SECRETARY’S REPORT 2015
2015 was a busy year with a number of meetings, social events and special practices held across the District.
The ADM was held at Shedfield and quarterly meetings were held at Titchfield, Catherington and Wickham. The Catherington meeting in July was combined with an informal striking competition and a barbecue. The beautiful weather meant the meeting could be held outside and an enjoyable day was had by all. Thanks to Marie Boniface for organising the barbecue.
Monthly District practices were held at various towers throughout the year, which were well attended. In August, David Mattingley and Lizzie Hough hosted four special District practices at St Mary’s Portsea, where some less commonly rung methods including Duffield Major, Little Bob Major and Ashford Little Bob Triples were attempted.
The Portsmouth District was also delighted to host the Annual General Meeting of the Guild at Curdridge on 5th July. Several towers were open for ringing on the day and attendance was good. Thanks to Simon King, Zara Bampton and their team of helpers for organising the event and making sure it ran smoothly. The Portsmouth District also won the Inter-District 8-bell Striking Competition and the winners’ shield was presented at the AGM by Viv Nobbs.
Several District Training Days were organised during the year, including Stepping up to Eight Bells, Plain Hunting, and Raising and Lowering. These have been taken up well and more training days have been planned for this year. In August the Portsmouth District had its annual visit to Winchester Cathedral. This is a hugely popular event and was extremely well attended.
Social events included a skittles night in April and a quiz night in September, as well as the curry night on District Quarter-peal Day. Eight quarter peals were attempted during Quarter-peal fortnight and some first quarters were achieved.
Special ringing events included celebrating the 70th anniversary of VE day at Wickham in May, and the D-day revival at Southwick in June. The annual District outing in May was to Wiltshire, visiting 7 towers.
We were greatly saddened by the death of Roy Grayson, Ringing Master at Purbrook, in November. He was a popular and stalwart supporter of all District events, especially when passing on his bell ringing skills to learners, both in his own tower and in support of any tower that needed help.
It was sad to say goodbye to Simon King and Zara Bampton on their relocation to France in October. We wish them all the very best with their new venture and would like to extend our sincere thanks for all they have done for the District, both as accomplished ringers and as members of the Committee.
My thanks to Simon King for his hard work as District Secretary and his help while I adjust to the role. I also wish to thank the District Committee members for their hard work and dedication over the last year.
Lisa Ashforth, District Secretary.