Extract from The History and Art of Change Ringing (Ernest Morris) p. 245
On Whit-Monday, 1895, at the annual meeting, held in Kettering, it was decided to change the title [of the Raunds, Wellingborough and District Society of Church bell-ringers] to “The Central Northamptonshire Association”.
In 1905 this was split into three districts – Kettering, Wellingborough and Northampton, and later Thrapston and Guilsborough Districts were formed.
The formation of dioceses [The new Leicester Diocese was founded on 12 November 12, 1926 from the archdeaconries of Leicester, Loughborough and part of the archdeaconry of Northampton.] caused this Association, like many others, to follow the line of the church, and on January 5, 1924, the Peterborough Diocesan Guild came into being by the union of the Central Northants Association; the Peterborough and Districts Association; and the Oundle and Districts Association.
Extracts from the Ringing World June 14, 1974 p390
One rule was any member who rang 100 peals for the Central Northants Association should have a gold medal. I have not all the old reports but I would say about 20 medals were presented. This went on until the late David J. Nichols qualified for his, which he declined, and a rule was passed to stop giving the medals. Membership certificates replaced them and one was given to members for ringing his (or her) first peal. .. Robert G Black, Geddington.