got that out of our system and we shall return to the more slimline proceedings we have become accustomed to at this event. That was just about the only information she imparted initially, but gradually more detail came out. God willing we can help, but there was no ringing for us today, despite this afternoon being the South-East District Practice at Pettistree as in one of those typical diary clashes that happen amongst a sea of empty Saturdays we were otherwise engaged with the. Having been asked to revise Glasgow Surprise Major for this evenings session, I expected us to be very short, but in the event we had one of the best attendances of the year. Whilst we werent ringing, our peers back in Suffolk were, including a super abundance of achievements at Earl Stonham, where Stephen Christian, Jenny, Tracey and Mervyn Scase were all ringing their first quarter-peal of Westminster Surprise Minor well done guys!
An important day to ring for every year as those who sacrifice their lives in our names are solemnly remembered, with bells usually playing an important part of the proceedings. In an age of health n safety and easy litigation and in a week when people have been killed on the roads linked to the conditions, it is understandable that such decisions are reached. And the boys the eldest two of whom were genuinely very excited about coming to this had a great time, as did we all. They are bigger and brighter and best of all they are even closer to home then the current place! The rescue was also reported with gleeful sensationalism as rather normally in such circumstances he had to be brought down via the hatch that is in many belfry floors, usually to remove bells for maintenance. Apart from the citys usual attractions, there are activities in the church itself for children and a tour of The Lost Rings of Cambridge led by Gareth Davies, who some may recall was one of the judges for the SGR Guild Striking Competitions of 2014. Well done Robert and Sally! it was an upbeat meeting, with AJM ahead of the curve on many things, which is reassuring as we consider the more formal education that is due to come his way later in the year. Ringing those bells when called upon on the Sabbath or indeed any other occasion seems only reasonable and although Ruthie isnt usually able to ring for most services as she is singing in the choir, I am pleased to regularly ring for morning worship. Yesterday marked two years since the birth of our youngest son Joshua, a landmark that seems incredible when the image of his arrival into the world as a fragile, helpless new human being is still so fresh in my mind. An attempt at Stedman Cinques which inexplicably failed twice despite me being out of the way on the tenor bonging behind was more than counteracted by some very well-rung Grandsire Cinques, Little Bob Maximus and Yorkshire Surprise Maximus as a climax.