Bumper crop of old Minutes this time, making up for the dearth of such 40 years ago last time.
Committee meeting held on Tuesday 8th October 1974 at
the Red Lion, Chipping Campden.
Present:H O Hart, Chairman, A J Brazier, C E Evans, M Fairfax, S
C Holden, and Revd. R F Rother
Apologies:There were no apologies.
Minutes of previous meeting: the Minutes of the previous meeting
held on 18th March 1974 were read, confirmed and signed by the
Ringing Outing: The Secretary reported on the arrangements for
the ringing outing on 12th October.
Ringing Competition: the Secretary reported that arrangements for
ringing competition at Offenham on 26th October were in hand, and that
they would broadly follow the previous programme. It was decided to ask the same
judges to act for the two competitions held in the same year, and the Secretary was
asked to contact Messrs Arthur and Andrew Jopp to request them to judge the October
competition. Representatives of the only two teams to enter the April competition, H
O Hart and S C Holden, agreed to put forward, for consideration by their teams, a
suggestion that all teams entering for the 1974 October competition be eligible to
compete for the silver trophy. Chipping Campden and Bledington would use the higher
set of marks from the April or October competitions.
Annual General Meeting: Arrangements for the Annual General
Meeting to follow the Ringing Competitions was discussed and approved.
Subscriptions: it was agreed to recommend the present subscriptions to
continue for 1975.
Amendment to Rules: it agreed to recommend that the following
addition to the rules be made. Membership – new class: (iv) Non-resident
Ringing Member. A ringer normally residing outside the area covered by the Guild,
otherwise to be eligible and elected as Ringing Members. Members in this class shall
not exceed one-fifth of the current membership under class (i) and shall not be
entitled to vote at meetings of the Guild.
Accounts: the accounts to be submitted for approval showed a
balance in hand as at 31st December 1973 of £11-75 being mainly
subscriptions for 1974 paid in advance.
Dinner:Arrangements were left with the Chairman and
The meeting was then closed by the Chairman.
(Signed) Henry O Hart
4th Feb 1975
Annual General Meeting held on Saturday 26th October
1974 at the Village Hall, Offenham, Mr H O Hart, Guild Master, Chairman.
Apologies: Apologies were received from S C Holden and Revd R F
Minutes of Previous Meeting: The Minutes of the previous Annual
General Meeting held on 27th October were read and confirmed, and signed by the
Confirmation of Election of Members: the Secretary reported that
there were forty paid-up Ringing Members of the Guild.
Secretary's Report for 1973: In a brief report, the
Secretary recorded that Saturday practices had proceeded to the end of 1973 covering
many towers and attended by ringers from both within the Guild area and the
surrounding Association Branches. These practices were continuing during
Treasurer's Report for 1973: With the Guild recommencing
activities from 1st January 1974, the main item to report is the receipt
of 1974 subscriptions in advance amounting to £10-75.
Adoption of Reports: It was agreed that the reports be
Election of President and Vice-Presidents. It was agreed to leave
these positions vacant.
Guild Master: Proposed by A J Brazier, seconded by C E Evans that
H O Hart be elected. Carried.
Secretary & Treasurer: Proposed by H O Hart, seconded by J W
Nicholls, that A J Brazier be elected. Carried.
Auditors: It was agreed to leave the appointment of Auditors to
Committee: Proposed by R Canning, seconded by B Castle that the
following Members be elected to the Committee: C E Evans, M J Fairfax, G R Harper, S
C Holden, and Revd R F Rothery. Carried.
Subscriptions: It was agreed that subscriptions for 1975 shall be
fifty pence, reduced to twenty-five pence for children aged sixteen years or less on
31st December 1975. A suggestion from R Canning that membership
application forms be provided was accepted.
Addition to the Rules: Proposed by J W Nicholls, seconded by B
Castle, that the following amendment to the Rules be made under the heading
‘Membership' after ‘…. to the Secretary'. (iv) Extra
Terrestrial Members. Ringers normally residing and ringing outside the area covered
by the Guild – and shall be elected on the Proposition of a Ringing Member,
seconded by an Officer of the Guild. Such election shall be formally notified to the
next Annual General Meeting. The number of Members elected under this class shall not
exceed one-quarter of the number of current members in class (i) and shall be elected
Badges: One of the existing Four Shires Guild badges was shown to
the meeting and discussions took place concerning provision of badges. It was agreed
to leave the matter for consideration by the Committee.
Votes of Thanks: Prior to commencement of the Meeting, the Guild
Master thanked Revd and Mrs W A Bates for conducting and assisting with the
Ringers' Service. Revd Bates thanked the ladies for providing the teas.
The Chairman closed the meeting at 7.00pm.
(Signed) Henry O Hart,
25th October 1975
It seems very strange to see subscriptions at 50 pence and cash in the bank of
£11-75. What piffling amounts, you might say. However, the internet says that
amounts have risen exactly tenfold through inflation since 1974, so 50p is £5
and £11.75 is £117.50. The present subscription rate is £5, so that
one matches inflation perfectly. The Guild has (thankfully) much more than
£117.50 in hand, because the stripling Guild was starting from scratch in 1974
and the present Guild has more events and more liabilities (eg insurances and other
overheads) than the Guild of 1974.
It's very interesting to see what happened in the past and the levels of
subscriptions and other costs at those times. The financial impact of the present
£5 sub is exactly the same as 1974 – and there was no Newsletter four
times a year then either. Ed