The AGM was held this year at Swineshead. Ringing was followed by a short service, a hot lunch at the local farm shop, the AGM and more ringing.
The Guild Master Chris Turner was welcomed as were visitors from Elloe Deaneries Branch.
Annual reports were received and accepted from the EB officers.
Secretary Helen Brotherton reported on another year full of activity.
She noted in particular that this year we were almost overwhelmed by the number of weddings we had been invited to ring for. So many in fact that it had impinged on numbers attending branch events held during the day.
Unfortunately a proposed outing to see a casting at Taylor's was not feasible and with little time to arrange another we decided to forego an outing this year. Hopefully we will have good next outing year.
Ringing master Tony Barker reported on a good year with plenty of ringing opportunities.
Branch Quarter Peal Week was much better supported than in recent years. This was especially due to a series of quarters rung by the Coningsby & Tattershall band and some quarters organised by Jo French.
A team made up of Eastern Branch young ringers, together with three more from the south, made up our 'Lincolnshire Gamekeepers' team participating in the Ringing World National Youth Contest in July. We managed to catch up with the 'Lincolnshire Poachers'; both teams being scored equally. A very good effort!
Treasurer Val Wild reminded us that annual subs are now due and should be paid before the end of March 2018; £10 adults £3 for anyone in full time education.
Phil Ford reported on the EB's fund raising activities for the Guild. The 'Race Night' held at Alford had raised £434, which had been donated to the Guild Training Fund. The meeting agreed that the proceeds of the 2018 fundraiser should also be earmarked for this purpose.
Sales of Christmas cards and calendars had gone well, contributing some £260 to the Guild's overall total of £1200. Thankfully, all the Calendars had been sold as unlike unsold Xmas Cards they cannot be held over till next time!
We heard from Guild Master Chris Turner about the guild updates and about his hopes for the future direction of the Guild. He also mentioned that Guild Treasurer Roger Lord would be resigning this year and that a volunteer to take over was being sought!
Mick Smith was elected as EB President. Our thanks go to outgoing President Edward Vear for his sterling service.
Tess Rowland stood down as EB Web Master, and Phil Ford took the job on. All the other officers remained the same, and were thanked for their work last year.
Congratulations were given to Joan Simpson of Coningsby on her award of BEM in the New Year's Honours list for her services to Coningsby.
The meeting concluded with the drawing of the raffle which was well supplied with donated prizes. Many of us had been eyeing a very nice bottle of port, which was quickly snapped up by Bill Brotherton as holder of the first ticket drawn!