Chartered ‘ride & ring’ train raises money for Blood Cancer charity.

All aboard the Strike Back Express!

On Saturday 29th of July Bellringers proved , yet again, how much heart we have by filling 3 carriages of this lovely old diesel train that had been chartered for Julie McDonnell’s charity Strike Back Against Blood Cancer.

The train left Hastings early in the morning and travelled through the countryside stopping along the way to pick up over 100 ringers as well as 2 carriages of train enthusiasts. Droppig us ringers off at Bath the train moved on to the final stop at Kenysham.

Luckily the weather held as we mixed with tourists and walked to the first open tower of St Mary’s, Bathwick (10 bells  18-3-20) followed by Christ Church ( 8 bells   13-0-4).   People enjoyed lunch at various hostelries, well it would have been rude not to.                Our group targeted a pub that sold Bellringers Ale.                                  The afternoon was completed with a ring at St Michaels Without (8 bells  14-1-9) before heading back to the train.

Food and drinks were available on the train, with over half the monies taken going to the charity. Meeting old friends and making new ones made the journey home very enjoyable. I’m so glad we were part of this special day.

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