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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

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

 

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

 

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