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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

A note from the Bell Restoration Fund Trustees – August 2018

WINCHESTER AND PORTSMOUTH DIOCESAN GUILD OF CHURCH BELL RINGERS

BELL RESTORATION FUND

(A REGISTERED CHARITY No. 264606)

 

The trustees would like to remind towers within the dioceses that the Bell Restoration Fund has funds available to assist with 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.

It should be noted that the work proposed does not have to be a large project but can include more routine maintenance work.  To encourage potential applicants, the grant application form has been amended to make applications for smaller projects less onerous.  The application form and accompanying notes can be found on the website.

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.  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.

Bell Restoration Fund Trustees

August 2018

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

A Brief Report on Our Executive Committee  Meeting

STARTING WITH THE REALLY IMPORTANT BIT:

At the Guild AGM in Alresford on 2nd of July The Guild Committee needs a whole new team of officers to be elected.

This incredible Committee has steered the Guild into a new era. The Plans are in place, the signposts show the way and the commitment to improve, educate and modernise this vibrant and active community is stronger now than ever before. SO, Please think seriously about helping us to keep the Guild and ringing moving forward. If you have been a secretary or treasurer for a school committee, if you can take minutes or type them up from a Dictaphone recording, if you like collecting data or think ringing needs to have a different voice in the Central Council, now is the time to say ‘do you know what? I could give it a try’. The posts becoming vacant are:

  • Master
  • Vice-Master
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Librarian
  • Peal recorder
  • Report Editor
  • Minutes Secretary
  • CC reps (five of them)
  • Child Protection Officer
  • Independent Examiner
  • BRF Trustees for the two dioceses

Other Noteworthy Items:

On a cold and sunny morning on 12th of March The Executive Committee Meeting was held in St Barnabas Church Hall in Southampton. 24 members were present with 8 apologies.

We all stood whilst the names of those who have passed away since November were read out.

  • Roy Grayson    (Purbrook)
  • Roy Howard    (Freshwater)
  • Tom Metcalfe    (Blackmoor)
  • Ramon A Stone (life member, West Meon)
  • David Yates    (Arreton)
  • Martin Routh    (Former Tower Captain at Amport)
  • Colin Nicholson     (Formerly of St Peter Port)

With no matters arising from the last minutes the reports and accounts were accepted.

Interesting and noteworthy was that;

  • Our Hon. Librarian and Archivist Bruce Purvis had asked for a budget increase to buy volumes of Order and Disorder which contain ringing extracts from 18th and 19th century newspapers.
  • The Belfry Stewardship Committee planned on visiting and inspecting Droxford.
  • The Bell Restoration Fund gave a report on the Trustees’ Meeting; David Mattingley said there were grants outstanding to All Saints’, Basingstoke augmented from 9 to 10 and awaiting sign-off by the Belfry Stewardship Committee, Houghton where work had started, and Ecchinswell where fundraising was continuing. At Wherwell higher priority work in the church had been identified and so the outstanding grant would be reduced to zero and the church asked to reapply when they were in a position to proceed with the bell restoration. A new grant application had been received from Northington where the plan was now to augment from 3 to 6 at a cost of £17,000 of which £13,500 had already been raised. The Trustees recommended a grant of £2,000. The Trustees agreed with Hugh Routh who pointed out that work on three clappers which was part of the original project specification had not been done and we should not pay grants towards the same work twice.
  • Greg Jordan was elected onto the Striking Competition Committee
  • These fine folks will be presented with Life Membership certificates at the AGM, after completing 50 years of membership!   Congratulations to you all: John Croft (Winchester District Chairman), Alan Hoar of Odiham, Maureen Routh of Steep and  Ronald Tipper of Buriton.

The Master reviewed The Guild Action Plan and  suggested the setting up of 3 working groups:

  • A small working group will be set up to consider the content, format and production costs of The Annual Guild Report. Discussions revolved around how many reports to print IE 1 per person or 1 per  tower, sending it out digitally and if it could be produced in a more cost effective way.
  • Interestingly, A working group to consider the compilation, presentation and costs of books, listing performances rung between 2014 and 2018 commemorating the WWI fallen, to be presented to Winchester and Portsmouth Cathedrals, and that the working group be authorised to register interest with the Heritage Lottery Fund.
  • Excitingly, A working group to consider the possibility of a centralised Ringing Training School for teaching new ringers.

The Committee were happy to support a funding request of £400 towards travel expenses of a joint team of young ringers from the Isle of Wight and Channel Islands Districts to represent the Guild in the competition at Epsom on Sat 2nd April 2016. The rest of the money would be found by the youngsters and their families by fund-raising. We wish them well.

After much discussion a rethink was agreed on the ‘welcome pack’ for new ringers. Whilst people though it (The ART Discover Ringing booklet and a contacts list) was a good idea, just who to give it to e.g. not many probationary members become ringers and how to get it to them was of concern.

The Communications Exec member gave a presentation on Social Media extolling its virtues and its pitfalls.

Future Dates worth noting are;

In the ‘Any Other Business’ section issues discussed were;-

  • The arrangements for the Central Council (CCCBR) weekend at the end of May are well under way. There has been a good response to calls volunteers and Guild members are encouraged and welcome to attend the open meeting and Songs of Praise service both on Sunday afternoon.
  • If a volunteer can be found the requests for Guild sweatshirt production can continue.
  • If there was a form for making a bequest to the Guild. The answer was no it can be put into your Will.
  • Ropley Church was expected to be rebuilt between 2016-2018.
  • The Master promoted the Mid-Monthly Ringing Tours & the next one is on 13th April.

We were all done by 12:00  Then a long and very fast quarter peal of Grandsire Doubles ensued.

WP Guild 200 Club – now wound up

It seems that some members of the 200 Club did not received their letters earlier in the year from Mark Esbester advising that the club was to be wound up, nor have they been aware of the announcements that the last draw would be made after the Guild Executive last November.

The draw was made as planned and the results are here https://wpbells.org/2015/11/21/200-club-draw-results/
The account that Mark Esbester used for the 200 Club has now been closed, so if you didn’t cancel your standing order, the payment will be returned to your bank.  Please ensure that no future payments are made.
Finally many thanks to Mark for running this club since 1991, and thanks to all those who joined to raise funds for the BRF, nearly £18,000 since it started.

Guild wide bell stock survey – Introduction

During the mid 1990s there was a growing awareness within the Guild of the need to take a more pro-active stance in fostering the restoration, repair and maintenance of the bells and belfries within the Guild’s area of operation. While focusing primarily on bells hung for change ringing, there was also a recognition that the Guild’s influence could, and should encompass all of the bells within the two Dioceses of Winchester and Portsmouth that we, together with our fellow Church members hold in trust for current and future generations. This new thinking focused both on a new and more positive approach to raising funds for the Guild Bell Restoration Fund, and also towards the practical elements of care and maintenance of bells – leading to the formation in 1994 of the Belfry Stewardship Committee.

The Belfry Stewardship Committee developed policies to support the BRF Trustees, Parishes and Ringers with advice and guidance on belfry maintenance and restoration matters; to support the Guild Education Committee (and through them Guild members) in providing training in belfry maintenance skills, and to develop relationships with Diocesan Bell Advisers and others to enhance common purpose and best practice.

Early in the deliberations of both the BSC and the BRF Trustees was the need for a clearer view of the condition of the heritage of bell installations around the Guild (the Bell Stock) to inform the likely requirement for BRF grant support into the future, and to assist in gauging the sort of practical advice and assistance that would be required around the two dioceses. A key factor contributing to the lack of knowledge was the state of the only documentary record of bells and belfries in Hampshire – Hampshire Church Bells. This is a slim volume, compiled in 1920 by Rev W E Colchester, from various sources dating back over the previous 30 years, and notoriously inaccurate and incomplete. It soon became clear that better data was required, and when in 1995 the BSC was asked separately to offer input to an attempt to build a national inventory of historic Peal Records and Peal Boards, and also co-ordinate a response to a Central Council nationwide survey of three-bell towers, this led to the concept of a Guild-wide bell stock survey embracing all aspects of the bell content of each church in the area covered by the Guild.

The concept evolved into a “self-completion” questionnaire supported by detailed notes for guidance, with the intention that members of the local towers/parishes would provide the data to compile the survey. A pilot scheme was run in the Deanery of Petersfield (Diocese of Portsmouth) which was sufficiently successful to warrant a Guild-wide implementation in those towers with three or more bells believed to be hung for ringing. The survey forms and notes for guidance were distributed for manuscript completion during 1998. During the ensuing eighteen months over 55 towers responded, the volume falling away towards the end of this period. In only one occasion was the response a flat refusal to contribute! On the contrary despite some supposed misgivings that tower members were capable of making a satisfactory response the overall standard of returned forms was excellent, with some outstanding examples of quality of information and presentation provided.

Advice on fund raising for bell installations – CCCBR

wpid-cccbr-logo-transparent78x751The CCCBR Bell Restoration Committee

 

The Committee supports ringing societies and individual towers by providing information and advice on fund raising; bell restoration funds; charitable trusts and other resources. It also administers bell restoration funds on behalf of the Council.

Fund-raising advice

Committee Members can assist with advice on such topics as the following:

  • suggesting fund raising ideas*,
  • loaning ‘Appeal Brochures’,
  • suggesting charitable trusts which may be sympathetic to your cause,
  • suggesting a range of consumable and souvenir items which might appeal to the general public, and
  • suggesting ways of involving the local community in your project.
  • See also:

This information comes from the CCCBR website. [read more]

Bell Restoration Fund Rules

brf-application-form

Bell Restoration Fund Rules

  1. TITLE

    The fund shall be known as the Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers Bell Restoration Fund.

  2. REGISTRATION

    The fund shall be registered as a charity.

  3. AIMS

    The object of this fund shall be to provide financial assistance by way of grants to Churches, within the Diocese of Winchester and Portsmouth, 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.

  4. DEFINITIONS

    References to ‘the Guild’ shall mean the Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers. References to ‘the Executive Committee’ shall mean the Executive Committee of the Guild.

  5. TRUSTEES

    The Trustees of the fund, referred to hereinafter as ‘the Trustees’, shall be the Master, the Honorary General Secretary and the Honorary General Treasurer of the Guild, and two Trustees, one from each Diocese, elected triennially by the Annual General Meeting of the Guild.

  6. HONORARY INDEPENDENT EXAMINER

    The Honorary Independent Examiner of the fund shall be the Honorary Independent Examiner for the time being of the Guild.

  7. ADMINISTRATION

    The fund shall be administered by the Trustees.

  8. GRANTS
    1. An application for or proposal to make a grant from this fund shall be considered only at a General Meeting of the Guild or at a meeting of the Executive Committee, provided at least two months notice in writing has been given of such application or proposal to the Honorary General Secretary.
    2. Following notice duly given, the Trustees shall consider such applications or proposals and shall make recommendations to the meeting of the Guild or Executive Committee at which the application or proposal shall be discussed.
    3. Grants shall be made from this fund only for the purposes outlined in the objectives in rule 3 above. A grant may be made, subject to the requirements of rule 8a above, if approved by two-thirds or more of those members of the Guild present and voting at a General Meeting of the Guild or at a meeting of the Executive Committee. To be eligible to vote on such matters, members must fulfil the requirements of the Guild on voting. The Trustees shall inform the Guild of any grants approved at a meeting of the Executive Committee at the next General Meeting of the Guild.
    4. Following such approval a grant shall be made, except that the Trustees shall be given absolute discretion to reduce, but not to increase, a grant, in the exceptional circumstances that they unanimously feel it in the interests of the fund and of the Guild to do so. They shall inform the Guild of any such action at the next General Meeting of the Guild.
  9. DISBURSEMENT

    Any payments drawn on this fund under rule 8 above, or required under rule 11 below, shall be made over the signature of the Honorary General Treasurer for the time being and one other Trustee of the fund. No payment shall be made until the work is satisfactorily completed. All administrative and other expenses incurred in respect of the fund other than those specifically relating to the acquisition and realisation of investments shall be borne by the Guild.

  10. ACCOUNTS
    1. The Honorary General Treasurer shall prepare accounts, consisting of a balance sheet at 31st December each year, and an income and expenditure account for the year ending on that date.
    2. These accounts shall be presented to the Independent Examiner of the fund who shall satisfy himself as to the correctness thereof.
    3. These accounts, duly independently examined, shall be submitted for approval to the Annual General Meeting of the Guild next after the 31st December to which the accounts of the fund have been prepared.
  11. INVESTMENTS

    The Trustees acting together shall have the power to invest or otherwise deal with the assets of the fund and such sums as the members of the Guild shall contribute or from time to time decide to transfer to the fund, in such manner as they think fit in the best interests of the fund.

  12. DISSOLUTION OF THE FUND
    1. If it shall be decided to dissolve the fund, such decision being taken only at an Annual General Meeting of the Guild, one month’s notice having been given by the Honorary General Secretary to Tower Secretaries of such intent, the assets shall be disposed of to either or between both of the following:-
      1. To other charitable Bell Restoration Funds as the Guild may select
      2. To the Cathedrals of Winchester and Portsmouth for the religious and charitable purposes of the said Cathedrals.
    2. In the event of the Guild becoming defunct, it shall be allowed for the Registrar of Charities after five years non-working of the fund to cause it to be dissolved and its assets applied as under rule 12 a ii.
  13. CHANGE OF RULES
    1. No amendment of, addition to, or deletion from these Rules shall be made which would cause the fund at any time to cease to be a charity in law.
    2. No alteration or addition to the above Rules may be made except at a General Meeting of the Guild, or Special Meeting called for the purpose, when the number of eligible members voting in favour must be at least 20 and double those voting against the proposal. Notice of any such proposed alteration or addition must be given in writing at least two months before the date of the meeting to the Honorary General Secretary of the Guild, who shall inform all Tower Secretaries of the Guild of this proposal at least one month before the aforesaid meeting.

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