Highlights from the General Committee Meeting

Highlights from the General Committee meeting held on 26th August are as follows:

  • It was agreed that we will prepare & conduct a census across all towers in the Association to allow us to better understand the state of ringing today
  • The accounts have now been audited and just need to be submitted to the Charities Commission.  The Auditor has commented that the accounts are far too complicated, and this will be reviewed with him – including how the Districts account for the income from the sale of clothing books
  • It was agreed that the recruitment/training plan as part of the Armistice Day proposal will be dropped for the time being due to lack of resources, however the idea will be revisited
  • Diocesan Safeguarding Training has now started to be arranged and delivered, so all towers should be aware of this
  • The trailer has been ordered for the mobile ring, currently due to be delivered sometime around mid-October.  Pricing for the addition of lettering to the bells has also been received and this will be passed to David Cawley who would like to pay for ‘KCACR’ to be put on each one
  • Faculty applications can now be made entirely online
  • Following the last meeting, it has been decided we will only provide one printed copy of the next handbook for every tower, and anyone else wanting a printed copy will be able to place an order from December and these will be available for collection at the AGM as normal.  Otherwise the handbook will be available online, and it will be possible for this to be updated on a regular basis
  • Some proposed rule changes around the introduction of an Association Master and District Masters, and changes to the make-up of the General Committee, were discussed and will be made available online as soon as possible and circulated to Districts ready for their ADMs in October
  • Following a proposal from the Secretary, it was agreed that the Association will pay for all expenses related to the Kent Young Ringers attending out-of-county events such as the South-East England and National Youth competitions, to not allow cost to be a deciding factor in whether a young person can attend
  • The County 6-bell Striking Competition 2017 will be held on Saturday 23rd September, 9.45am draw, at East Malling
  • The final General Committee meeting for 2017 will be held on 25th November, probably in the new venue which was well received today