I think this is September running late due to leaf fall season!
You will have seen that I was involved with dedication of new 6 at Leek Wootton (RW of 16 October) and the following week, like many of you, ringing for the Queen achieving status as the longest reigning monarch. The response to this was widespread and shows that ringers rise to the occasion for such national events.As I write this the Anniversary of the battle of Agincourt in 1415 is about to take place, no doubt more excuses to ring.
Later in September I had a most interesting meeting with Sir Peter Heywood, grandson of the famous Sir Arthur Heywood who was President of the CCCBR, method and composition composer and also narrow gauge railway builder. The discussion surrounded plans to celebrate both the 125th Anniversary of the Council’s first meeting in 2016 and the centenary of Sir Arthur’s death. Plans are being developed to hold a weekend of activities centred on Duffield over the weekend of 23rd /24th April. Yes it is also Shakespeare’s birthday and close to the Queen’s “real” 90th birthday but keep the date in your diary, more information to follow.
The start of October saw a meeting to discuss improvements to the Council website and other IT based services which are being progressed. This was followed by a review of Methods and associated “Decisions” at Southwark, a preliminary report having already appeared in the RW (page 1030). Whilst this is a highly technical and specialised subject it does cover all our four centuries of change ringing tradition.
The most recent gathering was the CC Admin Committee which looked to next year’s Council in Portsmouth, the forthcoming survey by the Trends Committee which is most important, and other necessary business.
Finally, you will be aware that the Ringing World Board has been examining the future and finances and shape of the ringing World and has been grateful for discussion and suggestions put forward from ringers. In order to be further informed on the desires of ringers regarding the newspaper, it is the intention to take a survey of all interested persons including existing subscribers. Please keep an eye open for further information on the launch of this survey shortly.
In between ringing activities I did manage to get a trip on the reopened Borders Railway from Edinburgh to Tweedbank – by steam, superb.
The Tower Stewardship Committee of the CCCBR have been asked if we can produce a health and safety policy for use by societies/associations/guilds of change ringers.
We have now produced such a document, which is now available on our website. I also attach a pdf copy
This is a generic document, that can be modified and used by societies/associations/guilds.
This document is prepared by the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers Tower Stewardship Committee for the guidance of
Society/Association/Guilds of Change Ringers when drawing up a Health and Safety Policy to cover activities of the Association.
In all cases the policy should take account of the actual activities, facts and circumstances of the Society/Association/Guild in question.
It is up to individual Societies/Associations/Guilds as to whether such a policy is implemented or not,
but the Tower Stewardship Committee would recommend such a policy is put into place.
Have just resigned from my position as Additional Member of the Central Council to support the “Future of Change Ringing” project as have come to the conclusion that the Associations/Council desire and ability to modernise do not match mine sufficiently to justify continuing. I love ringing and what it provides and think I can make more difference from outside the Council than from within the current structure but I would like to sincerely thank those who have allowed me to contribute to this conversation – it has been an absolute privilege to work with ringers across the exercise who are supremely committed and extraordinary in so many (good) ways.Thank you and best wishes Elva Ainsworth