Our New President

At the AGM of the Society, held on 2nd May 2015, members greeted with acclaim the announcement that, following an all-member ballot, Andrew S had been elected as the Society’s new Honorary President.

Retiring President Maurice H hands over to Andrew S at the 2015 AGM

Retiring President Maurice H hands over to Andrew S at the 2015 AGM

Andrew has had a long and successful ringing career, with doubtless many more years to come!  His ringing statistics are daunting.  He learnt to ring at SS Botoloph & John the Baptist, Croxton Kerrial 42 years ago, taught by John Ward, and Andrew’s service to that church continues to this day.  He has been winding the church clock for 37 years, steeple keeper for 30 years and tower captain for 21 years.  He was in the Croxton handbell team for many years when they played tunes and carols at village fetes and pubs at Christmas raising money for charity.   In the 1980s Andrew helped remove the bells from All Saints Leicester and hung them at Sproxton, a popular tower that is part of the High Framland parishes where Andrew organises a rotating weekly practice on Monday evenings.

Andrew’s first peal was rung at Buckminster, which was sponsored to raise money for the recasting of the third bell at Croxton.  Since then he has rung 21 peals, mainly for special occasions, the last one being in 2006 at Eaton to mark the 100th anniversary of the first peal on the bells.  However, he prefers ringing quarter peals, and his total to date is over 300.

Andrew is a long-standing member of the Society and has been attending meetings for 39 years and a member of the committee for, he thinks, 32 years.  He started to arrange the annual and popular Society outing 21 years ago and during this time many parts of the country (and camp sites) have been visited

Like many ringers, Andrew enjoys visiting other churches to ring..  He says he used to be a keen tower grabber, having rung at approximately 1500 towers all over England, Scotland, Ireland and the east coast of America.  Get him talking in the pub after a meeting and there are fascinating stories to tell!

Andrew says he is honoured to be President in the 140th anniversary year of the Society and he will play his part in keeping the Society active, friendly and welcoming to new members.  We congratulate him on his worthy achievement.

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