Mid-Devon AGM - 14 Nov 2020

The meeting was on Zoom, so was very different from the normal meeting. Unfortunately, an attempt to have some ringing via ringingroom failed as the "listen" facility does not yet work on all platforms. However, the meeting was soon got under way with a prayer from David Witchell. Many of the reports had already been circulated and these were agreed.  Our Chairman Dr Rodney Horder thanked all the officers for their work during the year.

All the officers were re-elected except our branch rep on the Guild Committee (Nicola Jones).  She was replaced by Catherine Saunders.

Charlotte Boyce (Guild Treasurer) reported on the very successful Zoom meetings that the Guild has been holding on Monday evenings. A variety of topics has been featured and she had an idea that an evening featuring each branch would be of interest. She asked that our branch consider the idea and ask for each tower to contribute photos and other items for the presentation. Rodney said that the Committee would consider the idea and report back via Tower Talk.

A member who rings at Bishopsteignton asked if it were possible for that tower to be considered for Branch membership. Several of their ringers have joined practices in the past and it was stated that they would be warmly welcomed if they chose to apply!

No programme for 2021 was considered possible at present but once gatherings were allowed again the committee would look at ways of recovering the programme proposed for 2020.

Martin Mansley (Branch Ringing Master) mentioned that an important part of the Thursday tied bell practices held at St Marychurch had been the chance to discuss theory and learning questions. He suggested that one to one sessions could be held on Zoom to address anything members would like help with. Contact him if you are interested.