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Agenda of 2018 Annual Andover District Meeting

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To be Held at Andover, St. Mary’s
On 13th January 2018 at 5.50pm
1. Welcome and Vote of Thanks
Remembering those District ringers who passed away in 2017

  1. Apologies for absence.

  2. Acceptance of 2017 ADM minutes. ( Goodworth Clatford 14.1.17)

  3. Matters arising.
    Item 6. Reminder of new rules for election of officers.
    Item9. Reinstatement of Half-yearly meeting

  4. Acceptance of Half-Yearly minutes. Whitchurch 25.11.17

  5. Matters arising
    Item 7 a) Use of District funding for rope fees on the annual District outing.
    b) Change of date to accounts year-end (see Item 7c Treasurer’s report)
    Item 11. New venue for December District practice. SMB has building work taking place. It was suggested Longparish might prove a good alternative venue.
  6. Officers’ reports.
    a. Chair
    b. Secretary
    c. Treasurer
    d. Ringing Master
    HP would like members to bring their ideas about District Practices to the meeting. Attendances have not been as successful as they might and she would like to know how they might be improved.
    e. Guild Exec Report

  7. Election of Officers
    At the 2016 ADM it was decided that the officers elected at the 2016 ADM would continue to serve until 2018 when the new rules (below) would be adopted.
    ‘District officers are to be elected for a term of two years on a rolling basis from 2018’
    i.e. Year 1 – Chair, Vice Ringing Master, Treasurer Year 2 – Vice Chair, Secretary, Ringing Master.
    (This choice is an example only. It may be changed at the next District Committee meeting)

  8. Appointments
    Internal Examiner
    Guild Exec Reps
    District Forum Reps

  9. Election of new members

  10. Proposals
    The Meeting resolves that the current accounting period for the District be extended to cover the thirteen months ending 31st December2018; thereafter, the accounting year-end to be 31st December.
    Background: to bring the District’s accounting year-end in line with that used by the bulk of the districts within the W&P Guild.
    Proposed by Ros Brandwood, seconded Maggie Hiller

  11. Venues and events
    Monthly District practices
    Annual District outing
    Education Days

  12. Guild Master’s report

  13. AOB

Date of next meetings: Half-yearly – provisionally at Whitchurch on Monday 2nd July 2018
2019 ADM at Whitchurch on Saturday 12th January 2019

Meeting closed:

Signed__________________________ Name___________________________

Office held_______________________ Date_______________

First A.R.T. training in the Guild goes well.

ART Training Day Module 1.

As part of their amazing commitment to training in the Guild and ringing in general Andy and Sallie Ingram held Winchester and Portsmouth Guild’s first Association of Ringing Teacher’s (ART) Module1 – Teaching bell Handling day course on Saturday 25th June.

The day started at 09:00 in The Kings Head at Hursley with the introduction and coffee followed by a practical session across the road at All Saints Church and then back to the pub’s skittle alley for more theory. We continued this way with us cleverly dodging all the thunderous downpours.

9 students attended from 6 different towers of Ecchinswell, Hursley, New Alresford, Romsey, Rotherwick and Winchester.                                                                                                             Different ages and abilities from 3 districts were all there to learn about becoming a teacher on the ART Scheme, how ART approaches teaching others and then hopefully move on to teach their learners about bell handling and bell control to complete Module 1.

The course showed us how to approach learners, hand them a rope for the first time, start backstrokes then handstrokes with bells both up and down and then safely join hand and backstrokes together whilst imbuing them with confidence.


After a lovely pre ordered lunch , more theory followed. The practical lesson of teaching ringing up and down made us look at our own practices with surprising little tweeks here and there. Solving Handling Problems theory followed by the practical, again examined our own practices with most people needing very little correction and having left egos at the door this proved very well humoured.

Starting on an accredited teaching journey may seem at odds even superfluous to a few of the ‘old guard’ who have taught for many years but having a planned path of progress also has it’s place. Keeping a standard, planned learning path allows for a gradual reduction in ‘bad habits’ being taught and good practice being maintained .

ART say ‘National ringing institutions recognised that the ageing population of Tower Captains meant that the old ways of teaching had to change. As often happens at such times, along came individuals who had the knowledge, skills and time to be able to develop a new way. It has grown because it is the right thing being done at the right time’.

Without practice, feedback and reinforcement, basic human nature kicks in and people revert back to their old ways of doing things. That’s what we as teachers need to do to – practise until it becomes second-nature and practise it right. That’s what the ART Training Scheme does for you – it has processes and support to help you change your behaviours’.

A huge thankyou to Andy and Sallie for their relaxed and fun way of teaching and to All Saints Church, Hursley for the use of their bells.

I can’t wait to get back to my new ringers and use them as guinea pigs knowing I have a mentor to fall back on….. priceless..                                                                                                Deb Baker.