UK22 update #2

This is the second monthly update (again, obvious from the title really).

Towers

The confirmed towers list is filling up now. On the 12s we have St Magnus, Cornhill, and St Paul's Cathedral all sorted in London, Saffron Walden, Birmingham Cathedral, Liverpool Cathedral, and Wolverhampton in the provinces, and others waiting for confirmation (Cambridge, Canterbury, Shoreditch). 10s confirmed include St Mary Abbots Kensington, Brighton, St Paul's Birmingham (I start with the 12s and fit round them basically). 8s including Balcombe (on the way back from Brighton), Coseley (on the way to Wolverhampton), Spitalfields (on the way to Brick Lane for a curry!)

I am also putting some handbell ringing slots into the programme.

Bookings

Half a dozen people have told me of their flight bookings. Keep those coming as it is helpful to know.

Hotels

Hotel recommendations remain the same and some people have said they are already booked in. One alternative option I looked at in East London which is usually good value, the Britannia Canary Wharf, is apparently almost full (even the rooms with no windows) so early hotel booking is advisable.

As a reminder, in London, either the Travelodge London Central Tower Bridge or the Premier Inn London City (Tower Hill).

In Birmingham I suggest the same Premier Inn we have used before, which is the Premier Inn Birmingham City Centre (Waterloo Street). The budget option in the city centre is the Britannia.

Methods

Methods list is on the website, including handbells.

I will be adding 60 on 3rds to the method list as Devon style call change ringing is a bit of a hobby of mine at the moment and I need to be indulged. I think it is a really interesting discipline and the practice is worth spreading more widely. I am about to publish the first few chapters of an eBook on the subject.

Covid

It was interesting going on holiday to Italy this month when FFP2 mask wearing is 100% enforced on public transport and indoor spaces. In England Covid just seems to be a fact of life - people still take Lateral Flow Tests but mask wearing is the minority, and for ringing the emphasis is on well ventilated towers. We'll develop policy for the tour nearer the time.