Membership increased slightly throughout the year, and we ended 2017 with 122 members.
An average of 19 people attended the bi-monthly meetings. Teas were enjoyed by all, and all standards of ringing were catered for, from rounds to surprise major.
The Crawford Cup heat in March was held at Barnby in the Willows, with four teams entering, and Balderton being declared the winning team. The Newark District hosted the Crawford Cup final in May which was held at Farndon and won by Beeston A. Balderton came 4th out of seven teams.
The 12-bell practices at Southwell continue to be well supported. Four were held this year, with between 27 and 38 ringers attending. Everything was rung from rounds and plain hunt to plain bob max, little bob cinques and grandsire. The training day at Coddington was well attended with around 25 ringers. The ringing was tailored on the day to suit those who were there, and included rounds, call changes, plain hunt, plain bob and grandsire. Tea and cakes (enjoyed by all) were sold in aid of the church and the Bell Fund.
The Coddington outing to Warwickshire in September was centred around Stratford-on-Avon and visited five towers; Sherbourne, Snitterfield, Ilmington, Tredington and Alderminster. It was noted that it is getting increasingly difficult to get enough ringers to go on the outings and make organising them worthwhile.
The district mini-outing, also in September, was to the North Notts area. Four towers were visited; Ordsall, Clarborough (where a sumptuous spread of tea and cakes was provided for us), Gringley and Babworth. It was enjoyed by the 14 people who attended, 10 of whom were from the Newark district.
The Ladies Ringing is doing well with 6 towers visited in the Newark District, and 5 in other districts. Between 10 and 24 women from the Guild took part in a range of methods.
During the year a number of our towers have rung for special events such as the 70th wedding anniversary of the Queen and Prince Philip, Remembrance Sunday, and the centenaries of the deaths of WW1 casualties, as well as for more personal occasions and for Gopher as usual at Newark.
Finally, thank you to everyone who has helped the district in any way during the year, to the incumbents for the use of the bells, and to all those who have attended meetings, outings and training days.