This year has been another successful year for the Nottingham district with 4 new members being elected taking total membership to 178.
Eleven events were held within the district this year, a reduction on the number held last year as a result of the mid-week meetings now being organised at guild level. A Plain Bob educational morning was organised using two district towers simultaneously; one focussing on Triples, the other Doubles. Both were well attended with both learners and helpers. In addition, during the last year, six district practices have been held along with two afternoon mini outings and the district’s Crawford Cup heat.
The district’s Crawford Cup heat at Bramcote was very well attended with eight teams (six method ringing and two called-change teams) ringing. Attenborough and St Peters went through to join Beeston in the final with Attenborough successfully bringing the trophy back to our district.
Average attendance at the district meetings remains strong with on average 20 people attending. The barn dance at Nuthall was very successful raising £171 for the bell fund and 36 people attending the ringing. Thank you to the Nuthall ringers for working hard to ensure this event was so successful.
As ever, district practices have tried to be as inclusive as possible with 42 different methods rung at these sessions during the year. It is encouraging to see that while most popular method rung was plain bob doubles, closely followed by rounds and called changes on 8 a whole range of different methods in increasing complexity have been rung with 8-spliced surprise major, Yorkshire Royal and touches of Stedman Caters featuring on occasions. Hopefully this demonstrates that the diversity of ability catered for at the meetings.
The district continues to organise Saturday afternoon quarter peals at Basford on an ad-hoc basis with the objective being to develop individuals wishing to ring something that may not otherwise be possible at their local tower. Well done to Michael Varney, Ed Walker and Adam Wilmott who rang their first quarter and first quarters of Superlative S Major and spliced surprise major respectively. Anyone interesting in a future Saturday afternoon quarter peal at Basford should contact one of the ringing masters. Elsewhere in the district other first quarters were rung by John Broom, Alex Speakman, Heather Clarke, Sue Oldfield, Alan Cropley, Emma Mutie and Linda Cooke. Well done to all of them. In total there were 68 tower bell quarters and 73 hand bell quarters rung in the district.
We are grateful to all those that have helped organise these events, the ringers and clergy at the towers that have hosted events as well as all those that have attended the district events.