Further Thoughts from Viv Nobbs, reflecting on CRAG

I do hope that  many members will have had time to consider and reflect upon the CRAG proposals and pass on your thoughts to our five representatives ready for the Central Council Annual Conference on 29th May. If not yet, there is still time and I hope the following will help with your deliberations.

I’d like to draw your attention to one of CRAG’s  Frequently Asked Questions –

“Is it realistic to pick and choose which proposals to adopt?”

CRAG Response –

“The various proposals, covering the areas of governance, accountability, communication and professional support have been carefully designed to work together as a cohesive whole. Proposal B without Proposal C for example, would result in an Executive built to modernise the Council, but without sufficient empowerment. Implementation of these proposals without Proposal E would create a Central Ringing Organisation more capable of serving the needs of individual ringers, but denied effective methods of communicating with them.

This is why Proposals A – F are grouped together as a single Motion. We do not consider that it is possible to properly implement any one without the rest. They are inter-dependent.”

 

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During The Central Council Annual Conference weekend last year in Southsea, there was an Open meeting. The three questions I submitted personally, together with the responses from President Chris Mew, are shown below.

Regarding my reference to “Wellesbourne” please see
https://wpbells.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/changeringing-for-the-future-notes-2011-wellesbourne.pdf

You will see that the Wellesbourne event was 5 – 6 years ago in November 2011.

 1. What positive developments have we seen since Wellesbourne?    

Response:

Some societies have reviewed how they are working and have revised their constitutions, have instituted better training and education and earmarked part of subscriptions for education. Societies ARE talking to each other more and there is a general awareness of need for action at local level.

  1. Do you see benefits from (postponed) survey and what questions would you like to see in it?

 Response:

 The survey is still seen as an essential to define where we are and, most importantly hear about the things which ringers want both from their local associations and from the Council. I would add questions about whether a national association was seen as a benefit and also how much people were willing to pay for their ringing to whatever body.

  1. Do you feel that organisations and ringers in towers are sufficiently prepared for a national recruitment drive?

Response:

Simple answer no! If there was a major (and successful) drive tomorrow we could neither cope nor retain those offering their services.

The key deficiencies are:

  • not enough capable teachers (ART addresses some of this)
  • not enough local supporters to teach
  • not enough capable leadership to enthuse and engage new ringers with wider ringing
    community
  • not sufficient technical skills to ensure that new ringers own abilities were
    developed to a level which will fulfil their aspirations and maintain their interest.

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I would urge members once again to support the C.R.A.G. proposals and ask our
C.C. Representatives to vote in support of the motions as presented.

Viv Nobbs
Immediate Past Master and Public Relations Officer.

19th May 2017

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