Membership has increased this year to 67 full members and 13 juniors. We welcome Rosie Woodgate, Jean Hassett, Ray James, Kelly Oughten, Talia Newton, Richard Coupe, Nancy Marris, Hayley Bethall, Carrie Turner, Robert Stewart and Diesel Frost and we look forward to ringing with you all at our monthly meetings.
Attendance at meetings have been mixed with some being well attended and others not so good. We have rung rounds and call changes up to surprise major. Bawtry bells are still unavailable due to problems with the roof. Babworth hosted a Guild training Day for Plain Bob Doubles/Minor and the members who attended found it very helpful.
In May we hosted the Crawford Cup but did not enter a team. Congratulations to Attenborough for retaking the trophy after a 6-year break. Thanks to all the ringers who took part and to Peter McCoy for the excellent judging. Thanks also to Val, Diane and Lynne for their help with the tea and the raffle.
Many of our towers have rung for special events throughout the year including St. George’s day, Remembrance Sunday, Heritage Open Weekends, BBC Music day and the royal wedding. This year marked the centenary of the end of the First World War and it was good to see so many towers taking part in the Ringing Remembers campaign at 12.30 and Battle's Over at 7.05
We had a good turnout for the annual Teapot Trophy this year at Ordsall, which was judged by John Coates. There were 4 teams taking part, Ordsall were the winners, Misson Main, Misson Juniors and then East Drayton. Unfortunately we had to cancel the Oswy Street Cup due to lack of interest.
Thanks again to Kane Marsh and Richard Curtis who organised an excellent car outing in June this year to the Peak District where we visited Cresswell, Clowne, Barlborough Eckington and Killamarsh.
Congratulations to Bryan Birkett BEM and John Coates who were awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Guild at the AGM in May.
Thank you all for your support, the tower contacts, captains and incumbents for the use of the bells and the ringers who have supported the meetings, training days and outings.