On Saturday 18 April, a sunny spring morning, Cherry Hinton ringers set off for Essex to embark on a day of quarter peal ringing , and visiting alpacas owned by a regular visitor to the tower.
We arrived at Great Bardfield church after a 40 minute journey from Cherry Hinton. We enjoyed looking at the huge and newly refurbished clock before 6 ringers successfully rang a quarter peal of Durham Surprise Minor while others enjoyed a coffee at the recommended Blue Egg farm shop and café.
After a short drive we reached the picturesque village of Finchingfield and attempted a quarter peal of Bob Triples, unfortunately this was unsuccessful but this didn’t stop us enjoying lunch at ‘The Fox’ pub and generally taking in the lovely village surroundings.
Following lunch we travelled to Wethersfield, and enjoyed an interesting ring around a Samson pole (not a maypole).
We successfully rang a quarter peal of April Day Doubles to complement a beautiful April day outing.
We spent the rest of the afternoon just down the road from the church admiring Ian and Viv’s alpacas and enjoying afternoon tea before heading back to Cambridge after an interesting and different ringing outing!
Words by Amanda Cator. Photos by Amanda Cator and Robert Oakeshott.