March 25th 1913:
A Committee Meeting (presided over by the Rev Spencer Jones)
was held at The Rectory, Moreton-in-Marsh, to arrange the programme
for the April meeting at Blockley.
The following resolutions were duly passed:-
1st. That the date of the meeting be
2nd. That the time be 2.0pm
3. That the competitions be as usual, but that the number of
Call Changes to be rung in the 5 minutes allowed must be
4. Proposed by Mr Evans, seconded by Mr Barnes (Blockley)
that Mr Brinkworth of Charlton Kings be invited to officiate as
Judge in the Competition, and failing him that Messrs Evans &
Wigginton of Blockley, be appointed.
5. That a Special Service be held in the Parish Church at
4-30pm and that the Rev Canon Houghton be asked to sanction same,
and be the Preacher.
6. That the tea be at
The Bell Hotelat
With regard to the Rev Canon Houghton's suggestion that
the preliminary Committee meeting be held at the Parish where the
Competitions are to take place, it was decided to defer
consideration of the matter until the Half-yearly meeting of the
It was suggested a concert might be arranged in aid of the
Guild Funds, but no decision was arrived at.
The usual vote of thanks to the Chairman for presiding and
granting use of the Parish room, closed the meeting. There were
only 6 delegates present.
(Signed) Edw'd J Houghton
Here are the Minutes of that meeting as recorded in the reformed
Guild's first Minute Book:-
Meeting held on Friday 30th March 1973 at the
Church Room, Church Street, Chipping Campden to consider the
formation of a Guild or Society of Ringers in the North Cotswolds
Prior to the meeting, the following notice was circulated as
widely as possible to ringers and other interested persons living
within the area proposed to be covered:
Acting upon suggestions from a number of ringers in
the North Cotswolds area for the formation of a Guild or Society of
Ringers to actively promote Church Bell ringing generally, but
particularly Service ringing, and the raising of standards and
conditions for ringing in the area, it has been decided to arrange
a meeting on Friday 30th March 1973 in the Church Room,
Church Street, Chipping Campden (opposite the Eight Bells) at
7.30pm to discuss the idea.
You are invited to attend, together with other ringers who
live or ring in the area and to whom you are able to pass on the
For anyone finding difficulty in travelling to Chipping
Campden, assistance with transport can be made by contacting any of
the persons named below.
The area as it is suggested to be covered is broadly bounded
by Bledington, The Slaughters, Guiting Power, Didbrook, Offenham,
Quinton, Tredington, Brailes, Hook Norton and Chipping Norton. At
the meeting, it is also hoped to show photographs and other records
of the Four Shires Guild of Bell Ringers.
A.J.Brazier J.W.Nicholls L.C.Dowdeswell
32 Badsey Fields Lane Guild Cottage The Lodge
Badsey, Evesham Sheep Street Maugersbury Park
Worcs Chipping Campden Stow-on-the-Wold, Glos
Tel. Evesham 832589 Glos Stow-on-the-Wold 30350
Present at the meeting were Mrs J.Holden (Bledington), A.C.Berry
(Pershore), R.Bindoff (Badsey), H.J.Boulter (Bledington),
A.J.Brazier (Badsey), A.H.Diston (Ebrington),
L.C.Dowdeswell (Stow-on-the-Wold), C.E.Evans (Badsey), M.F.Fairfax (Mickleton), G.R.Harper
(Moreton-in-Marsh), H.O.Hart (Chipping Campden), C.Holden
(Bledington), F.Ingles (Willersey), L.Joynes (Longborough),
J.W.Nicholls (Chipping Campden), C.M.Povey (Ebrington), Revd
R.F.Rothery (Chipping Campden), F.G.Rouse (Ebrington), M.Stewart
(Badsey), and W.F.Wood (Chipping Campden).
Chairman: Mr H.O.Hart was elected Chairman
for the meeting proposed by A.J.Brazier, seconded by
The Chairman outlined the reasons for calling the meeting and
made reference to the Four Shires Guild of Bell Ringers which was
formed in the early part of the present century, in its heyday
sponsoring ringing competitions, but ceasing to function after
1939, when the normal ringing of church bells was not
A general discussion followed in which reminiscences, and suggestions for a Guild, were made.
Proposed by C.M.Povey, seconded by G.R.Harper:
The Four Shires Guild of Bell Ringers be restarted.
Proposed by L.C.Dowdeswell, seconded by C.Holden:
A committee be formed to investigate and put in hand the
re-formation of the Guild.
Proposed by L.C.Dowdeswell, seconded by J.W.Nicholls:
The Committee be H.O.Hart (Chairman), A.J.Brazier (Secretary)
with members C.E.Evans, M.F.Fairfax, G.R.Harper, S.C.Holden and
After further general discussion, the Chairman closed the meeting.
And so, the Four Shires Guild of Bell Ringers came into being once more. Two committee meetings followed later that year, in April and October, plus the 1973 AGM in Ilmington on 27th October.