Framland News – January 2015

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140th Anniversary

Where did it all begin?

The Society of Framland Ringers was initially founded at Waltham-on-the-Wolds on the 29th November 1875 covering the Framland Deanery.

What are the aims of the Society?

1. To encourage and promote ringing for Divine Worship.

2. To give qualified instruction to learners in the art of bell ringing and matters relating thereto.

3. To provide advice to help ensure that bells and fittings are maintained in a proper condition.

4. To give as much assistance as possible to all towers within the Society in achieving the above objective.

When and where does the Society meet?

We usually (with a few exceptions) meet on the first Saturday of each month. We do not have a meeting in January. We have our Annual General Meeting in May, and a half yearly business meeting in October. We also have an annual ringing weekend away (which is combined with camping and a BBQ). We hold a Striking Competition in December where teams are drawn on the night. All of the events are really good fun. Members and non-members are welcome to all of the Framland events. Please refer to the latest calendar for forthcoming dates and events.

How do I join?

It is easy to join. Membership of the Society shall be open to all persons who are bell ringers or who support the aims and objectives of the Society. Names should be submitted to the committee at least 14 days before the AGM/Half yearly meeting and nominees must be present at the Annual or Mid-year Meeting at which they are to be considered for membership and they have attended at least two of the Society’s ringing meetings since the last Annual or Mid-year meeting. If you wish to join, please contact the secretary for full details.

Training Sessions

The Society of Framland Ringers can assist with training sessions. Do you have ringers in your own towers ready to progress from Plain Hunt into Plain Bob? If so, contact the secretary and we can help out.

Maintenance/Funding

The Society is keen to keep the bells in the Deanery in good working order. If your bells are in need of attention, but you don’t know who to turn to, contact the secretary as we have experienced ringers who can point you in the right direction when it comes to carrying out bell maintenance. If more work is required and funding is limited, the Society welcomes applications for grants from local towers. All applications will be considered by the committee.

First World War Centenary Commemorations 2014-2018

As part of the centenary commemorations, the Framland Society will be taking part in a four year project at Hoby by ringing half muffled quarter peals to mark the centenary of the death of 16 men who did not return from war. Further details are available on our website.

Any Questions?

Please don’t hesitate to contact the secretary (details above) if you have any queries about the Society of Framland Ringers. We are always happy to help.

Dates for your diary

Please see our 2015 calendar.

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