Secretary: Kay Lucas email kay_at_hollyhocks.org.uk
Ringing Master: Betty Baines mail_at_btkservices.plus.com
Assistant ringing masters:
April newsletter available here with lots of dates for your diaries.
This calendar shows National events, Eastern District Quarterly meetings and Eastern District practices. For events in other districts, see the calendar here.
Eastern District newsletters for earlier years 2015
This year practices and district meetings (where all four counties meet together) took place in 48 different towers. I would ask that if I am not at a practice that someone takes a note of those attending and the methods rung. I keep the official record book of all our meetings and unfortunately there are some blanks; most notably the September quarterly meeting in Norfolk. Numbers attending the meetings varied from 31 at the ADM last March to only 5 on four occasions which is very disappointing for those who have travelled a distance. However the most usual number is 10.
We rang a total of fifteen quarter peals during 2015 (one fewer than last year). A peal of minor was rung to celebrate Marina Warner’s significant birthday.
We rang a wide range of methods during 2015:- Rounds and call changes; Single Court minimus; plain hunt doubles, triples and caters; whole pull plain hunt doubles; treble bob hunt minimus and minor; Plain Bob doubles, minor, triples and major; whole pull Plain Bob doubles; Grandsire doubles, triples and caters; St Martin’s doubles; St Simon’s doubles and triples; reverse Canterbury doubles; Stedman doubles and triples; reverse Stedman doubles; Winchenden Place doubles; All Saints doubles; April Day doubles; St Osmund doubles; reverse St Bartholomew doubles; Kent treble bob minor; Cambridge surprise minor; Little Bob minor; St Clements minor; the Dream minor; Double Court minor; Pinehurst; Single Oxford bob minor; Beverley surprise minor; Norwich; Double Oxford; Ipswich surprise minor Primrose surprise minor; Childwall; York; Annable’s London; Double Court Minor; Oxford treble bob minor; Bourne surprise minor; Oxford bob triples; Cambridge surprise major and Kent treble bob major.
Kay Lucas, Secretary
There has been a lot of discussion lately about attendance figures at practice and quarterly meetings, with distances members have to travel being the biggest problem. Our district covers a huge area which will always cause problems for those living on the perimeter. We have hopefully made it possible for most members to attend the ADM by choosing venues close to the A14 in Suffolk, which seems to be accessible from all four counties, but the quarterly meetings suffer badly from travelling distances as they are still held in the other three counties. The local practices seem to attract a loyal group, who are happy to come wherever they are held but we are sometimes short of experienced ringers who could make a big difference for those wishing to learn new methods.
I think, once again, this is generally due to where the practices are held and the need to attend Association and Guild meetings in the afternoon. I feel this is something we will have to live with as it is important that we reach all parts of the district and I hope those attending will be happy to ring whatever methods the members present are capable of ringing.
In 2015, as an example of how far we moved around the area, the Norfolk and Suffolk group visited Elvedon, Halesworth, Sudbury St. Gregory's, Orford, Cromer, Southrepps and East Rudham as well as our old favourites central to the two counties. The 6 and 8 bell training mornings seem to have found permanent homes at Redgrave and Gislingham and have been very successful, attracting a good cross section of abilities and a pleasing variety of methods. I am hoping these will continue in 2016 with more members trying Treble Bob and Surprise Minor and Major. The mainstays of Grandsire, Stedman and Thirds and Back will not be forgotten but hopefully once the doubles version of these methods has been mastered, I am hoping everyone will give triples a try.I hope this report does not give the impression that we are not moving forward. Once upon a time we were lucky if we could ring and conduct Plain Bob without help from the gentlemen. We are now more than capable of ringing and conducting quarter peals and peals in both plain methods and surprise, and although some of us are not quite as fit as we used to be, we are happy to turn in tenors when the need arises. The Ladies' Guild is still fulfilling its purpose of advancing the art of ringing and I still feel a tremendous sense of achievement when a member rings a touch of something they have been struggling with for some time or, as has happened this year, a lady has come back to ringing after a gap of over 30 years, started from scratch again and is now plain hunting the treble with confidence. For me, that is what the Ladies' Guild is all about and I don't mind how far I travel to be a part of it.
Betty Baines, Eastern District Ringing Master
Essex and Cambs Reports for 2015
Five Training mornings have been held in Essex since our last ADM with December being omitted because of its close proximity to Christmas.Attendances ranged from six to twenty, this number included four visitors, three of whom have since been elected as members.
Although one or two Essex members resigned during the year, It has been especially pleasing to have welcomed several new ones making it possible to share transport when travelling the further distances of our large district, but more importantly, to be able to ring quarter peals nearer to home. Charmane May has done sterling work in organising these and although our success rate has been mixed, we are improving all the time. (She also makes very scrummy cakes!) Our method repertoire at Practices has also improved, varying from the staples of Plain Bob and Grandsire right through to Surprise Minor. A few members have also made their first attempts at calling touches
My thanks to all the members, (not just those from Essex), who come so regularly and help to make our practices encouraging, useful, and best of all, enjoyable.
Cambridge has also held five practices and the numbers attending have been very similar. We get quite a lot of crossover between the two counties, for which I know we are all grateful.