Saturday 4th May found a band of LDG ringers standing in the refectory at Tewkesbury Abbey, waiting for the draw for the 41st Tewkesbury Shield. There was initially some concern when we where drawn in the second slot as we where missing one member of the band - but it turned out he was lurking at the back of the room.

For those who haven't managed to ring at Tewkesbury, it's a good 5 minute climb up stairs and through roof spaces to get to the ringing room, so the band is given plenty of time to climb up and then get their breath back before ringing.

We rang the test piece well enough, and I think it's fair to say we where pleased with our performance. However it was clear listening to some of the other bands that we have a little way to go in improving before we will be able to challenge for the top slots at the end of the day.

We placed 8th out of 8th - which was disappointing - but listening to the other bands, there was a clear winner in the Derby Diocesan Association band and much inspiration to be had. It's been a while since LDG have had a regular competition team and i think all of us in the band benefited from the experience of the day.

The weather was brilliant and we where also treated to the rather random sight of seeing Knights in armour wandering in and out of the Cathedral.

Thanks to all those who took part and represented the Guild, and especially to Terry for conducting, and to Angela who did all the organisation work to get us there.

As usual, John's Camera spent the day being pointed at various people and things - if you're on Facebook, you can find the pics here.

The Official writeup can be found here, along with Judges comments.

The Guild Half Year Meeting at Burbage on the 27th April was the venue for the annual Guild 8-bell Striking Competition.

Congratulations to the Hinckley Team A - Terry Astill is pictured recieving the Trophy from Mick Angrave.

The test piece this year was a plain course of Cambridge Major, and was judged by Graham Hayward.

Six teams entered and where placed as follows:

1 - Hinckley District Team A

2 - Loughborough District

3 - Market Harborough District

4 - Leicester District

5 - Leicester Cathedral

6 - Hinckley District Team 1

Thanks to Mick Angrave for organising, Graham for Judging, and Hinckley District for Hosting, especially the local band at Burbage for providing a brilliant tea.

The Guild Report has been printed and is now with your friendly District Secretary for distribution. Please contact your district secretary to obtain a copy.

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Thanks to Chris Sansome for editing and arranging the printing of the report.

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There are an alarming set of photos up on Facebook in the LDG Group taken at the Guild Dinner.

The dinner was held at the Taste Restaurant at Leicester College and 51 people attended. The venue and food were excellent.

Thanks must go to Phill Gay for agreeing to be our Speaker for the evening, and thanks must also go to Arthur and co for all the hard work organising the event.

See you all next year!