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Leaving headquarters on Bank Holiday Monday a 40-seater coach with only two or three seats spare toured around calling at various churches where some excellent ringing was enjoyed. The Devon Guild president (Brian Pidgeon) was in charge of the “travelling” whilst the ringing was organised by Denis Bayles. Ottery St. Mary, with its two separate towers, both of which at one time had rings of bells, was first visited and the greatest interest was shown in this historic church.
Sidmouth was looking at its best and several of the party were seen enjoying a walk on the promenade, whilst others went straight to the tower. Ernie Rowe was happy to welcome the visitors and to see them on their way. It was proposed to partake of a ploughman’s lunch at a pub (which had agreed to accommodate the party), but after 10 minutes everyone left, the place being packed with holiday-makers. Only two of the whole coachload managed to get a pint, but following this disappointment - and a natural thirst being uppermost - the trip was continued to Seaton, where enough restaurants and hostelries were found.
Seaton’s parish church is right away from the sea and the setting is excellent. Whilst the energetic rang to their heart’s content, others found a local cricket match in action and the perfect English occupations, cricket and bellringing, satisfied everyone. In addition a local band was heard and two companies of “majorettes”, the young ladies dressed in matching outfits, gave a display as they marched to a church fete in a nearby field.
Sidbury, Collaton and Axminster towers were also visited, and at the latter the vicar (Preb. J. W. G. Molland, C.F.) spent some time chatting to several of the ringers, his stories of life in Devon being highly amusing.
The journey back to Exeter was enlivened by the contingent from Cornwall - as usual seated in the rear seats entertaining with some characteristic songs, the harmony being excellent.
Headquarters were reached at 6.20 p.m. - a little late for the start of the committee meetings. Nevertheless all was accomplished in time for the Guild reception which was scheduled for 8 p.m.
There were plenty of refreshments laid on, a buffet having been prepared, wine or coffee being liberally supplied. This was possibly one of the highlights of the social side of the weekend, for everyone had an opportunity of meeting and exchanging views on a variety of subjects.
During a short interval the president of the Devon Guild (Brian Pidgeon) extended a warm welcome to the Council, its members and the other visitors, the reply being made by the president of the Council (John Freeman) who thanked the ringers of Devon for their kindly greetings.
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Invitations to the Central Council to visit different places in the years ahead came from several Associations. In 1975 they will meet in Lincoln, whilst in 1976 Hereford will welcome the Council. Derby and Durham both seek to entertain the C.C. in 1977, whilst in 1980 the Winchester and Portsmouth Guild have their centenary and would like the meeting to take place in their area.
Salisbury Guild last year extended a welcome to the Council in 1982 and that year also the Bedford Association will celebrate their centenary.
There was laughter when one member said that the year 2005 should be booked for the Council’s meeting in one area, but Sussex C.A. issued an invitation to the Council for 1985. This date, like the others, was noted.
The Ringing World, June 21, 1974, pages 507
Mr. Bill Theobald’s absence from the C.C. meeting was noted with regret, as he was elected last year to represent the N. American Guild. He was unfortunately in hospital but sent good wishes. However, Marjorie Batchelor (Washington) and J. Michael Simpson (secretary/treasurer, N. American Guild) were present and all ringers were pleased to meet them.
Mr. Walter (Basingstoke Lark) Ayre was at the meeting and looking extremely fit. Walter had been out in the sunshine by the look of his face and no doubt enjoyed meeting his many friends in the Council.
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Mr. Philip Jones (Devon Guild secretary) had a busy time at the outset of the conference. He carried a “wandering” microphone around the room so that when members spoke their speech could be heard through the loudspeakers. However, at one period it appeared that something had gone wrong and Philip was thus relieved of this onerous operation.
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A new member from Kent, Mr. D. Paul Smith, criticised the Council for being late in getting down to organising a committee on Redundant Bells and said that the Kent C.A. had done a considerable amount of work within the county. He somewhat lectured the Council and said they were not going to be permitted to interfere in affairs in Kent. After a period of silence, the Rev. John Scott brought laughter when he rose and said he perhaps ought to apologise on behalf of the Council members who were not fortunate enough to be born or resident in Kent!
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Another Kent representative, Mr. Ian Oram, let everyone know that he reads the Church Times. Why, he asked, did the Bellfounders’ Page contain extracts from Church Times. It had nothing to do with bellringing! However, the editor suggested that as we are or should be church bellringers, and many did not take the C.T., paragraphs of a certain character were eminently suitable for the R.W. In any case it was sometimes difficult to get enough for the Bellfounders’ Page, and perhaps those who criticised would endeavour to supply suitable copy.
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When Mr. Randall (Coventry Guild) asked if anyone was amused at the cartoons and drawings that appeared periodically in the R.W. the editor replied that as ringers supplied them obviously some of them enjoyed the cartoons. Mr. E. A. Barnett (Kent C.A.) deplored their appearance, however, and the editor suggested that if the general readership did not want them he would cease to print them. He had no particular feelings on the matter.
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Mr. Gordon Halls (Derby), who enjoys making derisive comments at the expense of others, delighted the assembly with a rapid recital of the various delays in publication of replies to correspondence. “Mr. Pipe wonders …” he quoted, and five weeks later he was still wondering as no replies had been printed. However, eventually a letter was printed. On another occasion one of his (Mr. Halls’) friends had replied to a letter which he believed took about three weeks to appear. Replying, the editor said proof of posting was not proof of delivery and in any case could Mr. Halls prove that his acquaintance had in fact written and posted the letter at the time he stated? If it were like many correspondents - particularly peal ringers - it took several weeks before getting down to it and sending in the details. However, the point was noted for the future.
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In the peals analysis report a typing error caused considerable amusement when it was pointed out by Mr. W. Exton. The title should be the Guild of Post Office Ringers - not Guild of Post Office Workers, as printed, said Mr. Exton.
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When Mr. Baldwin held up a binder containing computer sheets to show what he had collected during his work on the committee, the president said Mr. Baldwin looked as if he were selling wallpaper - a comment which brought much laughter.
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Mr. W. Butler, general secretary of the Oxford D.G., read the following paper to the open meeting in the Chapter House, Exeter, on Sunday, May 26.
Firstly I intend to describe briefly how restorations have been financed in the past, then deal with a typical current restoration fund and finally what we in the Oxford Diocesan Guild envisage in the future.
As an example of how restoration was carried out in the 17th century, I can quote my own parish of Thatcham. Here, in 1621, the three old bells were sent for recasting to Henry Knight’s foundry at Reading. To cover the cost of this the churchwardens levied a rate on all the parishioners to raise the £30 required. It would solve all our problems if the local council included bell restoration on the rates alongside sewage and education, but I feel sure that there would be some opposition.
Coming to the 18th century, in 1718 two trebles were presented to St. Bride’s, Fleet Street, by the College Youths and the London Scholars. They were not given in an altruistic spirit, but because the ringers wanted to practice 12-bell ringing. In fact, according to Trollope, they kept the bells chained up for as long as they could so no one else could use them! The Society of Eastern Youths with the British Scholars gave two trebles to St. Magnus the Martyr’s, London Bridge, in 1714. In Nottingham the Northern Youths gave two trebles to St. Peter’s, and later the Sherwood Youths paid to have them recast. Similarly, the Cumberland Youths in 1807 presented two trebles to St. Leonard’s, Shoreditch. These are early examples of restoration and augmentation work by the old societies, but note that they were all by subscription - they were all one off jobs - no funds were kept for the next time they might be needed,
In the Victorian era it was possible to find wealthy people who would bear the cost of restoration work, even to the extent of providing completely new rings. One of The Bell News contains a list of work carried out by John Taylor during the preceding two years. It showed that out of 23 rings, of bells supplied, one of three rings of ten, nine of fifteen rings of eight, one of two rings of six and one of three rings of five had been given. Thus out of a total of 23 rings of bells over half had been the result of one man or woman’s generosity.
Individual bells were, of course, far more likely to be donated: for example, the Rev. F. E. Robinson gave five away during his lifetime - two tenors to Appleton, a treble and a tenor to Drayton and a tenor to Stonesfield, Oxon.
Another favourite way of raising money for restoration work is by an appeal. With the coming of The Bell News a wider audience could be reached. In 1900 the churchwardens and villagers of Harlow, in Essex, decided that they would install a ring of eight to commemorate the 25th anniversary of their Vicar’s connection with the parish. They placed an advertisement in The Bell News for several months to give an opportunity for all those who wished to contribute. The Editor of The Bell News decided to give this greater prominence and in an editorial article posed the question “Can the Exercise help such movements as this in any way?” He suggested that if the apathy of ringers for such objects could be overcome - and there were signs that the proverbial unconcern of change ringers was wearing off - then they could assist in a material way. The answer was clear; if every one of the 30,000 ringers in the country would send a shilling to Harlow then there would be enough money subscribed, with sufficient left over to start a fund for any similar undertaking in the future.
“Plain Speaker,” one of the regular columnists, suggested that if ringers saved one penny a week on a Post Office Savings Card and then sent the card to the Harlow churchwardens to arrive on November 1 he would give a ring of 12 handbells to the first opened. This inspired the Editor of The Bell News to offer another set, and later the two churchwardens offered two more. The total amount contributed by the ringers of Great Britain to the fund, after this inducement of four rings of handbells, was £16 9s. Three hundred and twenty-nine ringers contributed one shilling each towards the total cost of £600.
A similar scheme was proposed the following year when the Dean and Chapter of Exeter Cathedral decided that the bells should be rehung, as it was taking 16 men to swing the bells for a short time. The cost of rehanging was £1,000, of which £500 was available. The Rev. F. J. Coleridge of Cadbury suggested that each of the 550 parishes in the diocese should contribute at least ten shillings. I don’t know what the response to this appeal was - the money was raised eventually.
The idea of restoration funds gradually evolved in diocesan and county associations. I don’t know which guild first started one; the Oxford Diocesan Guild’s dates from 1924, and the Yorkshire Association’s from 1940. Ringers even then held very divergent views on the establishment of restoration funds. Many thought that it was the duty of church and parish to keep the bells in good order, and that ringing associations should not interfere. John Goldsmith, in an editorial article in one of the war-time issues, put forward the opinion that a grant from a guild restoration fund was far better than perfunctory aid given by individual ringers, for it came in the name of all the members and brought with it the greater weight of recognition.
The Oxford Guild’s restoration fund celebrates its golden jubilee this year, and in the 50 years it has given 122 grants totalling £2,552. Cash reserves now stand at just under £2,000. Quite early on it was decided that a fund built up purely by collections taken at meetings and services would not be adequate, if only for the reason that the burden would only fall on those keen enough to come to them. Each year 25 per cent. of all the honorary members’ subscriptions were transferred from the general fund. In addition to this, about 30 years ago an appeal was made to each P.C.C. in the diocese to support the fund by sending an annual contribution to it, depending on the number of bells in the tower. The response is not large - about 25 per cent. of the 356 towers in the diocese take part - but it is a regular source of income.
I should now like to describe the new fund we are setting up in the Oxford Diocesan Guild. This was the brainchild of Mr. Henry Lawrenson, of Newbury, and I should like to thank him for his advice and help with this section.
We all know that the responsibility of maintaining the bells in our churches lies with individual P.C.C.’s. Many of these are hard pressed to make ends meet, and find that their income is insufficient to cover the day-today running expenses of the parish. Any restoration work is regarded as a major disaster, and bells are, more often than not, left to the very bottom of the list.
What we hope to do is to establish a Capital Fund, and use the income to relieve P.C.C.’s of the financial responsibility of bell restoration. To maximise this income it is proposed to register the Fund as a charity, and the draft rules have been approved by the Charity Commissioners. The amount of any grant would depend on the Governors of the Fund, but it is hoped that eventually 100 per cent. grants would be possible.
The Capital Sum to be aimed at depends on two things:
(a) the requirements, and
(b) the ability to raise the sum.
A good guide to (a) is the present expenditure on restoration work in the diocese; that is the money required to complete work being undertaken either by P.C.C.’s or by individuals with the recognition of the P.C.C.’s. At present in the Oxford Diocese this is in the region of £10,000 per annum. This would indicate that a Capital Sum of some £100,000 is required.
This sounds a formidable sum of money to raise. Let us now see if it can be done, in theory if not in practice. First, some facts; the Oxford Guild has a membership of approximately 2,000, and the 356 towers with more than five bells contain round about 2,000 bells.
The three sources of income available are:
(i) the P.C.C.’s,
(ii) the ringers,
(iii) the general public.
(i) The responsibility for maintaining the bells lies with the P.C.C. and they are obviously going to derive most benefit from the Fund. Thus they should be asked to contribute either in the way of insurance or deferred repairs. If a P.C.C. wished to “go it alone” and set up its own fund for the upkeep of its bells it would have to set by a sum of £4 to £6 per bell for every year for ever, assuming current prices and rehanging every 50 years, It, would be reasonable to expect them to subscribe a minimum of £1 per bell for a period of ten years.
(ii) Ringers run a close second to the P.C.C.’s in deriving benefit from the Fund. Most associations’ objects specify the teaching of ringers so that our art may be handed on to the next generation. Without the bells being available this is all rather pointless, and we ought to ask ourselves how much we value the future of ringing.
|As much as a weekly visit to the cinema||£30 per year?|
|Our daily newspaper||£15 per year?|
|A pint of beer after a weekly practice||£10 per year?|
|A cigarette after each service and practice||£3 per year?|
It is well within our grasp as ringers to provide our share. Taking the 2,000 ringers in the Diocese:
Only 41% have been taken into account, for there are some who are retired, others who are fully committed and some who are not yet earning. We hope that the latter will join in at a later date. Most, if not all; will be paying tax, and if they should subscribe under a deed of covenant then their effective contribution will be increased by almost 50%.
(iii) The last group is the General Public. Despite the letters of criticism and complaint that appear in many newspapers, there is a wealth of goodwill towards the sound of bells throughout the country. Many reflect with nostalgia when reminded of the sound of bells floating across river and meadow, and expect them rung on national days of rejoicing and other ceremonial occasions. These are prepared to contribute.
Members of the public can, of course, contribute under deed of covenant; bequests under wills may also be made. Provided that bequests to charities do not exceed £50,000 in aggregate they are an allowable deduction before computing Estate Duty. I’m sure that many people would sooner leave money to a bell fund rather than see it go to the Collector of Taxes.
Many companies regularly make donations to charities. If approached, some of them would support the scheme. A word of warning should be given about deeds of covenant by companies - in the case of close companies they should seek advice, from their accountants before completing them.
Summarising the sources of income, the P.C.C.’s would subscribe £2,000 per annum, ringers £6,000 per annum, and the general public £2,000 per annum. This would give over a ten-year period the capital sum of £100,000 required.
These views, I must say here, are those of Mr. Lawrenson and myself, and should not be taken as representing those of the governors of the fund. However, the officers and general committee of the Oxford Diocesan Guild are confident that the scheme is practicable and hope to go ahead as soon as possible.
The subject was then offered for general discussion, Mr. Corby skilfully controlling the relevancy and direction of the speakers, when occasion demanded.
Mr. J. Diserens said that although the scheme had his whole-hearted support, he was worried that if inflation rates continue on their present levels, the interest accruing from the capital fund invested would prove an insufficient return. The money in hand should be spent before its purchasing power falls even further. Several members queried the wisdom of setting up such a large sum of money. From the memorandum Mr. D. Beacham saw that many associations have small capital funds which result in small grants being made. This is a waste; one answer is the Oxford D.G. scheme (i.e. grants from income) or alternatively to spend the capital now. A great saving can be made in many cases if advantage be taken of local labour. The Bell Foundries are very willing to adjust their estimates accordingly.
Mr. Black wanted to know the value of registering such a scheme as a charity. Registration means that all the income is available for grants as it is no longer subject to tax (F. E. Collins). The Hertford C.A. has registered its Bell Repair Fund as a charity but is keeping control of its other moneys; it is possible to transfer money from the general fund to the Bell Repair fund. Mr. C. Groome reported the success the Peterborough Guild had had in registering the whole Guild as a charity and the Bell Fund as an associate charity. There had been no problems with the Charity Commissioners over the use of money for the usual administrative expenses (i.e. reports, wreaths, etc.). The registration has resulted in a 5% increase in interest and this is nearly equivalent to the amount collected annually for the Bell Fund alone. More money is being obtained from service collections and initiative efforts (like raffles, etc.). The affiliation scheme secured more money from P.C.C.s when they were asked to make a donation rather than pay a fixed amount. Collections in the tower were made at all practices and meetings and covenants are a boon; for every £1 covenanted about 50p can be claimed back from the Inland Revenue. So far as local industry is concerned, expenses of £7-8 incurred in seeking support reaped about £20 in donations. On the whole the Guild prefers the “pay as you have” system and now tries to make grants of 10% of the cost. Mr. Anderson indicated that success or failure with the Charity Commissioners depended a good deal on the individual official involved! It was also pointed out that the Commission does run very helpful schemes; it has its own Unit Trust arrangement and can also pay interest gross to investors, reclaiming the tax refund itself.
So far as paying income tax is concerned it is apparent that a case of “what the Inland Revenue does not see it does not wish to know about” exists. The administration of a large capital fund would be limited to investments in Equities and Trustee Investments by the trustees, themselves bound by the terms of the document creating the trust. The Barron Bell Trust should not be overlooked, said Mr. Anderson, and certainly no one but a broker should handle a portfolio of the size envisaged by the Oxford D.G. scheme. An aside was made that no association treasurer would be capable of the job and the meeting was reminded that the Aberfan Fund’s considerable shrinkage has caused very bad feeling locally. The importance of having competent and skilled people in charge must be stressed.
Dr. Baldwin noted from the memorandum that several associations have made swift and dramatic increases in their capital and he sought an explanation for the wizardry. Mr. Wratten explained that the Gloucester and Bristol Association has increased its subscriptions to £1, of which 50p goes into the Bell Repair Fund. They do not consider it advisable to make collections from ringers in the tower at meetings for this throws an unfair burden on the small proportion of ringers attending. Higher subscriptions have not resulted in a loss of members and the affiliation fee for P.C.C.s is successful; they know that they are entitled to a grant as of right. The Winchester and Portsmouth D.G., said Mr. Savory, have launched a pilot scheme, registered as a charity, whose capital has grown to over £1,000 in less than two years. This had been achieved through collections, covenants, peal fees and sponsored events. The Suffolk Guild and Kent C.A. have also increases to their credit, the former having instituted a fee of 10p for each rope in every peal attempt, without suffering any decrease in peal ringing, said Mr. H. Egglestone.
The question of distribution of grants brought the meeting’s attention belatedly back to the church, which should after all take precedence. Mr. Beresford commented on the very serious issue of redundant bells; when a church becomes redundant, its fittings are vested in the Diocesan Board of Finance and are disposed of as the Bishop instructs. Any bell is of value to the church for its scrap metal at least while ringers think constantly in terms of augmentation. A bell restoration fund must concern itself with anyone wanting bells. There is too great a gulf between the church and ringers, said Mr. Anderson. To ensure the correct use of a grant, the agreed precedent is that the money is only handed over upon satisfactory completion of the work, although applicants are told that an award will be made subject to the work being done.
Self-help can give a fillip, said Mr. W. Simmonds. So can use of the medium every town has - its local paper, which can be relied upon to give good publicity at the right time, commented Mr. J. P. Fidler. Naturally it would be a bad thing to undermine the parish’s prerogative, but the gift of even a small sum can be a great impetus to a struggling church. Concern was expressed about a possible conflict of interests between parishes and separate charities, said Mr. P. Gray.
Mr. Butler was asked to comment on his reactions to the discussions. These were that thinking in larger terms could bring in bigger and more generous donations; that the fear for the loss of P.C.C.s’ prerogative was unfounded - there is no intention to interfere with the present system. He was surprised that no-one commented on the question of raising more money from ringers themselves, who he thought should bear some of the financial burden of the bells. A “stewardship” scheme among the ringers had been very successful in his own tower to raise the balance of moneys needed to augment, the bells to a ring of 10.
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It is hoped that the meeting will result in far more serious thinking about this problem. Generally the assembly did give the impression of muted antipathy and trepidation to so radical a scheme as that proposed for the Oxford Guild. It may be too grandiose and not the solution, but it should provide a launching pad for more open-handed dealing between ringers and the church so that our reputation for parsimony may be outlived one day and our reluctance to look at bells through the church’s eyes may decrease in intensity. For the future of the Exercise we must think more objectively and constructively on restoration and redundancy. Our ringing rooms are not “Castles in Spain” and we should aim for unity with the church instead of protecting our ostracism so fiercely.- J. B.
The Ringing World, July 5, 1974, pages 546 to 547
During the latter part of the C.C. meeting, Christopher Windsor (aged 11) was discovered sitting on a ledge about 18 inches wide, which ran around the perimeter of the landing, outside St. George’s Hall, and at about nine feet from the floor! Nobody but he knows how he got there, or how he got down! Perhaps he was bored with the proceedings.
The Ringing World, July 5, 1974, page 549
The 77th Annual Meeting of the Central Council was held on Tuesday, May 28th, in the St. George’s Hall, Exeter. The President, Mr. John Freeman, presided.
After Fr. Paulinus Angold, of the Guild of Devonshire Ringers, had opened the meeting with prayer, the Deputy Mayor of Exeter, Councillor R. H. Palmer, welcomed the Council on behalf of the Mayor and Citizens of Exeter. He apologised for the absence of the Mayor, who was in Germany, and said how pleased he was that the Council had chosen to come to Exeter, particularly as 1974 marked the centenary of the Guild of Devonshire Ringers, to whom he extended his congratulations.
In his reply, the President thanked Councillor Palmer on behalf of the Council and said how pleased the Council was to visit an ancient city. He admired the care the City Council was so obviously taking of its heritage, and wished Exeter prosperity. Speaking personally, he commented on how unusual it was for a Mayor to come to see a Borough Surveyor and Engineer, rather than the other way round (laughter).
The Secretary (Mr. C. A. Wratten) reported that 65 societies were affiliated to the Council, with 169 representatives; the Rules provided for 24 honorary members, and there were 10 Life members - making a possible membership of 203. There were two vacancies. All subscriptions had been paid.
Apologies for absence were received from Messrs. B. Austin, B. E. Bartlett, E. Billings, N. Chaddock, R. H. Cook, J. W. Cotton, Mrs. S. M. Drew, Mr. J. Dunwoody, Canon K. W. H. Felstead, Dr. C. M. P. Johnson, Messrs. B. Jones, A. J. Martin, J. R. Mayne, D. Mottershead, J. R. Norris, F. W. Perrens, G. W. Pipe, A. E. Rushton, Revd. R. D. St. J. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Staniforth, Messrs. W. Theobald, W. H. Viggers, F. A. White, T. W. White, A. T. Wingate, and Dr. A. V. Woodcock.
Commenting on the absence of Mr. Theobald, who represents the North American Guild, the Secretary said how pleased he was that both Mr. M. Simpson of Calgary, Secretary of the North American Guild, and Miss M. Batchelor of Washington were able to be present in the hall (applause).
The President welcomed seven new representative members of the Council - Messrs. G. E. Bonham (Ely Dioc. A.), D. McEndoo (Irish A.), G. Penney (Hertford County A.), D. P. Smith (Kent County A.), D. R. Jones (Lancashire A.), A. M. Glover (Leeds Univ. Soc.) and Dr. J. M. Weddell (London County A.) - and said that he hoped they would find its meetings valuable; he felt sure that they, in their turn, would have something to contribute.
The Secretary said that seven of the present honorary members - Mrs. O. D. Barnett, Sir John Betjeman, and Messrs. B. Austin, F. E. Collins, C. K. Lewis, J. R. Mayne and W. A. Osborn - retired this year. Although all were eligible for re-election, Mr. Osborn had expressed his willingness to retire. There was also one vacancy. Mr. Wratten felt that it would be wise to retain one or perhaps two vacancies in order for the Council to be able to retain the services of any member who might not be re-elected by his own society to serve on the new Council next year.
Mr. F. E. Dukes (Irish A.) then proposed, and Mr. T. J. Lock (Middlesex C. A.) seconded, the re-election of the retiring members, less Mr. Osborn. Mr. C. J. Groome (Peterborough D. G.) proposed the election of Mr. Harold Chant. Mr. Chant was, he said, perhaps better known to readers of The Ringing World as “the Professor”; he had done much for ringing and, as he was about to retire, he would shortly be able to devote more time to ringing. His presence would be a great asset to the Council. Mr. R. Brown (Yorkshire A.) seconded, and the seven nominees were elected.
The Revd. J. G. M. Scott (Devonshire G. and chairman of the Towers and Belfries Committee) expressed the Council’s gratitude to Mr. Osborn for his services to ringing over many years, and particularly for his advisory work on bells in Somerset. His remarks were seconded by Mr. F. Sharpe (Life member and former chairman of the Towers and Belfries Committee), who said that for a period after the last war Mr. Osborn and he had together borne the brunt of the Towers and Belfries Committee’s work. It was agreed that the Secretary of the Council should write to Mr. Osborn to express the Council’s appreciation of his work.
The Council stood in silence while the President read the list of past members who had died since the Council last met: Miss E. M. Steel (Ladies Guild 1938-51, died May 30, 1973), Messrs. A. Harman (Guildford D. G. 1936-57, died Oct. 2, 1973), W. N. Park (Durham and Newcastle D. A. 1948-60, died Nov. 16, 1973), J. E. Bibby (Chester D. G. 1948-50, died Jan. 11, 1974), Mrs. A. E. Richardson (Ladies Guild 1932-62, died April 9, 1974), and Messrs. E. H. Mastin (Ely D. A. 1948-53 and 1960-73, died April 11, 1974) and G. E. Fearn (St. Martin’s Guild 1954-1973, died May 20, 1974).
The Revd. J. G. M. Scott then said a short prayer.
The Secretary proposed the adoption of the Minutes of the 1973 meeting at Oxford as published in The Ringing World of 22nd March 1974 and circulated to members. After Mr. E. A. Barnett had seconded, the Minutes were accepted without dissent.
Arising from the Minutes, the Secretary said that the question of the date of the 1975 meeting would be dealt with under item 9 of the Agenda - Future Meetings. Mr. G. Dodds (Hertford C. A.) pointed out that the Minute on the Balance Sheet and Accounts said that Mr. Wilson had undertaken to ascertain on what a Ringing World tax liability of £253 was based. Mr. W. G. Wilson (Chairman of the Ringing World Committee) said that he had promised to let an enquirer know on what the tax was based; this he had done in a letter last June, but had received no acknowledgment. The tax situation was that the Council was treated as a mutual trading body, and as such was taxed on any profits at the rate of 1%. Donations were not liable to tax, but the full Corporation Tax was levied on any income from dividends.
Adoption of the report was proposed by Mr. C. A. Wratten, and seconded by Mr. E. A. Barnett, (Life member), the Secretary emphasising that no criticism of the Committee for Redundant Bells was implied in the final paragraph.
Mr. F. E. Dukes queried the omission of Ireland from the list of countries represented, and enquired whether the Irish representatives were no longer considered members (laughter). The President said he was tempted to say he was sorry but they were (renewed laughter).
The report was then adopted.
In moving the adoption of the report, Mr. F. Sharpe emphasised the need for an allocation of money to purchase equipment for the library; when he was still in business it had sometimes been possible to make use of cast-off files, but this was no longer feasible. He also now had the proofs of the library booklist, which should shortly be published in The Ringing World. Mr. W. H. Dobbie (Soc. of Royal Cumberland Youths) seconded.
Mr. W. G. Wilson said that he had referred in The Ringing World of 22nd May to a booklet published 51 years ago and entitled “Why are you a Ringer?”, and had then asked if anyone had a copy. He was pleased to say that Mr. J. Fidler, of Bow, had now given him a copy, which would be placed in the Council’s library.
Mr. J. S. Barnes (Soc. of Royal Cumberland Youths) said that the Librarian’s request for financial help should not go unanswered. He was however also concerned about the question of the library’s valuation and insurance, and also that all the knowledge of the library was in the hands of one man. He therefore wished to propose the setting up of a committee to investigate all matters relating to the Council’s library, including such things as its housing and safe storage, insurance cover, loans policy, the desirability of a charge for loans, the purchase of books, and the advisability of setting up a permanent Library Committee.
Mr. E. C. Shepherd (Life member) enquired whether Mr. Sharpe was still finding difficulty in getting books back; it was undesirable that books should be retained for long periods. After Mr. Sharpe had confirmed that this was still a problem, Mrs. O. D. Barnett (honorary member) suggested that a list of outstanding books, with the names of their borrowers, should be published in The Ringing World after a suitable interval. Mr. Sharpe said that he would rather not publish such a list, although he would do so if the Council wanted him to; but he might have to refer some cases to a solicitor soon. Mr. B. D. Threlfall (Cambridge Univ. Guild) agreed with Mrs. Barnett, particularly as he thought publicity likely to be both cheaper and more effective than solicitors (laughter). After Dr. J. C. Baldwin (Oxford D. G.) had pointed out that some books might need to be borrowed for long periods for research purposes, and Mr. W. B. Cartwright (the Council’s legal adviser) had assured the meeting that he took no umbrage at Mr. Threlfall’s remarks (laughter), the meeting agreed with Mrs. Barnett’s proposal that a list of offenders be published.
Mr. Sharpe said that he trusted a full report of the discussion would appear in The Ringing World for any culprits to see.
Mr. J. M. Tyler (Peterborough D. G.) commented that the report showed that only four societies had sent copies of their annual report to the library; was this an oversight? The President said that he was sure that it was only an oversight, but it was one that should be rectified.
Reverting to Mr. Sharpe’s request for an allocation of funds, the President enquired whether he had a sum in mind. Mr. Sharpe thought that the Council could afford £20 a year for files and equipment, but Mr. W. Butler (Oxford D. G.) wondered about the purchase of books; apparently not all new books were being bought. Mr. Sharpe confirmed that the money was not intended for books, many of which were being donated. Mr. R. S. Anderson (N. Staffs. A.) then proposed that a grant of £25 be paid to the library this year and, in view of inflation, the sum be reviewed each year. He was seconded by the Revd. J. G. M. Scott (Devonshire G.), and the proposal was carried.
Mr. R. Brown said that it was important that the library did not have to rely on donations of books to keep up-to-date, and Mr. W. F. Moreton (Yorkshire A.) suggested that, if a committee were set up as had been proposed earlier, it should investigate the advisability of finding a permanent home for the library, perhaps in one of the London libraries such as Goldsmith’s. Mr. J. E. Camp (Oxford Univ. Soc.) queried on a point of order whether the proposal should not have been a formal motion under Rule 15, but the President said that the Council had the power to appoint a committee if it so wished.
After Mr. R. Brown had seconded Mr. Barnes’ proposal that such a committee be set up and should report to the Council as soon as possible, the Council agreed, and Mr. F. Sharpe, Mrs. E. Stevens - a trained librarian - and Messrs. J. S. Barnes and W. T. Cook were elected to serve on it.
The Librarian’s report was adopted.
Mr. D. Hughes (honorary member) proposed the report’s adoption. He said that the film mentioned in the third paragraph was in fact silent. The trustees had now received a 16mm copy, which they had not yet viewed; when they had made an 8mm copy for their own use, they would pass the original to the Council’s library. The fault in the machine referred to in the final paragraph of the report had now been attended to. Mr. W. H. Dobbie seconded.
Mr. G. A. Halls (Derby D. A.) said that every year the trustees mentioned that the machine had broken down. Was it worn out? He thought a complete overhaul, replacing worn parts and making the machine more reliable, might be necessary.
Mr. Hughes said that he did not consider the machine to be worn out. Anyone was welcome to overhaul it - provided that it still worked afterwards! There were thousands of parts, and the trustees were quite satisfied with its condition.
The report was then adopted without further discussion.
After the meeting had agreed that discussion of The Ringing World accounts should be deferred until the Ringing World Committee’s report was considered later in the agenda, the Secretary drew attention to the small credit balances over the year’s working for the General, Clement Glenn and Publications Funds. In the first case this was entirely due to two things: the royalties received from Kingsmead Reprints on sales of the Tintinnalogia reprints, and the fact that the Oxford Society and the Oxford Diocesan Guild had very generously met the entire cost of room hire etc. at the 1973 meeting. The Council was, he said, very grateful to these two societies (applause).
Although there were no charges against the Clement Glenn Bequest in 1973, this year it would have to meet the expense of printing the Towers and Bells Handbook, which was now on sale. So far however a bill had not yet been received. (At this point the chairman of the Towers and Belfries Committee, the Revd. Scott, passed the bill in question to the Secretary!)
There were no questions on any of these accounts.
In proposing adoption of the Administrative Committee’s report, the Secretary drew members’ attention to the need to fill the two vacancies that now existed on the committee. After Mr. E. A. Barnett had seconded, Mrs. Barnett (honorary member) pointed out that, as this was the final year of the triennium, there would in any case be a new committee elected next year and there was therefore less urgency to fill the vacancies. Mr. F. Sharpe was then elected to the committee on the proposition of the Revd. J. G. M. Scott, seconded by Mr. P. G. Smart (Guildford D. G.), and the second vacancy was left unfilled.
The report was adopted.
|John G. M. Scott, Chairman.
Newton St. Cyres,
Exeter, EX5 5BN
F. Sharpe, F.S.A., F.I.O.B., F.F.B., M.R.S.H.
B. Austin, A.R.I.B.A.
F. E. Collins, M.J.Inst.E.
|J. Freeman, F.I.Mun.E., M.R.S.H.
A. J. Frost, A.R.I.B.A.
T. M. Roderick, N.A.M.M.
B. D. Threlfall, M.A., M.I.C.E., F.F.B.
G. W. Massey
W. L. Exton
The Revd. Scott proposed the adoption of the report, pointing out that in the copy sent to members Ambridge had appeared as being in Dorsetshire, rather than Barsetshire, and that the committee’s new handbook was in fact called the “Towers and Bells Handbook” rather than the “Towers and Belfries Handbook”. In connection with this book, he wished to pay credit to the member who had been responsible for the major job of editing the book. Although his name did not appear as editor on the title page since the committee had agreed that their names should simply be listed in alphabetical order, it had in fact been Mr. A. J. Frost. Mr. B. D. Threlfall (Cambridge Univ. G.) seconded.
Mr. D. P. Smith (Kent C. A.) enquired whether it was the committee’s policy to inform the local society of any proposed inspection in its area. The Revd. Scott said that this question had not come up before. The committee worked for the benefit of the Church in general, and if it received a request for an inspection from someone in authority in the parish, such as the incumbent, it would make one. It would ensure that the incumbent knew of the visit, but it had not been its custom to notify the local association: to do so would entail considerable extra work and cost. Mr. Sharpe confirmed the importance of ensuring that the incumbent knew and approved of any proposed inspection.
Mr. P. A. Corby (Kent C. A.) said that the question had been raised before and asked the committee to reconsider its policy, so that the local association was notified if at all possible. There was a danger that the association, which was often asked to raise money for its Bell Restoration Fund, could feel slighted if an outside body came to make an inspection without telling it.
The Revd. Scott said that he would certainly bring the matter before his committee, but that the matter was not quite so straightforward as it might seem. In Kent, where the county association did most of the work itself, there was little problem, but elsewhere - such as in Devon or London - it was not immediately apparent to which society a tower might be affiliated and it would be difficult to find out.
Mr. W. F. Moreton complimented the committee on having produced a really excellent handbook: he thought the photographs of churches in Herefordshire particularly valuable (laughter).
The report was adopted.
|W. G. Wilson, Chairman,
42 Willow Grove,
|R. S. Anderson
R. F. B. Speed
M. J. Staniforth (Mrs)
D. A. Bayles
Mr. W. G. Wilson (Life Member) proposed the adoption of the report. He quoted from an article in The Stamp Collectors Magazine deploring rising costs due to higher fuel bills, inflation, and so on, to show that - since the article in question had appeared in December, 1873 - the committee was not facing a new situation. However, he felt that the paper was now better than ever before, and in fact could be considered the committee’s real report. He congratulated the Editor on that, and particularly on that week’s issue, which contained something for everyone. But the committee was not complacent, and welcomed any constructive criticism. He was pleased and relieved to see that the recent increase in price to 10p had not affected the paper’s circulation and pointed out that, whereas some recently published books cost up to £1.60 for 80 pages, readers of The Ringing World had last year received 1,048 pages for £3; this year, the cost was £5 or £6.
Increased postal charges were due to come into effect on June 24th. With 3,000 postal subscribers this would entail an additional expenditure of £750 per year. As a result, when the committee met the previous evening, it had decided that postal subscriptions renewed from July 1st would cost an extra 25p. This would not affect most subscribers until next January, but it was necessary to be prudent.
Circulation now stood at some 5,800-5,900 copies a week. If each member of the Council could get two more subscribers the 6,000 barrier would be passed, and it should be possible to have more 24-page issues.
Mr. R. S. Anderson seconded, and expressed sincere thanks to Mr. Wilson and to the Editor, Mr. C. W. Denyer, for their work (hear, hear).
Mr. I. H. Oram (Kent C. A.) enquired about the contents of the larger issues. In view of the number of quotations from the Church Times, was the Editor having difficulty in obtaining sufficient contributions from ringers, he asked. Replying, the Editor said that it was often difficult to fill the page with ringing gossip, since few ringers provided any; if it were sent, it would be included. But in the meantime he was selecting items from the Church Times that were likely to be of general interest to ringers.
Mr. G. A. Halls wondered whether anything could be done to maintain the momentum of the correspondence columns. At one time he had found these most interesting, but more recently there had been long delays, of four weeks or more, between questions and answers appearing. To be lively such a column needed replies to be published promptly. Mr. Denyer said that publication was not deliberately delayed, but that because of printing schedules it was virtually impossible to print a letter within three weeks of its receipt. Mr. C. K. Lewis (honorary member) suggested that the initial letter be circulated privately first, and then the letter and its replies sent to The Ringing World for publication in successive issues.
Mr. D. E. Sibson (Soc. of Royal Cumberland Youths) raised the question of the truth of peal compositions published in the journal, pointing out that these were not news items but technical information. For a period he had, with the editor’s co-operation, checked all compositions submitted, and as a result 11 false ones never appeared in print. Over the past year he has checked all compositions, of quarter-peal length and upwards, that had appeared and had found seven of the 133 to be false; he did not think this a very high standard of accuracy. At the same time he readily accepted that it was not the job of either the editor or the Ringing World committee to check compositions that were received. He would nevertheless propose that all compositions should be independently checked before publication.
After Mr. Denyer had said that this was being done by Mr. David House, Mr. Sibson said that he thought it should be the responsibility of the Council to check, and that this could perhaps be done by the Peal Composition Committee. Mr. N. J. Diserens (Oxford D. G.) seconded Mr. Sibson’s proposition, and asked whether it might be possible to have the compositions printed together, rather than used as fillers, so that they could the more easily be extracted and kept. Mr. Denyer said that compositions presented particular problems for the compositors, while poor “copy” often entailed extensive and time-consuming recopying; it was better it compositions could be collated and neatly typed so that they could be made straight into printing blocks. Mr. Diserens remarked that, if the compositions were to be checked by computer, there would be little difficulty in obtaining such a version straight from the machine.
Mr. Sibson’s proposal was agreed by the meeting.
Mr J. Hartless (Winchester and Portsmouth D. A.) asked what the balance was between postal and non-postal subscribers, and which the committee preferred. Replying, Mr. Wilson said that the balance was roughly even, and although there was a slight financial benefit from postal subscribers, it was not enough to make any significant difference. There was however a slight worry that, should the number of postal subscribers drop beyond a certain level, it could make the employment of a packer uneconomical.
Mr. P. M. J. Gray (Australia and New Zealand A.) said that he had a mild reproof for the committee. He accepted that if The Ringing World were not a successful business, there would be no journal, and it was therefore right that the committee report should consider the business side. But the committee should also consider aspects other than the purely business ones, and he would like to be reassured in this annual report that the committee was also considering the journal as a newspaper, a provider of news. Mr. Wilson repeated that the weekly issue of The Ringing World was the committee’s main report, and this gave what Mr. Gray was seeking. Of course the committee considered the paper’s contents, but it could not print what it did not receive. Anything that was relevant, reasonable and respectable would be printed, he said.
Mr. D. A. Bayles (Durham and Newcastle D. A.) said that it would be useful to have a list of the towers that had appeared on the front pages. A list of those that had appeared during 1973 had been compiled, and lists for earlier years were being drawn up.
After some discussion instigated by Mr. G. W. Randall (Coventry D. G.) about the merits or otherwise of continuing to include cartoons in the paper, the report was adopted.
There followed some discussion as to where compositions should be sent for checking, as was now required after the acceptance of Mr. Sibson’s proposition, Mr. Denyer pointing out that to send them anywhere via The Ringing World could cause only delay, extra work and extra postage. It was finally agreed that they should be sent to Mr. W. E. Critchley, as chairman of the Peal Compositions Committee, who had expressed his readiness to help; he would, he said also appreciate any computer assistance that could be provided. Mr. J. R. Taylor (chairman of the Computer Co-ordination Committee) confirmed that his committee would help in any way it could, for example by providing the names and addresses of those who had computer peal-checking facilities.
Turning to The Ringing World accounts, Mr. Wilson said that the profit of £100 on an annual turnover of £23,000 was negligible - although admittedly better than a £100 loss. He hoped that there would be a further slight increase in the journal’s funds before rising costs again caught up with them. Of the £12,500 invested, £2,500 was realisable at par, and the remainder (which had cost £10,014) was at 31st December 1973 worth £11,840. He paid tribute to the paper’s accountant, Mr. D. A. Tate, who, although a non-ringer, came to all committee meetings, gave excellent and expert advice, and did all the work on investments for a very small charge.
There being no questions, Mr. C. A. Wratten then proposed, and Mr. F. E. Dukes seconded, the option of the Council’s accounts. This was agreed.
Dr. J. C. Baldwin said that a number of ringers would like access to a complete set of Ringing Worlds from 1911, but it was becoming increasingly difficult to acquire back issues. He therefore wondered what interest there would be in obtaining a microfiche copy of the complete set. He had made a very preliminary costing, which suggested that, with some 49,000 pages to be copied, 50 sets would cost about £65 each, or 100 sets about £50 each. When it was realised that to buy and bind a current year’s issues cost some £9, 63 years’ issues for £50 provided clear value for money. And although a viewer would cost at least a further £90, a growing number of local libraries were acquiring viewers. On a show of hands, about ten members indicated that they might be interested in such a scheme, and Dr. Baldwin said he would write a letter on the subject for publication in The Ringing World. Mr. Wilson said that either the set in The Ringing World office or his own set would be made available for copying if required.
|INCOME AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT FOR THE YEAR 1973|
|-||Royalties 1972-3: Tintinnalogia reprint||35.||28|
|Towers and Belfries||56.||30|
|11||Ringing World notices||9.||60|
|73||Stationery and printing||52.||91|
|28||Postage and phone||21.||56|
|96||(Dr.)||Excess of Income over Expenditure||20.||07|
|BALANCE SHEET AS AT 31st DECEMBER 1973|
|123||Cash and Bank Balances||124.||34|
|19||LESS Sundry creditors||8.||51|
|5||Affiliation fees in advance||7.||00||15.||51|
|195||Accumulated Fund 1st Jan. 1973||98.||76|
|96||(Dr.)||Excess of Income over Expenditure||20.||07|
|CLEMENT GLENN BEQUEST|
|INCOME AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT FOR THE YEAR 1973|
|10||Hire of Washington film (net)||6.||07|
|-||Prayer Sheet sales||1.||01|
|49||Excess of Income over Expenditure||£60.||43|
|BALANCE SHEET AS AT 31st DECEMBER 1973|
|398||£563 Treasury 3½% Stock 79/81 at cost||397.||92|
|683||Leeds and Holbeck Building Society||723.||71|
|96||Cash and Bank balance||114.||58|
|1131||Accumulated Fund. 1st Jan. 1973||1180.||15|
|49||Excess of Income over Expenditure||60.||43|
The Ringing World, July 5, 1974, supplement
|INCOME AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT FOR THE YEAR 1973|
|636||Stock, 1st January||695.||08|
|695||LESS Stock, 31st December||728.||14|
|61||Postage and telephone||70.||38½|
|9||Stationery and sundries||20.||97|
|63||Ringing World advertisements||75.||00|
|136||Excess of Income over Expenditure||98.||17½|
|BALANCE SHEET AS AT 31st DECEMBER 1973|
|415||Cash and Bank balances||477.||22|
|1||Clement Glenn Bequest||1.||01|
|975||Accumulated Fund, 1st Jan. 1973||1111.||32½|
|136||Excess of Income over Expenditure||98.||17½|
|“THE RINGING WORLD”|
|INCOME AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT FOR THE YEAR 1973|
|93||Profit on sale of calendars||79.||38|
|-||Profit on redemption (6¾% Exchequer Stock)||77.||68|
|185||Bad debt recovered||-|
|3238||Wrappers and postage||3634.||49|
|1575||Editor’s fees and expenses||1575.||77|
|Clerical assistance and expenses -|
|1262||Editorial and accounts||1342.||20|
|-||Rent and telephone||136.||27|
|233||Postages, stationery and sundries||348.||36|
|75||Accountancy and taxation charges||80.||00|
|499||Net Profit for the year||101.||68|
London EC4Y 0ER
|CALDWELL & BRAHAM
|BALANCE SHEET AS AT 31st DECEMBER 1973|
|200||Goodwill, Blocks etc., at cost||200.||00|
|200||LESS amounts written off||200.||00|
|Investments at cost:|
|Abbey National Building Society||2000.||00|
|Brighton Corporation 6¾% Bonds||500.||00|
|Tyndall Income Units - 5002 units||3499.||57|
|Distillers Co. Ltd.-|
£1000 7¾% Unsecured loan stock 1988/93
|Bass Charrington Breweries Ltd.|
£1200 7¾% Unsecured loan stock 1992/97
|Vickers Ltd -|
1000 9½% Unsecured loan stock 1974
|3% Savings Bonds 1965/75 - £2000||1794.||52|
|Imperial Group Ltd.-|
£900 8% convertible unsecured loan stock 1985/90
|E.M.I. Ltd -|
£850 8½% convertible unsecured loan stock 1981
|Cash at Bank:|
|512||Trustee Savings Account||94.||28|
|1850||Expenses and taxation||2796.||29|
|3409||Subscriptions in advance||4079.||65|
|10202||Balance at 1st. Jan. 1973||10701.||26|
|499||Net Profit for the Year||101.||68|
|CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET AS AT 31st DECEMBER 1973|
|695||Stock of Publications||728.||14|
|2022||Debtors and payments in advance||2477.||47|
|11953||Investments at cost||13636.||65|
|3696||Cash and Bank balances||3412.||05|
|3413||Amounts received in advance||4086.||65|
|10701||“The Ringing World”||10802.||94|
|1180||Clement Glenn Bequest||1240.||58|
|Harold N. Pitstow||)||Hon. Auditors.|
|D. Beresford, Chairman.
326 Brampton Road,
Bexley Heath, Kent.
Canon K. W. H. Felstead
Miss J. Foster
Mr. D. Beresford (Soc. of Royal Cumberland Youths) moved the adoption of the report. It was, he said, a report on the committee’s first year of operations, and covered a period when things were moving very quickly.
The report referred to relations with the Church Commissioners. These were very happy, and were aided by the presence of one of the committee, Canon Felstead, on the Board of Governors. There were two points to note: the need to work out a policy with the Church Commissioners, and the fact that the committee was not trying to monopolise work on redundant bells but to involve all ringing societies in this work. As an example of the sort of thing that had already been achieved, Mr. Beresford referred to a chime of eight bells that were about to go for scrap. The Commissioners had informed his committee of this plan, the committee had consulted the local society at once, and as a result the chime was saved from the scrapyard.
On the question of policy, he continued, there was considerable demand for single bells, and as a result the committee had agreed to recommend that no sound redundant bell should be recast if an immediate home can be found for it, even if this were some distance away; nor could the committee recommend the disposal of sound redundant bells as scrap metal to swell funds - this would be no more appropriate than to dispose of pews or stonework for profit. If however no immediate home appeared for an historically unimportant bell it might be possible to recommend that the metal be used in the casting of new bells, with a record kept of its provenance. On the other hand, cracked and unhistoric bells might more usually be disposed of as scrap, although welding might first be considered.
The Commissioners have requests for single bells to be sent overseas to mission churches, and to this the committee could not object; but it felt that bells of historical importance should as far as possible be retained in this country. Frames and fittings, if re-usable, should if possible stay with their bells or, if this were impossible, attempts should be made to store them for future use.
Continuing, he said that it would seem invidious for ringers or societies to be put in the position of deciding whether a parish could afford to dispose of its bells at less than their market value. The committee felt that it should try to make sure that those involved in the dispersal were aware of the values concerned so that no misunderstanding could arise.
The Committee’s survey had now been completed, and a copy would be sent to all societies. It was considered imperative that all societies should maintain close contact with their diocesan authorities, and the committee was also very anxious that a complete inventory of bells should be built up: proforma cards were available for completion for this purpose. The committee recommended the setting-up of association working parties who would be able to act speedily in, for example, a demolition case, and would include people with experience of do-it-yourself bell work. It was trying to establish a central registry of needs, so that needs - whether for augmentations, single bells, to replace cracked bells, or something else - could be matched with known redundancies. Finally, Mr. Beresford asked that all information that comes to light about bells likely to become redundant should be passed to the committee; there was otherwise the risk that the committee would not hear of something until it was too late.
For the future, the committee was considering the possibility of a bridging fund to enable it to acquire redundant bells, and also the possibility of a bell museum. The latter was possibly not within the committee’s remit, but would be referred to the Administrative Committee.
In seconding, Mr. A. J. Frost (Univ. of London Soc.) emphasised that the committee saw itself as a clearing house between the Church Commissioners and the associations.
Mr. D. P. Smith said that the committee had been set up far too late. The problem had existed for many years and the Kent County Association had already set up its own links. Now it found that the Council’s committee was overlapping with its own work. He saw the committee’s role as an advisory one, to assist local societies rather than to give advice to the Church Commissioners. The K.C.A., he said, feared that the introduction of an intermediary between local societies and the central authorities would inevitably bring delays and adversely affect local discussions, and also felt that the idea of moving bells outside the county was entirely unsatisfactory. Finally, he felt that an explanation of the workings of the Pastoral Measure should be sent to associations by the committee, as so far only very scant information had been produced.
Mr. C. W. Pipe (Suffolk Guild) enquired whether the committee, or indeed any body, was in a position to act at short notice to save a ring of bells if it were about to be disposed of for scrap. Mr. Beresford replied that he had a private guarantor if necessary to advance the money.
The Revd. J. G. M. Scott said that the situation in Kent, while reflecting great credit on the Kent County Association, was very unusual in the country as a whole, and certainly could not obtain in Devon, where there were two associations. The Committee for Redundant Bells could speak with far more weight and authority than could most local associations, but there was a great deal of tact needed in relations between local associations and the committee. Dr. J. M. Weddell (London C. A.) and Mr. F. T. Blagrove (Middlesex C. A.) both supported the Revd. Scott.
In reply to a question from Mr. G. Dodds (Hertford C. A.), Mr. Beresford said that the scrap metal value of bell-metal three weeks previously had been £55 per cwt. He accepted Mr. Smith’s statement that the committee was late in the field, but said that his remarks about the Kent County Association had not been entirely accurate: the committee had in fact provided the Association with the names of those to contact. He assured the Council that no delay would be introduced by the presence of the committee, and stressed the importance of giving a national view to national authorities.
Mrs. O. L. Rogers (London C. A.) congratulated Mr. Beresford and his committee on their hard work during the year (applause), and the report was then accepted.
After lunch, the President re-opened proceedings by welcoming two new honorary members of the Council, Miss M. J. Foster and Mr. R. H. Dove, who had inadvertently been overlooked earlier. The Council then resumed its consideration of the committee reports.
|A. First peals on tower bells in 1973.|
|Jan.||6||5088||Warwick S. Major (Peterborough D.G.)|
|Feb.||2||5088||Roma S. Major (Ely D.A.)|
|3||5024||Halesworth S. Major (Hertford C.A.)|
|10||5152||Tiffield T. B. Major (Peterborough D.G.)|
|10||5184||Danum S. Major (Yorkshire A.)|
|14||5076||Isleworth Alliance Royal (London C.A.)|
|17||5042||Dodford S. Maximus (St. Martin’s G.)|
|23||5184||Bruges S. Major (Ely D.A.)|
|24||5088||Over S. Major (Ely D.A.)|
|24||5184||Otterspool S. Major (Hertford C.A.)|
|Mar.||10||5088||Barnwood S. Major (Gloucester & Bristol D.A.)|
|10||5056||Broadclyst S. Major (Hertford C.A.)|
|14||5280||College Youths Pleasure D. Major (A.S.C.Y.)|
|15||5280||St. Andrews S. Major (Cambridge U.G.)|
|16||5208||Luxembourg Little D. Major (Ely D.A.)|
|31||5184||Leckhampton S. Major (Gloucester & Bristol D.A.)|
|31||5184||Uffculme S. Major (Hertford C.A.)|
|31||5184||Pitsmoor S. Major (Yorkshire A.)|
|Apr.||7||5184||Wiveliscombe S. Major (Hertford C.A.)|
|11||5056||Newnham S. Major (Guildford D.G.)|
|14||5042||Feering S. Maximus (St. Martin’s G.)|
|26||5152||Ashmansworth S. Major (Winchester & Portsmouth D.G.)|
|28||5096||Cantuar Alliance Maximus (A.S.C.Y.)|
|May||5||5160||Wrath D. Royal (Lincoln D.G.)|
|12||5088||Wingates S. Major (Lancashire A.)|
|28||5040||Durnovaria S. Royal (Salisbury D.G.)|
|June||3||5088||Theddlethorpe S. Major (Lancashire A.)|
|24||5024||Zaporozhye S. Major (Norwich D.A.)|
|July||7||5042||Jedburgh S. Maximus (St. Martin’s G.)|
|8||5056||Stapleford D. Major (Ely D.A.)|
|21||5056||Tewin S. Major (Peterborough D.G.)|
|27||5152||Blllingshurst S. Major (Sussex C.A.)|
|28||5056||Seagrave S. Major (Peterborough D.G.)|
|Aug.||7||5088||Dymchurch S. Major (Kent C.A.)|
|19||5088||Upton Snodsbury S. Major (Chester D.G.)|
|24||5056||Snodland D. Major (Chester D.G.)|
|25||5152||Brigstock S. Major (Peterborough D.G.)|
|Sep.||5||5056||Xalanga S. Major (Leicester D.G.)|
|7||5088||Melbourn S. Major (Ely D.A.)|
|8||5056||Launcells S. Major (Oxford D.G.)|
|9||5088||Quex Park S. Major (Kent C.A.)|
|18||5024||Chertsey S. Major (Hertford C.A.)|
|22||5088||Galleywood S. Major (Essex A.)|
|23||5088||Waterloo Tower S. Major (Kent C.A.)|
|26||5184||Theddingworth S. Major (Leicester D.G.)|
|Oct.||3||5088||Unthank S. Major (Leicester D.G.)|
|7||5088||Birchington-on-Sea S. Major (Kent C.A.)|
|8||5040||Cambridgeshire Court Bob Royal (Middlesex C.A.)|
|12||5184||Meldreth D. Major (Ely D.A.)|
|13||5152||Tenterden S. Major (Kent C.A.)|
|13||5088||Abthorpe S. Major (Peterborough D.G.)|
|21||5004||Original Caters (Manchester U.G.)|
|23||5056||Shadwell D. Major (Ely D.A.)|
|31||5184||Swannington S. Major (Leicester D.G.)|
|Nov.||3||5120||Ketteringham D. Major (Worcestershire & District A.)|
|14||5152||Sandhurst S. Major (Kent C.A.)|
|17||5042||Verona S. Maximus (St. Martin’s G.)|
|17||5184||Whaddon S. Major (Ely D.A.)|
|21||5040||Double Eastern Bob Royal (London C.A.)|
|24||5120||Aylesbury S. Major (Hertford C.A.)|
|Dec.||1||5056||Idbury S. Major (Oxford D.G.)|
|8||5134||Oxfordshire S. Maximus (St. Martin’s G.)|
|8||5040||Colborne Little D. Major (Coventry D.G.)|
|17||5056||Polesworth S. Major (Leicester D.G.)|
|27||5152||Fotheringhay S. Major (Peterborough D.G.)|
|31||5152||Broughton Astley S. Major (Leicester D.G.)|
|Feb.||3||5001||Spliced 100 Caters (Oxford D.G.)|
|May||9||5004||Spliced 2 Caters & 4 Royal (Middlesex C.A.)|
|B. First peals on handbells in 1973.|
|July||10||5000||Original Major (Manchester U.G.)|
|24||5200||Worcester S. Royal (Hertford C.A.)|
|Nov.||5||5120||Original Royal (Manchester U.G.)|
|Apr.||1||5012||Spliced 85 Plain Royal (Yorkshire A.)|
|11||5000||Spliced 22 Surprise Royal (Hertford C.A.)|
|C. Record lengths on tower bells in 1973.|
|Apr.||7||13440||Cambridge S. Major (Winchester & Portsmouth D.G.)|
|Oct.||13||13440||Lincolnshire S. Major (Lancashire A.)|
|D. Record length on handbells in 1973.|
|May||6||18000||Plain Bob Minor (Gloucester & Bristol D.A.)|
|F. T. Blagrove, Chairman.
57 St. Andrew’s Crescent,
J. R. Mayne
D. E. Sibson
C. A. Wratten
The report was accepted without comment, on the proposition of Mr. F. T. Blagrove, seconded by Mr. D. E. Sibson.
|J. S. Mason, Chairman.
3, Castle Mews,
|J. S. King (Mrs.)
A. G. G. Thurlow
G. W. Pipe
H. N. Pitstow
Moving the adoption of the report, Mr. J. S. Mason (Ancient Soc. of College Youths) expressed his thanks to all the correspondents who had enabled the supplement to be produced; Dean Thurlow (Life member) seconded.
Mr. C. W. Pipe thanked the committee for its report, which he thought good and comprehensive. It did however have one glaring omission - there was no mention of the broadcast of bells at 7.45 a.m. each Sunday morning. Since last year, when he had asked for better recordings, they had seemed to get worse. Why were they used when there were such good recordings available, he asked. If the committee was responsible, could it not do better; and if it were not, could it not approach the BBC to get something done? (In reply to subsequent questions from various members, Mr. Pipe emphasised that it was the quality of recording, rather than the quality of ringing, of which he was complaining. Mr. H. N. Pitstow (honorary member) commented that he would think twice before telling a BBC engineer where to put his microphone (laughter).
Mr. J. S. Mason said that all the recordings used came from past “Christmas Bells” broadcasts, and although he and Mr. Pitstow had 18 months ago been through the BBC’s recordings and selected the best, what was actually broadcast depended entirely upon the producer.
Mr. H. N. Pitstow explained how the towers used for the Christmas broadcast were chosen in the first place. There were two main factors to be considered: a combination of one ring of 12, one 10, three 8’s and two 6’s had been agreed with the BBC, and the Corporation required these to be widely spread geographically. The BBC usually contacted him in August to say that there would be a broadcast and he would in turn get in touch with regional contacts to suggest suitable towers; as far as possible each region got its turn with 12-bell and 10-bell towers, etc. But the programme was not intended to be an exposition of change-ringing, but to be typical of Christmas ringing throughout the country, and the final choice always remained the BBC’s. Ringing used for the Sunday morning broadcast was chosen by the BBC from its own archives, although the Corporation had accepted some suggestions he had made to them about a year ago.
The Revd. J. G. M. Scott said that he had at one time been under the impression that the BBC retained in its archives copies of all its recordings, but when he had enquired about recordings of Devon bells had discovered that this was not so. Mr. Pitstow confirmed this, saying that he had been told that only the two best recordings from “Christmas Bells” were retained each year, although he had some doubts whether this was in fact done.
Mr. A. J. Frost commented that Christmas ringing was one thing, the Sunday morning broadcast another. Mr. W. T. Cook (Ancient Soc. of College Youths) said that Evercreech bells could be heard on Radio 2 at 6.50 a.m. on Sundays.
The Ringing World, July 12, 1974, supplement
Mr. J. S. Barnes drew attention to the omission from the supplement of any mention of a most enjoyable live broadcast by Mr. F. Sharpe and the Launton handbell ringers on “Nationwide” just before Christmas; he felt this deserved a mention, and congratulated Mr. Sharpe and his band on their performance.
After Mr. Sharpe had said that he would speak to the committee about the placing of microphones, the report was adopted.
|G. R. Drew, Chairman.
|W. G. Wilson
W. F. Moreton
E. C. Shepherd.
|Tutor’s Handbook, Part I||242||607||54.02|
|Tutor’s Handbook, Part II||236||706||73.42|
|Popular Major Methods||72||257||32.66|
|Ringing for Service||129||777||21.44|
|Method Sheets: DNCB||47||445||5.56|
|Method Sheets: Triples||65||60||.75|
|Model Code of Rules||50||88||1.10|
|Electrical Warning Cards||3||764||2.59|
|4-way Minor Table||63||347||5.80|
|Blue Line Proof||77||83||1.23|
|10 & 12 Bell Compositions||145||1||823||82.30|
|Stedman Cinques starting c’s||53||101||8.40|
|Proof of Bob Major||12||201||3.28|
|Conducting Grandsire Triples||12||188||2.16|
Survey of Sales
|Tutor’s Handbook, Part I||-||502||247||199||197||242|
|Tutor’s Handbook, Part II||-||271||300||341||245||236|
|Popular Major Methods||74||92||72||67||91||72|
|Ringing for Service||316||179||112||115||107||129|
|Methods Sheets: DNCB||34||35||35||33||27||47|
|Methods Sheets: Triples||54||72||46||48||48||65|
|Model Code of Rules||48||76||43||28||42||50|
|Electrical Warning Cards||18||11||7||7||13||3|
|4-way Minor Table||38||70||104||65||71||63|
|Blue Line Proof||45||54||49||44||51||77|
|10 & 12 Bell Compositions||-||-||-||-||31*||146|
|Stedman Cinques starting C’s||-||-||-||-||21*||54|
|Proof of Bob Major||-||-||-||-||-||12*|
|Conducting Grandsire Triples||-||-||-||-||-||12*|
|Preservation & Repair of Bells||177||131||181||177||94*||-|
|* Only available part of the year.|
Adoption of the report was proposed by Mr. G. R. Drew (honorary member) and seconded by Mr. W. F. Moreton.
Mr. C. J. Groome wondered what were the economics of the excellent “Towers and Bells Handbook” and what plans there were for publicising its existence; for example were there plans for reviews of the book to appear in the architectural press? On the fourth paragraph of the report, he thought it important to review prices, bearing in mind not only administrative and postal costs, but also the purchasing power of the committee’s capital. Several publications would soon need reprinting, and there seemed to be little in the Publications Fund to meet the necessary costs. On the whole, he thought that prices were too low.
After Mr. Drew had said that the printing cost of the new book was, he thought, about 80p per copy, the Revd. J. G. M. Scott explained that this had been kept so low largely because a number of blocks had been loaned free of charge and because most of the layout work had been done by Mr. Sharpe. Because the book was intended primarily for professional people, it was being priced to be comparable with other technical publications they would buy; otherwise they might well feel it not worth considering. Review copies were being sent to the architectural press, and advertisements for the book were to appear in the Church Times and the Architectural Journal.
Mr. F. Reynolds (Lancashire A.) offered the Council material used in the Lancashire Handbook which the Association could no longer afford to have printed; and Mr. D. E. Sibson said that the Surprise Major methods collection could be produced annually in the form of a computer listing for about 25p per copy.
Mr. Drew said that his committee would look into its prices and, in response to a question from Mr. J. S. Barnes, said that it was already looking into the reprinting of the book on handbell ringing and that other reprints were being considered.
The report was adopted.
|W. E. Critchley, Chairman.
28 Brompton Road,
Doncaster, DN5 7LL
|G. E. Feirn
R. F. B. Speed
The report was adopted without comment on the proposition of Mr. W. E. Critchley (Yorkshire A.). Mr. G. E. Feirn (Lincoln D. G.) seconded.
|Royal & Caters||-||1||+||1||1||-||-||1|
|Major & Triples||1||-||-||1||-||-|
|Minor & Doubles||2||3||+||1||1||-||-||1|
|Leicester Diocesan Guild||232||46||278|
|Kent County Association||259||6||265|
|Oxford Diocesan Guild||153||82||235|
|Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild||135||42||177|
|Worcestershire & Districts Association||147||6||153|
|Sussex County Association||139||-||139|
|Chester Diocesan Guild||112||24||136|
|Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association||107||23||130|
|Hertford County Association||95||35||130|
|F. B. Lufkin, Chairman.
108 Salisbury Road,
|N. J. Diserens
K. W. H. Felstead
|C. H. Rogers
Proposing the adoption of the report, Mr. F. B. Lufkin (Essex A.) said that he had now realised that the Cleveland and North Yorkshire Association, shown as having rung no peals in 1973, had ceased to exist three years ago, and that the S. Derbyshire and N. Yorkshire Assoc., should read “S. Derbyshire and N. Leicestershire Assoc”. He had also just received a letter from the Southampton University Guild (which was not affiliated to the Council) appealing against the omission of the peal in 250 Doubles methods and suggested that it be referred to the Methods Committee.
After Mr. C. H. Rogers (Middlesex C. A.) had seconded, Mr. F. T. Blagrove said that he had seen the letter mentioned by Mr. Lufkin, but although it argued that the 8 successive blows in one place sometimes occurred at a bob (and might thus be acceptable), it omitted to say that elsewhere 8 successive blows occurred on the lead.
Mr. W. L. Exton (Southwell D. G.) pointed out that in Appendix b. to the report the Post Office Guild was one of Ringers, not Workers (laughter), and Mr. D. A. Bayles then enquired whether the Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild’s total included a performance at Hebburn on 26th April 1973, and, if it did, what standards had been applied by the committee.
In reply, Mr. Lufkin said that the committee had received objections to the Hebburn peal by some members of the Durham and Newcastle Association, and had as a result made enquiries of the complainants, the band, and the association to whom the peal had been credited. Both the complainants and the Winchester and Portsmouth Association had co-operated fully, but he had been unable to obtain any reply from the conductor of the peal. The Administrative Committee had as a result been consulted, and had considered that the peal had to be accepted on trust. It had therefore been included in the analysis.
Mr. J. Prytherch (St. David’s D. G.) asked whether the Council would reconsider its ruling on peals of Minimus. The band that had rung the peal at Llanarthney felt that 48’s of Minimus should be accepted as were 240’s of Doubles. Mr. Blagrove said that there were two points: the Council had agreed in the past that Minimus must be rung in true and complete 24’s, and methods rung in peals must be true in their plain course. He would, he said, have agreed with Mr. Prytherch if only the former had been contravened, for example by ringing Spliced, but Kent T. B. Minimus was not true in its plain course, and this was overriding. The peal could not be accepted.
Mr. C. W. Pipe enquired whether the reference in the opening paragraph to “quantity rather than quality” alluded to some recent fast 12-bell peals, but Mr. Rogers said that it only reflected an impression that sometimes the desire to get a peal was greater than the desire to get a good peal.
The report was adopted without further amendment.
|C. K. Lewis, Chairman
52 Wellington Road,
|F. T. Blagrove
S. J. Ivin
R. F. B. Speed
The report was accepted on the proposition of Mr. C. K. Lewis, seconded by Mr. S. J. Ivin (honorary member). In reply to a question from Mr. C. J. Groome, Mr. Lewis said that the “work in hand” consisted of the Doubles collection mentioned in the Publications Committee report and had included the Surprise Major collection, which had now been taken over by the Computer Co-ordination Committee.
|W. F. Moreton, Chairman.
6, Bar Lane,
C. M. Smith
R. B. Smith
Revd. R. D. St. J. Smith
Proposing the adoption of the report, Mr. W. F. Moreton said that it had always been his committee’s unofficial policy to enlist the willing help of non-members of the committee. Members would have noted the names of a number of such people in the report, but he wished to make special mention of Dr. J. C. Baldwin and Mr. W. Butler, who between them had done all the work on the Sunday Service Survey over the past two years. The first Survey was the cause of the committee’s existence, and he now looked forward to seeing the fruits of this second Survey during the coming years. Mr. Butler seconded.
Mr. P. M. J. Gray said he wished to echo Mr. Moreton’s words on the Survey. He thought it was extraordinarily well done and congratulated them on the work and on its presentation. He had found it most interesting, and particularly the analysis of comments, which for the first time gave a picture of the ground-swell of feeling among ringers in general. It is often difficult to know whether the Council is doing what ringers want, he said, but now it had some idea of what was wanted. He hoped something would come from this report, as there had from the last, and that the committee would come up with further suggestions. In the meantime he thought it vital that everyone should read the report and that action should be taken on it by associations.
The report was agreed.
|James R. Taylor (Chairman).
7, Farleigh Road,
Bristol BS19 3PB.
|John C. Baldwin
Stephen J. Ivin
Derek E. Sibson
Cyril A. Wratten
Mr. J. R. Taylor (Gloucester and Bristol D. A.) proposed the adoption of the report, saying that an approach had now been made to the Publications Committee about republishing the late Maurice Hodgson’s paper on false course heads. He asked that those with computer peal-checking facilities should contact the committee, and pointed out that a copy of the computer listing of Surprise Major methods so far rung, held by Mr. Sibson, was a good example of the sort of thing the committee could provide.
Mr. C. K. Lewis wondered whether such a collection would be acceptable to ringers. Although he personally had nothing but admiration for it, he wondered what the reaction would be to having computer prints rather than a booklet, and how people would feel about buying a completely new - albeit updated - copy every year or so. Mr. N. J. Diserens could foresee no problem, and said that the listings could be held in a folder.
Mr. C. Crossthwaite (Lancashire A.) asked whether the collection would be available through the Computer Committee or the Publications Committee. Dr. Baldwin said it would be handled by the Publications Committee, and should be available in about three months’ time. The original collection and appendixes A to J were already included, and the contents of the so-far unpublished Appendix K were nearly ready. The first issue would thus contain all Surprise Major methods rung to the end of 1973. The committee was still looking into the inclusion of Royal, Maximus and so on within the limitations imposed by computer printing.
The report was then adopted.
|H. J. Sanger||Bath and Wells Diocesan Association. 1946-72; Honorary, 1972-73. Died January 18th, 1973. Attended 21 meetings.|
|C. J. Sedgley||Suffolk Guild, 1927-57. Died January 18th, 1973. Attended 9 meetings.|
|G. S. Valentine||Peterborough Diocesan Guild, 1945-51. Died March, 1973. Attended 5 meetings.|
|Miss E. M. M. Steel||Ladies’ Guild, 1938-51. Died May 30th, 1973. Attended 4 meetings.|
|A. Harman||Guildford Diocesan Guild, 1936-57. Died October 2nd, 1973. Attended 9 meetings.|
|W. N. Park||Durham and Newcastle Diocesan Association, 1948-60. Died November 16th, 1973. Attended 6 meetings.|
|T. J. Lock, Chairman.
57 Holloways Lane, North Mymms,
|G. A. Dawson
W. H. Viggers
When he moved the adoption of the report, Mr. T. J. Lock (Middlesex C. A.) said that he had now discovered that Mr. G. S. Valentine had died on March 17th, 1973. Next year would probably see the arrival of the Council’s 1,000th member since its formation in 1891, since the total to date was 990.
He asked that any outstanding biography sheets should be completed and returned.
Mr. G. A. Dawson (Soc. of Sherwood Youths) seconded, and the report was adopted.
The President expressed the appreciation of the Council to all the committees for their work and their reports, which contained, he said, much of real substance.
After Mr. Sibson had queried the omission of any reference to the two committees set up last year from the copies of the Council’s Rules that had been circulated, the President explained that the Rules listed only the permanent committees of the Council; to include these extra committees would entail a change of rule. Mr. C. K. Lewis accordingly gave Notice of Motion to change Rule 12 next year, which the President accepted.
The Secretary said that, although the Council had already agreed to hold the 1975 meeting in Lincoln, the precise date remained to be settled, the President and Mr. J. L. Millhouse (Lincoln D.G.) having undertaken to see whether a Monday meeting was possible. Mr. Millhouse said that the Lincoln Guild had made enquiries and had found that the hall in the College of Technology - which had very much better acoustics than the Chapter House, where the 1952 meeting had been held - was only available on the Tuesday (May 27th); it had ample car-parking space, and had therefore been booked. The headquarters hotel would be the Moor Hotel, Branston.
Mr. G. A. Halls made a most eloquent invitation on behalf of the Derby Diocesan Association for the Council to come to Derby in 1977, which would be the 30th anniversary of the Association, the 50th year of Derby Cathedral, and the 300th anniversary of the ring of ten in its tower. The Borough Council had agreed to co-operate, and had offered the use of the Guildhall. Mr. K. Arthur (Durham and Newcastle D.A.) said that the 1870’s had been a vintage period for the foundation of ringing societies, including his own in 1877. The Durham and Newcastle would therefore like to invite the Council to its birth-place, Durham, in 1977, to mark its centenary. This might entail some changes in current practice, but if there were any difficulty in this, the Council would be most welcome at Newcastle-upon-Tyne. After some discussion, it was agreed to leave the decision as to which invitation to accept to next year, when the new Council could decide.
Other centenary invitations were received from the Winchester and Portsmouth D.A. (for 1980), the Bedfordshire A. (for 1982) and the Sussex C.A. (for 1985); the Secretary pointed out that an invitation for 1982 had already been received from the Salisbury D.G. last year.
Mr. C. F. Mew (Surrey A.) drew members’ attention to the change in county boundaries since April 1st; this meant that about 1400 towers, or a quarter of all those in the country, will be in new counties or in counties with changed titles. He thought it important that the new titles should be adopted for all official publications, including reports in The Ringing World. A number of speakers, including Messrs. W. G. Wilson, J. M. Jelley (Leicester D.G.), W. E. Critchley and C. K. Lewis thought it best not to change, Mr. Jelley remarking that the first band to ring a peal at Oakham and publish it as being in Leicestershire would probably close the tower (laughter). Mr. Denyer said that he would have to rely upon his correspondents, for he hadn’t any staff to alter material that was submitted.
It was agreed, after a suggestion from Mr. C. K. Lewis, that the Secretary should write to the relatives of the late Mr. G. E. Fearn, expressing the Council’s sympathy in their loss.
Mr. J. S. Barnes felt that Sunday evenings’ open meeting on Bell Restoration Funds had dealt with a most important subject, and he wondered whether something should have been brought forward to this meeting. There was clearly a wealth of knowledge available on such things as dealings with the Charity Commissioners, and he suggested that a paper on the subject should be produced by knowledgeable ringers within the next 2-3 months and circulated; the Council should also appoint a person able to offer advice to associations wishing to set up a bell restoration fund. Mr. J. M. Tyler felt that such a paper would be of inestimable value; clearly a number of associations knew little of the implications of registering as a charity.
In reply to a question from Dr. Baldwin, Mr. Denyer said a full report of the meeting was being provided by Mrs. Butler for publication in The Ringing World.
The President said that the value of the meeting was that it gave people something to think about, and that the appointment of a person such as was suggested by Mr. Barnes was best left for the new Council; it could be a subject for discussion next year. Mr. P. A. Corby agreed, adding that he thought it best for a formal motion to be debated to avoid any discussion being inconclusive.
The Secretary reported that of the 201 members possible, 164 were present, 46 associations were fully represented, 14 partially represented, and four not represented.
Mr. R. S. Anderson proposed a vote of thanks to the President for his conduct of the meeting, which, he said, had been expeditious, smooth, and not without humour. He looked forward to having the benefit of his advice at the Council meeting for many years to come (applause). Mrs. O. D. Barnett thanked the Secretary and Mrs. Wratten for their work, and Miss D. E. Colgate (Ladies G.) for taking notes of the meeting for use by The Ringing World and the Secretary (applause).
In conclusion, the President expressed the Council’s thanks to the Devon Guild for organising the weekend, mentioning in particular the committee which had consisted of Mr. Brian Pidgeon (President), Mr. Philip Jones (Secretary), the Revd. John Scott and Messrs. Frank Mack and Peter Sawyer; he also thanked the Dean and Chapter of Exeter and the various incumbents for the use of their bells over the weekend (applause).
Life Members: W. Ayre, E. A. Barnett, J. Freeman, F. Sharpe, E. C. Shepherd, the Very Revd. A. G. G. Thurlow, W. G. Wilson.
Honorary Members: Mrs. O. D. Barnett, F. E. Collins, C. W. Denyer, R. H. Dove, G. R. Drew, Miss J. Foster, D. Hughes, S. J. Ivin, C. K. Lewis, H. N. Pitstow, R. B. Smith, R. F. B. Speed, P. L. Taylor, Mrs. M. A. Wratten.
Ancient Society of College Youths: W. T. Cook, J. S. Mason, R. B. Meadows, W. Williams.
Australia and New Zealand Assn.: P. M. J. Gray.
Bath and Wells Dioc. Assn.: G. W. Massey, E. Naylor, A. H. Reed, J. S. Walton.
Bedfordshire Assn.: J. H. Edwards, K. H. Fleming.
Beverley and District Soc.: I. G. Campbell.
Cambridge University Guild: B. D. Threlfall.
Coventry Dioc. Guild.: P. Border, G. W. Randall, H. M. Windsor.
Cumberland and N. Westmorland Assn.: R. W. D. Wetenhall.
Derby Dioc. Assn.: G. A. Halls, M. Phipps.
Devon Assn.: H. Pidler.
Durham and Newcastle Dioc. Assn.: K. Arthur, D. A. Bayles.
Durham University Soc.: C. C. Monson.
E. Grinstead and District Guild: K. G. Game.
Ely Dioc. Assn.: A. M. Barber, G. E. Bonham, J. G. Gipson.
Essex Assn.: J. Armstrong, F. B. Lufkin, P. J. Rothera, D. Sloman.
Gloucester and Bristol Dioc. Assn.: L. C. Edwards, A. R. Peake, J. R. Taylor, C. A. Wratten.
Guildford Dioc. Guild: M. J. Church, T. Page, D. E. Parsons, P. G. Smart.
Guild of Devonshire Ringers: Fr. P. Angold, J. M. Clarke, D. J. Roberts, Revd. J. G. M. Scott.
Hereford Dioc. Guild: T. Cooper, P. Hughes, R. G. Powell.
Hertford County Assn.: A. R. Agg, G. Dodds, G. Penney.
Irish Assn.: F. E. Dukes, D. McEndoo.
Kent County Assn.: P. A. Corby, S. Jenner, I. H. Oram, D. P. Smith.
Ladies Guild: Miss D. E. Colgate, Mrs. J. Summerhayes.
Lancashire Assn.: C. Crossthwaite, D. R. Jones, J. P. Partington, F. Reynolds.
Leeds University Soc.: A. M. Glover.
Leicester Dioc. Guild: J. M. Jelley, B. G. Warwick.
Lincoln Dioc. Guild: G. E. Feirn, D. A. Frith, J. L. Millhouse, P. Reynolds.
Llandaff and Monmouth Dioc. Assn.: Mrs. D. J. King, M. J. Pryor, T. M. Roderick.
London County Assn.: H. W. Rogers, Mrs. O. L. Rogers, J. M. Weddell, D. Woodward.
Manchester University Guild: M. C. W. Sherwood.
Middlesex County Assn. and London Dioc. Guild: F. T. Blagrove, T. J. Lock, C. H. Rogers, B. C. Watson.
National Police Guild: N. S. Bagworth.
N. Staffordshire Assn.: R. S. Anderson.
Norwich Dioc. Assn.: H. W. Barrett, M. Cubitt, F. N. Golden, N. V. Harding.
Oxford Dioc. Guild: J. C. Baldwin, W. Butler, N. J. Diserens, P. Walker.
Oxford Society: F. A. H. Wilkins.
Oxford University Soc.: J. E. Camp.
Peterborough Dioc. Guild: C. J. Groome, J. M. Tyler.
Railwaymen’s Guild: E. J. Franklin.
St. David’s Dioc. Guild: J. Prytherch.
St Martin’s Guild: R. W. Pipe.
Salisbury Dioc. Guild: M. Hiller, E. J. Hitchins, G. S. Morris, B. J. Woodruffe.
Scottish Assn.: Miss K. M. H. Branson.
Shropshire Assn.: Mrs. E. Stevens.
Soc. of Royal Cumberland Youths: J. S. Barnes, D. Beresford, W. H. Dobbie, D. E. Sibson.
Soc. of Sherwood Youths: G. A. Dawson.
S. Derbyshire and N. Leicestershire Assn.: J. E. Collins.
Southwell Dioc. Guild: W. L. Exton, S. Humphrey, R. B. Mills, Mrs. B. N. Reed.
Stafford Archd. Soc.: C. F. W. Eyre, C. M. Smith.
Suffolk Guild: H. W. Egglestone, C. W. Pipe, Revd. L. R. Pizzey.
Surrey Assn.: A. P. Cannon, S. F. W. Kimber, C. F. Mew.
Sussex County Assn.: C. J. Champion, G. Francis, Miss J. M. Percy.
Swansea and Brecon Dioc. Guild: J. A. Hoare.
Truro Dioc. Guild: W. C. Boucher, F. M. Bowers, A. J. Davidson, A. Locke.
Universities Assn.: Revd. M. C. C. Melville.
University of London Soc.: A. J. Frost.
Winchester and Portsmouth Dioc. Guild: A. V. Davis, G. K. Dodd, J. Hartless, R. R. Savory.
Worcestershire and Districts Assn.: D. Beacham, A. C. Berry, W. B. Cartwright, M. D. Fellows.
Yorkshire Assn.: R. Brown, W. E. Critchley, W. F. Moreton.
There were no representative members of the Chester Dioc. Guild, the E. Derby and W. Notts. Assn., the Midland Counties Guild, the North American Guild, or the North Wales Assn. present.
The Ringing World, July 19, 1974, supplement
|a. AFFILIATED SOCIETIES||FOURTEEN||MAXIMUS||CINQUES||ROYAL||CATERS||MAJOR||TRIPLES||MINOR||DOUBLES||MINIMUS||MIXED||TOTALS||TOTAL|
|ANCIENT SOC. OF COLLEGE YOUTHS||16||6||11||5||10||2||1||51||51|
|AUSTRALIA & N. ZEALAND ASSOC.||3||2||1||6||6|
|BATH & WELLS DIOC. ASSN.||2||6||1||4||39||8||36||1||10||105||2||107|
|BEVERLEY & DIST. SOC.||1||1||3||1||3||8||1||9|
|CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY GUILD||1||1||1||2||9||9||1||1||5||1||15||16||31|
|CHESTER DIOC. GUILD||2||9||9||64||11||6||24||2||9||112||24||136|
|COVENTRY DIOC. GUILD||5||1||1||2||1||27||3||17||2||5||57||7||64|
|CUMBERLAND & N. WESTMORLAND ASSOC.||3||1||1||2a||7||7|
|DERBY DIOC. ASSOC.||1||3||1||39||1||10||1||2||57||1||58|
|GUILD OF DEVONSHIRE RINGERS||1||1||13||1||4||2||21||1||22|
|DURHAM & NEWCASTLE DIOC. ASSN||3||1||37||2||9||7||52||7||59|
|E. DERBY & W. NOTTS ASSOC.||2||1||3||3|
|E. GRINSTEAD & DIST. GUILD||1||1||1|
|ELY DIOC. ASSOC.||1||2||4||1||48||5||20||81||81|
|GLOS. & BRISTOL DIOC. ASSOC.||3||7||3||8||19||5||11||42||16||13||2||1||107||23||130|
|GUILDFORD DIOC. GUILD||1||3||1||25||6||3||39||39|
|HEREFORD DIOC. GUILD||1||3||22||7||19||11||63||63|
|HERTFORD COUNTY ASSOC.||4||1||2||1||8||17||2||48||12||2||28||4||1||95||35||130|
|KENT COUNTY ASSOCIATION||1||1||8||4||100||2||13||125||4||7||259||6||265|
|LEICESTER DIOC. GUILD||10||2||11||1||10||6||7||8||117||22||19||4||53||5||3||232||46||278|
|LINCOLN DIOC. GUILD||4||6||1||2||17||5||2||2||50||6||10||2||93||14||107|
|LLANDAFF & MON. DIOC. ASSOC.||2||2||9||15||11||8||6||1||7||49||12||61|
|LONDON COUNTY ASSOCIATION||1||3||10||7||17||6||2||1||47||47|
|MANCHESTER UNIV. GUILD||1||11||2||19||20||2||3||4||1||28||35||63|
|MIDDX. COUNTY ASSOC. & LONDON DIOC. GUILD||3||6||19||6||2||1b||37||37|
|MIDLAND COUNTIES GUILD||2||1||3||38||3||7||1||1||55||1||56|
|NATIONAL POLICE GUILD||1||1||1|
|NORTH STAFFS. ASSOCIATION||2||5||1||8||8|
|NORTH WALES ASSOCIATION||9||1||1||10||1||11|
|NORWICH DIOC. ASSOCIATION||1||3||1||6||28||1||27||7||74||74|
|OXFORD DIOC. GUILD||1||1||8||2||2||10||15||5||1||76||41||22||31||14||6||153||82||235|
|OXFORD UNIV. SOC.||5||2||1||6||1||1||13||3||16|
|PETERBOROUGH DIOC. GUILD||1||2||8||3||39||1||1||24||3||81||1||82|
|ST. DAVID DIOC. GUILD||2||2||2||8||14||14|
|ST. MARTINS GUILD||35||5||9||1||22||3||1||76||76|
|SALISBURY DIOC. GUILD||1||2||7||17||5||14||7||52||1||53|
|SHEFFIELD & DIST. SOC.||1||1||1||1||3||1||4|
|SOC. OF SHERWOOD YOUTHS||1||1||3||1||1||7||7|
|SOC. ROYAL CUMBER. YOUTHS||1||1||14||16||16|
|SOUTHWELL DIOC. GUILD||2||1||8||2||18||2||9||25||2||67||2||69|
|STAFFORD ARCHY SOC.||2||2||2||17||3||18||1||45||45|
|SWANSEA & BRECON GUILD||1||1||2||2|
|SUSSEX COUNTY ASSOC.||7||2||60||11||49||10||139||139|
|TRURO DIOC. GUILD||1||3||10||5||5||11||35||35|
|WINCHESTER & PORTS. DIOC. GUILD||2||3||2||14||5||4||64||16||7||1||23||17||18||1||135||42||177|
|WORCESTER & DIST. ASSOC.||4||3||9||5||90||5||6||20||1||10||147||6||153|
|NORTH AMERICAN GUILD||1||11||1||1||26||1||3||2||12||4||54||58|
|a Doubles/Minor; b Caters/Royal|
|b. NON-AFFILIATED SOCIETIES||MAXIMUS||ROYAL||CATERS||MAJOR||TRIPLES||MINOR||DOUBLES||TOTALS||TOTAL|
|ALDENHAM COLLEGE YOUTHS||2||2||2|
|BRADFORD UNIV. GUILD||1||1||1|
|BIRMINGHAM UNIV. SOCIETY||2||1||3||3|
|ARCH. OF HALIFAX GUILD||1||1||1|
|LEICESTER UNIV. SOCIETY||1||1||1|
|LIVERPOOL UNIV. SOCIETY||1||1||2||2|
|GUILD OF POST OFFICE WORKERS||1||1||1|
|GUILD OF CLERICAL RINGERS||1||1||1|
|GUILD OF MEDICAL RINGERS||1||1||1|
|SOCIETY OF RAMBLING RINGERS||1||1||1|
|SOCIETY OF SOUTH LONDON YOUTHS||1||1||1|
|GRAND TOTALS - TOWER 3562 - HANDBELLS - 469|
|PEAL TOTAL - 4031|
The Ringing World, August, 1974, page 641
1. NUMERICALLY ORDERED TABLE
|A. SURPRISE MAJOR METHODS|
|1K.||Zaporozhye||(f)||- 34 - 1458 - 56 - 16 - 34 - 1458 - 34 - 5.|
|2K.||Theddlethorpe||(f)||- 34 - 1458 - 56 - 16.34 - 14.58.14 - 14.5.|
|3K.||Aylesbury||(mx)||- 36 - 14 - 1258 - 16.34 - 14.58.16 - 16.5.|
|4K.||Brigstock||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 12 - 1238 - 34 - 3458 - 16 - 7.|
|5K.||Galleywood||(f)||- 38 - 14 - 12 - 16 - 34 - 58 - 1236 - 3.|
|6K.||Wingates||(f)||- 38 - 14 - 1256 - 1238 - 14 - 1238 - 56 - 3.|
|7K.||Polesworth||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 1258 - 36 - 34 - 58.14 - 16.7.|
|8K.||Benefield||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 1258 - 36.14 - 14.38 - 12 - 7.|
|9K.||Brafield||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 1258 - 36.14 - 14.38 - 12.56.7.|
|10K.||Byfield||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 1258 - 36.14 - 14.38 - 1256 - 7.|
|11K.||Castor||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 1258 - 36.14 - 14.38 - 34.56.7.|
|12K.||Cottesmore||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 1258 - 36.14 - 14.38 - 3456 - 7.|
|13K.||Corby||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 1258 - 36.14 - 14.38.12 - 12.7.|
|14K.||Dallington||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 1258 - 36.14 - 14.38.12 - 1256.7.|
|15K.||Deene||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 1258 - 36.14 - 220.127.116.11 - 7.|
|16K.||Denford||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 1258 - 36.14 - 18.104.22.168.12.7.|
|17K.||Ashwell||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 1258 - 36.14 - 22.214.171.124.56.7.|
|18K.||Duston||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 1258 - 36.14 - 126.96.36.199.12.7.|
|19K.||Ecton||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 1258 - 36.14 - 14.38.1256 - 12.7.|
|20K.||Glinton||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 1258 - 36.14 - 14.38.1256 - 1256.7.|
|21K.||Lowick||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 1258 - 36.14 - 188.8.131.52.56.7.|
|22K.||Guilsborough||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 1258 - 36.14 - 184.108.40.206 - 7.|
|23K.||Maxey||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 1258 - 36.14 - 220.127.116.11.56.7.|
|24K.||Roma||(f)||- 38 - 14 - 56 - 16 - 34 - 1258.34 - 14.5.|
|25K.||Over||(f)||- 38 - 14 - 56 - 16.34 - 14.58 - 12 - 5.|
|26K.||Dymchurch||(f)||- 38 - 14 - 56 - 16.34 - 34.58.12 - 14.5.|
|27K.||Idbury||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 58 - 16 - 14 - 1258 - 12.36.7.|
|28K.||Xalanga||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 58 - 16 - 14 - 38.56 - 36.7.|
|29K.||Tewin||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 58 - 16 - 14 - 58 - 12.36.7.|
|30K.||Halesworth||(d)||- 38 - 14 - 58 - 16 - 34 - 38.14 - 14.5.|
|31K.||Ashmansworth||(d)||- 38 - 14 - 58 - 16 - 34 - 58 - 36 - 3.|
|32K.||Whaddon||(a)||- 38 - 14 - 58 - 16.34 - 34.1258 - 16 - 5.|
|33K.||Fotheringhay||(a)||- 38 - 14 - 58 - 36 - 14 - 58 - 36 - 5.|
|34K.||Piddington||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 18.104.22.168 - 14.38 - 12.56.7.|
|35K.||Pitsford||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 22.214.171.124 - 14.38 - 1256 - 7.|
|36K.||Ringstead||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 126.96.36.199 - 14.38 - 34 - 7.|
|37K.||Rushton||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 188.8.131.52 - 14.38 - 34.56.7.|
|38K.||Stanwick||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 184.108.40.206 - 14.38 - 3456 - 7.|
|39K.||Badby||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 220.127.116.11 - 14.38 - 56 - 7.|
|40K.||Sulgrave||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 18.104.22.168 - 14.38.12 - 12.7.|
|41K.||Towcester||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 22.214.171.124 - 14.38.12 - 1256.7.|
|42K.||Isham||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 126.96.36.199 - 188.8.131.52 - 7.|
|43K.||Twywell||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 184.108.40.206 - 220.127.116.11.12.7.|
|44K.||Brackley||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 18.104.22.168 - 22.214.171.124.56.7.|
|45K.||Wadenhoe||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 126.96.36.199 - 188.8.131.52.12.7.|
|46K.||Wansford||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 184.108.40.206 - 14.38.1256 - 12.7.|
|47K.||Warmington||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 220.127.116.11 - 14.38.1256 - 1256.7.|
|48K.||Belton||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 18.104.22.168 - 14.38.56 - 56.7.|
|49K.||Weekley||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 22.214.171.124 - 126.96.36.199 - 7.|
|50K.||Weldon||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 188.8.131.52 - 184.108.40.206.56.7.|
|51K.||Wollaston||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 220.127.116.11 - 18.104.22.168 - 7.|
|52K.||Woodford||(b)||- 38 - 14 - 22.214.171.124 - 126.96.36.199.56.7.|
|53K.||Upton Snodsbury||(b)||- 38 - 1456 - 56 - 16 - 12 - 58 - 16.34.5.|
|54K.||Brington||(b)||- 38 - 1458 - 12 - 36.14 - 14.38 - 12 - 7.|
|55K.||Chacombe||(b)||- 38 - 1458 - 12 - 36.14 - 14.38 - 12.56.7.|
|56K.||Cosgrove||(b)||- 38 - 1458 - 12 - 36.14 - 14.38 - 1256 - 7.|
|57K.||Cottesbrooke||(b)||- 38 - 1458 - 12 - 36.14 - 14.38 - 34 - 7.|
|58K.||Creaton||(b)||- 38 - 1458 - 12 - 36.14 - 14.38 - 34.56.7.|
|59K.||Empingham||(b)||- 38 - 1458 - 12 - 36.14 - 14.38 - 3456 - 7.|
|60K.||Exton||(b)||- 38 - 1458 - 12 - 36.14 - 14.38 - 56 - 7.|
|61K.||Glaston||(b)||- 38 - 1458 - 12 - 36.14 - 14.38.12 - 12.7.|
|62K.||Greetham||(b)||- 38 - 1458 - 12 - 36.14 - 14.38.12 - 1256.7.|
|63K.||Harringworth||(b)||- 38 - 1458 - 12 - 36.14 - 188.8.131.52 - 7.|
|64K.||Helmdon||(b)||- 38 - 1458 - 12 - 36.14 - 184.108.40.206.12.7.|
|65K.||Kelmarsh||(b)||- 38 - 1458 - 12 - 36.14 - 220.127.116.11.56.7.|
|66K.||Kings Cliffe||(b)||- 38 - 1458 - 12 - 36.14 - 18.104.22.168.12.7.|
|67K.||Langham||(b)||- 38 - 1458 - 12 - 36.14 - 14.38.1256 - 12.7.|
|68K.||Mears Ashby||(b)||- 38 - 1458 - 12 - 36.14 - 14.38.1256 - 1256.7.|
|69K.||Newnham||(b)||- 38 - 1458 - 12 - 36.14 - 14.38.56 - 56.7.|
|70K.||Paulerspury||(b)||- 38 - 1458 - 12 - 36.14 - 22.214.171.124 - 7.|
|71K.||Potterspury||(b)||- 38 - 1458 - 12 - 36.14 - 126.96.36.199.56.7.|
|72K.||Whilton||(b)||- 38 - 1458 - 12 - 36.14 - 188.8.131.52 - 7.|
|73K.||Whissendine||(b)||- 38 - 1458 - 12 - 36.14 - 184.108.40.206.56.7.|
|74K.||Unthank||(b)||- 38 - 1458 - 56 - 16 - 12 - 1458 - 36 - 7.|
|75K.||Billingshurst||(d)||- 38 - 1458 - 56 - 16 - 34 - 1458 - 14 - 5.|
|76K.||Theddingworth||(b)||- 38 - 1458 - 56 - 36 - 12 - 1258 - 16 - 7.|
|77K.||Swannington||(b)||- 38 - 1458 - 56 - 38 - 12 - 1258 - 16 - 3.|
|78K.||Melbourn||(j)||- 56 - 14 - 56 - 38 - 14 - 220.127.116.11.7.|
|79K.||Broughton Astley||(a)||- 56 - 1458 - 56 - 38 - 14 - 58.14 - 14.7.|
|80K.||Bruges||(f)||- 58 - 14 - 56 - 36.14 - 14.58 - 12 - 5.|
|81K.||Danum||(mx)||- 58 - 14.58 - 58.16 - 12 - 58 - 34 - 3.|
|82K.||Pitsmoor||(mx)||- 58 - 14.58 - 58.16.34 - 12.58.12 - 12.3.|
|83K.||Tenterden||(c)||- 58 - 1456 - 1258 - 16 - 34 - 38 - 16 - 1.|
|84K.||Launcells||(d)||- 58 - 16 - 12 - 1236 - 34 - 3458 - 14 - 7.|
|85K.||Sandhurst||(c)||- 58 - 16 - 56 - 38 - 34 - 1238 - 14 - 7.|
|86K.||Birchington-on-Sea||(b)||- 58 - 16 - 58 - 36 - 14 - 1238 - 12 - 7.|
|87K.||Waterloo Tower||(b)||- 58 - 16 - 58 - 36 - 14 - 1238 - 34 - 7.|
|88K.||Quex Park||(b)||- 58 - 16 - 58 - 36 - 14 - 1238 - 56 - 7.|
|89K.||St. Andrews||(a)||34 - 34.16 - 58 - 18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.1.|
|90K.||Abthorpe||(f)||34 - 38.14 - 12 - 38 - 14 - 58.16 - 12.7.|
|91K.||Chertsey||(mx)||34 - 38.16 - 56 - 38.14 - 12.38 - 12.36.1.|
|92K.||Uffculme||(mx)||36 - 56.14.58 - 58.36 - 34 - 58.16 - 16.3.|
|93K.||Wiveliscombe||(mx)||36 - 56.14.58 - 58.36.12 - 12.38.14 - 14.3.|
|94K.||Broadclyst||(mx)||36 - 56.14.58 - 58.36.12 - 34.58.16 - 16.5.|
|95K.||Seagrave||(b)||38 - 38.16 - 56 - 38.14 - 12.38.16 - 12.3.|
|B. SURPRISE ROYAL METHODS|
|96K.||Durnovaria||(b)||- 30 - 14 - 1250 - 3670 - 14 - 58 - 16 - 70 - 18 - 9.|
|C. SURPRISE MAXIMUS METHODS|
|97K.||Verona||(b)||- 5T - 16 - 5T - 38 - 147T - 50 - 169T - 70 - 18 - 7T - 12 - E.|
2. TABLE OF FIRST PERFORMANCES
|A. SURPRISE MAJOR METHODS|
|Abthorpe||13 -10 - 73||Easton Neston||90K.|
|Ashmansworth||26 - 4 - 73||Highclere||31K.|
|Ashwell||Rung in Spliced||17K.|
|Aylesbury||24 -11 - 73||Meldreth||3K.|
|Badby||Rung in Spliced||39K.|
|Barnwood||10 - 3 - 73||Barnwood||45F.|
|Belton||Rung in Spliced||48K.|
|Benefield||Rung in Spliced||8K.|
|Billingshurst||27 - 7 - 73||Billingshurst||75K.|
|Birchington-on-Sea||7 -10 - 73||Quex Park||86K.|
|Brackley||Rung in Spliced||44K.|
|Brafield||Rung in Spliced||9K.|
|Brigstock||25 - 8 - 73||Quorn||4K.|
|Brington||Rung in Spliced||54K.|
|Broadclyst||10 - 3 - 73||Finedon||94K.|
|Broughton Astley||31 -12 - 73||Broughton Astley||79K.|
|Bruges||23 - 2 - 73||Meldreth||80K.|
|Byfield||Rung in Spliced||10K.|
|Castor||Rung in Spliced||11K.|
|Chacombe||Rung in Spliced||55K.|
|Chertsey||18 - 9 - 73||Bushey||91K.|
|Corby||Rung in Spliced||13K.|
|Cosgrove||Rung in Spliced||56K.|
|Cottesbrooke||Rung in Spliced||57K.|
|Cottesmore||Rung in Spliced||12K.|
|Creaton||Rung in Spliced||58K.|
|Dallington||Rung in Spliced||14K.|
|Danum||10 - 2 - 73||Doncaster||81K.|
|Deene||Rung in Spliced||15K.|
|Denford||Rung in Spliced||16K.|
|Duston||Rung in Spliced||18K.|
|Dymchurch||7 - 8 - 73||Appledore (Kent)||26K.|
|Ecton||Rung in Spliced||19K.|
|Empingham||Rung in Spliced||59K.|
|Exton||Rung in Spliced||60K.|
|Fotheringhay||27 -12 - 73||Rothwell||33K.|
|Galleywood||22 - 9 - 73||Galleywood||5K.|
|Glaston||Rung in Spliced||61K.|
|Glinton||Rung in Spliced||20K.|
|Greetham||Rung in Spliced||62K.|
|Guilsborough||Rung in Spliced||22K.|
|Halesworth||3 - 2 - 73||Meldreth||30K.|
|Harringworth||Rung in Spliced||63K.|
|Helmdon||Rung in Spliced||64K.|
|Idbury||1 -12 - 73||Kingham||27K.|
|Isham||Rung in Spliced||42K.|
|Kelmarsh||Rung in Spliced||65K.|
|Kings Cliffe||Rung in Spliced||66K.|
|Langham||Rung in Spliced||67K.|
|Launcells||8 - 9 - 73||Hook Norton||84K.|
|Leckhampton||31 - 3 - 73||Leckhampton||74C.|
|Lowick||Rung in Spliced||21K.|
|Maxey||Rung in Spliced||23K.|
|Mears Ashby||Rung in Spliced||68K.|
|Melbourn||7 - 9 - 73||Meldreth||78K.|
|Newnham||11 - 4 - 73||Ashtead||69K.|
|Over||24 - 2 - 73||Over, Cambridgeshire||25K.|
|Paulerspury||Rung in Spliced||70K.|
|Piddington||Rung in Spliced||34K.|
|Pitsford||Rung in Spliced||35K.|
|Pitsmoor||31 - 3 - 73||Handsworth (Yorkshire)||82K.|
|Polesworth||17 -12 - 73||Whitwick||7K.|
|Potterspury||Rung in Spliced||71K.|
|Quex Park||9 - 9 - 73||Quex Park||88K.|
|Ringstead||Rung in Spliced||36K.|
|Roma||2 - 2 - 73||Meldreth||24K.|
|Rushton||Rung in Spliced||37K.|
|St. Andrews||15 - 3 - 73||St. Andrew-the-Great, Cambridge||89K.|
|Sandhurst||14 -11 - 73||Benenden||85K.|
|Seagrave||28 - 7 - 73||Finedon||95K.|
|Stanwick||Rung in Spliced||38K.|
|Sulgrave||Rung in Spliced||40K.|
|Swannington||31 -10 - 73||Loughborough Bellfoundry||77K.|
|Tenterden||13 -10 - 73||Tenterden||83K.|
|Tewin||21 - 7 - 73||Burton Latimer||29K.|
|Theddingworth||26 - 9 - 73||Loughborough Bellfoundry||76K.|
|Theddlethorpe||3 - 6 - 73||Milnrow||2K.|
|Towcester||Rung in Spliced||41K.|
|Twywell||Rung in Spliced||43K.|
|Uffculme||31 - 3 - 73||Woburn||92K.|
|Unthank||3 -10 - 73||Loughborough Bellfoundry||74K.|
|Upton Snodsbury||19 - 8 - 73||Sandbach||53K.|
|Wadenhoe||Rung in Spliced||45K.|
|Wansford||Rung in Spliced||46K.|
|Warmington||Rung in Spliced||47K.|
|Waterloo Tower||23 - 9 - 73||Quex Park||87K.|
|Weekley||Rung in Spliced||49K.|
|Weldon||Rung in Spliced||50K.|
|Whaddon||17 -11 - 73||Meldreth||32K.|
|Whilton||Rung in Spliced||72K.|
|Whissendine||Rung in Spliced||73K.|
|Wingates||12 - 5 - 73||Westhoughton||6K.|
|Wiveliscombe||7 - 4 - 73||Benington||93K.|
|Wollaston||Rung in Spliced||51K.|
|Woodford||Rung in Spliced||52K.|
|Xalanga||5 - 9 - 73||Loughborough Bellfoundry||28K.|
|Zaporozhye||24 - 6 - 73||Hingham||1K.|
|B. SURPRISE ROYAL METHODS|
|Durnovaria||28 - 5 - 73||Wimborne||96K.|
|C. SURPRISE MAXIMUS METHODS|
|Dodford||17 - 2 - 73||Walsall||138G.|
|Feering||14 - 4 - 73||Aston||44D.|
|Jedburgh||7 - 7 - 73||Birmingham Cathedral||139G.|
|Oxfordshire||8 -12 - 73||Aston||134G.|
|Verona||17 -11 - 73||St. Stephen, Bristol||97K.|
The Ringing World, January 3, 1975, page 13