The Annual General Meeting of the Four Shires Guild of Bell Ringers was held in The Reading Room adjacent to St Michael's Church, Whichford, Warks, on Saturday 18th October 2014 starting at 5.30pm. The President, John Nicholls, was in the Chair. About 20 members attended.
Guild Master: Michael Dane proposed and Richard Lewis-Skeath seconded Peter Quinn, who had indicated his willingness to stand again. There being no other candidates, Peter was re-elected.
Ringing Master: Sophia Lewis-Skeath had indicated that she wished to stand down from this post. Freda Cleaver proposed and John Carroll seconded Richard Lewis-Skeath as Ringing Master. There being no other candidates, Richard was elected.
Secretary: Andrew Gunn announced his resignation as Hon Secretary. No proposals and seconders for candidates to this post were to hand. Chris Povey said if somebody wished to propose and second him, he would undertake the Secretary's duties. Allen Turner proposed and Michael Haynes seconded Chris for this post and he was duly elected.
Treasurer: Michael Haynes proposed and Chris Povey seconded Michael Dane to continue in this post. It was clear to all that Michael had done an excellent job in keeping the Guild's finances under control. There being no other candidates, Michael was re-elected.
Sophia Lewis-Skeath did not wish to continue as Child Protection Officer. Nominations for this post drew no candidates, so this was left for the Committee to deal with by co-option.
The Account Examiners (Trevor Hobday and Mike Fairfax) were both returned after being proposed by Michael Dane and seconded by John Nicholls.
It was reported that the Rev Patrick Wooster wished to relinquish his position as Guild Chaplain. The Committee would endeavour to fill this post.
There were no Life Members to elect this year.
New members elected to the Guild since the last AGM were:
Mark Newbury, Chidswickham
Paul & Sylvia Smith, Alderton
A Dean, Ebrington
G Fermor, Ebrington
Bob Topp, Willersey
Roger Hunt, Bretforton
George Jelfs, Bretforton
Ray Waldron, Bretforton
Alison Merryweather-Clarke, N. Leigh
Neil Ephgtrave, Freeland
Michael Probert, Freeland
June Arran, Sherbourne
Ian Sturgess, Welford-on-Avon
Sheila Hughes, Tewkesbury
Martin Mellor, Burbage
Len & Pam Morley, Shipston-on-Stour
Julie Lawrence, Shipston-on-Stour
Arising from Nicholas Allsopp's request at the 2013 AGM to consider introducing Non Resident Life Membership, the Committee had discussed this. It was felt that the number of occasions were currently extremely low and there was no overriding reason to alter the status quo at the present time. It was agreed to monitor this and it was agreed to revisit it if it becomes a bigger factor.
A request was made for a wider selection of menus for the Annual Dinner; and was noted.
There was no Brazier Trophy competition this year.
The Newing Shield competition was judged by Alan Hartley. The ringing was of a good standard, although it was unfortunate that so few teams competed (there was a scratch team, but this did not count towards the ranking). The results were as follows:-
1st Moreton 'A' awarded the Newing Shield
2nd Wellesbourne. awarded the Spencer Jones Cup
Scratch (no official position)
3rd Moreton 'B'
The Merit Award was awarded by Sophia L-S to Moreton 'B'.
The awards will be presented at the Guild's Annual Dinner in February 2015
The Meeting closed with the Chairman thanking the Church authorities, the Judge, those contributing to the teas and the resigning members for their time in post.
These Minutes are subject to final acceptance at the 2015 AGM.