South Notts District Report 2016

Membership in South Notts District in 2016 was 58 Full members and 2 Junior members. The difference between this and the numbers in the district accounts arises from members being elected after the 2015 AGM. In effect they get more than 12 months membership for their first payment. There are 17 towers and 8 bands of ringers. St Francis church is now closed and the bells and frame were removed to storage.

The number of members attending the district meetings has been variable, but at the same time largely predictable. The February meeting was held at Kingston. Although not the warmest of churches for a winter meeting, 13 attended with ringing for all levels.

The District Heat of the Crawford Cup was held in March at Edwalton. When the calendar was approved at the 2015 AGM it escaped notice that the 4th Saturday was in fact Holy Saturday. The date had to be rearranged to 12th, which unfortunately clashed with the Guild Committee meeting. Only Keyworth entered a team for the Crawford Cup and no teams entered for the Teapot Trophy. The meeting turned into a normal district meeting focussing on the less experienced ringers.

St George's Day ringing in April saw East Leake doing a rolling ring – ringing at Sutton Bonington and Normanton in the morning, then Rempstone, East Leake and Stanford on Soar in the afternoon. The April district meeting was held at Holy Trinity, Clifton. The light bells proved a challenge to quite a few but it was a good meeting with lots of laughs.

In May the venue for the district meeting was Normanton and the opportunity to ring minimus methods. Unfortunately Keyworth was unable to represent the district in the final of the Crawford Cup as they were required to ring for a wedding.

June saw district ringing at St Francis, Clifton for the last time before the church complex closed. In August the bells were removed.

Sadly Margaret Smith from Sutton Bonington died on 27 June. She will always be remembered for her smile and sense of fun.

A quarter peal was rung in Margaret’s memory on 17 July at Sutton Bonington. It was fitting that the July meeting was held at Prestwold where Margaret had long and happy connections.

The district meeting for September was held at Rempstone. Only 10 members attended.

October was the district quarter peal weekend. Keyworth were unfortunate in their quarter peal attempt but Thrumpton rang a quarter of Grandsire and Plain Bob. Congratulations to John Edmonds on achieving his first quarter. Many thanks to Annette and Max for organising the skittles evening at the Soar Bridge Inn at Barrow on Soar, which ringers, family and friends attended.

At Sutton Bonington in November only 7 ringers turned up and the bells were not even rung up – we went to the pub and discussed the 2017 calendar for the district.

The final meeting of the year was at Bunny. Ringing and mince pies were enjoyed by 15 members.

My thanks to all incumbents, Tower Contacts and Captains for making their bells available to the District and to all the members who regularly and willingly give their support to the District.

Sharon Bryan