Guild Master Abroad on an Away Day

A successful Isle of Wight ADM was held at Shanklin yesterday (Saturday) – the first district meeting there since 2012! Approximately 40 people came and rang at some point and a good amount remained for the meeting also.

Guild Master Mike Winterbourne was in attendance keeping an eye on proceedings and offering his words of wisdom to foreign tribes! We offer him our thanks for the effort in travelling over to join us.

District members commenced the afternoon with a session of ringing, so many attending that a rota had to be used to give all a chance to have a ring.

The usual short Church service followed conducted by our own Reverend Barry Downer, who himself confesses to short homilies!

A very sumptuous tea followed with all enjoying an array of sandwiches and nibbles and a fantastic assortment of home-made cakes. A very big thank you to all Shanklin members who worked so hard to make this such a pleasure.

The meeting followed conducted by Chair Jill Taylor in which all officers were re-elected for a further term and also elected were two new ringers for Shanklin, five for Brading and seven for Swanmore! Good work all round guys – things are looking up!

The district officers were also handed the now completed two volumes of peals and five volumes of quarter peals rung by Island ringers since the early 1700s which have been researched and printed for all to view by the District Peal Officer. The meeting decided these should now be uploaded to the Guild Archives when ready so a wider audience could have access to our records in the future.

Dates for events for the coming year were announced, the first of which is the District Outing to ‘North Island’ on March 11th, which will concentrate on Southampton, Ealing and Lyndhurst areas with a 9am ferry departure for all those wishing to have a day out. If you wish to join the day please contact Ringing Master Jenny Brudenell.

The first striking competition of the season will be held at Carisbrooke on April 22nd, this will be the Don Exell 8-bell Striking Competition.

The meeting concluded at about 7pm with the raffle and further ringing in the 8-bell tower ending a thoroughly busy and enjoyable afternoon.

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