Celebrating 30 Years as President

Celebrating 30 Years as President (1984 – 2014)

Maurice cuts his celebration cake

Maurice cuts his celebration cake

At our AGM in May 2014, Maurice carried out his final duty as President, by presenting Framland badges to our three newest members. After 30 years of service, Maurice felt it was time to stand down from post. Don’t worry, he has not deserted us, as he has taken on the role of Vice President so he will continue to be actively involved in the Society and will be there to support the next President.

Maurice has been an extremely popular member of the Society and is respected by all who have the pleasure to ring with him. He has influenced many of us over the years in both tower bells and hand bells. We could not let him stand without showing our appreciation. It was not easy to “surprise” Maurice. It took many attempts by our secretary to ensure that Maurice would be able to attend the meeting at Ashby Folville on 7th June. He knew something was going on – but didn’t know what!

cakeAfter days of preparation and whispers around all of the towers to get everyone at the meeting, the day of the presentation finally arrived. Our Chairman, William, presented Maurice with a stunning cake displaying the Framland badge (with thanks to a local bakery). We couldn’t wait for Maurice to cut the cake. The hordes of hungry bell ringers soon tucked in to help him out – we couldn’t possibly have let him eat it all by himself.

We all had a very enjoyable evening. It was lovely to see so many ringers, especially those who travelled from far and wide to join Maurice for this special occasion. We also welcomed new ringers attending their first Framland Meeting. I hope they continue to join us – although please do not expect to get cake every time!

The 8 bells at Ashby Folville rang beautifully for us. We had rounds and call changes for our less experienced ringers; and Pudsey Surprise Major for the more adventurous. There were plenty of methods between the two, so everyone had a good ring with thanks to our two Ringing Masters. They successfully kept us ringing, which must have been very difficult as cake was also calling us.

Thank you to everyone for making the evening so special, and of course we must say Thank You to Maurice for his continued support over the years for the Society.


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