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witney and woodstock branch outing    saturday 9 may 2009    wiltshire
There were about 25 of us in total so not quite enough to warrant a coach so we set out in cars. We had a lovely day driving around the pretty Wiltshire towns and villages set in beautiful countryside. The first tower we arrived at was, St Michael and All Angels, Melksham. 8 18-0-7, which had a stunning stain glass window filling one wall of the ringing chamber, we moved on from there to Holy Trinity at Bradford upon Avon, 8 29-2-26. where we also had lunch and time to have a quick wander around the town before heading to Christ Church 8 12-0-7, in the same town. From there we set out for St Mary the Virgin Steeple Ashton 6 20-3-18 It was the prettiest village with the most stunning enormous church.
Our day coming towards the end now, we headed for our last tower at Marlborough St Mary the Virgin 8 16-2-23 en-route we drove past Silbury Hill and stopped to climb it, but unfortunately it is now closed to the public due to erosion. Onwards to Marlborough where we had a bit of time before we had access to the tower so we decided it was time for tea and a slice of elusive Carrot Cake.
I had such an enjoyable day ringing some lovely bells, in lovely towers all with easy stairs, no less. I think I speak for us all on the outing when I say thank you so much to Richard for organising such a great day, it all ran very smoothly (apart from the key for Christ Church, but we won't mention that) and nicely spaced so we didn't feel pressured.
Bradford on Avon, Holy Trinity; heavy tenor
Bradford on Avon, Holy Trinity; really heavy
Bradford on Avon, Holy Trinity peal board - the oldest, anywhere? ever?
Bradford on Avon, Christ Church
Steeple Ashton - huge church; tiny village
Marlborough - on the way out, but too late for some?
group picture at Marlborough
waiting at Melksham