Talking of Philip, this year saw his five years of service as Guild Chairman finish at the AGM at Stradbroke, handing over the reigns to Alan Stanley.Thank you for all you have done Philip, and well done to Alan on a good start to his time in the role.Meanwhile, there was much quarter-peal ringing done across Suffolk today, and well done to the band who rang their first blows of Hall Road Bob Minor in the 1260 of the method at Woolpit.Also well done to Josehine Beever on ringing her first of Advent Sunday Surprise Minor in the success at Pakenham, and to Alison Daniels, Janet Garnett and Daniel Denton on ringing their first of Bacup Surprise Minor in the 1272 at Exning.These youngsters have perhaps been the biggest highlight for me in a year of highlights in ringing.As ever, ringing has been a wonderful constant for Ruthie and me, even more so in a year of big changes.
And from a PR prospective I am glad to report that myself and others have managed to keep what we do in the public eye, most particularly Neal Dodge who has done so well in promoting the Young Ringers to the people of Suffolk, and hopefully changing their perception of ringers and ringing.
He has been a real treasure as he continues to grow.
So all-in-all, I would say it has been a good year, and I hope in the main it has for all of you too.
Congratulations to Diss ringer Betty Baines on receiving an MBE in the New Year's Honours, appropriately and entirely deservedly for her services to ringing in Norfolk and North Suffolk!
She has been stalwart of ringing in the region, teaching many ringers and of course in her work with the Ladies Guild, and it's hard to think of many more deserving of such a prestigious honour.
It was of course topped off with one final drink in The Cricketers before we hope to return to Ipswich in 2014, and came at the end of a quiet day compared to some of the previous few. Mason and I constructed a police station, one of the many, many Christmas presents the li'l chap has received, and took in a visit from the still expecting Toby and Amy, before I dropped the boy off at his mother's for the final time in 2013 at the end of a lovely festive period with him.