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Guild Annual Dinner

Creamy Leek & Potato Soup with Chives
Chicken Liver Pate, Homemade Chutney and Toasted Brioche
Roast Loin of Pork, Sage Stuffing, Prune and Apple Compote, Cider Gravy
Supreme of Chicken filled with Brie and Sun Dried Tomato Mousse, and Plum Tomato Coulis.

All served with Seasonal Vegetables & Potatoes
Mushroom and Feta Cheese open Ravioli
Lemon Tart, Crème Chantilly, Red Fruits
Sticky Toffee Pudding and Toffee Sauce
Freshly Brewed Tea or Coffee with Minted Chocolates

The 2010 Annual Dinner is to be held on at The Falcon Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon. The gathering will begin at for .

Cost of Dinner £21.00.

Please inform either John Nicholls on 01386 841084 or Peter Quinn on 01789 840827 of your choice of menu by Saturday 16th January 2010.

The guest speaker will be Mr Steve Coleman.

The striking competition cups and trophies will also be presented.

Handbell ringers wanted!! I am in the process of setting up a tune-ringing handbell team and am looking for ringers who might be interested in joining. Previous experience of ringing handbells is not necessary, but a good sense of rhythm and the ability to read staff notation would be an advantage, although this can be taught if required.

I am also seeking to obtain a suitable set of handbells, preferably at least 1½ octaves (12+ bells). I would be grateful to hear from anyone who knows of a set that might be available on a mid-long term loan/hire basis. Maybe your church has a set that has been unused for a while (perhaps in a box in the ringing chamber?) and would benefit from some regular use?

Also, are there any existing teams within our area, whether church based, community, private group, etc.? Maybe you're in a team that rings just occasionally for fun or you go round the village at Christmas collecting for charity? I'm hoping to organise an informal rally if there are enough teams interested.

Method on handbells. For some time now I have been keen to form a small group of ringers to ring some simple methods on handbells - several ringers I know have had a go at plain hunting in the past (maybe at the 'Bellringers Christmas Dinner' or some similar function) but have never had the opportunity to progress any further. Have you had a go before or would you like to give it a try? Most ringers can master plain hunt within a short time and Plain Bob Minor is not impossible either!!

Please contact me by or phone if you are interested in joining either (or both!) of the above teams, or can help with sourcing any handbells.    Richard Lewis-Skeath.