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2018 WP GUILD REPORT – BELL RESTORATION FUND REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31ST DECEMBER 2017

WINCHESTER AND PORTSMOUTH DIOCESAN GUILD OF CHURCH BELL RINGERS

BELL RESTORATION FUND

(A REGISTERED CHARITY No. 264606)

 

REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31ST DECEMBER 2017

 

The fund is a registered charity with the registered number 264606

The contact address is:

30 Chaucer Crescent

Newbury

RG14 1TR

The fund is governed by rules approved by the Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers (the Guild) in General Meeting.

The trustees of the fund are the Guild Master, The Honorary Guild Treasurer, the Honorary Guild Secretary and two additional trustees one from each diocese, elected triennially by the Guild in General Meeting.

The trustees during 2017 were:

Mrs R Brandwood (Honorary Guild Treasurer)

Mrs H Frazer (Honorary Guild Secretary)

Rev Canon B J Fry (Winchester Diocese area)

Mr D Mattingley (Portsmouth Diocese area)

Mr M Winterbourne (Guild Master)

The independent examiner of the fund is Mr P Clarke ACIB.

The principal bankers are TSB Bank plc.

The activities of the Bell Restoration Fund are restricted to the area covered by the Anglican Dioceses of Winchester and Portsmouth. None of the Fund’s assets is a permanent endowment. There are no borrowing limits imposed in the governing rules. The trustees have no specific investment powers.

The main aims of the Fund are to provide financial assistance by way of grants to Churches, within the area mentioned above, incurring expenditure on the provision, maintenance, improvement or acoustics of their bells and bell installations, or for the maintenance of the fabric of their towers and belfries, to enable their bells to be properly rung in full circle.

Review of the year and the future

 

The Fund’s income for 2017 was slightly less than that for 2016.

Three grants were approved during the year:

All Saints, Ryde                              £ 400.00

St Mary the Virgin, Brighstone   £ 3.000.00

St Mary the Virgin, Silchester     £ 2.000.00

The Trustees acknowledge with thanks the donations from the following towers:

Catherington  £100     Christchurch Priory  £100     Hambledon  £50

North Stoneham  £125     Ringwood  £120    Wickham  £30

Gift aided donations from individuals are always welcome.

The Trustees regularly review the level of reserves and want to encourage use of the available funds. In an effort to encourage applications, the grant application form has been amended to make applications for smaller projects less onerous.  The Trustees have been advised of two further applications for consideration early in 2018.

The Trustees believe that the reserves of the Charity are adequate to meet its immediate needs.

A reminder to those applying for grants that the initial application needs to be with the Guild Treasurer at least 2 months before the Trustees meet. Trustees meet three times a year, before each of the Executive meetings and before the Guild AGM. Grants can only be approved at either the Executive meeting or AGM. Any approved at the Executive meetings are required to be ratified at the next Guild AGM. The forms required are to be found on the Guild’s website or can be obtained in paper form from the Guild Treasurer. It is very important that all the documentation requested in the form is made available to the Trustees.  If an application is sent by email then it should also be sent through the postal system. All applications are acknowledged so if no acknowledgment is received within two weeks then a chaser should be sent.
The Trustees would like to thank all those who have donated time, energy and money towards the aims of the Bell Restoration Fund.

For and on behalf of the Trustees

Mr M Winterbourne
Trustee

Mrs R Brandwood
Trustee

10th March 2018

A full copy of the accounts are available from the Guild Treasurer.

 

WINCHESTER AND PORTSMOUTH DIOCESAN GUILD OF CHURCH BELL RINGERS
BELL RESTORATION FUND
(A REGISTERED CHARITY No. 264606)
STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31st DECEMBER 2017
2017 2016
£ p £ p
INCOME AND EXPENDITURE
Incoming Resources
Subscriptions and donations 3,376.14 3,875.68
Gift Aided donations 365.00 365.00
Tax recoverable on Gift Aid (including repayment supplement) 91.56 13.00
Investment income 187.48 264.88
Peal fees 289.25 354.75
—————– —————–
Total incoming resources 4,309.43 4,873.31
—————– —————–
Resources Expended
Direct charitable expenditure
Grants approved 5,400.00 2,900.00
Less : grants withdrawn -3,500.00
—————– —————–
Total resources expended 5,400.00 -600.00
—————– —————–
Net Incoming Resources (1,090.57) 5,473.31
Fund balances brought forward
at 1st January 83,926.35 78,453.04
Fund balances carried forward —————– —————–
at 31st December £82,835.78 £83,926.35
—————– —————–
WINCHESTER AND PORTSMOUTH DIOCESAN GUILD OF CHURCH BELL RINGERS
BELL RESTORATION FUND
(A REGISTERED CHARITY No. 264606)
BALANCE SHEET AS AT 31st DECEMBER 2017
2017 2016
£ p £ p
Currents Assets
Debtors 3,042.70 2,725.68
Short Term Deposits
– Central Board of Finance Deposit Fund 68,927.06 53,749.03
– TSB Bank plc – Deposit account 14,151.49 29,142.04
Cash at Bank
– TSB Bank plc 3,214.53 4,559.60
—————– —————–
89,335.78 90,176.35
Creditors
amounts falling due within one year 6,500.00 3,750.00
—————– —————–
Net Current Assets 82,835.78 86,426.35
—————– —————–
Total Assets Less Current Liabilities 82,835.78 86,426.35
Creditors
amounts falling due after more than one year 2,500.00
—————– —————–
Net Assets £82,835.78 £83,926.35
—————– —————–
Funds
Unrestricted £82,835.78 £83,926.35
—————– —————–
Approved by the Fund Trustees on 10th March 2018 and signed on its behalf by
Mr M Winterbourne
Trustee
Mrs R Brandwood
Trustee

2018 WP Guild Report – Andover District Secretary’s Report

Almost all the towers this year, have similar messages.

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

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

Some towers mention particular events.

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

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

 Guild P.R.O Report 2017

It has been a positive year. Districts, towers and ringers have been taking the P.R. initiative in their communities. There’s a good working relationship between us as we’d expect, resulting in good mutual support.

Along with Deb Baker of our Communications Team, I attended the P.R. Matters day in Wellesbourne, organised by Central Council. It was an excellent and informative event.  There was a mix of external experts, panel discussion and group work to define the key elements that make public relations a success or failure. Sharing ideas, initiatives and experience was the order of the day. We reminded ourselves, DO rather than just talk – using available skills and resources.  Key points to remember included:
“We can all be ambassadors for ringing. Why are we sometimes shy about being a ringer? Let’s talk to our friends about ringing and why we love it so much”  and  “Let’s remember and publicise that ringing brings people and communities together”.

We’ve linked P.R. activities with local or national events and have promoted not to fear pushing boundaries! We actively engaged with BBC Music Day – the theme was
“The Power of Music” and several towers enjoyed taking part with a variety of performances. We ensured that some reports made the local media.

The working relationships with the media,  both Dioceses and the wider community have continued and flourished. Our WW1 Centenary Commemoration Project has given us an excellent opportunity to talk even more with  clergy and parishes and with
The Royal British Legion.

The Ringing Remembers worldwide recruitment campaign launched by Central Council in the Autumn involved us immediately and has supported us a good deal already. A number of new ringers started to be taught in various towers before the end of the year.

Viv Nobbs

Public Relations Officer

Belfry Stewardship Committee Annual Report 2017

During the past year the committee has lost one member and gained another. John Simson has moved away and therefore resigned and John Pereira from Titchfield has kindly joined Mark Warner and me, Martin Barnes. We are grateful for John’s time on the committee as convener, a role I have now taken on.

The committee has carried out the following tower inspections this year:-

St Mary the Virgin, Brighstone, Isle of Wight Augmentation to eight with the addition of two new bells, modification and construction of the lower metal frame to take the two additions and turning of the old treble placing the three bells in a line. (May 2017)

All Saints, Ryde, Isle of Wight Replacement of soles and shrouding on seven wheels and re-bushing the clapper on no five and six. The work carried out by John Taylor & Co using local labour to remove and install. (July 2017)

St Mary, Micheldever – Measuring the length of the rope on bell no 2 to enable new ropes to be ordered. (December 2017)

The committee would like to request a new grant of £66.30 to continue the work of the BSC committee.

Martin Barnes

Belfrey Stewardship Committee Secretary/Convener

LIBRARIAN AND ARCHIVIST’S REPORT

The George Williams Memorial Library is located in the ringing chamber of Winchester Cathedral and is available for readers and borrowers by appointment. The system for loans provides a standard loan period of eight weeks with a liberal renewal policy for serious research and special problems.  The only exceptions are the archive material and the Guild’s annual and triennial reports for which, because of their unique importance, loans are solely at the discretion of the librarian. A catalogue of the printed books and of the complete archive is maintained on the Guild website. Part of our collection of archive material, held at the Hampshire Record Office in Sussex Street, Winchester, is available for consultation only. The collection there has the call-number 20M94.

In the last year I have bought binders for The Ringing World to ensure secure storage and ready access for all our unbound issues and for the next five years, in a format matching the run bequeathed to us by our late Master David Strong. Subjects for research on behalf of enquirers comprise John Heathorn of Guildford, the Bramley (Surrey) band, the war-wounded who pealed at East Tytherley in 1935, the true identity of F. Hutchings of Bishopstoke who died in the Great War (Frederick William Hutchinson), the Guild’s masters and Henry Pottle, virger and ringer of Winchester Cathedral. I regret that otherwise, my activities as Librarian have been limited to basic housekeeping routines, and I hope to accomplish more in 2018.

The Guild’s online archive has the minutes of the Guild Annual meetings and Executive Committee meetings from 1980 to 2000, and from 2013 to 2014 (More recent minutes are already available from the Guild’s Document Repository) and a collection of historical articles from The Ringing World about Guild people, places and events. These are all maintained by Tony Smith, to whom I am duly grateful.

I am always pleased to assist Guild members and others with an interest in the Guild with their researches.  I should like to thank my colleagues within the Guild and the Winchester Cathedral band for their continuing support.

Librarian and Archivist’s Accounts as at 31st December 2017

Income                                                              £    p   Expenditure                                                            £  
Balance brought forward

Income (from Central Fund)

 

 

131.02

300.00

 

 

Sub. to The Ringing World

Sub. To the Friends of the CC Library

Periodical binders

Balance carried forward

71.00

10.00

154.64

195.38

  431.02   431.02

Bruce Purvis

 

STRIKING COMPETITIONS COMMITTEE REPORT

Once again, there seemed mixed enthusiasm for striking competitions at Guild level, with the inter-tower 6 bell, and Inter-distinct 10 bell competitions cancelled due to insufficient entries.

However the other two competitions did take place with the following results.

Inter tower 8 bell

The competition was held at Highclere on 20th May, and Judged by Martin Rice from Newbury.

Position Tower Method Faults Peal Speed Drawn
1 Hursley Grandsire Triples 14 2h 54m 2nd
2 Bishopstoke Grandsire Triples 23 2h 58m 3rd
3 Romsey Grandsire Triples 27 3h 7m 1st

Inter District 8 bell

The competition was held at Ringwood on 17th June, and Judged by David and Flick Warwick from Wimborne Minster.

Inter-District 8 Bell
Position District Method Score Drawn
1 Winchester Grandsire Triples 86% 1st
2 Portsmouth Grandsire Triples 82% 3rd
3 Christchurch & Southampton Grandsire Triples 75% 2nd

Pete Jordan

Master’s Message

Another year gone and I am still surprised at the number of ringers who go that extra mile to keep their tower running by taking on task such as Steeple Keeper, Tower Correspondent, etc. To those who give their time to support the new recruits to make those essential steps to improve, whether in the tower, at District events or those put on by the Guild – Thank you all!

2018 is a special year, being the Centenary of the end of WW1. We are being asked to step up again to assist the commemoration of this event, firstly by teaching new ringers through Ringers Remembered, and secondly by joining a government-promoted scheme to ring at 7:05pm on Sunday 11th November 2018. We all know that it is nearly impossible for all the bells in the Winchester and Portsmouth Diocese to ring at that specific time, but I would like to challenge you all to have the bells in all our towers rung across that weekend.

The Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers will be trying to ensure that the communication systems used fall within the new legal data protection requirements.  This means you must formally agree that your contact details can be used to keep you informed of all that is happening in your Tower, District and Guild. This will include the use of contact details in the Guild Report, Win-Port email group and the links through the website.  Please bear with us as we make the necessary changes and please respond as quickly as possible to any queries.

The Guild website is still delivering an excellent service with regular updates.  If you are not  getting an email prompt please contact the Communication Team through the website.

Wishing all members an enjoyable year’s ringing.

My quotes for 2018:

My mentor told me that, ‘you don’t know what you don’t know’.

But I also like

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.

Mike Winterbourne

EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT

2017, to say the least, was an action-packed year!   The Education Committee ran four full-day courses (Grandsire Doubles and Triples, Listening Skills, Plain Hunt & Trebling to Doubles Methods, and Stedman Triples), plus five short courses (Raising and Lowering in Peal, Basic Raising and Lowering [twice], a Handbell Evening, and a Mini-Ring Evening).   We welcomed 69 different students, sixteen of whom came to more than one course.   We visited 24 different towers across the county, several more than once.   And the list of wonderful helpers is endless.

Plans are in place for the whole of 2018, to include the very necessary Basic Raising and Lowering, Plain Bob Doubles & Minor, Rope Splicing, an Introduction to Treble Bob, Raising and Lowering in Peal, Plain Hunt & Trebling to Doubles Methods, and Surprise Minor.   We also hope to offer one or two other short courses when the need arises and tutors are available.

There is a steady flow of Guild members attending ART M1 (teaching bell handling) courses.   A number of these new teachers have achieved, or are ready to achieve ART accreditation as teachers.  Some Guild members have also attended ART M2 courses (Teaching Elementary Change Ringing) in neighbouring Guilds.   It is hoped to run both M1 and M2 courses in the Guild area in the next 12 months.

Everything that we offer is sent to your District Secretaries in plenty of time for distribution to each Tower Secretary, and can always be found on the Guild website, through the win-port list, or direct from the Education Committee.

Financially we are in a stable position, constantly watching increased costs yet managing to remain self-sufficient.   The cost per adult for an all-day course has risen by £2.00, but the cost to a junior ringer has been halved.

The Education Committee could not do its job without the huge number of ringers who volunteer their valuable time, energy and talents to help on our courses, coming time after time to support and encourage students;  to all of these unsung heroes we are very grateful indeed.   More helpers are always welcome – even for just a few hours.    Thank you all very much.

Christine Knights-Whittome

 

 

 

W & P Guild Education Committee Accounts as at 31st December 2017

 

Income   Expenditure
Balance brought forward

Course fees – 2017

Donations

 

 

566.08

913.00

28.74

 

Stationery, copying, telephone

Postage

Refreshments

Hire of Halls – 2017

Tower Donations

Equipment

Balance carried forward

7.17

136.45

211.00

423.00

2.95

£727.82

  £1,507.82   £1,507.82

 

 

Christine Knights-Whittome

 

PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICERS REPORT

It has been a positive year. Districts, towers and ringers have been taking the P.R. initiative in their communities. There’s a good working relationship between us as we’d expect, resulting in good mutual support.

Along with Deb Baker of our Communications Team, I attended the P.R. Matters day in Wellesbourne, organised by Central Council. It was an excellent and informative event. There was a mix of external experts, panel discussion and group work to define the key elements that make public relations a success or failure. Sharing ideas, initiatives and experience was the order of the day. We reminded ourselves, DO rather than just talk – using available skills and resources. Key points to remember included: “We can all be ambassadors for ringing. Why are we sometimes shy about being a ringer? Let’s talk to our friends about ringing and why we love it so much”  and  “Let’s remember and publicise that ringing brings people and communities together”.

We’ve linked P.R. activities with local or national events and have promoted not to fear pushing boundaries! We actively engaged with BBC Music Day – the theme was “The Power of Music” and several towers enjoyed taking part with a variety of performances. We ensured that some reports made the local media.

The working relationships with the media, both Dioceses and the wider community have continued and flourished. Our WW1 Centenary Commemoration Project has given us an excellent opportunity to talk even more with  clergy and parishes and with The Royal British Legion.

The Ringing Remembers worldwide recruitment campaign launched by Central Council in the Autumn involved us immediately and has supported us a good deal already. A number of new ringers started to be taught in various towers before the end of the year.

Viv Nobbs

Public Relations Officer

 

Membership 2017

  Full Senior Life Student Prob Assoc Total
Alton & Petersfield   53  90   9 8  18 1  179
Andover  49  68   5  2  13 4  141
Basingstoke   71  82   2  14   6 0  175
Channel Islands   26  32   1    7  17 0    83
Christchurch   69  98  11 31  25 0  234
Isle of Wight   44  71    2 19  21 3  160
Portsmouth   75  97    8  5 2 0  187
Winchester  99 114   6  18  38 8  283
Non-resident       6            6
TOTALS  486  652  50  104  140    16 1448

 

HONORARY GENERAL TREASURER’S REPORT

I have pleasure in presenting my report and accounts of the Central Fund for the year ended 31st December 2017.

This year has seen an increase in income, resulting largely from the decision in 2015 to reduce the amount per subscription payable to the Bell Restoration Fund from £4 to £2, and allocating more to the Central Fund.

Income from the districts is shown in the table below:

2017 2016
Alton & Petersfield 695.45 547.75
Andover 555.10 418.60
Basingstoke 814.45 574.70
Channel Islands 224.75 250.25
Christchurch & Southampton 861.35 592.55
Isle of Wight 584.00 395.85
Portsmouth 817.25 619.50
Winchester 1,166.55   907.55
  £ 5,718.90 £4,306.75

Generally, income from other sources fell slightly.  There were no unexpected expenses during the year.  As a result, total Central Fund balances increased by £1,564.  These balances are considered to be sufficient for foreseeable needs.

Total financial assets held by the Guild at the year-end were as follows:

2017 2016
Central Fund:
   General Fund 3,508.91 2,153.00
   Training and Development Fund 898.62 692.32
   Central Reserve Fund 5,013.76 5,012.07
9,421.29 7,857.39
Districts 20,875.90 18,382.54
Sub Committees 1,133.57 1,072.67
£31,430.76 £27,312.60

 

R Brandwood

Treasurer

1st March 2018

 

GENERAL SECRETARY’S REPORT

2017 has seen lots of activity in the Guild and in the Central Council in particular to do with the WW1 projects and the Ringing Remembers campaign. This is still ongoing and is certainly gaining momentum with some sterling work being carried out by our Guild.

At the AGM a change in the Terms of Reference of the Committees was approved; a proposal was accepted to reduce the number of printed copies of the Guild Handbook by asking members in advance if they wanted a copy and a proposal was accepted to setup a Guild Ringing Schools committee.

Graham Cane, David Cooper, Roy LeMarechal, Rosemary Rogers and Valerie Williams were presented Life Membership certificates. Congratulations to them all.

In September a District Representative’s Forum was held where the key topics of conversation were Child Protection and the date of the next AGM. There were some lively discussions and it was good to see some new faces attending.  Can I encourage everyone to take part in this next year – it is another chance for you to have a say.

There have been many communications going out to our members.  One of the roles of the Secretary is to receive such communications and cascade them to the district secretaries who cascade to tower captains who then cascade to members.  This method involves many people and there can be quite a lot of delays in the communications being received and passed on.  I will continue to do this but can I urge everyone to also make use of our website http://www.wpbells.org. Information is available on the website very quickly and any headline news is clearly shown on the home page.  It also holds a vast amount of other Guild information.

In addition we can all join the Guild email which is win-port.  Guild members can subscribe by sending a blank email to win-port-bellringers-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.  It is a useful method of disseminating Guild information – an email sent from a subscriber to the list is automatically forwarded to all members.

It is so important that we all know what is happening in the Guild.

Finally thanks again to all the District Secretaries for assisting me throughout the year.

Heather Frazer

Printed Guild Reports in the New Year

Dear Tower Correpondent,

At the Guild AGM it was decided to drastically reduce the amount of copies that are printed and to distribute one copy per tower, rather than one copy per member.

Additional copies can be specifically requested if needed, but the message is ‘ No Request = One report for the tower ‘.

So if any of you members particularly want their own copy, please can you let your District Secretary  know at the same time as telling them whether or not you have any updates.

The information from the report will be available on the website, except that lists of tower members names are not published online.

RM

Guild Report 2017

The Reports are currently being distributed to towers. Thanks to John Palk for collating and printing the report once again. All members receive a free copy and they can also be obtained from John Palk for £3.50.

For the convenience of members, much of the contents has been published on this website, in screen-friendly format.

Contact Information for all committees and all Towers is available on this website. In addition you can see an alphabetical list of contacts by name here.

Guild Committee Reports:

District Officer Reports:

2017 WP GUILD REPORT – PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER’S REPORT

I was appointed to this post in July 2016. Various positive actions have been achieved, built on the good working relationships that had been forged in a number of areas during my three years term of office as Master. In particular, we were able to develop some meaningful contacts as a direct result of Brighstone ringers having won an A.R.T award and our Guild having hosted the Central Council Annual Conference in May 2016.

The majority of my focus in the six months was on The Isle of Wight (my own District) and in the Portsmouth area. Local media in both Districts were keen to consider “Copy” from us. Pompey Chimes, the Portsmouth Diocesan newspaper, is supportive of ringing generally and asked to be advised of any item of potential interest. It was pleased to use an article, with photograph, of Archdeacon Peter’s visit to Brighstone when he attended a simulated practice; he was fascinated by the use of modern technology, enjoyed a ringing taster session and met the local band, including several lively young ringers!

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth and The Lady Mayoress had attended the formal dinner of the Central Council in Southsea and we were able to consolidate that friendly first meeting. A group of twenty ringers were invited to take High Tea at The Lord Mayor’s Parlour. It was a delightful occasion and all enjoyed the great opportunity to meet The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, enjoy a splendid tea, to have a conducted tour of special rooms in the Guildhall and to share our excitement of ringing with the dignitaries. The young ringers present did a particularly good job of promoting ringing. The Lord Mayor was so impressed with their knowledge and enthusiasm that he rewarded them both by inviting them to take turns at sitting in the huge chair that he used during formal meetings in the Council Chamber! The local newspaper, The News, ran an article and photo reporting our visit.

The High Sheriff of The Isle of Wight asked ringers across the island to ring as many bells as possible for the first “Isle of Wight Day”. Island ringers obliged! Local media, including Radio Solent, reported the positive input of the bells for the special event. Radio Solent used a sound bite, courtesy of our Guild’s new MP3 recorder.

Another but much more solemn occasion attracted significant local media interest – the half-muffled peal at Carisbrooke in memory of local lad Petty Officer Patrick Dunne. Patrick had been lost when H.M.S. Hood was destroyed in WWll. The local press was particularly interested in this Remembrance Day ringing, as there was a descendant of Patrick’s who’d contacted me when I’d posted an article on Social Media about the restoration of the bell from H.M.S. Hood.

Guild members were encouraged to get involved with Heritage Open Days weekend, a national event. Several towers were open; a mixed result was evident. A success story was reported from St. Michael’s, Basingstoke. Visitors there were very keen to understand more about ringing and to learn about the history of the bells and tower. They heard about the bells, the oldest had been cast in 1558, and learned of Alice White, Basingstoke ringer famous for being the first lady to ring a peal, they viewed the church clock, were entertained to tower ringing and tried their hand at handbells.

Viv Nobbs

2017 WP GUILD REPORT – COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE REPORT

The website continues to develop, with most Districts having their own webmaster who post local news and photos on the site.

There is still plenty of scope for Towers to make more use of the site, especially for recruitment. People wanting to learn to ring do visit the site, and if they see that a local tower is training new people, then they DO get in touch, especially during periods when Bellringing is in the media generally. These are quite regular partly due to the tireless efforts of the Central Council Public Relations Officer.

Within the growing team, we are still doing regular online cross-training for each other to ensure that the website can operate well even when one or two people are on holiday or not available. Training notes are posted on the site to simplify this process ongoing, and all webmasters belong to a Facebook Group so that they can give and receive quick support.
Engagement with the site is largely driven by the members receiving a copy of the “weekly news” either by email or through Facebook. This is proving to be an effective way of reaching members with all the excellent events which are organised at Tower, District and Guild Level, in addition to the traditional use of posters in towers.

Whilst a significant number of people do use this facility, we are still a long way from our aim of sending a weekly news bulletin to all members. In the short term, we would like to encourage more members (especially new recruits) to join their local District mailing list or Facebook Group.

The focus of effort in the next year will be:

  • Continue to train new local webmasters
  • Encourage towers to recruit online as well as in their locality
  • Finish the ongoing work behind the scenes to standardise tower pages
  • Growth of the weekly news system

Rosalind Martin.

 

The Social Media aspect to the Guild is being well received with a slow trickle of interested people asking to join each month.

It endeavours to spread the good word from the website and continues to be a hub of interest in the ‘Twittersphere’

The focus of effort in the next year will be;

  • Grow the Facebook page by connecting to like minded pages.
  • Show interest in other related areas and bring it to the attention of W & P page and Group.
  • Continue to point back to our enviously regarded website as the ‘hub’ of the Guild.
  • Continue to harbour friendships with other Guilds and individuals and share knowledge to enable them in the Social Media arena.

Expenditure for the year amounted to £131.80. Monies for this come from the Central Fund

Deb Baker

2017 WP GUILD REPORT – PEAL RECORDER’S REPORT

There were 219 peals rung for the Guild during 2016, which is a slight fall compared to 2015; however this total is still significantly higher than any year other than 2015 since the early 1980’s. I said in my report last year that I hoped the Guild would maintain its peal ringing activity and I am pleased to say that we have achieved that. Keep it going!

I must thank Andrew Craddock for sharing the statistics generated by PealBase, allowing me to cross-check the Guild’s records. Finally I would like to thank all those conductors and organisers who submit details, compositions and fees within the one month deadline specified by the Guild rules. Please may I also remind conductors that we do require all compositions in full whether or not they have been rung for the Guild previously. I am also pleased to announce that I can now take peal fees electronically; I would request that conductors email me FIRST for a reference and the necessary account details, even if you already have them, to allow me to monitor what I have and have not received.

Tower Bell Peals

There were 142 tower bell peals rung for the Guild in 2016, 14 fewer than the previous year but comparable to 2014.  What is of greater concern is the number of ringers taking part in a tower bell peal continued the decreasing trend witha fall to 200, this is 24 fewer than 2016 and 46 fewer than 2013.

Six ringers rang their first peal in a W&P peal during 2016 and the Guild Officers would like to extend their congratulations to Will Stoddart, Martin Willson, Helen Rolf, Janice Firth, Rob Gorton and Gemma Loweth. The latter three actually achieved their first peal in a handbell peal but are included here for completeness. To add to this list Aileen Wilson also scored her first tower bell peal.

Following the First Peal 2015’ initiative it is good to see that the Guild is still introducing ringers to peal ringing and I would encourage all members to think whether you or somebody else in your tower would be interested in attempting a peal. It would be brilliant if we can increase both the numbers of new peal ringers and ringers taking part in peals in general to stem the falling trend.

Malcolm Powell heads the list of prolific peal ringers for 2016 pushing last year’s leader, Edd Colliss, into second. John Dodd and Kathryne Arkless also remain near the top with Gareth Higgs, Jim Twiney and Graham Nobbs joining the list of people to ring 40 or more peals for the Guild in 2016.

The list of prolific conductors remains largely unchanged with Edd Colliss still heading the list with Toby Arkless and Ben Carey exchanging places behind. Once again, like the total number of ringers the total number of conductors is also down 3 on 2015 to 29.

St Agatha, Portsmouth heads the list of the leading towers again with a similar number to 2015 representing over a third of the Guild’s 2016 total. It is also worth noting that no other tower rang more than 9 peals, the first time this has happened for 9 years.

The first peal on the augmented ring at All Saints Basingstoke was completed with a peal of Bristol Surprise Royal in April.

There were a number of personal footnotes during 2016 and I congratulate Paul Young on his 1200th, Martin Daniels 500th, Graham Nobbs 400th, David Mattingley 300th, Colin Butler 250th and Kieran Downer 25th.  Toby Arkless and Edd Colliss scored their 250th as Conductor. Several ringers also reached a milestone for the Guild; Malcolm Powell and Jim Hodkin 500, and Andrew Howes 100.

Roy LeMarechal passed two significant milestones during 2016, ringing his 2000th peal for the Guild with a peal of Cambridge Royal at Bishopstoke in February and his 3000th peal some three weeks later, also Cambridge Royal at Bishopstoke. Roy is only the 49th person to achieve this total.

Peals were rung by the Sunday service band of Vale, Guernsey, who rang a peal of 7 Doubles in January, and Bishopstoke, who rang a peal of Double Norwich in December. I would also like to mention the 7 members of the Catherington Sunday service band who scored a peal of 13 Spliced Surprise Major in January and it was my pleasure to ring the treble for you.

In February a peal of Yorkshire Surprise Maximus was rung at Hursley by a ladies band; this is believed to be the first twelve bell peal rung by a ladies band for the W&P.

Peals were rung in memory of Guild Member and former A&P district Chairman Andrew Barnsdale.

Several peals were rung to celebrate the 90th Birthday (both actual and official) of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Peals were also rung on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland and as part of the Bell Ringers Strike Back Against Blood Cancer campaign.

Leading Ringers
Malcolm M Powell 66
Edward P D Colliss 64
John A Dodd 56
Kathryne R Arkless 46
E C Gareth Higgs 42
Graham A Nobbs 40
James W G Twiney 40
3 ringers 36
3 ringers 30-35
2 ringers 20-29
10 ringers 19-Oct
23 ringers 9-May
64 ringers 4-Feb
88 ringers 1
Total Ringers 200
Leading Conductors
Edward P D Colliss 42
Toby Arkless 21
Benjamin J Carey 17
Roy LeMarechal 17
James W G Twiney 6
Benjamin D Constant 4
4 conductors 3
3 conductors 2
16 conductors 1
Total Conductors 29
Leading Towers
Portsmouth, St Agatha 49
Bishopstoke, 9
Awbridge 8
Holybourne 5
Portsmouth Cathedral 5
Basingstoke, All Saints 4
Winchester Cathedral 3
8 towers 2
43 towers 1
Total Towers 58
Minimus 1
Kent Block* 1
Doubles 7
12m 2
3m 2
42v 1
7m 1
4m 1
Doubles & Minor 1
6m 1
Minor 24
Plain Bob 5
Spliced TD (8m) 4
7m S 4
Spliced S (8m) 2
Cambridge S 1
Spliced S (41m) 1
Spliced S (24m) 1
Spliced S (7m) 1
7m 1
5m 1
4m 1
3m 1
2m P 1
Triples 3
Grandsire 3
Major 83
Bristol S 9
Superlative S 4
Yorkshire 4
Spliced S (8m) 3
Cambridge S 2
Double Norwich CB 2
Rutland S 2
Spliced S (23m) 2
Spliced S (19m)# 2
Spliced S (10m) 2
Baltic Wharf S# 1
Basingstoke S 1
Belfast S 1
Berkelium S# 1
Booth S# 1
Deva S 1
Devonshire S# 1
Dodd Fell D# 1
Ealing S 1
Falmouth S 1
Flerovium S# 1
Four Score S# 1
Griffin S# 1
Guernsey S 1
Hunters Bar S# 1
Jersey S 1
Jonah S# 1
Kenninghall S 1
Lessness S 1
Lincolnshire S 1
London S 1
Lye D# 1
Majestic S# 1
Muppet Show S# 1
No. 5029 Nunney Castle S# 1
No Hope D# 1
Norwich S# 1
November S 1
Once Brewed D# 1
Peterstone Wentloog S# 1
Plain B 1
Portsmouth S 1
Preston S# 1
Revolver D 1
Ruthenium S 1
Spliced S (21m)# 1
Spliced S (17m) 1
Spliced S (15m) 1
Spliced S (14m) 1
Spliced S (13m) 1
Spliced S (6m) 1
1
St Agatha S# 1
Tavistock S 1
Thropton S# 1
Uxbridge S 1
Wales S# 1
Watford S 1
Wedding D# 1
Winchester B 1
Xavier S# 1
Caters 4
Grandsire 3
Erin 1
Caters & Royal 1
Spliced (4m) 1
Royal 9
Cambridge S 4
Bristol S 2
Henleaze S# 1
Spliced S (2m) 1
Yorkshire S 1
Cinques 1
Grandsire 1
Maximus 7
Bristol S 2
Yorkshire S 2
Zanussi S 2
Riverhead# 1
 Spliced S (2m)
Fourteen 1
Spliced (2m)# 1

(* first peal in the method, # first for the Guild)

Handbell Peals

The strength of handbell ringing within the Guild continues with a slight increase on the 2015 total to 77, again a new record as far as I can ascertain. The numbers of ringers and conductors participating in a Guild handbell peal remained broadly similar to 2015, both being only one fewer in 2016.

Ian Redway and Frank Morton were once again the leading ringer and conductor of Guild handbell peals. Whilst the lists of prolific ringers and conductors look very similar to previous years one name appears much higher than before with Duncan Loweth conducting 14 handbell peals for the guild.

In August John Croft scored his 1000th peal in hand and also reached his 200th peal as conductor in a handbell peal. John Dodd rang his 1000th peal for Guild in a handbell peal in May. Martin Daniels and Trish Spink achieved their 250th and 50th peals in hand respectively.

Leading Ringers (Handbell Peals)
Ian Redway 41
Martin J E Daniels 35
John A Dodd 25
Frank R Morton 23
E C Gareth Higgs 22
Brian J Woodruffe 18
John S Croft 17
Patricia D Spink 17
3 ringers 14-Oct
4 ringers 9-May
9 ringers 4-Feb
10 ringers 1
Total Ringers 34

 

Leading Conductors (Handbell Peals)
Frank R Morton 23
Brian J Woodruffe 17
John S Croft 12
Duncan Loweth 12
Andrew G Craddock 4
E C Gareth Higgs 3
Benjamin J Carey 2
Martin J E Daniels 2
Thomas J Hinks 1
E John Wells 1
Venues (Handbell Peals)
Awbridge, The Clock House 20
Whiteparish, Anchorsholme 17
New Alresford, Jubilee 11
Guernsey, San Baronto 7
New Milton, Milton Grove 5
Micheldever, 37 Northbrook 4
Chandler’s Ford, 2 Rosemoor Grove 3
Dibden Purlieu, 30 Heatherstone Avenue 2
8 venues 1
Total Venues 16

2017 WP GUILD REPORT – BELFRY STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE

The new committee has been “finding its feet” this year and been finding a balance with work commitments. This has sadly resulted in the resignation of Kieran Downer and Lexi Skeldon due also in part to living on the Isle of Wight.

The committee has had a couple of meetings this past year and went on a training course looking at the bells of East Tytherley, West Tytherley and Lockerley. Instruction was given by Hugh Routh and the committee is hugely grateful for his time, enthusiasm and continued support, it is much appreciated.

The committee has carried out the following tower inspections  this year:-

All Saints, Basingstoke – Augmentation to 10 with the addition of a new treble

All Saints, Houghton – Two of the old three now hung on deadstocks and set up for chiming. Installation of a new frame and a new light ring of six installed

St Andrew, Sherborne-St-John – Rebushing of four clappers and the installation of a wooden shaft to the tenor clapper.

St Stephen, Baughurst – Rebushing the clappers of the four bells in the lower frame

St Mary, Breamore – Clappers rebushed, bearings serviced and the frame repainted

St Mary & All Saints, Droxford – Inspect on general condition prior to being rung for a wedding after a time of being silent.

Income                                                                        Expenditure

Balance b/f £103.90                                            Balance c/f £103.90

Martin Barnes

2017 WP GUILD REPORT – STRIKING COMPETITIONS COMMITTEE REPORT

In 2016, the Guild held three striking competitions. There were the Inter-tower 6 and 8 bell competitions, held on the 21st May  and the Inter district 8 bell competition, held on the 2nd July.

Inter-Tower 6 Bell Competition

This year, the Inter-Tower 6 bell was held at St. Mary’s Church Eversley, and was judged by Julian Ferrar and Julian Hemper, from Wiltshire. 5 teams entered and the whole morning was a success and a nice relaxed atmosphere and camaraderie between the teams and organisers. The results are as follows:

Placing Tower Method Time Faults Drawn
1st St. Michael, Basingstoke Plain Bob Doubles 4m7 3 ½ 3rd
2nd Eling Stedman Doubles 3m54 6 ½ 2nd
3rd Niton & Chale Grandsire Doubles 4m4 8 5th
4th Rotherwick & Odiham Grandsire Doubles 4m1 28 ½ 1st
5th Eversley Plain Bob Doubles 4m7 35 4th


Inter-Tower 8 Bell

The inter-tower 8 bell this year was held over the border in the Guildford Guild at Hawley. It was slightly disappointing to see only three teams entering, but a good contest was had nonetheless. The contest was judged by Vernon Bedford and the results are as follows:

Placing Tower Method Faults Drawn
1st Bishopstoke Grandsire Triples 17 ½ 3rd
2nd Hursley Grandsire Triples 24 ½ 2nd
3rd Catherington Grandsire Triples 31 1st


Inter-District 8 Bell Competition

This year, the Inter-Tower 8 bell was held at New Alresford, prior to the Guild AGM. Four districts entered, which was good, but much like the inter-tower competition, it would have been great to have more districts entering a team. The more the merrier! Paul and Kate Flavell were the judges and they did a professional and thorough job. Their results are as follows:

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

Expenses amounted to £58 which was paid out of Central Funds

Greg Jordan

2017 WP GUILD REPORT – LIBRARIAN AND ARCHIVIST’S REPORT          

The George Williams Memorial Library is located in the ringing chamber of Winchester Cathedral and is available for readers and borrowers by appointment. The system for loans provides a standard loan period of eight weeks with a liberal renewal policy for serious research and special problems.  The only exceptions are the archive material and the Guild’s annual and triennial reports for which, because of their unique importance, loans are solely at the discretion of the librarian. A catalogue of the printed books and of the complete archive is maintained on the Guild website. Part of our collection of archive material, held at the Hampshire Record Office in Sussex Street, Winchester, is available for consultation only. The collection there has the call-number 20M94.

My buying last year concentrated on history and teaching. Under the former category fall the latest two editions of the Order and Disorder collections of press transcripts, covering the period 1800-1839, the Ringing World DVD covering 1971-2000 and the searchable edition of the complete Bell News archive, 1881-1915, and the great survey of the Towers & Bells of Devon (2007, 2 vols), and a couple of local pamphlets. I have also acquired, at no cost, a copy of Alain Corbin’s Village Bells: Sound and Meaning in the Nineteenth-Century French Countryside (1999, paperback). In the latter category of purchases falls a collection of multi-media resources which I acquired at the ART Conference at Loughborough, comprising the ART’s CD Teaching Toolboxes, DVD A guide to Bell Handling and teaching monographs Discover Bellringing and Teaching with Simulators and the Whiting Society’s book and DVD From Rounds to Ropesight.

The lifetime licence to the online cataloguing service LibraryThing is now active, and I am confident that at least the holdings recorded on the 2007 Microsoft Excel catalogue will have been transferred to the new system by the time this report is in its readers’ hands.

The Guild’s online archive has the minutes of the Guild Annual meetings and Executive Committee meetings from 1980 to 2000, and from 2013 to 2014 (More recent minutes are already available from the Guild’s Document Repository) and a collection of historical articles from The Ringing World about Guild people, places and events. These are all maintained by Tony Smith, to whom I am duly grateful.

I am always pleased to assist Guild members and others with an interest in the Guild with their researches.  I should like to thank my colleagues within the Guild and the Winchester Cathedral band for their continuing support.

 

2017 WP GUILD REPORT – EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT & Accounts

2016 started with the ever-popular Introduction to Ringing on Higher Numbers, in February, where, if we’d had additional helpers, we could have included more applicants. We continued at St. Mary Bourne in March with Plain Hunting and Trebling to Doubles Methods, followed by an evening at Bishopstoke on the versatility of Simulators and how they can fit in to your tower’s training programme. April found us at Kingsclere with Calling for the Terrified, and a packed evening was enjoyed in May with the Hartley Twelve mini-ring at South Stoneham.  The Autumn programme started at Hawkley in October with Plain Bob Doubles and Minor, followed by a November evening at Bishopstoke for Basic Raising and Lowering;  the year concluded with a November day at Bishop’s Waltham for Double Norwich Court Bob Major. In other words – our usual very busy and well supported year! We are delighted to welcome back many students who have attended earlier courses and are building on their knowledge.

Plans are well advanced for 2017, starting in February with a morning at Bishopstoke for Raising and Lowering in Peal;  this will be followed in March with a day based at Shedfield for Grandsire Doubles and Triples. April will see us returning to Lockerley Village Hall for a day covering Listening Skills which includes a multitude of activities for students of all abilities, and later in April (during Holy Week) we will be offering an evening in Winchester for an Introduction to Method Ringing on Handbells. We plan to return to South Stoneham in May for another evening with the Hartley Twelve mini-ring, and an extra evening has been arranged on 9th June for another Basic Raising and Lowering course at Bishopstoke. The Autumn programme starts at Goodworth Clatford in October with Plain Hunt and Trebling to Doubles Methods, and finishes at Milford-on-Sea in November for Stedman Triples. In addition as time allows and need arises, we hope to offer additional half-day courses on a range of subjects, plus, if possible, a full day on Belfry Maintenance.

Details are always sent well in advance to your District Secretaries for onward transmission to your Tower Secretaries and, in addition, are published on the Guild website and through the win-port list.

A very successful ART (previously ITTS) Module 1 Day was completed in June 2016 with eight W&P members, and plans are in the pipeline for both Module 1 and Module 2 days in 2017.  The sum of £500 has been set aside by the W&P Guild to assist W&P ringers who wish to take advantage of ART Modules or equivalent courses;  this is totally separate from Education Committee funds.

A separate group within the Guild is investigating the possibility of “ringing hubs” similar to the Birmingham School of Ringing.   When this comes to fruition the Education Committee will work alongside this initiative to ensure that W&P ringers have every opportunity to further their knowledge and attain their maximum potential.

Financially the Education Committee remains in a similar position to last year, and whilst we remain stable we are constantly faced with increased costs for the hire of halls and the need to make realistic donations to towers which we are permitted to use. Though not usually for financial reasons, we do find ourselves challenged by the difficulty of obtaining towers for Education Days.

As always, we remain hugely indebted to the enormous number of ringers who volunteer their services as helpers on Education Days, on whose generosity of time and talent we depend so much.  We always welcome volunteers as we could not offer courses without them. Thank you all very much!

Christine Knights-Whittome

Winchester & Portsmouth Guild Education Committee Accounts as at 31st December 2016

Income £ Expenditure £
Balance brought forward 515.13 Stationery, copying, telephone
Course fees – 2016 655 Postage 5.65
Advanced fees for 2017 5 Refreshments 79.37
Hall security payment returns 100.00 47.60 Hire of Halls – balance for 2016 215.75
Donations 160 Security payments for 2017
ART Tower Donations 442
Equipment 13.88
ART 160
Balance carried forward 566.08
Totals £1,477.73 £1,477.73

2017 WP GUILD REPORT – BELL RESTORATION FUND REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31ST DECEMBER 2016

WINCHESTER AND PORTSMOUTH DIOCESAN GUILD OF CHURCH BELL RINGERS

BELL RESTORATION FUND    (A REGISTERED CHARITY No. 264606)

REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31ST DECEMBER 2016

The fund is a registered charity with the registered number 264606

The contact address is:

30 Chaucer Crescent
Newbury
RG14 1TR

The fund is governed by rules approved by the Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers (the Guild) in General Meeting.

The trustees during 2016 were:

  • Mrs R Brandwood (Honorary Guild Treasurer) from 2.7.2016
  • Mr M Bubb (Honorary Guild Treasurer) to 2.7.2016
  • Mrs H Frazer (Honorary Guild Secretary) from 12.11.2016
  • Rev Canon B J Fry (Winchester Diocese area)
  • Mr D Mattingley (Portsmouth Diocese area)
  • Mrs V Nobbs (Guild Master) to 2.7.2016
  • Mrs M Routh (Honorary Guild Secretary) to 2.7.2016
  • Mr M Winterbourne (Guild Master) from 2.7.2016

The trustees of the fund are the Guild Master, The Honorary Guild Treasurer, the Honorary Guild Secretary and two additional trustees one from each diocese, elected triennially by the Guild in General Meeting.

The independent examiner of the fund is Mr P Clarke ACIB.

The principal bankers are TSB Bank plc.

The activities of the Bell Restoration Fund are restricted to the area covered by the Anglican Dioceses of Winchester and Portsmouth. None of the Fund’s assets is a permanent endowment. There are no borrowing limits imposed in the governing rules. The trustees have no specific investment powers.

The main aims of the Fund are to provide financial assistance by way of grants to Churches, within the area mentioned above, incurring expenditure on the provision, maintenance, improvement or acoustics of their bells and bell installations, or for the maintenance of the fabric of their towers and belfries, to enable their bells to be properly rung in full circle.

Review of the year and the future

The Fund’s income for 2016 fell significantly compared to 2015 as a result of the portion of Guild subscriptions allocated to the Bell Restoration Fund being reduced from £4 to £2.

In addition, as recorded previously, there was no longer any income from the 200 Club.

Four grants were approved during the year:

St John the Evangelist, Northington £ 2000.00
St Stephen, Baughurst  £ 200.00
St Andrew, Sherborne St John £ 300.00
St Mary, Breamore £ 400.00

The project at St Peter and Holy Cross, Wherwell had been ‘put on hold’ for the time being. Consequently, the trustees had withdrawn the grant offer of £3,500 for the time being.

The Trustees have been advised of two further applications for consideration early 2017.

The Trustees believe that the reserves of the Charity are adequate to meet its immediate needs.

The Trustees acknowledge with thanks the donations from the following towers:

  • Catherington                £100
  • Christchurch Priory            £100
  • Hambeldon      £50
  • North Stoneham              £125
  • Winchester Cathedral                      £600

Gift aided donations from individuals are always welcome.

A reminder to those applying for grants that the initial application needs to be with the Guild Treasurer at least 2 months before the Trustees meet. Trustees meet three times a year, before each of the Executive meetings and before the Guild AGM. Grants can only be approved at either the Executive meeting or AGM. Any approved at the Executive meetings are required to be ratified at the next Guild AGM. The forms required are to be found on the Guild’s website or can be obtained in paper form from the Guild Treasurer. It is very important that all of the documentation requested in the form is made available to the Trustees.  If an application is sent by email then it should also be sent through the postal system. All applications are acknowledged so if no acknowledgement is received within two weeks then a chaser should be sent.

The Trustees would like to thank all those who have donated time, energy and money towards the aims of the Bell Restoration Fund.

For and on behalf of the Trustees

Mr M Winterbourne Trustee

Mrs R Brandwood Trustee

25th March 2017

A full copy of the accounts are available from the Guild Treasurer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WINCHESTER AND PORTSMOUTH DIOCESAN GUILD OF CHURCH BELL RINGERS

BELL RESTORATION FUND
(A REGISTERED CHARITY No. 264606)
           
STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31st DECEMBER 2016
2016   2015
£     p   £     p
INCOME AND EXPENDITURE
Incoming Resources
Subscriptions and donations 3,875.68 6,968.74
Gift Aided donations 365.00 365.00
Tax recoverable on Gift Aid including repayment supplement) 13.00 91.25
Investment income 264.88 300.08
Peal fees 354.75 380.25
Winchester & Portsmouth 200 club                1,300.00
Total incoming resources 4,873.31 9,405.32
 

 

Resources Expended

Direct charitable expenditure
Grants approved 2,900.00 3,750.00
Less : grants withdrawn -3,500.00                  
Total resources expended   -600.00 3,750.00
 

 

Net Incoming Resources

5,473.31 5,655.32
Fund balances brought forward at 1st January 78,453.04 72,797.72
Fund balances carried forward at 31st December £83,926.35 78,453.04
 WINCHESTER AND PORTSMOUTH DIOCESAN GUILD OF CHURCH BELL RINGERS
BELL RESTORATION FUND
(A REGISTERED CHARITY No. 264606)
               
BALANCE SHEET as at 31st DECEMBER 2016
     2016          2015
Current Assets £    p      £    p 
Debtors 2,725.68 5,946.74
Short term Deposits
  – Central Board of Finance Deposit Fund 53,749.03 53,497.73
 – TSB Bank plc – Deposit account 29,142.04 21,628.46
Cash at bank
 – TSB Bank plc   4,559.60  12,130.11
90,176.35 93,203.04
Creditors
Amounts falling due within one year   3,750.00 8,750.00
Net Current Assets 86,426.35     84,453.04
Total Assets Less Current Liabilities 86,426.35 84,453.04
Creditors
Amounts falling due after more than one year 2,500.00 6,000.00
                                       
Net Assets £83,926.35 78,453.04
         
Funds
Unrestricted £83,926.35 78,453.04
Approved by the Fund Trustees on 25th March 2017 and signed on its behalf by
 

Mr M Winterbourne

Trustee

 

Mrs R Brandwood

Trustee

2017 WP GUILD REPORT – Detailed Accounts

WINCHESTER AND PORTSMOUTH DIOCESAN GUILD OF CHURCH BELL RINGERS
CENTRAL FUND – BALANCE SHEET
as at 31st DECEMBER 2016
2016     2015
General Fund Training & Development Fund   Total    
  £    p £    p £    p  £    p   £  
Fund brought forward at 1st January 2016 2,498.52 2,498.52 1,521
Excess (expenditure)/ income (345.52) 692.32 346.80 177
Transfer from reserve                                           800
2,153.00 692.32   2,845.32 £2,498
Represented by:-
ASSETS
Guild simulator 1.00 1.00 1
BSC lifting gear 1.00 1.00 1
Stock of badges, certificates 470.50 470.50 914
Peal fees and donations 194.75 194.75 111
Sales of badges and certificates 51
Loan to Social Committee 100
Loan re Central Council visit 500
Prepaid insurance 1,550.62 1,550.62 51
Bank balance 1,333.34 692.32   2,025.66 2,492
3,551.21 692.32 4,243.53 4,221
LIABILITIES
Subs paid in advance 555.10 555.10 814
Sundry creditors 843.11 843.11 859
Guild Youth Fund                                     50.
1,398.21 0.00   1,398.21 1723
                                                      
2,153.00 692.32 2,845.32 £2,498.
R Brandwood
Guild Treasurer
15th March 2017
 

WINCHESTER AND PORTSMOUTH DIOCESAN GUILD OF CHURCH BELL RINGERS

CENTRAL FUND – INCOME AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT
for the year ended 31st DECEMBER 2016
2016     2015
General Fund Training & Development Fund   Total    
  £   p £   p   £   p   £  
INCOME
District dues 4,306.75 4,306.75 4,244
Sale of badges and membership certificates 273.50 273.50 131
Sale of Guild reports 15.00 15.00 9
Advertisements in Guild report 231.00 231.00 198
Profit on sales of sweatshirts and polo shirts 117.97 117.97
Share of Ringing World calendar sales 44.00 44.00
Donation 12.00 12.00
Peal fees 354.75 354.75 380
Guild Youth Fund b/f 50.00 50.00
Surplus on Central Council meeting 2016 495.32 495.32 990.64
Surplus on Quiz Night              147.00    147.00          
5850.29 692.32 6.542.61 4,962
EXPENDITURE (all general fund)
Guild Report 1,287.00 1,356
Insurances – Public Liability 1,464.00 1,495
                 – All Risks 463.77 449
                 – Hand bells 75.40 83
Central Council affiliation fees 150.00 150
Central Council reps expenses 120.00 80
Master’s expenses 392.59 366
Master to Channel Islands 75.99 148
Treasurer’s expenses 50
Secretary’s expenses 26.91 53
Vice Masters Expenses 34
Public relations officers expenses – MP3 recorder 89.00
Guild Librarians account 437.50
Executive committee meeting expenses 126.00 178
District Officers forum expenses 44
Striking competitions 58.00
Communications committee and website expenses 131.80 110
WW1 project 192.75
Replacement case for master’s chain of office 41.29
ART fees refund to students 180.00
Contribution to I of W expenses to SE Region

YSC

440.00
Board,easel and pens 17
Ringing World advertisements   37  
Talk at 10-bell Striking Competition       90  
Cost of sales and reduction in value of stock                           443.81     45  
  6,195.81 0.00   6.195.81 4,785.
EXCESS INCOME (EXPENDITURE) (345.52)    692.32   £346.80 177

R Brandwood
Guild Treasurer
15th March 20167

2017 WP GUILD REPORT – HONORARY GENERAL TREASURER’S REPORT

l have pleasure in presenting my report and accounts of the Central Fund and Central Reserve Fund for the year ended 31st December 2016. This being my  first year in the post; I would like to  take this opportunity to thank all those who have patiently answered my questions and given advice.

During the year, it was decided to set up a designated Training and Development Fund, and the Income and

Expenditure Account shows amounts added to this Fund separately from the General Fund. To date, no payments have been made from the Training and Development Fund.

Income from all sources remained steady and income from Districts is shown in the table below. The decision in 2015 to reduce the amount per subscription payable to the Bell Restoration Fund from £4 to £2 has led to an increase in the amounts payable to the General Fund but this increase will not become apparent until the accounts for 2017 are completed.

Total balances at the year-end have increased modestly and are sufficient for foreseeable needs.

District subscriptions were received/as follows:

            2016

           2015

Alton & Petersfield

547.75

585.55

Andover

418.60

408.80

Basingstoke

574.70

598.15

Channel Islands

250.25

171.00

Christchurch & Southampton

592.55

641.55

Isle of Wight

395.85

377.30

Portsmouth

619.50

648.20

Winchester

     907.55

     813.05

 Total

£4,306.75

£4,243.60

Total financial assets held by the Guild are as follows.

2016 2015
Central Fund 2,153.00 2,474.98
Training and Development Fund 692.32
Central Reserve Fund 5,012.07 5,009.55
Districts 18,382.54 16,498.78
Sub Committees 1,072.67 901.26
£27,312.60 £ 24,884.57

R Brandwood

Treasurer

15th March 2017

2017 WP Guild Report – GENERAL SECRETARY’S REPORT

61 Members attended the 2016 AGM which was held in July at Alresford and our thanks go to Winchester District for hosting the event. The meeting saw an almost complete change of Guild Officers. Many thanks goes to the retiring principal officers especially Mike Bubb who served as  Hon. Gen. Treasurer for 30 years. Thanks also to Maureen Routh for continuing as Honorary  General Secretary until the November meeting. Knowledge of process and procedures, however,  has still been retainedwith retiring Master Viv Nobbs taking on the role of PR officer and Tony  Smith remaining as Minute Secretary.

As is traditional the Inter District 8-bell Striking Competition was held prior to the AGM and was  hotly contested by four teams. First position went to Portsmouth who scored 89% for their Grandsire Triples.

  John Croft (Winchester District Chairman), Alan Hoar (Odiham), Maureen Routh (Steep) and Ronald Tipper (Buriton) were conferred with life membership having completed 50 years ringing  membership of the Guild. Mike Bubb (Guernsey) and Tony Smith (Hursley) were also elected to life membership in recognition of their exceptional services to the Guild. Congratulations to all.

It has been a very busy year for the Education Committee who have provided many varied and interesting courses including an extra ‘Ringing Up and Down in Peal’ course due to a large  demand. They always need experienced ringers to support the events so please consider helping if  you can. It is very rewarding helping learners.

As I become more involved with Guild activities I am increasingly aware of all of the work being carried out on the Guild Action Plan and good progress has been made by all of the working parties. Particular interest is the collation of information for the WW1 Commemorative Ringing Record and members are reminded when listing QPs or Peals in Bellboard rung in honour of any ringer/relative/parishioner who was involved in WW1 that the ‘comment sections’ contains the text W&P WW1.  This enables the team to easily find and collate the data.

Our website continues to grow and is a fantastic resource for communication. Nearly all districts now have their own webmaster which adds to the sustainability of the site.

On a personal note I would like to thank Maureen Routh for an excellent handover and her guidance  as I start my journey and build up knowledge as Hon. Gen. Secretary and also to Tony Smith for  his invaluable wisdom and  guidance on Guild matters and processes.

Heather Frazer

2017 WP GUILD REPORT – GUILD MASTER’S MESSAGE

Dear Friends!

When you get around to reading this it will be nearly a year since I nodded my head at the wrong time.  I feel privileged to have taken on the role after a very organised team had put in place a forward-looking action plan and the working groups had begun to make inroads into the tasks set out in the Action Plan.  To all the previous team and working groups I would like to give a large vote of thanks.  Also thank you to those who have continued in their posts.)

This year saw a change of most of the senior posts.  A special thank you to those who made the change of personnel seamless by supporting the new post holders with their great depth of knowledge and their good will.

Following the excellent organisation of the Central Council meeting, the team has also supported the ART AGM which was based in Basingstoke. The team delivered excellent support to ART and the winners of The Sarah Beacham School Group Award stayed in the Guild having been won by Elizabeth College, Guernsey.

I would like to thank all those individuals who support their own towers by acting as Tower Captains, Tower Correspondents, Door Unlockers, Key Holders, Rope Splicers, Organisers of the wedding ringers, Social Secretaries, Steeple-keepers and all those small and sometimes overlooked jobs that keep our guild towers running.  Without these important individuals, there would not be any bells rung.

The various committees and working groups continue to work diligently and would be delighted to receive even more support in the coming year.  All your skills, great and small, would be appreciated.

I am excited by the number of young ringers developing their skills especially the groups in the more isolated areas of the Channel Islands, Isle of Wight and the New Forest. I am sure there are other young ringers in the Guild; please let your District Ringing Masters know you exist and they might be able to organise young ringers’ practices.

On occasion, I have heard that some members feel that the Guild is failing to let members know what is going on; this was never our intention.  It can be difficult to find a balance between keeping members informed of all possible plans and raising unattainable expectations.  We are continuing to work on ways of keeping every member informed and the Guild website and Guild Facebook pages are excellent places to keep up to date.

I am looking forward to an interesting second year and believe that the tasks ahead, although not straightforward, will be achievable.

I have a passion for quotes so;

The greatest lesson I have learned in life is that I still have a lot to learn

Mike Winterbourne

Motion (A) To reduce wasteful printing of unwanted annual reports

Motion (A)

Tony Smith proposes and John Palk seconds on behalf of the Executive Committee that the wasteful printing of unwanted copies of the annual report be reduced by asking members to request copies in advance. Specifically that rule 18 Reports be sub-divided and 18.c amended by deleting the words struck through and inserting the words underlined

a) Local secretaries shall forward an annual report on the activities of their tower to their District Secretary not later than 4th January of the following year.

b) Each year the Honorary Report Editor of the Guild will issue a questionnaire to each District Secretary for completion. District Secretaries shall forward the completed questionnaires and an annual report on the activities of their District to the Honorary Report Editor for publication, not later than 28th February.

c) Funds permitting, an annual report shall be published, the contents of which shall be at the discretion of the Executive Committee. A copy will be supplied free to all except probationary and compounding members. A copy will be supplied free to all life, ringing and associate members who have requested a copy. District Secretaries or District Treasurers will ask local secretaries how many of their members would like a copy of the report and shall forward the number required by the District to the Honorary Report Editor not later than 28th February.

How to Get the Best from Social Media

How to Get the Best from Social Media

“We get the best out of it by sharing stories, gathering information, asking for advice, giving advice, looking for individuals to talk to, pointing to our websites, advertising our Events …

Making people feel as though they have a real connection”

Social Media feels ethereal and intangible to folks who don’t use it, however it is an enormous engine driving business, shifting goods both solid for e.g. Ebay and Amazon and invisible for e.g. money and shares by pointing to companies websites, Apps and advertising campaigns.

Social Media, also helps small businesses, Charities and Interest Groups ,of which we are one, by giving us a presence to a far reaching audience for free, Gratis. On Twitter we talk to Australia, New Zealand, America and all over the UK. Our recent ‘Firsts Fortnight ‘ Initiative was known all over and has inspired other Guilds to try it out and there has even been whispers of making it a national event. This is one of the best ways of using Social Media and would be of huge use to our community by promoting Bellringing, giving us a focus for events and driving news content to the Media and our own websites.

Our Social Media consists of Facebook and Twitter and that is quite enough for the average age of our members.

How we make use of Social Media is by connecting to all our friends in the Bell-ringing world by ‘liking’ and ‘following’ them.

Then we get the best out of it by sharing stories, gathering information, asking for advice, giving advice, looking for individuals to talk to, pointing to our websites, advertising our Events and making people feel as though they have a real connection with the hierarchy which makes them feel involved which in turn creates loyalty.   The ‘Shang ri la’ of all groups, bodies and organisations.

It’s a sort of multi coloured, multi sense engaging email that can whip up support for your event. Twitter can hook you directly into your local radio stations and  local /regional TV and newspapers.

And it’s free!

Our Guild’s Facebook Group is a safe closed environment for information, discussions and comment watched over by the admin team. The rules of be nice and think twice before you post are well observed and a credit to us and that is how you always get the best out of Social Media.

For Details Visit Wpbells.org/guild-communications

Using The Guild Website to Strengthen Your Band

Using The Guild Website to Strengthen Your Band

The key audience for the website is members of our Guild. Historically, the Guild’s website has been a good source of up to date and accurate information about our Towers, Contacts, and District and Guild Events, and carefully integrated with Dove Online.

The new Guild website still delivers this objective, however it has the potential to do more than that because it has at its core a powerful and flexible news management system. It gives you the opportunity to post your tower’s news and events, photos and videos, invitations, achievements and plans. The website is suitable for…

1. Communicating with Ringers

Imagine if all the people who might potentially ring with you in your tower, had easy access to your tower notice board. What would they see? Reminders of important dates? The occasional cancellation? Recent peals and quarters? Blue lines for your current methods? Phone Number of the Tower Secretary?

You probably already use email or word of mouth to get this news out to your usual crowd, but by also emailing your news to wpbells@gmail.com for inclusion on the website, you can reach any visitors who might be planning to ring with you, plus all the other towers in your District…

It’s a small effort to email news in, but might one extra skilled visitor at your practice night make a big difference? And don’t you worry about visitors who might turn up to an empty churchyard, when you cancel a practice?

2. Communicating with your Congregation

You probably have a poster on the main church notice board, and write about ringing sometimes for your Parish Magazine.

Many of the readers, especially younger ones, will automatically go online if they want to know more about you. If you have your own tower website, you probably quote a link to it in all your wider communications. If not, why not quote your tower’s address on wpbells.org? Your readers will find all your news, pictures (and perhaps videos) there, all the information they need to contact you, all of which informs them and enables them to form an accurate mental picture of “their” band. No more mental pictures of flying monks! Replace that fantasy with reality! 

One church member who recently looked at a Tower’s wpbells.org  page ended up spending an hour browsing through other pages on the site.

Your tower’s web address is very succinct.    

From wpbells.org/Abbotts-Ann

To wpbells.org/Yateley

3. Communicating with Potential Recruits

When you make the effort to find recruits, you want them to get a clear picture of bell ringing and what they might experience if they become a bell ringer at your tower. The elusive “young recruit” in particular, is probably a sophisticated user of websites, You tube and social networking. The website is designed to support recruitment in several ways:

  • Easy to use from smartphones, tablets, laptops, computers & even smart televisions
  • Easy to navigate (all 1300+ pages of it), with context aware menus , cross referencing and powerful searches
  • Thoughtful use of colour, videos, photos, and logos to shake off our “boring” image
  • Closely integrated with Facebook and Twitter
  • Designed to be Search Engine Friendly
  • A dedicated “Learn to Ring” section with reference to EVERY TOWER that we are aware is currently recruiting and/or training new ringers.
  • A short address for your tower page that you can include in press releases and posters, plus:
  • Extremely flexible design means you can have as many tower pages as you wish, enabling you to target a page particularly at non-ringers, and quote THAT page address on your printed literature and press releases.

One of our recent recruits came forward after seeing a website news item about a new Saturday class starting up.

4. Building Personal Ringing Skills

Sooner or later, most ambitious ringers need to spread their wings and ring away from home. Some bands are experiencing difficult times and unable to scaffold their learners beyond the basics, while others are regularly practicing advanced methods and able to help visitors to learn. To save you randomly visiting all your local practice nights to find what you need, the website gathers together practice night reports, invitations to Guild training courses, and information about residential courses. You can look at these by District or by method type – for example, visit the page wpbells.org/surprise-royal-ringing, or use the “Search” button and look for the method YOU are currently working on…. To join in the support of ambitious ringers, why not:

Post short news items about your recent successful practice, including what was rung. This will enable local ringers to find you! Don’t be put off if your ringing is basic – a recent survey in C&S District found that 50% of ringers say they are still working on basics (defined as up to “learning my second method”) and some of those are VERY keen to visit other towers!

If you have a “method of the month”, let people know in a news item. Good ideas are catching – nearby towers may start to learn it too!

When you enjoy visiting another tower, write a short news item about it.

Visit wpbells.org/Guild-calendar and you may be surprised by how many invitations are posted there at any one time.

Visit the website http://wpbells.org

Email your news to wpbells@gmail.com