Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

Minutes of the Third Session of the 31st Council (86th Annual Meeting), held at the Civic Hall, Lichfield, on Tuesday 31 May 1983.


Life Members: E. A. Barnett, F. E. Collins, P. A. Corby, C. W. Denyer, F. W. Perrens, E. C. Shepherd, the Very Revd. A. G. G. Thurlow, W. G. Wilson.
Honorary Members: A. E. Bagworth, Mrs. O. D. Barnett, A. P. S. Berry, H. Chant, R. J. Cooles, K. S. B. Croft, W. H. Dobbie, H. W. Egglestone, Canon K. W. H. Felstead, A. J. Frost, C. K. Lewis, J. R. Mayne, M. H. D. O’Callaghan, Miss J. Sanderson, R. B. Smith, R. F. B. Speed, D. G. Thorne, W. H. Viggers, Mrs. M. J. Wilkinson, Mrs. M. A. Wratten.
Ancient Society of College Youths: W. T. Cook, R. C. Kippin, A. N. Stubbs, A. W. R. Wilby.
Australia & New Zealand Assn.: R. F. Eccles, P. M. J. Gray.
Bath & Wells Dio. Assn.: D. J. Buckley, G. W. Massey, E. Naylor, J. S. Walton.
Bedfordshire Assn.: J. H. Edwards, K. Lewin, A. H. Smith.
Beverley & Dist. Society: P. Church.
Cambridge Univ. Guild: B. D. Threlfall, S. C. Walters.
Carlisle Dio. Guild: S. Richardson.
Chester Dio. Guild: P. Dyson, W. F. Gibbons, C. C. Roberts, M. Thomson.
Coventry Dio. Guild: P. Border, K. Chambers, H. M. Windsor.
Derby Dio. Assn.: G. A. Halls, D. Hird, S. Humphrey.
Devonshire Guild: F. D. Mack, D. J. Roberts, Revd. J. G. M. Scott, J. P. Sims.
Durham & Newcastle Dio. Assn.: J. Atkinson, D. Martin.
Durham Univ. Society: C. C. Monson.
E. Derbyshire & W. Notts. Assn.: A. Dempster.
E. Grinstead & Dist. Guild: A. N. Brock.
Ely Dio. Assn.: B. C. Bass, G. E. Bonham, J. G. Gipson, G. Knight.
Essex Assn.: J. Armstrong, F. B. Lufkin, D. Sloman, O. C. R. Webster.
Gloucester & Bristol Dio. Assn.: B. Bladon, L. C. Edwards, J. R. Taylor, C. A. Wratten.
Guildford Dio. Guild: M. J. Church, D. E. Parsons, C. H. Rogers, A. J. Smith.
Hereford Dio. Guild: N. R. Mattingley, M. V. Powell, R. G. Powell.
Hertford County Assn.: R. Baldwin, G. Dodds, B. C. Watson.
Irish Assn.: F. E. Dukes, J. T. Dunwoody, W. A. Patterson.
Kent County Assn.: D. J. Carr, D. M. Joyce, D. H. Niblett.
Ladies Guild: Miss D. E. Colgate, Mrs. C. Higby.
Lancashire Assn.: C. Crossthwaite, D. R. Jones, J. Kershaw, F. Reynolds.
Leeds Univ. Society: C. Forster.
Leicester Dio. Guild: B. L. Burrows, S. J. Franklin, J. M. Jelley, A. J. Poynor.
Lichfield Archd. Soc: J. F. Mulvey, S. G. Pick, C. M. Smith.
Lincoln Dio. Guild: G. E. Feirn, D. A. Frith, J. L. Millhouse, M. A. Rose.
Liverpool University Soc.: J. K. Foot.
Llandaff & Monmouth Dio. Assn.: J. C. Baldwin, P. S. Bennett, N. R. D. Orchard.
London County Assn.: R. Booth, H. W. Rogers, Mrs. O. L. Rogers, J. T. Shepard.
Manchester Univ. Guild: M. C. W. Sherwood.
Middlesex County Assn. & London Dio. Guild: F. T. Blagrove, T. J. Lock, D. W. Struckett, B. H. Taylor.
Midland Counties Guild: M. Quimby.
National Police Guild: B. Peachey.
N. American Guild: W. H. Jackson, Mrs. M. B. Winter.
N. Staffordshire Assn.: J. G. Burton.
N. Wales Assn.: D. R. Maxwell, G. Parting.
Norwich Dio. Assn.: F. C. J. Arnold, H. J. Charles, J. B. Pickup, J. R. Smith.
Oxford Dio. Guild: W. Butler, H. Lawrenson, R. H. Newton, T. G. Pett.
Oxford Society: F. A. H. Wilkins.
Oxford Univ. Society: D. C. Brown, P. N. Mounsey.
Peterborough Dio. Guild: E. Billings, C. J. Groome, Revd. E. G. Orland, J. M. Tyler.
Railwaymen’s Guild: T. Skilton.
Soc. of Royal Cumberland Youths: J. S. Barnes, I. H. Oram, D. E. Sibson, P. M. Wilkinson.
St. Martin’s Guild: T. R. Hampton, R. W. Pipe.
Salisbury Dio. Guild: T. F. Collins, E. J. Hitchins, P. L. J. Matthews, R. G. W. Robertson.
Scottish Assn.: N. E. Booth.
Soc. of Sherwood Youths: P. L. R. Hayward.
Shropshire Assn.: F. M. Mitchell.
Southwell Dio. Guild: G. A. Dawson, W. L. Exton, R. B. Mills.
Suffolk Guild: Revd. L. R. Pizzey.
Surrey Assn.: J. D. Cheesman, S. J. Coleman, E. G. H. Godfrey, R. A. Grant.
Sussex County Assn.: A. R. Baldock, P. T. Hurcombe, I. V. J. Smith, P. M. Wills.
Swansea & Brecon Dio. Guild: A. R. Lewis.
Truro Dio. Guild: W. C. Boucher, Mrs. M. P. Byrne, P. A. Cummins, P. J. Tremain.
Universities Assn.: Revd. M. C. C. Melville.
Univ. of Bristol Society: Mrs. A. Newing.
Univ. of London Society: G. Davies.
Winchester & Portsmouth Dio. Guild: R. Cater, Mrs. G. W. Davis, D. C. Jackson, A. P. Smith.
Worcestershire & Dists. Assn.: A. C. Berry, W. B. Cartwright, M. D. Fellows, R. G. Morris.
Yorkshire Assn.: D. W. Beard, W. F. Moreton, D. E. Potter, D. Town.

The Devon Association, St. David’s Diocesan Guild and S. Derbyshire & N. Leicestershire Association were not represented.

Report as to membership:

The Hon. Secretary (Mr. C. A. Wratten) reported that 66 societies were affiliated, with 173 representative members on the Council. There were nine Life members, and 22 Honorary members (of 24 allowed under the Rules). Possible membership was thus 206, and actual membership 204. All subscriptions except those of the Derby Diocesan Association and the Leeds University Society had been paid. (Secretary’s note: both subscriptions were subsequently received.)

Apologies for absence:

Apologies for absence had been received from Messrs J. Freeman (Life), R. H. Dove and D. Hughes (Honorary), and Mrs. A. B. Speed and Messrs J. L. Girt, R. E. Hardy, F. J. Matthews, R. C. Whiting and A. T. Wingate (representative members).

Applications to affiliate to the Council:

The Cumbrian Association was proposed by Mr. J. T. Shepard and formally seconded by the Hon. Secretary, but failed to obtain the required two-thirds support.

The St. Agatha’s Guild was proposed by Mr. P. L. J. Matthews and seconded by Mrs. G. W. Davis, but it was agreed, on the proposition of Mrs. M. J. Wilkinson, seconded by Dr. J. C. Baldwin, that the motion be not put.

Welcome to new members:

The President (the Revd. J. G. M. Scott) welcomed Messrs A. E. Bagworth, A. P. S. Berry, and D. G. Thorne (Honorary members), W. F. Gibbons (Chester), J. G. Burton (N. Staffordshire), T. F. Collins (Salisbury), and A. R. Lewis (Swansea & Brecon).

Election of Life Member:

Miss D. E. Colgate was elected a Life Member of the Council on the nomination of Mrs. C. Higby, seconded by Mr. C. W. Denyer.

Election of Honorary members:

Mrs. O. D. Barnett and Messrs H. Chant, R. J. Cooles, D. E. House, C. K. Lewis, J. R. Mayne, M. H. D. O’Callaghan, and P. Sotheran were elected.

Loss of members through death:

As members stood in silence the President read the names of those who had died since the last meeting: Miss B. M. Boyle (Devonshire Guild, 1960-69), A. P. Cannon (Surrey, 1951-54, 1957-63, 1966-75), R. G. Hooper (Gloucester & Bristol, 1960-66), F. V. Gant (Essex, 1948-54), S. T. Holt (Worcestershire & Districts, 1936-57), P. L. Hughes (Hereford, 1969-81), and H. T. Rooke (Southwell DG 1951-3, 1966-9).

Minutes of the previous meeting:

The Minutes of the 1982 meeting, published in The Ringing World of 25 February 1983,were adopted on the proposition of C. A. Wratten, seconded by J. C. Baldwin.

Report of the Hon. Secretary:
(RW 24 June 1983, p.509)

Adopted on the proposition of C. A. Wratten, seconded by F. E. Dukes.

Balance Sheet and Accounts:
(RW 24 June 1983, pp.509-11)

Adopted on the proposition of C. A. Wratten, seconded by J. T. Dunwoody.

Report of the Trustee of the Rolls of Honour:
(RW 24 June 1983, p.511)

Adopted on the proposition of W. T. Cook, seconded by C. J. Groome.

Report of the Trustees of the Carter Ringing Machine:
(RW 24 June 1983, p.511)

Adopted on the proposition of W. H. Dobbie, seconded by A. E. Bagworth.

Committee Reports:

(RW 24 June 1983, pp.511-12)

Adopted on the proposition of C. A. Wratten, seconded by Mrs. O. D. Barnett.

Towers & Belfries
(RW 24 June 1983, p.512)

Adopted on the proposition of B. D. Threlfall, seconded by A. J. Frost.

Bell Restoration Funds
(RW 24 June 1983, p.512)

Adopted on the proposition of J. S. Barnes, seconded by I. H. Oram.

Redundant Bells
(RW 24 June 1983, pp.512-13)

Adopted on the proposition of Mrs. M. J. Wilkinson, seconded by E. A. Barnett.

“The Ringing World”
(RW 24 June 1983, p.513)

Adopted on the proposition of H. W. Egglestone, seconded by C. J. Groome.

(RW 24 June 1983, pp.513-14)

Adopted on the proposition of C. J. Groome, seconded by J. R. Taylor. Following the resignation from the Council of Mr. and Mrs. Drew, D. G. Thorne was elected to the committee. Mr. Groome said that he had replaced Mr. Drew as Chairman of the committee.

(RW 24 June 1983, p.514)

Adopted on the proposition of W. Butler, seconded by R. Cater.

Public Relations
(RW 1 July 1983, p.539)

Adopted on the proposition of A. W. R. Wilby, seconded by D. Potter. The same members proposed and seconded an increase of two in the size of the committee, and this was agreed. D. E. House and P. Sotheran were elected to fill the resultant vacancies.

(RW 1 July 1983, p.539-40)

Adopted on the proposition of W. T. Cook, seconded by Mr. D. M. Joyce.

(RW 1 July 1983, p.540)

Adopted on the proposition of T. J. Lock, seconded by G. A. Dawson.

(RW 1 July 1983, p.540)

Adopted on the proposition of M. C. W. Sherwood, seconded by A. P. Smith.

(RW 1 July 1983, pp.540-1)

Adopted on the proposition of D. E. Sibson, seconded by J. R. Mayne. B. Peachey proposed, and Mrs. A. Newing seconded, that the committee be asked to propose changes as necessary to unsuitable method names, but a motion of “Next business” by Mrs. M. J. Wilkinson, seconded by C. J. Groome, was passed by the meeting.

Peals Analysis
(RW 1 July 1983, pp.541-2)

Adopted on the proposition of C. H. Rogers, seconded by Canon K. W. H. Felstead. A motion proposed by G. A. Halls and seconded by P. Church, that in future the report’s table of leading peal-ringing societies should take membership into account, was defeated.

Computer Co-ordination
(RW 1 July 1983, p.542)

Adopted on the proposition of D. W. Beard, seconded by D. E. Sibson.

Peal Compositions
(RW 1 July 1983, p.543)

Adopted on the proposition of R. W. Pipe, seconded by R. C. Kippin.

Rescue Fund for Redundant Bells
(RW 1 July 1983, p.543)

Adopted on the proposition of R. J. Cooles, seconded by M. H. D. O’Callaghan.


On behalf of the Methods Committee, M. C. W. Sherwood proposed and A. P. Smith seconded,

“That Decision (E) D.5 be altered by deleting the words ‘within a month of ringing’.”

The motion was passed after two amendment (that the wording should be amended to “within three months”, proposed by B. Peachey and seconded by P. Border, and that the wording be amended to “and send it to The Ringing World within a month of ringing”, proposed by T. F. Collins and seconded by R. A. Grant) had been defeated.

On behalf of the Methods Committee, M. C. W. Sherwood proposed and F. T. Blagrove seconded,

“That Decision (E) C, sub-section (a) be altered by deleting the second paragraph.”

The motion was passed.

Future Meetings:

An invitation from the St. Martin’s Guild for the Diocese of Birmingham for the Council to hold its 1989 meeting in Birmingham was noted.

Any Other Business:

A questionnaire having been given to members to elicit their views on the arrangement of the “Council weekend”, for subsequent consideration by the Administrative Committee, Mr. G. W. Massey urged the Committee to reconsider its plan of compressing the business of the weekend into two days.

Votes of Thanks:

On behalf of the Council the President thanked the Lichfield Archdeaconry Society for its arrangements, and the Bishops of Lichfield and Wolverhampton, the Archdeacon of Lichfield, Canon Rutt and the staff of Lichfield Cathedral for their welcome.

Wholly represented57149-
Partly represented6148
Not represented3-2

Life members81
Honorary members202


The Ringing World, March 16, 1984, pages 243 to 244, corrections February 1, 1985, page 115

(Archivist’s note: also absent were J. Hine and H. Pidler (Devon Assn.), G. S. Deas (Durham & Newcastle Dio. Assn.) and T. N. J. Bailey (Suffolk Guild))

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