This year started with the election of a new chairman and secretary. We wish to thank Margaret and David Left for their many years of service.
Overall membership fell from 148 to 138 in 2017. We were pleased to welcome Karen Greaves from Woodborough and Paul Gregory from Cotgrave as new members during the year.
Sadly two active members of the district died this year, Brian Buswell from Cotgrave and Clive Allen from East Bridgford. They will be sadly missed. We also heard that Earnest Kellett who used to ring at Willoughby had died.
Most meetings this year followed the traditional format of afternoon ringing, usually at a 6 bell tower, service tea and meeting followed by evening ringing usually at an 8 bell tower. This format was varied in September when we visited Bottesford for the evening, and in December when there was no afternoon ringing. We also need to thank Lyn Sugden for organising a meal at Ashmores in Radcliffe on Trent in August. This was an excellent evening and was well attended.
The average attendance at meetings was 19 (16 if you don’t include the AGM), a considerable drop on the average of 21 for the previous two years. The average number of ringers, including visitors, was 12 for afternoon towers and 14 for evening towers, although one evening tower had to be cancelled due to insufficient numbers. We are very grateful to the ringers who support the meetings and particularly to the ringers and helpers who have provided excellent teas throughout the year. The Tom Goodwin Trophy was competed for by two teams, with Plumtree winning by a small margin.
The May Day outing was cancelled due to insufficient numbers.
Two training mornings were run by the district during the year. In March a course was run in Bingham on Plain Hunt and Plain Bob with the aim of helping ringers to move from 6 to 8 bells. The second course was run at Cropwell Bishop in October to teach basic bob calling. Both courses were well attended by learners and supported by competent ringers. The feedback received has been very positive.
Thanks are due to Bill Shanks for organising quarter peals at Colston Bassett on a monthly basis; it is good to know that even though there is no tower band, these excellent bells are rung regularly.
I would also like to thank all those who have helped, by supporting ringing and events in any way.