WINCHESTER AND PORTSMOUTH DIOCESAN GUILD
OF CHURCH BELL RINGERS
Minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held at St Peter’s Titchfield Saturday 28th October 2017
- Chairman’s welcome.
Brian Baverstock (Chairman) welcomed all those present and thanked the Vicar Janet, for conducting the service and her husband for his assistance. He also thanked the Titchfield ringers for making the tea. He apologised for the confusion over the time and place of the meeting which had originally been scheduled to be at Shedfield.
- Apologies (from committee)
Lisa Ashforth (secretary) in her absence, David Mattingley took the minutes.
There were also apologies from Betty Daysh as her brother had recently passed away, and Francis and Carolyn from Netley, although normally the meeting only records apologies from officers.
- Loss of Members through death
Allan Yalden said that Lionel Doubleday passed away. Lionel was said to be a “friend of the District”. Lionel was well known to many District ringers and was formerly a regular at Wickham and Southwick.
- Matters Arising
Nikki Brown (Netley) made her thanks to the Secretary for amending the minutes from the previous Quarterly District Meeting.
None had been received.
- Election of new members
Peter Cripps (Curdridge) proposed by Robin Milford, Curdridge and seconded by Wendy Smart, Botley
- Richard Pearce (peal at St Mary’s, Portsea 20 October 2017). Proposed by David Mattingley (Portsmouth Cathedral) and seconded by Mark Esbester (Catherington).
- Margaret Padgett (peal at St Agatha’s, 2 September 2017). Proposed by Toby Arkless, seconded by Malcolm Powell.
Probationary Member John Lamonby (Portchester)
The meeting decided to donate a surplus from donations raised from tea (circa £20) to The Rowans Hospice. The meeting decided to donate a further collection to the W&P Bell Restoration Fund. Proposed Allan Yalden, seconded Matthew Wilkes.
- Future Events
Brian went through the up-coming events.
District Training Day – Surprise Major, Alverstoke. 11 November 2017.
Calendar Meeting, Wickham. 12 November 2017.
District Practice, St Mary’s Portsea. 14 November 2017.
District Minor Practice, Wickham. 2 December 2017.
District Practice, Bishops Waltham. 4 December 2017.
District AGM, Portsmouth Cathedral. 3 February 2018.
David Mattingley (Portsmouth Cathedral) reminded folks that the Stedman course was next Saturday, and if they had not heard of this course, then they should ensure that they are on the appropriate mailing lists.
Nikki Brown (Netley) highlighted the Beetle Drive to raise money for the Netley Bell Fund.
Malcolm Powell (St Agatha’s, Portsmouth) was not able to attend the Calendar Meeting, but said that St Agatha’s would be available for any District Practice night, and all would be welcome.
Robin Milford (Curdridge) highlighted the W&P 200 Club. The next draw would take place at the forthcoming Guild Executive meeting.
Brian highlighted a couple of points from the recent District Officers’ Forum meeting. Firstly, to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1, information was being collated to be go into bound volumes for presentation to Portsmouth Cathedral and Winchester Cathedral. It was noted that the centenary of the five known Portsmouth District Ringers had already passed.
Secondly, there would be further changes regarding Safeguarding. Brian suggested that each church should have a safeguarding officer, and it would be prudent to have their name and contact details displayed in the tower.
David Mattingley (Portsmouth Cathedral) reported that the further collection raised £18.
The meeting closed at 1758.