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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Master's Christmas 2013 Musings

My Musings are a little shorter than usual mainly because I am trying very hard to finish Christmas presents for our two younger grandchildren.

In the middle of November I spent a morning with the Rye ringers on their outing on the Eastern/Southern Division borders. Having visited Rye for one of the Vision meetings, it was good to renew acquaintances and meet some new people. Unfortunately I was unable to have lunch with them as the Southern/Northern Division joint Vision meeting was scheduled at Newick. This was well attended with some very useful contributions. About ten days later the Vision Working Party met and you should, by now, have the papers resulting from all the discussion groups that have taken place. I trust that you have found these to be useful. These will be presented at the

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