From the Archives 100 years ago
The Guild continued to flourish in contented and stable fashion as the Old Minute
Book records. The Great War was only months away. 'Canon fodder' had not
yet entered their language. There were two meetings in this quarter.
April 30th '14:
The Spring Meeting of the Guild was held at Moreton-in-Marsh on Thursday 30th April 1914, and it is very gratifying to record another successful
gathering. Owing to time of starting the Competitions being
fixed an hour earlier, there proved to be ample time to complete them before Divine Service.
Five teams competed, namely, Campden, Longborough, Shipston-on-Stour, Saintbury, and
Willersey. Mr F J Johnson, of Hinton again officiated as Judge and awarded the
honours as follows,
Rising & Sinking Round Ringing
Willersey 97% Willersey 99%
Shipston 94% Longborough 94%
Campden 92% Saintbury 97%
Saintbury 86% Shipston 96%
Longborough 92% Campden 94%
Call Changes Method
Willersey 99% Shipston 96%
Saintbury 98% Longborough 94%
Longborough 97% Willersey 86%
Divine Service was held at 4-30pm the Preacher being The Rev Spencer Jones. Tea
was laid at The Crown Hotel, when members and friends to number of 46 sat down.
Afterwards the business meeting washeld, presided over by The Rev Spencer Jones. Letters of apology for
absence was (sic) from the Rev J W Stoneman, Rev H Highly, and the Rev D Lloyd. The
Minutes having been read and passed, the Secretary presented the Balance Sheet which
showed that the income for the past year amounted to £12-15-10½ and the
expenditure £4-11-4. There was therefore a balance in hand of £8-4-6½,
an increase of £2-17-2 on the previous year.
The Sec in his Report stated that during the preceding year 2 more
Belfry's (sic) had joined the Guild while 14 more ordinary and 3 Honorary
members had been elected. The Sec reported that the question of the monthly visits to
Towers having fallen rather flat, no Belfry having taken steps in that direction, he
strongly urged the members to secure the services of a Paid Instructor to pay
periodical visits to each tower, and thereby improve and strengthen the Intelectual
(sic) work of the Guild. The Sec also recommended the adoption of some printed Rules,
thus bringing the Society into line with others. A vote of thanks to the retiring
President (The Rev Canon Houghton) was heartily accorded, on the proposition of the
Chairman, sec by Mr A White, who testified to the good solid work done for the
benefit of the Guild, both by his wise counsel, and generous financial support. The
Chairman then distributed the Certificates to the winners of the Competitions at the
previous meeting. The next business was the election of the Officers for the ensuing
12 months, and on the Proposition of Mr H Hallett, sec by Mr Harris (Campden) the
present Secretary was nominated for re-election, but he declined to act again, unless
the Guild could its way to make him remuneration for loss of time in carrying out the
work which the office entailed. It was then pro by Mr Hinton sec by Mr A Williams
that the question be left to the Committee to decide, Mr A White was thereupon
unanimously re-elected. Mr H Jarrett was also re-elected Treasurer.
In pursuance of his recommendation given in his half-yearly Report, the Sec Pro
and Mr W Harris seconded, that the Guild appoint a paid Instructor. Carried
unanimously. It was Pro by the Secretary seconded by Mr J Williams that Mr F Bird
(Shipston) be appointed. Mr Bird consented and he was unanimously elected, the
Committee will settle details.
On the question of the proposed Printed Rules, it was proposed, seconded and
carried that we adopt same. This was also left with the Committee to formulate and
lay before the next meeting.
It was pro by the Secretary seconded by Mr H Bird that the next meeting of the
Guild be held at Saintbury. Carried. Votes of thanks to the Officers for their
services during the past year, and to the Rector for presiding closed the meeting.
Touches were as usual rung on the Tower Bells during the evening.
Hubert D'Este East
The 1913 accounts make interesting reading. The internet shows inflation has risen
since 1913 by a multiplier of about 100, so the income by 2013 standards was about
£1200, expenditure was roughly £450 and the amount in hand about £800.
The comparable 2013 figures are income £1772, expenditure £927 and balance
in hand about £1200 (all figures disregarding the Bell Restoration Fund income
and expenditure, as the Old Guild had no such fund — and neither did it have a
Newsletter with its attendant production cost). Unfortunately we do not know how many
members the Guild had in 1913. Total Guild membership in 2013 was 174, which was very
likely a lot more than 1913. However, the Old Guild had Honorary members, who were
moneyed gentlemen and members of the clergy who weren't ringers but who wished
to support — and be seen to support - 'good causes' financially.
The Old Guild was clearly sufficiently well off to propose to pay the Hon Secretary
and to propose to engage for a fee for the services of a ringing Instructor. Ed
A special Committee meeting was held at The Rectory, Moreton-in-Marsh on Friday
22nd May, 14 at 7.00pm, The Rev Spencer Jones presiding.
The first business was the new Rules, and after a prolonged discussion, various
Rules were framed and ordered to be submitted to the next Half-yearly meeting for
them to be sanctioned or otherwise.
On the question of the Secretary's Salary it was proposed by Mr Hinton
(Saintbury) seconded by Mr T Williams (Longborough) that the sum of £2-0-0 be
granted to the Secretary for this years (sic) salary. This was carried unanimously.
The Committee also decided to pay the Instructor 5/- per lesson per Belfry,
one-third of which must be paid by the members of the visited Belfry. Also that the
Instructor must acquaint the Secretary of the date and name of the place visited as
early as possible. A hearty vote of thanks to the Rector for the use of the Room and
presiding concluded the proceedings.
Using the 100 times multiplier again shows the Secretary's salary at 2013
rates was about £200. Just imagine the outcry from the members now if the
present Committee decided to pay the Hon Sec anything at all. Additionally, the
Instructor would have received the present day rate of £25 per hour (about
£8 of which to be found by the members in the tower visited and £16 per
hour from the Guild). Imagine the ridicule that would be heaped upon a member if he
or she were to propose engaging a paid ringing Instructor now! The Old Minute Book
provides amazing snapshots in time and cultures from Society of 100 years ago. Ed
From the Archives 40 years ago
As if to compensate for two meetings in this quarter in 1914, there were no
meetings within this period in 1974!