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Secretary: Jan Wyatt email janwyatt_at_live.co.uk

Western District report for 2016

We started 2016 with a visit to Dorset on 9th January, ringing at Yetminster, Thornford and Bradford Abbas. On 12th March we had a day in The Cotswolds, ringing at Bourton on the Water, Broadwell, and Longborough. As you can imagine most of the talk at our meetings was around the planning for The Guild AGM which took place in our area in June, all based around Timsbury. We were delighted to welcome The Guild and hope you had a good day in Somerset.

In September we enjoyed a day of ringing near Bristol, visiting Frenchay, Mangotsfield and Syston. In the evening The Bristol Rural Branch invited us to join them to ring at Winterbourne and on The Lichfield Mobile Belfry which had been set up in the Tythe Barn. Several of us stayed to enjoy a fish and chip supper, a lovely end to a lovely day.

During the year we elected 10 new members and are particularly pleased to have some young ringers attending our meetings. 

The project to rehang the bells at Taunton St Mary is complete, The Ladies Guild got a special thank you for the grant we promised in the booklet produced for the dedication. The bells are wonderful, easy to ring and sounding good. The Western District hope to ring there during 2017, keep an eye on our notices on the website and come and join us.
Jan Wyatt,Secretary

Western District report for 2015

We started 2015 with a couple of Quarter Peal attempts scoring mixed doubles at Bradford on Tone although unsuccessful at Hillfarance.

Our first District Meeting of the year was in Somerset. We visited Chaffcombe, Combe St Nicholas and Kingstone on a cold but sunny day, catching a glimpse of daffodils already fully out. We were pleased to welcome Annie Suddaby as a new member.

In March our Annual District Meeting took place in Gloucestershire. We rang at Stonehouse and Horsley, where we also had lunch at The Hog Inn which we highly recommend, followed by more ringing at Eastington.

In September we had a day of ringing in Bath, the plan was to arrive by train or park and ride and walk between the towers. This proved an unpopular choice as very few members turned up but with the help of some local ringers we rang at Christ Church, Widcombe and Lansdown where we admit to using a taxi to get up the hill and a bus to get back down.

Our current plan for days out is a tower mid-morning followed by lunch and two further towers, this allows for travelling home before it gets too late. Apart from the Bath trip it has proved popular so we intend to stick with it.

We are delighted to be welcoming the Guild AGM to Somerset in 2016.
Jan Wyatt,Secretary

Western District report for 2014

We started 2014 with a lovely day out in Dorset arranged for us by Mary Gilbert. We rang at the wonderfully named Whitchurch Canonicorum. It was during the time of flooding so our first route was abandoned when we spotted some caravan roofs just above the water line but it takes more than that to stop the Ladies' Guild so approaching the village from a different direction got us to our destination without the need for wet suits or wellies. We had lunch at The Market House in Bridport then rang at Bridport and Chard.

In March we headed for the Yeovil area and rang at West Coker, Preston Plunknett and Yeovilton which is a Fleet Air Arm Memorial Church.

Marie Carson arranged a day out in South Wales for us in October when we went to Merthyr Tydfil, Cefn Coed and Aberdare.

During the year we elected 5 new members. We were all delighted when our very own Kait Jarvis became The Ladies' Guild Young Ringer of The Year and we rang a quarter peal with Kait as part of the celebration. 
Jan Wyatt