Bellringers' Outing

30 June 2001

On 30 June 2001, the bellringers from St Andrew's Enfield, together with a few friends from neighbouring churches, went on an outing to Clacton-on-Sea and the surrounding area.

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Craig, our tower captain, and our trusty minibus for the day, kindly lent to us by the Oakwood Baptist Church

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St Michael, Thorpe-le-Soken

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The priory in St Osyth

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Jane and Craig at St Osyth. We had been told at the previous tower that these bells were "almost unringable", which was rather worrying, but, while requiring more effort than some to ring, they weren't at all bad - it all adds character!

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Helen, Mary and David also working hard on these bells - Helen doesn't seem entirely content!

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After two towers in the morning we retired to Clacton-on-Sea for an extended lunchtime break

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After we'd eaten, some of us played a game of mini-golf. Craig took an imaginative approach to negotiating the obstacles on the course, preferring to go over rather than through them. He and Helen watch as his ball sinks in a watery grave.

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The first time I've seen a waterslide on a golf course

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Helen and Barry

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Helen goes to join Craig, Lucy and Jane for a paddle.

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Helen and Craig with rather damp trousers!

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Lucy, Mary and Jane, also with damp trousers!

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Lucy, Helen, Mary, Craig and Barry

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Looking to the sea from All Saints, Great Holland

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Leaving All Saints, Great Holland

Everyone gets there own things out of such an outing. For the non-ringer John Salmon who came with us, the focus was particularly on taking photographs of the churches and their surroundings.

For me it is a combination of good company, a change of scenery, and some pleasant ringing.

Others take a particular interest in the church organs. Here is a selection:

St Michael, Thorpe-le-Soken

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SS Peter, Paul & Osyth in St Osyth

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All Saints, Great Holland

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