Holiday planning

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  1. ColinA

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    It's about time I planned my summer holiday. I need a location (for the week) where I can go bellringing in the evenings and photograph gravestones during the day. Any ideas?
     
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    Daft Bat Administrator. Chief cook & bottle washer! Staff Member

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    Where were your ancestors from? :)
     
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    Well they are from Cambridgeshire which is not too far form Northants so I tend to go further afield and do my Sherlock Holmes act seeking out Find a Grave requests. If there are any bellringers on here perhaps they could recommend good towers/districts.
     
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    Daft Bat Administrator. Chief cook & bottle washer! Staff Member

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    On the Chichester Cathedral website:

     
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    I just have to ask this question....Can you just randomly go to a church and ring it's bells? That's what this sounds like. o_O
     
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    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    Melbourne has a shortage of bellringers but by the time you got there it would be time to go back home. No good?
     
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    Yes. One turns up (having found out when the practice night is) and if you can ring you are welcomed. Certain towers (St Paul's London) ring at such a high standard that ordinary folk cannot get in. Up and down the country there are Guilds and plenty of websites where one can research where to ring. I'll find somewhere eventually. I was just asking if anyone knew of places where a roving photographer might take some shots during the day and follow a different hobby in the evenings!
     
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    Yes, I sort of figured that's what you were wanting to do, I just didn't realize that in England you could go in churches and ring their bells at certain times. Interesting. I think over here, most of our church bells are electronic now, although I do remember when I was young some of the young lads in our church would get to be a bell ringer on Sundays. I hope you have a good holiday and find both a friendly church or two and lots of tomb stones to photograph...
     
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    I didn't know that. How fabulous.

    The bells of Halkyn Parish Church, Flintshire, have a good loud clang (I'm reliably informed by a bell-ringing friend). :)
     

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