Message from Theo Crowder – Is there anyone out there with a burning desire to take over the role of the Parish Affiliation Officer from me? I took over from Jenny Forster some years ago but would now like a rest from doing it. Basically it involves collecting £10.00 a year from all the Parishes (not Towers) who subscribe to the Parish Affiliation Scheme and paying it into the NDA Bell Restoration Funds account (paying in book supplied). About 115 Church’s subscribe but more than half pay by Standing Order. Full details would of course be supplied to anyone interested.
The Annual General Meetings of the Norwich Diocesan Association and of its Bell Restoration Fund will be held in Buxton on Saturday, 05 May 2018 at 4pm.
Last weekend saw coverage on both BBC East and itv Anglia of the final ringing at St Peter Mancroft in advance of the Mancroft 300 Project. This coverage can be viewed here.
Richard Turk is co-ordinating this year’s Association Quarter Peal Week. This year, the week will run from Easter Sunday (1 April 2018) until Sunday 8 April 2018 inclusive.
This is a report from the March 2017 Association of Ringing Teachers (ART) conference by Catherine Sturgess.
600 new ringers were registered on the ART Learning the Ropes scheme during 2016, which probably doesn’t reflect the full numbers that ART teachers have taught. An average of one ringer a day during the year achieved a level one certificate (“safe and competent bell handing including raising and lowering a bell”).
Richard Turk is co-ordinating this year’s efforts for the Association Quarter Peal Week. This year, the week will run from Easter Sunday (16 April 2017) until Sunday 23 April 2017 inclusive.
CRAG 2017 Survey
The Council Review Action Group (or CRAG for short) of the CCCBR has launched a new survey which they would very much like all ringers to complete.
The Annual General Meetings of the Norwich Diocesan Association and of its Bell Restoration Fund will be held at Lophams Village Hall on Saturday, 06 May 2017 at 15h00.
Betty Baines reports that we made a profit of £920 on the Open Day. This will be divided equally between the Bell Restoration Fund and the Paul Cattermole Fund. She also wishes to pass on her thanks to everyone who helped on the day and to the church wardens and incumbents who allowed us to use their bells.
The CCCBR wants to encourage towers to register for Heritage Open days so they can reach their target of 500 churches open for ringing-related events and so that towers opening receive the support package from Heritage Open Days. Registration closes at the end of July and the sooner you register the better.