Minutes of Andover District AGM held 12th January 2013 at Whitchurch

Minutes of Andover District AGM held 12
th January 2013 at Whitchurch

Members were asked to stand in memory of Jean Blacklaws (Clatford) and Eric Woolgrove (Andover)


The Chair welcomed the ringers and Mike Hopkins-Till, Vice-Master of the Guild.

Apologies for Absence

Scarlett and Matthew Holbrook, Eve Lind-Smith, Joanne Waller, Brian Oakes.

Minutes of  2012 AGM

One date correction in Item 3, 2010 to 2011.

Matters Arising

The Chair apologised for the lack of preparation caused by the absence of a District secretary.

a) The Striking Competition was not organised this year.

b) The Ringing Ramble organised by Chris and Liz had had to be cancelled due to lack of support.  After researching the original route it was found to be unsuitable for parking.  A new venue was researched but unfortunately several ramblers were unable to make the new date.

      5.  Reports

Chairperson’s Report

Barbara thanked the four tower secretaries who sent in their reports.

Much ringing of peals and quarter peals to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Games including a date touch 2012 at St. Mary Bourne.

Several towers have helped each other out for wedding and service ringing.

Congratulations to Ken and Carol Waller on 100 quarter peals this year.

The 40th wedding anniversary of Paul and Wendy Myers was celebrated.

Rosemary Lailey of Burghclere rang her first quarter.

Sadness was expressed at the deaths of Jean Blacklaws of Clatford and Eric Woo lgrove.

Several tower outings took place with ringers from other towers joining in.


A relatively quiet year with subscriptions slightly down.

The accounts were explained and details given of how the monies are distributed. Total income£1008.90 Expenditure £977.44, £702.90 left in bank.

Ros thanked Carol Waller for her work as independent examiner.

The accounts were adopted and signed.

Guild Executive

Barbara reported that all the ringing that had taken place in the Districts had been recorded and been sent to the Queen.  A copy is now held in the Guild library.

There will be no Guild Dinner held this year.

Brian Oakes and Chris Caryer will continue to attend the District Offivers Forum meetings.

The Guild AGM 2013 will be held in the Channel Islands 3rd – 7th July.  Details of the events and accommodation have been distributed in the newsletter.

Guild Striking Competition – Peter will try to put composite teams together if can’t get enough District teams. Let Peter know if interested.


      6.  Election of District Secretary

Unfortunately no nominations were received.


      7.  Election of Independent Examiner

Carol Waller very kindly agreed to continue.

Proposed by Barbara and seconded by Christine Knights-Whittome.

Election of New Members

Probationary Members

Nick Wright, Valerie Wright – Clatford

Carol Gray, Helen Gray – Abbotts Ann

Matthew Richardson – Over Wallop

Jenny Toyne Sewell – Nether Wallop

Alan Hiscock –

Probationary to Full Members

Michael Morris, Sharon Morris, Jess Bennett, David Bennett – Kingsclere

           John Simpson – Ecchinswell

           Chris Strong, Rebecca Butler, Sam Longton, Dodie Marsden – St   

            Mary Bourne



Proposed Christine Knights-Whittome    Seconded by Louise Wodehouse


           On line payments still operating.

Venues and Events for 2013

A list of dates and venues including District Practices, Education Days, Striking Competitions and other Guild events was distributed.

Christine Knights-Whittome announced she would be sending out details of the Education Days following a meeting tomorrow.

The Striking Competition would require an organiser to come forward if it was to take place this year.

Gill Gardner asked whether it would be possible to re-run the Ramble planned for last year.  After some discussion Chris Caryer kindly agreed and suggested Saturday 13th April as the best date available (details to be put out in the newsletter).  The Ramble will take place depending on the response received.

Guild Officer’s Report

Mike Hopkins-Till reported that David Strong sent his apologies and greetings hoping the District would have a good meeting.

The points Mike was to cover had already been dealt with.


Chris Caryer asked about the future of Guild Striking Competitions. 

These will continue in the same way.  Mike has passed on the role of convener.

Peter Niblett is now a member of the Striking Committee.  Trophies are to be repaired.

Louise Wodehouse praised the work of the Education Committee saying how helpful she had found events she had attended.  Many were in agreement.

Roger Thomas reported that St. Mary Bourne was to become a gallery ring during the coming year.

Peter Niblett, District Ringing Master, voiced the fact that there was a bit of a SW/NE divide in the District.  He encouraged ringers to attend as many different towers as possible.  Also the Cathedral practice in August would benefit from as many as possible attending.

He thanked Simon for his help and support at District practices.

Barbara invited any ringers who would like to attend Andover’s monthly practices –  every 2nd Tuesday 7.45 for 8.00pm.

Meeting closed at 6.35pm

Signed____________________________ Date________________

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