Minchinhampton W.I. - February 2018

The President welcomed all members, two visitors and the speaker to the first meeting of the year, which was held a week later than normal because of the New Year holiday. We began with the business section of the meeting and it was reported that a generous amount of £50.50 had been donated at our Christmas lunch and this had been passed on to the Air Ambulance.

Members were asked to vote on the five Resolutions which had been put forward so that a final decision could be made for presentation at the Annual Meeting in Cardiff to be held in June.

We then settled down to listen to our speaker, Mrs Angie Ayling who, amongst other commitments, is Captain of the Tower at the Parish Church. Her presentation began with the history of bells when bell ringing began in th 1600's. Our church of Holy Trinity has six bells the oldest of which is 1719 and this one has the highest pitch. The weight of the bells is between six to twelve cwt.

There are 13 ringers, both men and women, ranging in age and two of them are still at school. Angie went into detail regarding the different combination of bells where ringing in order, one to six, is called a round and when rung in different sequences it is called a ‘method’. It became apparent that two attributes are necessary to bell ringing - one is to be mathematical and the other to have a good memory. One has also to be fit to climb the narrow stairs to the ringing chamber. Her talk was warmly received and Mrs P Cottle gave the vote of thanks.

There was a birthday cake served at teatime as one of our members had had a special "0" birthday on Boxing Day. It was good to see everyone enjoying a happy social event, catching up with news after the Christmas break. We are always happy to welcome newcomers - the first visit is free: we hope that many more ladies from the area will wish to join us and enjoy a varied afternoon. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month at The Library at 2pm.