The St Lawrence bellringers’ AGM was held on the 17th January. The Captain reported on another successful year, meeting all of the requirements for bells at weddings and ringing for almost every Sunday service. We were able to use our own band of ringers to meet our commitments around Easter, Remembrance and Christmas; those who live locally may also have heard us ring in the New Year at midnight!
There has been no serious maintenance work necessary for the bells, tower, frame or ropes this year, although the Steeple Keeper will be checking our stock of spare ropes as some are starting to wear.
Looking ahead to next year, we will be focussing on supporting the newer members of the band in moving on to method ringing, which involves ringing their bell through a set pattern of position changes, while the more experienced members work both in our tower and other local towers to develop their skills further – all aimed at making the most joyful noise we can on Sunday mornings!
Finally, the Captain and the whole band formally recorded their gratitude to Andy for his support over his time at St Lawrence, and more widely for the ongoing support and appreciation we have from the entire church community.