The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

Registered Charity No 270036

The second session of the 42nd Council (118th Annual Meeting) will be held on Monday 25 May 2015 in the Mercure Hull Royal Hotel, Ferensway, Hull, starting at 9.30 a.m.

Will members please sign the roll and be in their seats by 9.20 a.m. - the roll will also invite you to sign in as a member of The Ringing World Limited.

The morning session will be adjourned at 12.30 p.m.; at 1.45 p.m. the Annual Meeting of The Ringing World Limited will be held; the afternoon session will resume after that Meeting.


  1. Opening prayer.

  2. Report of the Honorary Secretary as to the representation of societies and subscriptions.

  3. Welcome to new members.

  4. Apologies for absence.

  5. Loss of members through death.

  6. Minutes of the 2014 Annual Meeting (p.409).

  7. Matters arising from the Minutes not covered elsewhere on the agenda.

  8. Annual Report of the Council (p.416).

  9. Accounts for 2014 (p.416).

  10. Election of Additional Members:
    Robert Lewis and Jane Wilkinson retire. The following nominations have been received; in accordance with Rule 6(ii), supporting statements for the candidates are given in Appendix A (p.408) of this Agenda:

    Jane WilkinsonJohn BaldwinDerek Sibson
    Robert LewisMike ChesterMichael Church
  11. Election of Public Relations Officer:

    Kate FlavellBob CoolesRichard Wallis
  12. Motions:

    (A) That Rule 16(ii) (Terms of Reference of the Biographies Committee) be extended as follows:

    To maintain an account of the work and general ringing activities of past and present ringers, to make the information created available to ringers and the wider public, and to foster an interest in the history of ringing.

    Proposed on behalf of the Biographies Committee by John Harrison (Oxford Diocesan Guild) and seconded by Bobbie May (Oxford Diocesan Guild).

    (B) That the Central Council meeting from 2018 onwards should be held during the first weekend in September.

    Proposed by Andrew Wilby (Ancient Society of College Youths) and seconded by Christopher O’Mahony (Australian and New Zealand Association).

  13. Change Ringing for the Future.

  14. To receive, discuss and if thought fit to adopt the reports of the following Committees; and to pass such resolutions as may be necessary on matters arising from the reports. In all cases one-third of the present members retire and are eligible for re-election if still members of the Council.

    (a) Administrative (p.420):
    Kate Flavell has become an ex-officio member. Fred Bone, Robert Lewis and Jane Wilkinson retire. There are 4 vacancies.

    (b) Methods (p.421):
    Tony Smith has resigned. Stephen Jones is no longer a member of Council. There are 3 vacancies.

    (c) Peal Records (p.422):
    Richard Allton, Mark Bell and Ben Duke retire. There are 3 vacancies.

    (d) Public Relations (p.426):
    Rosalind Martin is no longer a member of Council. Beverly Faber, John Harrison and Lynne Hughes retire. There are 5 vacancies.

    (e) Publications (p.427):
    Philip Green and Barbara Wheeler retire. There are 2 vacancies.

    (f) Redundant Bells (p.427):
    Tim Jackson and David Westerman retire. There are 2 vacancies.

    (g) Ringing Centres (p.428):
    Alan Bentley is no longer a member of Council. Robert Brown and Richard Newman retire and are not seeking re-election. There are 3 vacancies.

    (h) Ringing Trends (p.429):
    Andrew Wilby (co-opted), Elva Ainsworth and Tony Furnivall retire. There are 3 vacancies.

    (i) Towers & Belfries (p.429):
    Adrian Semken has died. George Dawson, Chris Povey and David Roskelly retire. There are 4 vacancies.

    (j) Tower Stewardship (p.430):
    John Hall is no longer a member of Council. Ernie de Legh-Runciman retires. There are 2 vacancies.

    (k) Bell Restoration (p.430):
    John Barnes, Ken Davenport and Chris Rogers retire. There are 4 vacancies.

    (l) Biographies (p.431):
    Patrick Hickey, Bobbie May and Margaret Oram retire. There are 3 vacancies.

    (m) Compositions (p.432):
    Fred Bone and Stuart Hutchieson retire. Stuart Hutchieson is not seeking re-election. There are 2 vacancies.

    (n) Education (p.432):
    Tony Furnivall, Geoff Horritt, Catherine Lewis and Brian Sanders retire. There are 6 vacancies.

    (o) Information and Communications Technology (p.433):
    Andrew Hall (co-opted), Alan Chantler, Stephen Nash and Stuart Piper retire. Alan Chantler and Stephen Nash do not seek re-election. There are 3 vacancies.

    (p) Library (p.433):
    Linda Foddering and Jenny Lawrence retire. There are 2 vacancies.

  15. Report of the Stewards of the Carter Ringing Machine Collection (p.434).

  16. Report of the Steward of the Rolls of Honour (p.435).

  17. Report of the Stewards of the Dove Database (p.435).

  18. Central Council Rescue Fund for Redundant Bells (registered charity no. 278816) (p.436):
    Report and Accounts.

  19. Future meetings.

  20. Any other business.

Hon Secretary

Appendix A
Additional Member Nominations - Supporting Statements

Jane Wilkinson

Originally elected to Council to help establish the Committee for Redundant Bells, Jane has worked energetically throughout her Council membership not only in that sphere but also continuously on one or other committee or as a Council officer.

Vice-President in 1993-96, Jane subsequently served as the first female President until 1999. This involved leading preparations for the major Ring In 2000 recruiting drive, and for Ringing in the Millennium, the Council’s distribution of £3m Millennium Commission funding which enabled the restoration of 150 rings of bells. In 1999 she joined the Public Relations Committee, serving a term as its Chairman, and she has continued to serve us as a member of the Administrative Committee in recent years.

As Council President in the run up to the Millennium celebrations, and as PR Committee Chairman during preparations for two Roadshows, Jane’s wide knowledge of ringing and the Council proved invaluable; and she was able to add a wealth of experience in dealing with the media and with organisations outside ringing.

It is our view that we as a Council need to be able to call upon Jane’s wisdom and expertise, and we commend her election as an Additional Member.

Proposed byJohn Baldwin
Seconded byDerek Sibson

Robert Lewis

Robert has been the Editor of The Ringing World for 15 years and has been a member of the Central Council throughout this time.

As such, he provides a vital link between Council and the body of ringers throughout the ringing world. We feel that it is extremely important that Robert is allowed to continue working in this unique rôle and ask members to support his re-election as an Additional Member.

Proposed byMike Chester
Seconded byMichael Church

The Ringing World, April 24, 2015, pages 419 to 420

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