The Annual Meeting itself passed off smoothly, with a rule change being agreed with no problems (What a rarity!), and the Guild’s Policy on the Child Protection issue was discussed, as a result of a committee meeting before the service reporting the outcome of a meeting with a representative of the Diocese. Unfortunately, the Guild and the Diocese still have not agreed a joint policy, with the Guild following the Central Council Guidelines, and the Diocese sticking to the House of Bishops policy.
Most officers were re-elected for a further year, but the current Master, Nick Thomson, was standing down, and handed over the Badge of Office to Peter Robson from Thurstaston, Wirral Branch. Nick has returned to his previous post of Press Officer, whilst Peter Wilkinson, who had been keeping the Press seat hot, is now a Central Council Rep.
The Vote of Thanks was ably and amusingly given by Past Master Ivor Nichols, and further ringing took place at Stretton, still a 6, but soon to have the two new trebles cast last year installed.
Nick Thomson, Retired Guild Master, and now Press Officer.