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Secretary: Rosemary Hemmings email: khemmings123_at_btinternet.com

South Midlands report for 2016

The district held its ADM on Saturday 27th February 2016 at Thornby and was attended by nine members and the Guild President Liz Davey.

Three meetings were held during the year. 30th April morning ringing at Potterspury and Cosgrove followed by lunch. This was attended by nine members. 9th July afternoon ringing at Abington, tea in the park and ringing at Brafield on the Green. This was attended by nine members. The third meeting was our outing to Mollington and Hanwell followed by lunch, then to Wroxton and Tadmarton, then tea and lastly ringing at Bodicote. This was attended by nine members throughout the day. 
Sadly we lost Iris Webb a former Vice President of the District. A quarter peal in her memory was rung at Staverton her old home tower on 4th July. This was the only quarter peal rung by the District although there have been several attempts. Membership stands at five life members, one non life member and 19 paid up. On the 21st January the Committee met to arrange this year’s ADM and programme. 

Rosemary Hemmings, Secretary    

South Midlands report for 2015

The District held its ADM on February 28th at Dunchurch.  There was no change of officers and one change to the Committee.  We had one new member elected and one member who transferred from the Eastern District.  15 members attended.

Three meetings were held during the year.  Our annual outing on 2nd May to South Warwickshire, five towers, lunch and tea.  An evening meeting, ringing at Culworth (these bells really were a challenge) then a meal at the pub in Chacombe attended by six members.  Our last meeting of the year was on 19th September to Beaudesert and Henley in Arden.   The churches are only a couple of hundred yards from one another and both had interesting features.  We held our half yearly meeting there, this was attended by nine members.

Mary Williams was awarded Honorary Life Membership.  Sadly we lost two longstanding members to death , Betty Earl and Freda Willgress.  A quarter peal was rung in their memory on 19th February this year.  We also rang a quarter peal during the year at Horley for Alison Varney’s new grandson.

Our membership stands at 26 paid up, five life and one honorary life member.  On  23rd January the committee met to arrange this year’s ADM and arrange the programme for this year for members to approve.

                                                                                          Rosemary Hemmings, Secretary

Bodicote, Oxfordshire, St John the Baptist,15 November 2015, 720 Plain Bob Minor

1 Margaret Ingman      2 Chris Cox                      3 Alison Varney
4 Chris Cooke            5 Elizabeth A Smith (C)     6 Rosemary Hemmings
Rung by members of the South Midlands District of the Ladies Guild as part of a Quarter Peal attempt to mark the 70th birthday, earlier this year, of Angela Elliott. Mary Williams, Jean Smart and Karen Colvin would like to be associated with this ringing.

South Midlands report for 2014

The 2014 Annual District Meeting was held at Napton-on-the-Hill. There was no change to the Officers: Vice president, Margaret Ingman, Secretary, Rosemary Hemmings, Treasurer Karen Colvin. Diane Garrett was elected to the committee with current members Chris Cooke and Alison Varney. Six new members were elected. The day was attended by nine members and five new members. It was decided to change the District name to South Midlands effective from January1st 2015. 

During the year the District held three meetings.
  • May 5th — Bank holiday Monday outing to Radway, Tysoe, Shennington, Honey and Shotteswell. Lunch was at The Bell, Shenington, and tea at the Herb Centre, Warmington. This was attended by eight members and one non member.
  • July 19th -- evening ringing at Priors Marston and a meal at Helidon. Six members attended the ringing and three the meal.
  • September 20th morning ringing at Woodford Halse and Byfield with a short business meeting held at Byfield. Nine members attended.
A quarter peal was rung at Mollington, prior to the June 2014 Annual General Meeting, which included two Officers from this District. 

Rosemary Hemmings