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Portsmouth 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.

CS District Secretary’s Report 2015 (For ADM)

District Secretary’s Report 2015

2015 has been a year of significant change in the district. We have implemented a new style of district programme, which places more emphasis on ringing.

The main change was having two hour district ringing practices taking place in most months. All abilities were accommodated from rounds upwards and we had a special method of the month.  These were held at Eling in February, Minstead in April, 12-bell practice at Bitterne Park in May, St Mary’s Southampton in June, St Peter’s Bournemouth in July, 12-bell practice at Christchurch in October, and Sacred Heart Bournemouth in November. The monthly practices have been generally well attended and we are seeing more people from the district attending including some who have not previously attended district ringing events.

Our two annual striking competitions have been successfully combined with these district practices. The Hartless Striking competition (call changes) was held in Sopley in March and the Hinton striking competition (six-bell change ringing) was held at Brockenhurst in September.

We have retained the ever popular Carol Service which was held at Christchurch this year, and summer practice at Winchester Cathedral. Both very enjoyable.

The outing this year in September was to Wiltshire, which included a variety of bells, some more enjoyable than others. A good time was had by all that attended.

We have continued with running Youth Practices during the school holidays. The age of Attendees have ranged from 7 – 17. Practices have been well attended by 15 of our young ringers making good progress each time.

Sallie Ingram

District Secretary

January 2016

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