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AGM reminder

This is just a reminder that the 140th Annual General Meeting of the Essex Association of Change Ringers will be held at Chelmsford Cathedral on May Day Bank Holiday Monday, 6th May 2019.

The arrangements will follow the traditional pattern:-
9:15–10.15 General ringing
10.15–10.30 Service Touch by the Master's invited band <
10.30 Service
11.45 (approx.) Annual General Meeting to conclude by 13:00

The general ringing at the Cathedral is open to EVERYONE and will cater for all levels of experience. There will be refreshments in the Cathedral before the service and again afterwards whilst we set up for the meeting. The Preacher at the Service will be the Venerable Vanessa Herrick, Archdeacon of Harlow and we will be joined by our new Chaplain, Rev. Paul Watkin who will lead the prayers. We will also be supported by St Leonard’s Choir, Lexden, Colchester who will be joining us for the first time.

The AGM will begin as soon as the Cathedral has been rearranged. We have a very full and interesting Agenda this year with two nominations for Life Membership (Clive Stephenson, Hornchurch & Brian Clayden, Bradwell on Sea) both of whom have been unanimously endorsed by the Management Committee, as well as two nominations for the Association’s highest honour of Life Vice-President (Yvonne Towler, Inworth & Mary Bone, Sawbridgeworth).

We have received nominations for all Association Officers including a late nomination for Public Relations Officer.

If that were not enough, we also have a Motion to change the Rules to allow the election of just one Independent Examiner (although our preference is always to appoint two!) and we have two special agenda items.

The first of these discusses the idea of adding to the Memorial at the back of the Cathedral commemorating the Association Members who lost their lives during both World Wars to include extra names from WWI that have recently been found as a result of the extensive research done by Alan Regin MBE in his position as Steward of the Rolls of Honour for the Central Council. This will be a significant project for the EACR and is particularly poignant in this, the 100th anniversary year of the signing of The Treaty of Versailles which formally ended the war.

The second item relates to possible future Rule Changes to reduce the number of Charity Trustees -currently ALL District and Association officers are Charity Trustees.

The full Agenda and the Minutes of the 2018 Meeting are included in the 2018 Annual Report.

Please do come and have your say on all of these matters.

Afternoon ringing will be in the North Eastern District. Tickets for tea, which will be at in the Village Hall opposite St Edmund K&M Church, Tendring will be available from the Interim Secretary in advance at £4 each or will be £4.50 on the day. Please apply before April 30 2019 and enclose a SAE if you wish these to be posted to you.


(Friday 3 May 2019)


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