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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.