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Winchester ADM Minutes – Feb 2019

Minutes of the Annual District Meeting held on Saturday 9th February 2019 in the Memorial Hall, Butts Green, Lockerley.
1. Chairman’s Welcome. The Chairman, John Croft, opened the meeting at 5.32 p.m., with a welcome to those present, including visitors, and with thanks to the Vicar and Wardens for the use of the bells of Lockerley and the Tytherleys, to John Niblett for ably leading the service, to Gary Davies for playing the organ and to the Lockerley and East Tytherley ringers Bands for hosting the day and for laying on a splendid ringers’ tea [applause].
2. Attendance. The following 35 members of the District (representing nine bands and unattached), and three guests signed the attendance register: Christine and Peter Hill, Jinny Kufluk and Tony Smith (all of Hursley), Gary Davies, Sam Fussell, Sheila Piper, John Palk, Alan Sparrow and Mark Warner (all of Lockerley and East Tytherley), Roger Booth, Andrew Johnson and Elizabeth Johnson (all of New Alresford), Caroline and Martin Daniels, Andrew Glover (all of Romsey), Rodney Skinner (Ropley), Jenny Watson (Sparsholt), Maggie Lippiett (Twyford), John Colliss, John Gawne-Cain and Bruce Purvis (all of Winchester Cathedral), Christine Knights-Whittome (Wonston), John and Joyce Croft (both unattached); Charlotte Colliss (Swanmore) Rob Hatch (Botley) and Mike Winterbourne (Guild Master – Tangley) comprising the guests. Also present were Graham Wright (Bishopstoke), Alison Fydler and Carol Ward (Candover Valley Ringers), Jen Churchill (Lockerley) and Edmund Wratten (unattached)
3. Apologies for absence. Apologies for absence were received from Amanda Bayford, Judy Bishop, Gerry Cornick, Carol Higgins, Ann and Roy LeMarechal Micki Nadal, Sue Spurling and Tony Stirling.
4. Minutes of the Previous Meeting. Adoption as a true record of the minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held on 10 November at Houghton Village Hall was proposed by Bruce Purvis, seconded by Andrew Johnson and carried on a show of hands.
5. Matters Arising. Minute 10.ii Transfer of towers. Rodney Skinner remarked on the Andover District apparently shedding towers: Tony Smith advised that King’s Somborne and Stockbridge were rung by the same band, and Andrew Johnson added that the transfer of Stockbridge and Leckford to our district were subject to ratification by the Guild AGM.
6. Loss of members through death. The Chairman, John Croft, having recently attended the funeral, remarked on the passing in January of Graham Grant, successively secretary and, for twenty years, Captain of the Cathedral Bell-ringers. Graham was for many years Bell Advisor to the Diocesan Advisory Committees and was appointed a Life Member of the Guild in 1996 for services to the Guild; he assisted John’s father – Guild Master in the centenary year – with a unique contribution to the artwork for the centenary. We mourned also the passing of Ivor Trueman, formerly Captain at Romsey Abbey. After a short period of silence, the Chairman recited the words of the Requiem.
7. Confirmation of belfry elections. Probationary members: Carrie Blythe of Crawley on 12 June 2018, proposed by Edmund Wratten, seconded by Amanda Bayford. Lisa Rodrigues of Crawley on 2 October 2018, proposed by Edmund Wratten, seconded by Amanda Bayford. Nikki Archard of Lockerley on 12 November 2018, proposed by Gary Davies, seconded by Jen Churchill. Andrew Hughes and Jacqui Smith of Candover Valley on 2 January 2019, proposed by Alison Fydler, seconded by Carol Ward. Eva Nunn of Wonston on 12 January 2019, proposed by Christine Knights-Whittome, seconded by Gerry Cornick. Elloise Clark of Easton on 17 January 2019, proposed by Judy Bishop, seconded by Pam Chrismas. Jon Butler of Romsey on 23 January 2019, proposed by Andrew Glover, seconded by Nigel Herriott. Alice Kernick and Claire Stirman of Winchester Cathedral on 6 February 2019, proposed by Nick Bucknall, seconded by Bruce Purvis.

8a. Election of new ringing members. Robert A Eames and Stephen Wise of Bishopstoke, proposed by Roy LeMarechal, seconded by Graham Wright. Kristine Wright of Bishopstoke, proposed by Graham Wright, seconded by Roy LeMarechal. Cara Bennett and Victoria Bennett of Crawley, proposed by Edmund Wratten, seconded by Amanda Bayford. Tom Burnell of Easton, proposed by Judy Bishop, seconded by Pam Chrismas. Sheila Piper of Lockerley and East Tytherley, proposed by Gary Davies, seconded by Jen Churchill. Sharon Reynolds of Micheldever proposed, by Juliet Pattinson, seconded by Mary Tiles. Reuben Burbidge, Cath Hart, William Lay and Peter Maddams of Romsey, proposed by Andrew Glover, seconded by Nigel Herriott. Christine Nicol of Sherfield English, proposed by Wendy Nash, seconded by Caroline Simpson.  Elaine Pickering and Paul Tanner of Sparsholt, proposed by Jenny Watson, seconded by John Cleverley. Helen Ellerby and Kate Kernick of Winchester Cathedral, proposed by Nick Bucknall, seconded by Mike Hopkins Till. Tomas Nunn, Janet Ryan and Ian Waites of Wonston, proposed by Christine Knights-Whittome, seconded by Gerry Cornick.
8b. Presentation of Certificates. Membership certificates and badges were presented to Roger Booth and Jinny Kufluk, and were taken for members at Broughton and Houghton, Candover Valley, Micheldever, New Alresford, Romsey, Sherfield English and Winchester Cathedral. A first quarter-peal certificate was presented to Alan Sparrow, and a first peal certificate was taken for Carol Higgins (both of Lockerley and East Tytherley).
9. Officers’ Reports. Secretary’s Report: With the addition of a note that Romsey had won the Guild inter-tower six-bell competition, adoption was proposed by John Colliss and seconded by Christine Knights-Whittome. Treasurer’s Report and accounts: adoption of the accounts, as usual carefully examined by John Colliss, was proposed by Peter Hill and seconded by John Palk. Both reports were adopted on a show of hands. Caroline Daniels remarked on the growing credit balance, and enquired what use might be made of it. Tony advised that, as an example, £500 had been voted to local bell-restoration funds; Rodney added that Ropley would be calling upon the District for financial assistance. Tony advised that according to the rules of the Guild, monies could only be spent by vote of a District meeting. Andrew suggested that the fund could be used to support teaching in the District, and Tony replied that this was practice in times past.
10. Election of Officers. The Chairman, in standing down prior to the election, took the opportunity to thank his fellow officers for their support – without whose support he couldn’t do the job that he did – and to ringers throughout the district, remarking with gratitude upon the co-operation and shared sense of purpose tin the District. With that, he was prepared to stand for 2019. The Treasurer was happy to continue in post, though he ‘would not be offended if anyone else wished to take over as treasurer’, or if anyone felt like understudying the office with a view to taking it on. Tony added that the requisite skills were good personal organisation and enjoyment of looking after finances. The secretary was prepared to continue for this year, but he would be happy to stand down if anyone else wished to take on his post (no-one was) but in the absence of a successor, entered a plea for some assistance with the office. The other sitting officers were likewise willing to stand for 2019, and John Colliss was willing to continue as Independent Examiner of the accounts. The offices were filled as follows:-
Chairman: John Croft, proposed by Jenny Watson, seconded by Rodney Skinner;
Secretary: Bruce Purvis, proposed by Peter Hill, seconded by Carol Ward;
Treasurer: Tony Smith, proposed by Jen Churchill, seconded by John Palk;
Ringing Master: Edmund Wratten, proposed by Bruce Purvis, seconded by Christine Knights-Whittome;
Joint Ringing Master: Jenny Watson, proposed by Bruce Purvis, seconded by Christine Knights-Whittome;
Executive Committee Representative: John Croft, proposed by Bruce Purvis, seconded by Carol Ward;
Independent Examiner of Accounts: John Colliss, proposed by Jenny Watson, seconded by John Palk;
Webmaster: Andrew Glover, proposed by Christine Knights-Whittome, seconded by Caroline Daniels;
Newsletter Editor: John Palk, proposed by Carol Ward, seconded by Caroline Daniels; all elected on a show of hands.
11. Future Events. The Secretary advised the meeting that the year’s programme was, thanks to Jenny Watson’s sterling efforts, been confirmed up as far as the October District Practice, with the exception of May’s quarterly meeting. The remainder of the programme had been devised and was subject to confirmation. Andrew Johnson advised the meeting that Twyford was holding an open day on 11 May, to raise funds for the target of £20,000 for overhauling the bells, and suggested that the District Meeting might usefully be combined with the Open Day. Action – the Secretary to explore. The District Practice at Wonston was brought forward by one week to prevent a clash with the Guild AGM.
Christine Knights-Whittome outlined the Education Committee’s programme for the rest of the year, as follows:-
17 April: Discussion panel on future directions for the Guild and Districts, the Undercroft, Winchester Cathedral Close
17 May: Evening tutorial on Basic Raising and Lowering, Bishopstoke
14 September: Day-school on Raising and Lowering in Peal, Bishopstoke
12 October: Day-school on Listening Skills, Lockerley
23 November: Day-school on Plain Hunting
23 November: Bell Maintenance, Hawkley
12. Romsey Show. The secretary advised the meeting that the organisers of the Romsey Show had once more invited the District to participate. John Palk added that the show was attended by between 20,000 and 25,000, so was potentially a huge showcase. Martin Daniels spoke eloquently in favour of participation; Bruce Purvis cautioned that success depended on positioning and marketing: in 2017 the organisers had listed ringing under “Just for kids” – when we might more usefully have been grouped with local crafts/activities and (physically) near classic vehicles or agricultural machinery. As regards costs, John advised that these were practically met by our investment in the 2016 and 2017 shows: the sole cost now would be one of time. Further points included the need for publicity beforehand, following up enquiries at the show, the need for a steering committee. The consensus of the meeting was that we go ahead. Tony Smith proposed, and Christine Knights-Whittome seconded, that a budget agreed in previous years be allocated to meet expenses arising: carried on a show of hands. Action – John Palk
A final observation was that it might be necessary to reschedule the training morning, Cheriton, 7 September
13. Guild Striking Competitions. The Chairman reminded the meeting that the Guild Inter-Tower competitions (6- and 8-bell) would take place at Wickham and Shedfield on Saturday 18 May. The Guild Inter-District 8-bell competition would take place on the morning of the AGM on Saturday 15 June at Brighstone. Tony Smith volunteered to organise a team for the Inter-District Competition, and his offer was accepted with gratitude.
14. Guild Master. The Guild Master, Mike Winterbourne, expressed hearty thanks to everyone who takes on a role, or a task, at tower, district or guild level to keep bells ringing whether for divine service or practices. Turning to the World War One
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commemorations, he urged everyone to look at their tower’s page on the Record of Commemorative Ringing to check that names and other details were correct. The book would be presented to the Bishops at evensong services, on May 12 at Portsmouth at 6.00 p.m. and on May 19 at Winchester at 3.30. The Charmborough Ring would be present at the Winchester service. All Guild members were invited, and the Master hoped that any and everyone who had rung for the Centenary of the Armistice would be present.
15. Any Other Business.
1. Funding for Youth Training. Martin Daniels, harking back to the points raised at item 9 above, wished to propose funding for youth training and development, for example, to participate in the Ringing World National Youth Competition. Tony Smith advised that it was open to District members to request assistance, such individual cases being subject to consideration by the District officers. However, what was not possible was for a substantive proposal to be sprung upon a meeting under “AOB”, such a matter being too complex to consider with neither notice nor an adequate briefing. What was needed was a reasoned proposal, brought before a meeting as a substantive agenda item. Other suggestions from the floor included creation of a bursary scheme, with disbursements made at the officers’ discretion (Peter Hill), a proposal to provide £100 to assist any young ringers going to Liverpool for the National Youth Competition in July (the sum to be shared amongst all those so travelling – maybe six or seven (Christine Hill), and advice from Mike Winterbourne that there was a Guild training fund available; also, by the way, that the Guild Youth Bells and Bowls event was taking place next Saturday, 16 February.
2. Education. Christine Knights-Whittome advised that she had application forms for the upcoming Grandsire Doubles and Triples day-school (6 April) and for Guild sweatshirts and polo shirts (closing date for orders, 1 April, delivery around Easter)
3. Candover Valley News. Carol Ward reported on the success of a presentation she had made to her local Women’s Institute – with thanks for the loan of the Cathedral’s model bell – and that the band had gained a new recruit as a result. The Northington augmentation was almost finished, with the installation of a false ceiling for sound control. The ring would comprise a light six with one of the original three bells, dating from 1602, retained for tolling. A date had yet top be established for the bells to be blessed and an inaugural quarter-peal.
4. Guild Executive Committee. The Master reminded the meeting that the next Guild Executive Committee meeting would be held on 16 March, should anyone have a topic which they wished their representative to raise.
5. National Twelve-Bell Competition. Peter Hill reminded the meeting that the eliminating heats for the National Twelve-Bell Competition would take place at St Mary Redcliffe on 23 March, with the final taking place at Exeter.
6. Bell Restoration Fund. The collection for the Bell Restoration Fund raised £26.54.
The meeting closed at 6.49 p.m.

Winchester QDM Minutes – Nov 2018

Minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held on Saturday 10
November 2018 in the Village Hall, Houghton.
1. Chairman’s Welcome. The Chairman, John Croft, opened the meeting at 17.30
p.m. with a welcome to those present and thanks to the Wardens for the use of the bells at
All Saints’ Church, to Bob Gosse for securing the use of the Village Hall, and to Dawn
Williams and her helpers for the splendid tea she had laid on, as her gift to the ringers
throughout the District for their help to her in learning to ring.
2. Attendance. The following fourteen District members signed the attendance
register (representing eight towers with one member unattached): Bob Gosse (Broughton
and Houghton), Christine Hill and Tony Smith (Hursley), John Palk (Lockerley and East
Tytherley), Andrew and Elizabeth Johnson (New Alresford), Andrew Glover (Romsey),
Jenny Watson (Sparsholt), Alan Hutchinson and Bruce Purvis (Winchester Cathedral),
Gary Marsh, Sara Marsh and Christine Knights-Whittome (Wonston) and John Croft
(unattached); also present were Dawn Williams (King’s Somborne) and Edmund Wratten
(unattached)
3. Apologies for Absence. Apologies were received from Jen Churchill and the
remainder of the Lockerley and East Tytherley band, Roger Booth (New Alresford),
Rodney Skinner (Ropley), Sandy and Paul Fitzgerald (Wonston) and Joyce Croft
(unattached).
4. Minutes of the Previous Meeting, 11 August 2018. Following the correction of
the location of the Guild Education Day, 24 November, from ‘Sherfield English’ to
‘Shedfield’ (Item 9. iv refers), the minutes were adopted on the proposal of Christine
Knights-Whittome, seconded by Jenny Watson as a true record.
5. Matters Arising. Minute 5, ‘Matters arising’, Bell maintenance course. Because the
Guild Education Committee is planning a Bell Maintenance course, Roger Booth
suggested a better way of addressing the need for maintenance might be for a small
working party to visit local towers – following expressions of interest – to carry out minor
routine tasks and offer advice where necessary. Minute 9, ‘Future events’: The District
Autumn outing was held, on 27th October, with Ashbury, Longcot, Uffington, Letcomebe
Regis and Childrey, all in the Vale of the White Horse, being visited, with morning coffee
being provided by the Longcot Ringers and lunch at the Fox and Hounds, Uffington.
Commenting on the select gathering attending the outing, Tony Smith urged giving as
much notice as possible for such an event, as people’s diaries tended to become more
crowded the closer to the date. The secretary was thanked for his work in organising the
day.

6. Loss of members through Death.
i. Not a member of the Guild and District, but a regular visitor and firm friend of towers in
the area: Simon Milliken, Master of the South African Guild and a distinguished musician, stabbed fatally on 31 August

ii. Ringers in the District who died in the Great War, or of illness/injuries incurred whilst on
active service: William Henry Brooks (Wonston), William H. Crute (Winchester Cathedral),
William J. Curtis (New Alresford), William Daniels (Sparsholt), Edwin George Hillary
(Wonston), Victor Frederick Hillary (Wonston), Percy Holmes (Cheriton), Frederick William
Hutchinson (Bishopstoke), William Harold Jackson (New Alresford), Harold James Jerram
(Wonston), Charles Henry Money (Bishops Sutton), Charles H Russell (Winchester
Cathedral).
After a short period of silence, the Chairman recited the words of the Requiem.
7. Confirmation of belfry elections
Probationary members:
Ella Kesterton and Cindy He of Winchester College on 30th October, proposed by
Caroline Fairley, seconded by Edmund Wratten.
– both confirmed on a show of hands.
8. Election of new ringing member.
Jinny Kufluk of Hursley proposed by Richard Thompson, seconded by Tony
Smith – elected on a show of hands.
9. Future Events.
22 Nov.: District Practice, East Tytherley – confirmed;
8 Dec.: Carol Service, Northington – this fixture was open to doubt as bells were only just
being installed, so alternative venues would be explored;
17 Dec.: District Practice, Old Alresford – unconfirmed; the Secretary suggested that
District members could join the Ropley Practice if they are having one that week.
10. Any other business.
i. ART and other local training initiatives. The Secretary advised that Roger Booth
would be running an ART Module 1 training day at New Alresford on Saturday, 26
January; alos that this training session would be followed by group teaching sessions to
reinforce their learning on the training day. Roger was also holding a regular Improvers’
practice at New Alresford, starting at 9.30 a.m. on Tuesdays, and planned to organise
monthly visits to local towers to broaden students’ experience. Would-be students and
helpers would be very welcome at the weekly sessions or the monthly visits, and should
contact Roger at r.g.booth@gmail.com or telephoning him on 01962 735972.
ii. Transfer of towers to the Winchester District. The Secretary reported that both
Stockbridge and Leckford (which, like King’s Somborne were in the Mid-Test Benefice)
were proposing to transfer from Andover to Winchester.

iii. Central Council. Andrew Johnson reminded the meeting of the rapidly-changing
character of the Central Council, and of the value of keeping in touch with Council’s work
via its website and social media.
iv. Michedever. Edmund Wratten advised the meeting of the work carried out to
maintain the Micheldever bells by the band: Elizabeth Johnson suggested that it would be worth inviting Roger Booth to check their handiwork.
v. Lockerley, etc. John Palk advised the meeting that the Lockerley, East Tytherley
and Broughton had commissioned one of the bell-hangers to examine their bells, at a cost of about £250.
The meeting closed at 5.59 p.m.

C&S Annual District Meeting with Practice. Christchurch Priory. Saturday 26th January 2019 from 2:00pm onwards.

Dear fellow ringers far and wide,

Happy New Year to all!

Now we are heading into the middle of January, it can only mean one thing, that it is once again time for our annual district meeting day/service/tea/practice. This year we meet at Christchurch Priory, method of the month for January is Little Bob Royal & Little Bob Maximus, however all are welcome for rounds and call changes, plain hunt, and any other methods.  Please let Rosemary Rogers know if you plan to attend for catering numbers. (link below).

For your information:

Whilst you are emailing Rosemary, please also save the date and submit your menu choices for the district dinner (menu in links below) in February.  It’s just after St. Valentine’s, so NO excuses.  Last year was a great laugh, very good value, and the Chicken with Wild Mushroom Pie sounds extremely tasty!

At the meeting; I’m hoping to lose the ‘acting’ webmaster bit of my voluntary job title.  I am also looking forward to accompanying the service on the Priory Lady Chapel box organ (not the mighty beast in the cases in transepts and scattered through the triforiums, as I may have had a small heart attack operating that console!).

More importantly now, we are still looking for somebody to organise the raffle to help raise funds to send the district youth team up to Liverpool for the ringing competition.  Please let Sallie know asap if you can help with the raffle, and of course we shall need donations of prizes.  I’m sure we all have something lurking in a cupboard from Great Auntie Mildred.

The district calendar is certainly packed with lots for everybody, with interesting education days.  Don’t forget, amongst all these, you can also weave in the regular monthly district practices aimed at polishing and honing specific skills.  Please do support these where possible, as they are excellent evenings.  We are so very lucky to have such a busy ringing calendar available to us.  In September I am organising a skittles night at a pub/skittles alley, so please watch out for more information.

This rest of this post is to serve as a ‘muster point’, for all the information you will require on the day, and schedule of the day’s runnings.  Please do print off the documents you require from the links provided below.  If anybody is struggling with printing, I can bring copies if you let me know in advance.

(For those who are not au fait with downloading, in essence:

Ringing 2:00pm until 4:00pm

Service 4:00pm until 4:45pm

Tea & ADM 4:45pm onwards

Evening ringing 6:30pm until 8:00pm)

If there are any questions, or if I have missed something, please let one of the team know.

Happy ringing until then,

all best wishes,

Peter Murdock-Saint-Acting District Webmaster

Contact Sallie Ingram-District Secretary

Contact Rosemary Rogers-for tea numbers/District Dinner/Priory Tower Captain

 

SATURDAY 26th JANUARY 2019: INFORMATION TO DOWNLOAD/PRINT/SAVE TO DEVICE

Document/pdf below:

ADM 2019 Poster Christchurch Priory-Please print and display in towers/circulate to your tower members emails.

C&S District Calendar 2019-Please print and display in towers.

ADM Minutes 2018

ADM Agenda 2019

C&S District Dinner 2019

 

Information same as above but in image format:

Post main photograph by Jack Pease Photography.

Winchester QDM Minutes – Aug 2018

Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers

Winchester District

Unconfirmed Minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held on Saturday 11 August 2018 in the Churchyard, the Parish Church of St John the Baptist, New Alresford.

  1. Chairman’s Welcome. The Chairman, John Croft, opened the meeting at 12.47 p.m. with a welcome to those present and thanks to the Revd Myles for the use of the bells of New and Old Alresford, to Elizabeth Johnson for securing the use of the John Pearson Hall and to Bruce Purvis, District Secretary, for devising and checking the route of the planned walk to Old Alresford.

  2. Attendance. The following nine District members signed the attendance register (representing five towers with one member unattached): Tessa and Tony Smith (Hursley), Stephanie Hodnett, Elizabeth Johnson and Ian Redway (New Alresford), Rodney Skinner (Ropley), Bruce Purvis (Winchester Cathedral), Christine Knights-Whittome (Wonston) and John Croft (unattached).

  3. Apologies for Absence. Apologies were received from Drew Craddock (Hursley), Sue Spurling (King’s Somborne), Charlotte and Jonathan Smith (Kings Worthy), Andrew Johnson (New Alresford), Andrew Glover (Romsey), Sue Craddock and Jenny Watson (Sparsholt), Gerry Cornick and Paul Fitzgerald (Wonston) and Joyce Croft (unattached).

  4. Minutes of the Previous Meeting. The Secretary apologised for the fact that the appendix to the minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting, held on 12 May in Cheriton Village School and listing the personnel of the Striking Competition Teams, was missing, and stated his intention to complete the lists for the record. The minutes of the Meeting were adopted on the proposal of the Secretary, seconded by Elizabeth Johnson as a true record.

  5. Matters Arising. Minute 6, ‘Matters arising’, 15: AOB item 6, on a bell-maintenance course. Elizabeth Johnson reported that Roger Booth had been approached and was amenable to the suggestion that he arrange and deliver such a course.

  6. Confirmation of belfry elections

Probationary members:

Juliet Wolf of Winchester Cathedral on 3 June 2018, proposed by Caroline
Fairley, seconded by Bruce Purvis.

Nathan G Smith of New Alresford on 13 July 2018, proposed by Ian Redway,
seconded by Elizabeth Johnson.

Elaine Pickering and Paul Tanner of Sparsholt on 30 July 2018, proposed by
Jenny Watson, seconded by John Cleverley.

Janet Ryan of Wonston on 4 August 2018, proposed by Paul Fitzgerald, seconded
by Gerry Cornick.

– all confirmed on a show of hands.

  1. Election of new ringing members.

Alan Dixey, Sheila Dixey, Sara Hill and Robert Love of North Stoneham,
proposed by Stephanie Nicholls, seconded by Alison Martin.

Trudy Capeling of North Stoneham, proposed by Stephanie Nicholls, seconded by
Alison Martin.

Ben Bell of Micheldever, proposed by Mary Tiles, seconded by Edmund Wratten.
– all elected on a show of hands.

  1. Loss of members through Death. None advised

  2. Future Events.

i. District Practice, 21 August. The Secretary reported that he had enquired whether Twyford would be available, and had learned that only the Tower Captain would be around on that date. He was absolved of further efforts to find an alternative tower.

ii. Guild Education Day, 13 October. Christine Knights-Whittome advised that the Guild Education day, on Plain-hunting and Treble-ringing on five bells, on 13 October would be held at Church Oakley, in the Basingstoke District.

iii. District Autumn Outing 22 September or 20 October. The Secretary expressed a preference for the October date for the Outing, and Tony Smith requested that the date be put back by a week to avoid a clash with the Hursley Tower outing. The meeting approved the date of 27 October.

iv. Guild Education Day, 24 November. Christine Knights-Whittome advised the meeting that the subject of the Education Day at Sherfield English on 24 November would be Cambridge and London Surprise Minor.

  1. Any other business.

No other business was raised.

The meeting closed at 1.01 p.m.

Winchester QDM Minutes – May 2018

Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers

Winchester District

Minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held on Saturday 12th May 2018 in the Main Hall of Cheriton Primary School. 

  1. Chairman’s welcome: The Chairman, John Croft, opened the meeting at 5.28 with a welcome to those present and with thanks to Craig Robb and Katie Hinds, Elizabeth Johnson and their helpers for laying on a splendid ringers’ tea, to the Rector, the Revd Graham Bowker and the Wardens for the use of the Cheriton bells.
  1. Attendance: The following eleven members of the District signed the attendance register (representing five towers with one member unattached): Christine Hill and Tony Smith (Hursley), Jen Churchill and Gary Davies (Lockerley), Elizabeth Johnson, Ian Redway and Tony Stirling (New Alresford), Jenny Watson (Sparsholt), Caroline Fairley and Bruce Purvis (Winchester Cathedral), John Croft (unattached); Katie Hinds (Cheriton) and Edmund Wratten (unattached) was also present.
  1. Striking Competition Results. John thanked the District for inviting him to judge the competition, saying that it was as enjoyable as ever, though not without challenges, ranging from the onset of rain from the outset, and the presence of persistent enquirers and the hum of a lawn-mower during the test entries of the second, third and fourth teams.   He congratulated the four entrants for the method-ringing competition.

Method-ringing Competition.

Team A rang Cambridge Surprise Minor at a good pace, of four minutes, equating to a peal speed of 2h48’ .  There was some initial confusion as the test-piece was introduced by two whole pulls; however, the overall standard was good. There was a hitch at 2½ minutes, causing cluster of faults, and there was some hesitation on occasion. The score was 12 faults.

Team B rang Grandsire Doubles: again, this was a very steady piece of ringing, marred only by some unevennesses, such as gaps on the backstroke leads. The timing, at 4 minutes, equated to a peal speed of 2h48’.   14 faults were logged.

Team C rang Plain Bob Doubles. The start was somewhat sedate, and thereafter the pace was uneven, evinced by gaps both on handstroke and backstroke leads. The peal speed was 2h50, and their score was 24 faults.

 Team D rang Plain Bob Doubles. After an uneven start, a good, steady piece of ringing ensued, with gaps causing the faults to accumulate. The peal speed was 2h48’, and the score was 15 faults.

The results were:-

In third place, with 24 faults: Team C: Sparsholt and Crawley;

earning a special commendation, with 15 faults: Team D: the scratch band, comprising ringers from Lockerley and East Tytherley, New Alresford and Winchester Cathedral

in second place, with 14 faults: Team B: New Alresford;

in first place, with 12 faults: Team A: Hursley.

Sadly, no-one was present from last year’s winning team, with the trophy, and therefore no presentation took place.

  1. Apologies for absence.  Apologies for absence were received from Tony Ayres, Keith Bartle, Jennifer Baxter, Roger Booth [pending his election], Drew and Sue Craddock, Joyce Croft, Adam Gawne-Cain, Andrew Glover, Andrew Johnson, Ian and Chris McCallion, John and Bren Palk, Christine and Barry Saunders, Sue Spurling, Jean Whewell, Isobel Wolf. 
  1. Minutes of the Previous Meeting. The minutes of the Annual District Meeting held on 10 February in the Taylor Selwyn Room, the Education Centre, Winchester Cathedral. Their adoption was proposed by Bruce Purvis, seconded by Christine Hill, and adopted on a show of hands.
  1. Matters Arising. 15: Any Other Business, item 6: Bell Maintenance Course: Elizabeth Johnson advised the meeting that Roger Booth, who had considerable experience of bell restoration projects, had recently moved to New Alresford, and could be a valuable contributor to such an enterprise.

15: Any Other Business, item 7: Safety of Bells: Edmund Wratten suggested that one of the founders or bell-hangers could be engaged to examine multiple tower installations over a short spell of time, so as to spread the cost of accommodation and/or travel over a series of examinations. He was particularly concerned for towers that had no bands, and, therefore, with no direct experience of the condition of their belfries. Edmund suggested this undertaking could be borne at the District’s expense.

Tony Smith remarked that a hurdle to such an enterprise could be securing of local PCCs’ approval. Other observations noted were:  the typical cost of a founder’s inspection being £250; Lockerley and East Tytherley are having an inspection as it was now 15 years since the last inspection (Gary Davies), Whites of Appleton were too busy at the present time to schedule a visit to Old and New Alresford (Elizabeth Johnson). There was general consensus that initial enquiries could be made of the District’s towers to discover which would welcome a professional survey of their bells, and the Secretary was mandated to initiate enquiries.

  1. Loss of member through death.

Valerie Keel’s passing was noted with sadness: a short silence was concluded with the chairman reciting the words of the Requiem.

  1. Confirmation of belfry elections. 

Probationary members:

Simon Lucas of Hursley on 21 March 2018, proposed by Christine Saunders, seconded by Peter Hill.

Sheila Piper of Lockerley on 24 April 2018, proposed by Jen Churchill, seconded by John Palk.

  1. Election of new ringing members.

Andrew G Booth and Roger G Booth of New Alresford, proposed by Elizabeth
Johnson, seconded by Ian Redway.

Charlotte Smith of Kings Worthy proposed Dave Goodwin, seconded by Jonathan
Smith.

All confirmed on a show of hands.

  1. Future Events.

 Bruce Purvis advised the meeting that arrangements were in hand for the Spring Mini-Outing in a fortnight’s time, with ringing at Newnham and Rotherwick in the morning, followed by lunch at the Vine at Hannington, and ringing there and at Church Oakley, with the option of tea in Overton. Some fixtures in coming months were still subject to confirmation.

  1. General Data Protection Regulations. Tony Smith advised the meeting that the March meeting of the Guild Executive had determined that any recording and publication of Guild members’ contact details should be managed on a Guild-wide basis, and that creation of the District Directory would be governed by such a prescription. No proposals or plans had so far been published by the Guild officers.

 

  1. Guild AGM, Saturday 16 June

Tony Smith reminded the meeting that the District would have the opportunity to enter a band for the Inter-District Striking Competition on eight bells on the day, and was mandated by the meeting to arrange a District band.

 

  1. Any Other Business.

There being no further business, the Chairman declared the meeting closed at approximately 6.00 p.m.

Appendix: Striking Competition teams

First Place: Hursley (drawn first), ringing Cambridge Minor – 12 faults

Second Place: New Alresford (drawn second), ringing Grandsire Doubles – 14 faults

Third Place: Sparsholt (drawn third), ringing Plain Bob Doubles – 24 faults

Special Commendation: Scratch Band (drawn fourth), ringing Plain Bob Doubles – 15 faults

 

Winchester QDM Minutes – Nov 2017

Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers

Winchester District

Minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held on Saturday 11 November 2017 in the Parish Hall, Owslebury.

1. Chairman’s Welcome. The Chairman, John Croft, supported by the Secretary, Bruce Purvis, opened the meeting at 17.33 p.m. with a welcome to those present and thanks to the Wardens of St Andrew’s for the use of their bells, and to Anthony Manship for securing the use of the Parish Hall, and to Liz Manship and the Twyford ringers for laying on a splendid ringers’ tea [applause].

2. Attendance. The following 11 District members and three guests signed the attendance register (representing ten towers with one member unattached): Roy LeMarechal (Bishopstoke), Christine Hill and Tony Smith (Hursley), Sue Spurling (King’s Somborne), Carol Higgins and John Palk (Lockerley and East Tytherley), Elizabeth Johnson (New Alresford), Anthony Manship (Owslebury), Rodney Skinner (Ropley), Bruce Purvis (Winchester Cathedral), John Croft (unattached), Wendy Smart and Gail Robinson (Botley – guests), Robin Milford (Curdridge – guest). Also present was Edmund Wratten, District Ringing Master (unattached).

3. Apologies for Absence. Apologies were received from Andrew Craddock (Hursley), Charlotte and Jonathan Smith (Kings Worthy), Andrew Johnson (New Alresford), Andrew Glover (Romsey), Sue Craddock and Jenny Watson (Sparsholt), Christine Knights-Whittome (Wonston) and Joyce Croft (unattached).

4. Minutes of the Previous Meeting. The minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held on 12 August in Houghton Village Hall were adopted on the proposal of Bruce Purvis, seconded by Rodney Skinner, as a true record with a show of hands from the floor

5. Matters Arising. Minute 9, ‘Matters arising’, item iv: District Ringing Festival: The Secretary asked to be advised of any quarter-peals or peals rung during the ringing fortnight and to be counted as rung for the Ringing Festival to be notified to him..

6. Confirmation of belfry elections

Probationary members:

Sara Hill of North Stoneham on 15 August 2017, proposed by Phil Nicholls,
seconded by Stephanie Nicholls.

Duncan Natt and Derek Smith of King’s Somborne on 4 September 2017, proposed
by Sue Spurling, seconded by Gerald Lambert.

Alison Jones, Matthew Jones and Zac Zielinski of Romsey on 6 September 2017,
proposed by Caroline Daniels, seconded by Martin Daniels.

Che Haefner, Juliet Lowe, Catherine Mensah, Sophie Morgan, Felix O’Rahilly,
Connor Sexton, Etienne Thompson and Claire Webster of Winchester College on
10 October 2017, proposed by Caroline Fairley, seconded by Edmund Wratten.

Cim Candler of King’s Somborne on 23 October 2017, proposed by Sue Spurling,
seconded by Gerald Lambert.

Alan Sparrow of Lockerley on 27 October 2017 proposed by Gary Davies,
seconded by Jen Churchill.

Hannah Inskip of Broughton on 6 November 2017, proposed by John Palk,
seconded by Bob Gosse.

– all confirmed on a show of hands.

7a. Election of new ringing members.

Pernille Fay and Alec Graham of Winchester College proposed by Caroline
Fairley, seconded by Edmund Wratten.

– both elected on a show of hands.

7b. Distribution of Certificates

Certificates and badges were collected for local presentations to be made at Broughton, Cheriton, Hursley, Romsey and Wonston.

8. Loss of members through Death. None advised

9. Future Events.

The Secretary reminded the meeting of forthcoming District events: District practices on 20 November at Houghton, at North Stoneham on 19 December (to be confirmed) and at Kings Worthy on 12 January, also the Carol Service on 9 December at Broughton; also that there was a Guild Executive on 18 November, should anyone wish any issues from the District’s affairs to be raised there.

The Treasurer reminded the meeting that the 2018 Annual Meeting of the District would take place on 10 February.

Christine Knights-Whittome advised the meeting of the following dates for Guild Education events in 2018, as follows:-

Friday 23 February at Bishopstoke
Monday 12 March at Bishopstoke (to be confirmed)
Saturday 17 March at St Mary Bourne
Saturday 28 April at Lockerley
Saturday 13 October at Basingstoke (venue to be confirmed)
Saturday 24 November at Shedfield

10. Any other business.

i. 200 Club. Robin Milford reminded members that the 200 Club was active, with application forms available, and that subscriptions would qualify for next Saturday’s draw at the Guild Executive. This prompted a lively discussion on the question of the number of draws to which a stake would entitle a subscriber. It was agreed that Robin would seek to clarify the issue at the Guild Executive.

ii. Annual Outing. Elizabeth Johnson thanked the Secretary for arranging the Outing on 21 October in the New Forest, which, although attended by relatively few [12 throughout the day], had been greatly enjoyed by those who did attend.

iii. Annual Report. The Treasurer reminded the meeting about the new arrangement for the supply of the next edition of the Annual Report and suggested that when tower officers were collecting next year’s subscriptions, early in the new year, they should use that opportunity to collate individual requests for the new report.

iv. Ash for Stays. Elizabeth Johnson brought to the attention of the meeting the Monkswood Saw Mill as a good source of ash for stays: the firm was to be found on the road from Old Alresford to Preston Candover, opposite a carving of a bear.

v. Catering. Anthony Manship advised the meeting that many more people (over 25) had apparently ordered tea than had actually turned up to the tea (12). The Secretary offered to confer with the catering team to try to discover how the discrepancy had occurred, and to take any appropriate action to prevent a recurrence

vi. District Directory. Tony Smith was pleased to announce the publication of the District Directory for 2017, and to record his thanks to John Dodd for his work in printing it: Tony was thanked for his care and his efforts in compiling the Directory.

vii. Frequency of Meetings. Rodney Skinner raised the question whether we needed to have four business/full-scale meetings each year, when attendances did not appear to be very large and other districts managed on fewer such meetings. It was agreed that options could be discussed at the Annual District Meeting

viii. New Alresford Practice. Elizabeth Johnson advised the meeting that owing to a calendar clash the New Alresford practice on 8 December would be held at Old Alresford.

ix. Romsey Show. John Palk gave a review of the Romsey Show: on the eve of the Show there had been heavy rain, resulting in a very muddy pitch. With some 20,000 visitors to the show, the day was busy at first, but was quieter through the afternoon. The mini-ring being the chief attraction, Graham Wright was presented – after some careful spying-out – with a bottle of toffee-flavoured vodka, bought from a stall in the food-and-drink marquee. Despite shows of interest, no-one asked for further information on or introductions to ringing.

x. Ropley. At Roy LeMarechal’s request, Rodney Skinner briefed the meeting on progress at Ropley. He advised the meeting that at present information was being released gradually. At the moment, work on the church was subject to delay for up to four weeks whilst archaeologists surveyed previously unknown graves in the body of the church. The bells remained in store at Matthew Higby’s works in Somerset; there was a possibility that the 5th would have to go to Italy to be recast, having been cast in loam and for historic integrity having to be recast in loam, a technique no longer available locally. The timeframe for the rebuilding of the church and rehanging of the bells was said to be two years.

xi. Stockbridge Practices. Sue Spurling advised the meeting that as the King’s Somborne band now provided the ringers and ringing for Stockbridge, the band would be holding its last practice every month at Stockbridge.

The meeting closed at 6.05 p.m.

1. The over-provision turned out to result almost entirely from a combination of double-counting and an over-estimate of the numbers of people who might attend without having ordered tea.

PORTSMOUTH DISTRICT Minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held at St Peter’s Titchfield Saturday 28th October 2017

WINCHESTER AND PORTSMOUTH DIOCESAN GUILD
OF CHURCH BELL RINGERS
PORTSMOUTH DISTRICT

Minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held at St Peter’s Titchfield Saturday 28th October 2017

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Matters Arising

Nikki Brown (Netley) made her thanks to the Secretary for amending the minutes from the previous Quarterly District Meeting.

  1. Correspondence

None had been received.

  1. Election of new members

Peter Cripps (Curdridge) proposed by Robin Milford, Curdridge and seconded by Wendy Smart, Botley

Compounding Members

  • 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)

  1. Collection.

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.

  1. 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.

  1. AOB

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.

Alton & Petersfield District Bell Ringers Minutes of the District AGM held on Saturday 22nd January 2018 at St. Peter’s Petersfield

 
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  1. Welcome
    District Chairman Mike Novell welcomed everyone to the meeting and wished them a belated Happy New Year. On behalf of all present he thanked Canon Will Hughes for conducting the Annual Bell Ringers’ Service; Andy Sparling for playing the piano (the organ being out-of-use); and the local catering team, led by Mary Broadbridge, who had provided such a good hot supper on a cold evening.

  2. Members present
    There were approximately 50 members present at the meeting, representing bands from the following towers: Parish of the Resurrection (Alton, Alton & Holybourne), St. Mary the Virgin Bramshott, St. Matthew Blackmoor, St. Mary Buriton, St. Mary Liss, All Saints East Meon, St. Peter Froxfield, St. Peter & St. Paul Hawkley, St. Peter Petersfield, St. Mary Selborne, All Saints Steep and St. John the Evangelist West Meon/Our Lady of Warnford.

  3. In Memoriam
    Members stood in silence, to remember Anita Seamons of Selborne, who had died since the last AGM.

  4. Guild Matters
    The Chairman introduced and welcomed Pete Jordan, Vice Master W&P. Mr Jordan thanked all District Members for ringing, and the District and Tower Officers for their work and commitment, during the past year. He noted that the A&P District was well represented and advertised on the Guild website.

Mr Jordan then spoke about the Guild’s WW1 Centenary Commemoration Project. In Spring 2019 services are to be held at both Winchester and Portsmouth Cathedrals, during which specially commissioned Books of Records of all ringing for the Fallen of the First World War will be presented. Towers are being asked to forward details of all performances to the Guild WWI Committee; performances sent to BellBoard (The Ringing World) should be marked with the code ‘W & P WW1’. These details relate to any ringing performance, tolling, touch, quarter or peal, and include all who fell in the conflict, whether or not they were ringers. He also asked members to research local tower records to find information about past ringing in memory of those who had given their lives.

Mr Jordan then spoke about ‘Ringing Remembers’, the new recruitment initiative: nationally 1400 ringers died during the War and it is hoped to recruit 1400 new ringers before 11th November in memory of those lost. The scheme is being organised nationally, so that learners can be placed at their most suitable local towers for training.

  1. The Minutes of the last meeting
    The Minutes were accepted as a correct record and signed by the Chairman. He said that any Matters Arising would be covered during the rest of the meeting.

  2. District Officers’ Reports
    Chairman Mike Novell gave a verbal report. He said 2017 had been a successful year with marked progress in ringing skills. Membership had increased for the first time in many years; there were now 170 members (162 last year) and he was pleased to see more members attending the meeting. He said that the Summer Picnic had been good, despite heavy rain and the fact that many people came to ring rather than to eat. The annual Skittles event had run its course and would be discontinued. He concluded by thanking the other District Officers for their help and invited all members to get involved: “You don’t have to have a title to make a contribution; just get on and do it!”.

The Ringing Master’s and Executive Reps.’ reports had been circulated in advance of the meeting and were accepted as written. Mike Novell thanked Mo Routh who had attended the Guild Executive Meeting in his place at very short notice.
The Treasurer reported that the financial position was healthy and Privett Fund had increased (because of visitors to the tower). The Accounts were accepted. Proposed: Roger Barber, seconded: Charlotte Lloyd, and carried. The Chairman signed the record as accurate.

The Learning Resources Officer gave a verbal report, saying that £535 worth of books had been sold last year, making just over £100 in profit, which would be used to buy more books. She offered to obtain whatever titles members required.

The Publicity Officer reminded members that many tower updates for the Guild Annual Report were overdue.

In answer to a question, the Chairman said that a Secretary’s Report was not now appropriate since the job had changed, and the report had been prepared instead by the Ringing Master. However, it was agreed that the report should be rather fuller, covering more aspects of the District’s life, and not be merely the work of one person. The report is to be amended before publication.

  1. Election of Members
    The meeting ratified one Probationer, Sam Marriott (Junior) from Alton.
    Prop. Matthew Watts; 2nd Jess Hornsby
    The following new members were elected:-
    Binsted
    Andrew Croom-Johnson (Senior)
    Prop. Anita Regin; 2nd Kathleen Ogilvie Thompson

East Meon
Elizabeth Hansen
Isadora Hansen (Junior)
Amy Hopgood (Junior)
Tom Hopgood (Junior)
Anna Liddell
Bill Liddell
Pandora Meredith-Hardy (Junior)
Prop. Terry Collins; 2nd Malcolm Donaldson

Liss
Tom Bardsley
Prop. Joy Martin; 2nd Harry Cane
Petersfield
David Malone (Senior)
Prop. Melanie Moore; 2nd Madeline King

West Meon
Elizabeth Clements
Ann Taylor (Senior)
Prop. Teresa Brown; 2nd Edwin Grimshaw

Steve Lamb of Alton was re-elected.
Prop. Mike Novell; 2nd Jess Hornsby

Dave Malone, alone of those elected, was present to receive his badge, certificate and literature from the Chairman, who warmly welcomed him to the Guild.

John and Jackie Downham, having recently moved from Winchester Cathedral to Petersfield, and Andrew Taylor, having recently moved from Portsmouth Cathedral to Alton, were all welcomed to the A&P District by the Chairman.

  1. Practices & forthcoming events
    The Publicity Officer said that more practices were being arranged to add to those already on the Calendar. She asked members to keep checking the website for up-to-date information.
  2. A.O.B.
    o Outings. Mike Novell announced that although there would not be a District Outing as such this year, all members were welcome to join the Alton Outing on the first Mayday Bank Holiday, Monday 7th May. He invited people to email him with suggested destinations. The group would travel by coach, but members would also be welcome to come for half a day by car. It was to be a social as well as a ringing occasion.

o Practices. Roger Barber said that recent Surprise Major Practices had been very good and he was willing to carry on organising such practices (informally, not as a District Officer). The eventual aim was to ring Superlative. He was also happy to organise Saturday evening practices for Plain Hunt and the simpler methods. People could email him with requests. Experienced ringers would be required to help. Practices would take place every month from February – November.

o It was decided that there were enough volunteers to enter a band in the 8 bell inter-District striking competition at Basingstoke on 16th June.

o Teresa Brown asked for volunteers to ring a District Quarter Peal (or Quarter Peals) at the Privett Flower Festival, taking place on 26th- 27th May. There will be three ringing slots, on the Sunday afternoon. Graham Cane and Roger Barber undertook to arrange this ringing.

o The Chairman is arranging to present Guild certificates to members who were elected during a period when certificates were not readily available.

o There was a discussion about other possible District events. Jess Hornsby offered to organise an Easter Egg Hunt with a practice at Selborne. The possibility of holding a local ‘outing’ (visiting each other’s towers) for Juniors was considered, if there was enough interest.

o The Ringing Master said that ringers should be encouraged to visit their neighbouring towers, if necessary going outside the Guild/county area. Towers should co-operate to support and help each other. It was, however, acknowledged that it would be very difficult to organise a ‘pool’ of Sunday ringers to ensure that all towers rang for services. Reference was made to Canon Hughes’ sermon in which he stressed that everyone had to work together and one couldn’t ring alone.

The meeting finished at 7.20pm.
Date of next meeting
The Spring Meeting will be held on Saturday 21st April at Privett, followed by ringing at West Meon.

Melanie Moore
District Secretary
9th February 2018

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

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  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

Winchester QDM Minutes – Aug 2017

Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers

 Winchester District

Minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held on Saturday 12 August 2017 in Houghton Village Hall.

  1. Chairman’s Welcome. The Chairman, John Croft, supported by the Secretary, Bruce Purvis, opened the meeting at 12.45 p.m. with a welcome to those present and thanks to the incumbents for the use of their bells, and to Bob Gosse for securing the use of the Village Hall.
  1. Attendance. The following 13 District members signed the attendance register (representing 7 towers with one member unattached): Bob Gosse (Houghton), Christine and Ian McCallion, Pam and Richard Thompson (Hursley), Charlotte, Imogen and Jonathan Smith (Kings Worthy), Mary Tiles (Micheldever), Jenny Watson (Sparsholt), Bruce Purvis (Winchester Cathedral), Christine Knights-Whittome (Wonston) and John Croft (unattached).
  1. Apologies for Absence. Apologies were received from Nicola Plummer (Barton Stacey), Tony Smith (Hursley), Sue Spurling (King’s Somborne), the entire Lockerley and East Tytherley Band, Andrew Johnson (New Alresford), Andrew Glover (Romsey), Rodney Skinner (Ropley), Paul Fitzgerald (Wonston) and Joyce Croft (Unattached).
  1. Minutes of the Previous Meeting. The minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held on 13 May in the Candover Valley Club, were adopted on the proposal of Pam Thompson, seconded by Jenny Watson as a true record.
  1. Matters Arising. Minute 5, ‘Matters arising’, on the distribution of membership certificates. An enquiry from Jonathan Smith elicited a further abject apology from the Secretary for his lack of progress in the matter,.
  1. Confirmation of belfry elections

Probationary member:

Michael Woodall of Houghton on 10 July 2017 proposed by Mike Hayward, seconded by Bob Gosse;

Clare Thomson and Alex Lawrence of Kings Somborne on 7 August 2017, proposed by Sue Spurling, seconded by Gerald Lambert;

– all confirmed on a show of hands.

  1. Election of new ringing members.

Jenny Hebburn and Peter Jenkins of Broughton, proposed by Mike Hayward, seconded by Bob Gosse;

Katie Hinds of Cheriton proposed by Craig Robb, seconded by Bruce Purvis;

– all elected on a show of hands.

  1. Loss of members through Death. None advised
  2. Future Events. 
    i. District Outing, 23 September. The Secretary requested that the District Outing be put back to 28 October, as he had not had time to make preparations for an outing in the planned date of 23 September. The meeting granted the request.ii. Guild Education Day, 4 November. Christine Knights-Whittome advised that the Guild Education day, on Stedman Triples, on 4 November would be held at Milford-on-Seaiii. Romsey Show, 9 September. In response to a written request from John Palk for help at the Romsey Show on 10 September, Pam Thompson and Bob Gosse offered to help in the morning, and John Croft offered to help in the afternoon.iv. District Ringing Festival, 13-29 October. Jonathan Smith enquired what was the nature and purpose of the Ringing Festival: the Secretary explained that it was an annual period designated for towers throughout the district to ring quarter-peals and peals as a way of encouraging interest in and opportunity and support for achievements in ringing at all levels, and for publicising these achievements.
  1. Any other business.

i. Jenny Watson commented that the increased support for local towers through more frequent District Practices was much appreciated.

ii. The Secretary reminded the meeting that forthcoming reductions in print-runs of future editions of the Annual Report meant that members needed to consider whether they wanted their own paper copy of the report from 2018 onwards. He urged tower representatives to put the word round to members to raise awareness of the change.

iii. Bob Gosse asked if there was a way in which his members – the ringers for Broughton, Houghton and Mottisfont – could be kept informed of news, and could provide information at short notice throughout the district. He was advised that  they should apply for membership of the Yahoo! Groups WIN-PORT BELLRINGERS group.

The meeting closed at 1.03 p.m.

Alton & Petersfield District Bell Ringers Minutes of the Spring Meeting held on Saturday 22nd April 2017

Alton & Petersfield District Bell Ringers
Minutes of the Spring Meeting held on Saturday 22nd April 2017
at St. Mary’s Church Liss

  1. Welcome and Introduction of Officers
    The new District Chairman Mike Novell welcomed everyone to the meeting and introduced the current officers. Members gave a round of applause to Joy Martin and her team of helpers for the splendid Tea, which all had enjoyed.

  2. Apologies
    Apologies were received from Malcolm Cooper, Bob Duffy, John Leary, Hugh Routh, Mo Routh, Christine Rushton, John Stone, Sue Walker and Malcolm Wigmore. The Chairman announced that in future the practice of recording apologies for absence would be discontinued. He said that as there were currently 162 members but – and this was typical – only 35 present and 9 apologies, it was not worthwhile.

  3. The Minutes of the last meeting, held on 21st January 2017, were accepted as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

  4. Matters arising
    As agreed at the last meeting, a series of Guidelines revising and clarifying the roles of the Chairman, the Secretary, the Ringing Master and the proposed new post of Publicity Officer, had been produced and circulated to members for comment. In answer to an earlier query, it was confirmed that the two Guild Executive Officers would be responsible for communications between the District and the Guild. There were no further questions and the Guidelines were accepted as the new District job descriptions.

  5. New District Secretary
    Melanie Moore was elected to the vacant post of District Secretary, vice Valerie Harris who had resigned. Proposed: Graham Cane, seconded Valerie Harris and carried. Mary Broadbridge proposed a vote of thanks to Valerie for her hard work and dedication during her years as Secretary; this was warmly endorsed by all present.

  6. Election of New Members
    Six probationer members were ratified – Isabelle Butterfield, Anna Hughes and Dave Malone of St. Peter’s Petersfield, Emma Hornsby and Steve Marriott of St. Lawrence Alton and Anita Westmoreland of St. Mary the Virgin Bramshott.

Three new full members were elected:-
Edwin Jenner (Senior), St. Mary the Virgin Bramshott – proposed Di Hart, seconded Julia Brunt
Malcolm Wigmore (Senior), St. Peter’s Petersfield – proposed Madeline King, seconded Melanie Moore
Jess Hornsby, St. Lawrence Alton – proposed Judy Sparling, seconded Nick James. Jess being present at the meeting was formally welcomed by the Chairman and presented with her certificate and badge.

  1. Treasurer’s Report
    Nick James reported that the recent Skittles Evening had raised £265.10. Expenses had amounted to £261, so there was a profit of £4.10!

  2. Report from the Executive Committee Rep.
    Mike Novell reported that he had attended the last Executive Committee Meeting as an observer along with our official representative Hugh Routh, and Mo Routh who had gone as our second representative as agreed at the ADM in January. He explained that we have two representatives at Guild meetings because of the number of A&P District members. Mike will act as proxy for the Secretary at future meetings, at her request and this was agreed by the meeting. As both Hugh and Mo were not at the meeting, Hugh’s Report was handed out and Mike agreed to take any questions or make additional explanations if required. The meeting required no further explanations and there were no questions.

  3. Two Proposals
    a. That a new position of District Publicity Officer be created. Mike Novell said that dealing with the various forms of 21st Century media was becoming increasingly important, indeed vital, to the efficient operation of District affairs. He was keen to enhance our local presence, for example by accessing the new radio station, Wey Valley Radio, operating in the Alton area and covering NE Hants. and parts of Surrey. He suggested the new position be initially for a trial period of one year, to be extended for a further two years if so agreed later. Proposed: Mike Novell, seconded Nick James and carried. Valerie Harris volunteered to take up the new role. She was nominated by Mike Novell, seconded by Roger Barber and duly elected.

b. That the current position of Librarian be re-named as Bookseller. After discussion it was agreed that while a librarian has more duties than our District Officer, in future she is likely to be selling not only books but other materials. It was therefore proposed to rename the post “Learning Resources Officer”. Proposed: Caroline Welsh, seconded Nick James and carried.

  1. A.O.B.
    a. It was confirmed that Privett Village Hall would be needed for the District Picnic in the summer.

b. Ringing Master Graham Cane said that the annual Winchester Cathedral practice, to which everyone was invited, had been moved from 2nd August to 9th August. The next District Meeting/Striking Competition would be on 21st October at All Saints Alton. He confirmed that the District Outing would take place on 9th September in the Biggin Hill area of Kent. There would be one 4-bell tower, one 5-bell tower and the rest 6-bell towers.

c. Roger Barber was encouraged by the good turnout at the last Surprise Major practice, which was very successful, and he was keen to organise further such practices. It was agreed that the General practices organised by Graham continue to be worthwhile but that there should be Surprise Major practices as well, once every two months. The minimum aim would be Cambridge, progressing to Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. It was stressed that a Surprise Major practice was not the appropriate occasion for anyone to learn to treble bob the treble (as it was acknowledged that a reliable treble was necessary in order to ring well). Roger undertook to organise dates and towers for practices in May and August.
d. Teresa Brown pointed out that the attendance book had not been passed around during the meeting for those present to sign. Graham Cane admitted that he had forgotten to bring it! This prompted a discussion about how attendance could best be recorded, as so few members usually come to meetings. It was agreed that in future there would be a head-count (no names) and the towers represented would be listed. At this meeting there were 35 members present and the towers represented were St. Lawrence Alton, St. Matthew Blackmoor, St. Mary the Virgin Bramshott, St. Mary Buriton, St. Peter Froxfield, St. Peter & St. Paul Hawkley, St. Mary Liss, St. Peter Petersfield and St. Mary Selborne (9 out of 22).
e. Roger Barber is to consider whether to arrange a band for the Inter-District Striking Competition on 17th June.

  1. Chairman Mike Novell closed the meeting with an invitation to members to look to the future, to co-operate in a team spirit, and to work together to achieve progress and success.

Melanie Moore
District Secretary
3rd May 2017

 

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

Winchester QDM Minutes – May 2017

WINCHESTER AND PORTSMOUTH DIOCESAN GUILD OF CHURCH BELL RINGERS

WINCHESTER DISTRICT

MINUTES OF THE QUARTERLY MEETING HELD ON SATURDAY 13 MAY 2017 IN CANDOVER VALLEY CLUB.
1. Chairman’s welcome.
The Chairman, John Croft, supported by the Treasurer (and Acting Secretary), Tony Smith, opened the meeting at 5.15 p.m. with a welcome to those present and thanks to the Incumbent, Revd David Chattel, and Tower Captain, Peter Willis, for the use of their bells, and Alison Fydler and Carol Ward for the excellent tea [applause].
2. Striking Competition Results.
The Chairman had judged the competition at Preston Candover and announced the following results.
Position Tower Method Faults Time Drawn
1st Romsey Grandsire Doubles 2 3m50 1st
2nd Bishopstoke Grandsire Doubles 4 3m55 2nd
3rd Hursley Plain Bob Doubles 8 3m40 3rd
The Chairman presented the trophy to Andrew Glover.
3. Attendance.
The following 19 District members (representing 8 towers) and one guest were present: Ann and Roy LeMarechal, and Graham Wright (Bishopstoke), Carol Ward and Peter Willis (Candover Valley), Robin Milford (Curdridge), Janice Higgins, Jenifer Smith, Tessa and Tony Smith, and Pam & Richard Thompson (Hursley), John Palk (Lockerley & East Tytherley), Elizabeth Johnson (New Alresford), Andrew Glover (Romsey), Caroline Fairley (Winchester), Paul Fitzgerald and Christine Knights-Whittome (Wonston) and Joyce andJohn Croft (unattached).
Apologies for absence were received from Amanda Bayford (Crawley), Jen Churchill (Lockerley and East Tytherley), Andrew Johnson (New Alresford), Phil Watts (North Stoneham), Alistair Brown, Caroline & Martin Daniels, John Farrington and Nigel Herriott (Romsey), Rodney Skinner (Ropley), Jenny Watson (Sparsholt) and Alan Hutchinson and Bruce Purvis (Winchester Cathedral).
4. Minutes of the previous meeting.
The minutes of the Annual District Meeting held on 11 February in the Parish Church of All Saints’, Barton Stacey, were adopted on the proposition of Christine Knights-Whittome, seconded by Pam Thompson.
5. Matters arising.
The Secretary had sent his apologies that the certificates for new members were not yet available.
6. Loss of members through death.
Members stood to remember Brian Orange of King’s Somborne and Kay Alonzo (née Tremeer, niece of Les Tremeer) formerly of New Alresford.
7. Election of members.
i. Confirmation of belfry election of probationary member.
Jenny Komorowski of Sherfield English on 16 March 2017 proposed by Martin Daniels, seconded by Caroline Daniels.
ii. Re-election of ringing members.
Nick Allingham, Wendy Harris, Tina Hedger, Ann Logan, Elayne Norman, Nicola Plummer, David Rowley and Mark Wadey of Barton Stacey proposed by Bruce Purvis, seconded by Tony Smith.
8. Future events.
i. Tony Smith said the Inter-Tower 6-bell Striking Competition would be held at Burghclere and the 8-bell at Highclere the following Saturday and encouraged towers to enter.
ii. Christine Knights-Whittome said the Stedman Triples course on 4 November would be at Milford-on-Sea.
9. Guild AGM.
The Chairman said the AGM would be at Milford-on-Sea on 17 June 2017, instead of the traditional first Saturday in July. Tony Smith explained that the change of date was to avoid a clash with the Ringing World National Youth Contest in Birmingham and that Motion (D) on the AGM agenda would provide an opportunity for discussion.
10. W&P 200 Club.
Robin Milford promoted the new W&P 200 Club that would raise money for the Training and Development Fund and handed out application forms.
11. CRAG Report.
Tony Smith explained how the Central Council had agreed in Portsmouth last year to set up a working group to undertake a detailed review of its rules and activities, and to make recommendations for modernisation. The Council Review Action Group’s report and recommendations would be considered in Edinburgh in two weeks’ time. If accepted, the recommendations would eventually result in an Executive of not more than eight members, including the Council officers, accountable to a smaller Council of Representatives, and a number of workgroups (fewer than the existing committees). The detailed implementation would require a great deal of work but there was a widely-held view that the existing organisation was no longer capable of meeting the challenges facing ringing. Tony thought that it would be difficult for the Council to retain credibility if they rejected the recommendations of the group they had themselves set up last year and said he was sure that the Guild’s Central Council representatives would be pleased to hear the opinions of any Guild member. [The CRAG Summary of Findings and Proposals are on pages 425 to 428 of The Ringing World Supplement, April 28, 2017 and online.]
12. Any other business.
i. The collection for the Bell Restoration Fund raised £9.
ii. Elizabeth Johnson had blackcurrant and gooseberry jams and Brussels sprouts plants for sale in aid of Twyford bell restoration. Roy LeMarechal offered to donate £200 to Twyford restoration for 3 hours’ ringing.
iii. Roy LeMarechal had CDs of the Centenary Bells album for sale at £10 in aid of the Bell Restoration Fund.
iv. Tony Smith’s offer to try and raise a band for the Guild Inter-District 8-bell Striking Competition on the morning of the AGM was accepted.
The meeting closed at 5.43 p.m.

Alton & Petersfield District Bell Ringers Minutes of the Spring Meeting held on Saturday 22nd April 2017

Alton & Petersfield District Bell Ringers
Minutes of the Spring Meeting held on Saturday 22nd April 2017 at St. Mary’s Church Liss

  1. Welcome and Introduction of Officers

The new District Chairman Mike Novell welcomed everyone to the meeting and introduced the current officers.  Members gave a round of applause to Joy Martin and her team of helpers for the splendid Tea, which all had enjoyed.

  1. Apologies

Apologies were received from Malcolm Cooper, Bob Duffy, John Leary, Hugh Routh, Mo Routh, Christine Rushton, John Stone, Sue Walker and Malcolm Wigmore.  The Chairman announced that in future the practice of recording apologies for absence would be discontinued.  He said that as there were currently 162 members but – and this was typical – only 35 present and 9 apologies, it was not worthwhile.

  1. The Minutes of the last meeting,

held on 21st January 2017, were accepted as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

  1. Matters arising

As agreed at the last meeting, a series of Guidelines revising and clarifying the roles of the Chairman, the Secretary, the Ringing Master and the proposed new post of Publicity Officer, had been produced and circulated to members for comment. In answer to an earlier query, it was confirmed that the two Guild Executive Officers would be responsible for communications between the District and the Guild.  There were no further questions and the Guidelines were accepted as the new District job descriptions.

  1. New District Secretary

Melanie Moore was elected to the vacant post of District Secretary, vice Valerie Harris who had resigned.  Proposed: Graham Cane, seconded Valerie Harris and carried.  Mary Broadbridge proposed a vote of thanks to Valerie for her hard work and dedication during her years as Secretary; this was warmly endorsed by all present.

  1. Election of New Members

Six probationer members were ratified – Isabelle Butterfield, Anna Hughes and Dave Malone of St. Peter’s Petersfield, Emma Hornsby and Steve Marriott of St. Lawrence Alton and Anita Westmoreland of St. Mary the Virgin Bramshott.

Three new full members were elected:-

Edwin Jenner (Senior), St. Mary the Virgin Bramshott – proposed Di Hart, seconded Julia Brunt

Malcolm Wigmore (Senior), St. Peter’s Petersfield – proposed Madeline King, seconded Melanie Moore

Jess Hornsby, St. Lawrence Alton – proposed Judy Sparling, seconded Nick James. Jess being present at the meeting was formally welcomed by the Chairman and presented with her certificate and badge.

  1. Treasurer’s Report

Nick James reported that the recent Skittles Evening had raised £265.10.  Expenses had amounted to £261, so there was a profit of £4.10!

  1. Report from the Executive Committee Rep.

Mike Novell reported that he had attended the last Executive Committee Meeting as an observer along with our official representative Hugh Routh, and Mo Routh who had gone as our second representative as agreed at the ADM in January.  He explained that we have two representatives at Guild meetings because of the number of A&P District members.  Mike will act as proxy for the Secretary at future meetings, at her request and this was agreed by the meeting.  As both Hugh and Mo were not at the meeting, Hugh’s Report was handed out and Mike agreed to take any questions or make additional explanations if required.  The meeting required no further explanations and there were no questions.

  1. Two Proposals

a) That a new position of District Publicity Officer be created. Mike Novell said that dealing with the various forms of 21st Century media was becoming increasingly important, indeed vital, to the efficient operation of District affairs. He was keen to enhance our local presence, for example by accessing the new radio station, Wey Valley Radio, operating in the Alton area and covering NE Hants. and parts of Surrey.  He suggested the new position be initially for a trial period of one year, to be extended for a further two years if so agreed later.  Proposed: Mike Novell, seconded Nick James and carried.  Valerie Harris volunteered to take up the new role.  She was nominated by Mike Novell, seconded by Roger Barber and duly elected.
b) That the current position of Librarian be re-named as Bookseller.
After discussion it was agreed that while a librarian has more duties than our District Officer, in future she is likely to be selling not only books but other materials. It was therefore proposed to rename the post “Learning Resources Officer”.  Proposed: Caroline Welsh, seconded Nick James and carried.

  1. A.O.B.

a) It was confirmed that Privett Village Hall would be needed for the District Picnic in the summer.

b) Ringing Master Graham Cane said that the annual Winchester Cathedral practice, to which everyone was invited, had been moved from 2nd August to 9th August. The next District Meeting/Striking Competition would be on 21st October at All Saints Alton. He confirmed that the District Outing would take place on 9th September in the Biggin Hill area of Kent. There would be one 4-bell tower, one 5-bell tower and the rest 6-bell towers.

c) Roger Barber was encouraged by the good turnout at the last Surprise Major practice, which was very successful, and he was keen to organise further such practices. It was agreed that the General practices organised by Graham continue to be worthwhile but that there should be Surprise Major practices as well, once every two months. The minimum aim would be Cambridge, progressing to Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.  It was stressed that a Surprise Major practice was not the appropriate occasion for anyone to learn to treble bob the treble (as it was acknowledged that a reliable treble was necessary in order to ring well).  Roger undertook to organise dates and towers for practices in May and August.

d) Teresa Brown pointed out that the attendance book had not been passed around during the meeting for those present to sign. Graham Cane admitted that he had forgotten to bring it! This prompted a discussion about how attendance could best be recorded, as so few members usually come to meetings.  It was agreed that in future there would be a head-count (no names) and the towers represented would be listed.  At this meeting there were 35 members present and the towers represented were St. Lawrence Alton, St. Matthew Blackmoor, St. Mary the Virgin Bramshott, St. Mary Buriton, St. Peter Froxfield, St. Peter & St. Paul Hawkley, St. Mary Liss, St. Peter Petersfield and St. Mary Selborne (9 out of 22).

e) Roger Barber is to consider whether to arrange a band for the Inter-District Striking Competition on 17th June.

  1. Chairman Mike Novell closed the meeting

with an invitation to members to look to the future, to co-operate in a team spirit, and to work together to achieve progress and success.
Melanie Moore District Secretary
3rd May 2017

Provisional Minutes of the 2016 AGM of the Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers

1.      Master’s welcome

The Guild Master – Viv Nobbs, supported by Vice-Master – Christine Hill, Hon. Gen. Secretary – Mo Routh, Hon. Gen. Treasurer – Mike Bubb and Minute Secretary – Tony Smith, opened the meeting at 3 p.m. The Master welcomed all present, introduced the top table and thanked the Winchester District for hosting the event, Elizabeth Johnson and her team for providing refreshments, the incumbents and tower captains for the use of their bells, Sue Armstrong for taking the service and Gary Davies for playing the organ. She said a short prayer to open the meeting.

2.      Striking Competition results

Paul and Kate Flavell had judged the Inter-District 8-bell Striking Competition at New Alresford that morning. The following results had been announced and certificates presented to the team captains.

Position District Method Score Peal Speed Drawn
1st Portsmouth Grandsire Triples 89% 3h2 3rd
2nd Winchester Cambridge Surprise Major 84% 3h8 1st
3rd Christchurch & Southampton Grandsire Triples 82% 3h7 4th
4th Andover Grandsire Triples 75% 3h2 2nd

Greg Jordan said that next year’s Inter-Tower 6-bell and 8-bell striking competitions would be on 20 May and the Inter-District 8-bell striking competition would be on the morning of the AGM on 17 June. Peter Niblett said they would be contacting District Ringing Masters to find out how much interest there was in an Inter-District 10-bell striking competition.

3. Apologies for Absence and Members Present

The following 61 members and one guest signed the attendance book: Lynne, Greg & Pete Jordan, and Peter Rowe (St. Michael, Basingstoke), Robert Hatch (Botley), Ros Brandwood (Burghclere), Helene & Ron Tipper (Buriton), Graham Nobbs (Carisbrooke), Rachel Anderson and Mary Floyd (Chale) Maggie Eltham (Compton), Robin Milford (Curdridge), Charlotte Lloyd (Froxfield), Christine Hill, Chris & Ian McCallion, and Tessa & Tony Smith (Hursley), Gary Davies, Carol Higgins, John Palk and Mark Warner (Lockerley), Nikki Brown and Francis Mitchell (Netley), Piers Armstrong, Alec Fry, Elizabeth & Andrew Johnson, and Ian Redway (New Alresford), Jeff Ford (Newnham), Phil Watts (North Stoneham), Alan Hoar (Odiham), Robin Winckworth (Petersfield), Sarah Hutchinson and David Mattingley (Portsmouth Cathedral), Allan Yalden (Purbrook), John Davey (Ringwood), Rodney Skinner (Ropley), Deb Baker, Martin Barnes and Nici Giles (Rotherwick & Heckfield), Viv Nobbs (Ryde), Betty Daysh and Matthew Wilks (Shedfield), Mary Tester (Shorwell), Barry Fry (Southampton), Mo & Hugh Routh (Steep), Charlotte Colliss (Swanmore), Margaret & Mike Winterbourne (Tangley), Lucy & Michael Church (Upton Grey), Michael Bubb (Vale), Peter Niblett (Whitchurch), John Colliss and Bruce Purvis (Winchester Cathedral), Christine Knights-Whittome (Wonston), Joyce and John Croft (unattached) and Alan Bentley (guest).

Apologies for absence had been received from Barbara Townsend (Andover), Louise Wodehouse (Goodworth Clatford), Bren Palk (Lockerley), Mary Sterry (Lyndhurst), Polly Osborne (Minstead), Madeline King (Petersfield), Jill Taylor (Ryde), Liz Thornton and Chris Caryer (St. Mary Bourne), Edd Colliss (Swanmore), and Alan Buswell (unattached). Further apologies were received from Julia & Peter Clarke (Bishopstoke), Carol Herring (Candover Valley), Rosalind Martin (Christchurch), Judy Bishop (Easton), Roger Liscoe (Hinton Admiral), Trish Spink (Hursley), Jen Churchill (Lockerley), Stephanie & Phil Nicholls (North Stoneham), and Nick Bucknall and Colin Cook (Winchester Cathedral).

4.      Loss of Members from death since the 2015 AGM

The meeting stood to remember: Len Barham (All Saints, Alton), Andrew Barnsdale (unattached), Roy Grayson (Purbrook), Roy Howard (Freshwater), Simon Lipscombe-Smith (Ecchinswell), Marjorie Mannering (Buriton), Tom Metcalfe (Blackmoor), Colin Nicholson (first Tower Captain at St Peter Port), Jeanette Palmer (Netley), Martin Routh (former Tower Captain at Amport), Ramon A Stone (LM) (West Meon), Bernard Tilyard (Whitwell), Keith Williamson (formerly of Liss), and David Yates (Arreton). Barry Fry said a prayer.

5.      Minutes of the 2015 AGM

The minutes of the 2015 AGM at Curdridge were adopted on the proposition of John Davey, seconded by Robin Milford, and signed by the Master as a true record.

6.      Matters arising

There were no matters arising.

7.      Life Membership

i) John Croft (unattached), Alan Hoar (Odiham), Maureen Routh (Steep) and Ronald Tipper (Buriton) had completed fifty years’ ringing membership of the Guild and the Master presented them with their life membership certificates.

ii) On behalf of the Executive Committee the Master proposed, and the Vice-Master seconded, Mike Bubb and Tony Smith for election to life membership in recognition of their exceptional services to the Guild. The Master added her personal thanks for their support during the past three years in her role as Guild Master.

Mike has been a Guild member since 1976 and served as the first Channel Islands District Chairman for 3 years. He has been Tower Captain at Vale for many years and rung nearly 1000 quarter peals. He has served as Hon. Gen. Treasurer, one of the principal Guild Officers, since 1986, so completing 30 years’ service and, despite living on Guernsey, has missed only one Guild AGM and one Executive Committee meeting. As Hon. Gen. Treasurer he has been ex officio a Trustee of the Guild Bell Restoration Fund and has acted as the Chairman of the Trustees.

Tony has been a Guild member since 1970 and has served his tower, Hursley, and the Winchester District in all the principle roles over the intervening years. He has served on the Executive Committee from 1972-4 and since 1980, was an instructor at the first Guild Ringing School in 1974 and for the following 7 years, served on the Ringing School/Education Committee for 6 years, CC Representative since 1981, Hon. Report Editor for 7 years, Hon. Librarian and Archivist for 3 years, CC2016 Organising Committee for 5 years, Minute Secretary since 2013. He has rung 447 peals for the Guild and created and maintains a collection of compositions rung for the Guild (currently over 1,750 compositions) and other archive material. On the Central Council he served on the Methods Committee for over 27 years, 23 years as Chairman, and created and maintains the method collections (currently over 19,400 methods). He has served on the Administrative Committee since 1985, was Vice-President 2005-08 and President 2008-11.

The motion was carried nem. con. and the Master presented Mike and Tony with their life membership certificates.

8.      Officers’ and Committee Reports for 2015

In answer to a question from Andrew Johnson, Tony Smith confirmed that it had been a policy decision to no longer publish compositions in the Annual Report. There were no other comments and the reports were adopted en bloc on the proposition of Bruce Purvis, seconded by John Davey.

9.      Bell Restoration Fund

          i.     Trustees’ Report and Accounts for 2015

There were no comments on the Report and Accounts.

          ii.    Grant proposals

David Mattingley reported that the Trustees had received three applications for grants: St. Stephen’s, Baughurst for refurbishment of the clappers of the front three bells and the tenor, costing £958 of which £750 had been raised; St. Mary’s, Breamore for an overhaul including repainting the frame, costing £9374 of which £8695 had been raised; St. Andrew’s, Sherborne St. John for refurbishment of the clappers of the front four bells and a new timber shaft clapper on the tenor, costing £1503 of which £900 had been raised; The Trustees recommended grants of £200 to Baughurst, £400 to Breamore and £300 to Sherborne St. John, which were approved on the proposition of David Mattingley, seconded by John Davey.

1.      Report of 2016 Central Council Meeting

  1. David Mattingley mentioned some highlights of the meeting in Portsmouth: the creation of a Working Group to undertake a detailed review of the rules and activities of the Council; the introduction of advance nominations for committee members; some relaxation of the Decisions on compliant peals including a greater variety of lengths for Doubles, Minor and Triples peals, and handbell peals of Minimus; and the resignation of the Ringing Trends Committeeen bloc. The Master noted Peter Niblett’s work on the Methods Committee and said the changes to the Decisions appeared to be well-received. [The 1 July 2016 issue of The Ringing World contained Part 1 of the Editor’s customary overview and the detailed minutes would be published in due course.]
  2. As chairman of the CC 2016 organising committee, the Vice-Master said there had been reports inThe Ringing World and on the Guild website. The arrangements had included 21 towers open, including 3 on the Isle of Wight, a Social Evening, Dinner, Lunch, committee meetings, and the AGMs of the Council and the Ringing World Ltd. The W&P had been widely acknowledged as a welcoming and efficient host. The Master had used the weekend as an opportunity for public relations initiatives and there had been features in Pompey Chimes and on Radio Solent, Isle of Wight Radio and Premier Christian Radio. The Vice-Master thanked all those who had helped including the committee, Michael Church, Charlotte Colliss, Mo Routh, and Tessa and Tony Smith; David Mattingley who organised 280 pints of real ale; Claire Partridge for designing the brochure; John Davey and Robin Wilson for the photographs in the RW Calendar; and Rosalind Martin for information on the Guild website. The aim had been to break even but in the event a surplus had been generated and the Executive Committee would consider how it should be used. The Master added her thanks to all concerned.

11.      Election of Officers for the next three years

                                i.            Guild Master

Mike Winterbourne proposed by Andy Ingram and seconded by Tim Pink. At the new Master’s request, the retiring Master chaired the remainder of the meeting.

                              ii.            Guild Vice-Master

Pete Jordan proposed by Nici Collins and seconded by Jon Soar.

                            iii.            Honorary General Secretary

There were no nominations. Maureen Routh offered to continue in the rôle on an informal basis until the November Executive Committee meeting when the vacancy could be filled.

                            iv.            Honorary General Treasurer

Rosalind Brandwood proposed by Mike Winterborne and seconded by Peter Niblett.

                              v.            Minute Secretary

Tony Smith proposed by Maureen Routh and seconded by Mike Winterborne.

                            vi.            Honorary Librarian and Archivist

Bruce Purvis proposed by Barry Fry and seconded by John Croft.

                          vii.            Honorary Peal Recorder

Edd Colliss proposed by Tony Smith and seconded by David Mattingley.

                        viii.            Honorary Report Editor

John Palk proposed by Phil Watts and seconded by John Davey.

                            ix.            Central Council Representatives (for the triennium commencing on 29 May 2017)

Michael Church proposed by Mike Bubb seconded by Barry Fry, Andrew Johnson proposed by David Mattingley seconded by Elizabeth Johnson, David Mattingley proposed by Sarah Hutchinson seconded by Barry Fry, Peter Niblett proposed by Ros Brandwood seconded by Andrew Johnson, Allan Yalden proposed by David Mattingley seconded by Sarah Hutchinson.

                              x.            Child Protection Officer

John Davey proposed by Barry Fry and seconded by Bruce Purvis.

                            xi.            Public Relations Officer

Viv Nobbs proposed by Phil Watts and seconded by Tony Smith.

                          xii.            Independent Examiner

Peter Clarke proposed by Mike Bubb and seconded by John Davey.

                        xiii.            BRF Trustees

David Mattingley proposed as the Portsmouth Diocese Trustee by Sarah Hutchinson and seconded by Allan Yalden.

Barry Fry proposed as the Winchester Diocese Trustee by Christine Hill and seconded by Pete Jordan.

12. The retiring Master invested the new Master with the Master’s Badge.

13.      Guild Action Plan

A paper had been distributed and was available on the Guild website. There were no questions.

14.      Future Guild Events

24 August 2016 Young Ringers’ Day with the Salisbury Diocesan Guild
24 September 2016 District Officers’ Forum St. Barnabas’ Church Hall, Southampton
12 November 2016 Executive Committee Meeting St. Barnabas’ Church Hall, Southampton
26 November 2016 Informal Social Event To be arranged
11-12 March 2017 ART Annual Conference Old Basing Hall, Basingstoke

15.      Date and place of 2017 AGM

This would be held on Saturday 17 June 2017 in the Christchurch & Southampton District.

16.      Any other business

  1. Robin Milford spoke of his plans for another W&P 200 Club similar to that run by Mark Esbester but to raise money for training and retention rather than bell restoration. Robin would be pleased to hear from anyone interested in joining or having questions. Like the W&P 200 Club run by Mark the new Club would be a private members’ club separate from the Guild. Consideration could be given to the setting up a separate Guild fund for supporting the development of ringers and into which payments from the Club could be made.
  2. The retiring Master said a summary of quarter peals rung in Guild towers between 1960 and 2014 had been prepared by Alan Buswell and would be passed to the Hon. Librarian and Archivist.
  3. Ian McCallion thought that the Guild ought to clarify its intentions with respect to “soft” projects, by opening a Charitable Fund for “soft” projects before encouraging or advertising or allowing AGM time for promoting a particular private fund-raising activity such as the W&P 200 Club. As to the terms of reference and charitable aims for the Charitable Fund, he thought that was a matter for the Executive Committee to discuss and make a proposal to present to the Guild. Michael Church emphasised the need for a clear relationship between the Club and the Guild.
  4. Francis Mitchell was selling jars of jam to raise money for the rehanging of Netley bells.
  5. The new Master thanked all retiring officers for their work.

There being no further business, the retiring Master closed the meeting at 4.17 p.m.

Winchester ADM Minutes – Feb 2017

Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild

of Church Bell Ringers

Winchester District

Minutes of the Annual District Meeting held on Saturday 11th February 2017 in the Parish Church of All Saints’, Barton Stacey
1. Chairman’s Welcome.  The Chairman, John Croft, opened the meeting at 5.20 p.m., with a welcome to those present, including visitors, and with thanks to the Barton Stacey  and Wonston Bands for hosting the day and to Nicola Plummer and her helpers for laying on a splendid ringers’ tea [applause], to the Revds Paul Bradish and Mark Bailey for the use of their bells, and the latter for leading the service, and to Alec Fry for playing the organ at the service [applause].
2. Attendance.  The following 28 members of the District  (representing eleven bands and unattached), and two guests signed the attendance register and/or were present at the meeting, as follows, with the names of those present but not signatories in italics:- Wendy Harris and Nicola Plummer (both of Barton Stacey), Christine and Peter Hill, Tessa and Tony Smith, Pam and Richard Thompson (all of Hursley), Sue Spurling (King’s Somborne), Jonathan Smith (Kings Worthy), Carol Higgins (Lockerley), Alec Fry, Andrew and Elizabeth Johnson, Tony Stirling (all of New Alresford), Caroline and Martin Daniels, Jennifer and Nigel Herriott (all of Romsey), Rodney Skinner (Ropley), Jenny Watson (Sparsholt), John Colliss and Bruce Purvis (both of Winchester Cathedral), Paul Fitzgerald and Christine Knights-Whittome (both of Wonston), John and Joyce Croft, and Edmund Wratten (all unattached); Charlotte Colliss, Charlotte Smith and Mike Winterbourne (Guild Master) comprising the guests.
3. Apologies for absence.  Apologies for absence were received from Amanda Bayford, Judy Bishop, Nick Bucknall, Philip Carter, Jen Churchill, Colin Cook, Gerry Cornick,  Jacquie and John Downham, John Gawne-Cain, Andrew Glover, Maureen Hanney, the Headbourne Worthy band en bloc, Valerie Keel, John and Bren Palk, and the remainder of the Lockerley and East Tytherley band.
4. Minutes of the Previous Meeting. Adoption as a true record of the minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held on 12 November at Bishopstoke was proposed by Bruce Purvis, seconded by Andrew Johnson and carried on a show of hands.
5. Matters Arising.  Other than as Agenda items, there were no matters arising.
6. Confirmation of belfry elections.

Compounding members:

Julian N Ferrar of Melksham and George E Wyatt of Portishead prior to a peal at St Anne, Alderney, on 10 December 2016 proposed by Roy LeMarechal, seconded by Graham Wright.

Thomas J Waterson of Exeter prior to a peal at Bramford, Suffolk, on 19 December 2016 proposed by Christine Hill, seconded by Peter Hill.

Probationary members:

Robert Love of North Stoneham on 24 January 2017 proposed by Phil Nicholls, seconded by Stephanie Nicholls.

Lucy A Hutton of New Alresford on 3 February 2017 proposed by Ian Redway, seconded by Elizabeth Johnson.

Rita Bibbo of Candover Valley on 6 February 2017 proposed by Peter Willis, seconded by Alison Fydler.

7a. Election of new ringing members.

Derek Stewart of Hursley proposed by Tony Smith, seconded by Christine Hill.

Anthony Stirling of New Alresford proposed by Ian Redway, seconded by Elizabeth Johnson.

Paul Burnage, Jenny Harding and Charles Slatter of Romsey proposed by Caroline Daniels, seconded by Andrew Glover.

Peter Wild of Twyford proposed by Angela Forder-Stent, seconded by Andrew Johnson.

Megan Bucknall, Bevis Clarke Smith and Jean Whewell of Winchester Cathedral proposed by Nick Bucknall, seconded by Bruce Purvis.

Gary Marsh and Sara Marsh of Wonston proposed by Paul Fitzgerald, seconded by Christine Knights-Whittome.

7b. Election of new associate member.

Erica Wheeler of Headbourne Worthy proposed by Colin Child, seconded by Martin Macpherson.

7c. Certificate. A certificate and badge were handed to Jenny Watson, for Keith Bartle (Sparsholt).

8. Loss of members through death. None notified.

9. Officers’ Reports. Secretary’s and Ringing Masters’ Reports: The content of the Ringing Masters’ reports had been incorporated into the secretary’s report. Subject to the inclusion of a true figure for the total membership of the District, the addition of the phrase ‘at Northington’ to the last line of the first paragraph, and the substitution of ‘fourth’ for ‘last’ in the eighth line of the fourth paragraph, adoption of his report was proposed by Elizabeth Johnson and seconded by Pam Thompson. Treasurer’s Report and accounts: Andrew Johnson enquired about a loan to the Guild: the treasurer replied that this had long since been repaid. Andrew enquired about the balances due to the Guild and the BRF: the treasurer replied that these sums were in respect of subscriptions paid to the District last year, and that only once the accounts were passed by the AGM could the balances due be paid to the Guild and the BRF. The accounts, as usual carefully examined by John Colliss, were proposed by Tony Smith and seconded by Bruce Purvis. Both reports were adopted on a show of hands.

10. Election of Officers. The chairman, in standing down prior to the election, took the opportunity to thank his fellow officers for their guidance and support in the year to date, and hoped that if elected he would continue to enjoy their support for the coming year. The treasurer was happy to continue in post, though he ‘would not be offended if anyone else wished to take over as treasurer’; the secretary and other sitting officers were likewise willing to stand for office for 2017,and John Colliss was willing to continue as Independent Examiner of the accounts. The offices were filled as follows:-
Chairman: John Croft, proposed by Edmund Wratten, seconded by Nigel Herriott;
Secretary: Bruce Purvis, proposed by Elizabeth Johnson, seconded by Caroline Daniels;
Treasurer: Tony Smith, proposed by Bruce Purvis, seconded by Martin Daniels;
Ringing Masters: Edmund Wratten, proposed by John Croft, seconded by Bruce Purvis;
Joint Ringing Master: Jenny Watson, proposed by John Croft, seconded by Elizabeth Johnson;
Executive Committee Representative: John Croft, proposed by Bruce Purvis, seconded by Nigel Herriott
Independent Examiner of Accounts: John Colliss, proposed by Bruce Purvis, seconded by Martin Daniels;
Webmaster: Andrew Glover, proposed Nigel Herriott, seconded by Bruce Purvis; Newsletter Editor: John Palk, proposed by Joyce Croft, seconded by John Croft;
all elected on a show of hands.
11. Future Events. The secretary explained that time constraints had prevented him from drafting an programme for the coming year, and from calling a meeting to firm up the programme. He advised the meeting that he proposed to continue with the quarterly meetings following the existing format, and to supplement these with regular – ideally monthly – practices around the district to support the progress of chosen towers, and with training sessions (a) on Saturday mornings, as that time seemed to suit most people and (b) concentrating on the basics – raising and lowering, call-changing and basic methods on 5/6 bells, reserving the November quarterly meeting for more advanced topics. He proposed to arrange an outing to the Christchurch/East Dorset area, and assured the meeting that arranging the year’s programme was an early and high priority. He was thanked for these proposals.
12. Romsey Show. In introducing this item – and summarising the key points of John Palk’s paper on the reverse of the Agenda – the secretary advised the meeting that the idea for the District having a presence at next September’s Romsey Show had come from the Show’s organisers, in particular because the Show would be celebrating its 175th anniversary; also that the requested budget of £40 was to cover contingencies only: in all likelihood there would be no need of this much money.
Discussion began with Nigel Herriott’s question from the floor as to “what was [there] in [pitching at the Romsey Show] for us?” Responses centred on the publicity value, and the need to showcase ringing. Peter Hill added that there was a cost – in Graham’s time and inconvenience – in getting the mini-ring to the show – or to someone who could take the ring to the show, and we should be duly grateful and offer a tangible expression of our gratitude – “a bottle of Scotch at the very least”. Martin Daniels pointed out that our stall was a notable attraction, but it needed more people to help throughout the day; also if we could ring a longish touch, “say, half an hour” at some point, people would realise that ringing was a distinctive performance art. Elizabeth Johnson argued that we should “carry on” with running the pitch. Costs were discussed: the first year had cost £57, and last year had cost nothing: Tony Smith proposed a budget of £100, seconded by Bruce Purvis, and carried on a show of hands.
13. Guild Striking Competitions. The Chairman reminded the meeting that the Guild Inter-Tower competitions (6- and 8-bell) would take place on Saturday 20 May, and the Guild Inter-District competition would take place on the morning of the AGM on 17 June. Nigel Herriott enquired about the District competition – as there had been some doubt expressed whether it would continue. The secretary advised that both method and call-change competitions had taken place at the May quarterly, and had been keenly contested.
14. Guild Master. The Guild Master, Mike Winterbourne, had the following points to make to the meeting.
• A new W&P 200 Club had been launched, to support the work of the Guild Training and Development Fund: Mike had application forms to hand, or they could be downloaded from the Guild website.
• There were plans to hold two ringers’ services in 2019 to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War at the cathedrals in Portsmouth and Winchester, which we should be aware of and prepare for.
• Rachel Anderson was researching and recording all and any ringing to mark World War One, and we were urged that whatever we rang – from 100 chimes up to peals – we submit the event to Bellboard and add a link to the W&P WW1 record.
• Mike noticed that we were as a District keeping very busy, and he applauded our efforts.
• Finally, Mike thanked  everyone working for the district, whether at tower or district level, for our role and our efforts: to “[all of] you who make the Guild as good as it is” [applause].
15. Any Other Business.
1. Carol Service. Elizabeth Johnson remarked that the District Carol Service at Cheriton had been “most enjoyable”.
2. Guild monogrammed leisurewear. Christine Knights-Whittome reminded the meeting that owing to continued demand there was a second opportunity to order sweatshirts and polo shirts bearing the Guild logo, and, as before, the chance to have garments embroidered with the logo.
3. Guild Subscriptions. Tony Smith thanked the fifteen towers who had already paid their Guild subscriptions, leaving only ten towers outstanding.
4. Ropley. In reply to a question from the Chair, Rodney Skinner advised the meeting that a faculty for the rebuilding of the tower at Ropley had been referred to the Diocesan Advisory Committee, and that as long as they did not delay in their consideration of the faculty, work might begin on the rebuilding project towards the end of this year. The bells were presently in store: the fifth would need recasting and the third and fourth might be repairable by welding.
5. Bell Restoration Fund. The collection for the Bell Restoration fund raised £15.50.
The meeting closed at 6.02 p.m. and was followed by a short spell of open ringing.

DRAFT Minutes of the Christchurch Priory Bellringers AGM Jan 30th 2017

Status: Feedback received and corrections made Feb 10th 2017. Now ready for approval at 2018 AGM.

Present:

James Morton (Chair),Tim Martin, Rosemary Rogers, Ian Penny, Richard Woodward, Rosalind Martin, John Bolt, Aila Peacock, Helen Penny, Lester Ruckley, Bert Cruchfield, Lorna Bacchus, Robert Skerton, Luke Brooke.

Apologies:

Janice and David Poulton, Rev Charles Stewart (chair), Graham Greene, Ruth Roberts, Nicola Penny, Rob Bury, Janey McCoy

Our thanks to James Morton (churchwarden) for chairing the meeting at short notice.

Minutes of the last meeting:

2 amendments:

  • The accounts were audited by Jenny Ruckley
  • Wedding fees were increased to £215

Proposed by Tim Martin, Seconded by Lester Ruckley,  Passed by vote. Final version is here christchurch-priory-bell-ringers-minutes-of-the-annual-tower-meeting-8th-feb-2016-final-agreed-version

Tower Captain’s Report:

  • This can be seen here.
  • Robert Skerton queried what “Arrive on time on Sunday morning” meant in practice. Tim suggested arrive at 8:40 to allow 5 minutes to climb the stairs and start at 8:45
  • John Bolt noted that from now on, the staff door (from the carpark at the back) will be locked at this time and we will have to enter via the main door or the tower security door.

Tower Accounts:

  • Thanks to Jenny Ruckley for auditing the 2016 accounts.
  • The accounts were accepted unchanged. They can be seen:
  • priory-accounts_2016
  • christchurch_priory_bellringers_income-2016
  • expnditure-priory-2016
  • Signatories for the bank account have been changed
  • Tim proposed that we support the Young Ringers’ Competition travel financially. There was no objection. It was also noted that funds are being made available at District level and fundraising is ongoing.
  • The accounts and additional remarks were proposed by John Bolt seconded by Aila Peacock, and unanimously passed by the meeting.

Tower Bell Restoration Account

  • This is administered by Rosemary Rogers. We now have £12879.02 in the account including the £1050 added in 2016. We earned £56 interest (0.35%). We spent money on maintenance (safety rails. VAT was reclaimed). Over the year this left a profit of £763.
  • The acceptance of the restoration account was proposed by Rosalind Martin, seconded by Lester Ruckley and passed by vote.

Steeple Keeper’s Report

christchurch-priory-steeple-keepers-report2016

  • John Bolt wished to stand down as Steeple Keeper, to be replaced by Richard Woodward.
  • Mention was made of the combined age of the team (200+) and a call for younger blood. Graham was suggested as a potential recruit and Robert offered to help as well. Richard will follow up and let us know.
  • The new team is confirmed as Richard in charge with John Bolt and Rob Bury and Robert assisting, plus any new members.

These changes plus the report were proposed by Rosalind, seconded by Lester, and approved by the meeting.

Bell Restoration Plans

  • John presented the latest version of the plans as suggested by Matthew Higby bell-restoration-report-christchurch-priory-jan-2016
  • Members of the band have until February 28th to comment on these proposals.
  • John Bolt is keen to take it forward and get 3 estimates.
  • Tim recommended that we spend the money in such a way as to make the bells easier to strike and easier to ring well.
  • We will need to raise money and the amounts involved imply applying for grants (eg from English Heritage) rather than small-scale fund raising.
  • This will be a major project which will require proper project planning and the formation of a fundraising committee etc if it is to move forward.
  • There will be a complex process of approval through the DAC and we are fortunate to have Ian already up to speed on this (due to his work in the church office) so it should go as smoothly as can be expected with such things.
  • Robert asked what if a wheel breaks meanwhile? John Bolt replied that short term, firms such as Matthew Higby’s can attend emergencies and act fast to put them right.
  • It was noted that worn wheels usually mean shorter rope life, rather than emergency breakages.
  • Richard as Steeple Keeper and Tim as Captain to move this work forwards during 2017.

Public Relations Officer’s Report

  • This can be read here: pro-report-of-2016-for-agm-christchurch-priory-bellringers
  • The draft of the A4 recruitment leaflet is online here and a printed version was circulated for those present.
  • Re the youth recruitment, Rosemary commented that the creation of the girls’ choir ended a tradition of “boys join the choir, girls join the ringers” which had been a source of recruits for the band.
  • Tim commented that Wimborne Minster created a lighter ring within their ring by adding a sharp 2nd – and that we could without huge cost, do the same. This would create a more young-learner-friendly light ring than the current light 6.

Election of Officers

Post Officer for 2017 proposed by seconded by result of vote
Tower Captain and Ringing Master Tim Martin Aila Peacock Lester Ruckley carried unanimously
Vice Captain Rosemary Rogers Tim Martin Robert Skerton carried unanimously
Vice Captain Ian Penny Tim Martin Robert Skerton carried unanimously
Treasurer Richard Woodward John Bolt Ian Penny carried unanimously
Secretary Rosalind Martin Lorna Bacchus Richard Woodward carried unanimously
Steeple Keeper Richard Woodward** Tim Martin Ian Penny carried unanimously
Assistant Steeple Keeper Rob Bury** Tim Martin Ian Penny carried unanimously
Assistant Steeple Keeper Tim Martin Ian Penny carried unanimously
Public Relations Officer Rosalind Martin Tim Martin Aila Peacock carried unanimously
Church Liaison Officer leave unfilled

** Richard Woodward suggested that he should be joint Steeple Keeper with Rob but after some discussion it was agreed that there should be a single focal point (ie Richard)

Wedding Fees for 2017

  • Raise the fees to £225 (already agreed by PCC). Ringers to receive £20 per rope, the remainder to be divided between the Tower Account and the Earmarked Fund as in previous years.
  • Proposed by Rosemary, seconded by Bert and agreed by vote.

2017 Dinner

  • Rosemary is going to organise the dinner. Thanks expressed to Rosemary for organising in past years.
  • Date will be November the 3rd. Venue same as last year.

Any Other Business

  • Muffles (raised by John Bolt). The finance committee has approved a spend of up to £750. Rosalind agreed to dig up the quotes we have already obtained and pass them on to Richard Woodward.
  • The protocol for the death of a Monarch is fully muffled 1-11 with Tenor open at backstroke. We can use the existing muffles within the new ones to achieve the double muffling.
  • We need some ear defenders to allow occasional visual checks of bells to be safely carried out during ringing. Steeple Keepers to purchase locally.

Thanks from the Church

James Morton (on behalf of the church) thanked all the ringers for their great efforts in ringing, and thanked all the Officers for the extra work.

Next Annual General Meeting – 29th Janury 2018.

The meeting closed with the Grace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winchester QDM Minutes Nov 2016

Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers

Winchester District

Minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held on Saturday 12 November 2016 in Bishopstoke Community Association Hall.
1. Chairman’s Welcome. The Chairman, John Croft, opened the meeting at 5.25 p.m. with a welcome to those present and thanks to the Rector and Wardens for the use of their bells during the afternoon’s training session, to Edmund Wratten, District Ringing Master, for leading an enjoyable and productive session on Grandsire, Stedman, Erin and Single and Double Oxford Bob Triples, and to the Bishopstoke Ringers for the usual excellent tea.
2. Attendance. The following 19 District members (representing nine towers) were present: Peter and Sally Cates, Ann, Roy and Stephanie LeMarechal, and Graham Wright (Bishopstoke), Janice Higgins, Tessa and Tony Smith (Hursley), Jen Churchill, Gary Davies, Carol Higgins and John Palk (Lockerley and East Tytherley), John Croft (Micheldever), Andrew Johnson (New Alresford), Andrew Glover (Romsey), Jenny Watson (Sparsholt), Bruce Purvis (Winchester Cathedral), Christine Knights-Whittome (Wonston).
3. Apologies for Absence. Apologies were received from all of the Candover Valley Band, Craig Robb (Cheriton), Christine and Peter Hill (Hursley), Bren Palk (Lockerley and East Tytherley), Elizabeth Johnson (New Alresford), Sue Spurling (King’s Somborne), Rodney Skinner (Ropley), Keith Bartle (Sparsholt), John and Charlotte Colliss (Winchester Cathedral and guest respectively), Gerry Cornick and Paul Fitzgerald (Wonston), and Joyce Croft (unattached).
4. Minutes of the Previous Meeting. The minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held on 13 August at Awbridge Village Hall were adopted on the proposal of Christine Knights-Whittome and seconding by Tony Smith, and signed by the Chairman as a true record.
5. Matters Arising. Romsey Show. John Palk reported that the Show, held on 10th September was ‘blessed’ with the worst weather of any day that month, but, running from 6.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. was attended by 12,000. The Ringers’ tent was busy most of the day, and 20 enquirers, having come from  as far away as Portsmouth and Salisbury, were given details of their nearest towers, and the enquirers’ details forwarded to the tower contacts. John had no further news of any take-up following the exchange of details. He thanked Graham Wright for the use of the Mini-Ring, and to the Romsey Abbey band for providing most of the staffing cover during the day.
6. Confirmation of belfry elections.
Probationary members:
Cara Bennett, Victoria Bennett and Oliver Joslin of Crawley on 6 September
2016 proposed by Edmund Wratten, seconded by Amanda Bayford.
Neil Jones of Romsey on 8 September 2016 proposed by Caroline Daniels,
seconded by Martin Daniels.
Andrew Lindop of Romsey on 22 September 2016 proposed by Caroline Daniels,
seconded Jon Farrington.
Karen Andrews, Gary Marsh and Sara Marsh of Wonston on 5 November 2016
proposed by Paul Fitzgerald, seconded by Gerry Cornick.
Reuben Addis of Sherfield English on 8 November 2016 proposed by Caroline
Daniels, seconded by Martin Daniels.
Alan Dixey and Sheila Dixey of North Stoneham on 8 November 2016 proposed by
Stephanie Nicholls, seconded by Alison Martin.
All confirmed on a show of hands.
The chairman handed certificates and badges to Peter and Sally Cates of Bishopstoke.
7. Loss of members through Death. None advised.
8: Recent Events.
i. .Young Ringers’ Outing, 2 September . Jen Churchill reported on a very successful day, with ringing at King’s Worthy, Wonston and Barton Stacey. The ringing included Grandsire and Plain Bob, with the chance to progress from plain hunting to the methods, from plain courses to touches, and to call plain courses and touches. On behalf of the District, John Croft thanked Jen for all her hard work, on this last occasion as in previous years.
ii. District Outing, 17 September. Bruce Purvis reported on the outing to the Kennet Valley, in and around Newbury. The towers visited were at Beenham, Bucklebury, the two tens at Thatcham – easy-going, and Newbury – challenging, and the eights at Newbury and Hungerford. Lunch was at the Sun in the Woods, Ashmore Green and afternoon tea was enjoyed at various places in Hungerford.  17 ringers, from four towers came on the outing, and £90 was given to the host towers. Bruce was thanked for his efforts in organising an enjoyable day out.
iii. Peal and Quarter-Peal Fortnight, 21 October-6 November. Bruce Purvis reported that five quarter-peals had been rung for the Fortnight, including two in hand – of 3m plain minor and of 5m spliced plain major – in Chandler’s Ford, two – of Stedman Caters and Cambridge Royal – at Hursley, and one of Grandsire Doubles, at Sparsholt..
9. Future Events.
i. The Secretary confirmed that the Carol Service on 3 December would be taking place at Cheriton; also, arising from a query over the date of the next District Practice, that it would take place on Tuesday 17 January at North Stoneham
ii. Christine Knights-Whittome reminded the meeting that the next Guild  Education event – at Bishopstoke (Raising and lowering in peal) on the 11th February 2017 was confined to the morning, so that people could sign up for, or offer to help at this course and still make the ADM on the afternoon. She added that the next dates for the New Year were 4 March at Shedfield (Grandsire Doubles and Triples) and 8 April at Lockerley.
10. Any other business.
i. Andrew Johnson (Guild Central Council Rep) drew the attention of the meeting to the work of the Central Council’s Review Action Group, which urgently sought members’ views: he urged us to look at the website and follow the debate in the Ringing World, and let him have our input to the debate.
ii. The Chairman – reporting from that morning’s Guild Executive Committee meeting – reminded the meeting that the forthcoming centenary of the end of World War I provided a good opportunity to raise the profile of ringing. He also gave advance notice of the Association of Ringing Teachers’ Conference, to be hosted by our guild in Basingstoke on the weekend 11/12 March 2017
iii. The Treasurer advised that the collection for the Guild Bell Restoration Fund came to £8.00
The meeting closed at 5.46 p.m.

Alton & Petersfield District Bell Ringers Minutes of the Autumn meeting held on Saturday 22nd October 2016 at St Mary’s, Buriton

Alton & Petersfield District Bell Ringers
Minutes of the Autumn meeting held on Saturday 22nd October 2016
at St Mary’s, Buriton

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1. Welcome & vote of thanks

The meeting opened with Stephen Hough announcing the results of the striking competition. He thanked Graham Cane for inviting him to be the judge.
The chairman then thanked Helene Tipper & the Buriton ringers for the Tea, and the competition judge Stephen Hough.

AP Striking compeition 2016 results
2. Apologies for absence

These were received from: David & Carol Cooper (Blackmoor), Leslie Wilson, Gwen Mackrell (Alton), Nicholas James (Selborne), Hugh Routh (Steep), David Hughes (Buriton)
3. Minutes of last meeting and matters arising
The minutes of the last meeting, held on 9th April 2016 were accepted as a correct record and signed by the chairman. The only matter arising was Darren Woodyer was elected a compounding
member for a peal, rather than a quarter peal as stated in the last minutes.

4. Election of new members:

Melanie Moore reiterated point 7D of the last meeting that new members were still being elected ‘on the nod’, with cases of candidate, proposer, or seconder not always present. She then went on to give John a full introduction to the guild, both John & Nicolette were elected unopposed.
John Leary (Petersfield) – Junior, Proposed Melanie Moore, seconded Moo Day
Nicolette Alderslade (Alton, St Lawrence) – Probationer, Proposed Matthew Watts, Seconded Mike Novell
Certificates cannot be presented at the current time due to a change of guild master, but will be presented at the AGM. John Leary did however receive a guild badge.

5. Report from the Exec Committee Representative.

Mo Routh commented on Hugh’s behalf that there hasn’t yet been a meeting held to pass comment on.

  1. Forthcoming Events

A list of events and practices for October 2016 – January 2017 was distributed.

7. Reminder of officer posts that will need electing in January.

Charlotte urged members to consider taking on officer posts that will need electing in January, she is willing to stand again as chairman, but would like to hear from anyone interested in taking this role over.
The posts of Treasurer, Secretary, Executive Committee Representative & Independent Examiner will need to be elected / re-elected. Judy Sparling’s post as Librarian will also be coming up for election / re-election.
It was clarified that the 3 year term of each post starts from the date of election.

8. Suggestion from the guild website for the sharing of information.

Valerie Harris shared her recent discussion with Rosalind Martin regards the matter, besides praising the work of Rosalind the discussion can be summarised with 2 open questions:
Q1. Could information go direct to the recipients, rather than going through a moderator?
Q2. Is email the preferred first point of contact for district events etc.
A1. If yes it was stated this would reduce the work of the secretary, the relevant bodies are in discussion to see if this is possible.
A2. This was left open to the members to talk amongst themselves, and will be bought back up again at the next meeting.
Madeline King also commented praising the work of Rosalind.

9. AOB

  • Graham Cane thanked all those who attended the district outing, and everyone who does work behind the scenes to keep the towers going.
  • Charlotte Lloyd praised Teresa Brown for her work in keeping Froxfield running, and also as a ringing teacher.
  • Roger Barber thanked Stephen Hough for being the judge for the striking competition, and is investigating the disappearance of the call change trophy.
  • Valerie Harris explained the reasons behind David Coopers absence. Graham & Roger have offered to step in with the learners at Blackmoor Tower.

There being no further business, the meeting closed at 6pm.
Harry Cane (Buriton)

Winchester QDM Minutes Aug 2016

WINCHESTER AND PORTSMOUTH DIOCESAN GUILD OF CHURCH BELL RINGERS

WINCHESTER DISTRICT

UNCONFIRMED MINUTES OF THE QUARTERLY MEETING HELD ON SATURDAY 13 AUGUST 2016 IN AWBRIDGE VILLAGE HALL.

  1. Chairman’s welcome

    The Chairman, John Croft, supported by the Treasurer (and Acting Secretary), Tony Smith, opened the meeting at 12.57 p.m. with a welcome to those present and thanks to the Incumbents for the use of their bells.

  2. The following 22 District members (representing 12 towers) and two guests were present: Diana Day (Dallington), Christine & Peter Hill, Janice Higgins, Christine & Ian McCallion, Jenifer Smith and Tony Smith (Hursley), Bob Gosse and Jennifer Hebburn (Houghton), Sue Spurling (King’s Somborne), Jen Churchill, Gary Davies and Carol Higgins (Lockerley & East Tytherley), Mary Tiles (Micheldever), Caroline & Martin Daniels (Romsey), Wendy Nash (Sherfield English), Jenny Watson (Sparsholt), Charlotte Colliss (Swanmore), John Colliss (Winchester Cathedral), Christine Knights-Whitome (Wonston) and Joyce & John Croft (unattached).Apologies for absence were received from Peter Willis (Candover Valley), Pam & Richard Thompson (Hursley), John Palk (Lockerley & East Tytherley), Elizabeth Johnson (New Alresford), Andrew Glover (Romsey), Rodney Skinner (Ropley), Bevis Clarke Smith and Bruce Purvis (Winchester Cathedral) and Hugh Hill (Winchester College).
  3. Minutes of the previous meeting.

    The minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held on 14 May in the Garden of the Old Rectory, Easton, were adopted on the proposition of Tony Smith, seconded by Sue Sprurling, and signed by the Chairman as a true record.

  4. Matters arising.

    The Treasurer said that the District Webmaster, Andrew Glover, had written to the District Secretary about the item under AOB concerning the District Website, pointing out that he can only post items to the website that have been sent to him. If he is informed that an event needs to be added or changed, he will be pleased to post it on the website.

  5. Election of members.

    Keith Bartle was elected a ringing member of Sparsholt on the proposition of Jenny Watson, seconded by John Cleverley.

  6. Loss of members through death.

    None advised.

  7. Future events.

    1. Jen Churchill said that the Young Ringers’ Outing on 2 September would be the tenth annual event that she had organised and would be her last. On behalf of the District, Tony Smith thanked Jen for all her work.
    2. Christine Knights-Whitome said there was no Guild Education event on 3 September.
    3. In reply to a question from the Chairman, Caroline Daniels said more helpers would be welcome at the Romsey Show on 10 September.
  8. Any other business.

    1. Tony Smith advised that the Google Groups “Winchester District Bell Ringers” group was little used and was being closed down. Checks would be made that members of that group were also on the Yahoo! Groups WIN-PORT-BELLRINGERS group.
    2. The Chairman presented certificates for the District Striking Competitions on 14 May.

The meeting closed at 1.07 p.m.

Minutes of the Communications Committee meeting 2nd August 2016

Status: Agreed 4th Aug 2016

Present:

Mike Winterbourne (Master), Deb Baker (Committee convener) Pete Jordan (Vice Master) Viv Nobbs (Immediate Past Master and PRO) Heather Frazer   (Basingstoke District) Ros Brandwood (Guild Trasurer) Rosalind Martin (Webmaster) Graham Hounslow and Andrew Glover (District webmasters)

Notes on the Minutes:

The meeting ran for 2:45 hours and there was not time to discuss every topic in complete depth. Extra information not shared at the meeting which is relevant to headings, has been added to these minutes in Italics.

Recap for new officers on what the Communications team are doing now and where they would like it to go in the future using communications to bind the Guild together.

The vision for the website was to provide a “website” for every tower and District whether or not they are lucky enough to have a webmaster of their own. Historically some towers and Districts have had websites but are vulnerable to the webmaster moving away or giving up the role.

This has entailed a complex structure of a news stream for each tower, each committee at District and Guild level, and for special interests such as Surprise Royal Ringing.

There are already 1800 pages on the site, (some current, many in the archive). News is being posted by a growing team of people and technical developments are done by Rosalind Martin and Graham Hounslow. The team’s structure is flat and support, discussion and decision making largely takes place in the closed Facebook Group “WP Communications Squad“. Currently the Master sits in that group as a mostly silent observer.

One Saturday  training course “How to be a website editor” has taken place and 5 more people are on the wating list for a second course.

Areas of responsibility are flexible (in case of holidays etc) but currently different people monitor different social media and gather news (with appropriate permission) from them. As needed, instructions on how to post different types of news are being added to the website and shared with the team.

  • Lisa Ashforth posts all Portsmouth District News including from the Portsmouth Facebook Group
  • Graham covers C&S District
  • John Stock posts much of the Isle of Wight News, some bits picked up by Rosalind
  • Andrew Glover currently posts all the Winchester District News; Bruce Purvis is planning to take on posting his own Secretarial communications.
  • Rosalind covers CCCBR news, other Districts (ie Andover, A&P, Channel Islands), Guild-level news (eg Mid Monthly Meetings and Surprise Royal, AGMs etc)
  • Rosalind currently manages most updates to the Contacts System and the Tower Pages because these are being upgraded on a rolling program so that all towers have to opportunity to have mutli-page “websites” and properly archived news. 

The team’s short term plans are to upgrade all the tower pages and news streams (as above) and continue to recruit and train news makers especially in Districts where there are none. Despite the business of the site, there are still many towers that have shared no news yet. There is much scope for development.

Guild Database

The database was approved in principal by the Exec and by members at the 2015 AGM, as part of the Guild Action Plan, so members of the project team are free to start work and report back to the Exec and Members as they go.

It was strongly felt among those present at the meeting that we are currently planning almost blind, guessing what the ages, skills and aspirations of the membership are, and that it would be advantageous to have an accurate view of the members.

What worked very well in C&S was to ask all members for their contact details (name, email, FB etc) but then to separately ask for information for planning purposes, a census if you will, such as age, skills level, training needs, and other things, which was processed anonymously and a report was used to overhaul the District’s program of events.

The “database team” is flexible and (because of time available, and technical knowledge) will be led by Rosalind Martin. Graham Hounslow (who can contribute technical understanding) has also expressed a desire to help.

Discussion about the email system led to agreement that we should use email to send out weekly news to all members in geographical zones starting with districts to keep things simple. (C&S and A&P are already up and running but only to their email groups, not to all members of course). All the District News pages are already prepared for this so it can be quickly implemented if webmasters are added to the relevant email groups.

The first stage will:

  1. Identify key stakeholders who could benefit from using a database of members, eg the Treasurer, Guild and District Secretaries, Organisers of special events, etc, and report back with a list of future benefits to the Guild of having a database.
  2. Identify possible problem areas (Data Protection, Data Management and changing roles of District and Tower Secretaries,  are already on the list) and address those properly.

Then the second stage (of identifying suitable technology, and implementation) can be planned and shared with the exec and membership.

The key perceived benefit of the new system is that news and information will be delivered directly to each member rather than (as at present) going through several layers of the organisation where news may be lost at each interface. The current system is complex and there are is a patchwork of different email systems in place, only some of which have any relationship with the website at all.

The website has already given grass roots members the facility of being able to look up news and information online; the database takes it one step further, a regular delivery of relevant news by email.

How Principal Officers might drive /work with the Communications team.

  • As noted above, the Master is already sitting in on team discussions on Facebook.
  • A plea was made to any officers not already on the Facebook Communications Group to join us because there is a huge increase in productivity within discussions on Facebook over Email. Debates can be quickly read and comments appear properly organised, in chronological order by topic. Training and support will be provided in (a) how to get started with Facebook and (b) How to tune the notifications so that you are not sent unwanted information.
  • The communications team will need strong support from the Principal Officers  to design and implement the database, so their active involvement and engagement is needed.
  • At forums where District and Tower officers are talking to Principal Officers, a simple message of “Use the website, this is the benefit, and this is how to do it” needs to be delivered. This started well in the winter ADMs. Potential recruits and visitors to our open ringing, will use the website to size up a tower, and an accurate, informative and positive set of pages and news items will support a band. We have had a model of website-based communications in C&S for some years now and a good sense of belonging to the district, and good use of District events, has been the consistent outcome.
  • If reservations or compliments about the website are received by anyone it is best if they are passed on to the communications team so that they can be taken into account. 
  • If anyone notices an error or similar on the site, they are encouraged to use the “comment” box at the bottom of the screen to let the team know.
  • Since all officers are also band members they can model sending in news items.

Review the Communications section of the Action Plan.

This item refers to page six of the action plan.

“Districts will be encouraged to link their websites to the central site and, for those districts which do not have websites, there will be a chance to develop a site within the new website”

  1. C&S and Winchester District web presence now wholly inside wpbells.org, with Southampton City Ringers website fully dovetailed in (see point 6 below)
  2. Isle of Wight (Steve Noyes’ website) correctly cross-linked – this carries details of all bells and of local pubs. Information which could be transferred to wpbells.org if desired but after discussion with RM, Steve decided to leave the website as it is. It is up to date. No Action needed
  3. Portsmouth (Andrew Glover) website is drifting out of date and Andrew not responding to messages/emails. However Lisa Ashforth (District Secretary) is posting regular news onto wpbells.org so this is more a loose end than a problem. Action: Mike W to talk to the Portsmouth Team.
  4. Channel Islands (Duncan Loweth??) No formal contact has been made and the District is not sending any news or event information in to the wpbells team. Action: Mike W to talk to the CI Team.
  5. Andover and A&P District Secretaries are sending news to the wpbells email address and it is posted by the duty webmaster. Few towers are sending any news in or posting it on existing networks with the exception of Eccinswell. Mike noted that he is an Andover ringer and there is a lively program of Quarter Peals which would be interesting news reports which the team were unaware of. Action: Please can Mike tip off the team!
  6. It was noted that it is perfectly possible to dovetail wpbells.org with another website (especially ones with RSS-based newsfeeds such as WordPress)- newsfeeds can be shared, and with care and a local webmaster, it gives towers the choice to have a completely bespoke website which is also linked live to the guild’s news streams. For example see the dovetail between sotonbells.wordpress.com and https://wpbells.org/sotonbells/ – this close coupling was achieved quickly, simply and with benefit to both sites.

Newsletters will be sent out electronically.

An 8-page Guild newsletter was created just after Firsts Fortnight by Viv and Rosalind and sent out on all the usual channels. Very few copies seem to have been printed out and spotted in towers so we agreed to stick to single page newsletters like the very successful “first fortnight is coming” one that was produced in January.

There are fewer District Newsletters these days but they are welcome on the website.

For members who do not wish to use email, some information will be posted to them. It is hoped this will be a small  number, to keep costs down.

This was noted. At this time, apart from receiving an annual Guild Report, it is unclear what members might wish to receive by post. Action: ??

Consideration will be given to the membership details being transferred directly from the database to the Guild report.

This was noted and will be included into the database planning process. It also should be noted by the Guild Report Working Party

Have Communications Team been recompensed financially and are they happy submitting a budget in November 2016.

  • It was agreed that it would help if the Treasurer set a mileage rate.
  • The group does not need an excessive number of meetings – the next one probably needs to be before the March Exec to agree Database Project Plans
  • Most communication is online, between meetings, in the FB group.
  • Ros Brandwood noted that the Guild Rules need slight amendment to allow expenses to be claimed to meetings other than the regular Exec meetings.
  • Rosalind M noted that some chairmen hand out expense claim forms at the end of every meeting to remove a sense of “oh, I shouldn’t claim”.
  • Viv noted that many individuals claim, then subsequently donate the amount back.
  • It was agreed that we planned to claim mileage. Deb Baker to follow up and build into our budget.

WW1 Focus Group.

Viv reported excellent progress so far with Rachel forging ahead with her research and finding there is lots of material. Viv to aim for a Heritage Lottery Fund Application for nicely bound volumes, at an appropriate time. This will need Exec approval, probably in November.   (Can be up to 100% for a project).

Scope for all ringing to be included not just peals and quarters.

“Slides” and how they can be shared or used effectively.

3 slide shows – the Wickham Experience, the RWNYC championships, and Elva’s CC slides on leadership, are available for the Guild to use. Action: Rosalind to post onto website.

 Website – details from Guild meetings owned and held by Tony Smith. PLUS item Archiving of Guild Minutes.

It was noted that previous email discussions about the issue of the holding and format of Minutes and other Exec and AGM documents have not yet led to an agreement which is acceptable to all parties. The issues of ownership and format, and the possible uses of the material, were discussed in sufficient depth for those present to understand what is involved. Action: Viv and Mike to follow this up.

Website multi-pages.

The aim is to upgrade the design of the website so that every tower and District can have a multipage “website” of semi-permenant pages, within the website, and easily add to, and amend, that. This is in addition to the ongoing “news” items which are more temporary. For examples see:

Action: Rosalind and Graham are in the process of agreeing a design for the generic tower “website” and Rosalind intends to complete the redesigns by end 2016. Once complete, it will be simple for any webmaster to add/remove/amend pages for a tower.

 

Recruitment

This is an ongoing concern for many of our towers. Increasingly people judge and organisation by its website, so it pays to be on the ball!

There are three simple steps that the web team can support a band with:

  1. Have a “learn to ring at…. ” page which appears both on the tower’s own “website”, and also on the Guild’s “Learn to Ring” page https://wpbells.org/learn-to-ring/. This gives the right message to would-be ringers who arrive on the website seeking training.
  2. Put the Tower’s web address on every poster and communication that the band generates. These have been made as short and simple as possible  from www.wpbells.org/abbotts-ann/ to www.wpbells.org/Yateley
  3. Arrange for mutual links with the church’s own website and make sure the ringing information on the church website is fresh.

Support for internal communications IE social media and email

There are many busy working groups, committees and ad-hoc groupings of people discussing matters online. This can create a sense of overload as endless emails arrive. As a general principal, add hoc groupings are best managed though facebook messages, and more stable groups well served by Facebook Groups  Action: Any officer or member feeling overloaded please contact Rosalind or Deb  – demand for this service is not outstripping supply yet!

Using ‘catagories’ in website posts and continuing training.

These are the technical method we are using to manage the complexity of the site. There are aleady 282 categories which is unusually high as WordPress websites go. The team agreed that the complexity is both necessary and manageable, so no simplication will be planned. Action: continue the “how to” posts on the website to maintain all webmasters’ levels of training as new categories are added.

Any Other Business

  • Ros Brandwood noted that Ecchinswell page has some very out of date news in it. This is caused by its “old style” news feed which did not acknowledge archiving. Action RM Now Upgraded and fixed. RM also upgrading all tower news feeds ongoing.
  • Discussion about success of Bradfield and Hereford courses (double demand for every place) and potential for another residential course. Helpers love it. Bradfield have made a conscious effort to have 50 50 gender split among Helpers.
  • Striking Competition discussion – idea of a Knockout at a practice night between 2 towers.  Action: Deb to mull over this and liase with Mike and with Greg Jordan.
  • As of 5th August the website has received 89,398 hits.

Winchester QDM Minutes May 2016

Unconfirmed Minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held on Saturday 14th May 2016 in the Garden of the Old Rectory, Church Lane, Easton.

 
1. Chairman’s welcome: The Chairman, John Croft, opened the meeting at 5.24 with a welcome to those present and with thanks to Judy Bishop, and the Easton band and helpers for laying on a splendid ringers’ tea and especially to Judy for hosting the meeting in her garden, providing a wonderful setting, to the Rector, the Revd Amanda Denniss and the Wardens for the use of the bells.

 
2. Attendance: The following 22 members of the District signed the attendance register (representing nine towers with two members unattached): Judy Bishop, Pam Chrismas, Sara Janssen, Susie Smith and Andrew Tan (Easton),Tony Smith (Hursley), Julian Orchard, Jane and Nigel Pridmore, and Sue Spurling (King’s Somborne), Jen Churchill, Carol Higgins and John Palk (Lockerley), Elizabeth Johnson and Ian Redway (New Alresford), Phil and Stephanie Nicholls (North Stoneham), Rodney Skinner (Ropley), Jenny Watson (Sparsholt), Bruce Purvis (Winchester Cathedral), John and Joyce Croft, (unattached); Edmund Wratten (unattached) was also present.

 

3. Striking Competition Results. John thanked the District for inviting him to judge the competition, saying that it was as enjoyable as ever. He congratulated all entrants: both entrants for the call-change competition and the three entrants for the method-ringing competition.
Call change-ringing Competition.
The two entries produced quite similar ringing: the team drawn to ring first, despite their nervous start, offered some sound ringing, marred mainly by faults on the handstroke leads. The team drawn to ring second again had a nervous start, and there were some inconsistencies of rhythm, notably at change 531246, where there were some gaps. Both teams had 21 faults, but the award went to the first team, whose piece showed greater consistency overall.
The results were:-
In second place: Easton; in first place: King’s Somborne.
Method-ringing Competition.
Team A rang Plain Bob Doubles at a very steady pace, with a time of 5 minutes equating to a peal speed of 3½ hours. This was the team’s main problem, which, coming after a nervous start, accrued faults when bells were on top of each other. The score was 21 faults.
Team B rang Grandsire Doubles: this was a very sound piece of ringing: the timing, at 4 minutes was just on the slow side of perfect, equating to a peal speed of 2h48’. Five faults were logged.
Team C rang Plain Bob Doubles. Their practice was far from promising! However, with their 120 rung in a somewhat slow 4½ minutes, corresponding to a peal speed of 3h09’, they completed their touch with 8 faults.
The results were:-
in second place, with 21 faults: Team A: Sparsholt and Crawley;
earning a special commendation, with 8 faults: Team C: the scratch band, comprising ringers from Lockerley and East Tytherley, New Alresford and Winchester Cathedral;
in first place, with 5 faults: Team B: Bishopstoke.

 
4. Apologies for absence. Apologies for absence were received from Amanda Bayford, Nicky Breen, Sue Craddock, Jacquie and John Downham, Paul Fitzgerald, Sam Fussell, Andrew Glover, Christine and Peter Hill, Hugh Hill, Sue Holder, Andrew Johnson, Nicola Plummer, Jonathan Smith and Trish Spink.

 
5. Minutes of the Previous Meeting. Subject to correction of a typographical error in the first line of Paragraph 3, Apologies for Absence, the minutes of the Annual District Meeting held on 13 February in the Parish Rooms, Romsey Abbey, were accepted as a true record. Their adoption was proposed by Bruce Purvis, seconded by John Palk, and adopted on a show of hands.

 
6. Matters Arising. Referring to Paragraph 11, Guild Striking Competitions, Tony apologised for failing to raise a band from Hursley to take part in this afternoon’s striking competition, there being too many of the band who were away.

 
7. Loss of Member through Death. A minute’s silence was observed to remember the passing of George Stoney, a member at Easton from 1992 to 2004.

 
8. Confirmation of belfry elections.
Compounding member: Nicola D Bright of Leiden on 10 April 2016 prior to a peal at Dordrecht, proposed by Edd Colliss, seconded by John Colliss.
Probationary members: Tom Bell of Romsey on 25 February 2016 proposed by Caroline Daniels, seconded by Martin Daniels. David Potterton of Romsey on 25 February 2016 proposed by Nigel Herriott, seconded by Jenny Herriott. Anthony Stirling of New Alresford on 1 May 2016 proposed by Ian Redway, seconded by Elizabeth Johnson. Trudy Capeling of North Stoneham on 10 May 2016 proposed by Phil Nicholls, seconded by Charles Harrison.

 

9. Election of new ringing members.
Peter Cates, Sally Cates and Alison Parker of Bishopstoke proposed by Roy LeMarechal, seconded by Peter Clarke. Simon Bourne of Candover Valley proposed by Emma Stevens, seconded by Peter Willis.

All confirmed on a show of hands.
Certificates and badges were taken for the eight of the 10 full members newly elected at the Annual District Meeting on 13 February and affiliated to Broughton, King’s Somborne, Lockerley, New Alresford, Romsey and Winchester College,

 
10. Future Events.
(i) The Queen’s Official Birthday, 11th June. Judy Bishop sought guidance on how best to mark the Queen’s Official Birthday. Suggestions were made that ringing could take place at 11.00 on Saturday 11th June, when Trooping the Colour would be taking place in London, or on Sunday 12th, to coincide with the Patron’s Lunch at St James’s park, the centrepiece event of the weekend.
(ii) Romsey Show. John Palk advised the meeting that arrangements were in hand for the District’s pitch at the Romsey Show on Saturday 10th September. He reminded the meeting of what had happened last year, including circulating local towers to ask for volunteers to help on the day, holding planning meetings, and securing the use of Graham Wright’s Mini-Ring. This year, we would have the benefit of last year’s experience; the Mini-Ring had been booked again. John observed that there had been lots of interest on the day, but this hadn’t translated into significant numbers of new recruits. Jane Pridmore suggested we produce a give-away card giving contact details for anyone wishing to take up ringing; John reminded the meeting of the need for volunteers to come early because Romsey quickly becomes gridlocked with visitors arriving by car.
(iii) District Outing, 17th September. Bruce advised the meeting that arrangements were in hand for an outing to take place in the Kennet Valley, centred on Newbury. Tony said that the outing was during the College Youths’ Peal weekend, and that in consequence he, for one, had prior commitments on the 17th in the form of peal attempts at Portsea and St Agatha’s, Portsmouth.

 
11. Guild AGM, Saturday 2 July
John advised the meeting that he had received an e-mail from Mo Routh, stating that the four principal officers of the Guild were not seeking re-election: she asked that the meeting be reminded of the opportunities to offer their services and skills to the Guild. On a practical matter Elizabeth reminded the meeting that the New Alresford band would be needing help with the meeting; also that attenders should be prepared to find off-street parking, (at the Station and Perin’s School) for which the maximum charge was £1.50.
Tony reminded the meeting that the District would have the opportunity to enter a band for the Inter-District Striking Competition on eight bells on the day. Edmund proposed that, with his consent, Tony be deputed to muster a band; Bruce seconded, and the meeting passed the proposal.

 
12. Any Other Business
Ropley. Rodney advised the meeting of the discussions taking place between interested parties – including English Heritage and the Victorian Society, as to the design of a replacement church building: discussions were ongoing, the parties aspired to having the church rebuilt by 2018.

 
Guild Website. Edmund remarked that the record of events on the Guild website didn’t always appear to keep pace with what was known to be happening at tower and district level, and that it was advisable to contact Rosalind Martin to secure editing privileges to update relevant pages on the Guild Website.

 
BRF Collection. Tony reported that £19.37 had been raised for the Guild Bell Restoration Fund.

 
The meeting closed at 5.57 p.m.

 
Appendix: Striking Competition teams
First Call change-ringing team: King’s Somborne – 21 faults
1 Sue Spurling (c) 4 Nigel Pridmore
2 Micki Nadal 5 Julian Orchard
3 Jane Pridmore 6 Bruce Purvis

 
Second Call change-ringing team: Easton – 21 faults
1 Judy Bishop 4 Sara Janssen
2 Pam Chrismas 5 Ian Redway (c)
3 Andrew Tan 6 Susie Smith

 
First Place: Bishopstoke, ringing Grandsire Doubles – 5 faults
1 Ann Le Marechal 4 Annabel Preston
2 John Dodd 5 Stuart Heath
3 Allen Guille (c) 6 Graham Wright

 
Second Place: Sparsholt and Crawley, ringing Plain Bob Doubles – 21 faults
1 Amanda Bayford 4 Nicky Breen
2 Sue Craddock 5 Edmund Wratten (c)
3 Adam Gawne-Cain 6 Jenny Watson

 
Special Commendation: Scratch Band, ringing Plain Bob Doubles – 8 faults
1 Carol Higgins 4 Bruce Purvis
2 Elizabeth Johnson 5 Jen Churchill (c)
3 Ian Redway 6 Rodney Skinner

Minutes of the Spring Alton and Petersfield District Meeting held on Saturday 9th April 2016

Alton & Petersfield District Bell Ringers
Minutes of the Spring Meeting held on Saturday 9th April 2016
at The Church of the Holy Rood, Holybourne 

Click here for original pdf version

Before the meeting opened officially, the Chairman Charlotte Lloyd asked for a volunteer to take the minutes as the group still has no Secretary. Melanie Moore agreed to do. Charlotte yet again urged members to consider standing for this vacant post.

  1. The Chairman welcomed members and thanked Mike Novell for organising the meeting, and Judy, Reneé, Lesley and Liz for the delicious Tea.
  2. Apologies were received from Toby, Kathy and Lucy Arkless (Bramshott), Teresa Brown (Froxfield), Valerie Harris (Blackmoor), Madeline King (Petersfield), Gwen Mackrell (Alton) and Robin
    Winckworth (Petersfield).
  3. The meeting stood in silence to remember former members Andrew Barnsdale and Keith Williamson who had recently died.
  4. The Minutes of the last meeting, held on 16th January 2016, were accepted as a correct record and signed by the Chairman. There were no Matters Arising.
  5. Election of new members
    The following candidates were put forward for election to the Guild:-
    Harry Cane (Buriton); proposed Graham Cane, seconded David Hughes
    Jake Mancini (Froyle) – Probationer; proposed Nigel Bulpitt, seconded Linda Bulpitt
    Nigel Proctor (Bentworth); proposed Chris Hurley, seconded Nigel Little
    Katherine Proctor (Bentworth); proposed Keith Merritt, seconded Judy Burt
    Darren Woodyer – Compounding Member (for Quarter Peal)
    All were elected unopposed.
    The only new member present to receive his Certificate in person was Harry Cane, who was welcomed and congratulated by the Chairman.
  6. Forthcoming Events
    A list of events and practices for April, May and June was distributed.
    It was confirmed that the Alton Outing would be held on Saturday 4th June. It would take place much nearer to home than usual (possibly even within the District) and be aimed specifically at ‘Learners and Improvers’, with an open invitation to ringers of all abilities from all towers in the District. Less experienced ringers would be encouraged to join in.
  7. AOB
    a. Graham Cane reported that he had organised a programme of practices until March 2017. He said that the District Outing this year is to be on Saturday 17th September, to either Eastbourne or the Burford/Cotswolds area.
    b. Hugh Routh, the new Guild Executive Representative, gave a brief report on its recent meeting, highlighting the most important matters discussed. He said that an unofficial ‘potted’ version of the minutes, written by Guild Communications Officer Deb Baker, was already available on the Guild website (but that the official minutes would be prepared by Secretary Tony Smith). Also, Hugh himself would be happy to answer any queries. He pointed out that four Guild Officer posts are soon to be vacated and invited members to consider standing.
    c. Melanie Moore asked if the District was considering taking part in this year’s BBC Music Day on Friday 3rd June when towers nationally have been asked to ring at 7pm. Petersfield and Alton are hoping to take part, but no District-wide participation is planned.
    d. Members expressed concern that individuals were being elected to the Guild almost ‘on the nod’ when neither the candidate, nor the proposer, nor the seconder was present at the meeting, and in some cases was unknown to the members present. Many towers routinely have no representatives at District meetings and membership was becoming a matter of mere formality rather than participation. It was particularly sad that so few Tower Captains attended meetings. It was agreed
    that members present should ‘spread the message’ and encourage other ringers to come to meetings; if everyone present brought just one extra person it could be a huge boost to District morale and effectiveness.
    e. It was confirmed that the District Barbecue will take place at Privett on Saturday 16th July. 
  8. There being no further business, the meeting closed at 5.30pm.

Melanie Moore (Petersfield)

Winchester ADM Minutes Feb 2016

Minutes of the Annual District Meeting held on Saturday 13th February 2016 in the Parish Rooms, the Abbey Church of SS Mary and Ethelflaeda

 

  1. Chairman’s Welcome. The Chairman, John Palk, opened the meeting at 6.07 p.m., with a welcome to those present, including visitors, and with thanks to the Romsey and Sherfield English Bands for hosting the day and to Kathryn McGregor and her helpers for laying on a splendid ringers’ tea [applause], to the Revds Christopher Pettet and Canon Timothy Sledge for the use of their bells, and the latter for leading the service, and to Gary Davies for playing the organ at the service.

 

  1. Attendance. The following 34 members of the District  (representing eight towers and unattached), and three guests signed the attendance register , as follows:- Janice Higgins, Christine and Peter Hill, Christine and Ian McCallion, Jenifer Smith, Tessa and Tony Smith, (all of Hursley), Jen Churchill, Gary Davies, Carol Higgins, Rosemary Oakeshott, Bren and John Palk (all of Lockerley), Elizabeth Johnson (New Alresford), Phil Watts (North Stoneham), Caroline and Martin Daniels, Jennifer and Nigel Herriott, Charlotte Meader, Martin and Rhoda Willson (all of Romsey), Rodney Skinner (Ropley), John Colliss, Jackie and John Downham, Mary Edelsten, John Gawne-Cain, Bruce Purvis (all of Winchester Cathedral), Gerry Cornick, Christine Knights-Whittome (both of Wonston), John and Joyce Croft, (unattached); Charlotte Colliss, Graham and Viv Nobbs (Guild Master) comprising the guests; also present was Edmund Wratten (unattached).

 

  1. Apologies for absence.  Apologies for absence were received from Apologies for absence were received from Amanda Bayford, Andrew and Sue Craddock, Alec Fry, Sam Fussell, Andrew Glover, Mike Hayward, Hugh Hill, Sue Holder, Andrew and Theo Johnson, Jane Pridmore, Trish Spink, Sue Spurling, Jenny Watson and the remainder of the Winchester College band
  2. Minutes of the Previous Meeting. Subject to a point of fact (six quarters, not five, scored during the Ringing Festival), the minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held on 8 November at Sherfield English, were proposed by Bruce Purvis, seconded by Elizabeth Johnson and adopted on a show of hands.

 

  1. Matters Arising.  Caroline Daniels suggested that if the Chairman would be willing, he be co-opted to organise and assist with running a pitch at the Romsey Show: her suggestion met with the enthusiastic support of the meeting, and John was pleased to agree. The question of finance was deferred for consideration under AOB, as per the Agenda.

 

  1. Confirmation of belfry elections.

Ringing members: Kate Shaw of Hursley prior to a peal at Hursley on 28 November 2015: proposed by Christine Hill, seconded by Tony Smith. Compounding members: Tim R Palmer of Sheffield prior to a peal at Bishopstoke on 29 December 2015: proposed by Roy LeMarechal, seconded by John Colliss.

Probationary members: Jenny Hebburn of Broughton on 4 January 2016: proposed by Mike Hayward, seconded by Bob Gosse. Michael Ward of Romsey on 4 January 2016: proposed by Martin Daniels, seconded by Caroline Daniels. Derek Stewart of Hursley on 5 January 2016: proposed by Christine Hill, seconded by Peter Hill. Peter Wild of Twyford on 5 January 2016: proposed by Angela Forder-Stent, seconded by Andrew Johnson. Anne Hibbert of Hursley on 12 January 2016: proposed by Christine Hill, seconded by Peter Hill.  Rosie Cardoe and Richard Jenkins of Broughton on 8 February 2016: proposed by Bob Gosse, seconded by John Palk. Markus Finner of King’s Somborne on 8 February 2016: proposed by Sue Spurling, seconded by Ron White. Alec Graham and Luca Lombardo of Winchester College on 9 February 2016: proposed by Hugh Hill, seconded by Lucy Hopkins Till. Robert Abbott of King’s Somborne on 11 February 2016: proposed by Jane Pridmore, seconded by Bruce Purvis. 7.      Election of new ringing members. Sue Welch of Broughton: proposed by Mike Hayward, seconded by Jen Churchill. Micki Nadel, Nigel Pridmore and Dawn Williams of King’s Somborne: proposed by Jane Pridmore, seconded by Sue Spurling. Sam Fussell and Susie Holder of Lockerley: proposed by Gary Davies, seconded by Jen Churchill. Stephanie Hodnett of New Alresford: proposed by Ian Redway, seconded by Elizabeth Johnson. Filip Hargreaves of Romsey: proposed by Andrew Glover, seconded by Adrian Hargreaves. Alexander Davies and Harry Rodgers of Winchester College: proposed by Hugh Hill, seconded by Bruce Purvis.

  1. Officers’ Reports. Treasurer’s Report and accounts: The accounts, as usual carefully examined  by John Colliss, were proposed by Tony Smith and seconded by John Croft.  Secretary’s and Ringing Masters’ Reports: Subject to corrections to the Secretary’s report, both reports were proposed by their authors and seconded by others present.  All three reports were adopted on a show of hands.
  2. Election of Officers. The chairman advised that John Croft, who had made known his willingness to stand as from this year remained ready to take office if called upon.  The treasurer was happy to continue in post, though he ‘would not be offended if anyone else wished to take over as treasurer’; the secretary and other sitting officers were likewise willing to stand for office for 2016,and John Colliss was willing to continue as Independent Examiner of the accounts. There remained two vacant offices: the (extra) Executive Committee representative, because of the size of the District’s membership, and the Newsletter editor, from which the Chairman felt bound to step down on account of his resignation as Chairman.  Following discussion, the offices were filled as follows:-

 

Chairman: John Croft, proposed by John Palk, seconded by Bruce Purvis;

Secretary: Bruce Purvis, proposed by John Palk, seconded by Elizabeth Johnson;

Treasurer: Tony Smith, proposed by Bruce Purvis, seconded by Elizabeth Johnson;

Ringing Masters: Edmund Wratten, proposed by Gerry Cornick, seconded by Jacquie Downham; Joint Ringing Master: Jenny Watson, proposed by Gerry Cornick, seconded by Jacquie Downham;

Executive Committee Representative: John Croft, proposed by Bruce Purvis, seconded by John Palk

Independent Examiner of Accounts: John Colliss, proposed by Nigel Herriott, seconded by Peter Hill;

Webmaster: Andrew Glover, proposed by Charlotte Meader, seconded by Christine Knights-Whittome.

Newsletter Editor: John Palk, proposed by John Croft, seconded by Joyce Croft;

all elected on a show of hands.

 

  1. Future Events. The following events were planned: 9 March: District Training Evening, Hursley*; 23 April: District Practice, open day and ringing for St George’s Day, Houghton; 9 May: QDM and Striking Contests or Training, Easton*; 11 June: Training Morning: Raising and Lowering, Micheldever; 21 June: Tower Reps’ Meeting, Winchester; 9 July: Training Session: Conducting Doubles Methods, Sparsholt;  5 August, QDM and Walk Mottisfont to Romsey*[1]; late August/Early September: Young Ringers’ Outing; 31 August: District practice, Winchester; 10 September: Romsey Show; 17 September: District Outing, Berkshire/Oxfordshire borders*; 8 October: Training Session: Conducting Minor Methods, Old Alresford*; 15-31 October: Peal and Quarter-Peal Fortnight; 12 November: QDM and Education Day, Ringing on Higher Numbers and Social Evening, Bishopstoke; 3 December: Carol Service, Cheriton*; 15 January: District Practice, North Stoneham[2]; 11 February: ADM,  Barton Stacey.  All events apart from those asterisked in the list above were confirmed, including the 2017 ADM at Romsey.

 

The Secretary reported that the May meeting was provisionally scheduled for a training event in view of the perceived lack of interest in striking competitions.  The Treasurer called for a straw poll, which revealed that 9 people were in favour of striking competitions and none were against, suggesting that if suitably promoted striking competitions would attract lively interest and participation, sentiments echoed by Nigel Herriott, who spoke of a genuine commitment to be exploited.

 

Christine Knights-Whittome reminded the meeting of the Guild Education Day on plain hunting and treble ringing to Doubles methods, on 19 March, at St Mary Bourne, also of sessions planned for 22 March (Tuesday in Holy Week) on the use of simulators, and on Friday 6 May on ringing on a mini-ring. She also pointed out that there was no event planned for 3 September as shown on the circulated calendar of events.

 

  1. Guild Striking Competitions. The Secretary reminded the meeting of up-coming Guild striking competitions, comprising the Inter-tower six- and eight-bell competitions on Saturday 21 May, at Eversley and Hawley (nr Camberley) respectively; the inter-district competition on the morning of the AGM on 2 July.  There would be no 10-bell competition this year.

 

  1. Guild Master. The Guild Master, Viv Nobbs, opened her slot with “A great big thank-you, to everyone here – and not here – for all that you do for ringing in whatever capacity”, and welcomed John Croft, the incoming chairman, as the new Executive Committee representative. She went on to remind the meeting of the following:-

 

  1. The Guild Action Plan – which she hoped we had all heard of.  It had been compiled after extensive consultation throughout the Guild and over a long period of time.  Underpinning its objectives was the need for more volunteers, and the Guild working hand in hand with the districts. For all those volunteers throughout the guild, they needed “to know where the Guild was going” – its aims and objectives: these are all detailed in the Action Plan, available on the website.

 

  1. The AGM was fast approaching, and all the offices were up for election, for which we should consider standing.

 

  1. Striking competitions: Harking back to the earlier discussion on the District competitions, the Guild Master reminded the meeting that the competitions had a lot to offer as social events apart from the participation in the contests. They were a great way to enthuse younger ringers, who enjoyed all aspects of competition days. Apart from the Guild and district competions, Viv reminded the meeting about the inaugural South East England Youth Striking Contest, hosted by the Guildford DG, on 2nd April at Epsom Common.  Viv had secured entry slots for two teams from the Guild and encouraged our younger ringers to apply. (Further details at http://guildfordguild.org.uk/inaugural-south-east-england-youth-striking-contest/)

 

  1. Recruitment, teaching and retention. On these linked issues, Viv referred the meeting to the Education section of the Guild Action Plan, which detailed the financial incentives for ‘getting involved’.  There was £500 per district per year available, to assist with access to a recognised training scheme: the closing date for applications was 29th February.

 

  1. The Firsts Fortnight, 1st-15th March was a Guild initiative to encourage and celebrate first-time achievements of all kinds – from handling upwards.  It  was all about inspiring people, and capturing their interest.  There were more details on the website, at wpbells.org/firsts-fortnight, and we were encouraged to post our firsts there.  Edmund Wratten offered to help with any aspect of the initiative.

 

  1. Central Council Meeting, Portsmouth.  Viv handed over to Christine for this item: Council would be meeting in Portsmouth over the weekend of the Spring Bank Holiday, Friday 27th-Monday 30th May, and help would be wanted with the stewarding at the various meetings and helping at the towers open during the weekend.

 

  1. Youth Funding.  The Guild Action Plan detailed financial incentives for young ringers needing training and development, and Viv exhorted us all to encourage our young ringers to exploit these opportunities.

 

  1. Finally, whatever issues members of the district had, Viv urged us to contact our Executive Committee reps to raise them.

 

  1. Any Other Business.

 

In opening this section of the meeting, the Chairman recalled the – fortunately temporarily – shaky start to his term of office seven years ago, when the District Committee comprised himself as Chairman and Rosemary Oakeshott as Secretary and Treasurer, and his relief that before long the District’s affairs were placed on a more secure footing with Mike Hopkins Till’s appointment as secretary, and subsequently, up to the present time.  He thanked the District for their continued support and wished his successor, John Croft, well for the future.  At this point he was presented by the Secretary with a copy of Ron Johnston’s Bell-ringing: the English Art of Change-Ringing, on behalf of the committee, and a card signed by everyone at the meeting. [Applause, photo-call].

Win Outgoing Chairman Presentation 13022016

 

 

  1. District Outing.  The secretary advised that the outing would take place this year on 17 September, and in the Vale of Newbury/Berkshire Downs/south Oxfordshire area.

 

  1. Houghton. The chairman – referring to the District Practice on 23 April, which would also serve as an open day for the new ring at Houghton – advised that the bells were being installed at the present time.

 

  1. Education and Training. The secretary urged the meeting to let the masters and him know of any specific training needs, which the district would do its best to accommodate.

 

  1. Support and outreach to local towers.  The chairman advised that there was a problem in the district of some towers having early-stage learners attending, to the detriment of the practice needed by the towers’ own bands. Christine Hill advised the meeting that because Hursley were now training a couple of learners from scratch on Tuesday evenings, they could accommodate small groups of learners at a similar stage, but cautioned that it would be advisable to telephone in advance to be sure the practice was going ahead. The Secretary volunteered to post ‘ad-hoc’ practices around the district, in addition to the regular monthly schedule of events.

 

  1. Budget for Extraordinary Expenditure. The chairman advised the meeting that because there was no provision under guild rules for a standing budget for specific ventures, events such as the Romsey Show had to be referred to district meetings to vote a budget. He suggested that it would be useful to have a budget for the District’s presence at the 2016 Show of £100, though he anticipated that actual expenditure would be far less, as resources from the 2015 show had been carried over.  Tony Smith proposed a budget of £100, Bruce Purvis seconded the proposal, carried on a show of hands.

 

  1. Angela Forder-Stent. Elizabeth Johnson reported that in the New Year Honours, Angela Forder-Stent, Tower Captain of Twyford, had been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to her local community, at the time of the floods two years ago.  Locally the award was recognised by a quarter-peal at New Alresford on 10th January (http://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=988172 refers).

 

  1. Cathedral Refectory Helpers’ rota.  Elizabeth Johnson reported that following the resignation of the Guild’s team of volunteers at the Cathedral Refectory, en masse, owing to shabby treatment by the Refectory’s subcontractors, Kudos, a meeting had taken place at which the difficulties had been aired and addressed.  In the hope that problems had been resolved, Jennifer Baxter had agreed to continue as co-ordinator, and sought help from anyone prepared to volunteer for the rota.

 

  1. Ringing World Calendars.  Christine Hill advised that these calendars, featuring Guild towers, were now available at half-price – £4.00 – and she had some available for purchase.

 

  1. Bell Restoration Fund. The collection for the Bell Restoration fund raised £31 exactly.

 

The meeting closed at 7.03 p.m.

[1] The date for the August QDM should have been shown as 13th August, and will be noted under Matters Arising and corrected under Future Events at the next Quarterly Meeting.

[2]  The date for the District Practice at North Stonehamshould have been shown as 17th January 2017, and will be noted under Matters Arising and corrected under Future Events at the next Quarterly Meeting.

Winchester QDM Minutes Nov 2015

Minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held on Saturday 7th November 2015 in the Parish Hall, Hursley

 

  1. Chairman’s welcome: The Chairman, John Palk opened the meeting at 5.32 p.m. with a welcome to those present and with thanks to Christine and Ian McCallion and local helpers for providing a sumptuous ringers’ tea [applause], to the Vicar, the Revd William Prescott and the Wardens for the use of the bells, and to Edmund Wratten and Jenny Watson, joint ringing masters, for arranging and delivering a most instructive training session on Stedman and Erin on higher numbers.

 

  1. Attendance: The following 26 members of the District and two guests signed the attendance register (representing nine towers with one member unattached): Janice Higgins, Christine and Peter Hill, Christine and Ian McCallion, Barry and Christine Saunders, Jenifer Smith, Pam and Richard Thompson (Hursley), Sue Spurling (King’s Somborne), Jen Churchill, Gary Davies, Brenda and John Palk (Lockerley), Andrew and Elizabeth Johnson (New Alresford), Joy Scanlan (Romsey), Jenny Watson (Sparsholt), Jackie and John Downham and Bruce Purvis, (Winchester Cathedral), Hugh Hill (Winchester College), Christine Knights-Whittome and Paul Fitzgerald, (Wonston), Joyce Croft, (unattached) Julia and Susanna Johnson (guests).

 

  1. Apologies for absence.  Apologies for absence were received from Gerry Cornick, John Croft, Caroline Fairley, Andrew Glover, Carol Higgins, Nicola Plummer, Tony Smith and the Winchester College Band, except for Hugh Hill

 

  1. Minutes of the Previous Meeting. The minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held on 8 August in the yard of the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Micheldever, were accepted as a true record, after a correction to David Frowd’s tower affiliation in the membership elections, proposed by Bruce Purvis, seconded by Jenny Watson, passed on a show of hands.

 

  1. Matters Arising.  Paragraph 8: Romsey Show. John Palk reported that he was overwhelmed by the level of interest shown in the District’s pitch at the Romsey Show on 12th September: it was 3 p.m. before he had a chance to sit down, and there was a constant queue for people wishing to try the mini-ring.  In terms of generating enquiries about taking up ringing, success was rather more qualified, but enquires were being followed up. As an exercise in raising ringing’s profile, our participation was felt to be worthwhile and something we should consider repeating. Jenny Watson felt it was a wonderfully inclusive occasion, also that our thanks should be conveyed to the Romsey band for their support.  John reported that our costs for the day totalled £57, and much of that sum was for material which could be re-used. John remarked that there was no formal budget for expenditure such as that incurred, and suggested that there should be a proposal at the Annual District Meeting for district meetings to vote a budget for undertakings such as maintaining a presence at county/area shows.

 

Paragraph 9: Future Events (1): District Outing. Bruce Purvis reported briefly on the District Outing to the New Forest on 17th October, remarking on the wide variety of towers, and thanking Andrew Glover for the considerable effort of choosing and arranging the towers and devising the itinerary. Andrew Johnson added that – apart from difficulties parking at Lymington – it had been a very good day out.

 

(2): Peal and Quarter-Peal Fortnight, 17th October-1st November.  Bruce Purvis reported that the District Ringing Festival had attracted fewer entries than in previous years, resulting in five quarters scored, at Hursley, Lockerley and Sparsholt. Those at Sparsholt included a first inside for Kai Gawne-Cain and a first on a working bell for Adam Gawne-Cain, while that at Hursley was a first of eight-spliced for Rhoda Willson.  Joyce Croft asked that two peals, one in hand, rung as Silver Wedding Anniversary compliments to John and herself, and including a first of PB Maximus in hand for Graham Firman, be credited to the Festival[i]

 

Paragraph 10: Any other business. Elizabeth Johnson reported that there had been no response to the appeal for ringers for the Mothers’ Union commemorative service at Old Alresford, 9th August, but that there had been enough to ring.

 

  1. Confirmation of belfry elections.

Compounding members:

 

Lucy A Warren of Bilsborrow, prior to a peal at Farnborough on 17th October 2015, proposed by Edd Colliss, seconded by John Colliss;

 

Jennie L Toze of Timberscombe, prior to a peal at Romsey on 24th October, proposed by Martin Daniels, seconded by Patricia Spink;

 

Kenneth J Darvill and Lucinda Woodward of London, prior to a peal at Hursley on 31st October, proposed by Martin Press, seconded by Christine Hill.

 

Probationary members:

 

Peter Jenkins of Broughton on 19th October 2015, proposed by Bob Gosse, seconded by Nick Jarrett;

 

Paul Burnage of Romsey on 22nd October 2015, proposed by Caroline Daniels, seconded by Martin Daniels;

 

Louisa Adlam, Phailin Chanphian, Pernille Faye, Tammy Olushinata, Salina Siu and Antigone Storey of Winchester College on 3rd November, proposed by Caroline Fairley, seconded by Hugh Hill. All of the above confirmed on a show of hands.

  1. Election of new ringing members.

 

Craig Robb and Paul McTaggart of Cheriton, proposed by Caroline Fairley and seconded by Bruce Purvis, both elected on a show of hands.

 

  1. Future Events.  As the Calendar of Events for the rest of the year was being reviewed it was pointed out that the Carol Service at King’s Worthy would take place on 5th December: also that the District Practice at Crawley would – as with all district practices – take place on the tower’s practice night.  The meeting also heard that the committee would be meeting shortly to devise a programme for 2016-2017.  Elizabeth Johnson, reminding the meeting that the Guild AGM on 2nd July would now be hosted by New Alresford, said that much help would be needed with the arrangements, and all offers of help would be gratefully received.  Christine Knights-Whittome reminded the meeting of the Guild Education Committee’s next course, on Saturday 20th February, ‘Ringing on Higher Numbers’, in the Winchester area.

 

  1. Any Other Business

 

Jen Churchill showed the meeting some knitted mobiles, the proceeds of which would be added to the fund for soundproofing at Lockerley and East Tytherley.  Christine Hill reminded the meeting that next year’s Ringing World calendar was of great local interest: costing £8.00, it featured churches and towers from the Guild. The collection for the Guild Bell Restoration Fund – in the guise of a ceramic ‘dinosaur’ piggy-bank – realised £21.55.

 

The meeting closed at 5.57 p.m.

[i] A peal at Romsey, for the patronal festival and a quarter peal are also to be credited to the Festival, including a first peal of treble bob for Jennie Toze and a first quarter of triples inside for Cathy Stokes.

Winchester QDM Minutes Aug 2015

Minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held on Saturday 8th August 2015 in the yard of the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Micheldever.

 1. Chairman’s welcome

In the absence of the Chairman, Bruce Purvis (Secretary) opened the meeting at 1.00 p.m. with a welcome to those present and with thanks to Mary Tiles and local helpers for providing teas, coffees, etc, to go with attendees’ picnic lunches, to the Vicar, the Revd Sue Forster and the Wardens for the use of the bells, also to Gerry Cornick for arranging the use of the bells at Wonston, and the Rector and Wardens.

2. Attendance

The following 13 members of the District signed the attendance register (representing nine towers with one member unattached): Pam and Richard Thompson (Hursley), Jonathan Smith (King’s Worthy), Mary Tiles (Micheldever), Elizabeth Johnson (New Alresford), Andrew Glover (Romsey), Rodney Skinner (Ropley and New Alresford), Jenny Watson (Sparsholt), John Gawne-Cain, Bruce Purvis, (Winchester Cathedral), Gerry Cornick, Christine Knights-Whittome (Wonston) and Joyce Croft, (unattached).

 3. Apologies for absence

Apologies for absence were received from Amanda Bayford, Judy Bishop, John Croft, Gary Davies, Christine and Peter Hill, Rosemary Oakeshott, John and Bren Palk, Juliet Pattinson, Nicola Plummer, Tony Smith and Trish Spink

 4. Minutes of the Previous Meeting

The minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held on 9 May in the Parish Church of SS Peter and Paul, King’s Somborne, were accepted as a true record, following corrections to the number of faults and the equivalent peal speed of the Lockerley Team in the Striking Competition: proposed by Bruce Purvis, seconded by Joyce Croft, passed on a show of

 5. Matters Arising

There were no matters arising.

6. Confirmation of belfry elections.

 Compounding members:

Timothy B Davis of Leek prior to a peal at Stroud on 4 May 2015 proposed by Roy LeMarechal, seconded by John Colliss.

Probationary members:

Bevis Clarke Smith of Winchester Cathedral on 31 May 2015 proposed by Bruce Purvis, seconded by Nick Bucknall.

Megan Bucknall of Winchester Cathedral on 31 May 2015 proposed by Nick Bucknall, seconded by Bruce Purvis.

7. Election of new ringing members

Imogen Smith of King’s Worthy and David Frowd of Wonston, proposed by Jonathan Smith and seconded by Gerry Cornick, both elected on a show of hands.

8. Romsey Show

 By way of background, Bruce Purvis explained to the meeting that John Palk had approached the organizers of the Romsey Show to suggest that the District have a pitch at the show to demonstrate and explain ringing and, following a positive response had arranged for a pitch, to include Graham Wright’s Mini-Ring. To meet incidental costs, the following motion was put to the meeting: That the District officers be authorised to spend not more than £100 on incidental expenses associated with running a stall incorporating Graham Wright’s mini-ring at the Romsey Show on 12 September 2015″, to be proposed by Tony Smith (District Treasurer), seconded by Bruce Purvis (District Secretary. Bruce explained that the costs so far – for a map of the Diocese showing ringing towers, at £16 and 300 of the Central Council recruitment leaflet, at £9 plus postage – were running at about £30. The motion was put to the meeting and passed on a show of hands.

Suggestions from the floor that, on the day of the show, a record of people interested in learning, or resuming, ringing be taken, and relevant tower secretaries be forwarded the details.

9. Future Events

 The Secretary presented the programme of events for the rest of the year and as far as the annual district meeting at Romsey next February. There were two amendments to the list as presented: the training evening scheduled for 12 September was planned to take place at Sparsholt, and at the suggestion of the meeting would be put back to 19 September (so as not to coincide with the Romsey Show) subject to there being no serious clashes on the Guild calendar. The District practice in the New Year would be held at Crawley on 13 January. Andrew Glover, who had organised this year’s outing on 17 October in the New Forest area outlined the itinerary: Minstead (new ring of six), Brockenhurst, Lymington, Milford on Sea, Hordle and Ringwood (all eights, ranging from super-light to fairly heavy), and was thanked for his efforts.

Commenting on the Secretary’s report that the previous two training events (6 June, Surprise Major, Twyford and 11 July, Call Changes, Cheriton) had had to be cancelled for lack of support, Rodney Skinner suggested that a greater degree of proactivity in gathering support for the fixtures would pay dividends.

10. Any Other Business

Richard Thompson advised the meeting that there would be no Surprise Major Practice at Hursley on the following Tuesday, 11 August, because of holiday commitments.

Elizabeth Johnson advised the meeting that on Sunday 9 August, at the annual Mothers’ Union Commemoration Service at Old Alresford, a new window, honouring Mary Sumner, founder of the MU, would be dedicated by the Bishop of Basingstoke. She asked for anyone available to ring from 3.15 for the 4.00 service to contact Heather Galley.

Joyce Croft advised the meeting that the bells of St Michael, Stoke Charity – on the route of the afternoon’s walk – would be available for chiming.

No collection was taken for the Guild Bell Restoration Fund. The meeting closed at 1.27p.m.

Winchester QDM Minutes May 2015

Minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held on Saturday 9th May 2015 in the Parish Church of SS Peter and Paul, King’s Somborne.

 1. Chairman’s welcome: The Chairman, John Palk, opened the meeting at 5.30 with a welcome to those present and with thanks to Sue Spurling and the King’s Somborne band and helpers for providing a splendid ringers’ tea, to the Vicar, the Revd Jonathan Watkins and the Wardens for the use of the bells, and to John and Joyce Croft for judging the Striking Competition.

2. Attendance: The following 30 members of the District signed the attendance register (representing seven towers with two members unattached): Janice Higgins, Christine and Peter Hill, Christine and Ian McCallion, Jenifer Smith, Tessa and Tony Smith (Hursley), Patrick Cooper, Gerald Lambert, Brian Orange, Julian Orchard, Jane Pridmore, Sue Spurling, Ron White (King’s Somborne), Jen Churchill, Gary Davies, Carol Higgins, Bradley Lewis, Bren and John Palk (Lockerley), Charlotte Meader (Romsey), Jenny Watson (Sparsholt), John Colliss, Caroline Fairley, Bruce Purvis, Isobel Wolf (Winchester Cathedral), Hugh Hill (Winchester College), John Croft, Joyce Croft, (unattached), and as our guest Charlotte Colliss (Swanmore). Edmund Wratten (unattached) was also

3. Striking Competition Results. John thanked the District for inviting him to judge the competition, saying that it was as enjoyable as ever. He congratulated all entrants: the sole entry for call changes and the three entrants for the method- ringing

Call change-ringing Competition.

A good start was followed by a steady rhythm. There were some quick handstrokes, when the bells got on top of each other, but it was a good effort, with a total of eight faults. The winning team was fielded by the host tower, King’s Somborne.

Method-ringing Competition.

Team A rang Grandsire Doubles: a nice piece of ringing at a good, steady pace. It was almost flawless, with only one whole fault. The key element was that they rang at a good speed: four minutes and five seconds, equating to a peal speed of 2h51’, which for the weight and go of the bells was just about right. Four faults were logged.

Team B rang Grandsire Doubles: theirs was a slower piece of ringing: four minutes and thirty seconds, equating to a peal speed of 3h09’, a bit slow for these bells. The ringing was steady, but there were some gaps, and they slowed down over the test piece, leading to more faults. Eight faults were logged.

Team C rang Reverse Canterbury Doubles: again, this team was slower than team A, with their 120 rung in four minutes and twenty-five seconds, corresponding to a peal speed of 3h05’. A number of gaps caused the ringing to sound a bit choppy and uneven, so that 12 faults were logged.

The results were:-

in third place, with 12 faults: Team C: Lockerley and East Tytherley; in second place, with 8 faults: Team B: Romsey; in first place, with 4 faults: Team A: Hursley.

4. Apologies for absence. Apologies for absence were received from Judy Bishop, Andrew Glover, Mike Hopkins Till, Elizabeth Johnson, Christine Knights-Whittome, Rosemary Oakeshott, Alan Price, Rodney Skinner and all of the Winchester College

 5. Minutes of the Previous Meeting. The minutes of the Annual District Meeting held on 14 February in the John Pearson Hall adjacent the Parish Church of St John the Baptist, New Alresford, were accepted as a true record, following corrections to names of those present and apologising for absence: proposed by John Palk, seconded by Sue *

6. Matters Arising. Under the heading ‘Guild Master’, Tony Smith advised the meeting that Viv Nobbs had got down safely from abseiling the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth on 2 May.

7. Confirmation of belfry elections.

Probationary members:

Andrew Morris of Romsey on 5 March 2015 proposed by Caroline Daniels, seconded by Martin Daniels.

Steve Bohill-Smith, Katie Hinds, Paul McTaggart, Annabel Peters, Steve Peters and Craig Robb of Cheriton on 7 May 2015 proposed by Caroline Fairley, seconded by Bruce Purvis.

8. Election of new ringing members.

Alison Fydler of Candover Valley proposed by Carol Herring, seconded by Emma Stevens.

Linda Russell and Andy Tan of Easton proposed by Judy Bishop, seconded by Edmund Wratten.

Isobel Wolf of Winchester Cathedral proposed by Caroline Fairley, seconded by Bruce Purvis.

All confirmed on a show of hands.

Certificates and badges were taken for the 19 full members at Broughton, Crawley, King’s Somborne, Lockerley, Old and New Alresford, Romsey, Sherfield English, West Tytherley, Winchester Cathedral and College, newly elected at the Annual District Meeting on 14 February.

9. Future Events. 

Christine Hill reminded the meeting that this year’s Annual General Meeting was being arranged and hosted by the Portsmouth District, with both lunch and tea being offered, and good ringing opportunities at towers in the north of the district. The business meeting would take place in Curdridge and would address such key issues as improving our ringing, promoting ringing and changes to the Guild’s spending priorities to take account of education and training needs. She urged all present to attend.

Edmund Wratten reminded the meeting that in addition to the recent ringing red- letter days of ‘Ringing for England’ and VE-Day, both of which had been rung for in the district, other up-coming dates were the 175th anniversary of the issue of the Penny Black on 6 May, and 9 September, when the Queen becomes the longest- reigning monarch in our history, requesting that tower secretaries and captains be reminded of the latter date, in particular.

10. Any Other Business 

Hugh Hill suggested that a record be maintained of which towers rang for the anniversaries of VE-Day, the Battle of Waterloo and other special dates including anniversaries falling in 2015. It was noted that VE-Day had been marked by ringing at King’s Somborne and Lockerley and by a quarter of Plain Bob Royal at Winchester Cathedral, and that a quarter at the Cathedral was planned on 14 June to mark the 800th anniversary the next day of the sealing of Magna Carta.

The Chairman, in his capacity of Honorary Report Editor, advised the meeting that reports had not yet been printed, as local printers had had more pressing demands on their capacity owing to the General Election: copies of the 2014 handbook were still available. The Treasurer stated that the 2015 District Directory was still in preparation; also that £23.50 had been raised for the Bell Restoration Fund.

The meeting closed at 6.00 p.m.

*Kathryn Macgregor and Joy Scanlan had signed the attendance list but had to leave before the business meeting started.

Under Election of New Members Wendy Trice’s name was misrecorded as Rice, and the total elected as 19, not 20.

Appendix: Striking Competition teams

Call change-ringing team: King’s Somborne – 7 faults
1. Sue Spurling (c)                4. Julian Orchard
2. Gerald Lambert                5. Jane Pridmore
3. Patrick Cooper                  6. Ron White

First Place: Hursley, ringing Grandsire Doubles – 4 faults
1. Maureen Hanney              4. Christine Hill
2. Jenifer Smith                     5. Peter Hill (c)
3. Tony Smith                         6. Janice Higgins

Second Place: Romsey Abbey, ringing Grandsire Doubles – 8 faults
1. Jennifer Herriott               4. Caroline Daniels
2. Nigel Herriott (c)              5. Martin Daniels
3. Charlotte Meader             6. John Williams

Third Place: Lockerley and East Tytherley, ringing Reverse Canterbury – 12 faults
1. Alex Cairns                         4. Bradley Lewis
2. Jen Churchill                     5. Gary Davies (c)
3. Carol Higgins                    6. Bruce Purvis

Winchester ADM Minutes Feb 2015

Minutes of the Annual District Meeting held on Saturday 14th February 2015 in the John Pearson Hall, Parish Church of St John the Baptist, New Alresford

The meeting started at 6.03 p.m., with 32 members of the District from twelve towers and unattached, and ten guests present, as follows:- Graham Wright (Bishopstoke), Judy Bishop (Easton), Christine and Ian McCallion, Tessa and Tony Smith, Pam and Richard Thompson (all of Hursley), Sue Spurling (King’s Somborne), Jen Churchill, Gary Davies, Carol Higgins, Bradley Lewis, Bren and John Palk (all of Lockerley), Andrew, Elizabeth and Theo Johnson, Ian Redway (all of New Alresford), Phil Watts (North Stoneham), Mike Hayward (Romsey), Jenny Watson (Sparsholt), John Colliss, Jackie and John Downham, John Gawne-Cain, Bruce Purvis (all of Winchester Cathedral), Tony Ayres (Winchester
College), Christine Knights-Whittome (Wonston), John and Joyce Croft, Edmund Wratten (all unattached); Alan Buswell, the Revd Phil Collins, Charlotte and Edd Colliss, Julia and Susanna Johnson, Graham and Viv Nobbs (Guild Master), Barbara and Derek Yates comprising the guests.

The Chairman, John Palk, opened the meeting with a welcome to those present, including visitors, and with thanks to Elizabeth [Johnson] and the New Alresford Band for hosting the day and for laying on a splendid ringers’ tea, to the rector, the Revd Phil Collins for the use of the bells and leading the service, at which he ‘spoke as though he was a ringer’ and to Gary Davies for playing the organ at the service.

Loss of Members through Death in 2014. The recent death of Jacquie Redway (on 16 January) was noted with sadness, and the fact that about a dozen long touches had been rung in Jacquie’s memory (including a peal at Awbridge and another on handbells, and quarters at Lockerley, New Alresford and Sparsholt). The Secretary also reminded the meeting of the death of Pam Bridger on 6 February 2014: their passing had been remembered in prayer during the service.

Apologies for absence. Apologies for absence were received from Amanda Bayford, Gerry Cornick, Caroline and Martin Daniels, Andrew Glover, Christine, Katie, Peter and Rosemary Hill, Hugh Hill, Kathryn McGregor, Rosemary
Oakeshott, Bren Palk and Joy Scanlan.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting. The minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held on 8 November at Sherfield English were adopted on a show of hands.

Matters Arising. There were no matters arising from the above-mentioned minutes.

Confirmation of belfry elections.
Probationary members:
George Corfield and Stephanie Hodnett of New Alresford on 14 January 2015 proposed by Rodney Skinner, seconded by Elizabeth Johnson.

Rory A Benton, Christopher N Berry, Amanda Bruzon, Alexander S M Davies, Henry O Rodgers, Inigo A D Selwood and Pan Siripark of Winchester College on 16 January 2015 proposed by Hugh Hill, seconded by Lucy Hopkins Till.

Jacob Spence of Winchester College on 16 January 2015 proposed by Martin Kelly, seconded by Hugh Hill.

Richard Burnett-Hall, Lisa Howe, Royden Roche and Sue Welch of Broughton on 19 January 2015 proposed by Bob Gosse, seconded by Mike Hayward.

Lin Russell and Andy Tan of Easton on 22 January 2015 proposed by Judy Bishop, seconded by Sara Janssen.

Marion Daniell of Winchester Cathedral on 11 February 2015 proposed by Mike Hopkins Till, seconded by Bruce Purvis.

Nicola Frances and Jean Whewell of Winchester Cathedral on 11 February 2015 proposed by Bruce Purvis and seconded by Nick Bucknall.

Election of new members.
Ringing members:
John Boggis of Broughton proposed by Bob Gosse, seconded by John Palk.

Arthur Jarrett of Broughton proposed by Nick Jarrett, seconded by Mike Hayward.

Freya Bennett and Imogen Breen of Crawley proposed by Edmund Wratten, seconded by Amanda Bayford.

Jenifer A E Smith of Hursley [re-election] proposed by Christine Hill, seconded by Tony Smith.

Sue Holligan, David St John and Heidi Whitehead of King’s Somborne proposed by Sue Spurling, seconded by Ron White.

Alex Cairns of Lockerley and East Tytherley proposed by Gary Davies, seconded by Jen Churchill.

Piers Armstrong of New Alresford proposed by Rodney Skinner, seconded by Elizabeth Johnson.

Jilly Williams of Old Alresford proposed by Heather Galley, seconded by Elizabeth Johnson.

Andrew Nicol, Martin Willson and Rhoda Willson of Romsey proposed by Andrew Glover, seconded by Caroline Daniels.

Wendy Trice of Sherfield English proposed by Caroline Daniels, seconded by Heather Harris.

Adam Gawne-Cain and Kai Gawne-Cain of Sparsholt proposed by Jenny Watson, seconded by John Cleverley.

Charlotte L Rimmington and Helen C Vincent of West Tytherley proposed by Jen Churchill, seconded by Anne Strong.

Kate Nye of Winchester Cathedral proposed by Nick Bucknall, seconded by Bruce Purvis.

Michael J Turner of Winchester College proposed by Hugh Hill, seconded by Martin Kelly.

The above 19 probationary members confirmed and 21 full members elected on a show of hands.

Officers’ Reports. Treasurer’s Report and accounts: The accounts, as usual carefully examined by John Colliss, were proposed by Tony Smith, seconded by Bruce Purvis.
Secretary’s Report: Adoption of the Secretary’s report was proposed by John Croft, seconded by Elizabeth Johnson; both adopted on a show of hands. There was no report by the Ringing Master.

Election of Officers.
The chairman gave notice that he was prepared to serve a further year’s term in the knowledge that there would be a potential successor prepared to offer his candidacy in 2016. The treasurer was happy to continue in post, though he ‘would not be offended if anyone else wished to take over as treasurer’; the secretary was likewise willing to stand for his office for 2015. The chairman reminded the meeting that the ringing mastership had been in sole occupancy in 2014, and ideally there should be two ringing masters. John Colliss was willing to continue as Independent Examiner of the accounts.
Chairman: John Palk, proposed by Elizabeth Johnson, seconded by another;
Secretary: Bruce Purvis, proposed by John Palk, seconded by John Croft;
Treasurer: Tony Smith, proposed by John Palk, seconded by Mike Hayward;
Ringing Master: Edmund Wratten, proposed by John Palk, seconded by Judy Bishop; Joint Ringing Master: Jenny Watson, proposed by Jacquie Downham, seconded by Sue Spurling
Executive Committee Representative: With no nominations the post remained vacant, subject to co-option in the future.
Independent Examiner of Accounts: John Colliss, proposed by John Palk, seconded by Bruce Purvis; all elected on a show of hands.(i)

Future Events.
The following events were planned:
9 March: District Practice, Preston Candover;
16 April: Training, Raising and lowering, Easton;
9 May: QDM and Striking Contests,King’s Somborne;
6 June: Training afternoon, Twyford;
13 June: Tower Reps’Meeting, Winchester;
11 July: Training afternoon, Call Changes, Cheriton;
8 August, QDM and Walk Micheldever and Wonston;
late August/Early September: Young Ringers’ Outing (ii);
2 September: District practice, Winchester;
12 September: training Evening, Conducting, Houghton;
17 October: District Outing, Christchurch area;
17 October-1 November: Peal and Quarter-Peal Fortnight;
7 November: QDM and Education Day, Stedman, Hursley;
5 December: Carol Service, King’s Worthy;
12 January: District Practice, North Stoneham;
13 February: ADM, Romsey.
All events up to June were confirmed, as were the District Practice at the Cathedral and the training session at Houghton, both in September, the Quarterly in November and the 2016 ADM at Romsey.
(ii) The Young Ringers’ Outing was subject to arrangement nearer the date.

Guild Striking Competitions.
The chairman reminded the meeting of the dates for the Guild striking competitions, viz.:the inter-tower six- and eight-bell competitions on 18 April, the inter-district eight-bell competition in the morning of the AGM on 4 July at Shedfield, and the inter-district ten-bell competition on 26 September.

Guild Master.
Viv Nobbs opened her slot on the agenda with some reminders:
21 March, Education Day on Plain Hunting and ringing the Treble to Doubles;
31 March, Education Evening on Handbell Ringing; Striking Competitions – ‘think about whether you can field a team as a tower or from the district’.

Her main theme was ‘Improving the Long-Term Health of the Exercise’, for which she had ten pointers for action, as follows:-
1. The focus has to be on recruitment and retention – and, as regards the latter, how we can ensure that ringing is fun.
2. The need for effective leadership in towers.
3. The need for towers to provide a warm welcome to visitors, whether ringers or not.
4. Towers can strengthen local support at the sub-district level by banding into groups (e.g. based on multi-parish benefices).
5. The need to be mindful of best practice (e.g. best-kept tower initiatives/health and safety, teaching format and the ITTS).
6. The need for good local communications (newsletters, websites, email user groups, Facebook, Twitter, blogs).
7. The need to give learners more ringing time – the old style of 5-10 minutes handling and/or rounds in a 90-minute practice just won’t ‘cut it’ these days – maybe we should even consider having a second, learners-only, practice to push the learners along.
8. The need to improve/enhance/extend the public face of ringing: one example might be to set up mini-rings at county/agricultural shows, the Great Dorset Steam Fair, etc.
9. The need to engage the Church – get the Youth Club and/or the (affiliated)Scout and Guide groups involved.
10. Invest in Training!

Viv reminded us that the 300th Anniversary of the first ever peal would fall on 2nd May this year, and remarked what an achievement it would be if we could, in 2015, have 300 people in the Guild score their first peal to mark the anniversary year, and exhorted us to think what we could do to get 300 first pealers.
Viv also gave the meeting advance warning that the following morning, Sunday 15th, Radio Solent would broadcast and interview including ‘our own’ Simon King, the new Portsmouth District Secretary, and Chris Mew, CC President – 7.30 a.m.
Last but not least was Viv’s “Master’s Madness”, when, at 5 p.m. on 2 May she intended to abseil down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, to raise funds to be split equally between two very worthy local causes: St Peter’s, Ropley and the Ecchinswell Bell Restoration Project.

Any other business.
W&P 200 Club. An enquiry was taken from the floor regarding the current state of the W&P 200 Club. The treasurer replied that to the best of his knowledge no draws had taken place for some time.
New Guild Directory. The treasurer advised that the new District directory would be published in May; meanwhile if needed, there were still copies of the May 2014 directory.
Conference of Diocesan Advisory Committee Bell Advisers. Phil Watts advised the meeting that this year’s annual conference of DAC Bell Advisers was to be held in the District on Friday 3 July. There were two points for consideration: firstly, that the Conference was open to all, subject to a registration fee, and anyone with an interest in the work of the DACs and the role of its bell advisers was welcome to attend; secondly that caterers would be needed for the provision of teas and coffees for an anticipated sixty delegates, and if the district or any tower or group wished to volunteer, there would be a good opportunity for some fundraising.
Ropley. Alan Buswell advised the meeting that one consequence of the fire at Ropley was the destruction of all the Tower’s records, and he was engaged in compiling a new set of archival records – of the membership of the tower since its affiliation to the Guild, of the 300-odd peals and quarters rung there, and of the bells and frame. He had for inspection a first draft of the historical record of the tower.
Beyond Bob Doubles. Edmund gave notice of the next “Beyond Bob Doubles” evening – Barton Stacey on Wednesday 25 February 2015.

The collection for the Bell Restoration Fund raised £29.23.

The meeting closed at 6.44 p.m.

(i) By an oversight the office of Web Master was not placed for election before the meeting. Andrew Glover, Web Master during 2014 has indicated his willingness to continue in post and has therefore been co-opted.
(ii) The list of forthcoming dates included some errors of fact and of typography: the one which was noted at the meeting – that of the 2016 ADM – has since been resolved by correspondence and the dates now listed are ‘as if’ they had been correctly presented on 14th February. The training session at Houghton will have to be rearranged as the timetable for the installation of the new six has been put back.