SRCY Triennial Dinner 2015

On a bright, warm mid-September morning, the sounds of ringing rolled across the Norfolk countryside. Four bands of Cumberlands were marking the Triennial Dinner Day with a peal, two of Cambridge Major, one of Rutland Major, and one of Yorkshire Royal. All four were successfully added to a further two rung on the previous day (Cambridge Royal and London Major). These six peals, however, were simply a precursor to the main business of the weekend: the evening event.

The Assembly House in Norwich opened its doors and welcomed in a crowd of Cumberlands and their guests for a drinks reception followed by a superb meal in the Noverre Ballroom. I am reliably informed by a College Youth that this used to be a cinema: this was independently verified by a Cumberland. I do not know what scenes were viewed there during the room’s time as a cinema, but I doubt any patrons were treated to anything as unexpected as the Bishop of Lynn’s rendition of a Flanders and Swann song. Following his after-dinner speech, the Right Reverend offered us a song symbolic of the often difficult relationship between church and ringers. Though he was unaware of a definite connection, the bishop believed he may have been related to the incumbent of St. Peter Mancroft that barred the ringers from the tower in the early twentieth century. Our poor Master had a tough act to follow when he was called upon to speak!

Welcoming the Cumberlands to Norwich for the Triennial Dinner was part of the local ringers’ celebrations marking the 300th Anniversary of the First Peal. Simon Rudd, chairman of Appeal300, spoke about the project that Mancroft wishes to undertake and thanked the Society for their grant of £3300 earlier in the year. Wisely, with so many local ringers present, the Master of the College Youths did not dispute Mancroft’s claim to the first peal when she spoke. It was particularly fitting that the final part of the weekend was, for those able to get up in time, ringing at Mancroft for the Sunday service.

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avatarRussell Brown

A really top weekend. Thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. 29th October 2015


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Peals rung for Society Triennial Dinner

Gressenhall, Norfolk
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Friday, 18 September 2015 in 2h48 (9–2–13 in G)
5040 Cambridge Surprise Royal
Composed by Anthony J Cox

  1. Patricia O M Hitchins
  2. Ruth Curtis
  3. Janet House
  4. Joanna K Dorling
  5. Felicity S Warwick
  6. Claire F Roulstone
  7. David A Warwick
  8. Peter J Waterfield (C)
  9. Alan Regin
  10. Paul F Curtis

East Raynham, Norfolk
St Mary the Virgin
Friday, 18 September 2015 in 2hrs 43mins (9–3–5 in G)
5088 London Surprise Major
Composed by SJ Ivin (No 8)

  1. Joanna K Dorling
  2. Felicity S Warwick
  3. Ruth Curtis
  4. Paul F Curtis
  5. David A Warwick
  6. Alan Regin
  7. Ian Roulstone (C)
  8. Claire F Roulstone

A compliment to Claire on obtaining her PhD from LSE.

Ashill, Norfolk
St Nicholas
Saturday, 19 September 2015 in 2h 49m (9–2–27 in F♯)
5024 Rutland Surprise Major
Composed by PGK Davies

  1. Janet House
  2. Elizabeth A Hibbert
  3. Gillian A Leale
  4. Susan B Binns
  5. Felicity S Warwick
  6. David A Warwick (C)
  7. Christian M Peckham
  8. Peter J Waterfield

Rung prior to the Triennial Dinner

Gressenhall, Norfolk
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Saturday, 19 September 2015 in 2:57 (9–2–13 in G)
5040 Yorkshire Surprise Royal
Composed by Anthony J Cox

  1. Heather M Forster
  2. Benjamin D Kipling
  3. Elizabeth J Cranfield
  4. Sheila M Cheesman
  5. Peter J Blight
  6. Geraldine R Forster
  7. Malcolm M Powell
  8. James M Hills
  9. Graham A Duke (C)
  10. Ian G Campbell

On the Society's triennnial dinner day.

New Buckenham, Norfolk
St Martin
Saturday, 19 September 2015 in 2hrs 48mins (11–0–7 in G)
5056 Cambridge Surprise Major
Composed by A J Cox & C Middleton

  1. Ruth Curtis
  2. Joanna K Dorling
  3. Linda D Rankin
  4. Mary E Holden
  5. Faith J Pearce
  6. Peter J Sawyer
  7. Alan Regin
  8. Paul F Curtis (C)

Saxlingham Nethergate, Norfolk
St Mary the Virgin
Saturday, 19 September 2015 in 2hrs 45mins (7–3–27 in A)
5056 Cambridge Surprise Major
Composed by DF Morrison (No. 6071)

  1. Michael H D O'Callaghan
  2. Janet E Menhinick
  3. Penelope JV Sharpe
  4. Claire O'Mahony
  5. Richard A Turk
  6. Richard C Smith
  7. Claire F Roulstone
  8. Ian Roulstone (C)

First peal for the Society in the northern hemisphere: 4. For the triennial dinner.