Four Shires Guild of Bell Ringers

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FORTY YEARS ON… 30TH MARCH 1973 - 30th MARCH 2013

Some of the Guild's members gathered to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the refounding of the Guild on the same date and in the same building as the original meeting: March 30th in the Church Rooms, Chipping Campden. Three of the six surviving members from 1973 were able to be there, (centre three, L-R) Chris Povey, Mike Fairfax and John Nicholls. Of the other three, Clint Evans had a chest infection (Sheila, his wife, said he hadn't walked his dogs and therefore had to be ill for that not to happen) so couldn't attend, Malcolm Stewart was coming with Clint, and the Rev Fred Rothery had a very long distance to come. It seems colds, coughs and whatever else were rampant at the time, as Freda Cleaver sent her apologies for not attending due to being struck by 'the bug'. Others possibly, too.

Some sparkling and still wine was distributed, and nibbly food was brought and consumed. John Nicholls gave a brief history on how the refounding came about and Chris Povey read out the Minutes of that occasion. The Minute Book from 1973 to 1999 and the Treasurer's Accounts Book from 1973 were available to peruse, and the Brazier Trophy cup and the treasured Spencer Jones Cup were on display.