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The Tenth Annual Meeting of the Central Council was held at the Church House, Westminster, on Tuesday, June 5th. Of representative members 54 were present out of 84, representing 25 out of 32 societies; and of Hon. Members 8 out of 14. Sir Arthur Percival Heywood, Bart., and the Rev. H. Earle Bulwer being the only persons nominated for the respective Offices of President and Secretary for the ensuing three years, Rev. F. E. Robinson proposed, and Rev. G. F. Coleridge seconded the former; Rev. F. E. Robinson also proposed, and Mr. W. Snowdon seconded the latter, both propositions being carried unanimously.
The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed.
On the motion of Mr. F. W. Thornton, seconded by Mr. J. Griffin, the following were unanimously elected Honorary Members of the Council for three years: Rev. J. H. Pilkington, Mr. J. Pettit, Mr. F. E. Ward, Mr. F. W. J. Rees, Mr. J. Carter, Mr. J. A. Trollope, Mr. J. W. Taylor, and Mr. J. S. Pritchett.
On the motion of Mr. J. S. Pritchett, seconded by Mr. R. A. Daniell, the following were elected as the Standing Committee for the ensuing three years: The President, Hon. Secretary, Rev. F. E. Robinson, Rev. C. D. P. Davies, Rev. G. F. Coleridge, Rev. H. A. Cockey, Mr. W. Snowdon, Mr. H. Dains, Mr. F. W. J. Rees, Mr. C. H. Hattersley, Mr. T. Lockwood and Mr. G. F. Attree, with power to add to their number.
The Hon. Secretary read the statement of accounts, showing balance from the previous year of £60 15s. 2d.; receipts from subscriptions, £10 6s. 6d.; total, £71 1s. 8d. Against which there were expenses for hire of hall at Norwich meeting, reporting, printing, committee on rail fares, postage stationery, £4 11s. 0d.; leaving a balance in favour of the Council of £66 10s. 8d. On the motion of the Rev. F. E. Robinson, seconded by the Rev. G. F. Coleridge, the accounts were passed.
The Rev. H. A. Cockey, on behalf of the Rail Fares Committee, reported that the petitions of the Societies had been presented to the Railway Companies, but that up to that time no definite reply had been received. On the motion of the Rev. E. W. Carpenter, seconded by the Rev. Maitland Kelly, the Committee (consisting of the Rev. H. A. Cockey, Mr. Story, Mr. Griffin, and Mr. Attree), was re-appointed with an expression of thanks for the work they had done.
The President reported the progress made by the Committee on the Condition of Rings of bells; and on the motion of the Rev. T. L. Papillon, seconded by the Rev. F. J. O. Helmore, the Committee was re-appointed.
On the motion of the Hon. Secretary, seconded by Mr. R. S. Story, the Committee for the definition of a legitimate method (consisting of the Rev. H. Law James, Mr. H. Dains, Mr. J. A. Trollope, Mr. J. Carter, and Mr. A. Craven) was re-appointed.
The Hon. Secretary made a short statement on the completion of the Glossary, and with reference to its publication.
Mr. G. F. Attree presented the Report of the Peal Values Committee on the questions referred to them at the last meeting; viz.: the points to be accorded to peals of Double Norwich Court Royal and Maximus; and it was carried on his motion, seconded by Mr. J. A. Trollope, that Double Norwich Court Royal should receive 28 points, Maximus 32 points, and Bristol Surprise, 50 points.
The Rev. G. F. Coleridge moved, and Mr. J. W. Taylor seconded, and it was carried, that the next meeting of the Council be held at Derby.
The Rev. G. F. Coleridge moved, and Mr. G. Williams seconded, that the Council do appoint an official correspondent in each Association. After discussion the motion was withdrawn on the understanding that the Hon. Secretary of the Council should be at liberty when necessary to correspond with one of the representatives on the Council of any Association.
The Rev. H. J. Elsee moved, and Mr. W. Snowdon seconded, “That in the opinion of this Council any protest against the truthfulness of a peal should be made within three months if its performance; and that if not challenged within this period, the record should be allowed. If the record is challenged, it should be submitted to the Central Council, or a Committee appointed by it for this purpose for decision, and the decision of the Council should be accepted as final.”
After a lengthy and valuable discussion, the motion was withdrawn to await the future determination of what constitutes a true peal performance.
The Rev. E. W. Carpenter introduced the subject of the Instruction of those desiring to learn the Art of change-ringing; whether as a band, or singly. An interesting and useful discussion ensued.
A vote of thanks to the President, proposed by Mr. F. W. J. Rees, and seconded by Mr. W. Snowdon, concluded the meeting.
The Bell News and Ringers’ Record, July 21, 1900, page 136
|Ancient Society of College Youths||W. T. Cockerill|
|M. A. Wood|
|T. H. Taffender|
|E. P. O’Meara|
|Royal Cumberland Youths||R. A. Daniell||H. Barton|
|St. James’ Society, London||W. Weatherstone|
|C. F. Winney|
|Bath and Wells Diocesan Association||(Unrepresented)||Rev. H. C. Courtney|
|C. E. D. Boutflower|
|Bedfordshire Association||(Unrepresented)||Rev. W. W. C. Baker|
|Birmingham and District Society||(Unrepresented)||(Name of representative not known)|
|Birmingham St. Martin’s Guild||W. H. Godden|
|Chester Diocesan Guild||F. T. Spence|
|Devonshire Guild||Rev. M. Kelly||Ferris Shepherd|
|Durham and Newcastle Association||R. S. Story||T. Hudson|
|Ely Diocesan Association||C. Sillitoe|
|Essex Association||Rev. T. L. Papillon|
|W. J. Nevard|
|N. J. Pitstow|
|Gloucester and Bristol Association||Rev. H. A. Cockey||Rev. E. B. James|
|F. G. May|
|Hereford Diocesan Guild||(Unrepresented)||(Names of representative not known)|
|Hertford County Association||(Unrepresented)||E. P. Debenham|
|Kent County Association||Rev. E. W. Carpenter||W. Haigh|
|F. W. Thornton|
|Rev. F. J. O. Helmore|
|Lancashire Association||Rev. H. J. Elsee|
|Rev. C. A. Clements|
|Leeds and District Society||J. W. T. Holgate|
|Lincolnshire Diocesan Guild||Rev. H. Law James||Rev. H. J. Cheales|
|G. Chester||C. W. P. Clifton|
|Liverpool Diocesan Guild||(Unrepresented)||W. Bentham|
|Middlesex Association||J. Waghorn, sen.||A. T. King|
|Midland Counties’ Association||Sir A. P. Heywood, Bart.|
|Northamptonshire Association||(Unrepresented)||(Name of representative not known)|
|Norwich Diocesan Association||Rev. H. Earle Bulwer||W. L. Catchpole|
|J. Motts||C. Mee|
|Oxford Diocesan Guild||Rev. F. E. Robinson||W. E. Yates|
|Rev. G. F. Coleridge|
|F. W. Hopgood|
|Salisbury Diocesan Guild||A. Smith||H. H. Palairet|
|Stafford Archdeaconry Society||R. Cartwright|
|Surrey Association||C. Dean, jun.||Dr. A. B. Carpenter|
|Sussex County Association||G. F. Attree||Rev. C. D. P. Davies|
|Winchester Diocesan Guild||Rev. R. C. M. Harvey||Rev. C. E. Matthews|
|J. W. Whiting||H. White|
|Worcestershire Association||J. Smith|
|R. E. Grove|
|Yorkshire Association||W. Snowdon||C. H. Hattersley|
|Hon. Members||Rev. J. H. Pilkington||F. E. Ward|
|Rev. A. H. F. Boughey||F. E. Dawe|
|F. W. J. Rees||J. Carter|
|J. S. Pritchett||E. F. Strange|
|J. W. Taylor||W. H. Thompson|
|J. C. Mitchell||T. Lockwood|
|J. A. Trollope|
The Bell News and Ringers’ Record, July 21, 1900, page 137