Minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held on Saturday 7th November 2015 in the Parish Hall, Hursley
- Chairman’s welcome: The Chairman, John Palk opened the meeting at 5.32 p.m. with a welcome to those present and with thanks to Christine and Ian McCallion and local helpers for providing a sumptuous ringers’ tea [applause], to the Vicar, the Revd William Prescott and the Wardens for the use of the bells, and to Edmund Wratten and Jenny Watson, joint ringing masters, for arranging and delivering a most instructive training session on Stedman and Erin on higher numbers.
- Attendance: The following 26 members of the District and two guests signed the attendance register (representing nine towers with one member unattached): Janice Higgins, Christine and Peter Hill, Christine and Ian McCallion, Barry and Christine Saunders, Jenifer Smith, Pam and Richard Thompson (Hursley), Sue Spurling (King’s Somborne), Jen Churchill, Gary Davies, Brenda and John Palk (Lockerley), Andrew and Elizabeth Johnson (New Alresford), Joy Scanlan (Romsey), Jenny Watson (Sparsholt), Jackie and John Downham and Bruce Purvis, (Winchester Cathedral), Hugh Hill (Winchester College), Christine Knights-Whittome and Paul Fitzgerald, (Wonston), Joyce Croft, (unattached) Julia and Susanna Johnson (guests).
- Apologies for absence. Apologies for absence were received from Gerry Cornick, John Croft, Caroline Fairley, Andrew Glover, Carol Higgins, Nicola Plummer, Tony Smith and the Winchester College Band, except for Hugh Hill
- Minutes of the Previous Meeting. The minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held on 8 August in the yard of the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Micheldever, were accepted as a true record, after a correction to David Frowd’s tower affiliation in the membership elections, proposed by Bruce Purvis, seconded by Jenny Watson, passed on a show of hands.
- Matters Arising. Paragraph 8: Romsey Show. John Palk reported that he was overwhelmed by the level of interest shown in the District’s pitch at the Romsey Show on 12th September: it was 3 p.m. before he had a chance to sit down, and there was a constant queue for people wishing to try the mini-ring. In terms of generating enquiries about taking up ringing, success was rather more qualified, but enquires were being followed up. As an exercise in raising ringing’s profile, our participation was felt to be worthwhile and something we should consider repeating. Jenny Watson felt it was a wonderfully inclusive occasion, also that our thanks should be conveyed to the Romsey band for their support. John reported that our costs for the day totalled £57, and much of that sum was for material which could be re-used. John remarked that there was no formal budget for expenditure such as that incurred, and suggested that there should be a proposal at the Annual District Meeting for district meetings to vote a budget for undertakings such as maintaining a presence at county/area shows.
Paragraph 9: Future Events (1): District Outing. Bruce Purvis reported briefly on the District Outing to the New Forest on 17th October, remarking on the wide variety of towers, and thanking Andrew Glover for the considerable effort of choosing and arranging the towers and devising the itinerary. Andrew Johnson added that – apart from difficulties parking at Lymington – it had been a very good day out.
(2): Peal and Quarter-Peal Fortnight, 17th October-1st November. Bruce Purvis reported that the District Ringing Festival had attracted fewer entries than in previous years, resulting in five quarters scored, at Hursley, Lockerley and Sparsholt. Those at Sparsholt included a first inside for Kai Gawne-Cain and a first on a working bell for Adam Gawne-Cain, while that at Hursley was a first of eight-spliced for Rhoda Willson. Joyce Croft asked that two peals, one in hand, rung as Silver Wedding Anniversary compliments to John and herself, and including a first of PB Maximus in hand for Graham Firman, be credited to the Festival[i]
Paragraph 10: Any other business. Elizabeth Johnson reported that there had been no response to the appeal for ringers for the Mothers’ Union commemorative service at Old Alresford, 9th August, but that there had been enough to ring.
- Confirmation of belfry elections.
Lucy A Warren of Bilsborrow, prior to a peal at Farnborough on 17th October 2015, proposed by Edd Colliss, seconded by John Colliss;
Jennie L Toze of Timberscombe, prior to a peal at Romsey on 24th October, proposed by Martin Daniels, seconded by Patricia Spink;
Kenneth J Darvill and Lucinda Woodward of London, prior to a peal at Hursley on 31st October, proposed by Martin Press, seconded by Christine Hill.
Peter Jenkins of Broughton on 19th October 2015, proposed by Bob Gosse, seconded by Nick Jarrett;
Paul Burnage of Romsey on 22nd October 2015, proposed by Caroline Daniels, seconded by Martin Daniels;
Louisa Adlam, Phailin Chanphian, Pernille Faye, Tammy Olushinata, Salina Siu and Antigone Storey of Winchester College on 3rd November, proposed by Caroline Fairley, seconded by Hugh Hill. All of the above confirmed on a show of hands.
- Election of new ringing members.
Craig Robb and Paul McTaggart of Cheriton, proposed by Caroline Fairley and seconded by Bruce Purvis, both elected on a show of hands.
- Future Events. As the Calendar of Events for the rest of the year was being reviewed it was pointed out that the Carol Service at King’s Worthy would take place on 5th December: also that the District Practice at Crawley would – as with all district practices – take place on the tower’s practice night. The meeting also heard that the committee would be meeting shortly to devise a programme for 2016-2017. Elizabeth Johnson, reminding the meeting that the Guild AGM on 2nd July would now be hosted by New Alresford, said that much help would be needed with the arrangements, and all offers of help would be gratefully received. Christine Knights-Whittome reminded the meeting of the Guild Education Committee’s next course, on Saturday 20th February, ‘Ringing on Higher Numbers’, in the Winchester area.
- Any Other Business
Jen Churchill showed the meeting some knitted mobiles, the proceeds of which would be added to the fund for soundproofing at Lockerley and East Tytherley. Christine Hill reminded the meeting that next year’s Ringing World calendar was of great local interest: costing £8.00, it featured churches and towers from the Guild. The collection for the Guild Bell Restoration Fund – in the guise of a ceramic ‘dinosaur’ piggy-bank – realised £21.55.
The meeting closed at 5.57 p.m.
[i] A peal at Romsey, for the patronal festival and a quarter peal are also to be credited to the Festival, including a first peal of treble bob for Jennie Toze and a first quarter of triples inside for Cathy Stokes.