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News from The Ringing Foundation

The Ringing Foundation has this year welcomed two new members to its Board of Directors.

Tim Davis was appointed by the Directors at their meeting on 20th April and re-appointed at the AGM in Guildford. Tim learned to ring at Leek, Staffordshire in 1975 and after spells in London and Milton Keynes returned to Staffordshire in 2011and re-joined the band at Leek. On his return Tim was troubled to find that many of the most active ringers in the area were the same people that he rang with over 30 years before, with new ringers, and particularly new leaders, being in very short supply. Tim hopes that his involvement with the Foundation will help address this situation and make some contribution to securing a brighter future for change ringing.

The second new director is Duncan Walker. After meeting and talking with some of the Directors at our AGM in Guildford, Duncan was appointed to the board at a Directors’ meeting on 10th August. Duncan was born and learned to ring as a teenager at Knutsford, Cheshire. After spells in the north-east of England and Derbyshire Duncan now lives in Cumbria where he is tower-captain at Penrith and actively involved in the Carlisle Diocesan Guild. Duncan is a qualified Management Accountant with direct experience of working with multinationals, small businesses and the voluntary sector.

Sadly, this does not mean that the Board has been augmented. At the meeting on 10th August the Directors very reluctantly accepted the resignations of David Hull and Claire Bell. David was the founder Chairman and did considerable work in setting the Foundation on course but was now finding work pressures too great to alllow him to continue; likewise, Claire was finding the domestic pressures of new twins very time-consuming. The Chairman said, “I would like to thank both David and Claire most whole-heartedly for their enthusiastic participation in moving forward the work of the RF”.

The meeting considered a financial report which indicated an (albeit slow) steady increase in the numbers of “corporate” and individual donors which ensured sufficient funds were in place to meet the Foundation’s commitment to support the work of the Association of Ringing Teachers. The names of the “corporate” donors would be placed on the website.

A request for a grant from Marsworth in the Oxford D.G. was considered and a small grant approved.

The dates for the first regional meetings of the CCCBR Recruitment and Training Forums were noted and the Foundation’s presence at these confirmed.

Plans for a presence at the 2014 Ringing Roadshow were to be discussed at the next meeting of the Board.

BRIAN MEADS
Chairman

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Central Council of Church Bell Ringers