The Master David Strong, supported by the Honorary General Treasurer Michael Bubb and Minute Secretary, Pam Thompson opened the meeting at 10.17 a.m. by asking Canon Barry Fry to say a prayer. The Master welcomed everybody, especially new members, Janet McCoy, Mike Till and Lucy Walpole attending for the first time.
Other members present were: Andrew Banks, Roger Barber, Andrew Byford, Diana Bishop, Andrew Case, Michael Church, Charlotte Colliss, John Davey, Nicky David, Barry Fry, Gillian Gardner, Keith Gillings, Christine Knights-Whittome, Janet McCoy, John Palk, Margaret Paterson, Bruce Purvis, Maureen Routh, Anthony P Smith, Michael Till, Lucy Walpole
Apologies were received from Clare Griffiths, Maureen Kelly, Mary Tester, Barbara Townsend.
The meeting stood to remember
|Ted Colley||Bishops Waltham|
|Nan Colley||Bishops Waltham|
|Martin Harbord||East Meon|
|John R Phillips||Southampton|
|Ken Tipper||LM Petersfield|
The minutes of the meeting held on 6th March 2010 had been distributed before the meeting. Acceptance was agreed with no votes against. The minutes were signed by the Master as a true record.
Bruce Purvis reported that the handbells had been refurbished and were available for inspection. The new handbell had been tuned in the wrong pitch but this would be replaced. He was thanked by the Guild Master for organising this.
The wording for the plaque on the door of the library cabinet would be completed in due course.
|Social Committee||Julia Clarke|
|Proposed by John Davey|
|Seconded by Barry Fry and carried|
|Proposed by Pam Thompson|
|Seconded by Mike Bubb and carried|
|i.||Librarian & Archivist||£50||Agreed|
|ii.||Guild Report Editor||£40||Agreed|
|iii.||Belfry Stewardship Committee||-|
|(Domain Name Renewals £10, Web Hosting £52.50,|
Newsletter Printing £360, Post & Packing £52.50)
|viii.||Striking Competition Convenor||£50||Agreed|
All these bids were individually approved by the meeting with no votes against.
Andrew Case reported that the bells at Dummer were being taken out and should be back in by April 2011 with the addition of a new trap door. There was no further news from Portsea but they had started fundraising and were choosing a contractor.
John Palk had written a discussion paper on the Guild Annual Report. He recommended that the production and distribution of the report should continue as at present. It was suggested and agreed by the members that any unwanted copies of the report should be returned to the District Secretary to be redistributed to new members. An extra copy of the Report would be provided for the tower. Tony Smith asked John Palk to send a note to the District Secretaries explaining how to distribute the reports.
The Committee had visited various venues and had proposed that the 2011 dinner should be held on Saturday 21st May 2011 at the Holiday Inn, Winchester. A representative of each District was asked to collect a copy of the details of the dinner to distribute to their district towers. A concessionary rate was available at the hotel if guests wanted to stay overnight.
Arrangements were in hand for the inter-district 8-bell striking competition to be held in Ryde, Isle of Wight, on the 2nd July 2011 for the Guild AGM. Venues for other competitions had not yet been confirmed but Mike Till said that any suggestions or offers of help would be much appreciated.
David Strong had written a discussion paper suggesting a District Officers’ Forum which would meet once a year possibly on 2nd April 2011.He hoped that the idea of forming a District Forum would be discussed at the District AGMs in the New Year. David agreed to write to the District Chairmen to invite topics for discussion at the District Officers’ Forum meeting in April.
It was noted that the position of BRF fundraiser remained vacant and there was still no Public Relations Officer.
This would take place on Saturday 12th March 2011 at 10.15 am.
James R Jerram, a Salisbury bellhanger in the late Victorian/Edwardian period had taken rubbings of bell inscriptions and added them to the county histories of the bells which were located in the library at Salisbury. Bruce Purvis reported that he had been visiting the library and scanning these inscriptions and putting them onto a CD which he would make available in the Guild Library as a resource.
Mike Till offered to start thinking about arrangements for the Central Council visit to the Guild in 2016.His offer was kindly accepted by members at the meeting and he asked for offers of assistance with the arrangements. David Strong and John Davey offered their services.