Rugby Deanery Report - 2016

We started 2016 with morning ringing and a pub lunch at Clifton upon Dunsmore. Events through the year included the ADM, a training day focussing on call changes and plain hunt, an outing to Northamptonshire, another pub meal, a ‘bring your own’ picnic, and a traditional ringers’ tea and meeting.

At the ADM, the existing officers were re-elected and 9 new members were elected to the Guild.

The main event for June was contributing to the Guild’s 90-4-90 quarter peal campaign, ringing quarter peals on the 16 rings of bells in the Rugby Deanery.

In July, the deanery outing took us to the area surrounding Brackley, Northamptonshire. The day started at Marston St.Lawrence and Whitfield. We then rang at Brackley, where the Charmborough mini-ring was also available. After lunch we rang at Souldern, Aynho and Greatworth.

We hosted the Guild 6-bell striking competition at Stretton on Dunsmore and entered a call change team from Rugby (who won the call changes section) and a method ringing team from Clifton upon Dunsmore. We also hosted the Guild AGM at Rugby, with ringing on both sets of bells, and ended the year by hosting the Guild carol service at Ryton on Dunsmore.

We entered a team into the Guild 8-bell striking competition and achieved second place. Several of our members have remained active in the Guild youth team and travelled to London to take part in the National Youth Contest.

We continued to arrange Friday evening practices at various towers to provide opportunities for ringers to progress with new methods. Each practice was assigned a couple of special methods to focus on, with other methods being rung according to the needs of those attending. We also assigned monthly deanery practices to the regular practices at Monks Kirby, Newbold and Rugby to help provide more opportunities for ringing on 8 and 10.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to making the events a success and for making us welcome at your towers.

Liz Harvey – Rugby Deanery District Secretary