Trip report from the Exeter Branch train outing
7th May 2018
Around two dozen ringers participated in the Exeter Branch May Bank Holiday train outing, which this year took place to Taunton with a walking ringing tour around four towers.
The day started early for many by arriving at Exeter St David's train station soon after 8am. Following a late cancellation of the original train several people were delayed into Taunton, but thankfully everyone was still able to arrive in time for a good ring at the first tower, St James.
We then set off on foot with a very pleasant 20 minute walk across Vivary Park to St George's Church, Wilton. We were greeted by glorious sunny weather on the walk, which later turned out to be the warmest day of the year so far. After ringing at St George's Church we had an excellent lunch at the Vivary Arms pub next to the church.
Above: Ringers arriving at St Georges in the sunshine, after a walk through Vivary Park.
Following lunch we set off on foot again retracing our steps across Vivary Park with several ringers taking the opportunity to have an ice cream in the exceptional spring warmth. We then rang on the new 12 at St Mary Magdalene, which is the tall tower near to the Somerset County Cricket ground.
Above: Ringing at the new ring of 12 at St Mary Magdalene.
The final tower of the day was the very light ring of 6 at St Andrew's Church, before catching an early evening train back to Exeter. A very enjoyable day was had by all and thanks go to David Maynard (Branch Ringing Master) for arranging the towers.
Above: Many of the ringers outside the last tower of the day.
(Exeter Branch Secretary)