The Scottish Association of Change Ringers is pleased to welcome the Central Council to Edinburgh in May 2017 to hold its annual meeting. Preparations have been in hand for some time.
We can now confirm that the main event, the annual meeting, will be held on Monday 29th May in St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, George Street, Edinburgh. The church is located in heart of the city centre close to Waverley Railway Station and has excellent modern conference facilities. Lunch will be available from the church crypt café on pre-order.
On the previous day the traditional welcome meeting, other gatherings, open meeting and evensong service will be held in St Mary’s Cathedral, Palmerston Place Edinburgh.
Edinburgh City Centre Map: 1 – St Andrew’s & St George’s Church, 2 – Ghillie Dhu, 3 – Waverley Station, 4 – St Mary’s Cathedral
Travelling to Edinburgh is very easy with the City well connected by plane, train and tram and all the facilities are covered by the capital’s extensive transport system. If you do come by car we are arranging for towers to be open en route on Friday afternoon with our colleagues in the Carlisle Diocesan Guild and the Durham & Newcastle Diocesan Association up the west and east routes into Edinburgh, with evening ringing at St Andrew’s & St George’s and a meet pub in the city centre.
The venue for the formal meal and Ceilidh on Sunday evening is the Ghillie Dhu, at the West end of Princes Street. A beautifully restored Grade A listed building which showcases all the traditional features of what was originally the St Thomas Episcopal Church. No dancing skills required – just be willing to have a go!
On Saturday, towers will be open across Scotland so you can venture out of the city and explore our beautiful country. It will not be possible to ring at all the towers in Scotland during the weekend as it takes too long to get around them but we will suggest a couple of manageable routes by car or public transport. You’ll just have to come back to get the ones you missed!
There is no specific ‘headquarters hotel’, You should find a good deal at one of the many city centre hotels but we recommend that you book early. There is a Marathon being held the same weekend which might affect the number of hotel rooms available particularly on the Saturday night. A helpdesk will be manned by local SACR members at St Andrew's & St George's on Friday evening and then at St Mary's Cathedral on Saturday and Sunday if you need any assistance.
Further pages will be added to this website in due course to provide electronic booking and links to more information about the ringing and social events on offer during the weekend.
- Edinburgh offers an amazing experience in the diversity of entertainment, shopping facilities, historical attractions, museums, art galleries and scenery. All these attractions will be available to the maximum since the weekend is not a local holiday in Edinburgh just a bank holiday Monday in England. That means that banks will likely be shut on the Monday but everything else will be open over the whole weekend. It also means it will be normal rush hour traffic on Monday morning so allow plenty of time to get to the meeting venue.
- For those travelling from further afield Scotland is still an integral part of the United Kingdom. The currency is pounds sterling but you will find that bank ATMs deliver 3 different types of Scottish bank notes. English notes are always acceptable.
- There is a near total ban on smoking in buildings and public places.
- Drink driving levels have been reduced in Scotland – so if you drink don’t drive.