The 2019 ringing trip takes place as usual on the early May Bank Holiday weekend which will be Friday 3rd May until Monday 6th May. This year the trip will be mostly in Suffolk along with two towers in Essex. We will be based in holiday cottages on the Stowlangtoft Estate, a few miles north-east of Bury St Edmunds, near Ixworth. The site layout is a bit like last year with the accommodation being split between two sites a short walk from each other but still on the estate. Accommodation has been booked for everyone who requested it. We have booked all of their cottages and there is no spare space. Arrival is after 3:00pm on the Friday and departure is by 10:00am on the Monday. Bedding and towels are provided and arrival instructions will be distributed soon. The keys for each cottage can be found in a safe outside and the codes for opening them will be sent by email.

The trip will have a slightly different format this year. On Saturday we will head south of Bury and it's about a 40 minute drive to the first tower. There will be two towers in the morning followed by an early lunch break for which you make your own arrangements. No organised meal this year. There will be ringing at a further three towers in the afternoon, then a break for tea (details will be added soon), and one final tower before returning to Stowlangtoft.

On Sunday all three towers are nearby and the first one will be at 10:30am. Ringing will be after services at each of them. As usual there will be free time in the afternoon before ringing at Bury. You can get some ideas for things to do on the Visit Suffolk web site.

We need to leave the accommodation by 10:00am on Monday and then we will visit two towers in the general direction of home followed by a lunch break. Again there is no arrangement for lunch. Dalham church is a great location for a picnic if the weather is nice. There is a good pub near the church (The Affleck Arms) and here is an interactive pub map from Suffolk CAMRA.

Links to the right for the detailed information will be added when it is available. This will be updated in the week before the trip once all the details have been compiled. Only very basic information will be provided for directions as nobody needs more detail these days, however there is information on parking and town plans for Bury and Sudbury.

The images at the top of the page of the churches we will be visiting are used with permission from Simon Knott's Suffolk and Essex Churches website and David Ross' Britain Express site. Click on the image to open the page for church history and interesting things to see whilst we are not ringing, and on the place name to go to the Dove's Guide entry.