It's a Lock-Out!
While most of us will have experienced the occasional lock-out of towers while on an outing, those of us lucky enough to enjoy a very pleasant outing organised by the Aston Cantlow ringers recently had the novel experience of being locked out of the pub that had been arranged for lunch! Impeccable planning could not have foreseen the water mains burst in the High Street of Coleshill that closed a good part of the town for business.
As bad luck would have it, Roger and I saw the "Closed" notice on the front door of the pub, while the rest of the group were sensibly at the back, using the pub carpark, when they found out. With some good local knowledge they chose an alternative pub a good walk/drive away. Meanwhile we unfortunately set off on a pub-crawl in the opposite direction, trying to resist the temptation of a drink at every stop.....
Eventually of course, mobile phones came to our rescue, but not before a call to friends in Warwick to get our numbers! The problem would have been solved much more quickly by younger ringers with their social media groups etc. However, for us older ringers the moral is to check you've got all the contact numbers with you that just might be useful, then to remember to turn phones on again, possibly on loud, after you've been ringing or driving, and finally, as was learnt after a different outing this summer, to pick the phone up from a seat in one of the towers!