Tower Captain Report 2005

It is not quite a year since I did my last report and in comparison this has been a quiet year.

During the year we rang for 13 weddings, and recorded the best hat count – ever, 60 in total. In addition to ringing on Sunday mornings, we rang for the anniversary of World War Two; Light up a Life service, the Town Carol Service and New Year’s Eve.

The ringers opened up the tower for Sommerfest, Carnival and the Autumn Fair.

In October, we rang a quarter peal to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. This was an achievement on three counts, firstly for Viv; it was her first quarter for many years and secondly for Richard and Keith being that they both jointly conducted a long with myself.

On the recruiting side this is looking at lot brighter with Dawn making good progress and she now is ringing for Sunday service and it will not be long before Rachel joins her. We have also two other learners, Ken and Andrea, who joined us just before Christmas but are now away on holiday and I hope that it is not be many more weeks before they also are able to ring on Sunday mornings.

On the social side, we had a very enjoyable Christmas meal at the Tudor and I would like to thank Richard for organizing it and for Hasu for the table extra’s.

The bell frame has now been painted and this year we hope to complete some of the outstanding works, which was highlighted in Andrew Nicholson report.

Over the past few months a lot of work has been done on getting the web site ready to be launched, which if everything goes to plan it will be on Easter Monday

So has you can see we are still going forward and I would like to thank Charles and you all for your support but Keith Lane needs a mention because even though he has been unable to join us in the tower his support has been much appreciated.

I look forward to other year of enjoyable ringing.

Tower Captains Report 2004

When you look back over a year you always think ‘What have we achieved, not very much you might say’ I disagree.
This year we have achieved many things, admittedly the numbers are down but we have practised every Monday night and have welcomed many visitors. Vivienne returned to ringing after many years also Bill after ill health
We ring method for Sunday services
Entered a team in the striking competition
Organized and provide approx 100 teas for the Bath and Wells Diocesan Association of Change Ringers at the AGM held in Bridgwater
Entered a team in the Church Quiz Evening
Held a Recruitment Day which although there was some interest no new ringers came to join us, it was a fun day
Rang for 15 Weddings
Had a Summer Garden Party at the home of Pat and Keith Lane
Opened the tower for Summerfeast and Carnival Weekends
Some of the member went on the Branch Outing
Rang a quarter Peal in the Branch Quarter Peal Fortnight – all St Mary’s ringers on the front six bells
Gave support to the youngest member of the team by going on mass to see Peter, as Maurice, in a play at the Arts Centre
Andrew Nicholson came and inspected the bells and we had the 4th Bell corrected and we hope to have the bell frame painted in the near future
We had a very enjoyable day out ringing around the Mendips that included some usual towers, mastering a new method, a quiz and a delicious Cream Tea.
An enjoyable Christmas Meal at the Old Vicarage
Ringing all eight bells to ring the old year out and the New Year in.

I think you will agree with me we did achieve a lot.

Our main focus for the next twelve months must be to encourage more people to join us and for us as a team to enjoy what we do and to progress our ringing together.

As my first year as Tower Captain I would like to thank Charles and you all for your support and as at any end of year occasions I would like to award the following

Newcomer – Vivienne
Latecomer – Peter
Mastering ringing the tenor – Hasu
My worth assistant – Keith P
Visiting local hostelry in the name of research – Keith L
New methods – Bill
Quick Wit – Richard

Thank you all very much and I look forward to another ringing year.