Coventry District Secretary’s Report 2016

The bells of Ryton-on-Dunsmore and Stoneleigh were put to good use before adjourning to the Social Club in Stoneleigh for a hot lunch, social and brief Guild meeting in January.

Several towers were represented at the District AGM in February at Wolvey where we rang a range of methods and enjoyed a sumptuous tea provided by the local band. I agreed to accept the nomination of District Secretary to allow Joy Pluckrose to devote all her time and energy to her presidential role. Many thanks to Joy for all her enthusiasm and hard work during her 4 years in office. All the other officers were re-elected: Chairman, Chris Worley; Subscription Secretary, Gerald Trevor; Ringing Master, Bob Taylor; Committee Member, Rodney Swallow.

Four of the nine towers entering the 6-bell striking competition at Stretton-on-Dunsmore in March were from the Coventry District.

Sixty-four Coventry District members from 16 towers within the district participated in the 90-4-90 initiative in June. Successful ringing took place in all 29 of the ringable towers within the district.

Bob Taylor submitted his resignation in June and, in the absence of any other volunteers, Ray Sheasby was elected as ringing master during the district practice at Fillongley at the end of July. Thank you Bob for your significant contribution as District Ringing Master for over 4 years.

Josh and Ruby, from Fillongley, were again members of the Guild Youth Team who represented the Coventry Guild at the Ringing World Striking Competition in London in July.

It was good to see the District Outing in August being supported by such a wide range of ringers: from those who had been ringing for less than a year to those with over 60 years’ experience; from under 10 years old to 80+. The towers we visited were all across the border in Leicestershire; Wistow, Oadby, Knighton, Wigston Magna and South Wigston. The weather was kind, the ringing of a standard we have come to expect and a camaraderie of support and encouragement second to none. Thanks to all the towers who made us so welcome and each and every one who participated in the day.

The district hosted the 8-bell striking competition at Bulkington in October and entered 2 teams. Thanks to the local band for the excellent supply of tea and cakes. It was disappointing for the 5 ringers who went to Wolvey in the evening to be unable to ring all 6 bells. Monthly targeted practices on 6, 8 and 10 bells have continued throughout the year with adequate numbers but more participants would always be very welcome.

My thanks go to all who have supported the district during the year.

Janice Sheasby – Coventry District Secretary

Rugby Deanery Report - 2016

We started 2016 with morning ringing and a pub lunch at Clifton upon Dunsmore. Events through the year included the ADM, a training day focussing on call changes and plain hunt, an outing to Northamptonshire, another pub meal, a ‘bring your own’ picnic, and a traditional ringers’ tea and meeting.

At the ADM, the existing officers were re-elected and 9 new members were elected to the Guild.

The main event for June was contributing to the Guild’s 90-4-90 quarter peal campaign, ringing quarter peals on the 16 rings of bells in the Rugby Deanery.

In July, the deanery outing took us to the area surrounding Brackley, Northamptonshire. The day started at Marston St.Lawrence and Whitfield. We then rang at Brackley, where the Charmborough mini-ring was also available. After lunch we rang at Souldern, Aynho and Greatworth.

We hosted the Guild 6-bell striking competition at Stretton on Dunsmore and entered a call change team from Rugby (who won the call changes section) and a method ringing team from Clifton upon Dunsmore. We also hosted the Guild AGM at Rugby, with ringing on both sets of bells, and ended the year by hosting the Guild carol service at Ryton on Dunsmore.

We entered a team into the Guild 8-bell striking competition and achieved second place. Several of our members have remained active in the Guild youth team and travelled to London to take part in the National Youth Contest.

We continued to arrange Friday evening practices at various towers to provide opportunities for ringers to progress with new methods. Each practice was assigned a couple of special methods to focus on, with other methods being rung according to the needs of those attending. We also assigned monthly deanery practices to the regular practices at Monks Kirby, Newbold and Rugby to help provide more opportunities for ringing on 8 and 10.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to making the events a success and for making us welcome at your towers.

Liz Harvey – Rugby Deanery District Secretary

Warwick Archdeaconry Report - 2016

In 2016 we began a series of featured practices hoping to get across the whole district in this way.

Featured practices were held at:
Alveston, Cherington, Claverdon, Coughton, Cubbington, Harbury, Henley, Kineton, Leamington, Lighthorne & Napton.

The District AGM was at Lillington where our new District Treasurer, George Wrycroft was formally elected.

Our outing in May was to Oxfordshire where low numbers did not detract from the enjoyment of those present. A beautiful sunny day finished in torrential rain but we visited some very interesting churches including Charlbury, which had rearranged its worship so that the altar was at the base of the bell tower.

Quarter peals for the Queens’s 90th birthday celebrations were rung in 44 of the District towers. Thanks to everyone who played their part.

We hosted the Guild’s summer social with a tour of our southern towers including Whichford, Great Wolford and Long Compton. At Great Wolford a number of certificates for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebration quarters were presented.

Many thanks to all the towers which have made us so welcome this year and especial congratulations to those who have rung their first peal this year.

Sue Roderick – Warwick Archdeaconry Secretary