Association update - June 2022
Published: Thursday, 16 June 2022 22:46
SCACR’s new Master, Gareth Higgs (Warnham) kicked off his first meeting by welcoming himself as a new member of the General Committee. Vicky Chase is another new member; she agreed to become Communications & Events Team Leader at the AGM in May, and has also taken on the role of Training & Recruitment Team Leader. Our thanks to Rob Lane for his four years of service as Master, leading us through particularly tough times during the global pandemic, and also to Alison Everett for her work as Comms & Events Team Leader.
Good luck to our Young Ringers striking competition team, who are competing in the Ringing World National Youth Contest at Exeter on Saturday 2nd July! We hope you have a fantastic time in Exeter.
The Association Library is a collection of books, records, papers, magazines and photographs. Although some of the materials are specific to Sussex and the SCACR, a large number of items are not. The future of the Library has been considered carefully by the Trustees, who proposed that its contents be considerably reduced:
- All books and material not directly related to the SCACR and member Towers be disposed of by sale if possible and all funds raised to be credited to the Bell Restoration Fund;
- The remaining contents to be reviewed, scanned and made available online to Members for research;
- The remaining Library to be kept at a suitable place as agreed by the Trustees at the expense of the Association as may be approved.
This proposal was approved by members at the AGM in May. Previous Library items will be available to buy in due course.
Save the date for the next (in-person!) Handbell morning - Saturday 3rd September. Unfortunately we are unable to hold the Handbell Morning on July 30th. It is now planned for September 3rd. As soon as a suitable venue has been found, the SCACR website will be updated.
Finally, the Annual Report and Handbook has been printed - copies will be available for members to collect soon…!
Steph Pendlebury (Northern District Secretary), on behalf of the General Committee
Welcome to Gareth, our new Association Master!
Published: Tuesday, 17 May 2022 22:11
Congratulations to Gareth Higgs, who was elected as the Master at the AGM on 13 May 2022. Gareth says:
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to become Master and carry on the great work that Rob Lane started.
A few words to introduce myself. I learned to ring in the Coventry Diocese at the age of 10 and ringing has been a big part of my life since then. I moved to Sussex in 1974 and became part of the Warnham band and a resident member of the Association having rung my first peal for the Association in 1972 (a scary 50years ago!). I moved to Crawley Down in 1977 and joined the East Grinstead band serving as tower caption for a time and being a part of the project to install the new ring of ten. During this time I served as Ringing Master of the Northern Division (as it was then), General Committee member, BRF Committee rep, Finance Committee rep, and Association Peal Secretary. In 1992 I moved away to Hampshire before realising the error of my ways and returning to Warnham in 2017. I am now Tower Captain and Churchwarden at St Margaret’s Warnham. So why am I getting more involved now? In 2019 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, my treatment was successful and I am now cancer free. Events like this make you take stock of your life and I decided it was time to give something back to the ringing exercise hence I agreed to stand as Master.
Where does the Association go now? I believe we have two major challenges, firstly recruitment and secondly making the Association relevant to every ringer in the county. I plan to work with each of the district secretaries along with Vicky Chase, in her new role, to see how we can address these challenges. I intend to get around the county as much as I can and meet as many of you as possible. .If you want me to attend an event or meeting please give me as much notice as possible - I suspect my diary will get very full!
See you soon,