Ely DA Striking competition and AGM, 13th May 2017

Here is a short report from JoAnne Rutter as General Secretary:

8-Bell Inter-district Striking Competition at Meldreth

All 4 teams rang well, and provided some good listening in the sunny churchyard. Judges Chris McCarthy and Ann Clinton from Saffron Walden were complimentary about the standard of ringing in general. They particularly commended our competition Rules, and preferred them to many others they have struggled with in the past. The competition was won by the Huntingdon team (Grandsire Triples, 33.5 faults), followed by Ely (Cambridge Surprise Major, 37 faults), Cambridge (Cambridge Surprise Major, 38 faults) and Wisbech (Grandsire Triples, 57 faults). Full results and band photos here.


The AGM was efficiently run as ever by Tom Ridgman, who batted through the Agenda in quick order. The current Officers were all re-elected with the exception of the Quarter Peal Secretary, who from January 2018 will be Ian Hamilton, and the Public Relations Officer, which is now a vacant position. Please do think about volunteering (yourself or another!) for this very important role, for which training is available. It would particularly suit someone who is comfortable with social media - could this be you?

The proposed new Association Rules were adopted, and will take effect in 2018, although no doubt we will be transitioning toward the new committee structure during the rest of this year so that we hit the ground running. (The new Rules are here and the Regulations are here)

The recent CRAG Report was discussed, and a straw poll taken to give our CC Reps an idea of Association feeling before they vote in Edinburgh at the end of May. Despite reservations in several areas (including concentration of power, lack of checks and balances, speed of change, and relationship with the church) the poll showed broad support for the report and the work of CRAG.

JoAnne Rutter