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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
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Total incoming resources 4,309.43 4,873.31
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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

THE GUILD RULES (Effective 1st Jan 2018)

The Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers

THE GUILD RULES

(as at 1 January 2018)

Click for Rules until 31 December 2017


  1. TITLE

    The Society shall be called ‘The Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers’ (hereinafter called ‘The Guild’).

    OBJECT

    To unite the Church Bell Ringers in the Diocese of Winchester and Portsmouth for mutual support consistent with:

    1. promoting in co-operation with incumbents an appreciation and observation of the tower as part of God’s House.
    2. the recognition of the position of ringers as church workers.
    3. encouragement of ringing for Divine Service, cultivation of change ringing and the preservation of the church bells in an efficient condition.
  2. CONSTITUTION

    The Guild shall consist of Patrons, Presidents, Vice-Presidents and Members. The following shall be appointed ex-officio:- Patrons: The Very Rev The Dean of Winchester, The Very Rev The Dean of Portsmouth; Presidents: The Right Rev The Lord Bishop of Winchester, The Right Rev The Lord Bishop of Portsmouth; Vice-Presidents: The Right Rev The Suffragan Bishop of Southampton, The Right Rev The Suffragan Bishop of Basingstoke, The Very Rev The Dean of Guernsey, The Very Rev The Dean of Jersey, The Venerable the Archdeacons of Winchester, Portsdown, Bournemouth, The Meon and The Isle of Wight. The Diocesan areas shall be divided into Districts, each being self-administered.

  3. CENTRAL COUNCIL

    The Guild shall be affiliated to the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers and shall observe its rules and decisions. Representatives thereto shall be elected for a triennial period in accordance with the constitution of the Council. The Guild may pay fares and reasonable out of pocket expenses for not more than three days to its representatives attending the meetings of the Council. Representatives shall make a report of the proceedings to the next Annual General Meeting of the Guild.

  4. ADMINISTRATION

    The administration of the Guild shall be vested in an Executive Committee (of whom seven shall form a quorum) consisting of: the Master (Chairman), Vice-Master, immediate Past Master, Honorary General Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Recorder of Peals, Honorary Librarian and Archivist, Honorary Report Editor, Minute Secretary, Public Relations Officer, Child Protection Officer, Central Council Representatives, the Trustees of the Bell Restoration Fund, the Convenors of committees, and District Representatives (who shall normally include the District Secretaries or their proxies) to be elected by the annual District meetings. Districts with more than 100 members (associate and ringing) may send one additional representative. The Executive Committee has the authority to co-opt members on to the committee for special purposes, delegate any of its duties to sub-committee(s) or co-opted members and fill any vacancies arising among officers until the next General Meeting qualified to elect officers. The Executive Committee shall meet at least once annually. Reasonable expenses of members attending meetings of the Executive Committee may be defrayed by the Guild.

  5. GENERAL MEETING

    A General Meeting of the Guild shall be held annually in each of the following Districts in turn: District 1 Andover, District 2 Portsmouth, District 3 Winchester, District 4 Christchurch and Southampton, District 5 Basingstoke, District 6 Isle of Wight, District 7 Alton and Petersfield, District 8 Channel Islands, to receive reports, a statement of accounts and applications for grants, to fix the place and date of the next Annual General Meeting and to transact any other Guild business. Every third year to elect a Master, Vice-Master, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Recorder of Peals, Honorary Librarian and Archivist, Honorary Report Editor, Minute Secretary, Public Relations Officer, Child Protection Officer, Honorary Independent Examiner and Central Council Representatives. Officers elected shall remain members of the Administration (Rule 4) ex-officio for a period of three years when, with the exception of the Master and Vice-Master, they will remain eligible for re-election. The Master and Vice-Master will remain eligible for re-election unless they have previously been re-elected. The election of an officer(s) to fill a vacancy (Rule 4) must be confirmed at the next General Meeting of the Guild. A Special General Meeting may be called at any time upon a request to the Hon General Secretary, signed by either the Presidents, the Master or not less than twenty ringing members of the Guild. The Secretary shall give three weeks’ notice to the Guild of Special General Meetings, by posting to each local secretary, for display in the towers, particulars of the business.

  6. MEMBERSHIP

    There shall be the following classes of membership of the Guild:

    1. Ringing membership shall be open to those ringers who normally reside within, or ring at towers within, the two diocese, and any ringer from outside the two diocese who wishes to be a full member of the Guild.
    2. Life membership shall be conferred upon those who have completed 50 years ringing or associate membership of the Guild. The Executive Committee may also recommend any individual for election to life membership at an Annual General Meeting of the Guild in recognition of their services to the Guild.
    3. Associate membership shall be open to non-ringers who wish to be associated with and support the objects and activities of the Guild.
    4. Compounding membership shall be open to those ringers who reside outside the two diocese and who do not normally ring at a tower within the diocese. Compounding members shall have no vote at meetings of the Guild and shall not propose or second a belfry election.
    5. Probationary membership shall be open to those learning to ring at a tower within the two diocese. Probationary members shall have no vote at meetings of the Guild, nor be eligible to hold any District or Guild office.
  7. ELECTIONS

    1. All classes of member, with the exception of life members, may be elected at any District meeting.
    2. Life members may only be elected at a General Meeting of the Guild.
    3. Members may also be elected prior to a peal which is intended to be rung by the Guild, provided that at least half the band are already life and/or ringing and/or compounding members who have transferred from ringing membership, and subject to the peal being successful and the election being confirmed at the next meeting of the District in which the election took place. In the case of an election prior to a peal outside the Guild area, the election may be confirmed at the next meeting of any District.
    4. Probationary members may also be elected at any tower within the two diocese, by two or more Guild members other than probationary members, and subject to confirmation at the next meeting of the District in which the election took place.
    5. The Executive Committee shall have the power to veto any election, or to dismiss a member for misconduct; but the person concerned shall have the right of appeal to the next Annual General Meeting of the Guild. In the event of a dismissal, such members shall be debarred from further re-election for such period as the Executive Committee may determine, unless reinstated at the Annual General Meeting of the Guild.
    6. On election, new members (excluding probationary and compounding members) shall be supplied with a copy of the current annual report (if available) free of charge.
  8. SUBSCRIPTIONS

    1. Subscriptions fall due upon election and subsequently upon 1st January each year. A member who fails to pay his subscription for the current year by 30th June shall be deemed to have withdrawn from the Guild.
    2. A proportion of each subscription shall be allocated to one or more ringing-related charities. The amount of the subscription and proportion allocated to each ringing-related charity for each class of membership shall be determined from time to time at the Annual General Meeting of the Guild, or at a Special General Meeting called for the purpose, and published in the Guild’s annual report.
    3. Ringing members in full-time education or over the age of 60 and associate members over the age of 60 may pay a reduced subscription as determined at the meeting. Life members are not required to pay a subscription. The subscription paid by a probationary member will form part of their subscription as a ringing member if elected as such during the same calendar year.
    4. A member, other than a probationary member, leaving the two diocese may transfer to compounding membership without further payment on application to their District Secretary.
    5. Any increase in subscription or alteration in the proportion allocated to each ringing-related charity shall take effect immediately following the meeting at which it was made.
  9. APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEES

    1. Members are appointed to the committees enumerated in paragraph b. of this rule at the General Meeting two years after the meeting at which the officers are elected. Members are appointed for three years and are eligible for reappointment. Notwithstanding the note in rule 24 concerning when an alteration to the rules becomes operative, a new committee shall be appointed at the meeting at which the committee is added to those enumerated in paragraph b. of this rule. The Guild may at any time dissolve a committee or alter its membership.
    2. The following shall be the committees of the Guild:
      1. Belfry Stewardship
      2. Communications
      3. Education
      4. Striking Competitions
      5. Ringing Schools
    3. Each committee shall appoint a convenor and shall report annually to the Guild. Each committee shall have the power to co-opt further members. Reasonable expenses may be paid.
  10. TERMS OF REFERENCE OF COMMITTEES

    The terms of reference of the committees shall be as follows:

    1. Belfry Stewardship Committee. To give advice about bells and their fittings in any Guild tower; to inspect and report on all completed bell restoration works subject to grants from the Guild Bell Restoration Fund, and to continue the work of the Guild’s Bell Stock Survey.
    2. Communications Committee. To enhance communication within the Guild by maintaining and developing the Guild website as the hub of news and information, maintain and develop the e-mail lists and social media presence and connect to the wider bell ringing community.
    3. Education Committee. To improve members’ ringing abilities and confidence in all practical and theoretical aspects of bell handling and method ringing.
    4. Striking Competitions Committee. To encourage improvement in striking across the Guild, through friendly and social competition, both between individual towers and Districts.
    5. Ringing Schools Committee. To teach members bell-handling to a good and safe standard.
  11. AFFILIATION

    Each tower in the Guild area, regardless of whether it has Guild members in its band or not, shall be deemed to be ‘in union’ with the Guild.

  12. LOCAL SECRETARIES

    Each tower in the Guild shall appoint a local secretary, who will be responsible for conducting such correspondence as required, rendering an annual report to the District Secretary and collecting subscriptions from Guild members for transfer to the District Treasurer.

  13. DISTRICTS

    No tower shall be transferred from one District to another without the consent of the majority of ringers of the tower concerned and of the Annual General Meeting of the Guild.

  14. DISTRICT OFFICERS

    In each District a Chairman, Ringing Master, District Treasurer and Honorary Secretary shall be elected and such other officers as the District may determine.

  15. DISTRICT MEETINGS

    An Annual Meeting shall be held in each District as early in each year as is practicable, but not later than 21st February, to receive reports and statements of accounts, to transact any other business, including fixing the date and place of the next Annual District Meeting, and at least every third year elect District officers. Such other District meetings may be held as decided by the members, practice meetings being encouraged. Only members of a District may vote in the business of that District.

  16. DISTRICT FUNDS

    Each District Treasurer shall receive ALL subscriptions of members in his District, pay from the funds all the expenses of the District, and at the end of the year prepare a balance sheet which shall be independently examined and, after presentation to the Annual District Meeting, forwarded to the Honorary Treasurer of the Guild not later than 28th February, together with the proportion of the subscriptions due to the Central Fund and Guild Bell Restoration Fund (Rule 17). District funds may only be expended for administration and for such purposes as are sanctioned by these rules or by a General Meeting of the District concerned. First charge on District funds after administration shall be for instruction (whenever possible) in change ringing. If District funds prove insufficient for this charge, the deficiency may be met in whole or part by a contribution from the Central Fund. The instructor(s) may claim travelling expenses and any other out of pocket expenses.

  17. CENTRAL FUND

    Seventy per cent (fifty per cent from the Channel Islands District) of all subscriptions, excluding the proportion allocated to the Guild Bell Restoration Fund, shall be allocated to a Central Fund for the general administration and expenses of the Guild and for any other purpose that the members in General Meeting may direct. The Honorary Treasurer shall receive, not later than 28th February, all monies due to the Central Fund and Guild Bell Restoration Fund and shall be empowered to disburse all accounts properly incurred in the central administration of the Guild, either in cash payments or by cheques drawn on the Guild current banking account, which cheques he shall be authorised to draw. He shall maintain a statement of central accounts. The remaining thirty per cent of subscriptions, excluding the proportion allocated to the Guild Bell Restoration Fund, shall be retained by the Districts, except in the case of the Channel Islands District where fifty per cent is retained, for the purposes of meeting expenses of the Districts incurred under these rules. If there be any deficiency in the Central Fund, the Annual General Meeting of the Guild may, by resolution, require the Districts to meet the deficiency in proportion to the amount of each District’s receipts retained that year. At any time during the year the Executive Committee may, if necessary, direct the District Treasurers to pay over to the Central Fund all, or part of, the proportion of subscriptions actually received and due to the fund.

  18. INSTRUCTORS

    Districts are requested to compile a list of instructors who are willing to assist towers (Rule 16).

  19. GUILD LIBRARY

    The Honorary Librarian and Archivist shall be responsible for the safe keeping of the Guild library and any other property acquired by the Guild unless other arrangements are made by the Executive Committee. He shall maintain an inventory of such books and property and shall render annually a report to the Executive Committee.

  20. REPORTS

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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 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.
  21. PEALS

    Peals which are to be recognised by the Guild and have their details published in the annual report must be rung by bands composed entirely of members of the Guild other than probationary members, at least half of whom must be life and/or ringing members and/or compounding members who have transferred from ringing membership. An account of each peal including details of compositions on seven bells and above, together with the peal fee for each ringer participating, shall be sent to the Honorary Recorder of Peals within one month of the peal being rung. If the above conditions are not fulfilled, the peal shall not be recognised by the Guild, nor its details published in the annual report, excepting that the Annual General Meeting of the Guild shall be able to recognise such peals in exceptional circumstances. At the end of each calendar year, the income from peal fees shall be transferred to the Guild Bell Restoration Fund and to the General Fund (towards the cost of printing details of peals in the annual report). The amount of the peal fees and the proportions transferred to the Bell Restoration and General Funds shall be determined from time to time by the Annual Meeting of the Guild, or a Special General Meeting of the Guild called for the purpose and published in the annual report. Any alteration in the amount of fees and proportions in which they are transferred to the General and Bell Restoration Funds shall take effect on the following 1st January.

  22. DAMAGE

    The Guild may accept responsibility for any damage done by members to the bells, etc. in any tower in which a meeting of the Guild is being held. In such circumstances the officers of the District concerned are empowered to take steps to make good the damage which shall be a charge on the District concerned. In the case of a General Meeting of the Guild, the Master, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer will take the necessary action and make a charge on the Central Fund.

  23. REDUNDANT BELLS

    In the event of either: (a) redundant bells coming into the possession of the Guild or (b) the advice of the Guild being sought on the disposal or movement of redundant bells, the Trustees of the Bell Restoration Fund shall be empowered to decide upon the disposition of such bells or offer such advice as they feel is appropriate. Where possible, such decisions or advice shall be subject to confirmation by the Guild Executive or Annual General Meeting of the Guild.

  24. ALTERATION OF RULES

    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. Any alteration or addition to the rules shall become operative on the following 1st January.


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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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 receieve 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

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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

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Agenda for the AGM June 17th

1          Master’s welcome

2          Inter-District Striking Competition results

3          Apologies for absence

4          Loss of Members from death since the 2016 AGM

Brian Orange               King’s Somborne
Ruth Roberts               Christchurch
Alan Anstey                 formerly of St Michael’s, Basingstoke
D Kenvyn Walters    formerly of Yately
John Smith                   formerly of Ryde and Shanklin
Michael Pointer         formerly of Romsey
Nigel Miller                  formerly of Ryde and Arreton
Phillip Davis                formerly of Godshill and Shanklin

5          Minutes of the 2016 AGM

6          Matters arising

7          Life Membership – for fifty years continuous membership

Graham Cane Buriton
Valerie Williams East Meon
David Cooper Blackmoor
Roy le Marechal Bishopstoke
Rosemary Rogers Christchurch 


8          Officers’ and Committee Reports for 2016 

  1. Hon General Secretary (Annual Report)  P4
  2. Hon General Treasurer                                P5
  3. Education Committee                                  P15
  4. Hon Librarian and Archivist                      P17
  5. Striking Competitions Committee             P18
  6. Belfry Stewardship Committee                  P19
  7. Hon Peal Recorder                                        P20
  8. Communications Committee                      P24
  9. Public Relations Officer                               P25

9          Bell Restoration Fund                                                     

  1. Trustees’ Report and Accounts for 2016 (Annual Report) P9
  2. Grant Proposals

10        Report on 2017 Central Council Meeting

11        Guild Officer Elections

            Confirmation of appointment of Honorary General Secretary

12        Action Plan Update

13        Proposals

14        Future Guild Events      

District Officers Forum 30th September 2017 St Barnabas’ Church Hall
Education Course – Plain Hunt & Trebling to Doubles Methods 14th October Goodworth Clatford
Education Course  – Stedman Triples 4th November Venue TBA
Executive Committee Mtg 18th November St Barnabas’ Church Hall


15        Date and place of 2018 AGM

            16 June 2018 at Basingstoke      

16        Any other business   


 

Motion (C) To formalise the relationship between the Guild and its committees

Tony Smith proposes and the Master seconds on behalf of the Executive Committee that the relationship between the Guild and its committees be formalised. Specifically, that in rule 4 Administration “Convenors of sub-committees” be amended to “Convenors of committees”, that the following two new rules be added after the existing rule 8, that existing rules 9 to 22 be renumbered 11 to 24, and that cross-references between rules be adjusted accordingly.

  1. APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEES

a) Members are appointed to the committees enumerated in paragraph b. of this rule at the General Meeting two years after the meeting at which the officers are elected. Members are appointed for three years and are eligible for reappointment. Notwithstanding the note in rule 22 concerning when an alteration to the rules becomes operative, a new committee shall be appointed at the meeting at which the committee is added to those enumerated in paragraph b. of this rule. The Guild may at any time dissolve a committee or alter its membership.

b) The following shall be the committees of the Guild:

i) Belfry Stewardship
ii) Communications
iii)Education
iv Striking Competitions
v) Ringing Schools

c) Each committee shall appoint a convenor and shall report annually to the Guild. Each committee shall have the power to co-opt further members. Reasonable expenses may be paid.

  1. TERMS OF REFERENCE OF COMMITTEES

The terms of reference of the committees shall be as follows:

a) Belfry Stewardship Committee. To give advice about bells and their fittings in any Guild tower; to inspect and report on all completed bell restoration works subject to grants from the Guild Bell Restoration Fund, and to continue the work of the Guild’s Bell Stock Survey.

b) Communications Committee. To enhance communication within the Guild by maintaining and developing the Guild website as the hub of news and information, maintain and develop the e-mail lists and social media presence and connect to the wider bell ringing community.

c) Education Committee. To improve members’ ringing abilities and confidence in all practical and theoretical aspects of bell handling and method ringing.

d) Striking Competitions Committee. To encourage improvement in striking across the Guild, through friendly and social competition, both between individual towers and Districts.

e) Ringing Schools Committee. To teach members bell-handling to a good and safe standard.

MOTION (B) To setup a Guild Ringing Schools Committee

Motion (B)

Andy Ingram proposes and Mike Winterbourne seconds that a Guild Ringing Schools Committee should be setup.

Throughout this process the terms Teaching Schools, Hubs, Ringing Schools have been used at various times but all are inter-changeable.

Background to the Project

From the ACTION PLAN REVIEW AGREED AT THE 2015 A.G.M – PERIOD 5TH JULY 2015 – 2ND JULY 2016 (Part):-

In addition, a focus group has been established recently; the initial purpose has been to investigate and introduce if necessary, the possibility of teaching schools within our Guild. The group is financially and administratively separate from other Guild committees. It will act harmoniously with them, of course.  The group will report to the Executive Committee later in 2016 and might require some funding.

In response to this the March 2016 Executive meeting agreed to the “setting up of a working group … to consider the provision of centre(s) for teaching new ringers”.

Further clarification was given by the Past-Master (Viv Nobbs) as to what she had envisaged to be the outcome of this project:

“To encourage … ringing and the cultivation of change ringing by increasing the number of proficient ringers across the Guild”.

Stage 1 – Teaching Schools Model

Although this was a broad remit the initial purpose of the working group was defined to investigate (and introduce, if necessary) the possibility of teaching schools within the Guild.  The working group discussed the projects aims, possible types of model, syllabus and hardware and was generally in agreement with the following aspects of :

  1. Training should focus on teaching safe and consistent bell handling up to rounds standard, and further into elementary change ringing as students progress. The group acknowledged that various factors needed to be considered between where teaching was most needed, versus a supply of good teachers, and the potential availability of good training facilities.
  2. Various types of models to be used were discussed, from intensive term- holiday courses, to weekly evening courses. Saturday mornings (roughly 10-12 o’clock) would probably be the most popular for students and teachers.
  3. A charge per student per session was considered appropriate, which would be used to cover tower donations and course material. Various “rewards” for learners at set stages should also be able to be supported by this charge.
  4. In setting up a teaching centre, various costs will be incurred, and sought from the Guild. There could be initial costs in setting up a venue as a suitable venue and as such, a budget submission will be made to the Guild for its approval to cover certain envisaged costs, and the risk of any shortfall.
  5. Further discussion is needed to be had on the syllabus, but it was considered that the Association of Ringing Teachers (ART) ‘Learning the Ropes’ schemes (levels 1 and 2) provides students and teachers with clear goals and would provide a consistent, graded approach which can be easily adopted in different areas.
  6. The group considered that good teaching venues would have (amongst other things):
  • bells that can be regularly available
  • space for teaching and/or whiteboard area
  • refreshment facilities
  • toilets

The Chairman of this focus group, David Mattingley, presented a paper based on the above to the Executive Committee Meeting, 12 November, 2016.  This concluded the work of this working group other than defining the terms of reference for the Ringing Schools Committee.

Stage 2 – Implementation

It is proposed to create a committee, Ringing Schools Committee, to create and manage the teaching facilities described above.

Although independent it would work with the Education Committee concerning matters of mutual interest (this reflects the Central Council arrangement of separate Education and Ringing Centres Committees whereby the latter provides hardware and trainers, the former provides training material and courses).

Terms of reference: “To teach members’ bell-handling to a good and safe standard”

Initially the work of this committee will be to investigate viable sites for Ringing Schools with budgets for additional equipment and to prioritise those sites which would be relatively easy to set up.  Availability of trainers will also be a consideration.

A progressive implementation of Schools is envisaged subject to budget constraints and  availability of Committee members time.

Once Schools are established the Committee will be responsible for promotion and support (as required) of the Schools so that they can maintain high standards of tuition together with dissemination of good practice throughout the Guild.

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 use nested Sub-categories together with display-posts code

This code:

display-posts category=”0″

will pick up any posts which have the category of “0” checked, which is no posts at all on this site.

display-posts taxonomy=”category” tax_term=”0″

will pick up any posts which have any sub-category of “0” checked, which is almost everything on this site as “0” is parent/ancestor to most of the important categories.

This is not a bug, it is actually quite useful but you need to know the difference!!!

we use display-posts quite happily with up to 6 levels of nesting.

RM April 2017

How to Prepare the Weekly News (mostly archiving)

Please see also https://wpbells.org/2016/07/19/how-to-post-the-weekly-news/ which explains how to send out all the emails and FB posts. This page covers to weekly archive/check of new material that needs to be done beforehand. 

Aims of the Preparation tasks

  • Invitations to past events are archived to avoid clutter.
  • Generally, Headlines that have done a full week and been included in the weekly news before are either de-headlined and archived (if they are news). Future events usually remain as headlines until after the event.
  • The categories used on each live piece of news are correct, ie they are placing the news together with similar items (Guild stuff all together, District events and news all together, Tower events/news together, etc etc).
  • Non-headline news is archived once it has lost its shine – this is after the full week’s cycle in most cases, but critical stuff like long term cancellations of ringing are worth leaving for longer. If in doubt, leave as news.
  • The “HEADLINES” category should be removed from all archived material. This is because some other websites use this as an RSS feed so it should be kept clean and tidy for them. Therefore it is not essential to do this every week, but desirable.
  • Every headline has an image (to support good layout)

Archiving out-of-date invitations mid-week

This can be done every evening if you want to – just check posts that are marked  1 THIS WEEK by clicking here, tick any that have already happened, click Buk Actions, Edit, and tick ARCHIVE, then click UPDATE.

Weekly – moving the weeks up.

This is the core management activity of the invitation system and needs to be done on Friday afternoon before the weekly news goes out.

  1. Look at this week’s invitations. If any is for the Friday evening itself, un-tick the date category (eg 2017 April 22nd-28th) and tick 0 THIS FRIDAY instead. This prevents today’s events from disappearing when you move the whole week into the archive.
  2. Now move the date category (eg 2017 April 22nd-28th) into the Archive, by clicking edit category and changing the parent.
  3. Now move the next date category (eg 2017 April 29th-May 05th) from 2 NEXT WEEK to 1 THIS WEEK by changing its parent.
  4. Pick up the correct week for 2 NEXT WEEK either from 3 REST OF THIS MONTH or from 2 NEXT MONTH.
  5. If it’s a month end then 1 MONTH AFTER NEXT dates will need to be relocated into 0 NEXT MONTH and then 1 MONTH AFTER NEXT dates refilled from the LONG TERM INVITATION group.
  6. A video of the whole month end process will be HERE once I have made it at a month end!!

Archiving non-invitation news

News items are archived by ticking the “archive” category. The non-archived top slot news items are all listed here. Top slot stuff should either be archived after a week (if just news) or downgraded to a headline if it is an invitation.

HEADLINE NEWS – once out of date, remove HEADLINES and tick ARCHIVE

NON – HEADLINE NEWS – once out of date, tick ARCHIVE

 

Checking images on headlines

Visit the front page and check that each headline has its own image. If not then add something relevant.

Wait an Hour or so

Before you start sending out the weekly news sheets. It can take this long for altered categories to be noticed across the website. Often it is faster but better safe than sorry.

What you won’t catch

Are items which have too few categories to make it onto the news pages. (They would be missing any of the news/invitation set of categories). This is achieved by giving support to new webmasters and also by them checking that their news is showing properly an hour after they create it.

Contacts By Tower

If you want to email a contact, you need to click their name to open the email form.

Tower Page contact
Abbotts Ann, St Mary - 6 Bells, 10 cwt
Contact Alexandra Pugh - Telephone: 01264 711158 Address: Shilling Cottage, Abbotts Ann, Andover Email: Use Form
Alderney, St Anne - 12 bells Tenor 13-1cw
Contact Donald Hughes - Address: 8 Queen Elizabeth II St, St Anne, Alderney GY9 3TB Telephone: 01481 823769 or 07911 718599
Alton All Saints - 6 Bells, 6 cwt
Contact Jess Hornsby - Telephone: 07793 058595 Email: use form
Alton St Lawrence - 8 bells Tenor 18-1 cwt
Contact Jess Hornsby - Telephone: 07793 058595 Email: use form
Alverstoke, St Mary - 8 bells Tenor 13-1 cwt
Contact Theo Getty - Telephone: 02392367334 Email: Use Form
Amport, St Mary - 6 Bells, 9 cwt
Andover, St Mary - 8 bells Tenor 15-0 cwt
Contact Mrs Long - Address: 21, Bachelors Barn Road, Andover, SP10 1HR
Arreton, St George - 6 Bells, Tenor 8-2 cwt
Contact Mary Tester (District Secretary) - Telephone:  07710 219740
Avington, St Mary - 5 bells Tenor 6-1 cwt
Awbridge, Clock House Bells - 10 bells Tenor 3-1 cwt
Contact John Dodd - Telephone: 01794 341279 Address: The Clock House, Church Lane, Awbridge, Romsey, SO51 0HN Email: Use Form
Barton Stacey, All Saints - 6 bells Tenor 7-0 cwt
Contact Nicola Plummer - Address: 3, Gravel Lane, Barton Stacey, Winchester, SO21 3RQ Tel: 01962 760736 Email use form:
Basingstoke, All Saints - 10 bells Tenor 11-0 cwt
Contact Philip Turrell - Telephone: 07901711697 Email: Use Form
Basingstoke St Michael’s - 8 Bells, 14 cwt
Contact Heather Frazer - Address: 38 Primrose Gardens, Hatch Warren, Basingstoke, RG22 4UZ Telephone: 01256 465554 Email: Use Form
Baughurst, St Stephen - 6 bells Tenor 6-2 cwt
Bentley, St Mary - 6 bells Tenor 12-3 cwt
Contact Ross P Sherfield - Tel: 01420 22173 Address: 2 Holmwood Cottages, Bentley, Farnham, GU10 5NF
Bentworth, St Mary - 6 bells Tenor 7-1 cwt
Contact Chris Hurley - Telephone: 01420 562126 Email: Use Form
Binsted, Holy Cross - 6 bells Tenor 13-0 cwt
Contact Anita Regin - Email: Use Form
Bishop’s Sutton, St Nicholas - 5 bells Tenor 7-3 cwt
Contact Heather Saltmarsh - Telephone: 01420 568175 Address: 11 Bernard Avenue, Four Marks, Alton GU34 5DQ Email: Use Form
Bishopstoke, St Mary - 10 bells Tenor 11-1 cwt
Contact Ann LeMarechal - Telephone: 023 8061 5559 Address: 9 Buckland Close, Eastleigh, SO50 4RD Email: Use Form
Bishop’s Waltham, St Peter - 8 Bells 10-3 cwt
Contact Paula Houlden - Telephone: 01489 896383 Address: 22 Hamble Springs, Bishops Waltham, Southampton. SO32 1SG Email: Use Form
Blackmoor, St Matthew - 6 bells Tenor 8-0 cwt
Contact Malcolm Cooper - Email use form:  
Botley, All Saints - 6 bells Tenor 7-0 cwt
Contact John Murrell - Telephone: 01489 786483 Address: 22 Tanhouse Close, Hedge End. Southampton. SO30 0FB Email: Use Form
Bournemouth Sacred Heart - 6 bells Tenor 3-2 cwt
Contact Joan Smithies - Email: Use Form Telephone: 01202 292703 Address: 55A Iddesleigh Road, Bournemouth, BH3 7NH
Bournemouth St John’s - 8 bells Tenor 16-2 cwt
Contact Penelope Samuel - Telephone: 01202 765105 Address: 8, Tower Road, Poole. BH13 6HY Email: Use Form
Bournemouth St Peter’s - 8 bells Tenor 20-3 cwt
Contact Romy Coldman - Email Use Form:
Brading, St Mary - 8 Bells, Tenor 9-3-19 cwt
Contact Nita-Marghanita Allen - Email: Use Form  
Braishfield, All Saints (Unringable) - 3 bells Tenor 2½cwt (unringable)
Bramley, St James - 8 bells Tenor 12-1 cwt
Contact Terry Cooper - Telephone: 01256 881102 Address: 8 Holly Close, Bramley, Tadley, RG26 5UG
Contact Ian Evett - Email: Use Form
Bramshott, St Mary the Virgin - 6 bells Tenor 11-2 cwt
Contact Julia Brunt - Email: Use Form
Breamore - 4 bells Tenor 12-1cwt
Brighstone, St Mary the Virgin - 8 Bells, Tenor 7-1 cwt
Contact Steve Noyes - Postal address is Ken Cottage, Upper Lane, Brighstone, Newport. PO30 4AT Emaill: Use Form
Brockenhurst, St Nicholas - 8 bells Tenor 4 cwt
Contact Julie Hodkin - Telephone: 01590 622849 Address: 33 Auckland Avenue, Brockenhurst, SO42 7RS Email: Use Form
Broughton, St Mary - 6 bells Tenor 11 cwt
Contact Nick Jarrett - Telephone:   07787567796 Email Use Form:
Brown Candover, St Peter - 5 bells Tenor 5-3 cwt
Contact Carol Herring - Telephone: 01256389387 Email: Use Form
Contact Nicola Plummer - Address: 3, Gravel Lane, Barton Stacey, Winchester, SO21 3RQ Tel: 01962 760736 Email use form:
Burghclere, The Ascension - 6 bells Tenor 8 cwt
Contact Miggie Bruce - Telephone: 01635 278342 Email: Use form
Buriton, St Mary - 6 bells Tenor 8-2 cwt
Contact Helene Tipper - Telephone: 02392 591007 Mobile: 07944727270 Address: 19 Duncton Road, Clanfield Waterlooville, Hants PO8 0YR Email: Use Form  
Carisbrooke, Priory Church of St. Mary - 10 Bells, Tenor 20-1cwt
Contact Mary Blake - Telephone: 01983 521526 Mobile: 07528 137277 Address: 5, Fieldfare Road, Newport Isle of Wight, PO30 5YB Email: Use Form
Catherington, All Saints - 8 bells Tenor 8-3 cwt
Contact Marie Boniface - Telephone: 023 9237 6148 Address: 72 The Dale, Waterlooville, PO7 5DE Email:
Chale, St Andrew - 6 Bells, Tenor 8-1 cwt
Contact Lyn Atkinson - Telephone: 01983 730582 Address: Lowecliffe Cottage, The Terrace, Chale, Ventnor, PO38 2HL Email: Use Form
Chalton, St Michael (unringable) - 3 bells Tenor 6cwt (unringable)
Contact Portsmouth District Secretary - … or see the Guild annual report.
Chawton, St Nicholas - 6 bells Tenor 6cwt
Contact Janice Gabriel - Telephone: 01420 544776 Email: Use Form:
Chilbolton, St Mary - 3 bells Tenor 7 cwt
Contact Lawrence Wild - Telephone 01264 860358 E-mail: Use form
Christchurch Priory, Holy Trinity - 12 bells Tenor 27cwt
Contact Janet McCoy - Telephone: 01202 475880 Email: use form
Church Oakley, St Leonard - 6 bells Tenor 8-3cwt
Contact Mike Hilton - Address: 99, Winchester Street, Overton, Hants, RG25 3HZ Email: Use Form
Compton, All Saints - 3 bells Tenor 3-2 cwt
Contact Margaret Eltham - Email: Use Form
Crawley, St Mary - 5 bells Tenor 6-1-11 cwt
Contact Amanda Bayford - Telephone: 01962 776861 Address: Cob House, Crawley, Winchester, SO21 2PZ Email: Use Form
Curdridge,St Peter - 8 bells Tenor 26-0 cwt
Contact Robin Milford - Telephone: 01489 787858 Address: 4 Ferrybridge Green, Hedge End, Southampton, SO30 0JX Email: Use Form
Deane, All Saints - 8 bells Tenor 10-1 cwt
Dogmersfield, All Saints - 3 bells Tenor 6-0cwt
Contact Kerry Mann - Email: Use Form
Droxford, St Mary and All Saints - 5 bells Tenor 9-3cwt
Contact Portsmouth District Secretary - … or see the Guild annual report.
Dummer, All Saints - 5 bells Tenor 9 cwt
Contact Jan Marks - Telephone: 07752 582596 Address: 10 Constantine Way, Basingstoke, Hants. RG22 4UR Email: Use Form
Durley, Holy Cross (Chiming Only) - 3 bells (Chiming only)
Contact Portsmouth District Secretary - … or see the Guild annual report.
East Meon, All Saints - 10 bells Tenor 18-0 cwt
Contact John Davies - Telephone:  01730 823597 Address:Flint Cottage,Chapel Street, East Meon, Petersfield, GU32 1NR Email: Use Form
Easton, St Mary - 6 bells 6-2 cwt
Contact Sara Janssen - Telephone: 01962 779337
East Tisted, St James - 3 bells Tenor 7cwt
Contact Roger Barber - Telephone: 01730 895887 Address: 24 Rushfield Road, Liss, GU33 6LW
East Tytherley, St Peter - 8 bells Tenor 14-1cwt
Contact Jen Churchill - Telephone: 01794 340600 Address: Bench Mark Cottage, East Dean, Salisbury, SP5 1HJ Email: Use Form
East Wellow, St Margaret (Chiming Only) - 3 bells Tenor 7-3cwt (chiming only)
East Woodhay, St Martin - 6 bells Tenor 7-2 cwt
Contact Mrs J Webb - Address:  Hilltop, East Woodhay, Newbury, RG20 0AL
Ecchinswell, St Lawrence - 3 Bells, Tenor 7cwt
Eling - 8 bells Tenor 11-2cwt
Contact Ruth Jackson - Telephone: 023 8029 2966 Email:Use Form
Ellisfield, St Martin - Ellisfield Photograph by David Forder
Contact Peter Willis - Address: 12 Majestic Road, Hatch Warren, Basinngstoke, Hants RG22 4XD Email: Use Form
Eversley, Blessed Mary the Virgin - 6 bells Tenor 5-0cwt
Contact Alan Barsby - Email: Use Form
Faccombe, St Barnabas (UNRINGABLE) - 3 bells (Unringable)
Fareham, SS Peter and Paul - 10 bells Tenor 11-3cwt
Farley Chamberlayne - 3 bells Tenor 6cwt
Contact John Rawson-Smith - Address: Churchers Barn, Dores Lane, Braishfield, Romsey, SO51 0QJ Telephone: 01794 368410 Email: Use Form
Fawley, All Saints - 6 bells Tenor 7-3cwt
Contact Lawrence Clark - Telephone: 023 8084 3662 or 07711 577919 Email: Please use the form below
Fordingbridge - 8 bells Tenor 13-2cwt
Contact Roger King - Telephone: 01425 653163 or 01425 654351 Address: 62 Church Street, Fordingbridge , SP6 1BB Email: Use Form
Freshwater, All Saints - 6 Bells, Tenor 16-2cwt
Contact Peter Smith - Telephone: 01983 752444 Address: 10 The Avenue, Totland, Isle of Wight, PO39 0DH Email: Use Form
Froxfield, High Cross St Peter - 6 bells Tenor 5-2cwt
Contact Teresa Brown - Telephone: 01730 828003 Address: 12 Sages Lane, Privett, Alton, GU34 3NP Email: Use Form
Froyle, St Mary of the Assumption - 6 bells Tenor 10-2cwt
Contact L Bulpitt - Telephone: 01420 22725
Godshill, All Saints - 6 Bells, Tenor 8-3cwt
Contact Mike Marlow - Address: 3 Budbridge Cottages, Budbridge Lane, Merstone, PO30 3DH Email: Use form
Goodworth Clatford, St. Peter - 8 bells Tenor 7½cwt
Contact Angela Rogers - Telephone: 01264 323532 Address: 18, St anne’s Close, Goodworth Clatford, Andover. SP11 7RW Email: Use Form
Contact Lizzie Colliss - Telephone: 02392 523650 Address: 58 Carnarvon Road, Gosport, Hants, PO12 3QS Email: Use Form  
Greywell, St. Mary the Virgin - 3 bells Tenor 5cwt
Contact Peter Gallienne - Telephone: 01481 257069 Fax 01481 243997 Email Use Form:
Guernsey, S Pierre Du Bois - 10 bells Tenor 11-1cwt
Contact Anne Dorey - Telephone: 01481 257069 Address: Le Rond Camp, Kings Mills, Castel, Guernsey, GYS 7JT Email: Use Form
Contact Duncan Loweth - Address: Hazelton, La Route du Braye, Vale, Guernsey, GY3 5PB Telephone: 07781464332 Email: Use form  
Guernsey, Torteval, St Phillipe De Torteval - 3 bells Tenor 4cwt (no stays or sliders)
Contact David Robilliard - Telephone: 01481 264344 Email: Use Form Address: Le Petit Grée, Torteval, Guernsey, GY8 0RD
Guernsey, Vale, St. Michel Du Valle - 6 bells Tenor 6-2-23 cwt
Contact John David - Telephone: 01481 245365 Email: Use form
Hambledon, SS Peter and Paul - 6 bells Tenor 10-0cwt
Contact Gill Hales - Address: 64 South Road, Horndean, Waterlooville, PO8 0EP Email: Use Form telephone: 023 9259 1366
Contact Portsmouth District Secretary - … or see the Guild annual report.
Hannington, All Saints - 6 bells Tenor 5-1cwt
Contact Sylvia Poynter Smith - Telephone: 01635 297764 Address: Rose Cottage, Hannington, Tadley, RG26 5TX Email: Use Form    
Harbridge (unringable) - 3 bells (Unringable)
Havant, St. Faith - 8 bells 15-1cwt
Contact Anne Tautz - Telephone: 023 9242 5523 Address: 8 Beechwood Road, Hilsea, Portsmouth, Hants, PO2 9QJ Email: Use Form
Contact Roger Barber - Telephone: 01730 895887 Address: 24 Rushfield Road, Liss, GU33 6LW
Hayling Island (Swing Chime Only) - 3 bells (Half wheels, swing chiming only)
Contact Portsmouth District Secretary - … or see the Guild annual report.
Headbourne Worthy, St Swithun - 3 bells 8cwt (swing chime)
Contact Martin Macpherson - Telephone: 01962 884098 Address: Springfield Cottage, Bedfield Lane, Headbourne Worthy Winchester SO23 7JQ Email: Use Form
Heckfield, St Michael - 5 bells Tenor 15-2cwt
Contact Alan Giles - Email: Use Form
Herriard, St Mary - 6 bells 7-2cwt
Contact Bob Ives - Address: Park Farm, Herriard, Basingstoke,, Hants RG25 2PD Email: Use Form:
Contact Mike Hopkins Till - Telephone: 01256 350718 Address: 425, Worting Road, Basingstoke, RG23 8PT Email: Use form  
Contact Gill Wilson - Telephone: 01425 276865 Address: 55b Smugglers Lane North, Highcliffe, Christchurch, BH23 4NQ Email: Use Form
Hinton Ampner, All Saints (Unringable) - 3 bells 7cwt (unringable)
Holybourne, Holy Rood - 8 Bells 6-3cwt
Contact Jess Hornsby - Telephone: 07793 058595 Email: use form
Hordle, All Saints - 8 bells 7-2cwt
Contact Faith Webster - Telephone: 01425 611947 Address: Mayfield, 4 Dudley Avenue, Hordle, Lymington, SO41 0HY Email: Use Form
Houghton, All Saints - 6 bells 2-2-21 cwt
Contact Bob Gosse - Telephone: 01794 388617 Address: Spindleberry, Chapel Close, Houghton, Stockbridge, SO20 6LS Email: Use Form
Hound (chiming only) - 3 bells (Chiming only)
Contact Portsmouth District Secretary - … or see the Guild annual report.
Hursley, All Saints - 12 bells 14-0cwt
Contact Christine Hill - Telephone: 01794 518068 Email: Use form:
Hurstbourne Priors, St Andrew - 8 bells 14cwt – 3qr
Contact Eve Lind-Smith - Telephone: 01264 738681 Address: The Cottage, St Mary Bourne, Andover, SP11 6AY Email: Use Form
Itchen Abbas, St. John Baptist (Lever Chimed) - 3 bells Tenor 2cwt, lever chimed
Contact David Clare - Telephone: 07829 989 909 text only in office hours Address: 8 Vienna Apartments, Victoria Road, St Saviour, JE2 7YF Email: Use Form
Jersey St John - 8 bells 7-0cwt
Contact Justin Read - Telephone: 01534 888484 Mobile: 07797 714329 L’Hermitage, Le Mont Felard, St. Lawrence, JERSEY, JE3 1JA Email: Use Form
Kingsclere - 8 bells 13cwt RG20 5ND
Contact Maggie Hiller - Telephone: 01635 297674 Address: 2 Fairfield Villas, Wolverton, Tadley, RG26 5SX Email: Use Form
Contact Sue Spurling - Address: Woodlings, Winchester Road, King’s Somborne, Stockbridge, SO20 6NZ Email: Use Form
King’s Worthy, St Mary - 5 bells 8-3-21cwt
Contact Jonathan Smith - Telephone: 01962883829 Email: Use Form
Contact Liz Lewis - Telephone: 01256 770980 Address: Holmleigh, Sapley Lane, Overton RG25 3LJ Email: Use Form
Leckford, St. Nicholas - 5 bells 8-2cwt
Contact Brenda Monaghan - Tel: 01264 810626
Liss St Mary - 8 bells 12-2cwt
Contact Joy Martin - Telephone: 01730 265275 Email: Use Form
Lockerley, St. John - 6 bells 12-2cwt
Contact Gary Davies - Email: Use Form
Contact Jen Churchill - Telephone: 01794 340600 Address: Bench Mark Cottage, East Dean, Salisbury, SP5 1HJ Email: Use Form
Longparish, St Nicholas - 6 bells 7cwt – 2qr
Contact Georgi Thompson Leask - Telephone: 01264 720829 Address: Aston Cottage, Longparish, SP11 6PZ Email: Use Form
Longstock, St Mary - 5 bells 8cwt
Contact Chris Reynell - Telephone Number is: 01264 810569 Address: Windover Farm, Longstock, Stockbridge, SO20 6DJ Email: Use Form
Lymington, St Thomas - 8 bells 20-1cwt
Contact Larry Stace - Telephone: 01590 682417
Lyndhurst, St Michael and All Angels - 8 bells Tenor 11-0cwt
Contact Mary Sterry - Telephone: 023 8028 2508 Address: 26 Pemberton Road, Lyndhurst SO43 7AN Email: Use Form
Martyr Worthy, St Swithun (Unringable) - 3 bells Tenor 7cwt (unringable)
Maybells Campanile - 14 bells Tenor 11lbs
Contact Peter Blythe - Telephone: 01962 715815
Milford On Sea, All Saints - 8 bells 12-2cwt
Contact Maggie Cobb - Telephone: 01590 642159 Email: Use Form
Minstead, All Saints - 6 bells 7-1cwt
Contact Polly Osborne - Tel: 023 80812375 Address: Curtle Cottage, Minstead, Lyndhurst, SO43 7HA Email: Use Form
Monk Sherborne, All Saints - 5 bells 7-1cwt
Contact Jenny Cullum - Telephone: 01256 850315 Address: Beecroft, Green Lane, Pamber Green, Tadley. RG26 3AD Email: Use Form
Mottisfont, St Andrew - 5 bells 6-0cwt
Contact Nick Jarrett - Telephone:   07787567796 Email Use Form:
Nether Wallop, St Andrew - 6 bells 14cwt SO20 8EY
Contact Ken Porter - Email Use Form:
Contact Francis Mitchell - Telephone: 02380 453328 Address: 24 Verdon Avenue, Hamble, Southampton, SO31 4HX Email: Use Form
Contact Elizabeth Johnson - Address: Kent Cottage, Haig, Road, Alresford, SO24 9LX Telephone: 01962 733266
Newchurch, All Saints - 6 Bells 7-0 cwt
Contact Val Beaton - Telephone: 01983 865365 Address: 19 Forest Road, Winford, Sandown, PO36 0JY Email: Use Form
Newnham, St Nicholas - 5 bells 5cwt
Contact Adam Greenley - Telephone: 01256 358933 Address: 56 Queen Mary Avenue, Basingstoke, RG21 5PG Email: Use Form
Contact Mary Blake - Telephone: 01983 521526 Mobile: 07528 137277 Address: 5, Fieldfare Road, Newport Isle of Wight, PO30 5YB Email: Use Form
Newton Valence. St Mary - 5 bells Tenor 10-2cwt
Contact Churchwarden Mrs Romy Parsons - Telephone: 01420 588464 Email use form:
Contact Rosalind Brandwood - Telephone: 01635 48937 Address: 30 Chaucer Crescent, Newbury. RG14 1TR Email: Use Form
Niton, St John the Baptist - 6 Bells, Tenor 9cwt
Contact Mary McCallum - Telephone: 01983 731271 Email: Use Form
Contact Carol Herring - Telephone: 01256389387 Email: Use Form
North Stoneham, St Nicolas - 10 bells Tenor 10cwt
Contact Johanna Duquenoy ** New Email Address June 2017 - Address: 3, Brindle Close, Bassett, Southampton, SO16 3PJ Email: Use Form
Odiham, All Saints - 6 bells Tenor 12-2cwt
Contact Pauline Stokes - Email: Use form
Old Alresford, St Mary the Virgin - 6 bells Tenor 10cwt
Contact Heather Galley - Email: Use Form Telephone: 01962 732326
Overton, St Mary - 8 bells Tenor 10-1cwt
Contact Liz Lewis - Telephone: 01256 770980 Address: Holmleigh, Sapley Lane, Overton RG25 3LJ Email: Use Form
Over Wallop, St Peter - 5 bells Tenor 7cwt SO20 8HT
Contact Ken Porter - Email Use Form:
Ovington, St Peter - 4 bells Tenor 6cwt
Contact Elizabeth Johnson - Address: Kent Cottage, Haig, Road, Alresford, SO24 9LX Telephone: 01962 733266
Owslebury, St Andrew - 6 bells Tenor 9cwt
Contact Anthony Manship - Telephone: 01962 777264 Address: The Old Shop, Main Road, Owslebury, Winchester SO21 1LU Email: Use Form
Petersfield, St Peter - 8 bells Tenor 15-2 cwt
Contact Mary Broadbridge - Email: Use Form
Contact Melanie Moore - Email: Use Form
Portchester, St Mary - 3 bells 11cwt
Contact Portsmouth District Secretary - … or see the Guild annual report.
Contact Sarah Hutchinson - Telephone: 023 92 372483 Mobile: 07468431957 Address: 8 Magdala Road, Cosham, Portsmouth, Hants PO6 2QG Email: Use Form
Contact Sarah Hutchinson - Telephone: 023 92 372483 Mobile: 07468431957 Address: 8 Magdala Road, Cosham, Portsmouth, Hants PO6 2QG Email: Use Form
Portsmouth St Agatha - 8 bells Tenor 3cwt
Contact Malcolm Powell - Telephone: 023 9234 8587 Address: 3 Poynings Place, Portsmouth PO1 2PB Email Use Form:
Preston Candover, St Mary - 6 bells Tenor 4cwt
Contact Carol Herring - Telephone: 01256389387 Email: Use Form
Privett, Holy Trinity (redundant) - 8 bells Tenor 12cwt
Contact Teresa Brown - Telephone: 01730 828003 Address: 12 Sages Lane, Privett, Alton, GU34 3NP Email: Use Form
Purbrook, St John the Baptist - 6 bells Tenor 5-1cwt
Contact Jan Allnutt - Telephone: 07909 943334 Address: 12 Apsley Lodge, London Road, Waterlooville, PO7 7WB Email: Use Form
Quarley, St Michael and All Angels - 3 bells hung dead outside the church
Ringwood, St Peter and St. Paul - 8 Bells, Tenor 17-2-18 cwt
Contact Colin Hale - Telephone: 01425476235 Email: Use Form
Romsey, SS Mary and Ethelflaeda - 8 bells Tenor 22cwt
Contact Jennifer Herriott - Telephone: 07590 490446 / 01794 501249 Address: Pencae, Mill Lane, Romsey, SO51 8EQ Email: Use Form
Ropley, St Peter (Unringable since major fire) - 6 bells Tenor 15cwt (unringable following major fire)
Contact Heather Saltmarsh - Telephone: 01420 568175 Address: 11 Bernard Avenue, Four Marks, Alton GU34 5DQ Email: Use Form
Rotherwick - 6 bells Tenor 9-3cwt
Contact Alan Giles - Email: Use Form
Ryde - 8 Bells, Tenor 26-2cwt
Contact John Stock - Facebook: Yes Telephone: 01983 719502 Email: Use Form  
Contact Joan Parry - Email: Use Form
Selborne, St Mary - 8 bells Tenor 9cwt
Contact Nicholas James - Telephone: 01420 561769
Shanklin, St Saviour-on-the-Cliff - 8 Bells, Tenor 18-0-14 cwt
Contact Jan Hookey - Email use form:
Shedfield, St John the Baptist - 8 bells Tenor 13cwt
Contact Matthew Wilks - Email: Use Form:
Sherborne St John, St Andrew - 6 bells Tenor 10-3cwt
Contact Jenny Cullum - Telephone: 01256 850315 Address: Beecroft, Green Lane, Pamber Green, Tadley. RG26 3AD Email: Use Form
Sherfield English, St Leonard - 8 bells Tenor 9cwt
Contact Martin Daniels - Telephone: 01794 322105 Address: Homelands, Slab Lane, West Wellow, Romsey, SO51 6BY Email: Use Form
Sherfield On Loddon, St Leonard - 6 bells Tenor 8-3cwt
Contact Chris Ford - Address: 12 Whitehead Close, Lychpit, Basingstoke, RG24 8SG Tel: 01256 470174 Email: Use Form
Shipton Bellinger, St Peter (unringable) - 3 bells Tenor 9-1cwt (unringable)
Shorwell, St Peter - 6 Bells, Tenor 9cwt
Contact Clarence Challoner - Address: Shorwell Post Office, Main Road, Shorwell, Newport, PO30 3JL Telephone: 01983 740961 (daytime) 526659
Silchester, St Mary - 5 bells Tenor 6cwt
Contact Madge Platt - Telephone: 01189 14448 Address: 66 Fairlawn Road Tadley RG26 3SP Email: Use Form
Soberton, St Peter - 8 bells Tenor 13cwt
Contact Penny Evans - Telephone Number is 01489 877271 Email: Use Form
Contact David Lay - Telephone: 01425 673242 Address: 7 Clare Lodge Close, Bransgore, Dorset, BH23 8NG Email: Use Form
Contact Colin Lovelock - Email: Use Form
Southampton St Barnabas - 6 bells Tenor 2-3cwt
Contact Barry Fry - Telephone: 023 8022 3107 Address: St Barnabas Vicarage, 12 Rose Road, Southampton, SO14 6TE Email: Use Form
Contact Colin Lovelock - Email: Use Form
Contact Colin Lovelock - Email: Use Form
Contact Samuel Senior - Email: Use Form
South Stoneham - No ringing at present except for the Hartley 12
Contact Samuel Senior - Email: Use Form
South Warnborough, St Andrew - 3 bells Tenor 8cwt
Contact Sue Cockcroft - Email: Use Form
Contact Mrs Eileen Jayne-Wood - Tel:  07940 805431
Sparsholt, St Stephen - 6 bells Tenor 8cwt
Contact Jenny Watson - Telephone: 01962 808167 Address: 5 Branksome Close, Winchester, Hants SO22 5PZ Email: Use Form
Steep, All Saints - 6 bells Tenor 6-0-13cwt
Contact Maureen Routh - Email: Use Form
St Mary Bourne, St Peter - 6 bells Tenor 11-1cwt
Contact Helen Thomas - Telephone: 01264 738900 Email: Use Form
Stockbridge, St Peter - 6 bells Tenor 7-2-27 cwt
Contact Michaela (Micki) Nadal - Telephone: 01264 810567 Email: Use Form
Stoke Charity, St Michael (Chiming only) - 3 bells Tenor 7cwt, chiming only
Stratfield Saye, St Mary (unringable) - 5 bells Tenor 8cwt (unringable)
Contact Chris Ford - Address: 12 Whitehead Close, Lychpit, Basingstoke, RG24 8SG Tel: 01256 470174 Email: Use Form
Stubbington, The Narnia Campanile - 10 bells Tenor 16lb 8oz
Contact Ian J Carey - Email: Use Form
Swanmore, St Barnabas - 6 bells Tenor 7cwt
Contact Lyndsey Smith - Tel 07779035931 Email: Use Form
Tangley, St. Thomas - 6 bells 5cwt
Contact Margaret Winterbourne - Telephone: 01264 790179 Address: 11 Astor Crescent, Ludgershall, Andover, SP11 9RG Email: Use Form
Thruxton, SS Peter and Paul - 6 bells Tenor 8-3cwt
Contact Christine Barrett (Churchwarden) - Telephone: 07933352855 Email: Use Form
Tichborne, St Andrew - 6 bells Tenor 8cwt
Titchfield, St Peter - 6 bells Tenor 12cwt
Contact Lesley Blackburn - Email: Use Form
Twyford, St Mary the Virgin - 8 bells Tenor 12cwt
Upham - 8 bells Tenor 8cwt
Contact Diana Fennell - Email: Use Form:
Upper Clatford, All Saints - 6 bells Tenor 9cwt SP11 7HB
Contact Angela Rogers - Telephone: 01264 323532 Address: 18, St anne’s Close, Goodworth Clatford, Andover. SP11 7RW Email: Use Form
Upton Grey, St Mary - 6 bells Tenor 9cwt
Contact Michael Church - Email: Use Form
Contact Edwin Grimshaw - Telephone: 01730 829287 Address: 4 Knapps Hard, West Meon, Petersfield, GU32 1LE Email: Use Form
West Meon, St John the Evangelist - 8 bells Tenor 12-3cwt
West Tytherley, St Peter - 3 bells Tenor 4cwt
Contact Helen Vincent - Email: Use Form ,
Wherwell,St Peter and Holy Cross (Unringable) - 5 bells Tenor 7cwt (unringable)
Contact Edmund Wratten - Email: Use Form
Whitchurch, All Hallows - 10 bells Tenor 26-1 cwt
Contact Jenny James - Address: Longmeadow House, Winchester Road, Whitchurch, RG28 7RB Tel: 01256 895098
Whitwell, SS Mary and Rhadegund - 6 Bells, Tenor 6-1-18cwt
Contact Sue Day - Telephone: 01983 730478 (evenings) Address: Trenale, High Street, Whitwell. Ventnor. PO38 2PY Email: Use Form
Wickham, St Nicholas - 6 bells Tenor 8cwt
Contact Lisa Ashforth - Telephone: 07903 863060 Address:18 Shepherds Purse Close, Locks Heath, Southampton, SO31 6DF Email: Use Form
Winchester Cathedral - 14 bells Tenor 35cwt
Contact Bruce Purvis - Email: Use Form  
Winchester, College St Mary - 6 bells Tenor 10cwt
Contact Alec A H Graham - Email: Use Form Email: Use Form
Winchester St John the Baptist (unringable) - 5 bells Tenor 16cwt, (unringable treble cracked)
Winchester St Michael (unringable) - 5 bells Tenor 9cwt, unringable (third unhung)
Wolverton, St Catherine - 6 bells Tenor 8-3cwt
Contact Sue Froome - Address: Bowbrook Baughurst Road Ramsdell Tadley G26 5SH Telephone: 01256 850668 Email: Use Form
Wonston, Holy Trinity - 6 bells Tenor 8cwt
Contact Paul Fitzgerald - Telephone: 01962 761959 Email: Use Form
Woolton Hill, St Thomas - 6 Bells, Tenor 6-3-26cwt
Contact Christopher Pack - Address: 17,Bedford Close, Newbury, RG14 6SU Tel: 01635 33900
Contact Mike Hilton - Address: 99, Winchester Street, Overton, Hants, RG25 3HZ Email: Use Form
Yateley, St Peter - 8 Bells, 11 cwt
Contact Susan Thomas - Telephone: 01252 879064 Email: Use Form

Guid Database and Communications System Progress Report for the Guild Exec

Status draft for Graham Hounslow to review

Exploratory work has been carried out towards the objective of a new Guild Membership database and communications system.  This has included:

Gathering minutes of previous discussions together

Please see the document on this site:

https://wpbells.org/2016/09/22/background-for-guild-database-project-extracts-from-existing-guild-documents/

Assessing packages to see if there is an off the shelf solution we could buy.

There are various packages on the market but the price puts them well outside the reach of a single Guild. Examples are detailed in an internal website document for further reference if needed:

https://wpbells.org/2016/09/22/possible-solutions/

 

Sussex Guild has a membership database but attempts to contact them to ask for their assistance have been unsuccessful.

Appraisal of Data Management Issues

Data Protection has been highlighted by members as a concern, but it is believed to be reasonable for the Guild to send emails to people who pay subscriptions, with news and events. However, collecting these emails (currently only held by Tower Secretaries) would be a major task and keeping them up to date is also a significant effort.

Whilst the current system contains a lot of duplicated effort and data duplication, the effort is at least spread between a number of people in Secretarial roles (Guild Secretary, District Secretaries and Tower Secretaries), plus a set of emails held within the website and a set in the Guild Report, and the outcome is that people generally receive emails from a known source (a local secretary) which is likely to increase engagement.

Winchester District has their own paper-based database of all members, as well.

Analysis of Information Flow

This has evolved over time and includes:

  • Top down cascade of emails from Guild Secretary to District Secretaries to Tower Secretaries then on (by email, word of mouth, and/or posters) to membership. This works well for many members. Problems are sometimes experienced when individuals are ill, or otherwise unable to forward information. Tower Secretaries know that emails from this system are for action not just to read, which is helpful.
  • Tower/Cluster email/social media usage; this could be an email group (Yahoo, Google, etc), Whatsapp, or Facebook. Often it is just emails with multiple copies sent by the tower secretary.
  • Open District email groups for members (known in A&P, and C&S; Winchester District use Win-Port)
  • News and events which are posted into any of these systems known to the website team are copied onto the website and made publicly available. Any member seeking information should (in theory!) find it, but some towers (and some districts) are not making especially good use of this service.
  • The website team sends out weekly news summaries to all the known systems, tailored to the geographical area concerned.

Gathering together requirements from members and stakeholders

This was done at the District Officers’ Forum and forms the last section of the writeup:

https://wpbells.org/2016/10/04/final-version-the-wp-district-officers-forum-24-september-2016-a-worms-eye-view-by-bruce-purvis/

 

Exploring Cheap/Free Systems which are small increments away from current practice

Initial work with Mailchimp has not been especially promising due to lack of technical expertise on the part of the experimentor! (RM).

C&S set up an open Google (email) group for members 3 years ago and the keen members have subscribed. Attempts to increase engagement have not been successful.

What works well is a tower-based system that people can just be added to by the local coordinator –  only relevant news is posted by the local members; downside is that District and Guild news may well be missing so it can result in insularity.

Two local systems are completely integrated with the Guild website – in one example there is strong engagement in the District and Guild; in the other case, much less. An information system on its own does not create participation. What is required is good information and a local belief that such events are worth attending, as well as friends to attend with to get over initial shyness. However one known strength of this setup is that sporadic attenders (often working age ringers) find it extremely useful to be in the loop even in periods when they cannot go ringing.

Any local bands/clusters which want to have a weekly news added to their system are most welcome – the setup effort of a bespoke news page for them is minimal, and the weekly copying and pasting effort is simple and quick. However the website team currently does 14 of these so is seeking to devolve the weekly task not take on more!!!)

It would be easy to set up a single email group for all members to receive just the weekly news, if they wish, and no other posts. (as opposed to Win-Port which can carry a lot of traffic). 

Next Steps for the Guild Database

Rosalind Martin has been working on this project to date, however lacks the IT skills to take it further. Graham Hounslow has offered to take over.

How To Set Up a Cluster of Towers on the website

A Cluster is a group of towers that work closely together, and who would like to have a shared news stream on the website. If you want to set one up you will need to:

    1. Create a new CATEGORY with the cluster’s name as its name, and make all the affected towers into SUB-CATEGORIES of the new cluster category (this is important for merging the news streams).
    2. Create a new POST with the cluster’s name as its name. An example is Candover Valley Ringers. This gives the cluster it’s own URL – in this case, it would be https://wpbells.org/candover-valley-ringers/. Use the categories CLUSTER INFORMATION and the relevant cluster and tower names. Most clusters sit wholly inside one District so use the District’s category as well. This puts the correct menu on the left hand side, and adds the District news on the right. A nice feature image helps. Has the band already got a logo?
    3. Create a new WIDGET by copying the code from another cluster, and change the name of the cluster throughtout, and the ids of the tower pages.

That is the absolute minimum for a new cluster! Good luck! You might also want to:

  1. Create a “learn to ring” post for the cluster (if you make it cluster information, it will be displayed at the top of the widget), as well as on each of the towers’ home pages)
  2. Move all the towers to the new tower page layout.
  3. Have an overall cluster correspondent, displayed on the home page. Edit the person’s contact page, adding “cluster correspondent” and the relevant cluster name to the categories for that person.

How to find a Tower in a New Area

Whether you are on holiday, moving house or moving to University, you may be hunting for a band of ringers to join for Sunday or Practice Nights. Here’s a five minute guide to how to do it:

Search for a tower by Postcode…

Dove Online (the database of towers which covers the whole world) has a Postcode Search on this page: http://dove.cccbr.org.uk/postcode.php You can look in 5 mile radius or further afield.

… Or Search for a tower by town/village name

If you don’t have a postcode then start on the home page of Dove http://dove.cccbr.org.uk/dove.php

Now Find out more about the likely towers

By one of those routes, you should now have a list of towers with very basic information (Practice Night, Number of Bells, Tenor Weight). Clicking on a tower’s name will give you the full page of information – check the “additional information” in case the bells are out of action for any reason.

Map of the Isle of Wight taken from Dove. Click for interactive
Click to enlarge map

The Google Map option can be very helpful – you will see not just a map of the tower, but also all the nearby towers. Click a tower’s icon on the Dove map if you want Google to give you Directions…

Jump to the local website

Where the local ringers have a local website (it could be a Guild, District or Tower site), Dove may list a URL for it – fingers crossed this should work, and you will hope to find more about the band including the all important Contact Information…

Get in Touch

If your visit to the tower is going to entail planning and travel, then it will be disappointing if you find that there is no practice or service ringing this week… and not all towers keep their web page(s) spotlessly up to date. So you are advised to ring/email beforehand just to check.

If there is no URL given on the Dove page…

Then some more detective work can be helpful:

  • TCCCBR NEW LOGO 2016ry the “Affiliation” link on the Dove page. This will send you to the CCCBR directory of Guild Websites and you should be able to find at least some local information there.
  • If you cannot find any contact information for the tower itself (and Guild websites do vary on this) District or Guild officers are usually more than happy to give you the benefit of their local knowledge.
  • Googling a church can be fruitful – the church’s own website often has contact information for the ringers.
  • Ifacebook logo smallf all else fails, ask your local ringing friends (you would be surprised how well travelled some of your local friends may be!) either on Facebook or in person.

And if you don’t like computers…

..dovecoverimage you probably would like to own a copy of Dove’s Guide in its original book form. This is currently £15.

 

 

 

Possible Solutions

Webcollect

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Stratum Black APT Solutions

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Memnet

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Participants’ Database for WordPress

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Problem with “display-posts” code on the wpbells.org website

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Problem first spotted 8th Sept 2016 after months of perfect operation…

category “archive” is used when posts are no longer current on the site, and all the “display-posts” statements include something like:

tax_2_operator=”category” tax_2_term=”archive” tax_2_operator=”NOT IN”

These statements are now being ignored so archived material is being displayed again. This only applies on posts and pages – all the widgets are still working properly.

Not yet referred to wordpress.

RM 9/9/2016

 

FIXED AUGUST 2017 – the issue was being caused by a single rogue “curly speech mark” in the code which was being generated in Word. Solution is to switch off curly speech marks in Word and remove them from the affected pages.