2018 membership has remained similar to last year with 86 adults but an increase of Juniors to 11.
In May we received the sad news of Mary Beach’s death, aged 83. Mary was a founder member of the Guild in 1946 and throughout her life continued to ring and support the District. She will be greatly missed.
Bi-monthly meetings took place during the year with an average attendance of 12. In May we were pleased to welcome members of the Newark District to a Joint Meeting with an attendance of 16. The ringing at meetings has varied greatly, with something for everyone, from Call Changes through to Surprise Major.
In early April the 60th anniversary of the dedication of Hucknall bells was celebrated by a Quarter Peal of Grandsire Triples. Later in the month Quarters were rung at Eastwood & Farnsfield in celebration of the birth of a son to the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge. The marriage of the Duke & Duchess of Sussex was also marked by Quarter Peals rung at Eastwood and Farnsfield on 19th May. The District was represented at the Crawford Cup this year by a team from Eastwood.
In September the bells were rung at 3 towers as cyclists passed by during the Tour of Britain: Blidworth & Edwinstowe, with a Quarter scored at Farnsfield. September also saw the District Quarter Peal week take place for the first time in many years with 6 successful Quarters rung, including two “firsts”. We hope to build on this next year and involve more ringers.
According to my records 13 District towers rang their bells half-muffled before morning service on Remembrance Sunday. To celebrate the end of World War I two Peals were rung at Eastwood and Edwinstowe as well as a Quarter at Farnsfield. A Quarter was also rung at Blidworth on the following day as a mark of respect to all who fell in the war.
Blidworth, Edwinstowe & Farnsfield undertook to ring a Quarter Peal on the centenary of the death of each serviceman from their respective village who lost his life during the war. This has now been completed with a total of 82 Quarters honouring 112 servicemen. Blidworth rang 36 QPs with 17 ringers involved; Edwinstowe - 23 QPs & 14 ringers; Farnsfield – 23 QPs & 18 ringers.
Once again, thanks go to all incumbents, Tower Captains & Contacts for allowing us the use of their bells, and to those members who regularly support the District.