Membership of the District for 2017 was 54 members. One prominent member of our ringing community, Peter Hayward, along with wife Jane, moved away to Pembrokeshire. Peter was made an Honorary Life Member in recognition of his work for the Guild and ringing at the May AGM. We in the District miss having his expertise, both in ringing and bell maintenance, as well as his wicked sense of humour.
Monthly ringing meetings have continued much as usual. Unfortunately we were unable to have a District heat for the Crawford Cup, but Keyworth ringers agreed to represent South Notts in the competition final.
In July, the Guild education officers held a recruitment morning in East Leake. Despite local advertising, there was little interest shown on the day. I am aware, however, that several of our towers have been training new ringers over the year and I look forward to welcoming them as members of the Guild.
In October we held a sociable Skittles evening. The venue had to be changed at short notice, due refurbishment at the pub in Barrow on Soar. Many thanks Max for sorting this out, so that we played instead at the Bulls Head, East Leake and a hot supper was served. In November, it was our turn to host the Guild Half Yearly Meeting. In the morning, training on eight bells was organised at Ruddington and Plumtree, which was much appreciated by those that took part. In the afternoon, there was ringing at East Leake, before a lovely service led by Rev. Tim Parker, where he expressed his appreciation of our efforts, reminding our communities of the presence of the church. It should be noted that this is only achieved by the commitment of our ringers to ring at several churches for services each Sunday.
The year finished with the ringing practice in December at Clifton, St Marys. There was a fine turnout of over 20 ringers and despite a broken stay, which was quickly replaced by John Edmonds, we all enjoyed an evening of ringing at various levels along with mince pies and chocolates.
My thanks go to June Stanley in her role of Ringing Master, doing a fine job in running the District practices during the year.
This year, the District has not had a formal Secretary/Treasurer, as no one came forward when Sharon Bryan stepped down in January. I have endeavored to keep the flow of information from the Guild and District going out to our members. My thanks to husband Max in aiding me with this work. It would be appreciated however if other members of the district would step forward to help in these roles.
As always, thanks to all incumbents, Tower contacts and Captains for making their bells available to the District and to all the members who ring regularly for service and support District events.