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Look To - Chairman's Chat

March 2019

Hi, everybody!

As many of you good people will know, the weekend 2nd-3rd March saw the Association of Ringing Teachers (ART) Annual Conference at Worcester. This was a very successful weekend for the Association, as Lesley Boyle, Ringing Master of the Ely District (and also an ART Tutor) received an award for Inspirational Leadership. Also, a young ringer who is a member of the Suffolk Guild as well as of the Ely DA, received an award for Best Young Achiever. Well done to you both from us all!

ART is, of course, not without its critics, as recent letters in the Ringing World have shown; but most of this criticism, sadly, is based upon inaccurate and misleading information and speculation. I’ve been a member of ART for several years, and have nothing but praise for it. Of course, it doesn’t get things right 100% of the time (none of us do, do we?) and never claims to, but I say to you all that I wish I’d been taught in the “ART way”!

With the springtime nearly upon us (here’s hoping!) we’ve got the summer days and lots of ringing to look forward to, as well as outings and Striking Competitions! O.k., let’s get out there and ring…and enjoy it!

Happy ringing, everyone. “This is all”.

Martin

Feb 2019

Hi, everybody!

This is something I’d like to do regularly, and have a brief “chat” with you good people!

Firstly, at long last I’ve managed to get round to all the Districts. My apologies for this having taken nearly two months, but a serious problem with my car meant my wife Carol and I were kind of out of action for nearly a fortnight!  You have all made us so welcome at your Meetings, and it was really good to meet you. Thank you all. It was also very good to be able to give out the long-service certificates.

Next, Carol and I are members of ART (the Association of Ringing Teachers), who contacted us in January to let us know that our DBS certificates were in urgent need of updating. This we’ve done. This has to happen every five years, unless the certificate is automatically updated (you have to arrange for this to happen on-line).  It might be a good idea, for those of you Tower Captains and others, who are teaching bell-handling, to make sure your DBS certificate is up-to-date.  If you go on-line to the Update Service, this will happen automatically, so that means you don’t need to worry about this in five years  time!

Happy ringing, everyone. “This is all”.

Martin