 at Bishopstoke

 
Brisbane, Queensland, St Andrew
Tuesday, 15 February 2011 in 0:43 (7-2-21)
1296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
Heather Kippin 1, Robert Convey 2, Charlotte Collis 3, Hugh Routh 4, Matthew Tosh (C) 5, Robert Walters 6
For "Ring for Ben" day
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16th Feb: Melbourne

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
St Patrick’s Cathedral
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 (12-1-0)
1250 Bristol Surprise Major
Graham Bradshaw 1, Bernard Taylor 2, Stephen Mitchell 3, John Fielden 4, Gwen Rogers 5, David Potter 6, Andrew Wilby 7, Philip Rogers (c) 8
 
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
S Paul's Cathedral
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 (29)
1294 Yorkshire S Maximus
John Owen 1, David Moore 2, Stephen Mitchell 3, Ann LeMarechal 4, Roy LeMarechal 5, John Jelley 6, Andrew Wilby (C) 7, John Fielden 8, James Clatworthy 9, Timothy P Bradley 10, Bernard Taylor 11, David Potter 12
In thanks for the rescue of Mark Esbester's son, Jamie, after 5 days lost in New Zealand.

 
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
St James' Old Cathedral
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 in 0.43 (13-0-7)
1280 Cambridge Surprise Major
Robert Convey 1, Timothy Bradley 2, Rupert Cheeseman 3, Hadden Arrowsmith 4, Christopher Rogers 5, Matthew Tosh 6, David Rothera (c) 7, John Hughes-D'Aeth 8
 
Prior to a quarter peal at St James' Old Cathedral, Melbourne. Ringers made use of the free circular tram route. St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne.
Walking from one cathedral to another. St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne. Practice at St Paul's Cathedral - the locals plus the visiting tourists.
Hadden Arrowsmith, Cathy Cheeseman, Robert Convey and Rupert Cheeseman.
Pat & David Moore, and Chris Rogers. Gwen Rogers, John & Cathy Hughes-D'Aeth  

17th Feb: Melbourne & Hobart

Ancient Society of College Youths
MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia
St Paul
Thursday, 17 February 2011 in 3h 26m (29-1-12)
5042 Cambridge Surprise Maximus
Composed: R J Dennis
1 Christopher H Rogers
2 Jennifer M Herriott
3 R Hugh Routh
4 John P Colliss
5 Peter L Bill
6 Michael J Uphill
7 David E Rothera
8 W Nigel G Herriott
9 Graham M Bradshaw
10 David F Moore
11 John N Hughes-D'Aeth (c)
12 Philip R Goodyer
 
Ancient Society of College Youths
GEELONG, Victoria, Australia
St Paul
Thursday, 17 February 2011 in 2h 57m (13)
5088 London Surprise Major
Composed: S J Ivin
1 David E Rothera
2 W Nigel G Herriott (C)
3 Jennifer M Herriott
4 Andrew N Stubbs
5 Hadden L Arrowsmith
6 Stephen J F Mitchell
7 Ian P McCulloch
8 Matthew J Tosh
 
Non Association
MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia
St Pius X, West Heidelberg
Thursday, 17 February 2011 in 2.30 (5-3-27)
5090 Cambridge Surprise Major
Composed: B D Price
1 Cathy L A Cheeseman
2 Gwen Rogers
3 Charlotte K Colliss
4 Helen J Pettet
5 Hadden L Arrowsmith
6 Rupert J Cheeseman
7 Ian P McCulloch
8 Philip Rogers (c)
 
Geelong peal band members in good spirits. St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne. Geelong, prior to the peal and camera crew turning up!
 
St Pius X peal band. St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne (photo Rupert Cheeseman).  

18th Feb: Hobart, Wangaratta, Albury, Yass and Goulburn

Ancient Society of College Youths
HOBART, Tasmania, Australia
S David's Cathedral
Friday, 18 February 2011 in 3h23m (21)
5040 Cambridge S Royal
Composed: James Clatworthy
1 John Owen
2 Ann P LeMarechal
3 Bernard H Taylor (C)
4 John M Jelley
5 James Clatworthy
6 John H Fielden
7 David E Potter
8 Timothy P Bradley
9 Andrew W R Wilby
10 Roy LeMarechal
 
Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia
Holy Trinity
Friday, 18 February 2011
1251 Stedman Triples
Charlotte Colliss 1, Peter Bill 2, Ian McCulloch 3
Andrew Stubbs 4, David Rothera 5, John Colliss 6, Chris Rogers (c) 7, Hadden Arrowsmith 8
To congratulate the Bishop of Wangaratta, the Rt Revd John Parks, on becoming a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his ministry which included his role in instigating and supervising the completion of Brisbane Cathedral.

 
Albury, NSW, Australia
St Matthew
Friday, 18 February 2011 (7-3-21)
1250 Rutland Surprise Major
Cathy Cheeseman 1, Gwen Rogers 2, John Hughes-D'Aeth 3, Robert Convey 4, Catherine Hughes-D'Aeth 5, Philip Rogers 6, Rupert Cheeseman 7, Matthew Tosh (C) 8
 
Ringing at St Matthew's, Albury.   St Matthew, Albury, New South Wales.
Practice night with the locals at Goulburn Cathedral.   Goulburn Cathedral, NSW
   
Dinner at the hotel in Goulburn.    

19th Feb: Goulburn & Canberra

Ancient Society of College Youths
GOULBURN, NSW, Australia
Cathedral Church of St Saviour
Saturday, 19 February 2011 in 3.31 (21-3-3)
5060 Stedman Cinques
1 Michael J Uphill
2 Christopher H Rogers
3 Peter L Bill
4 Andrew N Stubbs
5 David E Rothera
6 John P Colliss
7 Gwen Rogers
8 Thomas M Perrins
9 John N Hughes-D'Aeth (c)
10 Matthew J Tosh
11 Robert C Kippin
12 Philip Rogers
A significant birthday compliment to the tenor ringer.

 
Manuka, ACT, Australia
St Pauls
Saturday, 19 February 2011 in 39 (4-1-12)
1250 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
Charlotte Colliss 1, Hadden Arrowsmith 2, Robert Convey 3, Maureen Routh 4, Hugh Routh, Cathy Cheeseman 6, Ian McCulloch 7, Rupert Cheeseman (c) 8
 
 
Goulburn Cathedral. After the peal at Goulburn: Thomas Perrins, Gwen & Phil Rogers. Michael Uphill.
The Treasurer celebrating a significant birthday (with a little help from Chris Rogers and a bottle or three of medicine).    

This sculpture was the first thing we saw on arriving in Goulburn.

Proof that is wasn't all hot and dry weather during the tour.
It was impossibe to loose Cathy, thanks to her day-glow waterproof.

20th Feb: Sydney and the ASCY Country Meeting

Ancient Society of College Youths
SYDNEY, NSW, Australia
St Philip
Sunday, 20 February 2011 in 3hr 7min (18-2-21)
5088 Bristol Surprise Major
Composed: Roger Baldwin
1 Robert M Wood
2 Thomas M Perrins (C)
3 David E Rothera
4 Stephen J F Mitchell
5 J Alan Ainsworth
6 Bernard H Taylor
7 Matthew J Tosh
8 David E Potter
 
Ancient Society of College Youths
SYDNEY, NSW, Australia
S Benedict
Sunday, 20 February 2011 in 2h57m (14)
5040 S Minor 8m
(1) London (2) Wells (3) York (4) Durham (5) Norwich (6) Beverley, Surfleet (7) Cambridge
1 Ann P LeMarechal
2 David E House
3 Ian P Hill
4 William T Perrins
5 Nigel Bailey
6 Roy LeMarechal (C)
1300th peal - 3

 
Ancient Society of College Youths
SYDNEY, NSW, Australia
St James, Queens Square
Sunday, 20 February 2011 in 2.53 (10.0.12)
5088 Cambridge Surprise Major
Composed: C Forster
1 John M Jelley
2 David F Moore
3 Andrew N Stubbs
4 Christopher H Rogers
5 Hadden L Arrowsmith
6 Ian P McCulloch
7 John H Fielden
8 Andrew WR Wilby (c)
 
The ASCY 2011 Country Meeting, Sydney.
A welcome from Bill Perrins. New members are welcomed. A welcome from David Bleby.
  Obligatoy handbell photo opportunity.  
    Comparing the quality of ringing socks.
Stedman Cinques in hand.  

21st Feb: Sydney

Ancient Society of College Youths
DARLING POINT, NSW, Australia
St Mark
Monday, 21 February 2011 in 2.44 (8-1-26)
5056 Yorkshire Surprise Major
Composed: R J Angrave
1 Philip R Goodyer
2 Michael Clayton
3 Thomas M Perrins
4 Robert C Kippin
5 Ian P McCulloch
6 Hadden L Arrowsmith
7 Christopher H Rogers
8 Philip Rogers (c)
 
Ancient Society of College Youths
SYDNEY, NSW, Australia
Cathedral Church of St Mary
Monday, 21 February 2011 in 3.36 (34-1-3)
5042 Cambridge Surprise Maximus
Composed: D G Hull
1 R Hugh Routh
2 Peter L Bill
3 Jennifer M Herriott
4 Andrew N Stubbs
5 Michael J Uphill
6 Gwen Rogers
7 David E Rothera
8 John P Colliss
9 W Nigel G Herriott
10 Graham M Bradshaw
11 Ian P Hill
12 John N Hughes-D'Aeth (c)
The 50th Anniversary of Peter Bill's first peal
 
Lundy Island Society
BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
S John
Monday, 21 February 2011 in 3h21m (16)
5042 Yorkshire S Maximus
Composed: J Worth
1 Ann P LeMarechal
2 Roy LeMarechal
3 Joanne C Lovell
4 Christine B Potter
5 John M Jelley
6 James Clatworthy (C)
7 John H Fielden
8 David E Potter
9 R Mark Esbester
10 Bernard H Taylor
11 Timothy P Bradley
12 Andrew W R Wilby
 
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
S John
Monday, 21 February 2011 in 48m (16)
1250 Cambridge S Major
John Fielden 1, Harold Bartlett 2, Bernard Taylor (C) 3, Patrick Johns 4, Roy LeMarechal 5, Mark Esbester 6, David Potter 7, Timothy Bradley 8
First of Surprise Major - 2

 

Darling Point, NSW, Australia
St Mark
Monday, 21 February 2011
1250 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
Douglas Bell 1, Heather Kippin 2, Michael Pointer 3, Robert Convey 4, Jennifer Herriott 5,
Matthew Tosh 6, Stephen Mitchell (c) 7,
Nigel Herriott 8
First of Lincolnshire: 3

 
 

St Mark's, Darling Point.

 

22nd Feb: Sydney

Ancient Society of College Youths
SYDNEY, NSW, Australia
St Andrew's Cathedral Ringing Chamber
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 in 2.18 (12)
5058 Yorkshire Surprise Major
Composed: M C W Sherwood
1-2 Katherine L Town
3-4 Thomas M Perrins
5-6 John N Hughes-D'Aeth (c)
7-8 Stephen J F Mitchell
 
Ancient Society of College Youths
SYDNEY, NSW, Australia
St Andrew's Cathedral
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 in 3:32 (29-0-4)
5007 Stedman Cinques
Composed: M J Uphill
1 John P Colliss
2 Katherine L Town
3 W Nigel G Herriott
4 Thomas M Perrins
5 Michael J Uphill (c)
6 Christopher H Rogers
7 Stephen J F Mitchell
8 Graham M Bradshaw
9 David E House
10 John N Hughes-D'Aeth
11 Robert C Kippin
12 Ian P Hill
 
Non Association
SYDNEY, NSW, Australia
Christ Church St Laurence
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 in 3h08 (10-3-8)
5040 Yorkshire Surprise Royal
Composed: Marcus C W Sherwood
1 Heather A Kippin
2 Robert J Walters
3 Caroline C House
4 Rupert J Cheeseman
5 Andrew N Stubbs
6 Robert M Wood
7 David E Rothera (c)
8 Ian P McCulloch
9 J Alan Ainsworth
10 Philip R Goodyer
 
Ancient Society of College Youths
BURWOOD, NSW, Australia
St Paul
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 in 2.58 (11-0-8)
5058 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
Composed: J S Warboys
1 Hadden L Arrowsmith
2 Gwen Rogers
3 Cathy L A Cheeseman
4 Catherine E Hughes-D'Aeth
5 Ronald E Shepherd
6 Peter L Bill
7 Philip Rogers (c)
8 Matthew J Tosh
 
Sydney, NSW, Australia
St Mary's Cathedral
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 in 59m (34)
1254 Grandsire Cinques
Maureen Routh 1, Heather Kippin 2, Charlotte Colliss 3, Robert Convey 4, Hugh Routh 5,
Andrew Stubbs 6, Rupert Cheeseman 7,
David Rothera 8, Alan Ainsworth(C) 9, Cathy Cheeseman 10, Matthew Tosh 11, Douglas Bell 12.
First of Grandsire Cinques, 4.
 
 

St Paul's Burwood, Sydney. The peal band at St Paul's Burwood, Sydney. Playing alone in the dark at St Mary's RC Cathedral, Sydney.
A heated church. It's just what you need in this Australian heat. An iconic view. (Photo credit: Rupert Cheeseman.) St Andrew's, Sydney. (Photo credit: Rupert Cheeseman.)
 
St Mary's, Sydney. (Photo credit: Rupert Cheeseman.) St James, Sydney. (Photo credit: Rupert Cheeseman.)  

23rd Feb: Sydney and the Blue Mountains

Ancient Society of College Youths
TURRAMURRA, Sydney, NSW, Australia
St James
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 in 2h47 (10)
5184 Turramurra S Major
Composed: Donald F Morrison(No 229)
1 Ian P McCulloch
2 David E Rothera
3 James W Perrins
4 Philip R Goodyer
5 Andrew N Stubbs
6 Stephen J F Mitchell
7 Graham M Bradshaw
8 J Alan Ainsworth(C)
 
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Cathedral Church of St Mary
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 in 0.58 (34-1-3)
1346 Cambridge Surprise Maximus
John Fryer 1, Esther Perrins 2, Caroline House 3, Robert Wood 4, Katherine Town 5, Gwen Rogers 6, Michael Uphill 7, Ian McCulloch 8,
Graham Bradshaw 9, David House 10, Philip Goodyer 11, Philip Rogers (c) 12
Remembering the victims of the Christchurch earthquake.
 
Bathurst, NSW, Australia
Cathedral of All Saints
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 in 0.43 (11-3-14)
1250 Bristol Surprise Major
John Hughes-D'Aeth (c) 1, Heather Kippin 2,
Robert Convey 3, Charlotte Colliss 4, John Colliss 5, Rupert Cheeseman 6, Chris Kippin 7, Ian Hill 8
 

The day started with a visit to Katoomba and some fantastic views. Hoskins Memorial Church, Lithgow, New South Wales. Ringing at Lithgow. Note the blue and white sallies denote bells that originally came fom Scottish churches.
Ringing at Lithgow. Ringing at Lithgow. All Saints, Bathurst, New South Wales. The top of the tower features glass windows, so that the bells can be seen whilst ringing.
All Saints, Bathurst, New South Wales. The top of the tower features glass windows, so that the bells can be seen whilst ringing. It didn't take long for Matthew Tosh to be on screen. We were treated to a very welcome and wholesome ringers' lunch by the locals.
Our visit seemed to create a lot of interest in the town, with spectators watching and listening to the quarter peal of Bristol Surprise Major. Our visit seemed to create a lot of interest in the town, with spectators watching and listening to the quarter peal of Bristol Surprise Major. The quarter peal band.
General ringing at Bathurst, under the direction of Nigel Herriott. Encouraging the locals to join in with us. Ringing at Bathurst.
Chris Rogers seemed to be enjoying himself. A very happy Mike Clayton who, after ringing a touch at Bathurst, has now rung at all rings of bells in Australia. More spectators.
Being interviewed by the local newspaper on his tower grabbing. The bells at Bathurst. The sixth from an original ring of bells is now hung as a service bell at the top of the tower. We were given a tour of the tower after ringing.
The town campanile opposite the church. "Is it safe to let go?" Demonstrating ringing to local residents. One particular lady was overcome with emotion after the demonstration and burst into tears. I didn't think the ringing was that bad.
Orange, New South Wales. Ringing up at Orange. Attentive observations from Hugh Routh.
Our illustrious leader for the day, being interviewed by a local journalist. Ringing at Orange. Once again, our arrival and ringing prompted quite a bit of interest with the locals. Chairs were set up and members of the audience ensured they were sitting comfortably.
It's only now that I've noticed the big advert on the right of the photo, which reads:
"3:30 - 4:30pm Royal Wedding Bell Ringers - Listen out"
A view from the stalls. Each touch was greeted by a round of applause. Once again, we were treated to a well-timed and very much appreciated ringers' tea.
   
  The tour bus and stars of the roving spectacle (missing from photo: Cathy Cheeseman and Matthew Tosh).  

24th Feb: Sydney

Non Association
DARLING POINT, NSW, Australia
St Mark
Thursday, 24 February 2011 in 2h.48 (8-1-26)
5056 Cambridge Surprise Major
Composed: C. Middleton
1 Peter L Bill
2 Robert A Convey
3 Maureen D Routh
4 Charlotte K Colliss
5 Caroline C House
6 R Hugh Routh
7 Robert M Wood
8 David E House (C)
First Cambridge Major - 2


 

PARRAMATTA, All Saints
Peal attempt of 8 Spliced Surprise Major
Unsuccessful

 

A farewell to Sydney. It was practice nigh a St Mary's Cathedral. Practice night at St Mary's Catherdral.
That's Mr Kippin on the steps in the doorway with Tom Perrins.

25th Feb: Adelaide

Checking-in to the flight to Adelaide. The TV crew wasn't for us this time. St Peter's, Adelaide. Cumberlands locked behind bars. They were later released back into the community.
The meeting of ringers before heading to the pub for a big welcome social. The first night together in Adelaide with local ringers and members of SRCY.  
  Band placing/plotting, ahead of the Adelaide Challenge.  
  The two masters were caught exchanging telephone numbers in a dark corner. "Oh no Roy, please don't do that."
     
     
    "And it's actually only this big."
 
David Bleby. ASCY Officers prepare to meet the Lord Mayor of Adelaide.  

26th Feb: Adelaide: the ASCY v SRCY Striking Competitions and Dinner at Adelaide Town Hall

Adelaide, SA, Australia
Town Hall
Saturday, 26 February 2011 in 43m (13)
1260 Stedman Triples
Sue Pacey 1, Charlotte Colliss 2, Robert Walters 3, Nigel Bailey 4, Andrew Wilby 5, Tom Goodyer (c) 6, Matthew Ball 7, Rupert Cheeseman 8
Rung before the Joint ASCY/SRCY dinner

 
   
St Francis Xavier Cathedral - the location for the 12-bell striking competition.   The Junior Steward's team.
12 bell judges Andrew Wilby and Rupert Cheeseman are treated to luxury working conditions. Were the results really that bad?
Judging conditions #1
Judging conditions #2
Judging conditions #3 The Headmaster monitoring progress and rounding up his pupils. Inside St Peter's Cathedral, Adelaide.
A great lunch and air-conditioned venue was povided by local ringers at St Andrew's, Walkerville. Lunch at Walkerville.  
David Bleby giving instructions for the afternoon. Ah, so they can co-exist in the same place at the same time.  
    "Okay, so we've managed to open the bottle. What next?"
A happy Master. Roy entertaining.  
  Obligatory 8-spliced in hand during lunch at Walkerville. St Andrew's, Walkerville.
Pre-dinner drinks at Adelaide Town Hall.    
  Fred Smeaton in the centre - aged 101 and
75 years a member of the ASCY
The dinner at Adelaide Town Hall.
   

27th Feb: Adelaide

Ancient Society of College Youths
ADELAIDE, SA, Australia
Town Hall
Sunday, 27 February 2011 in 3.14 (13-2-13)
5152 Spliced Surprise Major
4m: 1312 Bristol; 1280 Cambridge, London, Superlative, 112 com, atw
Composed: A J Pitman
1 Ian P Hill
2 J Alan Ainsworth
3 John H Fielden
4 David E Rothera
5 Thomas M Perrins
6 Andrew W R Wilby
7 Philip Rogers (c)
8 Roy LeMarechal
 
Adelaide, SA, Australia
St Francis Xavier
Sunday, 27 February 2011 in 57m (28)
1346 Cambridge S Maximus
Janet Archibald 1, Ian Oram 2, Katherine Downs 3, Ann LeMarechal 4, Neil Buswell (c) 5,
Douglas Nichols 6, Hadden Arrowsmith 7, Adam Beer 8, Mark Esbester 9, Tim Peverett 10, Roy LeMarechal 11, Timothy Bradley 12
 
Adelaide, SA, Australia
St Peter's Cathedral
Sunday, 27 February 2011
1260 Stedman Triples
Mary Gow 1, Geraldine Forster 2, Robert Convey 3, Roger Forster 4, Ian McCulloch 5, Peter Bill 6, Stephen Mitchell (c) 7, Matthew Tosh 8
 
A large party of ringers was invited to a delicious barbecue in The Bush (Yulti Wirra in the Inman Valley), courtesy of David and Elizabeth Bleby. Kangaroo and crocodile meat featured on the menu.
Brave and intrepid aventurers walking to the barbecue in The Bush. Walking to the barbecue in the bush.  
The barbecue in The Bush.    
The Bush.    
   
  Silly sausage.  

28th Feb: Adelaide

Ancient Society of College Youths
Adelaide, SA, Australia
St Andrew Walkerville
Monday, 28 February 2011 in 2:57 (12)
5040 Minor
7m: London S, Grandsire, Oxford TB, St Clement, Kent TB, Plain, Cambridge S.
1 Neil Buswell
2 Robert J Walters
3 Hadden L Arrowsmith
4 Peter L Bill
5 Roy LeMarechal (C)
6 Ian P Hill
Rung with deepest sympathy for all those affected by the earthquake in Christchurch, NZ
 
Ancient Society of College Youths
Adelaide, SA, Australia
St Francis Xavier
Monday, 28 February 2011 in 3:35 (29)
5040 Cambridge S Maximus
Composed: J Clatworthy
1 John P Colliss
2 W Nigel G Herriott
3 Katherine L Town
4 Bernard H Taylor
5 Gwen Rogers
6 Christopher H Rogers
7 Graham M Bradshaw
8 Michael J Uphill
9 David E House
10 Philip R Goodyer
11 Robert C Kippin (c)
12 Timothy J Bradley
100th 12 bell tower - 7
100th ring of 12 – 8

 
 
Today was a lighter programme for a lot of tour participants. We joined the locals for a 12 bell practice at St Francis Xavier in the evening before retiring to a pub and presenting Philip Goodyer and Gwen Rogers with thank you gifts.
The Secretary gives a vote of thanks for the hard work that our Master has put into organising such a successful tour. Philip accepts the vote of thanks graciously. The Master is presented with a gift from the tour participants. Thank you Phil! It really has been a hugely enjoyable tour.
The Master speaks. A presentation is made to Gwen Rogers, for her hard work behind the scenes in organising accommodation and travel for the group. Mmm, chocolate!
   
  Gwen showing off her Aboriginal art print.  

1st Mar: Adelaide

Ancient Society of College Youths
ADELAIDE, SA, Australia
Cathedral Church of St Peter
Tuesday, 1 March 2011 in 3.50 (41-1-0)
5056 Yorkshire Surprise Major
Composed: S Humphrey
1 John N Hughes-D'Aeth (c)
2 Neil Buswell
3 John P Colliss
4 Matthew J Tosh
5 Ian P Hill
6 Graham M Bradshaw
7 Timothy J Bradley
8 Philip Rogers
In memory of the victims of the earthquake in Christchurch, NZ
250th together 1 and 8
 
Ancient Society of College Youths
PROSPECT, SA, Australia
St Cuthbert
Tuesday, 1 March 2011 in 2h.56 (11.1.2)
5088 London Surprise Major
Composed: J.W.Washbrook
1 Robert M Wood
2 Peter L Bill
3 Andrew N Stubbs
4 Hadden Arrowsmith
5 Adam J Beer
6 Philip R Goodyer
7 J Alan Ainsworth
8 David E House (C)
 
Non Association
PERTH, WA, Australia
The Bell Tower
Tuesday, 1 March 2011 in 3:23 (14-1-18)
5042 Yorkshire Surprise Maximus
Composed: R W Pipe
1 Ann P LeMarechal
2 Mary S Faircloth
3 Joanne C Lovell
4 John M Jelley
5 Christine B Potter
6 John Owen
7 Roy LeMarechal
8 James Clatworthy
9 Andrew W R Wilby (C)
10 R Mark Esbester
11 Bernard H Taylor
12 David E Potter
 
Adelaide, SA, Australia
St Andrew, Walkerville
Tuesday, 1 March 2011 in 0.45 (12-3-17)
1296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
Anne V Wood 1, Caroline House 2, Robert Convey 3, Robert Walters 4, Neil Buswell 5, John Hughes-D'Aeth (c) 6
 
Adelaide, SA, Australia
St Francis Xavier Cathedral
Tuesday, 1 March 2011 in 59m (28.2.1)
1311 Stedman Cinques
Katherine Town 1, Robert Convey 2, Caroline House 3, Robert Walters 4, Hugh Routh 5,
Andrew Stubbs 6, Robert Wood 7, Adam Beer 8, Gwen Rogers 9, Christopher Rogers 10,
David House (C) 11, Cathy Cheeseman 12
 
Prospect, SA, Australia
St Cuthbert
Tuesday, 1 March 2011 (11.1.2)
1280 Cambridge S Major
Anne V Wood 1, Heather Kippin 2, Charlotte Colliss 3, Catherine Hughes-D'Aeth 4, Douglas Bell 5, Rupert Cheeseman 6, Chris Kippin 7, Philip Goodyer (c) 8
 
It was back to more ringing today, including a very enjoyable peal scored at the heaviest ring of eight outside the UK. What's more, several ringers and local residents were treated to a lunchtime recital by Chris Kippin and Cathy Cheeseman.
Chris and Cathy taking their bows at the end of the recital in St Francis Xavier RC Cathedral. Chris Kippin in action. Chris Kippin and Cathy Cheeseman
The peal band at St Peter's Cathedral, Adelaide. The Houses talking to Fred Smeaton.  
 

2nd Mar: Perth

Perth, WA, Australia
The Bell Tower
Wednesday, 2 March 2011 (29)
1306 Stedman Cinques
Bernard Taylor (C) 1, John Jelley 2,
Christine Potter 3, Joanne Lovell 4, John Owen 5, Hadden Arrowsmith 6, Adam Beer 7, Mark Esbester 8, James Clatworthy 9, Roy LeMarechal 10, David Potter 11, Andrew Wilby 12.
 
Perth, WA, Australia
The Bell Tower
Wednesday, 2 March 2011 in 56m (29-0-14)
1346 Cambridge S Maximus
Hugh Routh 1, Christine Potter 2, Caroline House 3, Maureen Routh 4, Robert Convey 5,
Rupert Cheeseman 6, Hadden Arrowsmith 7,
Christopher Rogers (c) 8, Timothy Bradley 9, Ian Harris 10, David House 11, John Hughes-D'Aeth 12
5 - First Maximus

 
 
We're finally in Perth! The Swan Tower. Swan Tower.
Welcome from the Deputy Mayor of Perth. The Master looking after proceedings in the Swan Tower. Swan Bells.
Social event and welcome meal with the ringers at Claremont.    
 
The Deputy Lord Mayor of Perth, The Honourable John Tognolini (centre), with Richard Offen (Chairman of the Swan Bells Trust) and Philip Goodyer at The Belltower, Perth.    

3rd Mar: Perth

Ancient Society of College Youths
PERTH, WA, Australia
The Bell Tower
Thursday, 3 March 2011 in 3h.37 (29.0.14)
5042 Cambridge Surprise Maximus
Composed: R W Pipe
1 John Owen
2 Jennifer M Herriott
3 R Hugh Routh
4 Andrew N Stubbs
5 Ian D Harris
6 David E House (C)
7 Robert M Wood
8 Adam J Beer
9 Michael J Uphill
10 W Nigel G Herriott
11 Timothy P Bradley
12 Roy LeMarechal
First Cambridge Maximus - 8

 
Ancient Society of College Youths
CLAREMONT, WA, Australia
Christ Church
Thursday, 3 March 2011 in 2h 31m (6)
5040 Surprise Minor
1 extent each of London, Beverley, Wells, Surfleet, Durham, York, Cambridge
1 Cathy L A Cheeseman
2 Robert J Walters
3 Peter L Bill
4 Bernard H Taylor
5 David E Potter
6 Ian P Hill (C)
First peal as conductor

 
Ancient Society of College Youths
MANDURAH, WA, Australia
Christ's Church
Thursday, 3 March 2011 in 2h42m (8)
5088 Bristol S Major
Composed: Donald F Morrison (no 55)
1 Mary L Townsend
2 Matthew J Tosh
3 Hadden L Arrowsmith
4 R Mark Esbester
5 Timothy P Bradley
6 Christopher H Rogers
7 Roy LeMarechal
8 Neil Buswell (c)
 
 
Christ's Church, Mandurah, WA. Ringers gathered in The Lucky Shag pub for the evening, opposite the Swan Tower. It's difficult to get a consistent night shot of the tower as it keeps changing colour!  

4th Mar: Perth

Ancient Society of College Youths
PERTH, WA, Australia
The Bell Tower
Friday, 4 March 2011 in 3h52 (29-0-14)
5058 Yorkshire S Sixteen
Composed: J N Hughes-D'Aeth
1 James Clatworthy
2 John N Hughes-D'Aeth (C)
3 David E House
4 Roy LeMarechal
5 John P Colliss
6 W Nigel G Herriott
7 Neil Buswell
8 Peter L Bill
9 Joanne C Lovell
10 Ian D Harris
11 R Mark Esbester
12 Philip R Goodyer
13 Ian P Hill
14 Timothy P Bradley
15 Bernard H Taylor
16 Andrew W R Wilby
First peal on 16 bells: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14

 
St George's Cathedral,
PERTH, WA, Australia
Friday 4th March
Stedman Triples: Unsuccessful
 
 

5th Mar: Perth

Non- Association
ROCKINGHAM, WA, Australia
Civic Centre
Saturday, 5 March 2011 in 2:31 (3-0-19)
5088 Yorkshire Surprise Major
Composed: N J Pitstow
1 John P Colliss
2 Robert M Wood
3 Robert J Walters
4 Charlotte K Colliss
5 Adam J Beer
6 Andrew N Stubbs
7 Rupert J Cheeseman (C)
8 Hadden L Arrowsmith
1st surprise as conductor.

 
Perth,WA, Australia
The Bell Tower
Saturday, 5 March 2011 in 45m (7.1.3)
1260 Stedman Triples
Anne V Wood 1, Caroline House 2, David House 3, Richard Offen 4, Philip Goodyer 5, Roy LeMarechal 6, Michael Uphill (c) 7, Callum Crofton 8
 
Perth, WA, Australia
The Bell Tower
Saturday, 5 March 2011 in 47m (14.1.8)
1280 Cambridge S Major
Laura Ivey 1, Maureen Routh 2, Deb Hay 3,
Douglas Bell 4, Ian Hill 5, Hugh Routh 6,
Josclyn Sloan 7, Philip Goodyer (c) 8

 
Perth, WA, Australia
The Bell Tower
Saturday, 5 March 2011 in 52m (29.0.14)
1277 Grandsire Caters
Roy LeMarechal (c) 1, Ann LeMarechal 2, Mary Townsend 3, Joanne Lovell 4, Philip Goodyer 5, Christine Potter 6, Ian Harris 7, James Clatworthy 8, Mark Esbester 9, Timothy Bradley 10
 
Perth, WA, Australia
The Bell Tower
Saturday, 5 March 2011 in 60m (29.0.14)
1320 Little Bob Sixteen
John Colliss 1, Ian Hill 2, Neil Buswell 3,
Cathy Cheeseman 4, Robert Walters 5,
Rupert Cheeseman 6, Roy Le Marechal (c) 7,
Hadden Arrowsmith 8, Robert Wood 9, James Clatworthy 10, Philip Goodyer 11, Adam Beer
12, Timothy Bradley 13, David Potter 14, Andrew Wilby 15, Mark Esbester 16
First on 16: 4, 5, 6, 8, 12

 
 
Laith Reynolds addresses the Last Night Dinner. (photo R LeMarechal) The Last Night Dinner
(photo R LeMarechal)

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