Trustees' Reports - General Secretary’s Report 2017

The variety of activities available to members across the Guild continues to increase. The support for hosting the Lichfield Mobile Belfry at the Kenilworth show is one example. Members from all districts were involved in assembling, running and dismantling the belfry over a sunny weekend in June. The position of the belfry at the entrance to the show enabled us to attract the public to see church bell ringing and have a go.

Two Guild Social Meetings were held during the year; in January we met at Church Lawford before progressing to Wolston for more ringing and some delicious cakes. The second in July was a themed outing to Leicester. 5 towers were open during the day and this was well supported by members from across the Guild.

The AGM was held at Wellesbourne, with the learners who had attended the Guild Training Mornings ringing quarter peals at local towers before the meeting. Four quarters were recorded, including some ringers ringing their first quarter peal. 12 new members were elected/notified as members of the Guild. The Quarterly Business Meeting in October was held at Brinklow. This was proceeded by the 8 Bell Striking competition where 2 teams from each district competed in this good natured competition. Congratulations to the Rugby A team on their success.

Two other Striking competitions were held during the year. Attendance at the 6 Bell Competition in March has continued to increase. The Guild Youth Team gave their best performance so far at the Ringing World National Youth Competition in Birmingham. They finished 7th out of a field of 19 teams.

The Guild Newsletter continues to be published 4 times a year and is sent to all towers keeping them informed about future events and containing reports on different activities. After a number of years producing the newsletter, Freda Bennett and Margaret Ingman decided to retire. Thanks for all your hand work and a warm welcome to Rosemary Spencer for taking on the role.

The number of towers opening their doors as part of the Heritage Open Weekend continues to increase. The event offers an opportunity for the public to visit Church towers and learn more about bells and bell ringing.

The annual Carol Service continues to be the most supported event of the year. Nearly 100 members attended the service at St Mary’s Warwick. Both Warwick towers were open for ringing and the theme of the football match played in the trenches in 1914 marked a link to next year when we will be commemorating the Centenary of the end of WWI. The Ringing Remembers campaign was launched in November and the challenge to recruit 1400 new ringers from across the Country has appealed to the public imagination.

The addition of a new peal of bells in Pillerton Hersey was a wonderful ending to the year. The news, we received in December, of a substantial legacy to the Guild could mean we will be able to help additional towers and bells for many years to come.

Annie Hall