There are few better things to do on a wet November afternoon than visit the tower of St Michael Teignmouth and it was good to have so many for the afternoon session. Methods ranged from Call Changes to Bristol Surprise Major and included Double Norwich CB Major. We had several visitors but the winner of the furthest travel award goes to John who joined us from Cannock in Staffordshire (just down for the day! He was visiting relatives in the area as well!). A well struck course of Stedman Triples brought the ringing to a close prior to the Service. This was the Service of Prayer and Praise which has become very popular for use at Guild meetings and included the ringers' hymn "Ring out ye Bells Below".
Julia and her helpers had assembled a magnificent tea which was obviously much enjoyed and there was a good opportunity to catch up with all the news from around the branch. Janet Ritterman has been doing some research using the Guild ledger detailing all Guild certificates issued. She had produced a fascinating wall chart with a map and lists of certificate holders at each tower. This was inspected with great interest. Many thanks to Janet who is looking for a permanent home for it within the branch. If you can suggest a suitable place please contact a branch officer.
Once Tea was over Chairman Rodney Horder called the meeting to order and soon got the business under way. Just a few main points – A certificate was awarded to Nicola Jones of Stokeinteignhead and the Eddon Clapper Trophy was awarded to the Kingskerswell / Coffinswell band.
Julia Brett and Janet Ritterman did not seek re-election and both were warmly thanked for their hard work for the branch. Nigel Birt was elected as Secretary and Nicola Jones took on the job of Guild Committee rep. All other posts remain in the same hands.
Fiona Rock-Evans reported continuing problems with the bank and will be opening an account with a different bank ASAP.
The Librarian discussed ways of publicising the books on offer and suggested a challenge of all members having a try at calling something, even if only a few call changes or a plain course, during the next 12 months. The list of events for the next 12 months was discussed and a few suggestions made.
The Guild striking competitions were discussed and Don Roberts offered to see if he could organise a team for next year. Finally, our Ringing Master was asked to model the new Guild shirt which is available from Guild Secretary John Martin.