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81 Years of Ringing

It is one of the nicest aspects of ringing that we can celebrate special occasions with bells, and on Friday 15th February it was a great pleasure for local ringers to meet Albert Driver at St Maryís Church, Redgrave to ring a quarter peal for his 93rd birthday.  Albert has been ringing since the age of 12, and 81 years later he is teaching a band to ring at the nearby church at Rickinghall Superior! A wonderful set of wooden gates made by Redgrave resident and new recruit to Albertís band, Chris Davies, greeted us on this chilly morning and once inside Albert proudly showed us the work which has been undertaken in the church since it came under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust, including not one but two toilets, new flooring, new lighting and repairs to the tower steps.

The following quarter peal was rung in 45 minutes; .

Friday 15th February 2008
1440 Norwich Surprise Minor
1 Chris Nunn 4 Louis Suggett
2 Ruth Suggett 5 David Steed
3 Lesley Wilson 6 Maurice Rose (c)

Local new recruit Briony was delighted to ring rounds and call changes, and we finished with a 60 of Grandsire with Albert on the tenor, after which he called the bells to fire before lowering them and retiring to the Cross Keys pub for lunch.

Ruth Suggett