Mansfield District Report 2016

Membership in 2016 increased from 68 to 79 with the addition of new members at Blidworth(1), Edwinstowe(4), Greasley(1), Hucknall(1), Mansfield(2) and Sutton(1). Unfortunately, apart from wedding ringing, the bells at Kirkby are silent once more due to Paul & Jenny Loxston’s relocation. On a positive note, 2016 has seen an increase in more regular practice nights at Eastwood.

In February we were saddened by the death of Pat Nix who had been a Guild member since 1949 and Hucknall Tower Captain for many years.

Bi-monthly meetings took place again throughout the year with an average attendance of 12. Many thanks to our “visitors” who help make meetings more challenging. The range of ringing has varied from Call Changes to Surprise Major – so, something for everyone. Two “Joint” Practices were held to encourage and help the local ringers, as well as two “Surprise Minor” Practices where a dedicated group of 8 ringers successfully rang a selection of Surprise methods.

Seven Towers took part in ringing for the Queen’s Birthday in April. Quarters were scored at Blidworth, Eastwood, Edwinstowe & Farnsfield, and a Peal at Blidworth. General ringing took place at Greasley, Hucknall & Papplewick. Three Towers rang for St George’s Day: a Quarter at Farnsfield and general ringing at Selston and Teversal. For the Queen’s Birthday Celebrations in June Peals were rung at Blidworth and Edwinstowe, and Quarters at Farnsfield and Greasley.

World War I ringing continued at three District Towers with Quarters rung to commemorate the deaths of the servicemen who died in 1916; Blidworth - 8, Edwinstowe - 3 and Farnsfield - 5. To date this totals 30 Quarters honouring 34 servicemen.

The Edwinstowe Ringing Project took place during the Summer term from April to July. The challenge was to teach a group of 12 Year 6 pupils (aged 10) to ring the bells for their Leavers’ service at the end of term. Tuition took place for an hour a week in an after school club with the group split into two sections; one learning to handle the bells whilst the second learnt rhythm on handbells. One difficulty was the size of the sallies which were too thick for small hands! by ringing in two teams with one to one supervision to assist pupils to ring in the correct place, success was achieved.

Once again, a number of members attended the monthly Ladies Meetings throughout the year and gained confidence in their ringing. It has also been encouraging to see several members attend the 12 Bell Practice at Southwell.

Finally, I’d like to thank those who have attended Meetings and Practices during the last year, and also all incumbents for allowing us the use of your bells.

Nicola Eves