EAST CHESHIRE BRANCH
We finally won the 8-bell striking contest!!! After coming close for the past couple of
years the trophy is now ours and all memories of last year have vanished…
The 2008 Branch AGM was held at Cheadle and Marple. Ringing was at Cheadle in the
afternoon. From there we went to Marple for the service, where we had special service
sheets created for us and an excellent traditional tea. Simeon Farrington’s term as
Chairman came to an end. Thanks for all his hard work over the past three years. Clive
Calton took over for his second stint at the role.
Once again our January meeting proved very popular with around 30 ringers turning out
for ringing at Taxal, followed by lunch at the Shady Oak. Stephen Hughes then led us on
a reviving walk around Fernilee reservoir.
For the second year in a row a social event was held at Poynton. This time a quiz
replaced the barn dance but the hotpot remained. And excellent it was – many thanks to
all the cooks. Stephen Hughes did a very good job as quizmaster and thanks to all those
who gave the event their support.
The Quarter Peal Festival was again a success with 65 ringers from 14 towers taking part.
Congratulations to all who achieved a first and please think about what you would like to
ring next time! Our attempt to designate August “quarter peal month” was less of a
success – there were only a couple of quarters rung. These therefore went to the Ringing
World as ordinary quarters.
“Normal” branch meetings were held at Mottram and Staley in April and Stockport (St.
George’s) and Bredbury in October. Both were reasonably well attended.
We remained within the Guild boundaries on our Branch Outing this year, visiting
Middlewich, Over, Tarporley, Bunbury and Wistaston. It was a good day, but we could
have done with a few more ringers!
In June we had to cancel the Branch 6-bell contest due to varying excuses ranging from
being forced to go to a Take That concert to holidays, weddings etc. The date has been
altered for next year in the hope that more teams will enter.
Following on from last year’s successful bell maintenance course, a training event
focussing on doubles and triples methods was held at Rostherne and Dunham. We
somehow managed to achieve a good blend of learners and helpers which meant the
event was valuable with good progress made. However, we might consider a different
venue next time: Rosemary’s grandson Ben lifted himself off the floor trying to pull off
the third at Rostherne! Any suggestions for future events are welcomed by the
The 8 Bell Fun Day was held at the beginning of October. Having organised for the
approach roads to be closed, the main challenge of the day was to actually make it to
Hayfield! All of us, having picked out numbers from Clive’s pocket (traditional hat
unavailable), were assembled into teams. Methods were quickly chosen and rung.
Thanks to Alan for judging –all were happy with beer as a prize!
The monthly 8-bell practices at Norbury have picked up after suffering from low
attendance last year. Our new (joint) ringing-master James Marchbank has re-invigorated
the Macclesfield 12-bell practices, as well as arranging several 12-bell quarters and even
scoring Bristol Maximus!
We remember Sue Swift of Taxal who died in April and Ron Andrew of Marple who
passed away in August, only a few months after celebrating his 90th birthday. Both will
be sadly missed.
Finally, congratulations to our very own Ivor Nichols who has been elected a Vice-
President of the Guild in recognition of all his hard work and achievements over his 60
East Branch Secretary