Communications and Events Team update (April 2019)

Welcome to all our new members who joined the Sussex County Association as a result of the Ringing Remembers campaign, sponsored by the Government in collaboration with the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers to recruit new ringers to honour those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the liberties we enjoy today. Welcome to a big friendly family of bellringers around the UK and the world, but for now, while you’re learning this special art, here in Sussex. Bellringing is an important part of church life, and by honouring those who went before us we are keeping the tradition and our communities alive. We’re keeping our minds and bodies healthy too, making new friends and learning to value the importance of volunteering. Weekly practice and ringing for Sunday service is a much-valued contribution, thank you. If you have other skills you can offer, belfry maintenance, social media, organising events, photographer, fundraising, upholstery, baking, tidying the ringing room, you name it we’ll use it – let us know! Our Association is what we make it.

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Communications and Events Team update (Jan 2019)

Communications continue to evolve across the Association - I hope you noticed our new personalised emails from SCACR central. The first one was the Christmas message from Rob Lane our new (Acting) Master of the Association in December. He suggested the novel idea and Richard Pendlebury our Webmaster acted swiftly and made it happen. Have a look at your latest District or Association email because its written directly to you! We have an idea how many of you follow links to open and read District Newsletters and it’s not everyone, so if its too much trouble then why not ask for a postal copy? One of our District Secretaries feels that communication by post to tower correspondents is better for attendance figures at monthly practices as we DO read notices in our ringing rooms more than emails perhaps. Please let us have your thoughts, it’s YOUR Association and YOUR views matter.

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Communications and Events Team update (July 2019)

Last time I wrote we were planning for another year at the South of England Show with the Chichester Diocese – see the report in Soundbow.

The AGM was hosted in May by the Eastern District in Eastbourne and very well attended. Ringing was enjoyed at Eastbourne towers: Christ Church, St Mary’s, St. Saviours and All Saints, followed by a Service, tea and the AGM at which there was a really great atmosphere. Marion Hollands the Eastern Secretary and the District team put a huge amount of work into making the event a great success.

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South of England Show Thursday 6th – Saturday 8th June 2019

Another successful year at the South of England Show with the Diocese of Chichester who let us have a good number of complimentary passes. Marisa Hayes kindly organised the printing of a stock of stickers for SCACR to say ‘I rang the bells’, which go down particularly well with the school groups and youngsters attending the show.

In return for offering to help for half a day on the mini belfry, each volunteer had the opportunity to spend the rest of the day looking around the show, and with tickets at over £18 each we filled the spaces in good time. I found out the hard way though that the wristbands we were issued (instead of the flat complementary tickets) need padded envelopes to survive the rigours of the postal system’s mechanical franking machines – some turned up in torn envelopes, others were delayed considerably!

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