General Committee Meeting - March 2021

The second General Committee Meeting of 2021 took place on Saturday 6th March, no meeting having been held in February due to the Annual District Meetings taking place.

A moments silence was held before the meeting began, in memory of those members that we have lost since January.

We discussed the ADMs which had recently taken place via Zoom, all of which were well attended and enjoyed the use of online voting. Following on from the success of the ADMs the AGM will be held via Zoom on Saturday 8th May at 10:00.

Reports from Officers of the Association were received and approved for inclusion in the SCACR Annual Report. Sue Gadd presented the Draft Accounts for 2020 to the General Committee, which confirm that the Association is in good financial health despite COVID. There is concern as to how the pandemic is going to affect membership renewals for 2021 although early signs are promising.

With the Master’s term of office expiring in 2022, and the position of BRF Secretary due to become vacant, succession planning was discussed; the difficulty in filling roles within the Association was noted.

Work on the production of the SCACR Annual Report is now underway with Hamish providing an update on work undertaken so far. The Annual Report will once again be available either electronically or as a printed copy.

Looking ahead to life beyond COVID and lockdown, Survival and Recovery was discussed, each District having agreed slightly different ways in which to tackle this at the ADMs. A Quarter Peal week is planned to start on 11th September, a training course for the autumn may be organised dependant on which restrictions remain in force.

Rob Lane

Summary of Northern ADM (Feb 2021)

What a difference a year makes! In February 2020, we enjoyed ringing on the fabulous new Westley bells at Lindfield, followed by an excellent ringers’ tea and plenty of opportunity to chat with friends from across the District. And of course the meeting, which was almost a minor detail!

Sadly, the 2021 Annual District Meeting didn’t involve ringing on actual bells, or ringers’ tea (although I was impressed that some attendees had made valliant efforts to mark the occasion with cake), or seeing one another in-person. But we were able to meet online, have a chat, and hold a meeting to elect the District committee, nominate Association officers (to be elected at the AGM in May), and hear updates on District activities.

Read more: Summary of Northern ADM (Feb 2021)

Rehang and Blessing of the Bells of Rodmell (6)

Earlier this month, the bishop of Lewes attended a service to bless the church bells at St Peter’s Rodmell in East Sussex. The six bells had recently been returned after major restoration, with new fittings, frame strengthening and retuning.

At the special outside service, to observe the social distancing, Bishop Will was joined by the Archdeacon of Brighton and Lewes, Martin Lloyd Williams, the Rev Mary Sitwell and many local people and church goers involved in the project.

Bishop Will wrote: “It was so wonderful to be in Rodmell and play a part in the fantastic restoration of a much loved but long silent peal of bells. Bells have a special place in the life of God’s people: the peal of bells mark the hours for prayer and call us to worship; bells alert us to both important happy and sad events, in the life of the church and the community. This is I suspect why they are often called the ‘voice’ of the local church and why there is an ancient tradition of Christening bells giving them the names of Saints.

“This has been a real local project and thanks are due to so many, but one name was very much in our hearts. The Rev Marcus Brown played such a big role within the life of local church communities and was passionate about getting the bells restored. One of the last trips he made was to see the bells removed from the tower. Marcus sadly died last year and It is very appropriate that his name is recorded on a plaque attached to the tenor bell. We continue to pray for Jenny and the family as they mourn his death. As that bell is rung many will remember him and the faith that he proclaimed that calls us to the eternal love of God.”

The service was also a celebration of local people coming together to make it all possible. In the service order thanks were given to church member and neighbour, Michael Royalton-Kisch, whose generosity, energy and vision made the project happen and kept it on track, and to local farmer Chris Wetton and his men by bringing the heavy bells uphill to the church.

Huge thanks also go to all the villagers who supported the project, and who are looking forward to hearing the full peal in due course.

Now the bells are back in their rightful place in the church tower and ringing will resume. Several Southern District events will be held ar Rodmell this year.

Photo courtesy of Lorna Melia. Article republished from the Diocese of Chichester webpage.

Change Ringing Handbell Morning (March 2021)

Following-on from the successful Handbell mornings in SeptemberNovember and January, another event will be held on 27th March 2021.

This event is open to all, especially:

  • Handbell groups in Sussex and near by
  • Those who enjoy change ringing on handbells but do not have a regular practice
  • Those who want to have a go

On the day, there will be three focus groups:

  • Plain hunting to Plain Bob
  • Plain Bob to Treble Bob
  • Beyond Treble Bob

If you are not used to the technology, please contact Hamish and he will arrange a familiarization session.

If you would like to join in please email Hamish McNaughton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating which of the focus groups you would like to join. Information regarding logging into Zoom and the Ringing Rooms will be supplied to those wishing to attend.

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