A meeting of the Portsmouth District of the Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild was at Shedfield on July 3rd, and the recently augmented ring of eight attracted nearly forty ringers and friends from Bishop’s Waltham, Curdridge, Fareham, Portsmouth, Titchfield. Soberton, Shedfield, Bishopstoke, North Stoneham, Micheldever and Winchester.
Service was conducted by the Vicar and an address given by the Archdeacon of Portsmouth. Tea was served in the Shirrell Heath Hut, after which the business meeting was held, the Vicar taking the chair, supported by the Archdeacon, the Master (Mr. G. Williams), hon. general secretary (Mr. F. W. Rogers), hon. treasurer (Mr. W. Linter) and district secretary (Mr. R. J. Stone). The Vicar was elected an honorary member of the Guild.
It was decided to hold the next meeting at Soberton on September 4th and to arrange inter-tower practices among the country parishes as convenient.
An appeal was made to members to pay their subscriptions so as to start the districts financially and to ensure the success of future meetings. The general secretary said the members were keen to start meetings and they realised that to get anything out of ringing they must put something into it.
Votes of thanks were accorded the ladies for the tea, to the Archdeacon and to the Vicar. Ringing included rounds for beginners, Grandsire and Stedman Triples, Plain Bob, Double Norwich and Cambridge Surprise Major.
The Ringing World No. 1685, July 9th, 1943, page 303