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Monday 6th June 2022

The Platinum Jubilee has been and gone and there was a great deal happening in our village. Only a damp day on the Sunday impeded the the plans but the Big Picnic went ahead in the church rather than on the playing field, and the fête migrated indoors into the village hall and two marquees, or at least what would fit. For our part we rang on the Friday for the Jubilee service and again on Sunday morning, and on Friday in particular we achieved a good standard of striking. There’s nothing like a wedding or other special occasion to bring out our best ringing.  There was talk of having the tower open on one of the days for belfry visits but with so much else going on we felt that our efforts might be lost amongst apparently more interesting things. We are tentatively planning an open afternoon later in the year when we should get more coverage.

Another thing that hasn’t happened is a quarter peal to celebrate the jubilee, again as there were so many other things planned, and it seemed questionable whether we would get a band together anyway. We will be marking the Queen’s seventy years on the throne with a quarter peal but it will be a week today, when there are more ringers available.

We have always cooperated closely with the Dereham band and I am pleased to be able to report that they have two learners and the possibility of a third. We are doing what we can to support them, partly as a matter of self-interest but equally because of the help they have always given us. I hope this will be part of a general resurgence of ringing in the local area.

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