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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

Download a printable copy of the Andover District Practices for 2020 here

Tommy in Tangley – 6th Nov 2018

I was picked up on Monday and although still in my box enjoyed my ride to Kingsclere Church and listened to the Andover District Practice night; there was a mixed bag of ringing.

After spending Tuesday morning in the car being moved about as this nice lady hoovered around me; I went to Tangley Church as saw one of the Ringers Remembered volunteers practice her handling skills, improving every time.

Tommy in Tangley

After a short break a team of ringers and visitors stayed in the church to listen to the ringing of 1918 changes in memory of all those lost during WW1 from the Pastrow Benefice which includes Hatherden, Penton Mewsey, Tangley and Weyhill; the names of those lost were displayed in the Tangley Church during the ringing. Tangley is the only church in the benefice with bells.

I was packed back in my box and taken to Ludgershall via the Old Bell and Crown at Hatherden.

I am hoping to be at the Ringers WW1 Memorial in Winchester Cathedral on 11th November 2018.

 

Ringing Remembers Event – Longstock – Sunday 19th August – 2.00-4.00pm

Ringing Remembers is a national campaign to recruit new bell ringers in memory of the 1,400 ringers who died in World War One. All new ringers will ring together on Armistice Day this year as part of the national commemorations to mark the centenary since the end of the war.
Longstock is a village in Hampshire. It had a population of 413 in 1911, 212 men and 201 women. St Mary’s Longstock has 5 bells. The oldest, the tenor, was cast in 1593.
http://www.longstockvillage.com/longstock_bellringers.htm
75 of the village’s men served in WW1, including bell ringers http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Hampshire/Longstock.html
The following photo shows “THE WOMEN’S WORK IN SERVICES, 1914-1918.

THE WOMEN'S WORK IN SERVICES, 1914-1918

 

 

Girls of Longstock village in Hampshire replacing the male bell ringers who joined the armed forces. They are assisting the local vicar in ringing the bells.”

 

 

THE EMPLOYMENT OF WOMEN IN BRITAIN, 1914-1918

Female bell ringers in the village church of Longstock in Hampshire.

© IWM (Q 109790)

Ringing was largely closed to women before the war, and their involvement was one of many steps towards the parity we see today.
We have located the descendants of the Vicar in the photo; his great-grandson, great-granddaughter, and two great-great-granddaughters. They are all ringers today.
They will be involved in a ringing event to commemorate this historical moment; for both the ringers at Longstock, and more broadly for women taking part in ringing across the country during WW1. This will take place on Sunday 19 August at St Mary’s church from 14:00 to 16:00.

New Ringing Remembers learners will also take part in this commemoration. 100 years ago,women took up ringing there because of WW1. 100 years later, new ringing recruits who are learning for the WW1 centenary as part of Ringing Remembers will mark this historical moment. We hope to find the descendants of the women in the photo through this event, and to learn more of the story behind the photo.

Jamie Singleton from Big Ideas said, “It was remarkable that, through Ringing Remembers, we were able to find the descendants of the ringers taking part in this historical moment at Longstock. This event will be a special way to remember what happened there and help us to look forward to the Armistice Day commemorations for the WW1 centenary.”
Longstock is a tower in The Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers. The Guild has 200 towers and is always looking to find new ringers to help them sound out all the bells. So far, nearly 60 recruits have come to them through Ringing
Remembers. The Longstock Bell Ringers will be in the church on Saturday 18 August from 2.30pm to welcome anyone who would like to try Bell Ringing.

Ringing Remembers is led by Big Ideas and the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers and supported by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Andover District Half-Yearly Meeting and 10 Bell Practice 2nd July at Whitchurch

Andover Half-Yearly Meeting Agenda

To be held at Whitchurch All Hallows on 2nd July at 7pm.

  1. Apologies
  1. Welcome
  1. Minutes of the previous Meeting

These minutes were agreed at the ADM in January this year.  No ‘Matters Arising’.

  1. Election of New Members
Surname Forename Tower Proposed by Seconded by Membership type
Turner Susan Amport Probationer
Melanie Freeman Burghclere Probationer
Pearce

Slade

Richard

James

Kingsclere Probationer

Probationer

SMB

If possible it would be very much appreciated if details could be sent to the secretary prior to the meeting.

  1. Change of Tower Details

Please inform the secretary any changes different from those in the current Guild Report.

  1. Proposal

None.

(If there are any proposals (for subsequent meetings) these must be circulated a month before the meeting. The proposal title and content will be entered here together with a proposer and seconder.)

  1. Future Dates

The DP list sent out at the beginning of the year is correct.  Venues and times are confirmed.

October 2018 – The Andover District Outing tba

11th November – Ringing in as many towers as can to commemorate 100 years since the Armistice.

17th November – Exec Committee Meeting, St Barnabus’ Church Hall.

Saturday 12th January – Andover ADM to be held at Whitchurch.

Spring 2019 – Services at Winchester 19 May 3.30pm and Portsmouth 12 May 6pm cathedrals to remember those lost in WW1and to present a book of ringing in commemoration.

  1. Education Days

13 October – Plain Hunt and Trebling to Doubles – Basingstoke

24 November – Surprise Minor – Shedfield

  1. AOB

Annual District Ringing Outing. 

Since there were not enough volunteers to support the outing to London it had to be cancelled.

Is there anyone willing to organize an alternative?

Fund raising for the Guild’s WW1 project.

Meeting closed

Date of Next Meeting:

2018 WP Guild Report – Andover District Secretary’s Report

Almost all the towers this year, have similar messages.

Recruiting and retention are a constant worry especially when we think to the future. Variable attendance of some newer members slows their progress and prevent more advanced ringing. People are willing to come along to open days to find out about ringing but are unwilling to commit. Most towers are able to manage service ringing, weddings and funerals, often with the help of ringers from neighbouring towers. Andover can manage a monthly practice only. Having only 5 ringers they would really welcome support from visitors on practice night.
A few have managed to ring quarter peals for special occasions (WW1 commemorations, royal and family events and for church members who are moving away). Visiting bands also have occasionally have rung QPs this year.

Other tower visitors have included school parties, Rainbows, scouts and cubs as well as those who drop in during church fetes if the tower is open. These visits have yielded new recruits at several towers in the last few years and hopefully the younger ones will return at a later date.

Some towers mention particular events.

A new kitchenette is in the process of being installed at St. Mary Bourne. No ringing is possible there at present but Hurstbourne Priors has welcomed the band to their practices. Abbotts Ann is pleased with the progress made and local interest expressed in their hand bell group. They have also started to ring methods! Whitchurch is trialling a plastic rope top to see if it will help in preventing breakages.

The joint practices held at Woolton Hill and Burghclere with additional ringers from Kingsclere and Kintbury continue to pay dividends. Their new recruit made his public debut at the carol service on Christmas eve.
Maggie Hiller

Bells, Bikes, Buns and Possibly Teddy Bears!

As part of a fund-raising event for the Guild’s WW1 Centenary Commemoration project you’re invited to join us on The Isle of Wight to ring at a few towers on Saturday
5th May.

Some of us will be in cars, others on push bikes and maybe a few doing a bit of Shanks’s pony… all good!
https://wpbells.org/ww1

A £10 donation to join the fun, please, to cover tower fees and the balance to WW1 Project – kids go free. All kids to be appropriately supervised, please.

We’ll be starting out at the 12 in Newport at 10 a.m.

We’re aiming at two routes – watch out for more details in due course.

On one, we’re aiming to ring at the three churches where the 5 Island ringers, who perished in WW1, used to ring….Newport, Godshill and Whitwell.

On the other, there might well be a Teddy Bears Picnic!

Transport and main refreshments are ” Own arrangements” please. We hope to have some cakes!

We would love to hear from you and hope to see you on the day!

Event being sponsored by our local Toymaster stores at Ryde and Shanklin Sports Shop.

Viv Nobbs and John Stock

Minutes of 2018 Annual Andover District Meeting

THE WINCHESTER AND PORTSMOUTH

GUILD OF CHURCH BELL RINGERS

Founded 26 June 1879 as the Winchester Diocesan Guild

Presidents: THE RIGHT REVD THE BISHOP OF WINCHESTER

THE RIGHT REVD THE BISHOP OF PORTSMOUTH

Minutes of 2018 Annual Andover District Meeting

Held at Andover, St. Mary the Virgin

13th January 2018 at 5.50pm

click here for printable version

  1. Welcome and Vote of Thanks

Remembering those District ringers who passed away in 2017

Rev. Peter Robbins – Former vicar at St. Mary’s Kingsclere

Coral Northeast – Basingstoke District member with friends in the District.

David Underhill former ringer at the Clatfords.

Ros Brandwood (treasurer) thanked all attending and explained that neither the Chair nor the Vice Chair were able to attend the meeting.  She was standing in as acting Chair.

She also thanked:

  • The vicar and Churchwardens for the use of the church and the organ.
  • Canon Harkin for taking the service.
  • Gill Gardner for playing the organ.
  • The Kingsclere ringers and Kath Gray for providing the tea.
  • Barbara Townsend for organizing the day.

2. Apologies

  • Peter Niblett, Jenny James Whitchurch, Eve Lind Smith St. Mary Bourne,
  • Mike and Lucy Hopkins Till Highclere, Terry Tarrant Andover,
  • Janet Larkin, Mike and Sharon Morris, Tim Pink, Martin Newbery, Sarah Bates Kingsclere,
  • Abbotts Ann members, Louise Wodehouse Clatfords.

2. Acceptance of 2017 ADM Minutes. (Goodworth Clatford 14.1.17)

The minutes which had previously been distributed were agreed.

Proposed Mike Winterbourne, seconded Lionel Clarke.

3. Matters Arising

None

4.Acceptance of Half-Yearly Minutes.  Whitchurch 25.11.17

The minutes which had previously been distributed were agreed.

Proposed Mike Winterbourne, seconded Brian Oakes.

5. Matters Arising

None

6. Officers’ Reports.

a. CHAIR’S REPORT FOR MEETING 13th JANUARY 2018        

          Chair: Peter Niblett

          PN had sent his report which was read to the meeting.

I must apologise for not being able to attend the ADM, but I have prepared a few words. I’d like to start by repeating something I said last year (and probably the year before that), and that is that the level of vitality of ringing activity in the District is not as high as it could be. It’s up to all of us as a District to participate in activities if ringing is really to thrive here

I know Helen is going to talk later about the District Practices, as she is concerned about the number of people attending them. I would like to thank her for the effort she puts into running the practices and assure her that this is greatly appreciated. At the same time I would encourage more people to attend. These practices are intended for all levels of ability, and if anyone has suggestions about how we can improve attendance, please let us know.

We can all benefit by widening our horizons and ringing outside our local towers. The practices are of course one way, but I would also remind you of the Guild Education days, and there are also a number of ringing courses. It has been disappointing that yet again we have had no-one take up our bursary scheme.

I may be sounding a bit gloomy, but on the positive side we had a very enjoyable outing to Somerset, organised again by John Simpson, Roger Thomas has continued running the monthly 8-bell practices at Hurstbourne Priors, and last year also saw the start of joint monthly surprise practices with the Oxford Guild. I would like to thank Tim for encouraging people to go to them, and for continuing to organize quarter peals.  Also this year will be the 90th anniversary of the District, and it would be good if we could mark that in a way that brings us all together.

I would like to close by thanking the other committee members whom I haven’t mentioned so far, Maggie and Ros for organizing it (and me) and Ros for standing in for me today.

b.  SECRETARY’S REPORT FOR MEETING 13th JANUARY 2018        

Secretary: Maggie Hiller

Almost all the towers this year, have similar messages.

Recruiting and retention are a constant worry especially when we think to the future.  Variable attendance of some newer members slows their progress.  People are willing to come along to open days to find out about ringing but are unwilling to commit.

Most towers are able to manage service ringing, weddings and funerals, often with the help of ringers from neighbouring towers.  Andover can manage a monthly practice only.  Having only 5 ringers they would really welcome support from visitors on practice night (2nd Tuesday each month).

A few have managed to ring quarter peals for special occasions (WW1 commemorations, royal and family events and for church members who are moving away).  Visiting bands also have occasionally rung QPs this year.

Other tower visitors have included school parties, Rainbows, scouts and cubs as well as those who drop in during church fetes if the tower is open.  These visits have yielded new recruits at several towers in the last few years and hopefully the younger ones will return at a later date.

Some towers mention particular events.

A new kitchenette is in the process of being installed at St. Mary Bourne.  No ringing is possible there at present but Hurstbourne Priors has welcomed the band to their practices.

Abbotts Ann is pleased with the progress made and local interest expressed in their hand bell group.  They have also started to ring methods!

Whitchurch is trialing a terylene rope top to see if it will help in preventing breakages.

The joint practices held at Woolton Hill and Burghclere with additional ringers from Kingsclere and Kintbury continue to pay dividends.   Their new recruit made his public debut at the carol service on Christmas Eve.

c.  TREASURER’S REPORT FOR MEETING 13th JANUARY 2018        

Treasurer: Ros Brandwood

The Treasurer reported on the accounts for the year ended 30th November 2017, copies of which had been distributed to the meeting.  Ros thanked Carol Waller for undertaking the independent examination of the accounts.

It was pleasing to note that membership had increased very slightly, resulting in a small increase in income.  After deducting the amounts due to the Guild and other expenses, the District was left with a surplus of income over expenditure of £142 (£209 in 2016). 

The bursaries offered previously had not been taken up and it had been agreed to use some of the available funds to provide the tower fees for the district outing (£89).

The balance carried forward at the year-end was £1,310.60.

Adoption of the accounts was proposed by Helen Piper, seconded by Barbara Townsend and agreed by the meeting.

As mentioned previously, the bursaries offered in the last two years had not been taken up.  The officers, therefore, were suggesting an alternative way of encouraging members to take advantage of the training available.  The Guild’s Education Committee ran a number of courses throughout the year aimed at varying levels of ability.  The fees were generally a modest £12.  The District already offered to reimburse the cost for those in full-time education.  It now proposed to reimburse the cost of up to 10 courses a year for other members (limited to one course per applicant).  These would be awarded on a ‘first-come. first-served’ basis.  Details would be circulated by the Secretary

d. RINGING MASTER’S REPORT FOR MEETING 13th JANUARY 2018        

Ringing Master: Helen Piper

HP explained that she had been discouraged by members who had not attended DPs or who had left venues early.  DPs are designed to help members at the tower attended but it seems this is difficult to get across.

      She asked how members thought how they might be improved.

Suggestions were put forward:

  1. Ringing Master to establish the required needs of the ringers from the tower captain – what their band would like to ring – what they need help with.
  2. This programme to be emailed to all towers prior to the practice.
  3. To try a Saturday morning practice based on one method perhaps, to take place twice a year, during the summer.

All less experienced ringers need as much encouragement as possible to attend towers other than their own, and to attend DPs at their own towers. 

By keeping the emphasis on attendance at DPs it may persuade less able ringers that the support is there for them.

Roger Thomas suggested that rather than initiating a new Saturday morning practice as a way to attract more ringers, it would be better to put more effort into encouraging attendance at District practices, as these are already arranged, with towers and people to run the meetings.

Helen, Tim and Roger were all thanked for their hard work and dedication to providing the variety of ringing opportunities available in the District.

7. Election of Officers

At the 2017 ADM it was decided that the officers elected at the 2016 ADM would continue to serve until 2018 when the new rules (below) would be adopted.

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.

2018 is Year 1- Officers to be elected:

Chair (currently Peter Niblett) No new nominations were forthcoming.  Peter has agreed to continue.

Proposed Mike Winterbourne, seconded Barbara Townsend.  All in favour.

Vice Ringing Master (currently Tim Pink) No new nominations were forthcoming.  Tim has agreed to continue.

Proposed Helen Piper, seconded Carol Waller.  All in favour.

Treasurer (currently Ros Brandwood) No new nominations were forthcoming.  Ros has agreed to continue.

Proposed Maggie Hiller, seconded Helen Piper.  All in favour.

8. Appointments

Independent Examiner (currently Carol Waller)

Ros thanked Carol for her work.  Carol kindly agreed to continue. 

Proposed Ros Brandwood, seconded Helen Thomas.  All in favour.

Guild Exec Reps (currently District Secretary and Barbara Townsend)

The task of these officers is to attend the Guild Exec meetings and disseminate information to District towers.

Both officers agreed to continue.

Proposed Brian Oakes, seconded Helen Thomas.  All in favour.

District Forum Reps (currently Brian Oakes and Ros Brandwood)

An annual meeting to discuss any aspect of the Guild.  Any District member can attend.

Both officers agreed to continue and would welcome any other members who would like to join them.

Proposed Mike Winterbourne, seconded Maggie Hiller.  All in favour.

9. Election of New Members

Surname

Fore name

Tower

Proposed by

Seconded by

Membership type

Whatley

Susie

Andover

Michael Bull

Brian Oakes

Full

Lawrence

Louis (Lou)

Andover

Probationary

Littlemore

Adrian

Over Wallop

Prob to Full

Green

Tim

Burghclere

Prob to Full

Madge

Lara

St. Mary Bourne

Probationary

Briant Evans

Martin

Hurstbourne Priors

Prob to Full

Read

Milly

Ditto

Prob to Student

Robinson

Hannah

Ditto

Probationary

McGowan

Susan

Ditto

Probationary

10. Proposals

‘The Meeting resolves that the current accounting period for the District be extended to cover the thirteen months ending 31st December2018; thereafter, the accounting year-end to be 31st December.

Background:  to bring the District’s accounting year-end in line with that used by the bulk of the districts within the W&P Guild.’

Proposed by Ros Brandwood, seconded Maggie Hiller. 

After discussion the proposal was withdrawn.

11. Events

a) Monthly District Practices: Gill Gardner has agreed dates with tower contacts and drawn up the list of venues for monthly District practices.  Two extra Saturday venues, mentioned in Item 7d will be added.

                            MH to send copies to all members.

b) Annual District Outing – Saturday 6th or 20th October depending on organizer.

                             Do we have a volunteer to organize this?

c) Education Days:

                             Christine Knights-Whittome outlined forthcoming events.

  •  Friday Evening 23rd Feb. at Bishopstoke ‘Basic Raising and Lowering’ (3 places remaining).
  • 17th March at St. Mary Bourne ‘Plain Bob Doubles and Minor’
  •  8 – 9.30pm 27th March at Cathedral Undercroft ‘Rope Splicing’

90th Anniversary of the Founding of the Andover District:

Towers were encouraged to find suitable ways to mark the event.

12. GUILD MASTER’S REPORT FOR MEETING 13th JANUARY 2018        

Firstly, I thank all those who take on roles in their towers and in their District for all your work.

COMMUNICATION

Are you using the communication paths available, so you do not miss any information?

Win – Port email network

Guild Website – htpp//wpbells.org 

Facebook

WW1 centenary approaching –How can you help?

Have a look at your old tower records to find any ringing that commemorates a WW1 battle, or records the passing of a WW1 soldier.  This need not be a Quarter just any ringing recorded in the tower records.

  • Ringing Remembers

Symbolic Replacements and a Living Legacy for the 1400 ringers lost during WW1.

A call to new ringers to replace those lost during WW1.

Local volunteers, through website, will be forwarded to District Secretaries who will hopefully find them a tower who will welcome and teach them.

Check the website for information coming towards the end of January with promotional fliers and posters to advertise Ringing Remembered.

  • On 11th November 2018, 100 years since Armistice

Ringers have been asked to ring the bells on 11th November 2018 ideally at 11am.  We know that even with Ringing Remembered supplying extra ringers will not be achievable in all churches, so can you start planning how we can get as many churches as possible involved during November 11th.

  • Cathedral Services

Spring 2019

Services will be held at Winchester and Portsmouth to remember those lost in WW1 and to present a book of the ringing in commemoration.

Liable to be held at 3pm, Evensong.  All ringers are invited.

  1. AOB
    1. 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. 

Meeting closed at 19.10

Dates of next meetings:  Half-yearly –  Whitchurch on Monday 2nd July 2018

      2019 ADM at Whitchurch on Saturday 12th January

Agenda for the Andover District ADM Jan 13th 2018

Agenda (printable oft file)

THE WINCHESTER AND PORTSMOUTH DIOCESAN
GUILD OF CHURCH BELL RINGERS
Founded 26 June 1879 as the Winchester Diocesan Guild

Presidents: THE RIGHT REVD THE BISHOP OF WINCHESTER
THE RIGHT REVD THE BISHOP OF PORTSMOUTH
http://wpbells.org
Agenda for 2018 Annual Andover District Meeting
Held at Andover, St. Mary’s
13th January 2018 at 5.50pm
1. Welcome and Vote of Thanks
Remembering those District ringers who passed away in 2017
Rev. Peter Robbins – Former vicar at St. Mary’s Kingsclere
Coral Eastwood

  1. Apologies

  2. Acceptance of 2017 ADM Minutes. (Goodworth Clatford 14.1.17)

  3. Matters Arising

  4. Acceptance of Half-Yearly Minutes. Whitchurch 25.11.17

  5. Matters Arising

  6. Officers’ Reports.
    a. Chair
    b. Secretary
    c. Treasurer
    d. Ringing Master
    HP would like members to bring their ideas about District Practices to the meeting. Attendances have not been as successful as they might and she would like to know how they might be improved.

  7. Election of Officers
    At the 2017 ADM it was decided that the officers elected at the 2016 ADM would continue to serve until 2018 when the new rules (below) would be adopted.
    ‘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.

2018 is Year 1- Officers to be elected:
Chair (currently Peter Niblett)
Vice Ringing Master (currently Tim Pink)
Treasurer (currently Ros Brandwood)
No new proposals have been received.

  1. Appointments
    Internal Examiner (currently Carol Waller)
    Guild Exec Reps (currently District Secretary and Barbara Townsend)
    District Forum Reps (currently Brian Oakes and Ros Brandwood)
  2. Election of New Members

  3. Proposals
    ‘The Meeting resolves that the current accounting period for the District be extended to cover the thirteen months ending 31st December2018; thereafter, the accounting year-end to be 31st December.
    Background: to bring the District’s accounting year-end in line with that used by the bulk of the districts within the W&P Guild.’
    Proposed by Ros Brandwood, seconded Maggie Hiller

  4. Events
    Monthly District Practices: GG
    Annual District Outing – Saturday 13th October:
    Do we have a volunteer to organize this?

Education Days: CK-W

90th Anniversary of Andover District:
Ideas have been put forward to:
To ring a QP at Burghclere on Sunday 11th November.
To ring handbells prior to the service at Sandham Memorial Chapel on that date.

  1. Guild Master’s Report

  2. 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

Dates of next meetings: Half-yearly – Whitchurch on Monday 2nd July 2018
2019 ADM at Whitchurch on Saturday 12th January

Agenda of 2018 Annual Andover District Meeting

click here for neatly laid out version

To be Held at Andover, St. Mary’s
On 13th January 2018 at 5.50pm
1. Welcome and Vote of Thanks
Remembering those District ringers who passed away in 2017

  1. Apologies for absence.

  2. Acceptance of 2017 ADM minutes. ( Goodworth Clatford 14.1.17)

  3. Matters arising.
    Item 6. Reminder of new rules for election of officers.
    Item9. Reinstatement of Half-yearly meeting

  4. Acceptance of Half-Yearly minutes. Whitchurch 25.11.17

  5. Matters arising
    Item 7 a) Use of District funding for rope fees on the annual District outing.
    b) Change of date to accounts year-end (see Item 7c Treasurer’s report)
    Item 11. New venue for December District practice. SMB has building work taking place. It was suggested Longparish might prove a good alternative venue.
  6. Officers’ reports.
    a. Chair
    b. Secretary
    c. Treasurer
    d. Ringing Master
    HP would like members to bring their ideas about District Practices to the meeting. Attendances have not been as successful as they might and she would like to know how they might be improved.
    e. Guild Exec Report

  7. Election of Officers
    At the 2016 ADM it was decided that the officers elected at the 2016 ADM would continue to serve until 2018 when the new rules (below) would be adopted.
    ‘District officers are to be elected for a term of two years on a rolling basis from 2018’
    i.e. Year 1 – Chair, Vice Ringing Master, Treasurer Year 2 – Vice Chair, Secretary, Ringing Master.
    (This choice is an example only. It may be changed at the next District Committee meeting)

  8. Appointments
    Internal Examiner
    Guild Exec Reps
    District Forum Reps

  9. Election of new members

  10. Proposals
    The Meeting resolves that the current accounting period for the District be extended to cover the thirteen months ending 31st December2018; thereafter, the accounting year-end to be 31st December.
    Background: to bring the District’s accounting year-end in line with that used by the bulk of the districts within the W&P Guild.
    Proposed by Ros Brandwood, seconded Maggie Hiller

  11. Venues and events
    Monthly District practices
    Annual District outing
    Education Days

  12. Guild Master’s report

  13. AOB

Date of next meetings: Half-yearly – provisionally at Whitchurch on Monday 2nd July 2018
2019 ADM at Whitchurch on Saturday 12th January 2019

Meeting closed:

Signed__________________________ Name___________________________

Office held_______________________ Date_______________

Message of Thanks from Viv Nobbs

Viv has posted her thanks for the help and support over the sad weeks following the death at 96 of her Mum, Irene.

I repeat here, for those of you who know Viv and Graham through ringing, her comments for those of you not on Facebook:

‘We had tremendous support from many friends on Monday at Mum’s funeral. Thanks to you all.

The service was marvellous as far as we were concerned – Mum would have been very humble to know that serving Police Officers – quite a number – were there to honour her by forming a guard of honour and then six of the group being pall bearers.

It certainly helped family members to have so many folk there to share the sad occasion. x x

This to my fellow ringers:

Thanks everyone for the ringing tributes for Mum throughout Monday. The ringing at Newport and at Ryde was wonderful. Thanks to David Weir, Darren Westmore and John Stock working together and going that extra mile to achieve the very best for Mum and our family. Once again, we’ve seen the ringing family providing valuable support, umprompted, just when it’s needed. Exceptional !! Thank you all.’

Here also is the quarter tribute we rang on Monday evening:

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild

Ryde (All Saints’), Isle of Wight
Monday, 4 December 2017 in 50 min (26 2cwt)
1260 Grandsire Triples
1 John R Stock
2 Vivien Nobbs
3 Margaret Downer
4 Paul Young
5 Stephen Noyes
6 Kieran Downer
7 Graham Nobbs (C)
8 Revd Barry Downer
Rung in Celebration of the Life of Irene Kathleen Ball, Mum to Viv, whose Funeral took place earlier at The Minster, Newport, and following tolling of the tenor 96 times.

Draft Minutes of the Andover District Half Yearly meeting Sept 25th 2017

Andover Half-Yearly Meeting Draft Minutes
Held at Whitchurch All Hallows on 25th September 2017 at 7pm.

  1. Apologies
    K/C – Gill Gardner, SMB – Eve Lind Smith, Andover – Barbara Townsend, AA – Dudley Alleway and band, Over Wallop – Lionel Clark, Tangley – Margaret Winterbourne, Amport – Matthew Holbrook.

  2. Welcome
    Peter Niblett (Chair) welcomed all attending.

  3. Minutes of the previous Meeting
    No Meeting minutes were available as this meeting has not been held for several years.

It was decided that these minutes would be agreed at the ADM on 13th January 2018

  1. Election of New Members

Chris Caryer and Liz Thornton are leaving SMB on 28th September. We wish then good luck in their new home and thank them for all they have given to the District and the Guild in the past.

  1. Change of Tower Details
    Over Wallop – change of time for Sunday service to 9am, 1st and 3rd Sundays.
    Thruxton – change of tower contact to Churchwardens (see wpbells.org/thruxton)

  2. Proposals
    None.

  3. Treasurer’s Report
    Membership subscriptions are up on last year; more probationary members appear to be progressing to full membership.
    The district’s reserves are accumulating. Bursaries offered for training have not been taken up; ideas would be welcome.
    a. Training for probationers (the district already offers to fund those in full-time education.)
    b. Funding (in part) helpers volunteering for Bradfield or Hereford courses.
    c. Could the tower fees (up to £100) for the District outing be paid using these funds?
    Motion c. proposed by Mike Winterbourne, seconded by Helen Thomas.
    Carried without objection.
    Action Point: MH to inform John Simpson regarding upcoming District outing.
    (27.9.17 JS informed. Will speak with RB at the District outing)

The district was unusual in the Guild as it drew its accounts up to 30th November rather than 31st December. The Treasurer suggested that the accounts year end be extended in 2018 to 31st December. This would be brought to the 2018 ADM

It was asked if the Andover programme of events card prepared by RB this year would be useful if it continued for 2018. All in agreement.

  1. Future Dates
    The DP list sent out at the beginning of the year is correct. Venues and times are confirmed apart from December. See Item 11a. AOB.

Saturday 21st October 2017 – The Andover District Outing to Somerset/Wiltshire arranged by John Simpson (details attached).

30th September 2017 – District Members’ Forum. 9.45am St Barnabus’ Church Hall.

18th November 2017 – Exec Committee Meeting, St Barnabus’ Church Hall.

  1. Education Dates
    29th September2017 ‘Basic Raising and Lowering’ Bishopstoke EVENT FULL
    (evening event)
    14th October 2017 ‘Plain Hunt & Trebling to Doubles’ Goodworth Clatford

4th November 2017 ‘Stedman Triples’ Milford on Sea
See website for further details http://wpbells.org

  1. Distribution of Hand-outs (normally take place at District Practices)
    All hand-outs – such as the Annual Reports, Guild Newsletters etc. will be handed out at the District practice meetings – so please make sure someone collects for your tower.

A list of current handouts include Education Courses above and the Guild Report 2016 (beige colour).
If a tower requires any of the above contact District secretary MH or consult the W&P website http://wpbells.org

  1. AOB
    a. DP venue for December 2017. SMB has building work going on and will not be able to hold a DP.
    Longparish has been suggested as a suitable venue. The tower contact is in favor.
    Action Point: MH to request venue officially.
    (Longparish was happy to hold the DP on Wednesday 6th December)
    b. It was agreed that this meeting had been of use in that new members had been voted in earlier that at the ADM in January and that it had provided a useful band for the 10- bell practice.

Meeting closed: 7 pm

Date of Next Meeting: ADM Saturday 13th January 2018 at St. Marys Andover

Hurstbourne Priors 8-bell Practice Thursday 28th Sept

Dear all,
It’s the 4th Thursday of the month this week, on Thursday 28th September 2017, time for our regular 8 bell practice at Hurstbourne Priors from 7:30pm.
This month’s methods, depending on demand and abilities of those present, may include Grandsire Triples, Stedman Triples, Double Norwich, Cambridge Surprise Major, Yorkshire Surprise Major and Rutland Surprise Major.
Hope to see you there.
Helen and Roger Thomas

Andover District Half-Yearly Meeting Mon 25th Sept 7pm Whitchurch

Hi All
Our half-yearly meeting will be held on Monday 25th September at 7pm at Whitchurch. Here are the documents:
 plus a form   for tower secretaries to record any changes at the tower since the last Guild report was published.
Please try and make it if you can.
Many thanks
Maggie

Moving Towards a simpler Website Structure

Dear Member of Andover District,

Work is being carried out on the Guild website to simplify the way it is structured. We hope this will make the website easier to navigate for the members, and also easier for the correspondents to add news and information.

Andover District is first, and if all goes well, then the other Districts will follow soon.

If by any chance you notice any odd effects – please let us know (comment below) as we are happy to be assisted with the testing!

Cheers!
Rosalind Martin

Guild Communcations Team

 

District Practices at Winchester Cathedral during August

These dates are copied from the cathedral ringing diary

Wednesday 2nd Andover District Practice 7.15 – 9.05
Wednesday 9th Alton and Petersfield District Practice 7.15 – 9.05 Click for details
Portsmouth District Practice 7.15 – 9.05
Wednesday 23rd Christchurch and Southampton District Practice 7.15 – 9.05 click for details
Wednesday 30th Winchester District Practice 7.15 – 9.05

Please watch for meetup instructions nearer the time – works on the Cathedral are making the usual rendezvous point problematic.

If you’re planning to park inside the Cathedral close then you will need a parking permit. A limited supply will be available once the door to the bell tower is open.

Here is link to a map of the cathedral and close for reference. Plan-of-the-Cathedral-Close

8 Bell Practice at Hurstborne Priors Thurs 22nd June

Dear all,

It’s the 4th Thursday of the month this week, on Thursday 22nd June 2017, time for our regular 8 bell practice at Hurstbourne Priors from 7:30pm.

This month’s methods will include Grandsire Triples and Stedman Triplesand possibly also Double Norwich, Cambridge Major and Bob Major, depending on demand.

 

Hope to see you there.

Thanks

Helen and Roger Thomas

Andover half-yearly District meeting Monday Sept 25th 7pm

Dear All
As you may recall it was decided at the ADM there would be a meeting held during the summer to update members on Guild events and elect any new members that had joined since the ADM.  Two dates were put forward and Monday 25th September (at Whitchurch) has been selected.
The meeting will begin at 7pm, prior to the 10 bell District practice.
Once agenda items have been identified further details will follow.
Thanks

8 bell ringing on Thurs 25th May at Hurstbourne Priors

It’s the 4th Thursday of the month this week, on Thursday 25th May 2017, time for our regular 8 bell practice at Hurstbourne Priors from 7:30pm.

This month’s methods will include Superlative Surprise Major and Grandsire Triples, and possibly also Double Norwich, Stedman Triples, Bob Major, depending on demand.

 

Hope to see you there.

Thanks

Helen and Roger Thomas