2018 has been a very good year, with many well-supported District meetings and several notable events. The membership currently stands at 56, with an average meeting attendance of 18. Three new members have joined this year.
District meetings have taken place most months, with ringing for all abilities from rounds and call changes to surprise methods. We have also made some of the meetings more of a social event.
Our 25th July meeting at Normanton was followed by a foot ferry crossing and riverside walk to the Rose & Crown pub at Zouch. There were so many attendees that we had to have two ferry trips to get everyone over the river! The weather was glorious and the evening very enjoyable.
The December meeting at Gotham was attended by 20 ringers, and everyone enjoyed the mince pies and drinks afterwards.
Several of our members have been attending the weekday daytime meetings, organized by the Guild Chairman and held at various towers around the county. These meetings have been very popular, with large attendances of mixed ability ringers. Each one finishes with a pub lunch. More meetings are planned for 2019.
There were two notable events in the District during the year, in which many of our members were involved.
The OVO Energy Tour of Britain cycle race, Notts section, took place on the 8th September. At 215 km, it was the penultimate and longest stage of the tour. Bell ringing took place as the cyclists passed through at Ruddington, Keyworth and Bunny.
The Armistice Centenary took place on 11th November, with nearly all the towers in the District contributing to a tremendous day of ringing for services and/or open ringing. In order to be able to ring for all services taking place to observe the 11am Act of Remembrance, we needed to find additional ringers for our regular bands. This was done by contacting lapsed ringers who, with a little coaching and practice, were able to ring with us to mark this historic occasion. This has also had the positive outcome of bringing some individuals back to active ringing and we look forward to them becoming District members again.
The afternoon saw a nearly continuous “rolling ring” as members turned out to make a celebratory noise at Barton, Gotham, Thrumpton, East Leake, Kingston, Repmstone, Sutton Bonington and Normanton on Soar. Ringing took place for evening Remembrance services at Stanford on Soar and at Bunny, where there was a village event including the lighting of a beacon.
My thanks go to all who made such superb efforts not only to ring, but to organise transport, muffles, refreshments and general support. All the ringing contributions have been recorded on the official Bellboard site, with details of names and methods rung where possible.
As always, thanks to all incumbents, Tower Contacts and Captains for making their bells available to the District and to all members who regularly support District events along with ringing in their own towers.