We ususally go on several trips a year to ring at tower across the North West, Yorkshire and occasionally further afield. Here you can find bucketfuls of information and photographs of our many ringing outings and visits to churches and towers. Also covered briefly are the striking competitions, Lifelong Learning events, and training days with which we've been involved.
2006 Ringing Outings [details...]
Not much to report yet with only one short trip to mention. Let's hope it's a much more productive touring and ringing year than our non-eventful 2005!
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2004 Ringing Outings [details...]
This year has was our sparsest for ringing trips for a long while. Nevertheless, we managed to squeeze a few outings in, one in March to ten towers around Bradford and Huddersfield, and the Joint Blackburn and Preston Branch trip in October. We rounded off the year with a far-reached trek via towers from Hull to York. As usual, you can see detailed reports and photos by clicking on photo opposite.
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2003 Ringing Outings [Jan-Jul details...] [Aug-Dec details...]
This year we started our ringing outings earlier than ever with an enjoyable trip to North Yorkshire to ring at Ripon Cathedral and four other towers of the YACR. This was followed a month later by a foray across the South Pennines with ringers from Liverpool Branch, and in April the Lancashire Association AGM. Two mammoth tours followed with 19 towers on the fringes of Leeds and 30 towers around the Peak District.

The second half of the year started in much the same way as the first when in July we had a mini-adventure in the Yorkshire Dales, then some of us visited Lincolnshire for the Ringing Roadshow. During September we had break in Wales where we circled Anglesey, then came our Three Counties Tour. In October we went to north Cheshire for the Joint Branch outing. In November it was Yorkshire's turn again on Alan Birney's trip, and we mopped up towers in the Lancaster area. As Christmas grew near we went on another tour to Staffordshire and finished off in Cheshire.

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2003 ringing trips
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2003 ringing trips
2002 Ringing Outings [details...]
Our first ringing outing of 2002 was to the Lancashire Association AGM held in Furness Branch in April, where we had a tour of six contrasting and delightfully located towers in Lakeland. During the summer we went on tour with the "nabbers" group for two days around Rossendale, Chorley and Bolton, and visited a nine towers in North Yorkshire with Colne's second annual tour and on an outing organised by ringers from Halifax. We rounded off the good ringing year with a mammoth trip to Southwell in Nottinghamshire.

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2001 Ringing Outings [details...]
We managed to go on a few ringing trips during 2001, the most significant being to the Ringing Roadshow, this year held at Keele University (former home of two of Colne's ringers). Besides this we also went on part of the Joint Blackburn-Preston Branch outing around Huddersfield, and in December we had the inaugural Colne Christmas Tower Tour to six churches in Brontė Country.
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For the past couple of years Colne has entered a band into the annual Blackburn Branch striking competition. In 1999 at Whalley and 2000 at Gisburn we regrettably came last, but in 2001 at Church Kirk we did ourselves proud and came second, with a paltry 21 faults! This meant that we joined a band from Blackburn Cathedral in the LACR striking competition held in Silverdale. Unfortunately, at this event, after eight good leads we succumbed to a method error and did not complete the touch.

Around Easter 2000 several of us made the trip to Darwen to help out during the Lifelong Learning ringing event. This special day in the ringing calendar was set aside to bring bellringing to people's attention and perhaps inspire new learners. The main attraction was the Lichfield Diocesan Mobile Belfry set up in a car park on the edge of the town, though the tower of St Peter's, Darwen was also open. Ringing such light bells was an unusual experience but we eventually just about managed a course or two of Plain Hunt. In 2001, the Mobile Belfry made a return to the Branch, this time right in the middle of Blackburn town centre. It aroused much more interest here and the helpers were fairly rushed off their feet! A few of Colne's ringers tagged along and helped out, staying till nearly six o'clock to help pack everything away. The 2002 event followed much the same pattern as that of the previous year, except five of us from Colne went to help set up the mobile belfry too. [details...]

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Since about 1998 most of us have attended at least one of the Lancashire Association Training Days per year, initially as learners but progressing to helper status fairly rapidly. The LACR traditionally holds a Basic Training Day in late March focussing on Plain Hunt and Plain Bob, then another in late October where more advanced methods such as Grandsire, Kent, Stedman and Cambridge may be learned. Our thanks go to all those ringers from the Association who have helped us on these courses in the past.

Now that most of us are good enough to help out at the Training Days, we have been able to put something back into the learning process. Besides lending a hand at these events, a great part of the day is lunchtime when the hosts invariably put on a good spread with us greedy Colners usually indulging in seconds or even thirds! A fund-raising raffle is also drawn at each Training Day though alas we have yet to win anything - a bottle of Bell's whiskey went begging at the last gathering!

click for more info Lunchtime at the 2004
Advanced Training
Day held at St Silas
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unlucky raffle tickets
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