Dinner weekend kicked off on the Friday night with ringing at St Magnus the Martyr followed by drinking in the nearby Walrus and Carpenter. This was many members’ first ring on the bells, which were installed earlier in the year.
Due to building work at the Queens Tower we were unable to ring there on dinner day this year. This gave us the opportunity to pay a visit to the newly restored ring of six at St Katherine Cree and ring at St Mary-le-Bow. Due to a small incident involving the lock at the latter (the culprit has never been identified but I would like to record my apologies to Simon Meyer), the Master was left with only an hour and a half to get from the City to South Tottenham, get ready, and get back to the City again. Oh, and finish her speech.
The 64th annual dinner was held at the Pitcher and Piano on Cornhill. The evening consisted of a champagne reception, a three course meal, the opportunity to nominate people to take wine with others, the customary disappearance of the gavel, speeches by Jess Glaisher, Rhiannon Meredith and Heather Forster, numerous Jägerbombs, copious amounts of beer, wine and gin, and a disco until 2.30am!
By Heather Forster