VISIT TO NEW MILLS, DERBYSHIRE.


Bell News Vol 22, Iss 1100, p75,

Monday 13th April 1903

VISIT TO NEW MILLS, DERBYSHIRE.

  On Easter Monday, at the invitation of the Rev. A. Beeston, the members of the Yorkshire Association who took part in the peal of Yorkshire Surprise recently at Ranmoor, paid a visit to New Mills, in the Peak district of Derbyshire. Owing to the band being somewhat scattered, we arranged as our rendezvous Dore and Totley Station, from which place we get a direct run through some of the finest scenery on the Midland system.

  Having packed ourselves in a “Yarmouth beef sort of way” in the break-van amidst the ardent followers of “Old Izaak,” who appeared to glory in their pipes of best (?) shag and Irish roll, we emerged from the 5-mile tunnel, and welcomed the open air once more with a sigh of relief. Eventually we reached our destination, and none too soon for some of the party, who had left their overcoats at home (or with some other relative) under the impression that summer had appeared again. We were met at the station by our genial host, who, as real enthusiasts in the sublime art generally do, took us at once to the church.

  After raising the bells in peal, the remainder of the morning was spent in ringing touches in various methods, until the welcome words — “Now for dinner, gentlemen," rang out crisp and clear. We adjourned to the residence of Mr. Beeston, where we were entertained in a most hospitable manner; course ends rolled up in fine style, as the method is easily learned, being all place-making and no dodging work.

  After dinner a few touches on the “Infants," and a quiet smoke, we made our way to the church once more, when “Go” was called for Yorkshire, and after 3 hours and 5 minutes excellent ringing the second peal in that method was scored, which has already appeared in these columns.

  Tea was the next order, and although time was limited we had to go, relying on our host for a short cut to the station. The short cut proved to be a slight trespass down the railway, over catch points, signal wires, and finally through a long dark tunnel, in spite of red lights ahead.

  We reached the station in good time, however, very little the worse for our sprint, and after bidding farewell at Dore and Chinley to Mr. Beeston and a ringing friend, we arrived at the “parting of the ways” at a respectable hour. Our heartfelt thanks are due to Mr. Beeston for the kindly manner in which we were entertained and which enabled us to spend a truly happy and enjoyable day.

G. H.


Bell News Vol 22, Iss 1097, p45, 13/04/1903

NEW MILLS, DERBYSHIRE .
THE YORKSHIRE ASSOCIATION
AND THE SHEFFIELD AND DISTRICT SOCIETY.
On Monday, April 13, 1903, in Three Hours and Five Minutes,
At the Church of St. George ,
A PEAL OF YORKSHIRE SURPRISE MAJOR,
5088 CHANGES. Tenor 13 1/2 cwt.
George Hollis Treble    David Brearley 5
William Lambert 2    Arthur Craven 6
Rev. A. T. Beeston 3    John Flint 7
Charles Severn 4    Sam Thomas Tenor

Composed by A. Craven, and Conducted by S. Thomas.
First Association peal on the bells.
Rung as a birthday compliment to D. Brearley



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