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Masters Words for the District ADMs
A Big Thank you to all those who take responsibility for the various tasks in the Towers and in your District, trying to enable the regular Sunday Service, Practice nights and those other ringing opportunities for individuals to gain experience.
Couple of things where you can help:
Firstly, On the website is a draft of the Book we aim to produce, could you have a look and check the spelling of the names and let Stephen Lutener know of any errors.
Secondly, copies of the archive are to be presented to the Two Guild Cathedrals
Portsmouth Cathedral May 12th 6:00pm
Hopefully with Ringing after the service as well as Tea and Cake nearby
Winchester Cathedral May 19th 3:30pm
Hopefully with Ringing available before the service with a Selected Service Band touch giving ringers a chance to join the service
We are working on Tea and Cake after the service.
I would like to invite all the Guild Ringers to join in One or both services to commemorate all those who gave their lives for us.
Join us in a unique occasion, if every Tower that rang for 100 anniversary of the end of WW1 sent down a car load this could be a truly amazing commemorative and social event.
I am delighted to announce that (subject to a formal vote at the next meeting), Peter Murdock-Saint has volunteered to look after the C&S news on the Guild Website.
Peter learned to ring at Sopley and attends several practice nights across the District. (click line below)
The retiring webmaster, Graham Hounslow (Fawley), has been an invaluable member of the Guild Communications Committee for a number of years now. In addition to posting the C&S news, first on the District Website and later on the Guild Website, he wrote much of the original CSS programming that drives the “look and feel” of wpbells.org. The District and the Guild owe him grateful thanks!
Can I include photos?
Yes, just put them into the text where you want them to appear on the web page. If you put several side by side, they will become a “gallery”.
Can I attach a pdf, for example a poster?
Yes. Please make sure you don’t include any personal information such as a telephone number or email address, though.
Can I set a feature image?
Unfortunately not, one of the webmasters will have to do that for you. Just include the photo at the top of the message, and they can move it up for you manually.
Can I post for another tower?
Yes. Just include the correct category for the tower you are writing about, such as:
[category hinton admiral]
More help needed?
This post was posted by email. As you can see, hot links, bold and italic text are easy to do!
Copy this URL: https://wpbells.org/the-weekly-news/
Go to each Facebook group in turn and paste the URL into the “post” window. If you have time to write a short message about one of the news items, more members will click through.
The groups are:
As soon as possible after the email versions have been released. Posting too soon might mean members missed some news that was posted at the last moment.
Once you have registered with firstname.lastname@example.org to use this new system, all you need to know is:
This new system is secure – if anyone who is not known to the system tries to post news, it will be rejected.The first post you send will be checked by a webmaster before it is posted. After that, it will be instant.
Email: Use Form
Go for something that will immediately inform the viewer what is cancelled. Include the date, place, and what the event is cancelled.
There is a banner just saying “CANCELLED” which is eye catching.
Is usually just a message about the cancellation. I usually omit “because the band are all on holiday” as that is personal information and this is a public website. I do include a contact name though. If possible, the person who sent the information in.
Go for something that will get your target audience to open the post and read it! if in doubt, make it a summary of the content itself (eg Report of the June CS District Practice at Hinton)
This really helps! Photos from the event itself are obvious choices. Decorative words and phrases are good too.
Be positive, be truthful, and don’t put any personal contact details in – ALWAYS link to a person’s contact page instead.
The Communications Team Administers (or assists in the adminstration) of the following Mailing Lists. You are welcome to join any of these groups – it is easy to unsubscribe if you change your mind.
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|Win-Port||Weekly News* plus information about the Guild and Winchester District||https://wpbells.org/win-port-consent/|
|A&P Group||Weekly News* plus information about the Guild and Alton and Petersfield District||https://wpbells.org/email-consent-ap/|
|C&S Group||Weekly News* Plus in future Christchurch and Southampton District Officers’ posts||https://wpbells.org/cs-consent/|
|*The Weekly News contains a summary of all recent traffic to all these groups, except notice of events which have taken place, plus news about National or nearby events or information. People who ring regularly across their District, or around the Guild, are recommended to join the appropriate group to get more timely communication.|
PS that’s all you need to know if your post relates to an event on a particular day.
If your news is about a series of events, the website doesn’t handle it quite so elegantly. But ticking “1 THIS WEEK” will keep your news at the top of the date lists until it is archived. So if it’s a weekly practice that’s cancelled for a whole month, for example, that’s perfect.
If your news is a list of 4 events over one year, then the website will present them far better if you make 4 separate news items!
Ticking “1 CURRENT MONTH” won’t do much. The programs will drop your news to the bottom of the event lists.
If you’re unsure, please send me a link to the post once it is live and I can check it! email@example.com
As a general rule, it is helpful to quote the shortest working version of a website address. This makes it easier for people to type into their browser, and looks neater and more professional.
There are 3 easy ways to shorten an address:
If the address of a page is to be quoted often, it can also be given a shorter URL manually if needed. PLEASE ASK!!
https://wpbells.org/2018/01/01/the-weekly-news/ becomes wpbells.org/the-weekly-news
https://wpbells.org/2000/01/01/contact-andrew-glover/ becomes wpbells.org/contact-andrew-glover
https://wpbells.org/christchurch-priory/ becomes wpbells.org/christchurch-priory
Start with the email you received from last week’s news edition, you can click through from that onto old material or anything needing alteration. The minimum jobs to create a sensible weekly news are:
Once a week, some time between Saturday and Wednesday, the date stamps should be shuffled up in a “they all roll over and one fell out” manner. The following series of instructions and images explains this – please allow an hour the first time you do this. It is believed to be the most complex task on the website!!! If you are just putting out the weekly news as a one-off it can be left for a week with no ill effects, as long as you have marked as “archive” all past events.
The “1 THIS WEEK” category will contain a date stamp for a completed week and almost all the events will need to be archived. The screen shot below is from the category editor and is being viewed after the 16th of March, so it is likely that all 13 items should be archived. Click the number (in this case the 13) to display all the relevant posts.
See below for the post editor. Click the box beside “Title” to select ALL the posts BUT check visually that all should actually be archived. Sometimes posts are ongoing and need to be left as news. Untick any like that.
Then select the Bulk Action “EDIT”, search within the page for the word “archive” and tick the archive category and click UPDATE.
Now go back to the category editor, it is time to CAREFULLY delete the date stamp 2018 Mar 10th-16th entirely. To do this, hover over it and select the option “delete”. The category will disappear forever, but the 13 posts involved will be undamaged.
Now it is time to correctly allocate the current week to “1 THIS WEEK”. I am writing this on March 19th so the date stamp 2018 Mar 17th-23rd should be under “1 THIS WEEK” but is sitting under “2 NEXT WEEK” at the moment. Hover over it and select EDIT
This will move you to the screen shown below.
Click on the parent category of 2 NEXT WEEK and change it to 1 THIS WEEK and press UPDATE.
Now return to the cateogry editor. Now the next date stamp, in this case 2018 Mar 24th-30th, needs to have its parent set to 2 NEXT WEEK:
Now the gaps left by each move will need to be filled, until the date stamps are all in the correct slots.
The screen shot below shows a correct set of date stamps in this week, next week, rest of this month, and next month. They should show the following date stamps:
1 THIS WEEK – the current date stamp for today.
2 NEXT WEEK – the date stamp for a week today.
3 REST OF THIS MONTH – the next 2 stamps
4 NEXT MONTH – the next 4 stamps
1 MONTH AFTER NEXT – the next 4 stamps
LONG TERM INVITATION (other) – the next 4 stamps
It is sensible to create one new future stamp to replace the one you deleted – if you forget, you will have to do it when the first event is posted for that future week. The image below shows the correct set of date stamps in place on 19th March 2018. Please note one-digit numbers are preceded by zero to help the dates sort in a correct manner. Month names sadly don’t work properly so Jun shows before May. Oh well!!!
As part of the Guild Action Plan, the Communications Team is making the weekly e-news available to all members of the Guild. The idea is to provide:
If you are a member of one of the Christchurch and Southampton District email lists, or of the brand new Guild News Email list, then you are receiving a new style of weekly news this week instead of the old version.
This is a trial run – please send feedback, positive or negative, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline is noon on Wednesdays.
(See bottom of article for outcome) The towers listed above currently have their own home page on this website but no news feed, and their presence in tower lists on this site may be phased out unless a case is made for their inclusion.
It was decided to retain all the listed towers except Michelmersh.
The Society shall be called ‘The Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers’ (hereinafter called ‘The Guild’).
To unite the Church Bell Ringers in the Diocese of Winchester and Portsmouth for mutual support consistent with:
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.
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.
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.
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.
There shall be the following classes of membership of the Guild:
The terms of reference of the committees shall be as follows:
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.
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.
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.
In each District a Chairman, Ringing Master, District Treasurer and Honorary Secretary shall be elected and such other officers as the District may determine.
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.
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.
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.
Districts are requested to compile a list of instructors who are willing to assist towers (Rule 16).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The fund shall be known as the Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers Bell Restoration Fund.
The fund shall be registered as a charity.
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.
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.
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.
The Honorary Independent Examiner of the fund shall be the Honorary Independent Examiner for the time being of the Guild.
The fund shall be administered by the Trustees.
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.
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.
This page created by Tony Smith
Last updated 21 June 2017
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.
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:
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;
Expenditure for the year amounted to £131.80. Monies for this come from the Central Fund
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.
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.
|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|
|Edward P D Colliss||42|
|Benjamin J Carey||17|
|James W G Twiney||6|
|Benjamin D Constant||4|
|Portsmouth, St Agatha||49|
|Basingstoke, All Saints||4|
|Doubles & Minor||1|
|Spliced TD (8m)||4|
|Spliced S (8m)||2|
|Spliced S (41m)||1|
|Spliced S (24m)||1|
|Spliced S (7m)||1|
|Spliced S (8m)||3|
|Double Norwich CB||2|
|Spliced S (23m)||2|
|Spliced S (19m)#||2|
|Spliced S (10m)||2|
|Baltic Wharf S#||1|
|Dodd Fell D#||1|
|Four Score S#||1|
|Hunters Bar S#||1|
|Muppet Show S#||1|
|No. 5029 Nunney Castle S#||1|
|No Hope D#||1|
|Once Brewed D#||1|
|Peterstone Wentloog 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|
|St Agatha S#||1|
|Caters & Royal||1|
|Spliced S (2m)||1|
|Spliced S (2m)|
(* first peal in the method, # first for the Guild)
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)|
|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|
|Leading Conductors (Handbell Peals)|
|Frank R Morton||23|
|Brian J Woodruffe||17|
|John S Croft||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|
|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|
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.
Balance b/f £103.90 Balance c/f £103.90
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.
|WINCHESTER AND PORTSMOUTH DIOCESAN GUILD OF CHURCH BELL RINGERS|
|CENTRAL FUND – BALANCE SHEET|
|as at 31st DECEMBER 2016|
|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|
|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|
|Subs paid in advance||555.10||555.10||814|
|Guild Youth Fund||50.|
|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|
|General Fund||Training & Development Fund||Total|
|£ p||£ p||£ p||£|
|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|
|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|
|EXPENDITURE (all general fund)|
|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 to Channel Islands||75.99||148|
|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|
|Communications committee and website expenses||131.80||110|
|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
|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|
|EXCESS INCOME (EXPENDITURE)||(345.52)||692.32||£346.80||177|
15th March 20167
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:
Alton & Petersfield
Christchurch & Southampton
Isle of Wight
Total financial assets held by the Guild are as follows.
|Training and Development Fund||692.32|
|Central Reserve Fund||5,012.07||5,009.55|
15th March 2017
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.
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
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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.
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
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.
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.
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