Valerie Harris Reporting from the Blackmoor Tower Outing

Blackmoor’s tower outing in the Winchester area was another resounding success, with fabulous weather, some great bells and excellent company.

We were joined for the day by ringers from Alton who brought their Learners & Improvers session on tour with us.  This gave us the perfect sized group so everyone could have good ring, but could also have a break and wander around the church if they wanted to.

We visited three St Mary’s during the morning at Easton, Avington & Old Alresford.

In Avington  Robin, Malcolm and Carol treated us to a verse and chorus of “While shepherds watched” from the gallery that overlooks the congregation. I am always truly impressed by how ‘full’ a sound these three can produce.

At Old Alresford there was a church open day to celebrate 140 years of the Mother’s Union which was founded Mary Sumner, wife to one of it’s former rectors.

After a enjoyable lunch at The Globe in New Alresford we moved onto St. Andrew’s in Tichborne and finished the day at St. Michael & All Angels in Cheriton.

I’d like to thank Malcolm Cooper for arranging the day and for producing his usual foolproof directions. We saw some fantastic countryside scenery complete with Highland cattle, goats, Alpaca, lots of streams and ponds and many, many ducks.

Marvellous.

Valerie Harris (Blackmoor TC)

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