The annual meeting of the Southampton District was held at Southampton on Saturday, January 18th, St, Mary’s and St. Michael’s bells were made good use of during the afternoon and evening, and a service was held in St. Mary’s Church, conducted by the Rector (Rev. R. B. Jolly), who also gave an excellent address.

Tea and business meeting took place in the Chantry Hall, the Rector being in the chair, supported by the Rev. R. A. R. Spread (Vicar of St. Michael’s), Rev. Evan Jones (Vicar of Hedge End), hon. treasurer, Rev. G. T. Tritton (Rector of Dibden), district chairman, Mr. G. Williams, vice-president, and Mr. F. W. Rogers, district secretary, Portsmouth. The secretary presented the balance sheet, which showed receipts £9 7s. 11d., expenditure £4 0s. 7d., balance paid to treasurer £5, leaving in hand 7s. 4d.

The officers were re-elected en bloc, viz.: Chairman, Rev. G. T. Tritton; Ringing Master, Mr. G. Williams; secretary, W. T. Tucker; auditor, Mr. F. W. Summerfield; representative on Central Committee, Mr. J. W. Faithfull.

It was decided to hold the next annual meeting at Southampton on Saturday, January 17th, 1931, and quarterly meetings at Romsey in April, Sherfield English in July, and Bishopstoke in October, on the first Saturday of the month in each case.

The Rev. R. B. Jolly and the Rev. Evan Jones were elected hon. members, and Upham band, ten in number, were elected members of the Guild.

Apologies for absence were received from Mr. G. Pullinger, general secretary, the Rev. W. Henty Summers, Vicar of Netley, the district auditor, and Mr. J. W. Faithfull.

Votes of thanks were accorded to the Rector of St. Mary’s and the Vicar of St. Michael’s for the use of the bells, and to Mr. D. C. Williams, F.R.C.O. for presiding at the organ.

The towers represented were North Stoneham, Dibden, Twyford, Titchfield, Portsea, Romsey, Salisbury, King’s Somborne, Ringwood, Petersfield, Fareham and St. Mary’s, Southampton, and the methods rung ranged from Grandsire Triples up to and including London and Bristol Surprise Major.

The Ringing World No. 985, February 7th, 1930, page 91