CCCBR seeks feedback for the next stage of reform

Christopher O’Mahoney writes:

Dear Society Secretary,

You will probably be aware from previous emails, from our social media presence and from the pages of the Ringing World, that we have been working hard to progress the mandate for reform agreed last May at Edinburgh so as to deliver better services that benefit ringers and ringing.

A pre-requisite of these efforts is the work to revise the Council’s constitution to give life to the proposals for reform which were agreed in May.

The working group tasked with this challenge published a first draft of the revised constitution in October and following a four-week consultation ending 24th November they have today published a second draft, reflecting the comments received.

The attached briefing paper sets out its main features and has been sent to your Council representative(s).

Along with many others, I have both commented upon and provided input into the second draft.  To my mind it delivers on the reforms agreed at Edinburgh and achieves our aim to create an organisation fit for the challenges of the 21st Century.  In doing this, it also draws on the many strengths of the existing Council and its volunteers.

As the attached paper explains, the new constitution has been through an extensive process of review. In addition to its four-week consultation, it has been checked against Charity Commission guidance and ‘stress tested’ against our peers.  The more robust the process, the more confident we can be of the outcome.

The new constitution does not affect your representation and will not, so far as we can see, require changes to your society’s constitution.  Without a new constitution, importantly, none of the other reforms agreed at Edinburgh can take place.

Whilst the new constitution has been well received, this is the time for comment and it is important that we know about any questions or concerns in good time before the final version is published in February.   It is this final version which will be submitted to the Council Meeting at Lancaster in May 2018.

In February the focus will shift from drafting the constitution to the practical work of transitioning with effect from the Lancaster meeting.   This will involve the efforts of existing our Officers and Committees as well as the members of the new Executive and Workgroups which have been formed as a consequence of the decisions taken at Edinburgh.

If you or your Council representatives have any questions or concerns please don’t delay!  Let us have your feedback by the closing date for consultation on the second draft, which is 12th January.

We have made the process of sending in feedback as simple as possible:-

1.     For brief comments, just use the “Review the Second Draft” button on the Central Council’s Rules Work page at

2.     Otherwise, please email

Yours in ringing,

Christopher O’Mahony


The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

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