New Look for the 200 Club

Many people in the Guild will be aware of the 200 Club that Mark Esbester used to run, and which raised £17,000 for the BRF over the years. That has now been wound up, but I thought that it would be a shame to see it disappear. I would be willing to run a replacement Club but with more of an emphasis on raising money for training and retention rather than bell restoration – though some money could still go to this if required. Various possible uses for the money have been suggested. These include:
  • a new Guild simulator;
  • a portable mini-ring to be used for public displays;
  • a contribution to ART funds;
  • subsidies for members attending courses;
  • publications to be given to learners;
  • provision of publicity material.
I would propose resuming the Club very much along the lines that Mark used, with an annual £12 subscription, one or two draws per year with about 50% of the income used for prizes. If sufficient money comes in Mark suggested a 1st prize of £150, with 2nd prize £100, 3rd & 4th £50, and 6 others of £25 each – total £500.
 If anyone would be interested in joining, or have any comments on the proposal, I would be grateful if you would contact me directly by email using the form below.
Please don’t send any money yet!
I cannot use the previous bank account, so will need to set up a new one and the banks these days make you jump through more hoops than they used to. As with Mark’s club, this is a private fund-raising venture and not an official Guild activity. It would be a ‘private society lottery’ as defined in the Gambling Act 2005; this means that all subscribers would have to be Guild members or on premises used for the conduct of Guild affairs. I assume this would cover tower subscriptions, of which there were some in the previous Club.
 I have seen Mark’s list of members of his Club, but it is now rather out of date and contains mainly postal addresses so I don’t want to use it for this proposal.”

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  1. Thank you to all those who have already offered to join or rejoin the club – keep them coming! I shall get on with the bank account paperwork and let you know the details when I have them.

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