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Tony Smith proposes and Bruce Purvis seconds on behalf of the Executive Committee that in future the Annual General Meeting should normally be held on the third Saturday in June instead of the first Saturday in July although, in accordance with rule 5, the place and date are fixed at the previous Annual General Meeting.
For full details of the AGM please follow the link below.
What a fabulous Inter-District 8 bell competition yesterday at New Alresford! We had 4 districts enter and here are the results:
1st: Portsmouth, 89%, ringing Grandsire Triples and a peal speed of 3hrs 2mins
2nd: Winchester, 84%, ringing Cambridge Surprise Major and a peal speed of 3hrs 8mins
3rd: Christchurch and Southampton, 82%, ringing Grandsire Triples and a peal speed of 3hrs 7mins
4th: Andover, 75%, ringing Grandsire Triples and a peal speed of 3hrs 2m
Well done to all the teams and thank you to our Judges, Paul and Kate Flavell!
The election of new officers for the Guild at the AGM yesterday was very successful overall – the officers led by Viv Nobbs for the past three years were able to hand their responsibilities over to the strong new team led by Mike Winterbourne.
New faces include Mike Winterbourne the new Master, Vice-Master Pete Jordan, and Treasurer Ros Brandwood who will sit on the top table at Exec meetings alongside Tony Smith who remains as Minute Secretary.
The other new officers elected at the AGM are:
The key job of Secretary which has been done by Mo Routh for the past 3 years, was not filled.
I have offered to caretake the role as a volunteer for (hopefully) a matter of weeks while the new officers settle in and they have a chance to find someone to take it on. I have set a limit on this and if there is still no volunteer by the November Executive meeting, I shall step down and the Guild will have no secretary and the things I deal with will have to be taken on by other officers. I hope it won’t come to that, and that someone else becomes secretary very soon.
The Guild’s Action Plan Review will be presented to the Annual General Meeting on Saturday. It’s hoped that many members will be present but not all will be able to join us.
I thank members for supporting Officers with the Action Plan and thereby enabling us to take a more flexible approach. I have appreciated it very much and wish to keep my part of the bargain by presenting this review; I strongly believe in transparency and accountability to members. I do hope this will encourage even more engagement leading to positive outcomes.
The Review is linked here and included in full below for your information; I hope you find it helpful.
Looking forward to the next twelve months, it would be my wish and suggestion to see the following items included in our actions:
The Master has continued to be pro-active in working with the two Dioceses building up some even stronger and very meaningful links. With the Central Council Visit in May, it gave us an amazing opportunity to showcase ringing in the Portsmouth Diocese, in particular. The Diocesan P.R. resource was very much used for our benefit; it took responsibility for the drafting and issue of a Press Release, focusing very much on local ringing and ringers. In this context, Bishop Christopher, at the Central Council reception, made the informal comment to The Master “It’s good we’re on the map!”
It is hoped and anticipated that these two events will encourage even more young ringers and their supporters, from across our wide area, to enjoy more ringing and social events.
Committees are seeing young ringers coming forward to serve, for example Belfry Stewardship and Striking Competitions.
A focus group has been formed, to be chaired by the Guild Report Editor to consider the content, format and production costs of the Annual Report.
Since it was announced that The Ringing World National Youth Contest was to be held on the first Saturday in July, for the foreseeable future, the decision was made to bring forward our Annual General Meeting by two weeks; this was to send out a strong signal of commitment to our younger members and should avoid the National 12-bell contest. The general meeting will fall close to the anniversary date of the formation of our Guild.
A data base of members is considered to be a priority still as is an overall review of how information is circulated to members, including more newsletters, in addition to the website.
No District came forward to apply for the £500 (maximum) “District initiative” element ‘though one District has made its intention known that it will very likely apply in the year 2016-17.
The Education Committee has not applied this year for the financial benefit of £200. It will review in the Autumn as hall hire is increasing generally and the benefit of lower student numbers on some courses is apparent.
Especially, in the light of the above, The Master has used discretion with The Teacher Training element of the £500 approximate budget. 3 out of 8 Districts have applied for this support this year.
£180 has been allocated in the following way: 9 students have claimed and will be paid £20 each.
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.
Bishop Christopher attended the formal dinner and wrote to thank The Master and included
“I know that making all the arrangements for the weekend gathering would have involved substantial work. You and your colleagues deserve all the thanks you will have received from giving everyone such a good experience of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight along with many church towers. I add my thanks for all that you have done to enhance the profile and reputation of the Diocese of Portsmouth.
It has been a pleasure for us in the diocese to work alongside you and your team to our mutual benefit.”
The venue has been booked for the two days in Basingstoke. It is anticipated that a small group of volunteers will carry out the necessary local organisation of this event, much less in size than the Central Council’s conference visit.
Two volunteers have taken on this project with much enthusiasm and commitment. An opportunity to include ringing in our towers from 1914, to honour and remember personnel killed during the conflict, has been recognised and grasped. Third parties have recognised with us the potential benefit of this project to portray a positive image of our ringing community. It might well assist with our recruitment efforts.
This project will report to the Executive Committee later in 2016 and is likely to require funding, some from the Guild and it’s anticipated that an application will be made to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Together with the new focus group looking at the possibility of Ringing Schools and its liaison with local leaders, the use of good publicity and promotional material should dovetail well with a view to a recruitment drive.
THE WINCHESTER AND PORTSMOUTH
OF CHURCH BELL RINGERS
Annual General Meeting
New Alresford and Envions
Saturday, 2nd July 2016
10:00 a.m. → Inter-District Striking Competition,
St John’s Church
11.00 a.m. → Association of Ringing Teachers’ Display,
John Pearson Hall (adjoining the Church)
12:30 p.m. → Ploughman’s Lunch, John Pearson Hall
1:30 p.m. → Open & Service Ringing, St John’s
2:00 p.m. → Guild Service, St John’s Church
3:00 p.m. → Guild AGM, John Pearson Hall
(followed by tea/coffee and cake)
5:00 p.m. → Open Ringing, St John’s Church
… for each event are available if you click the location on this page.
The main centre for the day, New Alresford St John’s Church and the adjacent Hall, is HERE, post code is SO24 9AG
Email: Use Form
Viv Nobbs (Master) Writes:
Tel: 07594 609 366.
I am pleased to advise that:
I am now seeking to spread my wings a little in support of the Guild and would like to offer my services as Vice Master at the upcoming elections. Personally, I look forward to learning a little more about the Guild, meeting and supporting its membership and working with the executive committee and sub committees to carry on the excellent work of the outgoing team.
Guild Officer Elections
We are just two weeks away from our Annual General Meeting in New Alresford and our Officer elections will be taking place there. Members have been encouraged to stand for office.
I’m pleased we were able to report last week that a candidate has come forward for the post of Master – Mike Winterbourne of Andover District.
Michael Church has advised me that he is willing to stand for election as one of the five Central Council Representatives.
I wish to stand for election to the post of Public Relations Officer.
These declared intentions do not preclude other nominations for the same posts.
It is likely that nominations will be made from the floor of the meeting on 2nd July and they can be made in advance of the meeting. Each candidate is required to provide a formal Proposer and Seconder. These two members could be present at the A.G.M. or, if either or both are unable to attend the meeting, they can contact Mo Routh, Honorary General Secretary with their nominations. If they are not going to be present at the AGM, please make sure she receives the details of candidate, proposer and seconder by the evening of Friday 1st July. There is no need for advance notice if the proposer and seconder will be at the meeting.
Nominations are invited for the following posts:
To be elected on, and to serve for 3 years from, Saturday 2nd July 2016 to the 2019 Guild A.G.M.
Hon. General Secretary
Hon. General Treasurer
Hon. Librarian and Archivist
Hon. Peal Recorder
Hon. Report Editor
Child Protection Officer
Public Relations Officer
Two Bell Restoration Fund Trustees (1 from each Diocese)
5 Central Council Representatives – to be elected on Saturday 2nd July 2016 and to serve for 3 years from the Central Council Annual Conference in May 2017 to be held in Edinburgh.
There were moves towards “Change” at the recent C.C.C.B.R. annual conference in Portsmouth. So, a really good opportunity here for some of us to mould the future of ringing.
For details of the Officers currently in post, please see
If you are considering volunteering to serve as an Officer and would like more information, please contact me by email using the form below, then I’d be pleased to ‘phone you if you wanted to talk in detail.
Proposed by: Andy Ingram
Seconded: Tim Pink
Having previously been involved in the Education Committee, I would like to see each Guild member have the opportunity to progress their skills. While many districts do support this aim, I believe the meeting of individuals all striving together has a way of developing long term friendships across district boundaries and sharing knowledge.
One area where we rely on the goodwill of individuals, in the form of District Officers, Tower Captains, Tower Correspondents or Tower contacts, is in passing information. I would like to see a Guild database of contact emails so each member can receive their District and Guild information directly, with options to avoid unwanted emails.
I would like to see the development of the Guild Action Plan with regular input from the Guild members as it develops and grows.
For more information about the Guild Officer Posts which are coming up for election on the 2nd of July at the AGM, please read Viv’s article. To nominate candidates please contact Mo Routh any time up to and including AGM day.
From 11.00 onwards there will be a display about ART and ringing training in the John Pearson Hall, next to the church. Do come and ask questions!
12.30 Ploughman’s Lunch in the John Pearson Hall. Please book this in advance. (see below for details)
The results of the striking competition will be given during or after lunch.
13.30 Open ringing at St John the Baptist
14.00 Guild Service in St John the Baptist
15.00 Guild AGM, The John Pearson Hall
After the meeting, tea, coffee and cakes will be available in the hall
To book a Ploughman’s Lunch, please contact Elizabeth Johnson, 01962 733266 or email Bruce Purvis, giving name and number of lunches required.
1 Master’s welcome
2 Inter-District Striking Competition results.
3 Apologies for absence
4 Loss of Members from death since the 2015 AGM
Len Barham Alton All Saints
Andrew Barnsdale Unattached
Roy Grayson Purbrook
Roy Howard Freshwater
Simon Lipscombe-Smith Ecchinswell
Marjorie Mannering Buriton
Tom Metcalfe Blackmoor
Ramon A Stone (LM) West Meon
Bernard Tilyard Whitwell
David Yates Arreton
Also Martin Routh, former Tower Captain at Amport, Colin Nicholson, first Tower Captain at St Peter Port Guernsey and Keith Williamson formerly of Liss.
5 Minutes of the 2015 AGM
6 Matters arising
7 Life Membership – for fifty years continuous membership.
John S Croft Unattached, Winchester District
Alan Hoar Odiham, Basingstoke District
Maureen Routh Steep, Alton and Petersfield District
Ronald Tipper Buriton, Alton and Petersfield District
8 Officers’ and Committee Reports for 2015
Hon General Secretary p4 (Annual Report)
Hon General Treasurer p5
Education Committee p16
Hon Librarian and Archivist p18
Striking Competitions Committee p19
Belfry Stewardship Committee p20
Hon Peal Recorder p21
Communications Committee p25
9 Bell Restoration Fund
Trustees’ Report and Accounts for 2015 p 9 (Annual Report)
10 Report on 2016 Central Council Meeting
11 Guild Officer Triennial Elections
c) Hon General Secretary
d) Hon General Treasurer
e) Minute Secretary
f) Hon Librarian and Archivist
g) Hon Peal Recorder
h) Hon Report Editor
i) Central Council Representatives (five)
j) Child Protection Officer
k) Public Relations Officer
l) ) Independent Examiner
m) Portsmouth Diocese BRF Trustee
n) Winchester Diocese BRF Trustee
12 Action Plan Update
13 Future Guild Events
24 August 2016 Young Ringers Day with Salisbury Guild
24 September 2016 District Officers Forum, St Barnabas Church Hall Southampton
12 November 2016 Executive Committee Meeting, St Barnabas’ Church Hall Southampton
26 November 2016 Informal Social Event, to be arranged
11/12 March 2017 ART Annual conference. Old Basing Hall, Basingstoke
14 Date and place of 2017 AGM
17 June 2017 To be held in the Christchurch and Southampton District.
15 Any other business
The Guild Master – Viv Nobbs, supported by Vice-Master – Christine Hill, Hon. Gen. Secretary – Mo Routh, Hon. Gen. Treasurer – Mike Bubb and Minute Secretary – Tony Smith, opened the meeting at 5.20 p.m. The Master welcomed all present and thanked the Portsmouth District members for hosting the event and providing refreshments at Shedfield, lunch at Wickham and tea at Curdridge, the incumbents and tower captains for the use of their bells, Rev. Norman Chatfield for taking the service and David Burgess for playing the organ. She said a short prayer to open the meeting.
Leigh Simpson and Tessa Beadman had judged the Inter-District 8-bell Striking Competition at Shedfield that morning. The following results had been announced in the Study Centre and certificates presented to the team captains.
|2nd||Christchurch & Southampton||Grandsire Triples||38||3h23||5th|
|4th||Alton & Petersfield||Grandsire Triples||44||3h14||1st|
|5th||Channel Islands||Plain Bob Triples||52||2h57||7th|
|6th||Basingstoke||Plain Bob Triples||72||3h8||2nd|
|7th||Isle of Wight||Grandsire Triples||79||3h1||3rd|
|Scratch Band||Grandsire Triples||42||2h58||8th|
The Master presented the trophy to the winning team captain, David Mattingley.
The meeting stood to remember: Philip Chalk (Hurstbourne Priors), Dennis Chapman (Eling), Aubrey Eveleigh (Isle of Wight), Scarlett Holbrook (Amport), Roland Jackson (Curdridge), Brian Jordan (formerly of Fordingbridge), Brenda Monaghan (Tower Correspondent at Leckford), Jacqueline Redway (New Alresford), Barbara Skilleter (Havant), Tamara Townsend (Botley), Esme Weaver (LM) (St. Michael, Basingstoke), Peter Williams (Alverstoke). Barry Fry said a prayer.
The minutes of the 2014 AGM at Goodworth Clatford were adopted on the proposition of John Davey, seconded by Mike Winterbourne, and signed by the Master as a true record.
The Master said that Dan Graham regretted he was unable to follow through with a Young Ringers’ event. Simon Lipscombe had done some initial research for an event and the Master gave a provisional sketch of the day:
Youth Contest at an easy-going 8-bell tower. Wild and wacky team names only! Youth-friendly refreshments available. Hope to obtain Graham Wright’s mini-ring for entertainment and “Just for fun” contest between Guild Officers and a scratch band of Young Ringers. Some Young Ringers will judge. Have a simulator for silent practice using headphones. Use Facebook/Twitter for use of live feed, messages of support to be Tweeted etc. Lunch hopefully provided by kind adults. Youth speaker. Handbells. Late afternoon kids off to Pizza Hut or similar. Simon hoping to get business sponsorship for an appropriate trophy for the contest.
The Master said the Guild Action Plan (para 1(d)) included “The Guild to become a point of contact for diocesan and national liaison”. The Master and Vice-Master had a very productive meeting with the Bishop of Winchester and covered the Mission Action Plan in their discussions, particularly considering one of the Diocese’s four strategic priorities that incorporates “intentionally connecting and engaging with our local communities in culturally relevant ways.” They came away with a number of specific practical pointers from Bishop Tim. The Master had also met the Dean of Portsmouth.
At its meeting in March the Executive Committee had elected David Mattingley to temporarily fill a vacancy as Central Council Representative. The Master proposed this election should be confirmed. There were no other nominations.
John Palk proposed and John Davey seconded that, in accordance with rule 11, Houghton should be transferred from the Andover District to the Winchester District. The motion was carried nem. con.
There were no comments on the reports which were adopted en bloc.
There were no comments on the Report and Accounts.
David Mattingley reported that the Trustees had met three times since the last AGM.
Five grants were outstanding: £1,000 to Northington being restored, agreed at the AGM in 2013; £3,000 to All Saints, Basingstoke adding a new treble to augment to a ring of ten bells and £4,000 to Houghton installing a new light ring of six bells, agreed at the Executive Committee meeting in November 2014; £3,500 to Wherwell being restored and £2,500 to Ecchinswell replacing a biggish ring of three with a light ring of six bells, agreed at the Executive Committee meeting in March 2015.
No applications had been received since the Executive Committee meeting in March.
David Mattingley said the proposal that the annual meeting should be held during the first weekend in September instead of the late Spring Bank Holiday was lost.
Tony Smith said the 19 June 2015 issue of The Ringing World contained the Editor’s customary overview and the detailed minutes would be published soon.
He said that an interesting innovation was a break-out session when society representatives met by region to discuss (with the help of flip-charts and post-it notes) how they could learn from each other and improve co-operation.
Peter Niblett spoke positively about the session and, in answer to a question from Andrew Johnson, said that the Methods Committee report was adopted without question.
The Hon. Gen. Treasurer had nothing to add.
The Master proposed, and the Vice-Master seconded that the Guild Action Plan, as a whole and as presented to the 2015 AGM be formally adopted, subject to it being reviewed at the 2016 AGM. The motion was passed nem. con.
The Hon. Gen. Treasurer proposed and Tony Smith seconded on behalf of the Executive Committee that the proportion of the subscription allocated to the BRF in accordance with rule 8.b be reduced from £4 to £2, the additional £2 available to Guild funds being allocated between central funds and the Districts in accordance with rule 15.
The motion was passed nem. con.
The Hon. Gen. Treasurer reminded District Treasurers that the change was effective immediately and would apply to all future subscriptions received.
Christine Knights-Whittome proposed and Simon King seconded on behalf of the Executive Committee that the Guild central funds reimburse ART/ITTS costs (currently £20 per person) for W&P Guild ringing members attending an ITTS Module 1 or Module 2 course.
The Master proposed and the Vice-Master seconded an amendment to limit the annual spend by including the additional wording “ … or an alternative equivalent course. The Guild would, in the year 2015/16, fund up to a maximum of £500.” The amendment was accepted by the proposer and seconder of the original motion.
Andrew Craddock asked where the £500 limit had come from and the Vice-Master referred to the Guild Action Plan (para 2(b)).
Elizabeth Davey asked what was meant by an equivalent course and it was explained this meant another teaching teachers course.
Andrew Johnson asked what was meant by the year 2015/16 and it was explained this meant from AGM to AGM.
John Davey thought that grants should not be limited to teaching teachers courses but his view had not been supported by the Executive Committee.
Bruce Purvis suggested there was nothing to prevent a member self-funding a Module 1 or Module 2 course and the Hon. Gen. Treasurer agreed and said this was to be encouraged.
Peter Hill asked how applications are made and the Master said the detail had still to be worked out.
The motion was passed against one vote.
The Master proposed and the Vice-Master seconded that a Database of Guild Members be set-up and maintained to enable improved communications to all members, and a new Guild website be developed and implemented.
Andrew Johnson asked what data would be held, how it would be protected and what would happen if the data were released. Simon King, who had been involved with the implementation of the Sussex County Association database, referred to the supporting paper and said security would be put in place to ensure compliance with the Data Protection Act.
John Davey wanted answers before agreeing to go forward.
The Master said we need agreement in principle so that the details could be worked out. Peter Niblett said it was giving authority to the officers and Executive Committee to go forward without delaying another year.
Elizabeth Davey asked about the time frame and the Master said as soon as possible.
Steve Castle said the implication was that current communication paths were not always working and the Master agreed.
The motion was passed against one vote.
Tony Smith and Barry Downer seconded on behalf of the Executive Committee that the BRF Fund-raising Committee and the Social Committee be disbanded.
The motion was passed nem. con.
There were no candidates to fill the vacancy.
The Master thanked the retiring committee members, some of whom had served for many years, for all their work for the Guild (applause). The following were elected.
Martin Barnes proposed by Nici Collins, seconded by Ian Rees. John Simpson proposed by the Vice-Master, seconded by Mike Winterbourne.
Graham Hounslow proposed by John Davey, seconded by Polly Osborne. Deb Baker proposed by Nici Collins, seconded by Ian Rees.
Andy Ingram, Sallie Ingram, Christine Knights-Whittome, Polly Osborne, David Mattingley, Simon Lipscombe, Kate Nye and Duncan Loweth proposed by Mike Winterbourne, seconded by John Davey.
Peter Niblett and Simon Lipscombe proposed by Tony Smith, seconded by John Davey.
|26 September 2015||Inter-District 10-Bell Striking Competition|
|3 October 2015||District Officers’ Forum||Littleton Millennium Memorial Hall|
|21 November 2015||Executive Committee Meeting||St. Barnabas’ Church Hall, Southampton|
|27-30 May 2016||Central Council meeting||Portsmouth|
This would be held on Saturday 2 July 2016 in Winchester. Bruce Purvis said he had already booked the new Cathedral Learning Centre.
There being no further business, the Master closed the meeting at 6.28 p.m.
Please find a summary of the Exec Meeting minutes attached. These are to print off and place in the tower for you to point to and encourage people to see what goes on.
PDF version for printing and on-line version to follow.
Our AGM was chaired by the Priest in Charge, Charles, and was swift and painless! 2015 was a good year – to read more please see the Tower Captain’s report. The Vice Captain and Secretary have both done long, honourable and much appreciated service – and of course they will both continue to ring with us!
Frances Benjamin has stood down as Vice Captain, after many years of good service. She is replaced by 2 people, Rosemary Rogers and Ian Penny.
Janet Collins has served the band as Tower Secretary for 10 years and is being replaced by Rosalind Martin.
The other post holders were voted unanimously back into place for another year, so the new team comprises:
Contact Rosemary Rogers - Telephone: 01202 473175 Address: 104 Pittmore Road, Burton, Christchurch, BH23 7HE Email: Use Form:
Contact Janet McCoy - Telephone: 01202 475880 Email: use form
|Steeple Keeper:||John Bolt assisted by Rob Bury and Richard Woodward|
|Public Relations Officer:||Rosalind Martin|
Please ask your District to consider choosing appropriate categories e.g. first quarter peal, first visit to another tower, first touch called. This gives a specific aim for a ringer and offers the District and Guild an opportunity to recognise individual achievements. The results can be posted on the website, of course.
A natural follow on to the FirstPeal2015 initiative that is going so well. There is a good deal happening that month, so we’re anticipating a variety of footnotes! Let’s see if we can see a significant increase in “W & P” peals next year!
We’ve been invited by The Guildford Diocesan Guild Young Ringers to enter a team on Saturday 2nd April at Epsom. Details to follow. We will be discussing with a number of ringers who are actively helping young ringers’ groups already with a view to a team entering from our Guild. We have registered an interest.
We’ve been asked by The Salisbury Guild to consider a jointly organised ringing and social event, possibly in the summertime of 2016. Again this will be considered and discussed – more details will be made available, as soon as possible.
We need active help if these contests are to survive and thrive. We are sure there are many benefits to be had apart from the competition element. The building of teams can be motivating and great fun, encourages team spirit and can help with retention of ringers. We will endeavour to work with a District and hope to make a good day out for ringers
Hosted by the Winchester District, the day will include the Inter-District 8 bell striking contest. Again, efforts are being made to make the day enjoyable and arrangements are being made now.
It will be based at New Arlesford (using Cheriton, Titchbourne, Easton as well in the Itchen Valley) to have a range of towers within easy reach. These are mostly 6 bell towers.
THE WINCHESTER AND PORTSMOUTH DIOCESAN
GUILD OF CHURCH BELL RINGERS
Founded 26 June 1879 as the Winchester Diocesan Guild
Presidents: THE RIGHT REVD THE BISHOP OF WINCHESTER
THE RIGHT REVD THE BISHOP OF PORTSMOUTH
Andover District ADM
Saturday 10th January 2015
Minutes of ADM held 10.1.2015 at Hurstbourne Priors Village Hall
Item 1. Welcome and Vote of Thanks
The Vice-Chair, Eve Lind-Smith, (acting as Chair) welcomed the Guild Vice Master, Christine Hill and her husband Peter.
She thanked the following people:
Rev. Craig Marshall for the use of St. Andrew’s Church and the Bells
Rev. Dodie Marsden, for taking the service
David Blake for playing the organ
Marilyn Smith for providing tea
The Chair requested those present to stand in memory of Scarlett Holbrook, ringer at Amport and ex-treasurer for the District who died in December and Brenda Monaghan, correspondent for Leckford.
Chris Caryer suggested a card or letter of condolence be sent from the District to Matthew Holbrook, Scarlett’s husband. All were in agreement.
Action Point: Secretary to action.
Item 2. Apologies for Absence
Barbara Townsend Andover, Matthew Holbrook Amport, Sharon & Mike Morris, Sarah Bates, Tim Pink, Vanessa Martin, Ian & Geoff Downing, Bridgit Farren Kingsclere, Alex Pugh Abbotts Ann, Rosemary Lailey Burghclere, Joanne Waller St. Mary Bourne, John Young Longparish.
Item 3. Minutes of the previous ADM
The minutes of the previous ADM held on Sat. 11th January 2014 had been distributed by the secretary.
The minutes were accepted, by the meeting, as providing an accurate record. Proposed by Simon Lipscombe, seconded by Ros Brandwood and carried unanimously.
Item 4.Matters arising from the minutes
Item 4. There being no incumbent the DAC was not prepared to continue discussions regarding the proposed gallery at St. Mary Bourne. However, now a new incumbent is in place a meeting is to be held in the very near future.
Item 5. Reports
Chair’s Report for the year 2014
No report was available.
Secretary’s Report for the year 2014
The Secretary, Maggie Hiller, read out the report for 2014 (attached)
Following the Report, Chris Caryer stressed the disappointingly low attendance at some District practices. The Ringing Master, Peter Niblett, asked that if anyone had any ideas which might increase attendance they would be welcomed.
The hospitality at SMB, in December was very much appreciated.
Treasurer’s Report for the year 2014
The Treasurer, Ros Brandwood, distributed the annual accounts and reported briefly on them. The accounts were adopted by the meeting, the adoption being proposed by Gill Gardner and seconded by Helen Piper.
2015 subscriptions are now due. The Treasurer thanked those towers who had already paid.
Carol Waller was thanked for independently examining the accounts.
Chris Caryer asked about the percentage of subscriptions paid on line. The exact number was not known but the Treasurer confirmed that although it was small, it was increasing.
Ringing Master’s Report for the year 2014
The Ringing Master, Peter Niblett, delivered a verbal report.
The highlights of 2014 had been, firstly a peal rung at Burghclere by a local band and conducted by Simon Lipscombe. The band consisting of no fewer than three first-pealers!
Next, the District outing to Somerset, which involved heavier bells than most of our ringers are used to. The now inevitable mini-ring was fun, with several laudable performances. The lunch, excellent.
St. Mary Bourne’s second place in the 6/8 bell striking competition was to be congratulated. SMB was the only tower in the District to enter a striking competition in 2014 so all were encouraged to consider having a go in the coming year – especially younger ringers. All members were encouraged to attend 10-bell practices.
A seminar entitled ‘Future of Ringing’, held in Winchester, in March, provided much food for thought.
Finally, towers were encouraged to continue to support each other and to work together.
Guild Executive Report
The Secretary outlined minutes of last November 2014 Executive meeting (attached).
Following this Chris Caryer asked why there had been so little consultation over the Guild dinner.
The Guild Vice-Master, Christine Hill, explained that too few people had committed prior to the dinner to warrant paying the large, non-returnable deposit.
There have been other problems which have prevented social committee members from carrying out their duties. The committee requires new members to come forward and organise events.
(At this point (6.25pm) Philip Chalk, Hurstbourne Priors tower secretary, joined the meeting, warmly welcomed by the Vice-Chair, Eve Lind-Smith.)
Item 6. Election of New Members
Kevin Rogers and Lin Rogers of Kintbury (Oxford Diocese) were voted in as Compounding members prior to a peal rung at Burghclere on 2nd August 2014.
Proposed: John Simpson, Seconded: Helen Piper.
7. Venues and Events 2015
District Practice venues for April, July and October were identified.
Simon Lipscombe, Vice-Ringing Master, again kindly volunteered to organise a District outing. An email will be sent out to gather people’s preferences. Feedback will be much appreciated.
Striking competition and Education event dates were identified.
An updated calendar of events for the Andover District is attached. Dates and venues have been included where known. Those missing will be sent out by email when confirmed
or consult the Guild website for further details http://wpbells.org
8. District transfer request from Houghton tower.
In September, an email was received from Bob Gosse, a ringer at Broughton tower.
It outlined plans to install a new ring or of 6 at nearby Houghton. Members of the parish are keen to get the bells ringing in the village and a band is being trained for that purpose at Broughton. A quote for the work has been accepted and a Faculty obtained.
Assuming all goes well, Houghton would wish to change Districts from Andover to Winchester as the other towers in their Benefice, Broughton and Mottisfont, are Winchester District towers.
Would the members present please indicate whether they are in favour.
Proposed by Simon Lipscombe, seconded by Brian Oakes and carried by a majority.
Ken Waller pointed out that the Andover District had already lost Broughton and Barton Stacey and wondered if Chilbolton might also follow suite. Benefice and Deanery changes have complicated the situation.
The Secretary asked members, through the Chair, whether this might be brought to the attention of the Guild Executive at their next meeting. The majority were in agreement.
Action Point: District Secretary to contact Mo Routh, Hon. Secretary of the Guild.
9. Guild Officer’s Report
Christine Hill, Vice Master of the Guild, addressed the meeting.
Viv Nobbs Guild Master sent her apologies and best wishes.
The Guild currently has no further information on the initiative mentioned in the District Secretary’s report regarding events aimed at involving young ringers; to be organised by Dan Graham at Southampton University.
A question was asked – what is the definition of a ‘young ringer’?
Christine replied that this was under consideration and that there may be various groups, considering the differences between 10 year olds and young university students.
2015 Guild AGM
To be held in Portsmouth. The Exec. Is considering a change in format to make the day more cohesive. This might include an organised lunch between the striking competition and the meeting itself.
The Ringing World 2016 Calendar
The W&P Guild is featured in this edition. Wherwell tower, of the Andover District is featured. Something to think about nearer Christmas.
2016 Meeting of Central Church Council of Bell Ringers
The Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild is to host the Annual Meeting of the Central Church Council of Bell Ringers in 2016 (Spring Bank Holiday) in Portsmouth Lots of help will be required so if you would like to volunteer look out for information on the website. http://wpbells.org
The Guild has no central record of members at present. All records are held by District Treasurers.
At the ‘Future of Ringing’ conference, held earlier this year in Winchester a speaker from Sussex reported on their experiences when setting up their database. There are people available and willing to advise the W&P working party which is currently researching what might be put in place. The working party is to report back at the next Guild Executive meeting in March.
a) Officer elections
Due to an oversight, nomination papers were not sent out to members in time. A decision needs to be made as to what action to take. Two options have been put forward:
Elections be held over until the 2016 AGM when it will also be considered whether the District might move to annual elections, rather than 3-yearly as they are now, to bring it into line with other Districts.
An extraordinary meeting be called, to be held at the District practice in April to elect officers for a 3-year term.
Mike Hopkins Till pointed out that if the 3-yearly option (option 1.) was chosen it would need to be for a 2-year period (2016/17) initially and 3-yearly thereafter.
The chairman then suggested that at the next ADM on 9 January 2016 a vote would be taken on the following
a) To change to an annual election of offices
b) To continue with a three yearly election of officers
c) If the decision is to continue with the three year cycle then those elected in
2016 stand for 2 years and the next election of officers to take place in
2018 thereafter elections would return to the three year cycle
Option 1 was proposed by Helen Thomas, seconded by Gill Gardner.
Carried by a majority.
b) Scarlett Holbrook’s memorial service is to be held at Amport on Saturday 17th January at 2pm.
Refreshments will be served at the Hawk Conservancy following the service
Donations to the Meningitis Society please.
Matthew requests that normal dress, rather than mourning, be observed.
c) For 2016 ADM, Gill Gardner proposed that as a change from the normal service, an Epiphany carol service be held, which would be open to members of the church congregation.
Carried by a majority.
d) Christine Knights-Whittome, Guild Education Officer reminded people that there were two events in the offing.
Fri. 27th February 7-9pm at Bishopstoke – St. Clement’s Minor. Although billed as a seminar this would be a hands-on session with just a little theory.
Sat. 21st March 9.30-5pm at St. Mary Bourne – Plain Hunt on 5/Trebling to Doubles.
e) Quarter Peal Fortnight
Vice Ringing Master, Simon Lipscombe, reported to have been a little disappointed that only five QPs had been rung. These were at Kingsclere, Burghclere, SMB, Bradfield College and 120 of call changes at Nether Wallop.
f)The Ecchinswell Project
The 6 bells required have now been obtained and are being held by Higby’s Bell Hangers.
The request for a faculty is in progress.
£18,000 is required to get the work underway. Grant applications are being completed and sent out.
Anyone who would like to support the project by becoming a member of the Trust can contact the tower.
g) District Officers Forum – Gill Gardner asked if there had been any report back from this.
No one from the District was able to attend on the day as it coincided with the District ringing outing. The 2015 meeting will be held on Saturday 3rd October.
Christine Hill said she would email the minutes through if no report could be found.
Action Point: Secretary to investigate.
h)Guild Social Events – reports of discussions regarding this will appear in the Guild newsletter. Members should feel free to state their views to the Executive.
i)Ringing Anniversaries – Chris Caryer announced that this year sees the 300th anniversary of the first recorded peal.
j)Following a question from the floor it was reported that Mike Winterbourne is recovering well.
Philip Chalk acknowledged that in the near future, he would be unable to continue as correspondent for Hurstbourne Priors. He thanked Brian Oakes warmly, for his work at Hurstbourne Priors practices and with teaching their new ringers.
The acting Chair spoke for all members when she expressed her delight at seeing Philip at the meeting.
The next ADM
The next ADM will be on 9.1.2016 at Kingsclere, St. Mary
Meeting closed 7.10pm
The raffle was drawn.
THE WINCHESTER AND PORTSMOUTH DIOCESAN
GUILD OF CHURCH BELL RINGERS
Founded 26 June 1879 as the Winchester Diocesan Guild
Presidents: THE RIGHT REVD THE BISHOP OF WINCHESTER
THE RIGHT REVD THE BISHOP OF PORTSMOUTH
Minutes of ADM held 11.1.2014 at St. Michael and All Angels Highclere
1.Welcome and Vote of Thanks
The Chair, Barbara Townsend welcomed the Guild Vice-Master, Christine Hill and her husband Peter.
The Chair thanked the following people:
Rev. Christine Dale for the use of the Church and the Bells
Rev. Carolyn Petts for taking the service
Lucy Hopkins Till for playing the organ
Lucy and Mike Hopkins Till and Chris Pack for providing tea
Members were asked to stand in memory of Ann Tripp ringer at Abbots Ann, who died suddenly in December.
2. Apologies for Absence
Louise Wodehouse of Clatford
Alex Pugh of Abbotts Ann
Viv Nobbs Guild Master (attending the Alton & Petersfeild District AGM)
Sarah Bates, Sharon & Mike Morris, Vanessa Martin, Tim Pink, Dave & Jessica Bennett, Ian & Geoff Downing, Bridgit Farren of Kingsclere.
Helen & Roger Thomas, Joanne Waller of St. Mary Bourne
Colin Hares, Rebecca Parfrey of Amport
3.Minutes of the previous 2013 ADM
The minutes of the previous ADM held on 12 January 2013 had been distributed by the secretary.
Following minor changes the minutes were accepted, by the meeting, as providing an accurate record. Proposed by Christine Knights-Whittome and seconded by Gill Gardner.
4.Matters arising from the minutes
Item 11. Work on the St. Mary Bourne gallery ring has not yet commenced and is still in the planning stage.
Chairmans Report 2013
The chair thanked Maggie Hiller for taking on the role of secretary following last years ADM.
Secretary’s report 2013
The acting Secretary Maggie Hiller read out the report for 2013 (attached)
Treasurer’s report 2013
The Treasurer, Ros Brandwood distributed the report and annual accounts. Thanks were given to Carol Waller for acting as independent examiner.
Income from membership £1,059 Total Expenditure £955.68 Total c/f £806.28
Membership increased slightly with the percentage of Senior members slightly down.
Adoption of the report and accounts was proposed by Simon Lipscombe, seconded by Christine Knights-Whittome and agreed unanimously.
The Treasurer suggested that some of the District’s surplus balance might be allocated to ITTS training (this concurs with Rule 14 of the W&P Guild rules).
Proposed by Ros Brandwood seconded Barbara Townsend.
It was agreed that the District would support up to ten members annually by covering fees of this nature.
Junior ringers are already able to submit claims for training to the Treasurer.
2014 subscriptions are now due. Individual receipts can be provided for insurance purposes if required.
Ringing Master’s report 2013
The Ringing Master, Peter Niblett reported that it had been a quiet year relative to 2012. The highlight for him had been the ringing outing to Oxford. There was a good attendance and a variety of ringing to suit all abilities. The mini-ring followed by Grandsire Caters at the final tower concluded a great day of ringing. Peter thanked Simon for organising the day and for helping out at District practices.
The north/south split referred to in last year’s minutes had improved in 2013. All feedback is very welcome and opportunities for towers to ring different things had proved beneficial in 2013.
The lack of younger ringers is a concern. Towers were asked to think about how they might encourage youngsters to take up ringing and maintain their interest.
Striking competitions, despite not being everyone’s choice can provide a useful focus. Only St. Mary Bourne tower in the District has taken part this past year but others would benefit. Opportunities that present themselves this year:
May 18th – Inter Tower 6&8-bell to be held in Alton
July 5th – The Guild Inter-District 8-bell to be held at Hurstbourne Priors
Support for ten-bell ringing is not strong in the District but there will be a 10-bell striking competition taking place in 2015. Think about how the opportunity could be used.
Finally please support the 2014 Newbury Ringing Roadshow by advertising it in your tower.
Guild Executive Report
The Chair, Barbara Townsend presented a verbal report.
After consulting interested parties a formal Guild Dinner had received insufficient support. The possibility of an alternative, less formal event is being looked into for 2015.
Ringing from around the Guild to thank David Strong for his work as Guild Master has been recorded and collected together into a bound volume with pictures of the churches accompanying details of the ringing. Christine Hill, Vice Master described how she was able to present this to David shortly before his condition deteriorated. Both David and his wife Ann were touched and very appreciative of the ringers’ efforts.
The Guild AGM to be held at Goodworth Clatford in July will have four towers open for ringing. All ringers were encouraged to come along and take part.
6. Election of New Members
7. Election of District Secretary
Maggie Hiller has been acting District secretary since March 2013.
The Chair asked if she was willing to stand as District secretary; she said she was.
Maggie Hiller was proposed as District secretary by Barbara Townsend and seconded by Gill Gardner.
8. Election of Independent Examiner
Carol Waller very kindly agreed to continue as Independent Examiner.
Proposed by Barbara Townsend and seconded by Eve Lind-Smith
9. Venues and Events 2014
Monthly District Practices
Unfortunately the District has been unable to secure a date for a DP at Winchester Cathedral however a date for 2015 has been agreed (Wed. 5th August).
The possibility of a DP at Abbotts Ann will be requested for September.
Brian Oakes volunteered to request a DP at Longparish for August.
Annual District Outing
Simon Lipscombe has kindly volunteered to organise a District outing to Somerset in October 2014.
Simon also proposed a Quarter Peal Week for the District with the outbreak of WW1 perhaps creating a focus for the dedications.
Guild Education Days
22 February ‘Plain Hunt & Trebling’ based in Upper Clatford.
Reference was made to the earlier discussion on funding following the District treasurer’s report.
10. Guild Officer
Christine Hill, Vice Master attended DGM to represent the W&P Guild and addressed the meeting.
The providers were congratulated on a fine tea.
Apologies were passed on from Viv Nobbs, Guild Master who was currently attending the Alton & Petersfield DGM.
It was reported that the Guild were looking forward to holding their AGM in the Andover District in July 2014.
Christine described how she was able to present the bound copy of all the ringing that had taken place in the Districts to thank David Strong for all his work as Guild Master to David. Both David and his wife Ann had been very touched that ringers had gone to the trouble of marking his contribution in this way. David was able to look all through the book and note the towers that had contributed.
All Andover District ringers were very much encouraged to take part in the striking competitions during 2014 and to embrace the opportunity to visit the Ringing Roadshow in September.
A seminar on ‘Future of Ringing’ is to be held on 22 March in Winchester. All are invited to hear about ongoing work in areas of ringing and to enter into open discussions.
Key topics will include local input on recruitment and training activities and aspirations outline of services currently available to support local work- ART / ITTS with explanation of processes
Ringing Foundation – activities and aims
CCCBR – précis of work of committees and availability of resources
Open discussion on local ringers’ expectations and the extent to which existing organisations, both local and central, are meeting the demand
How can everyone, as individuals or organisations, improve the future of ringing in their area?
Commitment to actions at local/central level
Commitment to programme of work and funding for future
Chris Caryer raised a question relating to the future running of Bell Ringers’ Guilds.
Would the discussion focus on this generally or would it relate specifically to W&P?
Christine replied that the speaker David Kirkcaldy from the Sussex District would probably focus on his own area. However, the fact that whether rules set down 100 years ago were still relevant or was a complete overhaul necessary could easily form part of a general discussion.
Christine Knights-Whittome took the opportunity to advertise the next Education Day ‘Plain Hunting and Trebling’ to be held on Sat.22nd Feb. at Upper Clatford.
Chris Caryer made a request for potential helpers on the day to get in touch with him.
Simon Lipscombe updated all on the progress of the Ecchinswell Bell Restoration Trust project. A tenor bell is being donated by the Keltek Trust and possibly a second bell made available. A meeting with the PCC is to be arranged to outline the work of the project and to request that a faculty be sought.
12.The next ADM
The next ADM will be on Saturday 10th January 2015 at Hurstbourne Priors
Meeting closed 6.25pm
Minutes of Andover District AGM held 12th January 2013 at Whitchurch
Members were asked to stand in memory of Jean Blacklaws (Clatford) and Eric Woolgrove (Andover)
The Chair welcomed the ringers and Mike Hopkins-Till, Vice-Master of the Guild.
Apologies for Absence
Scarlett and Matthew Holbrook, Eve Lind-Smith, Joanne Waller, Brian Oakes.
Minutes of 2012 AGM
One date correction in Item 3, 2010 to 2011.
The Chair apologised for the lack of preparation caused by the absence of a District secretary.
a) The Striking Competition was not organised this year.
b) The Ringing Ramble organised by Chris and Liz had had to be cancelled due to lack of support. After researching the original route it was found to be unsuitable for parking. A new venue was researched but unfortunately several ramblers were unable to make the new date.
Barbara thanked the four tower secretaries who sent in their reports.
Much ringing of peals and quarter peals to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Games including a date touch 2012 at St. Mary Bourne.
Several towers have helped each other out for wedding and service ringing.
Congratulations to Ken and Carol Waller on 100 quarter peals this year.
The 40th wedding anniversary of Paul and Wendy Myers was celebrated.
Rosemary Lailey of Burghclere rang her first quarter.
Sadness was expressed at the deaths of Jean Blacklaws of Clatford and Eric Woo lgrove.
Several tower outings took place with ringers from other towers joining in.
A relatively quiet year with subscriptions slightly down.
The accounts were explained and details given of how the monies are distributed. Total income£1008.90 Expenditure £977.44, £702.90 left in bank.
Ros thanked Carol Waller for her work as independent examiner.
The accounts were adopted and signed.
Barbara reported that all the ringing that had taken place in the Districts had been recorded and been sent to the Queen. A copy is now held in the Guild library.
There will be no Guild Dinner held this year.
Brian Oakes and Chris Caryer will continue to attend the District Offivers Forum meetings.
The Guild AGM 2013 will be held in the Channel Islands 3rd – 7th July. Details of the events and accommodation have been distributed in the newsletter.
Guild Striking Competition – Peter will try to put composite teams together if can’t get enough District teams. Let Peter know if interested.
6. Election of District Secretary
Unfortunately no nominations were received.
7. Election of Independent Examiner
Carol Waller very kindly agreed to continue.
Proposed by Barbara and seconded by Christine Knights-Whittome.
Election of New Members
Nick Wright, Valerie Wright – Clatford
Carol Gray, Helen Gray – Abbotts Ann
Matthew Richardson – Over Wallop
Jenny Toyne Sewell – Nether Wallop
Alan Hiscock –
Probationary to Full Members
Michael Morris, Sharon Morris, Jess Bennett, David Bennett – Kingsclere
John Simpson – Ecchinswell
Chris Strong, Rebecca Butler, Sam Longton, Dodie Marsden – St
Proposed Christine Knights-Whittome Seconded by Louise Wodehouse
On line payments still operating.
Venues and Events for 2013
A list of dates and venues including District Practices, Education Days, Striking Competitions and other Guild events was distributed.
Christine Knights-Whittome announced she would be sending out details of the Education Days following a meeting tomorrow.
The Striking Competition would require an organiser to come forward if it was to take place this year.
Gill Gardner asked whether it would be possible to re-run the Ramble planned for last year. After some discussion Chris Caryer kindly agreed and suggested Saturday 13th April as the best date available (details to be put out in the newsletter). The Ramble will take place depending on the response received.
Guild Officer’s Report
Mike Hopkins-Till reported that David Strong sent his apologies and greetings hoping the District would have a good meeting.
The points Mike was to cover had already been dealt with.
Chris Caryer asked about the future of Guild Striking Competitions.
These will continue in the same way. Mike has passed on the role of convener.
Peter Niblett is now a member of the Striking Committee. Trophies are to be repaired.
Louise Wodehouse praised the work of the Education Committee saying how helpful she had found events she had attended. Many were in agreement.
Roger Thomas reported that St. Mary Bourne was to become a gallery ring during the coming year.
Peter Niblett, District Ringing Master, voiced the fact that there was a bit of a SW/NE divide in the District. He encouraged ringers to attend as many different towers as possible. Also the Cathedral practice in August would benefit from as many as possible attending.
He thanked Simon for his help and support at District practices.
Barbara invited any ringers who would like to attend Andover’s monthly practices – every 2nd Tuesday 7.45 for 8.00pm.
Meeting closed at 6.35pm