Society of Royal Cumberland Youths

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July Country Meeting, Saturday 8th July 2017

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This year’s summer country meeting will be held in Derbyshire, at Melbourne.


The meeting will be held at the Melbourne Community Centre, Church Street, Melbourne, Derby DE73 8EJ at 4.30pm.  This is located nearby St Michael’s church and adjacent to the Blue Bell Inn.

Peals and Event Programme

Peals are available on Thursday 6 July, Friday 7 July and in the morning of Saturday 8 July. If there is enough interest a peal may also be possible on Sunday afternoon.
The suggested venue for Friday night is the Hardinge Arms in Kings Newton, about 15 minutes’ walk from the centre of Melbourne. If you intend to join our group please email Christian Peckham to let him know, so that he can reserve enough space for us. It would also be very helpful if you would let Christian know whether you plan to eat there, so that he can give them an idea of how many to cater for (by June 30th please). The pub has agreed to take food orders on the night from the bar menu. However, if you have any specific dietary requirements please let us know so we can ensure a suitable dish is available.

General Ringing

The towers open for general ringing on Saturday are:
10.00 Chellaston St Peter (6), 4-3-19
10.45 Repton St Wystan (8), 17-3-0
12.00 Ticknall St George (10), 9-1-26
13:15 Breedon on the Hill (6), 9-1-20

Striking Competition and General Ringing at Melbourne

An informal striking competition will be held from 1330 at St Michael’s, Melbourne (12, 15-1-24), followed by general ringing until 1610. The test piece will be half a course of Cambridge Surprise Maximus. Teams will draw lots for bells, with 2 'joker' swaps permitted. Only rounds for the ropes will be permitted as practice. Teams can form beforehand or/and scratch teams can enter on the day. The competition will be judged by Tim Peverett and Alaistair Smith.


After the meeting in Melbourne Community Centre, dinner will be served, with a choice of main courses including a vegetarian option, and a choice of two desserts. A quiz will follow. A licensed cash bar will be available.

Sign up for dinner and peal attempts below. The cost of dinner is £15.  Please credit the Society's bank account, pay by PayPal (a small surcharge applies), or send the Treasurer a cheque.

Public Transport

The nearest rail station is Derby. There is a bus service from Derby Bus Station to Melbourne. Alternatively it is about £15 by taxi from either East Midlands Parkway or Derby Stations.

Car Parking

The Community Centre has a small car park and there is plenty of on street parking nearby.

Other things to do

Melbourne is a historic small town and there are opportunities for people to walk around the pool (lake) if the weather is good. For anyone that wants to do something that doesn’t involve ringing, Calke Abbey (historic house, NT) is very nearby and recommended.


There is accommodation in Melbourne and surrounding villages. Cheaper hotels can be found in Derby, about 7 miles away.

Location map

Sign up

Logged in members can sign up for peal attempt(s) and evening event. (If you can't see the link to sign up here, and you have a log-in to this site, you can log in here, then you can sign up; alternatively by ticking the paper list on Wednesday or please email Joseph E T Waters the Assistant Secretary.)