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General Secretary’s Report 2016

The 2016 AGM was held on May 7th at Terrington St Clements. Although the Wisbech District has regularly hosted the AGM (by rotation), this was the first time in some years that they also entered a team in the EDA 8-Bell Striking Competition which precedes the meeting. The attendance of 45 (only slightly down on previous years) reflected the large geographical area of our Association and resulting long travel distances to meetings. The Striking Competition was won by the Huntingdon team with Ely and Cambridge in joint second place, followed by Wisbech.

The Ridgman Trophy Striking Competition was held on 4th June 2016 at Holy Cross, Daventry, and won decisively by a team from the EDA. The Ely Young Ringers again sent a team to the Ringing World National Youth Contest, where, competing as the Fen Tigers, they came joint second in the call change category with an A-, having scored a high A in the heats.

The 2016 AGM authorised a Constitution Subcommittee to look into a possible restructuring of the General Committee, and this committee has been meeting and consulting widely throughout the Association. Proposals have been put forward for changes which would result in a more modern subcommittee structure for the EDA, if approved at the 2017 AGM.

The Quarter Peal Day in October drew less support than recently, with two quarters being scored, one lost, and three rung ‘in association’ with the day, but the Special General Meeting which followed the ringing drew a good quorum to hear about the proposed Changes to the Association Rules. 

JoAnne Rutter

General Secretary’s Report 2015

The 2015 AGM was held on May 2nd at St Ives. There was a good attendance of 54, well up to the average number attending in years before the option was offered of a Saturday or Monday AGM.  There were Rule changes voted through at the AGM, dropping the requirement to be a member of the EDA in order to ring a peal for the Association, and adding the office of Quarter Peal Secretary. The General Committee also agreed a new rotation of responsibilities for organising events throughout all four districts which extends until 2022. The AGM was preceded by the EDA 8-Bell Striking Competition at Bluntisham, which was won by the Huntingdon team with Ely in second place, followed by Cambridge.

The Ridgman Trophy Striking Competition was held on 6th June 2015 at Wisbech, and won decisively by a team from the EDA in which three of our four districts were represented. The Ely Young Ringers again sent a team to the Ringing World National Youth Contest, where they improved on their last year’s standing with a ‘B’ grade (up from C+) and a ranking of equal 4th place.

The Quarter Peal Day and SGM in October at Houghton were also well supported, with 14 quarters being rung, an excellent turnout.

I am halfway through my first year as General Secretary, and I would like to thank everybody who has been so generous with help and advice while I am finding my feet in this role. So many people have contributed to the success of ringing in the EDA and I have enjoyed working with you all and getting to know more people in all our districts. I look forward to continuing to help promote good ringing for us all in future.

JoAnne Rutter

General Secretary’s Report 2014

The AGM was held in the Ely District at Over. The change of day from Bank Holiday Monday to Saturday deterred some regular attenders but attracted new faces with slightly fewer in attendance. The 8 bell Striking Competition preceded the AGM and was won by the Huntingdon District with Ely District in second place and Cambridge in third. It was good to see so many younger members in the Cambridge team.

The Ridgman Trophy Striking Competition was held at Coggeshall in June and the Association team attained third place once again. A new venture this year was a team in the National Youth Striking Contest. Ten bell practices continue to be held on a regular basis and a quarter peal is attempted each month prior to the practice at St Neots. The Quarter Peal Day hosted by the Ely District was also well supported.

The December Handbell Day held at Christ’s College Cambridge is also proving popular and is encouraging handbell ringing at district meetings. Other events will be reported on elsewhere.

Thanks are due once again for all those who give up their time to organise, attend and support the association both at district and diocesan level. I had anticipated that last year would be my last report as General Secretary but as no successor could be found at the time I have now completed an extra year in office, totalling 21 years. I have enjoyed the work but it is time to move on and I wish my successor luck.

Happy ringing in 2015.

Catherina Griffiths

General Secretary’s Report 2013

The AGM was held in the Cambridge District at Ickleton. The 8 bell Striking Competition preceded the AGM and was won by the Ely District with Huntingdon District in second place and Cambridge in third.

The Ridgman Trophy Striking Competition was held at Surfleet in June and the Association team attained third place. Ten bell practices continue to be held on a regular basis and a quarter peal is attempted each month prior to the practice at St Neots.

The Quarter Peal Day hosted by the Cambridge District was also well supported.

A new venture in December was a Handbell Day held at Christ’s College Cambridge with the added bonus of a guided tour of the college. Other events will be reported on elsewhere.

Thanks are due once again for all those who give up their time to organise, attend and support the association both at district and diocesan level.

Thank you also, to all those who have supported me in the role of General Secretary over the last 20 years. The job has changed significantly over the years and has been made easier with the use of email and the internet.

Happy ringing in 2014.

Catherina Griffiths

General Secretary's Report 2012

2012 was a busy year for ringing activities celebrating both the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympic Games. Although most ringing was organised locally, many towers took up the challenge to ring "All the bells" at 8.12am on the morning of Friday 27th July to celebrate the start of the Olympic Games and also bells were rung along the route of the Olympic Flame as it passed through the diocese earlier in the month.

The AGM was held in the Wisbech District at Northwold. The Eight Bell Striking Competition preceded the AGM and was won by the Ely District with Huntingdon District in second place and Cambridge in third. The Quarter Peal Day organised by Sheila George and the Huntingdon District in September was centred in Houghton.

The Ridgman Trophy Striking Competition was held at Kempston in June and was won by the Bedfordshire team with Ely in second place. Thanks are due to Barry Johnson and Alan Winter for organising the band and continuing to organise quarter peals and Ten Bell practices

Thanks are due once again for all those who give up their time to organise, attend and support the association both at district and diocesan level.

Catherina Griffiths

General Secretary's Report 2011

The AGM was held in the Huntingdon District with the meeting at Bury. The eight bel Striking Competition at Bluntisham preceded the AGM abd the service (which was held at Ramsey). It was won by the Huntingdon District with the Ely District in second place and Cambridge in third. The Quarter Peal Day organised by Dee Smith and the Ely District was a popular event in October.
The Ridgman Trophy Striking Competition was held in Ipswich in June and was won by the Norwich Diocesan Guild. The Ely team came in eigtht place but included several members who had never rung in a ten bell striking competition before. Thanks are due to Alan Winter for his continued ten bell practices around the diocese to give ringers opportunities to extend their ten bell ringing confidence and repertoire. 
 
The Association History is gradually reaching completion. It is currently at the editing stage.
 
Thanks are due once again for all those who give up their time to organise, attend and support the association both at district and diocesan level.
Catherina Griffiths

General Secretary's Report 2010

The AGM in May was hosted by the Ely District at Burwell and was well attended. Kate Flavell from the Central Council spoke about the work done by the various committees of the council. The Striking Competition was once again held after the meeting, but it was felt by some to be quite a long day, particularly for the organisers. The competition was won by the host team – Ely, with Cambridge District in second place and Huntingdon District third. The Ridgman Trophy Striking Competition was held at Great St Marys, Cambridge in June and was won by The Hertford County Association. The Ely team came in ninth place. Thanks are due to Alan Winter for his continued 10 bell practices around the diocese to give ringers opportunities to extend their 10 bell ringing confidence and repertoire.
A new venture for the Association was a quarter peal day in November to enable members to meet together for an alternative business meeting. On this occasion there was no business to be discussed but several quarter peals were rung and thanks are due to Sam Gorman and Felicity Webster for the suggestion and for organising the day.
The Association History continues to make slow progress. Most chapters have been written and are in the process of proof reading and editing.
Once again thanks are due to everyone involved in organising Association and District events, and also to all those who support them. Any suggestions for new ventures are always welcome. Keep up the good work for 2011 !
Catherina Griffiths

General Secretary's Report 2009

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all members of the Association for their support, prayers and attendance at Tim’s funeral in May. It has been a difficult year personally. For the first time in 37 years I was unable to attend the Annual General Meeting, at Melbourn, but I understand that it was well supported. The eight bell Striking Competition followed the annual meeting, a new timing which proved popular. It was won by the Cambridge District with Huntingdon District in second place and Ely in third. However holding the two events on the same day means that there is only one occasion in the year when the whole Association meets together. The General Committee is open to suggestions for other Association events.
The Ridgman Trophy Striking Competition was held at Rickmansworth in June and was won by The Bedfordshire Association. The Ely team came in fifth place. Thanks are due to Alan Winter for his continued ten bell practices around the diocese to give ringers opportunities to extend their ten bell ringing confidence and repertoire.
The Training Day, at Hilton in October took the form of a Conference led by Mark Regan and gave those who attended lots of ideas for recruiting and improving the image of ringing. Thanks are due to Nick Smith for organising the day.
The Association History received a set back in October with the death of Jean Sanderson, who despite ill health was steering the working party. Most chapters have been completed and are currently being edited and proof read.
Once again thanks are due to everyone involved in organising Association and District events, and also to all those who support them. Keep up the good work for 2010!
Catherina Griffiths

General Secretary's Report 2008

During the year the Association took part in the Central Council Ringing Trends Survey. Although it took longer than expected to collect the 71% return from towers, the results provide a very useful indication of the health of ringing in the Association at the present time. While some towers are flourishing others are struggling to recruit new ringers. Only 27% of participating towers ring for Sunday services.

Similarly, the six bell striking competition has been struggling to attract Sunday Service bands to compete for the Association trophy and in 2008 it was decided not to hold the competition. This brought with it a mixed response and the committee agreed to change the date and format. Despite Alan Winter’s efforts in co-ordinating a regular Association ten bell practice, the Ely Association only managed to achieve last place in The Ridgman Trophy held at Gressenhall in June.

The Training Day, on method learning was held in March at Hemingford Grey.

The Annual Meeting held at Terrington St Clement attracted a reasonable attendance from all over the diocese culminating in afternoon tea and an opportunity to try out The Rector’s Ring.

The Association History is making slow, steady progress. The working party have met regularly throughout the year to exchange information.

A central venue for Association events was discussed by the committee but it was felt that the organisation would fall to one district, while the other three would have to travel every time.

Once again thanks are due to everyone involved in organising Association and District events, and also to all those who support them. Keep up the good work for 2009!

Catherina Griffiths

General Secretary's Report 2007

The AGM in May at Godmanchester was well supported with 50 members present, and after much concern about the future of the Striking Competition, the six bell event, at Thriplow in the afternoon, attracted five teams, and was won by the Trumpington team. The Inter District eight bell event at Trumpington in the evening was won by the Huntingdon District. The Association team was placed in 8th place in the Ridgman Trophy Ten Bell Competition at Rothwell in June, which was won this year by Bedfordshire. Thanks are due to Alan Winter for not only co-ordinating the Ely band but also for the encouragement of ten bell ringing within the diocese through regular ten bell practices.
Another successful Training Day was held in June at Swavesey, based on the Central Council Listening Skills Course.
The National Waterways Festival, held in a muddy meadow in St Ives, attracted many ringers to have a go on the Lichfield Mobile Belfry. Thanks to Michael White and his helpers for organising and manning the event.
The Association History continues to make steady progress. The working party continues to meet regularly and initial chapters have now been written. It is hoped that it will be completed by 2009 to mark the 900th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the Diocese.
Once again, thanks to all who organise and support Association events throughout the year. We try to organise events in different areas so that distance is not always a deterrent to attendance. It is difficult to suit all tastes and so any fresh ideas for ways to encourage everyone to meet together would be appreciated.
Happy ringing in 2008!                                                                                        Catherina Griffiths