THE WINCHESTER AND PORTSMOUTH DIOCESAN GUILD OF CHURCH BELL RINGERS

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2020

26th September 2020, 3.00 p.m.
To be held online

  1. Master’s welcome and Prayer

  2. Apologies for absence

  3. Loss of members through death since last Annual Meeting

    John M DaviesEast Meon
    Geoffrey K Dodd (LM)Highclere
    Nicholas HusseyOverton
    R Roger Savory (LM)USA
    Peter Smith (LM)Freshwater
    Renee Sturgess (LM)Fareham
    Derek F YatesNew Alresford
    Derek Ashfordformerly of Ryde
    Ian Coleformerly of Chale
    Mike Collettformerly of Ryde
    John Denhamformerly of Twyford
    John Footformerly of East Meon and Catherington
    Terry Hargreavesformerly of Curdridge
    Brian Lovelockformerly of Hursley
    Jack Luscombeformerly of Shanklin
    Norah Moreyformerly of Chale
    Derek Shutlerformerly of All Saints, Alton
    Matthew C Webbformerly of St Mary, Portsmouth
    Myrtle Weirformerly of Carisbrooke
  4. Minutes of the last meeting

    Allan Yalden proposes and Mike Winterbourne seconds that the Minutes of the last meeting be accepted.

  5. Matters arising

  6. Life membership

    1. On completion of 50 years’ ringing membership of the Guild

      Dianne M HatfieldTitchfield
      H Lyndon HatfieldTitchfield
      Paul Daish-MillerChale
      Catherine Daish-MillerNiton
      Helen PiperKingsclere
    2. Recommended by the Executive Committee for services to the Guild

      Proposed by Mike Winterbourne and seconded by Bruce Purvis.

  7. Officers’ and committee reports for 2019

    1. General Secretary

    2. General Treasurer (and accounts)

    3. Peal Recorder

    4. Librarian and Archivist

    5. Public Relations Officer

    6. Education Committee

    7. Striking Competitions Committee

    8. Belfry Stewardship Committee

    9. Communications Committee

    Allan Yalden proposes and Adrian Nash seconds that the reports be accepted.

  8. Bell Restoration Fund

    1. Trustees’ Report and Accounts for 2019

    2. Grant Proposals

  9. Report on 2019 & 2020 Central Council meeting

  10. Action plan update

    1. Communications

    2. Young ringers

    3. Recruitment and retention

    4. Education

    5. Heritage

  11. Motions

    Notes. In October last year, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on the relationship of the Channel Islands to the wider Church of England recommended that episcopal oversight of the Islands should be transferred to the Bishop of Salisbury. In February this year the General Synod approved legislation to transfer parishes in the Channel Islands from the diocese of Winchester to the diocese of Salisbury. The legislation, the Channel Islands Measure 2020, was approved by both Houses of Parliament in July and was enacted on the 22nd. Consequently the Guild rules need amending and one of two motions will be put to the meeting depending on whether the towers in the Channel Islands District decide to transfer to the Salisbury Diocesan Guild (motion (A)) or remain part of the Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild (motion (B)). Both motions also clarify the “Guild area” and remove a long-standing dispute over the plural of “diocese”. If the Channel Islands District towers transfer to the Salisbury Diocesan Guild (motion (A)), in accordance with Guild rule 8.d, ringing members of the Channel Islands District may transfer to compounding membership of the Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild without further payment. Should the Channel Islands District need more time to reach a decision, motion (B) will be put to the meeting and a further motion brought to a subsequent AGM if and when the Channel Islands District decide to join the Salisbury Diocesan Guild.

    Motion (A)

    Tony Smith proposes and the Master seconds that the rules be amended to reflect the Channel Islands District’s decision to transfer to the Salisbury Diocesan Guild. Specifically that the following rules be amended by deleting the words struck through and inserting the words underlined. Notwithstanding Guild rule 24 the amendments shall become effective on a date determined by the principal officers after consultation with the Salisbury Diocesan Guild and the Channel Islands District.

    1. OBJECT To unite the Church Bell Ringers in the Diocese of Winchester and the Diocese of Portsmouth (hereinafter called ‘the Guild area’)

    2. CONSTITUTIONThe Very Rev The Dean of Guernsey, The Very Rev The Dean of Jersey, … The Diocesan areas Guild area shall be divided into Districts …

    5. GENERAL MEETING, District 8 Channel Islands

    6. MEMBERSHIP … the two diocese Guild area … (five occurrences in a, d and e).

    7.d ELECTIONS … the two diocese Guild area

    8.d SUBSCRIPTIONS … the two diocese Guild area

    17. CENTRAL FUND Seventy per cent (fifty per cent from the Channel Islands District) of all subscriptions …, except in the case of the Channel Islands District where fifty per cent is retained,

    BRF 3. AIM … within the Diocese of Winchester and the Diocese of Portsmouth …

    Motion (B) WITHDRAWN

    Tony Smith proposes and the Master seconds that the rules be amended to reflect the Channel Islands District’s decision to remain part of the Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild. Specifically that the following rules be amended by deleting the words struck through and inserting the words underlined.

    1. OBJECT To unite the Church Bell Ringers in the Diocese of Winchester and, the Diocese of Portsmouth and the Channel Islands (hereinafter called ‘the Guild area’)

    2. CONSTITUTION … The Diocesan areas Guild area shall be divided into Districts …

    6. MEMBERSHIP … the two diocese Guild area … (five occurrences in a, d and e).

    7.d ELECTIONS … the two diocese Guild area

    8.d SUBSCRIPTIONS … the two diocese Guild area

    BRF 3. AIM … within the Diocese of Winchester and, the Diocese of Portsmouth and the Channel Islands

    Motion (C)

    Helen Woolford proposes and the Master seconds that, in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, and notwithstanding Guild rule 8.a, the next subscriptions for those who were members of the Guild in 2020 will fall due on 1st January 2022 (so that subscriptions paid in 2020 also cover 2021) and, notwithstanding Guild rule 20.c, instead of an Annual Report for 2020, a Biennial Report covering 2020 and 2021 shall be published.

  12. Future Guild events

  13. Date and place of 2021 AGM

    Simon Poyser proposes and Adrian Nash seconds that this be held on Saturday 12 June 2021 in the Alton and Petersfield District.

  14. A.O.B.