• First Leg of Farewell Tour

    Unfortunately this week we had to say goodbye to one of our ringers.

    Beth originally came along after a friend of hers gave her one of our leaflets saying “ you like doing odd things, you might enjoy this”

    At that time Beth was studying theatre stage management and was looking for hobbies that got her mixing with people outside of her course. Originally she came from Denver, Colorado in the USA and she had settled in Leytonstone. She came along to an open day and took to bell ringing like the proverbial duck to water.

    She mastered the basics of bell handling and moved on to plain hunt, bob doubles and grandsire.

    After graduation Beth had to take jobs around the country to pay her bills. She worked with a London opera company and embraced the british pantomime tradition.

    But the beauty of bellringing as a hobby meant that she could contact a local tower and ring wherever she happened to be if she wanted too or had the time. She enjoyed several outings with us and the barking clan around Surrey and Essex.

    After having the pleasure of her company for several years, she decided that she would rather live outside London and try for a permanent job so that she could stay in the UK indefinitely. But that didn’t happen and after her last job in Scotland finished at the beginning of October , she began a farewell tour of Great Britain and Iceland.

    Last Monday Beth came to Leyton and while disappointed that St Johns was out of action, we were glad to be able to ring with her before she goes off to the States. She rang Bob Doubles inside which after a gap of several months was quite impressive, she rang different bells around the tower and rang tenor for several methods.

    The following day the Leytonstone band had dinner with her and we wish her all the best for the future while hoping that she might visit us soon.


Bellringing at St. John's Leytonstone


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