Coventry District Secretary’s Report 2018

The members of the district were greatly saddened during the year by the loss of Dawn Colley ringer at Shilton and Walsgrave in January, Leslie Lunn ringer at Berkswell in April and Harry Bodenham, ringer at Kenilworth and Stoneleigh. May they all rest in peace.

The District ADM took place in February at Shilton. Members enjoyed ringing at Shilton tower followed by a lovely bell ringers tea provided by the Shilton ringers before the ADM. Officers were elected as follows: Chairman and Guild Committee Rep, Chris Worley; District Secretary, Clare Gould; Subscriptions Secretary, Gerald Trevor; Ringing Master, Ray Sheasby; Committee Member, Mary Jones. Chris thanked Janice Sheasby and Rodney Swallow for the work they had done during their time in office and welcomed Clare Gould and Mary Jones to the team. At the meeting 8 new members were elected to the Guild.

During February, bells rang out across the county to celebrate the centenary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act (1918) which first granted women the right to vote. The District supported this with a team of women from across the Guild ringing a quarter peal at the Cathedral.

The Coventry District entered 5 teams in the 6 Bell Striking Competition hosted at Bilton in March with Berkswell triumphing in the call changes section. In April, Berkswell hosted the AGM on behalf of the Guild. There was ringing in Berkswell followed by a fantastic bell ringers tea provided by the Berkswell team. This was followed by the AGM.

The District Outing in October visited 4 churches in the Cotswolds. There were some interesting challenges on the day including bats in the belfry at Broadwell. The weather also played its part with snow falling during the afternoon. The event was really well attended with 32 ringers attending representing 10 towers.

In November, the District supported the Ringing Remembers initiative with District teams supporting the 4 routes across the Guild. There were at least 8 new Ringing Remembers recruits from across the District wearing their badges with pride on the day. It was a fantastic occasion with ringers of all ages and ability getting the chance to ring in memory of the fallen and the commemoration of the World War One Armistice.

In December, the Guild Carol Service was hosted by the Coventry District at Stoke. The service was well supported by ringers from across the Guild. There was ringing in Stoke tower prior to the service and mulled wine and mince pies provided local Stoke band after the service. It was a lovely end to a full year of events across the District and great to see so many ringers joining us. 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 - 2018

2018 saw the introduction of regular practices which focussed on developing peoples abilities at different levels. Be it learner, intermediate or advanced there were real opportunities for people to get more out of their ringing experience within our own district. The Friday evening practices developed into an opportunity for ringers at all levels to mingle and the Saturday meetings as a more social type of coming together where ringing wasn’t the only focus. We also employed the use of naming and publishing target methods at practices to enable those who wanted to further their knowledge of ringing, the opportunity to do so.

The key events in 2018 included: the branch’s ringing tour: the Guild striking competition; a quarter peal day to celebrate the centenary of the diocese, and ringing to mark the 100 th anniversary of the armistice as well as the Guild social hosted by ourselves in July.

In May we had the branch’s ringing tour in the Castle Bromwich area which visited: Coleshill, Castle Bromwich, Yardley, Sheldon and Bickenhill.

In June the ring and ramble and barbeque was cancelled due to lack of support.

In July we hosted the Guild Social which saw many members from Coventry and Warwick join us for a celebration of the English countryside with a tour of the Cotswolds including a cream tea and scenic drive. The tour visited towers at Banbury, Bodicote, Deddington, Great Tew, Hook Norton and Whichford. The day was rounded off with a barbeque and country dancing.

The diocese's centenary was celebrated in September with some ambitious quarter peal attempts at Brinklow, Ryton, Hillmorton, Clifton and Newbold (only one of which bombed out)

In October the branch’s “B” team stole the show by winning the guild 8-bell striking competition at All Saints in Leamington. Well done Rosie Griffiths, Sally Idle, David Price, Lyndsey Brett, Avril Harris, Mark Chaplin, Nick Brett and Eddie Haynes.

In November the emphasis was on ensuring that all the bells in the Guild were rung at some point over the course of the armistice weekend. Rugby hosted its own ringing tour of the towers in the west of the branch which although wasn’t greatly supported was helped out by visiting ringers.

In December the Clifton band made us all extremely welcome plying us with punch and an avalanche of homemade cake which raised sufficient funds to refurbish the church clock.

Training opportunities also flourished in 2018 with the Guild hosting sessions at Stoneleigh from which some of our ringers benefitted. Also a series of party games sessions held principally by the Bretts and Chaplins engaged with various of our bands across the district in developing key skills. Lyndsey Brett took on the training and tutelage of a totally new band at Stretton.

Special thanks to the Bretts and Chaplins for supporting so many of our practices but also to all those who supported practices and made us welcome at their towers, this is after all your district and it is what you make it

Mike Burdett– Rugby Deanery District Secretary

Warwick Archdeaconry Report - 2018

The year started with the Guild Quarterly at Wellesbourne, always a great start to the year. This was well supported with members from across the Guild.

Our progressive Grandsire practices continued into 2018 and Saturday events were held at a number of churches including Alcester, Coughton, Barford, Sherbourne, Priors Marston and Snitterfield.

The picnic and ringing at Burton Dassett was a beautiful day in August and although not well attended everyone there had a lovely afternoon.

A successful outing to Worcestershire was held in April incorporating a short Meeting at Evesham tower as our planned Annual District meeting had been snowed off at Whitnash. This was well supported with many members enjoying ringing on the 12 bells at the Abbey.

The 8 bell Striking Competition was held in our area at Leamington.

Ringing in all our towers was an important part of the commemoration of the Armistice Centenary. Many thanks to all the towers which have made us so welcome this year.

Sue Roderick – Warwick Archdeaconry Secretary