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Covid Winter Plan – updated guidance for England Wales and Scotland

England comes out of lockdown on Wednesday this week and enters the three Tiers system. The rules in Wales have not changed since 9th November and the Tiers will not apply. In Scotland, Covid restrictions are governed by five Protection Levels. Central Council guidance is now moving to respond to the Tiers and Protection Levels and so will now be different in England, Wales and Scotland.

England

First the good news and perhaps the light at the end of the tunnel for other areas. Just before we went into lockdown for the second time a month ago, we had reached agreement with the House of Bishops Recovery Group to drop down to 1m+ distancing, and then introduce local risk assessment based on the characteristics of the ringing environment and also risk assessment based on personal circumstances. Our guidance is that in Tier 1 this can now happen, although at first we only recommend ringing for 15 minutes until ventilation in towers is better understood. However look to the end of this statement for our plans in that regard.

In Tiers 2 and 3 we are still recommending that we stick to the government’s guidance that is the same for both Tiers, and that is that “No mixing of households indoors, apart from support bubbles.” As was discussed when the lockdown started, one can argue the definitions of mixing, interacting and mingling, some might even try and argue that ringing is an act of worship or even employment, but the clear intention of the public health experts is to reduce interactions as much as possible so that we get through the winter without another wave of infection. That restricts ringing in Tiers 2 and 3 to families that live together and other households, or the ringing of single bells as currently.

Handbells

The opportunities for handbell ringing will improve over the lockdown conditions. In Tiers 1 and 2 a maximum of six people can meet in any outdoor setting including a domestic garden, so provided you are warm enough, socially distanced handbell ringing is viable. Tier 3 is slightly more restrictive in that mixing of households outdoors needs to be in a public space, e.g. parks, public gardens or churchyards. Again this give the opportunity to meet perhaps outside the church and ring handbells. Not that you should not travel from a higher tier to a lower tier for handbell ringing.

Wales

Wales does not have the Tier system but does have social distancing of 2m and a recommendation that indoor gatherings other than with your household or extended household is avoided. However, the Church in Wales has specifically recognised ringing in its guidance for places of worship and specifically permits ringing as follows:

“Bell ringing is permissible, but bell ringers should observe two-metre physical distancing and hygiene and cleaning regimes should be implemented. Careful consideration of how bell ringers will access the building suitably distanced from other attendees needs consideration e,g diff erent entry points or staggered arrival times. Bellringing arrangements should comply with guidance available from the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers at https://cccbr.org.uk/coronavirus/ ”

Our guidance in Wales is therefore that ringing should still follow 2m social distancing and be restricted to 15 minutes. Ringing for longer could come following the ventilation trials explained below.

Handbells

Ringing handbells outdoors in a public space is allowed subject to the overall guidance on social distance and avoiding large gatherings. Handbells in gardens is allowed however there is a rule that only householders and their one extended household can meet in their gardens. However that still might present some handbell opportunities on warmer days.

Scotland

There is an overall social distancing restriction of 2m between people (not ropes) which is a key driver for practical ringing.

In the top Protection Level 4, ringing has stopped because public worship has stopped. However, in all other Levels ringing is possible provided the social distancing guidelines are possible and duration restricted in accordance with previous guidance.

Handbells

Ringing handbells outdoors is allowed subject to the overall guidance on social distancing. In Levels 2 3 and 4 up to six people from two different households could ring handbells outdoors, subject to social distancing and woolly hats. In Level 1, that increases to eight people from three households. The household restrictions do not apply to 12-17 year olds.

A summary of all the different levels and guidance can be found on the main website here, which is also linked from the Virtual Hub on Bellboard.

Ventilation and increasing ringing time

At first the guidance in Tier 1 is still only to ring for 15 minutes (as it still is in Wales also), however we are going to be working with some ringers on the Isle of Wight and in Cornwall, the two regions with bells that will be in Tier 1, to understand the benefits of ventilation using CO2 meters.

The use of CO2 meters as a means of measuring the effectiveness of ventilation came from studies summarised in a recent review from the Royal Society. Indeed CO2 measurement is the industry standard used to demonstrate effectiveness of commercial ventilation systems. In an enclosed space like a ringing chamber, our breathing causes CO2 levels to increase. Ventilation brings in fresh air and the CO2 level drops. A CO2 meter is a pretty good proxy for the adequacy of ventilation, which in turn will help us estimate if ringing for longer than 15 minutes is safe (because Covid infected aerosols don’t build up). If the CO2 level in the room does not increase, it is likely that the ventilation is good, and we can ring for longer.

Phil Barnes and David Pouncey have both bought a particular kind of CO2 meter from Canada which can be connected to a laptop and display the change in CO2 levels over time. In the Isle of Wight trial, a couple of bands of relatives will ring for 30 minutes in towers with a broad range of ventilation characteristics and measure how the CO2 levels change. This will then be used to give much better guidance on what other towers need to do to improve ventilation. By the time other regions drop into Tier 1 we hope that this work done by the Isle of Wight and Cornish ringers will enable us to move straight to ringing for longer in towers where the characteristics show that aerosol transmission risk is low.

Conclusion

Overall, there is cause for optimism. There will be disappointment for many in Tier 2 areas particularly that the Tier restrictions do not enable us to get back to where we were in the summer, but then that is something the government has thought about in maintaining and indeed increasing their overall restrictions. December 16th may bring more Tier 2 areas into Tier 1. Hopefully the work that will be done with CO2 monitoring will help us to increase ringing times in more towers as more regions drop into Tier 1.

As has been said by various ministers and public health officials, just because you can do something doesn’t mean you have to, and the Tier rules “are not boundaries at which to push, but limits of what you can do.”

Ultimately being sensible and being aware of the risks is a sound basis for deciding on whether to ring or not.

Simon Linford
President, Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

Tony Hocking 2/10/1935 - 28/9/2020.

Tony volunteered to learn to ring in 1980 at Wolston when the scheme to restore the four existing bells and augment them was in the early stages, the work in the tower to be done on a DIY basis to reduce costs. A new group was formed to learn to ring the existing bells, which were ringable but out of tune. As well as learning to ring Tony joined the restoration team which was carried out most weekday evenings for 9 months as the team at that time were in full time employment. Tony's skills as a woodwork and metalwork teacher were a great use to the project. After the restored and augmented eight bells were dedicated in 1982 Tony along with the rest of the new team joined the Guild, membership which continued until his retirement from ringing in 2015. Tony supported, in addition to his home church Wolston, practices at Stretton, Bubbenhall and Ryton after the bells in those churches were restored and also Shilton.

Tony rang in over 50 quarter peals all of doubles and minor at St Margaret's and other local churches.

It was a pleasure to have known Tony over the past 40 years and as soon as it is possible to gather together again his ringing friends will attempt a quarter peal at St Margaret's in his memory.   RIP - Tony

KFC

What’s Happening After the Pandemic?

At the start of the first lockdown we were still looking forward to ringing events in the summer. There were plans for a grand “Ringing Returns” festival to mark the end of the almost unprecedented few months off ringing. Three months without ringing would be painful but not seismic. We would get a bit rusty, but we could recover.

It now looks clear that by the time ringing returns to ‘normal’ we will have missed at least a year. A year without ringing, a year without recruitment, a year without training, a year without the social intercourse that makes ringing what it is. Not only that, but we have months more in which to try and cope without the activity that some of us live for.

We therefore face two challenges. Survival through a bleak winter with little in the way of ringing to keep us motivated, and then rebuilding at least some of what we had before. That is going to need a lot of effort from a lot of people, but we are not going to wait until next year to start. There are things that can be done now, particularly in terms of survival.

ART and the CCCBR are already working on ways in which we can help ringers and bands stay together and then recover. For instance, we are working together to produce a Survival and Recovery Toolbox from which ringers, bands and even ringing societies can pick the tools that will best help them keep going until ringing can resume and tailor them to local needs. The toolbox will give access to training, a variety of new (and old) ideas and the opportunity to learn from what others have done or are thinking of doing.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll start to roll out tools, resources and ideas for replacing the routines, friendship and opportunities that we have lost because we’re not ringing. Let’s try and keep as many people as possible enjoying ringing this winter so that we can recover and rebuild when ringing returns to ‘normal’. Some of it will just be helping more people to find resources that already exist.

Questions about some sort of centralised recovery strategy have been popping up on social media, in email chat lists and have arrived by email. We want to assure you that a recovery strategy is being discussed and developed, with the Survival and Recovery Toolbox being just a start. The Council Executive and ART Management Committee are thinking about recovery strategies at a more fundamental level as well. If you have any ideas or would like to help in any aspect of this – building, delivery or engagement – then please get in contact with us. Working together is the best way of building a positive future for ringing.

President’s Blog #22

The ‘Cast of 1000’ was introduced in the Council’s Strategic Priorities document that was produced early in the year. The idea is to establish a roster of 1000 experienced ringers who are prepared to go to one additional practice a month provided it is reliably organised, well run, and for some folks’ specific benefit. It is an idea specifically aimed at middle and upper reaches of the ‘Red Zone’ where many aspiring ringers are getting stuck for opportunities. 1000 ringers could deliver 30 additional surprise major practices every Saturday and only have to go once a month each. It is an idea that has College Youth and Cumberland support but which was put on the backburner when ringing stopped.

However, a version of it can now work now, especially as we have noticed that many more experienced ringers who could be very helpful are inactive and not getting involved in any ringing on Ringing Room. There is very little developmental Surprise Major ringing going on except ringers in isolation on simulators. So, two ideas – a personal project of starting some PPE-focused practices and getting the Cast of 1000 going – will coalesce with some trial PPE practices on Saturdays in December.

Accelerating this is just one idea of a joint CC and ART team looking at survival and recovery – how we not only look to rebuild ringing next year but also just how we help more ringers get through the winter. Everything is more difficult when it’s dark and cold (except growing mould and stalactites).

ART is launching its “50 Virtual Ringing Things” to supplement the very successful 50 Ringing Things (it is currently in final pre launch testing). ART is also going to start running workshops to help people run successful Ringing Room practices.

Is there a psychologist in the house, or someone with similar experience? The aforementioned Survival and Recovery team is quite keen to find someone who can help with developing some articles and other things that can help ringers cope in this continued period without ringing, and maybe managing the anxiety of returning to the end of a bellrope when it happens. Contact me or if you could help.

Our consultations on direct membership continue, with the first of our sessions with young ringers last week. And very interesting it was too. The young ringers expected that there would be an overall membership organisation but valued greatly the support of their local associations and the opportunities they provide. The lack of any overall coordination of major events was a puzzle, and Bellboard was favoured as the channel for ringing information and news, combined with a decent ringing app. We have two consultation events coming up where we would like to gauge the opinions of anyone who is just generally interested in ringing and doesn’t mind spending about an hour debating direct membership. 19th at 8pm and 24th at 8am (for morning people!) Email us –

Ringing opportunities are of course few and far between everywhere, unless you live in a Covid free zone, but a few ringers were able to mark Remembrance Sunday with the ringing of a single bell, and in some cases Ellacombe chimes. Bells on Sunday on Radio 4 treated us to the haunting sound of half muffled Stedman Caters on the Minor 10 at Worcester Cathedral (credit to Phil Orme for his continued effort with Bells on Sunday).

Lewis Benfield, a young ringer from Leicestershire, had been hoping to visit St Martin’s Birmingham to ring on 16 for the first time on his 16th birthday. When that plan was not possible, the Conductor of the St Martin’s band, Stephanie Warboys, arranged a special performance on a bespoke 16 bell tower in Ringing Room, with Lewis successfully navigating 3-4 through a couple of leads of Littleport 16 (now the relevance of the top picture becomes clear).

I was delighted with how a feature on bell ringing turned out in the children’s newspaper ‘The Week Junior’. Every issue features a different activity to try, and the young Brumdingers, and Max in particular, did an ace job of selling their hobby to their peers. Interestingly the journalist used a picture of Italian bellringing as the main feature shot when we weren’t able to deliver bellringers and bells in the same frame. It did not detract from the piece though.

Bruce and Eileen Butler are still deliberating on the October YouTube competition. Although there were only 12 entries, given they were training videos they are quite long, and the Philadelphian jury is taking its responsibilities seriously. If you have not seen the Playlist you can find it here. We are into the last month of the series now (unless we think of some new categories? A Christmas special perhaps? Or Champion or Champions? You’re getting carried away…Ed) with November’s topic being the “Film that promotes ringing in the most positive way” – there is still time to give that some thought.

I think I have mentioned the Salisbury DG newsletter before, and had the good fortune of seeing the winter edition of ‘Face to Face’ this week. It really is a tour de force of newsletter writing, managing 36 sizzling lockdown pages. I particularly liked new CC Rep Vicki Prowse’s very positive report of the CC Annual Meeting, of the work of the Council and it’s workgroups. Vicki takes her place on the beer tea or cake list.

Most ringers will know that the management of The Ringing World is grappling with a difficult situation, not made any easier by it being played out on social media. Spare a thought for them and the difficult job they do on our behalf. Also remember that although the Board is unpaid, the Ringing World does have employees who may read all that is said about it.

And finally, this will be the first time my blog has not been printed in The Ringing World. The Friday 13th issue (unlucky for blog writers) is a special one as you will soon see, and a contribution from me would have spoiled it. So I have been a bit of a rebel and pushed my word count out to 1013 and an emoji 😊.

Simon Linford
President CCCBR

2020 AGM Minutes

The draft minutes of the 2020 AGM Minutes have been circulated to attendees. A copy may be downloaded from:

Thanks go to Annie Hall for producing these minutes


 

October 2020 Edition Available

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Please note that the deadline for the following edition 31st Deceber 2020 and items submitted after this date may have to be held over until the April 2021 edition.


 

Ringing World AGM

Held by Zoom on 5th September 2020.

This was the third Ringing World AGM Joy and I had attended and it was by far the most feisty. We attended the meeting virtually, but socially distanced in Joy’s sitting room. A much more conducive way to attend because we could discuss the points raised without fear of being interrupted or shushed.

It was the Canon David Grimwood’s first meeting as Chairman and I think we were all a little startled at the way it progressed. The meeting was scheduled to start at 2.00 but the Central Council meeting was still in full swing at that time. The formality of AGM’s dictate they must be held at an advertised date and time, so it was proposed to adjourn the CC meeting and restart it 15 minutes after the close of the RW AGM. This was very professionally handled by the President.

In 2018, the financial position of the RW was healthy, showing a surplus of nearly £10,000. During 2019, they had faced some challenges and the accounts showed a deficit of £1445. Much of this was due to the adjustment to overseas postal costs where they had been overcharging members who were then able to reclaim these costs. However, subscriptions had continued to fall, and in fact the RW has lost on average 76 subscribers every year for over 30 years. They do have assets of £347,047 and liabilities of £141,391 which leaves a general reserve of £205,658, which represents about 6 months’ worth of expenditure.

All of this was before COVID had struck. This year, the RW is expected to make a loss of £35,000 owing to losing £3k month in donations and their investment in a new digital assistant.

After the formalities of the AGM, the main item on the agenda was the resolution to convert the RW to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. This would not affect the charitable objectives or the editorial operation, but would simplify the admin with one governing body and would avoid liabilities for members and directors. It seemed very straight forward until the Board were challenged on these points and accused of being disingenuous and their points misleading. The concern was this move would distance the RW from the owners who are the current Guilds and members who had come to their rescue before. They were criticised for releasing the papers only that day, which had not allowed people the time to review their position. The meeting got quite ugly with all sorts of accusations being made. A vote was taken on the resolution, and even though more than 50% of the meeting agreed with the idea they did not get 75% required for its adoption. The idea of corporate membership of the RW was discussed and the Board agreed to write to all the Guilds to canvass their opinion.

The meeting only lasted 1 hour 20 minutes but we certainly needed the 15-minute break to flatten the ruffled feathers before we could conclude the CC meeting.

Annie Hall

Report of The Central Council AGM

SATURDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER 2020

The meeting should have taken place at Nottingham University but of course that was prevented due to Covid 19. Instead it was held by ZOOM and Annie and I metaphorically walked into unknown territory! However we need not have feared, we were led every step of the way by brilliant organisation and Techno skill.

We had both been asked to register some weeks before the actual meeting and had received the ‘secret link’ for login on the day. Although we could have logged on in our own homes we decided to meet and socially distance in my house so that we could debate controversial issues together: after all, we vote on your behalf, not on our own behalf, and therefore must look to your needs and what is best for The Guild.

We were asked to login between 10.15 and 10.25 and once logged in we were able to see, and join in the live chat, and Annie sent The Coventry Guild’s greetings to all the attendees. When the meeting began at 10.30 134 attendees had signed in and another 44 were following the proceedings on YouTube – perhaps potential delegates for the future.

So, how did it all work? Only 4 faces appeared on the screen – The President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, although all our mug shots could be seen by the behind-the -scene Techno. He also had the power to keep us mute until we were asked to speak, (when you would appear in a small box at the bottom of the screen.) Oh if only we had that power at some meetings!!

A word of caution here- if you wanted to speak you had to put your hand up – so sudden movements could have added you to the list of questioners: a bit like inadvertently bidding for something at an auction!

Voting for motions was easy too: Proposing and seconding a motion was on a ‘first past the post to hit the button’ basis, then the motion popped up on your screen, you hit the appropriate box, and submitted it. Within a few seconds when voting closed the result came up on the screen. In many ways this was a better way because it was always a secret ballot and therefore, probably, more realistically reflected people’s feelings.

The other advantage of using this method was that you could hear everything the leaders and participants said unlike the ‘real meeting’ when microphones are rushed around the auditorium to the speaker, by which time you’ve probably missed half of what is being said.

  • The Business followed the usual Agenda with the report of 66 Societies now being affiliated. It was recorded that 14 Present and Past members of the Council had died over the last twelve months and there was a minute’s silence of respect.
  • The most contentious issue in the first part of the meeting was the application by the Clerical Guild to be affiliated. There were strong reasons given on both sides, but with the debate about small societies in the offing, the on-going possibility of individual membership, Annie and I felt this was not the time to support this application, despite the fact that we both agreed that we believe ringing should still have a religious connection, not purely secular. The motion did gain its 75% support and was carried.
  • The most long-winded session was the updates from the individual workgroups, although it was agreed that the work done in COVID 19 Risk Assessment and guidance on how to (or how not to) manage the return to ringing had been ‘ahead of the game’. To some this was seen as ‘Nannying’ but to others it gave them a reassurance that basically we were all in the same boat.

(Full Workshop reports can be found on the CCCBR website: Council Papers P16-P37)

Two new Workgroups have been instituted over the year:

  1. “The Senior Stakeholder Liaison” Workgroup
    This group has been tasked with making links between the Church of England, the Government, Amenity Groups and Major Fund holders with the aim to ‘put ringing on the cultural map’ and to strengthen the links with Church Authorities.
    Currently there are 42 Diocese which will undergo restructuring and we will be asked to send letters to our Bishops to ask two questions: How do they believe we contribute to the cultural landscape of their Diocese, and how will Guilds be affected by the re-structuring? It was pointed out that both these questions are a bit ‘woolly’ and we were advised that the group would be putting out more specific guidelines and questions for people to ask.
    Watch this space!
  2. The Young Ringers, Schools, Youth Group Liaison Workshop.
    This group had been tasked with making contact with groups such as Guides and Scouts, Boys and Girls Brigades and schools with a view to recruitment, possibly via badges, or voluntary work options. A link with lessons, and handbells was suggested for schools.
    We felt this was ‘re-inventing the wheel’ and Annie pointed out to the meeting that a lot of this work had been done by ART and also CDG had already got their lesson plans from time spent at Warwick School, which she was willing to share.

Simon Linford then outlined what the aims were for the future which would involve several of the groups.

a. Covid 19: these would continue to be put out as guidance, updated on Fridays, but should be looked at with local assessments of the pandemic.

b. He asked -Would it be useful for Individual Guilds to build strategies with their own Bishops?

c. Direct Membership still to be addressed

d. Reduction of size of Council reps still to be addressed

e. Mobile Belfry Construction: plans in progress for first one: easily transported, can be erected in an hour, can be borrowed by any Guild. Taylors have already offered the first bells and framework. Hopefully more than one will eventually be available and each stored in a different part of the country.

f. New Residential Courses: the hope is to encourage local Guild to organise their own with Guidance and materials from the Council. The initial main focus (when permitted) will be in the NW.

This provoked a lot of discussion from the ‘been there, done that’ brigade, most of which could have been avoided.

g. Strategic Priorities: being explored – see RW articles from Simon Linford.

  • Financial reports and acceptance went through without a problem, Officers were elected as had been notified and reminders made of the Governance Review that would have to take place in 2022.
  • Then we came to Item 17 – the motion to allow smaller ringing societies to join the Council as Registered Small Societies. What a can of worms this opened! The long-winded debate that has raged through the RW in recent weeks continued here – to such an extent that the whole meeting had to be adjourned because the CC Meeting was now encroaching on the RW AGM which many of us had booked into. Time now 2.15pm!

Apart from a small 10 minute ‘comfort break’ earlier there had been no breaks at all, so coffees and lunches had to be taken ’on the hoof’ whilst still attending the meeting! However, the lunch was much better than we normally get at CC Meetings and it wasn’t the usual ‘bun-fight’!

Unfortunately the RW AGM also ran into difficulties and overran its time! – see separate report.

  • The Meeting Resumed at about 4pm and the debate on item 17 continued, not without a lot of hot air, harsh criticisms, and massive concerns over the ‘Safeguarding’ issues. If only Simon Linford had ‘kangarooed’ the debate we would have finished a whole load earlier! However at the final vote the motion was approved.
  • Future Meeting venues:
    2021 Nottingham, based at St Mary’s
    2022 No Offer
    2023 Suffolk
    2024 Devonshire Guild

The meeting finally closed at 5.30pm

There will no doubt be criticism over the length of the meetings but overall this was one of the better meetings I have attended due to the organised way it was conducted

Guess the Tower

Here are 70 towers from the Diocese.  All have at least 3 bells hung for ringing, but not all of them are ringable!

See how many you can get before looking online!!

Alderminster Brinklow Whichford Exhall Allesley
Bishops Tachbrook Avon Dassett Warwick, St Mary Southam Farnborough
Dunchurch Tredington Coughton Whitnash Fenny Compton
Cherington Harbury Ufton Weston under Wetherley Stoneleigh
Barford Cubbington Fillongley  Tysoe Kineton
Foleshill Ettington Snitterfiled Grandborough Willoughby
Honiley Withybrook Honington Leamington Hastings Ladbroke
Rowington Willey Shipston on Stour Hatton Aston Cantlow
Leek Wootton Salford Priors Mancetter Clifford Chambers Hillmorton
Leamington Spa RC Stoke Lighthorne Newbold on Avon Napton on the Hill
Radford Semele Long Itchington Nuneaton Shilton Clifton on Dunsmore
Frankton Offchurch Henley in Arden Ilmington Lillington
Bubbenhall Burton Dassett Preston on Stour Ryton on Dunsmore Ashow
Wormleighton Wolvey Ansley Bedworth Claverdon
Guess the Tower - 2

Here are 70 more towers from the Diocese.  All have at least 3 bells hung for ringing, but not all of them are ringable!

See how many you can get before looking online!!

Chris Pickford has kindly donated one of his Warwickshire “Pevsner” Architectural Guides as a prize to the winner. It will be signed by the author.

Please use this answer sheet and send it to Mike Chester,  by Tuesday 2nd June. The winner will be announce as soon as he can mark all the entries!

 

 
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Alcester Beaudesert Bishops Itchington Bourton on Dunsmore Wootten Wawen
Ansty Astley Sutton under Brailes Halford Coventry Cathedral
Keresley Tidmington Rugby Kenilworth Chadshunt
Leamington  Spa Alveston Monks Kirby  Warwick, St Nicholas Stretton on Dunsmore
Atherstone Radway Meriden Shotteswell Butlers Marston
Newbold Pacey Chilvers Coton Priors Hardwick Ullenhall Oxhill
Sherbourne Pillerton Hersey Bidford on Avon Priors Marston Brailes
Studley Wolston Long Compton Bulkington Marton
Berkswell Bilton Wappenbury Corley Wellesbourne
Church Lawford Stratford upon Avon Burton Hastings Stockton Walsgrave
Guess the Tower

Here are 50 towers from the Diocese.  All have at least 3 bells hung for ringing, but not all of them are ringable!

See how many you can get before looking online!!

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