Bingham District Report 2016

I am pleased to report that overall membership has increased this year to 146 compared to 142 in 2015. We did, however, lose some members during the year but welcomed 10 new members, including 3 junior members. 4 of the new members were from East Bridgford, 3 from Hickling and 1 each from Cotgra0ve, Gedling and Woodborough.

We had our usual programme of monthly meetings, made up of afternoon and evening ringing at 2 towers with a service, tea and District meeting, although one afternoon meeting had to be cancelled at short notice due to a misunderstanding over the date. It was decided to start afternoon ringing slightly earlier at 3 pm rather than 3.15 pm to allow more travelling time between towers. The meetings have been generally well supported with an average attendance of 22 compared to 21 last year. We also had several visitors at most of them. Grateful thanks are due to all the ringers and helpers who provided such excellent teas at the meetings throughout the year.

Two Saturday morning training sessions were held during the year covering mainly Surprise Major methods, the first was at Plumtree in March and the second at Gedling in July, both events were well supported; unfortunately this was not the case with the May Day ringing outing which had to be cancelled due to lack of numbers.

The Guild ringing course was launched at a 'taster day' in April at East Bridgford but only 3 potential ringers attended; the event however had been shown on the BBC local news that evening and subsequently 5 learners joined the course.

Bells were rung to mark special occasions during the year, notably the Queen's 90th birthday in June and also for St. George's Day and Shakespeare's birthday in April.

Although there is no tower band at Colston Bassett I am pleased to report that these excellent bells are still being rung regularly by district members.

Bingham District organised another Charity Race Evening at the British Legion Radcliffe in November which raised a magnificent £796 for the Guild Bell Fund. In addition the Smarties tube fund raiser continues to be a regular source of income for the bell fund, raising £235 during the year.

The 2017 AGM sees a change for the Bingham District as the majority of officers are standing down after having served for many years in their various roles.

In conclusion thanks to all who have helped the District in any way during the year.

David Left