Dalton St. Mary’s bell ringers tour Lytham and Garstang.

Name of walk Dalton St. Mary's bell ringers tour Lytham and Garstang.
Date of walk 2015-09-26

On Saturday, ringers and friends from St. Mary’s Church in Dalton in Furness headed for Lytham St. Annes, for our annual ringing tour, organised by Tower Captain, Stan. We had originally planned to remain in Lytham and ring at the two Roman Catholic Churches too, but circumstances meant that they were unavailable at this time, so we would visit two Garstang churches instead.

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We had arrived early, parked outside the church and walked across Lytham Green to see the windmill. The Lytham Windmill was built in 1805 and is a Grade ll listed building. The sea is just beyond.

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The weather is ideal. For photography, not milling!

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Our first church is St. John The Divine, just to the left of the windmill.

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St. John's was built in 1848 and is grade ll listed. It has six bells.

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Inside the tiny ringing room.

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It did not matter that there was no room for everyone in the ringing room, as it was warm and sunny outside with several benches to sit on and chat. (AP)

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Owen's photo.

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In fact it would have been perfect if not for that infernal ringing noise!

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Next up is St. Cuthbert's Church, built in 1834. It is Grade ll listed and has a ring of eight bells.

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Andy and Cameron at the lych gate which is decorated for a wedding taking place later in the day.

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There are many beautiful stained glass windows in the church including one by Sir Edward Burne-Jones.

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In the East window ahead is The Crucifixion with the figures of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. John, plus the Presentation of Christ in the Temple; and the Adoration of the Magi. Thought to be made by Powell of Whitefriars, post 1914.

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Their Copeman Hart Digital Organ, installed in 2005, is a 'dual purpose organ'. It is both 'classical' and 'theatrical'.

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The font. Tomorrow is Harvest Festival.

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A three light window showing Melchizedek dressed as bishop; Augustine of Cantuar; and David with a harp. (Kempe 1885) The text is from Psalm 45 v.16.

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The Parable of the Prodigal Son, showing servants bringing the robe and the fatted calf. A three light window, bright in colour, probably made about 1890. Maker as yet unknown. There are also windows by Shrigley and Hunt.

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There are some very large peal boards in the ringing room.

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I climb up the belfry ladder to get a few photos.

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Andy took this one. I am ringing the tenor.

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Cameron and his dad, Andy, ringing call changes. Dalton Tower Captain, Stan on the right. Keith, the Branch secretary, on the left, gives Cameron some pointers.

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Cameron, our youngest ringer, did very well to handle unknown bells, and rang competently in every tower we visited.

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I took time out to sit in the sunshine. (AP)

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Who shouted "pub"?

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Lunch was at Blossoms.

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This year Alan goes all out to win the biggest dessert prize, the famed 'Honeycomb Explosion'. Increasing the level of difficulty by having already consumed a starter and a main course too. What a guy!

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Jeg is determined to take up the challenge set by Alan.

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Andy lets the side down by opting for the slightly more girlie, 'Bailey's Sundae'. Cameron restores family pride with a hefty chocolate brownie backed up with ice cream and sticky chocolate sauce.

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St Helen's Church, Churchtown is next up. The oldest parts of the church date from the 13th century, other parts being 15th and 16th century and restored in the 19th century. It is Grade l listed. (AP)

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It has a ground floor ring of six. The ropes are quite elastic.

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Owen's photo with flash.

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Who needs a spirit level?

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On the wall of the ringing room. You would get fined if you didn't stand your bell first time.

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Our last tower is St Hilda's in Bilsborrow. This was built in 1926 and has a ring of eight bells.

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It has some very manicured gardens.

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Thankfully the ringing room is quite large.

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The bells are left up. Time to go home. (AP)

I think Stan was pleased with the day and with what we were able to ring. If memory serves, there was Grandsire Doubles and Triples. Stedman Doubles and Triples. Single Oxford Bob Triples, Double Norwich. Little Bob and Plain Bob Spliced, St. Clements Minor and Major and Cambridge Minor and Major. Apparently, rumour has it, there was even something called Grandsire with Extremes….I haven’t the foggiest idea what that is! I doubt I am alone in that!

I think this turned out to be one of the better ringing trips we have done. it was much more relaxing and less rushed than some, with only four churches to visit and so a much shorter day. I was home for seven! Thanks to Carl for his efforts in organising the meal. Thanks to Andy (AP) and Owen for allowing me to use some of their photos.

Jo.

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