Overall it has been an extremely succesful year which started off with the enlisting of four new members, a number of which far exceeded our expectations. This boost in numbers as well as our newfound ties with the Nottingham University society (NUSCR) has provided us with the opportunity that I believe we have taken and used well.
The major events on this years calendar were the NUSCR freshers tour held in Leicestershire, the NUA, a few quarter peal days (which found varying success), Not the ULSCR meal, and of course the offical annual meal. As well as these events and numerous quarter peals, organized by our very enthusiastic Quarter Peal Secretary, Alex (Who, as a point of interest, rang 74 quarter peals during 1998!!! ... Mad, or just insane?), we have also has a couple of video evenings hosted by Rachel, been bowling, visited practices at Long Clawson and Wigston Magna, and partaken in the compulsory pub tours around Leicester.
Anyway, enough of the introduction part, I shall leave you with some extracts from our log book. Make yourself comfortable and enjoy...........
Members Attending - Rebecca George, Ben Edwards, Alex Hajok, Rachel Jones, Amy Hunter, Paul Brook.
Six go to Nottingham
A hired car and one train journey saw the six of us to Nottingham for the Northern Universities Association striking competition. Evening Ringing at St. Mary's was followed by general mingling in the pub, and the claiming of sleeping space on the floor of the church hall at West Bridgeford. Saturday Morning arrived with toast, ans a tour around several Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire towers - including Loughborough Bellfoundry, where fun was had by all.
We had been drawn first for the striking competition, and nervously returned to base at the begining of the afternoon. Apart from a couple of trips we rang well, and I think we all thought that at least we hadn't disgraced ourselves, and isn't it good now its over. Most of us rejoined the afternoon tour to grab a few towers before returning to the chrch hall, eager (!) to hear the results of the competion. After a general knowledge and ringing quiz, the results were announced, and we all went off to have dinner, followed by a Celidh. Sunday morning met us early and we vacated the hall and went in search of more towers to grab. Several quarters were attempted, of which one was got, and lunchtime found us, funnily enough, in the pub. A great time was had by all, and hopefully we can go next year too.
And the results? Well, we won!
14 November 1999 West Bridgeford - Nottingham, St Giles, 9-1-16, 6. NUA Striking Competition. 120 Grandsire Doubles. 1. Amy Hunter 4. Paul Brook 2. Rachel Jones 5. Alexandra Hajok 3. Rebecca George (c) 6. Ben Edwards 1st Leicester (9 teams).
Members Attending - Alex Hajok, Rebecca George, Ben Edwards, Paul Brook.
NUSCR Contingent - Tom Langton, Christine Horritt, Andrew Wignell, Ben Kipling, Colin Lee.
09:00 - 10:00 Leicester, St Margaret & All Saints, 32-3-14, 12.
Grandsire Triples (on the middle 8 approx 16cwt).
Miscalled - DOH!
10:15 - 11:15 Leicester, St Mary de Castro, 15-3-3, 8.
Crashed out quite a number of times. Can we ring this method!!? .................I don't think so.
12:30 - 13:30
28 November 1999 Aylestone, St Andrew, 15-3-21, 8. 1296 Little Bob Major. 42 min 1. Paul Brook 5. Alexandra Hajok 2. Tom Langton 6. Ben Kipling 3. Christine Horritt 7. Andrew Wignell (c) 4. Rebecca George 8. Colin Lee 1st of Major - 1. 1st in Method 4, 5.
The one and only quarter of the day. Congratulations to everyone involved. I suspect the ringing was much improved by the 1/2hr spent in the pub beforehand. Maybe this technique should be put into practice more often!! :o)
All in all it was a very enjoyable day despite the weather and lack of quarter peals gained. Many thanks to Alex for organising everything. Thanks also to the NUSCR contingent, who without this event would not have been possible.
Organized to make use of Marks Car ... ... And so we could spend some time with our ex-president of course!!
09:30 - 10:30 Blaby, All Saints 10-1-11, 6. 1260 Plain Bob Doubles 37 min 1. Kathy Bromage 4. Paul Brook 2. Ben Edwards 5. Chris Rudge 3. Rebecca George (c) 6. Mark Banner
A very good quarter. Congratulations to Rebecca for achieving her first quarter as conductor.
11:00 - 12:00 Broughton Astley, St Mary 18-0-7, 8. 1260 Grandsire Triples 44 min 1. Paul Brook 5. Chris Rudge 2. Kathy Bromage 6. Terry Astill 3. Rebecca George 7. Mark Banner (c) 4. Alexandra Hajok 8. Ben Edwards
Another good quarter.
14:00 - 15:00 Gilmorton, All Saints 10-3-19, 8. 1296 Little Bob Major 41 min 1. Ben Edwards 5. Alexandra Hajok 2. Kathy Bromage 6. Mark Banner 3. Paul Brook 7. Chris Rudge 4. Rebecca George 8. Terry Astill (c)
Dodgy striking in places, but at least we got it.
15:30 - 16:30 Kimcote, All Saints, 13-1-14, 6. St Clements Minor
Oops, my fault (Ben). By falling irretrievably off the line, I managed to cause a St. Clements pile-up. Sorry!!
Another excellent day with three out of four quarters scored and only one minor mishap (Don't worry, it will go unmentioned Alex). Again many thanks to Alex for organising all the towers. Thanks to Rebecca for organising the extra people, and thanks to Mark, Terry, Chris and Kathy for coming. Your help was all very much appreciated.
The dinner report for this year, which was included in the news letter can be found here:
1999 Annual Dinner Report
Appendum added by Ben in the newsletter:
Many thanks to everyone who attended and helped to organize this years dinner. All in all it was a very enjoyable event which I hope we shall be able to improve on next year. We are looking into a few suggestions that have been received on how we might like to improve the format of the proceedings in the future. If you have any ideas or critisims on this, or any subject they will be gratefully accepted, after all it is as much your event as it is ours. Once again thankyou all for coming and making this years dinner such a success. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year along with some of those who were unable to make it this year. If you know of anyone that didn't get an invite or has changed address, please do let us know.
Yes, we are packing our suntan lotion, shades, and swimming costumes and heading off to sunny Sussex on the 17-18 July (1999) for a short summer break. It may not be Barbados, or the Canaries, but I have no doubt it is in amongst such locatios in the window of Thomas Cook. Of course no band of ringers could possibly go on holiday without grabbing a few towers. Currently 6 towers have been organized for the Saturday...
10:00 - 10:45 Arundel (8) 11:15 - 12:00 Pulborough (8) 12:15 - 13:00 Tillington (5) 14:30 - 15:15 North Chapel (5) 15:30 - 16:15 Kirdford (6) 16:30 - 17:15 Billingshurst (8)Do feel free to join us in the area, (though it's a bit late now - ed) you will be very welcome.
Only one springs to mind. The provisional date for next years annual dinner is the 4 March 2000 (Yes, this previously said 26 Feb 2000 - the date has changed). This is slightly earlier than it has been in previous years as quite a few people have told us that the first weekend of March can be quite awkward. If you think this date is going to be a problem, or have any other suggestions please let us know.
Two ringers named Alex and Rachel both in excellent condition and good working order. They have just completed a year of advanced training and testing at ULSCR and we are now looking to sell them on, either as one unit or seperately, to towers of high standard and quality. If you are interested or have any queries please contact ULSCR via email at email@example.com
Seriously though, we wish both Alex and Rachel luck for the future. Even in their short time with us they have become a core part of the society and shall be very sadly missed and extremely hard to replace. Again we wish them the best of luck.
A list of other quarter peals rung throughout the year was also given, these may be found on the Quarter Peal pages.