The AGM began at 6 pm with a welcome by the President, Alistair Donaldson. The prayers and act of remembrance for those members who had passed away had been recorded by the Rev Stephen Burrow, the Rural Dean of Daventry. This was the branch that would have been hosting the AGM had we been able to meet in person.
There were 5 members who were announced as due to receive their 50 year membership certificates:
Pam Bailey, Rushden
Michael Fiander, Guilsborough branch
James Hedgcock Guilsborough Branch
Andrew Parker, Bulwick
John Weaver, Kettering
We hope to be able to present these at an upcoming meeting.
The minutes and accounts of the Guild for 2020 were both approved by the meeting. The treasurer’s update on the accounts so far in 2021 included a reminder that you can contribute to Guild funds through Amazon’s Smile fund, just select the Guild and it will receive 0.5% of your Amazon spend. And as the treasurer had just received the first payment, even that small percentage makes him smile.
Moving on to fees, the membership subscriptions are to remain unchanged. However, it was agreed that peal ringers will no longer have to pay their 20 per rope peal fee from January. So if you were planning a peal it’s just got a tiny bit lighter on the pocket.
Grants were agreed to 3 towers, Towcester, Great Oakley and Pitsford. The Guild’s BRF currently holds a little more in it than Charity Commissioners might consider necessary and so grants were increased over previous years, being in the range 15 to 20%.
Looking forward, the Guild’s Spring meeting or (Not the) Spring meeting will (hopefully, fingers crossed, touching wood and any other superstitions you care to enact) be held on 21st August in the Northampton branch. Details still to be arranged, government announcements permitting. The Summer Festival will follow in short order, on 25th September, in the Thrapston branch. Arrangements to be announced when they are made.
The meeting concluded with a discussion of the project the CCT are leading at St Peter’s and the Old Black Lion pub. For more information on this exciting project, see the earlier news item, here.