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Secretary: Clare Carpenter clare.carpenter56_at_gmail.com

Central District report for 2018

We were once again pleased to welcome a small number of new members to the branch during the year. We also had very welcome regular support from Phillip Denwood and Michael Robinson. We changed from visiting 2 or 3 towers each meeting to concentrating on longer at just one church followed by a pub lunch, which achieved the desired result in greater numbers attending. 

Ringing at our meetings catered for all abilities from rounds and plain hunt up to Cambridge. However, attendance at our meetings was reasonably stable and the attraction of a new tower at St Albans resulted in a good turnout on a lovely sunny day. 

Central District covers a very large area stretching from Milton Keynes in the north to Middlesex in the south and from Reading to Stevenage west to east. We would welcome new members from anywhere within this region. 

Members take turns to organise our meetings which are usually held on the 5th Saturday. Meetings in 2018 were as follows:
  • January organised by Ruth Groves at Wendover followed by a post festive lunch.
  • March organised by Clare Carpenter at Langley, followed by our ADM.
  • June organised by Anne Robinson at St Albans.
  • September organised by Ruth Groves at Little Missenden.
As has become the norm, our December meeting was moved to early January as it was too close to the end of the year to make the practice viable. 
3 members (plus a husband) attended the annual Guild tour to Worcestershire in May 2018 and 4 members had attended the Guild AGM in the Shaftsbury area. 
 
Visitors to our meetings are always very welcome.  At the ADM all officers were re-elected. 
Clare Carpenter

Central District report for 2017

We were pleased to welcome a small number of new members to the branch during the year. We also had very welcome regular support from Mark Instone, Phillip Denwood and Michael Robinson. Ringing at our meetings catered for all abilities from rounds and plain hunt up to Cambridge. However, attendance at our meetings was patchy during the year, due partly to illness or other pre-arranged commitments. 

The smaller numbers attending some meetings resulted in a reduction in tower fees paid by members which unfortunately were insufficient to cover our donations to towers for our ringing this year (even allowing for the fact that when we ring at Langley the tower captain very kindly refuses to accept a donation from the District). Members take turns to organise our meetings which are usually held on the 5th Saturday. 

Meetings in 2017 were: 
  • April organised by Clare Carpenter at Fulmer and Langley, followed by our ADM; 
  • July organised by Ann Denwood at Studham and Tilsworth.
  • September organised by Rowena Scott at Chalfont St Giles and Chalfont St Peter.
  • The December meeting was moved as it was too close to the end of the year to make the practice viable. So members enjoyed a New Year’s meeting in early January arranged by Ruth Groves at Wendover and was followed by a post festive lunch. The move of date, and also to spending longer at a single tower, proved a popular one as it was well attended. 
At the ADM all officers were re-elected. Visitors to our meetings are always very welcome. 

Three members (plus a husband) attended the annual Guild tour to Chesterfield in May 2017 and 4 members had attended the Guild AGM at Bexhill on Sea.  Unfortunately, members who had signed up to ring in the Guild Quarter Peal days at both Liverpool and St Clement Danes had to withdraw through illness.
Clare Carpenter, Secretary

Central District report for 2016

Attendance at our meetings grew during the year and we were pleased to welcome a number of new members to the branch. We also had very welcome regular support from Phillip Denwood, Mark Instone and Michael Robinson. Ringing at our meetings catered for all abilities from rounds and plain hunt up to Cambridge.

In July Clare Carpenter took over from Rowena Scott as District Secretary – we thank Rowena for her dedication during her period as Secretary in keeping the branch well organised. Audrey Andrews celebrated her 90th birthday in July with a lunch arranged at a pub in Harefield. Before the lunch a quarter peal at Harefield was arranged with Audrey ringing in the first rounds before handing the bell over to Jenny Instone just before we went into changes. Unfortunately the quarter came to grief halfway through when two bells swapped over.

Members take turns to organise our meetings which are held on the 5th Saturday. Meetings in 2016 were as follows:
  • January ADM organised by Rowena Scott ringing at Hanwell, Hillingdon and Harefield (shades of My Fair Lady…?) followed by the meeting at Harefield.
  • April organised by Ann Denwood at Wendover and Aldbury.
  • July organised by Jenny Instone at Hitcham and Langley.
  • October organised by Clare Carpenter at Bierton, Aston Abbotts and Wingrave.
The December meeting was cancelled as it was due to be held on New Year’s Eve and attendance was expected to be too low to make the practice viable. Visitors to our meetings are always very welcome.
Clare Carpenter, Secretary

Central District report for 2015

Last year’s ADM was held at Harefield. Ruth thanked our regular members for their support and said we had had some good meetings even if low in numbers and had been able to ring Cambridge.

Ruth also thanked Mark Instone and Phillip Denwood for all the support they have provided throughout the year, stating it was good to have some men on board.

Jenny Instone and Ruth Groves enjoyed an excellent Ladies Guild holiday in Lancashire

Meetings were:

June 14th Annual General Meeting

May 30th ringing at Cosgrove, Buckingham, Old Wolverton organised by Rose.

August 29th ringing at Binfield and Winkfield organised by Jenny.

October 31st ringing at Monks Risborough, Stoke Mandeville, Weston Turville organised by Clare

Rowena Scott, Secretary

Central District report for 2014

Last year's ADM was held at Langley where the main discussion was the Ladies' Guild AGM which we were hosting on 14th June 2014.

Ruth thanked everyone for their support for the AGM which turned out to be a very successful day, especially as we are few in number. Ruth also thanked Mark Instone for all the support he has provided throughout the year.

Four of our members enjoyed the Ladies Guild holiday in Torquay.

On August 30th we rang at Buckingham, Maids Moreton and Gt Norwood organised by Rose.

On November 29th we rang at Fulmer, Hitchin and Dorney organised by Jenny but numbers were low.  
Rowena Scott