District Reports

Coventry District Secretary’s Report 2019

Coventry District Secretary’s Report Reflecting back on 2019 the Coventry District has had a full and varied year of well supported ringing. The first Guild event of the year was hosted by the Coventry District at Walsgrave church. There was ringing at both Wolvey and Shilton towers before lunch at Walsgrave church hall. We were treated to delicious home-made soup courtesy of our President Andrew Alldrick plus a fantastic spread of sandwiches and cakes provided by the Walsgrave, Shilton and Wolvey ringers. There was a quiz hosted by Mark Sayers followed by ringing in the Walsgrave tower. It was a great event and was well attended from across the Guild.

The District ADM took place in February at Kenilworth. Members enjoyed ringing at Kenilworth tower followed by lovely coffee and cakes provided by the Kenilworth ringers before the ADM. Officers were elected as follows: Chairman and Guild Committee Rep, Chris Worley; District Secretary, Clare Gould; Subscriptions Secretary, Gerald Trevor and Ringing Master, Ray Sheasby. At the meeting 14 new members were elected to the Guild.

The Coventry District entered 6 teams in the 6 Bell Striking Competition hosted at Radford Semele in March with Stoke triumphing in the call changes section.

During April, Leek Wootton had a surprise visitor from BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire. The bell tower was featured as clue on the popular “Gold & Treasure” Sunday radio show. Presenter Sally Johnson had a go at chiming the treble live on air before rushing off to find her next destination.

The District had two outings this summer. The first outing in August was a “mini-outing” to two churches on the Derbyshire/Leicestershire border followed by lunch and a visit to Calke Abbey in the afternoon. The second outing in September was to North Oxfordshire for a day of ringing. The weather was beautiful in contrast to the snow we experienced last year.

In October, the Coventry District hosted the 8 Bell striking competition at Allesley church. A great spread of coffee and cakes was provided by the Allesley ringers. Coventry District entered 2 teams in the competition scoring a third and sixth place. The overall winners on the day were the Rugby B team.

The final District event of the year was the District Quarter Peal fortnight in November. The event was to mark the Bi-Centenary of the Birth of George Eliot. The author George Eliot had many connections over her lifetime with the churches in our District and quarter peals were rung in all of these. Over the fortnight 17 quarter peals were rung in 11 towers and a very informative article on George Eliot accompanied the event into The Ringing World.

Many thanks to all involved in arranging events during the year and also the ongoing support and welcome from all towers and members.

Clare Gould– Coventry District Secretary

Rugby Deanery Report – 2019

With the resignation of Mike Burdett and not having a chairman, the role of secretary seemed quite daunting. My first response was to try and ascertain what each tower wanted from the Deanery and how best we could use the resources at hand. Meetings were held throughout the year bringing committee members and tower captains together to achieve a common goal.

Most towers reported that they were doing OK, they managed to hold practices each week and were able to ring for Sunday services although standard was not high, and in eight and ten bell towers often ringing on six. Wolston, Hillmorton and Bubbenhall are currently without a band.

We all agreed that recruitment was key. A poster was circulated, some towers displayed them at the entrance to the church and made the effort to advertise in parish magazines. A number of towers have recruited at least one new member during the year. The issue of Safe guarding put some tower captains off having younger members but they have been reassured that if they are approached by young people there are teachers in the district with appropriate accreditation who can help.

It was agreed that a teaching hub would benefit the Deanery. There are ongoing discussions with Rugby tower to establish a teaching centre at St Andrews. In principal the PCC seem keen to support this. The big concerns financing and staffing such a centre without relying on the same few people every single week.

Monthly meetings continued throughout the year. Some were poorly attended some were cancelled at the last minute This was also the case for the monthly advanced practices at Brinklow.

A review of the meetings took place at a committee meeting in November and a new plan has been drawn up.

Deanery Events: A lovely morning in March was well attended with 35 members and ten towers being represented. All sitting down to a lunch at the local pub afterwards.

For the first time in many years we held our own district striking contest. The rules were relaxed to allow as many people as possible to be included. We had two cups: one for rounds and call changes won by Stretton on Dunsmore and one for method ringing won by Rugby. This was not a particularly well supported event as only four bands entered, however, a nice afternoon with tea and cake was enjoyed by all. Our thanks to Nich Wilson From Maidwell, Northamptonshire for judging.

The district outing was not well supported. This was discussed at the half yearly meeting in September and was proposed by Mike Bennett that we have a ½ day outing closer to home. This was agreed and will be arranged for 2020.

We have had three learning workshops this year: Plain hunting; bob doubles and ringing up and down. These were well received and there was a call for more. We hope to re-establish them in the coming year.

We have hosted Guild events this year: The AGM was at Ryton: The Carol service at Brinklow was well received by the whole Guild. Although we were not the hosts for the 8-bell striking contest our team of experts did us proud. A comfortable win with a course of Bristol Surprise Major.

The Deanery appears to be in reasonable shape and with a few adjustments to the agenda we have every reason to look forward to the coming year with a sense of optimism

Lyndsey Brett – Rugby Deanery District Secretary

Warwick Archdeaconry Report – 2018

We had a series of Doubles Practices at Barford, where ably lead by John Newbold we ventured into a variety of methods including St Augustine and Southrepps

Saturday events were held at a number of churches including Lillington, Aston Cantlow, Great Wolford, Tredington and Harbury

We again incorporated our District AGM into an outing on the Northamptonshire border finishing with our meeting at Napton.

The 6 bell Striking Competition held at Radford Semele was hugely popular and many bands stayed all afternoon to enjoy the ongoing refreshments.

For the Guild Quarterly we arranged an outing to the main Worcester towers and enjoyed walking from one to another.

We raised 2 bands for the 8 bell Striking Competition but were not successful this time.

The Cathedral welcomed a number of our ringers by arrangement in August and we enjoyed the challenge of ringing on higher numbers.

In November Aston Cantlow hosted a Quiz night which was well attended, thanks to John and Tracey and the local ringers for some fantastic catering and to David Peacock for the questions.

Many thanks to all the churches which have made us so welcome this year.

Sue Roderick – Warwick Archdeaconry Secretary