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Secretary: Wendy Ling email wendymling_at_talktalk.net

Ringing masters: Polly Osborne email osborne2368_at_btinternet.com and Tricia Davidson email triciadavidson_at_btopenworld.com

Southern District report for 2016                                               

2016 was another successful year for the Southern District. We held our usual two business meetings and two social gatherings together with several training days and quarter peal attempts. This year we successfully rang a peal with assistance from other Districts. We inducted 8 new members during the year.

In February we got together for lunch in the Crown, Bishops Canning with ringing at South Broom and Bishop’s Canning. A good turn out of members rang a variety of methods.

Our Annual District Meeting was held in March at Minstead village Hall with ringing at Lyndhurst and Minstead. Twenty members rang a range of methods including Stedman doubles, Grandsire triples and Cambridge minor. 

In July our business meeting was attended by 17 members and was held in Preston Candover village hall with ringing before at Old Alresford and Preston Candover. Both sets of bells were challenging in their own ways, but we managed to ring Plain Bob Minor, Plain Bob Doubles and Grandsire Doubles as well as Rounds and Call changes.

Our annual outing in October was held in Dorset. After meeting at a café at the top of Gold Hill in Shaftsbury we rang at both churches in Shaftsbury (St Peter and St James). Lunch was taken at Compton Abbas Airfield where we watched the light aircraft and helicopters coming and going. Refreshed we moved on to ring on the 5 bells at Compton Abbas followed by Durweston and Bryanston School. A range of methods were rung during the day and members enjoyed the drive through the beautiful Dorset countryside.

Our hard working Ringing Masters organised a number of training sessions and quarter peals during the year to help and encourage members.  Events were planned in different areas of our District and on different days to accommodate as many members as possible. We held two training sessions in 2016; a repeat of last year’s introduction to 10-bell ringing and Grandsire Doubles which was followed by a successful Quarter Peal.

In 2016 we attempted 17 quarters 13 of which were successful. Twenty-six members took part in at least one quarter and nine members conducted a quarter peal. Among these there were several 1sts - e.g. 1st in method, 1st inside, 1st as conductor. Six of the Quarter Peals were rung on our second Quarter Peal Day in April and the methods attempted were Grandsire Doubles x 2, Rev Canterbury Doubles, PB Minor, Cambridge Minor, and Grandsire Triples. This is now planned to be an annual event.

Although we were unable to provide a complete band, we were very pleased to take part in a successful Peal of mixed Minor methods. Two members from other Ladies Guild Districts completed the band. Also, in January, six of our members took part in a Ladies Guild Quarter Peal Day at St Clement Danes in London to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the First Peal on 10 bells by an all-ladies band.

We are now looking forward to hosting the Ladies Guild AGM in our District in 2018 and planning is well underway.

Our officers for the year are: Chairman: Judith Williamson, Vice Chairman: Liz Davey, Treasurer: Louise Gay, Secretary:Wendy Ling, Ringing Masters: Pat Davidson & Polly Osborne.
Wendy Ling, Secretary

Southern District report for 2015

The Ladies Guild Southern District continued to thrive in 2015 with attendance at meetings growing. As usual we held two business meetings and two social gatherings and our hard working Ringing Masters organised numerous training days and quarter peal attempts as well as an unsuccessful peal attempt. We inducted four new members during the year.

Our February lunch was held in the Coach and Horses, Sutton Scotney, with ringing before at Micheldever and South Wonston. A good turn out of members rang a variety of methods and then enjoyed a very good lunch.

Our Annual District Meeting was held in March at Fovant village Hall after ringing at Compton Chamberlaine and Fovant. Members enjoyed a beautiful morning in these tranquil villages and a range of methods were rung including Stedman, Plain Bob doubles, Plain Bob Minor, Grandsire doubles, and Cambridge Minor.

In July our business meeting was held at Privett village hall with ringing before at Soberton and The Meonside Campanile. Rounds and Call changes, Grandsire Triples, Plain Hunt Triples and Plain Bob Triples were rung on both sets of bells. Both towers gave members a chance to ring on 8 bells and the small bells of the Campanile were an interesting change.

Our October Outing was planned for the Portsmouth area but logistical problems caused us to return to more familiar territory. Ringing at Minstead, Lyndhurst, and Brockenhurst in the morning was followed by a Pub lunch. Refreshed we then went on to ring at Fawley, Lymington and Sopley. A range of methods were rung in the mixture of six and eight bell towers.

The Ladies Guild aims to bring ringers together, to encourage new ringers, and to improve the standard of ringing amongst women. With that in mind, we held a number of training sessions and quarter peals during the year in response to requests from members. Events were planned in different areas of our District and on different days, sometimes a weekday, sometimes a Saturday. 

We held four training sessions in 2015; an introduction to 10-bell ringing, Cambridge Minor, Reverse Canterbury Doubles, and Stedman Triples. The introduction to 10-bell ringing proved very popular and a repeat was planned for 2016. Where possible we arrange a follow-on quarter after method training (same day) so that at least one student has extended practice – and sometimes scores ‘a 1st’.

We attempted 14 quarter peals of which 9 were scored. These were usually rung either to mark a special occasion or as a challenge for one or more of the ringers - a new method or perhaps conducting. Even the failed attempt provided an opportunity for extended ringing that is not possible during a normal practice. 22 members took part in at least one quarter and 10 members conducted or shared the calling of a quarter peal. Five of the quarters were attempted on our first quarter peal day - April Day doubles, Plain Bob doubles x2, Plain Bob Minor and Grandsire Triples (3 were successful). 

We rang in Salisbury, St Martin’s, to celebrate 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta and St Nicholas Bob doubles was rung at St Nicholas, Longparish on St Nicholas Day. Unfortunately an attempted peal of Grandsire Triples (repeat of 2014) failed again.

At our AGM Teresa Brown stepped down as Chairman to devote her attention to being Guild Treasurer and our long term Treasurer Valerie Keele also decided to take well earned retirement. Members expressed their thanks to both retiring officers. Another long term member Val Williams has moved to Cornwall but we were pleased to see her again later in the year and hope that she will continue to keep in contact with us.

Our officers for the year are:
  • Chairman: Judith Williamson 
  • Vice Chairman: Sue Spurling 
  • Treasurer: Louise Gay 
  • Secretary: Wendy Ling 
  • Ringing Masters: Pat Davidson & Polly Osborne

Southern District report for 2014

2014 was another active and successful year for the Ladies Guild with two business meetings and two social gatherings and many training days and quarter peal attempts as well. The numbers joining the Guild and taking part in meetings and events has increased visibly through the year and this is due in no small part to the great effort put into training by our Ringing Masters. 

Our February lunch was held in the Royal Oak at Goodworth Clatford with ringing before at Upper Clatford and Goodworth Clatford. A good turn out of members rang a variety of methods and then enjoyed a very good lunch. 

Our Annual District Meeting was held in March at Easton after ringing at Micheldever and Easton. A range of methods were rung from Plain Bob and Grandsire to Stedman, Erin, and Cambridge. After the meeting a quarter peal of Plain Bob Doubles was rung to celebrate International Women's Day.

Our July business meeting was held at east Meon and Privett. East Meon gave many members who usually ring on six or eight bells a chance to ring on ten. Privett bells were quite challenging for many of us so we stuck to simple Plain methods. However, the sun shone and a great day was had by all. A Quarter peal was rung at Froxfield after the meeting. 

Our Autumn Outing was a gentle meander around central Hampshire with ringing at North Stoneham, Bishopstoke, Crawley, Sparsholt, and Stockbridge. Lunch was enjoyed at the Fox and Hounds in the pretty village of Crawley. A range of methods were rung and members again had a chance to ring on ten bells at North Stoneham and Bishopstoke.
 
Twelve quarters peals were attempted for the Southern District during the year and ten were scored. These consisted of one major, one triples, one minor and seven doubles. (Two attempts at Stedman Triples proved too much for us!). Twenty members were involved in the quarters but this represents only 25% of the membership so we will try to increase the participation next year. Four conductors were involved and one quarter shared conducting with five ringers. Three members achieved first quarters in a method and one member rang her 200 quarter. A peal was attempted but failed at Sherfield English. 

In August six members of the district enjoyed a day out in Sussex with members from other districts, and four out of six quarters were scored. In London five quarters were rung, four at St Clement Danes and one at Bermondsey involving four members and 2 spouses of the S District. Three training sessions were held during the year all giving valuable help to the students:
  • East Tytherley - Bob Minor (quarter unsuccessful)
  • Seend - Grandsire Doubles (quarter scored)
  • East Meon 10 bell session 
Wendy Ling