During 2001 we only managed to go on a few ringing trips, to the Ringing Roadshow, around Huddersfield, and the inaugural Colne Christmas Tour. Photographs were taken at most of the towers visited though many are on slide film and as yet haven't been scanned.

31st March — Ringing Roadshow: Keele University
7 towers: Betley (6); Madeley (6); Wolstanton (8); Keele (6); Swynnerton (6); Newcastle-under-Lyme (12); Audley (8)

Our first and most extensive outing was in March to the Central Council's Ringing Roadshow, this year held at Keele University (former alma mater of some of Colne's band before they took up ringing). In the morning we rang at Betley, Madeley (where one of the ropes snapped on Chris!) and Wolstanton before heading back to Keele University sports hall and the numerous stalls and stands. Bell recordings, hand bells, software, books, fittings and even the services of bell founders were all on offer, together with a few mini-rings (including the Lichfield Mobile Belfry). Whilst here we were hastily grabbed by someone on the Young Ringers stand who took our photo - it wasn't until later that we saw our snap (right) in the Ringing Roadshow article featured in 13 April 2001 issue of The Ringing World! To round off the day we rang at Keele (nice to grab our "second home" at last!), Swynnerton, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Audley.
click for larger image Adam, Paul, Chris
and Joanne at the
Ringing Roadshow

13th October — Joint Blackburn & Preston Branch Outing: Huddersfield
3 towers: Kirkheaton (8); Almondbury (8); Emley (6)

In October some of us headed off to West Yorkshire for the annual meeting organised by ringers in the Preston and Blackburn Branches. This year Howard and Celia Carter organised a good day out to six towers near Huddersfield. Unfortunately, due to prior wedding ringing arrangements we could only attend the first three towers at Kirkheaton (a cramped eight), Almondbury (a very nice weighty eight), and Emley (a ground floor six), but we all had a good morning's ringing nevertheless.
click for larger image At St John the
click for larger image Outside All
click for larger image At St Michael
the Archangel,
click for larger image Andrew in
Emley's "Frog
click for larger image Andrew at Emley with the
lofty TV mast behind
click for larger image A full view of St Michael
the Archangel, Emley

15th December — Colne's Christmas Tower Tour
5 towers: Haworth (6); Queensbury (8); Oxenhope (8); Bingley (8); Keighley (8)

This was the very first bellringing trip organised by the ringers of Colne, encompassing five towers just over the Pennines in the romantic (though on the day rather dank) surroundings of Brontë Country. We kicked off at Haworth where there were some welcome heaters, moved on to Queensbury with its Yorkshire tails, then Oxenhope with its spacious ringing chamber before lunch, heading back to the cobbled main street of Haworth for some food in a cafe.

The eatery we chose was bustling and by the time our meals arrived they were piping hot. Our red hot dinners, coupled with roadworks on the B6429 near Harden, meant that some of us were nearly half an hour late for Bingley, another tower with Yorkshire tails and arguably the nicest bells of the day. The knock on delay was still present by the time we reached Keighley, where the ropes were far too long, though we did manage a very pleasant touch of Bob Minor.

Despite extensive advertising over five branches of the LACR and YACR only twelve ringers attended. Nevertheless, we had some good major and minor ringing throughout the day, something for everyone, and it was a good experience to ring at places with greatly differing bells and handling. On the day a few of us even reached grabbing milestones: Phil, 100 towers; Paul, 50 towers; and Andrew, 10 towers.

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