Minutes of DQM Bury St Edmunds 9th January 2010
The chairman opened the meeting and thanked everyone for coming and Ian Holland for the use of the tower. He also
thanked Marion and Anita for looking after the refreshments and Lawrence for the service
Apologies for absence
Received from Jacky Savage, David Rogers Carl Wilby, Gordon Slack, Janet Sheldrake, Steve Sue and Carl Munford, Jo
Beever, Angela Packer, Delia Golding, Sal Burrows, Paul Stannard, Jill Morgan, St John Perry
Minutes of ADM Ixworth The minutes of the last meeting were read and signed as being correct apart from a small
typing error Brain should be Brian (Hale). Proposed by Ruth S seconded Lesley Wilson.
Matters Arising No matters arising
Election of New Members
Name Tower Proposed Seconded
Alison Evans Buxhall Lesley Wilson David Steed
Sally Veal } }
Derek Gadd } }
Simon Veal } Great Barton }Ruth Suggett David Steed
Joseph Pettit } }
Ron Knights } }
Jim Yates Unattached. }
The Chairman asked all the new members to stand and they were applauded and welcomed to the Guild and the North
Ringing Masters Report
Ruth Suggett highlighted the Guild Peal week February 13th-20th and the Striking Competition and encouraged everyone
to take part in both activities. Please let Ruth Suggett know and Richard Munnings (GRM) if you want to ring a peal
The programme for 2010 was distributed and comments invited from the members
Mandy S reported on the proposals for supporting the Help 4 Heroes appeal during the District quarter peal week.
Publicity material obtained from the charity was handed out and an article explaining what we are hoping to achieve is
being printed in parish magazines and the East Anglican magazine. Most churches will have been notified via the
Diocesan Office. A copy of the information was handed out so that members could take it to their local parish magazine
editors for publication. It is hoped that parishioners will sponsor ringers to ring a qtr peal perhaps in aid of a special
anniversary or event. All the money raised will go to Help 4 Heroes. Ruth stressed that if the tower members could not
ring a qtr then perhaps they would choose to do some ringing marking the occasion.
Arrangements for Guild AGM
The plan for the day is as follows
2.30-3.30 Pakenham and Gislingham Towers open for ringing en route.
2.45-3.30 Bardwell Tower open
2.30-3.30 Talk at Bardwell village hall by a representative of HLF regarding funding of restoration projects in Churches.
4pm Pre Service Ringing at Ixworth
Tea followed by meeting at 5.45
Ringing until 9pm
Mandy S asked that a subcommittee could be formed to enable the event to run smoothly. Helpers are required to set
the hall up at Ixworth and serve refreshments.
Payment of Subs
Annual membership is due to be paid at this meeting. Current rates are £15 full member £10 aged 65-74 and £7 for
those in full time education.
Life Honorary Membership and Vice Presidents
Most members should have received a letter from Philip Gorrod regarding a proposal that the anomalies of Vice
Presidency and LHM should be sorted once and for all and a recommendation from this meeting is required for the
February GMC meeting. A copy of the two proposals and the letter was available if anyone had not seen it. After some
discussion it was agreed that the North West District would support the first proposal put forward in Philips letter i.e.
the Guild passes a resolution that no further Vice Presidents are elected. The existing VP’s will retain their honorary title
while they remain members of the Guild. Eventually there will just be one Vice President left viz the Bishop of Dunwich
who automatically has this status. The secretary will forward this decision to the Guild Chairman.
Steve Young reported that Hopton has now raised all the necessary funds for the bells to be augmented and rehung in a
new 8 bell tower, thanks largely to a generous sum from the HLF. The new bells should be ready by the end of June.
Collection for the BRF amounted to £22
Meeting Closed at 7.20pm