Master's Midsummer 2014 Musings

Two striking competitions two Saturdays running and a wet start to a sunny day. There the comparison stops. I have just arrived home from the Alfriston Bell Festival. What a brilliant day and the sun came out! Bell Meadow mini ring was working overtime, furrowed brows on the course of the Treasure Hunt, concentration on the faces of the handbell ringers and lots of fun in the striking competition ably judged by David and Caroline House and hot foot back from Worcester two of the young people who represented Sussex the previous week, William Alford and George Woodward. Prizes were awarded for the quickest called changes, two people changes bells in the middle of a ring, finishing the ringing by shaking tiny bells and probably more but I cannot remember. Apparently one team bowed to the judges at the end but I am not at all sure that this made any difference. All good fun and thank you to all who made the day happen. Over fifty ringers from three divisions were pre

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Master's April/May 2014 Musings

What has happened to the Master’s Musing you may ask? Or perhaps not!

April started on a sad note when I attended Leslie Weller’s funeral at West Grinstead. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the Thanksgiving Service later in Chichester Cathedral but I understand that it was a suitably uplifting service reflecting Leslie’s life.

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Master's March 2014 Musings

How different the meeting was that I attended today at St Clement’s Church Hastings to the one in 1962! In 1962 the bells were the old steel bells which were completely out of tune owing to the rusting of the metal. Also it was a walk around the ringing area to catch the sally. Today the ringing was in the new and rather splendid gallery on much more tuneful bells and the sallies came straight down!

Before I go any further I must apologise for the appearance of last month’s Musings. I have no idea what happened and whatever I did I could not alter it. Having spent a long time trying, even when I couldn’t sleep at 2 a.m., the computer was determined to foil any attempt to put it right. Someone told me that they didn’t “like being shouted at”. Apologies if anyone else felt the same. I hope all will be well this month.

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Master's February 2014 Musings

What a month! Four Annual Divisional meetings and ............. In my last Musings I wrote: “The ADMs start tomorrow so I hope that you will be considering joining one of the Vision Teams.” Well I think it is fair to say, in general, that apathy reigned at the meetings. However, there were some volunteers after the meetings which is encouraging. (Since starting my Musings Alan has had a phone call to say that three people volunteered after the Eastern Division meeting. Well done!) If the Association is to move forward, what is needed is enthusiasm and vibrancy. Don’t let any spark, however small, evaporate. There are a number of hubs emerging which is promising.

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Master's Musings January 2014

Just an update on the Christmas presents that I was trying to finish when I wrote my last Musings. I put the last stitch in at 1 a.m. on 28 December, the day the Grandchildren were arriving. Two knitted blankets were then ready for wrapping. It was all well worthwhile to see their faces when the presents were opened. The blankets were in evidence the rest of the holiday.

Congratulations must go to Leslie Weller who was awarded an MBE for his work over thirty years of fund raising for the restoration of Chichester Cathedral. Do read about Leslie’s exploits in his younger days with some other wellknown ringers in the latest edition of Soundbow.

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