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Anniversary Dinner

Anniversary Dinner

The 367th Anniversary Dinner was held on Saturday 6th November at the Tower Thistle Hotel next to Tower Bridge. A gallery of photographs may be viewed here (with a report to follow shortly).
Centenary of the Death of Past Master William Burkin

William Burkin

On 9th October, the Society was invited to Nutfield, Surrey, to join the village in commemorating the centenary of the death of William Burkin, Past Master of the College Youths. The Master delivered a eulogy and laid a wreath, handbells were rung and the Society attempted a peal at the church. A report by Chris J Cooper and some photographs may be viewed here.
The Longest Peal Ever Rung

50,400 Minor

On 2nd October, 3 members rang the longest peal ever rung, breaking the 40 year old record by a huge margin: 50,400 changes of minor on handbells. See the details and pictures here.
A Weekend in Birmingham

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Stephanie Warboys organised some peals in and around the West Midlands for some Society members. On the Sunday evening, everyone gathered together for a social in "The Old Joint Stock" next to St Philip's Cathedral in the centre of Birmingham. Read the report by Eleanor Kippin and see the gallery of pics by Stephen Penney here.
Country Meeting in York

York Country Meeting

The 2004 Country Meeting was held on Saturday 17th July at York. A report appears here together with a gallery of photographs.
National 12-Bell Striking Contest

National 12 bell Striking Competition

The Society hosted the National 12 Bell Striking Competition on Saturday 26th June. Whilst there was disappointment that Society only managed to come 2nd, all agreed that it was an excellent day. A gallery of photographs may be found here.
50th Anniversary of Cripplegate's bells

Cripplegate Dinner

50 years ago, bells were restored to the tower of St Giles Cripplegate to replace those lost in the War. To mark this special occasion, a service of celebration Evensong was held in the church, conducted by the Rector, Rev'd Katherine Rumens. A choir was put together of ringers from the Society and friends and the organ was played by Mark Jones. After the service, a dinner was held at the Red Herring to conclude the day of celebration. The event was carefully organised between Gwen Rogers and the church. A gallery of photos may be found here.
Informal Dinner

Informal Dinner, 2004

The Informal Dinner was held at Davy's Wine Bar, Creed Lane on Friday 19th March. A gallery of photographs from this highly successful dinner may be viewed here.
Dinner for Immediate Past Master, Dickon Love

IPM Dinner

On 9th January, the Secretary organised a dinner at the Gay Hussar, Greek St, in honour of Dickon Love's year as Master of the Society. All the officers were present (with the exception of Stan Mason, Trustee) as were all those who served as officers during Dickon's years as Junior and Senior Steward. As ever, the occasion was extremely convivial and enjoyed by all. A gallery of photos may be viewed here.

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