Category Archives: Guild Executive Committee

All About Pete Jordan

Hello Everyone,

I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself to those of you who don’t know me, as well as to reach out to those of you whom I either know, or our paths have crossed as ‘nodding acquaintances’ from time to time at Guild events.

I have been a member of the Guild for around 28 years, as member of St Michael’s church in Basingstoke where I have in the recent past held various positions including Tower Captain for 5 years, Steeple Keeper and Treasurer.

For me, the pleasure of ringing is not only self satisfaction, but also to help others to develop their skills in the tower. Within my own tower this may include bespoke practices to benefit learners specific requirements, quarter peals to give them the opportunity to both learn a method well and to enjoy the reward of achievement, and generally supporting all of the ringers in their goals and ambitions.

Having served as Guild Vice Master for 3 years I am now delighted to take on the role of Master and look forward to working with you all to strengthen links within the Guild and to enhance your enjoyment in ringing.

One of the main assets of the guild are you, the ringers, and without your skill and dedication, regularly attending Sunday ringing and practices, our ringing would be in a very sorry state.

Thank you

Pete Jordan

W&P Guild Master

 

Outcome of the Election of Officers at the 2016 AGM

l-r Viv, Mike, Pete and Christine
l-r Viv, Mike, Pete and Christine

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:

  • New Central Council Reps Allan Yalden and Andrew Johnson will serve from 29th May 2017, replacing Tony Smith and Viv Nobbs who remain in their current CCCBR roles until that date.
  • Viv Nobbs, who stepped down as Guild Master, became Public Relations Officer.

Click here to see the full list (old plus new officers)

The New Officers Introduce Themselves:

The Guild Is Still Seeking a new Secretary

The key job of Secretary which has been done by Mo Routh for the past 3 years, was not filled.

Maureen Routh, General Secretary
Maureen Routh, General Secretary

Mo said:

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.

Master’s Message – Introducing the Guild Action Plan Review July 2016

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:

  • A budget review by the Executive Committee in November, using part-year figures, to include consideration of a positive policy regarding payment of expenses for Officers, maybe Tutors, in order that we might be prepared and in a good position to encourage members to volunteer with confidence and, if they wished to do so, claim expenses.
  • Consideration being given to the setting up of a Young Ringers’ Fund.
  • A volunteer coming forward to act as a Young Ringers’ coordinator, hopefully resulting in an increased number of our young members meeting together frequently to give them more benefits from ringing and social activities.
  • A volunteer coming forward to serve on the Striking Competitions Committee with Greg Jordan and Peter Niblett and for all ringers to encourage increased enthusiasm and participation in the Striking Contests.

Viv Nobbs

Master

The Full Review:

  • Action Plan review agreed at the 2015 A.G.M – Period 5th July 2015 – 2nd July 2016

    Section 1 – Ongoing work

    1. a) Four events have taken place:
    • Linda Garton, R.W.N.Y.C. organiser, gave a presentation and personal insight into this very popular annual contest. She highlighted a number of benefits of the striking competitions including the fun and team-building leading up to the day itself.  ‘Though there was a low attendance, those present enjoyed the event and said it would prove helpful in inspiring young ringers. Linda kindly made a donation of  £50 (her expenses refunded effectively) and asked if The Guild would consider applying it to a
      Young Ringers fund.
    • Firsts Fortnight – ‘though it was not an actual coming-to-meet-together event, it proved very popular and was reported as being very successful. It certainly seemed to inspire many members of all experience levels. It was very evident that many ringers and other groups from across the country were watching the event’s progress and were commenting on its obvious success, especially on Social Media.
    • Two Inter-Tower Striking Contests (the competition rules were amended to encourage more entries) and, on the same day, two open towers and a skittles and lunch informal social occasion.  Basingstoke District was able to give its support at the competitions’ venues and The Master undertook the open towers and social event. All seemed to be enjoyed and appreciated by those attending indicated by a good number of entries from local towers – especially for the 6-bell contest – and, the social side, by those travelling the greatest distance.
    • Guild A.G.M Day 2nd July 2016. Open towers, Inter-District Striking Competition, Ploughman’s Lunch, Church Service, Association of Ringing Teachers information hub, informal showcase of Centenary of end of World War 1 project, Annual General Meeting and light refreshments.
    1. b) We have aimed to continue to encourage Districts to be independent of central control and to be Ringing hubs and cross border co-operation continues to be evident and encouraged. Guild support by way of the new website has been reported as working well.
    1. c) The inventory of Guild resources has not yet been completed. Some items are listed on the website.
      It is work in progress.
    1. d) The Secretary and Communications Team, in particular, have ensured that we are a real presence in the ringing and non-ringing communities. As a result there were three entrants in the
      Association of Ringing Teachers – “Sarah Beacham Memorial Trust” – awards; all did well and Brighstone won an award. The prize is likely to be a sum of money.

    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!”

    1. e) The Guild has been encouraging Young Ringers and their local leaders, generally. Specifically, the Guild has made a financial contribution of £440 towards the costs of travel for two separate Striking Contests. The first ever South East England Young Ringers’ Competition in Epsom Common, Surrey – a joint team was entered from Guernsey and The Isle of Wight – and the  R.W.N.Y.C. being held on 2nd July will see a band comprising ringers from the Christchurch and Southampton area working with the Isle of Wight.

    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.

    1. f) The Executive Committee and Officers have reviewed Administration taking into account members’  feedback and availability of resources. The amount of volunteer help being offered has an impact, so  prioritising tasks has been needed. Generally, we have been more successful in recruiting help for specific tasks rather than members being willing to stand for a specific period in formal posts.

    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.

    1. g) We have been sending out the message, at A.D.M.s and in written form, imploring members to engage further, especially by using the website.

    Section 2  – Key Projects for 2015-18

    1. a) Communications: The new website was developed and launched. Taking into account the technical experience and personnel available and listening to the advice of the Communications Team, it was  decided to make the development and launch of the new website the priority action.

    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.

    1. b) Education: an Action Plan budget of £1,200 was earmarked.

    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.

    1. c) Belfry Stewardship: the new committee has been formed and has begun to review items to be
      It has been considering the completion of the Bell Stock Survey, especially as the records had been found to be very useful at Ropley after the serious fire.

     

    1. d) Recruitment and Retention: we’ve aimed to promote the application of good publicity and striving for excellent training, hand in hand, to improve the prospects of recruitment and retention.   Financial incentives are available within the Action Plan for Training Tutor courses.

    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.

    Section 3 – Future Events

     

    1. a) Hosting of the Central Council Annual 2016 Conference and to provide the material for the Ringing World calendar. All of this went very well indeed. A number of members produced excellent photographs for the beautiful calendars. Christine Hill did a magnificent job – she’d accepted full and overall responsibility; she chaired the local organising committee, kept everyone motivated and on target. Extra volunteers (including a ringer from Sussex who knew “W and P” via Social Media) gave their time over the actual weekend of the conference and main events, including at many open towers. All volunteers were very committed, reliable and much appreciated.

    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.”

    1. b) Hosting the Association of Ringing Teachers Annual Conference 2017.

    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.

    1. c) Event to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1 and to record commemorative ringing.

    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.

    1. d) Recruitment Drive and Retention of Ringers.

        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.

Action Plan review agreed at the 2015 A.G.M – Period 5th July 2015 – 2nd July 2016

Section 1 – Ongoing work

  1. a) Four events have taken place:
  • Linda Garton, R.W.N.Y.C. organiser, gave a presentation and personal insight into this very popular annual contest. She highlighted a number of benefits of the striking competitions including the fun and team-building leading up to the day itself.  ‘Though there was a low attendance, those present enjoyed the event and said it would prove helpful in inspiring young ringers. Linda kindly made a donation of  £50 (her expenses refunded effectively) and asked if The Guild would consider applying it to a
    Young Ringers fund.
  • Firsts Fortnight – ‘though it was not an actual coming-to-meet-together event, it proved very popular and was reported as being very successful. It certainly seemed to inspire many members of all experience levels. It was very evident that many ringers and other groups from across the country were watching the event’s progress and were commenting on its obvious success, especially on Social Media.
  • Two Inter-Tower Striking Contests (the competition rules were amended to encourage more entries) and, on the same day, two open towers and a skittles and lunch informal social occasion.  Basingstoke District was able to give its support at the competitions’ venues and The Master undertook the open towers and social event. All seemed to be enjoyed and appreciated by those attending indicated by a good number of entries from local towers – especially for the 6-bell contest – and, the social side, by those travelling the greatest distance.
  • Guild A.G.M Day 2nd July 2016. Open towers, Inter-District Striking Competition, Ploughman’s Lunch, Church Service, Association of Ringing Teachers information hub, informal showcase of Centenary of end of World War 1 project, Annual General Meeting and light refreshments.
  1. b) We have aimed to continue to encourage Districts to be independent of central control and to be Ringing hubs and cross border co-operation continues to be evident and encouraged. Guild support by way of the new website has been reported as working well.
  1. c) The inventory of Guild resources has not yet been completed. Some items are listed on the website.
    It is work in progress.
  1. d) The Secretary and Communications Team, in particular, have ensured that we are a real presence in the ringing and non-ringing communities. As a result there were three entrants in the
    Association of Ringing Teachers – “Sarah Beacham Memorial Trust” – awards; all did well and Brighstone won an award. The prize is likely to be a sum of money.

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!”

  1. e) The Guild has been encouraging Young Ringers and their local leaders, generally. Specifically, the Guild has made a financial contribution of £440 towards the costs of travel for two separate Striking Contests. The first ever South East England Young Ringers’ Competition in Epsom Common, Surrey – a joint team was entered from Guernsey and The Isle of Wight – and the  R.W.N.Y.C. being held on 2nd July will see a band comprising ringers from the Christchurch and Southampton area working with the Isle of Wight.

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.

  1. f) The Executive Committee and Officers have reviewed Administration taking into account members’  feedback and availability of resources. The amount of volunteer help being offered has an impact, so  prioritising tasks has been needed. Generally, we have been more successful in recruiting help for specific tasks rather than members being willing to stand for a specific period in formal posts.

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.

  1. g) We have been sending out the message, at A.D.M.s and in written form, imploring members to engage further, especially by using the website.

Section 2  – Key Projects for 2015-18

  1. a) Communications: The new website was developed and launched. Taking into account the technical experience and personnel available and listening to the advice of the Communications Team, it was  decided to make the development and launch of the new website the priority action.

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.

  1. b) Education: an Action Plan budget of £1,200 was earmarked.

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.

  1. c) Belfry Stewardship: the new committee has been formed and has begun to review items to be
    It has been considering the completion of the Bell Stock Survey, especially as the records had been found to be very useful at Ropley after the serious fire.

 

  1. d) Recruitment and Retention: we’ve aimed to promote the application of good publicity and striving for excellent training, hand in hand, to improve the prospects of recruitment and retention.   Financial incentives are available within the Action Plan for Training Tutor courses.

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.

Section 3 – Future Events

 

  1. a) Hosting of the Central Council Annual 2016 Conference and to provide the material for the Ringing World calendar. All of this went very well indeed. A number of members produced excellent photographs for the beautiful calendars. Christine Hill did a magnificent job – she’d accepted full and overall responsibility; she chaired the local organising committee, kept everyone motivated and on target. Extra volunteers (including a ringer from Sussex who knew “W and P” via Social Media) gave their time over the actual weekend of the conference and main events, including at many open towers. All volunteers were very committed, reliable and much appreciated.

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.”

  1. b) Hosting the Association of Ringing Teachers Annual Conference 2017.

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.

  1. c) Event to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1 and to record commemorative ringing.

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.

  1. d) Recruitment Drive and Retention of Ringers.

    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.

Pete Jordan – Elected as Guild Vice Master July 2016

Hello Everyone,
I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself to those of you who don’t know me, as well as to reach out to those of you whom I either know, or our paths have crossed as ‘nodding acquaintances’ from time to time at Guild events.
I have been a member of the Guild for around 25 years, as member of St Michael’s church in Basingstoke where I have in the recent past held various positions including Tower Captain for 5 years, Steeple Keeper and Treasurer.
For me, the pleasure of ringing is not only self satisfaction, but also to help others to develop their skills in the tower. Within my own tower this may include bespoke practices to benefit learners specific requirements, quarter peals to give them the opportunity to both learn a method well and to enjoy the reward of achievement, and generally supporting all of the ringers in their goals and ambitions.

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.

Pete Jordan

Mike Winterbourne – Elected Guild Master July 2016

Mike Winterbourne
Proposed by: Andy Ingram
Seconded: Tim Pink

Mike Writes:

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.

Your Guild needs You.

Guild Officers Needed.

The 2016 AGM is just eight weeks away. This is an election year for all the Guild Officer positions.

Please give serious thought to who might fill these roles and consult as widely as possible to find the best people for the jobs. We want everyone to be aware of these elections.

As was advised at the March Executive Committee Meeting, please bear in mind that the four Principal Officers currently in post are unable to stand for election but will offer as much support as possible to the new Officers to facilitate an effective succession process.

For more information, please read on or for an informal chat, please contact the Master:

  • Contact Viv Nobbs - Address: Copper Beeches, Landscape Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2NG Tel: 01983 530920 Email: Use Form:

  • Winchester and Portsmouth Guild Officers – what our volunteers do

    The following suggestions may be helpful to members thinking of offering themselves for election. The descriptions are in no way exhaustive but are intended to give a feel for some of the offices.

    All Officers

    1  Put simply, Officers aim to further the Objects and Aims of the Guild – essentially that is to encourage more and better ringing, good bell maintenance and safe practice by uniting ringers for mutual support.
    2  The Guild organises meetings, practices and events. You may well be involved in the planning of these.
    3  Good communications are always important. Simply talking to as many people as possible at Guild or District events helps enormously.
    4  District members may come to you for help and advice on matters concerning their bells and ringing in their tower. Other Officers and Committees are available for advice and support.

    Principal Officers:

    Guild Master

    The figure head of the Guild, represents the Guild to outside bodies and chairs Guild meetings, The Annual General Meeting and any extraordinary meeting that may be called and meetings of the Guild Executive Committee; attends meetings of the Bell Restoration Trustees and the District Officers’ Forum. It is desirable to attend some meetings of the various Committees of the Guild. This should all be done in an efficient and friendly manner. In co-operation with your deputy attend the District Annual Meetings, co-ordinate the work of the other Officers and make sure nothing is left undone.
    In conjunction with other officers make policy and the day-to-day for the Guild.
    You are one of the Trustees of the Bell Restoration Fund, a Registered Charity.

    Guild Vice-Master

    To support the Master in the above duties and deputise as required.

    Treasurer

    To receive and account for all monies paid to the Guild and make payments as may be required and authorised. To keep accurate records, and draw up annual accounts.

    You are one of the Trustees of the Bell Restoration Fund and would be expected to be the Treasurer of the fund, keeping necessary records and preparing and submitting accounts as required of a Registered Charity. You will chair the meetings of the Trustees.

    Secretary

    As Secretary you are the focal point for communication. You receive letters, emails, reports and telephone calls and disseminate information to the appropriate people as quickly and effectively as possible. You book halls for the Executive Meetings and District Officers Forum and work with the district that hosts the A.G.M. each year, deal with the sales of membership certificates and Guild badges and organise reprints and
    re-orders when necessary. You prepare agendas for meetings, calling in reports, budget bids, and papers for discussion from the other officers and committee conveners. In conjunction with other officers make policy and the day-to-day decisions for the Guild.

    You are one of the Trustees of the Bell Restoration Fund and will act as its secretary.

Winchester and Portsmouth Guild Officers – what our volunteers do

The following suggestions may be helpful to members thinking of offering themselves for election. The descriptions are in no way exhaustive but are intended to give a feel for some of the offices.

All Officers

1  Put simply, Officers aim to further the Objects and Aims of the Guild – essentially that is to encourage more and better ringing, good bell maintenance and safe practice by uniting ringers for mutual support.
2  The Guild organises meetings, practices and events. You may well be involved in the planning of these.
3  Good communications are always important. Simply talking to as many people as possible at Guild or District events helps enormously.
4  District members may come to you for help and advice on matters concerning their bells and ringing in their tower. Other Officers and Committees are available for advice and support.

Principal Officers:

Guild Master

The figure head of the Guild, represents the Guild to outside bodies and chairs Guild meetings, The Annual General Meeting and any extraordinary meeting that may be called and meetings of the Guild Executive Committee; attends meetings of the Bell Restoration Trustees and the District Officers’ Forum. It is desirable to attend some meetings of the various Committees of the Guild. This should all be done in an efficient and friendly manner. In co-operation with your deputy attend the District Annual Meetings, co-ordinate the work of the other Officers and make sure nothing is left undone.
In conjunction with other officers make policy and the day-to-day for the Guild.
You are one of the Trustees of the Bell Restoration Fund, a Registered Charity.

Guild Vice-Master

To support the Master in the above duties and deputise as required.

Treasurer

To receive and account for all monies paid to the Guild and make payments as may be required and authorised. To keep accurate records, and draw up annual accounts.

You are one of the Trustees of the Bell Restoration Fund and would be expected to be the Treasurer of the fund, keeping necessary records and preparing and submitting accounts as required of a Registered Charity. You will chair the meetings of the Trustees.

Secretary

As Secretary you are the focal point for communication. You receive letters, emails, reports and telephone calls and disseminate information to the appropriate people as quickly and effectively as possible. You book halls for the Executive Meetings and District Officers Forum and work with the district that hosts the A.G.M. each year, deal with the sales of membership certificates and Guild badges and organise reprints and
re-orders when necessary. You prepare agendas for meetings, calling in reports, budget bids, and papers for discussion from the other officers and committee conveners. In conjunction with other officers make policy and the day-to-day decisions for the Guild.

You are one of the Trustees of the Bell Restoration Fund and will act as its secretary.

A Brief Report on Our Executive Committee  Meeting

STARTING WITH THE REALLY IMPORTANT BIT:

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

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

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

Other Noteworthy Items:

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

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

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

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

Interesting and noteworthy was that;

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

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

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

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

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

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

Future Dates worth noting are;

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

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

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

Firsts Fortnight Report from St Barnabas, Southampton

This QP took place after the Guild Exec meeting and was “first in Guild” for Debs Baker. Happy 80th Birthday to Harry White as well!
Southampton, Hampshire
St Barnabas
Saturday, 12 March 2016 in 38mins (2–3–2 in F♯)
1380 Grandsire Doubles
Steve Castle
Debs Baker
Rev Canon Barry Fry
Viv Nobbs
Michael Bubb (C)
Christine Hill
First in W&P Guild and longest length to a quarter 2. An 80th birthday compliment to Harry White of Vale, Guernsey.