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Solo ringing during the Coronavirus lockdown

Message originally posted on the CCCBR website

There have been several enquiries as to whether the ringing of a single bell or a set of Ellacombe chimes should be permitted as they are only rung by one person, especially for Easter Sunday.

It is clear from the UK government that we are being asked to stay at home to help halt the spread of coronavirus and that all unnecessary journeys should cease.  It is also clear from the Church of England that all churches are to remain closed for the time being:

Staying at home and demonstrating solidarity with the rest of the country at this testing time, is, we believe, the right way of helping and ministering to our nation. Therefore, for a season, the centre for the liturgical life of the church must be the home, not the church building.”
(Letter from Archbishops and Diocesan Bishops of the Church of England to all clergy in the Church of England 27 March 2020).

We did seek explicit guidance on this point from Lambeth Palace and were referred back to this guidance, and that churches are closed as part of wider legal restrictions.”  The Central Council Executive does not think this needs to be made any clearer.

Guild 6 and 8-bell Inter-tower Striking Competitions postponed

Fellow Ringers

I am sure you that it will not come as a surprise to you that the striking competition committee have taken the decision to postpone the Guild 6 and 8 bell inter tower striking competition until later in the year. I am not in a position to offer a date at this time as we feel that we need to wait to see how things develop with the covid-19 virus and the rest of the Guild calendar for a few weeks.

We hope that you are all safe and well.

Pete Jordan

Striking competition committee convener

CCCBR – President’s Blog #6

It seems almost incomprehensible that two weeks ago I was on my way to the ART Conference. We were saying then that if it had been the following week it might have been cancelled. By Sunday evening we realised that if it had been a day or two later it would have been cancelled. Ringing has of course been turned on its head.

The Conference itself was great – full of ideas and enthusiasm. There was a strong focus on the importance of good striking and how that should form part of the learning process. Sunday saw a running of a new Recruitment and Retention Workshop which has been developed by the Volunteering and Leadership Workgroup and particularly the efforts of Matt Lawrence, Ringing Master of the Shropshire Association. It was also interesting to hear of Matt’s own success in creating a band in his home village of Lilleshall – an inspiration to those wondering how to get ringing going at their local tower. It can be done!

The evening’s ART Awards saw over £3000 of awards given in recognition of recruitment, training, learning and leadership with a wide range of nominations from around the world. Stephanie Warboys orchestrated the awards supported by judges Julia Cater and Jonathon Townsend.

The final version of the Churches Conservation Trust’s recruitment video came just as we weren’t allowed to ring any more so that campaign has had to be postponed. A shame because I was really eager to show it to people as it is one of the best recruitment videos I have seen. It manages to mix people of all ages, multi-cultural and multi-faith. It was tested on non-ringers with very positive feedback.

I joined the Comms and Marketing Workgroup’s regular Skype call and was able to explain the thinking behind some of the ‘Strategic Priority’ actions. They are now thinking about a “Ringing Returns” campaign (needs to explanation!), the creation of a YouTube channel to showcase the best examples of change ringing so all developing ringers can see what they are aiming at, the creation of a ‘Best Local Band’ competition a bit like best kept village contests which would be for local communities or congregations to recognise their bellringers, and starting to look at marketing insights for what sort of people to target (“if you like this then you might like to try bellringing”).

The Strategic Priorities which I mention quite a bit are going to start getting serialised in The Ringing World starting next week (I think).

Talking of The Ringing World, I have suggested in other media that those who are comfortable writing could sharpen their pencils and send material into The Ringing World to make up for the lack of peals and quarter peals. Whilst fresh material is preferable, there are some things I would really like to read again. I particularly remember a report of the ‘Flixton Ringing Match’. I think it was a series on ringing controversies. It was on the back page of a very old copy. Anyone remember it?

Bells in The Netherlands rang out on Wednesday night “as a sign of hope for those in need and a sign of respect for those who comfort them.” Paul de Kok posted a YouTube clip of the bells of Dordrecht Cathedral ringing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVSR8u3zh5M&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2hiy9k–ckBVyV_a_XoZbXKsxbEkjZBBOcXX5DIkoRD5jQv6MvUHm7zlE

This is not so difficult if you don’t need so many humans to do the ringing! However bell ringing in Dordrecht is about to change. Many of us have enjoyed visiting Dordrecht to ring on the excellent ‘t Klockhuys bells and enjoyed the local hospitality. Paul and his son Harm Jan are currently in the middle of a fantastic project to put a ring of 10 bells in the adjacent Groote Kerk tower. These bells, with a tenor of 17 cwt, comprise four fine 1916 Taylor bells donated by the Keltek Trust, with six trebles designed by Mathew Higby and currently being cast by Allanconi in Italy. The frame has been designed and built with local expertise (both Paul and Harm Jan are engineers) and the aim still is to have the ring ready this summer.

With no tower bell ringing going on, and handbell performances restricted to keen (and not so keen) ringing families, many have been turning to Abel, Mabel, Mobel and a range of other tools to try and satisfy their ringing urges. Miscellaneous electronic solo performances have made a brief appearance on BellBoard and may need to find another home. I have not escaped temptation. Something I have meant to ring on handbells for about 18 months will be on the agenda as soon as I am next allowed into the company of five decent and sympathetic handbell ringers.

Topics and presenters are being gathered for a regular series of training webinars to keep ringers interested and active during this shutdown. While many of those who have been ringing all their lives can manage without ringing for a bit, those who are newer to it will miss it much more. However there is still much to be explained and learned while we are isolated and learning how to use WhatsApp, Teams, Zoom, and even House Party. Look out for this over the next week or so.

I have kicked off a small team looking at developing the next generation of mobile belfry which I hinted at in my last blog. One of today’s Microsoft Teams meetings was looking at different designs, sizes of bells, transport options, costs, etc. There was no mention of buses, although a skip wagon was an option for consideration (imagine the tower is the skip and it gets lifted off and plonked on the ground, ready assembled)! Is there a ringer who is currently studying civil or structural engineering at university who would like to join the team and maybe even have the project as part of their studies? It would be an interesting opportunity for someone to get involved. Target is to have the new belfry ready for the 2021 festival season.

Stay safe everyone – ringing will be back.

Simon Linford
President, CCCBR

Bells on Sunday at St Michael’s, Southampton – Sunday 22nd March

While ‘live’ bell ringing is suspended for a while, you can still enjoy the wonderful sound of the bells at St Michael’s, Southampton, as they will be featured on BBC Radio 4’s Bells on Sunday on March 22nd.

Tune in at 5:43am, or if that’s a bit too early for you, you can listen online afterwards:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000gksz

A&P: Practices cancelled at the following towers until further notice

Following guidance received today the following towers have ceased all ringing until further notice in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID19:

Alton (All towers), Blackmoor, Bramshott, Buriton, Froxfield, Hawkley, Holybourne, Selborne, Steep, Warnford and West Meon

Other towers will be added once confirmation is received that they are also cancelling their ringing activities

Hope to see you all soon and stay well…

Steve
A&P Communications Officer

A&P: Practice cancelled at Buriton – 18th March 2020

Dear all,

In view of the government’s advice that everyone should avoid all non-essential social contact, I have decided that this Wednesday’s (March 18) practice should not go ahead with a view to possibly following the decision of other District towers and cancelling all ringing until further notice.

David Hughes,

Tower Captain

PURBROOK – St John the Baptist. No ringing for now.

It has unfortunately been decided to stop ringing, both for the Sunday service and Wednesday Evening practice, as part of precautions considered under the present worldwide Corona Virus outbreak.

Arrangements are in hand to extend the tenor bell to allow tolling from the ground floor. Normal ringing will be resumed as soon as it is thought sensible to do so.

Ringing cancellations due to COVID-19

Coronavirus: UK ringing should now be cancelled

The UK government has advised against all unnecessary social contact with immediate effect. The Prime Minister advised in a press conference of 16th March that now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel.

The Central Council has released a statement in response to the UK government. They advise that If you haven’t already decided to cancel ringing activities, it seems that now is the time to do so. The Ringing World agrees with this statement. It is hard to interpret the government’s guidance in any way other than that all planned ringing activities in the UK should now cease.


 

 

I have been made aware that ringing has been suspended at the following towers due to COVID-19 concerns:

Alton, St. Laurence, All Saints and Holybourne – all ringing suspended.

Alverstoke – all ringing cancelled until further notice.

Basingstoke, St. Michael’s – all ringing cancelled until further notice.

Blackmoor – all ringing suspended.

Bournemouth, St. John’s, St. Peters and Scared Heart – all ringing suspended.

Bramshott – all service and practice ringing until at least the end of March where the situation will be reviewed.

Brockenhurst – no ringing until further notice.

Buriton – all ringing suspended.

Catherington – ringing cancelled, but may be some limited Sunday ringing if services continue.

Christchurch Priory – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Eling – all ringing suspended.

Froxfield – all ringing suspended.

Havant – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Hawkley – all ringing suspended and the tied practices on 6-8-10th April postponed.

Hursley – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Newport – all ringing cancelled until further notice.

Portsmouth Cathedral – all ringing suspended.

Purbrook – all ringing cancelled until further notice.

Romsey – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Selborne – all ringing cancelled until further notice.

Shanklin – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Shedfield – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Southampton (St. Mary’s, St. Michael’s and Bitterne Park) – all ringing suspended.

Steep – all ringing suspended.

Titchfield – all ringing suspended.

Upham – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Upton Grey – all ringing cancelled until further notice.

Warnford – all ringing suspended.

West Meon – all ringing suspended.

Wickham – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Winchester Cathedral – all ringing suspended until further notice.

Wonston – no practices until further notice.

Portsmouth District – all District events are cancelled including the April QDM.

Winchester District – all District events and the striking competition in May are cancelled until further notice.

Please let me know via wpbells@gmail.com of any other cancellations and I will add them to this list.

Thanks

Andrew Glover

W&P Guild Webmaster

 

 

 

Masters Message – updated 17th March – Covid-19 Virus

Dear Friends

In light of the latest government information ringing should be cancelled over the coming weeks. Please continue to work closely with your incumbents and PCC with reference to their Continuity plans and the advice from the Central Council.

https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/03/16/coronavirus-covid-19-update/

In particular, think of ways that you can keep in touch with other ringers through social media, Whats-app groups, text, email etc. to provide support and help. We have many ‘senior’ memberships in the guild so please pay special attention to those who might be lonely or vulnerable.

Please take care and don’t take unnecessary risks.

Pete Jordan

Master  – Winchester & Portsmouth Guild of Church Bell Ringers. 

 


 

Dear Friends

In light of the ongoing Covid-19 situation the current C of E advice to churches can be found at the following link

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches

At the present time there does not appear to be anything specific regarding ringing or ringers however “Churches are encouraged to complete a Coronavirus Parish Continuity Plan to ensure, as far as possible, their continued mission and ministry.”

Individual parishes may have different views on this so please can you make sure that you are in contact with your Incumbent or PCC to get the latest information regarding your tower.

As the government advice is to frequently wash hands and avoid touching your face, if you can manage to get hold of hand wipes or gel for your tower, or if your church has hand washing facilities please make use of them. I am sure that each tower will make the right, sensible decisions about additional precautions to take considering the demographics of the band, frequency of ringing and potential risks etc.

Stay Safe

Pete Jordan

Master  – Winchester & Portsmouth Guild of Church Bell Ringers. 

Coronavirus – COVID-19 – Update from CCCBR

Coronavirus – Covid-19 – Update – 16th March

New updates on the Coronavirus have been issued by the UK government today, which include avoiding any “non-essential” travel and contact with others and avoiding pubs, clubs theatres and social gatherings.  If you haven’t already decided to cancel ringing activities, it seems that now is the time to do so.

We must all ensure that we are following the most up to date advice from the Chief Medical Officer (or overseas equivalent) with regard to the Covid 19 outbreak.  Of course the Central Council is not in a position to provide professional advice, however there are some simple guidelines to consider to ensure that we adopt sensible precautions and support each other through a period of rapid change and uncertainty.   The advice is changing almost daily and the latest messages concern potential restriction of movement of people over the age of 70 in the coming weeks, if not sooner.

The demographics of the ringing community has a large proportion who fit in to the over 70 year old and/or medically vulnerable category, and ringers can be quite stubborn when it comes to continuing ringing, insisting that we “keep calm and carry on”.  However, under the current circumstances, we have a duty to be responsible for ourselves and towards others we ring with.  If you fit into a category that has been advised to socially distance yourself, please heed that advice.  If not for you, then to help prevent putting other people at risk.

Having said that, socially distancing yourself can create a sense of isolation, and we must ensure that we maintain contact with our ringing friends, and offer any help and support where we can.  Please check in with those who are advised to stay home, phone them for a chat to ask how they are, drop them a quick text, Whatsapp or social media message to let them know they haven’t been forgotten.

If you find yourself self isolating, consider how you might get your ringing fix if not on the end of a rope.  There are many apps for phones and computers that you can utilise to learn methods, practise listening skills and so on. There’s a multitude of YouTube videos on various aspects of ringing, ringing up and down, rope splicing and many other tower tasks that need doing.  Get out some good old paper and pencil to write out methods, learn the place notation, write out touches etc  – that’ll keep you busy for hours!  Keep in touch with friends on the various bellringing social media communities, maybe even start one of your own.  Get that tower website up to date.  Get around to writing up last year’s tower AGM minutes.  Plan what you are going to do once the restrictions have been lifted, maybe organise a reunion.

Keep up to date with the latest advice from the government, ensure that you support each other, keep calm and keep safe.

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Many people are concerned about the effects of the current Coronavirus outbreak and what impact that has on us and our ringing activities.  Whilst the CCCBR cannot offer any professional medical advice, we would recommend that you adopt sensible precautions and follow the advice from the Chief Medical Officer.

Information about the virus, signs and symptoms can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ but there are some very simple guidelines to follow during every day activities:

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands before and after ringing
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards or use sanitiser gel
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Don’t

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • lick or spit on your hands before catching hold of a rope, use other methods of increasing grip e.g. liquid chalk

We all have a duty to adopt sensible precautions to protect ourselves, our friends and families and to follow the current advice.  Sources of information for the UK can be found here:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/

https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance

Other territories may also have regular advice updates for which territorial associations may be able to provide further guidance.

Vicki Chapman
CCCBR Public Relations Officer

STOP PRESS!! – Guild Exec meeting on Sat 14th March postponed

Message from the Guild Master

Dear Friends

After further consideration and reviewing the content of the agenda, the Principle officers and I have decided to postpone the EC meeting on Saturday until a future date. The covid-19 risk is probably low but there is still a risk and your safety is paramount.

The only time critical item on the agenda is the approval of the reports for the handbook. These have been distributed to you by email with the EC papers and we would ask that you review them and if you have any comments / questions that you email Adrian by midnight on Monday 16th March. If we don’t hear from you by that time we will assume that you are ‘in favour’ of acceptance of the reports.
The reports are proposed by Pete Jordan and seconded By Adrian Nash.

Any other business on the agenda can be deferred to the next meeting or covered outside the meeting.

I will discuss with those who have information agenda items if they would like Adrian to send information to you by email or defer to the postponed meeting date. At this time I am unable to confirm when this will be however.

I know that this is not an ideal situation but I am sure you will understand in light of the current pandemic.

With Best Regards

Pete Jordan
Master  – Winchester & Portsmouth Guild of Church Bell Ringers

Bournemouth St John’s, Surrey Road. 8-Bell Practice. Tuesday 10th March 2020

This Tuesday, the 10th March 2020,  the 8-bell practice will focus on Grandsire Major.

Two things to say:

1         We will need help!

2         We will also be ringing everything from rounds & called changes upwards, so all abilities welcome as usual.

Penelope Samuel

Contact Penelope Samuel

Method Monday at Sacred Heart, Bournemouth Monday 2nd March at 6:00pm

Method Monday at Sacred Heart will be on Monday 2nd March 6pm to 7-30 pm. Beer and food at Wetherspoons as usual.

Depending on numbers we will be focusing on Cambridge surprise minor, Original minor and variable hunt bob doubles.
Plain hunting practice, Grandsire doubles and rounds and call changes as usual.
Hope you can make it.
Best wishes,
Ross

A&P: Practice cancelled at Bramshott – 2nd March 2020

Dear All,
I am afraid that we are unable to have a ringing practice at Bramshott on Monday 2nd March.
We have just been informed that the stone work repairs in the chancel are being carried out all next week. Scaffolding is to be erected in the chancel on Monday morning, close to the ringing area, and we have been advised, for safety reasons, to curtail ringing until the work is complete and scaffolding removed.
Hopefully this should be done within the week – so practices will resume on Monday 9th March 7.30 to 9 pm.
As always, visitors are most welcome.
If there is any further delay with the masonry work, I will, of course, let you all know.
Many thanks.
Di Hart,
Tower Captain

A&P: Buriton practices cancelled on 26th February and 4th March

There will be no practice at Buriton on Wednesday 26th February it being Ash Wednesday when there will be a Service in Church at 7.30pm.
The following Wednesday, 4th March, there will again be no practice as we will then be holding our AGM.
Thereafter we will be practising normally when all will once again be most welcome.
David Hughes
Tower Captain

Draft Minutes for 2019 Annual Andover District Meeting held at Highclere 11th January 2020 at 3.30pm

Draft Minutes for 2019 Annual Andover District Meeting

held at Highclere

11th January 2020 at 3.30pm

Officers attending: Peter Niblett (PN), Chair; Ros Brandwood (RB), Treasurer; Helen Piper (HP), Ringing Master; Maggie Hiller (MH), Secretary; Eve Lind Smith (ELS), Vice Chair.

Other Andover Members:  Mike & Lucy Hopkins Till, Gill Gardner, Helen Thomas, Carol Waller, Sarah Cooney, Mike Winterbourne, Alec Gray, Matthew Holbrook & Alice, Ken Porter, Chris Pack, Deidre Kenny.

Other Guild Members: Christine Knights-Whittome, Pete Jordan, Lin Jordan.

 

  1. Welcome and Vote of Thanks

Remembering those District ringers who passed away in 2019

Maurice Dodd – ringer at Highclere.  Jen Saunders – ringer at Longparish.

 

  1. Apologies

Received from Louise Wodehouse of Clatford; Martin Newbury, Tim Pink, Janet Larkin of Kingsclere; Brian Oakes, Ken Waller, Roger Thomas of St. Mary Bourne.

  1. Acceptance of 2018 ADM Minutes. (Whitchurch 12.1.19)

The minutes copies of which had been distributed previously were agreed.

Proposed – Peter Niblett              Seconded – Gill Gardner                All in agreement     Signed by PN (Chair)

    1. Matters Arising

a. WW1 events – these were covered in the Half-yearly meeting held at Whitchurch in July 2019.

b. GDPR – A list of those District members wanting to be included has been compiled.

Guild President, Peter reported that a new policy and agreed at the Exec meeting in November 2019.

To be distributed by District secretary to all towers.  Any queries to be followed up by secretary.

c. ADM Format

Comments from the Chair were requested from those attending.

  • Fewer than hoped for less experienced ringers but those turning out to offer support was extremely good
  • The final ring was well attended
  • The earlier start was welcomed
  • The meeting was brisk and businesslike
  • A longer trial would be required to decide on any permanent changes
  • It was suggested that the District needed to provide things that ringers wanted and not attempt to persuade them to attend what was considered they needed
  • If the towers unable to attend the ADM could give their reasons for not showing and suggest activities which might help their members, meetings might be better attended.
  1. Acceptance of 2019 Half-Yearly Minutes. Whitchurch 1.7.19

The minutes copies of which had been distributed previously were agreed.

Proposed – Ros Brandwood              Seconded – Helen Thomas           All in agreement.

Signed by PN (Chair)

 

  1. Matters Arising

a. Risk Assessments

PN has written a risk assessment plan for Whitchurch.  He is willing to share his plan with anyone wanting to complete their own.

b. Striking Competition

Little positive interest has been shown by those who have discussed it.  Further discussion is required to find out what would be worth organising.

c. Aird and Gosling Challenge Cups

Despite several attempts the whereabouts of these cups has not been established.  MH will continue to follow this up.

d. District Outing

The outing to mid-Hampshire was well attended but daylight was poor and next year it was thought bringing it forward 2 or three weeks would help to overcome this.  All towers booked were attended.

7. Officers’ Reports for 2019.

a.Chair, Peter Niblett

Recruitment and Teaching

Following the Guild education meeting in September 2019 the general consensus was that

  • whole day courses were too long .
  • work covered was not followed up on return to the various Districts.

As a result one whole day course will replace the current four and will be aimed at more experienced ringers.

Districts need to evaluate their own needs and run their own training with support provided by the Education Committee if requested.

PN thanked the Ringing Masters, Helen Piper and Tim Pink for their dedication and the other officers on the District committee.

b. Secretary, Maggie Hiller

The overall number of ringers has remained much the same for weekly tower practices and monthly District practices.  A small group of very supportive towers attend all DPs and our Ringing Masters have decided to concentrate their efforts within this group in 2020.

Groups of towers have combined resources to strengthen ringing numbers on practise nights.  Tangley, Kingsclere and the Wallops have regular combined practices with the support of their local towers.  Quarter peals and other dedicated ringing along with weddings have benefitted from this local support.  Visiting groups have also rung QPs.

Dedicated ringing from several towers in the District showed solidarity with the people of France following the Notre Dame fire.

Highclere reports that ill health and the sad loss of Maurice Dodd has reduced their band.  They would welcome new recruits.

The S.M.B. outing to the Somerset Levels in August was an opportunity to catch up with former District ringers Charlie Hunt and John Simpson.

The Wallops are back to full strength with repairs to the 500 year-old tenor and the other bells at Over Wallop.

Ecchinswell hopes to complete the installation of their new ring of six this year.

A retired ringer at Whitchurch has donated a lovely, handmade working model of a bell.  The tower secretary believes he takes orders if other towers require a teaching aid.

Unfortunately, the District has to say goodbye to incumbents Craig Marshall at S.M.B., Hurstbourne Priors and Longparish and David Bartholomew at Burghclere, Newtown and Ecchinswell.  We wish them well.

Maggie Hiller Secretary

c. Treasurer, Ros Brandwood

The Treasurer reported on the accounts for the year ended 30th November 2019, copies of which had been distributed to the meeting.

It was noted that membership numbers and subscription income had decreased slightly, but subscription income was still over £1,000.  After deducting the amounts due to the Guild and other expenses, the District had sustained a small surplus of expenditure over income of £27.94 (a surplus income over expenditure of £150 in 2018).  The balance carried forward at the year-end was £1,432.37.

A “one-off” contribution of £151 had been made to the Guild’s WW1 project and, once again, the district had met the tower fees for the District outing (£100).  The training bursaries offered previously had not been taken up.

Adoption of the accounts was proposed by Gill Gardner, seconded by Helen Piper and agreed by the meeting.

d. Ringing Masters, Helen Piper and Tim Pink

Many practices went well however this year the Ringing Masters have decided to limit the venues to the towers which most support the monthly event.

PN agreed this would be a sensible option and that persuading those ringers who rarely attended DPs required a different solution.

It was suggested that varying the times and days of DPs might encourage others to attend.

Surprise practices are held on the second week of each month.  The timetable for 2020 will be given out at the Newbury Branch in March.  Mike Till will send one to the Andover District.

All towers have received a copy of the District’s 2020 monthly practices.  The DP for the Andover District will be held on Wednesday August 5th.

  1. Election of Officers

 ‘Three District officers are to be elected for a term of two years on a rolling basis from 2018’

Year 1 – Chair, Vice Ringing Master, Treasurer

Year 2 – Vice Chair, Secretary, Ringing Master.

2020 is Year 1- Officers to be elected:

Chair (currently Peter Niblett)

As there were no new nominations Peter has agreed to carry on for another year and was elected.

Vice Ringing Master (currently Tim Pink)

As there were no new nominations Tim has agreed to carry on for another year and was elected.

Treasurer (currently Ros Brandwood)

As there were no new nominations Ros has agreed to carry on for another year and was elected.

The 2019 Secretary 

 MH wished to stand down at the last ADM.  She will be absent for the Half-yearly meeting this year and would be very happy if someone would consider taking the minutes for this event.

As there were no new nominations Maggie has agreed to carry on for one further year.

  1. Appointments

Independent Examiner (currently Carol Waller)

Carol has very kindly agreed to continue in this post and was appointed.

2 Guild Exec Reps (currently District Secretary and Mike Winterbourne)

MH to continueLucy Hopkins Till very kindly volunteered to attend these meetings as the other Guild Exec Rep.  Both appointed.

 

District Forum Reps (currently Brian Oakes and Helen Thomas)

Both Brian and Helen have agreed to continue and was appointed.

  • Election of New Members

 

Surname Forename Tower Proposed by Seconded by Membership type
Pearce Debbie Goodworth Clatford Max Roberts Angela Rogers Probationer
Freegarde Tim Goodworth Clatford Max Roberts Angela Rogers Probationer
Sketchley Chris Highclere Mike

Hopkins Till

Lucy

Hopkins Till

Probationer
Latter Richard Kingsclere Maggie Hiller Helen Piper Probationer
Hudson John Kingsclere Tim Pink Janet Larkins Probationer
Donkin Richard Nether Wallop Ken Porter Jamie Biles Probationer

Proposed – Peter Niblett            Seconded- Ros Brandwood

  • Proposals

Final submission for any new proposals need to be presented to the secretary at least one month prior to the ADM.  (12.12.2018)

None forthcoming.

  1. Forthcoming Events

Monthly District Practices:

See Ringing Masters report.

A list of DPs is attached.  The date for attending the cathedral in August has been set for Wednesday 5th August.

 Annual District Outing 2020

PN has very kindly volunteered to organise this but people must bear in mind it can be a long and drawn out process if responses from towers are slow.  Peter is often away and it may take time.

Education Days: Christine Knights-Whittome

Christine’s comments very much reflect those of PN Item 7b.  She reported that the half-day events were very popular.  ‘Raising and Lowering’ in particular for which there is still a waiting list.

The September meeting felt that to use resources most efficiently District ringing masters needed to find out for themselves what ringers really wanted by contacting their own towers. If support for training events is needed then it can be provided with the help of the Education committee.  Follow up practices are essential if progress is to be made and DRMs need to accommodate this in their planning,

  • Guild Master’s Report

The time and effort put in by those ringers who teach often surprises learners.  Tutors do it because they want to and taking on the job isn’t as scary as you might think.

There are two Guild projects which some of you may like to be involved with especially if you have expertise in photography or sound recording.

The Guild, under the supervision of Alan Yalden, wants to create photographic and oral archives of peals rung in the Guild.

Alan requires:

  • current photographs of peal boards- many of which hang in your towers
  • contacts to collect and sort the photos
  • advice on how the best types of sound recordings can be achieved
  • sound recordings of the bells

If anyone would like to be involved please contact Peter Jordan.

10 Salisbury Gardens          Phone:07583 356936      Email: petejordan.wp@talktalk.net

Basingstoke

RG22 6NT

 

14. AOB

a. Each tower is required to inform the editor of the Guild Report how many copies are required by them this year.

Please contact Ros Brandwood with your total.  ros.brandwood@btinternet.com

Phone: 01635 48937

b. 2020 ADM Venue

Eve Lind Smith, explained that Hurstbourne Priors which was to be the venue for the next District ADM in January 2021 has only 2 ringers and is badly placed to hold the event.

She suggested Longparish as an alternative.  As a six-bell tower it might appear less intimidating to the less experienced ringers we have been trying to encourage to attend today (currently it is only 8 bell towers that hold ADMs).

Most thought this a suitable alternative.  Eve will enquire at Longparish to find out if the ringers are amenable to this.

Meeting closed at 4.34pm

Dates of next meetings:  Half-yearly – Whitchurch on Monday 6th July 2020

2020 ADM at Hurstborne Priors on Saturday 9th January 2021 (provisional)

Andover District – Monthly Practices for 2020

ANDOVER DISTRICT MONTHLY PRACTICES 2020

DATE VENUE NO OF BELLS
JANUARY

Sat 11th 2pm

HIGHCLERE

DISTRICT AGM

8
JANUARY

Mon 27th

WHITCHURCH 10
FEBRUARY

Wed 19th

BURGHCLERE 6
MARCH

Tues 3th

HURSTBOURNE PRIORS 8
APRIL

Wed 1st

LONGPARISH 6
MAY

Tues 12th

ANDOVER (start 7.45pm) 8
JUNE

Thurs 4th

ST MARY BOURNE 6
JULY

Mon 6th

WHITCHURCH

HALF YEARLY MEETING

10
AUGUST

Wed 5th

WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL 14
SEPTEMBER

Wed 2nd

GOODWORTH CLATFORD 8
OCTOBER

Wed 7th

LONGPARISH 6
NOVEMBER

Mon 2nd

KINGSCLERE 8
DECEMBER

Thurs 3rd

ST MARY BOURNE 6
2021

JANUARY

Sat 9th

HURSTBOURNE PRIORS

DISTRICT 2020 AGM

8

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