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I liked the setting a lot on this lovely day. This was just as well, because we couldn't get inside. There is no reason for St Andrew to be kept locked, but there is a keyholder notice, and so we went to the tiny cottage which is just to the north-west of the church.
Well, the keyholder was out, as they so often are. I stood there, having pressed the bell, to hear it play loudly the full sequence of the Westminster chimes as rung out by Big Ben on the hour, which seemed splendidly out of keeping with the cosiness of the cottage and the remoteness of the lane. I pressed the bell two or three more times to hear it go through the sequence again, which didn't go far towards making up for the church being locked, but lightened my heart a little before we headed on to Beetley, knowing we'd have to come back one day.
Simon Knott, September 2006
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