Coventry District Secretary’s Report 2018
The members of the district were greatly saddened during the year by the loss of Dawn Colley ringer at Shilton and Walsgrave in January, Leslie Lunn ringer at Berkswell in April and Harry Bodenham, ringer at Kenilworth and Stoneleigh. May they all rest in peace.
The District ADM took place in February at Shilton. Members enjoyed ringing at Shilton tower followed by a lovely bell ringers tea provided by the Shilton ringers before the ADM. Officers were elected as follows: Chairman and Guild Committee Rep, Chris Worley; District Secretary, Clare Gould; Subscriptions Secretary, Gerald Trevor; Ringing Master, Ray Sheasby; Committee Member, Mary Jones. Chris thanked Janice Sheasby and Rodney Swallow for the work they had done during their time in office and welcomed Clare Gould and Mary Jones to the team. At the meeting 8 new members were elected to the Guild.
During February, bells rang out across the county to celebrate the centenary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act (1918) which first granted women the right to vote. The District supported this with a team of women from across the Guild ringing a quarter peal at the Cathedral.
The Coventry District entered 5 teams in the 6 Bell Striking Competition hosted at Bilton in March with Berkswell triumphing in the call changes section. In April, Berkswell hosted the AGM on behalf of the Guild. There was ringing in Berkswell followed by a fantastic bell ringers tea provided by the Berkswell team. This was followed by the AGM.
The District Outing in October visited 4 churches in the Cotswolds. There were some interesting challenges on the day including bats in the belfry at Broadwell. The weather also played its part with snow falling during the afternoon. The event was really well attended with 32 ringers attending representing 10 towers.
In November, the District supported the Ringing Remembers initiative with District teams supporting the 4 routes across the Guild. There were at least 8 new Ringing Remembers recruits from across the District wearing their badges with pride on the day. It was a fantastic occasion with ringers of all ages and ability getting the chance to ring in memory of the fallen and the commemoration of the World War One Armistice.
In December, the Guild Carol Service was hosted by the Coventry District at Stoke. The service was well supported by ringers from across the Guild. There was ringing in Stoke tower prior to the service and mulled wine and mince pies provided local Stoke band after the service. It was a lovely end to a full year of events across the District and great to see so many ringers joining us. Many thanks to all involved in arranging events during the year and also the ongoing support and welcome from all towers and members.
Clare Gould– Coventry District Secretary