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From the Archives (100 yrs ago)

The Old FSG Minute Book records the following for the period 1st October to 31st December 1911. The entry for Oct 26th is significant, as it records Walter Large had left the District by that date. Does anyone know where he went?

Oct 2nd 1911:

A Committee Meeting was held at The Swan Hotel, Moreton-in-Marsh, to consider the Programme for the Autumn Meeting on Thursday October 26th. There were present:- Rev F W Drewe (in the Chair), Rev Spencer Jones, Messrs Case, White, Williams, Pardon, Keyte, Bird, etc. Letters were read from Canon Houghton, Rev Lloyd, & Mr H Evans regretting their inability to attend the Meeting. It was decided to follow the same plan as the previous Spring Meeting, with regard to the Competitions, and that Messrs Bird & Adams be the judges.

It was also decided to ask the Rev Spencer Jones to preach the Sermon at the Special Service. It was proposed and carried that the Tea take place at the White Horse Hotel. It was further agreed that all Subscriptions be paid in January instead of various times during the year. Mention was made of the many local towers who have not yet joined the Guild. It was decided to try & induce more to become associated with the Guild. A Vote of thanks to the Chairman for presiding closed the meeting.

Oct 26th 1911:

The Fourth (Autumn) Meeting of the Guild took place at Shipston on Stour on Thursday Oct 26th 1911. The attendance was very good notwithstanding the wet weather. Ringing Competitions took place and the following Towers took part:-

Todenham, Longborough, Campden, Blockley.

The following was the order of merit:-

 Rising & SinkingMarks  Round Ringing 
1Longborough 52  1Campden97
2Blockley 36  2Todenham90
3Todenham 26  3Longborough90
4Campden 4  4Blockley89
 Call Changes   Method Ringing 
1Campden 92  No Competition
2Blockley 90
3Longborough 81
4Todenham 74

Tea took place at the White Horse Hotel. A Special Service was held at the Parish Church - the Rev Spencer Jones Rector of Moreton being the preacher. At the meeting after tea it was proposed & carried that all subscriptions be paid in January for the ensuing year. Votes of thanks were passed to the Chairman & officers of the Guild; Mr F A Case was elected Secretary in place of Mr Large (who has left the District), & Mr H Jannett was elected Treasurer in place of Mr Case. Touches were rung on the bells in the evening.

(Signed)          Owen F Jacson
April 25th 1912      Chairman