There are few more beautiful areas of its kind than the Wye Valley in the spring and early summer, and this alone gave pleasure to the many Central Council members and other ringing visitors when they converged on Hereford for the 79th Annual Meeting over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.
There was a record attendance of 180 members present, the previous one being at London in 1972 when 177 attended. It must be many years, too, since all affiliated associations have been present, as was the case this year.
The overall success of the meeting was, we believe, the warmth of the welcome and the detailed organisation of the host Guild. The organising committee of the Hereford D.G. may now feel at ease and very satisfied that the tremendous efforts in fund-raising and attention to detail, together with the programme of ringing events were amply rewarded by the complimentary comments heard on all sides. Nothing had been left to chance, and everyone did their job efficiently.
Fortunately there are plenty of bells to ring - mainly sixes and eights - but the residents of villages and towns are accustomed to their bells ringing at peculiar times, for the well-known Hereford Course at Easter-time has trained them. The tours and peals, the visits and services, were all well supported.
The Sunday Open Meeting, with the “Ringing World” as the subject for debate, attracted a record attendance of well over 200, extra seats having to be brought in, and with Mr. John Freeman (immediate past president) in the chair was, we believe, an interesting and useful evening, well spent, with much learned on all sides.
The Bank Holiday Monday, although rain fell heavily in the afternoon, was most enjoyable, and in the evening at the Park Hall Ballroom, Wormelow, about 300 guests and visitors enjoyed a delightful dinner, the formal speeches of welcome by the Hereford D.G. Master (Mr. John Eisel), the Lord Bishop of Hereford (Rt. Rev. J. R. G. Eastaugh) and the Mayor of Hereford (Cclr. W. A. Vowles) being brief, amusing and very sincere.
The president of the Central Council (Mr. E. A. Barnett) in similar vein expressed thanks to the Master, the Bishop, the Mayor and especially to the organising committee and members who had laid on the dinner and entertained the Council members. The evening was a great social occasion and the extensive accommodation was ideal for such an event.
The service of Holy Communion in the Cathedral on Tuesday morning was well attended, the Dean of Gloucester (V. Rev. Gilbert Thurlow) assisting at the service. Well before the assembly time of 10.15 for the business meeting, many members of the Council had assembled and the observers’ gallery was crowded. The hall was well-lit, the public address system working well, and with the president, the vice-president (Rev. John Scott) and the secretary (Mr. C. A. Wratten) all present, the meeting started two minutes early!
Generally all went smoothly and the agenda was dealt with expeditiously, but thoroughly. At 12.30, the item on the adoption of the various committee reports being reached, the president called the meeting off for the lunch break, resuming promptly at 2 p.m.
The afternoon session was a little prolonged, several of the printed details being supplemented by the addition of verbal reports, proposals for the future and lengthy verbiage, not strictly appertaining to the report being proposed for adoption, but as time was not pressing the chairman did not intervene.
The meeting was closed at 4.50 p.m., following the usual votes of thanks, and soon the bells in the city could be heard again. Many of the Council members and visitors returned home the same evening whilst others continued to enjoy the hospitality of friends, visited beauty spots or just lazed around.
It was, we believe, one of the easiest and happiest meetings for many years, and as such encourages the officers and committees to work together just that little bit harder to further the objects of the Exercise - the glory of God and the welfare of the Church and its ringing population.
Mr. William T. Cook was elected by ballot to the important office of librarian and a library committee elected. This step was taken following the sudden death last February of the former librarian, Mr. Frederick Sharpe, and to whom many tributes were paid.
The 1977 meeting will be at Derby, but the actual date has yet to be decided. The Bank Holiday weekend is to coincide with the Silver Jubilee of the Queen’s accession, when celebrations will be taking place. It is to be announced in our columns when a decision by the Administration Committee is made.
The Ringing World, June 11, 1976, page 497
The Park Hall, Wormelow, about three miles out of Hereford, is a magnificent centre for dances, dinners and other entertainment. The entrance drive is wide and there is plenty of parking space, whilst the rockery and gardens in the front of the building are magnificent and look very beautiful when floodlit.
The Hereford Diocesan Guild arranged for the civic and ecclesiastical reception to be held at the Park Hall on the Monday evening and nearly 300 attended. In spite of the large number there was plenty of room and the well-lit and excellently-planned dining room was gaily decorated, the guests and visitors being entertained by the Hereford Guild members.
The principal guests were received with acclamation and the Dean of Gloucester (V. Rev. Gilbert Thurlow) said grace. Seated at the top table were:-
Mr. John Eisel (Master) and Mrs. Eisel, the Bishop of Hereford and Mrs. J. R. G. Eastaugh, the Mayor of Hereford (Ccl. W. A. Vowles), Mr. Edwin A. Barnett (president, Central Council) and Mrs. Barnett, Rev. John Scott (vice-president, C.C.) and Mrs. Scott, Mr. Cyril A. Wratten (secretary, C.C.) and Mrs. Wratten, Mr. John Freeman (past president, C.C.), Miss Elizabeth Sharpe, Mr. George Cousins (secretary, Hereford Guild) and Mrs. Cousins, Mr. and Mrs Fred Bennett, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hughes, Mr. and Mrs. Reg Powell, and Messrs. Austin Wingate and Frank Sims.
Following a pleasant and well-served meal, the Master welcomed the Central Council members on behalf of the Hereford D.G. and said it was almost 50 years since the Council had visited Hereford. He then introduced the Bishop who, during the course of a short but amusing speech, spoke of the 1,300th celebration of the Diocese and of his own efforts in the belfry many years before. He hoped that the Council would not leave it so long before returning to Hereford.
On the civic side, the Mayor of Hereford said how delighted he and his fellow councillors were to have the Central Council attending and holding their annual conference. He instanced the many attractions to be visited and also spoke of the countryside which was always beautiful, but at its best in Spring.
Mr. Edwin Barnett, responding on behalf of the Central Council, said that only a few weeks after the last Hereford meeting, this article appeared in the R.W. of 13 July, 1928:-
During the laughter which followed this statement, there was renewed loud laughter when Mr. Barnett added: “It was not the Dean of Hereford who debarred them - it was the Dean of Gloucester!” (Dean Gilbert Thurlow applauded loudly this statement!)
Continuing, Mr. Barnett said that the Diocese of Hereford was founded by the 6th Bishop of Rochester - who had been driven out from there. He also gave several other interesting and amusing facts and wished the Hereford Diocese a successful commemorative year. Mr. Barnett also thanked the Mayor for his attendance and welcome, and as it was one of his (the Mayor’s) first official functions, expressed the best wishes of all to him for a happy term in office.
Adding the thanks of all to the Master and the organising committee for their organisation, hard work and the members on their generosity in entertaining the Council members, the president sent good wishes to Mr. T. Cooper (a member of the committee) who had had to enter hospital.
After the formal proceedings had ended the diners spent a pleasant hour or so discussing a variety of subjects and enjoying each other’s company.
The Ringing World, June 18, 1976, page 517
“The best attended open meeting since open meetings started six years ago,” was how the meeting chairman, Mr. John Freeman, put it in his opening remarks. And the ballroom at The Green Dragon Hotel, Hereford, was certainly packed with well over 200 people. Mr. Freeman said that he was surprised that it had taken the Administrative Committee six years to choose The Ringing World as the subject of the open meeting, since our journal is vital to the health of the Exercise.
The first speaker was Mr. Wilfrid G. Wilson, chairman of the Ringing World Committee, who began by introducing the other members of the committee, each of whom stood up to be recognised: Mr. Denis A. Bayles (Durham and Newcastle Association), Mr. Howard W. Egglestone (Suffolk Guild), Mrs. Angela Newing (University of Bristol Society) and Mr. Richard F. B. Speed (Honorary Member). The sixth member, Mrs. J. S. King (Llandaff and Monmouth Association) was unable to be present. Mr. Wilson talked about the committee meetings held two or three times a year, usually at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. The meetings were mostly occupied with financial matters (and there would be a meeting after this open meeting to consider the printer’s request for a further increase of about £2,700 per year). The committee was grateful to the Council officers who often attended its meetings, to the treasurer, Mr. Douglas Hughes, the accountant, Mr. David Tate, and especially to our editor, Mr. Charles W. Denyer, who everyone was indeed glad to see tonight after his recent illness [applause]. Our editor had been told that he must take things easily in future. He was to give up his chasing around the country to meetings, and must eventually consider retirement. A new editor would have to be found before too long. Committee members would be pleased to attend functions in the editor’s stead.
During 1975, continued Mr. Wilson, 51 newspapers and 237 periodicals closed down. The Ringing World, which had begun in 1911, had kept going ever since, and its cost compared favourably with other specialist magazines. Ringers could help by always submitting material for publication on time, by sending peal and quarter peal reports in the correct style, by writing the names on the back of group photographs, and, above all, by trying to increase the circulation. From a figure of almost 6,000 a year-and-a-half ago, the circulation had dropped to less than 5,400, and it was vital for the future of the journal that this figure should be increased.
The editor then gave a description of the various printing processes involved in the production of the Ringing World, and the recent introduction by the printers of the technique of offset lithography currently in use for the production of Ringing World covers. This process, which results in clearer printing, is also cheaper because printers blocks are no longer needed for the reproduction of pictures. Mr. Denyer described the weekly production timetable, giving details of all its stages. A large number of examples were passed round the hall, including the metal offset litho sheets (which someone remarked would be useful for producing simulated thunderclaps to drown hecklers in the later discussion!).
DISPLAY OF PHOTOGRAPHS
An informative display of photographs taken around the office and press room was on show, and the editor expressed his gratitude to the staff at Seven Corners Press for their help and co-operation in preparing this display material. He also praised the work of the new office manager, Miss Wynne Bartlett, whose duties included opening and sorting the 60 to 100 letters which arrived every day, as well as dealing with the advertisements and other financial matters. Mr. Denyer’s speech was interspersed, as usual, with entertaining anecdotes. He found the footnotes to peals and quarter peals most amusing, and quoted a few, including a quarter peal “Rung to congratulate our tower secretary, X, on the birth of a daughter by all the members of the tower”.
Mr. Denyer then referred to his own health. A new editor would be needed some time in the future, and life would be a bit more dull when he was unable to attend meetings and functions throughout the country. He concluded by re-emphasizing the need for improved circulation figures to maintain the Ringing World’s viability.
The discussion which followed included praise for the journal and its producers from several speakers, as well as various suggestions for improving the finances. Rev. M. C. C. Melville suggested a fortnightly production, to which Mr. Wilson replied that this had been considered by the committee but turned down. The overheads would be about the same as at present with only half the financial return, as the Ringing World would still have to employ an editor and keep an office, and advertisements could be out of date before publication, which would further reduce revenue. Mr. Melville also wondered whether public libraries could be persuaded to take the journal. The committee agreed to investigate this, but Mr. Bayles felt that the Ringing World already went into too many “private libraries” so that the number of readers was far greater than the number of subscribers. What was needed was more subscribers. The introduction of more adverts was suggested, and it was felt that some increase might be possible, although few enterprises other than those connected with ringers and ringing would wish to use the journal in this way. Dr. John C. Baldwin wanted further details of the relative costs to the Ringing World of subscriptions through newsagents and by post, which Mr. Wilson promised to supply. Mr. David House said that, since it costs subscribers an extra £3 a year to take it by post, he would be willing, if it helped the Ringing World, to have it from the newsagent and give the journal the extra £3 as a donation.
CHARGING FOR PEALS
There was discussion on charging for peals when published in their present form (otherwise they should be printed in quarter peal style), and charging for footnotes, before Dr. John Baldwin expressed his view that the number and quality of comments during the meeting had been fairly trivial, suggesting that most people were thoroughly pleased with the journal and liked it every week. This view was supported, by Mrs. Jill Staniforth who, as a previous member of the Ringing World Committee, said that she fully understood the difficulties that the committee faced. She proposed that a collection for the Ringing World be taken at the door. (This resulted in a donation to the journal of £28.).
In his closing remarks, Mr. John Freeman said that he considered the Ringing World to be unique. Its readers had a considerable voice in its conduct, and comments were always welcomed by the editor although it was essential that he maintained his independence. Mr. Freeman was sure that the committee would take note of all the helpful points that had been raised.
The Ringing World, June 25, 1976, page 535
The Ringing World, July 2, 1976, page 553
As is customary on Bank Holiday Monday, the host Guild organises peals, motor tours and a coach trip, and the Hereford D.G. certainly “went to town” for the benefit of their guests and visitors. Tower-grabbers were everywhere, but generally the organised bands were able to travel around comfortably, although the heavy rain which fell during the afternoon did dampen certain parties who were touring.
The coach trip, however, was not in any way impaired, and the ringing, plus the interesting and entrancing scenery, gave pleasure to the 30 or so regulars who enjoy this particular mode of travel and the company of fellow-ringers and their respective partners. The eight bells of Bromyard were first to be heard, and then into Shropshire to enjoy the ring of eight at St. Mary Magdalene in Bridgnorth. Here the town centre had been closed for a sponsored event by the local inhabitants, and it took the charms of the organiser (Austin Wingate) to persuade the ladies who barred the way before the coach was permitted to pass through.
Lunch was taken in a well-known picnic and beauty spot - Long Wynde - in the Carding Mill Valley, where the sheep wander around hoping for tit-bits and attention. A notice on the cafe door reads: “Don’t feed the sheep outside” and one wag added: “No, bring them in!”.
At Church Stretton a couple of additional car-loads of ringers were present, but the first touch was not particularly well-struck. Someone suggested excessive indulgence at lunch was the reason, but later the ringing returned to the finer quality which was the general standard for the day.
The magnificent church at Ludlow was admired and studied by those who felt unable to climb the many steps (163?) up to the ringing chamber, and many gems were found in the chancel and chapels. The final touch of Bristol at the end of the 40 minutes allowed was probably the best of the day, and even the rain and the fact that one West Country ringer had to be “found” (a lovely cup of tea, he said!) did not take away any of the pleasures.
At St. Andrew’s, Presteigne, the final tower, all who wished had a pull, although one or two of the “elders” had had enough and spent the time chatting in the church or on the coach. The journey back was wet, but as the general feeling was that “we need the rain” - nobody complained. It would have made little difference had they done so. One earnest gardener said he hoped it was raining on his garden on the Hampshire/Surrey borders.
All were back at their temporary residences in time to prepare for the events of the evening - the Civic Reception and Dinner. It was a delightful climax to a happy day spent in genial company, and one which always pleases.
Thanks were given wholeheartedly to Austin for his arrangements by those attending who were:-
Mr. and Mrs. Bartlett, Mr. and Mrs. Bagworth, Messrs. J. Dunwoody, F. Perrens, R. Wetenhall, W. G. Wilson, C. W. Denyer, W. Boucher, D. Threlfall, J. Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. Edwards, Messrs. R. W. Percy. J. Hartless, J. G. Prior, K. Arthur, Miss Hilary Dash, Messrs. M. Bowers, R. Curtis, D. E. Potter, E. Hudson, D. A. Bayles, M. Wooley, W. Theobald, W. Simmonds, and Mr. and Mrs. W. Thompsett; and the organiser, Austin Wingate.
The Ringing World, July 2, 1976, page 559
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Unfortunately, a proper gavel was not available for the president to use at the meeting on Tuesday. However, order was kept by the use of a carpenters mallet - a battered one, but serviceable.
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It was unfortunate that Miss Elizabeth Sharpe, of Launton, who was at the reception the evening before, was absent from the business meeting on Tuesday. The tributes to her father, Frederick, were manifold and sincere.
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“We must be careful not to throw out the bath water with the baby - or is it the baby with the bath water?” queried one speaker amidst laughter.
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The Ringing World, July 9, 1976, page 584
The second session of the 29th Council - the Council’s 79th annual meeting - was held on Tuesday 1 June, in the Town Hall at Hereford. The chair was taken by the Council’s President, Mr E A Barnett.
The meeting was opened with prayer, led by the Revd J G M Scott, Vice-President of the Council.
The Secretary (Mr C A Wratten) reported that 65 societies were affiliated to the Council, with 174 representative members. The Rules provided for 24 Honorary members, and there were nine Life members. The Council’s membership thus stood at 207; a decrease of one since the last meeting. There were no vacancies.
Only one subscription, that of the S David’s Guild, had not been paid.
Apologies for absence were received from Messrs W Ayre, N Chaddock, J E Collins, T Cooper, J W Cotton, J G Gipson, N V Harding, J Jelley, R J Johnston, D McEndoo, T Page, H N Pitstow, G W Randall, D Sloman, P Taylor, M J Uphill, and T W White.
The President welcomed eight new members, saying that he hoped they would find their membership of the Council both enjoyable and profitable. They were Messrs A F Scholfield and M Thomson (Chester), G W Simmonds (Devonshire Guild), B Harris (Stafford), P T Hurcombe and D D Smith (Sussex), J Hartless (Winchester & Portsmouth), and D E Potter (Yorkshire).
Two other members, Messrs D Hird (Derby) and R Percy (Sussex), who had joined the Council in 1975 but had not been present at the meeting last year in Lincoln, were similarly welcomed.
Two nominations had been received for the office of Honorary Librarian, Mr W Butler (Oxford DG) and Mr W T Cook (College Youths); a short biographical note on each had been circulated to members at the start of the meeting.
Proposing Mr Butler, Mr W G Wilson (Life Member) said that his love of books, and of ringing books in particular, was well known. As Librarian, he would be fully supported by his wife, Jennifer. And although it was easy to say that London would be a more central place to hold the Library than Newbury, most of the Library’s work was done by post. Mr J Freeman (Life Member) formally seconded the nomination.
Mr B D Threlfall (Cambridge University), proposing Mr Cook, said that he had known him for a number of years: he was a past master of the Cambridge University Guild, had worked in a law firm, and now taught modern languages. As a member of the former Library Committee, he was well-qualified for the post; he also lived near London, which would be an advantage. And as a bachelor, he would not have to worry about what a wife thought (laughter). Seconding, Mr P A Corby (Kent) said that he knew Mr Cook through the College Youths, where he had done sterling work in caring for that society’s property. His lucid writing, especially on historical matters, was known to readers of “The Ringing World”.
Following precedent, the election was by ballot, tellers being provided by the Hereford Diocesan Guild. Mr Cook received 101 votes, and Mr Butler 67. Mr Cook was consequently declared elected, and joined the Council’s officers on the platform. In welcoming him, the President expressed the Council’s gratitude to both candidates for being prepared to undertake an onerous task (applause).
Mr G A Dawson (Sherwood Youths) said that it was not always clear why honorary members had been elected. He felt that the purpose was to have people who had something to contribute to the work of the Council. He hoped proposers would amplify their nominations (hear, hear).
The seven retiring members were each proposed: Mr and Mrs G R Drew, who handle the Council’s publications, by Mr W G Wilson, seconded by Mr F Dukes (Irish); Mr C W Denyer, the editor of “The Ringing World” by Mr D Hughes (honorary), seconded by Mr H W Rogers (London County); Mrs M J Wilkinson, as the secretary of the Committee for Redundant Bells and the member most involved in the detailed work of that committee, by Mr J Freeman, seconded by Mr F Reynolds (Lancashire); Mr R H Dove, author of the “Bellringer’s Guide to the Church Bells of Britain” by Mr F N Golden (Norwich), seconded by Mr N S Bagworth (Police); Mr F A White, whose experience as a bell-ringer was needed by the Council, by the Revd J G M Scott (Devonshire Guild), seconded by Mr W A Theobald (N American); and Mr G W Pipe, who has over a number of years built up a close relationship between the Council and ringers overseas, by Mr D Beresford (Cumberland Youths), seconded by Mr J R Mayne (honorary).
In addition, Mr W E Critchley was proposed by Mr W F Moreton (Yorkshire), who said that he had been convener and chairman of the Peals Collection Committee for the past 20 years but had resigned as a Yorkshire Association representative on moving from the county in 1975; Mr S Jenner (Kent) seconded. Mr D E Sibson (Cumberland Youths) proposed, and Mr D Hughes seconded, Mr W H Dobbie, who had looked after the Carter Ringing Machine for many years and had until 1975 been one of its trustees.
Mr H W Rogers congratulated the proposers on the way in which they had made their nominations, and hoped that this would serve as a precedent for the future. He enquired whether there was any possibility of accepting all nine nominees as honorary members. The President said that the Rules did not allow it.
The election was by ballot, and later in the meeting the President announced that the successful candidates were, in alphabetical order, Messrs W E Critchley, C W Denyer, W H Dobbie, G R Drew, Mrs S M Drew, Mr G W Pipe, and Mrs M J Wilkinson.
The Council stood in silence while the President read the list of past and serving members who had died since the Council last met: Messrs W A Osborn (honorary member 1948-74, died 8 July 1975); B A Sollis (E Derbys & W Notts 1960-63, died 20 Nov 1975); T M Roderick (Llandaff & Monmouth 1951-75, died 1 Feb 1976); F Sharpe (honorary 1939-54, Life 1954-76, President of the Council 1957-63, died 7 Feb 1976); Canon C E Wigg (Oxford Univ 1935-54, died 8 March 1976); E C Birkett (Police 1957-65, died 19 March 1976); and E Guise (Gloucs & Bristol 1925-28 and 1932-47, died in May 1976).
The Revd M C C Melville (Universities) said a short prayer.
The President said that although it was no longer the custom to pay tribute at the annual meeting to the work of past members, he felt justified in breaking convention by referring to the great amount of valuable work done by the late Mr Sharpe for ringing, which had been recognised throughout the Exercise.
The Secretary moved the adoption of the Minutes of the 1975 meeting at Lincoln, as published in “The Ringing World” of 30 April 1976 and circulated to members: Mr D E Sibson seconded.
Mr J E Camp (Oxford Univ) pointed out that the Minutes omitted any reference to the successful motion of next business that he had proposed during the debate on the Library Committee’s report. Subject to the addition of such a reference, the Minutes were then agreed. There were no matters arising that were not covered elsewhere in the agenda.
Mr C A Wratten, in proposing adoption of his report, made some slight amendments to the version that had been circulated to members, and added that negotiations for a refund of tax were continuing. In reply to a question from Mr I H Oram (Kent) he confirmed that most of any refund would go to “The Ringing World” account, although a small sum would be due to the Publications Fund.
Mr D E Sibson seconded, and the report was adopted.
The President said that consideration of “The Ringing World” accounts would be deferred until the “Ringing World” Committee’s report was considered later in the meeting, and that adoption of the Council’s accounts would be dealt with then. In the meantime the Secretary commented on the other accounts. Dealing with the General Fund, he said that since the North American Guild’s subscription was paid in dollars it was the only one that increased from year to year, matching the fall in the pound (laughter). There had been a certain amount of non-recurring expenditure during 1975, amounting to some £100 - mainly for printing, but also by the Towers and Belfries Committee - and as a result he was not proposing to seek an increase in subscriptions this year. One, would however almost certainly be sought at next year’s meeting.
Turning to the Clement Glenn Bequest account, he said that the most significant feature was the large expenditure on behalf of the Education Committee for the purchase of leaflets, filmstrips and records. A certain amount of this expenditure had already been recouped from sales during the year.
There were no questions or comments.
As Mr Sharpe had died before being able to write a report on his work as Librarian during 1975, no formal report could be presented to the Council. Mr W G Wilson had, however, with the permission of Mr Sharpe’s daughter been through the papers at Launton, and made a verbal report.
At Lincoln, he said the Council agreed inter alia to make a grant for the year of £50 to the Librarian for maintenance and equipment Almost half of this sum had been spent on rebinding six books and a further six, now at the binders, would take care of the remainder of this vote.
As far as he could determine, about 30 ringers borrowed books during 1975. Many others had visited the library to consult its contents and, perhaps as important, to call on Frederick Sharpe’s immense experience. They, and the members of the Library Committee at their meetings, had enjoyed the hospitality of Fred and his daughter Elizabeth.
Mr E C Shepherd (Life member) added that Mr Sharpe had also seen his “Church Bells of Herefordshire,” a remarkable achievement, through the press.
The Revd J G M Scott explained briefly what was to become of the late Mr Sharpe’s unique collection of material relating to bells. Under his will it had been left in the hands of five trustees to be kept together for the use of those interested in bells and bell history. The trustee’s main problem was to find a suitable home for the collection, which included books, manuscripts and other documents, bells and handbells, plaster casts, and various other items. A museum might well find the books an embarrassment, while a library would have difficulty in accommodating the hardware. He asked that any suggestions for a suitable home should be sent to him or to one of the other trustees - Miss E Sharpe, Miss E M Bliss, Dr J C Baldwin, and Dr T G Pett.
The President thanked Mr Wilson and the Revd J Scott for their statements.
The report was adopted on the proposition of Mr D Hughes, seconded by Mrs O D Barnett (honorary). Mr Hughes and Mr W H Dobbie were thanked for their work with the machine.
A little later in the meetings after the results of the ballot for honorary members had been announced and it was known that Mr Dobbie had been elected, Mr B D Threlfall proposed, and Mr D E Sibson seconded, the election of Mr Dobbie as a second trustee of the Carter machine. This was agreed.
Mr P A Corby proposed on behalf of the Administrative Committee that Rule 12(iv) should be amended to read:
“The other committees shall consist of not more than five elected members unless a greater number shall be decided by the Council before nominations are accepted. Members shall be chosen by ballot if nominations exceed the agreed membership. Each of these committees shall have power to co-opt not more than two members of the Council.”
He said that last year the Council had run into some difficulty when electing committees. This had been considered by the Administrative Committee, which did not wish to remove the Council’s right to elect whom it wished to a committee. A committee’s chairman was in the best position to judge how large a committee was required and could if necessary ask the Council to agree to a larger one before seeking nominations. But the norm should be no more than five members. Mrs O D Barnett formally seconded
There was little discussion of the motion’s main tenor - although a suggestion by Mr F E Dukes that exceptions should be specified for such committees as the Towers and Belfries was rejected by the President - but some discussion followed on when such a change in Rule should take effect.
An amendment, that the Rule should be amended with effect from the Council meeting to be held in 1978, proposed by Mr J E Camp and seconded by Mr J G A Prior (College Youths), was defeated after Mr C J Groome (Peterborough) had pointed out that a new committee was likely to be elected later in the meeting and that the change should, if agreed, be effective for that election. The original motion was then passed with one dissenting vote.
The next three motions, all proposed by the Secretary on behalf of the Administrative Committee, all dealt with the future of the Library. As Mr Wratten explained, they had been presented in this way in order to simplify voting, enabling certain parts to be rejected if necessary without having to reject the whole.
The three arose, he said, from the Administrative Committee’s consideration of the earlier Library Committee’s report, referred to it by the Council last year at Lincoln. It had been felt that a committee should be established with full responsibility for the running of the library, including estimating likely expenditure and recommending to the Council how any money required should be obtained. In addition, since it was likely that some expenditure would be necessary before such a committee had had an opportunity to devise, and obtain Council approval of, a financial policy, it was felt that a sum of money should be made available to it if required during the first year.
He then moved the first of the motions, “that a committee, to be known as the Library Committee and to be responsible on behalf of the Council for the care and maintenance of the Council’s Library, be formed. The Honorary Librarian shall be chairman of the committee.”
Seconding, Mr P M J Gray (Australia & New Zealand) said that the work associated with the library had passed the point where it could be dealt with by one person alone. He said that the Council was fortunate to have people with experience in this field among its members.
The motion was carried without debate, and the President asked for nominations for members; he pointed out that the new Librarian was automatically a member and that therefore, unless a case to the contrary was agreed, a maximum of four other members could serve on it. Mr J S Barnes (Cumberland Youths), who had first brought the question of the Library’s future to the Council’s notice in 1974, was proposed by Mr I H Oram and seconded by Mr P A Corby; Mr D E House (College Youths), a professional librarian, was proposed by Mr D E Sibson and seconded by Mr F N Golden. Mrs A E Stevens (Shropshire), another librarian and a member of the earlier Library Committee, declined nomination. Mr W Butler, the unsuccessful candidate for the post of Honorary Librarian, was then proposed by Dr T G Pett (Oxford DG), seconded by Mr W G Wilson; and Mr P M Wilkinson (Cumberland Youths), an archivist, was proposed by Mr J S Barnes, seconded by Mrs O D Barnett. There were no further nominations, and these four were duly elected to form, with Mr W T Cook, the new committee.
The second of the three motions was “that the Council authorises the Library Committee to spend up to £200 as may be necessary on the Library during its first year.” It was formally proposed by Mr Wratten and seconded by Mr Gray. In reply to a question from Mr W G Wilson, the Secretary said that the money would come from the General Fund, £100 of it from the donation by the late Miss Hill, which had already been allocated to the Library as stated in the Administrative Committee’s report, and the bulk of the rest from monies outstanding from grants made to the Library at Lincoln last year. He agreed to make clear in the Minutes that the sum allocated would not be additional to those monies. The motion was then carried.
The third motion, “that the Library Committee reports to the Council in 1977 on its future financial requirements and its recommendations as to how these should be met,” was similarly proposed and seconded by Messrs Wratten and Gray respectively. Mr F E Dukes suggested that one way of raising money could be by allowing ringers to become Friends of the Library on payment of an annual donation. The motion was carried.
Mr G A Dawson said that he had last year asked the librarian to report this year on the sale of surplus books from the library; clearly this could not be done. He did however ask that next year the new committee should report on any sales, saying on what grounds they had been made and what charges had been made to buyers. The President said he was sure the committee would bear this in mind.
The two remaining motions dealt with changes to the Council’s Decisions on peal ringing and on methods and calls. They were both proposed on behalf of the joint Records and Methods Committees by Mr F T Blagrove (Middlesex) and seconded by Mr D E Sibson.
The first, that “in peals of Doubles and/or Minor, the methods rung in each extent and/or round block shall be listed separately” (in reports in “The Ringing World”), lead Mr Dawson to comment that its adoption could cause a large increase in Ringing World printing costs; he asked whether Mr Denyer would like to comment. Mr Denyer said that he could publish only what was submitted. Mr Blagrove said that both this and the second item of the motion, that if a record length is rung the peal report and the figures of the composition, if not previously published, should be sent to the Chairman of the Records Committee (rather than to “The Ringing World,” as required by the original decision), had already been agreed by the Council when it had approved certain recent committee reports; the motion was intended merely to formalise the situation.
Each of the items was voted on separately, and both were agreed by large majorities.
The final motion contained eight items, each of which was voted on separately. Mr Blagrove explained that the first, to insert in Decision A1 “A change is the progress from one row (permutation) to the next, effected by the interchange of bells in adjacent positions in the rows” was intended to clarify the meaning of the term “change” and stop the use of “jumping” changes. This was agreed. The second item, a change to the definition of a call by removing the insistence that for methods with hunt bells at least one of the hunts should be unaffected by all calls in a given composition, arose from the peal of Superlative Surprise Major composed by Mr A J Cox and accepted by the Council at Lincoln as marking a technical advance - it used calls which had the effect of changing the hunt bell; the same composition had also made another small change, to the classification of methods with two or more hunt bells, necessary. This should now read, in part, “with the treble as principal hunt, being generally unaffected by calls, …” Both items were agreed without discussion.
Another change, to B1, so that it now referred to the treble’s path being restricted to fewer positions than the number of bells (rather than to fewer places), was similarly agreed after Mr Blagrove had explained that this was simply a wording correction.
The next item was to add Double methods to the list of classifications in B2, said Mr Blagrove. It read: “Double methods shall have the prefix ‘Double’ in their title. The corresponding method with no internal places below the treble shall have the same name and the prefix ‘Single’.” He went on to explain that this referred only to Plain methods, and that it was not proposed to apply it to Plain Bob. In reply to an enquiry from Mr W F Moreton, he said that it would be correct to use the prefix Double for a method that had no Single variation. This item was agreed by a large majority, eight voting against.
Another wording correction, so that B3 referred to dodges in a position pair instead of in a position, was agreed without discussion.
The final item of the motion caused considerable debate. This sought to add a requirement for the Council to approve names given to new methods by the bands that first rang them. Several members wondered what procedure would have to be followed, and the Revd J G M Scott said that he felt it would be taking a sledgehammer to crack a nut - the problem of offensive or nearly offensive names was only a small one. Mr A J Martin (Chester) pointed out that about a hundred new methods were named each year: if a band wished to, it would tie up the Council meeting each year by choosing doubtful names. Canon K W H Felstead (honorary) said he supported the motion: he felt the Council should have the right to change a name, although it should seldom need to be used. Agreeing, Mr J E Camp suggested that a better form of words might be “subject to the power of the Council to change the name if it considers it necessary.” The proposer and seconder of the motion agreed to accept these words instead of the original “(subject to the) approval of the Council.” Mr Blagrove added that he hoped that proposals for a name to be changed would come from individual members of the Council, rather than as a formal recommendation from a committee.
Mr B D Threlfall wondered what power the Council in fact had: it could only refuse to include a name in its publications. Mr Denyer asked how he, as editor of “The Ringing World,” which was itself a Council publication, could be expected to recognise any name to which the Council might subsequently object.
Replying, Mr J R Mayne said that the proposition would have no affect on “The Ringing World” - nothing additional would be required of the editor; and the Council did have some power - any name that did not appear in the Council’s publications would soon disappear. Any loss of power that the Council might have suffered in recent years, he added, had been due mainly to its half-hearted application.
On being put to the vote, the motion in its revised wording was carried by a large majority.
The Council at this point broke for lunch.
When it resumed at 2pm it turned to the committee reports for 1975.
The report was adopted, without discussion, on the proposition of Mr C A Wratten, seconded by Mr F E Dukes.
|M J Fellows||Dudley & District Guild, 1966-71.|
Died 8 February 1975. Attended 3 meetings.
|J J Webb||Hereford Diocesan Guild, 1951-66.|
Died 12 March 1975. Attended 1 meeting.
|W A Osborn||Honorary member, 1948-74.|
Died 8 July 1975. Attended 14 meetings.
|B A Sollis||E Derbyshire & W Nottinghamshire Association, 1960-63.|
Died 20 November 1975. Did not attend a meeting.
|T M Roderick||Llandaff & Monmouth Diocesan Association, 1951-75.|
Died 1 February 1976. Attended all 24 meetings.
|F Sharpe||Honorary member, 1939-54; Life member, 1954-76.|
Died 7 February 1976. Attended 30 meetings.
|Canon C E Wigg||Oxford University Society, 1935-54.|
Died 8 March 1976. Attended 5 meetings.
|T J Lock, (Chairman)
57 Holloways Lane,
|G A Dawson
W H Viggers
In moving the adoption of the report, Mr T J Lock (Middlesex) asked new members to ensure that they returned their biography sheets to him. Mr W H Viggers (honorary) seconded, and the report was adopted.
|John G M Scott (Chairman)
Newton S Cyres Vicarage,
John C Baldwin
F E Collins
W L Exton
|Alan J Frost
George W Massey
S Clarke Walters
The Revd J G M Scott proposed the adoption of the report. He referred to the death during 1975 of Mr W A Osborn who, although not a member of the committee at the time of his death, had nevertheless earlier served on it with great distinction for many years; he would be sadly missed in his home county of Devon.
He then drew the Council’s attention to the fact that members of the committee were insured only to the extent that they had themselves individually arranged. Yet they travelled long distances on the Council’s behalf, and did such things as climbing towers to see whether they were safe to climb (laughter). Could the Council arrange some form of block insurance for the committee’s members, he asked.
In an aside, he said that some two years ago he had been sent some plaster casts of coin impressions on bells. These he had sent to the British Museum for expert advice. They had now at last been returned, together with much interesting information, but unfortunately he could no longer recall from whom the casts had come. Could anyone help?
After Mr B D Threlfall had seconded, the Secretary said that he had obtained details of possible insurance cover for members of the committee some two or three years ago, and had sent them to the then chairman (Mr F Sharpe) for comment, but had heard nothing further. He recalled that there had been some restrictions on the age of members for which cover could be provided, however. He said he would pursue the matter.
Mr W L Exton (Southwell) said that he had been surprised to learn that only two of his fellow committee members were covered for personal accident insurance by their own societies. He himself was covered in this way while engaged in any belfry work within the Southwell Diocese, but outside the diocese he was covered only by a personal policy. A related subject, he added, was Public Liability insurance. A growing number of societies were engaging in do-it-yourself restoration work without making adequate insurance arrangements to cover themselves in the event of an accident to persons or property, such as cracking a bell. They should be actively encouraged to take out both group personal insurance and public liability (third party) insurance. He proposed that the Council should request the Administrative Committee to consider the whole aspect of insurance as applied to bells and restoration work with a view to:
(a) providing adequate and reasonable Group Personal Accident Insurance for all the members of the Towers and Belfries Committee;
(b) providing Guilds and Associations with information on the minimum insurance cover they should hold for both Personal Accident and Public Liability; and
(c) negotiating collectively on behalf of all Guilds and Associations to obtain the best available cover at the most reasonable cost.
A suggestion from Mr G Dodds (Hertford) that local church insurance policies should be adequate drew a response from Mr Threlfall that very few churches insured anyone other than their paid employees.
Mr R H Dove (honorary) said that at Harrogate there had been complaints that their bells were to quiet. He had been assured that an amplifier that was available would not be suitable, and asked for advice on how to make the bells sound louder.
The report was then adopted.
|D Beresford (Chairman)
326 Brampton Road,
Bexley Heath, Kent.
|E A Barnett
G A Dawson
K W H Felstead
A J Frost
Proposing the adoption of the report, Mr D Beresford said that the Committee had been able to send a speaker to the Church Commissioners’ seminar for Diocesan Furnishings Officers, mentioned in the report, and this had marked a step forward in the relationship between the Commissioners and the Council. The Commissioners had also sent a circular to Diocesan Bishops, giving advice on the disposal of the contents of redundant churches. It had stressed the value of any bells and suggested that advice should be sought before they were disposed of. It acknowledged the help given by the Committee for Redundant Bells, and gave an address through which the committee could be contacted. Any enquiries received in this way would of course be referred to the ringing societies concerned, Mr Beresford added.
He said that there was a very large demand for single bells and rings of bells, and that there was therefore little justification for scrapping any bells that became redundant unless they were of very poor tone. As to the value, he suggested that the redundancy funds should, as a minimum, receive the scrap value of any bells, disposed of.
He then referred to a recent editorial in “The Ringing World” which had suggested the use of a redundant church in each diocese for training ringers. A written reply would be sent, but in the meantime it was felt that such a scheme could lead to the requirement for money to maintain the tower and bells and for insurance, money that could perhaps be better spent on improving the facilities in a central, living, church. However the possibility of making use of a church maintained by the Redundant Churches Fund would be investigated.
The Ringing World, June 25, 1976, supplement, corrections July 23, 1976, page 617
REDUNDANT BELLS (continued)
For the future, the Committee intended holding a seminar in London later in the year, hopefully with speakers from such authorities as the Church Commissioners, the Redundant Churches Fund, and societies with experience in dealing with redundant bells. It was hoped that representatives of many ringing societies would attend.
Finally Mr Beresford said that the committee was not proposing to seek a replacement for the late Mr Sharpe; he paid tribute to the sterling work of Mrs Jane Wilkinson (honorary) on the Committee; and he underlined the importance of the final paragraph of the Committee’s report.
Mr J Freeman seconded.
Mr G A Halls (Derby) said that he regarded the work of the Committee for Redundant Bells amongst the most important of the Council. But he had been disappointed in the written report, which contained little information on hard results. There was also considerable vagueness about what bells were redundant or available for transfer. Although he accepted that some of this information might be confidential, he nevertheless felt that the information contained in the register that had been mentioned should be more generally available.
Mr Beresford said that Mr Halls was under a misapprehension. The committee was a co-ordinating one, and all the results were obtained, not by the committee, but by the various societies. The purpose of the committee was to bring the various bodies concerned into touch with one another.
After Mr F Reynolds had confirmed the difficulties encountered over S George’s, Bolton, the report was adopted.
|John S Barnes (Chairman)
56 Leamington Avenue,
Kent BR6 9QB.
|Kenneth S B Croft
Martin D Fellows
Gordon A Halls
Ian H Oram
Proposing the adoption of his committee’s report, Mr J S Barnes also commented on a survey of existing bell restoration funds that had been completed - the President later said that copies of this would be sent by the Secretary to all affiliated societies - and on a 24-page booklet that was now available from the Publications Committee. This dealt with Bell Restoration Funds, and consisted of a series of papers on various aspects of fund-raising and investment and associated legal matters. It had been prepared by the Bell Restoration Funds Committee with the assistance of a number of other ringers, to all of whom he was most grateful.
Seconding, Mr G A Halls, who had been responsible for producing the Survey mentioned by Mr Barnes, said that he had obtained replies to his enquiries from all 151 societies approached, probably, he suggested, because he had written in the first place to their Council representatives. He stressed one finding: that in 1974 the average income per member to restoration funds had amounted to 47p, which he considered a low figure in any circumstances. He pointed out that for the Beverley and District Society the corresponding figure was £2.36, and suggested that every society should aim for an annual income of at least £2 per member.
He went on to say that there appeared to be two distinct and alternative policies that could be adopted in running a bell restoration fund: to accumulate capital with the specific intention of using the interest for grants, or to spend income more or less as it was accumulated. Examining each in some detail, he pointed out that if the first policy was followed it was essential that the annual income should exceed the rate of inflation if the capital fund was not to depreciate. Thus, if the inflation rate were 20%, income per year should be greater than 20% of the fund’s accumulated capital. And since it was vary difficult to invest capital at an interest rate that would compensate for inflation, the committee felt bound to recommend against this first policy during a time of rapid inflation.
The second policy presented other problems, the chief of them being one of cash flow. He suggested that, averaged over a period of about seven years, a restoration fund’s capital should be about 2½ times its annual income if this policy was being followed. If it consistently exceeded five times the income, then useful ways of spending the excess should be sought: the society should initiate restoration work. He warned that for about one year in seven the fund might well be empty because of unforeseen (and unforeseeable) demands on it, but said that this should not give rise to alarm: every penny would at least have been spent on restoration, and not lost on inflation.
The President suggested that Mr Hall’s most interesting analysis would form a worthwhile article for “The Ringing World”; Mr Halls said he would consider this.
Mr N J Diserens (Oxford DG) pointed out that, compared with the total costs of bell restoration work, the grants that were being made were insignificant. Every effort should be made to increase grants.
The Revd J G M Scott agreed that grants were financially often insignificant, but said that psychologically they were invaluable. In small parishes they often served to “prime the pump,” and their worth should not be denigrated. Mr A J Frost (London Univ) agreed, but said there should be more of them.
The report was then adopted.
Before the next report was considered, Mr G A Dawson drew attention to the apparent discrepancy between the membership figures for some societies, as given in the Survey, and their scale of representation on the Council. The Secretary suggested that this might be because the Survey included only ringing members, whereas the totals he had been given by affiliated societies included honorary and resident life members.
Mr F T Blagrove proposed the adoption of the report, copies of which had been circulated to members at the start of the meeting. He explained that its adoption would enable the committee to start preparing a new collection of Doubles methods. Mr S J Ivin (honorary) seconded.
Dr J C Baldwin (Llandaff & Monmouth) said that the report’s recommendations needed careful consideration, and that an opinion was being sought on something the members had had little time to think about. He suggested it would be helpful if the report could first be published in “The Ringing World” and comments sought. Mr D A Frith (Lincoln), who said that he had had quite a lot to do with Doubles ringing, agreed.
The President suggested that the Council took note of the report, that it should be published as Dr Baldwin had suggested, and that it should be considered again in the light of the comments received. This was agreed.
|A First peals on tower bells, 1975:|
|Jan||7||5184||Deng S Major (Manchester Soc)|
|12||5000||Vermuyden S Royal (Ely DA)|
|17||5152||Orinoco D Major (Oxford DG)|
|18||5056||Milthorpe S Major (S Northants Soc)|
|18||5088||Kingshurst S Maximus (Leicester DG)|
|20||5024||Westmorland S Major (Lancashire A)|
|28||5184||Little Burstead Little S Royal (Suffolk G)|
|Feb||7||5056||Cairngorm McWomble the Terrible D Major (Non-Assn.)|
|8||5120||Easton Neston Major (S Northants Soc)|
|8||5376||Templeborough S Major (Yorkshire A)|
|10||5440||Clanfield S Major (Sussex CA)|
|15||5040||Thorley S Royal (Ely DA)|
|22||5088||Balcombe S Major (Sussex CA)|
|22||5040||Holbeach S Royal (Ely DA)|
|Mar||7||5152||Woodley S Major (Bath & Wells DA)|
|8||5024||Bolney S Major (Sussex DA)|
|8||5056||Cambodunum S Major (Yorkshire A)|
|8||5016||Original Cinques (Manchester Univ G)|
|10||5088||Rye S Major (Sussex CA)|
|15||5040||Tarporley S Royal (N Staffs A)|
|17||5056||New Hunslet S Major (Yorkshire A)|
|17||5280||Derby County S Major (Lancashire A)|
|22||5230||Xenia S Maximus (S Martin’s G)|
|29||5088||Lagentium S Major (Yorkshire A)|
|Apr||5||5088||Hailsham S Major (Sussex CA)|
|5||5088||Olicaria S Major (Yorkshire A)|
|12||5040||Easton Neston Alliance Major (S Northants Soc)|
|13||5056||Ball S Major (Derby DA)|
|19||5120||Birstwith S Major (Yorkshire A)|
|26||5056||Aldermaston Bob Major (Winchester & Portsmouth DG)|
|29||5148||Shoreditch Alliance Maximus (Soc of R Cumberland Y)|
|May||3||5088||Pomfret S Major (Yorkshire A)|
|3||5040||Daventry Alliance Major (S Northants Soc)|
|10||5056||Henfield S Major (Sussex CA)|
|24||5042||Zelah S Maximus (S Martin’s G)|
|25||5148||Ewerby Alliance Royal (Lincoln DG)|
|30||5054||West Bridgford S Major (Southwell DG)|
|31||5088||Delgovicia S Major (Yorkshire A)|
|June||9||5152||Huntingdonshire S Major (Lancashire A)|
|14||5120||Calcaria S Major (Yorkshire A)|
|22||5152||Folklore S Major (Kent CA)|
|28||5088||Easton Neston D Major (S Northants Soc)|
|28||5040||Welland S Royal (Peterborough DG)|
|July||12||5024||Petvaria S Major (Yorkshire A)|
|12||5148||Swindon Alliance Royal (Soc of R Cumberland Y)|
|18||5056||Yeoveney S Major (Middx CA & London DG)|
|19||5088||Monkton Combe S Major (Bath & Wells DA)|
|29||5152||Tunstall S Major (Kent CA)|
|Aug||9||5024||Goodwood S Major (Sussex CA)|
|15||5152||Isambard S Major (Bath & Wells DA)|
|16||5088||Firle S Major (Sussex CA)|
|16||5088||Isurium S Major (Yorkshire A)|
|18||5024||Humberside D Major (Lincoln DG)|
|30||5088||Bernicia S Major (Yorkshire A)|
|30||5040||Easton Neston Supreme Alliance Major (S Northants Soc)|
|Sept||6||5088||Caturactonium S Major (Yorkshire A)|
|20||5280||Twice Brewed S Major (Peterborough DG)|
|20||5040||Ardessie S Royal (Hertford CA)|
|26||5136||Moulton Alliance Royal (Peterborough DG)|
|Oct||4||5088||Derventium S Major (Yorkshire A)|
|4||5024||Easton Neston Bob Major (S Northants Soc)|
|11||5088||Withymoor S Major (Worcestershire & Dist A)|
|11||5152||Addington S Major (Peterborough DG)|
|11||5088||Vriconium S Major (Yorkshire A)|
|17||5040||Briswich Hybrid Major (Bath & Wells DA)|
|18||5088||Deira S Major (Yorkshire A)|
|20||5122||Bucks S Major (Lancashire A)|
|25||5152||Durweston D Major (Ely DA)|
|25||5152||Zverinogolovskoye S Major (Leicester DG)|
|31||5124||Harrow Weald Alliance Major (Middx CA & London DG)|
|Nov||1||5016||Town Hall Little S Maximus (Lancashire A)|
|3||5120||North Humberland S Major (Lancashire A)|
|5||5152||Westminster S Major (Oxford DG)|
|8||5088||Shirburn S Major (Oxford DG)|
|8||5088||Morbium S Major (Yorkshire A)|
|16||5040||Haslemere S Royal (Lancashire A)|
|17||5152||Cambridgeshire S Major (Lancashire A)|
|29||5056||Mashonaland S Major (Oxford DG)|
|29||5042||Apsley S Maximus (Leicester DG)|
|30||5232||Redcliffe’s S Maximus (Oxford DG)|
|Dec||12||5024||Vesuvius S Major (Bath & Wells DA)|
|13||5120||Corinium Dobunnorum S Major (Yorkshire A)|
|17||5152||Ightham S Major (Kent CA)|
|20||5088||Aquae Sulis S Major (Yorkshire A)|
|29||5152||Orpington S Major (Kent CA)|
|30||5152||New Middlesex S Major (Lancashire A)|
|31||5152||Double Diamond S Major (Oxford DG)|
|B First peals on handbells, 1975:|
|Jan||13||5280||Lyddington S Maximus (Oxford DG)|
|19||5042||Langley S Maximus (Oxford DG)|
|Mar||9||5120||Central Council TB Major (Ely DA)|
|May||8||5040||Lincolnshire S Royal (Oxford DG)|
|22||5040||Pudsey S Royal (Oxford DG)|
|Oct||1||5040||Superlative (No 2) S Royal (Oxford DG)|
|C Performances and Record peals on Tower Bells, 1975:|
|Jan||4||12152||Little Bob Major (Gloucester & Bristol DA)|
|11||7248||Minimus (3 methods) (Coventry DG)|
|Feb||22||13440||Pudsey S Major (Lancashire A)|
|May||10||5040||Spliced S Maximus (8 methods) - silent (ASCY)|
|D Performances and Record peals on handbells, 1975:|
|Feb||1||21680||Kent TB Royal (Leicester DG)|
|Apr||9||10560||Cambridge S Maximus (Oxford DG)|
|14||5088||Spliced S Maximus (3 methods, all the work) (Oxford DG)|
|D E Sibson (Chairman)
24 Poplars Farm Road,
|F T Blagrove
J R Mayne
C A Wratten
After making a number of corrections to the report as circulated, Mr D E Sibson proposed its adoption, and Mr J R Mayne seconded.
Mrs Newing (Bristol Univ) suggested that Mashonaland (29 Nov) should read Matabeleland, but Mr Sibson assured her that the report was correct. Mr A F Scholfield enquired what the policy was about the publication of the compositions of record length peals, since it did not appear to be consistent. Mr Sibson replied that it was the same as for other compositions; the committee’s responsibility was only to collect for the Council’s records the compositions of record lengths, not to ensure their publication.
The report was then adopted.
The report was adopted, without discussion, on the proposition of Mr W E Critchley, seconded by Mr I H Oram.
|James R Taylor (Chairman)
7 Farleigh Road,
|John C Baldwin
Stephen J Ivin
|Derek E Sibson
Cyril A Wratten
Mr J R Taylor (Gloucs & Bristol) proposed, and Dr J C Baldwin seconded, the report’s adoption. Mr W E Critchley expressed his personal gratitude for the work done by the committee: without this assistance his own committee’s work would be a great deal harder, he said.
Mr D E Sibson said that a listing of all Surprise Major and Royal methods rung to the end of 1975 was now available through the Publications Committee. It was hoped that next year’s listing would also contain further groups of methods, including Surprise Maximus, he added.
The report was adopted.
|Major & Triples||1||-||-1||-||-|
|Minor & Doubles||5||5||-1||2||-||-2|
|Leicester Diocesan Guild||221||33||254|
|Kent County Association||239||2||241|
|Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild||187||36||223|
|Oxford Diocesan Guild||178||44||222|
|Chester Diocesan Guild||128||92||220|
|Worcestershire & Districts Association||123||12||135|
|Sussex County Association||134||-||134|
In proposing the adoption of the report, Mr F B Lufkin (Essex) said that Prof R J Johnston (Australia & New Zealand) had been co-opted to the committee during the year, and had been responsible for the analysis of first pealers and those calling a peal for the first time. Mr C H Rogers (Middlesex) seconded. Mr A Dempster (E Derbys & W Notts) said that his society had been trying to complete a list of its peals, but that the committee had been unable to help. Was there any way of checking without going back through all the back issues of “Bell News” and “The Ringing World”? The President said that he feared there was no alternative.
The report was then adopted.
|F B Lufkin (Chairman)
108 Salisbury Road,
Essex CO15 5LT.
|N J Diserens
K W H Felstead
|R J Johnston
C H Rogers
1975 PEALS ANALYSIS
|A.S. College Youths||16||5||4||1||15||6||47||47|
|Australia & NZA||1||2||4||1||1||8||1||9|
|Bath & Wells D.A.||1||5||3||59||7||32||1||18||1||2||126||3||129|
|Beverley & D.S.||1||5||3||2||1||2||1||11||4||15|
|G. Devonshire R.||1||1||12||12||1||2||29||29|
|Durham & N.D.A.||1||2||2||3||26||6||12||10||52||10||62|
|E. Derbys & W.N.A.||1||8||9||9|
|E. Grinstead & D.G.||1||1||1|
|Gloucester & B.D.A.||6||2||7||11||34||2||32||1||14||109||109|
|Llandaff & M.D.A.||1||3||5||16||10||9||6||2||50||2||52|
|N. American G.||1||1||1||3||1||1||2||1||14||1||6||20||26|
|N. Staffs A.||2||10||1||1||14||14|
|N. Wales A.||2||1||1||4||4|
|St. David’s G.||1||1||2||2|
|St. Martin’s G.||22||5||12||26||1||1||67||67|
|Stafford Archd. S.||1||2||16||2||17||1||1||1||39||2||41|
|Swansea & B.D.G.||1||1||1||1||2|
|S.R. Cumberland Y.||26||3||3||1||25||2||58||2||60|
|U. Bristol S.||1||4||1||7||13||13|
|U. London S.||3||1||5||17||6||1||7||1||13||32||22||54|
|Winchester & P.D.G.||5||1||12||8||68||9||71||13||1||1||3||22||4||5||187||36||223|
|Worcs. & D.A.||1||11||6||67||4||28||6||1||1||10||123||12||135|
|S. Cambridge Y.||2||1||2||2||3||4||7|
|Northern Univ. S.||1||2||3||3|
|S. Northants S.||9||2||22||6||39||39|
|U. Wales S.||2||3||5||5|
The Ringing World, July 2, 1976, supplement, corrections July 23, 1976, page 617, August 27, 1976, page 715
|W G Wilson (Chairman)
42 Willow Grove,
|D A Bayles
H W Egglestone
J S King (Mrs)
A Newing (Mrs)
R F B Speed
Mr W G Wilson proposed that the report be adopted. He said that he had been thrilled by the attendance at the open meeting on Sunday evening, and that the spontaneous collection at its end had raised £28 for the journal. He had also been delighted to learn that the two bellfounders were increasing their donations to the paper (applause).
He said that circulation had dropped, averaging 5,376 per week during May, and must be increased. He urged societies to do all they could to bring in additional subscribers.
He then turned to the editorial in the previous week’s issue of “The Ringing World,” on the health of the editor. Everyone hoped, he said, that Mr Denyer would be able to continue quietly with the work for many years yet, but the committee must be prepared to find a successor. He asked that any suggestions should be sent to him.
After Mrs A Newing had seconded, Mr Halls enquired whether the drop in circulation might be due, not to losses of subscribers, but to a failure to recruit new ones. Mr Wilson said that, although the committee could not be sure, he felt that it was probably the former.
Mr D E House asked whether the committee had tried to discover why anyone stopped taking the paper. He wondered whether the contents, rather than the cost, might have caused the drop in circulation, and suggested that a pilot survey of lapsed postal subscribers could be illuminating. Mr Wilson doubted whether such a survey, would be cost effective - many postal subscribers had changed to getting their copy through newsagents, he said - but promised to consider the suggestion further.
After the report had been adopted, Mr Wilson commented on the journal’s accounts. He said that income and expenditure had been running at about £40,000 each during the past year, and that for 1976 £45,000 had been budgetted for. After the meeting the committee would be considering a request from the printer for a further increase in costs, he added. The amount given in the form of donations had increased, he said, and this was greatly appreciated. Because of the Council’s new charitable status its expenditure on taxation was shown in the accounts.
In reply to a question from the President, he said that £15.70 had had to be paid to the bank because an arrangement whereby surplus funds were automatically transferred from the current account to the deposit account had at one point caused the former to run briefly into the red.
There being no further questions, the Secretary proposed, and Mr D E Sibson seconded, the adoption of the Council’s accounts as a whole. This was carried.
The editor of “The Ringing World,” Mr C W Denyer (honorary), then made a brief statement. He said that he was grateful to all those who had sent him their best wishes. He hoped to be able to carry on, but in view of his health he could not guarantee to do a 100% job, and he thought the time had come when the Council should start looking for a successor. In the meantime the quality of the journal was dependent upon the quality of the contributions it received, he said. He concluded by thanking everyone for their support over the past years, and sat down to loud applause.
|J S King (Mrs) (Chairman)
The Cedar Tiles,
High Beech Lane,
|H N Pitstow, OBE
G W Pipe
Proposing the adoption of the report, Mr J S King (Llandaff & Monmouth) said that the committee was in touch with Baroness Philips about providing suitable names for a list of speakers for women’s clubs, and was trying to build up contacts with local radio stations.
Seconding, Mr G W, Pipe (honorary) said that, while it was not feasible to distribute copies of the overseas directory referred to in the report to all Council members, copies would be sent to the secretaries of affiliated societies. The directory contained the names and addresses of some 200 overseas ringers. In reply to a question from Mr W G Wilson, he said that he doubted whether it would be worth publishing the directory in “The Ringing World” in view of the difficulty in keeping it up-to-date.
Mr Pipe added that the committee planned to be more outgoing, not just to collect information but to dispense it. It would be sending a report of the day’s meeting to “The Church Times.” He suggested that use could well be made of diocesan newsletters for publicity purposes.
Mr W Simmonds (Devonshire Guild) said that they had had little success in their dealings with local radio in the West Country. He suggested that, instead of waiting for radio engineers to make their own recordings of bells, societies could themselves make tape recordings of good ringing on good bells and offer these.
The report was adopted.
|W Butler (Chairman)
7 The Waverleys,
Berks RG13 4AW
|A R Agg
W F Moreton
C M Smith
|R B Smith
J M Tyler
Mr W Butler proposed the report’s adoption, and emphasised that ideas for further pamphlets would be welcomed. Mr J M Tyler (Peterborough) seconded, and the report was adopted without discussion.
|Geoffrey R Drew (Chairman)
Wilfrid G Wilson
After Mr G R Drew (honorary) had proposed the report’s adoption and Mr C J Groome had seconded, Mr M P Phipps (Derby) enquired whether it would be possible to give an extra discount to societies making large orders, as suggested in the report. Mr Drew said that the committee would consider this idea, and the report was then adopted.
Mr C Mew (Surrey) enquired what progress had been made with the new Council Handbook. The Secretary regretted that there had been none since the last meeting.
The President at this point expressed the Council’s thanks to all committee members for their work and their reports.
|Towers & Bells Handbook||246||1,193|
|Popular Major Compositions||112||49|
|Change Ringing on Handbells||205||1,775|
|10 and 12-bell Compositions||101||652|
|Tutor’s Handbook, Part 1||324||147|
|Tutor’s Handbook, Part 2||279||214|
|Stedman Cinques Starting Courses||41||25|
|Touches of Triples||262||1,693|
|Ringing for Service||160||468|
|Blue Line Proof||67||942|
|Four-way Minor Table||91||193|
|Method Sheets: DNCB||64||334|
|Methods sheets: Triples||8||954|
|Model Code of Rules||66||433|
|Electrical Warning Cards||39||698|
|Rung Surprise Major Methods||154||15|
|Symbolic Treatment of FCH||21||979|
|Variation & Transposition||65||954|
The President said that no invitation had yet been received for the 1978 meeting. As no invitation came from the meeting, he said that it was clearly not possible to pursue this any further at this stage. He then asked Mr G A Halls to tell the Council of the Derby Diocesan Association’s plans for the 1977 meeting.
Mr Halls said that the meeting would be on 7 June in view of the Government’s decision to move the Spring Bank Holiday to coincide with the Jubilee of the Queen’s accession. The Association’s motto for the meeting would be “Maximise; minimise” - to maximise members’ enjoyment, and to minimise their costs. A very full programme was being arranged and although the standard set by the Hereford Guild would be hard to beat, they would do their best to better it.
Mr C K Lewis (honorary) said that he was a little worried at the thought that some 200 ringers would be talking when they ought to be in their towers, helping to celebrate the Jubilee. A number of members, including Dean Thurlow (life), Mr K S B Croft (Winchester & Portsmouth) and Mr D A Frith, agreed, and a lengthy discussion ensued. Mr K J Darvill (Oxford DG) suggested, quoting the “Daily Telegraph” Information Service, that the Jubilee Day was to be on 6 June.
The President said that the matter should be left for the Administrative Committee to resolve in consultation with Mr Halls and his Association. A rough count of hands showed that Council members would prefer the meeting to be held on the Wednesday if the Jubilee fell on 7 June.
Looking to the future, the Secretary said that the Council had already received invitations for 1980, from the Winchester & Portsmouth DG; for 1982, from the Bedfordshire Association and from the Salisbury DG; and for 1985, from the Sussex CA.
Mr C W Pipe (Suffolk) made a plea for the acceptance of shorter peals. Although a minimum of 5,000 changes had been the standard for 250 years, conditions had changed, and he felt that shorter peals should be allowed when either necessary or desirable. All members, he said, had encountered complaints about lengthy periods of ringing, while both very young ringers and the elderly members of the Exercise were often extremely physically distressed when they tried to ring a conventional peal.
He did not wish members to vote on his suggestion, but to report back to their societies and obtain their reactions. Perhaps next year it would be possible to put a suitable motion before the Council, he said.
Mr R B Smith (honorary) said that, although he was sympathetic with Mr Pipe’s plea, he felt that the growth in peal ringing reflected in the Peals Analysis Committee’s report showed that there was little general interest in shortening peals. In fact, he felt that it might be better to double the number of changes required for a peal, in order to compensate for easier-going bells (laughter). Mr F Reynolds said that the answer to complaints about noise was to install sound control, not to shorten peals (hear, hear). Mr A E Rushton (Bedfordshire) suggested that a new term was required for touches of the length suggested by Mr Pipe.
The President then announced that of the 207 members, 180 were present.
This was three more than the previous record attendance, at London in 1972.
Forty-nine societies were fully represented, 15 partially represented, and only one not represented.
The President expressed the Council’s thanks to the Hereford Diocesan Guild, and in particular to its Master, Mr J Eisel, and Secretary, Mr G T Cousins, their committee and helpers, for all their arrangements for the weekend and meeting; to those who had acted as tellers earlier in the day; to the Dean and Chapter of Hereford for allowing the Council to have a Communion Service in the Cathedral that morning, and to the Deans of Hereford and Gloucester for officiating; and finally to the various incumbents for allowing the use of their bells.
Speaking personally, he said that he too was grateful for the opportunity to be in the Chair at a Council meeting in Hereford: his grandfather had been a ringer at Ross-on-Wye, and had called the first quarter-peal rung by the Hereford Diocesan Guild, at Holme Lacey.
The Vice-President thanked the President for the conduct of the meeting, and the Secretary and his wife for their work; and Mr W G Wilson thanked Miss D E Colgate (Ladies) for her assistance in taking notes of the meeting.
Life Members: E A Barnett, J Freeman, F W Perrens, E C Shepherd, A G G Thurlow, W G Wilson.
Honorary Members: Mrs O D Barnett, H C Chant, F E Collins, C W Denyer, R H Dove, G R Drew, Mrs S M Drew, K W H Felstead, D Hughes, S J Ivin, C K Lewis, J R Mayne, G W Pipe, R B Smith, R F B Speed, W H Viggers, Mrs M J Wilkinson, Mrs M A Wratten.
Anc Soc of College Youths: W T Cook, D E House, J G A Prior, A N Stubbs.
Australia & New Zealand Assoc: P M J Gray.
Bath & Wells Dio Assoc: G W Massey, E Naylor, A H Reed, J S Walton.
Bedfordshire Assoc: J H Edwards, A E Rushton.
Beverley & Dist Soc: I G Campbell.
Cambridge Univ Guild: B D Threlfall, S C Walters.
Carlisle Dio Guild: R W D Wetenhall.
Chester Dio Guild: A P Foster, A J Martin, A F Scholfield, M Thomson.
Coventry Dio Guild: P Border, H M Windsor.
Derby Dio Assoc: G A Halls, D Hird, M P Phipps.
Devon Assoc: B E Bartlett.
Durham & Newcastle Dio Assoc: K Arthur, D A Bayles, D Martin.
Durham Univ Soc: C C Monson.
E Derbys & W Notts Assoc: A Dempster.
E Grinstead & Dist Guild: A N Brock.
Ely Dio Assoc: A M Barber, G E Bonham.
Essex Assoc: J Armstrong, F B Lufkin, P J Rothera.
Gloucester & Bristol Dio Assoc: L C Edwards, A R Peake, J R Taylor, C A Wratten.
Guildford Dio Guild: M J Church, D E Parsons, T Skilton.
Guild of Devonshire Ringers: J M Clarke, D J Roberts, J G M Scott, W Simmonds.
Hereford Dio Guild: P Hughes, R G Powell, A T Wingate.
Hertford County Assoc: A R Agg, G Penney, G Dodds, R E Hardy.
Irish Assoc: F E Dukes, J T Dunwoody.
Kent County Assoc: P A Corby, I H Oram, S Jenner, M J Hiller.
Ladies Guild: Miss D E Colgate, Mrs P J Staniforth, Mrs J Summerhayes.
Lancashire Assoc: C Crossthwaite, D R Jones, J Kershaw, F Reynolds.
Leeds Univ Soc: A M Glover.
Leicester Dio Guild: B L Burrows, P J Staniforth, B G Warwick.
Lincoln Dio Guild: G E Feirn, D A Frith, J L Millhouse, P H Reynolds.
Llandaff & Monmouth Dio Assoc: J C Baldwin, Mrs J S King, M J Pryor.
London County Assoc: H W Rogers, Mrs O L Rogers, Dr J M Weddell.
Manchester Univ Guild: M C W Sherwood.
Middx County Assoc: F T Blagrove, T J Lock, C H Rogers, B C Watson.
Midland Counties Guild: J K Smith.
National Police Guild: N S Bagworth.
N American Guild: W A Theobald.
N Staffordshire Assoc: E Nixon.
N Wales Assoc: Mrs N M Randles.
Norwich Dio Assoc: H W Barrett, M Cubitt, F N Golden.
Oxford Dio Guild: W Butler, K J Darvill, N J Diserens, T G Pett.
Oxford Soc: F A H Wilkins.
Oxford Univ Soc: J E Camp, D J Roaf.
Peterborough Dio Guild: E Billings, B R Care, C J Groome, J M Tyler.
Railwaymen’s Guild: E J Franklin.
S David’s Dio Guild: J H Payton.
S Martin’s Guild: T R Hampton, R W Pipe.
Salisbury Dio Guild: E J Hitchins, R G W Robertson, N O Skelton.
Scottish Assoc: T Lewis.
Shropshire Assoc: R B Dorrington, Mrs A E Stevens.
Soc of Royal Cumberland Youths: J S Barnes, D Beresford, D E Sibson, P M Wilkinson.
Soc of Sherwood Youths: G A Dawson.
Southwell Dio Guild: W L Exton, S Humphrey, R B Mills, Mrs B N Reed.
Stafford Archd Soc: B Harris, C M Smith.
Suffolk Guild: T N J Bailey, H W Egglestone, C W Pipe, L R Pizzey.
Surrey Assoc: R J Cooles, S F Kimber, C F Mew.
Sussex County Assoc: C L Champion, P T Hurcombe, R Percy, D D Smith.
Swansea & Brecon Dio Guild: J A Hoare.
Truro Dio Guild: W C Boucher, F M Bowers, W R Curtis, Miss J H Dash.
Universities Assoc: M C C Melville.
Univ of Bristol Soc: Mrs A Newing.
Univ of London Soc: A J Frost.
Winchester & Portsmouth Dio Guild: K S B Croft, G K Dodd, J Hartless.
Worcestershire & Dist Assoc: A C Berry, W B Cartwright, M D Fellows, R G Morris.
Yorkshire Assoc: S J Gullick, E Hudson, W F Moreton, D Potter.
The S Derby and N Leics Association was not represented.
|INCOME AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT FOR THE YEAR 1975|
|-||Bequest (Miss K. A. Hills)||100.00|
|-||Council meetings, 1974 & 1975||64.00|
|Towers and Belfries||83.44|
|93||Stationery and printing||141.37|
|17||Ringing World: notices||17.50|
|94||Excess of Income over Expenditure||19.05|
|BALANCE SHEET AS AT 31 DECEMBER 1975|
|17||Clement Glenn Bequest||263.98|
|201||Cash and Bank Balances||20.61|
|119||Accumulated Fund, 1 January 1975||213.00|
|94||Excess of Income over Expenditure||19.05|
|CLEMENT GLENN BEQUEST|
|INCOME AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT FOR THE YEAR 1975|
|4||Hire of Washington film (net)||6.79|
|14||Education Committee expenses||7.02|
|-||Open meeting (Newbury)||14.20|
|Less Stock, 31 December||474.82|
|-||Ringing World: advertisements||3.00|
|42||Excess of Income over Expenditure||136.46|
|BALANCE SHEET AS AT 31 DECEMBER 1975|
|398||£563 Treasury 3½% Stock 79/81 at cost||397.92|
|769||Leeds and Holbeck Building Society||516.26|
|-||Education Committee stock||474.82|
|132||Cash and Bank Balances||96.44|
|1240||Accumulated Fund, 1st January 1974||1282.36|
|42||Excess of Income over Expenditure||136.46|
|“THE RINGING WORLD”|
|BALANCE SHEET AS AT 31 DECEMBER 1975|
|-||Goodwill, Blocks, etc, at cost||200.00|
|Less amount 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
|3% Savings Bonds 1965/75||-|
|Imperial Group Ltd.- £900 8% Convertible|
Unsecured loan stock 1985/90
|E.M.I. Ltd.- £850 8½% Convertible|
Unsecured loan stock 1981
|British Electricity 3½% Guaranteed|
Stock 1976/79 - £5076.60
|Midland Bank Ltd.- 7½% Convertible|
Subordinated Unsecured Loan Stock 1983/93
|Grand Metropolitan Ltd.- 1300|
Ordinary 50p shares
|Carrington Vijella Ltd - 3500|
Ordinary 25p shares
|Cash at Bank:|
|106||Trustee Savings Account||292.92|
|3||Cash in hand||19.08|
|5239||Expenses and taxation||2335.45|
|5810||Subscriptions in advance||7922.49|
|10803||Balance at 1 January 1975||13573.44|
|2770||Net profit for the year||2470.43|
|CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET AS AT 31 DECEMBER 1975|
|1695||Stock of Publications||2472.81|
|3014||Debtors and payments in advance||3494.87|
|14592||Investments at cost||19153.51|
|8877||Cash and Bank Balances||5434.55|
|5810||Amounts received in advance||7922.49|
|1282||Clement Glenn Bequest||1418.82|
|13574||“The Ringing World”||16043.87|
CYRIL A. WRATTEN
|INCOME AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT FOR THE YEAR 1975|
|728||Stock, 1 January||1695.04|
|1695||Less Stock, 31 December||1997.99|
|158||Postages and telephone||248.09|
|68||Ringing World: advertisments||96.22|
|827||Excess of Income over Expenditure||550.43|
|BALANCE SHEET AS AT 31 DECEMBER 1975|
|-||Clement Glenn Bequest||7.64|
|326||Cash and Bank Balances||638.71|
|1209||Accumulated Fund, 1 January 1975||2036.13|
|827||Excess of Income over Expenditure||550.43|
|“THE RINGING WORLD”|
|INCOME AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT FOR THE YEAR 1975|
|118||Profit on sale of calendars||151.50|
|-||Profit on sale of 3% Savings Bonds||293.63|
|4413||Wrappers and postage||7224.70|
|1708||Editor’s fees and expenses||1958.84|
|1438||Editorial and accounts assistance||1558.62|
|166||Rent and telephone||176.92|
|375||Postages, stationery and sundries||586.76|
|2770||Net income for the Year||2470.43|
We have compared the annexed Balance Sheets and Income and Expenditure Accounts of the General, Clement Glenn Bequest, and Publications Funds of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers with the books and vouchers of the Council. We have also examined the annexed Consolidated Balance Sheet. We have obtained all the information and explanations we have required and report that in our opinion based on our examination and the report of the Auditors of “The Ringing World” not audited by us, the aforementioned Accounts are properly drawn up so as to exhibit a true and fair view of the state of the Council’s affairs on 31st December 1975.
|HAROLD N. PITSTOW||)||Hon. Auditors.|
|MICHAEL J. CHURCH||)|
The Ringing World, July 9, 1976, supplement