Winchester QDM Minutes Nov 2016

Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers

Winchester District

Minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held on Saturday 12 November 2016 in Bishopstoke Community Association Hall.
1. Chairman’s Welcome. The Chairman, John Croft, opened the meeting at 5.25 p.m. with a welcome to those present and thanks to the Rector and Wardens for the use of their bells during the afternoon’s training session, to Edmund Wratten, District Ringing Master, for leading an enjoyable and productive session on Grandsire, Stedman, Erin and Single and Double Oxford Bob Triples, and to the Bishopstoke Ringers for the usual excellent tea.
2. Attendance. The following 19 District members (representing nine towers) were present: Peter and Sally Cates, Ann, Roy and Stephanie LeMarechal, and Graham Wright (Bishopstoke), Janice Higgins, Tessa and Tony Smith (Hursley), Jen Churchill, Gary Davies, Carol Higgins and John Palk (Lockerley and East Tytherley), John Croft (Micheldever), Andrew Johnson (New Alresford), Andrew Glover (Romsey), Jenny Watson (Sparsholt), Bruce Purvis (Winchester Cathedral), Christine Knights-Whittome (Wonston).
3. Apologies for Absence. Apologies were received from all of the Candover Valley Band, Craig Robb (Cheriton), Christine and Peter Hill (Hursley), Bren Palk (Lockerley and East Tytherley), Elizabeth Johnson (New Alresford), Sue Spurling (King’s Somborne), Rodney Skinner (Ropley), Keith Bartle (Sparsholt), John and Charlotte Colliss (Winchester Cathedral and guest respectively), Gerry Cornick and Paul Fitzgerald (Wonston), and Joyce Croft (unattached).
4. Minutes of the Previous Meeting. The minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held on 13 August at Awbridge Village Hall were adopted on the proposal of Christine Knights-Whittome and seconding by Tony Smith, and signed by the Chairman as a true record.
5. Matters Arising. Romsey Show. John Palk reported that the Show, held on 10th September was ‘blessed’ with the worst weather of any day that month, but, running from 6.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. was attended by 12,000. The Ringers’ tent was busy most of the day, and 20 enquirers, having come from  as far away as Portsmouth and Salisbury, were given details of their nearest towers, and the enquirers’ details forwarded to the tower contacts. John had no further news of any take-up following the exchange of details. He thanked Graham Wright for the use of the Mini-Ring, and to the Romsey Abbey band for providing most of the staffing cover during the day.
6. Confirmation of belfry elections.
Probationary members:
Cara Bennett, Victoria Bennett and Oliver Joslin of Crawley on 6 September
2016 proposed by Edmund Wratten, seconded by Amanda Bayford.
Neil Jones of Romsey on 8 September 2016 proposed by Caroline Daniels,
seconded by Martin Daniels.
Andrew Lindop of Romsey on 22 September 2016 proposed by Caroline Daniels,
seconded Jon Farrington.
Karen Andrews, Gary Marsh and Sara Marsh of Wonston on 5 November 2016
proposed by Paul Fitzgerald, seconded by Gerry Cornick.
Reuben Addis of Sherfield English on 8 November 2016 proposed by Caroline
Daniels, seconded by Martin Daniels.
Alan Dixey and Sheila Dixey of North Stoneham on 8 November 2016 proposed by
Stephanie Nicholls, seconded by Alison Martin.
All confirmed on a show of hands.
The chairman handed certificates and badges to Peter and Sally Cates of Bishopstoke.
7. Loss of members through Death. None advised.
8: Recent Events.
i. .Young Ringers’ Outing, 2 September . Jen Churchill reported on a very successful day, with ringing at King’s Worthy, Wonston and Barton Stacey. The ringing included Grandsire and Plain Bob, with the chance to progress from plain hunting to the methods, from plain courses to touches, and to call plain courses and touches. On behalf of the District, John Croft thanked Jen for all her hard work, on this last occasion as in previous years.
ii. District Outing, 17 September. Bruce Purvis reported on the outing to the Kennet Valley, in and around Newbury. The towers visited were at Beenham, Bucklebury, the two tens at Thatcham – easy-going, and Newbury – challenging, and the eights at Newbury and Hungerford. Lunch was at the Sun in the Woods, Ashmore Green and afternoon tea was enjoyed at various places in Hungerford.  17 ringers, from four towers came on the outing, and £90 was given to the host towers. Bruce was thanked for his efforts in organising an enjoyable day out.
iii. Peal and Quarter-Peal Fortnight, 21 October-6 November. Bruce Purvis reported that five quarter-peals had been rung for the Fortnight, including two in hand – of 3m plain minor and of 5m spliced plain major – in Chandler’s Ford, two – of Stedman Caters and Cambridge Royal – at Hursley, and one of Grandsire Doubles, at Sparsholt..
9. Future Events.
i. The Secretary confirmed that the Carol Service on 3 December would be taking place at Cheriton; also, arising from a query over the date of the next District Practice, that it would take place on Tuesday 17 January at North Stoneham
ii. Christine Knights-Whittome reminded the meeting that the next Guild  Education event – at Bishopstoke (Raising and lowering in peal) on the 11th February 2017 was confined to the morning, so that people could sign up for, or offer to help at this course and still make the ADM on the afternoon. She added that the next dates for the New Year were 4 March at Shedfield (Grandsire Doubles and Triples) and 8 April at Lockerley.
10. Any other business.
i. Andrew Johnson (Guild Central Council Rep) drew the attention of the meeting to the work of the Central Council’s Review Action Group, which urgently sought members’ views: he urged us to look at the website and follow the debate in the Ringing World, and let him have our input to the debate.
ii. The Chairman – reporting from that morning’s Guild Executive Committee meeting – reminded the meeting that the forthcoming centenary of the end of World War I provided a good opportunity to raise the profile of ringing. He also gave advance notice of the Association of Ringing Teachers’ Conference, to be hosted by our guild in Basingstoke on the weekend 11/12 March 2017
iii. The Treasurer advised that the collection for the Guild Bell Restoration Fund came to £8.00
The meeting closed at 5.46 p.m.

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