WINCHESTER AND PORTSMOUTH DIOCESAN GUILD.

BASINGSTOKE DISTRICT.

The annual meeting of the above district took place at Basingstoke on Saturday, January 26th, and, despite the very cold weather, over 80 ringers sat down to tea.

Service was held at St. Michael's Church, and the address, given by the Rev. Canon Boustead, D.D., was very much appreciated. At the business meeting, which followed tea at the Church Cottage, Canon Boustead was voted to the chair, and was supported by his churchwardens, the Rev. Jeudwine, the Rev. Macauly, the Rev. Sewell, Mr. W. Andrews (Winchester Cathedral) and others.

The district secretary (Major Stillwell) presented an encouraging record for the past year, both financially and numerically. The district meetings had been well attended and successful.

Various items were very widely discussed.

The following officers were elected for the coming year: Chairman, the Rev. Canon Boustead, D.D.; Ringing Master, Mr. C. Ostler; hon. secretary and treasurer, Major Stillwell; auditor, Mr. Ives; representatives on the committee, Mr. Chesterman and Mr. Balaam.

Meetings were arranged for Odiham and Upton Grey, Overton, Bramley, and the annual meeting at Basingstoke in 1936.

During the day the bells of both towers were kept going to a variety of methods, the bells of All Saints' especially in the evening being very much appreciated and good work done among the beginners.

The Ringing World No. 1247, February 15th, 1935, page 103