Membership has increased this year to 64 full members and 9 juniors. We welcome Lauren Bethell, Dana, Tara, Freya and Robin Wilcox-Wood, James Wood, Martin Moulds, Alex Mathews, Gary Watt, Martin Kennedy and James Thacker. Sadly in April we lost Edna Bradley, tower captain at Clarborough and in July Val Webb, tower captain at West Retford. Both ladies will be greatly missed.
All the meetings have been well attended and it is good to see the new members coming along too. This year Clarborough hosted a Guild training Day for Plain Bob Doubles/Minor and the members who attended found it very helpful. We also had a Surprise Major evening practice at Clayworth in November which we are hoping will become a regular event.
Many of our towers have rung for special events throughout the year including St. George’s day, Remembrance Sunday, Ascension Day, Heritage Open Weekends and BBC Music day.
Half muffled quarter peals were rung to commemorate ringers who died in WW1 on the centenary of their deaths, Pte. William Marsden, Pte. Denis Hatfield and Pte. William England from Misson, Pte. Frank Edward Bailey from Bawtry and Pte. George Arthur Turner from West Retford.
We had an excellent turnout for the annual Teapot Trophy, judged by Melanie Newman, assisted by Mike Newman. There were 7 teams, East Drayton were again the winners, closely followed by the Clarborough Originals. There were only two teams contesting the Oswy Street Cup at East Drayton, Shelley and the Guild Ladies. The contest was judged by Colin Aked, with Shelley, ringing Woodbine, retaining the Cup and the Guild Ladies rang Plain Bob Minor.
For the first time in many years we had a North Notts outing in June this year to Scarborough organised by Kane Marsh and Richard Curtis with the help of Marian Thomas (Howden). Towers visited were Scarborough, Flamborough, Nafferton and Market Weighton and an enjoyable day was had by all.
Congratulations to Bryan Birkett, Sutton cum Lound, having been awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Years Honours list for services to Bell Ringing and the community in Nottinghamshire.