The annual meeting of the Portsmouth District was held at St. Mary's, Portsea, on January 12th, when in spite of adverse weather conditions there were 37 members and friends present, representing the majority of the District towers.
The service, which followed the afternoon ringing, was conducted by the Vicar, the Rev. F. S. Temple, after which tea was served in the Parish Institute.
For the business meeting, the Vicar was invited to take the chair.
Officers elected for the next triennial period were: Chairman, Mr. H. A. Nobes; secretary, Mr. L. D. Duguid; auditor, Mr. A. York-Bramble; Ringing Master, Mr. T. R. Taylor.
New members elected were: Ringing - Messrs. Jupe, Hartley and Mapson (Fareham), and Jones (Portsmouth Cathedral); associate - Rev. F. S. Temple, Mr. Harding (Portsmouth Cathedral); compounding - Mr. A. Rushton (Luton).
The matter of a gift towards the cost of rehanging of Curdridge bells was raised, and was decided to send a donation of 2 gns. The increase of subscription rates was announced these being now 5s. for ringing and associate members, 2s. 6d. for juniors, 7s. 6d. for compounding members.
It was agreed to hold the next annual meeting at Portsmouth Cathedral on January 11th, 1964.
A vote of thanks was proposed by Mr. York-Bramble to the retiring secretary (Mr. A. H. Sturgess) for his efforts during the last three years, and Mr. Nobes proposed a vote of thanks to the Vicar, the organist and to the ladies who prepared such a fine tea. Both these votes were carried with acclamation.
The evening's ringing was at Portsmouth Cathedral.
L. D. D.
The Ringing World No. 2703, February 8, 1963, page 94