Four Shires Guild of Bell Ringers

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From the Archives (100 years ago)

The Old Minute Book records the following for the quarter 1st July to 30th September 1913:-

September 26th '13:

A committee meeting of the Guild for the purpose of arranging the Programme for the Autumn meeting at Willersey was held in the Parish Room at the Rectory, Moreton-in-Marsh on Friday September 26th 13. The Rev Spencer Jones in the Chair. Also present Rev H. Highley, Messrs E. Harris, F. Bird, - Bird and A. White.

The date of meeting was fixed for Oct 29th and the Competitions to commence at 2.0pm. It was decided that the competitions be taken in the usual sections, namely Rising & Sinking, Rounds, Call Changes, Method. It was proposed by Mr F. Bird, seconded by Mr E. Harris, that all the items be Rung concurrently by each Competing Team. It was agreed to ask Mr F.J.Johnson of Hinton to be good enough to officiate and judge on this occasion.

Divine Service was fixed to commence at 4.30pm, the Rev H.Highley undertaking to secure a Preacher.

Tea was decided to be provided for 5.30pm. The Sec having reported that the stock of Certificates was exhausted, it was decided to purchase another 50, the Chairman and Secretary to select a new Pattern.

An opinion was expressed that it would be desirable to have a larger type of Certificate printed, suitable for fixing in Belfry's (sic), but it was decided to have the matter placed on the Agenda for discussion at the Autumn meeting.

This concluded the business, and the meeting closed with a vote of thanks to the Chairman for presiding, also for the use of the Parish Room.

Spencer Jones

From the Archives 40 years ago

There was no meeting of any type held by the reformed Guild between 1st July and 30th September 1973, so there is nothing to report here. There will be much to report from 1st October to 31st December 1973, as there was a Committee Meeting to discuss the forthcoming Annual General Meeting and the AGM itself (the first of the reformed Guild) that was held in October 1973. Stand by for a lot of info next time! CMP