The quarterly meeting of the Winchester District, which was held at Stockbridge on June 30th, was an extra special occasion for it coincided with the local captain's (Mr. S. B. Carey) completion of 50 years as a ringer at Stockbridge. Many ringers came from a wide area to do him honour, and the bells were kept going under the leadership of Mr. R. Smith, Ringing Master.
The Rev. N. A. S. Tupholme, Vicar of Stockbridge, took the service and, in his address, said that Mr. Carey's record was an example all should try to copy.
Tea was held in the Town' Hall, where the ringers were joined by Bishop Lang (Assistant Bishop of Winchester), the Rev. Mr. Uppington (former Vicar of Stockbridge) and other local dignitaries.
After tea, Mr. Carey thanked everyone for turning up, and said that the tea had been donated by his sons, daughters, sons- and daughters-in-law. He spoke briefly of his career as a ringer, mentioning that he had served under seven rectors. The Rev. C. E. C. Brinkworth (District chairman), Bishop Lang, the Rev. N. A. S. Tupholme and others made suitable replies.
One ringing member was elected - Mr. Forder, of Old Alresford, and one honorary member - Miss H. D. Roxburgh, Headmistress of the County High School, Winchester.
The secretary reported arrangements for the District outing, which is to be held on September 8th.
The Ringing World No. 2363, July 13, 1956, page 444