Rugby Deanery Report - 2017

We’ve had some really exciting events in the Rugby Deanery in 2017. I joined the scene in the spring with a practice combined with a fish and chip chow down (which set the tone for the rest of the year really). In April we had an incredibly successful Training Morning, where almost every tower in the district was represented, with over 35 people getting involved. May saw our Deanery outing around the Lichfield are, which happily coincided with a church fete (again much feeding on burgers and cake.)

The summer got incredibly busy with a QP day and District Striking Competition. Between 22 of us we managed 5 of the 6 attempts including Cambridge x2, Ipswich, Double Oxford Minor and Stedman Triples. Our District 6 Bell Striking Competition saw Rugby as the victors. July, of course, saw the big diocesan event in Leicestershire which Annie Hall organised. (Our turn in 2018!)

September saw a return to the “ringing with pub lunch” agenda, where feasting took place at a favourite of ours in Church Lawford. In October we hosted the Guild ½ yearly meeting at Brinklow (again lots of cake). In November Willoughby made us very welcome for some afternoon ringing, and several towers rang quarter peals to celebrate the Queen’s 70th wedding anniversary. The feasting continued into December where Clifton treated us to mince pies and mulled cider – oh and a bit of ringing!

So, between times, there have been lots of monthly evening practices focusing on target methods, with sufficient range to keep most of us on our toes (re Glasgow - thanks Catherine). Ryton band saw its first ringing tour (which happily coincided with another church cake stall). We’ve also established a new monthly Advanced Practice for those in the district who want to get to grips with Surprise Major methods and the like, and these will continue to take place on the last Friday of each month at Brinklow.

This year there’s lots of potential for maybe a regular monthly training session or to make more of our 10 bell tower at Newbold. Ringing within the deanery has been very rewarding. Thank you everyone who’s been involved, your contributions have made the events a success. And thank you again for making us welcome at your towers.

Mike Burdett – Rugby Deanery District Secretary