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Copy date - 8th December 2019

Publication date - 16th December 2019

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Peal rung for our

40th Anniversary

Husborne Crawley, Bedfordshire

St James

Sunday, 30 June 2019 (18–2–12 in D)

5040 Plain Bob Major

Treble  Susan E Tompsett

2.        Fiona E Clode

3.        Robert W Jones

4.        Colin Friend

5.        Rosanna Cretney

6.        M Louise Booth

7.        David T G Jones [C]

Tenor   Martin D Clode

Rung to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Open University and the 40th anniversary of the Open University Society of Vhange Ringers

Our three Founder Members:

David Belcham

Sue Tompsett

Mary Coe

Our guest speaker,

Alan Regin MBE

with our

Master, David T G Jones and our 3 founder members

On the very hot day of Saturday 29th June 2019, we celebrated our 40th Anniversary in the Bedfordshire area. During the day, many of us rang at 6 towers, all in the Bedforshire area:

Bletsoe, St Mary (6)

Cariton, St Mary (6)

Turvey, All Saints (8)

Bedford, St Andrew (8)

Bedford, St Paul (12)

Bedford, St Peter de Merton (8)

with a Quarter Peal at the final tower.

In the evening, 33 of us met for a formal Dinner at the grand Chicheley Hall with our Guest Speaker, Alan Regin. Also present were our 3 founder members.

On the following Sunday, a Peal was rung at Husborne Crawley, St James, conducted by David T G Jones.

2019 AGM

After a splendid days ringing in the Oxfordshire area (including a ring on the “The Stillpits Ring” mini-ring assembled outside the Prince of Wales public house in Shrivenham, see right), our 2019 AGM was held with a gathering of 16 people. Other than the OUSA Delegate, the entire committee was re-elected to serve for another year.

Names of those interested in the November Quarter Peal weekend were requested – a weekend culminating with a ring in Wells Cathedral for Evensong. The program of future events was discussed including the 2020 visit to the Channel Islands in June (to Jersey and Guernsey). Also in 2020, there will be the Spring meeting in March to the Leicestershire area and then the 2020 AGM.

After the meeting, a handbell quarter was rung to congratulate Sue Tompsett on her election as an Honorary Life Member of the Society.

A very eventful Quarter Peal weekend took place over the period 15, 16 and 17 November in the Somerset area. Of all the attempts, 7 were successful (some may say, more than expected).

Full details will probably appear in the next issue of our Newsletter (due for publication on 16 December). In summary:

15th Milborne Port 1344 Plain Bob Triples

16th North Wootton 1260 Plain Bob Triples

16th Ditcheat 1440 Plain Bob Major

16th Horsington 1260 Grandsire Doubles

16th Pitcombe 1260 Plain Bob Minor

16th Stoke Trister 1440 Plain Bob Minor

16th Wincanton 1260 Plain Bob Triples

[4 Members also rang in a Quarter in Wells Cathedral on the 17th]

Judging by overheard comments, all thoroughly enjoyed the company and the event, which was well organised by Paul Feast.