A quarterly meeting of the Southampton District of the Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild was held at Dibden on Saturday, May 8th, when there was a fair attendance representing the following towers: Dibden, Eling, Fawley, Bishopstoke, North Stoneham, Ringwood, Southampton (St. Mary's), Upham, Winchester and Wimborne.
The service was conducted by the Rector of Dibden, the Rev. G. T. Tritton, who is chairman of the district. At the business meeting after tea he congratulated the Master of the Guild and of the Southampton District, Mr. George Williams, on attaining his 80th birthday on the previous day, and, in referring to the wonderful ringing record set up by Mr. Williams, recalled the fact that last August the Master's one thousandth conducted peal on tower bells was rung at Dibden, though unfortunately the honour had since been transferred to another tower in the Guild (Curdridge) by the elimination of a false peal.
Mr. Williams, in replying, said he hoped that he might be spared for many years to continue his active ringing, and also the work of helping to teach others the art.
The towers of Fawley and Eling, as well as Dibden, were available during the afternoon and evening, and were made use of by the members. The methods rung ranged from Grandsire to London and Cambridge Surprise Major.
At the business meeting a cordial invitation from the new Rector of Eling to the Guild was conveyed by Mr. W. Pearce, the captain of Eling tower. It was decided to accept the invitation for the summer of 1938.
The Ringing World No. 1365, May 21st, 1937, page 332