43rd Annual Inveraray Ringing Festival, 2015
The 43rd Inveraray Ringing Festival took place over the weekend of July 24th – 26th. Those arriving for the weekend were greeted by sunshine and showers but a number were delayed by unusually slow journeys. Visitors included regular supporters from ANZAB, and a touring group from the Isle of Wight swelled the numbers for Friday evening's ringing. After two hours of ringing led by Tina Stoecklin, ranging from rounds to surprise royal, most retired to the George Hotel for refreshments, staff coping admirably with the influx of over thirty ringers on top of a busy Friday evening.
Saturday's ringing started with a successful quarter peal of London Royal (http://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=956085). This was followed by an open handbell session run by Simon Gay. Around 15 ringers took part, ringing Plain Hunt Minor to Kent Maximus. Hardier souls not bothered by rain or midges rang outside at the foot of the tower; those of a more delicate disposition sheltered in the church!
With the afternoon ringing session came improving weather and sunshine. Visitors were rewarded with some good ringing and fantastic views from the top of the tower over Loch Fyne and the Arrochar Alps. After tea, the short evening session finished with a touch of spliced London and Bristol Royal.
Following ringing at 10:30am, Sunday morning's service was led by the Rev Canon Simon Mackenzie, Priest to Mid Argyll and Arran, supported by the Rev Tom Campbell, a visiting priest from South Dakota. The community of ringers provided the organist, a violinist, handbells, readers of both lessons and the leader of the intercessions! The final session of ringing followed lunch, a number of people commenting on how the recent work on the acoustics had improved the sound of the bells in the ringing chamber.
Next year’s Inveraray Ringing Festival will be Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July 2016 – a date for your diary.