Trustees' Report 2019
This annual report has a threefold purpose. Firstly, it summarises and highlights, for the listed membership, what took place in the year. This aspect is covered more fully and in a timely manner in the Guild Newsletters published quarterly. Secondly, it acts as a repository for all the useful information needed about the Guild and as such serves as its handbook. Finally but not of least importance, it satisfies the obligations placed on the trustees of a registered charity to make public our operation.
The four trustees are the elected officers of President, General Secretary, Treasurer and Ringing Master and form the Executive Committee of the Guild. They also serve as the trustees of the separate Bell Repair Fund (BRF) charity. The inevitably close relationship between these two charities means that this one report covers the work of both and that separate meetings of each charity are not held. The trustees meet reasonably regularly on an as required basis, and usually before other Guild meetings so that we can have a consensus view of items that will arise. The same meeting is used to consider applications for grants to the BRF.
In line with modern communications methods there are frequent email threads between us as well as phone calls and even face-to-face conversations when we actually met during our normal course of diverse ringing activities. Items very specific to their elected post appear as necessary elsewhere in this report. This is complimented by the reports of other elected Guild officials who are not on the executive. These later people are invited from time-to-time to exec meetings to assist the trustees when their specialisms will help develop Guild views and policies on the diverse range of matters for which the trustees are responsible.
Somewhat unusually for recent times, there has been no national event in 2019 requesting the involvement of ringing which has provided an additional focus for Guild activities. Our regular calendar has been maintained and reports on these are below. Much of the Guild’s important work occurs through the three districts (well one district, one archdeaconry and one deanery!) and their reports are within the handbook section of this report.
The Central Council, following the latest Church of England recommendations, updated their guidance on Safeguarding and included other related general safe working practices. In recognition of the importance of this within all our ringing activities, the Executive, along with our Safeguarding officer, have produced a new booklet and guidance on Safeguarding. This has been issued to all towers within the Guild and you are urged to ensure it is read, put on display or made readily available to all involved in the ringing at your tower.
The Guild has continued to offer their members and local churches a number of services. Following the introduction of the Maintenance Report Initiative, 71 towers have been offered the opportunity to have their bells serviced and inspected by a professional bell hanger. Many have taken up this offer and have subsequently applied for further grants towards the repairs to their bells. The rope store continues to operate and now the Guild can offer stays at cost price, again saving many churches great sums of money. Thanks to Graham Nabb and Ian Wilson for running these initiatives. Members of the Tower and belfry committee also offer their time and labour to help keep the cost of repair and restoration down.
The two striking competitions were very well attended. The 6 bell striking competition was held at Radford Semele with 12 teams competing, more than for many years. The 8 bell competition, linked to the 6 monthly meeting at Allesley was also well represented with all Districts entering two teams.
The Coventry Spires youth team entered teams in both Guild competitions as well as entering the Ringing World National Youth Competition held in Liverpool. This event becomes more popular each year and we are grateful for the support we receive from family and friends to accompany the team to this annual event. In addition to the practices for the striking competition, outings are held for the youth team along with a monthly Sunday afternoon practice arranged by Alec Chaplin.
Monthly training mornings are run by the officers of the Guild supported by willing volunteers. These sessions allow learners to have the opportunity to ring with proficient bands and have plenty of rope time. For the first time a First Aid course was run by a Guild member attended by 17 others.
The Carol Service, held at Brinklow, continues to be the best attended event of the year. Again nearly 100 members and friends attended with the Guild choir adding much to enhance the atmosphere of the event.
The Guild was asked to ring the Central Council memorial peal for Robert Kilby. This was successfully scored at Warwick in December.
Ringing was arranged in support of Notre Dame after the devastating fire on 15th April. By request of the Government, this took place on Maundy Thursday breaking with tradition of not ringing in Holy Week.
Two Central Council members resigned this year. Congratulations to Chris Mew for completing over 50 years as a member of the council. His guidance and support have been greatly appreciated by the Guild. The Guild now only has 2 representatives and because of the size of the membership is entitled to 4.
REMEMBERING MEMBERS WHO HAVE PASSED AWAY DURING 2019
Robin Guy from Clifton upon Dunsmore
Kate Moir from Warwick
Angela Elliott from Southam
Frank Spiers from Bidford on Avon
Jill Roberts from Sutton under Brailes
Susan Marshall from Kineton Stewart
Smith from Rugby
Dorothy Ogle from Willoughby
MAY THEY REST IN PEACE AND RISE IN GLORY
Andrew Alldrick, Annie Hall, Simon Rogers, Mark Sayers