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Secretary: Clare Carpenter clare.carpenter56_at_gmail.com

Audrey Andrews, obituary

If I had to use one word to describe Audrey it would be ‘Commitment’. Anything that Audrey engaged in was done with complete dedication and done to the best of her ability. Audrey was a devoted Mother and Grandmother. She was married to Ron and had 4 children, sadly her two sons pre-deceased her. Her two daughters, Heather and Sarah, were of paramount importance in her life, and she often talked of them in conversation.

A ringer of 50 years experience, Audrey learnt to ring at Ruislip Parish Church, her husband, Ron, learning following his retirement. Audrey was very active on the ringing front. She regularly went on Trefoil Guild Outings, and was also a regular attender at the annual Ladies Guild Ringing Holidays for a great number of years. Latterly, after moving to Harefield, she rang at Harefield Parish Church, ringing many Quarter Peals for the Ladies Guild and other important celebrations, both for family and church members. She would often go, with friends, to the Sidmouth area, ringing while away, notably at Exeter Cathedral.

Her move to her cottage in Harefield, from her large house and garden in Ruislip, was made following the death of her husband, Ron, and she soon settled into the community as a valued resident. Her garden soon gained the benefit of Audrey’s talents, casting slabs and laying paths around her new domain, with a designer’s eye. Every plant was a specimen, in the right place, and combining to create a really beautiful extension of her home. However, this was not enough! An allotment was added to grow her vegetables, and she gained much pleasure from ‘growing her own’ - and was probably self sufficient. 

Audrey had a ‘Waste Not Want Not’ attitude to life. Pallets were transformed into log stores for drying and storing logs, and many unusual containers were to be found in her garden. Her friends did discourage her from buying a chain saw, when she was considering such a purchase. Recently, she planned to replace the little shed at the end of her garden as it was looking a little tired.

She was an active member of Harefield Church and undertook many jobs to ensure the smooth running of the church and graveyard, being very generous of her time to others. She was a talented musician, playing the piano and harp. She was knowledgeable on so many subjects and widely travelled. 
 
Audrey could do anything she decided to do. Everything she did, she did to the very best of her incredible ability. She was a person you could turn to, in a crisis, and she would be there to give support and a kindly word. She had time for everyone, a lived a very packed and productive life. She will be sorely missed, both by the Central District and the Guild.

Audrey died on 2nd July 2020 age not quite 94 after a short illness and her funeral was held on 17 July. Her funeral was held in the churchyard at Harefield which thus permitted a large number of family and friends to attend, spread out among the beautiful surroundings. 7 Central District ringers were in attendance.
Ruth Groves

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