South of England Show - 7-9 June 2018

Limited volunteer passes are available for free entry to the show. Why not come along and help with the mini-ring and chatting to the public about ringing? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up. All those who have already registered should have received a confirmation email with details. If you did not receive this, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check.

The mini-ring (Dewby’s Bells) will be located at the entrance to the Sanctuary (Chichester Diocese) and adjacent to the Abergavenny Buildings and vintage tractors.

Role of Volunteers at the Show

There is a great mix of experience at each session and I am sure our newer recruits will soon get the hang of it!

Your role is to enthuse about our fantastic hobby, talk to the clergy, listen as lapsed ringers tell you where they used to ring and engage them in perhaps picking it up again especially for the Ringing Remembers Campaign! There will also be plenty of ringing and teaching opportunities.

There will be a sign-up sheet (with the correct tick boxes) if anyone wants to know more about their local tower and there will be reference copies of the Annual Report and a county tower map.

A supply of T-shirts and name badges will also be available so that we can give a good impression as a team. There will also be a couple of donation boxes: this isn’t a fundraising exercise – it is about good relationships with clergy and the public but money will go to Bell Restoration in Sussex churches. We also have stickers to give out to anyone who rings on the bells.

SoE Show Map 2018 small

I am also grateful for the team of roving handbell ringers who I plan to equip with a notice to explain who they are and how they relate to the bells at the Sanctuary!

Above all, it’s about having fun! I am sorry we cannot guarantee the weather, but I can guarantee there will be a lot of smiles as people have a go at ringing these delightful bells!

We still have tickets available on Friday and Saturday. Alan and Mary Collings will be in attendance most of the time, as will Alison Everett and Marisa Hayes. If your plans change then please contact Marisa via text on 07796 145464.

We will endeavour to get tickets out as soon as possible but we are still waiting for a supply from Church House.

Marisa Hayes

GDPR - Privacy Policy published

As many of you will know, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25th May 2018. This gives the Association certain obligations in the way in which we store and process your personal details, and we have therefore set out our Data Privacy Policy accordingly. This policy explains when and why we collect personal information about our members, how we use it, how we keep it secure and your rights in relation to it.

The policy can be viewed here: Data Privacy Policy

Please contact us if you have any questions about our privacy policy or information we hold about you by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

AGM News - vacancies for Secretary & Master

The Association AGM is an essential part of running our Association, takes place every second Saturday of May and is organised in turn by each District. The 2018 AGM, held on Saturday 12 May, was a day superbly organised by the Southern District, attended by 50 or so folk, with open ringing at Keymer and Ditchling and a cheery, brief service before moving on to the Village Hall at Westmeston for a quiz, an excellent barbecue and handbell ringing. Many thanks to all those who worked so hard to make it a success.

The formal meeting followed. This year there were two key roles to be filled - the Master and the General Secretary. Graham Hills had completed his 3 years as Master and Sandra Alford had continued for a further year as Acting General Secretary but now wished to stand down. No nominations had been received from the District ADMs and the roles were available to be filled from the attendees at the AGM. However no-one volunteered to take on either role and the positions remained unfilled at the close of the meeting.

The Association therefore is now under the care and guidance of the Trustees who have a responsibility to ensure the Association, as a registered charity, is run efficiently and effectively in carrying out its purpose until a solution is found. Any urgent issues or queries which cannot be dealt with by District Officers, Association Teams or elected Association Officers should be referred to the Trustees by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The following Officers were elected: Treasurer – Sue Gadd, Bell Restoration Fund Secretary – Graham Hills, Safeguarding Officer – Pat Aylward, Trustees – Val Atkins, Jack Burton and Margaret Sherwood, Central Council Rep for Eastern District – Alison Everett.

We still very much need members who would like to help in some way, however small or large. For instance, the General Secretary role has already been shared out as we now have volunteers working as membership secretary, minute secretary, Annual Report/Handbook compiler, clothing orders coordinator, insurance reviewer, gift aid administrator, to mention but a few!

If you are interested in any role or would like more information about how you can help, please do contact the Trustees as we are keen to ensure that the Association continues to run smoothly both now and well into the future.

Val Atkins

Downs Link Ring & Ride Outing - Saturday 19th May 2018

Inter-District Event - All Welcome!

Escape the Royal Wedding or celebrate it by ringing across the county... Ringing will be rounds onwards – all welcome! Come by bike or car.

9.30-10.30 am – Slinfold: ringing with coffee & cake
11.30-12.30 – ringing at Henfield
12.30-13.40 – lunch in Henfield (picnic or pub lunch)
14.15-15.40 – Upper Beeding: ringing followed by refreshments in the hall
16.00-16.45 – ringing at Steyning

The cycle route is very flat, almost completely traffic free, and will be led at a gentle pace (about 10 mph). Join us for the whole route or just part of it (there are several places along the route to park). Download an information pack with the route. We advise bringing a spare inner-tube, bike lock, some water, cash for tower donations/refreshments, and clothing layers appropriate for the weather.

Pub lunch will be at the White Hart, close to the church in Henfield. Names for lunch to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Thursday 17th May please. Sandwiches, light bites and full meals will be available, as well as real ale!

We look forward to seeing you there.

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