Minutes of Spring Meeting 2019


Minutes of Spring meeting Sat April 27th 2019 – St Anne’s Alderney


Chairman:Jane Le Conte Master: Duncan Loweth Secretary: Helen McGregor

Absent – Jersey – including Mike Halsey (treasurer)  – impossible transport:-(

New members – Poppy Gauvain (Ay) probationary, Ayla Lord (Ay) probationary & Henry Wood (TC) probationary

Dates of next meetings: ADM Sept 21st 2019 St Marks, Jsy. Spring meeting 25th April 2020 venue tbc. The test piece for the 8 bell to be 224 St Simon’s Bob Triples (plain, plain, plain, bob) x 4

Donald Hughes (Ay sec) advised the meeting that he now had a document giving the history of the 6 bell trophy, a photo and a record of all previous winners. These would be emailed to all tower contacts in the District for them to print & display in their respective towers – as an alternative to fixing small engraved shields on the reverse of the trophy.

Stephen Rossiter (Ay tower capt) advised the meeting that at the recent Ay tower AGM the Ay band voted to request the District to consider temporarily holding future Spring meetings in the UK in the light of the impossible/non existent travel options Ay/Jsy. The Ay band also considered (for the same reasons) that the ADM & 6 bell should – temporarily – be held only on Gsy until such time as a scheduled travel option Ay/Jsy is re-instated. The meeting agreed that these suggestions would be discussed at the ADM in September but that towers were to consider these proposals in the meantime and be ready to vote on them in September

The raffle was drawn – it raised £45 for the Youth Travel Fund

Results of 8 bell Inter-island. Judge Jack Page. Test piece Little bob major (WHWsH) x 2

Jack outlined that he had had plenty of opportunity to ring the bells at Wells. They had limited odd-struckedness, & that it was possible to ring them too slowly. He had been worried that his vantage point in the kitchen would have permitted him to recognise the voices of the ringers but he was pleased to report that although he could hear the bells clearly he couldn’t recognise any voices

Team A (Gsy): The team started confidently, their practice time had all been put to good use. The was much good ringing from various individuals  – the 8 set a good beat and the 7 worked well with the 8, however the band needed to ring better together. In particular they needed to make sure that their leading wasn’t too quick and that the bells really reached the back at the end of the change. They recovered well from 2 method mistakes. Peal time 3hrs 4 mins

Team B (Ay): Peal time here 3hrs 5mins. This team spent the practice time NOT ringing Little Bob but then they appeared to learn it as once the practice time was finished they did ring Little Bob. They produced some pleasant ringing, the tenor set a good pace which was matched by the 6 & 7. Clip avoidance at the back was the tactic employed by this band which did result in the bells slowing down, the treble rang well which kept the front moving nicely

Percentage scores – A 65% & B74%. Winners were Alderney

Jack was then asked to award Henry Wood his Level 3 ART certificate

Jack was thanked for his skillful judging, Ay were thanked for their hospitality and Revd Fowler thanked for permitting the use of St Annes bells