Newark District Report 2016
Membership remains steady with 118 members, 114 full, 1 junior and 3 Honorary.
An average of 20 members attend the bi-monthly meetings and thanks to the local incumbents for the use of the bells and to those helpers who made the teas.
The first learners practice of the year was at Southwell. Numbers reached well into the 20s and gave the learners who attended valuable experience ringing on different bells. Thank you to the more experienced ringers who gave their time to help with these practices.
The Crawford Cup heat was held at Wellow, John Coates obliged as the judge. Two teams entered with Sutton-on-Trent going through to the final in May at Linby.
Sutton-on-Trent’s annual coach outing visited Heckington, Boston, Bicker, Pinchbeck and Bourne. Whereas Coddington outing went to Monk Bretton, Darton, Shelley, Emley and Kirk Heaton
Christine Raithby from Newark, had the idea for ladies’ ringing afternoons and these have proved a real success, taking place in towers across the Guild with Wellow hosting the Xmas venue.
Ringers in the District rang for HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday and St. George’s Day, a few towers ringing quarter peals for both events.
Hawton has had the faculty approved to change the unringable four to a new eight. Estimates for all the works are being compiled. A “new tenor” from Bishopwearmouth, has been donated by the Keltek Trust.
The September mini-outing was a success. Towers visited in Lincolnshire were Welton, Dunholme, Eagle and the newly augmented six at North Scarle.
Coddington hosted the Novices Trophy in October. The best overall team comprised of ringers from Southwell. A good afternoon was had by all who attended.
Guild 12-bell practices were held at Southwell Minster during the year. Over 70 ringers attended the first practice. The practices were successful, and ringers really appreciated the opportunity of ringing on 12.
The tradition of ringing for Gopher continues at St. Mary’s Newark. The bells are rung for six consecutive Sundays in October and November. Legend has it that the sound of the bells assisted Wilhelm Gopher, a Flemish merchant, to reach safety when lost in fog in the marshes surrounding Newark. A successful quarter of Grandsire Caters was rung on the second of these Sundays.
This is my last year as Secretary, so I would like to thank the individuals who have assisted me during the last eleven years.