|Name of walk||St. Bees, St. George and Joss Naylor|
|Date of walk||2016-04-24|
This post documents the events of a busy weekend. A visit to St. Bees to see friends that Brendan was at Leeds University with many moons ago, and for me a ring at the Priory and a walk to the beach. Ringing for St. George’s Day, and a talk given by the legendary fell runner, Joss Naylor.
Wendy and John's house, Cross Hill House, in St. Bees was the birthplace of Edward Grindal, an English Protestant leader who successively held the posts of Bishop of London, Archbishop of York and Archbishop of Canterbury during the reign of Elizabeth I of England. Cross Hill House was built in 1517.
Brendan and Wendy.
The fireplace and wall still show some of the original wall paintings.
The stone spiral staircase are just like those found in church bell towers.
The beams in the loft space. The main beam still shows some carvings used to ward off evil.
Amber sitting on her favourite window sill watching the world go by whilst waiting for John to return.
Today is St. George's Day and there is a ringing meeting for members of the Carlisle Guild of Change Ringers at St. Bees Priory, so I go and ring with them for the last 45 minutes. The ringing room is very big and the bells nicely spaced out. They sound good too.
After the ringing there was a service in the Priory followed by tea and the AGM. I needed to return to Cross Hill House as there was a home made Victoria Sponge cake with my name on it, which was so delicious I had two pieces!
After tea we take Amber for a walk down to the beach. There were lots of lambs in the fields.
St. Bees Head.
Close up of the view to the Isle Of Man.
Looking over to the Priory.
On the walk back we meet John as he comes off the train at St. Bees station.
On Sunday morning we rang at our usual church services at Dalton, St. Mary's then at Barrow, St. James'. Then in the afternoon we rang again at St. James for the St. George's Day Scout Service and Parade. Scout Groups had come from all over South Cumbria. St. George is the Patron Saint of Scouting. (Photo Andy Pollock)
Two of our young ringers, Iwan and Cameron, are scouts. Here they are with District Commisioner, Eddie Richards.
Tower Captain, Andy, is also Chairman of the 17th Barrow Scout Group. This photo of Andy's was used in a very good article in the North West Evening Mail.
Some of the ringers who rang for the St. George's Day Service. We are missing Alan, Jeg and Penny who arrived later. (Photo Andy Pollock)
Andy's photo of the service in St. James' Church.
On Sunday evening I went along to the Coronation Hall, in Ulverston, to listen to a talk given by the legendary fell runner, Joss Naylor. He is now 80 and in June will be running the 30 miles across the fells from Caldbeck to his home in Wasdale in memory of his father, Joe, who moved from Caldbeck to Wasdale in 1927. Joss is running in aid of the Brathay Trust and will raise funds for disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. Joss' many achievements include the Bob Graham Round: running 72 peaks in under 24 hours in 1975, and at the age of 50 he completed all 214 Wainwright mountains in under 7 days....it took me 16 months! He is a true legend! The talk was organised and introduced by Linda, a fellow bellringer, as part of the Ulverston WalkFest. Events continue until May 2nd.
Joss was in good form and full of interesting anecdotes. So many people had bought tickets that the event was moved from the Supper Room into the Main Hall. They were not disappointed.
Long may Joss continue to run across the fells!
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An excellent weekend!