The Ringing World, June 9, 1978, page 477
Between 180-200 attended the Open Meeting in the Cathedral Refectory on Stag Hill, Guildford on Sunday evening, May 28, and well before the appointed time (8.30 p.m.) groups of ringers were standing or sitting around outside in the warm evening sunshine, the views of Guildford and its surroundings being admired, as well at the Cathedral.
A bar was specially arranged for the company inside the hall and did good business. The Rev. John Scott, vice-president of the Central Council welcomed the gathering and introduced four of the five speakers: Messrs John Barnes, Gordon Halls, Kenneth Croft and Ian Oram. Mr. Eric Billings was unable to attend and speak but sent his manuscript on the subject which was read out after the others had addressed the meeting.
Bell Restoration Funds, the topic for discussion, had changed considerably over the years, it was stated. Whereas coppers were collected at meetings and wealthy patrons had paid for restorations, etc., nowadays the churches could not always afford to undertake the work and patrons were hard to find. Ringers themselves were now fund raising and also carrying out much of the work of overhauling the bells and appurtenances. Any Association with a healthy bells restoration fund could be a deciding factor when overhauls were considered necessary. Ringers could and should shoulder the responsibility and their programme of fund raising should include investment management and trusteeships. But these funds must register as a charity; this was the law! The tax man could otherwise take 50 per cent (or more) of the funds. A buoyant fund could bring people together and produce a sense of achievement. There was a booklet available explaining details and giving advice on funds and fund raising, said Mr. Barnes.
A letter in the Ringing World was referred to and the necessity to register as a charity was again stressed. The diverse opinions of the Charity Commissioners in London and in Liverpool were discussed. A representative for the Beverley and District Society said they had no trouble at all in their area when registering and this also was stated by the Bath and Wells DA secretary.
Mr. Gordon Halls was eloquent when he gave his findings from statistics and information collected. He produced two large cards (“I hope you can see them at the back” - (laughter!) - “NO”.) and proceeded to give a descriptive dialogue on how the investments and funds were raised in the Derby Diocese and other areas. The cash flow and problems of inflation were dealt with and the building up of the fund with particular reference to capital in relation to income over a period of years explained. It appeared that a Guild could and should, if necessary, spend out more in a year than was collected.
Mr. D. Hird and Mr. C. Groome, both of the Peterborough DG spoke of their experiences, the latter suggesting that preventative maintenance costs to all bells - singles to rings of eight or more was a worthwhile expense for this saved large sums being outlayed at a later stage.
Mr. Stan Mason said it was better to help people to help themselves, and as there were many more bells in the country than could be used and maintained, it would be better to keep only bells of antique value and dispose of others not used.
Mr. M. Church said secular bells or those in redundant churches should not be maintained from bell restoration funds registered as a charity.
Mr. Kenneth Croft read a prepared paper as follows:
Mr. W. Butler (Oxford DG master) gave the meeting facts and figures regarding his Guild’s proposed £100,000 fund which was started in 1975. At present there were £3,600 a year being collected (the aim was £10,000) and how much was collected from the ringers and the public etc. was given.
Several individuals present spoke on the subject, including Messrs. E. Futcher, K. Darvill, D. Frith, R. J. Palmer and Rev. L. Pizzey.
Mr. Ian Oram’s contribution to the subject was on covenanting and the advantages which resulted to all concerned (see p. 510). Mr. Stan Mason disputed the advantage to the individual who paid by covenant. Others contributing to this part of the discussion included Messrs. Church, Croft, D. Martin, J. Baldwin, Lewis, Lufkin, Donkin, A. Smith and Mrs. O. Barnett, whilst Mr. Oram answered many questions raised.
Mr. Eric Billings’ paper read as follows:
Summing up, the chairman said it had been a very “Open” meeting indeed, and the information given and the discussions and debates had been excellent. It certainly gave one and all something to think about and upon which to act.
He thanked those responsible in the Guildford Guild for the organisation and Mr. E. A. Barnett expressed appreciation to the Rev. John Scott for chairing the meeting.
The Ringing World, June 16, 1978, pages 499 and 510
The Civic Hall, Guildford, is a large and well planned building with easy access and car parking, and long before the assembly time - 9.15 on Tuesday, May 30th - the Council members were milling around meeting old friends, chatting about events that had taken place and signing in. The president (Mr. Edwin A. Barnett) called the gathering to order promptly at 9.30 and the vice-president (Rev. J. G. M. Scott) opened the meeting with prayer.
The president welcomed the assembled company and said that it was important that the business finished by 5.00 p.m. He referred to the small attendance at the Communion Service in Holy Trinity Church that morning (7.30 a.m.) and explained that the timing was, perhaps, difficult.
The secretary (Mr. Cyril A. Wratten) gave the apologies of several members unable to attend and also reported that the possible total membership was 203 and there was one vacancy. All subscriptions had been paid.
New members of the Council were named and each stood and received a welcome from the president, following which, there being only one nomination for each office, the following were declared elected: president, Mr. E. A. Barnett; vice-president, Rev. J. G. M. Scott; hon. secretary and treasurer, Mr. C. A. Wratten; hon. librarian, Mr. W. T. Cook. These officers will serve for a further three years,
On the proposition of Mr. M. J. Church (Guildford DG) seconded by Mr. P. G. Smart, Mr. C. W. Denyer was elected to life membership of the Central Council.
There were 11 vacancies for honorary membership and the following ten, having been proposed and seconded were declared elected, viz.: Canon K. Felstead, Mrs. M. Wratten, and Messrs. D. A. Bayles, H. W. Egglestone, D. Hughes, P. L. Taylor, W. H. Viggers, R. B. Smith, S. J. Ivin and H. N. Pitstow, OBE.
The hon. auditors are Messrs. M. J. Church and H. N. Pitstow. The meeting stood whilst the names of faithful departed and former members were read: C. A. Bassett, R. Leigh, R. G. Bell, G. I. Lewis, W. Ayre, A. Lock and B. Horton. Dean Thurlow led in prayer and the president spoke of the long service to ringing and to the Council in particular of Mr. Walter Ayre.
The minutes of the 1977 meeting in Derby, which had been printed in the Ringing World and also circulated to members, were confirmed and there being no matters arising the hon. Secretary’s report was presented and, with several small amendments, was accepted.
The Council’s statement of accounts were discussed and, as is customary, were not voted upon at the early stage, The Ringing World accounts section being dealt with later in the meeting when the journal’s report and balance sheet were presented under another item on the agenda. It was stated that the Derby DA had met all the expenses connected with the 1977 meeting of the Council and therefore there was no charge to the Council.
Following the acceptance of the report of the trustees of the Carter Ringing Machine, presented by Mr. D. Hughes, Messrs. Hughes and W. Dobbie were re-elected trustees and appreciation of their good work noted by the meeting.
The Roll of Honour - two books containing the names of ringers in both World Wars who had lost their lives - now in St. Paul’s Cathedral Library - was reported upon by the Council’s librarian (Mr. W. Cook) and accepted. Mr. Cook was re-elected trustee.
An amendment to Rule 12 (ii) and Rule 13 (xiv) regarding the Council’s library that “the Library Committee be responsible for the care and maintenance of the Council’s library” was proposed by Mr. Cook and seconded by Mr. C. A. Wratten and carried without a debate.
There was a discussion, however, regarding the wording of the proposal to add three sub-sections to Rule 13 of Bell Restoration Funds, and taking part in the debate were Messrs. Alex Martin (“Ringers should be told how mean they are!”), P. Gray, A. Frost, C. Groome and P. Corby. Eventually Mr. Martin proposed and Mr. C. Crossthwaite seconded that the details as set out in the order paper be accepted, and this was carried. The three added clauses read:
13 (xv) Bell Restoration Funds Committee
(a) To investigate and collate information relating to fund-raising and administration;
(b) To create an awareness of the need for ringers to play a greater part in financing bell and tower restoration;
(c) To give advice on setting up bell restoration funds and in establishing existing funds as charities.
Another debate took place on a proposal by Mr. C. Mew, seconded by Mr. R. B. Smith:
(c) That the Peal Compositions Committee examine and make recommendations on the standardisation of composition notation in ringing publications and report their findings to the Council, and that the Committee of the Council produce a pamphlet explaining the recommended and past situations.
Mr. J. R. Mayne said he had much sympathy with the proposal but disagreed with the word “standardisation” as not possible or desirable. New notations were very complex.
Mr. K. Lewis agreed and seconded Mr. Mayne’s proposal to change the word “standardisation”.
Supporting the initiative of the committee, Mr. F. Lufkin said many of the terms were too loosely used; but Mr. P. A. Corby spoke against the amendment. Mr. J. Freeman did not agree, stating that too much was being made of the difficulties.
Mr. W. F. Moreton suggested that if the proposals were accepted the committee should produce a leaflet and he proposed that the word “education” be replaced with “peal composition”.
It was eventually agreed that neither designation be used leaving just the word “committee”. Others taking part in the discussion were Messrs. J. H. Edwards, D. Sibson, C. Rogers, G. Massey and W. F. Critchley who asked that the word “standardisation” be removed. The original proposition was then passed as amended, but deleting the word “standardisation”.
There was another long and complicated debate on a proposal by Mr. W. Butler, seconded by Mr. K. Darvill:
(d) That this Council considers its conditions for membership, as detailed in Rules 4 and 5, do not allow for fair representation of the ringers of the Exercise, and that a small ad hoc committee be appointed to make recommendations for revision where necessary.
Eventually it was proposed by Mr. P. Gray seconded by Mr. P. A. Corby that the Council proceed to “next business” as it was considered that the Council exists to see that essential aspects of ringing can be carried out.
This proposal was carried and the Council took “next business”.
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
At 11.30 am, the meeting had dealt with 14 of the 18 items on the agenda and item 15 was to receive, discuss and, if thought fit, to adopt the reports of the (14) committees appointed by the Council. It also had to pass such resolutions as was necessary and to re-appoint the various committees. These reports, already circulated, are always fully debated and take up considerable time, but show the exact state of affairs in the work the Council is carrying out during each year. Before the luncheon interval (at 12.30) five reports had been presented and agreed.
Mr. J. C. Baldwin, at the outset, said that three years ago members had a list of individuals and their interest in connection with the various committees but had not one this year. He proposed that at the commencement of each of the Council’s three year sessions the lists be available. Mrs. A. Newing seconded.
The president said the Administrative Committee thought the lists would cause confusion, but if the members thought otherwise, they would produce lists in future.
The proposal was carried, and the first report - that of the Records Committee was presented by Mr. D. Sibson who gave several minor corrections to the printed details. Mr. J. Baldwin seconded the report, which was approved. It was stated that an updated collection of Delight methods was available and one of Surprise also would be ready shortly. Mr. Baldwin displayed a microfilm which could be obtained if access to necessary equipment were possible by purchasers.
Mr. K. Croft and Mr. F. Blagrove are to co-operate regarding compositions in the Bellringers’ Diary.
The Records Committee was re-elected.
The Methods Committee report was also adopted Mr. Blagrove announcing that the Collection of Doubles Methods was now in manuscript and that he had taken note of suggestions by Mr. D. Frith.
Canon Felstead proposed the committee be re-elected and this was agreed.
Mr. W. E. Critchley presented the report of the Peals Composition Committee and told the gathering that the manuscript of the Major Compositions Collection was being checked. Mr. M. C. W. Sherwood seconded the adoption of the report which was carried.
The committee (after a ballot) now comprises: Messrs. W. E. Critchley, M. C. W. Sherwood, P. Border, R. Hardy and R. Pipe.
Proposing the acceptance of the report of the Computer Co-ordination Committee, Mr. J. R. Taylor thanked Messrs. David Leach, Peter Rowe and Charles Denyer for arranging the demonstration the previous day at the offices of Seven Corners Press. It had been a very successful operation.
After the report had been accepted, the existing committee was re-appointed.
There was a long debate when the Peals Analysis Committee’s report was presented by Mr. F. Lufkin. Among the peals not accepted but discussed was one of Cambridge S Minor (“a round block of 5040 changes”) and further enquiries are to be instigated about this peal.
Technical details of peal compositions and variable hunt bells were brought up and the secretary had to read decisions made at previous Council meetings to clarify several points.
The inclusion of one paragraph in the report which stated that the Devon Association had not rung a peal in 1977 was criticised, the Association being in the main a call-change one, therefore not likely to ring a full peal of 5000 changes. However, it was pointed out that peals had been rung by the Association’s members and would be rung again and possibly this year. It was therefore agreed to leave the “offending” paragraph, it being likely that other guilds would be added on future occasions as not having rung a peal during the year.
Taking part in the discussion were Messrs. B. Warwick, F. Blagrove, C. A. Wratten, H. Rogers, M. Fellows, T. Lock, C. Rogers, J. Freeman, D. Roberts, B. Threlfall and R. Robertson.
The report was adopted and the committee elected, viz.: Messrs. T. Pett, C. Rogers, F. Lufkin, R. Johnston and Canon K. Felstead.
(To be continued)
The Ringing World, June 23, 1978, pages 514 and 531
Founded on December 31, 1927, the Guildford DG is celebrating its Golden Jubilee and one of its few surviving founder members (Mr. Charles W. Denyer) was proposed for life membership of the Council at the meeting held in Guildford on May 30. Taught to handle in 1920 by his father and the late George Gilbert, Charles was District secretary (in 1929) and District ringing master for 25 years, Later he was elected Guild master and served for four years, also being a Central Council representative for a session.
A vice-president of the Guild since 1962, Mr. Denyer became editor of the Ringing World in 1969, following Mr. T. W. White who is also a life member of the Council. One of his (Mr. Denyer’s) aims has been to visit Guilds and Associations throughout the country to meet fellow ringers and during his 8½ years as editor has visited 53 of the affiliated Societies.
Proposing Mr. Denyer and giving details of his ringing career, Mr. M. J. Church (Guildford Guild master) said it was mainly for his services to ringing and the Guildford DG in particular that the recommendation was made, his work as RW editor being well known and appreciated. It would be an honour for the Guild and a well-deserved reward for Charles.
Mr. Peter Smart, endorsing the comments made by Mr. Church, seconded the proposal which was carried with acclamation, the president stating at the outset that four-fifths of the membership must vote for the motion for it to be carried.
Acknowledging the honour to the Guildford Guild and to himself, Mr. Denyer commented that the eulogy to which he had listened sounded like his own obituary (laughter). However, he was very pleased and grateful to the Council for the honour conferred and hoped he would be able to serve them in one way or another for many years yet.
The Ringing World, June 23, 1978, page 515
THE CUSTOMARY reception by the Civic and Religious bodies in the area in which the Council meets was this year held in the Royal Grammar School, Guildford, on Bank Holiday Monday evening. The perfect weather and the well-appointed building were ideal for the 300 who attended, suitable liquid refreshment being offered the visitors as they entered the great hall. There were a number of invited guests, including the Vicar of Holy Trinity Church (Canon A. Carey) and the two directors of Seven Corners Press (Mr. G. G. Goldsmith, who was accompanied by Mrs. Goldsmith) and Mr. M. E. Drake.
On the platform were the president of the Central Council, Mr. E. A. Barnett and Mrs. Olive Barnett, the CC hon. secretary, Mr. Cyril Wratten, and Mrs. Marjorie Wratten, the Master of the Guildford DG Mr. Michael J. Church, the guild’s hon. secretary, Mr. Alan Smith, the treasurer, Mr. Alan D. Flood, together with the Mayor of Guildford. Ccl. Lt.-Col. B. E. Tyrwhitt-Drake and the mayoress, Mrs. Tyrwhitt-Drake, the Lord Bishop of the Guildford Diocese, Rt. Rev. David Brown. Mr. Church first welcomed everyone, introducing the guests, particularly the mayor, who himself is a ringer and a member of Cambridge University Guild.
Ccl. Lt.-Col. Tyrwhitt-Drake extended a warm welcome to the Central Council and wished them a successful conference. He said that he had been brought up on plenty of bellringing stories, his father having been librarian of the Central Council in the 1930s. He was delighted that the Guildford Diocese had at last been “recognised” by the Central Council and concluded: “Don’t leave it too long before you come again!”.
The Bishop, in an amusing talk in which he referred to ringers as being “kind to Bishops”, said they (the Bishops and Clergy) looked after the “secondary” part of the church and whereas it was the numbers of communicants on the electoral rolls which the clergy counted of importance ringers assessed a church by the number and weights of the bells in the tower (laughter and applause). The Bishop spoke of the different ways that parishioners were called to worship in Africa where he had ministered for many years and suggested that if and when church bells in England were unobtainable they ask British Leyland for car wheels which make a loud clanging, when beaten with a hammer (laughter) and was most effective!
He welcomed the Council on behalf of the Diocese.
The Guild Master then extended a welcome to Council members on behalf of the Diocesan Association and hoped that every attention and comfort would make them feel at home and enable them to enjoy to the full the hospitality extended by the Guildford Guild members.
Acknowledging the welcome by the Mayor, the Bishop and the Guildford Guild Master, Mr. Edwin Barnett thanked them for their kindly greetings to the Council. He referred to the Mayor’s late father and said it was appropriate that Guildford should have elected his son as Mayor at this particular time. The marvellous weather, and beautiful countryside, were helping everyone to have a delightful weekend.
Following the speeches a magnificent buffet supper was served by lady ringers and helpers - mainly from the Chertsey District and Guildford Cathedral band, and their gentlemen did much of the fetching, carrying and washing up. The bar did a brisk trade and the evening ended well after 11 p.m.
The Ringing World, June 23, 1978, page 531
Twenty members of the Central Council and the Guildford Guild availed themselves of the coach tour arranged for Bank Holiday Monday through the Surrey countryside.
The first stop was at Godalming to try out the newly-rehung eight, then touring on to the picturesque village of Chiddingfold (8), much admired by all.
The next place of call was “The Swan” in Haslemere, where, after some suitable lubrication, an excellent and very substantial lunch had been arranged. At least one of the party felt more like taking a siesta than tackling the Haslemere 10 - light as they are (13 cwt.).
Over the hill, through Hindhead’s well known beauty spot, and on to Grayshott (8), from where the tour took us past the holiday crowds sweltering by the “inland seaside” of Frensham Great Pond and to the massive Saxon tower of Frensham (8). Here, after ringing, the local band and their vicar generously entertained the whole party to tea and cakes.
The return to Guildford was via Farnham and the Hog’s Back, with its magnificent views, completing a leisurely and most enjoyable day. - E.J.B.
The Ringing World, June 30, 1978, page 535
THE GUILDFORD MEETING
(Continued from p. 531)
THE RINGING WORLD DEBATE
After lunch, Mr. Wilfrid G. Wilson rose to present the report and accounts of The Ringing World Committee, first congratulating the editor on his election as a life member of the Council. He also expressed thanks to all the officers, committee members and many others who had, in any way, assisted during the year.
Mr. Wilson said the journal had more than maintained its service to its readers and was better than the national press which varied its contents and reduced its number of pages from time to time but charged the same. He referred to the RW budget system which seemed to be working reasonably well. There was a slight improvement in sales: 5,552 in February and 5,578 in April compared with 5,399 last year. The latest figure - for May - was 5,595, but much bigger increases were required to help keep the accounts out of the red.
The editor, said Mr. Wilson, had agreed to continue in office for another 12 months from next October and he was pleased that his (the editor’s) health permitted this decision. Hoax peals continued to be sent in, but many were spotted before publication. The article in The Ringing World ten days ago about covenanting for subscription pointed out that it was not possible to proceed with this suggestion.
Considerable time and thought had been given to the arrangements for office management in Guildford and negotiations were proceeding with the directors of Seven Corners Press for the administration to be carried out by their staff.
The price of The Ringing World had been maintained for three years; the paper having improved in quality and the accounts showing a surplus. These improvements could not have been accomplished without the help and encouragement of the Exercise and the new committee to be elected would need continuing help and support.
After several questions had been dealt with by Mr. Wilson, Mr. R. F. B. Speed seconded the report which was adopted.
The Ringing World accounts were then detailed by Mr. Wilson, who drew attention to the record amount received from donations. He explained the loss on the sale of one batch of shares, but new shares purchased connected with Northern Engineering were satisfactory.
The Ringing World accounts were adopted and the whole of the accounts for the Central Council were then proposed for acceptance by Mr. Wratten, seconded by Mr. Baldwin, and approved.
There was a ballot for membership on The Ringing World Committee and this resulted in the following elections: Messrs. R. F. B. Speed, D. A. Bayles, H. W. Egglestone, A. Stubbs, and Mesdames J. S. King and A. Newing. The former chairman (Mr. W. G. Wilson), after 19 years, did not seek re-election, but promised continuing support and help to the committee as desired. He was thanked by the president and received the applause of the Council members for his long and faithful service.
Owing to a misunderstanding by the president, the Publications Committee report followed the The Ringing World debate and it was proposed by Mr. G. Drew, seconded by Mr. W. G. Wilson. A number of questions were asked regarding the reprinting of the Council’s books, one in particular causing considerable discussion: Plain Major Methods. Mr. D. E. Sibson suggested that the methods be produced but not in book form and Mr. R. F. B. Speed commented that the book was outdated and it would be a waste of time and money to reprint it.
Mr. Drew, answering a question, said that it would cost four or five times as much to produce a new book with compositions included. The debate then took the form of computer-sheets at 10p versus the cost of the present book - almost 25p. Messrs. Mayne, Dodds, Baldwin, Lufkin, Walters, Threlfall, Crossthwaite, Struckett and Wilson all took part in the discussion but eventually the report was agreed.
The five members of the committee are Messrs. Drew, Wilson, E. Shepherd, Taylor and Groome.
BELLS ON SUNDAY
The Public Relations report was submitted by Mrs. J. S. King, and carried, Mr. W. F. Moreton commenting on the Bells on Sunday programme at 7.45 a.m. Mr. David Wilmott, who had enlivened the presentation by giving items of news, had been posted overseas and the secretary was asked to write to the BBC thanking them and Mr. Wilmott in particular, for the coverage of church bells. The president said that he had already written a personal letter of thanks to Mr. Wilmott.
The Suffolk Guild, it was announced, had had an hour-long programme on Radio Orwell and Mr. W. Theobald announced that North America had another ring of eight bells at Hendersonville.
The committee elected consists of Mrs. J. S. King, and Messrs. Theobald, G. W. Pipe, Pitstow and P. Smart.
Mr. R. Cater congratulated the Education Committee on the display cards they produced, when that committee’s report was presented by Mr. W. Butler. The question of cheaper reproduction was difficult, but would be sought, said Mr. Butler, who stated that the designs and photographs were his own. He had reservations about anyone and everyone reproducing them before consultation. Mr. Edwards asked if the Ringers’ Handbook could be brought up-to-date and Mr. Moreton said it was well worth while to continue its publication.
Mr. Drew said it was possible to reprint cheaply but any revisions made would add considerably to the costs. The Rev. M. Melville asked that the 8mm film be not allowed to drop from use, to which Mr. Moreton replied that there was no question of this happening.
The report was adopted and the committee elected consists of Messrs. D. Joyce, R. Cater, W. Moreton, B. Harris, W. Butler, J. M. Tyler and C. Smith.
The Rev. J. G. M. Scott, presenting the report of the Towers and Belfries Committee, spoke of the Strathclyde report which was mentioned last year and said he would like to see it published in an Acoustical Journal and their findings included in the Towers and Bells Handbook. He accepted responsibility for the lateness of the Maintenance Handbook.
Mr. F. E. Collins was retiring from the committee because of advancing years and thanks were accorded Mr. Collins for his services over many years.
The discussion which followed was mainly about the variation in the number of decibels given in various reports and Mrs. Newing and Messrs. Halls, Booth, Dawson, Reynolds, Collins, Mounsey and Lewis also expressed opinions about the subject and on the question of the welding of bells which arose from the report. Whereas 40-50 years ago welding was a 99 per cent failure, it was stated, today the success rate was very much better, although no actual figures were available.
The welding of clappers and why they broke in the first place was also not satisfactorily explained, one speaker saying that the bellfounders themselves would like to know the answer - and the remedy!
Details of the activities of the 12 committee members were supplied in reply to a questioner and eventually the following were elected: Rev. J. Scott, Messrs. J. Baldwin, W. Exton, J. Freeman, A. Frost, G. Massey, F. Reynolds, B. Threlfall, C. Walters, B. Harris, J. Hartless and A. Dempster.
One of the longest discussions of the day took place when the Bell Restoration Fund report was proposed for adoption by Mr. J. S. Barnes. This had been the subject for the open meeting in Guildford Refectory Hall on Sunday evening and much of the discussion then was repeated in Council, several members absent on the first occasion seeking information during the report stage on Tuesday.
Covenants, the Barron Bell Trust, Customs & Excise, VAT and charity registration of bell funds, were fully explained, and the fact emerged that at least one guild had registered the whole guild as a charity.
MUST REGISTER BY LAW
It transpired the Bell Restoration Funds must be registered by law, and that the officers of the Charity Commissioners and Customs & Excise had different views in different areas of the country.
The Associations, known to have bell funds in existence and registered, were read out and after further discussion to which Messrs. Barnes, Oram, P. Rogers, Martin, Gray, Church and Halls contributed, the report was approved.
The six committee members are Messrs. Barnes, Billings, Church, Croft, Oram and Halls.
Mrs. J. Wilkinson in presenting the Redundant Bells Report said there was now a levelling out and the latest figures showed 69 as compared with 83 last year. Several diocesan authorities were tackling the problems and she asked associations to pass on all possible information to the committee. She thanked Mr. and Mrs. D. Beresford and Mr. J. Baldwin for help and advice.
After the report had been seconded by Mr. A. Frost and adopted the president endorsed the comments about Mr. Beresford and sent good wishes to him for improved health (applause).
The committee was re-appointed.
That £26 had been received from Friends of the Library and that a resolution to open a banking account for that body were stated by the librarian (Mr. W. Cook) in presenting his report. It was noted that, following agreement by the Council in 1959, there were now 25-30 books available for sale, there being more than two copies of these already in the library.
Mr. G. Massey was concerned about the sale of these books many of which had been presented or “willed” to the Council’s library and he proposed they be offered on long loan to other affiliated societies who had libraries.
Mr. G. Dawson seconded and the proposition was carried.
The report as amended was accepted by the members and the committee appointed is as follows: Messrs. W. Butler, D. House, P. Wilkinson and J. Baldwin with Mr. Cook as chairman. Mr. Barnes, because of his many commitments, did not stand for election and was thanked by the Council for past services.
It was then agreed to open a Friends of the Library Account with Midland Bank, Sidcup, Kent.
Mr. T. Lock presented the Biographies report which was seconded by Mr. W. Viggers and agreed. The committee was then elected, viz.: Messrs. Lock, Viggers, Threlfall and Melville.
The Administrative Committee’s report was proposed by Mr. C. A. Wratten who gave details of attendances by elected members at the five meetings over the past three years. He then stated that the chairmen of each of the Council’s 14 other committees were ex officio and that there were 12 seats for which to ballot. Seventeen names were proposed and elected were: Mrs. Barnett, and Messrs. P. Gray, W. B. Cartwright, W. G. Wilson, I. Oram, M. Church, J. Freeman, F. Dukes, B. Threlfall, P. Corby, G. Halls and J. Baldwin.
The report was adopted.
CORNWALL NEXT YEAR
An invitation for the Council to meet in 1979 in the Penzance Branch, Truro DG, was given by Mrs. Byrne and accepted by the meeting, the date to be May 27. In 1980 an invitation has been extended by the Winchester and Portsmouth DG to Southampton; in 1981 to Kent, 1982 to Bedford; 1983 to Lichfield (Staffs.) or Salisbury.
An invitation for the Council to go over for a meeting to the North American Guild in Boston if practical, was suggested by Mr. W. A. Theobald and when a show of hands was called for to indicate how many could and would attend about 50-60 so indicated. However further enquiries as to cost, travel and other details will first be made. 1984 is an “election year” and this may have some bearing on whether or not such an ambitious decision is undertaken, however enthusiastic the ringers are on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1985 the Sussex CA has provisionally invited the Council.
Following two announcements by Mr. Church, regarding the ringing in the Guildford area, Mr. J. Shepard asked if The Ringing World editor would alter the new arrangement for submission of peals and quarter peals and bring them into line, i.e. 14 days or one month for both.
The editor said he could not do this as The Ringing World Committee had decided on the policy which he carried out.
The secretary gave details of the attendance at the meeting (202 possible):
|55 fully represented||138|
|8 partly represented||19||(9 absent)|
|4 not represented||-||(6 absent)|
|Hon. members||17||(6 absent)|
The attendance constituted a new record.
The president spoke of three members who were not elected to the Council this session and who had served for many years, viz.: Mr. Nolan Golden (1930-1977), Mr. Joseph Cotton (1946-1977); Mr. C. W. (Jim) Pipe (1946-1977). He thanked these persons for past services and also expressed the Council’s appreciation to the Guildford DG officers and members for their kindness, hospitality and excellent organisation for the weekend. In particular he thanked the master (Mr. Michael J. Church), Mr. Alan Flood (treasurer) and Mr. Alan Smith (hon. secretary), and the band of stewards and helpers in the Civic Hall, who had acted as scrutineers for the four ballots necessary. The ladies and gentlemen at the Civic reception were not forgotten for all their cooking and hard work preparing the meal. The president thanked the Mayor of Guildford (Cllr. Lt.-Col. B. E. Tyrwhitt-Drake) and the Mayoress, the Lord Bishop of the Diocese (Rt. Rev. David Brown) and in addition the rector of Holy Trinity Church, the Dean of Gloucester and the Rev. M. C. C. Melville who took part in the service that morning. The many incumbents, tower keepers and others who met visitors and organised the ringing were remembered, and also appreciation for Miss Doris Colgate and The Ringing World editor who had been hard at work “scribbling all day”.
The loud applause compensated these individuals for their efforts on behalf of the Council and the Dean of Gloucester then expressed the thanks of all to the “platform party” for the handling of the meeting (renewed applause).
The hall was cleared by 5.15 all delighted to go out into the lovely spring sunshine.
The Guildford DG as a whole, the organising committee in particular and also the Central Council members have cause to be thankful for the great success and the happy weekend so much enjoyed by them all.
The Ringing World, June 30, 1978, pages 551 to 552
|President:||Mr. E. A. Barnett (Life member).|
|Vice-President:||Rev. J. G. M. Scott (Devonshire Guild).|
|Hon. Secretary and Treasurer:||Mr. C. A. Wratten (Gloucester & Bristol).|
|Hon. Librarian:||Mr. W. T. Cook (College Youths).|
The 30th Council opens with a membership of 202, five less than last year. The drop is accounted for by the death of one Life member, Walter Ayre; by one Honorary member (Mr. R. F. B. Speed) becoming a representative member and by the reduced representation of the Devonshire Association (from four members to three), the Southwell Diocesan Guild (from three members to two) and the Midland Counties Guild (from two to one) This decrease has been only partly offset by the North American Guild’s growth in membership having entitled it to a second representative on the Council.
At the time of writing not all societies have yet made their full returns, but of the 146 representatives whose elections have so far been notified 28 are new members of the Council. This represents 19 per cent of the elected membership, and compares with a turn-over of 25 per cent at the start of the last triennium.
The total resident membership of affiliated societies, as so far certified to me by their secretaries, amounts to 22,339, which compares with some 24,000 in 1975. The largest is the Oxford Diocesan Guild with 1,834 resident members, but other societies with over a thousand members are:
|Bath and Wells Diocesan Association||1,777|
|Salisbury Diocesan Guild||1,206|
|Kent County Association||1,177|
|Gloucester and Bristol Diocesan Association||1,018|
Together these seven appear to account for over a third of the ringers belonging to affiliated territorial societies.
During the year one society, the Transvaal Society of Church Bell Ringers, has applied to affiliate to the Council, but was not eligible under the Rules since its membership was only 32, less than half the minimum required. It seems there may be scope for a federation of African ringing societies, perhaps on the lines of the North American Guild, which would together then be large enough to qualify for affiliation.
In December I was notified of a bequest to the Central Council of a considerable sum, likely to be in excess of £2,400, in the will of the late Mrs. Margaret Thackray, of Caistor in Norfolk, the widow of Canon Thackray who was at one time a chairman of a branch of the Lincoln Diocesan Guild. The estate is still in the hands of solicitors, and until it is finally settled I do not know what the final sum will be, nor when it will be received.
It will be recalled that when the Council met last year in Derby no invitation was received for the 1979 meeting. Subsequently the Ely Diocesan Association and the Cambridge University Guild together made a provisional invitation to go to Cambridge. Because of difficulties in finding suitable dates, however, this invitation has since had to be withdrawn. The position at the time of writing is consequently that the Council still has no invitation for next year’s meeting.
CYRIL A. WRATTEN, Hon. Secretary.
One demonstration was given during the year, when the St. Albans ringers and friends visited the Science Museum in November. (An earlier demonstration arranged to take place in April had unfortunately to be cancelled due to Mr. and Mrs. Dobbie having been involved in a road accident.)
The machine continues to function reasonably well requiring no more than the usual attention to fine adjustments as the need arises.
DOUGLAS HUGHES, W. H. DOBBIE, Trustees.
|ACCOUNTS FOR 1977|
|INCOME AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT FOR THE YEAR 1977|
|37||Royalties and sales||14.70|
|20||F. Sharpe memorial collection||29.00|
|12||Central Council meeting, 1977||-|
|Bell Restoration Funds||30.00|
|Computer Co-ordination (1976)||2.80|
|Towers & Belfries||52.75|
|Towers & Belfries (1976)||13.50|
|9||Depreciation, Library fixtures||10.00|
|92||Stationery and printing||119.08|
|8||The Ringing World: notices||8.55|
|28||F. Sharpe memorial||29.00|
|57||(Cr)||LESS: Excess of Expenditure over Income||31.52|
|BALANCE SHEET AS AT 31st DECEMBER 1977|
|90||Library fixtures (cost less depreciation to date)||80.00|
|21||Clement Glenn Bequest||21.05|
|121||Cash and Bank balances||290.16|
|-||Affiliation fees received in advance||135.81|
|232||Accumulated Fund, 1 January 1977||288.91|
|57||(Cr)||LESS: Excess of Expenditure over Income||31.52|
|CLEMENT GLENN BEQUEST|
|3||Film hire (net)||9.38|
|1||Prayer Sheet sales||1.50|
|1||Education Committee expenses||20.52|
|-||Depreciation - film (“This Ringing Isle”)||48.40|
|53||(Cr)||LESS Excess of Expenditure over Income||5.08|
|BALANCE SHEET AS AT 31st DECEMBER 1977|
|398||£563 Treasury 3½% Stock 79/81 at cost||397.92|
|764||Leeds & Holbeck Building Society||555.24|
|-||Film - cost less depreciation to date||200.00|
|111||Cash and Bank balances||123.90|
|1409||Accumulated Fund, 1st January 1977||1405.62|
|66||Transfer to Publications Fund||-|
|53||(Cr)||LESS Excess of Expenditure over Income||5.08|
|INCOME AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT FOR THE YEAR 1977|
|2474||Stock, 1st January||3018.21|
|3018||Less: Stock, 31st December||2553.60|
|262||Postages and Telephone||253.56|
|116||The Ringing World: advertisements||147.43|
|56||Publication Committee expenses||35.00|
|579||Excess of Income over Expenditure||332.44|
|BALANCE SHEET AS AT 31st DECEMBER 1977|
|491||Cash and Bank balances||1275.92|
|154||Clement Glenn Bequest||140.22|
|2587||Accumulated Fund, 1st January 1977||3231.94|
|66||Transfer from Glenn Bequest||-|
|579||Excess of Income over Expenditure||332.44|
|THE RINGING WORLD|
|INCOME AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT FOR THE YEAR 1977|
|70||Profit on Sale of calendars||101.67|
|-||Taxation refund from earlier years||1078.30|
|8430||Wrappers and postage||8938.65|
|2413||Editor’s fees and expenses||2529.28|
|1704||Editorial and accounts assistance||2034.37|
|209||Rent and telephone||198.38|
|295||Postages, stationery and sundries||327.28|
|-||Loss on sale of investments||540.60|
|4643||Excess of Income over Expenditure||2809.49|
Report of the Auditors
We have audited the annexed balance sheet dated 31st December 1977 and have obtained all the information and explanations we required. In our opinion, the balance sheet is properly drawn up so as to exhibit a true and correct view of the state of affairs of “The Ringing World”, according to the best of our information and the explanations given to us and as shown by the books.
London EC4Y 0ER
|Caldwell and Braham,|
|BALANCE SHEET AS AT 31st DECEMBER 1977|
|200||Goodwill, blocks, etc||200.00|
|200||LESS: amount written off||200.00|
|Investments at cost:|
|2000||Abbey National Building Society||2000.00|
|500||Brighton Corporation 6¾% Bonds||500.00|
|3999||British Electricity 3½% guaranteed|
Stock 1976/79 - £5076.60
|907||Carrington Viyella Ltd. - 3500 Ordinary 25p shares||907.48|
|1756||E. M. I. Ltd £1750 8½% Convertible|
Unsecured Loan Stock 1981
|-||Francis Industries Ltd. - 2000 Ordinary 25p shares||932.88|
|-||Antony Gibbs Income Units - 3647.42 Units||1194.02|
|977||Grand Metropolitan Ltd - 1300 Ordinary 25p shares||977.07|
|-||Hestair Ltd - 1000 Ordinary 25p shares||944.04|
|1530||Imperial Group Ltd. - £1700 8% Convertible|
Unsecured Loan Stock 1985/90
|1199||Midland Bank Ltd - £1630 7½% Convertible|
Substituted Unsecured Loan Stock 1983/93
|-||Northern Engineering Ltd - 1308 Ordinary||1227.44|
|-||- £163.50 Preference||156.74|
|3500||Tyndall Income Units - 5002 Units||3499.57|
|1029||Bass Charrington Ltd - 7¾% Unsecured|
Loan Stock 1992/97
|842||Distillers Ltd -7¾%Unsecured Loan Stock 1988/93||-|
|Cash at Bank:|
|118||Trustee Savings Bank Account||1055.92|
|24||Cash in hand||38.41|
|9021||Subscriptions in advance||9030.13|
|16044||Accumulated Fund, 1st January 1977||20687.26|
|4643||Excess of Income over Expenditure||2809.49|
|CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET AS AT 31st DECEMBER 1977|
|90||Library fixtures, at book value||80.00|
|-||Film, “This Ringing Isle”, at book value||200.00|
|3018||Stock of Publications||2553.60|
|5119||Debtors and payments in advance||6009.64|
|19401||Investments at cost||21775.83|
|9424||Cash and bank balances||10006.87|
|9021||Amounts received in advance||9165.94|
|1406||Clement Glenn Bequest||1400.54|
|20687||“The Ringing World”||23496.75|
REPORT OF THE HONORARY AUDITORS TO THE MEMBERS OF THE CENTRAL COUNCIL OF CHURCH BELL RINGERS.
We have compared the annexed Balance Sheets and Income and Expenditure Accounts of the General, Clement Glenn Bequest, and Publication 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 at 31st December 1977.
|28th March 1978.|
A letter was received in September from Mr. Raymond Lister, MA., Senior Research Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, in which he stated that he had been asked to arrange in 1979 an exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, of work by the illuminator Albert Cousins. It was he who wrote the earlier (1914-1918) Roll of Honour, and Mr. Lister asked if the Council would be willing to lend the book to the museum for the exhibition. He had already contacted Mr. A. R. B. Fuller, the St. Paul’s Cathedral Librarian, who was seeking the approval of the Dean and Chapter for this to be done.
In view of the stipulation made in 1931 that the book was not to leave the St. Paul’s Cathedral Library, permission was sought from the Officers of the Central Council for the book to be lent out for this exhibition, and this permission was granted.
Mr. Lister, who rates the book as a very fine example of Cousins’s work, will be contacting me towards the end of the year about the exact dates when the book will be required, and Mr. Fuller will be asking me for a formal note of confirmation. It is understood that the exhibition will be taking place in the Lent Term of 1979.
Both Rolls of Honour are on display in the St. Paul’s Cathedral Library, and are in good condition.
W. T. COOK, Trustee.
“That this Council considers its conditions for membership, as detailed in Rules 4 and 5, do not allow for fair representation of the ringers of the Exercise, and that a small ad hoc committee be appointed to make recommendations for revision where necessary.”
|A. First peals on tower bells in 1977:|
|Jan.||5||5056||Zerere S. Major (Leicester D. G.)|
|6||5136||Fenchurch S. Maximus (St. Martin’s G.)|
|8||5088||Ratae Coritanorum S. Major (Yorkshire A.)|
|8||5042||Swindon S. Maximus (Soc. of Royal Cumberland Y.)|
|15||5088||Pons Aelius S. Major (Yorkshire A.)|
|15||5040||Hardwick S. Royal (S. Northants Soc.)|
|16||5040||Oxbridge S. Royal (Lancashire A.)|
|22||5088||Salinae S. Major (Yorkshire A.)|
|29||5056||Dubris S. Major (Yorkshire A.)|
|29||5024||Radstone S. Major (S. Northants Soc.)|
|Feb.||2||5040||Osterley Alliance Royal (London C. A.)|
|5||5280||Kittlingbourne S. Major (Lancashire A.)|
|5||5080||Clydesville S. Royal (Oxford University Soc.)|
|6||5056||Elizabeth II Jubilee S. Major (Lancashire A.)|
|11||5040||Spelthorne S. Major (Middlesex CA.)|
|12||5152||Longstanton D. Major (Ely D. A.)|
|12||5056||Dallington S. Major (Sussex C. A.)|
|17||5122||Jubilee S. Major (Bath & Wells D. A.)|
|19||5024||Camulodunum S. Major (Essex A.)|
|19||5088||Segontium S. Major (Yorkshire A.)|
|24||5042||Northfield S. Maximus (St. Martin’s G.)|
|Mar.||5||5280||Ickford S. Major (S. Northants Soc.)|
|5||5120||Lugovalium S. Major (Yorkshire A.)|
|5||5040||Kenilworth S. Royal (Bath & Wells D. A.)|
|6||5056||Heworth S. Major (Lancashire A.)|
|7||5152||Carmarthen S. Major (Lancashire A.)|
|11||5088||Nimrod S. Major (Bath & Wells D. A.)|
|12||5056||Gore S. Major (Middlesex C. A.)|
|12||5088||Juniper S. Major (S. Northants Soc.)|
|12||5040||St. Gregory S. Royal (Peterborough D. G.)|
|14||5056||Coleorton S. Major (Leicester D. G.)|
|19||5088||Lindinis S. Major (Yorkshire A.)|
|Apr.||9||5088||Caesaromogus S. Major (Yorkshire A.)|
|10||5088||Margidunum S. Major (Yorkshire A.)|
|12||5184||Arbeia S. Major (Yorkshire A.)|
|12||5184||Jamestown S. Major (Bushey Soc.)|
|12||5056||Kirkham S. Major (Chester D. G.)|
|13||5040||St. Nicholas Bob Triples (Stafford Archd. Soc.)|
|14||5184||Caius S. Major (Ely D. A.)|
|30||5120||Galava S. Major (Yorkshire A.)|
|May||3||5280||Kingsland D. Maximus (Soc. of Royal Cumberland Y.)|
|14||5056||Kimberley S. Major (Glos. & Bristol D. A.)|
|14||5088||Praetorium S. Major (Yorkshire A.)|
|20||5152||Avon County S. Major (Bath & Wells D. A.)|
|20||5056||Springrove Alliance Royal (Middlesex C. A.)|
|28||5088||Vindolanda S. Major (Yorkshire A.)|
|June||4||5088||Wigsthorpe S. Major (Peterborough D. G.)|
|4||5040||Havant S. Royal (Oxford D. G.)|
|4||5086||Combretonio S. Maximus (Lancashire A.)|
|4||5088||Deansgate S. Maximus (Ancient Soc. College Y.)|
|6||5152||Majestic S. Major (Glos. & Bristol D. A.)|
|7||5008||Abbots Bromley Imperial Bob Major (Stafford Archd. Soc)|
|11||5088||Guolop S. Major (Yorkshire A.)|
|14||5280||Jubilee S. Maximus (Soc. of Royal Cumberland Y.)|
|18||5088||Aquae Arnemettae S. Major (Yorkshire A.)|
|18||5088||Otmoor S. Major (Oxford D. G.)|
|20||5152||Double Entendre S. Major (Lancashire A.)|
|24||5152||Festalban S. Major (Hertford C. A.)|
|25||5088||Othona S. Major (Yorkshire A.)|
|July||1||5088||Threadneedle S. Major (Soc. of Royal Cumberland Y.)|
|2||5152||Olicana S. Major (Yorkshire A.)|
|10||5152||Yelling D. Major (Ely D. A.)|
|11||5120||Flint S. Major (Lancashire A.)|
|12||5280||Folgate S. Maximus (Soc. of Royal Cumberland Y.)|
|16||5376||Burton Latimer S. Major (Peterborough D. G.)|
|16||5056||Sheppey S. Major (Surrey A.)|
|23||5088||Ad Pontes S. Major (Yorkshire A.)|
|29||5088||Adamantium S. Major (Yorkshire A.)|
|Aug.||7||5022||Winchester D. Major (Ely D. A.)|
|20||5056||Maidulph Maildulph S. Major (Glos. & Bristol D. A.)|
|24||5088||Folgate S. Major (Glos. & Bristol D. A.)|
|27||5040||Imperial S. Royal (Lancashire A.)|
|28||5040||Argyll S. Royal (Beverley & District Soc.)|
|30||5152||Queen Elizabeth II D. Major (Lancashire A.)|
|30||5056||Regina S. Major (Lancashire A.)|
|31||5184||Prince Consort S. Major (Lancashire A.)|
|Sept.||1||5280||Monarch S. Major (Lancashire A.)|
|2||5184||Sovereign S. Major (Lancashire A.)|
|10||5088||Xois S. Major (S. Northants Soc.)|
|17||5024||Mytholmroyd S. Major (Yorkshire A.)|
|18||5040||Kirton S. Royal (Lancashire A.)|
|23||5184||Humph S. Major (Bath & Wells D. A.)|
|24||5152||Lyndhurst S. Major (Winchester & Portsmouth D. G.)|
|26||5184||Dursley S. Major (Sussex C. A.)|
|26||5152||Merioneth S. Major (Lancashire A.)|
|Oct.||1||5088||Osleset S. Major (Yorkshire A.)|
|1||5040||Bogside S. Royal (Oxford University Soc.)|
|10||5088||Lower Beeding S. Major (Sussex C. A.)|
|15||5152||Uttlesford D. Major (Ely D. A.)|
|17||5088||Caernarvon S. Major (Lancashire A.)|
|28||5040||Smallberry Alliance Royal (London C. A.)|
|29||5056||East Hagbourne S. Major (Oxford D. G.)|
|Nov.||5||5152||Eykyn S. Major (S. Northants Soc.)|
|5||5088||Sorviodunum S. Major (Yorkshire A.)|
|5||5160||Morland S. Royal (Ancient Soc. College Y.)|
|12||5056||Furness S. Major (Lancashire A.)|
|18||5056||Lampton Alliance Royal (Middlesex C. A.)|
|20||5056||St. Cecilia Imperial B. Major (Winch’ & Ports’th D. G.)|
|26||5040||Upwood S. Royal (Ely D. A.)|
|Dec.||9||5152||Temple S. Major (Glos. & Bristol D. A.)|
|12||5184||Cardigan S. Major (Lancashire A.)|
|27||5152||Tresham S. Major (Peterborough D. G.)|
|27||5038||Ashton S. Maximus (Lancashire A.)|
|29||5152||Over D. Major (Ely D. A.)|
|31||5088||Navio S. Major (Yorkshire A.)|
|Mar.||26||5000||100-Spliced Cinques (Glos. & Bristol D. A.)|
|May.||7||5808||11-Spliced S. Maximus (Ancient Soc. College Y.) (all the work)|
|B. First peals on handbells in 1977:|
|Apr.||9||5040||St. Simon’s Coll. B. Caters (Winch’ & Ports’th D. G.)|
|May||8||5088||Queen Adelaide S. Major (Yorkshire A.)|
|11||5040||St. Clement’s Coll. B. Royal (Winch’ & Ports’th D. G.)|
|July||27||5019||Stedman Septuples (Ancient Soc. College Y.)|
|Aug.||1||5280||Albanian S. Maximus (Oxford D. G.)|
|10||5280||Ealing S. Maximus (Oxford D. G.)|
|31||5280||Wembley S. Maximus (Oxford D. G.)|
|Sept.||21||5042||Gartree S. Maximus (Oxford D. G.)|
|Oct.||13||5088||Rochester S. Maximus (Oxford D. G.)|
|Nov.||30||5120||Daventry S. Major (Hertford C. A.)|
|30||5280||Timaru S. Maximus (Oxford D. G.)|
|Dec.||7||5184||Lincoln S. Major (Hertford C. A.)|
|19||5280||Jubilee S. Maximus (Oxford D. G.)|
|Feb.||23||5088||4-Spliced S. Maximus (Oxford D. G.) (all the work)|
|Mar.||28||5056||50-Spliced S. Major (Lancashire A.)|
|May||4||5056||75-Spliced S. Major (Lancashire A.)|
|June||8||5120||5-Spliced S. Maximus (Oxford D. G.) (all the work)|
|July||28||5056||100-Spliced S. Major (Lancashire A.)|
|Sept.||28||5080||6-Spliced S. Royal (Oxford D. G.)|
|C. Record Peals on handbells in 1977:|
|Apr.||2||25088||Plain Bob Major (Winchester & Portsmouth D. G.)|
|June||12||12345||Stedman Cinques (Ancient Soc. College Y.)|
|Nov.||27||14144||London S. Major (Ancient Soc. College Y.)|
|Dec.||27||40320||Plain Bob Major (Ancient Soc. College Y.)|
The Ringing World, July 7, 1978, pages 563 to 566
Oakley S. Royal and Britannia S. Royal, claimed as first peals in the methods, had been rung before, as Woodspring S. Royal and Vermuyden S. Royal respectively.
Sandhurst S. Major (November 14th, 1973) has been re-named Great Somerford S. Major as it is not an extension of Sandhurst S. Minor.
Erin Caters on handbells, recorded in the report for 1975, had been previously rung and should be deleted. 5120 4-Spliced S. Royal (all the work) rung on handbells on December 15th, 1976, for the Oxford DG should have been included in the report for 1976.
D. E. SIBSON (Chairman), F. T. BLAGROVE,
G. DODDS, J. R. MAYNE, C. A. WRATTEN.
The method rung at Slough on October 1st as Londonderry Surprise Royal is not a correct extension of Londonderry Surprise Major. Upon request, the band and conductor changed the name to Bogside. There is no extension of Londonderry Surprise Major.
Work is proceeding on the collection of Plain Doubles methods, and it is hoped to have the manuscript at the Guildford meeting.
F. T. BLAGROVE (Chairman),
M. C. W. SHERWOOD, S. IVIN.
A new collection of Compositions for Major Methods has been made and is now in manuscript form. This book should be in print in the next few months. It will contain 200 compositions and will take the place of the previous Central Council Collection, which is now sold out.
The processing of compositions for publication in “The Ringing World” has continued, and few editions have appeared during the year under review without at least one or two peal compositions in them. A system of double checking, though adding to the delay in publication, has ensured the absence of misprints.
W. E. CRITCHLEY (Chairman), S. JENNER,
I. H. ORAM, M. C. W. SHERWOOD.
A. D. Leach has completed the implementation of SiRiL (Simple Ringing Language) for PDP-11 computers. A paper tape of the system and an operating summary are available. By courtesy of “The Ringing World” management a demonstration of this and other ringing systems in action has been arranged for Central Council members on Monday, May 29th, at The Ringing World offices between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The thanks of this committee are offered to Hilary Muirhead, M. J. Hobbs, A. D. Leach and T. G. Pett for help they have given with checking peal compositions for publication in “The Ringing World”. Despite day-to-day problems they have checked more than 100 compositions for the Council, ten of which were false, and have also provided other checking services to individual composers. M. J. Hobbs has borne a heavy load of 70 compositions, of which 14 were false. Some assistance has been given to J. N. Longridge in the preparation of his Collection of Compositions, and to P. G. K. Davies in checking the compositions for his Ringing World article on Spliced Surprise Major.
Work by three members of the committee has continued on the new collections of Treble-dodging Minor, Plain Major and Delight and Treble Bob Major, Royal and Maximus methods. Preparation and checking is largely complete, and presentation will be in the form of computer listings similar to the now well-known Collection of Surprise Major, Royal and Maximus which J. C. Baldwin painstakingly updates and publishes once a year. When all these are in regular production it is hoped to move into the areas of Alliance and odd-bell methods.
J. R. TAYLOR (Chairman), J. C. BALDWIN, S. J. IVIN,
D. E. SIBSON, C. A. WRATTEN.
Peal ringing in 1977 was undoubtedly dominated by the celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. A total of 4,854 peals (4,372 on tower bells, 482 in hand) was rung - over 500 more than in any previous year; 880 ringers rang their first peal (compared with 597 in 1976) of whom 189 appeared in the Jubilee issue of “The Ringing World”; there were marked increases in the numbers of peals rung in the simpler methods, reflecting the efforts made by local bands all over the country to ring peals for the Jubilee; and the 1,904 towers pealed in 1977 (compared with 1,641 in 1976) included many “rare” ones.
Other events also contributed to increased peal activity in certain areas - most notably in Norfolk, where the Norwich Diocesan Association celebrated its centenary with 255 peals, more than twice its 1976 total, making it second only to the Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild in the association “league table”. By contrast, the Kent County Association, with 128 peals, rang less than half its 1976 total.
The ringing of the extent of Major must stand as the foremost of several notable achievements on handbells. The number of handbell peals rung was about the same as in the previous four years, but with a rather higher proportion in 1977 on the higher number of bells. The Chester Diocesan Guild again rang the most peals in hand.
Breakdown of peals by number of bells, and comparison with 1976:
|Caters & Royal||1||1|
|Doubles & Minor||1||3||+||2||2||-||2|
The rather surprising drop in tower-bell peals of Maximus is largely accounted for by the reduced activity of the St. Martin’s Guild in this area.
The leading societies:
The following societies rang 150 or more peals:
|Winchester & Portsmouth DG||229||51||280|
|Bath & Wells DA||165||15||180|
|Worcestershire & Dist. Assn.||173||5||178|
|Gloucester & Bristol DA||143||14||157|
Compared with a similar list for 1976, the Norwich DA, Worcestershire & Dist. Assn. and Essex Assn. have come in. and the Kent CA has dropped out.
The Devonshire Association was the only affiliated society not to ring a peal during 1977.
Peals were rung in 1,904 towers, compared with 1,641 in 1976.
1,017 towers had one peal; 407 had two; 188 had three; 115 had four; 55 had 5; 37 had six; 19 had seven; 14 had eight; and 11 had nine peals.
The following 41 towers had ten or more peals:
* In last year’s list of towers with ten or more peals.
First pealers and first as conductor:
There were 880 first pealers in 1977, 283 more than in 1976; and 108 ringers conducted a peal for the first time, 16 more than in 1976. The Oxford DG, with 55, had most first pealers; others with 40 or more were the Yorkshire A, Gloucester & Bristol DA, Guildford DG and Winchester & Portsmouth DG.
Numbers of peals rung in some of the more popular methods are set out below, 1976 totals, where available, are shown in brackets:
Peals of note:
We consider the following peals to be worthy of special mention and we wish to congratulate those who took part:
A.S. College Youths: Three silent and non-conducted peals of Stedman Triples at Deptford, including G. W. Slack’s two-part composition. On handbells - 12,345 Stedman Cinques (longest Cinques in hand); 5019 Stedman Septuples (first peal of Septuples); 14,144 London S. Major (longest of Surprise in hand); 40,320 Plain Bob Major (longest hand-bell peal).
Chester DG: Chester Cathedral - Plain Bob Maximus with one first pealer, 8 first on 12, and first as conductor; Bebington - Plain Bob Major with five first pealers.
Gloucester and Bristol DA: Walsall - 100-Spliced Cinques (most Cinques methods to a peal).
Guildford DG: East Molesey - Grandsire Triples with five first pealers and first as conductor; West Clandon - four Doubles, first peal by all.
Kent CA: Eltham - Plain Bob Major, with five first pealers.
Lancashire A.: Sedbergh - Plain Bob Minor with five first pealers; on handbells, 50-, 75- and 100-Spliced S. Major, each at the time the most S. Major methods in hand.
Norwich DA: Gressenhall - 12,160 Plain Bob Major, longest peal by the Association.
Rhodesian G.: Salisbury Cathedral - Plain Bob Royal, enormous efforts made and distances travelled to ring this peal.
Stafford Archdeaconry S.: Great Barr - Plain Bob Minor with five first pealers and first as conductor.
S.R. Cumberland Youths: Shoreditch - 10-Spliced S. Maximus, all the work and every lead different.
Sussex CA: Lindfield - Grandsire Triples with five first pealers.
Winchester & Portsmouth DG: On handbells 25,088 Plain Bob Major, at the time the longest handbell peal.
Yorkshire A.: Darfield - 16 Doubles with five first pealers.
The following were published in “The Ringing World”, but have not been included in the Analysis for the reasons given:
Addington, July 3rd - Minimus, containing blocks of 240, not in accordance with the Rules.
Leicester, January 28th - 5000 Yorkshire S. Major: odd changes at the beginning are neither Yorkshire nor any other permissible method.
Several “peals” of Minimus on handbells which are not recognised by the Council.
We should like to draw the Council’s attention to the following matters:
A peal of Cambridge S. Minor by the Worcestershire & Districts A. at Strensham on July 30th was stated to be a round block of 5040 changes. We have included this peal in the Analysis, but without further details of the calling we do not know whether it accords with the Rules.
The peal of Qualis by the Gloucester & Bristol DA in Bristol on July 8th has been included as mixed Caters and Royal.
Peals (other than Doubles and Minor) rung with variable hunt bells have been included in the Analysis, but it is not clear whether they accord with the Rules. We should appreciate a ruling from the Council on this matter.
As we have often said before, essential details are missing from too many peal reports. Would all conductors please do everything possible to ensure that their peals are published correctly with all relevant details, and that when mistakes do occur corrections are notified to “The Ringing World” as soon as possible.
In view of the large increase in 1977 of “other” societies for which peals were rung (many with only one or two peals each), we have grouped them together under the heading “Non-affiliated Societies” in the table of peals by associations.
Finally, we are grateful to the few societies who have assisted us by supplying copies of their peal lists or in other ways.
As is our custom, readers were informed on March 25th (RW, p. 245) and November 25th (p. 1017) of the major matters dealt with at our two meetings in 1977. Readers have also been kept fully informed of other events at Guildford during the year; and the Editor in three editorials in November stressed the necessity for readers’ continued help if their paper was to survive.
In the 51 issues (one double) in 1977 we provided 1,136 pages (1,100 in 1976) plus 12 pages of supplement (12); four (one) special issues; 50 (50) cover pictures of churches, with accompanying articles; 482 (378) other pictures; nine (21) technical articles; and 75 (51) other articles; and all the now usual items. Mr. Davies’s Junior Page was started on May 6th and appeared 15 times. Without extra charge, we were able to give 24 pages on 15 occasions: 28 pages in three issues, and of course our 36-page Jubilee issue in which appeared 390 peals and 1,128 quarter peals (only one duplicated). So many peal and quarter peal reports were sent in after the deadline that the two subsequent issues had to have extra pages.
Our accounts for 1977 will be presented separately, but to summarise briefly they show a surplus of income over expenditure of £2,809, compared with £4,643 the previous year. This in spite of expenditure £5,900 up on 1976. In our last annual report we wrote that “this rate of surplus could well not be repeated in 1977 if we were to maintain our present price for the whole year”. Nevertheless we think that a surplus of nearly £3,000, which includes £500 net exceptional income, is satisfactory in the present financial circumstances, especially when we allow for the extra expenditure entailed by our Jubilee and other oversize issues. So far our faith in the generosity of many of our readers is being justified and the generosity shown in 1977 to the tune of £4,186 (some £1,000 more than the record of 1976) is still being maintained. As we informed our readers on November 25th we decided to retain the present price as long as possible in 1978, although we know that we shall need to incur additional expenditure of some £5,000.
During the year we have continued to add to our investments with the aim of building up a reserve and at the same time producing a welcome increase in our income. The accounts will show the details.
We are glad to report again that our Editor, Mr. C. W. Denyer, is maintaining his good health - indeed his spirits seem to rise with every improvement of the paper. He seems to thrive on the larger issues, the more pictures and therefore the more work. His almost weekly contacts with ringers all over the country, while they often make his job a seven-days-a-week one, are most useful in providing material to add interest to the journal and in keeping up its circulation. Compared with the drop shown last year (February 1976 - 5,460; February 1977 - 5,373) we can now see that the slight improvement expected has been maintained, the figure for February 1978 being 5,552. This slight increase is not commensurate with the efforts being made by “The Ringing World” Committee and the Ringing World staff, and we must again stress that increased circulation is the best way to ensure the continuance of the journal, which we are convinced is essential to the well-being of the Exercise.
This report may sound complacent in parts, but we know that we owe our grateful thanks to many of our readers for their generous financial help, for their articles and news items which so often overfill our pages, and once again to the anonymous provider of our index. We thank also the bell-founders of Loughborough and Whitechapel for their continued help with their Gift Page. We cannot repeat too often how much we owe to Messrs Goldsmith and Drake and the staff of Seven Corners Press Ltd., who so appreciate both our needs and our difficulties and who, in the friendliest way possible give us all and more co-operation than we could really expect.
We know that our readers will agree when we express the debt which we all owe to Charles Denyer, our Editor, for the magnificent work he has done in making each year’s “Ringing World” an improvement on the previous year and in helping, officially or otherwise, so many who daily seek his advice. To our great regret Miss Bartlett, our office manager, left us officially at the end of September and we thank her for all her help and efficiency. She left England in January and right up to the day before she was helping her successor in the many details of his new job. We are grateful to Mr. Iolo Davies for his help in the office and especially for his innovation of the Junior Page. We thank him for all his hours of work and effort.
Our thanks go also to the President and Secretary of the Council for their attendance at our meetings; to Mr. Douglas Hughes who looks after our money for us and, with Mrs. Hughes, is host at our meetings at the Foundry; to Mr. David Tate, accountant and auditor, for all his professional help and advice and especially this year with the office work. The Committee Chairman expresses his gratitude for all the help and support given throughout the year and indeed throughout the whole of the three three-year terms as chairman.
W. G. WILSON (Chairman), D. A. BAYLES,
H. W. EGGLESTONE, Mrs. J. S. KING,
Mrs. A. NEWING, R. F. B. SPEED.
This third report from our committee could be very much longer than its predecessors, but space permits only a brief mention of the many interesting items, programmes and happenings that took place during Jubilee Year.
We must express our sincere thanks to the Rev. J. G. M. Scott, Mr. Denis Bayles, Mr. John Dunwoody, Mr. Fred Dukes and Mr. Kenneth Croft for their help in gathering information. This information, including newspaper cuttings, photographs, etc., is all together at The Cedar Tiles, Chepstow, and is available to anyone at any time.
The Jubilee Year brought bells and bellringers “into their own”, and most of the television and radio coverage of the Queen’s visits was accompanied by the sound of bells. This showed in no uncertain manner that ringers everywhere performed their duties to public satisfaction. Celebratory peals and quarter-peals were warmly welcomed by Church and State. The birth of a son to Princess Anne was naturally marked by much ringing. During an HTV interview with the Phillips’s grandparents at Great Somerford the re-hung bells were heard and good shots of the ringers appeared on our screens. The same programme gave us Minchinhampton bells (near the new home of the Princess at Gatcombe Park). The television highlight of the year was without doubt “Look to, Treble’s Going”, a programme in the “Open Door” series. This was produced in the Northern Region by Mr. Peter Sotheran of Marske-by-Sea, Cleveland. Mr. Sotheran was instrumental in ensuring a most interesting and accurate programme which could not fail to educate all who saw it. He kindly asked this committee to vet the script and to add ideas where appropriate. “Well done” to all who worked for or took part in that programme.
Another highlight in the West was the television by BBC and HTV of the Rev. Geoffrey Stickland and his very young ringers at Quedgeley, Glos. This shows young children of seven-plus in action in the belfry and the following discussion on teaching methods with Mr. Stickland. In the North the centenary of the Durham and Newcastle Association received publicity from both the BBC and Tyne-Tees Television. In Ireland, yet again, much was shown on television - the augmentation at Holy Trinity, Drumbo, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Christ Church, Dublin.
Nationally, bells were heard in many popular television series, from “Crossroads” to “Emmerdale Farm”. Indeed every “Sunday Morning” on the screen seems to have rounds on six bells or Minor as a background!
Radio too has done much to further our art, and the Christmas Bells Programme was the result of much care, time and trouble taken by Mr. Harold Pitstow. The ringers at the chosen towers find that their inclusion in the programme provides a tremendous boost to their enthusiasm. Much local interest must be aroused where recordings have been made for the “Church Bells” programme on Sunday mornings. This is a national effort and on the whole recordings have been good and the comments interesting.
Local radio has been quick to cover occasions of note in England and Ireland. Mr. Stephen Bell, the Newcastle Diocesan Adviser, was able to broadcast in Radio Newcastle’s “Soundings” on the maintenance of bells and their fittings. Radio Ulster broadcast an interview with Peter Furness about the training of ringers, and Radio Bandon broadcast an interview with Fred Dukes during Bandon Civic Week. Radio Orwell gave 30 minutes’ coverage to the “Art of Ringing”; Radio Solent interviewed the band who rang the handbell Major extent. It can be seen that many different aspects of our art have been explained to the public.
Many interesting articles have reached the committee, from both national and local press. The Farnham Herald published a photograph of the band that rang the handbell Major extent in action, together with a well-written account stressing the technical details. The event was also mentioned in The Times, Telegraph and Daily Mail.
In contrast the Ottery St. Mary News carried an article entitled “Ringers Plunged into Darkness” - a fuse had blown during the annual ringing meeting! Morpeth papers carried photographs of the Mayor “receiving” the town’s handbells after their restoration. In Ireland the journalists were busy producing articles in the Limerick Leader, Belfast Telegraph, Newry Reporter, and the Irish Times, to mention but a few.
An exhibition on bells and ringing was held in the church at Bishopwearmouth, Sunderland, and Mr. Frank Ainsley, the chief steward, was heard in an extended interview on radio. Devon County Library Service produced an exhibition of photographs and other material on bells, book lists, etc., all excellently displayed. This was done in conjunction with the North Devon area and was staged in a number of branch libraries and at Exeter, and was possibly the first such display put on by the County Library Service.
The Overseas Directory is still in the hands of Mr. George W. Pipe, and will remain so for constant updating and reference. Seven enquiries have been dealt with during the year, and the number is dwindling annually. This is good, as a high proportion of overseas ringers now take “The Ringing World” and this provides direct links.
Close contact is maintained with the National Association of Women’s Clubs and a steady stream of speakers is provided for meetings throughout the country.
Association with the National Organisation for Gifted Children continues, the aim being to cater for these children and introduce them to local bands.
It will be seen from this report that much is being done in many directions to foster good public relations. Continued watchfulness from every ringer will always be needed to enable our art to flourish and expand into the future.
JACQUELINE S. KING (Chairman), H. N. PITSTOW, OBE
G. W. PIPE (Overseas Liaison Officer).
The committee has the following work in hand:
Exhibition material. The preparation of the master copies has continued throughout the year and is now nearing completion. Each set will consist of 25 cards, 15in. x 12in. in size, reproduced photographically; at current prices the cost will be approximately £45 for each set. It is likely that some Guilds and Associations may wish to purchase sets for their own use, rather than hire them, and this suggestion has been made to 50 of the larger organisations.
The booklet on Elementary Method Ringing has been held up due to other work, but the first draft should be ready shortly and it is hoped to have it printed later in the year.
The booklet on Elementary Conducting has also been held up through the resignation of Mr. A. R. Agg from the committee, but it is anticipated that this will be completed this year.
Mr. W. F. Moreton continues to amass material for the 8mm film on casting, tuning and hanging.
The following work has been completed:
A leaflet on “How to Organise a Weekend Course” was written during the year and has been circulated to Associations. It is hoped that the expertise gained by members of the committee and their colleagues will prove of value to the Exercise as a whole.
A leaflet on “Conducting Stedman Triples” has been prepared and is now available. “Method Splicing” and “Conducting Grandsire Triples” have been reprinted in a new format.
The Washington film became very worn and was returned to America in exchange for another copy in better condition; this has now been out on hire three times. The BBC film “This Ringing Isle” was hired out on four occasions. From the beginning of this year hire charges were increased to £3.00 and £5.00 respectively.
A seminar entitled “Starting from Scratch” was held in February at Malvern Link and proved very successful, and it is planned to hold more meetings like it at different centres round the country.
The committee received, a suggestion that the Prince of Wales’s Jubilee Fund be asked to sponsor a week’s summer ringing school for youngsters. The probable cost would be about £60.00 for each student. An application has been made to the Fund, but at present no more information is available.
During the year stocks of the record “Rhythm of the Bells” and the film strip were exhausted, and both have since been re-ordered. An outlet for their sale exists in Cathedral and Abbey bookstalls, and the committee would be very grateful for any help ringers at such places can give with this project.
Requests for information have increased during the year, especially from America, and answering these takes up a disproportionate amount of time. A simple request from a library for details of current records of ringing involves a good deal of research through back numbers of “The Ringing World”; looking up queries on papers dealing with the mathematical side of ringing takes even longer!
Finally the committee considers that the “Beginner’s Handbook” should be revised and brought up to date; they request the Council’s permission to undertake this.
W. BUTLER (Chairman), N. CHADDOCK,
W. F. MORETON, C. M. SMITH,
R. B. SMITH, J. M. TYLER.
The income from sales has fallen this year, and with the increase in selling prices at the start of 1977 this is a bad sign. We believe this is wholly due to the fact that there were no new items for sale and the situation cannot be rectified until other committees provide the material for publication. In our report to the Council last year we pointed out that the Doubles book was still not available, and the mini version of the Towers and Bells Handbook was not making much progress.
The following statements to the Central Council on June 8th last year lead us to budget for several new items for publication:
Secretary’s report: “The draft of a revised Council Handbook is now virtually complete and I hope to be able to place a final version in the hands of the Publications Committee within the next few months, in readiness for printing and publication.”
Education Committee report: “In hand: a. A booklet on Elementary Conducting: b. A booklet on Elementary Methods; c. Various leaflets.”
Towers and Belfries Committee report: “A new maintenance handbook is nearly ready for the press.”
Peal Compositions Committee report: “Work is well advanced on the new collection of Major Compositions. It is hoped to have the new book published during 1977.”
Methods Committee (verbal) report: “A technical decision is necessary so that the production of the new Doubles collection can go ahead.”
We cannot sell books if those who accept responsibility for producing them do not do so. We urge the Council to urge on those responsible the necessity for completion as soon as possible.
The committee met once during the year and a wide range of topics was discussed. The selling prices for 1978 were set after a full review of costs, and fully reflect probable replacement costs. A competition was also set for redesigning the covers of Central Council publications.
We recommend reprinting the Plain Major Methods book. It can be achieved at a reasonable cost, so long as the present book is just updated and not rewritten. The Council may wish to appoint someone to check the 1952 edition for accuracy before it goes to the printer.
We propose in the near future to produce a set of about half-a-dozen new method sheets for an eight-bell tower, to be sold as a set. If successful this idea could be extended.
A detailed survey of recent orders proved it would not be advantageous to the Council to offer a deduction of more than 10 per cent on large orders because of the high cost of postage for parcels.
The Publications Committee continues to be optimistic and with the help of other committees in the production of requisite copy, 1978 could be a record year.
G. R. DREW (Chairman), E. C. SHEPHERD,
C. J. GROOME, W. G. WILSON.
|Publications stock (at December 31st, 1977):|
|899||Towers and Bells Handbook|
|635||Minor Methods Collection|
|1550||Change-ringing on Handbells|
|571||10- and 12-bell Compositions|
|208||Compositions of Stedman Caters and Cinques|
|34||Stedman Starting Courses|
|246||Ringing for Service|
|1441||Touches of Triples|
|835||Blue Line Proof|
|878||Symbolic Treatment of FCH|
|819||Variation and Transposition|
|28||Bell Restoration Funds|
|68||Four-way Minor Table|
|328||Model Code of Rules|
|677||Electrical Switch Warning Cards|
|8||“Rhythm of the Bells” records|
|94||“A Ring Restored” filmstrips|
|744||Film strip notes|
|26||Proof of Bob Major|
Members of the committee dealt with over 100 enquiries during 1977; the great majority of these involved an inspection and a detailed report.
There has been an increasing call for advice on do-it-yourself repairs and overhauls, so that some of us find ourselves not only specifying what is needed but trying to suggest how it can be done. Even where ringers’ associations are not running their own volunteer workers, local bands are becoming more ambitious and apparently more successful, In at least one case, too, there has been an interesting and very harmonious combined effort in which the bellfoundry designed a frame, a local engineering firm built it, and volunteers installed it, along with the light ring of eight which the bell-founders had cast from an old and over-heavy six.
This clearly reflects a tendency which can be seen in many facets of Church life; another trend reflected in our work is the increase in transfers of bells from one tower to another, as the Church redeploys its resources and looks more carefully at the most effective way of using them, but a steady rate of augmentation and even of new rings of bells shows that the Church still values its bells and is prepared to make the most of them.
Structural problems in towers show a decline this year; it may be a temporary one, or it may be that the Inspection of Churches Measure has now brought to light the worst of these problems.
Our last meeting received news from the CPOW Bells Conservation Sub-Committee of the fortunes of Soundweld Ltd. Early predictions that bells repaired by welding would be liable to something like a 50 per cent failure rate have proved to be unfounded; while it has to be remembered that a welded bell will never be better than it was before it became cracked, the likelihood of success is very good, and the cost, so far from being comparable with that of recasting, is very much lower. Welding would seem to be a practical solution to the problem posed by some ancient or historically important bells which become cracked, and it is to be hoped that Soundweld Ltd. will have sufficient work to remain in business.
We have instituted some research into clapper failure, and have been given some useful information on the subject by the bellfounders and hangers; we would be glad to have any relevant information on the subject from other members of the Council.
The committee has sought expert opinion on the subject raised by the Strathclyde University report; at the time of this report’s compilation no very clear conclusion has appeared.
J. G. M. SCOTT, MA (Chairman), B. AUSTIN, ARIBA,
J. C. BALDWIN, BSc, DPhil, MBCS,
F. E. COLLINS, MJInstE, W. L. EXTON,
A. J. FROST, RIBA, DCHM,
J. FREEMAN, CEng, MIMunE, G. W. MASSEY,
F. REYNOLDS, AMCT,
B. D. THRELFALL, CEng, MICE, FFB,
S. C. WALTERS, MA, MSc, CEng, MIMunE.
The Ringing World, July 14, 1978, pages 587 to 590
The committee has met twice during the year, on both occasions in London. As reported to the 1977 meeting, Mr. Eric Billings has been co-opted to the committee, which has benefited markedly from his experience.
Work has continued on a number of topics but perhaps the most significant discovery has been that tax deducted from the interest paid by Building Societies may be reclaimed under certain circumstances. To be eligible to reclaim the tax it is necessary to open a special account, known as a Basic Rate Category Account, with a Building Society; evidence of exemption from taxation is necessary. The interest on Basic Rate Category Accounts is paid net by the Building Society and the tax can then be reclaimed by completing form R68 obtainable from Inland Revenue Offices. However, tax paid on Share Accounts with a Building Society continues not to be reclaimable under any circumstances.
Comparative rates of interest at March 1st, 1978, were as follows:
Basic Rate Category Accounts: Net paid interest by Building Society 4.5%; inclusive of the reclaimed tax 6.82%.
Share Accounts: Net paid interest - tax not reclaimable - 5.5%
In response to a query raised at the 1977 Council meeting, the Charity Commission has confirmed that registration of any bell restoration fund held by a Guild is a legal requirement unless it has “neither permanent endowment, nor any income from property amounting to more than £15 a year, nor the use and occupation of any land.” Property is understood to include investments, and probably only six or seven bell restoration funds are receiving less than £15 pa in income from that source.
Quite apart from this obligation, it is advantageous and advisable for Guilds to register their bell restoration funds as charities, both to avoid taxation of 52 per cent on investment income and to benefit from the advantage of covenanted donations. The committee has considered the advantages and disadvantages of whole-Guild registration, as opposed to registering only its bell restoration fund. It is felt that in many cases a Guild could find it too restrictive to have the whole Guild registered as a charity. We thus recommend registration of the bell restoration fund only.
Work continues on the revision of the booklet “Bell Restoration Funds”. We are currently awaiting approval of the revised Model Rules from the Charity Commission. It will be remembered that differences of opinion arose between the Commission’s London and Liverpool offices, resulting in difficulties for Guild officers.
Thought has been given during the year to the need to form a National Bell Fund which would be used only to assist in the removal, storage and re-housing of redundant rings of bells. Discussions are taking place on this subject with the Committee for Redundant Bells.
A tremendous advantage is to be gained from covenanted donations to charities. However, the reluctance of most donors to covenant their donations is a sore point with many charity promoters. Talks have taken place with the Charities Aid Foundation at Tonbridge during which posters prepared by the committee have come under consideration; these talks continue.
We are at present investigating the inconsistency with which VAT is at present levied on bell restoration work. Details of any incidence of VAT and details of schemes which have resulted in zero-rated VAT being levied would be helpful.
It is proposed to carry out a survey of the number of unringable rings of bells in the country in order to quantity the real need for bell restoration work.
Since our last report we have received from the Charities Aid Foundation a list of some 270 trusts known to be sympathetic to religious causes. Some of them may respond sympathetically to bell and tower appeals, and details are available on request. Articles appearing in “The Ringing World” have included “Bell Restoration Funds and Exemption from Taxation on Grounds of Charity” by Mr. J. Cadman (March 4th, 1977) and “Operating a Covenant Scheme” by Mr. I. H. Oram (September 16th, 1977). In addition several letters have been published on topics concerning bell restoration funds. Interest has been shown in the unique position of the Peterborough Diocesan Guild, which is a committee of its Diocesan synod. Covenanted donations to the Guild’s bell restoration fund are collected on its behalf by the Diocesan Secretary.
Thanks are expressed to all who have helped the committee during the year. We are encouraged by comments we have received after our request for information last year and are pleased to note the vigour and health of some bell restoration funds. In particular, it has at times been very clear that a strong fund has given impetus to local restoration schemes.
J. S. BARNES (Chairman), E. BILLINGS,
K. S. B. CROFT, G. A. HALLS, I. H. ORAM.
Perhaps because the Pastoral Measure 1968 is now nearly ten years old, there have this year been no apparent major upheavals among the ecclesiastical authorities concerned with redundant churches. The work of the committee has to a great extent reflected this wider picture; it has in the main been a year of routine work rather than of excitement.
While it is in many ways pleasant to feel that the machinery, both of the church authorities involved and of the committee, is to a certain extent “run in” and working, it is dangerously easy to become complacent about the redundant church situation. The Bridges Commission in 1960 forecast 790 redundancies over 20 years from the coming into action of the Pastoral Measure. The number of churches which had been declared redundant by December 31st, 1977, was 683 - after just under nine years working of the Measure. So far there is little positive indication of any slackening of the rate at which churches are becoming redundant; but though the 1977 figure does in fact show an increase over the previous year the Church Commissioners’ Redundant Churches Department suggests that the numbers are perhaps beginning to level out. This suggestion appears to be borne out by the Council for Places of Worship confidential lists of churches considered for redundancy. These lists, of course, cast a shadow some two or three years before a redundancy declaration, and though not all churches considered do in fact become redundant, it is daunting that these lists this year have contained some 12 rings of five or more bells. But even if the numbers are levelling out - and it is, so far, difficult to discern a clear trend - it is increasingly obvious that the Bridges figure is likely to be very substantially exceeded.
Eight-four churches were declared redundant in 1977. This compares with 60 in 1976, and 84 in 1975.
This year some 85 cases have come to the committee. These have included two requests for frames, 11 requests for rings of bells, and 21 for single bells or pairs for the augmentation of existing rings. Offers of bells have resulted from ten enquiries, and currently some eight rings or single bells are in varying stages of transfer. At one end of the scale, it is good to know that the eight bells of All Saints, Brightside, have found a new home at Worksop, and at the other that a half-cwt. bell was found at short notice for a missionary in Nigeria.
We must of course emphasis that the cases that come to the committee are very much the tip of the iceberg. The hard work and organisation of the local associations mean that a very large proportion of the problems are solved without any need for involving the committee.
It is however extremely frustrating that many requests for bells remain persistently - though not, we hope, permanently - unresolved. It is perhaps inevitable that the comparatively small number of redundant bells that become available cover a wide range of shapes and sizes. The bulk of the requests we receive are predictably for bells for augmentations. This in practice usually means bells weighing from three to five hundredweight. So a bottleneck is created; and all too often the bell that on paper looks a possibility turns out to be lost, or sold with the building, or too old, or too thin, and the search has to begin again. We have had once again several requests this year for scrap bell metal. While the attractions of scrap metal are obvious, we feel that we should again make it clear that the policy of the committee has been, and is, to try to re-house bells intact. While each case must of course be taken on its merits, this policy is based both on the fact that recasting loses the value of the original casting, and on the damaging loss of credibility with the church authorities and the public that could result if the committee appeared to have no concern for the historical and conservation aspect. This is not to say that redundant bells should never be recast; but to point out a more excellent way. We are indeed presently considering the possibilities of a scheme by which apparently unrehousable bells could be used to the general benefit.
At the risk of becoming monotonous, we would once again ask the associations to keep us in the picture with what they are doing. The importance of close contact between associations and dioceses cannot be over-emphasised, and the sharing of experience gained can help us all.
We are once again grateful to the Church Commissioners, the Council for Places of Worship, and the Redundant Churches Fund, for their help and interest during the year. Mr. Clouston’s notes for the Council for Places of Worship, of which he most kindly sends us copies, have once again been invaluable. We do thank him for his help.
We are particularly sorry that our chairman. Dennis Beresford, decided in May that due to ill health he would have to retire from the committee. The committee, which he had led from its inception, was very much his brain-child; and probably only those who have served on it with him can know how tremendous is the debt owing to him for the energy and enthusiasm which he brought to the task. We hope it will not be long before he feels able to return.
JANE WILKINSON (Chairman), E. A. BARNETT,
G. A. DAWSON, K. W. H. FELSTEAD, J. FREEMAN,
A. J. FROST, A. G. G. THURLOW.
The Hon. Librarian’s first full calendar year in office has been one of considerable activity. In the first place, nearly all the books which were thought to be missing, as mentioned in last year’s report, have now been found and placed in the Library. This included a number of items of considerable interest which had never been fully listed. Also, a number of books have been given to the Library, and the committee expresses its thanks for the following gifts:
A Manual for Ringers, SPCK, 2nd edn. Presented by W. Butler.
Dove’s Guide to the Church Bells of Britain, 5th edn. Presented by W. H. Viggers.
An Acoustical Survey of the Ringing Towers of Scotland. P. P. Yaneske, 1976. Presented by M. Peterson and the author.
Change Ringing. W. G. Wilson, 1965. Presented by Miss S. Thursfield.
The Bells of St. Mary’s, Twickenham. E. A. Morris, 1977. Presented by the author.
MS Notebook - N. J. Pitstow’s Compositions. Presented by W. E. Critchley.
Ancient Society of College Youths’ Rulebook, 1974. Presented by the Society.
A Ring Restored (filmstrip and notes) and The Rhythm of the Bells (LP record). Presented by the Education Committee.
Some Notes on Manx Bells. R. W. M. Clouston, 1976. Presented by the author.
We are also very grateful to Mr. Vernon Green, for having a copy of Lynam’s The Church Bells of Stafford beautifully rebound.
As a result of the appeal made at last year’s Council meeting, a large number of Association and Guild annual reports have been presented to the library, and this section now forms the nucleus of a useful collection. However, there are still very many gaps, and copies of reports will continue to be welcomed.
There were also donations to the Library’s funds amounting to £10.75 and this amount, together with the Council’s annual grant of £50, has been spent on the purchase of books with gramophone records, thus adding a further 21 titles to the collection. At the suggestion of the Administrative Committee, the books purchased with the £50 grant have had a book-plate, specially designed by Mr. Ernest Gosling of Maidenhead, inserted in them, worded as follows:
“Purchased for the Central Council Library in Memory of Frederick Sharpe, 1977.”
The committee is very grateful to Mr. Gosling for his help in this matter.
A complete set of current Central Council publications has at last found its way into the Library, and the collection of CC publications in the Library is now almost complete. The only works not represented are: “Report of the Conference with the SPAB”, 1923; “The Law Affecting Church Bells”, 1931; and the Method Committee’s report on Extension, 1954. If anyone has copies of these which they would be willing to donate, we would be most grateful.
All the additions mentioned above, excluding Association reports, mean that just over 100 titles have been added to the Library list in 1977. This means of course that the Library list at present on sale is somewhat out-of-date, apart from the inaccuracies it contains. However, the work of re-cataloguing the Library has been started, and it is hoped that a revised Library list will be available next year.
During 1977 38 books were borrowed from the Library, and about 25 postal requests for information were dealt with. There were five visitors to the Library.
There has been a good response to the request for lists of the holdings of Association and Guild libraries, and the librarian now has details of 23 collections.
The Library Committee has met twice during the year. It was decided to give publicity to the Library and its work by means of a Ringing World article, and a small display at the Derby meeting; both these resulted in increased interest among ringers in the Library and its work. The question of having some of the Library’s books rebound was discussed, and a start has been made on this. However this is going to be a very long and expensive job if all the books, especially the paperbacks, are to be brought into a good state of preservation.
Discussion has taken place on what should be the scope of the Library’s collection, particularly with regard to recordings of bells and such items as photographs. The committee feels that, for the moment, and until it is clear how much money is available, it would be best to limit the collection of such items to published gramophone discs or tapes, as well as films and filmstrips. The present holding of such items is very small, and any donations of such material would be welcome. At a later stage we might ask for a volunteer to collect an archive on reel-to-reel tape or cassette of interesting bell recordings. The committee is grateful to Mr. Clive Smith, who has already expressed his willingness to help by providing a selection of such recordings.
The most important decision reached by the committee was to go ahead with the formation of a “Friends of the Central Council Library” scheme to raise much-needed money for the purchase of books, etc., for rebinding, and for improvement of the housing of the Library. It is hoped that many members of the Council will be willing to support such a scheme, details of which are available from the Hon. Librarian.
The committee seeks the Council’s guidance on one matter. There are several books of which the Library has three or four copies, some of which (particularly those on the bells of various counties) are currently fetching a good price on the market. It seems to us that it is not necessary for the Library to hold more than two copies of such works, but we would seek your approval before proceeding to advertise such books for sale.
W. T. COOK (Hon. Librarian), J. S. BARNES,
W. BUTLER, D. E. HOUSE, P.M. WILKINSON.
The deaths of the following past members of the Council are reported:
G. E. Oliver, Hereford Diocesan Guild, 1948-60. Died August or September, 1976. Attended six meetings.
C. A. Bassett, East Grinstead & District Guild, 1951-60. Died July 19, 1977. Attended six meetings.
R. Leigh, Lancashire Association, 1963-66. Died August 14th, 1977. Attended two meetings.
R. G. Bell, Hertford County Association, 1948-72. Died 20 August, 1977. Attended 22 meetings.
G. I. Lewis, Swansea & Brecon Diocesan Guild, 1934-39 and 1951-73. Died October 4th, 1977. Attended 18 meetings.
W. Ayre, Hertford County Association, 1926-73; Life Member from 1973. Died February 20th, 1978. Attended 37 meetings.
Walter Ayre had served on the Peals Analysis and the Peal Boards Committees of the Council; he had been Hon. Secretary, President (in 1935 and again in 1969), and a Life Member of the Hertford County Association; and had completed 70 years as a bellringer.
The committee thanks those members who have submitted their outstanding biography sheets, and would remind others that blank forms are readily available. The committee also thanks Mrs. Joyce Dodds of St. Albans for writing the biographical records for another triennial period.
The committee would appreciate it if the writers of obituary notices or appreciations of past members of the Council would, when submitting copy to The Ringing World, include all known biographical details, as this would save time and avoid the necessity of making further enquiries.
T. J. LOCK (Chairman), G. A. DAWSON,
W. H. VIGGERS.
The committee has met once since the last Council meeting, at Birmingham in March, when it made final arrangements for the 1978 meeting and discussed the provisional invitation that had then been received for the meeting in 1979.
It also discussed the arrangements for the sale of Council publications, some of which had hitherto been handled by the Publications Committee while others were dealt with by the Education Committee. With the ready co-operation of these two committees it was agreed that in future the Publications Committee would be responsible for all pricing and advertising, and that all orders for Council publications (including records and filmstrips) would be dealt with by Mr. and Mrs. Drew.
The bequest by Mrs. Thackray, referred to in the Hon. Secretary’s report, was discussed, but the committee decided that it could not make any recommendation to the Council as to how the money should be used until the full extent of the bequest becomes known and further enquiries have been made by the President and Secretary. It is hoped to have some recommendations to lay before the Council when it next meets.
The committee is the Council’s largest, with a membership of 28, and it does all its business at formal meetings which are normally held twice a year. Since it was elected at Lincoln in 1975 it has met on five occasions, when the average attendance has been 20.
E. A. BARNETT (President)
J. G. M. SCOTT (Vice-President)
C. A. WRATTEN (Secretary)
Elected Members: Mrs. O. D. BARNETT,
W. B. CARTWRIGHT, P. A. CORBY,
C. CROSSTHWAITE, F. E. DUKES, J. FREEMAN,
P. M. J. GRAY, W. F. MORETON,
Mrs. J. STANIFORTH, R. F. B. SPEED,
A. G. G. THURLOW, B. D. THRELFALL.
Life Members: E. A. Barnett, J. Freeman, F. W. Perrens, E. C. Shepherd, A. G. G. Thurlow, T. W. White, W. G. Wilson.
Honorary Members: Mrs. O. D. Barnett, H. C. Chant, F. E. Collins, W. E. Critchley, C. W. Denyer, W. H. Dobbie, R. H. Dove, G. R. Drew, Mrs. S. M. Drew. K. W. H. Felstead, D. Hughes, C. K. Lewis, J. R. Mayne, R. B. Smith, W. H. Viggers, Mrs. M. J. Wilkinson, Mrs. M. A. Wratten.
A.S. College Youths: W. T. Cook, D. E. House, A. N. Stubbs, A. W. R. Wilby.
Australia & New Zealand Ass.: P. M. J. Gray.
Bath & Wells Dio. Ass.: G. W. Massey, E. Naylor, A. H. Reed, J. S. Walton.
Bedfordshire Ass.: J. H. Edwards, T. W. Groom, A. E. Rushton.
Beverley & District Soc.: I. G. Campbell.
Cambridge Univ. Guild: B. D. Threlfall, S. C. Walters.
Carlisle Dio. Guild: S. Richardson.
Chester Dio. Guild: A. J. Martin, M. Thomson.
Coventry Dio. Guild: P. Border, K. Chambers, H. M. Windsor.
Derby Dio. Ass.: T. Ball, G. A. Halls, D. Hird.
Durham & Newcastle Dio. Ass.: A. G. Craddock, D. Martin, P. Rogers.
Durham Univ. Soc.: C. C. Monson.
E. Derbys. & W. Notts. Ass.: A. Dempster.
E. Grinstead & Dist. Guild: A. N. Brock.
Ely Dio. Ass.: G. E. Bonham, J. G. Gipson, R. J. Palmer.
Essex Ass.: J. Armstrong, F. B. Lufkin, D. Sloman, O. Webster.
Gloucester & Bristol Dio. Ass.: B. Bladon, L. C. Edwards, J. R. Taylor, C. A. Wratten.
Guildford Dio. Guild: M. J. Church, T. Page, D. E. Parsons, P. G. Smart.
Guild of Devonshire Ringers: F. D. Mack, D. J. Roberts, J. G. M. Scott.
Hereford Dio. Guild: T. Cooper, R. G. Powell, A. T. Wingate.
Hertford County Ass.: A. R. Agg, G. Dodds, R. E. Hardy, G. Penney.
Irish Ass.: F. E. Dukes, J. T. Dunwoody.
Kent County Ass.: P. A. Corby, M. J. Hiller, D. M. Joyce, D. H. Niblett.
Ladies’ Guild: Miss D. E. Colgate, Mrs. J. Staniforth, Mrs. J. Summerhayes.
Lancashire Ass.: C. Crossthwaite, D. R. Jones, J. Kershaw, F. Reynolds.
Leeds Univ. Soc.: C. J. Frye.
Leicester Dio. Guild: B. L. Burrows, J. M. Jelley, P. J. Staniforth. B. G. Warwick.
Lincoln Dio. Guild: G. E. Feirn, D. A. Frith, J. L. Millhouse, M. A. Rose.
Llandaff & Monmouth Dio. Ass.: J. C. Baldwin, I. M. Holland, Mrs. J. S. King.
London County Ass.: H. W. Rogers, Mrs. O. L. Rogers, J. T. Shepard, Dr. J. M. Weddell.
Manchester Univ. Guild: M. C. W. Sherwood.
Middx. County Ass. & London Dio. Guild: F. T. Blagrove, T. J. Lock, C. H. Rogers, D. W. Struckett.
Midland Counties Guild: M. Quimby.
National Police Guild: A. W. Gibbs.
N. American Guild: W. A. Theobald.. W. H. Jackson.
N. Staffordshire Ass.: E. Nixon.
N. Wales Ass.: Mrs. N. M. Randles.
Norwich Dio. Ass.: F. C. J. Arnold, L. F. Bailey, J. B. Pickup, J. R. Smith.
Oxford Dio. Guild: W. Butler, K. J. Darvill, H. Lawrenson, T. G. Pett.
Oxford Society: F. A. H. Wilkins.
Oxford Univ. Soc.: P. N. Mounsey, D. J. Roaf.
Peterborough Dio. Guild: E. Billings, C. J. Groome, R. F. B. Speed, J. M. Tyler.
Railwaymen’s Guild: T. Skilton.
St. Martin’s Guild: T. R. Hampton, R. W. Pipe.
Salisbury Dio. Guild: E. J. Hitchins, P. L. J. Matthews, R. G. W. Robertson, N. O. Skelton.
Scottish Ass.: N. E. Booth.
Shropshire Ass.: R. B. Dorrington, F. M. Mitchell.
Soc. of Royal Cumberland Youths: J. S. Barnes, I. H. Oram, D. E. Sibson, P. M. Wilkinson.
Soc. of Sherwood Youths: G. A. Dawson.
Southwell Dio. Guild: R. B. Mills, B. A. Richards.
Stafford Archd. Soc.: B. Harris, C. M. Smith.
Suffolk Guild: T. N. J. Bailey, J. L. Girt, L. R. Pizzey, R. C. Whiting.
Surrey Ass.: E. G. H. Godfrey, S. F. Kimber, C. F. Mew.
Sussex County Ass.: A. R. Baldock, C. J. Champion, P. T. Hurcombe, D. D. Smith.
Truro Dio. Guild: W. C. Boucher, Mrs. M. P. Byrne, R. L. Byrne, Miss J. H. Dash.
Universities Ass.: M. C. C. Melville.
Univ. of Bristol Soc.: Mrs. A. Newing.
Univ. of London Soc.: A. J. Frost.
Winchester & Portsmouth Dio. Guild: R. Cater, K. S. B. Croft, J. Hartless.
Worcestershire & Dists. Ass.: A. C. Berry, M. D. Fellows, R. G. Morris.
Yorkshire Ass.: S. J. Gullick, E. Hudson, W. F. Moreton, D. Potter.
The Ringing World, July 21, 1978, pages 611 to 613
1977 PEALS ANALYSIS
|Australia & N.Z.A.||1||2||1||2||3||3||6|
|Bath & Wells D.A.||1||2||13||2||65||15||34||33||2||4||3||6||165||15||180|
|Beverley & D.S.||1||3||3||2||1||1||2||10||3||13|
|Durham & N.D.A.||8||2||32||5||14||1||1||10||62||11||73|
|E.Derby & W.N.A.||1||1||5||7||7|
|Gloucester & BDA||6||6||14||1||9||53||10||28||16||2||6||4||2||143||14||157|
|Llandaff & M.D.A.||4||5||5||30||6||9||17||1||1||76||2||78|
|N. American G.||2||6||4||1||1||1||7||1||12||11||23|
|N. Staffs A.||1||5||15||5||26||26|
|N. Wales A.||3||2||3||8||8|
|St. David’s D.G.||2||3||5||5|
|St Martin’s D.G.||9||9||3||1||9||2||33||33|
|S. Sherwood Y.||1||1||1||2||1||5||1||6|
|S.Derby & N.L.A.||1||1||1|
|Swansea & B.D.G.||2||1||3||3|
|U. Bristol S.||3||1||1||1||7||13||13|
|U. London S.||1||2||11||2||6||3||6||22||9||31|
|Winchester & PDG||4||2||15||7||94||15||69||1||21||1||3||3||11||5||21||4||4||229||51||280|
|Worcs. & Dist. A.||1||9||9||97||10||35||1||11||5||173||5||178|
|F.B. Lufkin (Chairman)|
N. J. Diserens
The Ringing World, July 21, 1978, page 614