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